January 25, 2021

More Strangeness from Erratum

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January 25, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

8 reasons never to do housework again


• Repeatedly putting a fitted sheet on a bed can cause "sheet-fitting palsy."

• Doing chores after you get home can boost stress hormones.

• Carrying heavy loads of laundry causes shoulder problems.

• Doing more chores than your partner can stress you out.

• Housework gets more dangerous as you get older.

• Too much housework makes people depressed.

• Germs might be good for you anyway.

• Glass cleaner can give you asthma.

[via buzzfeed and Amy Odell]

January 25, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The oldest figurative painting yet discovered is at least 45,500 years old


Pictured above, a "vivid depiction of a wild pig, outlined and filled in with mulberry-hued pigment, dates back at least 45,500 years, according to a study published earlier this month in Science Advances."

"It was discovered deep inside a cave called Leang Tedongnge in December 2017, during an archaeological survey led by Basran Burhan, a graduate student at Griffith University and co-author of the new research. The animal in the painting resembles the warty pig, a species still living today on the island of Sulawesi where the cave is."

[via the New York Times]

January 25, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hebo wrought iron machines — Metal as Play-Doh

Videre est credere.

Caption for the YouTube video:

Hebo invented the modern wrought iron machine and is the worldwide leader in this field.

The multi-functional Hebo system can: Twist, endforge, scroll, emboss, texture, hammer tube, make baskets, press belly pickets, and much more.

The Hebo system is designed and built by German blacksmiths for the ornamental iron industry.

[via Joe Peach]

January 25, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Zipper Bookmark






Green: $9.99.

71nCqPwacaL._AC_SL1500_ copy

Red: $9.99.

January 25, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

January 24, 2021

How to Restore a Book

Japanese master craftsman Okano Nobuo gives a demonstration.

Most gaijin* should use closed captioning and mute the sound.

*gai (外, "outside") and jin (人, "person")

January 24, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'This, my friends, is the definition of lazy'


I won't argue.

[via Chelsea Anderson]

January 24, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Help Wanted: Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Driver


Wienermobiles have been cruising American roads since 1936.

You could look it up.

From Core77:

Oscar Mayer, which currently has six of these vehicles on U.S. roads, is looking for drivers — er, navigators.


It's a one-year, full-time gig that promises you'll be "a mini-celebrity in small towns and big cities through event appearances and media interviews, and being the driver of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile."


All you need to apply is a college degree and a driver's license.

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January 24, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Surfing Sea Lions — This is what joy looks like

YouTube caption: "An interesting video clip of sea lions frolicking in heavy surf breaking at Santa Barbara Island, one of California's Channel Islands. It was recorded January 7, 2021."

Much better muted.

January 24, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Muscle Suit Every — Wearable Exoskeleton

From the website:

Light, convenient, and powerful, the Muscle Suit Every is a wearable exoskeleton that helps you lift and carry heavy objects.


It has no batteries or motors, instead exploiting air pressure to provide a lightweight, easy-to-use exoskeleton suitable for both industrial and regular household purposes.

By adding air into the suit via the pump located around the waist, the wearer receives effective support for his or her back, core, and thighs.

This enables the wearer to pick up and move heavier items than usual.


No training is required and it takes just ten seconds to prepare the suit.

The unit can also be used in a variety of temperatures, including cold climates.

If you have to spend each winter shoveling snow, you will definitely appreciate this suit!

This is the tight fit model, providing a closer fit than the softer version and ideal for more serious lifting.

It is available in two sizes.


Features and Details:

• Suitable for lifting, farm work, shoveling snow, care work, carrying people, etc.

• Suitable for use in temperatures -22°F to 122°F

• No batteries or motors: only air pressure

• Gravitational force: -25.5 kgf, 100 Nm

• Actuator: McKibben Artificial Muscles

• Water resistance: IP56

• Instructions: Japanese

• Weight: 8.4 lbs.



January 24, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

January 23, 2021

Strangeness from Erratum

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January 23, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Nassim Taleb's 5 Rules for Living in a Volatile World

1. Think of the economy as being more like a cat than a washing machine.

2. Favor businesses that benefit from their own mistakes, not those whose mistakes percolate into the system.

3. Small is beautiful, but it is also efficient.

4. Trial and error beats academic knowledge.

5. Decision makers must have skin in the game.

[via his Wall Street Journal essay elaborating on the subject.]

January 23, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

How to break down a door (without hurting yourself)


From lifehacker:

Perhaps you're saving a child from a burning building, or perhaps you're breaking into the stronghold of an enemy spy — but one way or another, you have to break down a door.

You've probably seen people do it in the movies, but Art of Manliness notes that there are a few things you'll want to make sure of before you go kicking down every door in your path:

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[via David Wu]

January 23, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wake-up call: Shirley Bassey x 'Goldfinger' @Royal Albert Hall


Did it do the trick?

January 23, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Write & Spray

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From the website: 

Write and spray!

This ballpoint pen may look ordinary, but it has a secret spray compartment!

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Fill with your favorite energy drink, perfume, alcohol, or sanitizer.

Blue or Red (we'll pick for you).

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Apiece, $4 (liquid not included).

January 23, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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