1. U.S. Government Shuts Down For The First Time Since The Last Time A Republican-Led House Had To Deal With A Democratic President
Today, more than a million federal employees are working without pay and another 800,000 have been placed on furlough after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives chose not to pass a budget resolution to keep the U.S. government from shutting down due to political and personal issues with the Democratic President. This marks the the first time this has occurred since 1996, when the Republican-controlled House of Representatives chose not to pass a budget resolution to keep the U.S. government from shutting down due to political and personal issues with the Democratic President. The mood on Capitol Hill last night was apparently somewhat tipsy.
2. Bat Affleck Just Destroyed Your Copy Of Trivial Pursuit
Ever since news broke that Ben Affleck will be stepping into the role of Batman for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, it's been safe out there for neither criminal nor board game enthusiast. Just look at this carnage.
3. Record-Breaking "Breaking Bad" Season Finale Draws More Than Half The Viewers Of "Big Bang Theory" Season Premiere
Sunday night's crowd-and-critic-pleasing series-ending episode of Breaking Bad drew a record-breaking 10.3 million viewership for the show. To give some perspective of how massive those ratings are, it's more than half of the 20.4 million viewers that that other science-related show, The Big Bang Theory, received for its season premiere episodes on Thursday night. So, we can probably expect big things from the upcoming spinoff sit-com Huell's Rules.
4. Growing Number Of American Jews Don't Give A Drek About Judaism
According to a new poll, more than one-in-five American Jews today consider themselves to non-religious, while 71% of non-Orthodox Jews (and 58% of all Jews) are marrying non-Jews. It's almost as if with each successive generation, there's a shrinking inclination for people to define themselves by ancient improbable stories written by people who still had no understanding of heliocentric astronomy. What a shanda!
Was just asked on the street if I was Jewish and said "kind of". Sorry grandma.— Jamie Kilstein (@jamiekilstein) October 1, 2013
5. Study Shows You Pour More Wine For Yourself Than For Other People, You Selfish F**king Drunk
Researchers at Iowa State University and Cornell University have discovered that wine drinkers tend to pour 12% more of that sweet burgundy elixir into a sadly-empty glass that they are holding in their own trembling hand than one sitting on a table for some other person who should be happy they;re getting anything.