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How caffeine keeps you awake

TedEd tackles the question of "How does caffeine keep you awake?" The answer is fascinating but I care less about how it works and just thank my lucky stars that it does.

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James Franco in ‘The Disaster Artist‘ (2017) vs Tommy Wiseau in ‘The Room‘ (2003)

A comparison of Tommy Wiseau‘s performance in The Room (2003) and James Franco‘s portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist (2017) teaser trailer. (more)

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Here‘s the best Washington Post headline of the morning

"Stun-gun-wielding rabbi kidnappers fail to convince court they were just practicing their faith." The story describes the religious freedom defense of Rabbi Mendel Epstein and a group of rabbis who were "caught up in a government sting" involving kidnapping and torturing men with electric cattle prods to encourage them to sign marriage dissolution documents. From the article: ‘What we are going to be doing is kidnapping a guy for a coupl

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Wife records hubby‘s snoring for 4 years, makes a ‘Despacito‘ remix from it

https://youtu.be/Y0HDB2uYiAs?t=19s This instantly viral video has all the hallmarks of a well-choreographed hit. Cute older couple, old guy snoring, gold chains, hairy chest, and the Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee megahit ‘Despacito.‘ I don‘t know the story behind it, apart from the lady‘s nephew editing it, but it made me laugh. [Video Link, via Reddit]

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Saudi Airlines confirms that American laptop ban on U.S.-bound flights from Saudi has ended

The U.S. government‘s ban on laptops and other large electronic devices in the cabins of flights from Saudi Arabia to the United States has been lifted, Saudi Arabian Airlines confirmed today. (more)

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Video appears to show Baltimore cop planting drugs at a crime scene

It sure looks like Baltimore Police Officer Richard Pinheiro planted drugs at a crime scene and if he did, I‘m sure it was the first time it‘s ever happened and he‘s very sorry if anyone was offended by the mistake that was made. From Buzzfeed: In the January 2017 video, Baltimore Police Officer Richard Pinheiro appears to place a bag of pills under some garbage in an alley. He then walks back out to the street, at which po

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Once you use this, you won‘t ever want another jar tool

The reason it‘s hard to open jar lids is because the vacuum seal is pulling the lid tightly against the jar. Once in awhile, the vacuum seal is so strong that I can‘t open it. That‘s when I grab my Jarkey, a 5 plastic lever that effortlessly breaks the seal, making it easy to open. I always try to open jars with my bare hands, then use the Jarkey as a backup. My wife goes straight for the Jarkey, because she‘s smarter than

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Whenever Trump plays in a shiny new truck, a Republican healthcare bill dies

Toot toot! If you see Trump playing truck driver while sitting in a big shiny truck, you can bet a Republican healthcare bill has just failed. It‘s happened twice so far. According to the A.V. Club: The first incidence was way back on March 23 when the president‘s healthcare bill was dealt its first seemingly mortal blow while still in the House. The president responded then by sitting in a truck, honking a horn. And on Monday, du

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What did Trump and Putin talk about in their private G20 chat, previously kept secret?

They don‘t even bother to try and hide their affair anymore. (more)

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An absurd and awful moment in Switzerland‘s legendarily bonkers citizenship process

When I was becoming a British citizen, the one thing everyone knew was that the Life in the UK citizenship test was full of weird, arbitrary questions that most Britons couldn‘t answer, but next to Switzerland, the British process seems downright sane. (more)

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A brief history of Alice & Bob, cryptography‘s first couple

Alice and Bob are the hypothetical communicants in every cryptographic example or explainer, two people trying to talk with one another without being thwarted or overheard by Eve, Mallory and their legion of nefarious friends. (more)

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Smirking pharmabro Martin Shkreli to employee‘s wife: "I hope to see you and your four children homeless"

Martin Shkreli is the smirking, remorseless poster child for trumpism: a serial fraudster who leavened his ponzi schemes by presiding over pharmaceutical price-gouging. (more)

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TOM THE DANCING BUG: COPS - Trump Edition (Bad boys, whatcha gonna do?)

FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug‘s subscription club, the Proud Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and much more. GET Ruben Bolling‘s new hit book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures. (‘Filled with wild twists and funny dialogue‘ -Publishers Weekly) Book One here. Book Two here. More Tom the Dancing Bug comics on Boing Boing! (more

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Kurt Vonnegut‘s asshole asterisk doodle, the t-shirt

The late great Kurt Vonnegut was known for creating doodles of his, uh, backdoor. Now, a rendition of his asterisk-anus is on a t-shirt. (more)

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This adorable dog gives pro kitesurfer Kevin Langeree a run for his money

Professional kitesurfer and water sports athlete Kevin Langeree has a wonderful moment of inspiration in this video with one very good dog. (more)

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Drone captures a timelapse of ‘largest human flower‘ in SF

It‘s the 50th anniversary of San Francisco‘s "Summer of Love" and the city is blooming with ways to celebrate. (more)

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SNL writer replies to Trump tweets as if they‘re personal texts and it‘s hysterical

Most people who follow Trump on Twitter will either cheer him on, shout back at him, or run the other way. But SNL writer Josh Patten responds to Trump‘s tweets as if Trump had texted them directly to Patten, and Patten‘s casual, breezy responses had me laughing out loud. The fun seems to have started on July 5, when Trump tweeted, "Getting ready to leave for Poland, after which I will travel to Germany for the G-20. Will be back o

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Only Mexico City has the cojones for the Trump/They Live Billboard!

A few months ago my artist pal Mitch O‘Connell launched a crowdfunded plan to pay tribute to the cult classic movie They Live, about a race of space creatures who secretly take over Earth by brainwashing people into supporting policies that are bad for them. He got enough money to erect a billboard in Mexico City! (more)

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Watch: Determined goat breaks into office by butting glass door until it shatters

A small polyurethane company in Louisville, CO was vandalized on Sunday, with its front glass door completely smashed in, and at first the owners thought they‘d been robbed. But when police came and realized nothing had been stolen, they checked the surveillance camera, only to find it was delinquent goat backed up by a goat gang who can be spotted in the background of the video who was determined to do some damage. The goat butted aga

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This boat is a hot tub and vice versa

The Hot Tub Boat is both at the same time. You can rent one to float around Seattle‘s Lake Union or custom order your very own from HotTubBoats.com. "Well, the hot tub boat is fifteen feet over all, she‘s about six feet wide, about close to 400 gallons of water in the hot tub,‘ says (Seattle-based co-inventor Adam) Karpenske. ‘It can take six people on the boat at any time." "She does her haul speed at about three-and

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Drugs that are 30 years past their expiration date "still as potent as they were when they were manufactured"

Throwing away expired medicine is a waste of money, according to the results of a recent test on a cache of pills predating "the 1969 moon landing." Lee Cantrell of the California Poison Control System and Roy Gerona, a University of California, San Francisco, researcher who "specializes in analyzing chemicals" analyzed 14 different decades-old compounds, "including antihistamines, pain relievers and stimulants," and found that they "were still a

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Watch: A new NASA documentary narrated by William Shatner

NASA‘s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia turns 100 this year. In celebration, the space agency produced this short documentary and enlisted Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, to narrate. Here are just a few highlights from NASA Langley‘s incredible history: In times of peace and war, NASA Langley helped to create a better airplane, including unique wing shapes, sturdier structures, the first engine cowlings, an

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Dissociative psychedelic Ketamine may help suicidal children

Ketamine is a short-acting dissociative anesthetic commonly used on animals and sometimes people. Of course it‘s also beloved by many psychonauts for its unusual dreamlike or "out of body" psychedelic effects. (It‘s someti While Ketamine has been shown for years to help treat depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder in adults, researchers at Yale School of Medicine now report that it has great promise as a fast-acting in

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Saudi police finally captured the woman who wore a miniskirt in online video

Saudi Arabians can sleep easy tonight, safe in the knowledge that police have tracked down and arrested a woman for wearing a miniskirt and crop top in direct violation of their dress code for women. The brazen criminal was seen in a video posted online It created an uproar in a country where women need a "guardian‘s" permission to travel, work, open a bank account, or take classes. The above image is from the Saudi news site Okaz, which

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