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Father Hires In-Game Assassins To Kill His Lazy Son’s Video Game Characters

23-year old Xiao Feng doesn’t want to get a job. He’d rather spend his time playing video games. To discourage this activity, Feng’s father hired players to hunt down and slay his son’s characters: Unhappy with his son not finding a job, Feng decided to hire players in his son’s favorite online games to hunt down [...]

Spaceship Bed

Jeremiah Gorman built his son Finn a spaceship for the fifth birthday! Surplus electronics from a TV station became the cockpit controls, set under his bunk bed with proper lighting that looks like stars. See pictures of the build at Makezine. Link

Combination Flashlight/Handgun, c.1922

Many modern handguns come with rails for mounting accessories, including lights. This object, patented by S.P. Cottrell & Son, is an early attempt to provide both illumination and protection. It’s a .22-caliber 7-shot revolver built onto a heavy flashlight. The trigger is folded along the bottom. Link -via Pocket Pistols, Historic Firearms & Curiosities | Photo: Gregg [...]

Kurt Vonnegut’s Letters

Shaun Usher is delighted to have a copy of the new book Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, which is available for purchase today. He has published two of the letters at Letters of Note, in which the author’s fatherly side is evident. One concerns his son Mark, who received his draft notice in 1967. Here’s the first [...]

Was There Really an Earl Grey?

As a matter of fact, there have been several. This particular Earldom was created in 1806 for General Charles Grey, who was the 1st Baron Grey. After Charles died, the title was passed on to his son Charles, making him the 2nd Earl Grey. The title has passed from father to son over the years [...]

Meet the Parents: 11 Dads of Famous Juniors

Let’s get ready for Father’s Day by taking a look at some dads who gave famous people a giant gift: their names. Here are the seniors behind a slew of well-known Juniors. 1. Martin Luther King, Sr. probably didn’t know his name would become so famous when he changed it. The civil [...]

Man Arrested for Leaving Son in Car

A man was arrested in Shepherdsville, Kentucky on misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor. He had gone into a bar to drink and left his son behind in the car. According to an arrest report, 59-year-old James L. Osborne was seen walking into The Electric Cowboy, a bar on Dixie Highway, near Oak [...]

Krispy Kreme Donut S’Mores

(Video Link) Ingredients: 2 Krispy Kreme donuts, 1 huge marshmallow, and 1 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Nate Smith compared the joyful experience of biting into this wonder with the birth of his own son: I’m so happy!…This is similar to how it feels when I had my son…This is the greatest thing in the world. He’s not modest. [...]

Police Help Blind Writer Recover Work

Trish Vickers of Charmouth, Dorset, England, lost her sight years ago, but continues to write in longhand with a system that keeps her lines straight. During a particularly creative streak, she wrote 26 pages of a novel. However, the ink in her pen had run out. Vickers only found that out when her son Simon [...]

Lamborghini Batman is a Real Super Hero

Last week we told you about Batman being pulled over by the police in Montgomery County, Maryland for driving his black Lamborghini without proper plates. There turns out to be much more to the story. This Caped Crusader’s alter ego is businessman Lenny B. Robinson, who spends his money and his spare time encouraging sick [...]