After 80 years, Happy Birthday song is finally in the public domain


A federal judge in Los Angeles today delivered “a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims,” as the LA Times put it. Warner/Chappell Music does not hold a valid copyright claim to the "Happy Birthday To You" song. The royalties they demanded were not theirs to demand.

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Life goals: Hobo artist lives in subterranean DIY home happily on $5K a year


From the sustainable living blog Fair Companies, a wonderful profile of a self-titled “Hobo Artist” who lives connected the electrical grid, but off the city water system, and in an underground shelter from which he publishes his “Moonlight Chronicles” zine. Read the rest

Meet the reclusive heir in charge of the In-N-Out burger dynasty


When the beloved West Coast burger chain In-N-Out opened a new store in Oregon recently, loyal fans showed up at 7 a.m. to get in line. Read the rest

Extreme offroad minivan jumping looks like dangerous fun


This is a thing that people do. No wait, this is a thing that men who are completely insane do. But it's very entertaining stuff on YouTube, so I hope they keep doing it.

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Watch these drones build a rope bridge you could actually walk across


This video is amazing, and feels like something that will become even more graceful, precise, and normal as drone technology and design improve.

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Would you live in a treehouse?


Fun little short documentary from the Atlantic on YouTube, in which you meet people who build, live in, and love treehouses. Gotta be honest here, this is very much a lifelong passion and dream of mine.

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Jesus spotted in a brain scan, but the patient's doctor doesn't see it


A scan of a stroke victim's brain following emergency surgery reveals what her husband claims is a sign of divine intervention. A “figure” in the MRI looked to them both like an apparition of Jesus Christ. Read the rest

Endangered and beloved Sumatran elephant Yongki killed in apparent ivory poaching

Yongki the Sumatran elephant was found dead in his enclosure. Photo: Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

There may be as few as 2400 Sumatran elephants still alive on the planet. One of their tame brethren, who worked with humans to protect wild ones from being killed, was killed on Friday--apparently for his tusks. Indonesian authorities today described the incident as a “murder and a theft,” and called for a criminal investigation. Read the rest

Watch random kids say some very funny things in these home video clips


Oh, this is full of some real gems, and will very likely improve your mood. The part where the mom is trying to teach her daughter about the planets, specifically how to say “Uranus,” is my favorite. Perhaps second only to the kid who does a spot-on impression of some of my least favorite former U.S. Presidents. [AFV] Read the rest

Pizza rat

New York's alright if you like rats dragging pizza down the stairs to the subway.

Puppy caught eating paper decides killing witness is only way out

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Small but fierce.

[Chest-Bump, Vine]

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“An AirBnB for home-cooked meals” around the world gets $870K in funding

Traveling Spoon’s Stephanie Lawrence and Aashi Vel.

Traveling Spoon is the creation of Aashi Vel and Steph Lawrence (shown in the photo above), who met in 2011 at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The platform they're building allows you to find awesome home-cooked cuisine around the world. The idea isn't to replace takeout or delivery services, but to help travelers experience amazing local food--foraged or farmed or hunted or farmers-marketed and prepared by skilled locals.

From the "About" page on their site:

Traveling Spoon is like having a friend’s mom cook you a home cooked meal in every country you visit. Traveling Spoon connects travelers with local, vetted hosts to share the joy of a homemade meal in their home and learn about their cultural and culinary traditions passed down through generations.

Are you kidding? I do this already, but it's a lot harder to coordinate by myself. I for one would use the shit out of this service.

From TechCrunch:

They’ve raised $870,000 from investors including the former CEO of Expedia Erik Blachford, George Butterfield, First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund, the Chennai Angels and Emily and Anjan Mitra, who own the DOSA restaurants in San Francisco. Bay Area food icon Alice Waters is also an advisor.

Someone's grinding chiles for salsa...

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Donald Trump is an anti-vaccine autism truther who doesn't understand science


At last night's GOP Presidential Debate Theatrical Funtime Special on CNN, a brilliant moment of shining stupidity from the abundantly stupid Donald Trump.

He said:

“I am totally in favor of vaccines, but I want smaller doses over a longer period of time. … We’ve had so many instances — people that work for me, just the other day. Two years old, 2 ½ years old, a child, a beautiful child, went to have the vaccine, and came back and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.”

Ladies and gentlemen, burn all of the things.

Politico's wrong-o-meter is a good roundup of all the crazy shit these megalomaniacal rich liars said on TV last night, and how wrongfully wrong all of it is.

Donald Trump stuck to a position that’s totally unsupported by medical evidence — that a link exists behind autism and vaccines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical authorities have said repeatedly that science has demonstrated there is no link between vaccination and autism. Giving children multiple vaccinations at the same has also been proven to be safe, the CDC said.

Here's how we felt last night, watching the debate:

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Scale model of the solar system in Nevada's Black Rock Desert


“On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.” A film by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh [HT: Mark Day]

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Official Boing Boing analysis of the 2015 GOP Debate


We scored this sweet hidden camera footage from Wikileaks, of what was really going on at the 2015 GOP Debate tonight.

And this is what it feels like when you vote.

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