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  • Texas Parents Angered by Fourth-Graders' Bizarre Adult-Themed Homework

    17 April 2014, 2:07 pm by: Adam Weinstein

    The parents of El Paso elementary schoolers are still trying to figure out why their kids got a strange take-home assignment that involved reading several bleak passages in which a child possibly gets abused, a wife discovers her husband is cheating, and a…
  • Why You Should Be Careful What You "Like" on Facebook

    17 April 2014, 1:45 pm by: Michelle Dean

    Looking to sue a corporation? Quick, check your Facebook interests. The New York Times reports today that now your innocent thumbs-up on a brand on Facebook—or the downloading of a coupon—could limit your right to your day in a proper court.Read more...
  • Prince William looks over the cliff edge as he and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, observe

    17 April 2014, 1:41 pm by: Sarah Hedgecock

    Prince William looks over the cliff edge as he and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, observe abseiling and team building exercises at Narrow Neck Lookout near Katoomba, Australia, on Thursday. Image via Ryan Pierse, Pool/AP.Read more...
  • U.S., Russia Reach a Tentative Deal to Calm Tensions Over Ukraine

    17 April 2014, 1:19 pm by: Adam Weinstein

    Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met and agreed on a plan this afternoon that aims at de-escalating the rising war of words over Ukraine, backing off of military options, and letting the nation determine its own…
  • Construction Worker Faces Federal Fine Over 89-Cent Drink Refill

    17 April 2014, 1:10 pm by: Jay Hathaway

    A construction worker faces a large fine for stealing government property after he failed to pay for a drink refill during his lunch break at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital. Read more...
  • The Secret Service Threatened to Kill Mr. Met: Report

    17 April 2014, 12:42 pm by: Taylor Berman

    Mr. Met, the mascot for baseball's saddest franchise, received a stern warning from the Secret Service in 1997, when President Clinton visited Shea Stadium: "Approach the president, and we go for the kill shot."Read more...
  • A Disturbing Montage of Real Housewives Crying Through Botox

    17 April 2014, 12:40 pm by: Tracie Egan Morrissey on Jezebel, shared by Sarah Hedgecock to Gawker

    This is your face on Botox—and it's ridiculous.Read more...
  • Marissa Mayer's Sidekick Made $58 Million Just by Getting Fired

    17 April 2014, 12:37 pm by: Sam Biddle on Valleywag, shared by Sarah Hedgecock to Gawker

    A new SEC filing out of Yahoo! confirms two sad things we already knew: it's tremendously easy for a man to make more than a woman , and it's stupid simple to be filthy rich and also be bad at your job. Where do the rest of us sign up?Read more...
  • Panicked Investors Insist Tech Stock Nosedive Is Just a Phase

    17 April 2014, 12:35 pm by: Nitasha Tiku on Valleywag, shared by Sarah Hedgecock to Gawker

    The "pounding" tech stocks have been taking in the public market has forced Silicon Valley to wonder if a startup's ability to make a profit really does matter after all. But don't expect a moment of reckoning. Read more...
  • Jews Are Being Ordered to Register in Russian-Controlled Ukraine

    17 April 2014, 12:02 pm by: Adam Weinstein

    Jews over 16 in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk are being told to pay a special tax and register their identities with the pro-Russian militants who have taken over the town, according to multiple reports.Read more...
  • Will Arnett Finally Files for Divorce From Amy Poehler

    17 April 2014, 11:59 am by: Sarah Hedgecock on Defamer, shared by Taylor Berman to Gawker

    Did you hear that? That was the sound of a million hearts breaking all over again. Extremely funny dude Will Arnett, 18 months after separating from feminist-humor goddess Amy Poehler, has officially filed for divorce, reports People.Read more...
  • Rapper Who Severed Own Penis "Not Affiliated With Wutang," Says The Wu

    17 April 2014, 11:50 am by: Jay Hathaway

    In a classic case of adding insult to injury, the Wu-Tang Clan's official clothing brand says that rapper Andre Johnson, who cut off his own penis and then jumped off a second-story balcony early Wednesday morning, is "not affiliated with the Wutang…
  • Everywhere to Be a Sonic

    17 April 2014, 11:37 am by: Hamilton Nolan

    Sonic, a fast food chain that differentiates itself by delivering garbage directly to your parked car, plans to expand into every last empty lot in the United States of America. Read more...
  • James Franco Calls New York Times Theatre Critic a "Little Bitch"

    17 April 2014, 11:36 am by: Jordan Sargent

    This morning, James Franco took to Instagram to link to a positive review in Variety of the version of "Of Mice and Men" he is currently starring in on Broadway along with Chris O'Dowd. In a since deleted comment, he also called the New York Times' Ben…
  • What Is a Supercell Thunderstorm?

    17 April 2014, 11:30 am by: Dennis Mersereau on The Vane, shared by Sarah Hedgecock to Gawker

    One of the most commonly used weather terms during the spring and summer months is "supercell thunderstorm." Most weather enthusiasts (myself included) use the term with the assumption that people know what a supercell is, but many people don't. Supercells are…
  • Law Prof Rips School for Helping Poor Grads and Not Giving Him a Raise

    17 April 2014, 11:25 am by: Adam Weinstein

    Hell hath no fury like Rob Illig, University of Oregon securities law professor, emailing furiously for ANSWERS as to why his school is indulging in "white-man's guilt" by assisting recent graduates working in nonprofit law instead of raising his six-figure…
  • Florida Woman on Crack Gives Birth in Motel, Bites off Umbilical Cord

    17 April 2014, 11:02 am by: Jay Hathaway

    A pregnant Florida woman delivered her baby in a motel bathtub, and that's the least bizarre thing about the circumstances of the child's entry into this mad, mad, mad, mad world.Read more...
  • A diver dressed as the Easter Bunny swims among sharks, rays and other species of fish on Thursday i

    17 April 2014, 10:55 am by: Sarah Hedgecock

    A diver dressed as the Easter Bunny swims among sharks, rays and other species of fish on Thursday in the shipwreck habitat at the South East Asia Aquarium of Resorts World Sentosa. Image via Wong Maye-E/AP.Read more...
  • Mrs. Doubtfire Is Getting a Sequel, 20 Years Later

    17 April 2014, 10:45 am by: Jay Hathaway

    Robin Williams is set to reprise his role as the granny who can hip-hop, be-bop, dance 'til ya drop, and yo yo, make a wicked cup of cocoa. Yes, a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is in the works, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read more...
  • The Season 2 Orange Is the New Black Trailer Is Finally Here

    17 April 2014, 10:19 am by: Sarah Hedgecock on Defamer, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker

    The trailer for the new season of Orange Is the New Black was released Thursday, and it looks like things are about to get intense. Well, more intense than usual.Read more...
  • In the latest installment of "The World's Least Successful Effort By a Cult-Like Phenomenon to Prove

    17 April 2014, 10:18 am by: Hamilton Nolan

    In the latest installment of "The World's Least Successful Effort By a Cult-Like Phenomenon to Prove that It Is Not Cult-Like," Crossfit digs into the links between Crossfit and polygamy. Read more...
  • Congressmen Just Can't Stop Getting Porn in the Mail

    17 April 2014, 10:15 am by: Adam Weinstein

    Every member of Congress gets Hustler in the mail. No member of Congress can stop it. Who's to say they'd want to?Read more...
  • CNN's Simulator Pilot Fired From Day Job for "Shaming Canadians"

    17 April 2014, 9:53 am by: Jay Hathaway

    The flight instructor and simulator pilot featured in CNN's somehow-still-ongoing coverage of the search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has been fired from his day job for dressing like a teenager and "shaming Canadians."Read more...
  • Is Puffy a Good Commencement Speaker?

    17 April 2014, 9:43 am by: Hamilton Nolan

    Recent commencement speakers at Howard University include Barack Obama, John Lewis, and Jesse Jackson. This year's selection: Puffy. Read more...
  • Portland to Dump 38 Million Gallons of Water Tainted by Teen's Urine

    17 April 2014, 9:23 am by: Taylor Berman

    The city of Portland announced late Wednesday that it will flush nearly 38 million gallons of treated water because a teenager was busted peeing into a city reservoir. Read more...

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