Portraits of debt-buried, underemployed graduates living with their parents

3033726-inline-robertellisfinalhirez What was once shameful is now normality: the stories of those who must return to "the childhood delights of family dinners and curfews", photographed by Damon Cesarez.

Corporate Sky-Deity Bless America

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Smythes of Chagrin Falls worships the Corporate Sky-Deity on a typical Sunday.

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Tiny post office in a tree hole

The spirit of Boo Radley lives on in the hole of a tree growing in the hills above Berkeley, CA. Gareth says, "Lea Redmond, of Leaf Cutter Design and the World's Smallest Postal Service, did a photo illustration for Borg Like Me. She created a Lilliputian post office in a tree hole in the Berkeley Hills. She left it set up and it's still there 7 months later! People have not destroyed it; they've been ADDING to it and leaving mail for the fairies (it IS a post office, after all)."

A Tiny Treehouse Treasure in the Woods

Valley girl "upspeak" is a global phenomenon

This month's issue of Los Angeles magazine takes a look at the 1980s, with stories about the movies, songs, fashions, and cultural trends that defined that decade in LA. One trend that didn't fade away with ankle warmers and the Memphis Group design aesthetic is valley girl speak. My two daughters are living proof, and the "upspeak" style (ending every sentence as if it were a question) has spread around the world.

Invasion of the Valley Girl: What started as a grating geographic anomaly has crept into the mainstream

NRA's top lawyer was convicted of murdering his girlfriend's mother in 1964

The cover story for Mother Jones this month is about Bob Dowlut, NRA's general counsel, "who for 30 years has been the architect of the National Rifle Association's legal and cultural agenda." (Gawker)

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Space alien movie music

Forbidden planetOn BBC Radio 3's "Sound of Cinema," host Matthew Sweet shares terrific film music from movies about extraterrestrials. (via @chris_carter_)

Touchless trash cans in a loop

Touchless trash cans caught in an infinite loop. The laughter is infectious! (@rynbtmn)

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Why do we bite our nails?

Over at Mind Hacks, Tom Stafford looks at the scientific literature around onychophagia, aka nail-biting:

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Have you ever had sex in your Comic-Con costume?

(Sigh) "Jimmy Kimmel Pedestrian Question: Have you ever had sex in your Comic-Con costume?" (Christ, what an asshole.)

Telerobotic baseball fans

Korea's Hanwha Eagles baseball team have installed rows of telerobot "fans" in the stadium that are controlled by remote spectators. (Thanks, Chris Arkenberg!)

How stoned is too stoned to drive?

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The US government is analyzing data from what it claims is the biggest study on how pot affects how you drive. The participants in the study at the University of Iowa vaporized marijuana (smoke-free campus!), drank, both, or had a placebo and took the wheel of a driving simulator.

"When it comes to cannabis, it's a lot trickier than when it comes to alcohol," says Colorado State Trooper JJ Wolff. "I can't tell you if one joint is going to make you high to the point where you can't drive. That's a really hard question to answer at this point. ... "The safest thing to do right now: If you are going to drink any amount, don't drive. And if you are going to consume any amount of cannabis, don't drive." "Feds test how stoned is too stoned to drive" (USA Today)

Sierra Leone doctor who treated scores of Ebola patients dies of Ebola

Sheik Umar Khan, head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone, poses for a picture in Freetown, June 25, 2014.


Sheik Umar Khan, head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone, poses for a picture in Freetown, June 25, 2014.

Sheik Umar Khan, a leading virologist in Sierra Leone credited with treating over 100 Ebola patients, has died from the virus.

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Scientists investigate radio wave "bursts" from space

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Two different radio telescopes have now picked up fast "burst" signals that seem to originate outside our galaxy.

Let's cut to the chase: Is it aliens?

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Drone video of downtown Los Angeles

Ian Wood's beautiful drone footage of downtown Los Angeles. (via Laughing Squid)