How to pronounce Worcestershire Sauce

Italian chef Pasquale Sciarappa has a go.

BONUS: "I will return before you can say... Antidisestablishmentarianism"

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The best boxer in history

Jimmy Smith (0-1-0) is listed on YouTube as the "worst" boxer of all time, but he is clearly the "best" by any standard worth applying. Read the rest

Meow Wolf's new Fridge Portal Backpack is fantastic

If you've experienced Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, no doubt you opened its refrigerator and stepped through its "vortex" to another dimension. Now, Santa Fe artist Claire Sanders has fashioned this really cool (pun intended) Fridge Portal Backpack in its likeness. Open its door and a sparkly spiral vortex is revealed, along with handpainted "otherworldly Omega Mart foods and drinks." These bags are pricey ($150), yes, but they're also handmade and completely awesome. She even included a magnet feature inside the backpack's door so you can attach your magnets to it, just like a real fridge.

Here, take a closer look:

If you want one, don't wait. These are super-limited-edition pieces and are sure to sell out quickly.

images via Claire Sanders and Meow Wolf

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Cut the cord and get free local TV with these HD antennas

So you cut the cord and got rid of cable? Join the steadily growing club. But while you're out picking a streaming service, you might find one big blind spot: Local TV and sports, not to mention first-run programming from the big cable networks. Luckily, there's a throwback way to get it for free: The good old reliable antenna. And we're not talking about rabbit ears. Here are four examples of the new generation of HDTV antennas, ready to grab the wealth of free TV that's still on the airwaves.

Rveal Digital Indoor HDTV Antenna

The Rveal sums up what's great about the new generation of antennas: Easy setup and no monthly fees. Just plug it in and it scans for signals from broadcast antennas up to 50 miles away, bringing in images in 4K resolution. Pick up the Rveal Digital Indoor HDTV Antenna for $19.99, more than 30% off the original cost.

ANTOP Paper Thin 30-Mile AT-105 Indoor HDTV Antenna

This is the budget antenna in ANTOP's line, and it's still impressive enough for most digital TVs. At .02 inches thick, It's nearly invisible even when fully mounted on the wall or by a window, where it picks up HD Over-The-Air signals from 30 miles away. You can get the ANTOP Paper Thin 30-Mile AT-105 Indoor HDTV Antenna for $16.99, more than half off the MSRP of $34.99.

ANTOP AT-402B Outdoor/Indoor Digital TV Antenna

Not only does this model boast Smartpass programming that can pick up channels from up to 70 miles away, but it can also filter unwanted 3G and 4G signals for better, more consistent reception. Read the rest

What it was like to actually use the TRS-80 Model 100 as a journalist on the go

1983's TRS-80 Model 100 is often hailed as the first portable computer, or at least the first laptop, and retains a cultish following, especially among the journalists who depended on it. Read the rest

Catherynne Valente schools her racist neighbors about the asylum seekers in their midst

[Author Catherynne Valente (previously) posted this outstanding rant to her Facebook page; I asked her permission to repost it here so it would have somewhere to live outside of the zuckerverse and she graciously gave her permission -Cory]

I live in Portland, Maine. We have recently had an influx of African asylum seekers and the city has been scrambling to find shelter and support for them.

Cue NextDoor, that wretched hive of scum and villainy. Every day someone would post some new hateful jingoistic nonsense about how horrible these people are and that they need to get out of 'Merica and leave it to the 'Mericans.

I try not to get involved on NextDoor because I live in a small community and I have to see these people at the ferry dock. But I got mad. And I got involved. And it got long.

So I decided to share it with you. Please feel free to share it with others who might need to hear it.

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Trump's impeachable offenses are okay because Wisconsin's economy is good: GOP Rep. Sean Duffy

These guys really aren't even trying to hide how feckless and corrupt they are anymore, are they. Read the rest

Ex-GOP staffer who racially assaulted black woman and wrote for white supremacist site VDare now writes for WSJ, Forbes

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During World War II, a 56-year-old British noblewoman stood up to Nazi occupiers on the tiny island of Sark

In June 1940, German forces took the Channel Islands, a small British dependency off the coast of France. They expected the occupation to go easily, but they hadn't reckoned on the island of Sark, ruled by an iron-willed noblewoman with a disdain for Nazis. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll tell the story of Sibyl Hathaway and her indomitable stand against the Germans.

We'll also overtake an earthquake and puzzle over an inscrutable water pipe.

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'Keep America Great' is apparently Trump's new campaign slogan

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At re-election rally, Trump calls Mueller report “an illegal attempt to overturn the election”

'Lock Her Up' and 'acid washed' also made a comeback in Trump's rally-rant.

India's 6th largest city just ran out of water

Chennai's 4 main reservoirs are completely dry.

Trump's Fourth Of July 'Salute to America' now includes Air Force One flyover of Mall

It's not supposed to be a political campaign ad. But it will be.

NASA accused of misrepresenting costs in new GAO report, Trump's moon mission now threatened

Trump’s moon mission threatened

Complete instructions for making a replica of the Minivac 601 educational computer kit

Michael Gardi built a nice replica of the Minivac 601 computer kit, and made the plans available on Instructables. Read the rest

On Paul McCartney's birthday today, listen to Tammy Wynette cover "Yesterday"

Sir Paul McCartney turns 77 today. To celebrate, enjoy this lovely cover of "Yesterday" as recorded by country music superstar Tammy Wynette in 1968.

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The world's first Tesla pickup truck

Master maker Simone Giertz and her friends transformed her Tesla Model 3 into an electric pickup truck. Their fake TV commercial is above; build video below. TRUCKLA: Available nowhere. Now.

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