This town used $228K for COVID relief on giant squid statue

This town used $228K for COVID relief on giant squid statue

Money well spent? A coastal town in Japan has dropped a reported 25 million yen — about $228,000 — on a 42-foot-long, 30-foot-wide and 13-foot-high statue of a pink squid, using money designated for coronavirus pandemic relief. Officials in Noto claim that their investment in the behemoth cephalopod will help drum up tourism in the … Read more

The best May the 4th deals we could find for 2021

Kris Holt

All products recommended by The Madison Leader Gazette are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. May the 4th is here once again and that means a bunch of retailers … Read more

Ben Wheatley’s In The Earth finds horror in fungi

Ben Wheatley’s In The Earth finds horror in fungi

The way that we segment history can be divided into two eras: before the advent of penicillin and after — or, in other words, pre-antibiotics and post-antibiotics. Penicillin, the first antibiotic, was discovered in 1928 by Scottish microbiologist Alexander Fleming, who found that the juices from the Penicillium fungi were able to destroy harmful bacteria. … Read more

The best gifts for grads under $50

The best gifts for grads under $50

All products recommended by The Madison Leader Gazette are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Gifting can be difficult at any time, but it’s been particularly hard over the … Read more

‘Star Wars’ director J.J. Abrams lists LA home for $22M

'Star Wars' director J.J. Abrams lists LA home for $22M

The force is probably already with you if you can afford this house.  Hollywood heavyweight J.J. Abrams, is selling his sprawling Pacific Palisades estate for a whopping $22 million after seven years of calling it home. Abrams, 54, who wrote and directed “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” initially purchased the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom property with his … Read more

Apple TV+ snaps up another Tom Hanks movie

Jon Fingas

Apple is once again betting on a Tom Hanks movie to attract viewers and awards. Deadline has learned that Apple TV+ has bought the rights to Finch (formerly Bios), a sci-fi movie that stars Hanks as the namesake character who builds a robot to take care of his dog once he’s gone. The three set … Read more