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Folktexts: How to fill your head with free folklore

Folktexts: How to fill your head with free folklore

In third grade I stole a book from the school library: The Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend.I could barely read it, but the images on its cover and what little
Watch Jack Black listen to K-pop songs, try to sing them, Korean contestants try to guess song

Watch Jack Black listen to K-pop songs, try to sing them, Korean contestants try to guess song

In South Korea, there is a popular TV (and completely wacky) variety show called Infinite Challenge. From what I've been able to gather, contestants go through a series of challenges with celebrity
Cloudflare terminate Sci-Hub domains, declining to challenge court order

Cloudflare terminate Sci-Hub domains, declining to challenge court order

Cloudflare has terminated service to Sci-Hub, the site that provides paywall-free access to virtually all scholarly work, citing Aaron Swartz as inspiration -- Cloudflare previously serviced the
The sad slow death of cathode ray tubes

The sad slow death of cathode ray tubes

Most of us want rid of heavy old TV sets: they're piled high in warehouses, a dangerous waste mountain resulting from a huge recycling scam. But some of us are desperate to keep their old CRTs going.
A progressive Democrat is challenging the racist, authoritarian Steve King for his Iowa Congressional seat

A progressive Democrat is challenging the racist, authoritarian Steve King for his Iowa Congressional seat

Rep Steve King (R-IA, @SteveKingIA, 202.225.4426) is a notorious Islamaphobe, surveillance advocate, conspiracy theorist, xenophobe, and all-round asshole; he's held his seat since 2003 but now he is
One reason the Nintendo Switch is doing well: 3 times as many games out in first year

One reason the Nintendo Switch is doing well: 3 times as many games out in first year

Nintendo's last game console, the Wii U, didn't do so well. The Switch, though, is doing very well indeed. One key reason: lots of games. Gizmodo: By day 279, the Switch had 191 games available, a
British court rules that the inhumane conditions in American prisons mean UK hacking suspect can't be legally extradited

British court rules that the inhumane conditions in American prisons mean UK hacking suspect can't be legally extradited

Lauri Love is a British man on the autism spectrum who also has depression and severe eczema, who was facing extradition to America on charges of hacking US military and private agencies. (more…)
This smooth, one-take drone short of Muscle Beach won a big prize at a film festival

This smooth, one-take drone short of Muscle Beach won a big prize at a film festival

Using the "world's smallest HD drone," Robert McIntosh filmed Muscle-Up, a short that flies (seemingly) effortlessly over and around Southern California's famous Muscle Beach first thing in the
New Jersey goes Neutral: NJ joins Montana, New York and California in crafting state Net Neutrality rules

New Jersey goes Neutral: NJ joins Montana, New York and California in crafting state Net Neutrality rules

First it was Montana, then New York, then California -- and now New Jersey has become the latest state to enact state-level Net Neutrality rules in defiance of Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who not
There are snowballs for sale in this vending machine

There are snowballs for sale in this vending machine

It's freezing cold in Minneapolis but that didn't stop digital ad agency space150 from making a snowball vending machine. Yup, you can buy real balls of hard-packed Minnesota snow from a vending
Fast track your grad school test prep with an AllenPrep TestBank

Fast track your grad school test prep with an AllenPrep TestBank

If you're interested in pursuing graduate school, you'll likely need to submit a GMAT or GRE test score along with your application. And, if taking the SAT back in high school wasn't a miserable

Your traveling roadshow dreams could come true with this old timey theater (that folds up into a trailer)

Since 2006, Matt "Molotov" Bouvier and his wife Miss Dixie DeLish have been traveling coast to coast playing fairs, festivals, carnivals, and Wild West shows with their "Americana Mayhem Roadshow."

Here's the winner of Integrity Idol, the reality show for Nigerian government workers

Nuzo Eziechi said, "I am incredibly excited to be honored as Nigeria's Integrity Idol." The show featured government workers competing to be crowned most ethical. (more…)

Watch a camera and helicopter cycle in perfect synchronicity

Chris Fay captured this cool shot of a helicopter ascent where the rotors are in perfect synch with his camera shutter, creating a delightful and unintentional effect. (more…)
Discover the work of an artist making beautiful things from the horrors of his nation's past

Discover the work of an artist making beautiful things from the horrors of his nation's past

By the end of the Bosnian War in 1995, an estimated 100,000 people had died in the former Yugoslavia as a result of intense combat and horrific ethnic cleansing. More than two decades on, much of the
Dirty #NunesMemo trick worked: 3 out of 4 Trump voters now believe FBI biased against Trump

Dirty #NunesMemo trick worked: 3 out of 4 Trump voters now believe FBI biased against Trump

Huffington Post and YouGov did a survey around the so-called 'Nunes memo' political stunt from last week, and found some that some 75% of Americans who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S.
Watch: Goat and coyote play. Goat thinks coyote is its friend

Watch: Goat and coyote play. Goat thinks coyote is its friend

Look at this coyote. Food is right in front of him. It follows him around, like a sack lunch on legs. "Oh, they're great friends," you say as you watch the video, smiling. A click and the link has
Trump's own White House official called him 'deplorable,' private messages show

Trump's own White House official called him 'deplorable,' private messages show

White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah referred to President Donald Trump as “a deplorable” and described the release of the Access Hollywood tape as “some justice,” NY Mag reports,
Making computer games from scratch in 1987

Making computer games from scratch in 1987

I enjoyed reading David Joiner's (aka Talin) retrospective about game development in the early days of the Commodore Amiga: like many creators of the era, he not only had to cultivate his artwork, but
Meet the dogs of Chernobyl

Meet the dogs of Chernobyl

In 1986, a nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, located near the Ukrainian town of Pripyat, lost its shit. Flaws in the reactor's design caused a steam explosion, resulting in a fire