Friday News Bites: Philip Seymour Hoffman Tributes, #SochiProblems + More

Friends, with the wind chill, it is currently -40° where I live, as I type this. Notice I didn’t put F or C next to that temperature. It’s so cold that Fahrenheit and Celsius have met on a spot so low on the thermometer, it’s ridic that it even exists.

Oh, wait, I’m sorry — According to my local news station, we’ve now warmed up to a balmy “feels like” -32° F. Lucky us!

Let’s distract ourselves with some news from this week, shall we?

Of course if you follow any news outlet, including P-Mag, you’ll have heard that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a drug overdose earlier this week. Here are a few of the interesting tributes that have come about since:

Also, Joan Mondale, tireless arts advocate and wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died this week at age 83.

In other news:

Charlie Chaplin’s only novel, Footlights, is about to be published for the first time.

Annnd did you know that Subway bread, until very recently, contained one of the same ingredients as yoga mats? (Warning: Auto-playing video.)

In other “Things That Are Bad For You” Stories: CVS has decided to stop selling tobacco products, effective October 1st.

Huh: Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina. That’s somewhat unexpected.

Break out the confetti and champagne for The Land of Unicorns and David Tennant: Scotland has legalized same-sex marriage.

When I saw someone on Twitter post this link, I thought they were just re-posting the old news of “Cops shoot and kill naked Florida man after face-biting rampage” story from last year. Yeah, guess what just happened again?

The accommodations at the Sochi Olympics have been a bit of a shit-show, according to many of the journalists and athletes who have arrived, which has given birth to the Twitter hashtag #SochiProblems. It’s as hilarious as it is horrifying. Keep in mind, not all #SochiProblems are real.

Oh, and by the way, Russia may be watching you shower (and definitely your email) while you’re there.

And for the kicker: Russia has also killed more than 5,000 stray dogs in advance of the Olympics, but some Sochi residents are trying to rescue as many as they can.

All right, clearly the only thing to do right now is to watch this video from the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion. It’s pretty great.

Until next time, friends.

By Sara Habein

Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

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