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Snopes scopes the $43K "Relentlessly Gay" GoFundMe


Baltimore resident Julie Baker raised $43K on GoFundMe to make her yard more gay after posting a letter she says she got from a neighbor complaining about her "relentlessly gay" yard decor. Snopes investigator Kim LaCapria did a little digging and found the story got curiouser and curiouser.

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Video games' influence on popular music

koji kondoAbstract exultation from technical limitation

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WATCH: Winds of Change (1979)

metamorphosesFor years I thought I had imagined this movie from my childhood. But there it is, on YouTube! This amazing piece of work fostered my love of classical mythology and anime.

Originally called "Metamorphoses" in Japan, "Winds of Change" was released in the United States in 1979. An animated retelling of stories from Roman poet Ovid, it is set to music by Joan Baez and Mick Jagger (with supplemental disco from Pattie Brooks), and narrated by Peter Ustinov.

I need offer no further recommendation.

"Gary Lineker Shags Crisps" tattoo explained for Americans


This photo of a bad tattoo has gone viral. While Americans immediately appreciate that it represents an error of judgment of astonishing magnitude, its semantic content may escape them.

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Russian city "bans yoga" because of "occult character"

OCCULT According to the Moscow Times, yoga studios in Putinland have been told to stop hosting classes, lest they spread the occult.

One of the letters, seen by Kommersant and addressed from Nizhnevartovsk First Deputy Head Sergei Levkin to the head of social and youth policy Marianna Parfenova asks that she take all necessary measures to stop Hatha yoga lessons from taking place at the stadium.

The move is crucial "in order to prevent the spread of new religious cults and movements," reads the letter.

A second letter, sent to the heads of the departments for physical culture and education, refers to Hatha yoga as "inextricably linked to religious practices" and as having "an occult character," Kommersant reported Friday.

Liberals winning, simplistic charts agree


The New York Times charts the inexorable liberalization of America on social issues. But there's a caveat!

The article's thrust is that gun control and abortion are exceptions: "The second category of major issues is different. In it, both sides in the debate are often able to make a rights-based argument. … That’s why the second set of issues defies the confident predictions that come with the first."

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The number of Americans calling for more gun control has trended down to under fifty percent, but to cast that abortion chart as a similar exception seems a stretch: Americans who are OK with it has gone up from 75% to 80% in the last few decades.

I'm not sure I believe it (most polls put it Americans about net 55/40 OK with abortion). But either way, the imposition of brutal burdens on pregnant women has become a legislative candle in the dark for conservatism. It's hard not to think last week is only the beginning of their misery.

Cheer up, guys: you'll still have your guns!

Missing from the Times' roundup is a climate change chart.

CONCLUSION: Your annoying uncle who proudly declares "social liberal, fiscal conservative" in his smug, nasal voice is winning.

WATCH: What is the resonant frequency of googly eyes?

433 Hz. Now you know.

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Watch this wonderful video celebrating colors!

Daniel and Katina Mercadentes' new short film "Colors" is a delightful piece of montage moviemaking. It's the feel-good film of the day!

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US Customs and Border Protection: America's largest, most corrupt police force

The force is the largest in America, with a starved and ineffectual Internal Affairs department, which has been powerless to check the Border Patrol's slide into collusion with drug-runners, shootings of protesters, and extreme violence in border areas.

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In Maquisard, you solve trouble in a charming, ornate old hotel


Maquisard is a lovely little game inspired by the grand details and tiny scenes of the film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Like that film's star you are a hotel lobby boy, but that's where the similarities end—from there, you're asked to put your skills to the unusual use of sniffing out an undercover government agent in your midst.

It's a fun and creative role-subversion: Suddenly your professional instincts to move unseen, to use only the back staircases and to know what your guests feel and desire before they do feel especially well-suited to a novel espionage experience.

You can experience the hotel one room at a time, or on a macro-level, a decorous and candy-colored anthill alive with travel romance. The game, which was an official selection for the IndieCade E3 showcase, was made by a student team from New York University's Game Center, and is free to download on Mac or PC here.

Secret court will let NSA do mass surveillance for another six months

Congress allowed Section 215 of the Patriot Act to sunset in June, terminating one of the absurd legal justifications for one of the NSA's domestic mass surveillance programs.

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Internet preacher: Because SCOTUS gay marriage ruling, Putin will destroy America for Jesus

You heard it here first.

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How Boing Boing handles customer service on our Facebook page

We get complaints. We aim to please.

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Piñata Anatomy

pin Contents may vary.

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Scalia insult-generator

Justice Antonin Scalia's intemperate dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court's landmark marriage equality case included some epic old dude grumpery, including the phrases "pure applesauce" and "jiggery-pokery."

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Goblies: hand thrown paintballs

Lehigh University graduate student Briana Gardell invented these colorful powder filled paintballs that you can throw by hand, instead of using a compressed air gun. She's raising Kickstarter funds to make kits. $24 will get you a kit to make 100 Goblies. I just pre-ordered!