Watch: Gary Whitta working with artist Karl Lindberg to create some concept art for Abomination

Here's a video interview of Gary Whitta working with artist Karl Lindberg from Industrial Light & Magic to create some concept art to accompany his debut novel, Abomination. Read the rest

Father and son take same photo for 27 years

Quite moving, really.

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If you're an Amazon Prime member, this adjustable-angle $(removed) LED headlamp is a great deal. It's regularly $(removed) Read the rest

Who said it: Charles Manson or Kanye West?

Kanye West is a phenomenally talented entertainer and loved by millions. Charles Manson is a failed wanna-be pop star and infamous murderer who we hope will remain locked up for the rest of his life. The two can't possibly be more different, other than sharing a propensity for spouting near-nonsensical egomaniacal quotes. Take a look at the examples below. Can you tell which quotes were uttered by Kanye and which ones came from Manson?

"Nothing in life is promised except death." "No sense makes sense." "I'm like a machine. I'm a robot. You cannot offend a robot." "I can't judge any of you. I have no malice against you and no ribbons for you. But I think that it is high time that you all start looking at yourselves, and judging the lie that you live in." "One day the light will shine through, and one day people will understand everything I ever did." "Everything I’m not made my everything I am." "The real strong have no need to prove it to the phonies." "I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud nonreader of books." “I don’t know what ‘my way’ is. Everybody keeps telling me I got all these things. I read the other day where I had magical powers. I told everybody in the chapel ‘Zap, zap, zap, zap!’ I said ‘Where’s my magical powers at?’ Well, you can’t believe what you read in the press. I ain’t got no magical powers or mystical trips or anything like that. Read the rest

Singer Alysha Brilla and sisters argue with police over right to ride bikes while shirtless

Indo-Tanzanian-Canadian musician singer Alysha Brilla and her two sisters, Tameera and Nadia, said that a police officer pulled them over because they were riding bikes at night without wearing shirts. The officer told them to put their tops on and the three women argued with the officer.

CTV News of Kitchener reports:

"We passed by a cop in an SUV and he immediately makes a U-turn after seeing us from the front," she told CTV Kitchener over the weekend.

"He says, 'Ladies, you're going to need to put shirts on.'"

As the sisters began to argue with the officer, Brilla pulled out her cellphone and recorded the interaction. She said the conversation changed when she began recording.

"What are you stopping us for?" she can be heard asking. The officer asked her whether she had lights on her bike.

"He would have seen our lights shining on him and our helmets and everything," she told CTV.

According to a city clerk in Vancouver, it is perfectly legal for any human being to go topless. The sisters are planning a top freedom ralley in Waterloo this weekend.

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Woman suing Starbucks for allegedly serving drink with cleaning solution

Cheryl Kingery of Davis County, Utah says she ordered a cup of coffee from Starbucks, but was given a serving of Urnex cleaning solution instead. This caused esophagitis, as well as nerve damage, Burning Mouth Syndrome, loss of taste and more. The incident occurred at the Clinton, UT location in 2012 and has cost her over $186,000 in medical expenses and lost wages so far. She expects that "future economic damages will exceed $1.3 million." Starbucks is investigating, saying "The safety of our customer is our highest priority." Read the rest

Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults: recognizing satanists and bad mullets in the park

The fine folks at Night Flight implore you to "review this 1994 VHS tape hosted by be-sweatered cop/pastor Gordon Coulter, and Eric Pryor, a mulleted former Satanist, current Christian, who provide helpful information about satanism, including how to recognize evidence that may be found at crime scenes by satanists."

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Watch this reporter scared stiff on live TV

Photobomber scares the wits out of a TV reporter in downtown Los Angeles. Read the rest

The Resurrectionist: Your favorite mythic creatures laid out on a mortician's table

Imagine all your favourite mythic creatures: pegasus, mermaid, centaur, sphinx, minotaur. Now imagine them laid out on a mortician’s table: dissected, given Latin medical labels, and analyzed in terms of their unique muscular and skeletal makeup. This is what we’re offered in the second part of E. B. Hudspeth’s The Resurrectionist in the section titled The Codex Extinct Animalia.

This intriguing novel does its best to defy categorization. Part One reads like a nonfiction textbook piecing together the biography of controversial 19th-century surgeon Dr. Spenser Black. Through reproduced letters, newspaper clippings and exhibition flyers we chart Black’s life: his early career as a stellar young surgeon, his marriage and the birth of his son; and then his rapid descent into infamy, gaining a reputation as a splicer of anatomies and an eccentric who believed that the creatures from our myths are in fact our evolutionary ancestors. Part Two presents his extensive drawings and writings, though it is left up to the reader to decide whether Black was a visionary or a madman.

The book’s beautifully macabre images capture the imagination instantly, but where Hudspeth really impresses is in the utter believability of Dr. Black’s story. The narrative is furnished with a fictional note from the publishers, and Black’s biography neatly intertwines with real 19th-century events. The Resurrectionist channels the aesthetics of Edgar Allan Poe while playing with form in the manner of Jorge Luis Borges. While the novel’s publisher Quirk Books has given us a wealth of visual treats in the last few years, The Resurrectionist still feels like the most immersive and fully realized book in their catalogue. Read the rest

Trailer for Alex Gibney's Steve Jobs documentary

Documentary maker Alex Gibney (Going Clear, We Steal Secrets, and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) is directing Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. The trailer looks good – I would rather watch this instead of the docudramas about him. It's coming out on 4 September 2015.

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Picture books where the girls kick butt

The Guardian rounds up half a dozen brilliant picture books where girl characters defy stereotypes: Princess Daisy and the Dragon by Steven Lenton; The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp; The Princess and the Pony by Kate "Hark! A Vagrant!" Beaton; The Fairytale Hairdresser, by Abie Longstaff; Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood; and the forthcoming I'm a Girl!, by Yasmeen Ismail. Read the rest

Create a whole landscape from your own webcam

Of course, when I turned the webcam on at first, it was pointing at me, and I found myself wandering into a swollen-cheeked land where some cloud formation of my own face, eyes slowly blinking, constituted the sky.

Earthquake early warning system gets a $4 million boost from USGS

What if there were a way to warn people right before a big earthquake hits? Earthquake early warning system technology is already serious stuff in Japan, and a system in development for the U.S. just got some serious funding.

The mysterious Face on Mars was first spotted in 1959

Comic master Jack Kirby showed us the mysterious "Face on Mars" decades before it was imaged by the Viking 1 orbiter in 1976 and ultimately became an iconic example of pareidolia or proof of an ancient civilization on the red planet. Read the rest

Kitties enjoy ice ball on hot summer day

Your cat will pretend to love you if you give her a frozen water balloon on a hot day.

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Interview with Trump supporters: his presidency would be "classy"

Bloomberg Politics' John Heilemann met with 12 Trump supporters in New Hampshire to find out why the candidate appeals to him. Here's what the all-white group said:

"He speaks the truth."

"He doesn't care what people think."

"I like his roughness."

"He's like one of us ... besides the money issue."

"He said he'll put a wall down on the southern border. When you talk about common sense, that's the commonsense thing to do."

"He's successful. I wanna be a billionare."

[Interviewer: "Tell me what a Trump presidency would look like?"] "Classy."

"I think we could be a proud America again."

"To the American people it would be a presidency of hope."

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The best person who ever lived is an unknown Ukrainian man

Out of everyone who ever existed, who has done the most good for humanity? It's a difficult question.

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