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The Korean singer PSY issued an apology today following the revelation of his 2004 live performance of an anti-American song titled "Dear American." in which the singer takes some harsh shots at the U.S. military:

Kill those f---ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives Kill those f---ing Yankees who ordered them to torture Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers Kill them all slowly and painfully.

The song was actually written by a South Korean metal band called N.E.X.T. and performed by PSY and number of other Korean pop stars alongside the band during an anti-Iraq war protest concert in 2004, which was largely held in response to the beheading of a South Korean missionary in Iraq earlier that year. The song itself was written two years prior in 2002, shortly after an American military vehicle fatally ran over two high school girls and sparked a wave of anti-American sentiments across the country.

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A Florida resident has caused a stir in his neighborhood for putting a strange sign in the front yard proclaiming himself as a sex offender. According to the local news report, Jeffrey Mitchell was given the status for pleading no contest to one count involving child pornography allegedly found on his computer (after two years of costly but unsuccessful legal dispute) and decided to put the sign up as a way to start a conversation with his neighbors and share his side of the story with the community.

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YouTuber ALB speaks out against the Idiot Nerd Girl meme in response to the recent buzz surrounding the "fake geek girls" phenomenon.

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Casey Anthony's murder trial is back in the news circuit again after an Orlando-based news station reported that detectives had overlooked a Google search for "foolproof suffocation" that was likely made by the now acquitted suspect and the mother of the victim. According to WKMG, the search query took place on the day of Caylee's disappearance, specifically an hour after her grandfather George had left the house for work, leaving the 26-year-old mother as the likely suspect behind the Google search. Even during the trial in 2011, the prosecutors' put forth several suspicious Google search terms that may have been input by Casey Anthony, including "how to make chloroform," "chest trauma," and "neck breaking."

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An online classified ad offering Shanghai women as much as 3,000 yuan ($588) per day to "test condoms" while having sexual activity with men was removed from Baixing.com, the Chinese equivalent of Craigslist, after netizens on Weibo began speculating that it could be a recruiting advertisement for prostitution. According to the Youth Daily's interview with an employee of the condom manufacturing company, normally machines are used to test condoms but the firm can't afford to buy as many as they would need. On a side note, human condom testing has been offered as a job in other parts of the world.



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If you search Twitter for the hashtag #SoftwarePirateConfession, you'll find pages after pages of tweets calling on people to stop using pirated iOS apps. The automated spam campaign was launched by Enfour, a mobile app developer offering a variety of dictionary apps, to shame those who illegally downloaded its apps without paying, but the plan backfired when the feature kicked in for legitimate users earlier this month. According to Enfour's VP of Communications, the app has been since updated to fix the auto-tweet problem, but the debate continues on Twitter with Pocketables editor Andreas Ødegård's recent blog post on the issue.

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American pizza restaurant chain Papa John's has become the latest target of an online boycott campaign after its CEO John Schnatter publicly revealed that employee hours may have to be cut in order to avoid paying for their medical insurance under President Obama's new health care reform laws. Head over to Know Your Meme for more deets!

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Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill, a legislative proposal that was introduced in 2009 to prosecute the gay population across the country, will be put to vote before the end of this year, according to the Speaker of the Parliament Rebecca Kadaga. If passed, all same-sex relations will be categorized into two classes of offense: "aggravated homosexuality," in which an offender would receive the death penalty, or "the offense of homosexuality" in which an offender would receive life imprisonment.

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Mark Basseley Youssef, the filmmaker who wrote and produced the anti-Islam movie Innocence of Muslims that has been tied to the U.S. missionary attacks in Benghazi, was sentenced to one year in federal prison yesterday for violating several of his probation orders. Back in June 2011, Nakoula was released on probation after serving a 21-month sentence in federal prison on charges of bank fraud and he began working on the film, but in the recent wake of its controversy, Nakoula was arrested again in September on charges of using false names, using the Internet without prior approval and obtaining a fraudulent driver's license, all of which were in direct violation of his probation conditions.



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Today's story of controversy comes from China's microblogging platform Weibo, where a new photo fad that involves ripping up portraits of Chairman Mao has sparked backlashes from the supporters of the Chinese revolutionary hero as the nation's Communist Party prepares for its 18th decennial National Congress next week. According to The Daily Dot, the "Mao-ripping meme" was started by four young men from Zhengzhou, Henan to protest the Cambodian government's prosecution of a Chinese woman for tearing up late King-Father Norodom Sihanouk's photos, but their original intent got lost somewhere along the way.

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Meanwhile in Brazil, model Nana Gouvêa has become the latest target of photoshop satire memery after photos of her posing next to fallen trees in the disaster-stricken streets of New York City (shown, top row) came off as rather distasteful to many Brazilians on Facebook and Tumblr. Click through for more photoshopped parodies over at Know Your Meme!