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Kickstarting a life-sized, cardboard fighter-jet cockpit

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It's pretty amazing looking, 1.6m x 1.86m, 0.95m, and accommodates a standard office chair, and works with VR headsets, projectors, or your imagination.

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Adorable cluster of fungus gnat larvae crossing the sidewalk

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Cute overload!

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Marijuana, Brujeria

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The only macarena I could handle.

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Jacob Appelbaum on Americans' false belief that the NSA isn't targeting them

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Al Billings writes, "Jacob Appelbaum discusses the fallacy of Americans thinking that they won't be targeted, passive and active surveillance methods, AI and human analyst systems working together, satellite networks, deep packet inspection & injection, military contractors getting special access to surveillance programs, proprietary vs open source software, OTR messaging, hoarding exploits for self-gain."

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Unicycling and bagpiping Darth Vader with flames

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This is wonderful.

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Invited citizen journalist at GOP rally violently arrested for recording speakers

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Nydia Tisdale, a citizen journalist, was invited to a GOP rally in Atlanta, but State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens demanded that she (and not other, more friendly press) stop recording his speech; when she refused, he summoned a deputy who violently arrested her and then charged her with felony obstruction after she elbowed him while he was bending her over and pressing his groin into her buttocks.

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Game of Thrones Book Club: Wayne Campbell Takes the Black

With the completion of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ivan and Red dig back into the Boars, Gore, And Swords book club, where they cover the chapters of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that correspond to the previous television season. No book spoilers past the TV show! Read the rest

A Victorian poisoning mystery

On New Year's Day 1886, London grocer Edwin Bartlett was discovered dead in his bed with a lethal quantity of liquid chloroform in his stomach. Strangely, his throat showed none of the burns that chloroform should have caused. Read the rest