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Twitterbot generates North Korean patriotic slogans with Markov chains


The 300 weird patriotic slogans that North Korea released last week had the stilted feel of machine-generated text.

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Generic YA dystopian novel (Twitter edition)


The @Dystopianya account is tweeting an entire cliched YA dystopian novel in bite-sized chunks.

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You autocomplete me


A letterpress Valentine from Paperwheel ($6.75). (via Dan Hon)

Giant Ron English art-book: Status Factory

Whether putting up his own US/Mexican border-crossing signs or appearing on the Simpsons, street artist Ron English is a versatile, trenchant, eyeball-kicking master of the form.

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Having the brakes removed from your car is a personal decision


Scientists may say that brakes save lives, but virtually every car-wreck co-occurs with panicked braking -- did you know that in the old days, cars didn't have brakes?

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Fun with promoted Tweets


Andy Baio's been playing with Twitter's "promoted tweet" targeted ads, sending out tweets that are only seen by Twitter staff (hey, verify me already!), politicians (make better laws!), and, in one bizarre case, no one (a process Twitter calls "nullcasting").

Watch this hilarious promo for millennial-themed #@THEGYM

Videoblogging OG Razmig returns after a 3-year hiatus with #@THEGYM a factual look at what American gyms have looked like all month thanks to resolution-minded millennials.

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HOAX: TV show tricks chronic catcallers into harassing their own mothers

Update: These are staged -- it's an ad for Everlast, and not a TV show as I had believed.

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Alien overlord: stop blaming me for your city's housing bubble!


Zathbog of Planet Cibwarv wants us to stop blaming him for buying up all the property in your favorite big city, ensuring that even families with solid double incomes can barely afford to rent, and will never own a home of their own; after all, you should see the hardships he endured while building up his immense off-planet fortunes in the the interstellar mining industry.

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Comedian Mike Bobrinskoy creatively outscams OKCupid scammer

This tale of how Mike Bobrinskoy turned the tables on an OKCupid scammer named "Alexandra" is well worth the 9 minutes it takes to watch or listen.

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Honest posters for 2015 Oscar nominees

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The good folks over at The Shiznit "decided to make new posters for the nominees that tell you what you can really expect." Above: Grand Budapest Hotel. Below: American Sniper.

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GOP accuses Obama of being President


Andy Borowitz at the New Yorker nails it: "If you continue to fulfill the duties of President of the United States that are expressly permitted in the Constitution, you are playing with fire."

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Image search of the day: "pets in lion manes"

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Typing random thoughts into Google image search is always delightful, but "pets in lion manes" was especially delightful.

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WATCH: Musicless MacGyver opening credits

YouTuber Mario Wienerroither has done another great Foley reimagining, this time with musicless MacGyver. Foley artist? More like FAUXley artist, amirite?

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WATCH: Robotic toilet-paper dispenser major malfunction

YouTuber Beckie Lewis filmed the annual unveiling of the toilet paper holder. The Heavy Duty PaperBoy 5000 is voice-activated and was in a generous holiday spirit with its tissue dispensation.

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Southwest flight attendant's hilarious, freestyle safety announcement

Give that FA a raise! Put her in charge of the airline! Make her chairwoman of the FAA!

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WATCH: Get stoked for work or school with Powerglove's "Batman"

If you're having a hard time getting back in the swing of things after the holidays, perhaps Powerglove's retro-kitsch "Batman" video will inspire you.

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The best response is always the Flehmen response

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Many lolcats and other memes use images of animals displaying the Flehmen response. Because we tend to anthropomorphize animals, we associate this response with similar hilarious human facial expressions. But what is it?

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EB White explains his dachshund's license status


Letters of Note (whose book was spectacular) publishes this arch, sarcastic letter from EB "Charlotte's Web" White to the ASPCA about whether his dachshund, Minnie, is duly licensed.

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Terrible origami from $250,000 and under

Etsy user mrimprov is testing the adage that art is what you can get away with, selling Terrible Origami for a quarter million dollars or less. Below are some more reasonably-priced examples.

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Cards Against Humanity buys a private island ("Hawaii 2") & gives it away


Each 250,000 of the CAH Holiday Bullshit subscribers got one square foot of a wooded island in Maine, called Hawaii 2 (nee Birch Island).

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Mel Brooks on the 40th Anniversary of his "greatest film," Young Frankenstein


In a short interview from September, Mel Brooks reflects on the history of Young Frankenstein, which he calls "his greatest movie" (an assessment that's hard to argue with, given how brilliant it was, though the competition is stiff!).

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Ayn Rand reviews children's movies

The New Yorker's "Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies" is less funny than it should be (most of the jokes are pretty obvious), but it's not bad.

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Tldrbot: great works of literature in seconds

Tldrbot is the latest bot from Shardcore (previously, previously, previously) that slurps up great novels, algorithmically summarizes them to 1% of their length, then spits out audio files of a synthetic Scottish woman's voice reading those summaries aloud.

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Meet Jeff: mockumentary/biopic about a giant, killer robot who plays himself

Meet Jeff is a Wired web-series that's a mockumentary about a robot actor called Jeff 1000 who has been given his own biopic, starring Summer Glau.

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World-beating email EULA

I amuse myself (and sometimes others) with my email sig, which makes you promise to release me from any agreements I've gotten into with your employer -- but it turns out I'm a rank amateur.

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Duck hunts dog

2:46 of the tables turned—or, perhaps, unrequited love. [via]

Perfect toilet-paper dispensing machine

Helps ensure that you get precisely three squares per portion, by means of a GIANT CLEAVER ON A MOTORIZED ARM. (via Metafilter)

Turn a balloon into a phone case in seconds

Woosung An demonstrates an excellent technique for adding a layer of rubber protection to your phone in seconds, by deflating a balloon around it.

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