American atheist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

From The Guardian:

A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, police said, with the atheist writer’s family claiming he had received numerous threats from Islamists.

The body of Avijit Roy, founder of Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site which champions liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, was found covered in blood after the attack which also left his wife critically wounded.

“He died as he was brought to the hospital. His wife was also seriously wounded. She has lost a finger,” local police chief Sirajul Islam said.

The couple were on a bicycle rickshaw, returning from a book fair, when two assailants stopped and dragged them onto a sidewalk before striking them with machetes, local media reported citing witnesses.

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KFC is Launching Edible Coffee Cups Made of Cookies and Chocolate

Wait, KFC serves coffee?

KFC has taken a page out of pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s book with the introduction of an edible coffee cup — made of a thin biscuit wrapped in sugar paper and lined with white chocolate — that look like they’ll be available in stores later this year. The cups were invented to mark the launch of Seattle’s Best Coffee in KFC’s U.K. locations.

Unfortunately, that means the cups are headed only for the U.K., at least for now.
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Before you even bring it up, yes, we do think it’s weird that England gets to try a coffee cup cookie before the United States, given that the “K” in “KFC” stands for Kentucky. But it is what it is.

Just Bizarre

Everything about this story is in WTFland:

A man whose online deception about his appearance allowed him into a woman’s bed has been spared jail but had his actions criticised by a judge as “selfish, immature and inappropriate”.

Deepak Dhankar, of Indian descent, deceived the woman into believing he was a muscular, blond-haired Caucasian named “Jamie” during exchanges on dating website Oasis in October last year.

Three days after the pair first communicated, they agreed for Dhankar to visit the woman at her home and engage in sexual activity, on the condition she kept her eyes closed. He arrived at her home to find her naked in bed.

Judge Jane Patrick told the County Court the deception occurred when the pair engaged in sexual acts, because the woman believed she was with “Jamie” at the time, and not Dhankar.

Dhankar, 29, a married father of three, pleaded guilty to one count of procuring sexual penetration by deception, an offence which carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail.

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Madonna falls off stage at Brit Awards 2015

Anybody else kind of pleased to see that she wasn’t lip syncing?

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The Rock in the House

From AtlasObscura:

Fountain City’ Wisconsin’s Rock in the House is exactly what it sounds like: a massive boulder embedded in the side of an otherwise unremarkable lakeside residence. Renovations on the small house on North Shore Drive had just finished in April of 1995 when calamity struck. The home sat at the base of a steep hillside and on April 24th of that year, a two-story tall boulder weighing 55-tons came careening down the slope, colliding right into the back of the back of the building. The couple that owned the place were home at the time of the impact and were almost crushed by the rolling stone. Luckily both were physically uninjured, although both had been sufficiently rattled to abandon the house almost immediately.

The next owner of the property, instead of paying to have the boulder removed (no small feat since it was lodged almost entirely into the house), simply decided to shore up the residence around the new addition, and make it an attraction. Renaming the property the “Rock in the House,” playing off the name of the larger attraction, the boulder was opened for visitors.

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