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Kim Jong Ummm

North Korea Debuts Cooking Site Aimed at ‘Housewives’

Behold, an In inexhaustible source of kimchi recipes for North Korean housewives. (http://www.cooks.org.kp/)

If this isn’t a sign that the Real Housewives of Pyongyang is on its way, we don’t know what is.

The DPRK’s Korean Association of Cooks has launched a most supreme cooking website filled with recipes for “housewives’ convenience,” the Guardian reports. The site, creatively named “Korean Dishes”  also offers helpful information on North Korean restaurants, and on the cooking organization itself. Read More

Go Home Science You're Drunk

People Who Binge Drink Are More Popular, Science Says

A room of very, very cool people, apparently. (Wikipedia)

Go grab the nearest alcohol vaporizer, because it’s been proven that binge drinkers are cooler than all their friends.

Men and women who frequently participate in heavy drinking tend to have higher social standings within their friend groups, the Daily Beast reports. The study, called Drinking to Reach the Top (guess we’ll have to rename our autobiography), is scheduled to appear in the October issue of Addictive Behaviors. Read More

Tech Dirty to Me

Webcam Girls and Their Diehard Fans Flocking to Miami for Largest-Ever Camming Convention

Award-winning cam girl Little Red Bunny has just signed up to attend CammingCon. (Twitter)

At the beginning of August, hundreds of fans will pack Miami’s Eden Roc Hotel to meet models with whom they’ve all been intimate, and yet have never actually met beyond the screens of their webcams.

“[They'll] meet the models [they]’ve been chatting to for four years. People could start fainting,” Clinton Cox, the founder of the first annual CammingCon, told me over the phone. “There’s going to be a huge level of nerves… Who knows what the energy’s going to be like? It’s a giant science experiment.” Read More

Kickstart It

Crowdfunding For Invisible Product Takes Off, Potato Salad Suddenly Seems Worthwhile

Mr. Bishop: crazy, brilliant, or both? (Facebook)

“I’m going to do something I’ve never seen done before,” Jordan Bishop wrote in a Medium post on Wednesday. “I’m going to sell you my product before I tell you what it is.”

Mr. Bishop is the founder of what he claims is the Internet’s first blind crowdfunding campaign, which launched Wednesday. To clarify, Mr. Bishop is asking the Internet to buy his product without even telling people what, exactly, they’re paying for. Read More

Rise of the Drones

Congressman Hires Drone to Film Wedding Despite FAA Ban

Mr. Maloney. (Wikipedia)

In what we assume was an attempt to wow his wedding-obsessed Pinterest followers, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) paid to have his nuptials recorded by a camera mounted on a drone, CBS reports.

The only problem, sadly, is that the Federal Aviation Administration bans the use of drones for commercial purposes — like, say, charging people for aerial wedding videography. The FAA now appears to be investigating the incident, Philly.com reports. Read More

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Biologists Name New Water Mite Species After Jennifer Lopez

J.Lo the human (not the water mite). (Wikipedia)

It’s cool to win a Grammy or go platinum or get a dumb guest role on an episode of Glee, but nowadays the true mark of musical achievement is having a gross-looking bug named after you.

Jennifer Lopez has become the namesake of a new species of water mite found near Puerto Rico, the AP reports. Biologists named the mite Litarachna lopezae not just because Ms. Lopez has Puerto Rican heritage, but also because they rocked out (as biologists do) to her music as they wrote about their discovery. Read More

Horrible

Boy Commits Suicide After Being Bullied for Alleged Masturbation Video

Mr. Burdette. (Facebook)

This week in horrible news, a California teen has committed suicide after a video of him allegedly masturbating went viral on social media.

Matthew Burdette, 14, reportedly killed himself on November 29 — not long after a classmate secretly filmed him over the top of a bathroom stall, and shared the video on Snapchat and Vine. The video, which appeared to depict Mr. Burdette masturbating, went viral, and allegedly led other kids to bully him intensely. Now, Mr. Burdette’s parents are suing his school district for not doing enough to prevent the bullying. Read More

Kids These Days

High School Kids Earning $4K a Month Through Gaming Site ROBLOX

A screengrab from Mr. Correira's game, Paintball!. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Josh Correira will start his freshman year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, but already the 18-year-old is raking in up to $4,000 a month — all because he programmed an online video game.

Mr. Correira has been making money through ROBLOX, an online platform where users — typically kids and teens — create and play games featuring blocks of different shapes, sizes and colors. ROBLOX launched its Developer Exchange program last October, wherein creators can convert the virtual currency earned through their games — called ROBUX — into real live cash. Read More