I think it has to do with the victim actively breaking the rules and putting himself in a position of danger. There was no need for him to get out of his car, let alone walk toward the middle of the track and get in the way of the other cars. I don't know anything about racing, but watching this video I definitely… » 8/10/14 5:51pm 8/10/14 5:51pm

It's not a very commonly used meaning, but in economics secular means "occurring or persisting over an indefinitely long period". It's nothing to do with religion, but rather with the latin saecularis 'relating to an age or period.' Admittedly the more commonly used meaning (non-religious) is also derived from the… » 8/09/14 7:34pm 8/09/14 7:34pm

About 50% of gawker media stories I see I've seen earlier on Reddit. I don't mind as much on the other gawker sites, but on Jezebel it smacks of extreme hypocrisy since they go out of their way to make fun of and demonize reddit (which is silly since it's so far from being a monolithic entity). For people who claim to… » 8/09/14 7:17am 8/09/14 7:17am

It's a touchy subject, and there's obviously a more tactful way to raise it than saying "You should have to put your credit card down before you can even have this conversation," but it's an established fact that in America (especially for women) weight is generally inversely correlated with income level, so there is … » 8/09/14 7:11am 8/09/14 7:11am

US doesn't have an official language, and spanish is the 2nd most common language spoken in the states, so yes, lots of people understand them. The US is the 5th biggest spanish speaking country in the world (by # of people who speak the language). Also, 20% of Americans don't speak english at home. It's a US server,… » 8/06/14 5:14pm 8/06/14 5:14pm

I don't get it, why shouldn't I tip with coins? "They're a pain to deal with" sounds like a silly excuse (they are not that hard to pick up, and do not weigh that much), and they are officially not valueless in American society, no matter what you claim; if someone gives you a dollar in coins, it is worth just as much… » 8/06/14 3:29pm 8/06/14 3:29pm

Isn't it a good thing for him to be honest about his sexual interests early in a relationship rather than waiting too long? If he's interested in threesomes that's something he should disclose early (I would say before marriage but, uh, that doesn't seem to be an option here). I'm not sure why this article emphasises… » 8/06/14 3:06pm 8/06/14 3:06pm

How the teams performed against each other is the decider after goal differential, so since US beat Ghana, US would go on. If the teams tied each other (e.g. if Portugal somehow manages to tie points and GD) then it comes down to how many goals total were scored by the team. » 6/23/14 8:45am 6/23/14 8:45am

They mention battlefield and its problems a lot, but never once mention Sim City... it seems like they may have missed an important learning opportunity. Sim City was way more of a disaster than Battlefield, but maybe they're just hoping we've forgotten (it's been more than a year after all) and don't want to remind… » 6/19/14 1:21pm 6/19/14 1:21pm

Well, Disney already gave the Grimm fairytales this sort of treatment, and now the disney versions are beloved classics and most Americans don't know the originals. Making child-friendly versions of dark stories is a huge part of what they've built their empire on. Personally I prefer the original fairytales, and I… » 6/18/14 8:11pm 6/18/14 8:11pm

Pigs can be trained to be obedient, like a dog. They can respond to voice commands and play. They can be protective. They are also significantly more intelligent than dogs (and by some measures, 3 year-old humans), and many people are very fond of their pet pigs. So if you eat pigs and are fine with that, you aren't… » 6/18/14 2:33pm 6/18/14 2:33pm

Selling stollen goods is illegal regardless of whether it's stolen from a soldier or a heroin addict; the occupation of the victim has no legal bearing (and I would argue little moral bearing either). If the family refuses to return the dog I don't think they will have any legal legs to stand on. The owner did not… » 6/18/14 8:35am 6/18/14 8:35am