This Week’s WTF Moments In News

Every once in a while, you guys find stories so crazy we can barely believe what we’re reading. Here’s a round up of a few WTF moments from this week.

The Daily CallerTruck-mounted radiation death ray: coming soon to your local KKK?

The Story: Two Klansman planned “Hiroshima on a light switch.”

WTF: So people—and in the context of this story we use that term loosely—are now building truck mounted death rays? Forget the truck part, even. Just… death rays? Do we really have to say anymore about this? More on this insanity from The Atlantic Wire, Talking Points Memo and others.

No, you should not stop eating just because Jesus and Gywneth Paltrow did…

TNRThe Idiotic Cleanse Craze

The Story: “Jesus and Moses did it. That doesn’t mean you should.”

WTF: If you ever thought people starving themselves in pursuit of some vague notion of transcendence and physical well-being would never be a thing, then you must know little of the capacity for human stupidity. And we thought you were journalists. Seriously, people actually do this—severe calorie restriction for sometimes weeks at a time because Gwyneth Paltrow told them they should. TNR’s science editor, Judith Shulevitz, makes a good case for why this is completely moronic.

NPR, Stuff You Might Have Missed In The Paula Deen Brouhaha

The Story: “The butter has hit the pan again for Food Network star and cookbook author Paula Deen.”

WTF: Paula Deen said… what? In her defense, she really only admitted using a particular racial slur against black people decades ago, back, you know, when everyone was doing it. Not in her defense, that doesn’t make it even sort of okay. But what’s crazy about this one is how much NPR’s Tanya Ballard Brown has to bring up Deen in the context of porn. Bad. Visual. Image. Not safe for work? Apparently not if work is in one of Deen’s restaurants.

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