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
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects