The last word


It is better to have the parents decapitated for punishment after dragging them around town. State Minister Yoshitada Konoike explains what he’d like to do to the parents of the boy who murdered four-year-old Shun Tanemoto. He later explained that the suggestion was prompted by his interest in old samurai movies.

The pace of change for women in Japan, one of the richest countries in the world, has been frustratingly slow.

Members of U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women blast Japan’s slow progress toward gender equality, in the same week the U.N. reported that women in Costa Rica, Namibia and Botswana fare better in political and economic fields than women in Japan.

They do whatever they do to get laid.

Dr Satoshi Kanazawa of the University of Cantebury explains why scientific geniuses and car thieves do their best work before their mid-30s and marriage.

It’s crazy, because I am not used to like being interviewed or anything. I’m like, ‘I’m just a sausage, guys.’ It’s not a big deal.

19-year-old Mandy Block, who was struck by Pittsburgh baseball player Randall Simon during the annual sausage race, which features team employees dressed as an oversized bratwurst, hot dog, Italian sausage and Polish sausage racing around Miller Park baseball ground.

Mom, Pepsi, milk.

Arkansas man Terry Wallis, who was left in a coma after a car wreck in 1984, chooses his first words for 19 years very carefully.

I couldn’t tell you my first thought. I just fell over on the floor.

Wallis’ mother, Angilee, on her reaction to her son’s recovery.