20 amusing paradoxes and dilemmas to ponder

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Cracked has compiled a collection of 20 fun-to-ponder paradoxes, including the famous Paradox of the Court. From Wikipedia:

The Paradox of the Court, also known as the counterdilemma of Euathlus, is a very old problem in logic stemming from ancient Greece. It is said that the famous sophist Protagoras took on a pupil, Euathlus, on the understanding that the student pay Protagoras for his infrastructure after he wins his first court case. After instruction, Euathlus decided to not enter the profession of law, and Protagoras decided to sue Euathlus for the amount owed.

Protagoras argued that if he won the case he would be paid his money. If Euathlus won the case, Protagoras would still be paid according to the original contract, because Euathlus would have won his first case.

Euathlus, however, claimed that if he won, then by the court's decision he would not have to pay Protagoras. If, on the other hand, Protagoras won, then Euathlus would still not have won a case and would therefore not be obliged to pay.

The question is: which of the two men is in the right?, also known as the counterdilemma of Euathlus, is a very old problem in logic stemming from ancient Greece. It is said that the famous sophist Protagoras took on a pupil, Euathlus, on the understanding that the student pay Protagoras for his infrastructure after he wins his first court case. After instruction, Euathlus decided to not enter the profession of law, and Protagoras decided to sue Euathlus for the amount owed.

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Best design for a milk bottle

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The Imedia Creative Bureau in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan designed this concept cow-swiping-UFO milk bottle.

From Imedia:

We are trying to tend to come up with original and smart packaging or product designs. So this time the task was to create a milk package unlike anything on market shelves.

We wanted to find very abstract or distant association with milk and cow.

Cow being abducted by UFO is pretty common used image in pop-culture. But it was very unexpected idea for milk bottle. So we begun working on it. At first we sketched the shape of the bottle and its proportions. Then Kanat (our 3D designer) started to model the bottle while the rest of the team were looking for appropriate naming. We had some cool names like Cowsmilk (which reads like “cosmic”), Mimimilk and among them was Molocow.

As you know “moloko” is a Russian word but thanks to outstanding director Stanley Kubrick everybody knows this word, we suppose. Also we wanted to pay tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s greatest movie “Orange clockwork”, and “Space Odyssey – 2001″ which is sci-fi classic. We were happy with the product name.

Kanat worked on this project for a month roughly. He’s done the visuals very well that some could take them as real ones.

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Pillow wearing a baseball cap is not a valid passenger for carpool lane, say police

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A 61-year-old New York state woman was ticketed for driving in a carpool lane with a pillow as a passenger. "The department said the woman was pulled over when an officer noticed her passenger was composed of a pillow wearing a vest and a baseball cap while holding a briefcase on its lap," reports UPI. Read the rest

Compilation video of annoyed animals giving warning nips to people

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Low center of gravity mechanical pencil

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I love Muji office supplies, because they are well-designed, high-quality, and low-priced. The Low Center of Gravity Mechanical Pencil ($8) is no exception. The low center of gravity feels surprisingly good! Read the rest

How vacation photos have changed over the last 130 years

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How have travel photos changed over time? Hoppa looks at photos taken from the time people used the Kodak No.1 Box Camera in the 1880s to take staged group pictures up until the time of today's Instagram selfie shots of feet pointing at the beach. Read the rest

Nintendo shares plummet when investors learn it didn't make Pokémon Go

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Pokémon Go became an overnight sensation, and savvy investors bought Nintendo stock, causing the share price to spike. But when Nintendo issued a statement to remind everyone that its stake in the app is just 13 and that revenue from the game was already taken into account in its forecasts, the stock price plummeted 18%, after which the Tokyo stock market halted trading to prevent a further decline.

Via Bloomberg:

The correction comes after Pokemon Go’s release almost doubled Nintendo’s stock through Friday’s close, adding $17.6 billion in market capitalization. Nintendo is a shareholder in the game’s developer Niantic Inc. and Pokemon Co., but has an "effective economic stake" of just 13 percent in the app, according to an estimate by Macquarie Securities analyst David Gibson. “It’s still possible to say that in the short-term it’s overheated,” said Tomoaki Kawasaki, an analyst at Iwai Cosmo Securities Co.
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Rock suspended in mid-air?

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If a headline ends with a question mark, the answer is no.

This rock is actually in the water
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Iraq stops using $60,000 dowsing rods for bomb detection

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After the July 3 suicide bomb that killed 300 people in Baghdad, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi banned the use of the ADE 651. a fake bomb detector made by British fraudsters, who claimed the gadgets could detect bombs, ivory, drugs, and golf balls. The Iraqi military had purchased $60 million worth of the bogus devices. The founder of the company that made the useless devices is in prison serving a ten-year sentence. I think he should spend a lot more time than that behind bars, since a great many people died by putting their trust in the devices.

ABC News

Faced with mounting criticism, former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered an investigation into the effectiveness of the devices in 2010. The outcome was inconclusive, and they continued to be used.

The head of the Interior Ministry's bomb squad department, Jihad al-Jabri, was convicted in 2012 and sentenced to four years in prison for accepting a bribe from the British manufacturers. But the case against him did not address whether the wands were effective. Many Iraqis believe he was a scapegoat to protect more senior Iraqi officials from prosecution.

Politics also may have played a role.

After the July 3 blast, al-Abadi fired the military officer in charge of Baghdad's security and accepted the resignation of Interior Minister Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, who was in charge of police.

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Cozy $150 micro-camping trailer pulled by bike has kitchen, bed, bookshelves

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Paul Elkins built a bike-towed micro-camper for $150 and has made the plans available.

From YouTube:

Paul Elkins fell for micro-camping in 2002 when he toured the country in his cabover “stealth camper”. Sure he could make something more affordable, this year he began building a nomadic micro-shelter based on the Airstream design.

Using 4 recycled fluted-plastic campaign signs from a recent election, a $20 secondhand bike, 6 pine boards ($1 at Home Depot), screws, Duct tape and zip ties, he built his latest micro mobile shelter for only $150.

Calling it a “micro Airstream bike camper”, it’s a 60-pound “home away from home”, complete with butane stove, bread-pan sink, counter, food storage shelving, clothes-storage bins, LED lighting, bed, windows, pee jug, bubble insulation, stereo with MP3 player, and a skylight made out of a 1 gallon plastic tub.

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Pokemon Pokeball weed grinder

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The Pokemon Pokeball weed grinder is $20 on Amazon. Gotta catch it before Nintendo stops them. Read the rest

Making crappy tagging legible

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Here are before and after photos of spray painted tagging replaced by clean fonts. I thought this was photoshopped, but if you look closely, the details are different in the before and after photos are different. For example, the roses in the flowerbox of of the Rue de Gaillon photo have bloomed in the after photo.

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How I wrap earbud and charger cables so they don't get tangled

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In response to overwhelming demand, I made a 30-second video that shows how to wrap cables so that they stay wrapped, don't get tangled, and are very easy to unwrap. Read the rest

For cheating a mom-and-pop paint store, deadbeat Trump must pay $300,000 in legal fees

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Donald Trump thought he could use his usual tactic of "I've paid you enough already" to get out of a painting bill for his golf course, but the mom-and-pop paint store took him to court and won.

From The Miami Herald:

Circuit Court Judge Jorge Cueto, presiding over a lawsuit related to unpaid bills brought by a local paint store against the Trump National Doral Miami golf resort, ordered the billionaire politician’s company to pay the Doral-based mom-and-pop shop nearly $300,000 in attorney’s fees.

All because, according to the lawsuit, Trump allegedly tried to stiff The Paint Spot on its last payment of $34,863 on a $200,000 contract for paint used in the renovation of the home of golf’s famed Blue Monster two years ago.

If you want to see how our potential president ripped off another hard-working person, watch this. Read the rest

iPhone flash drive with Lightning Connector gives you an extra 32GB

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I have a 64GB iPhone, but I don't like using iTunes to transfer videos to it because it is a hassle. I have this little $30 USB/Lighting flash drive that holds 32GB of files, including videos, photos, and songs. I plug it into my computer, copy over a bunch of card magic instruction videos, and I can zone out on the plane for hours. There's a free app that I downloaded on my phone that plays the videos. This is a solid gadget that has performed flawlessly for me. Read the rest

How to seal a bag of chips without a clip

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Now that I have mastered the art of looping earbud and charging cables, I'm ready to tackle bag resealing.

Seal that bag
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Brave or foolish? Man installs air conditioner on high balcony

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This man is having a bit of trouble carrying an air conditioner unit around the corner of a balcony about 10 stories up.

"What are you doing?" "Oh, just fitting some AC."
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