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May 27, 2012

All the king's entreaties, and all the king's men, couldn't make Henry VIII single again

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Above, a 1530 petition, bearing the red wax seals of more than 80 English parliamentarians, urging Pope Clement VII to grant King Henry VIII an annulment of his first marriage.

Wrote Frances X. Rocca in a May 7 Wall Street Journal story, "When the Pope wouldn't do so, Henry founded the Church of England, which did."

The petition is part of the show "Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself," up through September 9 at the Capitoline Museum in Rome.

The exhibition features 100 original documents from the Vatican Secret Archives shedding light on 12 centuries of history.

May 27, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Smallest flash drive I've ever seen

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It measures 3/4"L x 5/8"W x 1/4"H (20 x 15 x 7mm).

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Go ahead and look at those dimensions on a ruler.

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Any smaller and you're in deep black territory — and I'm not talking color wheel.

But I digress.

"This super-small 4GB USB 2.0 thumb drive can easily fit on a key chain and is protected with a pliant rubberized housing. The cap resides on the same lanyard so it can't be lost. Compatible with Microsoft Windows 98SE+ and Mac OS 8.6+."

Comes in several colors, with the black version available in both 4GB and 8GB capacities.

$9.99-$12.99.

May 27, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Throwback beer cans — Got a church key?

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Wrote reader George Berger, "It's something I've wanted ever since 'Mad Men' reminded me of them. Now if they'd just come to Phoenix."

Justin Hawkins and Adrian Grenier (who starred in HBO's "Entourage")  co-founded Churchkey Can Co., a craft brewing startup that brought back beer in flat-top steel cans. The cans require the use of a church key to open them, just like they did 50 years ago.

[via Laughing Squid, TechCrunch, and Russell Lo]

May 27, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

You bored me at hello T-shirt

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Made me laugh.

£17.99.

May 27, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Usefulness of Fingers in Traffic

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[via GraphJam and Joe Peach]

May 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Shredder Lubricant Sheets

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That's different.

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Now that you've dropped $127,000+ on that nifty disintegrator, you'll want to keep it in tip-top shape.

From the website:

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Optimize the performance of your shredder with this set of lubricant sheets.

Manufactured with just the right amount of lubricant, each sheet is designed to reduce blade friction and can extend the life of the cutter.

They're easy to use without mess; just feed one into your shredder as you would a piece of paper.

Details:

• Made with sugar cane pulp, soybean oil, and recycled paper

• Simple directions printed on sheets

• Each sheet measures 8.5" x 6"W

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12-sheet pack: $12.99.

May 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"Accent Elimination" — by Nina Katchadourian

Above, an excerpt from "Accent Elimination," an installation of six videos with sound exhibited at the Sara Meltzer Gallery by this highly original artist.

May 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ozeri Zenith Digital Kitchen Scale

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Ultra-high-grade SUS304 stainless steel with fingerprint-resistant coating.

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Backlit LED screen displays in lb., oz., g, fl. oz, and ml.

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Scale dimensions: 8" x 8" x 0.6". 

Capacity: 11 lbs. (5 kg).

Easy-touch tare button. 

Batteries included.

$29.95.

May 27, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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