David Pescovitz

David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner and Medium's head of creative services. On Instagram, he's @pesco.

Secret languages of twins


"Cryptophasia" is the term for the secret languages that apparently 40 percent of identical twins develop. Nautilus investigates:

The most famous example of cryptophasia is identical twins Ginny and Grace Kennedy from California. A documentary and many articles, including two 1970s features in Time magazine, captured the private lingo of the twins who called each other Poto and Cabengo:

“Pinit, putahtraletungay” (Finish, potato salad hungry)

“Nis, Poto?” (This, Poto?)

“Liba Cabingoat, it” (Dear Cabengo, eat)

“la moa, Poto?” (Here more, Poto?)

“Ya” (Yeah)

“What you find is that the words are approximations of adult language,” says Peter Bakker, professor of linguistics at Aarhus University in Denmark, author of what remains the deepest and widest study of cryptophasia, “Autonomous Languages,” published in Italian twins research journal Acta geneticae medicae et gemellologiae in 1987.

"The Secret Language of Tennis Champions

Charlie Brown's favorite jazz pianist

Why do we love A Charlie Brown Christmas? Vince Guaraldi, that's why. (Cuepoint)

Video: how a pinball machine is made

Stern Pinball transforms 3,500 parts and 1/2 mile of wire into The Walking Dead machine.

Queen Victoria in her goggles


In 1899, Queen Victoria sported these stylish specs to, er, cure her cataracts; details over at Weird Universe.

Learn how to survive a helicopter crash in water


Survival Systems USA teaches civilians how to walk (or swim) away from aircraft crashes in water.

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A man and his mushrooms

Rodham E. Tulloss, a 70-year-old retired electronics engineer in Roosevelt, N.J., has one of the world's largest and most scientifically important collections of Amanita mushrooms in the world. It's in his garage.

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Video: How books used to be made

"The Art of Making A Book."

One of the last northern white rhinos has died


A northern white rhino named Angalifu died at age 44 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, leaving only 5 left of the subspecies in the world.

"Angalifu's death is a tremendous loss to all of us," said Safari Park curator Randy Rieches. "Not only because he was well beloved here at the park but also because his death brings this wonderful species one step closer to extinction."

(Associated Press)

Mall life, 1989


In 1989, Michael Galinsky, then 20, photographed mall culture around the United States.

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Tour photos by Spencer Tweedy (son of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy)


Over at Medium, Spencer Tweedy, 18, posted lovely black-and-white film camera shots and personal recollections of his recent musical tour with his dad, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, in support of their debut album Sukierae.

Parallel universe where time travels in reverse?


Could we be living in the past of a parallel universe? University of Oxford physicist Julian Barbour delivers this headspinner:

“This two-futures situation would exhibit a single, chaotic past in both directions, meaning that there would be essentially two universes, one on either side of this central state,” Barbour tells Scientific American. “If they were complicated enough, both sides could sustain observers who would perceive time going in opposite directions. Any intelligent beings there would define their arrow of time as moving away from this central state. They would think we now live in their deepest past.”

"2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past" (Thanks, Marina Gorbis!)

Skinny Puppy invoices US military for using its music for torture

Industrial band Skinny Puppy sent a $666,000 invoice to US Department of Defense for allegedly using its music to torture prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

“We sent them an invoice for our musical services considering they had gone ahead and used our music without our knowledge and used it as an actual weapon against somebody,” Skinny Puppy's Cevin Key told CTV News.“I wouldn’t want to be subjected to any overly loud music for six to 12 hours at a time without a break."

Above, Skinny Puppy's "Dig It" from their 1986 album, Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse.

Animation: "Why aliens probably exist"

The truth is far out there.

Dave Navarro's guitar strap/BDSM restraint

J659 Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and fetish/bondage outfitter The Stockroom developed a new guitar strap that converts into a BDSM restraint.

Dave Navarro: The Strap (NSFW)

Reissue of stunning soundtrack to 1973 science fiction film La Planète Sauvage (1973)


I'm thrilled that the good people at Superior Viaduct records are reissuing Alain Goraguer's beautiful and strange score to the beautiful and strange French science fiction animated film, La Planète Sauvage (1973). Goraguer is a composer and pianist who emerged from the Parisian jazz scene in the early 1960s writing and playing with Boris Vian and later Serge Gainsbourg in the early 1960s. This glorious soundtrack has inspired (and been sampled by) myriad electronic and hip-hop artists, from Air to Madlib to J Dilla. You can pre-order the special edition translucent blue vinyl, that includes a poster, directly from Superior Viaduct:
"ALAIN GORAGUER - La Planète Sauvage Original Soundtrack LP"

Here's a taste:

And the trailer for the film: