All over the world, couples have caught a memetic virus that causes them to festoon fences, trees, railings and other objects with padlocks that represent the love between them.
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If you've ever locked yourself out of your home and googled for a locksmith, you've seen that it's virtually impossible to reach a real local locksmith.
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Plastic is so 2013. You don’t want to buy something only to throw it away or lose it and barely care. You like nice things and want to hang onto them. The Plazmatic lighter here is a high quality, high tech alternative to the typical cheap, plastic lighter you get at the old gas station. This has staying power and you can get one now and take 28% off. It’s the real deal, and you’ll feel like a total boss when you light up, which is now more foolproof than ever.
It charges up super fast via USB and for every full battery gives you over a hundred sparks. That’s a lot of gas, so to speak. And it lights at a whopping nine hundred degrees with its iconic X lighting mechanism so you’ll catch a flame every single time. Going camping or just got stuck outside in crappy weather? Don’t sweat it. It’s windproof and water resistant, so you’re good to go under any weather conditions. It’s even TSA approved so you don’t have to throw it away or leave it at home when you travel, no matter where you go. And that staying power is pretty environmentally friendly since you’re not tossing in the trash that plastic and lighter fluid every time.
It’s engineered to light anything and everything that requires a flame, including cigarettes, cigars, hemp wick, candles of all shapes and sizes, incense and more. For 28% off right now, you’re about to look like a grown up when you light up. Read the rest
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NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell has died. He was 85 years old.
Mitchell was the sixth human to walk on the moon. He died Thursday night after a short illness. It was exactly one day before the 45th anniversary of the day he landed in the Moon's hilly Fra Mauro region, with crewmate Alan Shepard.
Mitchell was into the paranormal, and the possibility that ESP (psychic communication) could help humans stay connected out in space.
From Bill Harwood at CBS News:
Famous for attempting an experiment in extra-sensory perception on his way back from the moon, Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1973 "to support consciousness research and promote awareness of evolving human consciousness," the family said in a statement released by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.
Andrew Chaikin, author of "A Man On The Moon -- The Voyages Of The Apollo Astronauts," said in a recent interview with CBS News that Mitchell was "super bright" and "an intellectual."
"Just a real lover of ideas," Chaikin said. "It shows in his post-NASA career because he pursued this question of consciousness and the nature of consciousness. On his flight, he had kind of a mountain-top experience where on the flight home, looking at the Earth, he felt that he was experiencing the universe as an intelligent entity, almost an organism. And that really changed him."
Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell in front of a graphic of the mission patch. [NASA]
Here are NASA Administrator Charles Bolden's remarks on his death:
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Pussy Riot’s leader, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, spoke with the
about their new music video, which makes fun of the Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Y. Chaika.
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“My American friend [Dave Sitek, who produced the
video song] suggested that this time we do hip-hop, the genre originally rooted in gangster culture,” said NT. “So in the film we have a criminal, the biggest gangster there is in Russia: Prosecutor General Yuri Y. Chaika.”
[Tolokonnikova] plays a rather special version of Chaika. She wears a tight uniform, fishnet stockings, and patent pink high heels that sharpen her long legs. Over and over she sings Chaika’s rules: “Be loyal to those in power, because power is a gift from God, son. I love Russia. I’m a patriot.”
The words come straight from Chaika’s declarations after members of the Russian opposition investigated him and leveled against him allegations of massive corruption and connections with organized crime.
Vietnamese gentleman Thái Ngọc claims that ever since he suffered a terrible fever in 1973, he hasn't slept a wink. There's also Ines Fernandez who says she's been awake for decades. Of course, these curious individuals and others with similar stories may actually be suffering from a very strange sleep disorder called sleep state misperception (SSM) in which the individuals think they were up all night but actually slept just fine. At Mysterious Universe, Martin J. Clemens looks at SSM and the very scary rare disease called Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI), presented as total insomnia that can last the rest of the person's life, which is usually only 18 months or so after the onset of symptoms. From Mysterious Universe:
FFI is a neurological condition caused by a misfolded protein in the DNA of the afflicted, of which there have been only about 100 cases. That protein, called a prion protein, is known as PrPSc (PrPC in non-FFI subjects). Essentially, the prion form of the protein causes a change in certain amino acids – due to the protein strand folding incorrectly – which, when combined with other genetic markers, then affects the brain’s sleep centers. FFI is genetic, and therefore hereditary, but there is an even rarer form known as Sporadic Fatal Insomnia (sFI) that occurs spontaneously, the cause of which is not understood. You may wish to know that PrPSc is the same protein that’s responsible for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as Mad Cow Disease.
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The general impression of the View-Master Virtual Reality viewer is that it's an excellent Google Cardboard viewer for any Android phone or iPhone, but that the View-Master app "reels" aren't very good. My family and I love Google Cardboard - the experience of walking around Paris and Tokyo is amazing. For $18, it seems like a good deal. Has anyone tried it? Read the rest
I live near San Francisco, where there seems to be a thing going on for Superb Owls. I like owls. Here are a few. Many were gifts, some I have collected. The one pictured above is by artist Gus Harper.
This is a pitcher. My friends, who know about Superb Owls, tell me there are no such thing as pitchers in the San Francisco Superb Owl, but here is proof of a Superb Owl pitcher.
My Mom gave me these Superb Owl salt and pepper grinders.
Two for one. And an impossible bottle, from Jaimie D. Grant.
I found the decanter and pitchers on eBay or in thrift shops. My parents gave me the adorable mug. I've got more owls, but I'm coming up short of 50. Add yours in the comments! Read the rest
Sometimes I just don't need to carry a big battery with me, but I know my 1 year old iPhone battery can't be trusted. If I want to be sure I can call a ride home, after a full day out and about, I bring Anker's lipstick battery with me.
While this little guy has enough capacity to completely recharge my iPhone 6, once, I find I tend to remember it in an emergency. I'll need to call a Lyft or Uber, and see that I'm sitting at a 4% battery cliff, where my phone loves to suddenly dive for zero. Charging this once and dropping it into my jacket pocket tends to get bail me out of trouble a couple times a month.
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Unsure what to do about local Satanists who wanted to present the opening prayer generally reserved for adherents of Jesus at a City Council meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, the council has ended the tradition.
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Dead on Paper makes many beautiful, strange things, but I'm most taken by two of its custom coins.
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Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center has a special wing, 10-South, in which terrorism suspects who have been kidnapped from foreign territories are imprisoned and tortured in secret, before being given secret trials and lengthy sentences.
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