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Today in bad ideas: handgun replica iPhone cases


3D-printed handgun replica iPhone cases have been around for years as a joke. Now that street vendors and online shops are selling realistically-detailed versions, consumer and safety advocates are calling for bans.

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Great white shark tries to chew its way into diver's cage to eat screaming flesh treat

Oh, how the flesh treat screams.

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ABC Disgusting is an alphabet book about farts


The creative team that brought you The Princess Who Saved Herself earlier this year is back on Kickstarter to fund another unconventional children's book, this time focused on farts, bugs, unfortunate food combinations, and all the other gross things kids seem to love.

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Car leaps opening drawbridge


Police say it was an example of distracted driving rather than derring-do, the spoilsports. [via]

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The next Librarian of Congress: a Librarian of Progress?

For the first time in 28 years, the Library of Congress is about to get a new Librarian, a person with enormous influence over the Internet and American life.

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Stay Safe with This Ultra Portable Breathalyzer That Works with Your Phone

The BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer ($42.99) is the smallest and simplest way to turn nearly any smartphone into a high-performance alcohol screening device. Simply open the flip-up mouthpiece, blow for 5 seconds and voila, you have an ultra-accurate BAC reading right on your smartphone.

  • Slip the compact BACtrack Vio into your pocket or use as keychain
  • Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly sync with the free BACtrack app
  • ZeroLine┬« Technology gets an accurate read on when your BAC will return to 0.00%
  • Sanitary flip-up mouthpiece keeps germs and impurities out
  • Advanced MicroCheck┬« Sensors to ensure accurate readings
  • “Guess your BAC” feature

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Flatworms inject sperm into their heads to self-fertilize


When alone, a hermaphroditic flatworm is known to stab itself with its needle-tipped penis and inject sperm to self-impregnate. It's called "hypodermic insemination."

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Social networking illusion makes things look falsely popular


Things we perceive to be virally popular online are often not. Sometimes we fall victim to an illusion emerging from the nature of social networking that makes rare things seem common.

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Cousin Oliver Syndrome

cousin-oliverA ploy associated with failing sitcoms, the addition of younger cast members fell victim to "savvy modern audiences" able to share their contempt in real-time online. [Vulture, via]

Play it now: Project Code Glitches, Get Money


I am a partially-conceived polygonal body floating through a green field toward acid mountains. The kind of bright orange hoops I swim toward put me in mind of childhood Sega games. I become so attracted to the hoops that I forget my main goal, which is to collect cash that hangs dully in midair and whispers when I grab it.

In the end I collect $2100 of my $77,436 in student loan debt. I don't think I could have done much better. Interestingly the Sunny Delight-colored hoops gave me nothing.

"This is a demo of a piece I'm working on for my thesis," the game's creator, Aquma, writes on Project: Code Glitches, Get Money's page (the game is free). "Picture me on a stage, this projected onto the wall. I have a volunteer play the game, and while they do, I rap about making video games for money. There's more to it, but that's the gist so far."

That actually sounds pretty effective, to me. Phrases like "making video games for money" and "thesis" are increasingly unnerving these days, even moreso when paired.

This all-girl team of young indie developers just released their first game

The Hole Story, a funny fantasy game about a girl and her trusty shovel digging their way through a mysterious land, recently launched and is now available to buy—you can show your support for a new generation of young developers (and be inspired by their talent) with just five bucks.

Last year, the Girls Make Games summer camp series took off for the first time, aimed at teaching programming, design, project management and other skills to girls ages nine to 16. The inaugural program saw teams compete to have their game demos judged by industry leaders like Kellee Santiago and Tim Schafer, and the demo that would become The Hole Story was the winner.


Young developers The Negatives, a team of seven girls, raised over $31,000 on Kickstarter to finish the game, and have released it just about a year later, which is better than most indies do with Kickstarter these days.

The Girls Make Games program, aimed at addressing the gender gap in the video game industry, is led by LearnDistrict and is funded by the kids' camp tuition, corporate sponsors and individual donors; learn more at the official site.

Watch how this beautiful game exhibit helps kids figure out ecosystems

The New York Hall of Science's new Connected Worlds exhibit is a series of six interactive ecosystems that spreads across the walls of its Great Hall, united by a 3000 square foot interactive floor.

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Watch the first trailer for new Steve Jobs biopic

That's Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Woz. Directed by Michael Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson's book. Due out October 9.

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Watch Colbert interview Eminem on public access TV

Yesterday, Stephen Colbert was the guest host on "Only in Monroe," a public access television show in Monroe, Michigan. His guest was Eminem.

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GCHQ spied on Amnesty International, Investigatory Powers Tribunal lied about it

Last week, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal said that the UK spy agency hadn't spied on Amnesty -- this week, they admitted that they had, and claimed they hadn't deliberately misled the organisation about the spying.

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1930s ice-cream parlour hidden in Cincinnati's art deco railway station

Cincinnati's gorgeous art deco Union Terminal houses many museums -- and a beautifully preserved 1930s ice-cream parlour serving locally made ice-cream.

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