Tabloids stock-in-trade is celebrity body shaming

Tabloids stock-in-trade is celebrity body shaming

You can’t win with the tabloids. You’re either too fat, too thin, or hiding a deadly secret. This week’s tabloids continue their obsession with the stars’ weight, led by the ‘National Enquirer’ and its team of reporters expertly trained by years working in “Guess Your Weight” booths at county fair midways. Its cover story on Angelina Jolie declares: “78 lb Angie Skin & Bones!” while showing photos of her looking much the same as ever. “She looks like she’s lost more than 10 pounds in just seven days,” says an…

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MAD magazine looks at what’s on Vladimir Putin’s desk

MAD magazine looks at what’s on Vladimir Putin’s desk

The usual gang of idiots at MAD is giving Boing Boing readers this exclusive sneak peek at an interior page from its upcoming #547 issue. “What’s on Vladimir Putin’s Desk?” displays clutter on the Russian dictator’s desk such as large drum of polonium, a gift from Mike Flynn, a Wikileaks report, and a Pussy Riot CD. It was written by Mike Morse and illustrated by Ward Sutton. The upcoming issue will be available on digital this Friday, 7/28 and on newsstands 8/8.Read full story

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A big chunk of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks have been digitized and can be viewed online

A big chunk of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks have been digitized and can be viewed online

The British Library has digitized 570 loose pages of notes written and drawn by Leonard da Vinci to compile a notebook which is called, The Codex Arundel. You can view the document online for free, although it’s written in Italian and uses his “characteristic left-handed mirror-writing (reading from right to left).” The Guardian suggests enjoying the work of the self-taught Renaissance man as it is, without translation: The digitised British Library manuscript is a fascinating artefact in itself, just to browse. You don’t need a translation to appreciate the beauty…

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This VW camper van drives sideways

This VW camper van drives sideways

Nope, this circa 1976 VW camper van hasn’t just been tipped over. It was built this way. This is the Trippy Tippy Hippy Van and it’s the latest crazy race car creation by Maryland police officer and mechanic Jeff Bloch AKA Speedycop. To make it, the van was mounted on top of another vehicle, a 1998 VW Rabbit. He and his team spent over 1000 hours, in just five weeks, to get the sideways van ready for the racetrack. Amazingly, it does zero to 60 in eight seconds! Bloch, known…

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Travel back in time to the 1987 CES by watching these videos

Travel back in time to the 1987 CES by watching these videos

These four videos were shot –on a giant VHS camcorder, no less– at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the summer of 1987 for a cable TV show called Nightlife. They are as marvelously outdated as you’d hope. You’ll see just how much technology has changed in 30 years. Personally, I’ve got my eye on that sweet, sweet Vidphone. I mean, it “actually sends live video through the telephone line.” Other things that happened in 1987: Bud Light’s party dog Spuds Mackenzie debuted, Dirty Dancing became a hit movie, and…

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