• Challenge — can you get these cups unstuck?

    Here's something I wrote about in the latest issue of my newsletter, The Magnet:

    A few days ago my daughter put a small cup in a large cup and they somehow got locked together. I can't pull them apart (watch video). Do you have any ideas on how to take them apart without breaking them? The first person to suggest a successful solution gets a free one-year subscription to The Magnet, which they can use for themselves or as a gift subscription.

  • Texas Supreme Court rules in favor of Gov. Abbott's order limiting mail-in ballot drop box locations to one site for each county

    Texas Supreme Court sides with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on rule to limit mail-in ballot drop box locations to one site per county

    The Texas state Supreme Court has ruled to allow TX Governor Greg Abbott's order limiting counties to one ballot dropoff site per county to stand.

    Justices wrote that the order "provides Texas voters more ways to vote" than the Election Code, and "does not disenfranchise anyone."

  • Read Chrissy Teigen's heartfelt essay on miscarriage

    Model and actor Chrissy Teigen wrote a personal essay about the recent loss of her third child with husband John Legend, published as a Medium post on Tuesday. This is Teigen's first time addressing the public since the miscarriage.

    She announced her pregnancy with their child in August. On September 30, she and Legend shared news of the loss of their son, Jack, in a social media post with several powerful photos.

    Teigen explains in today's Medium post that her doctors diagnosed her with a partial placental abruption.

    People say an experience like this creates a hole in your heart. A hole was certainly made, but it was filled with the love of something I loved so much. It doesn't feel empty, this space. It feels full.

    Maybe *too* bursting full, actually. I find myself randomly crying, thinking about how happy I am to have two insanely wonderful little toddlers who fill this house with love. I smother them with love while they "Moooooooom!!!!!" me. I don't care.

    I also cry when I get mad at myself for being too happy. Sometimes I read things that make me gut laugh, or see an instagram post worthy of a like (yes, I'm gone but I've still been creeping!). And, I always forget I'm not pregnant anymore. I hold my belly when I walk around. I have a moment of freak out when the kids jump on my non-existent bump. The clarity after these moments always make me sad.

    I feel bad our grief was so public because I made the joy so public. I was excited to share our news with the world. Stories leading up to this had been chronicled for all. It's hard to look at them now. I was so positive it would be okay. I feel bad that I made you all feel bad. I always will.

    Read the rest here.

  • Trump: 'We're getting your husbands back to work'

    Election Day is less than one week away now, hard to believe.

    Said impeached president Donald Trump just now at a campaign rally in Lansing, Michigan: "I'm also getting your husbands — they want to get back to work. We're getting your husbands back to work."

  • Trump brags of military's 'Hydrosonic' missiles at campaign rally (that's actually a toothbrush brand)

    Is Trump's own staff trolling him, or is he that feeble-minded? Maybe both. President Donald J. Trump, speaking at yet another campaign rally before a maskless crowd today, said something really dumb.

    Trump just bragged about the military's "Hydrosonic" missiles.

    Hydrosonic is a toothbrush brand.

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai to testify at Senate Commerce hearing Wednesday

    Less than one week remains before Americans go to the polls on Election Day. With this timing in mind, amid a pandemic, the Republican senators who lead the Senate Commerce Committee have decided to urgently compel the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google to answer to unfounded Rethuglican allegations of anti-conservative bias on social media. Senate Democrats want to expand the hearing to cover real issues like how these platforms impact local news and spread foreign disinformation during an election year.

    From AP:

    The Senate Commerce Committee has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sundar Pichai to testify for a hearing Wednesday. The executives have agreed to appear remotely after being threatened with subpoenas.

    With the election looming, Republicans led by President Donald Trump have thrown a barrage of grievances at Big Tech's social media platforms, which they accuse without evidence of deliberately suppressing conservative, religious and anti-abortion views.

    Read the rest of the Associated Press story here.

  • Watch a 4K remaster of the timeless "Skeleton Dance" cartoon from 1929

    The Skeleton Dance was the first in the Silly Symphony series of animated music shorts. Walt Disney produced and directed the film with animation led by Ubbe Eert "Ub" Iwerks. The version above was remastered by Adam Maciaszek who used "human aided AI algorithms to not only upscale the resolution [but also] clear up detail and remove the intense flicker in the original 1929 classic."

    Adam suggests watching it at 2x speed or on BitTube here where you can view the "regular speed and audio."

  • In Peru, Machu Picchu to reopen Sunday after 7 month closure for COVID-19 which is spiking again in Peru

    PERU: Access to the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu has been all but entirely closed for seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Peru's No. 1 tourist draw reopens Sunday, even though coronavirus continues to escalate in Latin America and throughout the world.

    From the Associated Press:

    The site is accustomed to receiving 3,000 tourists a day, though it recently passed regulations limiting visitors to 2,244 visitors a day to protect the ruins. Still a large number given experts belief that in the 15th century a maximum of 410 people lived in the citadel on the limits of the Andes mountains and the Amazon.

    Before entering, visitors will have their temperatures taken and will be required to wear masks and stand at least 2 meters apart. Groups, including a guide, cannot be larger than eight people, and children under 12 will not be allowed. To avoid crowding, visitors will travel on four circuits.

    Read more at AP.

  • Fully customizable meditation app

    Stress is par for the course these days. If you've found meditation helps to quiet those interior voices of doubt, fear and confusion, then you have every reason to continue that practice. But as soothing as meditation can be, it can also serve another purpose: to focus your attention, sharpen your performance and forge you into a more productive, more centered person throughout your 24/7/365 existence.

    To that end, the Omvana Meditation app doesn't just want to help you find a moment of zen. It wants to make you better at tackling life.

    Many Omvana users seem to think they're on the right track as well. Omvana was named one of Healthline's Best Meditation Apps last year and garnered a combined 4.8 out of 5 star rating from users in the Apple App Store and Google Play. 

    As purely a meditation aid, Omvana sports a library more than up to the task, featuring loads of guided meditation tracks, classes, lessons and more. But beyond alleviating stress and calming anxiety, Omvana has enlisted a stellar roster of world-class personal growth instructors, offering assistance in everything from stress management to healing to attracting abundance to visualizing your ideal future and more.

    With renowned teachers like Marisa Peer, Lisa Nichols, Bob Proctor, Michael Beckwith, Vishen Lakhiani, and others on board, Omvana training wants to help you shore up your personal and professional life in the areas you need it the most.

    Omvana trainings are fully customizable, available to users of all levels and tailored to their schedules. If you're constantly on the go, you can down bite-sized sessions whenever they fit into your day. Meanwhile, experienced users will find longer-form instruction as well, helping facilitate even deep dives into the subconscious to find hidden truths and even better results.

    No app can promise to change your life, but Omvana can unlock ways for any user to get more done, crystalize their goals, raise their odds for success, and overall facilitate a life with a happier, healthier version of you at its center.

    A year of Omvana Meditation app access is usually $59, but right now, you can get a full 12-month subscription for only $39.99.

  • Can you solve this riddle Elon Musk asks job applicants?

    In the biography Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, author Ashlee Vance reveals a riddle that Musk reportedly poses to job applicants at SpaceX:

    You're standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?"

    There are actually two correct answers.

    For the answer, watch MindYourDecisions' Presh Talwalkar's video below.

    (via Popular Mechanics)

  • Tenacious D rips through killer cover of "Time Warp" to "Rock-y the vote" (w/cameos by Liz Warren, George Takei, John Waters, and others)

    The D tears the roof off the joint with a cover of the Rocky Horror classic, "Time Warp." The video is being released as part of an effort to encourage people to vote. Guests on the video include Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, John Waters, Susan Sarandon, George Takei, Sarah Silverman, and many others.

    Image: YouTube

  • Billionaire Bill Gross accused of playing Gilligan's Island theme song on loop to disturb billionaire neighbor

    Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
    Of a petty neighbor feud
    About a piece of rich folk art
    And a theme song played on loop.

    Gross was a Wall Street billionaire,
    Towfiq enriched from tech.
    Gross blocked Towfiq's nice ocean view
    With a sculpture near his deck, a sculpture near his deck.

    The tensions started getting rough,
    Attorneys were abused,
    Entitled men who had to win
    Or egos would be bruised, their egos would be bruised.

    Towfiq said Gross played songs all night on a blaring stereo
    with "Gilligan" on loop track, too.
    The billionaire loves his life.
    He doesn't care,
    He's got the dough, and the nerve
    to torment with "Gilligan's Isle."

    Story on CNN

  • NXIVM sex cult leader jailed for 120 years

    Keith Raniere, founder of NXIVM, is off to jail for 120 years. The sex cult guru sexually abused his followers while posing as a marketing genius and exploiting everyone within reach to the hilt. Pilar Melendez at The Daily Beast:

    The sentencing marks the end of a years-long battle between Raniere, known as "Vanguard," and scores of former members who allege NXIVM was a criminal enterprise in which Raniere had sex with underage girls, forced women he impregnated to have abortions, and made "slaves" illegally monitor his enemies. Last June, Raniere was convicted of seven offenses—including wire fraud conspiracy, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy—for manipulating his followers for his own sexual gratification under the guise of NXIVM's mission.