Last year, the southern Japanese city of Susaki created a position — honorary tourism ambassador — for a real-life otter with a large social media following.

So far, so cute.

Then Chiitan, an unsanctioned mascot based on the otter, began staging dangerous and non-child-friendly stunts around town, like swinging a weed whacker and tipping over a car...
Familiar with Colonial life reenactment villages? The Apocalypse Experience is...similar, but instead of Colonial times, it's THE END TIMES. A production environment meant to bring the words of the Book of Revelation to life, complete with souvenirs, restaurant, and laser tag.
Caught a billboard advertisement for it on my way home. Texas is rarely boring.
A report of one instance of a stolen identity being used to sell digital books of spam-style text for $555 a copy. The fake author gets 60% of the selling price. Even at that rate, the criminal managed to "earn" nearly $24,000 .
“This is absolutely deflating,” he said after Runner’s World presented evidence of his course-cutting. “My life and my job are based on integrity. And I cheated.”

The firefighter is one of at least 47 runners who skirted the rules last year to gain entry into the most prestigious marathon in the country, according to an investigation by race-results watchdogs. The investigation is ongoing...

[blinded by science]

The mayor of this Atlanta suburb said he wants the possession of less than 1 ounce of pot to be treated like a traffic ticket.


I don't smoke the weeds anymore, but I'm proud to call this town my home.

The Strange and Unnatural History of a Great American Wine

Of all the vividly-named screw-cap wines (or bum wines, if you prefer) that were born in the 1950s, only a handful survive to this day. The mightiest of them all, indeed, "The American Classic" as its label proudly boasts, is Thunderbird, a creation of the E & J Gallo Winery of Modesto, California.

By Bryan Dent.

Brown Winery

"In 1980 our parents stumbled upon a ghost ranch in the hills east of Rutherford in the Napa Valley. Five years on they planted vineyards and for a decade we farmed and sold wine grapes. In 1995 we kids, encouraged by growing demand for our fruit, established our own label. In 2015 we are celebrating 35 years in the Napa Valley and in 2016 we will bottle our 20th vintage of Brown Estate zinfandel."

This winery not only makes great wine, but it's a great story as well.