All Aboard the Snack Raft

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Proving that there’s a lot of air in potato chip packages, two South Korean college students constructed a boat out of 160 unopened bags of chips and paddled it almost a mile across Seoul’s Han River. No word on if any snacks were eaten after the stunt was complete.

There’s No Room for Wild Animals in This Modern World

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A new report from the Living Planet Index states that world wildlife populations have been reduced to half of what they were 40 years ago. The population of wild mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish is down by an average of 52%, while the population of freshwater species is down 76%. No word on house pets and zoo animals, because nobody tracks that sort of thing, but those numbers are probably holding steady.

“Stealthy Starbucks”

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Located inside the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, VA, Starbucks “Store Number 1″ is allegedly one of the busiest in the world, and also due to security risks, the only shop where customer’s names are not written onto cups. Yet somehow through all the secrecy we’re able to learn that the most popular items ordered are vanilla lattes and lemon pound­cake during the day, and double espressos and Frappuccinos at night. The store’s manager has one goal for the operation, to “help humanize the environment” for the agents who are isolated without cellphones inside the secretive campus. Because lord knows, we have to keep them as human as possible.

The Wide World of Weed

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Pot News For Those Who Partake
 
“Pot-Smoking Moms Unapologetic About Getting High”

The 420 Fight Club is a free weekly Martial Arts class held in Washington Square Park

7% fewer Americans support pot legalization than a year ago

September 10, 1914: The date of America’s First Marijuana Bust

Stinky Greens: Officials in Spokane, Washington are thinking about testing sewage for THC to get a gauge on the population’s pot use

The Bone Leaf Pendant (above) is a perfect gift for your Ganja-loving girl

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While we all know him from his buttoned-up travel show on Saturday television,  Rick Steve’s latest tour is Travel as a Political Act: Ending marijuana prohibition in Oregon
 

“In the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar”

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According to a top FIFA official, air-conditioned stadiums built by exploited migrant workers, and games played during the “European winter” might not be enough to keep the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Monday Sentiments

Charlo Greene, a former reporter on Alaska’s KTVA TV, quit on-air last night in a “Half Baked” style move after outing herself as the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, which she had just been reporting on in the segment.

“Now everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska,” she said. “And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit.”

Drops the mic.

via, gawker

Everything Is For Sale on the Black Market!

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Even the blood from survivors of the Ebola virus, which is referred to as “convalescent serum.”

Tim Dog ‘Til The Day He (Actually) Died

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Dateline closes the casket on the mysterious death of Timothy Blair aka Tim Dog

Having that “wild ambition” of Experiencing Prison Life in North Korea

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Ambition granted, buddy

“Our Chavez who art in heaven… lead us not into the temptation of capitalism.”

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Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s Supreme Being

Linked Out

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Every week Chris Black uses his superior internet reading abilities to provide you with a list of links to things that you’re bound to find interesting
 

Texting Anxiety Caused by Little Bubbles

Rise of the Hipster Capitalist

Driving the Los Angeles Gallery Scene

This Chemical Critic Was Given Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Drugs For Free

How the Internet Saved Handmade Goods

David Lynch’s Doughnut Obsession

When Does Uber Become Cheaper Than Owning A Car?

The Art Of Spam

So You Want to Be a Food Writer

The Risks of Digital Film Preservation
 

— Chris Black / @donetodeath

Kicking and Screaming all the Way to the TSA

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A United Flight from Newark to Denver had to be diverted to Chicago for a time-out yesterday after two passengers got into tussle over a reclining seat. It all started when a man used the Knee Defender—a lock that jams up the reclining capabilities of the forward seat—to prevent the lady in front of him from reclining while he was typing away on his laptop. After the man refused a flight attendant’s request to remove the banned device, the furious woman in front took the matter into her own hands and tossed her cup of water all over the business-minded traveler. Emotions kept increasing, and the plane was forced to make a pit stop to hand the big babies over to the TSA, who promptly dismissed the case as “a customer service issue.” The real kicker here though? The grown-up children had been previously sitting in the airline’s “economy plus” section.

The Wide World of Weed

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Pot New for Those Who Partake
 
The Old Red Wizard: Willie Nelson’s Advice for Novice Pot Smokers

She’s crafty: Miley Cyrus and her 5-Foot-Tall Bong

Tao Lin writes about Terrence McKenna, who thought “the real way to do cannabis is like once a week, by yourself, in silent darkness, with the strongest stuff you can get”

“You don’t use history.”: The first legal weed purchased in Seattle heads to a museum

Red Rocks on a High Note: The Colorado Symphony collaborates with the state’s cannabis industry

Another week, another Stoner arrested

The Weed 180: Parenting in these legal times

Cheech & Chong will never go to China: The son of Jackie Chan—the country’s Anti-drugs ambassador—was arrested for possessing 100 grams of marijuana

Because everything on the internet is real: Freaking out over the Fake Facebook Drug Task Force

Worst Ad Ever: Advocacy group Vote No on Amendment 2 passed out propaganda targeting Pot cookies as the “new face of Date Rape”
 
Image: Pat Riot’s LAgo clone kit

March 16, 2880

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The potential date for the end of humanity, when Asteroid 1950 DA could possibly collide with the earth. Given that this is 867 866 years away, and the chance of strike is only .3 %, you shouldn’t really worry much about it unless you’re a vampire. In which case, sorry dude. You better hope the scientists working on a solution can sprinkle some sparkly dust around the asteroid to let your biggest enemy, the sun, push the doom rock off its trajectory.

Jay Adams, Rest In Peace

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Sad news today as we’ve learned that skate legend and original Z-Boy, Jay Adams, passed away last night at the age of 53.

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Robin Williams, Rest in Peace

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Whoa, heavy. He will be missed.

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There’s Truth in That App

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A Washington, D.C. news crew out on the streets reporting on a new app called SketchFactor, “a crowdsourced navigation app that shows the relative sketchiness of an area,” ironically had their van burglarized Friday night… in a sketchy neighborhood.

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“It has been a long battle but we can safely say that they are now reintegrated into elephant society and in some cases even have families of their own.”

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Four heroin addicted elephants used for smuggling drugs across the border between China and Myanmar are clean after undergoing a year-long rehab program involving megadoses of methadone. By feeding the elephants opium-laced bananas, gangsters were able to control the large pachyderms, forcing them to do anything they wished in order to get “the next fix.”

The Crazy World We Live In

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News From Outside the Comfort Zone
 
Change begins from within… The US sent nationalized youths from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to Cuba to help “cultivate a new generation of political activists”

Spirited Away: Famed Japanese animation shop Studio Ghibli has announced that they will cease producing films

Bait & Kick: Some French-speaking men were videotaped luring a squirrel to the edge of the Grand Canyon with breadcrumbs before kicking it off the cliff.

Trapped then strapped: After being caught in a Chinese fisherman’s net, a 16 foot whale shark was dragged to shore then hoisted onto a tractor with hopes of being sold in a market. (pictured)

When keepin’ it real goes wrong: While filming a rap video, one of its stars was shot multiple times then pistol-whipped by his partner after getting into an argument over who was the better emcee.
 

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