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    Lifehacker

  • How to Change Alexa's Voice on Amazon Echo, Finally
    Since its inception, Amazon Echo has featured a titular, feminine voice that became the identity that we all associate with the voice assistant. After all these years, Amazon is finally letting users try out a new, masculine voice. Plus, you can even try out celebrity voices like Samuel L. Jackson,... Read more »
  • Get Paid $5,000 to Play Video Games, Stream TV Shows, or Shop Online
    Everyone has taken a few minutes (or hours) of time during their workday to get some personal stuff done. But what if you had an entire week to spend doing whatever you want online—and got paid to do it? One company is hiring someone to do just that. Here’s what... Read more »
  • How to Get Exactly What You Want at a Botox Appointment
    When you see someone with facial injectables you don’t like, there’s something you need to remember (besides the fact that your opinion on someone else’s aesthetic enhancements isn’t relevant): For everyone with exaggerated filler or too-frozen Botox you spot in the wild, there are dozens more people walking around…Read more...... Read more »
  • Use Dish Soap and/or a Garden Hose to Locate Leaks in an Air Mattress
    After years of sleeping on low-quality air mattresses, you finally decided to invest in a good one. Maybe it even has special features—like a built-in air pump, or being thicker. Read more...... Read more »
  • How to Land a Job in Radio
    The radio can really put you in a good mood. From upbeat songs to delightfully low-budget local ads, there’s always something to enjoy—so it’s understandable if you’ve ever wondered how you can be one of the people who make that enjoyable experience happen. So, if you want to break into... Read more »
  • The Difference Between French and English Lavender, and Which to Plant in Your Garden
    Not only does lavender look great on display in bouquets, it also has a clean, pleasant scent that many people enjoy and find calming. And if you’ve ever purchased fresh lavender, you know that it can be pretty pricey. So if you’d like to have an endless supply of the... Read more »
  • Can You Get a Good Workout With Virtual Reality?
    Virtual reality headsets have come a long way since the first time I saw a VR “arcade” pop up in a mall in the 1990s. (I never played, although I was curious; five bucks a game was like a whole week’s allowance.) Now you can strap on a headset and... Read more »
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    Oddity Central

  • Pandemic Inspires Artist to Turn Artificial Fingernails Into Stunning Works of Art
    A young  Vietnamese nail art expert who had to close down his business during the pandemic, used the time off to develop a stunning new kind of artificial fingernail art. Le Dai Phat is recognized as one of the most talented nail artists in Ho Chi Minh City, and looking... Read more »
  • 14-Year-Old Forced to Do House Chores Reports His Father to Police for “Illegal Child Labor”
    Chinese media recently reported the case of a 14-year-old boy who shocked police when he accused his father of “illegal child labor”, because he had been forced to do chores around the house. The bizarre incident allegedly took place this week in Ma’anshan, China’s Anhui province. Sick of seeing his... Read more »
  • “Remote Cohabitation” Trend Increasingly Popular Among Japanese Couples
    “Remote cohabitation” has become a hot topic in Japan over the past couple of days, after a popular TV show reported that young couples prefer to live separately and keep in touch using free video call apps. On July 21st, TV Asahi’s ” Hatori Shinichi Morning Show” featured remote cohabitation... Read more »
  • Man Spends 10 Years Hoarding Tons of Garbage as Dowry for His Son
    South Korean media recently reported the bizarre and sad story of an elderly couple who spent the last decade of their lives hoarding tons of trash for their 40-something son who refused to leave the house and find a job. SBS, a South Korean national television network presented the shocking... Read more »
  • Student Invents Motorcycle That Runs on Swamp Gas
    Gijs Schalkx, a Dutch inventor and engineering student, modified his motorcycle to run on methane harvested from roadside bogs and ponds. Aptly named Sloot Motor (sloot means ‘ditch’ in Dutch), Gijs Schalkx’s ingenious vehicle features a modified Honda GX160 motorcycle engine, with a hole into the airbox, through which it... Read more »
  • This Turkish Street Has a Mysterious Grave in the Middle of It
    One of the last thing you expect to see in the middle of an urban paved street is a grave complete with a large tombstone, but that’s exactly what you’re treated to when driving through the Turkish city of Sivas. Yeni Mahalle Hamzaoğlu is one of the several streets that... Read more »
  • Marathon Runner Learns to Live Without Stomach, Colon and Gallbladder
    36-year-old Juan Dual likes to joke that he is empty inside, but in his case the phrase has a literal meaning. Over the years, he has had his stomach, colon, rectum and gallbladder removed, but he has learned to live without them. Juan’s sad but inspiring story began when he... Read more »
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    Engrish.com

  • Spare the rod…
    Photo courtesy of Melanie F. Found in Japanese fashion magazine. ... Read more »
  • We smoke the competition…
    We’re rollin’… Photo courtesy of Nathan.  Spotted in Tokyo.... Read more »
  • That’s all we’re asking…
    When your poor worst isn’t good enough… Photo courtesy of Moses Ting. T-shirt spotted in Hong Kong.... Read more »
  • Ca’t we talk this over?
    We’r not incorrectly… Photo courtesy of MeLkNiN. Old Engrish submission from 2006! ... Read more »
  • Tark about style
    Forks, dot doesn’t deserve this… Photo courtesy of Melanie F. Found in Japanese fashion magazine. ... Read more »
  • When your urge…
    That’s how babies… Photo courtesy of Moses Ting. T-shirt found in Hong Kong.... Read more »
  • Have her brakes checked…
    Have you tried turning ballerina off and on again? Photo courtesy of Megan Galloway. T-shirt spotted in Korea. ... Read more »
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    Mother Jones

  • The Justice Department Won’t Investigate COVID Deaths in New York Nursing Homes
    Over the last six months, government officials and journalists have surfaced damning information that suggests New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration attempted to diminish the true pandemic death toll in the state’s nursing homes. State attorney general data revealed that New York’s public tally of nursing home deaths may have undercounted the fatalities... Read more »
  • A Conservative Radio Host Mocked the Vaccine. Now He’s Hospitalized With COVID.
    The family of a conservative radio host Phil Valentine, who is now hospitalized in a Tennessee critical care unit with COVID-19, issued a statement on his behalf Friday, expressing his regret over the vaccine skepticism that he has shared with his listeners over many months. They ended their statement with an... Read more »
  • Another Dangerous “Heat Dome” Is About to Descend on the US
    This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk. The most extensive heatwave of a scorching summer is set to descend upon much of America in the coming week, further roasting areas already gripped by severe drought, plunging reservoirs, and wildfires. A... Read more »
  • “Not Necessary”: The Biden Administration Just Canceled More Border Wall Contracts
    On Friday, the Biden administration canceled two border wall contracts along 31 miles of the Rio Grande in South Texas—continuing the process it began this spring of dismantling one of the Trump administration’s signature initiatives. The two contracts had previously been funded in 2020, but Biden’s Department of Homeland Security announced on... Read more »
  • On the Heels of Europe’s Devastating Floods, Scientists Warn More Is Yet to Come
    This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of Climate Desk. Scientists warn the catastrophic floods that devastated western Europe last week are a glimpse into the future for the region, as climate change fuels more intense, slower-moving storm systems that can hold vast amounts... Read more »
  • Cleveland’s Baseball Team Changes Name to Guardians
    Meet the new guardians of the Great Lakes. The Cleveland Indians announced on Friday they would become the Cleveland Guardians following the 2021 baseball season, after Native American groups decried their name and logo as racist.   The news was announced in a video narrated by none other than (California... Read more »
  • A Running List of the Petty Fascism at the Olympics
    As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the globe, and the cost of the Tokyo Olympics skyrockets, the International Olympic Committee and its satellite arms are busying themselves by cracking down on dress codes, recreational drug use, and peaceful protests—you know, the important stuff. We’re keeping track of its... Read more »
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    Messy Nessy Chic

  • Ode to the Ice Man
    In his autobiography Timebends, Arthur Miller recalls an occupation lost in time – that of the ice man, who wore “leather vests and a wet piece of sackcloth slung over the right shoulder, and once they had slid the ice into the box, they invariably slipped the sacking off and stood there waiting,... Read more »
  • History Conveniently Forgot to Tell us about the Transgender Roman Emperor
    His reputation has suffered at the pens of historians for centuries – a suspected revisionist attempt to hide the fact that a powerful Roman Emperor was among the first persons in history to seek a sex reassignment surgery. Emperor Elagabalus (or Heliogabalus) came from a prominent Arab family in present-day... Read more »
  • Inside the Annual Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Competition
    If you’d gone for a walk around Key West in the 1930s, chances are you might have bumped into Ernest Hemingway. Whether making the short stroll from his house on Whitehead Street to the bars on Duval, one block over and several up, or perhaps on his way to the... Read more »
  • Where America’s Lost Luggage Ends Up
    Every traveler has experienced it at some point: that sinking feeling of watching all the other suitcases reunited with their weary owners at baggage claim but not seeing your own slide down the conveyor belt. While you stand there forlornly, wondering where your luggage has gone without you (and how... Read more »
  • 13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. DLXIII)
    1. Inside America’s Largest Abandoned Mansion with over 110 rooms 2. What the Leaning Tower of Pisa looks like Inside Totally empty! More found here.... Read more »
  • The Peculiar Flapper Fad of Rouged and Decorated Knees
    The infamous nightclub singer and vaudevillian, Velma Kelly, opens the musical Chicago in a sleek bob haircut, slinky black dress and all the glamour and sin of the swinging 1920s. She’s going to “paint the town”, play fast and loose… and “rouge her knees and roll her stockings down”? The... Read more »
  • A Strange Abandoned Hiking Lodge No One Knew was Designed by Gaudi Himself
    The world’s greatest artists aren’t supposed to have their work overlooked or unattributed, but it happens more than you might think. In museums, private collections, and public spaces, there is a myriad of artworks that remain unidentified. It took years for a total of nine Van Gogh ‘fakes’ painted during... Read more »
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    Awkward Family Photo's

  • Squatters
    “This is me with my wife’s family (I’m the second one from the right in the red plaid shirt). My father-in-law (against the tree with the serious face) had kidney stones at the time, was on some major pain pills, and it was actually his idea to take this picture!... Read more »
  • And Then There Were Six
    “This family photo hung in my Pop and Gram’s house for years. To say they didn’t like my aunt’s ex-husband may have been an understatement.” (submitted by Staci) The post And Then There Were Six appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com.... Read more »
  • The Cat’s Meow
    “My wife was trying to get a cute picture of our baby crawling. She didn’t notice what was going on in the background.” (submitted by Seth)  The post The Cat’s Meow appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com.... Read more »
  • The Toilet Tour
    “So there were my brother and I smiling in front of toilets in a museum in England in the summer of ’87.” (submitted by Marte) The post The Toilet Tour appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com.... Read more »
  • Grabuation
    “Trying to take a nice picture of my daughter and her cousin who had just graduated – we noticed later my husband in the background trying to grab my son.” (submitted by Marilou) The post Grabuation appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com.... Read more »
  • Fountain of Love
    “My son was almost two weeks old and I decided to do a cute sibling photo but he started to pee and his sister didn’t notice.” (submitted by IG @jennawoo22)   The post Fountain of Love appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com.... Read more »
  • Spider-Man: Very Far From Home
    “We hired a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man for our son’s 3rd birthday party. It was the most awkward half hour of my life.” (submitted by IG @bren_cola_official) The post Spider-Man: Very Far From Home appeared first on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com.... Read more »