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David Pescovitz

David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor. On Instagram, he's @pesco.

Sun City Girls' Alan Bishop shares his love for Ennio Morricone

Alan Bishop, bassist/vocalist of Sun City Girls and global music collector, wrote an excellent post about his favorite film scores by legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone.

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"Free Candy" van creeps out parents in Sacramento

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This van, complete with blacked-out windows and lacking a license plate, was freaking out parents (and kids) in a Sacramento, California suburb this week. Turns out the van was headed to Burning Man.

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The first person, and cat, to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel

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In 1901, Annie Edson Taylor, then 63, was the first person to make it over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She designed her own barrel, containing a harness and mattress, and sent her cat over the falls first as a test.

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Straight Outta Compton: the Ben Folds edition

Kern Saxton recut the Straight Outta Compton trailer to Ben Fold's cover of Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit."

Watch Bill Withers play "Ain't No Sunshine" in 1971

Withers was inspired by the film "Days of Wine and Roses," starring Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon.

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Iceland names street after Darth Vader. It's called "Black-head."

The Reykjavík City Council has approved a citizen-led effort to rename a street Svarthöfði, translated as Blackhead, which is the Icelandic name for Darth Vader.

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Have you seen the Portland Pooper?

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This gentleman is the Portland Pooper who has been dropping deuces outside of a Southeast Portland office throughout the month. A disgusted business owner caught him in the act with a surveillance camera and posted flyers that he hopes will bring the culprit to justice. If they catch him, the Pooper could face "offensive littering charges."

“I find it interesting that he has toilet paper with him, it’s very pre-planned,” Catrina Salazar, who works nearby at Phix Hair Studio, told KOIN 6 News. “You just don’t really know what to expect around here. People, they like do their own thing, they kind of march to the beat of their own drum.”

Watch this incredible beatboxer "scratch vocally"

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Beatboxer Tom Thum has a turntable and mixer stuck in his throat.

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Tobias Strebel, who underwent plastic surgery to look like Justin Bieber, found dead

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Tobias Strebel, 35, who famously spent $100,000 on cosmetic surgery to look like Justin Bieber, was found dead in a Motel 6 in Los Angeles County.

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Watch rare Brian Eno live TV performance (1974)

Eno performs his first solo single after leaving Roxy Music in 1974. (via Dangerous Minds)

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New species of Crayfish named after Edward Snowden

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Scientists named this newly-identified species of Indonesian crayfish Cherax snowden, after Edward Snowden.

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Magazine covers, then and now

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Over at Medium, Karen X. Cheng and Jerry Gabra look at the evolution of magazine covers. To paraphrase Mister Jalopy, I don't like the old ones because they're old, I like them because they're better.

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Dog sniffed out Jared Fogle's thumb drive that police missed

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Bear is a black Lab trained to sniff out electronic data storage devices like thumb drives and even micro SD cards. Apparently Bear found a thumb drive that police missed during their first search of Subway shill Jared Fogle's house and was also involved in this week's bust of Olympic gymnastics coach Marvin Sharp on suspicion of child molestation. From NBC News:

(Todd) Jordan, whose regular job is deputy fire chief in Anderson, Indiana, got Bear as a rescue a year ago and spent four months training him on a food-reward system.

Much the way other dogs can pick up the scent of a fugitive or a cache of cocaine, Bear can smell the components of electronic media, even a micro-card as small as a fingernail that a suspect could easily hide...

Bear just got a new owner. The Seattle Police Department paid $9,500 — basically the cost of the training, according to Jordan — for the unique K-9.

110-year-old message in a bottle gets returned to sender

A few months back, Marianne Winkler found a bottle on a German beach with a message inside requesting its return to the Marine Biological Association (MBA) that had dropped more than 1,000 bottles into the North Sea as part of a study of currents. Thing is, that experiment took place more than a century ago. From National Geographic:

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"We haven't had [a bottle] returned in living memory," says Guy Baker, an MBA spokesperson.

(Former MBA president and lead researcher on the bottle study George Parker) Bidder got about half of his messages back, says Baker. And the longest it took for one of his bottles to come home—before this current one—was about four years....

Bidder's bottle has also been submitted to the Guinness World Records for consideration as the oldest message in a bottle ever recovered. The current record-holder is a 99-year-old bottle discovered in a fishing net off the Shetland Islands in 2013.

"Century-Old Message in a Bottle Returned to Sender"

Support this programmable smart watch kit developed by 8-year-old

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Developed by an 8-year-old maker named Omkar, the O Watch is a 3D printable, programmable, smart watch kit for kids. Omkar has launched a Kickstarter to scale up the O Watch so other kids can use the platform "to learn programming, 3D printing and crafts." Support it!

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Charge your phone while pedaling your bike

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When I was young, I had a clunky, inefficient dynamo attached to my bike that powered the headlight when I pedaled. The Siva Atom works the same way but it converts your pedaling into power to charge USB devices and the removable 1650mAh battery pack.

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"Freshman daughter drop off:" frat suspended over sexually harassing signs

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The Sigma Nu fraternity at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia has been suspended in connection with these asinine signs displayed at a private residence where members of the frat live. The brilliant individuals hung the banners during move-in week when parents were dropping new students at campus.

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