Powerful new tool literally blasts mean internet comments to smithereens

Tanner Stokes of Herp Derp fame has done it again. He invented what we have all longed for, since the internet began: an effective way to shut people up.

“Plasma ball destroys the web.”

Yes, friends, Tanner's latest creation is the answer to unfriendly YouTube comments, harassing or abusive Facebook posts, douchey viral ads, you name it. Whatever on the internet is wrong. Read the rest

Tower Records store on LA's Sunset Strip returns to life, one night only

Like a zombie rising from the dead for Halloween, the iconic record store returns to life for the launch of Tower Records documentary 'All Things Must Pass'

Beeswax candles cast from a human spine

Wisconsin's Gravedigger Candles makes beeswax candles cast from a real human spine, where each vertabra burns for about three hours. Comes in large ($36.80), medium ($25.30) and small ($13.80). Read the rest

Kickstarting a new edition of Kill Doctor Lucky, the very first Cheapass Game

Carol writes, "The first Cheapass Game ever was Kill Doctor Lucky, back in late 1996. After multiple editions, and being licensed out for a number of years, it has come back home to Cheapass Games, and we're sprucing it up, just in time for its 19.5th Anniversary. It's now available for pre-order through Kickstarter, with some nice extras, until Friday, November 13th. 'Someone is going to kill Doctor Lucky... it might as well be you!'" Read the rest

SRSLY, they want to put DRM in JPEGs

The Joint Photographic Expert Group, which oversees the JPEG format, met in Brussels today to discuss adding DRM to its format, so that there would be images that would be able to force your computer to stop you from uploading pictures to Pintrest or social media. Read the rest

NYC HR manager sued her 12-year-old nephew for $127,000 over flying hug that broke her wrist

Jennifer Connell says that in 2011, her nephew -- then 8, now 12 -- jumped off his bike and ran to her, giving her a huge hug and shouting "I love you, Auntie Jen," and that the hug resulted in her breaking her wrist. Read the rest

Watch these busy beetles devour delicious flesh

UC Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology employ a colony of flesh-eating beetles to clean the meat off the bones of animals whose bones they want to preserve for posterity. (KQED's Deep Look)

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Beloved ThorFire PF01 Tactical LED Flashlight $(removed) with promo code

This little flashlight is great for packing in a travel bag. It has three brightness modes and is small enough to clip to the bill of a cap, making it a head-mounted flashlight. It's regularly $(removed) on Amazon, but if you use promo code PPRPKGGJ you can get it for $(removed) Read the rest

Take an interactive look inside an anxious brain with Neurotic Neurons

What our brains learn, they can also unlearn—including what makes us anxious. That's the idea behind Neurotic Neurons, an interactive work by Nicky Case that explores the neuroscience of anxiety, and particularly the theory of Hebbian learning, wherein "neurons that fire together, wire together" and create associations in the mind. Read the rest

Weird sights inside a French museum of miniature scenes

The Musée Miniature et Cinéma in Lyon, France is home to more than 100 miniature scenes painstakingly crafted by Dan Ohlmann. The artist is a former cabinetmaker and interior designer who has spent two decades hand-making these pocket universes.

"The subtle lighting arrangement, the painstaking replication of old textures, the use of the same original materials, all contribute to the creation of a moving poetry that resonates with each new miniature panorama."

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Beard club members taking a selfie were mistaken for terrorists by Swedish police

Swedish police swarmed on this gentlemanly beard club who were taking a group photo, because the cops received a call from a worried onlooker who believed the group was a a terrorist meet-up. It was not ISIS, ISIL, Al Qaeda, or anything like that. Just a meeting of a beard enthusiast club. Wonder if the ending would have been as mellow if they hadn't all been white guys. Read the rest

A dice game where you try to take over the Milky Way

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Roll for the Galaxy is a dice game where you and up to 4 other players can expand across the galaxy, conquering worlds and utilizing your citizenry. The individual dice represent the citizens in your empire, and each color has a different chance of coming up with a different action that you can use. They range from exploring for money or new worlds, to helping to colonize those worlds, research technology, or produce and sell goods for more money to hire more citizens.

The action selection system relies on a shield that everyone hides their initial picks behind, after which they’re revealed and only certain phases will take place that round. All other dice allocated to phases that won’t be occurring go back into your cup for the next round. The tile selection system is superb as well, drawing them from a black bag, because they’re double sided with planets and technologies.

You start out with an initial double wide tile that decides your faction, and a home world tile, between which there are 81 possible combinations. From that point out, the path you take to victory is varied. The end of the game is triggered by someone getting 12 tiles on the board or all of the victory point chips being exhausted. After that, the player with the most victory points from chips, values of worlds and technologies and bonuses from certain cards wins.

The number of dice in this game is staggering, and rolling the mounting number of them from your cup is intensely satisfying. Read the rest

Watch a rattlesnake strike a GoPro camera

A fellow was recording rattlesnakes when one struck the device, knocking it into a pit teeming with the serpents. More footage below:

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Is this a photo of the elusive and creepy Jersey Devil?

Dave Black snapped this astounding photo of the infamous cryptid known as the Jersey Devil in Galloway Township, New Jersey. Photo evidence is always welcome, as residents of Southern New Jersey and the region have been reporting sightings of this bizarre creature since 1909. Apparently it looks like a kangaroo with a goat's head, bat wings, cloven hooves, and the forked tail of, you guessed it, a devil. Below, a drawing of the infernal beast from a 1909 edition of the Philadelphia Bulletin.

"I was just driving past the golf course in Galloway on Route 9 and had to shake my head a few times when I thought I saw a llama," Black recounted in an email to NJ.com. "If that wasn't enough, then it spread out leathery wings and flew off over the golf course."

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Casting contract for HBO's Westworld: fully-nude bareback riding and "genital-to-genital touching"

HBO's Westworld sounds like it will be quite a show. The drama, which premieres in 2016, is executive produced by J.J. Abrams and is described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."

The casting call for the series states that extras "may be required to perform genital-to-genital touching, simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching, contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude, pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back, [and] ride on someone's back while you are both fully nude."

After SAG-AFTRA officials started looking into it, HBO passed the buck: "The document that the background actors were given was created by an outside extras casting vendor."

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TV's 'Law & Order: SVU' takes on The Duggars

The popular television series “Law & Order: SVU” will present its semifictionalized spin on the Duggar family of “19 Kids and Counting” and pedophilia impunity fame. Read the rest

Knocked out by brick tied to cow tail

Breaking news from 84 years ago:

BRICK TIED TO COW'S TAIL KNOCKS MILKER UNCONSCIOUS

TOLEDO, Ore., Jan 18 — Jack Horsfall, Toledo high school student, decided to stop his cow's practice of switching her tail while he milked. He tied a brick to her tail. The cow switched her tail anyway, and the brick struck Horsfall behind the ear. He fell unconscious. When he had recovered he untied the brick.

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