White House cancels US delegation trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos hours after throwing wrench into congressional trip to Afghanistan

REUTERS/Carlos Barria President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled the US delegation’s annual trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, “out of consideration” for the furloughed federal employees amid the ongoing partial government shutdown. Trump attended the forum in 2018 but was expected to send a delegation of senior US officials this year. The […]

How do you pronounce “NES”? Nintendo throws a wrench in the debate

What you call the system on the left could depend in part on whether or not you grew up with the system on the right… You can keep your long-running debate about how to pronounce GIF. For me, the argument over how to pronounce “NES”—the abbreviation for the Nintendo Entertainment System—is the more interesting and […]

Iconoclasts Lets You Speak Softly And Carry A Big Wrench

You’d think that a game you’ve been anticipating ever since it was announced ages ago would somehow disappoint, no matter what. These things just cannot be measured against the giant expectations that have been building up over the years, they simply cannot be that good as you want them to be. And yet, here we […]

Trump’s ‘shithole’ comments throw a wrench into already volatile government shutdown battle

Getty Images/Pool President Donald Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries” in an immigration meeting Thursday, lawmakers have said. The remarks sparked an international backlash. They also may cause trouble at home, as difficult negotiations to avoid a government shutdown could become even trickier. President Donald Trump’s remark to a […]

‘Game of Thrones’ just threw a wrench into this theory about Tyrion’s ‘secret’ parentage

HBO Warnings: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season seven, episode six “Beyond the Wall,” as well as speculation of future events. With one epic spear throw, “Game of Thrones” crushed one of the most controversial fan theories: that Tyrion Lannister is actually a secret Targaryen. During season seven’s sixth episode “Beyond the Wall,” one […]

A platinum shortage could throw a wrench into one up-and-coming class of green cars

Bryan Logan/Business Insider The expected rise of electric vehicles has led to quite a few headlines in recent years predicting the collapse of platinum. That’s because it puts the “catalyst” in “catalytic converter” — literally. Half of global production is used to convert harmful pollutants from internal combustion engines, such as ground-level ozone and carbon […]

The House Intelligence chief just tossed a huge wrench into Trump-related investigations

Mark Wilson/Getty Images Rep. Devin Nunes on Wednesday threw a huge wrench into the middle investigations surrounding President Donald Trump, his claims of being wiretapped by his predecessor, and Russia’s meddling in the election. And he now finds himself in a central role after making Republicans and Democrats alike scratch their heads over what appeared to […]

The Most Dedicated Mechanics In The World Wrench On The Streets Of Hong Kong

A lot of people regard Cubans—who have mechanical ingenuity bred from decades in a closed economic system—as the best wrenchers on earth. I think that title belongs to the mechanics of Hong Kong, because they do their wrenching on the streets. The rent in Hong Kong is too damn high; so high, in fact, that […]