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The latest incident of how an online community can band together to help someone in the real world involves Metafilter members who kept two Russian girls from becoming sex slaves when they arrived in the US. The thread unfolds like a movie script. (via Boing Boing) Newsweek has more.
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How to make an extremely slow-rolling ball. Once you see what's inside, it will all make sense.
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A piece of computer coding can take a hit song and turn it into a swing tune by adjusting the beat ever-so-slightly. So now we can cut a rug to the strains of Guns'N'Roses and Journey! (via Metafilter)
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The female of the argonaut species of octopus produces a thin shell called a paper nautilus. Scientists have pondered the purpose of these shells for thousands of years, and now have a video of what they do with it.
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Mario in Beads. Hama plastic beads are the medium in this stop-motion video starring everyone's favorite plumber.
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What would happen if a tropical storm hit the oil floating in the Gulf? It depends on the storm, and exactly where it meets the oil.
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Kim Jong Il, the director he kidnapped, and the awful Godzilla film they made together. This story is too weird to be fiction, so it must be true!

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