Freeway signs warning of upcoming drug checkpoints are actually a ruse: the local sheriff sets up a checkpoint at the next offramp and searches panicky motorists who pull off to ditch their stashes. An accompanying map on the original post (click through below) gives the locations of similar checkpoints all over the USA, and warns, "if you see one [...]
This video has been making the rounds, but in case you missed it, it's a real thrill. I watched it in full-screen mode, like my buddy suggested. My palms got sweaty and the soles of my feet ached, like they do whenever I'm on the edge of a cliff or other high place without a barrier between me and a plunge to death.
That thing is never going to go off if the spoon doesn't release the striker.
A 1949 film that reveals the inner workings of a wristwatch. They use a giant watch to demonstrate the function of the various parts.
Pop culture might want us to believe that the best things in life are free, but two Princeton economists beg to differ. Inc.com has more on what Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman and his colleague Angus Deaton discovered in a new study: Not having enough money causes emotional pain and unhappiness, the researchers found. But the happiness tipping [...]
From today's New York Times: Craigslist, the popular classifieds Web site, has blocked access to its "adult services" section and replaced the link with a black label with the word "censored." (more...)
This tombstone was shipped from Jamaica to Cincinnati, where US Customs and Border Protection at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport discovered it was filled with 50 pounds of marijuana. Officers questioned last week why someone would ship a tombstone from Kingston, Jamaica, to London. An X-ray machine revealed packages [...]
A gunman has taken at least one hostage at Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. There's no official police statements about who the gunman is or what he wants, but there's a list of demands circulating on Twitter... said to be the gunman's manifesto. I'm not sure what the original source of this list is, yet, [...]
Preliminary new DNA results from the 900 year old Starchild Skull, providing information that a percentage of the DNA in the bone may not be from Earth.
I spotted the Embassy Pen (top image) over at Uncrate and really dig the minimalist Maglite-esque look of it. It's $38.50 from County Comm. I showed it to Rob and he hipped me to the bad-assness of the Smith & Wesson Military and Police Tactical Pen that's just $26 from Amazon. Now if only I could manage to hang on to a pen for more than [...]
"Honestly the ball gag and clown wig CAME with the van!"
On Monday, the BBC reported on a 62-mile traffic jam in China, northwest of Beijing, where vehicles had been almost at a standstill for nine days. Naturally, the internet was fascinated. Doctor Who references were made. Personal commutes seemed less terrible by comparison. According to that BBC story, Chinese state TV reported that [...]
Raymond Reeder's house on Kemp Lane has a sign that says, "Beware of bulldog." A "no trespassing" sign is posted at the entrance of the driveway. He considers himself a gear head and a mountain man. A week ago, Reeder, 39, sawed in half a 1998 Saturn station wagon. "Just to prove a point," he said. "This is what happens when you don't [...]
"Inebriation" is a mock trailer created by Atomic Productions parodying the concept of Inception, in a dangerous and unstable world of shared drinking and drunk within drunk.
Wired uses this graph to illustrate Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff's claim that the world wide web is "dead." Their feature, The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet, is live at Wired's own website. Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services — think apps — are less about the searching [...]
Foreign investment is a tricky game. Not only must a company profit, it also has to transfer the profits home. Companies have done creative things to convert currency, and my favorite example is Pizza Hut in the former Soviet Union: For example, consider the situation faced by Pizza Hut when it wanted to open a chain of restaurants in the [...]
Does the Pyramid of Cheops hide more secrets within its massive volume? A 1992 robot explored one tiny passage only to be blocked by limestone doors with brass handles -- and the next one drilled through only to find anther door behind it. (more...)
Chris Schaie's beautiful Mechanical Iris, Steve Hoefer's Secret Knock detecting Arduino code, and an engraving made with my scratch-built CNC-Router to make the entrance to my garage/workshop/lab a bit more special. (more...)
The FBI ordered wikipedia to remove its seal from the article there about the bureau. It threatened to litigate. Unfortunately for the FBI, the law it cited is the one that forbids making counterfeit badges, and Wikimedia's lawyers mocked them in its response. John Schwartz in the NYT: "Many sites, including the online version of the [...]
The Jersey Shore cast were on Wall Street courtesy of MTV's NYSE-listed owner, Viacom, to mark the debut of their second series in the US this week. They didn't hang around for a chat, though. On the business channel CNBC, anchor Mark Haines complained: "We often interview the ringers of the opening bell, but the Jersey Shore's handlers are not [...]