What's inside Laughing Squid's Scott Beale's bag? Link
(HOAX -- see here.) Man undergoes surgery to make thumb pointier, and therefore easier to use iPhone. "[T]he procedure involved making a small incision into both thumbs and shaving down the bones, followed by careful muscular alteration and modification of the fingernails." Link
Video -- Happy 3rd Birthday, PCL Linkdump! Link
Video -- "For the last several years, a Washington D.C. area local cable access station has run the hippest kids show on earth: Pancake Mountain." Link
Dateline, Utah: "A widow and grandma spent the morning in jail, arrested for refusing to give a policeman her name when he tried writing her a ticket for failing to water her yard." Link
The art of Disney animator Ward Kimball. Link
Video -- National Geographic investigates coulrophobia: "an overwhelming fear of clowns." Link
Chinese dentist will put your extracted teeth in an amber necklace charm. Link
"A Chinese man has reportedly found flowers growing from a steel pipe in his vegetable garden.
Grandpa Ding told Sohu News: 'I was cleaning the pipes, then my hand touched something fluffy.'" Link
As an entomologist, I couldn't help but notice that the white "flowers" growing on the steel pipe are actually the eggs of a green lacewing. Each egg is placed at the end of a long stalk to prevent the larvae from eating each other. Since lacewings are predators of aphids and other garden pests I have no doubt they will bring the Chinese man who found them luck anyway.
Video -- Man sports a tail (sadly, not prehensile). Link
This gadget does exactly as promised: it looks like a thumbdrive (sort of) and fries the circuitry of any computer it’s plugged into. It’s made from camera flash parts, is charged with a standard AA battery, and delivers a 300V zap of DC destruction to the port for all your USB-murdering needs. Note that this […]
The Cobham catalog, exposed by The Intercept, features countless pages of surveillance gadgets sold to U.S. police to spy on American citizens: tiny black boxes with a big interest in you. In the creepily bland feature lists and nerdy product names is a whisper of a dark future; perhaps darker than anyone can imagine.
This image depicts the most commonly-found stylesheet colors on the web’s top sites—Paul Hebert did an amazing amount of analysis and this is just one of the intriguing visualizations he came up with. Most of these are obvious staples, especially HTML red and blue, though it’s interesting how far the blue “cluster” is from the […]
The Pocket Tripod PRO had massive Kickstarter success in 2013, raising almost $85,000 in a single month. But this isn’t just another case of pre-release product hype. This ingenious little device folds out from a credit-card-shaped plastic slab into a sturdy stand with a surprisingly wide range of motion. In portrait orientation, your phone slides […]
Loot Crate is a totally different kind of subscription service that mails subscribers monthly boxes filled with curated geek, pop culture, and gamer paraphernalia. Its cult following awaits a box every month filled with everything from bobble heads to T-shirts to special edition collectibles. But nothing gets Loot Crate fans as excited as the limited […]
The ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod is a smartphone tripod that is designed with flexible legs to rest on virtually any type of surface. Other tripods have proved useless unless I conveniently have a flat surface in front of me, which is why this particular tripod was appealing enough to try out. The ARMOR-X is compact and easy […]