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.

Photographing a spider's fangs

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Entomologist/photographer Alex Wild explains in Scientific American how he created this absolutely stunning image of a Sydney funnel-web spider at an Australian venom chemistry laboratory:

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X-ray of the Smithsonian's two-headed shark and other specimens

sharktwo The National Museum of Natural History's Sandra Raredon maintains the "fish library," a job that includes X-raying the specimens like this two-headed smooth-hound shark. Below, a small tooth sawfish and Atlantic angel shark.

"A Two-Headed Shark and Other X-Rayed Beauties at the Smithsonian"

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Woman impersonates dead sister while wearing her memorial shirt

Diondre Jones, 27, was charged with Medicaid fraud after checking into a Slidell, Louisiana hospital under the identity of her deceased sister, while wearing a memorial t-shirt with her sister's name and picture on it. From Fox8:
26273357 BG1Diondre was treated by the hospital staff, but when they went to enter the name that she had given - Delores Jones - an error popped up saying, "Date of Death Precedes Date of Service". By this time, Diondre had already left the hospital, but she was stopped in the parking lot by a Slidell Police officer.

Industrial cake-decorating robot

Bakery equipment manufacturer Unifiller's robot can frost and decorate a cake much more efficiently than you. (via Laughing Squid)

Video: Charles Schulz draws Charlie Brown

"We all need reassurance that some people really do like us." (via Devour)

The Afghan Whigs cover The Police

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My pals in The Afghan Whigs transform The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" into a burning dark ballad dripping with soul.

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Face sculptures from toilet paper rolls

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Artist Junior Fritz Jacquet carefully crushed empty toilet paper rolls into incredibly emotive face sculptures! Beats reading a magazine.

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Paperback Writer vs. My Sharona

"My Paperback Sharona," a mashup of The Knack and The Beatles, by Go Home Productions. (via Laughing Squid)

Lego trailer for Walking Dead, Season 5

"The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer." In Lego. (via Devour)

Religious statue has human teeth

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An 18th century statue of the Lord of Patience in San Bartolo Cuautlalpan, Mexico has human teeth, specialists restoring the artwork have discovered through X-rays. From BBC News:

40804097"The teeth were probably donated as a token of gratitude," suggests head restorer Fanny Unikel. Elsewhere in Mexico, parishioners are known to have volunteered their hair to make wigs for saints, as well as clothing or money. But the teeth and nails of statues are usually made of bones and animal horns. "It's the first time human teeth have been found in a sculpture," says Unikel.

Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock paintings in Portland

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Hypertalented couple Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock have a new show of paintings, including some collaborations, at Portland's Antler Gallery and Store. The show, titled "Floating World: Part Two," is on the heels of their San Francisco solo show "Floating World: Part One" that just closed at Shooting Gallery. Above, detail of "Serenade." Below, "Closely Held" and "Kinkaku-ji."

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Village People's "YMCA" with faux ambient sound, no music

Fantastic re-edit of the audio in the Village People "YMCA" video to make it music-free. More Muisicless Musicvideos and Silentless Movies by Mario Wienerroither.

Shenzhen drivers punishment for misusing headlights: stare into them

Shenzhen, China police posted on social media that drivers who use their headlights inappropriately are being punished by staring into headlights for five minutes.

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Insurance company pays lawsuit settlement in coins

Adriana's Insurance settled a lawsuit filed by Andres Carrasco of Los Angeles by paying him $21,000, but they delivered it in paint buckets filled with coins.

From the Los Angeles Times:

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Gallo initially thought the coin delivery was a joke, so he tried contacting the company for a check.

But he says the company told him they were not issuing a check.

Photo series: California trailer park

6 Fine art photographer David Waldorf photographed the residents of a trailer park in Sonoma, California.

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