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Golf club hunts mystery man who keeps shitting in the holes


After a decade of finding holes brimming with human excrement, Stavanger Golf Club in Norway has gone public with its quest to unmask the culprit.

The course enacted new security measures and installed flood lighting to no avail, according to groundskeeper Kenneth Tennfjord. He believes the mystery dumper is likely male because the stools are "massive."

Stavanger Golf Club, a waterside course in Hafrsfjord, first noted the problem in 2005. Tennfjord says that the placements favor particular holes, occur late at night and up to several times a week, and that the person doing so leaves used toilet paper behind as well.

"The early years were relatively hard stools, but the consistency has changed," Tennfjord told local reporters [translate].

The culprit even "climbed high up a tree … wriggled out on a branch and dismantled spotlights," Tennfjord added. "How he managed this feat without falling is a riddle.”

Every pub plotted on map of Britain and Ireland


Public data was used to create this fascinating map.

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Buzzfeed readers pick Elfquest, Blankets and Sandman as the most life-changing graphic novels

sandman Other picks in the epic roundup include another BB favorite, Hyperbole and a Half. Classics such as Preacher, Watchmen and Maus make a strong showing, but a great many new works stand head-to-head with them, such as Saga and Persepolis.

And how awesome is it to see Harvey Pekar ranked higher than superhero comics? By MILLENNIALS.

For no money, you can read most of Elfquest online and watch American Splendor.

Top Gear team moves to Amazon

Jeremy Clarkson who finally got himself fired by physically attacking a BBC producer, is moving to Amazon. There, the racist buffoon will be joined by symbiotes Richard Hammond and James May. The new show, as yet unnamed, will air on Amazon Prime in 2016.

American cities more ethnically diverse, but not well-integrated

Protesters chant during a peaceful demonstration as communities continue to react to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

Racial segregation is not a thing of the past, writes Alana Semuels, and is in fact increasing in many American communities. White Flight never ended.

“Ferguson became recognized as a ‘black suburb’ that could be distinguished from other nearby suburban communities that made different zoning and administrative decisions,” the authors write. … On the flip side, white communities make decisions that keep minorities out. Exclusionary zoning laws make it difficult to build mixed-income housing or apartment buildings in some towns, despite court cases seeking to make cities more diverse. These housing policies mean that cities compete for different types of people, and by banning apartment buildings or affordable housing, cities can better attract affluent white taxpayers.

Typing patterns are the latest anonymity-shattering personal identifier

crapLong a theoretical threat, the observation of typing patterns has been refined into a "a highly practical attack" aimed at user anonymity over the internet.

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What happened to Jimmy Hoffa?


Prosecutors' best guess, according to Dan Moldea, was always Sally Bugs. Salvatore Briguglio happened to him.

Federal investigators speculate that two or three coconspirators may have witnessed Briguglio shoot and kill Hoffa. Two of them have been identified as Gabriel Briguglio, Sal’s brother; and Thomas Andretta, another Local 560 business agent. A fourth possible conspirator was Stephen Andretta, Thomas’s brother, who allegedly served as Provenzano’s alibi back in New Jersey.

Briguglio was murdered in 1978.

What's it like to go viral?

goviralRick Paulas talks to writers and YouTubers about what it feels like for a posting to go viral.

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Does anyone still make those magazines where David Bowie is mauled by weasels?


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Turn to Bone: a cover of Turn to Stone that's about osteopathology

♬ Your fibroblasts aren't alone ♫


Travel tip: don't set fire to airplane cabins

Cabin crew "shouting over screaming passengers" managed to help them subdue a traveler who had set fire to a Shenzhen Airlines flight from Taizhou to Guangzhou.

Xinhua news agency said the man was trying to ‘damage facilities’, with a report by the Civil Aviation Resource Net of China stating that he ‘attempted arson’ as the plane was coming in to land.

Images have emerged online showing seats and one of the plane’s door scorched by fire.

47° 51' 57.5" N, 123° 52' 13.3" W is America's "quietest" place


Welcome to "the quietest square inch in the wilds of America, discovered by Gordon Hempton.

The quietest inch isn’t a sound vacuum. It represents a place with a minimum of human-made noise. The discipline of acoustic ecology, which is dedicated to understanding the natural sounds that come through loud and clear when we're not around, outlines an important distinction between sound and noise. The blip of water droplets from a forest canopy? Sound. The tinny din of Taylor Swift through smartphone speakers? Noise. For example, the inch, as it's often called, is exposed to flute-like bugling from Roosevelt elk, the Morse-code chirp of the American Dipper, and assertive hooting from the endangered Northern Spotted Owl. The steady rush of the Hoh River rounding the shoulder of Mount Olympus whooshes nearby, and summer snowmelt punctuates the setting with staccato droplets. In spite of the natural sound, dense forest engulfs the inch in a hush that is, at times, below 20 decibels—quieter than most recording studios.

The recording is presumably normalized to make it sound much louder. Don't think I could sleep through that boid.

The photo, taken by Hempton, is of a red pebble he left at the quietest spot.

New owner will cover Ouya's pledges to game developers

ouya-a-99-hackable-android-game-console-designed-by-yves-beharIndie game console creator Ouya was bought by gaming peripheral company Razer. Problem! Ouya pledged indie devs hundreds of thousands of dollars. Solution: Razer will cover the tab.

Car alarms deemed useless: so why do they exist?

fawlty The false-positive rate is 99%. Public reaction to them bleeds from disinterest to violent hostility. They don't reduce the likelihood of your car being stolen, and are easily circumvented. But still they remain abundant.

New military "noise gun" very loud indeed

brown noteAttention, protestors and other undesirable crowds! "The 130-decibel roar of a fighter jet" will one day be projected into your head by these delightful new noise weapons.

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Boeing 777 landing in 60 MPH winds

This KLM pilot nails it at Schipol airport in Amsterdam—and any passengers who refused to stash their stuff were likely nailed by their iPads during rapid corrections in 60MPH cross-winds.

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What's the best oil to cook with?

oliveoil The BBC investigates. tldr: olive oil. But also: saturated fats perhaps are fine.