Category Archives: Oddities

Chinese State Media Warns People To Stop Calling Themselves Dumbledore

By | October 21, 2014

CCTV News, the broadcaster owned by the Chinese government, warned citizens not to pick an English name that would be considered strange by native English speakers, such as Dumbledore, Lawyer, or Satan. This week CCTV News, the state-run broadcaster, came up with these tips for any Chinese people considering an English name – one of which is to… Read More »

U.S. Officials Are Complaining That They Don’t Have Enough Intelligence On ISIS

By | October 19, 2014

While Pentagon officials boasted Friday that their airstrikes had succeeded in driving ISIS back, defense officers are complaining that not enough is known about the militant group they are fighting in Iraq and Syria. Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, after clashes earlier this week. Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS… Read More »

World Health Organization Admits To Mishandling West Africa Ebola Response

By | October 19, 2014

Lack of information and thick bureaucracy muddied relief efforts. Still, the WHO officially declared that the Ebola outbreak in Senegal ended on Friday. The draft of an internal WHO report revealed a series of missteps, the Associated Press reported. Ibrahim Sorie Kamara looks after his child on Oc.t 8 as they await transport to the holding centre of… Read More »

Morgan Stanley Prepares For Collapse Of Deal With Russian Oil Giant Rosneft

By | October 19, 2014

“The terms of the contract are such that if the deal doesn’t close by year end, the contract expires,” the bank’s chief financial officer said Friday morning. Richard Carson / Reuters / Reuters Shannon Stapleton / Reuters A week after the investment bank Morgan Stanley said that there was “no assurance” that its deal to sell its physical… Read More »

Boko Haram Could Release Kidnapped Girls, Nigerian Officials Say

By | October 19, 2014

Nigerian officials reportedly reached a cease-fire with the insurgent group. The agreement would reportedly allow for the release of 219 girls that the group abducted earlier this year — but some experts cautioned that the government’s claims could be politically motivated. Protesters march in support of the girls kidnapped by members of Boko Haram in front of the… Read More »

Italian Mayors Defy Government On Same-Sex Marriages

By | October 19, 2014

“How can you not call this love?” tweeted Roman Mayor Ignazio Marino Saturday as he transcribed the marriages of 16 same-sex couples. Rome's Mayor Ignazio Marino became the latest city leader to record the marriages of same-sex couples performed abroad, violating a pronouncement by Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano that doing so is a violation of Italian law.… Read More »

31 Images Of Hong Kong Police Violently Clashing With Pro-Democracy Protesters

By | October 17, 2014

Hundreds of officers used batons and pepper spray Friday on protesters who mobilized after their camp was raided by police. Police hold a banner prior to clashes with pro-democracy protesters as they attempt to clear a road. AFP / Getty Images ED JONES A pro-democracy protester stands in front of a line of riot police at Mongkok shopping… Read More »

Conservative Cardinal Who Clashed With Pope Francis Confirms He Has Been Ousted

By | October 17, 2014

The head of the Catholic Church’s highest court speaks to BuzzFeed News from the Vatican. Cardinal Raymond Burke leaves meeting during Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Vatican City. Franco Origlia / Getty Images A top cardinal told BuzzFeed News on Friday that the worldwide meeting of church leaders coming to a close in Rome seemed to have… Read More »