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Holy smoke: IRS awards cannabis church tax-exempt status

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The IRS has incorporated an Indianapolis marijuana-smoking church as a tax-exempt religious organization. Donors to the church can now deduct contributions on their taxes.

"We got the approval back in less than 30 days," said church founder Bill Levin. “Somebody at the IRS loves us."

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Southwest flight crew didn't let woman call her suicidal husband

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Karen Momsen-Evers was aboard a Southwest Airlines flight when she received a disturbing text from her husband, asking for forgiveness for what he was about to do.

Mrs. Momsen-Evers says she tried to call her husband, but the flight crew refused to allow her to make any calls to her husband, the police, and an ambulance. "The steward slapped the phone down and said, 'You need to go on airplane mode now,'" said Mrs. Momsen-Evers.

Karen says she knew he was serious because he'd been under a lot of stress. Karen sat in her seat for the rest of the flight crying and staring at the text her husband had sent. When the flight landed in Milwaukee, she called police, but it was too late. Her husband was dead.

Southwest Airlines offered Karen a full refund on the flight.

X-ray scan at border reveals child stashed in suitcase

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 5.02.05 PMGuardian: "An eight-year-old boy has been handed over to Spain’s child protection services after he was found curled up in a suitcase as a woman attempted to smuggle him across the border from Morocco."

Watch: doctor hammers out an intramedullary nail

Kettlebells are out. Removing intramedullary nails with hammer is in. What a workout!

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Fighter jet that buzzed Berkeley was “personal air show” from one bro to another

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet of the type that flew low over Berkeley on Tuesday. Photo: U.S. Navy


A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet of the type that flew low over Berkeley on Tuesday. Photo: U.S. Navy

On Tuesday, Berkeley residents (including me!) were startled to hear the loud roar of an F-18 on full afterburner flying low over the city.

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Christian miner who refused ‘Mark of the Beast’ Antichrist biometric hand scanner awarded $150K

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A mining company employee who refused to submit to biometric hand scanning because he feared the scanner would imprint him with the “Mark of the Beast,” was awarded $150,000 in damages by a federal jury last week.

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Serial: The Prosecutor's Interview, part two

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Illustration for the Intercept by Eli Valley

Last week, The Intercept published Part 1 of an interview with Kevin Urick, the lead prosecutor in the murder trial of Adnan Syed. Here is Part 2.

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A "Mail... Kimp?" song you can dance to

Some crazed genius made a song from the MailChimp ad at the introduction to every Serial episode.

Neighbors dislike "terroristic threat" Christmas display in man's front yard

The display in Bill Ansell's yard features a beheaded choir and a urinating Santa Claus that lights up at night. Image: ABC News


The display in Bill Ansell's yard features a beheaded choir and a urinating Santa Claus that lights up at night. Image: ABC News

Bill Ansell's neighbors do not like his holiday display.

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Terror plumber truck of doom spotted in Syria

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What the truck?

Back in November, Mark Oberholzer traded in one of his company's pickup trucks. Shortly thereafter, Oberholzer and his company began receiving death threats.

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Uber can track your one-night stands

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Uber's bad PR just got worse.

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Residents of upscale LA neighborhoods pissed at Waze. They're fighting back in the most passive-aggressive way possible.

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Waze is a smartphone app that offers real-time smart route alternatives to help drivers avoid congested freeways. In Los Angeles, Waze often directs drivers to side streets through upscale neighborhoods, so surface streets in neighborhoods also become congested with traffic.

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Road rage: expert level

When most people are tailgated, they slam on the brakes or slow down. This fellow stopped his car on the highway and stared at his tailgater.

Jailed former dictator Manuel Noriega suing game maker Activision

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Panama's former military dictator Manuel Noriega claims he's entitled to compensation because his image appears in Activision's "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" without his consent.

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Stanford engineers built an earthquake-resistant house. Watch the shake test.

Engineers at Stanford have designed, built, and tested an earthquake-resistant house which has stayed upright even when subjected to three times the intensity of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist has a fan that blows him every day. No. Wait.

This video frame grab made available by CBS 4, shows a fan at the bottom of the lectern near Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Davie, Fla., Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014. The fan caused a delay in the gubernatorial debate between Crist and Governor Rick Scott, after the Scott campaign considered the fan a violation of the rules prohibiting the use of electronic devices.


This video frame grab made available by CBS 4, shows a fan at the bottom of the lectern near Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Davie, Fla., Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014. The fan caused a delay in the gubernatorial debate between Crist and Governor Rick Scott, after the Scott campaign considered the fan a violation of the rules prohibiting the use of electronic devices.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist insists on bringing an electric fan to campaign appearances. One GOP operative calls the fan Crist's "teddy bear."

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Mow your lawn or go to jail

A Tennessee woman was sentenced to jail for neglecting her yard work.

The judge sentenced her to 5 days, but later reduced it to 6 hours.

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