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  • The 3D Pee-wee Herman tee

    Eighties icon Pee-wee Herman is now featured on this fun t-shirt by Creepy Co. To see the full effect, pop on a pair of paper anaglyph glasses (included).

    Oui, they made a 3D Pee-wee tee! It's available now for $26.99.

  • "I'm Just a Bill up on Capitol Hill" Gets His Star Turn in the GOP Tax Bill Parody

    FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.

    JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's subscription club, the Proud & Mighty INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, and Other Stuff. You can also now join through Patreon!

    HOLIDAY GIFT-GIVING ALERT: Every kid wants Ruben Bolling’s new hit book series, The EMU Club Adventures. (”Filled with wild twists and funny dialogue” -Publishers Weekly) Book One here. Book Two here.

    More Tom the Dancing Bug comics on Boing Boing! (more…)

  • Ugly cryptocurrency sweaters

    It seems whatever you're into, there's an ugly holiday sweater for it. Now, with the rise in interest in cryptocurrency, there's a collection of machine-knit "ugly crypto sweaters" available. For $59.99 apiece, you can show your (ironic?) pride for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero, or Neo this winter. See them all over at Hodlmoon.

    (Ufunk.net)

    Previously: These ugly Christmas sweaters have special booze-bottle-holding pockets

  • The story of a daring 1943 commando raid to stop Germany from getting an atomic bomb

    During World War II, the Allies feared that Germany was on the brink of creating an atomic bomb. To prevent this, they launched a dramatic midnight commando raid to destroy a key piece of equipment in the mountains of southern Norway. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll remember Operation Gunnerside, "one of the most daring and important undercover operations of World War II."

    We'll also learn what to say when you're invading Britain and puzzle over the life cycle of cicadas.

    Show notes

    Please support us on Patreon!

  • Walmart.com has 'Weed Marijuana Leaf' Christmas trees

    For those looking to "'light up' the room" with this "Weed Marijuana Leaf Christmas Tree," be prepared to shell out $249.99 to an unlikely source: Walmart.com.

    While available at the retail behemoth's website, the nearly seven-foot-tall faux pot leaf tree is actually sold and shipped by an outside vendor called Brands On Sale, Inc. They write, "You'll be able to relax and giggle at the marijuana leaves and decorate it as you please."

    Since the bow and ornaments are not included, you'll have to get creative with the decorations. Perhaps make some tiny snowflakes out of rolling papers? Or add some candy-cane-striped pipe ornaments?

    Just don't forget to leave out some cannabis cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.

    Here's a closer look at those "weed marijuana" leaves: (The Cannabist)

  • A track you never expected to see on Boing Boing

    When I, a Briton, became an American citizen, I punted on a key decision: what would my new accent be? I couldn't decide between Californian surf dude or subtly-queer Alabama backwoods troublemaker.

    God has decided for me.

  • Democrat Doug Jones beats cowboy cosplay creep Roy Moore in Alabama senate race

    God bless Alabama. https://twitter.com/AP/status/940784509238333441

    Trump deleting tweets in 1... 2...

  • Watch how a couple makes a Christmas tree with a tire, a plastic bucket, and a PVC pipe

    Watch how this couple made their Christmas tree using a cut-up PVC pipe, a tire, white paint, a plastic bucket, ornaments, and lights – all cheap hardware store items you can probably find in your garage.

  • Watch: Cigarette addict caught smoking in plane bathroom threatens to kill everyone on board

    Video taken during a Southwest Airlines flight Saturday shows a woman screaming and making threats toward passengers' lives.

    The airline said the woman was found smoking in the plane’s lavatory after tampering with the smoke detector, according to the Washington Post. Accused of subsequently pulling out an oxygen mask, the woman can be seen and heard demanding the plane be stopped or else she would kill all passengers and crew.

    “I swear, if you don’t f---ing land, I will f---ing kill everybody on this f---ing plane,” the woman says to a flight attendant. More chaos ensued.

    The crew eventually complied and landed in Sacramento, where deputies were waiting on the ground to make their arrest.

  • Roy Moore’s wife: we aren't anti-semites -- “one of our attorneys is a Jew”

    Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of many things -- sexually assaulting girls, racism, sexism, and antisemitism. On that last point, earlier this month Moore said George Soros, who is Jewish, is headed for hell because he doesn't worship the right deity:

    “He's still going to the same place that people who don't recognize God and morality and accept his salvation are going. And that's not a good place.”

    But his wife, Kayla, wants you to know that they love Jewish people. They have Jewish friends, so many Jewish friends. Here are her comments at a rally:

    Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews. I tell you all this because I’ve seen it all, so I just want to set the record straight while they’re here. One of our attorneys is a Jew. We have very close friends that are Jewish and rabbis, and we also fellowship with them.

    She didn't say whether or not her many, many dear Jewish friends will go to hell because they made the mistake of sticking with Judaism, though.

    [via Vox]

  • Catch a movie in Saudi Arabia for the first time in 35 years

    Saudi Arabia is planning to open up movie theaters by March, ending a 35-year ban on cinemas. The goal will be to have 2,000 movie screens over the next 12 years, according to the Guardian.

    Saudi Arabia isn’t undergoing a full westernization, even as women are preparing to drive in 2018. Walls dividing men and women are expected to be built in the theaters.

    Eager Saudis have been able to stream movies by bypassing government censors, along with viewing flicks on satellite TV. But an increase in Saudi movie makers can lead to an incredible exchange of differing ideas...I hope.

    Image: jakman1/Pixabay

  • Stanley flask for $12

    This is probably the lowest price for the Classic Stanley Flask -- 11.90 on Amazon. I've admired my friend's for a while, and now I'm getting one for myself. Don't forget to pick up a flask funnel, too!

  • How a maker with Type I diabetes led an open source project to create a free-as-in-code artificial pancreas

    Dana Lewis kickstarted the Open Artificial Pancreas System (previously) by trying to solve her own problems with monitoring her glucose levels, calculating insulin doses, and administering them around the clock -- an onerous task that her life depended on, which disrupted her sleep and challenged her to make reliable calculations regarding dangerous substances while her blood-sugar levels were troughing or spiking. (more…)

  • Independent auditor: Trump has made it impossible for students defrauded by predatory diploma mills to get their loans cancelled

    The US Department of Education's Inspector General has released a report saying that the DoE has stopped cancelling the debts of students who were defrauded by fake universities. (more…)

  • Biopic of Darth Vader actor David Prowse in the works

    Towering English bodybuilder David Prowse was the man actor behind Darth Vader's menacing presence. With James Earl Jones's voice and Sebastian Shaw's face, he helped create one of cinema's greatest villains. But he's also famously eccentric and cantankerous, which will doubtless make the forthcomimg movie about his life more interesting.

    Chronicling his journey from champion weightlifter to the biggest bad ass in the universe, Strongman will follow Prowse through his tenure as Green Cross Code man, a British road safety mascot, and his career as an actor, where he appeared in films such as 1967's Casino Royale, A Clockwork Orange, The Horror of Frankenstein, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, and others.

    One of the peculiar coincidences of Star Wars casting is that Hayden Christiansen, who played a younger Anakin/Vader in the Star Wars prequels, looks uncannily like a young David Prowse, the only Vader actor whose face is never actually seen in the series. When Jedi Return of the Jedi called for mask-off scenes, however, Prowse (and Jones) were replaced by Shaw. If Hayden got the role, that'd be extremely cool.

  • Watch: When woman falls on icy sidewalk Santa comes to the rescue

    A woman carrying shopping bags in each hand slips on an icy sidewalk and slams onto her back. Then a good samaritan in a black car skids to a stop, and who pops out to help? Santa! This comically heartwarming video was caught by a dashcam of another car passing by.

  • Child molester Roy Moore said he wants to repeal all Constitutional amendments after the first ten, which would revive slavery and end votes for women and black people

    Roy Moore, who has been thoroughly endorsed by Donald Trump, said in 2011 that the US government would "solve many problems" by ridding itself of every Constitutional amendment after the first ten -- a list that included the 13th Amendment (which ended slavery), the 14th (which gave citizenship to former enslaved people); the 15th (which gave the vote to black men) and the 19th (which extended voting to women). (more…)

  • German VW exec is going to US prison for seven years for his role in Dieselgate

    Oliver Schmidt, the general manager of Volkswagen's Michigan environmental and engineering office, is going to jail for his role in Dieselgate, the company's criminal conspiracy to trick regulators about the emissions from their diesel cars, allowing them to emit lethal levels of NOx on roads all over the world. (more…)

  • A law-enforcement agency is trying to figure out who owns the bots that hacked the FCC's Net Neutrality comment period, but the FCC is obstructing justice

    The FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on killing Net Neutrality was flooded by anti-neutrality bots who submitted millions of comments under the names of fake people, dead people, and living people who supported Net Neutrality. The New York Attorney General has opened an investigation into this sabotage of the lawmaking process, but the FCC is obstructing justice, refusing to comply with requests that would help the AG get to the bottom of things. (more…)

  • Collage.com lets you print virtually anything on anything

    If you want to give your family and friends a truly personalized gift for the holidays, we’re offering $100 of credit on Collage.com for $24.99 in the Boing Boing Store. And if you order before the 15th, you can make sure your custom-printed objects arrive in time for Christmas.

    With Collage.com, you can bring your photographic memories into the real world in the form of blankets, mugs, printed canvas, and even iPhone cases. In addition to applying your own images to any of their 50 items, you can add text to anything you order to give your gifts an extra-unique touch. Although you have to take advantage of this deal within 180 days to use the full $100 credit, your original $25 purchase doesn’t have an expiration date — you can still use it next year if you get behind on your holiday plans.

    Get $100 worth of credit from Collage.com for $24.99 when you order from the Boing Boing Store.

  • A tiny stand for your smartphone or tablet

    My daughter and niece will whine incessantly if their phones do not have a Pop Socket attached.

    These cute pop-up buttons act as a stand or handle for your small screen device. It sticks to your case, or the phone direct, and simply works. The kids use these to position their phones for viewing in all sorts of weird angles.

    Pop Socket via Amazon

  • Ajit Pai says the FTC is will guard against ISPs abusing a world without Net Neutrality, but the FTC had no authority to act in history's most prominent telcoms abuses

    Public Knowledge's Harold Feld is one of the leading and most longstanding pro-Net Neutrality telcoms lawyers in America, and in a post, he analyzes Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to punt Net Neutrality enforcement to the Federal Trade Commission, by looking back on the four most significant decisions the FCC ever made on Net Neutrality, and shows that the FTC would have had no authority to act on any of those cases. (more…)

  • Building a scale model of our solar system in the desert is an eye-opening exercise

    You are no doubt aware that models of our solar system are not to scale. These guys went to Black Rock Desert to create a scale model of our solar system, starting with an Earth the size of a marble. This required seven miles of empty desert to add the other planets (not including Pluto). There's an awful lot of space between these little spheres.

  • Amputee monkeys learn mind control methods to manipulate robotic arm

    Neuroscientist Nicho Hatsopoulous and his team taught monkeys that lost limbs through accidents how to control a robotic arm. The work has profound implications on what they call the brain-machine interface. Via University of Chicago

    “That's the novel aspect to this study, seeing that chronic, long-term amputees can learn to control a robotic limb,” said Nicho Hatsopoulos, PhD, professor of organismal biology and anatomy at UChicago and senior author of the study. “But what was also interesting was the brain’s plasticity over long-term exposure, and seeing what happened to the connectivity of the network as they learned to control the device.”

    Here's the basic setup in a similar lab with non-amputee monkeys. The monkey gets juice or some other treat for successfully completing the tasks.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_arFi-IfYc4

    Here's a detailed lecture on the current work in the field:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOyTY0tfpSY

    Changes in cortical network connectivity with long-term brain-machine interface exposure after chronic amputation (via University of Chicago)

  • 'Kick the Balls (of Patriarchy)' and other cheeky on-topic hyrrs, ie. feminist hymns

    We've seen a lot of dark come to light this past year. In response, ad agency Grey London paired with Goldstein Music to spice up some Christmas musical favorites with these seven feminist hyrrs.

    Fast Company reports:

    Titles include “Kick the Balls” (set to “Deck the Halls”), “Oh Sexism” (set to “Oh Christmas Tree”), “We Want An Equal Salary” (set to “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”), “Stereotypes” (set to “Silent Night”) and more. The series of seven songs “Hyrrs: Festive Hymns Made Feminist” covers issues including body shaming, workplace inequality, sexism and harassment, and is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, and Apply Music, with all proceeds going to Refuge, a national U.K. violence charity to support women and children in need.
    https://youtu.be/9xvB2MrdkXc https://youtu.be/SKVoKBRJ2Y0 https://youtu.be/3fHeQG_IElo https://youtu.be/pcL-7W5N7as https://youtu.be/4H1Lyg-KL1I https://youtu.be/m7uC1g5WTAM

    Going caroling? Download your free Hyrrbook here.

  • Breitbart plotted to ruin Twitter, emails show

    Breitbart, Steve Bannon and co. mused often about destroying Twitter, reports Buzzfeed, exploring financial and legal options to bring the site to heel and Jack Dorsey to his knees.

    On Jan. 15, Yiannopoulos sent a peace offering to Twitter — a cordial email to Jack Dorsey asking for his verification to be restored in exchange for a detente. A screenshot of an email tracker Yiannopoulos used registered that the email was opened 111 times.

    But Dorsey never responded.

    And so the “#war,” as Bannon called it, carried on.

    Begging is not a position of strength. But Twitter ignoring the alt right and its fellow travelers still had consequences.

    This is hilarious, though:

    [Chuck] Johnson didn’t just short Twitter from behind the scenes. He had helped create a Twitter account @shortthebird in July 2015 and organized a campaign to put stickers and posters up around the company’s San Francisco headquarters with the hashtag #shorttwitter. (The hashtag never really took off, however, as it was simultaneously being employed by Twitter users to joke about their physical stature.)
  • Trump accusers speak out against president's sexual assault

    At this press conference a panel of women shared "firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by Donald Trump and demand an investigation by Congress." Watch the video here.

    In the meantime, "More than 50 female Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives called on Monday for a congressional investigation into allegations by various women of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump, who has denied the accusations."

  • This guy typed every country in the world in under 3 minutes. Can you do that?

    It took "Geography Joe" just 2 minutes and 59 seconds to type every country in the world (depending on your definition of how many countries there are – here it's 197) on the trivia website Sporcle. Who here can beat that record? (Not me!)

  • Alabamians explain why they are voting for Roy Moore

    https://youtu.be/HjLMAoejW-A

    Why are so many Alabamians voting for Roy Moore, even after nine women say he sexually assaulted or pursued them when they were teenagers? They believe the women were paid to do so. They believe it is a "George Soros assassination plan." They believe it was OK because Moore didn't undress the teenage girls. They believe it's the fault of both Moore *and* the 14-year-old girl. They believe the women have questionable reputations. They believe Moore must be trusted until he's criminally convicted. They believe Moore must be forgiven because Christians forgive. They believe that "forty years ago in Alabama, there's a lot of mommas and daddies that would be thrilled that their 14-year-old was getting hit on by a district attorney."

    YouTube description:

    These are the views of twelve conservative voters who gathered inside a Birmingham coffee house Thursday for a candid discussion about the senate race in their state. Voters dismissed many of the allegations against Moore — while saying behavior that was acceptable in Alabama decades ago shouldn’t be measured by modern standards.

    ...

    The panel was compiled and moderated by Frank Luntz, the Republican pollster well known for arranging focus groups with GOP voters.

  • The end for Storify

    Storify is an online service that lets you present strings of social media posts as a single readable article, instead of as a half-broken javascript shitbox garnished with abusive commentary from nazis. Sadly, it is The End for Storify, which is going to shut down next year.

    Exporting content from Storify can be done in a few simple steps: Log in to Storify at www.storify.com. Mouse over the story that contains content you would like to export and select "View." Click on the ellipses icon and select "Export." Choose your preferred format for download. To save your content and linked assets in HTML, select - File > Save as > Web Page, Complete. Repeat the process for each story whose content you would like to preserve. When will my content on Storify be removed?

    The site gets wiped May 16, 2018, so there's plenty of time.