One of the members of Insane Clown Posse has teamed up with his 12-year-old daughter to create a new power duo: The Snake Busters.
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Well, we’ve officially found our video-game version of Icarus. One of the highest-scoring gamers of all time, Billy Mitchell — who was propelled into geeky stardom thanks to the 2007 documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters — has been stripped of all of his high scores due to ... More »
An Apple Facility That Repairs iPhones in California Won't Stop Calling 9-1-1 -- and Nobody Knows How To Stop It
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What a stupid, silly idea. I love it.
Government Accountability Office employees posing as sketchy buyers tried and failed in 72 attempts to purchase firearms on the internet, part of a failed investigation called for by a trio of Congressional Democrats.
While the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) insisted in its most recent strategic plan, as cited by the GAO, that "the privacy of the Internet makes it an ideal means for gang members, violent criminals, terrorists, and juveniles to traffic and obtain illegal firearms," the new report released by the (GAO) could not corroborate any of it.
The GAO did not fare much better on the so-called "Dark Web." Agents made 7 attempts and were successful just twice, purchasing an AR-15 and an Uzi.
There's not much in the report for Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) and Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) from which to demand stricter internet gun laws, but it may not stop Democrats from trying to impose new laws anyway.
It's unclear what kind of internet-specific gun laws there could be other than a blanket ban (LOL trying to enforce that) or enhanced sentencing (a dubious legal tool to say the least).
In all, 56 sellers refused to complete the requested transactions; 29 said they wouldn't ship the requested firearms and 27 refused after the agents disclosed they were prohibited from purchasing firearms. One five separate occasions, the GAO trolls were also banned from the websites where they were inquiring about murky purchases.
"The results of our testing are for illustrative purposes only and are not generalizable," the GAO wrote in a letter to the three Congressional Democrats about the results of the report.
The GAO was also asked to assess how ATF was enforcing firearms laws on the internet, since Cummings, Schatz, and Warren say they worry there are no specific laws about firearm sales on the internet. (As the GAO report notes, a bevy of laws on the book apply to firearm sales that happen to be made on the internet)
Nevertheless, the GAO found that ATF does coordinate investigative work on internet sales through an Internet Investigations Center to "ensure they have the necessary training to operate online in an undercover capacity."
According to the GAO, the ATF center, founded in 2012, uses free open-source software "to analyze online content for investigations," claiming that this allowed "analysts to glean information from public websites without violating users' privacy rights."
In any case, the technology that makes all kinds of commerce easier, including firearms-related commerce, isn't going anywhere. So-called e-commerce continues to grow while other technology, like 3D printing, promises to make government attempts to control all kinds of products, including firearms, even harder.
It's a bright future.
Kid Icarus is an IP that doesn't get a whole lot of love from Nintendo. Since the first game released for the NES in 1986, only two subsequent games have been released, the last of which was a 2012 3DS title, Kid Icarus: Uprising.
While Nintendo sleeps on Pit's adventures some dedicated fans have made a partial remake of the original NES title.
Cracking up at the thought of someone pooping may seem a bit juvenile to most, but the image of a dragon crapping a brick of gold is just plain funny no matter your age or maturity level.
Seeing a centaur poop on a human toilet is similarly hilarious, especially when they struggle to wipe, but a merman sitting on a toilet is anticlimactic because they don't have a butt.
However, put all of these mythical poopers together and you've got the making of one fantastic commercial for the Squatty Potty!
-Via Geeks Are Sexy
If your package didn't arrive today as it should have, the reasons why may be stranger than you can imagine. Home security cameras in Oklahoma City caught a mishap between a postal carrier and his truck on Thursday. He manages to fall out of the truck, which possibly runs over him. He doesn't appear injured, though, because he's up quickly trying to catch the truck. The truck, however, keeps on going until the forces of inertia show up in the form of a brick house.
It seems that the stresses of the holiday season had gotten to this driver. -via Geekologie
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Employment seekers may have a hard time finding a job if they only look on Craigslist or job sites like Monster or Indeed, but if you're serious about getting a job you should do your homework and see who hires the most people in your state.
And in 22 states that means going to work for Walmart, who is America's largest employer according to this map created by Visual Capitalist of the largest employers by state.
In states like California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Wisconsin and New York you should head to the universities to look for work, otherwise your best bet is to get into health services or medicine if you're looking for a gig in a non-Walmart state.
But let's be realistic- when all else fails there's a Walmart in all 50 states, and they're always hiring!
-Via Mental Floss
Ballet is usually all about grace, elegance and beauty, and the audience is usually just as classy and refined as the dance, so you'd never expect to see a fight at the ballet.
Which is why the audience was astounded when Russian ballet dancer Oleg Chernasov of the Igor Moiseyev Ballet came out wearing a crazy costume and did a strange dance that looked like two kids fighting on stage.
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Brian was tired of his older relatives calling for help with the simple task of turning on the TV, so he made a flow chart to guide them. If the text is too small to read, you can enlarge the chart here. The relevant box you are trying to get to is this one.
I've been through this problem as both the younger tech whiz and the older person who can't see so well, and I can tell you that the main problem with modern TVs is too many options and too many buttons. Someone pushes the wrong button and an unfamiliar menu comes up. Pushing more buttons doesn't help, and can change settings you didn't want to change, and you don't know how to get out of it, much less fix what you screwed up. In my house, you have the added headache of a college student who comes in for the weekend, hooks up a laptop or a game console or a video player to the TV, and then leaves without putting things back the way they were. I solved that problem by watching TV in my office.
And don't get me started on the letterbox/no letterbox disagreement between spouses.
The simple explanation for this video is that Swede Mason (previously at Neatorama) has Paul McCartney doing a rap song about modern music. That doesn't quite do it justice, however. The tight editing, fast rhythm, and masterful rhyming make it a quirky masterpiece.
Someone asked swedemason how he made videos like this.
Alot of grinding. I don't use transcribed audio. I think it sounds shit when things are kinda just stuck together with the correct words. I look for the right intonation of sounds and syllables, sometimes chop up words to make the words i need. Writing this down makes it sound like a total ballache, and thats cos it is a total ballache.
And there ensued a discussion on the proper pronunciation and meaning of ballache, because it looks like a French musical term. He meant ball ache. -via reddit
A group of school children crossing the road in Norway learned an important lesson in pedestrian safety recently.
A vehicle equipped with a dashcam was following a bus. At one point the bus pulls over and a few kids get off, and head to the rear of the bus. Instead of waiting for the bus to leave to get a clear view of oncoming traffic, a few of the kids decide to cross blindly.
As the kids enter the roadway a semi-truck can be seen barreling down the road. The driver with the dashcam tries to warn everyone by laying on their horn, but it's too late for one kid, who commits to crossing the street. Read more...More about Culture, Culture, and Kids
Who needs lawyers when you can have severe intestinal distress?
24 year old Sean Sykes Jr. temporarily paused a police investigation in Kansas City this week with a little bit of gastrointestinal creativity. When asked for his address, Sykes Jr. allegedly let one rip, forcing the interview to end abruptly.
The detective reported that the suspect "leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering."
It didn't stop there. As the interview progressed, the suspect allegedly continued to cut the cheese multiple times. The detective ended the interview prematurely. Read more...More about Watercooler, Wtf, Flatulence, Culture, and Web Culture