“We Don’t Speak Ha-Ha When We Laugh”

The social and neurological roots of laughter

Morning Dose of Baby Got Back: The Symphony

Sir Mix-A-Lot with the Seattle Symphony

Printables

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Prisoner of Denver by Hunter S. Thompson and Mark Seal (2004)

Just 22, Lisl Auman was convicted in 1998 of the felony murder of a police officer, a crime she didn’t commit, and is serving life in prison without parole. This summer, three years after gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson began his campaign to free Lisl, Colorado’s Supreme Court will rule on her appeal. Mark Seal joins Thompson in exposing the brutality, corruption, and arcane legal strategy which doomed an innocent young woman—and threatens every other American.

World Cup Voodoo

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Ghana’s most famous witch doctor is claiming that he caused Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent knee injury, which might limit the Portuguese Forward in World Cup play. When asked to explain, Nana Kwaku Bonsam—translated literally as “Devil of Wednesday”—said “I know what Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury is about, I’m working on him, I am very serious about it. Last week, I went around looking for four dogs and I got them to be used in manufacturing a special spirit called Kahwiri Kapam.” Dead dogs or not, with the US in the same group as Germany, Portugal and Ghana (who they lost to back in 2010), any black magic from anywhere will do for an American win.

Melodies Derived From Stock Charts

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Johannes Kreidler’s “Charts Music,” arranged by using the Microsoft Composition Tool, Songsmith.

Listen below

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Everyday Coward

Fight or Flight or Whatever is the story of home break-in.

Printables

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How Miss Info Became Hip-Hop’s Ultimate Insider by Naomi Zeichner

Today, Minya Oh is the linchpin of Hot 97, rap’s most influential radio station. Getting there only took 20 years.

The Wide World of Weed

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A round-up of all things pot related
 
The HIGH Kite took flight

9 out of 10 dudes passed out on the couch would disagree: Marijuana Use Can Bring Sleepless Nights

Some people like mellow highs, Miley Cyrus does not

Edibles are still dangerous, and they need very tight regulations. THEY ARE, AND THEY DO.

Which reminds me of this funny animated video about one pot reporter who had an airport freak out because of the stuff.

Same with Maureen Dowd

But if smoke or vapor really isn’t your thing, you can at least get an optimal wake & bake from some cannabis-infused coffee

or as my friend Patrick calls it, the “Hi Lo Challenge”

Because money is money: The feds seized $138,121 because it smelled like pot

In Denver, NORML is shifting their focus from prohibition to tax and control

And finally, here’s a timelapse of a pot plant going from seed to flower

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Morning Dose of Cool Tough Guys

“There is no pleasure that I haven’t actually made myself sick on”

Wish you could say that again, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Here in the latest Blank on Blank, the late actor talks about happiness during an interview at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Beatboxing for the Blind

Beat Rockers: Keeping The Beat Alive directed by Ryan Staake

The Wrath of A Woman Storm

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According to new research: Hurricanes with a female name are often more deadly than their male counter-storms because people don’t take them as seriously.

Ripton ‘Eek-A-Mouse’ Hylton

Interviewed in 1982 during Sunsplash

Printables

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Fixed Soccer Matches Cast Shadow Over World Cup by Declan Hill and Jeré Longman

A New York Times investigation of match fixing ahead of the last World Cup gives an unusually detailed look at the ease with which professional gamblers can fix matches.

(Part two here)

Illustration by Henry Wong

The Sixth Extinction

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Fun times ahead: “Humanity is responsible for speeding up the natural rate of extinction for animal and plant species by up to 10,000 times”

Portraits of Child Laborers

This series of photos by Lewis Hine was key in influencing the changing of US child labor laws in the early 20th century.

Get The Folk Out of Here

Sting: How I started writing songs again

“The Plants Don’t Care How Long Your Hair Is”

Inside a Canadian Cannabis Factory

“This is no myth”

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The Boston Tickler is approaching sasquatch level sightings… or is that feelings?

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