NRA Secretly Backs Group Aiming To Save Elephants Now, Kill Them Later

A couple of weeks ago, a group called the Elephant Protection Association (EPA) sent an email to a Maryland woman with elephant-hugging tendencies after she'd registered for membership online. There was an important measure coming before the General Assembly in Annapolis, HB713, which would restrict the sale of… » 3/03/15 5:55pm 3/03/15 5:55pm

Seth Davis Promotes His Mom's Hoax Cancer Cures

There have never been more options for those convinced that the medical establishment is hiding secrets from them. Look at the Google ads running down the sidebar of just about any website you visit, and you're almost certain to see ads about "natural" cures—gluten-free diets and alkaline water, superfoods and… » 2/19/15 1:49pm 2/19/15 1:49pm

The Miseducation Of Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders knows better than most that there's power in a nickname. When he was still just a skinny cornerback at Florida State University, he dubbed himself "Prime Time" and birthed an alter ego that would earn him fame, riches, and a place in the pantheon of the 20th century's greatest athletes, not to mention… » 2/12/15 12:55pm 2/12/15 12:55pm

Has Detroit Found An Answer To The Publicly Financed Stadium Scam?

When Marathon Petroleum received a $175 million tax break from the city of Detroit in 2007, they promised jobs for Detroiters. And, as of last January, the $2.2 billion expansion of Marathon's refinery on the city's southwest side had, in fact, created new jobs for tax-paying residents —all of 15 of them. » 2/10/15 2:47pm 2/10/15 2:47pm

The Sochi Olympics Were Even More Of A Boondoggle Than You thought

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, were a scam from the very start. Sochi is a resort city with mild weather that had nothing close to the infrastructure necessary to host the Olympics, yet the initial budget was only $12 billion dollars. In comparison, the budget for the 2010 Winter Olympics—held in the much… » 2/05/15 11:40pm 2/05/15 11:40pm

McDonald's Is America's Most Cynical Corporation

McDonald's, the molded plastic king of America's molded plastic cuisine, has decided that money will no longer suffice to purchase its meager offerings; the company now demands that you degrade yourself in order to be fed. » 2/02/15 11:57am 2/02/15 11:57am

Rams Owner Who Just Bought Land In L.A. Is Ignoring St. Louis

It appears that St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is pulling out all the stops in an effort to terrify the city of St. Louis into believing it is about to lose its NFL team. Not only has he purchased land suitable for an NFL stadium in L.A., he's also refusing to speak to St. Louis city leaders who are trying to… » 1/08/15 9:49am 1/08/15 9:49am

62-Year-Old Mickey Rourke's "Knockout" Victim Admits He Threw The Bout

Mickey Rourke's ludicrous "knockout" victory last month in Moscow was fixed, according to the boxer he "defeated"—who told TMZ he took a dive for $15,000, which Rourke's camp has been late in paying. » 12/16/14 12:59am 12/16/14 12:59am

Red Wings Generously Agree To Accept Huge Sums Of Money From Public

Yesterday, the Detroit Red Wings unveiled plans for their brand new publicly subsidized $450 million arena development. The arena, which promises to include $200 million additional investments in mixed-used development, will break ground in September. The Ilitch family, which owns the Red Wings and Tigers, is calling… » 7/21/14 10:33am 7/21/14 10:33am

Gambling Addict/Airport Scammer Spills His Life Story On Message Board

There is a fascinating thread over at the Two Plus Two poker forums that starts off as an everyday tale of an attempted scam at Las Vegas's McCarran Airport, but spirals into something else entirely. » 6/30/14 3:26pm 6/30/14 3:26pm

Exclusive Video: The World's Shadiest 'Supercar' Company Exposed

Super Replicas' websites trumpet perfect copies of Ferraris and Lamborghinis powered by anything from Toyota V6s to BMW V12s, all depending on the size of your imagination and your wallet. The reality is far less glamorous, according to exclusive videos shot in secret and featured on Jalopnik. » 5/19/14 3:50pm 5/19/14 3:50pm

Dominica's Fake Ski Team Scammed The Olympics And The Press

After the opening ceremony, the Olympics were one long ungroomed trail for Gary di Silvestri and Angelica Morrone, the most-publicized husband-and-wife carpetbagging oldies act in cross-country-skiing history. » 2/24/14 4:55pm 2/24/14 4:55pm

Anatomy Of A Con: How The Public Was Scammed To Build Candlestick Park

While everyone's free to be as nostalgic as they like about Candlestick Park now that it's probably seen the end of its useful life, it's worth remembering that it wasn't only a miserable place to watch a game, but also a forerunner of the modern public financing con. The piece below, which originally ran in the San… » 12/24/13 2:52pm 12/24/13 2:52pm

The PGA Tour's Non-Profit Status Is A Big Joke

Paula Lavigne of Outside The Lines has conducted a thorough investigation into the PGA Tour's status as a non-profit organization, and has found that the tour's commitment to charity is not nearly as strong as the suits at the PGA would like everyone to believe. » 12/13/13 2:22pm 12/13/13 2:22pm

John Henson And His T-Shirt Think The NCAA Is A Scam

Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson spent three years at the University of North Carolina before jumping to the NBA, and it looks like those three years as a Tar Heel left him with a pretty solid understanding of what the NCAA is really about. You're all right, John Henson. » 12/12/13 9:38am 12/12/13 9:38am

The Helmet Con: How To Make A Buck Off The Concussion Crisis

"It helps with the ringing in my ears." James Harrison was on the phone, explaining that he collided with other human beings with such ferocity that his ears would ring for hours after games. He was worried about this. » 8/21/13 2:00pm 8/21/13 2:00pm

Somebody Took Over Manti Te'o's Old Twitter Account And Is Reviving His…

Just when we thought things on the Manti Te'o/Lennay Kekua front were over, they got weird again. Earlier this month, an unknown individual assumed control of Manti Te'o's deleted Twitter account, recreated its appearance, and started tweeting. The tweets weren't original, though; they were recycled from Te'o's own… » 3/30/13 7:25pm 3/30/13 7:25pm

Shabazz Muhammad Is Exactly One Year Older Than We All Thought

Yesterday, as UCLA was gearing up for its first tournament game (an upset loss to Minnesota), the Los Angeles Times published a profile of the father of Pac-12 freshman of the year Shabazz Muhammad. The piece revealed, among other odd things, that he had been lying about his son's age for some time—in a separate… » 3/23/13 10:15am 3/23/13 10:15am

The Public-Funding-For-Stadiums Hustle Comes To Spring Training

Every day, it seems, another team in another sport is begging local government to pay for its stupid stadium upgrades—luxury boxes, video boards, home-run whirligigs. And seemingly every other day, more or less, municipalities give into the bullying. » 3/05/13 6:55pm 3/05/13 6:55pm