How to make a coin-operated gumball machine out of cardboard

Using cardboard, hot-glue, popsicle sticks, a pencil, and rubber bands, this guy makes a working coin-operated gumball machine. Good work!

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Relaxing hula hoop trick video shot in Hawaii

You may want to jump on the next plane for Oahu after watching this fantastic footage of Chicagoan Brookelynn Bley demonstrating why she's called Queen of the Rings. Read the rest

Monument Valley 2 has finally arrived

Monument Valley is one of the most beautiful and soothing mobile games I have ever played. At long last, the sequel is here! Read the rest

These shoes are made of pineapple leaves

The inedible green leaves left behind during pineapple harvesting contain fibers that can be transformed into goods traditionally made from leather, including shoes, bags, and other leather accessories. Pinatex has details. Read the rest

The Conjuring Arts Research Center: Manhattan's hidden library of magic

Atlas Obscura discloses a secret library, The Conjuring Arts Research Center, established to preserve the secrets of magic!

The not-for-profit organization was established in 2003, “dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of magic and its allied arts.” It was started by William Kalush, who developed a love of magic from the card tricks shown to him by his father, a Marine wounded in World War II. This love of card magic turned to a love of collecting magic books, which now form a wondrous collection of over 15,000 books—some dating to over 600 years old—housed in this hidden location.

“I like early books that no one else has ever seen”, Kalush says, sitting in a high-backed, ornately carved wooden chair that wouldn’t look out of place with a wizard sitting on it. “Books of performances pieces, card secrets, many that are unique.”

Browsing through the shelves stacked with all things conjuring, you will find obscure books on sleight-of-hand techniques, mentalism, deceptive gambling, the history of magic, and the mysterious secrets of card tricks. One book is the seminal The Expert At the Card Table, which appeared in 1902, written by an S. W. Erdnase. It’s one of the most detailed collections of sleight-of-hand techniques and card sharping, a book so iconic and well-studied within magic circles it is known as “the Bible.” Appropriately enough, S. W. Erdnase was a pseudonym. The real identity of the writer has remained a century-old mystery.

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Behold the tiniest hand-thrown pottery made in exotic locales

Jon Almeda makes impossibly small hand-thrown ceramics in a series called Pots in Different Spots. Below are some finished works: Read the rest

Samurai armor for your pets and kids

Samurai Age has created a line of samurai armor for kittehs and doggos, allowing them to show off their noble nature as honored warriors. Read the rest

Doctor Who-themed shed

The Shed of the Year contest had a number of worthy entries in 2017, but Paul Foden got my vote just before voting closed. SWNS TV took a tour. Read the rest

Brett Kern's next-level ceramics look like inflatables

Sculptor Brett Kern makes fabulous ceramic pieces that look like vinyl inflatables. Read the rest

A whirlwind timelapse tour of Europe

Stan Chang just released the second in his Magical Europe series. Warning: you may want to travel Europe after watching. Read the rest

Delightful creatures made with hand-looped polymer clay

What started as a hobby making clay flowers turned into Russian artist Alisa Laryushkina's charming animal sculptures. Read the rest

Birdhouse window feeders that look like little houses inside

Artist Jada Fitch creates impossibly cute bird feeders that attach to windows, allowing viewers to enjoy the sights of birds inside what looks like a tiny home. Read the rest

Two black mambas fight over a mate

Black mambas are among the deadliest snakes in the world, but when they fight each other, it's more like an MMA match than a use of deadly force, called plaiting combat by scientists. National Geographic posted this remarkable drama that unfolded on a South African golf course. Read the rest

Puddles the clown takes no prisoners on America's Got Talent

Puddles never fails to amaze. Every performance is more wonderful than the last! Read the rest

I keep my Amazon Echo Dot in an owl

I liked this owl and wanted it on my kitchen counter, so I purchased an Echo dot. Read the rest

Totally awesome animated music video starring Ronald Jenkees

Last month, musician and YouTube superstar Ronald Jenkees dropped his latest album Rhodes Deep. In honor of this delight, fan Ben Luce created this terrific animation called Quest for the Jam. Read the rest

A butts-on review of Boing Boing's favorite bargain bidet

Is a dirt cheap bidet really the way to go? Our publisher risks his nethers to find out! Read the rest

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