In an edition of "The RidicuList" that had the host struggling to keep a straight face, Anderson Cooper tells the tale of an American exchange student who got stuck in a sculpture of ... yep ... a vagina.
Ever the hard news aficionado, the "Anderson Cooper 360" host did take a moment to plant tongue inside of cheek and poke some fun at himself:
"I'm certainly no expert on the topic of vaginas," he giggled. "They really aren't my wheelhouse, so to speak. But I know enough to know that you are not supposed to go in feet first."
Smiling throughout, the host continued:
"Apparently this whole incident was part of a dare gone wrong," he noted. "A local German paper even made a forceps joke, which is always a nice touch, I think, in any language."
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Following up a stunning report from Monday evening, on Tuesday Drew Griffin joined Anderson Cooper with an update on the alleged fraudulent record keeping at an Arizona VA hospital.
As the allegations have gained Congressional attention, the Senior Investigative Correspondent noted that action is being taken by the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, consequences are slow to come, especially at the top:
"We do know the VA has begun the termination process with some of the executives there...but [former Phoenix VA Health Care System administrator Sharon Helman] is getting paid."
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On the heels of a bizarre biting incident at the World Cup, on Tuesday evening Anderson Cooper welcomed CNN's Amanda Davies and former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, asking each to offer their reaction.
In a match against Italy, Uruguay star Luis Suárez allegedly chomped down on opponent Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder, and as Davies noted, it's hardly the striker's only incident.
"It's not the first time it's happened, it's not the second time it's happened, it's the third time it has happened," she explained. "This is a man whose nickname among the Dutch and the British media is 'The Cannibal.'"
Holyfield, meanwhile, was famously bitten on the ear during a fight with Mike Tyson, and on Tuesday took to his Twitter account to draw the parallel:
I guess any part of the body is up for eating.
— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) June 24, 2014
Of Suarez's accused behavior, Holyfield admitted to being disheartened.
"It was sad in one aspect because it's been done many a time," he told Cooper. "It's an awful thing."
On Tuesday evening, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford joined Anderson Cooper to offer his insights on the ongoing unrest in Iraq.
Calling the situation a national security threat to the United States, Ford noted that it's "not a problem that is going to be solved in one day or one week or one month."
However, despite the logisitical and fundamental challenges, Ford tells Cooper the threat from ISIS simply can't be ignored, as "the problem is actually growing bigger."
Watch the video for more, as Ford explains why military intervention is not the best solution.
As ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continues their offensive against Iraq's Shiite-led government, militants are looking for new recruits online. Radical Sunni militants recently published a recruiting video, featuring a number of young Jihadists, claiming to be from Britain and Australia - who are joining the battle. It was part of a major social media campaign of tweets and facebook postings. Anderson speaks with Majid Nawaz, who now fights such efforts. He's a former jihadi himself and author of, "Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism"
Almost exactly two years since Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse of young boys, CNN's Jason Carroll sits down with Dottie Sandusky for a face to face interview.
Having been married to the former Penn State assistant football coach for 37 years, Dottie Sandusky remains unwavering in her support of her husband, telling Carroll "he's always been truthful to me."
"I know who he is, I know he is," says Sandusky, insisting she never once suspected her husband of any improper behavior.
According to Dottie Sandusky, the 70-year-old man is in a cell 23 hours per day, Monday through Friday, and 24 hours per day on the weekend. "I try to cheer him up," she says of the couple's visits, "but usually he cheers me up instead of me cheering him up."
Hillary Clinton may have stepped in it again. In interview with Britain's Guardian, Clinton was asked whether her personal wealth would hurt her credibility with voters on issues like income inequality if she decides to run for president. Straight forward question, right? Well Clinton compared herself to other wealthy people who she said were "truly well off." While it's true that the Clintons were deeply in debt when they left the White House, it's also true that they've amassed what most Americans would consider a fortune since then. Anderson takes a closer look at the former first family's road to riches.
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) June 23, 2014
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