Martha "Sunny" von Bulow died this weekend
at a nursing home in New York City, nearly 28 years after being found unconscious at her Rhode Island estate
(and subsequently falling into an irreversible coma) in December 1980. Her husband Claus, who obviously became a controversial figure
, was found guilty of her attempted murder (the alleged method being an overdose of insulin), but his conviction was overturned on appeal and he received a second trial in which he was acquitted. The sensational case
, which featured testimony from many notables including Truman Capote, attracted worldwide publicity and rocked high society. It spawned numerous books, television shows and a 1990 movie
posted by amyms
on Dec 6, 2008 -
Mark Leckey has won the Turner Prize
: “I kind of hate the relationship the press in Britain has towards art,” he said. “I hate the way it’s all Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin and Banksy. They expect spectacle and shock. Art is not like that. The art world I know is not like that; it’s a whole other world.” [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin
on Dec 2, 2008 -
The editors of the Chinese lifestyle magazine New Travel Weekly
thought it might be a good idea to shoot a fashion spread
in the rubble of the Sichuan earthquake. The editors have now been sacked
and the magazine is undergoing rectification.
posted by Sitegeist
on May 24, 2008 -
If you were doing research in the 60s, You might've heard of Polywater,
A form of water that exhibited wide variety of interesting characteristics and existed under identical conditions to that of normal water. Eventually debunked, none the less is a fascinating story. Naturally one draws parallels to Vonnegut's ice nine, but did you know there actually is an ice nine?
In fact, there's twelve to sixteen types of ice
, depending on your opinion.
More recently, computer simulations have indicated water may structure itself into icosahedra
, which, incredibly, is the platonic solid (described over 2000 years ago!) representing the element water!
And if you don't know what an icosahedron is, I bet you've used one before
. One of the most ubiquitous, and arguably most important,
substances in our lives, our understanding of water
is far from complete.
posted by Large Marge
on Apr 29, 2008 -
An Indonesian TV crew was invited to Malaysia for their Visit Malaysia Year 2007 campaign but encountered many problems. They write up about it
- and start a flurry of comments and controversy across the Malaysian government about blogging. [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Apr 6, 2007 -
Venezuelan State TV aired a show yesterday in which they complained about a certain videogame
, in which the goal is to overthrow the "power-hungry tyrant who messes with Venezuela's oil supply." In Venezuela, people are a bit offended by the images
of Caracas being destroyed in the game, outside, some
people are offended because one of the owners of the controversial
company that created the game is Bono
, The Defender
of the Poor
, Bono, and they are trying to stop
posted by micayetoca
on Feb 7, 2007 -
once more: the entire German edition was shut down
this week over the contents of a single entry
. The parents of the article's subject, a German hacker who died in 1998 under mysterious circumstances
, are displeased with his real name being disclosed in the encyclopedia. It is now back online; however, the future of the family's efforts is currently unclear, not only due to the German order's debatable validity in the US - but also because the order was, initially at least, mistakenly addressed
to St. Petersburg, Russia, instead of St. Petersburg, Florida.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Jan 20, 2006 -
The Beast is coming.
Director Brian Flemming prepares to bring to the silver screen what might be the most controversial film of the year (if not all time). The cast and crew are all sworn to secrecy regarding the film's actual content, and the central premise easily explains why: What if there was a massive conspiracy in the Christian Church to conceal the fact that Jesus Christ never existed
posted by deusdiabolus
on Jan 6, 2006 -
You say bodyline
, I say leg theory
. Either way, the origins of one of sport's most enduring rivalries (leading to a near diplomatic crisis) make for a fascinating read to the budding cricket enthusiast. No wonder people turned out in their thousands
to queue in the early hours for the final day of another nail-biting test. It's turning into a hell of an ashes series
posted by nthdegx
on Aug 15, 2005 -
Did the discovery of evolution lead to Darwin's agnosticism, as claimed
? Carl Zimmer wonders
. More importantly, can evolution be reconciled
posted by daksya
on Aug 11, 2005 -
Moral Politics - A Morality-Based Political Test
- "This test is (or at least tries to be) a different political test. Most tests assess your opinion by questioning your stance on political issues. This test explains why you think what you think by mapping your personal moral system." 16 questions.
posted by blacklite
on Feb 21, 2005 -
Alfred Kinsey: Liberator or Pervert?
(New York Times link, I hope you know the drill by now.) A newish movie
explores the life of Alfred Kinsey
, sex researcher and founder of the Kinsey Institute
was author of the controversial book Sexual Behavior In The Human Male
. The controversy has blossomed oh these many years later with accusations that Kinsey's work is fraudulent
, and conducive to child based porn and fantasy
. The ultra-right seems obsessed with sexualizing his research in terms of "protecting the children"
. His observations have been linked to the addictive, destructive nature of pornography, that twists our notions of sex and love, and even enables the sexual abuse of college students in class. (Yeah, I know, that last sounds kinky, doesn't it?)
posted by Wulfgar!
on Oct 5, 2004 -
The UK's Channel 4 is to court controversy
with a provocative advert littered with swear words in which the word "c**t" is heard nine times in the space of just 90 seconds. Watch it here (NSFW with speakers on!)
posted by MintSauce
on Mar 12, 2004 -