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Man Tries to Sell Counterfeiting Machine at a Famous Pawn Shop

American Jewelry and Loan in the famous Detroit pawn shop where the reality TV show Hardcore Pawn is shot. According to its flamboyant owner Les Gold, people travel enormous distances to visit it and possibly appear on the hit show. One customer took even more extreme measures. He tried to sell his counterfeit money and [...]

Gritty Street Photography By Nate “Igor” Smith

Nate “Igor” Smith is known for his work on the photo website Driven By Boredom, but he has another side, a street side that doesn’t involve canned shots of people posing at events, a side that relies on happenstance to capture that perfect moment in time. Nate’s vision is raw and voyeuristic, catching sight of moments [...]

11 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s Spymasters

© JASON REED/Reuters/Corbis There’s more to being a spy than drinking martinis, talking into shoe-phones, and discarding messages that self-destruct in five seconds. Here are 11 surprising facts about America’s spymasters. 1. The CIA had a mad scientist on the payroll Dr. Sidney Gottlieb sold Christmas trees at a roadside stand, raised goats and was an accomplished square [...]

Adorable Baby Gets Jiggy With It

(YouTube Link) Just because Will Smith’s music career is a thing of the past, and he left us with nothing but less talented mini Smiths, doesn’t mean that future generations can’t get jiggy with his classic jams. This adorable dancing baby boogies like he spent nine months practicing this dance routine in the womb! –via Videogum

New Profession: Online Bodyguard

There’s an Far Side cartoon from the 1980s which shows two parents looking hopefully at their video game-playing teenager. They fantasize about his future career as a professional gamer. The joke is, of course, that this is an absurd hope for their indolent son who is developing no practical skills. Larson’s prediction was too pessimistic. There [...]

4 Regular People Who Negotiated High-Profile Surrenders

Trained law enforcement officers and negotiators apprehend the vast majority of criminals. Sometimes, though, a civilian steps in and makes their job much easier. Let’s look at four citizen heroes who helped negotiate high-profile surrenders. 1. Sergeant-at-Arms Earns His Title A body’s sergeant-at-arms has the duty of keeping order during its meetings. On May 7, 1984, [...]

Earrings made from the wings of insects

Sisters Susan and Sandy Smith have come up with an unusual business model – insect wing jewellery. “They’re beautiful. The way they shine and reflect …

Six Word Memoirs

SMITH Magazine has a site where people tell stories in exactly six words. One section is a collaboration with the organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to share stories about coming home from the war. Link -via Breakfast Links

Six-Words Memoirs

Ernest Hemingway once famously said that he could write an entire story in just six words – “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” (Before the age of Twitter, no less) Inspired by that, SMITH Magazine invited writers, both famous and obscure, to write their memoirs in exactly six words, and published it in book form: Not [...]

Karate Kid, the Remake

[YouTube Clip] Remember the 1984 movie Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita? Well, it’s going to have a remake, featuring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son). From Monsters and Critics: Jaden Smith’s character moves to Beijing with his mother, where he encounters a bully situation similar to Macchio’s in his new locale. Smith’s [...]