The Strait of Hormuz Is at the Center of Iran Tensions Again. Here’s How the Narrow Waterway Gained Wide Importance

Suyin Haynes The Strait of Hormuz is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point, but it’s once again the biggest waterway in the news headlines, after Iran seized a British oil tanker in what is widely regarded as the world’s most strategically important passage for international trade. Twenty percent of the global oil supply flows through the Strait, which links the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. And though it is technically regulated by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 (UNCLOS), Iran has signed but not ratified that … Continue reading The Strait of Hormuz Is at the Center of Iran Tensions Again. Here’s How the Narrow Waterway Gained Wide Importance

The ‘Special’ U.S.-U.K. Relationship is Bruised After Trump Officials Didn’t Tell Britain About Plans to Hit Iran

Kimberly Dozier / Aspen, Colo. At the Aspen Institute’s annual gathering of national security and foreign policy leaders in July, the former acting CIA director, John McLaughlin, choked up as he recalled how British intelligence chiefs had traversed closed air space from London to Washington to literally embrace their American counterparts after the 9/11 attacks. McLaughlin and Sir John Scarlett, the former head of Britain’s MI6 spy agency sitting beside him, remembered fondly the “special relationship” the U.S. and U.K. had, a relationship that both agreed is troubled at a time when tension with Iran threatens to break into armed … Continue reading The ‘Special’ U.S.-U.K. Relationship is Bruised After Trump Officials Didn’t Tell Britain About Plans to Hit Iran

Genius Red Wine Spill Cover-Up Is the Party Trick We’ve All Been Waiting For

Megan McCluskey As far as party experiences go, there’s nothing worse than having a drink spilled on you right as the fun is getting started. Especially when the drink is red wine and you’re wearing an all-white outfit. So when one woman fell victim to this exact scenario at the Ripon Races in Leeds, England this weekend, her friends decided to help her out by…pouring more wine on her? That’s right. According to Twitter user Eleanor Walton, after her all-white jumpsuit was sullied by an errant spill, her friends came to the rescue by soaking the jumpsuit with more red … Continue reading Genius Red Wine Spill Cover-Up Is the Party Trick We’ve All Been Waiting For

Someone Needs to Explain the Sorcery Responsible for This Pristine Burger Thousands of Miles From Where It Should Be

Raisa Bruner We have to chalk this one some serious kitchen magic: a flawless, still-wrapped In-N-Out burger was discovered over the weekend abandoned on a street in Jamaica, Queens in New York — 1,500 miles from the California home of the burger franchise, and nearly as far from any of its outposts in the six Western states where the popular chain operates. “Because our burgers are only cooked fresh to order in six states, it must have taken considerable planning for that burger to make the trip from the grill all the way to the Empire State,” vice president of … Continue reading Someone Needs to Explain the Sorcery Responsible for This Pristine Burger Thousands of Miles From Where It Should Be

World Leaders React to Boris Johnson Becoming the UK’s New Prime Minister

Julia Webster Boris Johnson will succeed Theresa May as the UK’s prime minister after he defeating Jeremy Hunt in a Conservative Party leadership race. World leaders have been showing their support on Twitter. President Trump was one of the first to congratulate Johnson by declarring: “He will be great!” Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2019 Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he looked forward to working constructively with Johnson towards the divorce with the EU. Johnson was a lead figure … Continue reading World Leaders React to Boris Johnson Becoming the UK’s New Prime Minister

Turns Out Leonardo DiCaprio Is a Very Skilled Crasher

Megan McCluskey Beyond acting, Leonardo DiCaprio’s true calling may be interrupting people. Especially Jimmy Kimmel. As Kimmel attempted to deliver his opening monologue during Monday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he was interrupted not only by DiCaprio, but also his Once Upon a Time In Hollywood co-stars Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt. But while Robbie and Pitt both got a sufficient rise out of the audience as they “cut through” the Live! set on their way to the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere, it was DiCaprio who inspired the night’s loudest cheers. One man in the crowd could … Continue reading Turns Out Leonardo DiCaprio Is a Very Skilled Crasher

Inside the Las Vegas Show That Turned Elvis’ Career Around

Richard Zoglin By the end of the 1960s, Elvis Presley’s career was in disrepair — treading water in a sea of bad movies, records that no longer made the charts and a decade of increasing irrelevance in the fast-changing world of rock’ n’ roll. He had made a splashy comeback in a widely acclaimed NBC special in December 1968. But he hadn’t performed live onstage in more than eight years. So when he opened in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 — the start of a four-week engagement at the brand new International Hotel — it was a make-or-break career … Continue reading Inside the Las Vegas Show That Turned Elvis’ Career Around