The scientific way to win an argument every time

Winning an argument is the greatest thing ever. I would argue that having someone change your mind is often a better outcome. Nevertheless, if you are interested in getting someone to agree with you, here are some science-backed tricks (via NeoMam Studios). Read the rest

People around the world are filling potholes with flowers

Inspired by how Michigan artist Paige Breithart planted flowers in potholes in 2015, people around the world are doing the same. Open Culture has a photo gallery.

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Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker for $27

The popular Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker is on sale today for $27 by using the code code UVQH8VHF. It runs up to 24 hours on a charge and has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon with over 8,000 reviews. Read the rest

@CrimeADay tweets one federal crime a day, and most of them are weird

It's a federal crime: to sell ketchup and call it something else for a railroad to report that an employee was hurt playing racquetball for a stage chicken to come back from performing in Canada without a health certificate to import Chinese pig semen if the pig ate raw garbage in the collection period to drive down the beach at the Cape Cod National seashore without a shovel in your car

The Twitter account @CrimeADay has been tweeting a federal crime every day for over three years. So far, they have tweeted 0.37% of the federal crimes on the books. Only 99.63% left to go.

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Look how happy the "Mushroom King" is to find a gargantuan mushroom

For this fellow, finding a six-pound mushroom is equivalent to witnessing a double rainbow. It looks like a king boletus. Read the rest

Here are 10 foreshadowing clues in well-known movies

In Psycho, Norman Bates hinted early on that he killed and taxidermied his mother, when he told Janet Leigh that she was as harmless as one of his stuffed birds. That's one example of 10 foreshadowing scenes presented in this video. Other movies in the video: Skyfall, Total Recall, The Shawshank Redemption, Reservoir Dogs, The Usual Suspects, The Shining, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Jurassic Park, and Shaun of the Dead. Read the rest

The artist who spent his career painting from 1 to 5607249

From Futility Closet:

In 1965, Polish artist Roman Opałka hung a 196 × 135 cm canvas in his Warsaw studio. In the top left corner he painted a tiny numeral 1, then a 2, and so on until he had filled the canvas with numbers. Then he put up a new canvas and continued where he had left off. He called these images “details”; all of them had the same size and the same title, 1965 / 1 – ∞.

He vowed to spend the rest of his life on the project. “All my work is a single thing,” he said, “the description from number one to infinity. A single thing, a single life. … The problem is that we are, and are about not to be.”

At the start he painted white numbers on a black background, but in 1972 he began gradually to lighten the black with each detail, saying that his goal was “to get up to the white on white and still be alive.” He expected that this would happen when he reached 7777777 … but at the time of his death, in 2011, he’d got only as far as 5607249.

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Short film about Chris Ware: "I distinctly remember being told by my teachers, if you draw women, you're colonizing them with your eyes"

Chris Ware is inarguably one of the greatest cartoonists of the last 50 years. In this short film produced by Ian Forster and Nick Ravich, Ware talks about the challenge of writing stories from the viewpoint of an African-American school teacher named Joanne Cole.

From his home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois, artist Chris Ware shares motivations and challenges for telling stories from the perspectives of others in his work. "I distinctly remember being told by my teachers, if you draw women, you're colonizing them with your eyes," Ware recalls of art school. "Do you not draw women and then maintain an allegiance to some sort of experience that only you have had? Or do you try to expand your understanding and your empathy for other human beings?"

Though it might be uncomfortable, Ware strives to write from a place of empathy, expanding his stories to feature characters whose experiences differ from his own. Among these characters is African-American school teacher Joanne Cole, who appears in Ware's continuing comic series Rusty Brown. "I have to try to somehow push my limits and my understanding of how I feel through other people in what I'm doing," says the artist. "You risk falling on your face doing so, but that's a risk you have to take."

Known for his New Yorker magazine covers, Chris Ware is hailed as a master of the comic art form. His complex graphic novels tell stories about people in suburban Midwestern neighborhoods, poignantly reflecting on the role memory plays in constructing identity.

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Breaking: Pharma bro Martin Shkreli guilty of fraud

"Pharma bro" Martin Shkreli was found guilty of three felony criminal charges today, including securities fraud.

From Washington Post:

“We’re delighted in many ways,” Shkreli said outside the courtroom, saying he was glad to be exonerated on many of the charges.

“This was a witch hunt of epic proportions,” he said. “They may have found some broomsticks.”

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Use plastic lids and Mason jars to store food and other things

You can't use these plastic lids for canning (they don't form a tight seal and wouldn't survive the high temperature) but they do a fine job for storing food or other things in Mason jars. Amazon sells 16 wide mouth jar lids for $10. And you can buy wide mouth Mason jars in a several different sizes, from a half-pint to a hald-gallon. Read the rest

Fellow tries to stop train from plowing into a limousine

A stretch limousine got high-centered on a railway crossing. As luck would have it, a train was barreling down the tracks. The driver got out the car and waved his handkerchief a couple of times before realizing it wasn't going to achieve the desired effect, so he got out of the way and let momentum and do its work. Read the rest

Japanese chicken take-out chain offers human sweat flavored sauce

Die-hard fans of the Japanese band Kamen Joshi have a treat in store. The Tokyo-based chain of Tenka Torimasu fried chicken restaurants is offering sauce "designed to replicate the 'refreshing' sweat" of the band members.

From Rocket News 24:

Kamen Joshi member Anna Tachibana, pictured above, says that this is “the birth of the karaage people have been dreaming about.” Having experimented with using human sweat as a seasoning ourselves, we’d argue that it’s closer to the stuff of nightmares. But take heart, because while Tenka Torimasu’s girl’s sweat karaage merely draws inspiration from perspiration, and doesn’t contain any actual sweat. Instead, the sauce is a mix of salt, lemon juice, and cheese.

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Comcast argues that charging customers more than the advertised price isn't false advertising

Surprise: Comcast is accused of overcharging customers. A class-action lawsuit in California alleges the telecommunications company falsely advertises its prices for services by tacking on hidden fees.

Via Streaming Observer:

According to the class-action lawsuit, Comcast has hidden fees they call the “Broadcast TV Fee,” which has increased from $1.50 a month in 2014 to $6.50 today, and a fee known as a “Regional Sports Fee” that has risen from $1 to $4.50 since 2015. Comcast has increased the fees even for customers who signed multi-year contracts for fixed monthly rates, sneaking in the fee increases after signing.

Comcast's lawyers tried to get the lawsuit thrown out of court by arguing that the hidden fees can be found in the “Subscriber Agreement” and “Minimum Term Agreement” portion of the customer contract. However, as Streaming Observer points out, these portions of the contract "do not specifically state that the media giant will charge a Regional Sports Fee or Broadcast TV fee."

The judge didn't buy it. From his order:

The motion to dismiss the breach of contract claim is denied. The plaintiffs have alleged the existence of a valid contract, which was created when [Comcast customers Dan] Adkins and [Christopher] Robertson submitted their order for Comcast services through Comcast's website. It is plausible to infer from the complaint that, by clicking "Submit Your Order," Adkins and Robertson agreed to pay Comcast's advertised price, plus taxes and government-related fees, in exchange for the services Comcast offered them. It is also plausible to infer from the complaint that Comcast breached its agreements with the plaintiffs when it sent them bills charging them Broadcast TV and/or Regional Sports Fees (alleged to be neither taxes nor government-related fees) in excess of the agreed-upon price, and when it subsequently sought to raise the amount of the fees.

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ICE held US citizen for 3.5 years, then dumped him in rural Alabama with no money and no explanation

A Federal Appeals courts says Davino Watson, a U.S. citizen, has no right to damages awarded to him by a lower court after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) imprisoned for over 3 years as a deportable alien then dumped him without explanation in Alabama, leaving him with no means to get home to New York.

From NPR:

There is no right to a court-appointed attorney in immigration court. Watson, who was 23 and didn't have a high school diploma when he entered ICE custody, didn't have a lawyer of his own. So he hand-wrote a letter to immigration officers, attaching his father's naturalization certificate, and kept repeating his status to anyone who would listen.

Still, Immigration and Customs Enforcement kept Watson imprisoned as a deportable alien for nearly 3 1/2 years. Then it released Watson, who was from New York, in rural Alabama with no money and no explanation. Deportation proceedings continued for another year.

Watson was correct all along: He was a U.S. citizen. After he was released, he filed a complaint. Last year, a district judge in New York awarded him $82,500 in damages, citing "regrettable failures of the government."

On Monday, an appeals court ruled that Watson, now 32, is not eligible for any of that money — because while his case is "disturbing," the statute of limitations actually expired while he was still in ICE custody without a lawyer.

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Geographer makes maps that reveal river networks as veins

Robert Szucs' is a Geographer and GIS Analyst who likes to "combine my work with a lifelong passion for beautiful maps." He created these stunning maps on his Etsy site with Geographic Information System and image editing software, and they show the river basins of the world as veins of a living creature.

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Listen to the phone call that ended Anthony Scaramucci's career

The New Yorker is running the audio of the phone call between its Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, and Anthony Scaramucci, who was the White House's brand spanking new communications director. In the call, Scaramucci asked Lizza to reveal the name of the person who told him the names of people in attendance at a dinner with Trump. He also called Reince Priebus “a paranoid schizophrenic,” and said Steve Bannon tries to suck his own dick. Scaramucci "resigned" days later.

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Marijuana company buys entire town in California to make it weed friendly

A cannabis products producer bought the town of Nipton, California (pop. 20) for $5 million, with the intention of turning into a weed "destination."

From BBC:

American Green wants to invest up to $2.5m (£1.9m) in revitalising the town to make it more tourist-friendly as well as eco-friendly.

"We thought that showing that there was a viable means of having a cannabis-friendly municipality and further making it energy independent could be a way of really inspiring folks to say, 'Why can't we do that here?'" project manager Stephen Shearin told Bloomberg.

"The gold rush built this city," he adds. "The green rush can keep it moving the way people envisioned it years ago."

The Gateway to the Mojave National Preserve. . 30 April 2017 Nipton, CA

A post shared by Prince Travels (@prince_travels) on May 2, 2017 at 9:00am PDT

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