Roundup: Don't Egg Steve Spurrier's 85-Foot Portrait; Beyoncé's VMA Performance; The Teenage Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 7.41.39 PMAriana Madix … MGM Grand slot machine famous for not paying out jackpot finally pays out jackpot … Nicki Minaj backup dancer gets bitten by a snake during VMA rehearsal … Man pays $400k for storage shed full of baseball cards, is disappointed with contents … The drought in California continues to be harrowing … Why we forget people’s names … Folks on the Hamptons are sick and tired of their neighbors’ helicopter transit … Microsoft is still trying to make Bing happen … Breaking Bad memorabilia scavenger hunt in LA … Reese’s peanut butter cup waffle ice cream sandwich … Bingo parties are the rage in NYC … Pizza delivery guy allegedly lied about witnessing a murder to avoid getting punished by boss for late delivery … Guy writes four letters to city hall to try to get 12-year-old’s lemonade stand shut down … Photos from Jamal Crawford’s wedding … GIF of Beyonce shaking it at the VMA’s … Lots of Napa Valley wine destroyed in earthquake … Man has moth surgically removed from his ear after “days” of torturous buzzing … Body of three-star Ghanaian basketball recruit found after he capsized kayak

Fascinating account of an undercover cop who fathered a child under his false identity, and then abandoned his new family [New Yorker]

The story behind the rise of McDonald’s in France [Business Insider]

A satirical interview with the Ferguson chief of police [Ruthless Reviews]

The FBI is “grappling” with changing its policy pertaining to hiring marijuana users [Wall Street Journal]

Broncos kicker Matt Prater suspended for the first four games of this season [Denver Post]

How Thrillist went from an email newsletter with 600 subscribers to a $100 million business [Wired]

Gus Malzahn’s sweater vest spurred a return of the fashion trend [Al.com]

Couple re-unites after 60 years apart [Boston Globe]

The teenage girl who struck out Babe Ruth, got women banned from baseball [Sports Mic]

Why practicality should be embedded into creative writing education [The Millions]

What should you do after drinking coffee? [Slate]


Steve Spurrier: “I don’t want people throwing eggs” at the 85-foot banner of me (Via Yahoo)

Hulk Hogan vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts from 1986

Dolphin causes paddleboarder wipeout (via DPF)

Full Beyonce VMA performance

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