Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.

Butt Dance: classic GIF and video #butts #butts #butts

A classic animation from the mid-2000s internets. Provenance unknown.

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Hawaii residents near active volcano warned of health hazards beyond being, oh, burned alive by hot lava

Lava claims first home in Pahoa [USGS]


Lava claims first home in Pahoa [USGS]

Civil defense officials in Hawaii went door-to-door last night handing out evacuation notices to residents in the immediate downslope path of the Puna lava flow.

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Tiger on the loose in Paris

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In a town outside Paris, cops, firemen and a hunting dog are searching for a large feline believed to be a juvenile tiger. A frightened resident alerted officials after she encountered the critter in a supermarket parking lot in Montevrain, east of the French capital. BBC News:

Officers armed with tranquiliser guns have been combing countryside outside the town, helped by a helicopter. Residents of Montevrain and two other towns have been told to stay indoors. As darkness fell, the Montevrain council said on its Facebook page that the search had been called off for the night but local schools would be secured by 08:00 on Friday.

Eurodisney, which is located nearby, says it's not their tiger and not their fault.

Follow the tiger Drama on the town's Facebook page.

Photo: World's tallest man hanging out with world's smallest man

The world's shortest man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, greets the tallest living man, Sultan Kosen, to mark the Guinness World Records Day in London November 13, 2014.

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Epic beards throughout history

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Public Domain Review, a wonderful website and series of social media accounts that mine the vaults of time, has published a neat collection of awesome beardage throughout the ages.

Frau Josephine Budra and Anna Hudjos, two genderqueer persons once referred to as "hemaphrodites" who were featured in Hermaphroditismus beim Menschen (1908).


Frau Josephine Budra and Anna Hudjos, two genderqueer persons once referred to as "hemaphrodites" who were featured in Hermaphroditismus beim Menschen (1908).

The Apostle Jacob (left) and the Apostle Philippus (right), by Albrecht Dürer, 1516 – Source: left and right.


The Apostle Jacob (left) and the Apostle Philippus (right), by Albrecht Dürer, 1516 – Source: left and right.

Two photographs of the same unknown man, each taken at a different studio in Texas


Two photographs of the same unknown man, each taken at a different studio in Texas

How to pick up a dachshund

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Cute. But when I go out to pick up dachshunds, I just tell them they're cute and ask if they want to come over to my apartment and see my chew toys.

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Kitty of the day, from our Flickr Pool

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A photograph shared by Boing Boing reader Romain Fontaine in our Flickr Pool.

Just look at this banana slicing magic trick: cut into sections before you peel

I am thoroughly wowed by this Dave Hax video that shows you how to do a pre-sliced banana magic trick. “Cut your banana into segments before you even peel it! All you need is a needle and a banana.”

Orion spacecraft arrives at NASA Kennedy, “First step on journey to Mars”

NASA's first space-bound Orion capsule is seen in silhouette, set against the pad lights at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 37B on Wednesday, Nov. 12. (collectSPACE)


NASA's first space-bound Orion capsule is seen in silhouette, set against the pad lights at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 37B on Wednesday, Nov. 12. (collectSPACE)

The first space-bound Orion capsule has arrived at a NASA Kennedy Space Center launch pad.

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Leaked photo reveals true reason for Philae comet landing mission

 Leaked image from Eurocommunist space lizards found by Rob Beschizza.


Leaked image from Eurocommunist space lizards found by Rob Beschizza.

If the Philae space mission continues to go as well as its daring landing did just minutes ago, the little lander that could will begin capturing images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's terrain. Though its harpoons didn't fire just yet for some reason, the plan is for the craft to then gather surface samples and analyze the comet's chemical composition.

Scientists hope the materials on the comet's surface will help us understand more about how our Solar System came into existence over 4.5 billion years ago.

One theory about the history of space is that comets like this one delivered water to the planets, including ours.

And therein lies one possible true hidden reason for Philae's 316-million-mile trip: To get a drink.

Space success: Philae makes historic touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko


At the moment of touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the landing gear will absorb the forces of landing while ice screws in each of the probe’s feet and a harpoon system will lock Philae to the surface. At the same time, a thruster on top of the lander was supposed to push it down to counteract the impulse of the harpoon imparted in the opposite direction. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

UPDATE: Hugs and applause in Mission Control at 11:05AM ET, the sure sign of a successful landing despite incredible odds. What an incredible day for space exploration! Nothing like this has ever been done in the history of mankind.

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“Immersion,” installation art by Crystal Wagner

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A new installation created in part from repurposed plastic by Crystal Wagner, “Immersion.”

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WATCH: Movie mashup of “Interstellar” with tons of other films about space exploration

An awesome supercut video with scenes from many great movies about space exploration, including “Interstellar,” in theaters now. Films included in this edit: “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Apollo 13,” “The Right Stuff,” and many more.

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10 excellent idioms from around the world

From Hotelclub, a wonderful series of figures of speech from around the world illustrated by Matt Lindley.

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NASA to rent out historic Silicon Valley airfield to Google's Planetary Ventures

Dirigible U.S.S. Macon arrives at Moffet's Hangar One, Oct. 5, 1934, from Opalocka, Florida.. (U.S. Navy Photo)


Dirigible U.S.S. Macon arrives at Moffet's Hangar One, Oct. 5, 1934, from Opalocka, Florida.. (U.S. Navy Photo)

NASA this week announced it will rent out historic Moffett Federal Airfield, a 1,000-acre base about 4 miles from Google headquarters, to Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures.

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