News of the Weird / Plus, May 18, 2015

News of the Weird / Plus
May 18, 2015 (Part 1) [weird stuff that made me excited (frightened) (ROTFL) (appalled) last week, some of which will appear in News of the Weird soon] [Part 1 on Monday, Part 2 on Tuesday]

Once Again--Rothko! Every time Mark Rothko’s Untitled, (Yellow and Blue) gets resold, it provokes News of the Weird to act. Sotheby’s auction house sold it last week for $46.5m. As you know, the painting consists of a yellow rectangle on top of a blue rectangle, on top of a smaller rectangle of yellow again (showing “how truly miraculous a painting can be,” according to the Sotheby’s guide). New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/13/nyregion/a-rothko-tops-sothebys-contemporary-art-auction.html?_r=0

Speaking of art, New York City’s Fox TV station, showing Picasso’s Women of Algiers (which brought in $179m at Christie’s) actually felt the need to blur out the nipples when it broadcast the seemingly-enhanced-stick-figure work. The Guardian (London)

Our Hardiest Generation (I): A nursing student at Pennsylvania’s Misericordia University is suing the school because she’s all nervous and can’t pass a required exam, twice, even with extra time. The school should have helped her more, the potential nurse--nurse!--thinks. Fox News

Our Hardiest Generation (II): Four Ivy League students demanded in a newspaper piece that classes like Greek mythology and Roman poetry come with “trigger warnings,” meaning that students might learn that there was viciousness and abuse chronicled in those olden times and that some students may swoon--or get, y’know, really upset--upon reading. Washington Post

On Second Thought, Hmmm, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz? South Korea’s intelligence service claimed that Kim-Jong Un had his defense chief, Hyon Yong Chol, assassinated by having him test-receive anti-aircraft fire. All Hyon did was disobey Kim and fall asleep during a meeting; he never, for example, got the trillion-dollar invasion of a country wrong. Reuters

Brad Davis, 34, finally pleaded guilty in the 2013 death of his step-father in Shawnee, Okla. He copped to manslaughter for strangling the man in his own underwear (i.e., an “atomic wedgie,” as Internet click-bait goes). The Oklahoman via Tulsa World

Recurring Theme: Perp swallows packets of heroin and cocaine; police wait for nature to take its course so they can recover the evidence. But 23 days? East Anglian Daily Times (Ipswich, England)

Lede Sentences That Cannot Be Improved: [from the NY Times obit of weird performance artist Chris Burden): “Chris Burden, a conceptual artist who in the line of duty had himself shot, pierced, starved, crucified, electrocuted, cut by glass, kicked down stairs, locked up, dropped from heights and nearly drowned [died on May 10th in Topanga, Calif. He was 69,]” New York Times
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Comments
Rothko! Art that can only be appreciated if you have more money than sense.

NY City's Fox News Even THE Fox channel made fun of this one. How @[email protected]@#ing stupid can people get and still remember to breathe?

Failed Nurse Who wants an anxious, retarded, stressed out nurse in the 1st place?

Trigger Warnings Their mommies must have breast fed them into their teens.

N. Korea "Every nation gets the government it deserves.", J. de Maistre
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/18/15 at 11:09 AM
Sorry, Ankara, but no posting naughty links.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/18/15 at 12:23 PM
Yellow&blue;- I can draw one if those and I'd only charge $10mil.

Blurred nipples- Of course it was Fox.

Nurse wannabe- Just wait till she get a load of the state boards!

Atomic wedgie- He was strangled by the elastic, the rest is sensationalism for humor.

Chris Burden- It should have ended with " he died of natural causes."
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/18/15 at 08:15 PM
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