To get at whether the preference for Clinton was seen as a vote for the "lesser of two evils," we asked voters to rank order their preference for five different outcomes: (1) a Clinton Presidency, (2) a Trump Presidency, (3) Obama appointing himself to a life term as President, (4) A giant meteor strikes the earth and extinguishes all human life and (5) the President is selected by a random lottery from among all U.S. citizens. Clinton gets the plurality of first choice votes, with 33%, followed closely by a life term for Obama at 27%. Trump comes in at third with 16%, while equal numbers (12% respectively) prefer a giant meteor and a random lottery. read more
The World Clown Association is fighting back.
"Whoever is doing this is not a clown," WCA president Randy Christensen said about the growing hysteria over the so-called creepy clowns. "A person wearing a mask and jeans -- that's not a clown. If somebody dresses like a doctor and is in a haunted house and is coming at you with a chainsaw, he is not really a doctor." read more
The British man found dead in mysterious circumstances at an airport in Spain bizarrely had a slice of ham on each buttock and his genitals in an open tuna can, it has been reported.
Steven Allford, 51, was discovered with his hands and feet bound by plastic ties and his trousers pulled down on a bench near to the terminal at Malaga Airport. read more
Five years ago, the largest single release of human-made radioactive discharge to the marine environment resulted from an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. Approximately 80 percent of the fallout happened over the Pacific Ocean. Jordi Vives i Batlle of the Belgian Nuclear Research Center explores the environmental consequences in the marine environment of the accident in an article published in the October issue of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. He outlines the status of current research about the impact of the fallout on plant and animal life and what remains to be done as the radioactivity continues to spread. His article is part of a series of invited commentaries from international experts on "Lessons Learned and Consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, 5 Years Later." read more
A Montana district court judge who caused a public uproar by imposing a two-month sentence on a father for repeatedly raping his 12-year-old daughter is about to step down from the bench. read more