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Trump lawyers are exploring his pardoning powers, and how to monkeywrench Mueller's Russia investigation

Lawyers for President Donald Trump are working on a conflict of interest case against special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, reports the Washington Post, and Trump has asked advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members, and himself, for any possible crimes linked to Mueller's probe.

This car was lifted into the air by a tornado in Hamburg, NY. The owner's home security camera caught it on video.

In Hamburg, NY, Kevin Karas' home surveillance camera captured a tornado touching down and lifting his car and pretty much everything else around it right up into the air.

Watch: The Magic of Oz, the "worst cartoon ever"?

The Magic of Oz, most likely from the early 1960s, is sometimes referred to as "the worst cartoon ever." I think that is hyperbolic but I appreciate the sentiment. Animation historian Jerry Beck had this to say about it: "The film is a real mystery... and real awful."

O.J. Simpson granted parole, could be out in October

After serving 9 years in prison for armed robbery, O.J. Simpson was granted parole. He could be released on October 1. From ABC News: Simpson said in his nine years behind bars, he's been "a good guy." "I was always a good guy, but could have been a better Christian, and my commitment to change is ...

Japan's first lady pretended not to speak English when she sat next to Trump at G20 dinner

In an interview with the New York Times, Donald Trump said that Akie Abe, wife of Japan Prime Minister Abe, didn't even say "hello" to him at the G20 dinner because she doesn't speak English: So, I was seated next to the wife of Prime Minister Abe , who I think is a terrific guy, and she's a ...

Hackers compromised smart fish tank at casino

An unnamed North American casino was hacked through an on-site fish tank connected to the Internet, reports CNN.

Watch: Angry gentleman shoots out the tires and engine of more than one AT&T truck

A gentleman who didn't like AT&T trucks parked in front of his Hialeigh, FL home grabbed his revolver and calmly began shooting at the tires and engine of one, and then another truck. One of AT&T's technicians, Derrick Taylor, called 9-1-1. He's shooting the truck right now. There's a guy shooting ...

This massive searchable Google doc has the personal financial disclosures of Trump staffers

Someone put together a Google spreadsheet of Trump administration personal finances. It has links to the disclosure forms of nearly 500 people - Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner, Betsy DeVos, Trump, etc. Trump owes between $55 million to $75 million to Deutsche Bank, the same bank that was fined ...

Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and Trump's business transactions

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has widened his investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Mueller is looking into Trump's financial dealings with with unsavory Russian businessman, including mobsters and corrupt Kremlin officials. Mueller has ...

Trump so befuddled on health insurance, he thinks it costs $1 a month when you're 21

The complexities of how health insurance works in the United States proves to be too much for Donald Trump. He's even having a hard time grasping how much it costs.

Pretty drone footage of San Francisco Bay's vibrant salt ponds

If you've ever approached San Francisco's airport from the south during landing, you may have noticed the colorful salt ponds along the southern shore of San Francisco Bay.

Beautiful and haunting human forms made of driftwood

Nagato Iwasaki scours beaches for driftwood he can repurpose into lovely sculptures.

Small antelope is determined to attack man

A young antelope harbors a vicious grudge against this guy, who seems to be half-scared, half-amused by the tiny angry ungulate. The only way he can restrain it is by grabbing it by the horns. He makes a half-hearted attempt to use a towel like a bullfighter's cape, but that doesn't work very well. ...

Toronto says park stairs would cost $65k to build, man makes them for $550

Toronto officials are hopping mad that a rogue DIYer built a flight of stairs in community park for $550 instead of allowing the city to contract it out to a builder at a cost of $65,000-$150,000. Adi Astl, a retired mechanic, said he decided to build the stairs because several neighbors ...

Every tool box needs a pair of screw removal pliers

A screw with a stripped head can be difficult to remove. There are a number of ways to remove screws with stripped heads. Lifehacker has a nice article on this subject. My favorite method of removing a stuck/stripped screw is with a pair of screw removal pliers. They bite into the exposed sides of ...

Tragedy averted once again by a tempered glass protector

My iPhone 7+ did a faceplant into gravel. There were 3 deep impacts but the screen saver took all the damage. I'm a big fan of these tempered glass screen savers. I've been replacing iPhone screens with increasing frequency over the years, and these glass overlays are much cheaper. The tempered ...

Star Wars lightsabers with Owen Wilson saying "wow" as the sound effect

This is deeply weird but also makes perfect sense. Wow. Created by Ursinarium, inspired by Josh Billinson's tweet: Star Wars, but all of the light saber sounds are Owen Wilson saying 'wow' pic.twitter.com/t5Yll0AV4h— Josh Billinson July 14, 2017

Eat Fuck Kill, the legend of the playa's first meme

Hey there, I've been going to Burning Man since 1995 and a funny thing happened out there starting in 1997. I recently shared a shorter version of this story in my inbox zine. Mark saw it and thought Boing Boing readers might like it as well. So, here you are: I'm 99.7% sure that EAT FUCK KILL' is ...

How to make a cool Iron Throne phone charger

Martina at Natural Nerd takes Game of Thrones fans through instructions on making a badass-looking Iron Throne phone charger.

1988 home video of driving on the 10 freeway in Los Angeles

Gilbert Arciniega was an early adopter of shooting videos of 1980s day-to-day life, like this footage of him zipping down Interstate 10, aka the 10 freeway in LA lingo. Includes 1978 Datsun 280Z car radio in the background.

To attract customers, Toronto hotel removes the TRUMP name

As I wrote about last month, the hotelier who operates the Toronto property bearing Trump's name was desperate enough to get shut of it that they had bid millions for the right to change the name of the hotel.

Peak no-fucks-given Jeff Sessions boosts asset forfeitures

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, having been thrown under the bus by Donald Trump, has clearly run out of fucks to give, and so now he's not only reviving the feel-good anti-drug program that convinced kids to take drugs, not only directing fed cops to arrest people who take weed in states where it's ...

Crash ahoy! London real-estate prices stagnate

In a world of expensive urbanization where the spiraling cost of basic shelter has forced ever-more people into debt and fuelled a speculative global bubble of criminal money-launderers who use luxury housing as empty safe-deposit boxes in the sky, London is ground zero.

This mini-drone is easy to fly for beginners and fun for experts

The Fader Stealth Quadcopter from TRNDlabs packs incredible flight performance into a package small enough to land on your phone screen, and it's available now in the Boing Boing Store.The Fader's six-axis gyroscope module gives it perfect balance in the air. This makes the onboard 720p HD camera ...

Rudy Rucker on Walkaway

Walkaway is my first novel for adults since 2009 and I had extremely high hopes for it as it entered the world, back in April. Since then, I've been gratified by the kind words of many of my literary heroes, from William Gibson to Bruce Sterling to the kind cover quotes from Edward Snowden, Neal ...

How to use a 4K TV as a computer monitor

Brad Templeton is founding faculty for Computing and Networks at Singularity University, and Chairman Emeritus and futurist of the Electronic Frontier Foundation , the leading cyberspace civil rights foundation. He is on the board of the Foresight Institute. He also advised Google's team developing ...

Watch George Lucas tell off professional autograph hounds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIa425GQhIs Above, George Lucas has no time for professional autograph hunters out for a quick buck. Below is another recent clip of Lucas grumpy at the autograph hounds because they're "here to make money. They're not fans." I think he's right! ...

A Ghost Story is not your typical horror film

A Ghost Story is not your typical horror film -- it is a supernatural, philosophical romance that focuses on the life of a ghost and his existential experience of being lost in space and time. The film was directed, written, and edited by David Lowery. One of the most differentiating aspects of the ...

Fender custom shop re-uses Hollywood Bowl bench boards to make $12k guitars

$12k for a guitar made of the boards where people sat and listened to historic concerts. What kind of pick-up does this fantastically expensive beauty come with? Best I can tell: Black. I hope it sounds really, really good. This is especially the case with Fender's new, limited edition Front Row ...

Neuroscientist explains how your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

In this recently released TED Talk, neuroscientist Anil Seth explains the intricacies of human consciousness and how we all are constantly hallucinating: Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, ...

Penn and Teller wowed by blind card shark Richard Turner

Card magician Richard Turner has been "playing the hand he's been dealt" since he was a young boy and became blind.

Two people drowned in river baptisms

Two adult men drowned during their baptisms in the Ungwasi River in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania in Africa. Following the incident, we have agreed on some measures that will ensure the safety of our followers during baptism in the rivers,' Victory Christian Center pastor Samuel Kamigwa was ...

Destiny 2 "Beta" begins on PS4 and Xbox One

As of today both Xbox One and PS4 players can preview Bungie's sequel to Destiny, the MMOFPS successor to Halo. Wonderful weapons, colorful armor, and well-balanced skills make Destiny PvP the best since the early Halo games. The PvE raids, puzzles and bosses are similarly challenging and fun to ...

Meet Jerry Foster, colorful pilot who brought helicopters to TV news

Jerry Foster came back from Vietnam with extensive experience piloting choppers. How he turned that into one of the pioneering careers in aerial coverage of local news is a terrific longread brimming with 1970s nostalgia.

Watch wireless dominoes topple without touching each other

Eser Dominoes are an interesting proof of concept that won a juried award at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival.

Delightful animations of colorful distorted cars

Cut & Shut is the latest work by illustrator Chris Labrooy, showing whimsical imaginings of icon VW Beetles and other models come to life.

Short documentary on Cleveland's disastrous 1986 Balloonfest

In 1986, Cleveland was desperate to put the nickname "Mistake by the Lake" behind them, so they tried to set a world record for a balloon release. Balloonfest takes us through the failures.

Watch "Raiders of the Lost Darth"

Fabrice Mathieu delivered this fantastic new cut of his Raiders of the Lost Darth mashup. Cast: Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Paul Freeman, Carrie Fisher, Fred Sorenson, Warwick Davis, and C-3PO as "The Idol". Films and Characters created by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Films used: - "Raiders ...

Hilarious video on speedy package shipping options

The fine folks behind the series CrapShots did this very funny short clip called The Shipping, on the inevitable outcome of the race for faster packing shipping speeds.

Security robot drowns during patrol

The Knightscope K5 security robot was patrolling a Washington DC office park on MOnday when it met its untimely demise. Apparently the robot rolled too close to the fountain stairs for its own good. From The Guardian: Stacy Dean Stephens, vice president of marketing and sales at Knightscope, told ...

How badly do streaming services rip off musicians? A chart, updated

Information is Beautiful has updated their comparison of artist payments on streaming services, estimating that 2.4 million plays on YouTube will net a whopping $1,472 for an unsigned artist. That's $0.0006 per play!

Listen to Nine Inch Nails' spooky new song, 'This Isn't the Place'

This Friday July 21st, Nine Inch Nails will release a 5-song EP titled Add Violence.

Watch pink legless lizards, mysterious dongs of the desert

The dongs of the deep have nothing on the hearty Mexican mole lizard, aka dongs of the desert.

Helpful invention for handling unsolicited NSFW faxes

Unsolicited images of dongs have become a sad part of life as a modern human. We can block senders after the fact, but what about those pesky genital faxes? Now there's an answer.

Deceptive tie-dye tablecloth disappoints party host

Why would the manufacturer make this tablecloth mostly white, when it probably doesn't cost extra to print the whole thing with the tie-dye pattern that's on the edges?

Watch: Apparently the 1980s thought vigorous thrusting by John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis was a good thing

Did the 1980s really happen? This scene from the 1985 movie Perfect, which starred Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta, has got to be the most cringeworthy in cinema history. Truly fascinating.

Number of terrorist attacks around the world is down, despite Trump's fear-mongering

What's left of the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday the number of terrorist attacks worldwide and deaths from such attacks dropped in 2016 for the second straight year. The global downward trend is attributed to decreases in Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen.

Kids win a prize at a claw machine, and their victory celebration is a joy to watch

A dad took his three kids to Walmart and let them try a claw machine. On the third attempt they were successful. Their delight in beating the machine is infectious.

How caffeine keeps you awake

TedEd tackles the question of "How does caffeine keep you awake?" The answer is fascinating but I care less about how it works and just thank my lucky stars that it does.

James Franco in 'The Disaster Artist' vs Tommy Wiseau in 'The Room'

A comparison of Tommy Wiseau's performance in The Room and James Franco's portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist teaser trailer.