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Man displays speed and agility by trying to punch bear trap before it can close

Ah, that classic party trick! Can you punch a bear trap and withdraw your hand before it closes? A video of one fellow successfully executing this maneuver is going viral this fine Saturday morning, but this video is superior.

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Study: Facebook‘s "zero rating" programs doesn‘t deliver anything except power for Facebook

LIRNEasia ("a pro-poor, pro-market think tank" in Malaysia) partnered with Mozilla to study the effect of zero-rating through which companies like Facebook offer bribes to wireless companies in poor countries to exempt an AOL-like walled garden managed by Facebook from their data-caps. (more)

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You are Henry David Thoreau in the Walden simulator video game

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEJ_59hVPgw After years of buzz, the USC Game Innovation Lab finally released Walden: The Game earlier this month, allowing players to immerse themselves in a six-hour experience in which they play Henry David Thoreau on his gripping quest for solitude and mental clarity. (more)

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Parrot at the Ministry of Funny Walks

"Cute Caique Parrot Bird Silly Walk" [via] is among the highlights from a YouTube channel dedicated largely to the adorable exploits of parrots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMjwpiNfbVw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN0QvrTyqEY

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"Rock" resembles perfectly-made little sandwich

Like something you‘d find at a genteel wedding or vicarage orgy, this sedimentary sandwich caught the eye of Redditor ibleedcarrots. Suspicion abounds that it may in truth be a beachworn slice of ceramic tile.

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Amazon scammers‘ new trick: shipping things to random widows in your town

Ziemowit Pierzycki bought a 1500 used lens from an Amazon seller who turned out to be a scammer with an ingenious trick: the crook researched a recently widowed person across town and sent them a parcel with a couple of baking mats addressed to the deceased "or current resident." (more)

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The story behind ‘Brandy (You‘re a Fine Girl)‘

In the summer of 1972, the song "Brandy (You‘re a Fine Girl) by New Jersey bar band Looking Glass took the charts by surprise. Now considered a classic and one of the best songs ever written, it almost didn‘t get air time. Elliot Lurie wrote and composed the number one hit and tells its story in this 2016 interview. In it, he debunks the many rumors surrounding the song, including that it was inspired by the true story of a real

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Fake negative reviews are a cheap way to screw up darknet drug marketplaces

In The Network Structure of Opioid Distribution on a Darknet Cryptomarket, (Sci-Hub mirror), a paper presented today at the American Sociological Association meeting in Montreal, social scientists Scott W. Duxbury and Dana L. Haynie lay out their findings on using fake bad reviews to disrupt the darknet drug-trade. (more)

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Hear the sublime isolated vocals for the Beach Boys‘ ‘Wouldn‘t it Be Nice‘

Wouldn‘t it be nice if we could hear just the vocals on the Beach Boys‘ "Wouldn‘t it Be Nice" track? We wouldn‘t have to wait so long because someone has already removed the tunes and made a video of this a cappella version of their iconic song. You may even give thanks for the happy times together we‘ve been spending after hearing it. Thanks, Mable! Previously: Listen to isolated vocals on "God Only Knows"

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Advice on raising resilient kids by author Adam Grant

In this Atlantic video, organizational psychologist and dad of three Adam Grant shares why helicopter parenting isn‘t helping our kids in the long run (duh) and shares advice on raising more resilient kids. I think his advice is spot-on, even if you aren‘t a parent. It‘s a good reminder of how we all can weather life‘s setbacks and "bounce back" stronger. Related: Late last year, Grant gave a TED Talk that asked the qu

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You can get a great deal on Windscribe VPN

Guaranteeing your privacy online goes way beyond checking the ‘Do Not Track‘ option in your browser‘s settings. To ensure that your internet activity is totally hidden from Internet Service Providers, advertisers, and other prying eyes, take a look at Windscribe‘s VPN protection. It usually costs 7.50 per month, but you can get a 3-year subscription for 22.49 from the Boing Boing Store.Windscribe offers the usual collectio

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National Rifle Association TV host says his request for North Korea to nuke California was a "joke"

Grant Stinchfield thought his call for North Korea to incinerate millions of human beings was a real knee-slapper. He‘s sorry some people didn‘t find it as funny as he did. ‘Let‘s send a note to North Korea that Sacramento changed its name to Guam!," he tweeted. From The New York Daily News: Internet users were quick to jump on the cavalier comment as a recommendation that North Korea try to hit a city on the U.S. main

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National Rifle Association TV host says he‘s sorry for asking North Korea to nuke California

Grant Stinchfield thought his request for North Korea to incinerate millions of human beings was a real knee-slapper. He‘s sorry some people didn‘t find it as funny as he did. ‘Let‘s send a note to North Korea that Sacramento changed its name to Guam!," he tweeted. From The New York Daily News: Internet users were quick to jump on the cavalier comment as a recommendation that North Korea try to hit a city on the U.S. m

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The Funn Machine is headed to the Oregon Eclipse Festival

https://youtu.be/gAdrceh27lM Dan Das Mann‘s fork lift gone crazy will be celebrating the coming eclipse at The Oregon Eclipse Festival! There has been no shortage of eclipse coverage on Boing Boing, over the last few days. When Dan called asking if I wanted to join his Funn Machine team at the festival in Oregon, how could I say no? Dan has spent the last few decades making things that delight festival attendees. From gigantic structures

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