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!! OMG, Murder of gay math genius finally solved after man admits to killing him 34 years later !!

Some closure in what is a very sad story: The mystery of a gay man Scott Johnson‘s death in 1988 has finally been solved.

Scott, 27, was a US citizen who went to Australia to study for his math doctorate and be with his Australian partner, Michael Noone. His body was found at the foot of cliffs at Manly’s North Head Beach, outside Sydney.

Police were quick to dismiss his death as a suicide. However, Scott’s friends and family never believed this to be the case.

Related: US man offers $660,000 to find killer of his gay brother in Australia

His brother, in particular, fought for over three decades to find those responsible for what had happened. Steve Johnson has paid over AUS$1million ($660,000) of his own money on private investigations into what happened to Scott. He knew his brother as a “proud” gay man, and the area in which he died was a gay cruising spot, where other men had been victims of hate-related crimes.

In 2020, Steve pledged an additional AUS$1million ($660,000) reward to anyone who might come forward with information. This matched a figure already on offer from cops. That AUS$2million bounty reawakened interest in the cold case.

An informant tipped off the police, which led to the arrest of a suspect.

In May 2021, Scott White, 49, was charged with the killing of Johnson. He denied the charges.
This week, White changed his story and admitted his guilt. The admission came Monday but was only revealed today after his lawyers unsuccessfully argued he wasn’t fit to make the admission.

Speaking to the press today after White’s admission of guilt was made public, his brother Steve said:

“I think primarily I’m feeling relief and I am thinking about my brother and that a lot of people cared about him to bring this result today,” reports ABC.“[We’re] greatly relieved that the accused found it in his soul to confess and plead guilty and put an end to this, so I’m very happy about that.”

Hopefully Steve and his family can rest a bit easier knowing their brother’s killer has been caught. White will be sentenced on May 2.

!! OMG, someone uploaded a photo of BJ Novak to a public domain site, now his face is on products around the world !!

Hey, a lot of people need side gigs outside of their main gig – and Office star, BJ Novak, was one of those people. He’s dipped his toe into stock photo modeling in the past, and after someone mistakenly deemed his portrait public domain BJ’s face is now the cover of miscellaneous household items from all over the world… but it seems like the actor just thinks its funny!

“I am too amused to do anything about it,” he said in a series of Instagram stories.

Check out just some of the BJ-fronted products after the jump!

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!! OMG, this new Russian environmental protection Mascot is the stuff nightmares are made of !!

Hide your kids! Well… unless you’re sick of them – then maybe introduce them to Khokhulya! The new environmental mascot of the Ministry of Environment of the Kaluga region in Russia.

This creepy creature appears at exhibitions, children’s events and in the streets of the region. The mascot promotes careful attitude to the nature while looking like something that came out of a fever dream.

You know, I was running out of costume ideas for this weekend, but now I think I’ve got it. But will other people, or will they just think I’m a mangled peen with press-on nails attached to the balls? You be the judge, and discover more of Khokhulya after the jump. Unpleasant dreams!

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!! OMG, quote of the day: ‘Squid Game’ star Oh Yeong-Su reacts to sudden fame !!

77 year old actor Oh Yeong-Su is slowly processing his newfound fame after appearing on Squid Game.

“I feel like I’m floating on air. It makes me think, ‘I need to calm down, organize my thoughts, and hold myself back right now,’” Yeong-su said. “So many people have been contacting me, and because I don’t have a manager to help me, it’s hard for me to handle the volume of calls and messages I’ve been receiving, so my daughter has been helping me.”

“Things have changed quite a bit. Even when I go out to a cafe or somewhere like that, I now have to be aware of (how I appear to others). It’s made me think, ‘Being famous is tough, too’.”

He’s said he’s not interested in becoming more famous. “I don’t have any grand ambitions. Big or small, I’ve received a lot of things while living my life,” he continued. “Now, I want to leave behind those things that I’ve received. To put it simply, let’s say you go to a mountain and see a flower. When we’re young, we pick the flower and take it for ourselves.

“But by the time you reach my age, you leave it there exactly as it is, and you go back to see it again later on. It’s the same with life. Leaving things exactly the way they are. It isn’t easy.”

Some great advice from what sounds like a wise man!

!! OMG, Drone footage shows “miracle house” spared by lava after volcano erupts in Spain !!

Yes – it’s true! The planet is angry and it seems every-other week there’s an earthquake, a forest fire, or a volcano erupting! But one person on Spain’s La Palma Island must have been a saint in their past life, because their home has been spared by the recent volcano eruption which destroyed so much of the town in its pathway surrounding the volcano’s spewge.

Check out the incredible drone footage above! Lucky bitch. This truly must have been what Kate Bush meant by “make a deal with God.”

!! OMG, AirBnb has an official Winnie The Pooh cottage you can rent now !!

OMG! Grab Tigger, Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and even Owl! Because AirBnb has just listed Winnie The Pooh‘s tree trunk home – and you can have your own day/night there.

The stay is hosted by “Disney-appointed Winnie the Pooh illustrator” Kim Raymond, who has drawn Pooh for the last 30 years. (Not the same artist who has done work on Judge Dredd.) He also curated what you’ll find inside the house, “taking inspiration from the original decorations of E.H. Shepard,” per the announcement.

“I have been illustrating Winnie the Pooh for 30 years, and I continue to be inspired by the classic decorations of E.H. Shepard and the more recent Disney stories,” Raymond says. “The ‘Bearbnb’ is a unique experience that brings the charm of Pooh to life for fans, whilst honoring the original adventures that have been so important to many people for 95 years.”

Find more about how to rent over on Thrillist, and check out more photos of Pooh’s house after the jump!

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!! OMG, what’s it like to work on the super-yacht of a corrupt billionaire!? An informant tells ALL! !!

“The reality of it is you are clearing up rooms that have just had sex parties, orgies and prostitutes.”

A deckhand reveals the less than glamorous lifestyle of being yacht staff for the super rich. Throughout his career he has worked months on end without days off, seen colleagues sexually harassed and often is left clearing up after sex parties and coke binges. He describes clients’ ridiculous requests, and expectations, and just how far people are pushed, sometimes even leading to fatalities. Check out what he has to say above with VICE! Sounds DARK!

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