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German pedestrians play Pong on traffic light controls

Streetpong is the name of the game: a concept art installation that radically improves the experience of waiting to cross the road. Created by Sandro Engel and Amelie Künzler, with Holger Michel at the HAWK Hildesheim, it is, alas, "not a permanent installation." [Vimeo via This is Colossal]


Duck hunts dog

2:46 of the tables turned—or, perhaps, unrequited love. [via]

The NYPD's chokehold problem

The Atlantic's Conor Frierdersdorf looks at the historical context behind this police department's unceasing deployment of the lethal restraint.

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North Korea praises Sony hack

Though North Korea denied involvement with the humungous hack that brought electronics giant Sony low, it described it as a 'righteous deed' that may be the work of sympathizers. Here is a fake press release.

Ralph Baer, 1922-2014

Ralph Baer, the developer of the first commercial video game console, has died at 92.

Aussie science chief touts "80% accuracy" for dowsers

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the incoming chief of Australia’s leading scientific research agency suggests public money should be used to investigating dowsing and divining: "I’ve seen people do this with close to 80% accuracy, and I’ve no idea how they do it"

Puppies with guns calendar

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Road safety campaign donkey killed by car

The BBC reports that a foal who helped teach youngsters to drive safely in England's New Forest has been killed by a car.

50 party horns in an exhaust pipe

If you are dumb enough to try this at home, send us video.

AT&T throttles "unlimited" data speeds during offpeak hours

Jon Brodkin reports that the carrier, unable to force longtime unlimited-data plans onto metered contracts, instead slows their Internet use to a crawl.

Honest store displays

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Letter to the Editor

A commenter—awarded a temporary suspension after writing that unarmed black teen Michael Brown was to blame for his own killing because he was a violent "THIEF"—writes in.

I was banned from logging in because of one comment I made that was flagged as “victim blaming”.

If I am immediately banned from the discussion for a month just because I have a different, frank point of view, then I feel I can no longer visit or forward any articles for this site ever again.

Thanks very much for the many years of “wonderful things”, but if this site has decided to become a one-sided, close-minded, dishonest, riot-inciting political agent, then I can no longer support this site.

I will miss the old BoingBoing very, very much and it saddens me to see its conversion to misguided radicalism all but complete.

P.S. The image on the contact page is distasteful and irresponsible. It cemented my decision to leave. Encouraging riots, violence and looting by disinformation using an evil-Calvin looking boing boing girl just proves that it's all over for this site.

Goodbye. incite-beschizza1

Yes, he actually downloaded the picture of Jackhammer Jill and attached it to the email, just in case we were unsure.

Journalism vs. patronage

It's reasonable to ask that journalists not directly patronize the subjects of their reporting, even transparently so. But as it often happens indirectly, invisibly, or in the form of activism, life is not so simple——especially when it comes to the enthusiast press. [Glog]

25 invisible benefits men get when gaming

A new video from Feminist Frequency, illustrating an article by Jonathan McIntosh.

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Clothes printed with maps of any location


A fab idea from Rachel Binx, gorgeously executed: skirts and tank tops printed with monochrome maps based on your selected location. [monochome]

E-paper watch


Sony's design is "a thing of minimalist beauty", writes Vlad Savov.

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Our favorite music makes us nicer

A study on the emotions evoked by music found that we behave more altruistically after listening to tunes that chill us out.

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Artist controls water "with mind"—and the help of an EEG

In Eunoia II, Lisa Park hooks herself up to Mindlink/Neurosky-type miniature EEG equipment and uses it to manipulate a beautiful and mysterious arrangement of water bowls. [via]

How maggots and eagles would destroy zombies

Whichever end of the animal coolness spectrum you prefer, there is only doom for the zombie menace. Embedded above, elimination by "a writhing, insatiable mess of maggots"; below, execution at eagle beakpoint.

"The clumsy undead wouldn't have the dexterity to pick off these decomposers, even if they could see or feel them," says naturalist David Mizejewski. "It would just be a matter of time. Stripped off all soft tissue, including brains, the zombies would be reduced to hollowed-out skeletons."

And on Eagles: "Carrion makes up a big portion of the diet of these huge raptors, and nothing intimidates them."

Animals eating the zombies is contingent upon the continued existence of animals. Support the National Wildlife Federation to make sure they're around when the next major outbreak occurs.

Photo: Wikipedia

Last-minute gift ideas

Welcome to this year’s Gift Guide, a piling-high of our most loved items from 2014 and beyond. Books, comics, games, gadgets and much else besides!

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How famous artists would plate their Thanksgiving meals

Jackson+Pollock+Thanksgiving As imagined by Hannah Rothstein. The vomitastic splatter above is, of course, Jackson Pollock. [h/t Heather]

Map of human excrement in San Francisco

poopsf Human Wasteland (via)

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Ferguson grand jury: no indictment for officer who killed unarmed black teen

A woman looks at the memorial set up at the site of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson
A memorial set up at the site of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov. 24, 2014.


A St. Louis County grand jury has decided against indicting Darren Wilson, the Ferguson Police Officer who killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

Its decision was announced during a 9 p.m. press conference convened to announce the decision, but revealed minutes beforehand by NBC News, citing a "source close to the family." Governor Jay Nixon said that "regardless of the decision, people on all sides [must] show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint."

The jury could have also have chosen to indict Wilson on charges of first or second degree murder, or voluntary or involuntary manslaughter.

The fatal shooting sparked weeks of protests in the suburb, some turning into confrontations with authorities, drawing attention to racial divisions both local and national.

Police claim that Brown attacked Wilson in his patrol car and reached for his weapon, but Brown died some 30 feet or more from the vehicle, from multiple gunshot wounds, and was said to be surrendering by eyewitnesses. His body lay in the street for several hours. Police were also accused of withholding details of their own investigation in the days following Brown's death—and of implicating him in an earlier robbery of which Wilson was apparently unaware at the time of their confrontation.

Brown's death came after years of mistrust between authorities and residents in the St. Louis suburb, whose a diverse and predominantly black population is policed almost exclusively by white officers.

The grand jury consists of seven men and give women. Three of the jurors are black.

Protests are expected after the grand jury's decision is revealed. Governor Jay Nixon pre-emptively declared a state of emergency and mobilized the National guard.

Police and protestors, according to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, have agreed upon some proposed "rules of engagement" to avoid tension and violence. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder asked for restraint from both protestors and police.

Earlier today, The New York Daily News reported that Wilson married on Oct. 24. while in hiding. CNN reported that he has been looking into tell-all interviews with major TV networks.

Shitsplosion injures 15

An excrement-filled cesspool exploded in the central Chinese city of Zhangjiaje, injuring 15 people and causing a nearbly building to collapse.

Woman buried as man

When Jennifer Gable died suddenly, her family cut her hair, put her in a suit, buried her as a man, and published an obit with a name she had not used in many years.

90c64a684a143a79c93938f207e390c5_400x400Jennifer Gable, an Idaho transgender woman who died of a brain aneurysm in October, was presented at an open casket and buried as a man by her family.

Gone was Gable’s long, wavy brown hair and smokey eye shadow shown in several Facebook photos.

In her place, friends found Geoffrey Charles Gable wearing a striped suit at Magic Valley Funeral Home, her hair cut short, according to photos obtained by the Daily News, and an obituary that skipped a decade of her life.

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Woman accidentally kills self with gun bought for Ferguson unrest

After purchasing the weapon, the victim is claimed to have "jokingly saying the couple were ready for Ferguson" while waving it around in a moving car, leading to a minor accident, during which the gun went off.

Gorgeous wooden PC modeled on old-timey radio

373 "My idea of a compact yet powerful gaming PC with a little style added," writes Jeffrey Stephenson, creator of beautiful wooden computers. "Best viewed with Marvin Gaye playing in the background."

Zombie-killing animal of the week: Alligators

With some beasties -- birds, bugs, bacteria -- it's easy to dismiss their zombie-killing powers simple by adjusting the zombie scenario at hand. Alligators, however, are another thing entirely.

"Once almost totally wiped out, alligators are now numerous due to protections under the Endangered Species Act," says David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation. "Any zombie that lumbered into fresh water ponds, lakes streams or swamps would likely fall prey to them, who, with their extremely powerful bite, would feast on zombie flesh. "

Animals eating the zombies is contingent upon the continued existence of animals. Support the National Wildlife Federation to make sure they're around, when the next major outbreak occurs, to make the zombie apocalypse an effortless breeze for mankind.

Check back next week to see how another type of beast would deal with The Walking Dead.