TSA's Instagram Feed, Idiots Fighting Things, and an American Flag Spatula

Rob Walker

America’s birthday is tomorrow. I hope you got it something nice. But if you’re planning on taking a break from the Web over the long weekend, The Procrastinaut suggests you reconsider: Enjoy the many top-notch diversions diligently collected at Procrastinaut.tumblr.com.

Here are some of this week’s highlights, and more. (And do join the hordes of good-looking, intelligent people following Procrastinaut on Tumblr, right here.

Travel Safely: Speaking of holidays, and your fellow Americans, those of you headed to the airport this weekend might want to know that the TSA is now on Instagram: "Welcome, and stay tuned to this account to regularly see prohibited items found at TSA checkpoints." You know, stuff like this. Via PetaPixel.

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Crowd Control:
Pelle Cass photographs a single place repeatedly, and edits the results into a pleasingly uncanny image. Example: Dogs. Via @gilbertjasono via olio-ataxia)

Now That’s Great Design: Hyperallergic performs the brilliant public service of rounding up online playable versions of Pong, Space Invaders, Asteroids, Tempest, and Yar’s Revenge. (All games recently added to MoMA’s design collection.)

Sounds Dreamy: Looking for the perfect July 4 jam playlist? This is not it. But the recent Disquiet Junto project, in which musicians/sound artists used the rooms in which they sleep as source audio for a dream-description “score” is 35 minutes of amazing listening.

Faces, Melting: Incredible images by Ben DeHaan. The key is unstable ink. Via Prosthetic Knowledge.

“Idiots Fighting Things”: Even worse — by which I mean better — than it sounds, as Motherboard demonstrates with this collection of GIFs and videos mined from the subreddit /r/IdiotsFightingThings.

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Richard Nixon Fighting a Sabre-Toothed Tiger: Here.

Slam Dunk: We have to give credit to our Yahoo Sports colleagues: This collection of NBA videobombs is hilarious.

The Homer: Somebody made a real version of Homer Simpson’s dream car. “Powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball.” Via MetaFilter.

Check Out: Shopping cart circles. Like crop circles. But with shopping carts.

Noggin News: Science declares head transplants are possible. What could possibly go wrong?

Happy Holiday: Here’s a picture of an American flag spatula. Enjoy your Independence Day.

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