Singing and rotating birthday cake candle definitely kicks things up a notch

“The Singing and Rotating Birthday Candle” in this suddenly very popular video is only $3 on Amazon. Read the rest

You can't get tickets for an LA theater screening of old Disneyland home movies

"Hollywood Home Movies: Disneyland" screens tomorrow night at the Linwood Dunn Theater in LA and it's sold out. It sounds amazing. Read the rest

Get a handy illuminated luggage scale for $(removed)

When I need to weigh luggage, I use a health scale. First I stand on the scale holding the piece of luggage, then I stand on the scale without holding the luggage. By employing an ancient sorcerer's spell, I can use these two numbers to magically calculate the weight of the luggage. With this handy little luggage scale, though, I no longer have to resort to witchcraft. Except I did use the incantation "47KSC7YA" to melt $(removed) of the price of the scale on Amazon, and got it for just $(removed) That's the last time I'll use magick, I promise. Read the rest

Baseball fan in Canada arrested for spraying beer on a baby

Police in Toronto, Canada arrested a man at a baseball game for hitting a baby with the spray of a beer can he threw from his seat in the stands. Read the rest

That "CIA veteran" who was always on Fox News? Arrested for lying about being in the CIA

Despite his grandiose claims to having served as "an outside paramilitary special operations officer" for the CIA from 1973 to 2000, Wayne Simmons was really a shlub who'd once done a brief military intelligence stint. Read the rest

Buck Rogers and the Copyright Trolls

Remember the Sherlock Holmes case where the Conan Doyle Estate was shaking everyone down for sub-litigation payoffs and asserting claims over Holmes (despite serious copyright scholars all saying they had no right to do so) until Les Klinger stuck to his guns?

Now it’s happening again, with some minor variations, only this time the weapon of choice is Buck Rogers.

Suspended sentence for idiot who pushed fisherman into a pond

In what looks like a deleted scene from A Clockwork Orange, a leering droog pushed an elderly fisherman into a pond while his sociopathic pal recorded it and laughed, "It's funny innit?" The pusher, Brendan Cleary (45), received a suspended sentence, though he was jailed for 12 weeks and ordered to pay £150 compensation. He is probably not very popular in Hillfields now that the video has been seen by many people there and around the world.

The videographer remains at large.

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Why do the people look like aliens in this 1895 "gynecological gymnastics" book?

The Public Domain Review came across a 19th century book called Die Heilgymnastik in der Gynaekologie.

As the title implies the gynecological exercises are based on those invented by the Swedish obstetrician and gynecologist, Thure Brandt (1819-1895). Brandt began treating women in 1861, combining massage, stretching, and general exercise as a form of treating gynecological conditions. After his methods were examined in Jena by German gynecologists in 1886, they became widely used in Europe. The images in this particular text are eye-catching today less for the gynecological technique they depict but more the bizarre similarity between the rakishly thin figures employed in demonstrating the exercises (no doubt an attempt to de-sexualise the images) and the figure of the so-called “Grey Alien” – thin body, huge head, large eyes – which wouldn’t hit popular consciousness for another 65 years.

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Coins carved to reveal skulls under the faces

Hobo Nickels are bas relief carvings of coins, and were especially popular during the great depression, when people sold them as novelties.

From Wikipedia:

About 100,000 (and possibly as many as 200,000) classic hobo nickels were created from 1913 to 1980. Modern artists have created (and continue to create) altered nickels in such large quantities that, within the next few years, the number of modern carvings is expected to surpass that of classic old hobo nickels. Most of the 100,000-plus classic old hobo nickels are not yet in the hands of collectors, whereas almost all modern carvings are. Among numismatists, the modern carvings already greatly outnumber the classic old hobo nickels.

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Eric Holder: I didn't prosecute bankers for reasons unrelated to my $3M/year law firm salary

The Intercept's Dan Froomkin played turd-in-the-punchbowl at outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder's victory lap party at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reception on Wednesday, asking why Holder had declined to put one single banker in jail for the monumental frauds that collapsed the world's economy in 2007-9. Read the rest

Bill Nye: "5 Things You Need to Know About Climate Change"

Learn it. Know it. Live it. (National Geographic)

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Incredible winners of "Small World" microscope photography competition

This is the eye of a honey bee peppered with dandelion pollen, magnified at 120x.

The image, by Ralph Grimm, won Nikon's Small World 2015 Photomicrography Competition.

“In a way I feel as though this gives us a glimpse of the world through the eye of a bee,” says Grimm. “It’s a subject of great sculptural beauty, but also a warning- that we should stay connected to our planet, listen to the little creatures like bees, and find a way to protect the earth that we all call home.”

Below, the second, third, fourth, and fifth place winners.

Kristen Earle, Gabriel Billings, KC Huang & Justin Sonnenburg's "Mouse colon colonized with human microbiota (63x):"

Dr. Igor Siwanowicz's "Intake of a humped bladderwort (Utricularia gibba), a freshwater carnivorous plant (100x):"

Daniel H. Miller & Ethan S. Sokol's "Lab-grown human mammary gland organoid (100x):"

Dr. Giorgio Seano & Dr. Rakesh J. Jain's "Live imaging of perfused vasculature in a mouse brain with glioblastoma:"

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Porn played over Target store loudspeakers

Shoppers at a Target in Campbell, California on Wednesday were surprised by the sounds of a porn film played over the store's loudspeaker system. Gina Young, shopping with her two 3-year-old children, recorded and posted this recording the event.

“We are actively reviewing the situation with the team to better understand what happened and to help ensure this doesn’t happen again,” a Target spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

Thing is, it isn't the first time. In July, shoppers at a Target in San Luis Obispo, California heard grunts and moans over the loudspeakers. The store was "evacuated" until the audio was silenced, according to report in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

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Weird 1810 illustration with women's bonnets as flowers and men as bees

Artist Amy Crehore came across this odd 1810 illustration after searching Wikimedia for "Females with pink dresses in art." Read the rest

There's no way the words "I'm bored" will be uttered in a house that has Unbored on hand

See sample pages at Wink.

There's no way the words “I’m bored” will be uttered in a house that has the Unbored series on hand. Unbored: Adventure is the third action-inducing book by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen that inspires fun, innovation, and yes, real adventures. Split into four chapters (Adventure-ize, Adventures Close to Home, Urban Adventure, and Nature Adventure), these boredom-bashing pages show you how to make and hide a time capsule, build a kite, make a solar oven out of a pizza box, play after-dark outdoor games, “train your grownup” to let you climb a tree, learn survival science like purifying stream water with a bowl, plastic wrap and the sun, and loads more. There’s something wholesomely retro about Unbored, with its mostly outdoor projects, experiments, games, and old-fashioned fun. For more unboredness, make sure to check out the Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun and Unbored: Games.

Unbored Adventure: 70 Seriously Fun Activities for Kids and Families

by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen

Bloomsbury USA

2015, 176 pages, 6.4 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches (paperback)

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Watch the 1978 trailer for Jurassic World

If Jurassic World was released in 1978, this would have been the trailer. (ChiefBrodyRules)

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Luxurious end-of-world shelters for the super rich

Vivos Massive Underground Survival Bunkers from Vivos Group on Vimeo.

When the food riots come and the ocean waves are pounding against the Chrysler and TransAmerica buildings, where will the rich people be? Inside their spacious disaster bunker, eating gourmet meals and playing board games with other 0.01 percenters.

From Core 77:

[Vivos Indiana] is an "impervious underground complex" built in a Cold-War-era nuclear shelter and kitted out with luxury amenities. The idea is that you sign up in advance and plunk down $35,000 per person ($25,000 for kids) to secure one of the 80 spots available within the shelter. In the event of disaster, travel to the publicly-undisclosed location in Indiana and make it inside before they lock it down, and then you can survive for a year amidst leather couches, 600-thread-count sheets and gourmet chow.

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