Incredibly aggressive squirrel tries to attack man through a window


This could be the beginning of a great "found footage" style zombie movie. Read the rest

Reverend says his "spit or swallow" sign was not a sexual reference

Walking passed a Church and seeing this board outside

“Forgiveness is swallowing when you want to spit.”

That's the sign that Reverend Bob Marshall placed outside his church in Buckley, North Wales.

“When I put that sign out I had no idea what it meant over here," he told the Daily Post. Forgiveness is what it’s all about. One lady said she didn’t even see the word forgiveness. It’s obvious to me what I meant but it never really entered my mind it had another meaning.”

He said God took care of the sign by blowing it over with a gust of wind. Read the rest

The Longest Day of the Future – Chris Ware meets Terry Gilliam


See sample pages from this book at Wink.

The Longest Day of the Future by Lucas Varela Fantagraphics 2016, 112 pages, 7.8 x 10.5 x 0.6 inches (hardcover) $25 Buy a copy on Amazon

On this Earth-like planet, only two corporations exist. One is represented by a pig mascot, the other by a rabbit. Each cult-like corporation produces everything a person could need or want – food, entertainment, housing, vehicles, employment, etc. One day, an alien spaceship crash lands on the planet, disrupting the barely-functioning balance between the rival corporate tribes. This Brazil-like story is told in the form of a wordless graphic novel by Argentine cartoonist and graphic designer Lucas Varela. The art is superb, bringing to mind Chris Ware. I read this twice, savoring every beautiful panel, filled with insanely weird and wonderful robots, buildings, vehicles, and creatures. I can't wait to see what Varela does next.

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Jon Ronson's new e-book on Donald Trump and Alex Jones


Jon Ronson is my favorite author of book about charismatic charlatans, dangerous lunatics, and interesting weirdos. So I am eager to read his brand new Kindle Single, The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the “Alt-Right”

The e-book is $1.99, or you can read it for free if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber (I am and I love it). Try Kindle Unlimited with 30-Day Free Trial

From the bestselling author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Them, and The Psycopath Test, comes Jon Ronson’s new Kindle Single – a shocking and entertaining unveiling of the people behind Donald Trump’s candidacy, The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the ‘Alt-Right,’ (a Kindle Single, on sale today). Over the summer, Ronson travels to the Republican National Convention, where he reunites with an old acquaintance -- the influential provocateur and conspiracy talk-show host Alex Jones -- who draws him into one of the most bizarre presidential campaigns in American history. From the private Winnebago where conspiracy theorists and fear mongers discuss key campaign decisions, to encounters with the notorious political operative Roger Stone, Ronson’s journey into Trump’s world introduces us to a who’s who of the campaign machine, and discovers what makes them tick—and what ticks them off.

Whimsical, hilarious and often downright terrifying, The Elephant in the Room captures a defining moment in our time as only Jon Ronson could see it.

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Indian call center employees posing as the IRS may have bilked Americans out of millions

I get a couple of calls a week from scammers pretending to be from the IRS. I also get calls from scammers telling me that my Windows computer (I don't use Windows) has a virus. I might not get as many of these calls, at least for a while, because a major call center in India was raided on Tuesday, and 770 people were rounded up.

From Washington Post:

More than 200 police officers descended on a tall, glass-fronted office building where the nine call centers were operating during Tuesday’s midnight raid after being tipped off by neighbors.

“It looked like a regular office building and employed a lot of young people who spoke English and had a good knowledge of computers,” Singh said. “It was a very sophisticated operation they were running.”

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Lab tech students forced to perform vaginal probes on each other will get their day in court


Three students are taking Valencia College in Orlando because the institution required them to perform transvaginal (penetrative) ultrasound exams on each other.

From Washington Post:

The probe is also rather large and can be painful for some women. It requires heavy lubrication, and sometimes the technician will stimulate the patient to help insert the probe.

When teaching this procedure, the school asked the students to perform the procedure on each other. When possible, that is — one of the 12 students that year was a male.

Milward, Ugalde and Rose didn’t feel comfortable participating.

But when they stated as much, they were reprimanded.

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Look at the tiny tools this master tiny toolmaker makes


@marcoterenzi's Instragram of tiny handmade tools is a joy to browse. He sells his tools, too!

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Train door snaps shut


These folks don't seem the least bit flustered with this guillotine train door. Read the rest

Dog trolls its pal by playing dead


Sam says, "Jack has discovered that by playing dead he can scare the shit out of Archie." Read the rest

The Credible Hulk


A Reddit user says, "My English teacher has this posted outside her office." Read the rest

Interesting fish

Sea Monster

This is a photo of a prehistoric-looking predatory fish called a Longnose Lancetfish, taken by @skipperrutts. According to Wikipedia, "Very little is known about their biology, though they are widely distributed in all oceans, except the polar seas." Read the rest

Man writes words with his voice


This fellow has learned to write the word MINIMUM on a computer running a frequency application. Bonus: watch the video with closed captions enabled. Read the rest

Woman sings like animals and makes awesome sound effects


In this entrancing video Olga Podluzhnaya Uutai from the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic of Russia howls like a wold, warbles like a bird, whinnies like a horse, chirps like a monkey, and plays a jaw harp.

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Air vent magnetic phone mount for $4


This magnetic phone mount is $4 on Amazon when you use code MHE52LAQ. It's usually $9, but occasionally the price drops to $4.

I started using a magnetic phone mount for my car over a year ago, and I think it is the best way to secure my phone to the dashboard. I've tried lots of other kinds of mounts, and this is the most convenient. The only downside is that you have to apply a thin metal plate to the back of your phone or phone case so it will stick to the the magnet on the mount. But the plate is very thin and it's not a bother.

The magnetic mount attaches to an air vent on your car. This could be another downside, but since I live in Los Angeles, I'm almost always running the air conditioning so it keeps my phone from overheating when the sun is on it. That makes the air vent mount an upside for me. (With other mounts, the phone would get so hot that the safety shutdown would sometimes activate to prevent damage to the phone.) Read the rest

Trump supporters: "We're gonna have money again"

The Trumpettes explain why Donald Trump is well-suited to be president of the United States. Read the rest

Demo shows why weight distribution on a trailer is important


Here's U-Haul's video of a model car towing a trailer, and how too much weight in the back of the trailer can cause out-of-control wobbling.

Here's a full-size trailer crash:

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How to draw 2-point perspective with a rubber band


Christopher Jobson of Colossal says, "This quick video demonstrates how to use a long elastic string anchored at the horizon of a canvas to sketch a drawing with two point perspective. " Read the rest

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