Banksy painting comes with free house!

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If you purchase Banksy's "Spy Booth" mural for $300,000, you get a three-bedroom Victorian home in Cheltenham, England for free! The house, in dire need of renovation, features the Banksy artwork on an outside wall. It's now fenced in as the mural was defaced in 2014 and then restored.

From the New York Post:

The mural was painted in the wake of — and apparently in support of — Edward Snowden’s leak of National Security Agency documents, which revealed startling information about global surveillance.

But why is “Spy Booth” located in this English town, and not, say, in Washington, DC? Because Cheltenham is home to the UK Government Communications Headquarters, Britain’s intelligence and security agency, which actually uses this artwork on its website.

Property listing: Fairview Road, Fairview, Cheltenham, GL52

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Listen to David Bowie the DJ (1979)

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On May 20, 1979, David Bowie was invited to take over BBC Radio One for a two-hour DJ set titled "Star Special" that's a fantastic tour of underground, unfamiliar, or avant-rock sounds of that time mixed with tunes by popular artists he loved: Iggy Pop, Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, Talking Heads, Philip Glass, Danny Kaye, Little Richard, Bruce Springsteen, and many more. Read the rest

Meet the "King of Revenge Porn"

Scott Breitenstein, the much-hated proprietor of such delightful Internet outposts as Complaints Bureau, STD Registry, and Report My X, is the "King of Revenge Porn." Or rather, he was. Fusion interviewed Breitenstein and shared with him messages from women who had been victims of revenge porn on his site. Two weeks after the Fusion interview, Breitenstein apparently banned revenge porn on Complaints Bureau and removed old posts.

"At Home with a Revenge Porn Mogul" (Fusion)

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Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü and Sugar): killer new video, new album

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Our prolific punk pal Bob Mould (ex-Hüsker Dü and Sugar) just released a new video, "Voices in My Head," to whet our appetites for his new album, Patch the Sky, out March 25. Stereogum recently joined Bob on a walking tour of New York, and a conversational capsule history of his incredibly-influential career.

"Music can literally save your life,” Bob says. “I do this thing, I sort through my life, I show it to people, and it’s resonating. People at shows come up and they say, ‘Your music saved my fucking life,’ over and over, and I’m like, ‘Wait, that’s my line. You don’t know. You stole my line.'”

Bob and his longtime band, Jason Narducy on bass and Jon Wurster on drums, hit the road February 6 for a series of UK, Canada, and US dates. Get some.

Below, our special Boing Boing Interview/Performance video with Bob Mould, a collaboration with the good people at Remedy Editorial:

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David Bowie and Freddy Mercury singing "Under Pressure," a capella

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Isolated vocal tracks from Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure" (1981). Original below.

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New York village to keep seal depicting man choking Native American

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The residents of the small New York village of Whitesboro voted last night to keep this emblem that appears to show a man choking a Native American. From the Associated Press:

In a non-binding vote Monday night, residents voted 157-55 to not change their current seal, according to Patrick J. O'Connor, mayor of the Village of Whitesboro.

Whitesboro's website says the emblem dates to the early 1900s and depicts a friendly wrestling match between village founder Hugh White and an Oneida Indian. It says White won the match and the lasting respect and goodwill of the Oneidas...

After a notice of claim was filed in the 1970s calling the picture offensive, a new version was drawn with White's hands on the Indian's shoulders instead of on his neck, (village clerk and historian Dana) Nimey-Olney said.

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Man invents implantable switch to turn on/off male birth control

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Clemens Bimek invented a shut-off valve for the vas deferens, the tubes that bring sperm from the testicles out of a man's body. The Bimek SLV Spermatic Duct Valve is essentially a vasectomy with a gummy bear-sized on/off switch that you control from outside. So far, Bimek himself is the only person outfitted with the devices. He's currently seeking investment and medical approval for commercialization in his home country of Germany and beyond. From the company site:

(In 1998, while) watching a health advice program on TV, Clemens Bimek saw a segment about vasectomies, an operation he had never heard of before. He then asked himself: “Why not just insert a valve instead?” At the time he passed the patent office in Berlin-Kreuzberg everyday on his way to the construction site, where he worked. One day he decided to do some research on the topic and discovered that a few developments had already been attempted in this direction, but to him, these methods seemed overly complicated and therefore impractical. Bimek had, from that point, begun to further develop his ideas and to work on a first prototype...

(In 2008, after developing the idea and prototypes) Clemens Bimek attempted to convince different urologists to perform the valve implantation on him. A few were prepared to do this, but were stopped by the ethics committee at each clinic. He finally found a microsurgical specialist, who allowed him to observe 3 vasovasostomies. The specialist stated that he was prepared to implant the valve for Bimek’s self experiment and even obtained approval from the relevant ethics committee.

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New York Times print: "It's a good time to be David Bowie"

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Too late to stop the presses?

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Young woman lifts pickup truck that fell on her father

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Charlotte Heffelmire, 19, of Northern Virginia, lifted a GMC pickup truck off her father after a jack slipped and the vehicle fell on him while he was working on it in the garage. Charlotte is 5-foot-6, 120 pounds, and was barefoot.

"I felt the weight shift," remembered her father, Eric Heffelmire. "And I said, 'You almost got it,' and then it was just UGHHHHHHRRR, and suddenly I'm pulled out."

The falling car sparked a fire beside propane containers. After Charlotte freed her dad, she quickly drove the truck out of the garage and sprayed the flames with a garden hose. Her grandmother and infant niece raced out of the home as it burned.

According to NBC Washington, Charlotte "suffered burns to her feet and hands, and a back injury has kept her from returning to the Air Force Academy (where she was a student). She said her plans for the future include public service."

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Watch Hervé "Tattoo" Villechaize sing "Why?" (1981)

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Hervé Villechaize, who most famously played Tattoo on TV's "Fantasy Island," sings his song "Why?" on TV in 1981. The bizarre video effects are from the original clip. (The uploader dubbed the audio from his 7" vinyl record of the song.)

And just for posterity, here's a poorer-quality copy of the video with the original audio track.

(Thanks, UPSO!)

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Search Netflix using secret category codes

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Netflix Secret Categories enables you to search by code for categories like "Spy Action & Adventure," "Campy Movies," "Teen Dramas," "Satanic Stories," and "Alien Sci-Fi."

(via /r/InternetIsBeautiful)

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Deeply weird animation of a clay man assembling himself

Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer's Tma/Svetlo/Tma ("Darkness Light Darkness"), a stunningly surreal stop-motion animation from 1989.

(Thanks, UPSO!)

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Gorgeous infographics from the 19th century

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At the dawn of the 19th century, naturalist Alexander von Humboldt invented the "thematic map," pioneering infographics through the likes of maps annotated with zoological life, temperature, elevations, and other data meant to present an area's "physical phenomena into one image," according to this profile on Atlas Obscura.

Above, "a plate from Atlas of Alexander von Humboldt's Kosmos, illustrating the composition of the Earth's crust via color-coding."

Below, "a snowflake of clocks illustrates world time zones, with Dresden at the center. "

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David Bowie, RIP

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"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.

-- David Bowie

David Bowie died today after an 18 month battle with cancer. The pioneering musician and artist had celebrated his 69th birthday on Friday with the release of his new album, Blackstar. Damn, I'm going to miss him. We all are.

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Buy an original "Smokey and the Bandit" Trans Am!

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This killer 1977 "Smokey and the Bandit" Pontiac Trans Am, customized by Universal Studios to promote the classic Burt Reynolds/Jackie Gleason film at car shows and other public events, will be sold at auction on January 30! Original Smokey and the Bandit trailer below. From the auction listing at Barrett-Jackson:

Burt Reynolds and McLaughlin Museum present the 1977 Universal Studios Promo Bandit Trans Am from the movie "Smokey and the Bandit." It has been frame-off restored and matching-numbers PHS-documented. Own a piece of history related to one of the most recognized movies of all time. We all loved watching Smokey chase the Bandit in that black Trans Am. Includes Universal Studios certificate listing the VIN of this car, a plaque from General Motors showing the car was used to promote the movie and Universal Studios maps showing scene locations. Title states Universal Studios Promo. Promoted and autographed by Burt Reynolds.

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Man loves bear, and bear loves man right back. For now.

Медведь играет с человеком ("Bear Plays with a Man"). Indeed. (YouTube)

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The Simpsons vs. Miami Vice and 1980s glitzy TV

From Sunday night's upcoming episode "Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles." Last week, our sister site "Doing Doing" was mentioned on the show, so you just know The Simpsons are still relevant!

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