12-in-1 Stanley Multitool for $8


What's not to like about this 12-in-1 Stanley Multitool, especially when it costs just $8 on Amazon? I grabbed a couple to have around the house so I don't need to get my toolbox from the garage for minor fix-it tasks.

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I'll just drive my car off this tow truck, what could go wrong?


This gentleman didn't want a tow truck to take his car away, so he tried to drive off the truck's bed. You will believe what happened next. Read the rest

Angry "sovereign citizen" meets polite police officer


This patient police officer does not take much stock in the legitimacy of the sovereign citizen movement.

Best part:

Cop: "You're under arrest."

Sovereign citizen: "NO I'M NOT!"

From Wikipedia: "The sovereign citizen movement is a loose grouping of American and Canadian litigants, commentators, tax protesters, and financial-scheme promoters. Self-described sovereign citizens take the position that they are answerable only to their particular interpretation of the common law and are not subject to any government statutes or proceedings." Read the rest

Monkey tries to teach human how to open a nut

Dangit human. put some muscle in it

This little monkey is trying her hardest to train a limp-limbed human how to crack open a nut with a rock. When she realizes the human isn't making much of an effort, she looks up with an expression that says, "Wtf‽ Help me out here, hairless ape covered in fibers!"

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Chuck Berry turned 90 and he is releasing his first album in 38 years


(Above, Chuck Berry in 2014 performing "Johnny B. Goode.")

John Lennon said "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.'" The man whose name is synonymous with rock and roll just turned 90, and he announced today that he will be releasing his first album in 38 years. The album, entitled Chuck, will be released in 2017 on Dualtone Records

In addition to being the first person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Berry was also honored by NASA when his song "Johnny B. Goode" was included on the Golden Record that placed aboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft in 1977.

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Watch this spider weave her web with great care

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My friend Rachel shot this great video of a cute spider making her web. Anyone know what kind it is? Read the rest

Learn 3 cool magic tricks with a Sharpie

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Oscar Owen has a nice tutorial for doing three different tricks with a standard Sharpie pen.

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Man enjoys coffee in a flooded Starbucks

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Yes, Starbucks coffee IS that good(story in comments)(x-WTF)

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Is your Eierschalensollbruchstellenverursacher as nifty as this one?

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This is a boiled egg shell cracker. It works like a charm every other time you use it.

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4-year-old Russian girl speaks and reads 7 languages


Four-year-old Bella speaks 7 languages and does improvisational dancing at the same time. Read the rest

Like a dream - fabulous treasure discovered in old lunchbox


I'm not going to spoil the fun by telling you what this guy found in a dusty old lunchbox hidden in the basement of a 1940a house he was remodeling. Just go here and enjoy each of the photos that slowly reveal the treasure he discovered inside. Don't miss part 2, here. Geraldo Rivera is gnashing his teeth.

As a bonus, there's a singing girl wrestler in the story.

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7-port USB hub with plenty of power


I have four USB powered external hard drives, which I keep plugged into my iMac all the time. My old USB hub was not able to reliably supply power to all of the drive. I got the Plugable 7-Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub. It's $30 on Amazon. It has a 25W power adapter and has no problem keeping all four drives running, and charging my iPhone and a USB portable charger at the same time (two of the ports support the Battery Charging Standard). All seven ports are USB 3.0 (backwards compatible to USB 2.0 and 1.1) so file transfer is speedy. It includes a 6-foot A cord and a 3-foot USB 3.0 Cable. Read the rest

Chinese manufacturers taking Kickstarter ideas and selling them faster


Yekutiel Sherman invented a selfie stick that collapses into a smartphone case. He launched the project on Kickstater. Chinese manufacturers were selling it on Ali Express before Sherman's funding window closed.

From Quartz:

But one week after his product hit Kickstarter in December 2015, Sherman was shocked to see it for sale on AliExpress — Alibaba’s English-language wholesale site. Vendors across China were selling identical smartphone case selfie-sticks, using the same design Sherman came up with himself. Some of them were selling for as low as $10 a piece, well below Sherman’s expected retail price of £39 ($47.41). Amazingly, some of these vendors stole the name of Sherman’s product—Stikbox:

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Expedia cancels family vacation flight, posts "Fuck You" on her account page


A Los Angeles School teacher named Cara Viramontes used Expedia to book travel for an upcoming family vacation. After she used the service, Viramontes filled out the survey that Expedia sent her. In the survey, the Viramontes expressed displeasure at the Expedia agent's "unhelpful" attitude.

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"Social experiment" YouTuber caught faking racist video


Remember Joey Salads, the "social experiment" guy who made a candid camera style video that showed him at a bar, sneakily dropping pills into women's drinks? He said he did it as a public service, but he came across as a self-aggrandizing creep who enjoys butting into other people's lives.

Well, Mr. Salads is back in the news, this time for getting caught shooting a staged video that shows a group of black men vandalizing a car with Donald Trump stickers on it. Mr. Salads, an ardent Trump supporter, posted the video on his popular YouTube channel, concluding, "As you can see from this video, the black community is very violent towards Trump and his supporters." Subscribers on his YouTube channel and on his Twitter account went nuts, posting racist comments about the "vandals."

Here's the staged video:

Unbeknownst to Mr. Salads, someone shot video of of Mr. Salads staging upthe incident, and posted it to Twitter, exposing Mr. Salads as a fraud. The "vandals" were accomplices following Mr. Salads' instructions to damage the car (which had been parked in a "black neighborhood" by Mr. Salads).

After it became clear to Mr. Salads that his sham had been exposed, he posted a smarmy, excuse-filled, laughably insincere, sorry-I-was-caught, bullshit apology:

Mr. Salads gets bonus points for running ads on the fauxpology video. He gets double bonus points for ending the video by declaring his intention to commit voter fraud by voting three times in the upcoming election.

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Roundup of the dumbest Halloween costumes of 2016


Here's a small sampling of the dozens of Halloween costumes posted for the purpose of ridicule on io9.

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Drew Friedman's stupendous "More Heroes of the Comics" (Plus NYC EVENT 10/18/16)


I raved about Heroes of the Comics when it came out in 2014. Now I'm going to rave about More Heroes of the Comics, the new companion volume. This large book has 100 meticulous color paintings of people who were involved in the early days of comic books, painted by Drew Friedman, the great portraitist of our time. Each hero portrait is accompanied by an interesting one-page biography.

While Friedman's first book covered the famous heavy hitters of comics (Kirby, Barks, Kurtzman, Wood), More Heroes digs deeper, profiling people who deserve recognition for their work, even though it was sometimes behind the scenes. I'd say about 75% of the names were familiar to me (Otto Binder, Ray Bradbury, Gene Colan, Dan DeCarlo, Jim Warren, John Buscema) while the other 25% were new, and, for that reason, even more interesting (Olive Bailey, Bob Haney, Louis Ferstadt - colorful characters!).

The two volume Heroes set, is scholarly and popular at the same time, and represents a milestone in the early history of comic books. Drew Friedman himself is a hero of comics for making it.

Also, there's an event tonight about the book at the Museum of Illustration in NYC. Drew Friedman will be signing advance copies of the book and join in conversation with Karen Green, MAD's Al Jaffee, and moderator Danny Fingeroth. Also, Jim Warren, the legendary publisher of Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella, and Famous Monsters of Filmland, will be there with Drew. I wish I could be there. Read the rest

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