Wikipedia is the place where we turn for information on topics large and small. And speaking of small, there’s currently a heated debate going on about whether to include the US president’s penis on the Wikipedia page for the Nintendo character known as Toad. What a time to be alive.
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North Korea pledged to shut down one of its nuclear test sites in a meeting yesterday between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. What does the North want in return? “Corresponding measures” from the United States. Unfortunately, we don’t know what that means yet.
President Trump’s former press secretary, Sean Spicer, famously insisted that the 2017 presidential inauguration crowd was the biggest ever. That, of course, was a lie. But Spicer eventually trotted out the photos to “prove” it. The part we didn’t know at the time? The White House had requested photos from the National Park Service on January 21 that had to be cropped to make the crowd look larger than it really was.
Imagine a future where the United States is experiencing multiple Katrina or Sandy-like storms at the same time—all while wildfires rage in the West. Right now, the US Department of Defence is in no way ready to handle that, said Francesco Femia, the co-founder of the Center for Climate and Security, a nonpartisan think tank made up of military and security experts.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the country of 81 million people will boycott American consumer electronics, including Apple’s iPhone. The declaration comes as a trade war between the United States and Turkey has caused the Turkish currency, the lira, to plummet over the past few days, sending shockwaves throughout global markets.
President Trump gave a speech at the United Nations in September of 2017 where he famously called Kim Jong Un, "rocket man." Now, in one of the most bizarre stories we've heard this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a CD of Elton John's song "Rocket Man" to the North Korean dictator today. Our world is truly beyond parody.
President Trump and Kim Jong Un had a historic private meeting earlier today in Singapore. And while we don't know exactly what was said between the two men, we do know that Trump played a video for Kim on his iPad. The video was created to look like a Hollywood movie trailer and it's honestly pretty bizarre.
Russia-1 aired a segment yesterday about Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's recent meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But one part of the news broadcast was pretty weird. Take a look at Kim's face in the screenshot on the left. Kim has been photoshopped to look like he's smiling. And it's not even a very good photoshop job.
US President Trump announced yesterday that he was unilaterally pulling the US out of the so-called Iran Deal, an international agreement that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for the cessation of Iran's nuclear weapons program. But now that the sanctions are being reinstated, some American companies stand to lose a lot of money. Boeing alone is losing about $US20 billion ($27 billion) in contracts.
Hey, don't freak out or anything, but Bill Gates thinks there is a new flu epidemic lurking just around the corner and we are woefully unprepared for it. The billionaire philanthropist warned today that there is a "significant probability of a large and lethal modern-day pandemic occurring in our lifetimes".
Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy living in the UK, is "improving rapidly" after being poisoned by a nerve agent, according to the latest report by his doctors. But Skripal's pets aren't quite as lucky. British authorities say that once a vet was able to visit Skripal's sealed off home, two guinea pigs were found dead and the family's cat was euthanised.