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This butcher‘s twine dispenser helps keep things in place

This stand stops my spool of kitchen twine from rolling off the counter. Years ago I bought a loose spool of kitchen twine. My cat constantly knocks it off the counter. I finally finished that spool, and replaced it with this spool on a stand! Seriously a spool of thread lasts so long, I want a stand for it. I like to keep it on the counter, and not in a drawer. Thoughtfully, this stand even has a string cutter on top! Regency Cooking Butcher

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Poop doping could be the latest performance enhancement craze

Evidently you can be full of the wrong shit. A cyclist, by testing her friends fecal output, determined she needed better critters up in herself to improve her pedal pushing. So she did. The madwoman behind ‘poop doping‘ is Lauren Petersen, a postdoctoral microbiologist at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. Petersen has been racing bikes all her life, but as she told The Scientist earlier this month, she‘s struggle

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Bob Dylan plays "Free Bird" for a screaming fan

During a concert, this June, someone at Berkeley, CA‘s Greek Theater called out "FREE BIRD!" Naturally, rock and roll legend Bob Dylan obliged.

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Remembering Prisoners of Gravity, the greatest science fiction TV show of all time

From 1989 to 1994, the public broadcaster TV Ontario ran Prisoners of Gravity, a brilliant science fiction TV show that used a goofy framing device (a host trapped in a satellite who interviewed science fiction writers stuck down on Earth) for deep, gnarly, fascinating dives into science fiction‘s greatest and most fascinating themes, from sex and overpopulation to cyberpunk and religion. (more)

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No, Italy isn‘t banning the iPhone

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Top Secret: New World Order: Merle M. Rasmussen reboots his 1980 RPG classic

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This power pack has a tracker built in, so it will be exceedingly difficult to lose

Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for 119.95.The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times on a single charge and it‘s about the size of a thick wallet. The 9,000mAh battery can even recharge most

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Here‘s why people hate the word ‘moist‘

Mashable explains why so many people can‘t stand the word ‘moist.‘ It turns out it has to do with both word association and the bandwagon effect.

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Is the host of the new ‘Gong Show‘ really Mike Myers?

No one involved with the reboot of The Gong Show will admit it, but it seems Mike Myers (in a heavy prosthetic disguise) is playing Tommy Maitland, the show‘s ‘British‘ host. Ian Crouch of The New Yorker writes: Yet there is a reason to watch, if only to attempt to make some sense of the show‘s host, a rakish late-middle-aged British comedian named Tommy Maitland, who bounds onstage on the first show wearing a tuxedo

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Review: bug-zapping lightbulbs are worthless

I got one of those bug-zapping LED lightbulbs, in hopes of murdering the flies drifting into my office during the increasingly warm and muggy Pennsylvania summer. I got mine from Home Depot, but the bulbs at Lowes, Wal-Mart and Amazon are all obviously identical. There are two lights in each bulb: an ultraviolet one inside an electrified bug-zapping cage, and a standard 60W-equivalent LED element to light the room. You can have one or both lit si

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Every lie Trump has told as president, a very long list by the New York Times

Trump told public lies or falsehoods every single day of his first 40 days in office, and he hasn‘t stopped yet. (more)

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The White House banned cameras from press briefings, so CNN sent in a courtroom sketch artist

Bravo, CNN artist Bill Hennessy. CNN equated the briefing to a Supreme Court argument -- an on-the-record event at which cameras are banned. Hennessy has been a Washington-based courtroom sketch artist for decades. He has covered a wide range of cases, including the Clinton impeachment proceedings, terror suspect trials, and Guantanamo Bay detainee hearings. He worked for CNN at the Supreme Court on Thursday. Hennessy‘s presence highli

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The White House is having off-camera briefings, so CNN sent their courtroom sketch artist in

Bravo, CNN artist Bill Hennessy. CNN equated the briefing to a Supreme Court argument -- an on-the-record event at which cameras are banned. Hennessy has been a Washington-based courtroom sketch artist for decades. He has covered a wide range of cases, including the Clinton impeachment proceedings, terror suspect trials, and Guantanamo Bay detainee hearings. He worked for CNN at the Supreme Court on Thursday. Hennessy‘s presence highli

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This man has visited Disneyland 2,000 days in a row

Jeff Reitz of Huntington Beach, California has visited Disneyland 2,000 days in a row and he has no plans to stop. Why? It makes him happy. From ABC7: Reitz, an Air Force veteran, credits the parks with giving him something to look forward to each day, noting that he enjoys hearing the music as he enters, interacting with the friendly park cast members, and watching the park guests having a good time. He also enjoys the shows and attraction

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Nazi cache hidden behind a bookcase

A secret passageway led to an trove of smuggled Nazi artifacts, say investigators in Argentina, and their collector is in trouble with the law. They were put on display at the Delegation of Argentine Israeli Associations in Buenos Aires on Monday. Many Nazi higher-ups fled to Argentina in the waning days of the war, and investigators believe that officials close to Adolf Hitler brought the artifacts with them. Many items were accompanied by pho

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For one year, the internet in a town in Bahrain has been switched off every day

Every day for the past year, the government of Bahrain has shut off the internet in Duraz between 7PM and 1AM, making this the longest internet shutdown in the history of the region, and one of the longest internet shutdowns in world history. (more)

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When the rhythm hits you and you‘re a dog in the car in the rain

This doggo is living life to the fullest. (more)

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Canada: Trump shows us what happens when "good" politicians demand surveillance powers

The CBC asked me to write an editorial for their package about Canadian identity and politics, timed with the 150th anniversary of the founding of the settler state on indigenous lands. They‘ve assigned several writers to expand on themes in the Canadian national anthem, and my line was "We stand on guard for thee." (more)

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When you‘ve had too much Trump news and bae reminds you about Caturday

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Yes I did it and I am proud

‘When you‘re proud to admit you did it.‘ (more)

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Dog logic: This fun walk will never end if human can‘t carry my limp body up these stairs

Classic tactics in canine Passive Resistance. (more)

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FCC intends to fine man 120 million for making over 96 million robocalls

Federal Communications Commission officials say Adrian Abramovich of Florida made as many as a million illegal telemarketing calls a days, at times using lines reserved for hospital emergencies. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said at a hearing yesterday, ‘This scheme was particularly abhorrent because, given its breadth, it appears to have substantially disrupted the operations of an emergency medical paging provider. It did this by slowing down and

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A woman‘s act of kindness at McDonald‘s leads to 167 customers who pay it forward

Last Sunday, an older woman in the drive-thru line at McDonald‘s in Scottsburg, IN told the cashier she wanted to pay for the 36 order of the man behind her. She didn‘t know him, but he was in a van with four children. She told the cashier, Hunter Hostetler, to tell the man "Happy Father‘s Day!" When the man received the free order of food including four Happy Meals, he told the cashier he wanted to pay for the two cars behind

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The wonderful Flair felt tip pen

Paper Mate introduced the Flair felt tip pen in the 1960s. I liked them when I was a kid because the lines were so clean and you could vary the line width. I kind of forgot about them until I was at Maker Faire and my toy inventor friend, Bob Knetzger, said he uses them to produce his wonderful sketches. They are also cheap! Amazon sells a dozen black Flair pens for 6.71. A set of 12 colored ones go for 11.

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