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Music: "(You Can't Blow) Smoke Rings," The Gants (1966)

Smoke rings are really a lost art.

Watch: Long-lost 1978 video for The Cramps' song "Human Fly" resurfaces online

cramps1042315 “The story goes that in 1978, the Cramps made a video, filmed by Alex de Laszlo, for their song “Human Fly,” that featured singer Lux Interior (RIP 2009) in a classic movie-monster transformation scene—but it seemed like nobody saw it, or could even prove it existed.”

It exists, and it's right here.

Our friends at Dangerous Minds have the whole story.

YouTube: "Vengeance Productions Presents - The Cramps "Human Fly" short film by Alex de Laszlo Copyright © 1978"


Watch: Florida man steals ice cream freezer from under nose of sleeping clerk

A possibly inebriated gentleman went to a service station, spit on the floor, raised his middle finger to the security camera and looked straight into it for a few seconds, wiped his gob on his T-shirt, then dragged away a large ice cream freezer, all while the clerk sawed wood at the pay window.

Authorities arrested Dennis Norman on grand theft charges on April 22. He was released from jail on $1,000 bond.


Obama apparently doesn't sign off on drone strikes now, CIA just does it themselves

Warren Weinstein, an American held hostage by Al Qaeda since 2011, was killed in an American  counterterrorism operation.

Warren Weinstein, an American held hostage by Al Qaeda since 2011, was killed in an American “counterterrorism operation,” which is fancy talk for a drone strike gone wrong.

A U.S. aid worker and another man held hostage by Al Qaeda were killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan in January, American officials disclosed this week, “underscoring the perils of a largely invisible, long-distance war waged through video screens, joysticks and sometimes incomplete intelligence.” From the New York Times report, it seems our President has effectively outsourced the management of our nation's drone strike "kill list" entirely to the CIA now.

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WATCH: If Game of Thrones had been made in the 1980s

Mikolaj Birek created an opening title sequence for an imaginary 1980s version of HBO's Game of Thrones, presenting it as if it had been recorded on a crappy VHS system.

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Hiker with video camera shot exact moment volcano in Chile erupted

Stunning: a tourist hiking in the mountains of Chile just happened to be recording with his video camera the exact moment that Volcán Calbuco erupted.

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Minister accuses Satan of spoiling his $65 million dollar private jet fundraiser

Remember when Dr. Creflo Dollar asked his flock to buy him a new $65 million private jet to replace existing private jet? After the video went viral, he removed the page and canceled the campaign. It turns out, Satan and his deluded minions were responsible.

In the video he tells his congregation, "I ain't never asked you for a dime." Compare this statement to the appeal on his Project G650 page (which is viewable at

Therefore, we are asking members, partners, and supporters of this ministry to assist us in acquiring a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace. Your love gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated.


Enjoy these recordings of telemarketing sleazeballs


I don't answer the phone unless I recognize the caller. If the caller ID shows a phone number only, I look it up using, a free reverse number lookup service. Whocalld uses some kind of robo-callback system to figure out the names of telemarketers to feed into its database. It also records these calls and posts them on its website. They are fun to listen to.

Many of the calls are from scammers pretending to be from Google, promising that they can get your website on the front page of search results. Others are from free burglar alarm hucksters, fake charities, free vacation bilkers, car warrantee peddlers, loan sharks, and health insurance fraudsters. It's disgusting and amusing to listen to these boiler-room hustlers reading from their scripts, alternating between threats, promises of free stuff, appeals to authority, dire warnings, and feigned disbelief that you are not taking them up on their offers.

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A chance to give back to a quirky, legendary game developer


I always say I feel as if I was raised by the adventure game creators of the 1980s: Wry, obtuse guys and gals who built impossible caves, surreal worlds and kingly empires for me to play in. They feel like family I've never met. Today, let me tell you a little bit about Michael Berlyn. !

Can non-Newtonian fluids help make a better iPhone case?


Broken phones are a constant topic of discussion at Boing Boing. When I saw that Tech21 made iPhone cases out of D30, a non-Newtonian an impact armor, I had to try one immediately.

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Senators announce "Aaron Swartz Should Have Faced More Jail Time" bill

Senators Mark Kirk [R-IL] and Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] announced a bill that increases the maximum jail time for "obtaining information from a protected computer without authorization" -- which covers anything you do that violates the BS Terms of Service we all break all day long.

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San Franciscans: help free the records of the US court system

Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez, "On May 1 (Friday) at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, I'm going to be running a 'PACER Polling Place' from 8am-5pm. I hope you'll stop by and give me a hand."

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What the UK Greens actually believe about copyright

Ed says, "After the twitter-sphere recently exploded with accusations about the UK Green Party's copyright policies, here is a reasoned response by Tom Chance, the former IP spokesperson for the Green Party, about what their policy actually is, and the reasoning behind it."

Google Maps "vandalism" mocks Google Maps' editing policy


You'd think the kilometer-wide phase "Google review policy is crap", cut into the greenery of Takht Pari Forest near Rawalpindi, Pakistan, alongside a gigantic sad face, would be visible from space. But this is, of course, visible only on Google Maps.

A sly easter egg was added by someone apparently wanting to make clear how easily-fooled the service is into adding things that are not in fact there -- and how potentially unsafe it may be for those depending on it for accurate information.

The discovery—posted to Hacker News by user ilamparithi—comes not long after a huge Google Android robot was spotted urinating on an Apple logo, also near Rawalpindi.

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The pitfalls of allowing anonymous editing notwithstanding, the snarky virtual lawnmowing is also suggestive of the sprawling nature of Google's international services, recently in the news due to its domination of European search markets.

Google Maps surprises have included penises and secret swastikas, but those were real landscape features revealed by the technology. Lost cities are uncovered, too—though sometimes turn out to be glitches, such as these mysterious, Atlantis-like markings under the sea.


Trap streets are historically added to maps to expose copycat publishers, but this is the first example of a crap park being added to expose the original's own shortcomings.

Filming a video? Turn your phone!

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Flamethrower versus firehose

You know those cartoon magic battles where the fire wizard and the water wizard have a kind of mid-stream wrestling match? Like that. (via JWZ)