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24.jpg Kung Fu master uses his penis to pull enormous helicopter

The Rise and Fall of Toronto’s Classiest Con Man

On July 25, 2016, while countries including the United States were still expressing regulatory misgivings, the British government graciously gave Amazon.com access to the UK’s airspace

Thousands of minors wed each year in the US. Some do it for love; others are given no choice, like an 11-year-old girl who was told to marry her rapist. [NY Times]

Losing sleep over climate change

Face inversion increases attractiveness

A possible alternative to antibiotics

Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive? [Thanks Tim]

In the United States, the Commonwealth, Scandinavia and for books in Dutch, titles are usually written top-to-bottom on the spine. In most of continental Europe and Latin America, titles are conventionally printed bottom-to-top on the spine.

How Do You Count Without Numbers?

Why Flamingos Are More Stable on One Leg Than Two

Why Do We Keep Using the Word “Caucasian”?

Audible tattoos

¿Conoces el papel higiénico ‘TRUMP’?

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23.jpgTopless cleaning service owner arrested for underwear theft

Man accused of paying prostitutes to strip on neighbor’s porch at least 75 times

Pastor trying to prove how Jesus walked on water gets eaten by crocodile

Health consequences of smoking 1–4 cigarettes per day

the probability of divorce roughly doubled for married Americans who began pornography use

Facebook flooded with ’sextortion’ and revenge porn, files reveal

Instagram is the most harmful social network for your mental health

Watching more than three hours of television a day is associated with poorer language skills for 11-year-olds, according to a new international study

Human Sense of Smell Rivals That of Dogs, Says Study

Dogumenta, the First Art Exhibition For Dogs

Journalists drink too much, are bad at managing emotions, and operate at a lower level than average, according to a new study [Thanks GG]

In this research, we posit that those who consume “hot” and “spicy” food may be more prone to thoughts related to aggression

What kinds of secrets does the average person keep?

Secrecy, Confidentiality and “Dirty Work”: The Case of Public Relations

A quick history of why Asians wear surgical masks in public

Rossini wrote 40 operas (often three per year) by the time he was 40, and then suddenly retired. He later settled in a posh villa outside Paris, threw dinner parties and philosophized on music and food.

Caiman Wearing a Crown of Butterflies in the Amazon [Thanks Tim]

Artist wears white women as scarves

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2.jpg Florida man accused of murdering his girlfriend claims she accidentally choked to death while performing oral sex

Fake bank decorated as state-owned bank cheated Chinese depositors out of almost £20 million [Thanks Tim]

We find that people have a preference for complex explanations […] We propose that this preference for complexity is driven by a desire to identify enough causes to make the effect seem inevitable.

If we examine the Mona Lisa face, zone by zone, the reason for its mysteriousness becomes clear: there are different emotions expressed in different facial zones. More: Trump’s sad face

Country music has the most drug references of any musical genre, study

An introduction to James Joyce’s Ulysses

It took Indian anthropologists 24 years to befriend the islanders with gifts of coconut and iron chunks

Balthazar typically serves around 1,500 guests a day. The most popular dish is steak frites; the restaurant can sell 200 per day. Out of the 200-odd employees, two full-time prep cooks are required just to handle potatoes for frying.

Sorting 2 Metric Tons of Lego

Devices and implements for staving off monsters, specters, demons and the like as imagined by a child at bedtime

Adidas creates trainers made from plastic ocean debris in bid to end pollution

9gag has buried a giant monolith full of rage faces and other awful old memes in an effort to “puzzle” future generations [Thanks Tim]

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2211.jpg Male contraceptive blocked by drug companies who make billions from the female pill

six reasons for pretending an orgasm: feels good, for partner, not into sex, manipulation/power, insecurity, and emotional communication

Husband’s Reaction to His Wife’s Sexual Rejection Is Predicted by the Time She Spends With Her Male Friends but Not Her Male Coworkers

Menstrual synchrony is not a thing

New studies show that salty food diminishes thirst while increasing hunger

Drinking While Jurying

4 Key Tactics For Successful Squirrel Hunting

How shoelaces come undone. Three Californian engineers have found out the answer to a knotty problem.

How hackers hijacked a bank’s entire online operation

Selfie: A New Obsession

For her latest solo exhibition, Anicka Yi turns sweat and bacteria into art

Cy Twombly at the Centre Pompidou, Paris

The Art Market, an annual global art market ana

Lingerie Brand Cosabella Replaced Its Agency With Artificial Intelligence and Crap Branded Apps [Thanks Tim]

You are not your mother

HoloDoodle prototype

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23.jpgInternet-connected vibrator with built-in webcam fails penetration testing

Alcohol intake was related to increased sexual willingness of men with a same-sex partner

People tend to unconsciously imitate others’ prudent, impatient or lazy attitudes, study

Selfies and wefies reveal similar biases in untrained modern youths and ancient masters

In this paper, I sketch out an argument that wild animals have worse lives than farmed animals, and that consistent vegetarians should therefore reduce the number of wild animals as a top priority.

Dolphins beat up octopuses before eating them. This isn’t the first example of bottlenose dolphins using clever tricks to eat prey.

Thinking like a philosopher need not be a strange and arcane art, if you get started with these tricks of the trade

The Voynich Manuscript — Secret Knowledge, or a Hoax?

Hells Angels™ Motorcycle Corporation in the Fashion Business: Interrogating the Fetishism of the Trademark Law

Neon signs that grace the windows of Bergdorf Goodman’s and Tiffany & Co. come from this studio in Brooklyn

OFFICIAL SANCTUARY CITY [Thanks Cassandra!]

Mathematical Card Trick

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21.jpgIf alcohol is consumed after witnessing a crime it can protect memory from misleading information

Getting High Off Snakebites?

American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s compared to the late 1990s

Hormones, brain and behavior, a not-so-simple story

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. [more]

The only known photograph of Chopin

Since 1954, more Burger King restaurants have burned down than any other fast-food chain [Thanks Tim]

James Brown “MISO’n up” based on Sex Machine(1992) [Thanks GG]

There is an alarming increase in demonic activity being reported by those who work in exorcism ministry, said the exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

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Women are getting freckles tattooed on their faces

There are a thousand ways to buy weed in New York City, but the Green Angels devised a novel strategy for standing out: They hired models to be their dealers.

Man wins back girlfriend’s love after she forgets him due to amnesia

Wikipedia is teaming up with Google to work on algorithmic discussion monitors that will understand and police online harassment

Emails that closed with a variation of thank you got significantly more responses than emails ending with other popular closings

The Science of the Rorschach Blots

Minnesota’s Mall Of America is holding a contest to find a “Writer-In-Residence” who can spend five days “deeply immersed” in the mall “while writing on-the-fly impressions” of the whole experience. [Thanks Tim]

A Virtual Look Into Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

somebody modeled the trump handshake [Thanks Tim]

Bratatat

A coffee machine that turns selfies & photos into latte art [Thanks Tim]

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50.jpgHackers infected 70 percent of storage devices that record data from D.C. police surveillance cameras eight days before President Trump’s inauguration

Police in Cockrell Hill, Texas lost years worth of evidence after the department’s server was infected with ransomware.

Ransomware completely shuts down Ohio town government

Netflix engineers developed a hack that turns your mind into a remote control

Women were found to orgasm more often and more intensely from men who they described as having a good sense of humor

Explaining the emotion of regret in the domain of casual sex

A revised portrait of psychopaths — Study finds that they do feel regret, but it doesn’t affect their choices

Where does innate fear come from?

Bottle-cork injury to the eye: a review of 13 cases [PDF]

The ‘grandfather paradox’ of time travel has been puzzling philosophers, quantum physicists and novelists for years. Now there’s an answer.

Hydrogen turned into metal in stunning act of alchemy that could revolutionize technology and spaceflight

Countries that added the most skyscrapers in 2016 (China, 84; US, 7; South Korea, 6…)

Leaked video shows new ‘nightmare-inducing’ wheeled robot from Boston Dynamics

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23.jpgWorld’s largest hedge fund to replace managers with artificial intelligence

“Smart restaurant” in Beijing employs facial recognition to make recommendations about what customers might order, based on factors like their age, gender and facial expression

All signs point to a corporate takeover of the marijuana industry by Bayer, Monsanto

One 2007 study found that when participants drank vodka mixed with soda, their blood alcohol levels were higher than those who drank straight vodka

3 Studies Refute Idea that Exposure to Sexy Centerfolds Harms Men’s Relationships

Impact of holding umbrella on uni- and bi-directional pedestrian flow

Living close to heavy traffic was associated with a higher incidence of dementia

Physicist sentenced to 18 months in prison for faking data.

What Happens to Rejected Papers?

The sign, erected in 1923 as an advertisement for a housing development, originally read “Hollywoodland.” On New Year’s Day of 1976, the sign became “HOLLYWeeD” for the first time.

Walk like a penguin to avoid slipping on ice, German doctors advise

The Pot/Lid Illusion

A Selection of the 30 Most Disappointing Under 30

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241.jpgMobsters ran a fake U.S. Embassy in Ghana for 10 years, flying the flag and issuing visas for $6,000

Ransomware offers decryption keys if you infect two other people

Uber employees have access to customer trip information, and they’re using it to spy on ex-girlfriends and celebrities

Since the mid-1990s, it’s estimated that at least 100,000 Japanese men and women vanish annually

Encounters with ‘familiar strangers’ play overlooked role in human interactions

Our results indicate that sisters might be particularly tuned to select suitable perfumes for their siblings.

Facial and vocal attractiveness were found to positively correlate in women but not in men

In the present work, we investigate the pop cultural idea that people have a sixth sense, called “gaydar,” to detect who is gay.

Psychiatrists Must Face Possibility That Medications Hurt More Than They Help

Does One Armpit Smell Like the Other? [More: Improbable podcast]

The Heroin Overdose Mystery [PDF]

Most Americans like their choices in today’s information-saturated world, but 20% feel overloaded

The military mobilization that followed came to be known as the Crusades [PDF]

California man spent $1 million playing Game of War

Student Lets Thief Steal His Phone, Spies On Him For Weeks To Make This Documentary [Thanks Tim]

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21.jpg Nearly 40% of Americans Would Give Up Sex for a Year in Exchange for Better Online Security

Criminals can guess Visa card number and security code in just six seconds, experts find

Paper money and coins as potential vectors of transmissible disease [PDF]

The world’s magicians fought a hidden war over an ultra-secret website dedicated to stealing magic tricks

Uber Now Tracks Passengers’ Locations Even After They’re Dropped Off

At this very moment, dozens of Uber’s self-driving cars are touring San Francisco, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh

As transportation industry expert Hubert Horan will demonstrate in his four-part series, Uber has greatly oversold its case [part 1 part 2, part 3, part 4]

When judging other people, first impressions last

Why it’s hard to talk and make eye contact at the same time

Depression in Young People Affects the Stomach, Anxiety the Skin

Portions of the brain fall asleep and wake back up all the time, Stanford researchers find

The purpose of this article is to clarify the distinction between the dying and sick roles

Eleven of the world’s 55 dictators are 69 years old or older and are in varying stages of declining health. At first blush, this paints a hopeful picture for democracy scholars who have documented a slow but steady authoritarian resurgence. Yet…

The findings confirmed that frequent laundering reduced mass, increased colour loss, and reduced tensile strength in the warp direction of the fabric.

A proposed theory of gravity does away with dark matter

In some areas, 98 per cent of female elephants now have no tusks, researchers have said, compared to between two and six percent born tuskless on average in the past.

Perspective Distortion in World War I Camouflage

Background notes and full credits for “The One Moment” Video by OK Go.

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231.jpgMore than one-third of California trees are dead

The relationship between pupil size and intelligence

Eye trauma in Laurel and Hardy movies

Successful removal of a wedding ring constricting an erect penis

The percent of older US adults with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, declined from 11.6 percent in 2000 to 8.8 percent in 2012.

The Medallion Fund, known for its intense secrecy, has produced about $55 billion in profit over the last 28 years. The fund almost never loses money. Its biggest drawdown in one five-year period was half a percent.

The NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight

Anish Kapoor is Banned From Buying the World’s Pinkest Paint

Elliptical Pool Table

Hipster nativity scene