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450 W Grixdale, Detroit, MI 48203: ornate doesn’t even begin to describe this listing. {via}


Intern Crashes LGBTQ SxSW Meetup!: such intolerance.

Painful new engagement ring piercing trend growing in popularity: is there no limit to the efforts to stand out amongst the crowd?


The Politicization of the FBI: outstanding overview of the situation from a very-experienced source.


Student investigated after allegedly saying a math symbol looked: zero tolerance for saying the g-word. The authorities searched his home and decided against criminal charges for the observation, but he may still face discipline at the school. (I know it’s different city and a different agency, but this got investigated thoroughly while actual threats were passed over?!)


The Winter Olympics Feature 2,951 Of The World’s Greatest Athletes, And Also This Woman: by hook or by crook, I suppose. I completely understand how galling it must be to Olympians who actually worked hard to get there.

Jamison Bachman, the Worst Roommate Ever: the range of people in this world will always surprise me.


Plyscraper city – Tokyo to build 350m tower made of wood: I don’t get the impetus behind this at all. What’s wrong with steel?


Passengers Recall ‘Flight From Hell’ After 3-Year-Old Screamed for 8 Hours Straight: I’m surprised no one on board was arrested. I can’t even imagine but I can easily believe it.


The #MeToo era is making dating more confusing: my favorite was the line “men have the power in courtship.” A backlash is surely coming.


‘Super blue blood moon’ leaves Venetian gondolas stranded on dried-up canal banks: it looks so eerie. Poor Venetians have to walk like those Florentine suckers.


Entrepreneur developed a solution to smartphone addiction now used in over 600 U.S. schools: elegant solution, now they just need one for cars.


Vitapods – Pod-Shaped Multivitamins: love this idea. Naturally people are commenting that this is irresponsible. {via}


The blue marble: whoa. {via}


Live Views of Starman: something about this whole stunt just rubs me the wrong way. The attention whoring? The precious details that put it over the top? The possibility that somehow taxpayers are paying for this malarkey?

Ehang’s passenger-carrying drones look insanely impressive in first test flights: I really thought this was vaporware when it was announced at CES two years ago. The problem—at this point—is much simpler than autonomous cars, but will face a very real coordination problem at scale.


The Fascinating Company That Tears Cars Apart To Find Out Exactly How They’re Built: this is an astounding amount of work. (I found out about this company when they revealed some Tesla Model 3 build issues. On that front, I suspect that the quality issues are due to the rumored hand assembly.)


Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle: this was presaged by the events in The Lost City of the Monkey God. Far from being a dead field, archaeology is going to have a boom soon just to deal with excavating the findings from LIDAR.


‘Emotional support peacock’ barred from United Airlines plane: this is blatant avian discrimination. What is wrong with people!


Woman Takes Service Turkey on Flight for Trip to Scatter Husband’s Ashes: no one sat next to this lady?! Hard to believe. It’s just a matter of time before someone brings some motherf’ing emotional support snakes on the plane.


Patent US1926420 – Combined racing greyhound harness and rider supporting means: the 30s, what an era! Look at the first image. {via}


Kazakhstan Cheers New Alphabet, Except for All Those Apostrophes: Turkish does seem the obvious route to pursue, but for the stubborn opinion of a doddering dictator. {via}


What are some slang terms a 50 year old dad can say to his daughter to embarrass her?: this is great stuff, even though I don’t understand half of it. {via}


3 football player vs 100 kids player in Japan: it sure took them awhile to score. Geesh. {via}


Death of Man in Skyscraper Fall in China Puts a Spotlight on ‘Rooftopping’: it’s unfortunate but inevitable. I hope people stop doing this.


The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st-Century Agriculture: the scale is so impressive. It explains why our food has never been cheaper. {via}


Minister Pours Cold Water on ‘Boaty McBoatface’ Plan: if they think that that ship will not forever be known by that name, they’re dead wrong.


Ukulele Batman Vs. Bagpipe Superman – Theme Song Battle: whoa. {via}


Flapit: this is a neat little idea but pricey. {via}

Wintergatan – Marble Machine: whoa. Just wow. {via}


Atlas, The Next Generation: wow, but that guy’s a real jerk at 1’30”. Geesh.


OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out: if only I liked their music.


Watch ‘Sticker Boy’ Troll Hillary’s Iowa Speech: whoa. Looks like he was just having some fun.


The World’s First Underwater Tennis Court Could Cost $2.5 Billion: no amount of assurances would convince me to be a spectator there.


CafePress Fake Electric Outlet Sticker: this looks super handy!


Jeep GoPro Selfie Fail and Aftermath: selfie comeuppance. Love it! {via}


I love the Victorian era. So I decided to live in it: uhh, a) I’m glad that these two found each other, b) they sound absolutely insufferable, and c) their story was written by her on a Web site that, by all rights, they should have no idea even exists. Of course they have their own Web site. Money line: “Not everyone necessarily wants to live the same lifestyle we have chosen, of course.” {via}

Battle Sports Inc: Canadians have sublimated anger?


Huge wave hits cruise ship: yikes! {via}


Ridiculous Sky Pool Lets People Swim Between Buildings: ridiculous is right but, man, that first time would be great.


The Japanese Have Just Perfected the Skateboard: yeah, I’d agree. Except… none of the video show the user with neck bent and head down texting or scrolling through Instagram. {via}


Amazing Tongue Twister Rap: forget the tongue twister impressiveness, that’s some serious breath work. {via}


“Server Couldn’t Ignore the Things She ‘Overheard’ Two Firefighters Say During Breakfast”: ignore the “what happened next” headline. This is an uplifting story about kindness and generosity on all sides.


Arduino AR-15 Sentry Gun: pretty slick, but the training is pretty weak. Colors only? I agree with one of the commenters: OpenCV would make this more useful—video mentions it—and Airsoft would make it more legal. {via}


The Weird Origin Story of the World’s Most Viral Scooter: only $595?! so tempting… {via}


The University of Michigan opened an ultra-realistic testing site for futuristic cars: this is so cool and I hope it actually helps with the development of self-driving cars. (I fear that it’s not “real world” enough.) It seems like Detroit could’ve provided a much larger, more realistic setting for a lot less. {via}


I want this when I die: it’s all about leaving a legacy for future generations to benefit from. I hope I can be this crotchety someday.


Green Dawn: sub-reddit for photos of army men in public places. Of course it exists. {via}


Surprising Applications of the Magnus Effect: surprising, indeed. More about the rotor ship, which is fascinating.

Comic Con the Musical: Whitney Avalon is amazing! Check out her Princess Rap Battles after this one.


MINI Basketball Fail: important life lesson: don’t gloat until you’re out of range.


Epic Caroling: this is why I love Improv Everywhere: it’s an uplifting prank.


You Know How This Experiment Ends, But You Should Watch It Anyway: classic science in a modern setting.


Conan Visits The American Girl Store: hilarious!


On the Roofs: holy, holy crap. Someday, these will be the evidence for a posthumous Darwin Award.


Ice Bucket Challenge – Dry Ice Version: I think the challenge itself is profoundly dumb (but whatever floats your boat) but this is a fun take on it.

[UPDATE (8/22/2014): Bob Parsons’ video is definitely my favorite so far.]


“Oops!!” comes to Downton …: I can totally see how this might happen. Can you spot the goof? There’s a plastic water bottle on the mantle.


Oak Island Money Pit: I’ve covered this before, but it’s worth this re-hashing. Let’s just say that there is something down there and it’s pirate treasure: how were the pirates supposed to retrieve it?! The idea of caching your loot seems fine, but at some point you’d want to get at it again, right? On the other hand, why would anyone go through all that trouble otherwise?


BMW M4 – “Ultimate Racetrack”: don’t try this at home. Professional driver on closed track.


Harley Morenstein’s post on Vine: guy in Mentos suit falls into a Diet Coke dunk tank. Six seconds of violent reaction (followed by asphyxiation, presumably).


Big money, fast cars, and a Nyan Cat – this is the Gumball 3000: weird.


Shocking Google Street Views Of The Decline Of Detroit: these aren’t even worth $100.


Great Horror Campout: holy moly! I’d go for this except for the Tucker & Dale problem. Also, unstoppable music.


Oprah Interested in Buying Clippers: “The Oracle chief has had basketball courts on at least two of his yachts, said Tom Ehman, who handles America’s Cup matters for Mr. Ellison. He said Mr. Ellison liked to relax by shooting hoops on these courts, and has had someone in a powerboat following the yacht to retrieve balls that go overboard.” Whoa.


AMAZING !! STREET PERFORMER BATTLES NYPD COP TO STREET PERFORM: wow, what an amazing police officer. Or not.


Fake London Underground signs: these are hilarious and look like they belong.


Can You Walk on Water? (Non-Newtonian Fluid Pool): this looks like a lot of fun.

Tower Climbers working: so very, very hard to watch.


How do farts behave in low gravity?: an answer to a question I never knew I had.


YOU HAD ONE JOB!: come on!


Go Daddy Employee Town Hall | Harlem Shake Style – YouTube: I was the hopping bucket behind the ToolZilla dude.

Purdue Technology students build supersonic ping pong gun – YouTube: the six-pack of cans part was the best.


Supernatural pickpocketing skills!! Awesome to watch! – by Apollo Robbins: I read the article and couldn’t believe it. Now I see it and the article is real.


Crafting with Cat Hair – Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat: the “cat lady” market must be bigger than I thought.


Drive Thru Invisible Driver Prank: this and a few of the other videos are pretty funny, but most of this series are cringeworthy.


Anonymous Attacks Westboro Baptist Church Over Plans to Picket Sandy Hook Funerals: something about “two wrongs” springs to mind. Free speech must still be defended, no matter how vile the speaker


Extremely Scary Ghost Elevator Prank in Brazil: borders on cruel but very good execution.

Jefferson Perez – Would he run ?: pretty elaborate setup to answer that one.


“I Like your Kitchen Glove”: that’s one use. Another would be for when your waiter asks about your meal. Hold this baby up and have someone else in your party tap it. {via}


In Seoul, retailer uses 3D QR codes and the sun to deliver discounts only during its quiet times: that is tremendously clever.


ZeroN – Levitated Interaction Element: nifty little demo.


Drive a Tank: they absolutely need to franchise this. These prices seem quite reasonable.


How to make any elevator an express to your floor: I can’t vouch for this since I live in a town (Phoenix) where most buildings have less than three floors.


Zorbing: now I know the name.


Official National High Five Day Music Video: third Thursday in April. Hilarious video!


Halloween Joke Blood Pillow: love it!


The Personal Analytics of My Life: that is some serious tracking going on there.


Creative Outlet Stickers: adorable. {via}


10 Worlds Most Dangerous Airports: sweet sassy molassey! Worth watching to the end.


Peter Schiff at Occupy Wall Street – Full Version, Almost 2 Hours Long!: he is a very patient person.


Ladies and Gentlemen, the best pet Halloween costume of all time: agree wholeheartedly. My dog, however, would be the fastest damn AT-AT you ever saw.


This is What Happens When Your Dad’s a Graphic Designer: haha. My wife and I once co-opted George and Lorraine McFly’s backstory to explain how we met.


Things That Look Like Other Things: neat stuff. {via}


Cat Cake: nice!


The Legion of Super-Groomsmen: and I thought our Toyota jump photo was cool. Damn!


Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg: awesomeness just got awesomer.


Wonderfully Creepy Sculptures Carved From Bananas: quite the unusual medium.

Chris Needs Your Help Doing Something Banal: love this sort of project.


Someone Is Setting Hipster Traps in New York: waste of time—some do-gooder will probably just let them go.


Real Life Version of the UP House Attached to 300 Balloons Takes Flight: those balloon pilots would have to be awfully experienced before I’d set foot in that thing.