Friday News Bites: Male Strippers Stop Robbery, New Big Bang Evidence + More

Yeah, I thought that headline might get your attention. Also, possibly the most hateful man in the world has died. Let’s get to this week’s stories that struck my interest:

The “Thunder From Down Under” lads stopped an armed robbery in their dressing room, after a man tried to steal some of their belongings. Vegas, everyone. Vegas.

In other entertainment news, I didn’t know that Jason Segel is playing David Foster Wallace in a movie, but here he is.

Epic literature fans rejoice: “JRR Tolkien translation of Beowulf to be published after 90-year wait.”

Courtney Love is being… well, Courtney Love, once again. She has a theory about the missing Malaysian plane.

L’Wren Scott — respected costume designer, stylist, and girlfriend to Mick Jagger — took her own life this week. She was 49.

In other notable — though not particularly sad — death news: Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, died on March 19th at age 84. I’ll just leave this paragraph from his Washington Post obit here:

Rev. Phelps was estranged from at least four of his children, including sons Mark and Nathan, who alleged years of physical abuse by their father and who left his church years ago. (Nathan recently said that his father had been expelled by the church in 2013, but a church spokesman declined to address the matter with media outlets.)

Two of Rev. Phelps’s granddaughters who participated in protests left the church last year and apologized for the public pain they caused. Their grandfather, however, had never intended the message to be gentle.

Let’s end with some SCIENCE!

Have you ever wondered why some people are bitten by mosquitoes and others aren’t? Some of you just smell tastier, that’s all.

Finally, it’s been a big week for the Big Bang:

Today [March 17], researchers at Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, leading a team of researchers using a facility at the South Pole, say they’ve found, for the first time, a long-predicted second kind of fluctuation: ripples in the fabric of space itself, set down in the universe’s earliest moments. has a more detailed explanation, if you’re really into the physics of it all.


See you next week, 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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