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Living

Wondering which condoms to buy? Science has the answer

Debby Herbenick knows how you feel about condoms. You know you need them, but you just want to go into the drugstore, get them, and get the hell out of there. (This is basically why …

This cute kid is BFFs with a bunch of marmots

Marmots are not known for being particularly friendly. This famous scene in The Big Lebowski demonstrates quickly and comprehensively what humans can generally expect from marmots, i.e. they look nice and then they will fuck …

Food

Vintage ads want you to eat vitamin donuts, put babies in cellophane, and spray everything with DDT

We don't think anything from our time period, besides possibly the Double Down, will cause as much consternation in the future as these vintage ads do now.

This weird biking/running harness is part transportation, part torture device

We were dusting off our “I” files today and came across this treasure under “inexplicable inventions.” What is this? Well. First of all, it’s called a Fliz, and it’s kind of like a bike, but you …

Business & Technology

People think cloud computing involves actual clouds

We know that people often confuse weather and climate, but apparently a lot of people also confuse weather and weather-related metaphors.

Here’s a guy riding a bicycle the size of a shoe

This Russian video shows a man riding a teeny-tiny bicycle like he’s a bear in the circus. It is mesmerizing.

Politics

Mermaids are real and apparently don’t like taxes or universal health care

Angry Ron Paul delegates and racist peanut throwers were not the only strange attendees of the Republican National Convention. There were also mermaids present.

Cities

This nine-foot kinetic sculpture of San Francisco is made of over 100,000 toothpicks

Scott Weaver’s “Rolling Through the Bay” is nine feet tall and seven feet wide, i.e. both taller and wider than my bathroom. It’s got four different paths for ping-pong balls to roll through it, tracing …

Designer makes dresses out of old Speedos instead of throwing them out like a normal person

Naturally it’s very resourceful that U.K.-based designer Orsola de Castro makes “upcycled” dresses out of old Speedo bathing suits. After all, what else are we going to do with old Speedos? Make an oversized soft sculpture …

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