News: Mermaids Debunked, Andy Griffith, Pot Cookies

AndyGriffithRIP 1NewsIcon R.I.P. The Sheriff Of Mayberry: "Andy Griffith, an actor whose folksy Southern manner charmed audiences for more than 50 years on Broadway, in movies, on records and especially on television — most notably as the small-town sheriff on the long-running situation comedy that bore his name — died on Tuesday at his home on Roanoke Island in North Carolina. He was 86."

1NewsIcon President Obama called Griffith "a performer of extraordinary talent."

1NewsIcon Madonna's tour truck overturned in Sweden. No one was hurt, but her lighting may be broken!

1NewsIcon The FDA has approved the first at-home HIV testing kit.

1NewsIcon BBC takes a look at the legality of "gay-only" apartment ads.

1NewsIcon President Obama and his family will not be vacationing in Martha's Vineyard this summer, the first time in three years they haven't stopped by the luxe island.

Potcookies1NewsIcon Crumbles: "Police say a 3-year-old Southern California boy ended up in the hospital after eating his grandmother's marijuana-laced cookies."

1NewsIcon Religious conservatives think they can "save" the nation in 40 days.

1NewsIcon The two Illinois clerks looking to defend the state's ban on gay marriage have been given the green light.

1NewsIcon In an article called "No Evidence of Aquatic Humanoids Has Ever Been Found," The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms that Little Mermaid Ariel, Daryl Hannah's Splash character Madison and Emma Roberts' 2006 teen comedy Aquamarine are all the work of fiction. The Cher movie Mermaids is not effected by this very important study.

1NewsIcon Chris Hemsworth is a DILF.

Higgs1NewsIcon More evidence that CERN scientists found the Higgs boson. Said a spokesman in a leaked video: "We've observed a new particle. We have quite strong evidence that there's something there, so to ascertain its properties is still going to take us a little bit of time."

1NewsIcon A campaign to stop Ukraine's government from prohibiting any public displays of LGBT-ness is about 60,000 signatures shy of a petition urging Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to use his power to stop the law. Click HERE to sign.

1NewsIcon How to "come out" at work, even if you're not gay.

1NewsIcon Tom Cruise is now 50 and single.

1NewsIcon Florence + The Machine get patriotic in video for their new single "Breaking Down."

1NewsIcon And now the trailer for Lifetime's remake of Steel Magnolias, starring Queen Latifah.


  1. Eric says

    As someone that works in research, we get a lot of grief over people not understanding why some studies, that sound so needless, get funding. This makes it harder for all studies to get funding, which, believe me, is competitive enough in a country that hates science now.

    “The Cher movie Mermaids is not effected by this very important study.”

    doesn’t help matters. THERE WAS NO STUDY. This is just a statement on their website. Don’t hurt science just because you want to make a joke.

  2. GregV says

    Towleroad’s headline linking to the BBC article seems pretty inaccurate.
    The linked article focuses almost entirely on racial preferences (mostly on ads that seek out renters from the Indian subcontinent), with mentions of gender, religion and other categories as an afterthought, and little more than one short sentence that mentions only in passing that a hypothetical similar ad about gays “would also be illegal.”

  3. Randal Oulton says

    “Religious conservatives think they can “save” the nation in 40 days… We acknowledge that America has been a blessed nation above all the nations of the world…”

    Good luck breaking that news to the French. I’ll just be a mile away to watch the fireworks….

  4. Solomon says

    From the pot story:

    >The toddler’s father had seen cookie crumbs in the garage but the family grew concerned only when they couldn’t wake the toddler after more than 16 hours of sleep and realized he had consumed the cookies.

    The child was observed at a hospital and released.


    The part I find funny is that the child was simply observed. That sounds about right. No harm, just cautioun. Legalize it.

  5. Guest says

    Technically, the FDA approved the first at-home “rapid” HIV test. Home Access has sold at-home HIV tests requiring a blood sample and lab processing for years.

  6. Icebloo says

    Conservatives say they can “save” the nation in 40 days ?
    They can do better than that – they can do it in less than an hour – all they need to do is resign.

  7. Icebloo says

    Why do we keep reporting “news” on Tom Cruise ? He has done NOTHING for the gay community ! Why do we insist on giving him free publicity and making him richer ? Why are we all so stupid when it comes to Hollywood and famous people ?

    We need to focus our attentions (and our money) on the famous people who support us, not just vocally, but the ones who actually DO something for us !

  8. says

    AMEN to coming out at work. My parents are “Out” at their jobs, in their everyday lives, as Advocates. Every little bit helps. People being Out a gay to their coworkers also saves lives. You never know which coworker may have an LGBT child, brother, niece, etc. We’re everywhere, help open the doors for ’em 😀

  9. Grover Underwood says

    the Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias doesn’t look all that good

    it’s the same movie word for word but with different actresses-why bother doing that

  10. graphicjack says

    Conservative Christians need 40 days to save America. Madonna (with some help from JT and Timbaland) only needs 4 minutes to save the world. This only proves what we’ve known all along… Madonna is more powerful than these idiot Conservative Christians. :)

  11. Ben in Oakland says

    There’s no petition to sign for Ukraine, just twitter, Facebook, and a sample email to send to your friends. Since idon’t twit or Facebook, there’s really nothing I can do.

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