Impossible rooftop illusions

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Kokichi Sugihara makes 3D optical illusions. He is the creator of the ambiguous cylinders optical illusion that won the 2nd Prize of the 12th Best illusion of the Year Contest 2016. Here's his entry for 2015, which also won second prize. Read the rest

US State Department press corps grill Brexit Boris over his "lies" and "insults"

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Boris Johnson, one of the leaders of the Brexit movement and a lifelong racist, xenophobic clown, is now the UK Foreign Secretary, which means that he gets to do press conferences with John Kerry in front of the US State Department press corps. Read the rest

Tiffany Trump's dreamy synthpop track is the best thing any Trump has ever done

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Like a bird likeabird a bird a birdabirdabirdabirdabirdabirdabird.

A remix could fix the evident problems. The poor woman ("widely known for her rich-kid instagram") is being dragged out to support dad at the convention this evening; this track sadly gained no headway in 2014.

I see you like that spot above Crawling through the liquid love You're cute and you're Tweeting™ me! Baby you go beep, beep, beep! Everybody partying Obsessing over crazy things I just want serenity While living it up!

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Kickstarting Donald of the Dead: a Trump zombie comic

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Dan Taylor sez, "Prepare for the TRUMPOCALYPSE! When there is no more room in HELL, the dead will TRUMP the Earth. An all-new comic book from the creative team that brought you HERO HAPPY HOUR. If you think the idea of Donald Trump as President of the United States is scary, wait until you get a look at him as a zombie overlord amassing an army of undead to rule the world." Read the rest

Star Wars Rebels season three trailer

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I did not want this trailer to be over!

The characters appear to have aged a few years. No sign of Ahsoka but we'll evidently get to see a young Wedge Antilles! Hard core fans of the novels will be thrilled to see Grand Admiral Thrawn reenter the Star Wars canon universe.

If you haven't seen them, the first two seasons of Star Wars Rebels are fantastic! Read the rest

Why DC should put Batman and Superman in the public domain

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Alex Schmidt of Cracked makes a passionate (and hilarious) argument for DC putting Superman and Batman into the public domain, pointing out that comics companiesmake a hell of a lot of money on public domain characters from Sherlock Holmes and Thor. Read the rest

How tennis balls are made.

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Those workers look like they love their job. They're really having a ball!

(via Devour)

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Explainer: how anecdotal evidence about alternative medicine can lead you astray

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Jonathan Jarry's short video on the problems with anaecdotal evidence for "alternative medicine" is a powerful, easy-to-digest primer on the ways that confounding variables, survivor bias and regression to the mean can make stuff like reiki seem like it works, and how double-blind tests can uncover these problems and help us figure out what works and what doesn't -- especially important is the idea that "dead men tell no tales"; that is, no one who died because alternative medicine failed to help them will ever tell you how great it worked. (via Motherboard) Read the rest

New gig economy job: on demand dog poop scooper

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Pooper is an app for dog owners willing to pay to have other people pick up their dog's poop. Just snap a photo of your dog's poop, and a scooper (paid per scoop) will drive, walk, bus, or bike over and collect it for you. It's $15 a month for 2 scoops/day in a 15-mile radius. An unlimited plan is $35 a month. Read the rest

Charges dismissed for cop who paralyzed innocent grandfather on a stroll

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Charges were dismissed for the Madison, Alabama police officer who body slammed a 58-year-old man from India walking on the sidewalk last year. Sureshbhai Patel, who does not understand English, was seriously injured and needed an operation to fuse two vertebrae.

From NBC News:

Hank Sherrod, Patel's attorney, told NBC News in an email that the state's decision to drop the assault charge is deeply troubling, though not entirely surprising.

"This decision illustrates how difficult it is to hold law enforcement officers accountable under the criminal laws for brutal acts that would send an ordinary citizen to jail," he said.

[Former Madison, Ala. police officer Eric Sloan] Parker, 27, still faces a civil lawsuit in connection with the incident. Parker encountered Patel last Feb. 6 while responding to a call of a suspicious black man looking at garages and walking near houses. Patel, in from India to visit his son and grandson, testified that he did not understand English or the officers who confronted him while he was out for a walk.

Nice people around the world gave $209,000 to Mr. Patel's GoFundMe account. Read the rest

Marie Osmond presents a brief history of Dada, recites Hugo Ball poem

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In 1985, Marie Osmond energetically recited Hugo Ball's 1916 poem "Karawane" on the TV series "Believe it or Not." I believe Mr. Ball would have loved this.

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How floppy discs worked

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The 8-Bit Guy's 15-minute explainer on floppy discs is a great potted history of 80s- and 90s-era storage media (it follows his segment on tape-drives) and the way that competitors learned from each others' mistakes and dead-ends, and engineered clever solutions to one of computing's most serious challenges. (via Motherboard) Read the rest

Melania Trump's convention speech plagiarized from Michelle Obama

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The internet is aflame with mirth and wrath: Melania Trump's speech on the first night of the Republican convention in Cleveland contained several lines lifted from a speech delivered by Michelle Obama. Just at the point where her husband, Donald, secures his grasp on the party, they find that the apparent level his campaign operates at is just another false bottom and there is always worse to come.

This side-by-side comparison is particularly damning:

The trending hashtags of the morn all concern this very Sad! moment. #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes

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Men's rights meltdown at McDonalds

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A fellow hoping to dine at an Ottawa McDonalds was informed by the woman serving him that they had run out of Junior Chicken sandwiches for the night. So he called her a bitch, argued for several minutes about the relevance and appropriateness of the term, raised other issues of interest to Men's Rights, and suggested she get on her knees to "service" him—all at steadily increasing volume and pitch. [via]

UPDATE: Someone claiming to be a personal friend of the man in the video provided information that suggests he is at risk, so I've taken it down for now. Read the rest

Trump's Ghostwriter: Trump would end civilization as we know it

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Tony Schwartz, Donald Trump's ghostwriter for the New York Times' bestseller, The Art of the Deal (1987), is terrified that Trump is running for president. He told Good Morning America today that he has a "deep sense of remorse" over writing the book.

Schwartz spent 18 months with Trump in the 1980s to get to know him and his voice, and says Trump is "insecure," "easily provoked," and, with his "tiny" attention span, can't focus on anything. "He's not nearly as smart as people might imagine he is," Schwartz said. "In the face of someone like Putin, provoking him cleverly – because Putin is a heck of a lot smarter than Donald Trump – I do worry that with the nuclear codes he would end civilization as we know it."

At the time, Schwartz enjoyed writing the book, and never thought it was important to speak out negatively about Trump – until Trump became the Republican nominee for president. Since then, Schwartz hasn't slept a full night through, and wishes he never would have written the book. Read the rest

This 90-year-old man is building a cathedral by himself, by hand

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For more than 50 years, Justo Gallego has spent his days building his own beautiful cathedral outside of Madrid, all by himself.

"When I started to build this cathedral, the word on the street was that I was crazy," Gallego says.

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Person walking dog encounters Boston Dynamics walking their robot

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Lucky there are leash laws!

(via Reddit)

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