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Watch live as a guy freefalls from space

Felix Baumgartner is jumping out of a balloon in the stratosphere, and skydiving all the way to Earth.

Brain-eating parasite has killed at least 10 in Pakistan

Remember when we warned you about the parasite Naegleria fowleri, which causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis (in short, eats your brain)? And you were probably all “oh, brain-eating microorganisms, picture from Shaun of the Dead … …


This poor guy got a $1,555 ticket for biking in New York City

The bicyclist is lucky the cop caught him. If he'd run any more lights he'd probably owe his firstborn to the NYPD.

These cool public benches are made out of cars and propane tanks

Artist Colin Selig makes benches for municipal buildings and parks — and, of course, for rich people’s private courtyards, because a guy’s gotta eat — out of recycled propane tanks and car parts. The bench …


Brewmaster makes beer out of yeast harvested from his beard

A brewmaster in Oregon discovers that the yeast in his beard is no different from other yeast. Then he decides to use it to make beer. Then he gives it a gross name? Sadly, if someone handed us a cold one, we would drink it.


Old phone booths get new life as giant public fish tanks

Phone booths are the appendix of the urban landscape — useless and occasionally full of junk. So what better way to rehabilitate them than to fill them with fish? The phone booths, not your appendix.


FYI, there are weird human bushes in Central Park today

Humanoid bushes are jumping up and scaring the piss out of people in New York.

Chanel runway show uses wind turbines as fashion accessories

Chanel's spring fashion show takes place in a field of wind turbines. Eco-chic has definitely arrived. Will it do anything to change the world?


Jay-Z took the subway, so now nobody can say it’s not cool

Jay-Z condescended to take the subway from Canal Street to Atlantic Ave for the last of a series of concerts at the Barclays Center.

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