A viral video has captured the essence of gentrification after a white woman called the police on a school of whales hanging out in their own neighborhood, minding their own whale business. According to Time, Darren Lucianna and his family were on a boating trip in Puget sound when they encountered a whale suffering from a severe case of spinal blubber. While most people refer to them as “humpback whales,” we choose not to use such derogatory terms. The family immediately began freaking out. You can hear one person hyperventilating and another person blubbering (pun intended) as the person filming tries to calm the group down. As Darren tries to convince his dad to drive away (curiously, after begging him not to start the motor) a woman informs the family that she is calling 911. “I’m out in Puget Sound and there’s three grey whales underneath our boat,” the woman informs the operator. “I’m afraid we might get flipped over. I’m … [Read more...] about A White Woman Called the Police on a Whale… A Whale, Y’all
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Tom Scocca is leaving us, after a combined six and a half years at Deadspin, Gawker, and the Special Projects Desk. Here’s how we’ll remember him. Sam Biddle One time I had an anxiety nightmare that consisted entirely of Tom Scocca walking up to me in a dark room (I was seated) and saying, “You’re a bad writer.” Anna Merlan I could talk about all the times that Scocca has miraculously edited my stories, adding single words or minutely adjusting paragraphs to somehow make the whole shitty thing hang together in a coherent whole, but I think that would make him uncomfortable and unhappy. Instead: When I first started working at Gawker Media, back when there was a Gawker Media, we all sat together at long tables in a big room, a room that was alternately deathly silent and filled with some troll garbage someone put on the Sonos. Hillary Crosley Croker and I sat next to each other, and one day she could not get her computer to work. We tried to turn it … [Read more...] about On Tom
A bad meal can be an upsetting thing indeed. But unless it was laced with rusty nails and dead vermin, you'd probably refrain from calling the police, right? You wouldn't dial 999 if, for example, you were served a dish you simply didn't like. That would be a terrible waste of the emergency services' time and effort. Unfortunately, one young lad recently found himself so disgusted by what his mum served up to him, he called the police . So what was the offending dish? Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was salad. Unbeknown to his mum, the 12-year-old boy from Nova Scotia, Canada called the police not once but TWICE. And they even responded. "Dislike for salad results in 911 call. Prior to 10 pm on Tuesday evening, RCMP responded to a 911 call from a 12-year-old who stated their guardian made a salad that they did not like," the police wrote on Facebook . "Before police arrived, the child called 911 again to ask when the RCMP would be arriving and once again expressed their dislike of the … [Read more...] about Mortified mum has police visit her
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments Animalia by Lindsey Bever May 21 at 2:35 PM Email the author A pig was taken into police custody after it was accused of stalking a human, who was so perplexed by his four-legged pursuer that he called 911 to report it. “Yes,” police said, “a pig.” The unusual case unfolded Saturday morning when a man called 911 and said that he was being followed on his way home from an Amtrak station … [Read more...] about ‘He was being followed by a pig and didn’t know what to do.’ So he called 911.
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Business by Marwa Eltagouri by Marwa Eltagouri Email the author May 8 at 8:08 PM Email the author (iStock) They checked out of their Airbnb rental. They loaded their suitcases into the car. Then they found themselves surrounded by police. Moments before, a neighbor had watched the three black women carry their luggage out of the Rialto, Calif., house. She didn’t recognize the guests as homeowners, so she called the police about a possible residential burglary in progress, police said. Police responded as they typically would to a report of an in-progress burglary, sending six police officers and a … [Read more...] about A woman called 911 about burglars at her neighbor’s house. They were black Airbnb guests.