This is what happens to mailboxes when the Pope comes to town


Apparently the Pope, or one of his attachés, likes to put popsicles in mailboxes when they roll into town. The D.C. Post Office was prepared. [via] Read the rest

Trump debates Trump


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Take a look at how much fun we had at Weekend of Wonder


Carla, Cory, David, Jason, Xeni, and I are still giddy from our Weekend of Wonder extravaganza in association with Baby Tattoo, held at the Mission Inn resort in Riverside, California on September 18-20. In three fun filled days we and about 75 other folks learned how to make juggling balls (and juggle them), drank weird coffee concoctions, dined at a printing company and an outsider art garden, learned how to pick locks, escaped from straitjackets, created trick card decks, toured the catacombs beneath the 19th-century hotel to view macabre automata, enjoyed a musical performance by stars of Adventure Time, played a cooperative alternative reality puzzle game, and mingled until the wee hours of the morning while enjoying cupcakes and ice cream. Phew! We can't wait to do it again. The best part of the event was meeting and hanging out with Boing Boing readers and their families.

LA Weekly's Star Foreman was there for the entire event, and the paper has posted a gallery with 80 photos of the event. Enjoy the sampling below:

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Lifehacker reviews The Womanizer - it will "give you one of the best orgasms of your life"


The Womanizer is a German-made sex toy looks like an ear thermometer or a vaporizer. It comes in a variety of garish, bejeweled, leopard-spotted, and tattooed designs. It's not a vibrator. It's a gadget that suckles the clitoris. Vanessa Marin, a licensed psychotherapist specializing in sex therapy, reviewed it for Lifehacker and said it "induces powerful orgasms in a shockingly short amount of time."

After about ninety seconds of use, this bedazzled ear thermometer had completely won me over. The suction sensation feels unassuming at first, but catches up with you real quick and pushes you over the edge into powerful, throbbing orgasms that feel remarkably different (and better) than vibration-induced orgasms. If you hold the Womanizer in place, this little workhorse will make you come over and over again with ease. It’s pretty awesome.

The Womanizer also offers a huge range of stimulation. The lowest level hardly feels like anything, and the highest feels like it could suck your clitoris straight off your body. All that variety means it can work well for a lot of women.

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Statue punishes people who give it eye contact

Norwegian artist Erik Pirolt sculpture, “No Eye Contact Allowed,” is on exhibit in Kristiansand, Norway. It is a human bust in a glass enclosure. A small sign on art instructs visitors not to look into the eyes of the sculpture. If they do so anyway, they get surprised by a gusher of water that comes out of the bust's eyes and splashes against the glass.

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Giant snapping turtle vs. pineapple


This kindly snapping turtle has been trained to open pineapples for his human companion. Read the rest

The new Glowforge laser cutter is amazing


Laser cutters are machines that cut and engrave flat material – such as plywood, acrylic, chocolate, leather, cardboard, seashells, glass, even sheets of dried seaweed. Today, Glowforge introduced a low-price laser cutter that blows away the competition at a much lower price.

Glowforge is a game changer in many ways, and I haven't been this excited by a technology in a long time. The things you can make with one (see images below) are orders of magnitude better looking than things you can make with a 3D printer of the same price, and the Glowforge is much easier to learn how to use than a 3D printer.

Dan Shapiro, the founder of Glowforge (he's the creator of the Robot Turtles game), gave me a Skype video demo of the machine in action earlier this week. He showed me how to make a votive candle holder out of two different materials. He placed one sheet of thin walnut and another sheet of frosted acrylic on the Glowforge's cutting bed (which has a 12-inch x 20-inch working area). He opened his iPad, which had a live image of the cutting bed displayed on it (the Glowforge has a camera and is conected to Wi-Fi). Dan then dragged the cutting patterns for the pieces of the candle holder onto the video image of the walnut and acrylic pieces. This neat software solution for aligning material was developed by Dean Putney, who was a contractor for many years at Boing Boing, and now works for Dan in Seattle. Read the rest

80 great movie posters with the annoying text removed


Joinyouinthesun posted 80 classic movie posters, in hi-resolution, with the text removed.

80 hi-res, textless posters (some of my favorites)
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5-port USB desktop charging station great for family travel


When we were at the Mission Inn for Weekend of Wonder, this 5-port USB desktop charging station, on sale at Amazon for $10 kept 3 iPhones and a tablet well-fed. I used the additional port to charge a battery pack. The great thing about it is that you can plug it into a wall outlet (which are always in weird places in hotel rooms for some reason) and set the charger on a desk for ready access. It even comes with a suction cup mat to hold your soap in the shower! Read the rest

Giant rocks close highway in Zion National Park


A rockslide shut down Mount Carmel Highway in southern Utah's Zion National Park last night. No one was injured. "Crews will have to blast the rock and use heavy machinery to clear it. Due to the rock fall, emergency response is not available on the east side of Zion. The Scenic Drive and Zion Canyon remains open," Park spokeswoman Jin Prugsawan told the Salt Lake Tribune. Read the rest

That douchebag pharma-bro hedge fund guy lowered the medicine price hike


Yesterday, former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli (above) was in the news for jacking up the price of a drug called Daraprim from $13.50 per tablet to $750 per tablet. He went on Bloomberg to explain why he thinks a pill that costs less than $1 to manufacture should cost $750. He said that even at that price, "Daraprim is still underpriced relative to its peers." He then went onto Twitter to live up to his douchebag reputation by behaving like a douchebag - calling a journalist a moron for asking Shkreli why he increased the price of the medication, which helps people with compromised immune systems.

Today, Shkreli's Twitter account is closed to everyone but confirmed followers. He also said he would reduce the cost of Daraprim to "to allow the company to break even or make a smaller profit," according to NBC.

"Yes it is absolutely a reaction — there were mistakes made with respect to helping people understand why we took this action, I think that it makes sense to lower the price in response to the anger that was felt by people," Shkreli said, 32.

Jeremy Stahl at Slate says this isn't the first time Shkreli has gouged sick people:

When Shkreli was CEO of Retrophin, the company purchased a kidney medication approved by the FDA in 1988 called Thiola and increased the cost from $1.50 per pill to $30 per pill. That drug treated cystinuria, a lifelong disease for which there is no known cure and which afflicts about 20,000 patients in the United States.

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Costco shopper, 78, punched in fight over free Nutella waffle sample


Police have arrested 24-year-old Derrick Gharabighi for punching a 78-year-old man who scolded Gharabighi for grabbing too many Nutella waffles from a sample cart at a Burbank, California Costco. Gharabighi has been charged with elder abuse and "inflicting great bodily harm."

From LA Times:

I'm not sure if Nutella is available in the California prison system, but if it isn't Gharabighi may have to go without any for a long time -- if convicted, he could receive up to 11 years in prison.

“The victim told Mr. Gharabighi that he wanted a sample and he shouldn’t take so many,” Sgt. Claudio Losacco said.

That’s when Gharabighi reportedly punched the man in the face. The man was hospitalized with a one-inch cut and swelling above his left eye, Guillen said.

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Chris Christie orders leader of New Jersey's National Guard to lose weight


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has given New Jersey National Guard leader General Michael Cunniff 90 days to lose weight, or else.

The action comes after Christie's staff told The Washington Post that the governor was unaware the general had been reprimanded by the Pentagon about his weight and for repeatedly dodging physical-fitness tests.

The newspaper obtained the records under the Freedom of Information Act.

The previous National Guard leader was a childhood friend of Christie's who was forced to resign in disgrace when he was caught having an on-the-job affair.

(CC Image: U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Saslav, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs/Released)

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Ultra-thin USB powered light box


A light box is an excellent tool for illustrators. It allows you to place a sheet of paper with a sketch on it, then place another piece of paper on top of it, and trace the original drawing. A lot of artists do a pencil sketch on a sheet of paper, then use a nicer piece of paper to trace the sketch in ink.

Andreas Ekberg, a wonderful illustrator who makes beautiful stenciled skateboards (like this Jackhammer Jill deck) and other things, told me about this USB light board. I already have a light board, and I've used it for over 30 years. It's a clunky metal box with fluorescent tubes and I used it draw illustrations for the early issues of the bOING bOING zine.

If I didn't already have my lightbox, I would snap up this 5mm-thick USB powered light box ($45 on Amazon). It looks so much better than my old-school light box. The brightness level is adjustable, the LEDs will last much longer than the bulbs (mine currently has one burnt out bulb and I've been using it that way for years), and best of all, it is much more portable. If I get back into hand drawing in a big way, I'll get one. Read the rest

Cat insists on dislodging cracked tile


In this symbiotic relationship, it is the human's job to place the cracked tile into its spot, and it is the cat's job to knock it out. It will be a sad day when someone comes along and replaces the broken tile. [via] Read the rest

Young woman with Down Syndrome runs shredding business


Emma Lynam, 21, of Australia has Down Syndrome, a cleft palate, and autism. She can't read or write, but she is such an enthusiastic paper shredder that she now runs a successful business called Master Shredder. The name was inspired by a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Read the rest

Adafruit founder Limor Fried describes her favorite tools


Kevin Kelly and I had a great time talking to Limor Fried, an MIT engineer and the founder of Adafruit, a one-stop shop for makers to buy electronics kits and components as well as learn and share ideas related to electronics prototyping. Limor told us about the giant pick-and-place and stencil printers she uses at Adafruit to make her kits at her New York City factory.

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