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Sweden has invented The Sweat Machine for purifying body sweat into drinkable water. The Improv Anywhere group makes 7,000 people follow commands. And NASA goes out of its way to make us feel small and insignificant. Thanks a lot, NASA! … Read more
You're milling about Manhattan's South Street Seaport, when suddenly a bunch of people wearing "I heart NY" T-shirts simultaneously get down on their hands and knees and start crawling. What's going on?
The easy answer is that it's just another day in New York City. The other explanation is that Improv Everywhere's at it again.
The N.Y.-based prank collective "causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places" in a kind of street theater that turns unsuspecting passersby into the audience. Past hijinks have dispatched an excess of Best Buy clerks, simultaneously triggered a symphony of ringtones in a bookstore, and filled the New York subway with pants-less riders.
For its latest stunt, called The MP3 Experiment Ten, more than 7,000 participants with headphones pressed play at the same time to listen to an MP3 file filled with ridiculous instructions. Jokesters were told to dress as tourists to blend in with the crowd and thus better surprise prankees with their wacky synchronized moves. … Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- If you live in Austin, San Francisco, New York, or any number of other cites, the sight of hundreds of Santa Clauses prowling around, ducking in and out of bars, department stores, or parks as part of the annual SantaCon has probably become second nature.
But imagine seeing dozens of St. Nicks walking toward you on a San Francisco street in 1994 or 1995 , when the Internet was anything but ubiquitous, when culture jamming was a phrase no one had heard before, and Improv Everywhere, the Yes Men, and flash mobs were still a thing of the … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Today I learned Dave Chappelle was in a "Home Improvement" spinoff that was actually made.
- Twelve things that will get you banned on Xbox.
- You won't remember anything, including this article, unless you print it out.
Like most homeowners, I've got furnace filters to replace, smoke-alarm batteries to check, a central air conditioner to maintain, and so on. I also have a septic tank and water softener that need occasional attention.
Unfortunately, I'm terrible at tracking this stuff, meaning important tasks often get overlooked or neglected -- sometimes at their peril (and my expense).
BrightNest for iOS lets me schedule these and other home maintenance jobs, thereby ensuring they don't get forgotten.
AUSTIN, Texas--If there's one man in the world who can convince thousands of people to take off their pants in the subway, to follow the disembodied instructions of a downloaded MP3, or to high-five a stranger on an escalator, it's Charlie Todd.
The brainchild behind Improv Everywhere, a New York-based "prank collective" that has been culture jamming society since 2001, Todd knows a thing or two about how to get a group of perfect strangers involved in something very unexpected and very funny.
Over the years, Improv Everywhere has grown from Todd and a couple of … Read more
Online real estate listing aggregator Zillow launched an app today that aims to help home shoppers and home buyers with their home improvement projects.
Available for the iPad and the Web, Zillow Digs is a free app designed to offer inspiration as well as information about remodeling projects. The free app lets users browse thousands of photos of bathroom, kitchen, and outdoor projects, as well as get estimates on the cost of the actual project based on the user's location.
Similar to Houzz, an online home improvement community that launched a design, decorating, and remodeling app in 2010, Digs … Read more
Apple offered some minor details on how it's beefing up its troubled Maps app, which became a running joke last year for misplacing landmarks, skewing landscapes and misleading travelers.
"We've made a number of improvements to Maps," Apple CEO Tim Cook told Wall Street analysts during the company's first quarter earnings call this afternoon. Some of those include improved satellite and flyover imagery as well as local information for businesses, he said.
Cook said that people are using Maps "significantly" more than they were before iOS 6, which added Apple's controversial mapping … Read more
Tor Browser Bundle for Mac is a package that installs and manages the Tor project software on your Mac. Tor allows you to hide your identity and prevent IP address-tracking back to your device. The Tor Browser Bundle for Mac comprises a number of files, but it's easy enough to install.
Tor uses a set of servers around the world, most maintained by individuals, that reroute your URL request through two, three, or more different servers in an attempt to make your path from your Mac to the destination URL difficult to track back. Each hop in the Tor … Read more