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August 20, 2011
Heavy Bedding.
Ben Venom makes heavy metal quilts. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 10:19 PM PST - 33 comments

Be a kidult! Way togo!
DINOSOAP archaeological soap lets you easily experience the fun of archaeological work! Body itself as a special soap made of double-modulation soap: scrub in the process each time, easier to dissolve the outer layer of the "loess" will gradually erode, slowly revealing more difficult to dissolve the inner layer buried in the "dinosaur fossil." Just few weeks, a mini ancient dinosaur fossils can be excavated Hello! [more inside]
posted by Gator at 8:58 PM PST - 18 comments

The Goulash Archipelago
Orbán's concept of moral renewal and economic rehabilitation for Hungary has several tenets: Those without work are to be given work; those who are already working should work more in the future, but without being paid more; in the interest of the country's "stability," those who hold political power today should be allowed to remain in office for as long as possible; and those who once had power and did not use it for the benefit of the people should now be punished.
"Supporters of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán say he has a strict leadership style, while critics warn of the threat of forced political conformity, Jew-baiting and labor camps. Meanwhile, the European Union is saying nothing, apparently accepting the fact that a member state is getting out of control." [previously]
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear at 8:33 PM PST - 17 comments

"And at once I knew I was not magnificent..."
Bon Iver has released a video for the second single from their new eponymous album: Holocene (Vimeo / Youtube.) Background. (Previously) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:01 PM PST - 26 comments

There is no majority in America that can be built on hypocrisy and inconsistency.
Social Issues are Not Going to Win the Whitehouse by Gary Johnson.
posted by blue_beetle at 6:39 PM PST - 75 comments

10 bonkers things about the universe
Marcus Chown's top 10 bonkers things about the universe.
posted by anothermug at 6:38 PM PST - 35 comments

Zero Hour.
The Battle For Tripoli Begins: In the last few hours, news outlets and Twitter have been abuzz with reports of fighting around Tripoli. The Libyan rebel council is claiming that “zero hour” has started and a major offensive to take the city is beginning. [more inside]
posted by metaplectic at 5:51 PM PST - 404 comments

rock & roll time capsule
Rock Scene magazine - scans of every page of all 54 issues from 1973-1982, featuring artists like Bowie, Queen Lou Reed, the Ramones, The New York Dolls, Blondie, Talking Heads, Willy DeVille, and more. (via Dangerous Minds)
posted by madamjujujive at 5:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Challenging Chompsky
In the late Sixties and early Seventies several experiments were begun to test whether or not a non-human primate could construct a sentence. Several species were involved in these various experiments including the chimpanzees Washoe and Nim, a gorilla named Koko, and later in the Eighties work began with a bonobo named Kanzi. While great progress was made in teaching these primates a vocabulary, it would be difficult to see any of these experiments as a success. And all of these projects raised important questions about the ethics of such experiments. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 2:30 PM PST - 39 comments

99 Angels Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin. No More.
A massive argument about comic books that don't exist. The condensed version.
posted by Toby Dammit X at 12:44 PM PST - 40 comments

How Condoms Are Made
How A Condom Is Made (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by griphus at 12:38 PM PST - 49 comments

Heaven and Hell
1923 aka Heaven or 1925 aka Hell [dlv] via.
posted by ennui.bz at 11:48 AM PST - 21 comments

Hell, Rebranded
"With the help of Chris Herron Design, the Hell Office of Travel & Tourism has created a friendly and welcoming voice for destination Hell, and in so doing, has reaffirmed its mission to create an environment in which local businesses can succeed and flourish." Hell presents their new identity: Simply Heavenly ™ . Take a look at the brand new website. See Chris Herron's breakdown of the redesign process, along with dozens of logo explorations. Related: Logos for the moon. (via Brand New)
posted by JimBennett at 11:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Stars
Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life finished today. Promises of new projects and a print version by December have been made. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Decision Fatigue
Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? "The very act of making decisions depletes our ability to make them well. So how do we navigate a world of endless choice?"
posted by homunculus at 10:50 AM PST - 71 comments

The Mismeasure of Morals
People with antisocial personality traits are more likely to have utilitarian ethics [PDF] [more inside]
posted by DRMacIver at 10:03 AM PST - 68 comments

Caturday in late August
Mesmerized by Stuffed Animal | Fluffy likes it rough | slap a cat, stereo | unrequited | cabbage cat | nyan Bollywood style | Yakety Cat white on white | In Soviet Russia... Cat Pet YOU | kitten catatonic | smart. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 9:31 AM PST - 28 comments

Various Optical Illusions
"I am fascinated with the science of optical illusions. What happens in our brain when we view an optical illusion? The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to create an idea or image that does not match with a physical measurement of the stimulus source. On this channel you will find a variety of videos that will spark that scientific corner of your brain." [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 8:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Pick a card. Any card.
The Berglas Effect aka The Holy Grail of Card Magic or Any Card at Any Number (ACAAN) and named after its inventor David Berglas is a very simple magic card trick that Berglas claims only two people know. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 8:07 AM PST - 107 comments

In The Time Machine Over The Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel: The RPG "The band's second album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, released in 1998 and also produced by Schneider, is notable as a critically acclaimed and widely popular album. [more inside]
posted by dubold at 7:58 AM PST - 34 comments

The Fall of Groupon
The fall of Groupon: Groupon must spend to grow, but must continue growing to cover its operational expenditures.

"As of June 30, Groupon had $680 million in current liabilities -- bills the company has to pay," Business Insider's Henry Blodget pointed out earlier this week. "Meanwhile, Groupon only had $376 million of current assets with which to pay them."
posted by Gordafarin at 6:22 AM PST - 90 comments

Aim High
The Best Save The Date Card, Ever [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:06 AM PST - 41 comments

Mind your manners on FB ... or you might not make it into the yearbook.
I Won't Photograph Ugly People. A young photographer, building her business in Pennsylvania, does a little FB research on the high school kids she's been commissioned to photograph for their senior portraits. She makes a tough decision: she won't photograph the ugly ones..
posted by thinkpiece at 4:23 AM PST - 219 comments

Yvonne the Problemkuh
The search is on for Yvonne the Cow, who has been on the loose in the Bavarian woods, mocking her captors, since May. Attempts to capture her have included employing a behavioural scientist, Yvonne's "best friend" Waltraud, a calf named Waldi and an unnamed bull. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 1:17 AM PST - 46 comments