Adam West and Burt Ward to reprise Batman and Robin roles

CNN reports that Adam West and Burt Ward, stars of the classic 1960s Batman TV series, will apparently return to those roles, in voice only, for an animated Batman feature (or maybe two) due out next year. Read the rest

Writer takes down those who mock One Direction’s young, female fans

Plenty of people made jokes about the fact that singer Zayn Malik left One Direction the same day Top Gear co-host Jeremy Clarkson was fired. Would Clarkson go on to join the band? Is Malik taking over Top Gear?!? Read the rest

Looney Pyramids - invent your own games

Looney Pyramids (formerly known as “Icehouse Pyramids”) are a system of plastic board game playing pieces. They come in a variety of colors (10 are commonly available) and 3 sizes and are sold in sets. The pieces can be used like a deck of cards for boardgames with the rules for over 300 games utilizing them already published online.

The publishers, Looney Labs, also greatly encourage their fans and customers to create their own games using the pieces. I have created a few myself and entered design contests that are fan run and intended to expand the Pyramid game world. As a means for creating your own boardgame or just a versatile system to playing hundreds of games, they are a fantastic investment of your entertainment dollar. -- Sam Zitin Read the rest

Colorado's retail marijuana is high in THC, low in CBD

The lab that performed the testing "also found contaminants in retail pot samples, including fungus and the chemical butane."

The Muppets do Digital Underground's 'The Humpty Dance'

Fantastic mashup. Gonzo as Shock G. Read the rest

Music: "Shadow Dancing," Andy Gibb (1978)

"You are the question and the answer am I" Read the rest

Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales Book 1)

If pulpy space opera is what you want Rookie Privateer is the book for you! A run in with space pirates is sets Liam and Nick on an unforeseen adventure in the Mars Protectorate. Read the rest

xkcd's Mysteries graph

I heard about xkcd's Mysteries comic on the excellent Weird Things podcast. The hosts discussed the very weird unsolved "Lead Masks Case." Read the rest

Trippy DEA agent patches

When DEA agents aren't stealing Silk Road drug money or having sex with prostitutes given to them by Colombian drug cartels, they are designing and wearing these awesome patches!

From The Washington Post:

On one patch, from the DEA's Cocaine Intelligence Unit, the Grim Reaper sits on a bomb and does cocaine. On a patch made for the DEA's International Conference on Ecstasy and Club Drugs, he goes to a rave holding glow-sticks and a pacifier. Other patches feature dragons, unicorns, camels and bald eagles swooping down on marijuana plants, talons outstretched.

[Patch images via 70s Sci-Fi Art]

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The Age of Selfishness

A graphic look at Ayn Rand’s life, libertarianism, the financial crisis of 2008, and where the financial world is headed now

On vacation in rural Ohio, found where they keep the racism

Yep, pretty sure this is all of it. Read the rest

WATCH: Jeep escapes from tow truck

Tony Marengo says: "We are used to seeing cars get towed out of the Walgreens lot next door with lightning speed (Clark & Ontario [in north Chicago]). Usually NOT WITH A PERSON IN THE CAR, though. And this guy definitely didn't want to get towed..." Read the rest

Odd video: dogs destroy wooden chair

In this silent video three dogs rip a wooden chair to shreds. Why? Who knows, but it is fascinating. [via] Read the rest

Play Pac-Man in Google Maps today

Yes, it's almost April Fool's Day, the national day of acting like a jerk with impunity, but this is no trick: You can play Pac-Man in Google Maps right now. Just zoom in to your neighborhood or any interesting tangle of roads, click the Pac-Man icon in the lower left, let the game begin. You'll have more fun if you pick an area with a lot of intersections and escape route -- remember, those ghosts would love to chase you to the end of a long, lonely country road and eat your face.

Note that the area of play is limited; you can't just make a game from the entirety of Manhattan, for example, and will have to zoom in on a smaller area instead. Happy chomping! Update: It's possible to play on mobile as well s desktop. Instructions are here. Read the rest

Vibrant new publication about education (and how to fix it)

Congratulations to my colleagues at Medium on the launch of BRIGHT, a new pop-up publication focused on the future of education. Read the rest

Strange sleeping sickness in Kazakhstan town

More than 100 people living in Kalachi, Kazakhstan reportedly have fallen fast asleep for days at a time and woken with some amnesia. Kalachi is near a former uranium mine but officials say the weird phenomena is not caused by radon gas but perhaps carbon monoxide poisoning.

"Carbon monoxide is definitely a factor, but I can’t tell you whether this is the main and vital factor," Sergei Lukashenko, the director of Kazakhstan's National Nuclear Centre's Radiation Safety and Ecology Institute, told the Siberian Times. "The question is why it does not go away. We have some suspicions as the village has a peculiar location and weather patterns frequently force chimney smoke to go down instead of up."

Scientists are running tests in the town that has now been nicknamed Sleepy Hollow. Read the rest

Read this comic about a girl falling in love with PC games

When cartoonist Yao Xiao fell in love with video games, she was a 12-year-old girl growing up in China. Group sports had become less welcoming in adolescence, but PC games "provided a new 'arena' where I could be free of my physical form," she writes. "Somewhere not to be not safe, not protected, and not kept away. Somewhere to stay who I wanted to be."

Offworld presents Xiao's comic "Memoir of a Part-Time Knight" in its entirety; it's one of 40 comics in the upcoming lady gamer comic book anthology Chainmail Bikini, If you want your own copy of Chainmail Bikini, the Kickstarter ends tomorrow, so get on that.

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