How is this Ted Cruz poster not totally homoerotic and weird for a presidential candidate?

“Blacklisted and Lovin' It.” $50 on the official store.tedcruz.org site. Jezebel has the backstory. Still would not have sex with.

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Adorable tiny baby ducklings love taking a bath with patient capybara

Three energetic ducklings standing on top of a capybara who is just trying to take a bath. Read the rest

The "War on Cops" is a myth

"It's a funny sort of war that produces a lower body count than there was before the war began," writes Jesse Walker for Reason's Hit & Run blog. Read the rest

Library offers Tor nodes; DHS tells them to stop

John writes, "After a library created a Tor node on its network, the DHS and local police contacted them to ask them to stop. For now they have; their Board of Trustees will vote soon on whether to renew the service." Read the rest

Artisanal rock costs $190 at shop in The Hamptons

I want this $190 rock almost as much as I want that $98 stump. Read the rest

New close-ups from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show off Pluto's mysterious complexity

The New Horizons spacecraft sent back new close-up images of Pluto, and they are stunning. Read the rest

Is the Five Second Rule real?

Paul Dawson, a professor of Food Science at Clemson University, investigated the history of the "Five Second Rule" and ran experiments to see how much bacteria actually transfers from the floor onto dropped food. Read the rest

Private eye caught woman he was hired to spy on having sex with his own teen son

The estranged husband of Amber Telford, 33, hired a private detective to surveil his wife, a dance instructor in Taylorsville, Utah. The detective caught Telford having sex in the dance studio with a fellow who turned out to be the private investigator's own 17-year-old son. Read the rest

Is this a real pterodactyl flying over Idaho?

“This video made me laugh out loud,” said paleontologist Leif Tapanila, director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History. Read the rest

Photo of a $98 stump and a artisanal firewood video go well together

Above: a stump for sale for $98 at Design Republic. Below: a video about an artisanal firewood maker. It doesn't really matter that one is real and which one is a parody.

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Watch weather forecaster nail pronunciation of: Llanfairpwll​gwyngyllgogery​chwyrndro​bwllllantysilio​gogogoch

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is a village on the island of Anglesey off the coast of Wales, UK. Nice work, Liam Dutton of Channel 4. Read the rest

Exploding Kittens is a "kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette"

Designed by both Elan Lee (Xbox, ARGs) and Shane Small (Xbox, Marvel), and illustrated by Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), Exploding Kittens is a self-proclaimed “kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette.” This humorous, tension-building card game was both the most-backed and most-funded project in Kickstarter history in early 2015. The NSFW (Not Safe For Work) edition plays exactly like the standard edition, but contains mature imagery and text. This is definitely NOT for kids!

Instead of a loaded gun, you get exploding kittens. They’re not mean or vicious, just innocent and naïve (usually). They could mistake a stick of dynamite for a toy, or accidentally pull the pin on the hand grenade that they were munching on. If you draw an exploding kitten card on your turn, you explode, and are out of the game . . . unless you can diffuse the card by neutering the poor kitten, distract him with nature documentaries, or otherwise divert the kitten’s attention. Diffused kittens are always placed back into the draw pile.

The draw pile is never replenished, so the odds of drawing an exploding kitten increases as the game progresses. On your turn, you can play as many cards as you like, skipping your turn, attacking players, stealing cards, or negating a player’s action with a “nope” card. As the game goes on, the draw pile gets smaller while the tension gets higher. Only one person is walking away alive, and everybody knows it!

Exploding Kittens takes only a few minutes to learn and plays in about fifteen minutes. Read the rest

Harvard linguist points out the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases

At first I was adverse to posting this fulsome list of 58 commonly misused words and phrases, due to its sheer enormity, but I decided to proscribe it anyway because it is pretty bemusing. They are from Harvard linguist Steven Pinker's book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.

Adverse means detrimental and does not mean averse or disinclined.

Fulsome means unctuous or excessively or insincerely complimentary and does not mean full or copious.

Enormity means extreme evil and does not mean enormousness. [Note: It is acceptable to use it to mean a deplorable enormousness.]

Proscribe means to condemn, to forbid and does not mean to prescribe, to recommend, to direct.

Bemused means bewildered and does not mean amused.

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Internet food funsters Starry Kitchen to join Boing Boing's Weekend of Wonder

Starry Kitchen, the fun-loving pan-Asian pop-up restaurant darlings of social media, will be joining us at Boing Boing's Weekend of Wonder. Om nom nom!

Porn app secretly takes photos of you and charges you a ransom

A porn app developed by Russian hackers takes your photo, locks your phone, and displays a scary looking message from the "FBI" that says you have to pay a $500 fine for accessing "forbidden pornogaphic sites."

This piece of ransomware is called Porn Droid and affects Android devices. Unlike a similar porn malware app called Adult Player, which also take users photos and demands a ransom, Porn Droid users stay locked out of their phone even after they pay the ransom.

From IB Times:

According to security company ESET, which uncovered the campaign, the only way to recover access to your phone is through a factory reset, which means that all your photos, videos and contacts will be deleted and, unless they have been backed up, will be lost forever.

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Watch Mr. Darcy get rekt

Lizzie Bennet is not messing around. R.I.P., Mr. Darcy.

REM's Michael Stipe to Trump et al.: "Go fuck yourselves!"

"Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men," Stipe said, responding to Trump playing REM's hit "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" at a rally yesterday. Read the rest

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