The search for the world's greatest card cheat

The only thing we know for sure about S.W. Erdnase, author of Expert at the Card Table, is that his name wasn't S.W. Erdnase

Toddler explains how babies are born in 4 seconds

Adela, who is 3 years old, concisely and accurately explains how babies are born.

Cats give zero fucks about your yoga video, will interrupt you without hesitation

These cats do not care about your vanity asana video selfie. Not even a little. Read the rest

Redneck Fireworks: DIY launcher shoots 8,500 bottle rockets

“This contraption makes an awesome firestorm.”

People fainting on live television: a very strange supercut video.

I guess people faint on live television rather a lot. Read the rest

"I’d like to raise my IQ. Where do I start?"

A new advice column by a television writer known for his high intelligence test scores and his unusual career.

How the NSA searches the world's intercepted private communications

XKEYSCORE is a secret NSA program that indexes data slurped up from covert fiber-taps, hacked systems, and smartphones, including "full take" data and metadata. Read the rest

Magician Andrew Mayne discusses and signs his novel, Name of the Devil

Magician, author, and inventor Andrew Mayne, star of A&E's magic reality show Don't Trust Andrew Mayne will be one of our featured guests/workshop runners at our Weekend of Wonder extravaganza (Sept. 18-20 in Riverside, CA). He's also going to discuss and sign his new thriller, Name of the Devil: A Jessica Blackwood Novel on Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30pm at Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood, California.

In this electrifying sequel to the crowd-pleasing thriller Angel Killer (4.5 stars with 276 reviews on Amazon), magician-turned-FBI agent Jessica Blackwood must once again draw on her past to go up against a brutal murderer desperate for revenge at any price. After playing a pivotal role in the capture of the Warlock, a seemingly supernatural serial killer -- and saving the FBI's reputation in the process -- agent Jessica Blackwood can no longer ignore the world she left behind. Formerly a prodigy in a family dynasty of illusionists, her talent and experience endow her with a unique understanding of the power and potential of deception, as well as a knack for knowing when things are not always as they appear to be.

When a church congregation vanishes under mysterious circumstances in rural Appalachia, the bizarre trail of carnage indicates the Devil's hand at work. But Satan can't be the suspect, so FBI consultant Dr. Ailes and Jessica's boss on the Warlock case, Agent Knoll, turn to the ace up their sleeve: Jessica. She's convinced that an old cassette tape holds the key to the mystery, and unraveling the recorded events reveals a troubling act with far-reaching implications.

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A mid-century UFO hoax

One of my all-time favorite podcasts, Nate DiMeo's Memory Palace, is back and on a weekly schedule. In the latest episode, Nate tells the story of a mid-century UFO hoax.

And don't miss Nate's live shows in Seattle, Portland, and LA! Read the rest

Excellent Bluetooth headphones for kids with volume limit for ear safety

Do you have kids? Here’s my advice – get these headphones by Puro Sound Labs. You won’t regret it. The number one reason to get them is for their volume-limiting ear protection. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “As many as 16 percent of teens (ages 12 to 19) have reported some hearing loss that could have been caused by loud noise.” And the Hearing Health Foundation says “…the problem is listening to MP3 players through earphones turned all the way up.” These headphones keep the volume below 85 dBA, the safety limit established by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

The headphone cups and cushioning are designed to greatly reduce background noise so that your kids can listen to music and videos without having to turn up the volume to compete with traffic, airplane noise, and other sounds.

The ear safety features are reason enough to buy the headphones, but thier other features are also compelling. They have built-in Bluetooth, so no cord is needed (it comes with a cord in case you want to use the headphones with a non-Bluetooth media player). They will run for 18 hours on a single charge. They are also lightweight and made with attractive materials. They don’t look like a kid product - they are elegant and I like using them, too (though it’s a bit of a stretch to get them around my fat head). The sound quality is excellent, too. They are pre-tuned to sound their best on iOS (you can download an equalizer app to change the sound characteristics). Read the rest

Check out this mind-blowing monster make-up art

Emily Anderson, make-up artist for American Horror Story, has the creepiest, most awesome Instagram page you'll ever see. The 23-year-old paints her own face and torso for these amazing transformations. And to think she only started "dabbling" with her body paints last year!

Click here for more photos and details about Anderson. Read the rest

Brown fat therapy reverses Type I diabetes in mouse trial

A Vanderbilt University School of Medicine study published in Endocrinology and Metabolism found that mice with Type I diabetes that received brown fat transplants had their diabetes reversed 53% of the time. Read the rest

Major civil forfeiture reforms just took effect in Montana and New Mexico

"Yesterday, two landmark reforms took effect in Montana and New Mexico," says Nick Sibilla. "Both states now require a criminal conviction for civil forfeiture, while New Mexico went even further and banned the practice outright." Read the rest

Ebola-free Liberia mysteriously gets 3rd new victim today

After almost two months of an Ebola-free Liberia, the deadly disease has reared its head again. And officials fear there may be a new way of contracting it. Three cases have popped up in the last twelve days, in the village of Nedowein, 30 miles from Liberia's capital, and no one knows how the victims were infected. The first victim was a 17-year-old boy who died on Sunday. The other two victims from the same village, ages 24 and 27, are in stable condition. None of the three had visited countries still infected with Ebola, which adds mystery to this new round of Ebola.

"An Ebola case being reported in the middle part of Liberia is confusing," said Adolphus Gbinee, Memaigar's uncle. "We do not have cases at our borders, not even in Monrovia. How could Ebola jump over those places and come here in Nedowein?"

One theory is that it was transmitted by an animal. The three infected people had all eaten a dead dog that had been dug up before they came down with the virus. Another theory is that the disease hadn't actually been completely eradicated from Liberia. And a third theory is that perhaps the disease was spread through semen, which can carry the virus for 90 days. Researchers are looking at these and other possible ways the disease could have made a comeback.

Officials are keeping tabs on 175 people who had contact with the victims. Over 11,200 people have died from the West African outbreak since 2013. Read the rest

Gent with chip on shoulder invents powerful pedestrian horn

Weird Universe found this inspirational story about a maker on a mission in the pages of the May 1948 issue of Popular Mechanics.

Bonus: The cover of this particular issue shows a man with a primitive VR headset engaging in teledildonically-assisted underwater cybersex, a popular fad at the time:

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Mobster Whitey Bulger tells high schoolers: "My life was wasted and spent foolishly"

Notorious murderer and organized crime thug Whitey Bulger is serving a life sentence at a Federal penitentiary in Florida. Recently, three high school girls participating in the National History Day competition wrote Bulger a letter to ask him what he thought about his legacy. Here's the 84-year-old convict's reply: Read the rest

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's rep to meet with U.S. ambassador over NSA spying charges

The spying controversy stemmed from documents released by Wikileaks about NSA surveillance of German officials.

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