Playing to Empty Seats: How Daytime and Late-Night TV Hosts Attempted to Forge Ahead Without Studio Audiences

RELATED STORIES “The show must go on,” as the saying goes — and many a show tried to do just that, as coronavirus panic started to set in across the country. Over the last few days, before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared COVID-19 a pandemic, a number of daytime and late-night series […]

Rapper's delight: 50 Cent 'bought 200 seats' to rival Ja Rule's concert …so they can sit empty

The feud between 50 Cent and Ja Rule is ‘Outta Control,’ with the two unlikely to kiss and make up ‘In da Club’ anytime soon. 50 Cent says he’s purchased 200 seats to Ja Rule’s upcoming concert, just so they can sit empty. 50 Cent, who has been sparring with his arch rival since at […]

How to Cope with Empty Nest Syndrome and Stop Feeling Lonely

Empty Nest Syndrome is not a mental disorder or clinical diagnosis. Instead, it is a term used to characterize the real feelings of deep sadness, angst, and loneliness that parents can feel when all of their children are grown and leave home. It is a very real and sad experience for many parents. Not all […]

Peter, 96, gets the pip as council won’t empty his green bin with apples in

Peter Jinks, 96, has placed windfall apples in the green bin since it was introduced 10 years ago. But officials say only “grass cuttings and cut-back vegetation” can go in it and residents have to use a domestic waste bin for “windfall fruit”. Outraged Peter, who has an apple tree in his garden, believes he […]

The theft of an empty plane from Sea-Tac Airport highlights one of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel — airline or airport employees causing mayhem

Associated Press/Elaine Thompson Richard Russell, an airline ground agent at Sea-Tac International Airport, stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane and fatally crashed into a small island on Friday night.  Officials said Saturday that the 29-year-old was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn’t a […]

An empty wooden ship washed up in Japan — and it looks like another mysterious North Korean ‘ghost ship’

Kyodo via Reuters An empty wooden vessel was found drifting off Japan’s western coast earlier this week. It was found floating in a rocky area around 164 feet off the island of Hokkaido. Though it’s not clear where the boat came from, town authorities think it may be from North Korea. Dozens of “ghost ships” […]

Ars on your lunch break, week 4: Fermi’s Paradox and the empty universe

Hello, universe? It’s us, Earth. (credit: Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAO) This week we’re serializing yet another episode from the After On Podcast here on Ars. The broader series is built around deep-dive interviews with world-class thinkers, founders, and scientists, and it tends to be very tech- and science-heavy. You can access […]

China said it could dump US Treasurys — but that’s an empty threat

President Donald Trump announced $ 50 billion of tariffs on China last week.  Ambassador Cui Tiankai said China will take “all measures necessary,” possibly including cutbacks on purchases of US Treasurys. China only holds 5.50% of US treasurys and, in recent years, has already been slowing down its purchases. “We are looking at all options.” […]