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A quantitative analysis of the graying of Barack Obama's hair

images"We obtained photos of Barack Obama taken every month from January 2009 until August 2014. ... by looking at photos of Obama’s hair over time, we can conclude that he is indeed getting grayer. []

Satan emerges from anus during gay sex

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 8.53.34 AMMercifully cured of being gay himself, fundamentalist Christian and former pornographic actor Joseph Sciambra asserts that anal sex causes gay men to give birth to the devil. Pink News reports on a video where he states that "it creates a doorway literally into the demonic."

In the video, Sciambra who formerly appeared in gay porn for many years says that after finding God, he sought hospitalisation following damage caused to his rectum that meant he had to have his “sphincters almost stitched shut.”

In the video he said: “I’m going to talk about the devil and why he loves anal sex. Anal sex releases into the world rare demonic entities and that even in the body could be conceived as the devil and that would be given birth to anally.

Use more lube, dude. [via Fortean Times]

Trucker held 35,000 lbs of frozen chicken "to ransom"

A trailer, "dripping with the juices of rotting meat," was discovered at the Flying J Truck Stop west of Missoula this week; it turns out the driver attempted--and failed--to hold the $80,000 shipment to ransom. [ktvb]

North Korea admits young leader is unwell

After his failure to appear in public for a "prolonged" period, 31-year-old Kim Jong-Un was described by the state press agency as suffering from "discomfort". [The Guardian]

Blackberry's squarephone "sells out"

81IC6qiaRsL._SL1500_ If you find something strangely appealing about the Blackberry Passport's sharp geometry and all-work attitude, know that 200,000 buyers allegedly agree.

Apple's torture-test lab

The Verge's Josh Lowensohn got a tour: "This is where iPhones never want to go."

Speed Chess is amazing and demented

Independent game developer Bennett Foddy has improved chess. Pray that he does not improve it further. [Previously]

Pennsylvania Attorney General's office blames woman for own rape

A prison typist complained about the security of her workplace, was raped by an inmate, and sued her employer. In its defense, the state attorney general's office says she "acted in a manner which in whole or in part contributed to the events" [CNN]

Facebook to get a Buy button

What, you like clicking things, don't you? Kurt Wagner, at Recode, explains the social network's deal with processor Stripe.
This is noteworthy given that Facebook has other payments partners on different features, including PayPal’s mobile payments unit Braintree. It’s also not the first time Facebook and Stripe have worked together. Facebook partnered with Stripe last year on a separate project that enables Facebook users to autofill their payment information from Facebook when using third-party apps (Braintree was also a partner).

Billionaire told he can't block access to public beach

Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla bought a house by a public beach, then cut off access to it. A court has ordered him to unlock the gates.

220px-Vinod_Khosla,_Web_2.0_ConferenceKhosla did so despite being told by county planning officials, the Coastal Commission and a different San Mateo County Superior Court in 2009 that he needed to seek a coastal development permit if any of his actions were to change the "intensity of use" of the water or access to it.

Mallach ruled that by padlocking the gate, hiring security guards and altering signs without state permission, Khosla had wrongly denied public access to the beach, violating the California Coastal Act.

The fuck-you quality of Khosla's whole effort--security guards!--is galling. But what did he have to lose?

Photo: GeeJo (cc)

Attorney General quits

Eric Holder is to step down as Attorney General of the United States of America. The Onion explains what will happen next.

Stanley Kubrick's unrealized projects

"The Beatles considered a [Lord of the Rings] film project and approached Kubrick as a potential director; however, Kubrick turned down the offer… a major hindrance to the project's progression was Tolkien's opposition to the involvement of the Beatles.

What are the chances of this paving stone Swastika being random?

It looks like a tasteless joke, but those responsible claim an innocent mistake. In Germany, where display of the Swastika and other symbols of Nazism are verboten, the contractor is in legal trouble either way.

After being spotted at a construction site in Goslar, city officials immediately demanded the removal of the design--but not before 50,000 facebookers had shared it, according to NBC News.

It looks like the claim that it was a random arrangement will be accepted by police, but I'm skeptical.

Given a) the relative size, shape and variation of rectangles in the design, and b) the requirement that they tessellate, and assuming c) the ratio of red to blue bricks as depicted in the photograph ... what are the odds?

The first person to post a link to a convincing simulation or illustration will win a prize of no value but infinite reward.

Thumb extender for big phones

Those surprised to find themselves unable to type one-handed on the new, larger iPhone 6 Plus can thank Thanko for the solution: the Yubi Nobiiru thumb extender, available now from the Japanese gadget shop.
It's not just a rubbery sheath, as it includes an all-important conductive trace and tip to ensure that a capacitative touchscreen responds accurately to movements. The device adds 1.5cm to the user's reach, weighs 11 grams, and costs about $13. fngext64-003

Studies of bisexuality generally not very good

Research into bisexuality is beset by problems: unexamined assumptions, scientific incompetence, the politicization of sexual identity, you name it. Kate Hakala recounts a history of dud studies.

In 2011, Northwestern University came back and apologized for the six years it had rejected the validity of an entire sexual orientation and bisexual men’s experience. Their 2005 study had mainly sourced participants from gay mags, but this time around, the researchers found subjects who identified as bisexual and who had both sexual and romantic relationships with both men and women. While watching videos of female and male same-sex encounters, the bisexual men doing the study were aroused all around. All combinations of videos gave them boners. Meaning, bisexual men were just what they said they were: bisexual men.

Emphasis mine. What is it with people—Americans especially—angrily denying this thing with such footstamping intensity?