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I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That

Over the past decade, pharma-fighting Dr Ben Goldacre has written more than 500,000 words of fearlessly combative science journalism.

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“Jones Big-Ass Truck Rental and Storage Facility,” a very special TV commercial

“Now friends, I know many of you may be asking yourself, Now how in the hell can he store all this stuff for such a cheap price?”

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Stan Lee on "To Tell The Truth" game show (1970)

Here's Stan Lee on a 1970 episode of To Tell The Truth, a fun game show where a panel of celebrities had to identify an individual with an unusual profession (in this case, comic book creator) among a group of impostors.

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Game Boy Pokemon mugs

Mug Emporium's $12 Game Boy Pokemon mugs come with your choice of Pokemon, though, one supposes, you should really catch them all. (via Geeky Merch)

School bus has "Satanic" brake lights


Some Memphis, Tennessee parents are outraged at what they perceive to be Satanic symbols in the brake lights of a public school bus. From WMC:

(One) parent snapped a photo when she noticed the shape of an upside down, five-pointed star outlined in the brake lights of a school bus that was stopped in Cordova.

"Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged," she said...

On social media, parents are arguing both sides of the debate. Some say the brake lights are a subliminal pagan message, while others say it's just an unintentional design.

Neither Durham School Services nor the school district would answer any questions about the bus' brake lights.

"Parent outraged over possible pentagram symbol on Mid-South bus"

Video: To the Batstroller!

"Batmobile Baby Stroller" (Super-Fan Builds)

Life inside a DDOS "booter site"

The internal records of Lizardsquad's Lizardstresser -- a service that would, for money, flood sites with traffic intended to knock them off the Internet -- were dumped to Mega by Doxbin's former operator, providing an unprecedented public look at the internal workings of booter.

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Marky Ramone's new memoir

A teaser from Marky Ramone's new memoir Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As a Ramone:


We were back at Los Angeles International Airport waiting for our baggage to slide down the ramp and swing around the carousel. I knew what everyone's stuff looked like more or less, and the Ramones' luggage wasn't on the first cart unloaded. A situation like this one required patience, and Dee Dee didn't have any. He edged up to the carousel and eyed a particular red American Tourister suitcase that had already circled around once, unclaimed.

The suitcase looked like it had taken a beating over the plains states. The handle was busted and the zipper was broken. Clothing was sticking out. As the bag swung around for lap two, Dee Dee positioned himself to intercept it. He yanked it off the belt using the broken handle and began rifling through. A white silk blouse caught his eye. So did a gray cashmere sweater. Dee Dee had excellent taste in stolen women's clothing at the airport. He slipped the items under his jacket and continued the treasure hunt.

I smiled and looked at Marion in disbelief. She smiled back and rolled her eyes. There were a hundred and fifty witnesses and basic rules of civilization, and none of them seemed to mean anything to our bassist. But the middle-aged white lady now yelling in Dee Dee's face caught his attention.

"Excuse me! What are you doing with my clothes?"

"Oh, this yours? Sorry."

He didn't seem sorry at all other than that he was caught. He pulled the blouse and sweater out from under his jacket and sheepishly handed them over to the lady.

"What is wrong with you?"

We were all still trying to figure that out and really didn't expect a breakthrough here in baggage claim at LAX.

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As a Ramone by Marky Ramone (Amazon)

"Marky Ramone Exclusive: Read an Excerpt From 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg'" (Rolling Stone)

The Emoticon Art of Nicholas Mottola Jacobsen


"io non tr(emoji), a digital art series by the Italian designer Nicholas Mottola Jacobsen.

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See Copernicus's scientific instruments from his school days


Visitors to the Collegium Maius at what is now the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, can see the very scientific gear used by esteemed alum Nicolaus Copernicus whose famed astronomical model of 1543 put the sun at the center of the solar system.

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The weird crybaby soldiers of sculptor Johnson Tsang


Who Did it? Again!,” a series of porcelain toy soldiers by Johnson Tsang, from 2014.

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An oddly comforting video of guinea pigs munching on red bell pepper slices

It's an ASMR thing. I mean, the video, and for us, not the rodents.

WATCH: Trailer for Haphead, crowdfunded indie cyberpunk series about pro gamers

In one week, Toronto's Postopian Pictures -- the people who brought us Ghosts With Shit Jobs and many other delights -- will premiere their crowdfunded cyberpunk series Haphead (previously):

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The Knowledge: London cabbies' multi-year, grueling training

If you want to drive a black cab in London -- the only cars that passengers can hail from the kerb -- you have to pass "The Knowledge," an unbelievably tough exam that tests you on your minute knowledge of every street, landmark, hotel, restaurant, hospital, church, stadium, airline office, club, police station, court, and tourist destination within six miles of Charing Cross station.

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The best introductory Arduino book just got better


Arduino is on open-source electronics prototyping platform that lets you make interactive stuff without having a degree in electrical engineering. For about $25 you can buy a credit card sized circuit board that has input connections (for buttons, knobs, light sensors, microphones, humidity sensors, fart detectors, Internet signals, etc) and output connections (for servo motors, LEDs, buzzers, speakers, stepper motors, vibrators, etc). You write programs on your computer to tell the Arduino how to process the input signals and how to activate the output components. This program is uploaded to the Arduino's microprocessor, making it self-contained.

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The $6 "Fantastic" ice scraper is fantastic

I bought the "Fantastic" Ice Scraper I have now in 1982 at a gas station in Wisconsin. It’s such a superior scraper that I’ve been careful to make sure it transferred from disposed-of vehicle to replacement vehicle four times since then. The thin, stiff, but mildly conforming brass blade slides easily between ice and glass and does so without scratching because brass is softer than glass. Oh, yeah, it still costs $2. Important: don’t use it to hack at the ice because you may deform the brass blade, after which it won’t slide between ice and glass well at all. – Jeff Morrow

Brass blade is the real deal. I’ve given these to friends and family because they are so much better than the crappy plastic ones. Brass is soft enough to not damage the glass. The blade is thin and not really sharp to the touch, but is great on ice. The plastic scrapers get dull pretty quickly and then just skip over really tough ice. – Scott Christensen

Had one of these for years and it was the best I have ever used. You just have to be careful about hitting the rubber gasket with it – it will cut. That is the reason the blade is not as wide as the blade holder. – Jim Sheafer Fantastic Ice Scraper with Brass Blade ($6)

People in northern Sweden say "yes" in an unusual way

It sounds like they are slurping the last noodle from a bowl of udon. [via]

Humans demonstrate how a cantilever bridge works (circa 1890)

"To illustrate the design principle behind Scotland’s Forth Bridge, engineer Sir Benjamin Baker offered a personal demonstration." [via]

Sir John Fowler (left) and Baker (right) each hold two wooden poles with outstretched arms, forming two diamond shapes. When construction foreman Kaichi Watanabe sits in the center, the diamonds are prevented from tipping inward because their outer ends are anchored.

It worked. The bridge, opened in 1890, held the record as the world’s longest single cantilever bridge span for 17 years.

The DEA has been listening to Americans' phone calls for 15 years

The Drug Enforcement Administration, one of the least useful and most corrupt law enforcement agencies in the United States, has been eavesdropping on "essentially all international phone calls made by Americans to a select list of countries."

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Teacher wants to give desk cycles to her inner city high school students

Mrs. Fabian is a teacher at East Boston High School in a high-poverty area in Massachusetts. She's learned that giving DeskCycles to her students has helped their ability to focus tremendously. She is seeking donations to buy 9 8 more (we bought one for her classroom).

"My students are ambitious, street smart, funny, out of the box thinkers that can lead passionate analytical debate and write moving, crushing memoirs. They have what it takes. What we need are resources such as desk cycles. Students that have difficulty with the intense amount of seat time involved in a high school day, are hyperactive, and/or attempting to be healthier, can unobtrusively exercise while working.

My students absolutely love the current desk cycle. It straps to the bottom of the desk. One example: I have a hyperactive student that was previously only comfortable working off a clipboard so that he could stand or walk around, which was a tiny bit distracting. Now he can work at a desk, spread out his stuff, and others don't notice him. Another girl loves working with it because she wants a "Bum like Beyonce" and she is delighted to spend her first block getting fit while she works. She now comes to school in layers so she can comfortably work out. This has added to her grade, simply because it has increased her attendance. I have her first block and she was chronically late previously."

A suitcase exhibit of pill bottles collected from the rich & famous

Bill Harris has collected 50 prescription medicine bottles from famous people (he either asked the celebrities to donate them to him or he bought them from other collectors). He made a cool display case to hold 42 of the bottles. Donors include Rod Stewart, Doris Day, Barbra Streisand, John Stamos, Cher, Kirk Douglas, Phyllis Diller, James Stewart, and Marlon Brando.

Los Angeles Magazine has the story, with comments from Harris on some of the bottles and their former owners.



(for Vicodin)

“This one, from a Malibu pharmacy, proves that even when you have Frank Sinatra’s money, you still buy generic.”

Music: "By The Time I Get To Arizona," Public Enemy (1991)

"Why want a holiday Fuck it 'cause I wanna."

Happy 206th birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

IMG_8985 This is how I'll be celebrating.

Honest posters for 2015 Oscar nominees


The good folks over at The Shiznit "decided to make new posters for the nominees that tell you what you can really expect." Above: Grand Budapest Hotel. Below: American Sniper.

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LISTEN: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1964 conversation with Robert Penn Warren


Martin Luther King, Jr.'s soaring oration has come to define how many think of him, so it's interesting to hear Dr. King speaking conversationally in 1964 with Robert Penn Warren, almost in the relaxed feel of a podcast.

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Here are Gizmodo and Engadget founder Peter Rojas' favorite tools

Peter Rojas is the founder Engadget, gdgt and Gizmodo. He currently co-hosts MVP, a podcast about new tech products, alongside Ryan Block (previously interviewed on the Cool Tools Show). Peter focused his picks for this episode on personal impact, his philosophy being that truly worthy tools not only change your life, but they also change the way you think about the world.

See Peter's picks and show notes.

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Hand-made, hand-painted ukulele

"Twitch" is the third ukulele in the Tickler series made by Amy Crehore (instrument designer, painter, illustrator) and Lou Reimuller (luthier, sculptor, musician, and creator of the Teenar).

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BOOK: 100 Years of Magic Posters (The Poster Art Library)


Years ago, a friend gifted me this wonderful collection of magic posters!

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GOP accuses Obama of being President

Andy Borowitz at the New Yorker nails it: "If you continue to fulfill the duties of President of the United States that are expressly permitted in the Constitution, you are playing with fire."

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