A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Number 42
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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Number 42

What is the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything? 42, of course. But why? In Scientific American, Jean-Paul Delahaye, computer science professor emeritus at France’s University of Lille, explores why 42 is such a magic number in mathematical culture and science fiction geekdom. From Scientific American: Apart from …

Watch the Velvet Underground's John Cale on
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Watch the Velvet Underground’s John Cale on “I’ve Got A Secret” TV game show in 1963

While the maestro John Cale is best known as a founder of the Velvet Underground, his association with the group followed Cale’s deep involvement with the avant-garde classical music scene. During the early 1960s, Cale performed with John Cage, La Monte Young, Tony Conrad, and many others, and pioneered the …

Dinosaur for sale
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Dinosaur for sale

This is Stan, one of the most complete T. rex fossils ever excavated. And now, it can be yours! This 67-million-year-old beast, measuring 37′ x 13′ x 6′, will be on the auction block at Christie’s on October 6. It’s expected to sell for as much as $8 million. The …

Satellite imagery of giant robot under construction at Area 51
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Satellite imagery of giant robot under construction at Area 51

Enter the coordinates for Area 51 into Google Earth and the satellite image reveals either a shadow or, more likely, a massive robot under construction. Scott C. Waring of UFO Sightings Daily writes: When I checked through the past photos of that location, I notice that the figure actually moves onto …

Arizona cops set dog on compliant arrestee
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Arizona cops set dog on compliant arrestee

In this footage, officers from the Prescott Valley Police Department in Arizona play “Simon Says” with a compliant arrestee on his knees. He follows all their pointless orders to the letter, but they set a dog on him anyway. The police department says the dog was ordered to attack him …

Big Oil has been lying about plastic recycling since at least 1974
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Big Oil has been lying about plastic recycling since at least 1974

NPR’s Planet Money has a harrowing new story about the plastic recycling industry — specifically, that the entire thing is built on a lie that the oil industry perpetuated for decades, despite knowing that the majority of plastic would never actually get recycled. The industry’s awareness that recycling wouldn’t keep …

Microsoft buys game giant Bethesda for $7.5bn
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Microsoft buys game giant Bethesda for $7.5bn

Microsoft is reportedly buying game publisher Zenimax/Bethesda, custodians of a huge stable of popular games and studios, for a whopping $7.5bn. Bloomberg News’ Dina Bass and Jason Schreier describes it as the most expensive game deal ever, “an industry-shaking acquisition that will give Xbox ownership of Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, …

These 10 awesome upgrades for your car are all now an extra 20% off
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These 10 awesome upgrades for your car are all now an extra 20% off

With all this sticking close to home the past six months, let’s face it — your vehicle is probably feeling…well, a little neglected. Hey, with all that time sitting around in the garage, yearning to get out and go…we get it. The Boing Boing Store’s Three-Day VIP Annual Sale is …

The first trailer for Marvel's
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The first trailer for Marvel’s “WandaVision” is like “The Truman Show” mixed with superhero horror

Marvel’s WandaVision is expected to be the first original Marvel series to air directly on Disney+. Here’s the synopsis for this superhero horror-sitcom: The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect …

This leather-adorned 3-in-1 wireless charging station will keep your Apple products eternally juiced
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This leather-adorned 3-in-1 wireless charging station will keep your Apple products eternally juiced

With more and more of our everyday carry items needing a steady supply of power, it’s worth considering some easy daily solutions for keeping all of those devices charged up at a moment’s notice. If you’re an Apple acolyte, that could mean you’ve got an iPhone, AirPods and an Apple …