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David Pescovitz

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

Idaho mile marker 420 replaced with 419.9

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The Idaho Transportation Department installed this sign on US Highway 95 instead of the frequently stolen 420 milepost.

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Cute hamster in hammock enjoying a sweet treat

That's the life.

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British intelligence's use of persuasion psychology

The documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed a division of British intelligence focused on the use of psychological science to influence, deceive, and infiltrate suspected terrorist cells, hostile states, criminal gangs, and activist groups. Vaughan "Mind Hacks" Bell investigates, and notes that some of their techniques draw heavily from the work of Robert Cialdini, author of Influence, an absolute must-read classic book about techniques of persuasion.

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Fantastic video of Pluto fly-by made from still images

Astronomical artist Björn Jónsson stitched together still images captured by the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past the dwarf planet Pluto last month.

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Watch a seal narrowly escape a great white shark's jaws of death

...for the moment anyway.

Failed predation attempt off Monomoy, Cape Cod (8/17/15)- filmed by Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries working with Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

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Scientists remote control a mouse with a wireless LED brain implant

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Stanford scientists made mice walk in circles via remote control of a wireless LED implanted in the rodents' brains. Switching the LED on and off controls neurons that have been previously genetically engineered to be light-sensitive.

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Gentleman attempts to use rattlesnake as weapon

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Nathaniel Buck Harrison of Oracle, Arizona sought vengeance against a foe by hitting him on the head with a board and then attempting to sic a rattlesnake on him. Apparently, the snake declined to participate.

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Addicted to sugar and addicted to opium

From the BBC's excellent "Addicted to Pleasure" documentary series, learn about how some of us became sugar freaks and opium fiends.

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Home Depot reports huge spike in rubber band sales around Burning Man

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Home Depot stores located in the area of Reno, Carson City, and Nevada's Black Rock Desert--where Burning Man takes place--create special Burning Man sections that cater to people who are headed to the annual festival. These stores report huge sales spikes for certain items.

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How rats can swim up your toilet to terrorize you

Rats can tread water for up to three days, and hold their breath under water for three minutes.

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Brief history of the Cootie Catcher

Cooties are real. Apparently, "cootie" comes from the Malay word "kutu," meaning "dog tick." Fortunately, you can easily make a cootie catcher wit the added benefit that the device doubles as a fortune teller, chatterbox, whirlybird, salt cellar, etc.

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Watch NWA's "Straight Outta Compton" recreated inside Grand Theft Auto

AnimalRobot takes NWA's "Straight Outta Compton" into Grand Theft Auto V with GTAV's Rockstar Editor and Adobe Premiere. "Damn, that shit was dope." (YouTube)

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Help Wanted: Cannabis critic

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The Oregonian, Portland's daily newspaper, is seeking a professional marijuana critic.

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Woman fined for posting photo of police car illegally parked in handicap spot

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A woman in Petrer, Spain posted a photo on Facebook of a police car illegally parked in a handicap spot. She was subsequently fined almost €800 (~US$886) under the Citizens Security Law, aka the "gagging law," that prohibits "the unauthorised use of images of police officers that might jeopardise their or their family’s safety or that of protected facilities or police operations."

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Sisters of Mercy's "Floodland" getting the special vinyl box set treatment

The Sisters of Mercy's classic 1987 beast of gothic bombast, Floodland, will be reissued next month as a 4-LP vinyl box from Rhino records featuring the original album along with three 12-inches from the time. Floodland was the second full-length released under the Sisters name, and at that point the band consisted of founder Andrew Eldritch, new bassist Patricia Morrison of Gun Club fame, and the thunderous drum machine known as Doctor Avalanche. Meat Loaf producer Jim Steinman brought his orchestral magic to a couple Floodland tracks, including "This Corrosion," above, one of the greatest goth dance songs ever produced.

Sisters of Mercy: Floodland Era Vinyl Box Set (Amazon)

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Flea loves bees

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"Pleezus more beezus," writes the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist. At his Los Angeles home, he's keeping three hives with 60,000 bees each.

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Photo of bear poking head through cat door

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Doug Harder who resides near Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho photographed this handsome bear attempting to come into his condo via the cat door last week.

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