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If you want to be sure your mom gets flowers on Mother's Day I'm not sure I'd go with our store, but hey!

All moms are different. But all moms like getting flowers on Mother’s Day, and that’s a fact (not, however a fact we can document in any fashion.) Instead of getting chewed out for forgetting to call her on the second Sunday of May, you can take care of it ahead of time with Teleflora’s flower delivery service. For $20, you can get $40 of site-wide credit in the Boing Boing Store.

These bouquets are hand-arranged by local florists, so you can be sure they won’t be delivered completely wilted in a beat-up cardboard box. Honestly, your mom might even know the person who arranges them. Even if you are a total space cadet, you can order last minute and still get fast, same-day delivery (depending on where mom lives). Their collection includes a brilliant array of colorful, exotic selections presented in a wide variety tasteful baskets and vessels.

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Why the founder of Mother's Day came to hate the holiday

Anna Jarvis organized the first observance of Mother's Day in 1908 and campaigned to have it adopted throughout the U.S. But she then spent the next 40 years bitterly fighting to control every aspect of the holiday. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the evolution of Mother's Day and Jarvis' belligerent efforts to dictate how it should be celebrated.

We'll also meet a dog that flummoxed the Nazis and puzzle over why a man is fired for doing his job too well.

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Mother's Day was Chicago's most violent weekend in the last 7 months

Eight people were killed in Chicago over Mother’s Day weekend. Another 43 people in the city were injured in gun violence.

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Ugly Starbucks gift card costs $200, has only $50 in credit on it

This "Limited-Edition Mother's Day Premium Starbucks Card" looks like something you'd come across at a garage sale in a mildewy cardboard box filled with loose hot curlers, a broken epilator, and a hot water bottle shaped like a lamb, and would be priced at "25 cents or make offer." But you can buy one directly from Starbucks for $200. It is pre-loaded with $50 in Starbucks credit, making the card itself a $150 item.

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Bifocal safety goggles

Dewalt's bifocal safety goggles come in strengths from 1.0 to 3.0 and at $10/pair, you can't go wrong, especially if you, like me, are losing your vision as you hurdle towards senescence -- better Mother's Day present than flowers, better Father's Day present than a tie. (Thanks, Ian!) Read the rest

Rare twins born on Mother's Day hold hands after being born

Photo: Akron General Health System

What an amazing photo. "Sarah Thistlewaite's daughters, Jenna and Jillian, are a rare set of monoamniotic or 'mono mono' identical twins, which means they shared an amniotic sack and were in constant contact during the pregnancy." Above, they hold hands in the delivery room. More like mano a mano, right? Read the rest

A Mother's Day memoir of a scientist who beat the odds

"To become a scientist is hard enough. But to become one while running a gauntlet of lies, insults, mockeries, and disapproval — this was what my mother had to do." Mother's Day was yesterday, but you'll still want to read this fantastic essay from 2002, written by journalist Charles Hirschberg about his mother, geophysicist Joan Feynman. Read the rest

Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic, phrenology t-shirts, and Mother's Day!

Thanks to our lovely sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed apparel, jewelry, prints, and other unique items. Now available, Maiden Voyage's "Phrenology of a Gentleman Tee," printed on a 100% super-soft cotton lightweight charcoal grey shirt! Also, Mother's Day is May 12 and ShanaLogic put together an excellent Mother's Day Gift Guide filled with cats, birds, hearts, sloths, monkeys, tentacles, and other fine motifs. Shana says, "Free USA shipping on orders over $50!" ShanaLogic Read the rest

Gift Guide 2012

Welcome to this year's Boing Boing Gift Guide, a piling-high of our most loved stuff from 2012 and beyond. There are books, comics, games, gadgets and much else besides: click the categories at the top to filter what you're most interested in—and add your suggestions and links in the comments.

Emmy nominations: Predictable as usual, plus some stuff you'd hoped would happen that did

Here its comes: awards season! That special time of year when the days get shorter and more famous people celebrate each other for doing all those things that made them rich while we pay for cable and become slightly less rich! It's the Primetime Emmys, and while the usual suspects have received their usual amount of nods (Mad Men, Modern Family, Breaking Bad, 30 Rock, The Good Wife), there were some surprises (Girls, American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, lots of Betty White), pleasant and otherwise. And after reading through the entire list of nominations, I can comfortably conclude the following things: the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is just as obsessed as everyone else is over Downton Abbey and NBC's Community is existing in another dimension than the people who nominate excellent shows for Emmys. (Yup -- almost totally snubbed.) Read the rest

Nasty men's rights ad banned

Britain's Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints leveled against a men's rights group's controversial ad campaign.

Fathers4Justice's ad depicted a crying baby, his body emblazoned with perjoratives such as "pig" and "rapist", with text attacking Mumsnet, a popular online hangout for mothers of young children. According to Fathers4Justice, Mumsnet presided over an anti-male hate campaign as objectionable as homophobia and racism. Read the rest

On Twitter, shared stories of moms, cancer, and loss

Yesterday was Mother's Day in the US. I spent the day at home in Los Angeles, still recuperating from chemo, gearing up for the next phase of my cancer treatment. After I called my mom on the East Coast to wish her a happy Mother's Day and thank her for all she has done, I shared a few thoughts on Twitter about moms and cancer. I invited my followers to do the same.

One by one, 140-character-length tributes came in about moms who survived cancer, moms who helped their kids through cancer, and kids who lost their moms to cancer. I retweeted a few, then a few more, but—they did not stop. A flood of personal testimonies to the power of motherhood in relation to cancer followed. I read every single one, and tried to share every single one with my followers.

Josh Stearns kindly collected many of them into a Storify: Mother's Day Memories of Love, Loss and Living With Cancer. It's embedded below.

Above, a photograph of me and my mom, the day before one of my chemo infusions. I draw a lot of strength from my mom. And you need all the strength you can get to get through this thing.

She adds a tribute of her own today:

My Mom died of melanoma (skin cancer) at 54. Her doctor never knew it was cancer until the autopsy. All of us (3 girls, 3 boys) still carry her spirit in our hearts.

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Mother's Day ad: support the energy industry and we'll give you flying cars!

Another Vintage Ads gem for Mother's Day: this bit of corporate futurism from the energy sector.

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Jam-smeared scamp and supernaturally calm mother shill dishwashers

Oh that scamp. Poor Mom. Check out that beatific expression.

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Memorable moments in motherhood, from 20 moms in Brooklyn

Jon Cotner from the Hairpin tells Boing Boing, "To celebrate Mother's Day, my fiancée Claire Hamilton and I talked with 20 moms during an overcast, leafy walk through Brooklyn. We asked them to describe memorable moments of their motherhood. Here's the link." Read the rest

Princess Leia hoodie with sidebuns

MallGoth emporium Hot Topic sells a $54.50 Princess Leia hoodie with integrated hair buns. I'm thinking mother's day.


Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic

Thank you to our sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently designed jewelry, apparel, gifts, and other fine products. Mother's Day in the US is coming up on May 13 and this plush Mom Tattoo Heart Pillow (13" x 11"), from ShanaLogic's Mother's Day Gift Guide, would make a lovely present for the right mom. Shana says, "I'm giving 10% off orders over $50 with code: GREAT and 15% off orders over $100 with code: GREATEST" Read the rest

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