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Notice - iPods must be worn at all time...

This one made me smile – it’s from “Fake Signs in London Underground” (#29). Fake, maybe, but the captured images are often all too true for those who have to travel on the tube at peak times. “If you don’t have an iPod… pretend to be asleep” Check out…

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Security detector based on novelty golfball finder

It was a trail that lead through the New York Times (Iraq Swears by Bomb Detector U.S. Sees as Useless) and Bruce Schneier’s Security Technology blog (The Doghouse: ADE 651)… Then in stepped the James Randi Educational Foundation, as we wrote at the time, to issue a million…

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Dihydrogen Monoxide Conspiracy uncovered

In a similar vein to the recent Brain Collider Experiment, check out details of this website featuring the apparently much covered-up Dihydrogen Monoxide Conspiracy. What do you mean, you are not aware of the DHMO issue? Are you not aware… “In spite of a direct query for information, the…

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When Levelers Fail

                                                                                                         Thanks to Jon Titus another contribution to our photo gallery of cockeyed construction work — or is someone just having fun with photoshop…

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Shake-to-Charge Flashlight Cheats By Using A Battery

<< Are there any real magnetic induction shake-to-charge flashlights out there? Phil Karras relates his run-in with some more flagrant fakes on his website: “I’m not saying that the flashlights were not worth the $2.50 I paid, but they were not as advertised. The…

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Flashlight's Three LEDs Are Two Too Many

When poorly aimed, a flashlight’s multiple light sources can create a serious Van Gogh effect! Doug Ritter writes about the clone flashlight that produced this hallucinogenic effect on his equipped to survive website, where he reviews outdoor gear and survival equipment. He writes: “The “Pilot” lights by Holly Solar…

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U2 Surefire Flashlight Clone a Cheap Imitation

< If an incredibly low price isn’t an obvious enough tip-off, here’s a surefire way to tell a cloned product from the real thing: In a lame effort to “prove” that the fake has been through some sort of rigorous quality-control process, it usually carries at…

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Shake-to-Charge Flashlight is a Fake

Discover Circuits founder Dave Johnson found this broken solar powered path light near a railroad track. Like many engineers who find things and think the part might come in handy, he put it in his pocket. Upon closer inspection, he realized that instead of filling the 3-square-inches of…

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