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Will Smith Gives First Interview on 'Horrific Night' at Oscars

Actor talks about 'the slap' with Trevor Noah: 'I just, I lost it'

(Newser) - Chris Rock hasn't spoken much, other than a few jokes , on "the slap" —the moment at the Oscars ceremony earlier this year when Will Smith attacked the comedian. Smith, however, is now speaking more openly about it, in his first interview about what he describes as a...

This Is the Angriest Country on Earth

Lebanon needs to seek out more joy, according to Gallup's latest 'Global Emotions' report

(Newser) - If you're been seeing red lately, you're still likely not as PO'ed as folks in other parts of the world. Middle East Monitor reports on this year's angriest countries, compiled via data from Gallup's annual "Global Emotions" report . The analytics company's research, which...

Feeling 'Hangry'? Scientists Say You're Not Imagining It

New research ties hunger to negative emotional states like irritability, anger, lower pleasure

(Newser) - That growing rage you feel the later you put off lunch hour—what has become colloquially known as being "hangry"—likely isn't just in your head. Austrian and Malaysian researchers have found that a lack of sustenance actually does seem to make people cranky, and it all...

Facebook Tweaked Its News Feed, Saw 'Unhealthy Side Effects'

Internal docs show 2018 changes to enhance user engagement made things angrier, more polarizing

(Newser) - Facebook execs likely aren't looking forward to the latest copies of the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this week, the paper published a damning story about Instagram on the platform's harmful effects on teen users (and how the parent company knew about it), as well as an article on...

The Greediest, Angriest, Most Jealous States in America

WalletHub takes note of our sins and ranks us

(Newser) - The first day of Lent is Wednesday, and for Christians who follow the observance, it's often a time to give up a bad habit for the six weeks that follow. That may be harder for people in some parts of the country, per WalletHub , which has ranked US states...

One Part of the World Is Pretty Positive

Gallup poll: Latin American nations tend to have less negativity

(Newser) - Feeling angry, worried, and stressed? So is the rest of the world, though some areas are more prone to those feelings than others. That's per Gallup's "Global Emotions" report , cited by the BBC , which surveyed 151,000 people in more than 140 countries to gauge their negative...

Ex-Fox Host: Bill O'Reilly Remark 'Beyond Inappropriate'

Eric Bolling isn't happy O'Reilly brought up his dead son to make a point about himself

(Newser) - Bill O'Reilly said earlier this year his firing from Fox News over sexual harassment allegations was "tremendously disheartening," and he really did take it to heart—so much so he's got a beef with God. CNN reports that in Monday's episode of his No Spin ...

Singapore Rages After US Man Gets 4 Years for Sex With Girls

Thousands say punishment isn't enough—they want him caned

(Newser) - A mixed martial arts teacher originally from the US found out his fate in Singapore last week for having sex with two 15-year-old girls—and thousands are decrying the punishment as not being nearly as punitive as it should be, the BBC reports. Nearly 29,000 people have signed on...

Your Computer Now Knows When You're Mad

The way you move your mouse is giving you away

(Newser) - We may like to think that we are indescribably complex emotional creatures, but computer scientists at Brigham Young University are finding that they can accurately predict one side of ourselves—our dark, angry side—simply by tracking the way we move a mouse while on a computer. "Using this...

Why Women Don't Benefit From Office Rage

Is it just a double standard?

(Newser) - Guys can blow a fuse and be respected for it, but women? Not so much, according to a new study that reveals an apparent double standard in the way we react to angry people, Pacific Standard reports. "Our results lend scientific support to a frequent claim voiced by women,...

Raging Online Can Make You Even Angrier
 Raging Online 
 Can Make You 
 Even Angrier 

Raging Online Can Make You Even Angrier

Forget catharsis—'e-venting' may just fuel the fire, studies suggest

(Newser) - Nothing like a good online vent to blow off a little steam, right? As Melissa Dahl writes for New York , a venting episode on Gchat is "immediate, it's intimate, and there's just something so satisfying about the physical sensation of typing very, very hard, taking out my...

John Kasich's First Big Hurdle: His Image as a 'Jerk'

Anger management seems to be an issue

(Newser) - John Kasich did indeed become the 16th Republican candidate today, declaring at Ohio State University that "big ideas change the world," and that he's just the man to deliver them, reports the AP . But judging from pre-announcement coverage, the Ohio governor has an image problem to control...

Why We Don't Hold Grudges Against Friends

We just can't afford it, study suggests

(Newser) - When it comes to those close to us, we often quickly forgive and forget a deep offense—but if someone we don't know harms us slightly, we'll nurse our anger far longer. So suggests new research on our ability to hold grudges, io9 reports. Researchers asked participants to...

Bad Temper? You May Be at Higher Risk of Heart Attack

After angry outbursts, risk of heart attack, stroke increase: study

(Newser) - Angry? You may want to calm down, or you could put yourself at higher risk of a heart attack or stroke, a new study finds. Researchers found that there's a two-hour "danger zone" following an outburst of rage during which people are nearly five times more likely to...

Today's Legos Are Angrier
 Today's Legos 
 Are Angrier 

study says

Today's Legos Are Angrier

Happy plastic faces on the decline: study

(Newser) - Lego characters, it seems, are no longer living in a state of bliss. Once, the figures wore uniform smiles, whether they were gas station workers or hospital patients. Today, however, life has gotten more complicated: Since the 1990s, the number of angry Lego faces has climbed while the number of...

Forgiveness Can Kill a Marriage
 Forgiveness Can Kill a Marriage 
study says

Forgiveness Can Kill a Marriage

Expressing anger can be a good thing, says professor

(Newser) - All that forgive and forget stuff? Bad for marriage, apparently, which thrives on a good argument once in a while. The "short-term discomfort of an angry but honest conversation" helps a marriage in the long run, says University of Tennessee Associate Professor James McNulty, who conducted several studies on...

Why America Is So Angry and Miserable
Why America Is So Angry and Miserable

Why America Is So Angry and Miserable

Blame our culture of entitlement, victimhood, and greed

(Newser) - These days, America seems defined by a near-ubiquitous “simmering resentment, frustration, and anger,” writes Charles Hugh Smith on his Of Two Minds blog. Why is that? Smith blames:
  • A culture of entitlement: From Social Security recipients to Wall Street welfare queens, “most of us have to elbow

The Rich Are Mad as Hell, and Getting Away With It

Wealthy dodge modest tax hikes while everyone else suffers

(Newser) - “Anger is sweeping America,” Paul Krugman writes in the New York Times , and no, “I’m not talking about the Tea Partiers. I’m talking about the rich.” Although the recession has taken homes and jobs away from millions of poor Americans, “real political rage”...

Threats Against Congress Triple Amid Health Fury

'There's more anger out there,' says GOP rep

(Newser) - Fury over the healthcare bill has contributed to a threefold increase in threats against members of Congress this year. Lawmakers reported a total of 42 threats from January to March 2010, up from 15 in the last three months of 2009. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the latest victim. A...

Gordon Brown Staffers Contacted Bullying Hotline

UK PM's employees reached out 3 or 4 times in recent years

(Newser) - A UK bullying hotline has received "three or four" calls from an unexpected source—Gordon Brown's office. The head of the National Bullying Helpline stopped short of calling the famously short-tempered PM a bully, adding, "What we are saying is staff in his office working directly with him...

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