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Rocket car may hit 1000 MPH

Bloodhound SSC aims to set the world Land Speed Record at 1,609 kph (1,000 mph) by 2016. Chief engineer Mark Chapman: "People ask me if Andy has an ejector seat. He doesn’t, because nobody has designed an ejector seat that can operate at Mach 1.4."

Relive Britain's home computer boom with the ZX Vega

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The Vega console is not merely modeled on the classic ZX Spectrum, one of the more striking early home-computer designs.

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1963 Batmobile sells for $137,000 at auction

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Photo: Heritage Auctions Though it didn't match the $4.2m fetched by a more famous later model, the 1963 Batmobile is the long-lost original, reports Reuters.

"This is a great piece of lost pop culture and Americana," said Margaret Barrett, director of entertainment and music at Heritage Auctions. "There is a lot of interest in it."

The car was put up for auction by Toy Car Exchange LLC, an online marketplace for collectible cars, which bought it and had it restored to pristine condition, Barrett said.

It was the creation of Forrest Robinson, a Batman fan who spent three years customizing a 1956 Oldsmobile 88 with a 324 Rocket engine to resemble the single-fin vehicle depicted in DC's Batman Comics from the 1940s and 1950s. He finished in 1963.

Emoji-based diary app wants to know how you feel

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Emojiary is a diary app that asks you how you feel, once a day. You answer with emoji. James Hamblin writes that in this simple exchange is an access point to the best part of writing about oneself: self-awareness.

The original dot-com busts were "actually fantastic ideas"

Robert McMillan makes the case for Pets.com, WebVan and Flooz: "The world is ready to cash in on the worst ideas of the 1990s."

Ketogenic diets

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The Guardian looks at the latest diet sensation, which takes high-fat to an extreme: anything more than a handful carbs a day is forbidden, because the point is to put your body in a state of ketosis. I hope you like meat, eggs, greens and nuts!

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Rottweiler loves cat

Do you like being licked? I'm not convinced that this extremely tolerant cat is, despite its passive demeanor. YouTube via Reddit. Previously.

Police officer charged, tried and sentenced for unlawful killing

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His victim was an elk. "Sending a cop to prison is a very tricky thing," said Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett.

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Horrid Christmas suits

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Shinesty offered a full collection of eye-popping Christmas suits to enchant your friends and family with this holiday season, but made a critical mistake: none of them are three-piece. Alas, they're all sold out. Maybe next year!

Labrador opens fridge door, dines

12-year-old yellow lab Allie is an expert at tipping trashcans, but she knows where the good stuff is kept. [via Arbroath]

Demonically-possessed giraffe toy

Sometimes a toy with a cheap sound chip will seem, vaguely, to be saying something bad or naughty. Not this one! [via]

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Queen's chemistry and Freddy Mercury's indefatigable work ethic

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Alan Light interviews Brian May and Roger Taylor and asks about what made the band tick, and about Freddy Mercury's final days.

May: …When he couldn’t stand up, he used to prop himself up against a desk, at the mic here, down a vodka…

Taylor: Have a big Stoli!

May: And do a blinding vocal. He just loved it, he absolutely loved it—I’ll sing it till I fucking bleed! I remember doing the demo for “The Show Must Go On,” with the guide vocal, some of it in falsetto because I couldn’t reach the top notes, and I said, Fred, I don’t know if this is going to be possible to sing. And he went, I’ll fucking do it, darling, vodka down, and went in and killed it…

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]

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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”.

http://www.startribune.com/nation/284081301.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y#continue

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

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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

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

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