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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:36 pm

19th century reporters carried clubs and knives to defend themselves against murderous Congressjerks

Hey, who knew? The reporter-beating crazed thug (and now Congressjerk!) Greg Gianforte is part of a long and dishonorable tradition of American Congressional reps who lashed out at the press! (more…)

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:34 pm

Watch: Endoscopic video of beatboxer's larynx and throat

Beatboxer Tom Thum had ENT doctor and laryngeal surgeon Dr Matthew Broadhurst shine an endoscopic camera down his throat while beatboxing: "I wanted to find out how my larynx functioned when beatboxing compared to how it functions normally with speech, and whether or not there were any abnormalities in my laryngeal anatomy. I also had very little idea of what the inside of my throat and all my noise producing mechanisms actually looked like. The results were fascinating yet horrifyingly graphic and will probably make a few people spew in their laps." (via JWZ)

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:23 pm

Gastric bypass surgery radically improves subjects' gut biomes

Gastric bypass surgery is remarkably effective at promoting weight-loss (it cuts the long-term risk of early death from morbid obesity by 40%), and it's long been presumed that the major action by which it worked was that, by bypassing the parts of the gut where most food absorbtion takes place, it limited the calories that subjects' bodies could harvest from the food they ate. (more…)

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:17 pm

Medical implants and hospital systems are still infosec dumpster-fires

Medical devices have long been the locus of information security's scariest failures: from the testing and life-support equipment in hospitals to the implants that go in your body: these systems are often designed to harvest titanic amounts of data about you, data you're not allowed to see that's processed by code you're not allowed to audit, with potential felony prosecutions for security researchers who report defects in these systems (only partially mitigated by a limited exemption that expires next year). What's more, it can get much worse. (more…)

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:59 pm

Most Chipotle restaurants were hacked by credit-card stealing malware

Did you think you got away clean when you ate at Chipotle without dying of listeria? Not so fast! (more…)

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:38 pm

If JG Ballard designed an earwax removal tool kit... would look like this. Made from 100% medical grade stainless steel, it "includes a tool with a unique spring and spiral design that can effectively relieve itching and massage the ear canal while cleaning." Look at the different handle design on each pick! It's only $8! I can't think of a better way to perforate my eardrum.

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 8:21 am

Oops, man panics and snitches on himself about $500 million opium poppy field

Cody Xiong from North Carolina should have kept his mouth shut, but when police came to his door to ask about something unrelated, the paranoid poppy grower said, "I guess you're here for the opium."

This led police to discover over an acre of poppy plants, worth about $500 million, in Xiong's backyard.

According to Time:

Investigators believe the plants were being harvested in Xiong's isolated rural lot, before being shipped elsewhere. Opium poppies are used to make opium, morphine, codeine and heroin, and police estimated that the haul consisted of over 2,000 pounds of the plant.

Xiong was arrested at the site and charged with manufacturing a Schedule II drug and trafficking in opium, both felonies. He was later released from jail after posting $45,000 bail.

Image: Magnus Manske

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:29 am

Sheriff Clarke didn't like plane passenger, had him harassed, then taunted him on Facebook

After a few words were exchanged on an American Airline flight between Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and passenger Dan Black, Clarke was displeased. So he sent texts to his officers to harass Black when he got off the plane.

According to The Hill:

After Black and Clarke’s exchange, Clarke sent a text message to Captain Mark Witek telling Witek what to do with Black.

“Just a field interview, no arrest unless he becomes an asshole with your guys,” Clarke wrote. “Follow him to baggage and out the door.”

“Question for him is, why he said anything to me,” Clarke continued. “Why didn’t he just keep his mouth shut?”

So what was it that he said?

When Black, 24, boarded the plane going from Dallas to Milwaukee, he thought he recognized Clarke, a Democrat who aligns himself with conservatives and is an outspoken supporter of Trump. But Black wasn't sure if it was Clarke, since the Sheriff, who usually wears a Stetson hat, was dressed in Dallas Cowboy attire.

Although the two men have different stories, they do agree that Black asked Clarke if he were the Sheriff. When the Sheriff replied that he was, Black silently shook his head, to which the Sheriff asked if Black had a problem with it. Black says he replied that he did not have a problem, while Clarke says that Black stood over him in a threatening manner.

When Black got off the airport, he was harassed by deputies, and then by Clarke via Facebook.

Black says he was detained, interviewed and escorted out of the Milwaukee airport by six deputies after the incident, according to the report.

After Black filed a harassment complaint against Clarke, Clarke taunted Black on his Facebook page.

"Cheer up, Snowflake," the post read, which included a photo of Black. "If Sheriff Clarke were to really harass you, you wouldn't be around to whine about it."

Black has filed a lawsuit against Clarke and his deputies. For more details go to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Image: Gage Skidmore

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:59 am

What's the story with "gross?"

Linguist Arika Okrent, author of On the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language, explores the etymology of the word "Gross." Art by Sean O'Neill.

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:33 am

Jackass neighbor unplugs bouncy house at child's birthday party, trapping toddlers inside

Thanks to surveillance video, Port St. Lucie, Florida police have identified the imbecile who yanked the plug of a bouncy house at a kid's birthday party, deflating it with toddlers inside. From Today:

"We believe that he thinks that he was pulling the plug to the DJ booth, but it didn't, it pulled the plug to the bounce house," Master Sgt. Frank Sabol of the Port St. Lucie Police Department said...

Police have identified the man but have not released his name. They attempted to question him, but said he was uncooperative. He could potentially be charged with trespassing.

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:13 am

Anonymous caller tricks shoppers into licking store staff's feet

In 2012, I wrote about a movie called Compliance, a psychological thriller based on a true event in which a sociopath pretending to be a cop called a fast food joint and convinced the manager to do horrific things to a young employee.

A very similar incident happened this month in Devon, England. An unknown man called a store manager and, pretending to be from corporate headquarters, told the manager to close the shop for a special competition. The manager obeyed and asked the only two shoppers in the store at the time to come to the back room and speak to the caller. The shoppers -- a mother (Pamela, 55) and her daughter (Naomi, 24) -- were told they could win £3,000 at a store by performing a series of stunts. From Devon Live:

They were then taken by the manager into the store room at the back of the shop, where they spoke to the caller.

Naomi told DevonLive:

"He was asking us who were and where we worked and stuff like that, but I obviously didn't want to disclose where I worked so I just said I worked in a café."

The prank caller, who managed to dupe both the staff and Naomi and her mother, then made them carry out a serious of "humiliating and embarrassing" tasks around the store.

The manager and another member of staff were told to tie string around Naomi and Pamela's ears, throw water over them, draw on their faces with pens and make them crawl around the store on their hands and knees.

The mother and daughter were also ridden like horses around the store and told to lick the staff's feet.

Throughout the hoax Naomi and her mother were referred to by the two female members of staff as "ugly and "beast" and in return had to refer to the manager as "beautiful lady."

Eventually the shoppers realized that there was no competition and went to the police. The store, Poundworld, offered them a £200 gift card.

The caller struck again at another store in Bitterne, Southampton, with similar results.

Image: Mtaylor848/Wikipedia

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:55 am

Fresh pink pineapples (genetically modified) are about to be a thing in the US

In case you missed it, last December the FDA gave Del Monte Fresh Produce permission to sell genetically modified pineapples in the United States. But up until recently, most people hadn't had the chance to feast their eyes on the pink pineapple. Now, thanks to Instagram, we get a sneak preview of what these pineapples – which are sweeter than the yellow variety – look like.

Can you tell me if they are pineapple 🍍 or flowers? #pineapple #flowers #flowerporn #flowerlove #instamood #instagood #instaflower #fleur #fleurs #flowerstagram #flowermarket #flowerstagram #pink #pinkpineapple

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#doleplantation #pinkpineapple

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We are so ready for some pink piña coladas 😍 These babies are popping up everywhere - fingers crossed they'll be in a grocery store near us soon! #pinkisthenewblack #pinkpineapple

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According to Oddity Central:

Del Monte Fresh Produce, one of the world’s largest produce suppliers, has been working on pink pineapple for over a decade, and in December of last year, the company got permission from the FDA to sell them in the United States. Del Monte has already partnered with Dole, to have the new pink fruit grown in Costa Rica and Hawaii, and while it hasn’t reached store shelves just yet, photos of the unusual-looking pineapple have been popping up on online social networks lately.

And more on the subject of pink pineapples from United New International on YouTube:

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:49 am

Who makes the clips that keep bread bags closed?

How many plastic bread bag clips does Yakima, Washington's Kwik Lok sell annually? "It’s in the billions," says the company's sales coordinator Leigh Anne Whathen. According to Kwik Lok, company founder Floyd Paxton dreamt up the idea in 1954. I wonder if he imagined their other popular use as a makeshift guitar pick. From Atlas Obscura:

As the story goes, while he was on the plane, Paxton was eating a package of complimentary nuts, and he realized he didn’t have a way to close them if he wanted to save some for later. As a solution, he took out a pen knife and hand-carved the first bread clip out of a credit card (in some tellings, it was an expired credit card)...

According to Whathen, Kwik Lok secured a patent on their little innovation in the early days of the company, and to this day, Kwik Lok remains one of the only manufacturers of bread clips in the world. Whathen says that the only other firm she’s aware of is a European competitor called Schutte. Kwik Lok also has the distinction of still being owned by Paxton’s descendants. Floyd’s son, Jerre, ran the company until his death in 2015, and today it is owned by two of Jerre’s daughters. “We’re still going strong,” says Whathen.

"Most of the World’s Bread Clips Are Made by a Single Company" (Atlas Obscura)


Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:40 am

Who will wear this Star Trek tank top in public?

This has to be one of the most impossible shirts I've ever considered wearing!

Scotty looks worried.

Star Trek Men's Original Crew Mens Tank White via Amazon

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:17 am

Angry gentleman plows into Moonlite Bunny Ranch with 18-wheeler while women sleeping

Brian Brandt, age 40, was wearing full body armor as he plowed into the Moonlite Bunny Ranch yesterday with a stolen 18-wheeler, causing extensive damage to the property. Seems like the Reno, NV man was holding a grudge against the brothel, which was featured in the reality TV show CatHouse, since his "bad experience" 20 years ago.

Fortunately, nobody, including 30 prostitutes, 10 customers, and 5 other employees of the brothel, were hurt.

According to The Washington Post:

Brothel owner Dennis Hof told the Association Press that none of the business’s five employees, 30 female prostitutes and 10 customers inside were hurt during the crash, which occurred just after 4 a.m.

In tweets after the incident, Hof said that the women were “fine” and “pouring free cocktails.” ...

Brandt was a trucker with the company and had been fired in recent months for what Blashfield described as inappropriate behavior.

Authorities have not revealed a motive, but News 4 reported that the station received a call from a man who identified himself as Brian Brandt in early May. The man on the call was upset, the TV station reported, and claimed that 20 years ago he had a bad experience at BunnyRanch.

Brandt "was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, destruction of property and possession of stolen property."

Image: Joseph Conrad

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:07 am

The best way to learn HTML is by watching this death metal video

Here's how to make web page with cute dog photos, taught by Satan!

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:02 am

Growing things at home is easy, and fun!

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:58 am

Sculptor pops eye into super realist model of a man

I'm trying to find the source video for this animated gif of an artist putting the finishing touches on an amazingly lifelike sculpture of a man.


Realistic sculpture

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:52 am

Sourpuss walks into a pole

This gentleman was so busy taking umbrage at a motorist's driving style that he failed to pay attention to the approaching pole.

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:46 am

A multitool that's also a belt-buckle

SOG's $60 Sync II "wearable belt buckle" multitool isn't the only multitool/buckle on the market, but it does add a couple very sensible innovations, like a clip-on/clip-off base that lets you use your tool without taking off your belt, and a squared-off form factor (like a pair of folding travel sewing scissors) that adapts the folded tool for the buckle form-factor. (more…)

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:33 am

The south pole of Jupiter

From Nasa's Juno probe:

This image shows Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers). The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) in diameter. Multiple images taken with the JunoCam instrument on three separate orbits were combined to show all areas in daylight, enhanced color, and stereographic projection.

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 1:59 am

Will food coloring dye liquid nitrogen?

Grant Thompson of “The King Of Random” conducts a simple experiment to answer a viewer’s question: Will food coloring dye liquid nitrogen or just freeze? Science!

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:35 pm

Alessandro Puccinelli's 'Intersections,' where violent seas and skies collide

Photographer Alessandro Puccinelli is mesmerized by powerful waves. His photo series Intersections captures the fleeting moment when the ocean and the clouds appear to become one. (more…)

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:35 pm

Hugh Jackman discovers Mario Kart in real life

In this delightful Instagram, Hugh Jackman shares an unexpected sight in Tokyo. The best part is just how excited he gets.

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:05 pm

Beautiful short film explores the spirit of Varanasi

Varanasi is one of the great spiritual centers of the world, along with Jerusalem, Mecca, Vatican City. This personal project by filmmaker Aeyaz is a contemplative look at the city and at what comes beyond life. (more…)

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:00 pm

Check out Frederik Vanhoutte's experiments in generative graphics

Frederik Vanhoutte describes himself as a creative coder who works in the field of generative art. His site W:BLUT has lots of cool little experiments. Above, Big Red I, a longer fractal experiment that evokes FRank Lloyd Wright. (more…)

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:55 pm

Here’s how to make a “Black Yukon Sucker Punch” from Twin Peaks

Just in time for the return of Twin Peaks, the YouTube channel Cocktail Chemistry whips up two different versions of the “Black Yukon Sucker Punch,” a colorful drink Judge Sternwood orders in season two.

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:36 pm

Prototype device lets users smell colors

Swiss art school Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL) just created a nifty little device called Bouquet that lets users smell colors while looking at visual art. (more…)

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:35 pm

How to put together a 72-hour emergency kit at the Dollar Store

Kathryn from Do It On A Dime demonstrates how to make a disaster preparedness kit on a budget.

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:15 pm