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David Pescovitz

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

Comic about the woman who invented the coffee filter

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Over at Backchannel, comic artist Andy Warner's illustrated the story of Melitta Bentz, a German housewife who in 1908 invented the coffee filter.

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Antique toy museum, racist warts and all

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Frank Kidd, 83, is the proprietor of Kidd's Toy Museum, a private collection of 20,000 antique toys, from cars and trucks to figurines to, Kidd's favorite genre, mechanical banks like the one above. Some of the toys reveal a lot about the era they're from.

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Somebody stole the skull of Nosferatu director FW Murnau

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The skull of FW Murnau, the director of the classic vampire film Nosferatu (1922), has been stolen from his grave in Stahnsdorf, Germany.

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Nano Bible no bigger than the tip of a pen

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Israeli researchers created a "Nano Bible," all 1.2 million letters of the Old Testament engraved on a gold-plated silicon disk the size of a sugar grain.

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Analyzing the "Goodnight Moon" bedroom

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The Ugly Volvo deconstructs the spatial, safety, and existential problems with the baby bunny's bedroom in the iconic children's book "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Clement Hurd.

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Airbnb CEO shares VC rejection emails from 2008


Airbnb's Brian Chesky posted the rejection letters he received from investors in June 2008 when he was trying to raise $150,000 at a $1.5M valuation, meaning someone could have owned 10% of Airbnb for $150,000. The company is currently valued at $20 billion.

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Dildos dangling from power lines in Portland

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Portland is facing a rash of hundreds of dildos hanging from power lines. According to Portland General Electric, the sex toys don't pose a fire hazard.

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Reward of $1 million for Dorothy's stolen ruby slippers

Have you seen these ruby slippers? Someone swiped them from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn and an anonymous individual is offering $1 million reward for their return. From the Washington Post:

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Every year, the once-sparkling shoes were lent to the museum by their owner, collector Michael Shaw. When the museum told him it wanted to put the slippers in a safe every night, Shaw wouldn’t have it.

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Watch this drone footage of a tornado

Drone footage of a tornado touching down yesterday in Hutchinson, Kansas.

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Watch Adam Savage and astronaut Chris Hadfield cosplay at Comic-Con

Every year, our friend Adam Savage of Mythbusters and Tested walks the Comic-Con floor completely disguised by his costume and makes a video about it. This year, he was joined by astronaut Chris Hadfield and they both wore spacesuits like those in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Let's build a Moon village, says European Space Agency's new director

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"I propose a Moon village on the far side of the Moon," says Johann-Dietrich Woerner who has been in the role of Director General of the European Space Agency (Esa) for just a week.

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How to make a watermelon fruit bowl that looks like a voracious shark

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Mike Warren carved a watermelon into this delightful shark fruit bowl!

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Welsh government responds in Klingon to UFO questions

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Darren Millar, the Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales, posed three questions to Welsh economy, science and transport minister Edwina Hart about recent UFO sightings and funding research into the phenomena. A Welsh government spokesperson responded in Klingon:

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Jello Submarine: The Beatles in gelatin

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Photographer and food artist Henry Hargreaves created images from The Beatles's Yellow Submarine out of gelatin.

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Satan's merry pranksters

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Remember the fun Satanic Temple that fought to put a statue of Baphomet on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol and held a "pink mass" at the grave of the mother of Wesboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps to turn her "gay in the afterlife?" The New York Times talked to the Satanic Temple's two chief instigators, "Malcolm Jarry" and "Lucien Greaves" (aka Douglas Mesner), about their approach to poignant political pranksterism in the face of conservative Christianity.

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Watch a short 1976 documentary about the NYC graffiti scene

"Watching My Name Go By" is a great half-hour BBC documentary from 1976 about the early days of graffiti culture in New York City. (YouTube, thanks UPSO!)

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