Frankenstein: Behind the monster smash

Image copyright Alamy This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein – first printed on 1 January 1818. Shelley came up with the idea at the age of 18 after being challenged by romantic poet Lord Byron, while in Switzerland, to construct a ghost story. The results were to have a monumental impact. This was the kernel from which the story of Frankenstein would emerge. The novel – originally published without Shelley’s name – received mixed reviews, but came into prominence after beingRead More

Conservatives smash Keurigs in Sean Hannity interview r…

Image copyright Getty Images US conservatives are destroying their Keurig coffee machines after the company announced it would stop advertising on a Fox News programme. Keurig is among five US firms that said they would pull ads from The Sean Hannity Show after the host was accused of going easy on an alleged abuser. He interviewed Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore about claims he assaulted a 14-year-old girl. The Fox News host defended Mr Moore and cast doubt on the allegations. Mr Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court judge,Read More

Smashburger offering $54 ‘Smash Pass’ which entitles cu…

Lily Rose Smashburger is taking a page out of Olive Garden’s playbook.  (Reuters) Smashburger is trying out a holiday burger pass — called “The Smash Pass” — that will allow customers to purchase a burger for $1 from November 15 through January 9. As part of the deal, the $54 pass will allow customers to buy one burger per day for $1, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas, from mid-November to early January. “We’ve never done it before,” the Denver-based chain’s CEO, Tom Ryan, told Nation’s Restaurant News. “We’re going to see how it works.” MoreRead More

Einstein’s waves detected in star smash

Image copyright NSF/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A.Simonnet Image caption Artwork: Merging neutron stars rippling across space-time Scientists have detected the warping of space generated by the collision of two dead stars, or neutron stars. They have confirmed that such mergers lead to the production of the gold and platinum that exists in the Universe. The measurement of the gravitational waves given off by this cataclysmic event was made on 17 August by the LIGO-VIRGO Collaboration. The discovery enabled telescopes all over the world to capture details of the merger as it unfolded.Read More

Spain riot police smash way into Catalan voting center

HERNAN MUNOZ and BEN JARY People block the street in a stand off with civil guards in Sant Julia de Ramis, near Girona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) SANT JULIA DE RAMIS, Spain –  Spanish riot police smashed their way into the polling station where Catalonia’s regional leader was due to vote in the disputed independence referendum on Sunday. Scuffles erupted outside between police and people waiting to vote. Civil Guard officers, wearing helmets and carrying shields, used a hammer to break the glass of the frontRead More