That time Donald Trump was elected Mayor of London

Twice now, Londoners have gone to the polls and, for a laugh, voted in "a supposed politician with comedy hair and the manners of a rapey clown." Read the rest

Crocs for kaiju

After you've tired of croc-a-likes that look like topsiders, Converse, and Vans, you can switch to rubber shoes with monster toes that squeak when you walk (via Gameraboy). Read the rest

Unrequested tour poster for Paul McCartney

My friend, the artist Mitch O'Connell, wrote, "I decided to stop waiting for Sir Paul to give me a ring requesting that I design his tour poster, and just went ahead and whipped one up. So if you know the second cousin to Paul's lighting guy, someone who works at the dry cleaner where Paul drops off his shirts, or have 3rd row tickets to an upcoming concert, please pass along my art! Who knows, not that he'll like it, but with your help, he might actually see it- so please pass it along!

"I was happy that, out of the 27,876,542 Paul McCartney illustrations that exist, I actually came up with something new (I think)! I combined about 50 references in the drawing, a few obvious ones being the walking pose from Abbey Road, the profile from Relvolver, the garb of Sgt. Pepper, the lettering from Magical Mystery Tour, and on and on and on, all rendered with a nod to Yellow Submarine. If I ever get the time, I can easily see matching John, George and Ringo pieces in the future!" Read the rest

Creepy 1975 commercial sexualizes babies

"There's one person nobody can resist and that's a baby." Read the rest

Red hot nickel ball melting floral foam is the best red hot nickel ball reaction video ever

The red hot nickel ball (RHNB) has been tested on a variety of materials. This video, which shows the RHNB causing a weird reaction in floral foam (which, incidentally, is a lot of fun to jab with your thumb), is the best RHNB video yet.

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Apple teaches a lesson to neodymium bullies

"The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain." – Aristotle Read the rest

Police issue scary looking pizza tickets to people they catch doing good things

Does it sound like fun to be stopped by police for doing a good deed so they can issue you a scary looking $10 off coupon for shitty pizza? And also be recorded on video? Then head over to Denver and start behaving like a model citizen for your reward.

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Americans destroy hitchhiking robot

We stopped the automaton cold.

Hong Kong protesters take to the street in bras: "breasts aren't weapons"

The latest anti-corruption mass-uprising symbol in Hong Kong is a bra: it protests the jailing of a female protester who was convicted of "assaulting a police officer" with her boob. Read the rest

Windows 10 defaults to keylogging, harvesting browser history, purchases, and covert listening

By default, Microsoft gets to see your location, keystrokes and browser history -- and listen to your microphone, and some of that stuff is shared with "trusted [by Microsoft, not by you] partners." Read the rest

SF cyclists protest by obeying the law

A San Francisco Police Captain wanted cyclists to obey the law, so they did. Traffic was immediately snarled. Read the rest

Kirk/Spock/Delft china pattern tote

This beautiful, reversible Kirk/Spock tote reminds me of Delft china patterns (see below): it's $22 from April in Sacramento. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

America's National Parks are for sale

A point of American pride, our national park system, is sadly underfunded and lost. The Seattle Times shares one piece of the story, corporate sponsorship. Read the rest

NSA conducted commercial espionage against Japanese government and businesses

New leaked documents published by Wikileaks show that the US spy agency conducted surveillance operations against Japan's top government officials, prioritizing finance and trade ministers, as well as the Japanese central bank and two private-sector energy companies. Read the rest

London pub owner jailed for 7 years after killing rich American who looked "homeless"

Rostam Notarki is being sentenced to seven years in prison for shoving a shabby-looking man out of his pub with an ironing board. The man was then hit and killed by an oncoming van. Apparently, Notarki, owner of The Cardinal Wolsey pub in south-west London, didn't take kindly to the man, who came into his pub carrying blue plastic bags and talking to his two toy mice. When the man, 53-year-old Charles Hickox, who happened to be a wealthy American gambler and drifter, ordered three bottles of expensive Italian wine, Notarki served him cheaper bottles. He then kicked Hickox out of the pub without returning his credit card.

Hickox became irate.

When the victim realised the Visa card he used to pay for the wine was missing, he went back with a tennis racquet in each hand to demand it back, having told his companions he might “have to crack some ribs to get it”.

The victim pushed the landlord using one of the racquets and then ran off, pursued by Notarki carrying an ironing board, and his son Kian wielding an iron bar.

Once outside, Hickox was "jabbed" with the ironing board, which pushed him into the traffic.

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Music: "Rock Me Gently," Andy Kim (1974)

"Don't you know, that I have never been loved like this before." Read the rest

What happens when you try to take Trump seriously?

Andy Kroll tried, and emerged with a darkly humorous account of its essential impossibility: beyond soundbites about Mexicans and business, there is virtually nothing to see.

Political reporters are programmed to cover presidential candidates in a rigidly specific way. Present them with a purple-state governor or an ambitious young U.S. senator, and they can perform admirably. Drop in an aberration like Donald Trump—a sort of pseudo-candidate who defiantly knows nothing about the very issues he's running on and who openly mocks the accepted customs and niceties of American campaigns—and they don't know how to react, how to recalibrate.

Plenty of people do, though. See that GIF? I eat out on that GIF. Read the rest

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