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David Pescovitz

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

Watch: fake $50 bill revealed to be a $10 bill

It appears that someone put decals on this $10 bill to pass it off as a $50. I'm sure most marks wouldn't notice that Hamilton's face is on the bill when it should be Grant, especially in another country where the currency is less familiar.

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Hamas claims Israel is using dolphins as spies

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According to an article in the Palestinian daily al-Quds, Israel has "recruited a watery pet, the dolphin, known for his friendship with humans, to use for operations to kill Qassam Brigade Naval Commandos."

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Psychopaths are more immune to "contagious" yawns

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When you see someone yawn and then feel the urge to yawn yourself, it's a sign of social traits like empathy. According to new research from Baylor University, people who scored higher on the Psychopathic Personality Inventory test were less likely to "catch" a yawn. From Baylor University:

Based on the psychological test results, the frequency of yawns and the amount of physiological response of muscle, nerve and skin, the study showed that the less empathy a person had, the less likely he or she was to "catch" a yawn.

"The take-home lesson is not that if you yawn and someone else doesn't, the other person is a psychopath," (lead researcher Brian) Rundle cautions. "A lot of people didn't yawn, and we know that we're not very likely to yawn in response to a stranger we don't have empathetic connections with.

"But what we found tells us there is a neurological connection -- some overlap -- between psychopathy and contagious yawning. This is a good starting point to ask more questions."

And if you'd like to learn more about what makes a psychopath, I highly recommend Jon Ronson's excellent book "The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry."

photo: Daisuke Tashiro - Flickr

Buy Buffalo Bill's home from Silence of the Lambs

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Buffalo Bill's home from Silence of the Lambs is for sale in Perryopolis, PA. The four-bedroom home is listed at $300k but sadly doesn't actually have a pit in the basement, so it will have to find somewhere else to rub the lotion on its skin.

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What's in a square mile? Instagram account of aerial photos

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The Jefferson Grid is a deeply compelling Instagram stream of aerial images depicting "everything that fits in a square mile." The name refers to Thomas Jefferson's efforts around a Public Land Survey System to divide US property along a grid structure.

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Inside Banksy's Dismaland

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Banksy installed a massive pisstake of Disneyland, called Dismaland, that includes his art and other, at a former swimming pool compound in Weston-super-Mare, England. More images below.

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City commissioners approve shooting range/restaurant that serves booze

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Daytona Beach, Florida commissioners approved a combination 12-lane indoor gun range and restaurant, that serves alcohol, to open in the city.

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Watch this mind-blowing spintop demonstration

Takeshi Kamisato is a master of the spintop, accurately described by this book as a "universal toy, enduring pastime."

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Magnificent photo of severely endangered rhino

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My pal John Curley, the multitalented bassist in the Afghan Whigs and Plastic Ants, took this incredible photo of Harapan the Sumatran rhinoceros at the excellent Cincinnati Zoo. Sadly, Sumatran rhinos are one of the world's most endangered animals with around 100 left on Earth. John says:

Harry is friendly, good-natured and adored by everyone at the zoo. He loves bananas and quiet walks on the beach at sunset (I'm kidding about that last part). Thanks to @mdcurley my amazing wife, for the unique opportunity to see this rare and beautiful creature up close.

Sumatran Rhino Project (Cincinnati Zoo)

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Father builds glowing life-sized Minecraft block for son's birthday

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Nathan Pryor (HaHaBird) made this fantastic life-sized illuminated Minecraft block for his son's birthday. It's lit with RGB LEDs so the color can be changed via remote control.

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Video of Flimmer, the US Navy's new drone that flies and swims

"Common across the services, autonomous vehicles are being seen as an effective projection of force, both above and below the water’s surface," according to the US Naval Research Laboratory.

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Yvonne Craig (Batgirl and the green alien girl on Star Trek) RIP

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Yvonne Craig, the first and best Batgirl on television who also played the green-skinned alien Marta on the original Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy," has died of breast cancer. She was 78. Before becoming an actor, Craig was a professional ballet dancer. On Batman, she performed all her own stunts. She also dated Elvis Presley who was her co-star in two 1960s films.

(Hollywood Reporter)

FBI seeking better automatic tattoo recognition tech

Police photograph and manually tag suspects' tattoos as part of the booking process, but the FBI says computers could classify them much better, leading to more "hits" when trying to identify criminals and also corpses.

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Influential post-punk dance albums by Liquid Liquid reissued on vinyl!

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In 1983, Downtown NYC post-punk dance band Liquid Liquid released this Michael Sporn Animation Studios video for "Cavern," a killer track whose bassline became the foundation of Grandmaster Melle Mel's pioneering hip hop track "White Lines (Don't Do It)." The excellent Superior Viaduct label has just reissued Liquid Liquid's classic records including Optimo, the EP containing "Cavern."

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Woman's obituary includes witty jab at Clinton

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As she requested before her death, Elaine Fydrych of Gloucester Township, New Jersey had the following line included in her obituary: “In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton."

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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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