Billboard Fail: Morgan Freeman Gets Mistaken for Nelson Mandela…. And Other News

Mandela or Morgan Freeman

Oops! A billboard was erected in India as a memorial to Nelson Mandela – except they accidently used a photo of Morgan Freeman.

The billboard was placed on the side of a road in the southern city of Coimbatore. The Mandela memorial showed Morgan Freeman’s giant face smiling down as well as smaller images of human rights icons Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi. The Indian owner of a billboard was understandly emabressed, telling AFP “we will replace it with the correct picture of Mandela,” adding that he did not know how the gaffe occurred. The actor and anti-apartheid leader do have a lot in common though (besides appearance). Both served many rough years in prison – Nelson Mandela in Capetown, Morgan Freeman in Shawshank. Huffington Post

Barack Obama, Vladimir PutinPoor Putin. If only he could spy on his citizens like Obama can… Speaking at a news conference Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about Russia’s favourite transient, Edward Snowden, and his NSA leaking skills. During the conference Putin admitted that he was jealous of President Obama’s freedom to spy.  “I envy him because he can do something like this and get away with it,” Putin said. I’m sure Obama is envious of him too – if only he could lock up and/or poison anyone who criticized him. Sigh… Putin went on to downplay the seriousness of spying saying, “There’s nothing to be happy about and there is nothing to be sad about because espionage is one of the oldest professions in the world, just like some other well-known professions we won’t mention here.” Washington Post

Duck Dynasty GayShocking news: an ultra-Christian redneck duck hunter from rural Louisiana is not a big fan of the gays. Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson made a few comments to GQ that aren’t sitting well with the network honchos. “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical,” the Duck Dynasty patriarch told the magazine, adding that gay behavior leads into bestiality and then “sleeping around.” While A&E promptly suspended Phil Robertson from the reality show, saying they’re “extremely disappointed” in Robertson’s comments that “are based on his own personal beliefs,” Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal came to the defense of the reality TV star saying it was a “messed up situation”. Former US vice-presidential candidate and future reality TV host Sarah Palin also defended Robertson, tweeting: “Free speech is endangered species; those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion take on us all.” I’m sure she wasn’t tweeting that back when the Dixie Chicks voiced their opinion of George Bush, but whatever – there’s no logic in Palinland, or sin for that matter. Entertainment Weekly

South Sudan FightingThere’s nothing like a little growing pain for Earth’s newest country. Fighting in South Sudan has gone up a notch or two in the last few days after the former VP and his supporters attempted a coup that quickly got shut down. The unrest, which broke out on Sunday, has killed about 500 people so far. The American embassy in South Sudan issued a warning for American citizens to flee and the British government is currently evacuating its citizens from embattled country, which appears on the brink of civil war. Leaders and officials from other countries and the U.N. are working on a peaceful solution, but considering rebels from the second-largest ethnic group, the Nuer, stormed the U.N .base on Thursday, killing three Indian peacekeepers, a peaceful U.N. solution seems like a bit of a reach at this point. BBC News

Target gets hackedTarget gets targeted. The retail store is investigating what could be one of the largest breaches of consumer data involving 40 million customer names, card numbers, expiration dates, and security codes. Investigators say the data was hacked the day after Thanksgiving and may be ongoing. The stolen data from up to 40 million credit and debit cards of shoppers is thought to have been taken using software installed on card swipers at checkout lines. Target has apologized and said it is “working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice” but in the meantime Target shoppers should take a second glance at their bank statements. Reuters

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