Did the FCC give a f*** about Big Papi's obscenity?
In the first Red Sox home game after the Boston bombing tragedy and ensuing manhunt, superstar David Ortiz told the crowd (and a live television and radio audience), "This is our f***ing city and nobody is going to dictate our freedom." Stations that had broadcast the expletive could have faced a fine, but FCC chairman Julius Genachowski let it slide, tweeting, "David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today's Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston." It certainly doesn't hurt that Genachowski hails from Brookline, Mass., less than 5 miles outside of Beantown.
How far were government scientists willing to go to find water?
No, they weren't just thirsty. NASA scientists announced that their Kepler spacecraft, meant to search the Milky Way for planets that may contain liquid water, discovered two planetary systems with individual planets in the "habitable zone" -- a range of distance from a star that allows for relatively comfortable temperatures and liquid H2O. The three planets, nicknamed Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f and Kepler-69c, are all larger than Earth. Agency officials called the find "a significant milestone" in the search for planets that could sustain life.
What foreign ambassador decided to give Americans a geography lesson?
Petr Gandalovic, the Czech Republic's ambassador to the United States, apparently didn't like what he saw on his Twitter feed Friday. Gandalovic released a statement urging Americans to keep in mind that the accused Boston bombers are of Chechen, not Czech, descent. "As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect," he wrote. "The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities -- the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation."