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A track you never expected to see on Boing Boing

When I, a Briton, became an American citizen, I punted on a key decision: what would my new accent be? I couldn't decide between Californian surf dude or subtly-queer Alabama backwoods troublemaker.

Democrat Doug Jones beats cowboy cosplay creep Roy Moore in Alabama senate race

God bless Alabama. https://twitter.com/AP/status/940784509238333441 Trump deleting tweets in 1... 2...

Watch how a couple makes a Christmas tree with a tire, a plastic bucket, and a PVC pipe

Watch how this couple made their Christmas tree using a cut-up PVC pipe, a tire, white paint, a plastic bucket, ornaments, and lights – all cheap hardware store items you can probably find in your garage.

Watch: Cigarette addict caught smoking in plane bathroom threatens to kill everyone on board

Video taken during a Southwest Airlines flight Saturday shows a woman screaming and making threats toward passengers' lives. The airline said the woman was found smoking in the plane's lavatory after tampering with the smoke detector, according to the Washington Post. Accused of subsequently pulling ...

Roy Moore's wife: we aren't anti-semites -- one of our attorneys is a Jew'

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of many things -- sexually assaulting girls, racism, sexism, and antisemitism. On that last point, earlier this month Moore said George Soros, who is Jewish, is headed for hell because he doesn't worship the right deity: He's still going ...

Catch a movie in Saudi Arabia for the first time in 35 years

Saudi Arabia is planning to open up movie theaters by March, ending a 35-year ban on cinemas. The goal will be to have 2,000 movie screens over the next 12 years, according to the Guardian. Saudi Arabia isn't undergoing a full westernization, even as women are preparing to drive in 2018. Walls ...

Stanley flask for $12

This is probably the lowest price for the Classic Stanley Flask -- 11.90 on Amazon. I've admired my friend's for a while, and now I'm getting one for myself. Don't forget to pick up a flask funnel, too!

How a maker with Type I diabetes led an open source project to create a free-as-in-code artificial pancreas

Dana Lewis kickstarted the Open Artificial Pancreas System by trying to solve her own problems with monitoring her glucose levels, calculating insulin doses, and administering them around the clock -- an onerous task that her life depended on, which disrupted her sleep and challenged her to make ...

Independent auditor: Trump has made it impossible for students defrauded by predatory diploma mills to get their loans cancelled

The US Department of Education's Inspector General has released a report saying that the DoE has stopped cancelling the debts of students who were defrauded by fake universities.

Biopic of Darth Vader actor David Prowse in the works

Towering English bodybuilder David Prowse was the man actor behind Darth Vader's menacing presence. With James Earl Jones's voice and Sebastian Shaw's face, he helped create one of cinema's greatest villains. But he's also famously eccentric and cantankerous, which will doubtless make the ...

Watch: When woman falls on icy sidewalk Santa comes to the rescue

A woman carrying shopping bags in each hand slips on an icy sidewalk and slams onto her back. Then a good samaritan in a black car skids to a stop, and who pops out to help? Santa! This comically heartwarming video was caught by a dashcam of another car passing by.

Child molester Roy Moore said he wants to repeal all Constitutional amendments after the first ten, which would revive slavery and end votes for women and black people

Roy Moore, who has been thoroughly endorsed by Donald Trump, said in 2011 that the US government would "solve many problems" by ridding itself of every Constitutional amendment after the first ten -- a list that included the 13th Amendment , the 14th ; the 15th and the 19th .

German VW exec is going to US prison for seven years for his role in Dieselgate

Oliver Schmidt, the general manager of Volkswagen's Michigan environmental and engineering office, is going to jail for his role in Dieselgate, the company's criminal conspiracy to trick regulators about the emissions from their diesel cars, allowing them to emit lethal levels of NOx on roads all ...

A law-enforcement agency is trying to figure out who owns the bots that hacked the FCC's Net Neutrality comment period, but the FCC is obstructing justice

The FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on killing Net Neutrality was flooded by anti-neutrality bots who submitted millions of comments under the names of fake people, dead people, and living people who supported Net Neutrality. The New York Attorney General has opened an investigation into this ...

Collage.com lets you print virtually anything on anything

If you want to give your family and friends a truly personalized gift for the holidays, we're offering $100 of credit on Collage.com for $24.99 in the Boing Boing Store. And if you order before the 15th, you can make sure your custom-printed objects arrive in time for Christmas. With ...

A tiny stand for your smartphone or tablet

My daughter and niece will whine incessantly if their phones do not have a Pop Socket attached. These cute pop-up buttons act as a stand or handle for your small screen device. It sticks to your case, or the phone direct, and simply works. The kids use these to position their phones for viewing in ...

Ajit Pai says the FTC is will guard against ISPs abusing a world without Net Neutrality, but the FTC had no authority to act in history's most prominent telcoms abuses

Public Knowledge's Harold Feld is one of the leading and most longstanding pro-Net Neutrality telcoms lawyers in America, and in a post, he analyzes Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to punt Net Neutrality enforcement to the Federal Trade Commission, by looking back on the four most significant ...

Building a scale model of our solar system in the desert is an eye-opening exercise

You are no doubt aware that models of our solar system are not to scale. These guys went to Black Rock Desert to create a scale model of our solar system, starting with an Earth the size of a marble. This required seven miles of empty desert to add the other planets . There's an awful lot of space ...

Amputee monkeys learn mind control methods to manipulate robotic arm

Neuroscientist Nicho Hatsopoulous and his team taught monkeys that lost limbs through accidents how to control a robotic arm. The work has profound implications on what they call the brain-machine interface. Via University of Chicago That's the novel aspect to this study, seeing that chronic, ...

'Kick the Balls ' and other cheeky on-topic hyrrs, ie. feminist hymns

We've seen a lot of dark come to light this past year. In response, ad agency Grey London paired with Goldstein Music to spice up some Christmas musical favorites with these seven feminist hyrrs. Fast Company reports: Titles include Kick the Balls' , Oh Sexism' , We Want An Equal Salary' , ...

Breitbart plotted to ruin Twitter, emails show

Breitbart, Steve Bannon and co. mused often about destroying Twitter, reports Buzzfeed, exploring financial and legal options to bring the site to heel and Jack Dorsey to his knees. On Jan. 15, Yiannopoulos sent a peace offering to Twitter — a cordial email to Jack Dorsey asking for his ...

Trump accusers speak out against president's sexual assault

At this press conference a panel of women shared "firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by Donald Trump and demand an investigation by Congress." Watch the video here. In the meantime, "More than 50 female Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives called on Monday for a ...

This guy typed every country in the world in under 3 minutes. Can you do that?

It took "Geography Joe" just 2 minutes and 59 seconds to type every country in the world on the trivia website Sporcle. Who here can beat that record?

Alabamians explain why they are voting for Roy Moore

https://youtu.be/HjLMAoejW-A Why are so many Alabamians voting for Roy Moore, even after nine women say he sexually assaulted or pursued them when they were teenagers? They believe the women were paid to do so. They believe it is a "George Soros assassination plan." They believe it was OK because ...

The end for Storify

Storify is an online service that lets you present strings of social media posts as a single readable article, instead of as a half-broken javascript shitbox garnished with abusive commentary from nazis. Sadly, it is The End for Storify, which is going to shut down next year. Exporting content from ...

The Orville is better than Star Trek: Discovery

Critics hate The Orville, Seth McFarlane's uncanny love letter to Star Trek and The Next Generation, but they love the gloomy, ultra-2017 Star Trek: Discovery. Viewers love The Orville, though, while remaining divided on and indifferent to the new official series. The critics are mistaken; the ...

100 million Americans live in areas where every single ISP has admitted to violating net neutrality

Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai -- a former Verizon exec -- says that we can count on ISPs to voluntarily refrain from abusing their natural monopolies to degrade service to their customers in order to maximize their profits.

Cool sculpture made of repurposed wooden escalator stairs

Sydney's Wynyard Station wooden escalators, built in 1932, have been preserved and repurposed as a sculpture titled Interloop, in the station where they operated for over 80 years.

Slanted bookshelf that's climbable and earthquake resistant

Architect Shinsuke Fujii accepted the challenge from a client who wanted an accessible tall bookshelf that would not be affected by an earthquake. One entire wall of the house is slanted outward to allow climbing without any chance of tipping over.

The scientists and innovators who invented the internet to the FCC: you really, really don't understand how the internet works

A group of 21 of the internet's most esteemed pioneers have written an open letter to the FCC's Congressional overseers that critiques the agency's foolish, self-serving description of how the net works in eye-watering detail.

RIP Bruce Brown, groundbreaking surf film pioneer

The Endless Summer is the most important film in the history of surfing, and a lot of that is due to director Bruce Brown's evangelistic narration and participatory enthusiasm. Brown died this week at age 80.

The Onion's new profanity-laced cooking videos send up the genre perfectly

Since Gordon Ramsay got 25 million views showing how to scramble eggs, there's been a sharp uptick in inane cooking videos. Enter The Onion with the perfect response.

Watch 'What a Wonderful World' performed in hand shadows

Unusualist Raymond Crowe has created something really special with his hand shadow puppet performance of Louis Armstrong's 1967 hit "What a Wonderful World." In this video, the Australian-born entertainer is presenting his now-signature piece in front of Queen Elizabeth at the 2007 Royal Variety ...

These ugly Christmas sweaters have special booze-bottle-holding pockets

At this point, I can't tell if it's a race to the bottom or the top of the "ugly Christmas sweater" genre. Either way, there's a new contender. An enterprising Etsy shop owner has created a line of one-of-a-kind holiday sweaters that allow you to get your drink on easily. By sewing a giant stocking ...

The 'best' Chewbacca impressions these 100 people could muster up on demand

Fans of Star Wars can undoubtedly hear what Chewbacca, the most notable of all the Wookiees, sounds like in their heads. But could they do a decent impression of him on demand? Watch this video to hear 100 people attempt to speak a little Shyriiwook, Chewie's dialect. Spoiler alert: Most of these ...

Bad Lip Reading dubs 'Stranger Things' as a perfectly odd retro sitcom

Things have been turned upside down in the world of Stranger Things as the good folks at Bad Lip Reading have dubbed over original scenes from the show and created a funny sitcom version of it . It's 18 minutes long and worth a watch, especially if you're a fan of the popular Netflix series. ...

This 6-year-old made $11 million on YouTube in one year

Meet Ryan, age 6. He's the host of Ryan ToysReview on YouTube. He earned $11 million in revenue in twelve months. From the Washington Post: What has grown into a viral phenomenon began with a simple, unremarkable 15-minute video about a Lego Duplo train set. When his family started recording and ...

The main man for survivalist chow and prepper food

Aaaron Jackson, 42, is the CEO of Wise Co., a company that sells survival food like freeze-dried Savory Stroganoff, Loaded Baked Potato Casserole, and chicken pot pie in a pouch. His customers are FEMA, the Red Cross, and, of course, everyday people awaiting the apocalypse. Guess what... business is ...

Lowest price on the Anker Astro candy-bar sized battery pack

I have a few different phone charging batteries, and the 6700mAh Anker Astro candy-bar sized battery is my favorite, because it's the perfect combination of itty-bittyness and high-capacity. It'll charge an iPhone 7 twice. My wife adopted mine so I just bought another. The price is $13.19, an ...

Massachusetts state senator busted for kickbacks including Dunkin' Donuts coffee

Brian Joyce, former Democratic assistant majority leader in the Massachusetts State House, was incited for running a "criminal enterprise" that included "racketeering, extortion, honest services fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the IRS and other charges," according to Newsweek. Part of ...

Round up of Silicon Valley's worst apologies of 2017

The bros of Silicon Valley feel awful when they get caught doing something bad. It means they have to issue an apology hinting that they will consider looking into the possibility of conducting an internal audit of their policies. It's not easy to do that. How can they word in it such a way that ...

North Korea makes the best counterfeit $100 bills

The kindly North Korean government is doing its part to contribute to quantitative easing by printing US$100 bills that are nearly indistinguishable from the ones printed by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Let's hope this eases tensions between the two countries! From The Telegraph: ...

France imposes "total ban" on mobile phones in schools

French primary and secondary school students will no longer be allowed to use their phones in class, or during breaks and lunch. The French education minister says the ban is necessary because "These days the children don't play at break time anymore, they are just all in front of their smartphones ...

I rode Amtrak's Coast Starlight the wrong direction. I still loved it.

"Toot toot!" I yelled, as my friends and I were delayed and waiting around at the San Francisco Bay Area's Emeryville Station, waiting for the Amtrak Coast Starlight train to arrive. I was being paid $1 every time I yelled "toot toot!" The train was probably my idea. I am not sure why I'm ...

Box rigged with firecracker provides unpleasant surprise for package thief

Here we see a gentleperson scale a 3-foot picket fence to enter a front yard. It's night, and the person's face is partially disguised in a hoodie. The person's behavior suggests they are engaged in an activity that they would prefer others not to know about. Our supposition is confirmed when the ...

Forklift drivers block in a car driven by suspected tool thieves

In this video, we see some men park a red car, get out, and help themselves to some free tools in a white van parked next to them. But the tools weren't actually free, and when someone runs runs over to tell the men that economic theories advocating collective ownership of goods are riddled with ...

Watch George's Lucas's 1967 student short-film "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB"

Dust is a YouTube channel for short science fiction movies. Today they are showing George's Lucas's 1967 student short-film "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB" "While monitored and pursued, a man races to escape through a futuristic labyrinth. "Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB" by Star Wars ...

Kickstarting Pitch Deck: a party game that challenges you to make great pitches for terrible startups

Fred Benenson just quit his job to make weird internet stuff, something he excels at: his latest is Pitch Deck, a kickstarted card game that uses a madlibs/Cards Against Humanity-style mechanism to challenge you to come up with excellent pitches for terrible startups.

Stranger Things: A Bad Lip Reading

"Maybe she's a simpleton."

The Earth's constant hum comes from the ocean floor

For more than fifty years, scientists have known that the Earth hums. We can't hear the sound as it's at a frequency 10,000 times lower than our hearing threshold but new research suggests that it's coming from the ocean floor. Scientists from the Paris Institute of Global Physics analyzed data from ...