Tell the Copyright Office not to criminalize using unapproved goop in a 3D printer

3D printing giant Stratasys has asked the US Copyright Office to deny a proposal that would legalize jailbreaking your 3D printer in order to use your own feedstock. Read the rest

TSA: real gun hidden in a toy police officer kit

According to the Transportation Security Administration's Instagram, back in 2012 "a traveler at the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) placed his firearm in a toy police officer kit. He even went as far as sticking a dart in the barrel." Read the rest

April 30, 1975: The Fall of Saigon, and the end of the Vietnam War, 40 years ago today.

Forty years ago today, North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon, ending a war that lasted thirty years.

Parrot is really pissing off this cat big time

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Puppy has hiccups but does not understand what hiccups are so he barks

Oh, his little nose.

A critical tool you should use during times of civil unrest: image search, to verify viral photos on social media

Reverse image search: one of the simplest and most powerful tools at your disposal for verifying whether a viral news image might be a fake.

HOWTO make headphones out of old bullets

Got some extra .40 cal casings kicking around and want to cosplay the scene in the Dark Tower books where the gunslingers stick bullets in their ears to block out the siren call of the "thinny?" Read the rest

Watch: doctor hammers out an intramedullary nail

Kettlebells are out. Removing intramedullary nails with hammer is in. What a workout!

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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin just launched its New Shepard spaceship almost as high as outer space billionaire Jeff Bezos' space venture, Blue Origin, launched its New Shepard spaceship on a test flight today.

Lo-Fi Let's Play: Life & Death

As a child, I dreamed of becoming a surgeon, thanks to 1988's Life & Death -- before Surgeon Simulator or Trauma Center, this awkward, deathly-serious medical game gave me the idea that I should volunteer to practice appendectomies on the other third-graders. Read the rest

Music: Nina Simone, 'Baltimore' (1978)

“Man, it's hard just to live, just to live.”

Imagining the models of famous works of art

Flora Borsi is a photographer and digital artist from Hungary. She created a series called The Real Life Models, in which she created the "real" people who posed for famous paintings by Modigliani, Picasso, and others.

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Borb, story of a severely alcoholic homeless man

Jason Little's comic about a downtrodden urban Candide whose misfortunes pile up at an alarming rate

Nina Simone documentary with never-before seen material coming to Netflix

The film will be made available in all Netflix territories on June 26.

All Roads: a cool self-working card trick

Futility Closet posted a how-to for this neat mathematical card trick by New York magician Henry Christ. It's called All Roads.

Shuffle a deck thoroughly and deal out nine cards in a row, face down. Choose a card, look at it, and assemble the nine cards into a stack face down, with the chosen card at the top. Add this stack to the bottom of the deck.

Now deal cards one at a time from the top of the deck into a pile, face up, counting backward from 10 as you do so. If at some point the card’s rank matches the number said, then begin dealing into a new pile at that point, counting again backward from 10. If you reach 1 without a match occurring, then “close” that pile by dealing a face-down card onto it, and start a new pile.

Keep this up until you’ve created four piles. Now add the values of any face-up cards on top of the piles, count down through the remaining cards until you’ve reached this position, and you’ll find your chosen card.

This works because it always leads to the 44th card in the deck, but it takes some thinking to see this. You can put a sealed deck into a stranger’s hands and direct him to perform the trick himself, with mystifying results.

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The perfect notepad for writing passive-aggressive notes

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German vandals seal train door with bricks. Look how tidy!

Mischief makers in Hamburg, Germany sneaked into a depot at and bricked up a train door for reasons unknown.

Offer theories as to why they did this in the comments.

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