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Do you live in a UFO hotspot? Check out this UFO sightings map

The UFO Sightings Map lists over 80,000 records of UFO sightings in the United States from 1910–2014. Historic UFO sightings are marked in yellow on the map and contain detailed reports about the incident. Just click on the spot you’re curious about, and you can learn more about the UFO sighting. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/05/01/do-you-live-in-a-ufo-hotspot-check-out-this-ufo-sightings-map.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=do-you-live-in-a-ufo-hotspot-check-out-this-ufo-sightings-map
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Popkin

Pigs can play video games

Photo of pig playing a video game

A group of researchers has spent the last 20 years testing pigs to see how well they can play a computer game—in which the pigs use a joystick to maneuver a dot on-screen towards a target.

The scientists finally published a paper concluding that, yep, the pigs have some mad skills. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/02/20/pigs-can-play-video-games.html
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Clive Thompson

‘I’m not a cat’: Video shows lawyer can’t turn off kitten filter during Zoom court appearance

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“If a child used your computer, before you join a virtual hearing check the Zoom Video Options to be sure filters are off,” a Texas judge said of the incident.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/i-m-not-cat-video-shows-lawyer-can-t-turn-n1257168
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The Article Was Written/Published By: David K. Li and Bianca Britton

Microsoft Surface Book Laptop Stops a Stray Bullet

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Microsoft doesn’t advertise any of its Surface hardware line as bulletproof, or even bullet-resistant. Nevertheless, one owner of the Surface Book claims that his saved his life, after a stray bullet fired from a nearby apartment lodged in the 2-in-1 laptop. A dramatic photo posted to Twitter shows the round “caught” between the screen and the touchpad.

My laptop literally just saved my life… Someone shot through the floor in my apartment building

Shoutout to the surface book @Microsoft @MicrosoftHelps pic.twitter.com/cQYwtTY9hb

— Aaron (@itsExtreme_) October 10, 2020

It’s not easy to see what happened from the photo, and no one on staff at Review Geek is a forensic ballistics expert. But @itsExtreme_ (who goes by Aaron) says that the bullet entered his apartment through the floor. That would mean that it then came up through the detachable bottom of the tablet-laptop, through the touchpad (note the cracked glass) and finally lodged in the impact-resistant Gorilla Glass of the screen. Presumably it was closed at the time, with the loose bullet being caught in between.

One commenter on Twitter provided a speculative and entertaining explanation:

For all the “genius” CSI experts who think you have to be lying on your laptop for it to save you.

I present the “bit of an angle” theory. pic.twitter.com/SA7BrmcVPM

— Nigel Auchterlounie (@spleenal) October 12, 2020

Aaron says he called the police, and apparently this was a case of an accidental fire instead of some kind of more violent occurrence. Still, it’s wonderful that the only casualty was a nice laptop. Hopefully the person responsible will have some hefty explaining to do to the local authorities. Even in the United States, accidentally firing a gun into a neighbor’s home is generally regarded as a bad thing.

Aaron might get a happy ending from the harrowing experience. Among hundreds of replies to his tweet last week, the official Microsoft Store account asked him for a direct message. Maybe they’ll hook him up with a newer, less perforated Surface Book.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/56864/microsoft-surface-book-laptop-stops-a-stray-bullet/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Michael Crider

Man loses phone, finds it the next day filled with monkey selfies

Zackrydz Rodzi, a student in Batu Pahat, Malaysia, woke up on Saturday to find his mobile phone missing. He finally located it the following day after hearing it ring in a jungle area behind his home. Zackrydz’s uncle joked that perhaps there was a photo of the thief on the phone. Turns out, he was right. From the BBC News:

Unlike some parts of the world where monkeys live in or near urban areas, there is no history of monkeys stealing things from houses in the local neighbourhood, said the student. He suspects the monkey may have entered the house through his brother’s open bedroom window.

image: ZACKRYDZ RODZI

Something yang korang takkan jumpa setiap abad. Semalam pagi tido bangun bangun tengahari phone hilang. Cari cari satu rumah geledah sana sini semua takde then last last jumpa casing phone je tinggal bawah katil tapi phonenya takde. Sambung bawah. pic.twitter.com/0x54giujnY

— z (@Zackrydz) September 13, 2020

Source: https://boingboing.net/2020/09/16/man-loses-phone-finds-it-the.html
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The Article Was Written/Published By: David Pescovitz

✨ You Can Use Emoji in File Names on Windows 10

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Did you know that emoji work almost anywhere these days? You can use them in nearly any application on your computer. You can even insert them into file and folder names on Windows 10.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/682868/%E2%9C%A8-you-can-use-emoji-in-file-names-on-windows-10/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Chris Hoffman