Watch this ice cream vendor in Turkey blow tourists' minds with magic

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This sidewalk sweets vendor in Istanbul loves playing tricks on customers. Watch one of them turn the tables on him.

Three-ounce silicone bottles to hold your goops when you travel

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This set of three 3-ounce travel bottles lets you transfer your favorite shampoo, lotion, and unguent into TSA-compliant squeezable tubes. The also have a suction cup so you can stick them to the shower wall in your hotel room and forget to pack them when you check-out. Read the rest

A travel pillow that might actually work

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I have a hard time sleeping on a plane. As soon as I nod off, my head drops and I startle myself awake. I've tried those horseshoe pillows but they don't work very well for me. The JetComfy is a travel pillow that looks like it might allow me to sleep comfortably on a plane. It's cushion on a pole that clamps to the arm rest. You rest your head on it and fall into a deep slumber. I hope that's what happens, at least. It also contains a USB battery to charge your devices and a compartment that holds a combination pen/stylus/light. Pre-sale cost is $65 on Kickstarter.

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Which airport do you hate the most?

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Of the American contenders, Newark is the most-hated, though Turkey's Dalamar airport takes the international honors. Read the rest

The most hated Madrid subway stations, mapped

Residents and visitors to the Spanish capital can avail themselves of this useful map visualizing complaints about stops. No map is necessary for New York or London. [via] Read the rest

Make your own TSA universal luggage keys

The image above, published in 2014 in this Herald.net story and credited to The Washington Post, showed the keying patterns for all of the TSA-complaint "Travel Sentry" luggage locks. Read the rest

Indonesia's plane crash problem

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Another Indonesian passenger jet went down, this time with 54 people on board. Read the rest

R2D2 Rollaboard

This would be way better as a 4-wheel spinner, but it's still a sweet piece of kids' luggage with handle sized for small people and flashing lights and beeps -- a worthy successor to the hardcase version. Read the rest

Transparent hotel room hanging from side of mountain

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For around $300/night, you can sleep in a transparent bedroom hanging off the side of a mountain above Peru's Sacred Valley of the Incas. Read the rest

Planes and stocks both freeze this AM over computer glitches

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It's a strange morning when stocks and planes are both shut down due to two separate computer glitches. First it was United Airlines at 8am ET, who was forced to ground all of its departing planes in the U.S. for nearly two hours, affecting 4,900 flights worldwide. Of course this caused huge delays for passengers, which could last for days. Just a couple of hours later, The New York Stock Exchange had to shut down for the day after a technical glitch "froze computers on the market's fabled trading floor." According to The Washington Times:

One of the world’s biggest stock exchanges had seen shares trending down throughout the morning because of economic crises in Greece and China, but all trading halted at 11:32 a.m. as data on trades and prices apparently stopped coming into the traders’ computer screens. Nearly an hour later, the market was still down...

As the shutdown pass the hour mark, the NYSE issued a new statement saying the shutdown was attributable to an “internal” computer malfunction and was not the result of an outside cyberattack.

I know it's most likely just a coincidence, but it's an interesting one.

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My favorite dark chocolate: Lindt 90% cocoa

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In earlier posts, I've mentioned that I don't like airplane food. When I fly I either fast or pack along macadamia nuts, applewood smoked bacon jerky, and dark chocolate. My favorite chocolate is Lindt's Excellence Supreme Dark Chocolate 90% Cocoa ($29 for ten 3.5-ounce bars on Amazon).

It's surprisingly smooth for a high-cocoa chocolate, and a 40g serving has just 3g of sugar (by comparison, a 40g serving of a Special Dark Hershey bar has 20g of sugar).

My wife and kids prefer Lindt's 70% cocoa bar, and I'm glad because that means they don't nibble on my stash of 90s unless they are desperate for chocolate.

I've yet to try Lindt's 99% Cocoa Excellence Bar (1g of sugar per 40g serving!), mainly because gram-for-gram, it costs four times as much as the 90% bars. Read the rest

Tiny lipstick sculptures of tourist attractions

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UK artist Hedley Wiggan carved lipsticks into iconic tourist attractions for the International Lipstick Colours of the Year exhibit at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5. Wiggan usually makes his micro-sculptures out of pencil lead, like the examples below of The Beatles and a witch.

"International Lipstick Colours of the Year" (Heathrow Airport via Weird Universe)

See more of Hedley Wiggan's artwork here.

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Short film: "Denali"

“There's no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they've supported you through your darkest times.” Read the rest

Come to this Colorado resort and enjoy a hassle free Rocky Mountain High

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Shall we have a Boing Boing meetup at this bud and breakfast resort? Read the rest

Malaysia blames quake on naked selfie tourists, some of whom now can't go home

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The tourists' naked selfies angered the ancestral spirits of Borneo, said the official, and we are inclined to agree.

Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt Kind bars - yummy and only 5g of sugar

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When I fly, I either fast or bring along some dark chocolate, macadamia nuts, and bacon jerky. I recently added a new item: Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt Kind bars. They are delicious and have just 5g of sugar, which is hard to believe. A dozen bars cost $14 on Amazon, and less if you use Subscribe and Save. Read the rest

5-port USB charger comes with 2 AC outlets

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Bring along this 5-port USB charger with 2 AC outlets when you stay at a hotel, and you'll have ready access to AC and USB power. This model doubles as a phone/tablet stand, too. Read the rest

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