News: Phytoplankton, OED, Olly Murs, South Africa, Spice Girls

RoadHurricane Earl heads for East Coast.

RoadPolice find "no evidence" that slain British spy Gareth Williams was gay.

Phytoplankton RoadThe summer's most important news story? "Since 1950, the study found, the oceans have lost 40 percent of their phytoplankton. As these organisms account for the production of half the earth’s organic matter, this is not good. It’s like finding out that there’s half as much money in all the earth’s banks as we thought there was."

RoadSnooki gets a greased-up Guido marriage proposal.

RoadStudy: Heavy drinkers outlive nondrinkers.

RoadImages from Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally.

RoadLGBT refugees face xenophobia in South Africa: "I feel that people like us who stay in urban areas do no face half the issues of xenophobia and homophobia like our brothers and sisters who stay in townships. But you never know who you may piss off just by speaking your home language.”

RoadLeading poppers company goes out of business.

RoadAussiebum CEO Sean Ashby goes undercover on Australian TV.

RoadKylie Minogue to tour U.S. again.

Olly RoadX-Factor runner-up and spray tan enthusiast Olly Murs models a fan's boxers at London's G-A-Y.

RoadOmaha World Herald rejects same-sex wedding announcement: "Our daughter Kristin Wilke will wed Jessica Kitzman August 20, 2011, in Northern Minnesota. We are so proud we asked to buy an announcement ad in the Omaha World Herald to share our glorious news with our friends. I am disgusted to say that the publisher himself, Terry Kroeger, called me personally to say same-gender couples are not allowed to buy announcements in the Omaha World Herald. Please call 402-444-1328 or write if this action disgusts you as it does us. Over 1500 papers sell such ads in the US. Including the NYT."

RoadSocial networking site for gay and lesbian Mormons set to launch? "The site is called Cor Invictus, which loosely translates to, 'Unconquered Heart,' from Latin. It differs from other online communities for Gays and Lesbians of the Mormon faith by being open to all, no matter the individual’s current standing in the LDS church."

RoadBradley Cooper and Ryan Reynolds teaming up as cops.

Bearded_gyllenhaal RoadIf you can't get enough bearded Jake.

RoadVeritas, play about Harvard gay witch hunt, wins Overall Excellence Award for Best Ensemble at NY International Fringe Festival.

RoadMale model fix: Ryan Koning.

RoadAbFab's Jennifer Saunders writing Spice Girls musical?

RoadThe internet kills the Oxford English Dictionary: "A team of 80 lexicographers has been working on the third edition of the OED – known as OED3 – for the past 21 years. The dictionary’s owner, Oxford University Press (OUP), said the impact of the internet means OED3 will probably appear only in electronic form. The most recent OED has existed online for more than a decade, where it receives two million hits a month from subscribers who pay an annual fee of £240."

RoadModern Family's Cameron has a bike short fetish.


  1. Jay says

    Horrible about the OK. paper. but, uh, no, the NYTimes does not sell wedding announcements. They are free, but they are chosen by the editors.

  2. Max says

    “It’s like finding out that there’s half as much money in all the earth’s banks as we thought there was.”

    Which we probably will, if that much.

  3. Reality Bites says

    SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!! on the phytoplankton issue. the oceans phytoplankton produce 1/2 of the earth’s oxygen and sequester more carbon from scrubbing c02 out of the air than all the rainforests . Phytoplankton is also the very base of the ocean food chain. So goes the phytoplankton so goes all ocean life and eventually us

  4. Eric26 says

    Why are people not more terrified about the all the news we hear these days about the destruction of aquatic life on our planet? It scares the hell out of me. The only reason I haven’t crapped my pants is because I’m not a biologist so I don’t really know what all of this means, but from what I’ve been reading many different ocean organisms are dying at lightning speed.