Spectacular photos of the nutty high-powered model rocket launch scene

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For the last four years, the Rocketry Organization of California (ROC), a club for hardcore model rocket geeks, has hosted the Tripoli Rocketry Association's LDRS (Large, Dangerous Rocket Ships) launch at the Lucerne Dry Lake Bed. These aren't the small Estes rockets you can launch on your local baseball field but rather large High Powered Rockets propelled by engines rated "G" or higher. Photographer Sean Lemoine documented the spectacular scene in a series of photos that made me wish even more that I was there for lift off.

More at Sean Lemoine's LRDS project page.

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Watch man's confused reaction at drone that fell from the sky

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A GoPro Karma drops from the sky and lands at a surprised and confused bystander's feet. As this was not an isolated incident, GoPro recalled the Karma.

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Leonard Cohen, RIP

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The great songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen has died. He was 82.

"I never had the sense that there was an end," he said in 1992. "That there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot."

(Rolling Stone)

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How to see the extraordinary "supermoon" on Monday

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On Monday November 14, we'll have the opportunity to see the full moon closer to Earth than its been since 1948, and won't be again until 2034. It will be a spectacular sight. From NASA:

The moon’s orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical so sometimes it is closer and sometimes it’s farther away. When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth it is known as a supermoon. At perigree — the point at which the moon is closest to Earth — the moon can be as much as 14 percent closer to Earth than at apogee, when the moon is farthest from our planet. The full moon appears that much larger in diameter and because it is larger shines 30 percent more moonlight onto the Earth....

The biggest and brightest moon for observers in the United States will be on Monday morning just before dawn. On Monday, Nov. 14, the moon is at perigee at 6:22 a.m. EST and “opposite” the sun for the full moon at 8:52 a.m. EST (after moonset for most of the US).

If you’re not an early riser, no worries. “I’ve been telling people to go out at night on either Sunday or Monday night to see the supermoon,” said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission. “The difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday. Any time after sunset should be fine.

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Video: party with Keith Haring on New Year's Eve 1984

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Keith Haring's New Year's Eve party in downtown Manhattan, 1984, as documented by video artist Nelson Sullivan. Those were the daze. (r/ObscureMedia, thanks UPSO!)

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Watch this iguana run for its life from a snake attack

From BBC's Planet Earth II, intense footage (with an intense soundtrack) from the Galapagos Islands of a newly-hatched iguana chased by racer snakes.

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Fantastic selfies from 1920

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Famed photographer Joseph Byron holds the camera for a few group selfies in 1920. No selfie stick. No duck face.

More info on these shots here and here. (via r/OldSchoolCool)

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Birdie: a GoPro parachute case for aerial photography

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The Birdie is a case for GoPro cameras that resembles a badminton shuttlecock and enables you to toss your camera into the air for aerial photography. (I presume you could drop it as well, but I'd imagine any real altitude would risk catastrophic failure.) The Birdie also floats.

Birdie (Amazon)

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Marvin Gaye: "What's Going On" live in 1974

For only love can conquer hate You know we've got to find a way To bring some lovin' here today

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Custom orthodontic retainer to give better blowjobs

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Former dentist Kuang-Yi Ku created a prototype orthodontic retainer designed to improve the fellatio experience for the wearer's partner. After practicing dentistry for six years, Ku is now a student at Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. His Fellatio Modification Project is a speculative design effort featured in the Science Gallery London's new exhibit Mouthy: Into the Orifice. The prosthetic consists of a custom orthodontic retainer with the top "embossed" with soft denture base material to create nubs on the roof of the mouth. From New Scientist:

Science doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to incorporating human sexuality into research and practice. Dentistry, for example, considers three functions for the oral cavity: aesthetics, pronunciation and mastication. “There is another function, sex, which is never mentioned in the textbooks,” says Ku. “I’m from the gay community and I realised that the medical school is a very patriarchal system, very serious, and the professors are very traditional, particularly in Asian countries. So I wanted to approach that relationship.”

Instead of treating disease and restoring normal function to the mouth, Ku imagines dentists enhancing it along one particular line, the act of performing fellatio. To do this, he created retainers which offer a more intense sexual experience for your (male) partner.

"Sex and dentistry: I made a fellatio prosthetic for my mouth" (New Scientist)

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Crazy expensive watch with a flip clock display

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A co-branded product from watchmaker Jacob & Co and luxury design retailer Colette, the SF24 features a tiny flip clock like the electromechanical split flap displays popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s before LEDs and LCDs became all the rage. I'd like it more if they dispensed with the analog dial entirely. Then again, it sells for $90,000 so I'm clearly not their target customer. Jacob & Co X colette 'SF24' Watch (via Uncrate)

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Tattoo artist with missing arm wears tattoo machine prosthesis

Lyon, France-based tattoo artist JC Sheitan Tenet has no right arm. In place of his right hand, he wears custom tattoo machine prostheses he developed with biomechanical sculptor Jean-Louis Gonzal. According to Great Big Story, "the device can pivot 360 degrees and allows Tenet to create abstract designs unlike anyone else."

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Police bumper that deploys a net to snag escapee's tires during car chase

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The Grappler is a device that unfurls from a police car's front bumper during a car chase to snag the perp's tires and lock up their wheels. Of course, the fleeing suspect's car may be outfitted with its own James Bond-esque auto tech like a smoke screen or caltrop release mechanism.

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Cute two-faced calf is oldest of its kind to survive

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Meet Lucky, a two-faced calf who lives in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Lucky is just over a month old but may be the oldest animal of its kind to survive with the genetic abnormality, called diprosopus. From National Geographic:

The calf was named Lucky by the McCubbins' five-year-old daughter, Henley, after her parents told her the rare animal was lucky to be alive. Most such genetic or developmental defects are aborted in the womb, although a few make it to birth. Most of those die within a few days.

For a two-faced or two-headed animal to make it to adulthood is extremely rare. It's considered ultrarare in the wild, although two-faced cat "Frank and Louie" lived to at least 12 years old, thanks to the care of its owners.

So far, Lucky has been doing well, the McCubbins said, although the middle two of her eyes don't work. She can only walk in circles and falls down a lot.

Lucky needs some help eating, and both mouths move at the same time.

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Spectacular marching band tribute to superheroes

On Friday, the Ohio State Marching Band performed this fantastic halftime show right at the intersection of two powerful geek subcultures: comic fans and band geeks.

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AOL "You've Got Mail" guy is now an Uber driver

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When you logged into AOL in the 1990s, you were greeted with the voice of Elwood Edwards. Last night, Brandee Barker was headed to one of Hillary Clinton's Ohio campaign headquarters for canvassing when she happened to meet Edwards. He was her Uber driver!

From CNN:

Edwards, a longtime voice actor, recorded the famous famous phrase -- along with others like "Welcome," "File's Done" and "Goodbye" -- because of his wife. Back in the late 80s she worked for Quantum Computer Services, the company that would later become AOL, and she overheard the company's CEO saying he wanted a voice to notify people when they receive email.

She told them about her husband, he recorded the phrases on a cassette tape and became the internet's voice. He was paid $200 for the voice over, he told Barker.

In addition to his voice over work, Edwards worked for several years as a news editor at a TV station in Cleveland before recently retiring.

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Meet the small team producing some of the last handmade globes in the world

Bellerby & Co is one of the last companies that handmakes globes. It's a team of 15 people including woodworkers, painters, and a digital cartographer. (Great Big Story)

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