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Fracking wells at the Pittsburgh airport? Sure — what could go wrong?

Real potential for crisis lies in endangering one of the state’s greatest monuments, which can be found opposite the airport TGI Friday's.

Why Israel and Palestine Should Get Rid of Their Borders and Become Two Overlapping States

As the latest truce between Israel and Hamas hopefully takes root in Gaza, the world is confronted with a humanitarian disaster of monumental proportions. There are nearly 2,000 people dead and 10,000 injured, over 10,000 homes destroyed,...Show More Summary

This week in science: Think of the children!

What better use of tax incentives in 21st century America than a monument to religious fundamentalism and pseudoscience? A state tourism board gave preliminary approval on Tuesday for up to $18 million in tax rebates for a proposed full-sized replica of the massive ark as described in the book of Genesis. Show More Summary

Mosul Residents Fight Back as ISIS Tries to Destroy 840-Year-Old Muslim Monument

The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, is in control of Mosul in Iraq, but the terrorist group is pushing their luck by targeting historic mosques and shrines. The last straw for the residents is the Crooked Minaret. The jihadists marched towards the 840-year-old tower and the people immediately protected it. Show More Summary

Finding Bigfoot: Four States, Four Times the Level of Squatch

The team from Finding Bigfoot travel to the Four Corners Monument. They split up each taking one of the four states looking for evidence of bigfoots. Will they walk away convinced that the Four Corners is super squatchy?

Looted Objects Smuggled from Mosul

Mosul in northern Iraq Iraqi antiquities and historic monuments, including churches and monasteries, have already come under attack in the region of Mosul since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) took control of the city on June 10. Show More Summary

If This Texas County Installs a Ten Commandments Monument at the Courthouse, a Satanic One Could Follow

The Young County Commissioners Court (in Texas) just voted to place a Ten Commandments monument near the entrance to the Young County Courthouse. The monument, similar to the one at the Oklahoma State Capitol building, will be funded...Show More Summary

Crazy Horse Monument Sculptor’s Widow Continued Husband’s Legacy

The Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota is one of the most impressive man made displays in all of the United States and thanks to the sculptor’s widow — who continued her husband’s legacy after his death — it became a national draw, but on Wednesday she passed away. Ruth Ziolkowski was 87-years-old and had

Bulgarian State Monument in Shumen, Bulgaria

In the Bulgarian mythology, well before the appearance of human beings, the earth was inhabited by a race of giant named the Ispolini. It is difficult not to invoke these mysterious figureheads while walking the site of the Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument in north-eastern Bulgaria. Show More Summary

The Original Jurassic Park

4 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Before the movie or even the book, the United States dedicated a park specifically to Jurassic dinosaurs. Dinosaur National Monument straddles the border between Colorado and Utah, a national park stuffed to the canyons with fossils from dinosaurs that roamed long ago. Read more...

Smashing Pumpkins Enlist Tommy Lee Of Mötley Crüe To Drum On New Album

The Smashing Pumpkins are set to release two albums in 2015, "Monuments to an Elegy" and "Day for Night." The former will be the first to make its debut, and frontman/guitarist Billy Corgan stated last week that the album is nearly complete. Show More Summary

Sunday open thread #2 – Oklahoma’s new monument to Satan?

Remember when I said that Oklahoma only gets national press coverage when the news is bad or strange?  Here’s an odd one … Oklahoma State Rep. Mike Ritze decided that Oklahoma needed a monument to the Ten Commandments on the state capitol grounds.  His family donated $10,000 to fund the project, and Ritze introduced a […]

Open Thread: Bow Down, Oklahoma

This is the statue of Baphomet that Satanists are going to place on the state capital grounds in Oklahoma, next to the ten commandments monument installed there in 2012. When complete, it will be cast in bronze and Baphomet will be sitting under the pentagram, his lap serving as a seat for children. The Church [Read more...]

Construction Under Way On Oklahoma's Satanic Monument

4 months agoGenres / Horror : Fearnet

Back in January we told you about the push to erect a 7 foot tall concrete goat-headed Baphomet outside of Oklahoma’s State Capital. Well we have an update to that story. A quick recap of what is actually going on here. Back in 2009, the government of Oklahoma allowed a monument of the Ten Commandments to be placed on the Capital’s steps. Show More Summary

Photos of the new Satanic monument being built for Oklahoma's Statehouse

4 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

Jonathan Smith of Vice snapped some photos of the Satanic monument being built for the Oklahoma State house. Hurray for the First Amendment!

A Glimpse at the Monument the Satanic Temple Wants to Place Outside the Oklahoma Capitol Building

In 2012, Oklahoma state officials approved of a Ten Commandments monument being placed outside the capitol building. Last year, the Satanic Temple said they, too, wanted to donate a monument... a Hindu group soon followed. Eventually, the state officials issued a moratorium on all monuments while they sorted out the legality of the original one. Show More Summary

The Xbox One will launch in China in September

Microsoft has just announced a partnership with BesTV, stating that it will bring the Xbox One to China in September. Marked as a "monumental day for Xbox," apparently this is the first step in the partnership between MS and BesTV. Microsoft...Show More Summary

After 27 Years, a New York World’s Fair Relic Reopens to the Public

4 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

The public was invited inside a New York City architectural monument today for a view that has been off-limits for 27 years. The New York State Pavilion, designed by Philip Johnson, was open for just a few hours this afternoon.

High Point Monument in Sussex, New Jersey

The highest point above sea level in the state of New Jersey is marked by the unmistakably named spire known simply as the High Point Monument. A little known fact (at least outside of the community of elevation enthusiasts known asShow More Summary

Executive Branch: 1911

Circa 1911, our second selection from the panoramic series "Washington from Washington Monument." Landmarks include the State, War & Navy Building at left; the White House and Ellipse; and U.S. Treasury. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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