Faux Victorian couple ejected from Butchart Gardens for fancy attire

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Gabriel and Sarah Chrisman of Port Townsend, Washington wear Victorian style outfits every day. They run a website called This Victorian Life, which chronicles their "long-term experiential study of culture and technologies of the late nineteenth-century." They don't have cell phones or watch television. "This is who we are," they state on the site. But when they traveled to Victoria to celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary they were turned away from Butchart Gardens because their "costumes" are forbidden.

The website for the Butchart Gardens has a link to a PDF with a list of "Garden Etiquette" rules, which includes a ban on costumes:

The Chrismans say their clothes are not costumes, and it is wrong for the park to deny them entry. From CBC:

"We've worn this type of clothing before and we've never been turned away before. Never had this sort of official banishment," Gabriel told CBC News.

"These are not costumes — it's just our everyday dress," Sarah told CBC News

The couple blog and write books about their favorite era. They cook with a cast iron stove and even ride a replica 1885 Victory bicycle.

After the Chrismans wrote about their experience, Butchart Gardens issued a statement, that read, in part: "For the enjoyment and safety of all visitors, and to preserve our tranquil atmosphere, the Butchart Gardens joins many international attractions … in not permitting costumes or masks to be worn on-site." Read the rest

Great deal on Electronics for Kids book

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I have a copy of Electronics for Kids: Play with Simple Circuits and Experiment with Electricity, by Oyvind Nydal Dahl. It's a full-color introduction to electronics, and is useful for kids and adults who want to get started in hobbyist electronics. Right now, this 328 page book is on sale for just $11 on Amazon.

Why do the lights in a house turn on when you flip a switch? How does a remote-controlled car move? And what makes lights on TVs and microwaves blink? The technology around you may seem like magic, but most of it wouldn't run without electricity.

Electronics for Kids demystifies electricity with a collection of awesome hands-on projects. In Part 1, you'll learn how current, voltage, and circuits work by making a battery out of a lemon, turning a metal bolt into an electromagnet, and transforming a paper cup and some magnets into a spinning motor. In Part 2, you'll make even more cool stuff as you: Solder a blinking LED circuit with resistors, capacitors, and relays Turn a circuit into a touch sensor using your finger as a resistor Build an alarm clock triggered by the sunrise Create a musical instrument that makes sci-fi sounds

Then, in Part 3, you'll learn about digital electronics--things like logic gates and memory circuits--as you make a secret code checker and an electronic coin flipper. Finally, you'll use everything you've learned to make the LED Reaction Game--test your reaction time as you try to catch a blinking light!

With its clear explanations and assortment of hands-on projects, Electronics for Kids will have you building your own circuits in no time.

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Phallic symbol of Volgograd airport erased prior to Putin's arrival

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In anticipation of the arrival of Donald Trump's puppetmaster at Volgograd airport, apparatchiks ordered the obscuration of a wall painting dubbed "The Friendly Penis."

Before:

Ха-ха. В Волгограде, в аэропорту. Как там пелось? - "Все напоминает о тебе"

A photo posted by Игорь Гром (@igorgrom) on Aug 15, 2016 at 1:16am PDT

After:

#лететь Знаменитая надпись оперативно исправлена перед прилетом В. Путина 😂🙈 #волгоград #аэропорт #КтоЗнаетТотПоймет

A photo posted by Max On 🇷🇺 🇬🇧 (@maxon_russian) on Aug 17, 2016 at 2:46am PDT

The U.S. would never do something as silly as this.

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Bond villain style TV descends from a slot in ceiling

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Best comment: "Doesn't that really annoy the person on the second floor who was watching it?"

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Monkeys floss with stolen human hair

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To these monkeys, people are just machines that make dental floss. Read the rest

Paypal halted a transaction because it contained the word "Cuba"

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My wife, Carla Sinclair, is editor of Wink Books. Yesterday, she used Paypal to pay Ben Marks his fee for reviewing a photo book published by Taschen called "Castro’s Cuba: An American Journalist’s Inside Look at Cuba 1959-1969."

Carla included a message to Ben in the Paypal transaction, which read, "Hi Ben - Your Castro's Cuba review is up! Thanks so much! Carla."

As soon as she pressed the send button, she got a pop-up message on the PayPal site that informed her that the payment was being held for review. This had never happened before and she had no idea why PayPal was holding up the transaction.

Last night, an email arrived from PayPal. It turns out, the problem arose because Carla's message included the forbidden word "Cuba" (and/or possibly "Castro").

Here's the email from PayPal:

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the PayPal system. During a recent screening, we noticed an issue regarding your account.

PayPal's Compliance Department has reviewed your account and identified activity that may be in violation of United States regulations administered by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

PayPal is committed to complying with and meeting its global regulatory obligations. One obligation is to ensure that our customers, merchants, and partners are also in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including those set forth by OFAC, in their use of PayPal.

To ensure that activity and transactions comply with current regulations, PayPal is requesting that you provide the following information via email to compliancetransactions@paypal.com:

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This doorstop is better than a folded-up newspaper

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I've tried a few different door stop wedges and this nickel door wedge is the only one that keeps a heavy spring loaded door in our house open. Its made of metal, so it would be pretty hard to crush, unless you are trying to stop a hydraulic press. It's a $7 add-on Item for Amazon prime members. Read the rest

Michael Moore "knows for a fact" that Trump never wanted to be President

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Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore posted an essay on his blog titled, "Is Trump Purposely Sabotaging His Campaign?" He says he knows for a fact that Trump only ran for President as a way to get a higher paycheck for his NBC "Apprentice" shows. When he actually got the nomination, he started to have second thoughts.

And then… you can see the moment it finally dawned on him… that “Oh shit!” revelation: “I’m actually going to be the Republican nominee — and my rich beautiful life is f#*@ing over!” It was the night he won the New Jersey primary. The headline on TIME.com was, “Donald Trump’s Subdued Victory Speech After Winning New Jersey.” Instead of it being one of his loud, brash speeches, it was downright depressing. No energy, no happiness, just the realization that now he was going to have to go through with this stunt that he started. It was no longer going to be performance art. He was going to have to go to work.

Soon, though, his karma caught up with him. Calling Mexicans “rapists” should have disqualified him on Day One (or for saying Obama wasn’t born here, as he did in 2011). No, it took 13 months of racist, sexist, stupid comments before he finally undid himself with the trifecta of attacking the family of a slain soldier, ridiculing the Purple Heart and suggesting that the pro-gun crowd assassinate Hillary Clinton. By this past weekend, the look on his face said it all — “I hate this!

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Create your own "Stranger Things" title

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Make It Stranger can turn any two words into a Stranger Things style title. Read the rest

Excellent $5 metal pistol grip nozzle

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Last month I added this garden hose bib extender to my outdoor faucet. It's held up so far. I also bought this $5 metal pistol grip nozzle on Amazon, which allows me to select the kind of water stream I need, from a wide cone to a high-pressure jet, by squeezing the handle. Releasing the handle shuts off the water completely. Read the rest

Guy loses 45 pounds and plays prank on his family who doesn't recognize him

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This Indonesian guy went to college in London for 3 years and lost 45 lbs. His family didn't know and he played a funny trick on them by sitting next to them in a restaurant and waiting for them to recognize him. Read the rest

Stop-motion master PES recreates classic video game death sequences

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The wonderful stop-motion filmmaker PES is back, this time with five retro arcade game death sequences. Read the rest

Watch these Trump supporters agree that putting shock collars on Mexicans is a great idea

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"We wanted to see how far we could push Trump's loyal supporters," says Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. So his team invited a group of Trumpkins to attend a focus group meeting where they were shown some fake Trump campaign ads, voiced by a convincing Trump impersonator. Read the rest

Author Jon Ronson receives an "ominous" note from hotel housekeeping crew

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Jon Ronson, a Boing Boing pal and author of many great books, including So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Frank, The Psychopath Test, Lost At Sea, Men Who Stare At Goats, and Them, was greeted by this "lovely, then ominous" note from hotel housekeeping. I'm sure Jon is already a good tipper, and this note only served to remind him of that fact. Read the rest

Video: how to pack 100+ items in a carry-on bag

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Rachel Grant makes good use of ziplock bags to stuff over 100 travel items into a carry-on bag.

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I've had this elephant humidifier for 10 years and it is still going strong

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I've used this elephant ultrasonic humidifier for over 10 years (not every day) and it still works. It has a dial to adjust the amount of vapor, and at the highest setting it pumps out a thick cloud. Right now it's $34 on Amazon. If you don't want an elephant humidifier, you can get a hippo, a unicorn, a pig, a tiger, an owl, a penguin, a frog, a duck, a hippo, a dragon, a panda, a cow, a puppy, a monkey, or Hello Kitty. Read the rest

Gentleman surprised that alligator doesn't like to be grabbed

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"Putting a blanket on this alligator's head will render it helpless."

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