Clintonville Explosions in the Ground Follow Up Mysterious Sounds
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Has the mystery of Clintonville's bizarre booming sounds been solved? If scientists are to be believed, the cause of the noisy phenomenon is a "swarm of microquakes."

"The mystery is solved. We have experienced an earthquake here in Clintonville," City Administrator Lisa Kuss told residents at a city meeting last night. The USGS backed up its "claim" with "evidence" showing that a 1.5 magnitude earthquake struck the central Wisconsin city around noon on Tuesday.

Residents, who began hearing strange rumbles this past Sunday, challenged the city's explanation, saying quakes had previously been ruled out. Kuss admits that it was "by fluke" that the USGS's traveling portable arrays happened to be in the area when the tremors occurred.

For now, this is the best answer the city has to give, though officials acknowledge they aren't sure it's the only answer, so Graboids are very much still on the table.

[greenbaypress / wtmj / npr / image: nbc26.]

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Today is apparently National Puppy Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a feel-good puppy story?

Beyonce the teeny tiny two-week-old puppy was named after the pop singer because, just like her namesake, she too is a survivor.

Born not breathing, Beyonce had to be resuscitated through CPR. Cheating death is apparently a trait Beyonce inherited from her mom, a stray who was almost euthanized.

As if that weren't enough amazing to last the rest of National Puppy Day, the litter Beyonce was born into was almost aborted.

After all that I think I'm going to need a few dozen more National Puppy Days to calm my nerves. Any objections? Didn't think so.

[gawker.]

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Geraldo In A Hoodie is posting every photo of Geraldo Rivera wearing a hoodie it can find. Best one so far: Geraldo and his Fox News colleague Bill O'Reilly sharing a hoodie moment at a Yankees game. 

Just look at them. They're clearly asking for it.

[geraldoinahoodie.]

Badvertising Belvedere Vodka LMVH Rape Sells smooth move
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Looks like the folks at Belvedere Vodka have been getting high on their own supply. How else would one explain this awful, rape-appropriating ad they just released on Facebook?

The sobering responses to the copy from distraught vodka drinkers helped the LVMH brand quickly come to and pull the ad. "We apologize to any of our fans who were offended by our recent tweet," Belvedere wrote. "We continue to be an advocate of safe and responsible drinking."

Can't wait for their next tweet wherein they tell anyone who still has a problem with the ad to go have a drink.

[jezebel.]

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Asked at a press conference today in Louisiana about the persistent belief among many Americans that President Obama is a Muslim, Newt Gingrich said he personally takes the commander-in-chief "at his word" concerning his Christianity, but understands why some do not.

"Why does the president behave the way that people would think that [he’s Muslim]?" Gingrich told reporters. "You have to ask, why would they believe that? It's not cause they're stupid. It's because they watch the kind of things I just described to you."

According to Politico, those "things" included the president's "excessive sensitivity" toward non-Judeo-Christian faiths. Gingrich has also accused the Obama administration of "anti-religious bigotry" and slammed the president for "apologizing" to Muslims.

"The fact is I take him at his word," Gingrich is quoted as saying, "but I think it is very bizarre that he is desperately concerned to apologize to Muslim religious fanatics while they are killing young Americans while at the same time going to war against the Catholic Church and against every right to live Protestant organization in the country. I just think it's a very strange value system."

Maggie Haberman notes that, in a radio interview yesterday, Gingrich admonished the media for "going easy on coverage of Obama's 'Muslim friends'."

[politico / photo: tpm.]

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A short while ago, LeBron James tweeted this photo of him and his Miami Heat teammates wearing hoodies in solidarity with Trayvon Martin's family and friends.

According to the Palm Beach Post's Heat Zone, James is the one who organized the photo and made it happen.

Earlier today, Dwyane Wade also tweeted a photo of himself in a hoodie along with the hashtag #trayvonmartin.

[@kingjames / heatzone.]

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At a police gun range in Louisiana today, Rick Santorum was showing off his shooting skills with a Colt M1911 when an AP cameraman, as well as several other reporters, overheard a woman in attendance advising the GOP presidential candidate to improve his aim by "pretend[ing] it's Obama." (Can be heard at around 0:36 in the video above.)

Asked later if he heard the remark, Santorum said he did not. "It's a very terrible and horrible remark and I'm glad I didn't hear it," he told AP. A Secret Service spokesman said the woman's identity and intent were being investigated.

[ap / towleroad.]