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Watch this adorable penguin visit his neighbors on a ‘field trip’ around his empty aquarium

Watch this adorable penguin visit his neighbors on a 'field trip' around his empty aquarium

If you need a 30-second respite from the avalanche of terror and anxiety bearing down upon us like a 10-ton Mack Truck, here’s something that might help. On Sunday, Shedd Aquarium in Chicago released a short but adorable clip of a resident waddling over to visit his neighbors. 

Shedd Aquarium is unfortunately closed to the public until Mar. 29 due to coronavirus concerns. However, it has given some of the animals an opportunity to safely stretch their legs under the caring supervision of the animal care staff.

“Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd,” said the aquarium in the video’s caption.  Read more…

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How to covertly toss an apartment, Stasi style

In 1984, the Stasi — East Germany’s notorious secret police — searched the flat of an auditor to determine if he’d leaked files that put the country in a bad light to Stern, a West German magazine, published in Hamburg. They recorded the clandestine search for posterity, and used it as the basis for a training video explaining to other secret police operatives how to search a dissident’s home without alerting them that they were under suspicion. (via Grugq)

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You can write hit songs like the Chainsmokers if you follow this snarky video's instructions

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The Chainsmokers have been blowing up the music scene with the kind of songs that get stuck in your head immediately and permanently, even if you don’t know half the words.

But it turns out that all successful Chainsmokers songs have a pretty formulaic construction, and YouTuber John Fassold is letting everyone in on the secret. You basically pick three chords, pick a noun, and you are on your way to stardom.

Fassold not only hits it right on the head, but he also includes some sample songs about Febreeze and Tide detergent. And they really do sound like they’ll be the next big hit. Read more…

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Strollers suck so these designers made their own amazing, lightweight, compact marvel

Tim from Windfire Designs writes, “We got excited about making our own stroller after getting sick of trying to choose between really giant expensive and clunky strollers, or putting up with cheap, throw away strollers. We made our own — which is always great — because we could decide what was cool, rather than being told and sold. This thing goes everywhere, and the kiddo loves it. This video should show others the path to not accepting the de facto standards in stroller design.”

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Dom Flemons, late of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, plays music that makes me very happy

I was listening to the latest Judge John Hodgman podcast today (as I do every week!) which was performed live in Washington DC; as with every live show, there was a musical guest, and this guest was so completely awesome I made a note to post about him when I got home.
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Random Aussie quickly learns why you shouldn't heckle a police officer on camera

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Heckling a police officer is never a good idea. But doing it in front of a pack of press? Now you’re really asking for a trouble. 

An unknown Australian man man (beer bottle in hand) learnt that the hard way when he shouted “BULLSHIT!” during an unnamed officer’s address to reporters in Albury earlier this week, as per a video uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday by Prime7 News Border.

Unfazed, the police officer excused himself quickly upon hearing the heckle. He stopped the press conference, confronting the man and telling him to put down his beer bottle.  Read more…

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Despite warnings, bros are surfing on floodwaters

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The brunt of Australia’s Cyclone Debbie has resulted in flooding, with thousands of people told to evacute their homes.

But for some risk-taking surfers, the onslaught of water down streets and hills presents an opportunity for thrill seeking.

That’s despite authorities warning people to stay out of the floodwater, because well, there might be sharks lurking underneath — if the threat of drowning in fast moving water wasn’t enough of a threat.

Take these dudes surfing on raging floodwaters Murwillumbah Weir, and there’s a jet ski at about 28 seconds in too. Australians, hey. Read more…

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Internet's latest conspiracy theory: April the pregnant giraffe is just an April Fools' joke

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It just can’t be a coincidence that April the Giraffe, the perpetually pregnant and viral video star, is named April and that April Fools’ Day is coming up.

The internet’s latest conspiracy theory involving the upstate New York zoo’s giraffe and its much-watched livestream of her very, very long pregnancy (she was due in mid-February and giraffes gestate for about 15 months) is that it’s all an elaborate April Fools’ joke.

With the pranksters’ holiday of April Fools fast approaching, April the Giraffe could be a really long joke that duped everyone. Come on, look at her; she seems to just be chilling — so don’t discount this as an epic prank yet.  Read more…

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Amy Goodman narrates a gorgeous animation about Chomsky's “Manufacturing Consent”

In this gorgeous video produced by Al Jazeera’s media literacy show The Listening Post, Amy Goodman from Democracy Now narrates an explanation of the “5 Filters of Media Manipulation” set out by Noam Chomsky and Edward S Herman in their 1988 classic Manufacturing Consent, brought to life by Pierangelo Pirak’s spectacular animations. You could hardly ask for a more timely intervention in our current media and political landscape. (via JWZ)

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Someone cut the whole 'Breaking Bad' series into a two-hour feature film

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While there’s plenty of films that run for ages (looking at you, Lord of The Rings trilogy) it’s not easy to fit a television series into a movie-length format. Especially not one that’ll put you to sleep.

But by golly, someone has managed to do it with one of the finest TV series of the last decade, Breaking Bad

As many of the series’ best moments take place at the end of an episode, the “film” is missing those heavy-breathing, suspenseful moments before the credits flash “Executive Producer, Vince Gilligan.” However, it’s not at all bad.

In fact, at over two hours running time, it’s perfect for that one friend of yours who can’t be bothered watching the whole series. Read more…

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A kid-friendly electronics board that you can program from the web

Peegar is an Arduinio-style electronics kit that you design programs for by dragging and dropping Scratch-style objects around in a browser; when you’re done, the program is converted to a brief snatch of sound that you transmit through the board by plugging a standard audio cable into your device’s headphone jack.
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Breeze through 32 locations in Asia in this breathtaking hyperlapse video

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Ever wanted to see more of Asia?

Now you can live vicariously through two backpackers, who spent six months travelling through 32 locations in Asia.

Swiss couple Sylvain Botter and Jenny Gehrig of Lytchee TV visited Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Myanmar to make this hyperlapse video. 

Watch as these nine countries whiz by in a blur, and dream about your next trip in the region. Read more…

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Government recruitment video is yeah, pretty cringeworthy

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Government advertisements usually fall into two different categories: They’re either forgettable, or they’re really, really bad.

This ad for Australia’s Department of Finance falls into the latter category. It’s to promote its graduate program, but we can’t help feel that some people might delete their applications after watching the video.

It features staffers from the organisation, hampered by a terribly awkward script and acting that’s more wooden than Queen Anne’s Revenge. You’ll just have to see it for yourself. Read more…

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The Body Orifice Security Scanner is why the rectally smuggled phone is called “Beat the BOSS”

When I saw that the cell phone designed for rectal smuggling was called “Beat the Boss,” I assumed “The Boss” was a synonym for “The Man,” but it turns out it’s a reference to a specific product: Xeku’s Body Orifice Security Scanner (BOSS), a “hygienic cavity search” chair that scans prisoners for rectal contraband.
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Kickstarting a car-hacking tool that lets you take control of your own vehicle

The fully-funded Macchina project on Kickstarter is an Arduino-based, “open, versatile” gadget that bypasses the DRM in your car’s network, allowing you to configure it to work the way you want it to, so you can customize your car in all kinds of cool ways.
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Concrete buffer snaps, goes loco, terrorizes its former masters

It’s the narration of two gentlemen (Spencer Laboda and his father) who record and comment upon this incident in which a crew of construction workers improvise a series of tactics (some very unwise ones included!) to recapture, a spinning, potentially lethal concrete polisher on a jobsite that really makes this work. Laboda notes, “nobody was injured… we bought lunch for some of the participants. This was a great construction crew and they built a magnificent facility for us to enjoy every day.” (via Wil Wheaton)

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Nicole Kidman is a great actress and a terrible clapper and that is okay

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Important Oscars update: Nicole Kidman claps weird.

Clapping, of course, is a joining of the hands with fluctuating levels of force as a sign of glee or respect. It’s hard to do weird, but Nicole Kidman is managing it quite well.

Look, we know this is a strange thing to call out — it’s petty. To be honest with you, we’ve held off quite a bit but we just can’t remain silent any more: Nicole Kidman claps in an unorthodox way.

Could celebrities be… not just like us?

Take a look at Kidman’s clapping below.

See?

Nicole Kidman can’t clap either why is this happening pic.twitter.com/EJbJ6ePrxl

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Wu Orleans 2: mashups of New Orleans music and Wu Tang rappers

dj BC writes, “In 2006 I mixed a bunch of New Orleans artists with Wu Tang rappers to make the record ‘Wu Orleans.’ 11 years later, here’s part two, with ten new songs. Free MP3 download of both albums here. A very limited run of vinyl with all 20 Wu Orleans songs on two records, and new art, is allegedly coming on record store day in April. Here’s the video for ‘Express Your Brain, Champ’ with Ghostface Killah, Nicky Da B (via Diplo), Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and dj BC. Laissez les bon temps roulez!”

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Guy promises to eat Jason Segel's photo every day, until Jason Segel returns the favor

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From the “wtf” to “why in the name of” departments, comes a fella who ate a printed photo of Jason Segel, and posted footage of the feat on YouTube.

Not only that, the YouTube user (named Dog Shit, no less) promises to eat one picture of Jason Segel every day — until Jason Segel eats his picture. 

Which picture should Jason Segel eat, you wonder? Perhaps this one

There’s very little in the way of explanation, besides a message saying “I will not stop” and the hashtag #eatmyfacesegel. The YouTube video is currently one of the most popular posts on Reddit, but the uploader offered no additional comments.  Read more…

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Mobile recharging station operators in India sell tens of thousands of women's phone numbers to stalkers

Tens of thousands of women in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have complained to police about harassing phone calls from creepy men who bought their phone numbers from the operators of mobile phone recharging stations; they say the operators sneakily captured their phone numbers and sold them off to the stalkers.
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A Good American: a documentary about Bill Binney, an NSA whistleblower who says 9/11 could have been prevented

Bill Binney resigned from the NSA in October 2001, after 30 years with the agency where he was viewed as one of their best analysts: he quit because he believed that Bush-appointed leaders in the Agency had chosen to respond to the challenge of electronic communications by building out illegal, indiscriminate mass-surveillance programs that left the country vulnerable to terrorists while diverting billions to private contractors with political connections.
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The never ending makeshift 'slip 'n slide' of your dreams is here

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The humble “slip ‘n slide” is a fixture of summers in backyards around the world, but in Australia some people have taken the act of wetting a bunch of plastic and sliding around on it, to a spectacular level.

This giant slip ‘n slide is round, centring around an outdoor rotary washing line (a.k.a. a hills hoist) with a rope attached. Hours of fun!

The contraption created for “Australia Day,” the nation’s controversial public holiday that’s actually a day of mourning for Indigenous Australians and their allies. 

But hey, don’t let the long suffering of the nation’s First Peoples ruin your excessively flag-waving fun, guys.  Read more…

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'Rings' TV store prank left customers running in absolute terror

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First you see her, then you scream and run away.

The new scary movie Rings, the third feature film in the Ring franchise, gets released next Friday, so, Paramount Pictures decided to try to get potential moviegoers excited about the movie by playing the ultimate prank: having a girl, dressed like the movie’s villain Samara Morgan, crawl out of a TV and sneak up on customers. As you can imagine, almost everyone either screamed or ran out of the room with no hesitation.

Always, always, be on the lookout for long-haired girls crawling out of your TV.

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Bake: a pixel-art Mario pie for National Pie Day

Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (aka @ThePieous) writes, “It is National Pie Day in America tomorrow (not to be confused with “International Pi Day” – the cooler big cousin of pie holidays on March 14th…) In honour of this occasion I’ve posted a new tutorial video that is very attainable for any novice pie-geeks out there thinking about whipping something up nifty. It features our favourite 8 bit plumber hero, with a special guest appearance at the end.”

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Bristol cops mistake their own race relations advisor for a suspect, taser him in the face at the gate of his home

Judah Adunbi is a 63-year-old black man who lives in Bristol, England, where he volunteered as chairman of the independent advisory group on race relations; police confronted him while he was walking his dog in front of his home on Saturday. When he refused to show them ID, they tasered him, sending him crashing to the ground, cracking his head on the pavement. Then they charged him with “assaulting a constable in the course of his duties.”
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100 amazing years of Planned Parenthood in 4 minutes: THESE DOORS STAY OPEN

With Congress set to defund Planned Parenthood and millions of women and allies on the march across America, what better time to reacquaint yourself with this amazing, vital, brave organization that has withstood domestic terror, vile slander, and endless depredations to provide services to women for more than a century. (via Kottke)

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Clint Eastwood's son might be in trouble for his Down Under shenanigans

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Scott Eastwood, the son of actor-director Clint Eastwood, made waves with an Instagram video which shows him diving off a cliff in Australia.

The younger Eastwood is in Sydney filming an upcoming installment of Pacific Rim, and had a day off from shooting.

The only problem is that particular cliff is illegal to jump from, which means the actor could find himself in trouble with authorities and forced to pay a fine.

A video posted by Scott Eastwood (@scotteastwood) on

The cliff is located in Wattamolla Falls, 50 kilometres south of Sydney, inside the Royal National Park. Read more…

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Coded: new documentary series on hackers

Seth Godin sends us this trailer for Coded, a new documentary series on hackers: “There’s an invisible war being waged. And we’re all part of it. Foreign governments are hacking major corporations. Major corporations are collecting massive amounts of consumer data. And the NSA is listening…to everything. But a new generation of programmers armed with powerful technology is rising up and fighting back. Freethink presents a new original series: Coded.”

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Portal for the Apple ][+, //e and related systems

Vince Weaver is reimplementing Portal — “the cake acquisition simulator released in 2007” — to the Apple II series of computers, bit by bit — inspired by the fact that the Apple II hires mode has “the perfect Aperture Science orange and blue colors.” He’s released a disc image of the game in Apple Basic, as well as sourcecode.
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James O'Keefe caught trying to bribe protesters to riot at Trump inauguration

James O’Keefe is the Breitbart-affiliated fraudster and fake news pioneer who staged the hoax videos about Acorn and Planned Parenthood that disrupted the last two election cycles; his MO is to dress up in disguises and then attempt to trick progressives into saying damning things on camera (he’s not very good at it, having been rumbled by both CNN and Jay Rosen and Clay Shirky).

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Dude shows off how he lived in a storage unit for 2 months

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“Got my nunchucks up here.” 

After wandering around the Pacific Crest Trail, YouTuber 007craft decided to live out of an undisclosed storage unit while he was turning his Honda Civic into a cozy camper. The unit features running water but also a bar, toaster oven, hot plate, bed, 4K TV, internet and surround sound. 

Obviously, living in a storage unit is illegal, and given the hot plate and toaster oven this guy has, it’s also a fire hazard. Just look at the placement of his paper towel holder. 

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Novak Djokovic schooled in wheelchair tennis, is unsurprisingly very bad at it

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Novak Djokovic is one of the world’s top tennis players, but don’t expect him to excel in all versions of the game just yet.

Djokovic tried out some wheelchair tennis for a charity event in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday, playing against Australian wheelchair tennis pro and two-time gold medalist, Dylan Alcott.

While the Serbian champ has no such trouble hitting balls against Alcott while standing, the tables really turned when Djokovic tried playing from a wheelchair.

“Oh my god, I have to play tennis. How do you do it?” Djokovic asked, while trying to figure out how to turn his new chair. Read more…

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'The Simpsons' finally reveals the make and model of Homer's car

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The Simpsons, a show that has been on for approximately 75 years (didn’t double check but that feels right), has finally revealed the make and model of Homer’s classic pink sedan.

Finally, academics of the world can end the decades-long desperate search for this information.

In the Jan. 8 episode, titled “Pork and Burns,” a car wash employee refers to Homer’s car as a 1986 Plymouth Junkerola.

The pink sedan, Homer’s often horrendously damaged and inexplicably-repaired-the-next-week car, has been a point of debate amongst Simpsons fanatics for years. Read more…

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Considerate dog probably has better bathroom etiquette than you

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This is Jumpy.

Jumpy is a border collie mix who can use a urinal without missing, and flush after he is done. This is very impressive, because there are still many humans that have not mastered either one of those two things.

Keep showing us up with your agile and adorable ways, Jumpy. You inspire us.

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