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Shelters for battered women do amazing things. I know, because I volunteered for one in California during college and worked for another in Texas after graduate school. But the three years of experience I got in that world also left me kind of jaded. It’s not just the fact that there is never enough money to help people the way you want to, or that working in an office of only women makes you want to grab a random guy off the street and nail him to the floor just to break up the flow of estrogen. It’s that every group you interact with inevitably lets you down at some point.
If you’re reading this from the civilized world, most of your insect encounters boil down to emotionally scarring spider cameos and annoying flies. But in roughly 80 percent of the countries on Earth, people eat insects. Cracked sat down with one man who has made it his life’s work to get Americans to eat more bugs: Kevin Bachhuber, cricket farmer.
In June 1953, a newspaper delivery boy (known only as Jimmy) was collecting from his customers when he noticed something weird about one of the coins that he’d been given: It was really, really light. The reason soon became clear. After he dropped it on the ground, it split open and revealed a tiny photograph depicting a sequence of numbers. Jimmy didn’t bother telling anyone about his discovery – except his friend, who mentioned it to her father, who mentioned it to his police detective friend, who mentioned it to the FBI. After decrypting this long game of telephone, they were able to examine the coin and photograph. By the strange way that the numbers were organized, they discovered it was a message from a Soviet spy.
If only its true horror didn’t rhyme.
WELL THAT DOES IT EVERYTHING IS HORRIBLE
“Daniel hates his birthday and tries to hide it from us so each year we try to punish him for that. This year we hired the a cappella group ScatterTones from UCLA to pose as another website coming in for a meeting on how to make their videos funnier. Dan was furious he had to attend. Additionally little-known fact, Dan used to be in an a cappella group whose name he still refuses to tell us.” — Soren
While James “Whitey” Bulger was racketeering his way through the Boston underworld and earning a place on the FBI Most Wanted list, his brother, William “Bill” Bulger, was enjoying a successful career of quite a different kind – as the longest-serving president of the Massachusetts Senate.
Looking forward to Batman Vs. Superman Vs. Wonder Woman Vs. Lex Luthor Vs. Doomsday Vs. Darkseid, because I prefer my movies to be five movies.
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