Lenin statue loses head in mishap

Every time the head of a Lenin statue breaks off, Steve Bannon sheds a tear. Read the rest

Guardian visits online trolls in their home

The Guardian was interested in meeting the most hateful people on Twitter so they went all over the world to meet them and make a 20-minute documentary.

Why do so many people use the internet to harass and threaten people, and stretch the freedom of speech to its limits? Director Kyrre Lien meets a global group of strongly opinionated individuals, who spend their time debating online on the subjects they care most strongly about. Online platforms are their favourite tools to express the opinions that others might find objectionable in language that often offends. Do they behave in the same way when they come offline?

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Clear knee mom jeans

"Slick plastic panels bare your knees for a futuristic feel in tapered and cropped high-waist jeans."

The only person I can imagine wearing these is Alex's mum in A Clockwork Orange. Read the rest

Fan-made recut of Breaking Bad as a 2-hour movie

(UPDATE: Sadly removed from the Internet)

Here's an attempt to transform 62 episodes of Breaking Bad into a 2-hour movie,

What if Breaking Bad was a movie?

After two years of sleepless nights of endless editing, we bring you the answer to that very question. A study project that became an all-consuming passion.

It’s not a fan-film, hitting the highlights of show in a home-made homage, but rather a re-imagining of the underlying concept itself, lending itself to full feature-length treatment.

An alternative Breaking Bad, to be viewed with fresh eyes.

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Dog takes possession of baby's pacifier

Stop it it's mine, stop it it's mine, stop it it's mine. I SAID STOP IT IT'S MINE.

“All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal.” — John Galt, Atlas Shrugged (Part 3, Chapter 7, Page 1,068) Read the rest

Artist puts Trump quotes on misogynistic old magazine ads

An artist calling himself "Saint Hoax" is removing the headlines from 1950s and 1960s advertisements, and applying quotes from Donald Trump. (Thanks, Matthew!)

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Transparent padlock and lockpicking tools

This is one of the best presents you can buy a 13-year-old kid. It's a transparent padlock that lets you see the inner workings as you poke them with lockpicking tools. The lock is $10 and the lockpick tool kit (hidden in a fake credit pouch to fool the law!) is $3. Buy one for yourself, and another for your favorite juvenile hacker.

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These tiny papercraft models of vintage synthesizers are adorable

Colossal has a gallery of Australian designer and illustrator Dan McPharlin's Analogue Miniatures -- "a marvel of papercraft. The tiny analogue synthesizers and pieces of recording equipment were pieced together with paper, framing mat board, string, rubber bands and cardboard."

Check out the full set here. Read the rest

Wealthy prisoners can pay to stay in safe, comfy jails

In Los Angeles, people convicted of crimes can sometimes pay extra money to stay in comfortable city jails, like the Beverly Hills City Jail, instead of crowded, dangerous county jails. The LA Times reports that "allowing some defendants to avoid the region’s notoriously dangerous county jails has long rankled some in law enforcement who believe it runs counter to the spirit of equal justice.

Alan Wurtzel met Carole Markin on Match.com in 2010. On their first date, he took her to coffee. After their second date, he walked Markin to her door, followed her inside and, she said, forced her to perform oral sex.

Wurtzel later claimed the act was consensual, but in 2011 he pleaded no contest to sexual battery and was sentenced to a year in jail. His victim was disappointed in the short sentence, but she still believed a measure of justice would be served with her assailant locked behind bars at the Los Angeles County Jail.

Instead, Wurtzel, who also had been convicted of sexual battery in a previous case, found a better option: For $100 a night, he was permitted by the court to avoid county jail entirely. He did his time in Seal Beach’s small city jail, with amenities that included flat-screen TVs, a computer room and new beds. He served six months, at a cost of $18,250, according to jail records.

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EFF Border Search Pocket Guide

From our friends at EFF: "A handy guide designed to be printed, folded, and carried in your pocket while traveling."

See also:

EFF presents: a guide to protecting your data privacy when crossing the US border Read the rest

Brain teaser: draw a cross inside the grid

On the latest episode of Scam School, Brian Brushwood presented three old brain teasers. Here's my favorite.

Make a five-by-five grid of dots. Then draw a cross by connecting the dots in such a way that five dots are enclosed by the cross and eight dots are outside the cross. The example on the right satisfies the first part (five dots inside the cross) but it fails the second requirement (it has four dots outside, but needs eight.)

You can learn the solution by watching the video. Read the rest

Artists remix NYC "If You See Something, Say Something" subway signs

A group of artists placed signs in NYC subway cars that look like standard "If You See Something, Say Something" signs, but they contain additional information. Example:

“I’m glad I was reminded to report that suspicious bag. But I wonder, when my own president uses a willing media to perpetuate a constant state of fear, who are the real terrorists and who profits off my panic?”

And:

“It’s important to report suspicious activity. I feel weird telling people this when I know ratting out a fellow cop for unethical behavior or brutality could make my life a living hell.”

And:

“I knew to report the unattended bag I saw. But why wasn’t I also encouraged to speak up when I saw my government destabilizing the Middle East which led to increased terrorism in the first place?””

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Malta's famous "Azure Window" has collapsed into the sea

Sad news: Malta's famous natural land bridge, the "Azure Window," has broken into bits by relentless ocean waves.

Flickr: Tobias Scheck

From The Times of Malta:

“Suddenly, the arch collapsed into the sea with a loud whoomph, throwing up a huge spray. By the time the spray had faded, the stack had gone too." In a press conference, Environment Minister Jose Herrera said several studies had shown that no man-made intervention could have prevented the collapse.

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Keep your water bottles clean with this brush set

If you use a water bottle you may have noticed that no matter how much you wash them, they still retain a musty smell. This bottle brush set from OXO Good Grips has three brushes to take care of that problem. One cleans the inside of the bottle, one cleans the cap, and the third cleans the straw (if it has one). It's $10 on Amazon. Read the rest

Why mutating symbiotic thought germs love the web

Zoologist Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" in his book on evolution, The Selfish Gene, in 1976. In it, he wrote:

Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain, via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation.

This video (Thank, Mister44!) by CGP Grey looks at what has happened to meme propagation in the era of the Web. He calls them "brain germs" instead of memes, because the word meme is now more closely associated with photos with text on them (which *are* memes, but not the only memes). CGP Grey says that hateful ideas spread faster than happy or sad ideas, and that they mutate into super-hateful fake news thought germs.

Thought germs can burn out because once everyone agrees, it's hard to keep talking and thus thinking about them. But if there's an opposing thought germ, an argument, then the thinking never stops. The more visible an argument gets the more bystanders it draws in which makes it more visible, which is why every group from the most innocuous internet forum to The National Conversation can turn into a double rage storm across the sky in no time.

Wait, these though germs aren't competing, they're co-operating. Working together they reach more brains and hold their thoughts longer than they could alone.

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Puzzle: The Candy Thief

A puzzle from our friends at Futility Closet:

Five children — Ivan, Sylvia, Ernie, Dennis, and Linda — entered a candy store, and one of them stole a box of candy from the shelf. Afterward each child made three statements:

Ivan:

1. I didn’t take the box of candy. 2. I have never stolen anything. 3. Dennis did it.

Sylvia:

4. I didn’t take the box of candy. 5. I’m rich and I can buy my own candy. 6. Linda knows who the crook is.

Ernie:

7. I didn’t take the box of candy. 8. I didn’t know Linda until this year. 9. Dennis did it.

Dennis:

10. I didn’t take the box of candy. 11. Linda did it. 12. Ivan is lying when he says I stole the candy.

Linda:

13. I didn’t take the box of candy. 14. Sylvia is guilty. 15. Ernie can vouch for me, because he has known me since I was a baby eight years ago.

If each child made two true and one false statement, who stole the candy?

A problem by Wayne M. Delia and Bernadette D. Barnes:

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Neuroscientist explains the same concept about the brain to a 5-year-old and then a grad student

Bobby Kasthuri is a neuroscientist at Argonne National Laboratory. In the video he was asked to explain what a connectome is to 5 different people; a 5 year-old, a 13 year-old, a college student, a neuroscience grad student and a connectome entrepreneur. Read the rest

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