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Tuesday February 12, 2019. 07:22 PM
Just 40 years ago, Shenzhen was a fishing village next to Hong Kong. Today it's a high tech city of 13 million people and known as both the 'factory to the world,' and the 'Silicon Valley of China.' After watching this Bloomberg video, I think it's the other way around --...
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In 1947, an extraterrestrial spacecraft and its crew (or a weather balloon, or a nuclear test surveillance device) crashed on a ranch about 75 miles north of Roswell, New Mexico. That 78 acre property has just changed hands for the first time since the early 1950s when it...
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This guy has a lot of security cameras, and he put them to good use to make a mini-documentary about tracking down a porch pirate. First, we see a black-and-white security camera view of a young woman walking up his driveway. The scene switches to a doorbell camera, where we ...
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Love was so much easier in the 80s. KC and The Sunshine Band will always and forever be a favorite.
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In Brooklyn, New York today, on the sixth day of jury deliberations, a court convicted Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman. Alan Feuer's incredible reporting on the case is essential reading. It has been a dramatic trial indeed: tales of bribes, murders, naked...
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Lovesync is a pushbutton system for romantic partners. Each partner gets a button. When one of the partners wants sex, they push the button. Nothing happens unless/until the other partner pushes their own button within a specified time window, then both buttons glow...
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In 1960, the US Air Force asked the RAND Corporation to evaluate the possibility of using stationary rockets to pause the Earth's rotation in the event of a nuclear attack. Called 'Project Retro,' the idea was that the 'a huge rectangular array of one thousand first-stage...
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When booking a flight, it's often cheaper to buy tickets for a connecting flight — one in which your destination is the first leg of the flight. You then get off the plane and ignore the second leg. This is a trick that some passengers do to save money, and apparently...
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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates made some comments this week on the 'tax the rich' ideas making the rounds in America. Taxing the rich is fine, he said in an interview with The Verge, and 'more progressive' taxes on the ultra rich are okay. Gates then went on to...
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Fashion designers often make Derek Zoolander look like Albert Einstein, but in picking 2019 to be the year of smirking references to racist imagery, they really outdid themselves. The latest celebrity endorser to be humiliated by something under their name? Katy Perry's...
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Ralph Jay Triumfo's official title for this piece is '1% Guitar Skills 9% Chopsticks Skills 90% Editing Skills.'
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We have an Eero system in our house; it does really good and reliable wifi distribution, including to my office in the garage. And it was nice to have a piece of home electronics that was neither from one of the great data-sucking companies like Google, nor from the...
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A fellow who walked into an abandoned home in Houston, Texas to smoke weed was surprised to see a caged tiger in the garage. Fortunately, he called police. 'We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger,' said Sgt....
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The Taihe Gemini is a slim, battery-powered 15.6' touchscreen display that's raised more than $1m at Kickstarter. The Verge's Sam Byford took it for a spin. The pre-production version I tested has a matte 1080p touchscreen. It’s not the most beautiful display in the world, ...
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The BBC reports that one of its journalists was attacked by a Trump supporter at his rally in El Paso, Texas, monday night. The footage from the victim's camera shows Trump delivering his speech before it is knocked to the ground. Sporting a Make America Great Again cap,...
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Donald Trump is the first president since the Victorian era not to own a dog. Despite rest dominating his schedule, he 'doesn't have time,' he says. On Monday night, during his rally in El Paso, he finally explained that he doesn’t have a dog because the idea of getting...
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Amazon sells 'Amazon Basics High Mileage Full Synthetic Motor Oil', perhaps the most alarming mystery meat yet to appear in the CHOAM warehouses. Project Farm decided to see how it stood up against name-brand standbys such as Mobil and Valvoline. Things get going about 2:50m ...
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Small towns had business districts. Then small towns had Walmarts. Then small towns had nothing. For nearly 20 years retailers in downtown Winnsboro, South Carolina struggled to compete with Walmart's cheap products and one-stop shopping. As we reported in 2016, Walmart...
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The person stealing this package struck me as very unlucky: the homeowner has his driveway, his porch, his living room and his truck all cammed up. Then he was also lucky enough to take a lucky turn or two through his neighborhood hunting her down, and to have police give...
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There are 17 Mac's Fresh Markets throughout Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana and this week, shoppers got a message about immigration in their sales flyer along with ads for discounted pork chops. You know, because nothing goes better with pork chops than a steaming...
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