Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE. He is editor-in-chief of Cool Tools and co-founder of Wink Books. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects



Mystery of Bulgaria's green cat finally explained

green-catThe cat is obviously of Orion origin, but delusional conspiracy theorists claim it is green because it sleeps on "on the top of an abandoned pile of synthetic green paint in a garage." [via]

Using canned ham as a car bumper guard

Here's just one of many reasons why I like Jason Torchinsky: Last week, he strapped a couple of canned hams to the rear bumper of his Volkswagen Beetle and backed into another car, just to see what would happen.

Gil Elvgren - the Norman Rockwell of cheesecake

Peruvian painter Alberto Vargas may be the most famous pin-up artist, but Gil Elvgren was the greatest. The massive book, Elvgren: His Life & Art, has the artist’s best paintings, and often the photographs of models Elvgren used for reference are printed side-by-side with the paintings.

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Grumpy Cat makes more money than Gwyneth Paltrow

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Grumpy Cat's earnings from books, a film, and other products bearing his likeness have topped $100 million in two years.

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World's oldest two-faced cat dies

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RIP, Frank and Louie, the world's oldest two-faced cat. He passed away peacefully at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuft's University in Grafton, Massachusetts, on Thursday morning. He was 15.

iOS keyboard promises 100 words per minute

MacRumors takes a look at the Nintype keyboard for iOS ($4.99). Its psychedelic distortion interface is like something from a science fiction movie.

Man flies from London to Australia to meet toddler who shares his rare genetic syndrome

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1 in 50,000 people have Treacher-Collins syndrome. It affects in-utero facial bone and tissue development. Jono Lancaster, age 30, has it. When Jono heard about a 2 year old boy named Zackary Walton who lives in Australia and shares the condition, he flew to Australia to meet the kid.

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Restaurant wants you to also tip its kitchen staff

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 12.25.09 PMIf other restaurants follow Alimento's lead, you'll soon start tipping the servers and the kitchen staff. Next time I dine at Alimento, I'll just fill in the TOTAL amount and then let the servers and kitchen staff fight it out.

Restaurants across the country have begun to address the disparity by building in 18 or 20 percent service charges, or, as is the case with local establishments like Mélisse, A.O.C., and République, adding a 3 percent surcharge that goes toward employee healthcare. Alimento’s additional gratuity will only be divided among dishwashers, line cooks, and prep cooks. “My sous chefs aren’t getting a cut,” says Pollack, “and, of course, neither am I.”

How does the waitstaff feel about the idea? “They are actually excited,” says Pollack. “I’m guessing people will still default to giving service 15 to 20 percent, but even if they give only a few bucks to the guys in back, it will make a huge difference.”

Alimento Adds Line for Kitchen Gratuity to All Checks

Pareidolia of the day: Rocky Bellboa

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LISTEN: Interview with Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror

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WATCH: Adam Savage and Kevin Kelly talk about starter tools everyone should have

My friend and Cool Tools partner Kevin Kelly went into Adam Savage's man cave to talk about some of the 1,500 tools reviewed in his Cool Tools Catalog.

The last words of Eric Garner

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Killed for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. [via]

Described as the "scream of a thousand corpses" -- the Aztec death whistle

The Aztec death whistle produces a sound so horrifying, it will chill you to the bone. Described as the "scream of a thousand corpses," the death whistle sounds like the cry of the un-dead, or the torment of a human being burned alive.

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Half-million year old decorative etching on clamshell made by a Homo erectus

New Scientist reports on the discovery of the oldest know work of art: a pattern of lines scratched on a freshwater clamshell 300,000 years before humans evolved.

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Car thief employs getaway skateboard

"Experienced skateboarders we talked to gave him low marks." [via]