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Why people name things, and themselves, "Zzyzx"

When I was a youngster, during the golden age of prank calls before caller ID, my friend and I found the name Zerba Zzyzx at the end of the telephone book. We called Ms. Zzyzx and asked if she realized she was the last name in the telephone book. Much to our surprise, she pleasantly told us that yes, she was aware of that fact, and hung up. (It wasn‘t one of our proudest prank call moments.) Anyway, I hadn‘t thought about Ms. Zzyx fo

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A contralto (lowest female part) and countertenor (highest male part) sing a duet

Contralto Juliana Strangelove and countertenor Arthur Vasiliev sing Nick Cave‘s "Where The Wild Roses Grow." [via]

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US-Mexican beer mocks Trump with frowning Mariachi label

Amigous Cerveza is a craft beer that sports a glum Mariachi Trump sporting a swastika belt buckle, a sombrero that says "Luck You" on the brim, and a misspelled "Amigos." The back of the label declares that the orange guy belongs "in a mad house, not the White House." The beer was created by the cross-border team Epic Brewing in the US and Mexico‘s Casa Cervecera Cru Cru brewery. "We don‘t agree on how the president of the United Sta

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Wolf chases goat across sheer cliff

In this video, a hungry wolf chases a small goat across the face of a sheer, crumbling cliff. The wolf wins.

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Michael Jackson‘s "Billie Jean" as a spaghetti western theme

The Samurai Guitarist brings some Morricone to Michael. (via Laughing Squid)

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Look how fast these tiny Japanese sumo robots move

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCqxOzKNFks These little remote control vehicles are designed to push each other out of a small circle. They dart so fast that it‘s hard to keep up. [via]

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How to stop political lawn signs from being removed: coat with glitter and vaseline

The Nation reports that people who try to steal yard signs for Democratic Congress candidate Jon Ossoff find themselves being covered in a mixture of glitter and vaseline. The sign-takers started to burn the signs instead, so the sign-owners attached American flags to the signs. Then there‘s the women-led Pave It Blue, which is more Yippie than yuppie (though not many are old enough to know what that means). They describe themselves as &ls

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Gallery of 34 notes written by pissed-off neighbors

Loud sex. Stolen Amazon packages. Dog crap. Here are 34 angry letters of complaint and warning written by neighbors who‘ve had it up to here.

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What happens to a levitating gyroscope in a vacuum?

The Action Lab took a maglev gyroscope and placed it inside a sealed chamber to see what happens to a levitating gyroscope in a vacuum. A lot of people took issue with the experiment‘s setup and explanation, but it‘s interesting nonetheless. He responded to those concerns: Hi everyone! I see a lot of comments that mention it will stop because of gravity. A lot of people said that in my pendulum video also. But remember that gr

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Sean Spicer expected to leave post

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, first held an off-camera briefing that had one reporter describe him as "just kind of useless", then was ridiculed by colleague and top Trump crony Steve Bannon as getting fatter, thereby explaining his unwillingness to be seen, and is now reported to be "searching for his own replacement." With luck it will be Laura Ingraham.

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Cute cat-shaped geta sandals from Japan

I can think of at least three feline-loving friends of mine who are going to flip when they see these cute cat-shaped sandals. With the soles shaped like the silhouette of a cat, the "Nyarageta" is a fun take on traditional Japanese geta sandals. Geta sandals are sort of a cross between clogs and flip-flops and are usually made with wooden soles. This version, however, is made with a softer material called "elastic cell foam sponge EVA." Acco

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100 years of bridesmaid dresses

It turns out that back in the 1920s, bridesmaids often wore white to match the bride. Meanwhile, today‘s bridal party looks tend to be cohesive but not identical.

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Rare video of a white owl swimming through a canyon

Here‘s something you don‘t see every day, a swimming owl. In late 2016 Derrick Zuk and some pals were hiking through a canyon in Lake Powell (between Utah and Arizona) and discovered this great horned owl as it started swimming in the water. Zuk waded behind the white bird to capture this rare footage. While it looks rather beautiful, National Geographic reports that this behavior is a "last resort" for the bird: In an email wi

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Elle Australia‘s new cover shot on an iPhone 7 Plus

Ask any photographer or filmmaker about the lamest question they get the most, and they‘ll probably say questions about what gear they use. Georges Antoni showed that camera doesn‘t matter as much as other factors by shooting the June Elle Australia cover on an iPhone 7 Plus: (more)

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28 Chinese app is a browser for insecure webcams

Chinese state media reports on a 28/RMB188 app that browses webcams whose default passwords haven‘t been changed, allowing subscribers to watch the goings-on in stores, living rooms, bedrooms, children‘s rooms, and anywhere a CCTV might be installed. (more)

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Nailing Trump on a technicality will not fix America

One subtext of the investigation into President Trump (especially its political dimensions) is the winking suggestion that the Russia stuff is small potatoes and the meat is in getting to prove everything else the man surely got up to: payola and piss tapes, oh my. But be wary of the expansive power of government to entrap, to trick, to effectively "produce new crimes" on their way to nailing a target. If they can do it to Trump, however satisfyi

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Chinese wives, denied legal rights, hire "mistress dispellers" to keep their marriages intact

China‘s long economic boom and near-total lack of social and legal protections for divorced women has created growth industries in weird services that help women keep their marriages intact after their jerky husbands start treating them like shit and/or start having affairs. (more)

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Big Cable asks FCC to ban states‘ investigations into lies about broadband speed

The cable industry lobby has petitioned the FCC, asking it to ban states from investigating and taking action on deceptive advertising claims about broadband speed -- seeking an end to actions like last year‘s New York State Attorney General‘s investigation into Time-Warner‘s lies about its broadband offerings. (more)

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Turn your fast food budget into cheap homemade meals

Josh Greenfield of Brothers Green Eats proves that fast food isn‘t necessarily cheaper than cooking for yourself. As he explains: I‘ve had enough of people telling me that eating fast food is easier and cheaper than cooking yourself. The sole purpose of this video is to debunk that idea. I went to McDonald‘s, got three meals worth of food, then went to the market and spent the same amount of money and cooked a ton of delicio

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The freaky tricks your memory can play on you

If there‘s one thing this video from AsapSCIENCE taught me, it‘s that I have a terrible memory. Thankfully (or then again, maybe not), it turns out a lot of other people do too.

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Just in time for summer: Pizza-flavored ice cream

Little Baby‘s Ice Cream in Philadelphia is known for their oddly-flavored ice cream (and, their bizarro ads) but they‘ve outdone themselves with their latest icy offering. Since mid-June, the frozen dessert purveyor has been serving up PIZZA ICE CREAM. What makes it pizza-y? Tomato, basil, oregano, salt and garlic. For some people, that just isn‘t enough pizza pie, so they‘ve taken upon themselves to plop a scoop on top of

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Artist proves that basic school supplies work fine for making art

YouTuber Peter Draws accepted a viewer challenge and created two lovely sketches using basic school supplies: a standard No. 2 Pencil, a wide ruled composition book, and a manual pencil sharpener. (more)

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North Korea wakes its citizens with creepy dystopian music

Somewhere between "hard to believe" and "of course they do" lurks the music, played over massive PA systems in Pyongyang, by the North Korean regime. Here are two important points of comparison: the unsettling Lavender Town locale in Pokemon, which matches North Korea‘s oddly melodic eeriness... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNJJ-QkZ8cM ... and Chicago‘s tornado siren, for sheer nightmare terror quotient. (via) https://www.you

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If cats ruled the world

AaronsAnimals imagines a world of cat domination.

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