Photorealistic bacon scarf


Natalie Luder's "Fou Lard" silk scarf (a play on words; "scarf" in French is "foulard," while "fou lard" means "insane bacon") is digitally printed with photorealistic baconry, for a delicious, drapey accessory that's as lovely as it is treyfe.

Fou Lard

(via Neatorama)

Gremlins Christmas sweater


The Gremlins Christmas sweater ($85) is a joint project of Middle of Beyond (previously) and Mondo Tees. It ships in December.

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DxO and Digital Photographer offer free 'Optics Pro 8'

DxO is the exact opposite of instagram, it removes the lens flare and artifacts that social media finds so desirable. Version 8 is available free until January 2015.

Music: "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," Ella Fitzgerald (1956)

A favorite.

Caturday: This kitten likes to bat at bubbles with her paws

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Bubble Face,” by Boing Boing reader Avelino Maestas. “Our cat Squishy likes to bat at bubbles with her paws,” he explains. Shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

“Point of View,” a collage series by Beth Hoeckel

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From the website of brilliant collage artist Beth Hoeckel, “Point of View.”

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A proposal for a new mandatory shopping label

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Doghouse Diaries, via This Isn't Happiness.

Canadian MPs improvised spears to fight off shooter while PM Harper hid in the closet

Thirteen of the fifteen flagpoles in the Conservative caucus room were snapped off and turned into spears by Members of Parliament who positioned themselves around the door to ambush the Parliament Hill shooter, while Prime Minister Harper was shoved in a closet.

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Mold for producing skull-shaped hard-boiled eggs


Thinkgeek's Egg-o-matic Skull Egg Mold, $10, will take your boiled eggs and mold them into skulls as they cool, so that you can serve them as ghastly breakfast treats.

Classic adventure game hero Gabriel Knight returns for remake

But what can he tell us about Voodoo? Brian Easton hopes for more.

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Werewolf zombie wall-trophy


Thinkgeek's Werewolf Zombie Trophy ($35) is made from hand-painted resin and is 5.5"x7.5"x4.5" -- just the thing for showing off your monster-slaying prowess. I mean, anyone can kill a zombie. Or a werewolf. But a werewolf zombie? That's some shootin', Tex.

Friday the 13th skull-spoons


The Jason Voorhees/Friday the 13th spoons from Black Death 777 are $37 each, made from recycled old silverware. (via Oh Gizmo)

Pocket-sized travel-laundry gadget


The Scrubba is a washtub, washboard, soaker and dry-rack that collapses down and fits in your pocket, and can also serve as a drybag for camping trips.

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Ketamine helps depressed patients temporarily experience pleasure again

ketKetamine, a tranquilizer/anesthetic and recreational drug, can relieve symptoms of depression for up to a couple of weeks, writes psychiatrist Emily Deans.

In a recent paper, researchers described how they used a noncompetitive inhibitor of the NMDA receptor and partial dopamine receptor agonist, ketamine to rapidly reverse the symptoms of anhedonia in depressed patients. Ketamine has been featured on CBS news for its ability to quickly relieve depression unlike any other pharmacologic agent we have. It is typically used intravenously, and can cause hallucinations and dissociation (in fact it is also known as the club drug “Special K"). However, it seems to be able to reverse damage to the synapses caused by chronic stress, and relieve the symptoms of depression very quickly, within 30-40 minutes.

The down side to ketamine (besides lack of FDA approval for depression, the hallucinations, and lack of general availability) is that the effects don’t last. If you are lucky, you get a couple of weeks, then the depression comes back. Researchers and doctors, however, are hoping ketamine could be used as a bridging agent in seriously depressed, hospitalized patients, allowing them to feel better immediately while other, longer acting but much slower onset agents have a chance to get into the system and do their work. The immediate reversal of the key symptom of anhedonia [inability to experience pleasure] may be an even more important lesson we can learn from the use of ketamine.

The Ketamine Key: The horse tranquilizer helps depressed patients experience pleasure again

Weed prohibitionists caught telling lies

Carrying on the sleazy tradition of professional liar Harry J. Anslinger (first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics), weed prohibitionists are stretching the truth and outright fibbing in a desperate attempt to reverse the nationwide trend towards legalization.

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