Conspiracy Theories
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The Penthouse at the Edge of the World

A superlative piece of New York real estate: And there on the map lies the farthest residential building from a subway entrance in Manhattan according to my analysis: 10 Gracie Square, located at the end of 84th street at the FDR Drive. It is 0.7 miles from the subway station as the crow flies, or 0.8 miles using the grid.

There are plenty of places that are nearly as inconvenient to the subway as this address, 10 Gracie Square, on top of which sits a $18,900,000 penthouse apartment, from which you have an unobstructed view of the Coler Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility, which sits just across the [...]

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Obamacane: Is NBC's Sandy Benefit Really an Obama Commercial?

In just a few hours, most every functioning television screen on the Eastern Seaboard will be showing NBC's new mid-season replacement reality series, Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together. And we aren't the only ones who smell an entire river of dead rats. Fox News, for example, has an interesting take that is mostly "interesting" for its picture of Kanye at the top of the story. (Kanye West isn't scheduled to do the benefit tonight, but he did say something about George W. Bush at another hurricane benefit, seven years ago. And Kanye is also black … much like Obama.)

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An Olfactory Guide to New York City

A "smell scientist" enjoys a warm morning in New York City:

The savor of a toasted bagel had traveled on a breeze.

“It’s windy, we don’t have to move around. The smells come to us,” she said.

“A few minutes ago, I smelled the East River,” she said. The telltale scent: “briny, salty, fishy.”

Steam rising from underground brought “a really powdery, moist, kind of sweet smell.”

“It’s like the world’s biggest humidifier.”

Walking through Grand Central, she picked up on pastries and coffee, after-shave and toothpaste.

There was also “disinfectant from the trains,” “brown-black shoe polish,” and “cheap air freshener from a Town Car” coming from one [...]

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What's Up With That Creepy Old Pope Quitting, Anyway?

As a Catholic, I'm not buying this. Popes don't just quit because they're tired. What's going on here??

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 11, 2013

When the most trusted man in America says something like "What's going on here?", then something is most certainly going on here. Popes, after all, do not "quit" like some deluded star of a network situation comedy. Popes "quit" in the way the mythological first pope, Saint Peter, gave up the duties of his office: by upside-down crucifixion. Or, more generally, death. As Joseph Ratzinger is not technically dead, he is the pope until death, unless he believes he is mightier than God [...]