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Real-life “Spider-Man” scales Parisian building to save dangling child, gets rewarded with citizenship

It took 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama just seconds to reach a child that was dangling from the fifth-floor balcony of a building in Paris, saving the four-year-old boy.

The undocumented migrant worker from Mali was rewarded handsomely for his courageous act. French President Emmanuel Macron met with the man and granted him French citizenship and a job as a firefighter.

USA Today reports:

“Bravo,” Macron said to 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama during a one-on-one meeting in a gilded room of the presidential Elysee Palace that ended with Gassama receiving a gold medal from the French state for “courage and devotion.”

…The young man said he has papers to legally stay in Italy, where he arrived in Europe after crossing the Mediterranean, ending a long, rough stay in Libya. But he came to France last September to join his older brother, who has lived in France for decades.

Gassama, dressed in tattered blue jeans and white shirt, recounted his experience which took place at around 8 p.m. Saturday when he and friends saw a young child hanging from a fifth-floor balcony.

“I ran. I crossed the street to save him,” he told Macron. He said he didn’t think twice. “When I started to climb, it gave me courage to keep climbing.”

God “helped me,” too, he said. “Thank God I saved him.”

The boy’s father was detained overnight for neglect.

Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/28/real-life-spider-man-scale.html

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How to Hang Photos Without Frames

If you love hanging photos but don’t love the idea of spending a fortune on frames, there are many cute and easy ways you can hang your photos, or any pieces of art, without them. You just need some basic materials and your imagination to show off your photos in a personalized style that’s unique to you!


EditUsing Pins and Tape

  1. Use colorful tacks for convenience. Buy some colorful plastic tacks and use them to hang your photos. Or, brush some craft glue on the tops of some metal push tacks and sprinkle any color glitter onto them. Allow these to dry, then use them to pin your photos directly into your walls.[1]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 1.jpg
    • To create a gallery, use the same color glitter on as many tacks as you need to hang multiple photos in the same area.
    • Tacks will put holes in both your walls and photos, so make sure you are okay with this before using them.
  2. Use double-sided tape as another easy option. Simple double-sided tape can be found at any craft store and many convenience stores. Attach 2-4 small pieces to the backs of your photos, then press them onto your wall where you want them.[2]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 2.jpg
    • Double-sided tape may cause paint on your walls to peel when you remove it. Be sure you are okay with the chance of this happening before you use it.
  3. Dart your photos to the wall for a unique look. For a simple and fun option, take a set of darts and stick one into the top center of each photo. Arrange a theme of darted photos to a particular wall area in a circular or square pattern.[3]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 3.jpg
    • Darts will put holes into your walls, and your photos, so make sure you’re okay with the size holes they will create in both before trying this option.
  4. Use washi tape to create your own frames. Washi tape is a special Japanese crafting tape that comes in many colors and patterns. It’s similar to masking tape, so it’s gentle on your walls and your photos. Simply cut the tape to create a frame around your photo, and hang it anywhere you like.[4]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 4.jpg
    • Look for washi tape at your local craft store or online.
    • Arrange a washi tape photo gallery using matching tape and hang multiple photos in the same area.
    • Try making a double border with 2 different patterns of tape for an extra creative look.

EditHanging Photos with Different Types of Clips

  1. Use clothespins on a string for a stylish look. Cut a piece of string that’s anywhere from , depending on your preference. Hammer small nails into your wall at the same height and slightly less distance apart than the length of your string, and tie each end of the string to a nail. Take a set of wooden or colorful plastic clothespins to hang your photos along the string in any order you like.[5]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 5.jpg
    • Create a bigger gallery by hanging more string with nails above and below your first one, and attach more photos depending on your preference.
    • A benefit to this option is you can switch the photos out as you please at any time.
  2. Try matching binder clips to create a photo gallery. Hammer a nail into the wall where you’d like your photo. Open the binder clip so it’s ready to clip something, and hang 1 metal piece onto the nail. Then simply clip the top centers of your photos into the clips, and you’re set to go.[6]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 6.jpg
    • Most people like to use a set of black clips for this option, but you can choose any color you like.
    • For similarly sized photos, try creating rows with your nailed binder clips. Or, hang various sized photos with a larger one at the center and smaller ones around it.
  3. Use skirt or pants hangers as an ecofriendly option. A unique alternative for larger photos is to use skirt or pants hangers that you have lying around. Use matching wooden, metal, or plastic hangers for the best results. Hammer one nail into your wall for each photo you’d like to hang, hang the hanger onto the nail, then clip the photo in place.[7]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 7.jpg
    • This option tends to work best with larger photos. Try arranging them on the wall in 2 vertical rows.
  4. Hang clipboards for larger photos. If you like the idea of still having a background to your larger photos, using clipboards could be a great choice for you. Take some matching clipboards and clip your photos into them. Hang your clipboards with nails in any pattern you like onto your wall – try rows, a diamond shape, or alternating zig-zag rows.[8]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 8.jpg
    • To add extra pizazz to some plain clipboards, decorate the borders of them first with colorful paint or glitter.
  5. Clip photos to a string of lights for a brilliant option. Take a string of white or colored lights and hang them in a zig-zag pattern on your wall, attaching each corner of the string to the wall with a nail. Then take any clips of your choice, such as clothespins or binder clips, and attach your photos to the string in various places between the lights.[9]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 9.jpg
    • Be sure that you’re close enough to an outlet to plug the lights in if you’re doing this option. Or, use a matching extension cord to reach your light string.

EditCreating a Photo Mobile

  1. Paint a wooden dowel solid black. Buy some acrylic paint and a wooden dowel at a craft store. If you don’t want to make your mobile black, go for a different color. You’ll just need yarn and cardstock to match whatever color you choose.[10]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 10.jpg
  2. Cut a piece of black yarn for your hanger. Tie the ends of the yarn to the ends of the dowel with double knots, then secure the knots to the dowel with super glue. Next cut 3-4 long pieces of yarn, with the length depending on how many photos you want to attach to each piece.[11]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 11.jpg
    • Tie these to the dowel in double knots so that they’re hanging down, and secure them with a dot of super glue.
  3. Cut large triangles out of heavy black card stock. Make as many triangles as you have pieces of hanging yarn. You can make them about the size of a photo, or alternate sizes. Punch 1 hole into either the tops or bottoms of each one (you can alternate tops/bottoms to have alternating direction triangles), and tie knots in the ends of your yarn to attach them.[12]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 12.jpg
    • Instead of triangles, you can cut circles, rectangles, stars, or hearts for the bottom of your mobile.
    • If you like, draw dots or stripes on the cardstock with white paint marker, or decorate them with glitter.
    • If your cardstock isn’t very heavy, you can make it heavier by covering the shapes with matching clay. Simply roll out some clay and cover the cardstock shapes with it, shaping it until it’s smooth.
  4. Attach your photos to the yarn using strips of washi tape. Use 2 strips of washi tape on the backs of your photos to attach them to the front of your yarn. Most people put 3-4 photos on each hanging piece of yarn, but you can attach as many as you like depending on how much space you have.[13]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 13.jpg
    • You can use glue instead of washi tape, but the glue will stay on the backs of the photos permanently, whereas washi tape can be easily removed.
  5. Hang your mobile anyplace you’d like. Most people hang these mobiles on the wall because of the tape on the backs of the photos, but you can also suspend it somewhere in your home. If you suspend it, you could use more photos and make it double-sided by using rolled up pieces of washi tape to attach the backs of the photos together.[14]
    Hang Photos Without Frames Step 14.jpg

EditThings You’ll Need

  • Washi tape
  • Metal tacks, glue, and glitter
  • Dowel rod, yarn, and cardstock (matching)
  • Set of darts
  • String
  • Clothespins
  • Binder clips
  • Clipboards
  • String of lights

EditSources and Citations

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Source: https://www.wikihow.com/Hang-Photos-Without-Frames

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Puget Sound mussels are failing drug tests

If you’ve been using or abusing an opioid, then your pee’s been full of opioids. When your opioid-laced pee gets flushed away, those opioids wind up in our water: our reservoirs, streams and oceans.

And that, friends, is why mussels are failing drug tests.

According to CBS News, scientists at Washington’s Department of Fish & Wildlife have found evidence that the dregs of the opioids we consume and then whiz out are now present enough in the waters around Seattle that mussels are testing positive for oxycodone. As mussels are filter feeders, they tend to soak up environmental contaminants into their tissues in large concentrations.

From CBS News:

Happily, mussels don’t metabolize drugs like oxycodone and thus wouldn’t necessarily be physically harmed by the presence of it in their tissues, studies show that fish are not so lucky. In fact, scientists at the University of Utah recently discovered that, if given the opportunity, zebrafish will willingly dose themselves with opioids. Scientists say salmon and other fish might have a similar response.

The Puget Sound Institute notes that the amounts of opioids detected were thousands of times smaller than a typical human dose. And none of the mussels tested are near any commercial shellfish beds.

So the shellfish are safe, but man are we screwed.

That the opioid levels in the mussels have become high enough to be detectable says a lot about the amount of painkillers that we, as a society, are using and abusing, let alone the environmental impact we as a species can have, simply by going to the bathroom.

Image via Max Pixels

Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/25/puget-sound-mussels-are-failin.html

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Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine shuts down after 49 years

In 1969 Andy Warhol and John Wilcock launched Interview, “The Crystal Ball of Pop.” True to its name, the magazine ran interviews of artists, actors, musicians, and celebrities.

From The New York Times:

Ezra Marcus, an associate editor at the magazine, said by email that the staff was notified in an all-hands meeting earlier in the morning that Interview, which was founded in 1969, was closing and filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Phone calls to Brant Publications, which acquired Interview magazine in 1989, two years after Andy Warhol died, went unanswered.

With its striking style, Interview had long wielded outsize influence in the industry, inspiring the look and feel of many other publications. But questions about the magazine’s fortunes have lingered for years, as it faced ever-thinning ranks and churned through staff.

Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/23/andy-warhols-interview-magaz.html

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Amazon has been quietly selling its facial recognition system to US police forces, marketing it for bodycam use

Amazon bills its Rekognition image classification system as a “deep learning-based image and video analysis” system; it markets the system to US police forces for use in analyzing security camera footage, including feeds from police officers’ bodycams.


Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/22/candid-body-camera.html

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After record quarterly loss, Tesla’s Elon Musk warns reporters that “boring bonehead questions are not cool”

Tesla burned $710m last quarter but hopes to be profitable soon. In the meantime, don’t ask Elon any boring questions!

“We’re going to go to YouTube. Sorry, these questions are so dry. They’re killing me.”

Instead, Mr Musk took questions from YouTube vlogger and journalist Galileo Russell who was listening to the call. Mr Russell hosts a YouTube talkshow called HyperChange TV, dedicated to the financial side of Silicon Valley technologies.

Mr Musk encouraged Mr Russell to keep asking questions, because they focused more on technology, rather than business

Here’s the official theme tune of your Tesla deposit:


Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/03/after-record-quarterly-loss-t.html

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State university in Danbury closes due to student illness – Waterbury Republican American

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Police discover over 10,000 endangered tortoises jammed into one small house

An overwhelming stench of poop and urine led authorities to check out what was going on in an unassuming two-story house in Toliara, Madagascar. When they opened the front door, they were shocked to find the house full of endangered tortoises–10,068, to be exact. According to Soary Randrianjafizanaka, a representative from Madagascar’s environmental protection agency, so many of the poor little critters were jammed into the house that they literally had no room to move.

From National Geographic:

In total the house contained 9,888 live radiated tortoises, a rare species found only in Madagascar—and 180 dead ones. Randrianjafizanaka helped count them as rescuers loaded them onto six trucks that made several trips to Le Village Des Tortues (Turtle Village in French), a private wildlife rehabilitation facility in Ifaty, 18 miles north of Toliara. It took until early the following morning to transfer all the tortoises to the rescue center.

The majority of the turtles taken to the rehabilitation facility are doing well, now that they’ve been cleaned up, moved into more suitable quarters, and provided with veterinary care. Unfortunately, close to 600 of the turtles have died since being removed from the house, due to dehydration or infection–the result of their long neglect.

With a shrinking population of around three million of the reptiles, the trade of radiated turtles, each of which can have shells up to 16 inches across and weigh as much as 35 pounds, is illegal in 182 countries. That makes the turtles an attractive product for blackmarket traders operating out of Madagascar, to export to shady buyers around the world.

Image: Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE – Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata), CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/20/police-discover-over-10000-en.html