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Studio sculpts giant coin, photographs it alongside normal objects to make them look tiny

In 2011, the Norwegian design studio Skrekkøgl scuplted a massive 50-Euro-cent coin and shot it from above with a tilt-shift lens alongside numerous full-sized objects to make them seem to be cunning miniatures. Read the rest

Panama Papers: Largest leak in history reveals political and business elite hiding trillions in offshore havens

An anonymous source has handed 2.6TB worth of records from Mossack Fonseca, one of the world's largest offshore law firms, to a consortium of news outlets, including The Guardian. Read the rest

Boing Boing Store Giveaway: Win a $1,000 Apple Store shopping spree!

Lose your iPhone?  Wanna step up to the latest iPad or Apple TV? Or maybe you’ve been eyeballing one of those Apple watches?

The possibilities are endless...but extremely doable if you’re the lucky winner of Boing Boing’s awesome $1,000 Apple Store Giveaway.

What do ya get? Just what we toldja...1,000 bucks worth of Apple credit to throw around in any direction you see fit. Do a complete tech makeover and let your friends at Boing Boing foot the bill. Either put it all toward a new Macbook Air or buy a thousand friends a $1 Apple Store gift card...it’s all up to you. Although we’d advise against the gift card idea, because...well...that’s just crazy. But it’s your call...

How do you win?  Again...simple.  Just sign up via Facebook or email and then be that ridiculously lucky visionary who gets their name randomly selected.

You can even earn yourself an extra shot at the big prize if a friend of yours (whose 21 or older, of course) also enters the Sweepstakes by following the Additional Entry instructions on the screen.

Enter now...registration ends April 13.  Good luck. Read the rest

Donovan magically on tour again

Rock and roll legend Donovan is on tour again. He celebrates his 70th birthday this May and has announced plans to tour Europe, continuing to spread his message of peace, and love. Read the rest

Awesome ideas with LEGO

Following the directions on a large LEGO project can be meditative, while creating your own sculpture or contraption can be exhilarating! LEGO Awesome Ideas helps bring your ideas to life!

LEGO Awesome Ideas is a fantastic visual guide to building thematic LEGO models, and creating your own landscapes. From Wild West trains to AT-AT like walkers, this book starts small and shows you how to build up to your big ideas! This guide uses several different environments to teach you, and your child, to build any world you like.

Most of the models use standard, pretty easy to find pieces or you can substitute. My eight-year-old and I were able to work out most everything with little trouble.

LEGO Awesome Ideas by Daniel Lipkowitz via Amazon Read the rest

Portraits of Buffalo Bill's "Show Indians"

Photographer Gertrude Käsebier received permission from Buffalo Bill Cody to photograph the native tribes people in his Wild West Show. This collection, from the Library of Congress, is wonderful. Read the rest

America's teachers are being trained in a harsh interrogation technique that produces false confessions

The Reid Technique is the go-to method for coercing false confessions in America's police interrogation rooms, and now it's being taught to America's schoolteachers, just as schools are using "zero-tolerance" policies and on-site cops to re-characterize school discipline problems as criminal matters, creating a school-to-prison pipeline. Read the rest

LA's new rule: homeless people are only allowed to own one trashcan's worth of things

A new law passed by the LA city council prohibits homeless people from owning more belongings than can fit in a 60-gallon trashcan with the lid on, and allows police to summarily confiscate any tents that are still standing on public property during daylight hours. Read the rest