David Pescovitz

David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.

Tongue is not the strongest muscle in the body

It's actually multiple muscles, and the myth may have emerged because you've probably never felt your tongue get tired. Even still, it isn't the strongest muscle system. The honor of strongest single muscle likely belongs to the masseter, in your jaw. From Scientific American:
gene tn3By sticking a pliable air-filled bulb into a subject’s mouth, scientists can measure the maximal pressure the tongue can exert on an object. This device, called an Iowa oral performance instrument, is placed on the tongue and subjects are asked to push it toward the roofs of their mouths as hard as they can. Scientists also use this bulb to measure endurance, or how long the tongue can hold a certain posture.

Unusual UK Freedom of Information requests

From The Independent, curious Freedom of Information requests sent to UK local governments: What plans are in place to protect the town from a dragon attack? More below.

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3. How many times has the council paid for the services of an exorcist, psychic or religious healer? Were the services performed on an adult, child, pet or building? (Rossendale Council)

5. What precautions, preparations, planning and costings have been undertaken in the case an asteroid crashes into Worthing, a meteorite landing in Worthing or solar activity disrupting electromagnetic fields? (Worthing Borough Council)

9. How many requests were made to council-run historic public-access buildings (e.g. museums) requesting to bring a team of 'ghost investigators' into the building? (Birmingham Council)

Face tracking + projection mapping = very strange

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Airplane parts recycled into furniture

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MotoArt, an outfit I've blogged before that transforms airplane parts into furniture, built this glorious conference table based on an engine scavenged from a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. (via Laughing Squid)

Beat Street, an oral history of the 1984 hip-hop film

Wondering Sound presents a fantastic oral history of the classic hip-hop movie Beat Street that was based on an article written for the Village Voice.

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The world's most valuable comic is now on eBay

Action_Comics_1 The most valuable comic book in the world, a fine copy of Action Comics #1 (June 1938) with the debut of Superman, is up for auction on eBay in a benefit for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Here's the story of its provenance:

Skimpy Skirts and Hippie Hair

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"Skimpy Skirts and Hippie Hair," a 1972 Christian pamphlet spotted by bruce_lee_webb, reminds me of another similar classic in my own library, titled "Communism, Hypnotism And The Beatles."

Levitating (!) bluetooth speaker

I have no idea how the OM/ONE bluetooth speaker sounds, but it kinda doesn't matter because it levitates. Ah, magical magnetism.

The Kosher Nostra and other 19th century street gangs

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Kosher Nostra, Plug Uglies, Yakey Yakes, and the Potashes are just some of the excellent 19th century street gang names compiled for this Mental Floss post by Arika Okrent, author of In the Land of Invented Languages.

Ancient monuments then and now

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Above are before and after images of Chichen Itza's El Castillo step-pyramid in the Yucatán that the Daily Grail's Greg Taylor shared in a brief post about "How Far Should We Go in 'Restoring' Ancient Monuments?." Below, Stonehenge in the 19th century and now.

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Skateboarder and his real clones

Professional skateboarder Cory Juneau enjoys skating with his clones.

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Robin Williams, mime (1974)

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In 1974, Daniel Sorine photographed two mimes in Central Park. Turned out that one of them was Robin Williams.

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The Warriors: "Baseball Furies' Chase" (1979)

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As we wait patiently for Waxwork Records' promised vinyl soundtrack to The Warriors containing the full and never-released film score, let's enjoy Barry De Vorzon's cinematic komische disco track "Baseball Furies' Chase," below.

Live mermaid and other underwater crochet creations

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Artist Olek goes deep with an underwater crochet installation off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. More below and at Hi-Fructose.

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Digitizing Warhol's unseen vérité films

Andy Warhol recorded nearly 1,000 rolls of mostly little-known 16mm film documenting the 1960s avant-garde art world. The Andy Warhol Museum and MoMA are now digitizing this vast archive.

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