Man Leads Police on High Speed Chase Because He Was Bored


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The suspect had no prior criminal convictions or outstanding arrest warrants. Nonetheless, police say that he drove right through a red light in Thuston County, Washington on Saturday. A sheriff's deputy tried to pull him over, but he wouldn't respond.

Police chased the man in his car through two counties for over an hour. Eventually, he crashed his car. That's when police arrested him. They asked the man why he ran. Well, it was something to do on a slow day. The News Tribune reports:

“He said he was just bored,” Odegaard said. “It looks like to us right now … he instigated this pursuit because he was bored and just wanted to do it.”

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Motoki puts his heart into his lip-sync performance. And his sense of humor, too! For safety’s sake, his mother is driving. She's seen it all before. 

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It's Good To Have Someone With A Can-Do Attitude In Your Corner

It's good to have a partner in life who will help you soar to new heights instead of weighing you down with their negativity, but sometimes you've gotta swap out the one you're with to find the right fit.

And according to this comic from Zen Pencils you'll know the Can-Do guy or girl of your dreams the minute you meet them- they'll be the one offering to help you(r heart) soar to the stars!

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The Week Jimi Hendrix Toured with the Monkees

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

In the wild and crazy history of rock  music, many strange, bizarre and quite unbelievable things have happened.

Elvis being shot "from his waist up only" on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957, the Beatles and John Lennon's “We're more popular than Jesus" controversy of 1966, and the Bing Crosby-David Bowie duet of “The Little Drummer Boy" for Bing's 1977 Christmas TV special.

It was in this world of insanity that seems to define rock, that the most uniquely odd, almost surreal, tour in rock history took place.

From September 8th to September 16th, 1967, Jimi Hendrix went on tour with the Monkees.

In 1967, the Monkees were the hottest rock act in the country. They not only had a hugely popular hit television show, but, incredibly, they were at this time outselling the Beatles and the Rolling Stones- combined! In fact, by the end of '67, the Monkees had become the only act in the history of rock music to have had four number one albums in the same year (The Monkees, More of the Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.).

By September of 1967, the Monkees were also seasoned stage performers, having become a "touring act" in December of 1966 -and yes, playing their own instruments.

Micky Dolenz was the first Monkee to discover Jimi Hendrix. Micky was told by a friend that there was this black musician who "played the guitar with his teeth.” Fascinated and curious, Micky went to New York's famed Village and witnessed Jimi playing guitar with the John Hammel Band, indeed, with his teeth.

Micky and fellow Monkee Peter Tork were both to see Jimi play live later that year, at the Monterey Pop Festival.

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The Shortest Weather Forecast Ever


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Perhaps, as Scott Beale at Laughing Squid suggests, it's a blooper. But I'm skeptical. The weatherman is just getting to the point. It's not like he's getting paid by the word. If only other people communicated as succinctly as Keith Monahan of KARK-TV news in Arkansas does!


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Louise Darko - This Is Why You Shouldn't Eat Burgers Right Before Bed


Louise Darko by Ed Harrington

Bob knew it would be a mistake to let Louise stay up late and watch Donnie Darko, but since he'd never seen it and had to open up for that early morning burger crowd he gave in to her whining. Besides, if it kept Louise occupied and too tired to wake up Tina and Gene at the crack of dawn Bob was all for it, although that did mean he'd have to bus tables by himself at the restaurant. Later that day, as Bob and Linda were cleaning up after the Linner rush, poor little Louise wandered into the restaurant with a shellshocked look on her face, muttering something about imaginary bunnies and time travel...

Sport this Louise Darko t-shirt by Ed Harrington around town and you'll become like a wild stallion named Jericho to your fellow fans, because they'll see you as a trailblazer and a style icon. But don't take my word for it...

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Cleaning Up Ugly Graffiti

Graffiti tags are not exactly street art; they are more of a signature just to say “I was here.” As such, they are rarely legible. French artist Matthew Tremblin took on a project to “clean up” the tags on the streets of France, by changing those signature tags to a legible font.



Now isn’t that better? You can see more examples of the cleaned-up graffiti at Colossal. http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/07/street-artist-paints-over-ugly-graffiti-to-make-it-legible/


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10 Historic Shot Towers around the World


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Once upon a time, to make bullets and cannonballs, nations and businesses would build shot towers. These are industrial sites sometimes hundreds of feet tall. Workers would drip molten lead from the top. These droplets would form spheres during their descent, then cool in that form when hitting a pool of water at the bottom. This technique permitted the mass production of adequately well-made ammunition.

Some of these shot towers still exist, such as Taroona Shot Tower, which is pictured above. The iron merchant Joseph Moir built it in Tasmania in 1870. The 150-foot tall tower is no longer active, but is well preserved and open to the public.

The beautiful Taroona Shot Tower is 1 of 10 well-preserved shot towers that still exist around the world. You can see others at Atlas Obscura.


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How Maritime Law Works

The oceans make up vast areas of the earth’s surface that are under no governmental control. That’s where maritime law comes into play. There are zones of the oceans that are controlled by the country on the nearest shore, but which laws they can enforce vary depending on how far away from the beach you are.

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In international waters, some things depend on what country your ship is registered in. Other matters are rules agreed on by various nations, but it’s rare to get all nations to agree on anything. It gets confusing, but Wendover Productions makes it as simple as they can as they explain maritime law to us. -via reddit


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The Bourbon Burger

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Chicken & Sons, a restaurant in Chatsworth, New South Wales, Australia, now offers the perfect breakfast burger. Their $22 Bourbon Burger has bourbon-glazed bacon, bourbon-based barbecue sauce, and a whole shot of bourbon in a cup cut into the bun. It comes with beer-battered fries that have been glazed with bourbon. I suspect that you could also order it with bourbon on the side, too.

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DeepWarp: Changing the Gaze of an Image

So you’ve taken what would be the perfect group picture, except that Uncle Roy is staring at your sister-in-law’s bosom. A new technology called DeepWarp can change that part without making Roy look unnatural.

In this work, we consider the task of generating highly-realistic images of a given face with a redirected gaze. We treat this problem as a specific instance of conditional image generation, and suggest a new deep architecture that can handle this task very well as revealed by numerical comparison with prior art and a user study. Our deep architecture performs coarse-to-fine warping with an additional intensity correction of individual pixels. All these operations are performed in a feed-forward manner, and the parameters associated with different operations are learned jointly in the end-to-end fashion. After learning, the resulting neural network can synthesize images with manipulated gaze, while the redirection angle can be selected arbitrarily from a certain range and provided as an input to the network.

I didn’t understand any of that, but that’s not what’s important. What’s really interesting are the examples given on the project page. You can pull up any of 16 pictures of faces and move their eyes around. They can look you up and down, they can shift left and right right, or they can roll around. It’s a shame they can’t move independently of each other, but what you will see is creepy and funny enough as it is. -via Metafilter


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Soccer Balls on Demand for Kids in Brazil

The campaign by Brazilian cookie company Biscoitos Zezé is called "Be More Child." It places soccer balls in locked bins in the streets of Brazilian cities. Local kids have keys to the bins, so they can play soccer whenever they want. You can see more photos of the bins at Pop-Up City.


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Guy Wearing Dinosaur Onesie Edits Himself Into Photos Of Famous People

You know what every single photo taken of a celebrity is missing?

A dude wearing a dinosaur onesie while hanging out with said celeb, that's what, and since Lorenz Valentino owned a onesie and had the Photoshop skills he went to work editing himself into their photos.

Thanks to his skills, and his sweet onesie, Lorenz now hangs out with Macklemore, dates his dream Kardashian, err, Jenner, and poses like a sexy python ready to strike with his "longtime friend" Jennifer Lawrence.

No biggie, just another day in the imaginary life of a dino onesie wearing dude who just happens to be friends with virtually every famous face on the planet.

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Singapore Street Food Makes Culinary History by Earning Michelin Stars

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To earn a star in the Michelin travel guide is a great victory for a restaurant. Since 1931, the company has secretly sampled and rated the finest restaurants in the world. Getting even just one is a mark of fame. 3 gives the establishment a reputation for the highest excellence.

And now, for the first time in its history, Michelin has awarded stars to street food stalls. A pair of stalls in Singapore has each earned a star. Reuters reports:

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle made dining history on Thursday when they became the first street food stalls in the world to be awarded a star by Michelin as French critics revealed a Singapore guide of 29 establishments.

Singapore is the first Southeast Asian country and the fourth in Asia to be rated by the Michelin Guide. It has more than 100 open-air "hawker" centers and 6,000 stalls selling popular multi-ethnic meals.

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A Cosmic Groaner

Redditor terrafarma lives on a small farm, so my guess is that he is responsible for this sign. If you don’t get the joke, you might want to listen to the song. If you get the joke, you’ll love the comment flammablepenguins left underneath.

When the celery is in the Seventh House

And arugula aligns with Mars

Then spinach will guide the planets

And turnips will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus

The Age of Asparagus

Asparagus! Asparagus!

Pumpkin and understanding

Sorrell and tomato abounding

No more gherkins or derisions

Golden living dreams of onions

Mystic shallot revelation

And the leeks true liberation

Asparagus, Asparagus

When the celery is in the Seventh House

And arugula aligns with Mars

Then spinach will guide the planets

And turnips will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus

The Age of Asparagus

Asparagus! Asparagus!

Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in, The sun shine in

Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in, The sun shine in…


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The Fresh Tank Engine of Sodor


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YouTube user marioboy22601 remixed Will Smith's famous introduction to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with the theme music of Thomas  and Friends. It totally works! Thomas definitely should leave the mean tracks of Philly for a safer environment on Sodor.

I found this video at Boing Boing, which has links to other Thomas and Friends re-mixes, including the music of Biggie Smalls, Cypress Hill, and AC/DC.


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Blasters Are So Uncivilized - Slice 'Em With A Saber Instead!


Blasters are so Uncivilized by WinterWolfMedia

Just because you're fighting a war that spans the galaxy, just because you're a force of evil who uses the dark side of the force to kill those who dare to rebel against your Imperial policies, doesn't mean you have to act in an uncivilized manner. You should always try to maintain your dignity and composure no matter what the odds, so your warrior energy shines brightly like a star instead of merely flashing for a second like a blaster beam. Rebel or Empire, Jedi or Sith, you have to set a good example for the others and lead by example, meaning you should holster that blaster you cowboy you!

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Clones of Cloned Sheep Aging Normally

Dolly the sheep was the world’s first cloned animal to survive to adulthood, while 277 other attempts failed. She was born 20 years ago, and lived for six and a half years. When she died of a not-uncommon sheep lung disease, there was some speculation that Dolly might have been suffering the effects of old age because she was cloned from a six-year-old sheep, or possibly that clones age differently from natural-born sheep. However, a few years later, Dolly’s cells were used to produce four more clones. Those clones were assessed at nine years and found to be aging normally and were as healthy as natural-born sheep of the same age. Michelle Kuepper of Research Gate talked to the study’s lead author Kevin Sinclair about Dolly, her clones, and the future of animal cloning. -via reddit

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People Who Got The Last Laugh With Their Hilarious Headstones

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Is it better to die with a smile on your face or get the last laugh? Both options can be seen as temporary, but when you get a funny slogan inscribed on your tombstone the laughs last forever.

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Everyone wants to leave their mark on this world, something to be remembered by, and for the dearly departed in this collection of Hilarious Headstones their mark sits just above their bones.

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Regardless of any posthumous plans you've made for your body you're most likely thinking about adding a funny headstone to the plan now, because a name and date is not enough to express who you were in life.

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The Man Engine

Monday in Tavistock, UK, a 33-foot man wearing a Cornish miner’s helmet woke up, waved to the crowd, and starting walking across Cornwall. He is the Man Engine, and he’ll be walking or crawling a 130-mile route for two weeks until he reaches the Geevor Tin Mine on August 6th. Along the way, he’ll stop at all ten Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the mines’ designation.

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The Man Engine is powered by heavy equipment behind and controlled by puppeteers with cables. You can follow the Man Engine’s progress at Facebook. -via Arbroath 


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When The Boss Institutes A Strict Dress Code, Start Cosplaying At Work

Office dress codes are a real drag, even with Casual Fridays, but employees who want to keep their jobs are forced to dress accordingly...or are they?

If you go by the experiences of June J Rivas then dress codes don't mean a thing, because when her boss instituted a severe and illegal dress code she replied by cosplaying to work.

June feels the new dress code is aimed directly at her and has filed complaints, but in the meantime she's having fun putting “work cosplay” outfits together which technically conform to the new dress code.

Cosplayers tend to be a mighty creative bunch, so if this dress code battle grinds on for a while June is going to make her boss wish she'd never had a problem with the way June used to dress!

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Dog Fetches Brother


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When Derick Duffner wants the presence of his dog Jack, he doesn't call for him. He asks his other dog, Luke, to fetch him.

They could walk each other like this.

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Where Our Food Crops Come From

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) conducted a vast study of global agriculture and how foods that originated in one region ended up sustaining different regions, both by exported agriculture and by exported food. Part of that study is a map that shows where those foods were once native plants. At the site, the map is interactive and at the top of the page you’ll find links to information specific regions and links to broader articles about the findings. You could end up spending the rest of the week learning about global food systems. -via Digg   

(Image credit: Colin K. Khoury, Harold A. Achicanoy, Carlos Navarro-Racines, Steven Sotelo, and Andy Jarvis)


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A Supercut Tribute To The Greatest T-Shirts In Film History

Filmmakers use the production's wardrobe and costumes to help tell their story, which is why they adore slogan t-shirts- because nothing gives a character instant attitude like a tee.

From rude to radical, totally hilarious to merely setting the scene, t-shirts are now used as a cheap and easy way to add visual appeal to a film.

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Robert Jones and Brett Roberts clipped together the first supercut of The Greatest T-Shirts In Film, then Travis Greenwood teamed up with the duo to create the far more complete Part 2, now with over 100 entries!

And as you know the NeatoShop has thousands of incredibly cool t-shirts in stock, including many slogan tees from your favorite movies, so check out the NeatoShop for tees that'll make you look like a million bucks!

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The Stretch Batmobile and Other Crazy Limousines

The definition of a limousine is a hired car with a driver, but in practical usage the word means a luxury ride for showing off. Nothing says “Look at me!” like a car that’s so long it has trouble making a turn, or looks like a Brinks truck with a fully-stocked bar. And some limousines incorporate the look of fictional vehicles, like the Batmobile limousine:

Few people don’t know what the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman movie series looks like, whether they’re a DC Comics fan or not. The iconic ride has become an important part of the Batman franchise, and a super fan decided to build a limo version of it in 2012. It looks every bit the part on the outside, and inside the Batmobile limousine has a V8 Corvette jet engine. Creating such an amazing recreation of one of the most recognized cars in the world wasn’t cheap, and the project cost over $4 million.

But it’s far from the most expensive car in the list. You’ll also see a limousine that resemble an airplanes, a gold-covered car, armored security limousines, a ridiculously long stretch, and more in a list of the 10 Most Over the Top Limousines in the World at Money Inc.


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Conan Patrols Comic-Con In His Superhero Suit

A true #American hero. #SDCC #ConanCon

A photo posted by CONAN (@teamcoco) on Jul 22, 2016 at 4:43pm PDT

Conan O'Brien has made it his mission to conquer Comic-Con ever since his show moved to L.A., so now we have show tapings and exclusive figures to look forward to at the event each year.

And when Conan hits the Con he hits it hard, bringing some of his patently unpredictable Coco magic with him, this time in the form of a super suit custom made for his bod by Ironhead Studio.

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Conan claims the suit is anatomically correct, but I think he stuffed his codpiece.

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Cats' Reactions to Owners

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Cats Recognize (But Don’t Always Respond to) Owners’ Voices
“Vocal Recognition of Owners by Domestic Cats (Felis catus),” Atsuko Saito and Kazutaka Shinozuka, Animal Cognition, vol. 16, no. 4, July 2013, pp. 685-690. The authors, at the University of Tokyo, report:

We studied 20 domestic cats to investigate whether they could recognize their owners by using voices that called out the subjects’ names, with a habituation–dishabituation method. While the owner was out of the cat’s sight, we played three different strangers’ voices serially, followed by the owner’s voice. We recorded the cat’s reactions to the voices and categorized them into six behavioral categories. In addition, ten naive raters rated the cats’ response magnitudes. The cats responded to human voices not by communicative behavior (vocalization and tail movement), but by orienting behavior (ear movement and head movement). This tendency did not change even when they were called by their owners. Of the 20 cats, 15 demonstrated a lower response magnitude to the third voice than to the first voice. These habituated cats showed a significant rebound in response to the subsequent presentation of their owners’ voices. This result indicates that cats are able to use vocal cues alone to distinguish between humans.

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Meat Controlled Carldroid - Watch Out For The Food Monsters Living Next Door


Meat Controlled Carldroid by pigboom

My name is...wait, what's my name again? I can't seem to think of it, on account of the mind control thingamajigie that fry man used on my noggin'. Wasn't it something like Marl or Garl? Is that even a name? There was some kind of aqua monster with the fry man too, a giant shake man with flipper arms who called himself master and claimed to be part of a hunger squad. It's starting to come back to me, those food monsters were my neighbors, this pile of meat using me like a robot is named Meatwad, and he just finished watching those old teen turtles cartoons...Aaaack! There's a food monster riding around inside of me, and not the good kind!

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The First Political Conventions on Live TV

The Democratic National Convention is going on this week in Philadelphia, which brings to mind the conventions of 1948. Three major parties held their conventions in Philadelphia that year, and there was something new and special happening that year: the presence of TV cameras. It was the first year that the Republican and Democratic conventions were televised. There was a relatively small audience, since few people had TV sets, but the spectacle of the broadcast made the entire convention ritual different.   

So, what, exactly, did viewers see? A lot of sweat, for one thing. The Philadelphia conventions that year were the last time political conventions were held in a venue that didn't have air-conditioning. And in video of Truman's speech at the convention, convention-goers are seen getting creative in how they fanned themselves, many using what appeared to be programs, mostly in vain.

On stage, things were considerably worse, mostly because of the lights. If the convention was to be televised, networks told convention organizers, the dais would need to be lit up. And, because of the primitive camera technology of 1948, that meant highly lit up. As a consequence, convention speakers, many of whom could be seen with visible sweat stains, probably had it the worst of anyone. (Their wives, sitting behind them, didn't have it much better.)

Of course, that changed everything forever. Not only did air conditioning debut at the next political conventions, there was also makeup, staging, and meticulous planning to make the television broadcast acceptable to viewers. Read about the clash of the old ways and the how television change politics at Atlas Obscura.


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The Smithsonian Is Hiring a Beer Historian


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And you should apply! It requires not just an appreciation for beer, but a rich understanding of its roles and development in American history. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC wants a beer scholar on staff to explore and explain beer in American life. The Washington City Paper quotes curator Paula Johnson:

"We have collected food history for many years, so when we were doing the research for the exhibition, which is all about big changes in the post WW II era in how and what we eat, one thing we were curious about is the craft beer movement," Johnson says. "We were looking at wine, coffee, cheese, artisanal bread, and farmers markets. Well, this movement with small-scale, local regional beer is part of the ethos."

You can read the official job posting here.

-via Stephen Green


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