Edgar Allan Poe sweater


Archie McPhee & Co. offers this Edgar Allan Poe intarsia sweater for $42.50, "one size fits most." (via Dangerous Minds)

Happy Caturfriday


A photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Mark Moschell. The cats' names: Bert and Kiska. Says Mark, "I am only posting this because This Never Happens!"

A jet interior designed with Nike for traveling athletes


Seattle-based design firm Teague and NIKE designed an ‘athlete’s plane’ cabin for sports pros: a pre- and post-game training and treatment facility in the sky.

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US officials threatened James Foley's family with criminal charges if they raised ransom money to free him


Slain journalist James Foley's mom says federal officials threatened the Foley family with criminal charges if they raised money to pay ransom to free him. The "devastating" message didn't surprise her, she told ABC News, but the way it was delivered shocked her.

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#Internetslowdown: FCC receives record-breaking 1.75M comments on Net Neutrality

It's the largest number of comments ever filed in an FCC docket, blowing past the 1.4M comments received on Janet Jackson's Superbowl "wardrobe malfunction" (and how f-ed up is it that wardrobe malfunction held the top place until now?).

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This Week In Science with Dr. Kiki: Science Like Jagger

Here's episode 480 of Kiki Sanford's kickass science podcast, TWIS.

A solar flare erupted from the sun that was aimed directly toward Earth. Thankfully, it wasn't an extremely large flare, but northern latitudes should expect more intense aurora activity.

Researchers published evidence that nerve impulses might travel as a physical wave rather than the well accepted electrical action potential. Dr. Kiki thinks it's fringe science, and warns people not to be taken in by new age scams involving our sound transmitting nerves.

Blair goes to watery depths in the Animal Corner with a story about baby frogs rushing their development in order to hatch earlier when their siblings get eaten. Her second story involved jumping mosquito fish leading researchers to think our sense of balance was with us before we stepped on land. And, finally, she found a fascinating story about a conversation between a trout and eel... fishy friends for sure.

Birds and migration come into focus with two stories introduced by Dr. Kiki. First, migratory insectivorous birds follow green vegetation in the spring rather than the migratory path they followed in the fall. This behavior leads to a looped migratory path. Second, neo-tropical birds most likely diversified as a result of traveling over geological features that influenced isolation and speciation. Justin, however, brings up the good point that no one really needs to migrate in the tropics since the weather is the same all the time.

Justin brought up a study about how hard working our brains are, even after we fall asleep. Then talked about the importance of vitamin B1 to avoid brain damage, and how the bacteria on and in our bodies could someday be used to produce drugs for us.

The end of the show brought a lot of fun with a story about how scientists discovered the whale pelvis is really purposeful (porpoiseful?) after all, and not vestigial as previously believed. And, we closed with a story about Mick Jagger-loving scientists who named a fossilized swamp-dwelling hippo-pig-horse after the famous rock star.

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Sound It Out - new music discovery site

I was just telling Xeni last night (waiting for the doors to open to see John Hodgman and David Rees perform at Largo in West Hollywood - great show!) that my only source for finding out about new music is Pesco and my 17-year-old daughter. That's why I was happy to learn about Sound It Out, a new website co-founded by my friend (and fellow beekeeper) Amy Seidenwurm. It's got new music, overlooked chestnuts, and free MP3s.

My pick from the stuff I've listened to so far, the "fuzzy psychedelia" of Toronto's Wish:

Petition launched to encourage use of name "ISIL" to refer to insurgent group also known as ISIS

Isis Martinez, 38, of Miami, has started a petition asking the media to stop using the term "ISIS" to describe the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an unpleasant organization whose name may be rendered perfectly legitimately in other ways. The count is at 300.

Grandparents accidentally tagging themselves Grandmaster Flash on Facebook


A Tumblog of greatness: Grandmothers and Grandfathers accidentally tagging themselves Grandmaster Flash in Facebook photos. The word detection/photo-tagging assistance function doesn't always work perfectly. "Love, Grampa and Grandmaster Flash."

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512GB SD cards out--with $800 price tag


Aimed at videographers who need fast, expansive storage for 4K footage, SanDisk's Extreme PRO SD card range now comes with up to 512GB of space: enough to match most solid state drives, with read/write speeds faster than many mainstream hard drives. But it's $800, so no.

The Jackson 5ive, the cartoon (1971)

In 1971-1972, The Jackson 5ive were cartoon characters in a Saturday morning series directed by Robert Balser who previously was animation director for Yellow Submarine and later worked on Heavy Metal. (Thanks, Lux!)

Some beautiful Burning Man 2014 photos by Trey Ratcliff


Check out some of the stunning images photographer Trey Ratcliff captured at Burning Man this year.

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Burger King's gothburger


Burger King has launched a black burger in Japan made from black peppered-beef, buns and cheese darkened with bamboo charcoal, and a topping of garlic sauce blackened with squid ink.

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Video: violent family games of yore

In this episode of "They Actually Made That!?," our pal Attaboy demonstrates several strange and "violent" vintage family games.

TIL there's an entire subreddit devoted to Michael Bay style GIFs


Lots of explodey GIFs so explodey they could be directed by Michael Bay.

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