Quick Fixes

Article

May 21, 2013

6 Reasons Not to Freak Out About the 3D Printer Gun

By J.F. Sargent | 300,696 Views

The first gun made entirely of 3D-printed parts recently debuted, and despite the best efforts of its creators, it looks pretty stupid. When your gun looks like something an 8-year-old built out of LEGO bricks, you're not gonna intimidate anyone (except maybe some other poor bastard 8-year-old whose parents bought him Mega Bloks).

forbes.com

But obviously, aesthetics aren't the point here, right? It doesn't matter that the "Liberator" is stupid-looking, because it's still a deadly weapon available to everyone with a 3D printer, huh? Sure, it looks like a lump of packing filler, but criminals everywhere will soon be brandishing these homemade firearms, running amok in the streets, correct? Well, not exactly.

#6. It's Not Cheap

If the whole point of the Liberator is to make access to guns easier, it's a fairly large oversight that the 3D printer required to print it will set one back $8,000.

Forbes
Which is why it looks like a coffee machine.

Article

May 20, 2013

3 Amazing Details of the Most Embarrassing Spy Scandal Ever

By Jack Hall | 208,272 Views

If Hollywood blockbusters have taught us anything, it's that "globe-trotting secret agent" is the best career in the world, somewhere between "decorum-ignoring archaeologist" and "Bill Murray." Just think of Tinseltown's iconography of espionage: 151-proof martinis, Pilates-sculpted assassins sultrily murmuring in every accent from Laplander to Cree, and the occasional bout of sexy amnesia.

But, of course, reality has failed yet again to deliver the popcorn thrills. Here's why the recent arrest of an alleged American spy in Russia had less in common with Skyfall and more with a straight-to-DVD sequel to Austin Powers starring an unknown and irritable Cockney truck driver (which would obviously be titled Austin Powers in Oi! That's Me Lorry!).

#3. The Spy's Mission Was Totally Boring

Our story's unlucky agent, American diplomat Ryan Christopher Fogle, had a simple objective: recruit a Russian intelligence officer to secretly coordinate with the CIA. But this mission had no moonlit exchanges of encoded communiques.

Russian Federal Security Service
He might have used semaphore, for all the good it did.

Article

May 19, 2013

Why 'My Little Pony' Is About to Get Even Creepier

By XJ Selman | 347,967 Views

Hasbro recently announced a My Little Pony spinoff movie, titled My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, which will hit theaters next month. In Equestria Girls, all of the ponies are transported to another universe where they transform into teenage girls to face the trials of high school life, because without question that's what every fan of a magical universe of talking ponies wanted this movie to be.


"The magic of friendship never changes, except when we change the whole thing into Bratz. Then it actually is pretty different."

Article

May 18, 2013

4 Reasons Insects Will Soon Be a Staple of Your Diet

By Evan V. Symon | 195,449 Views

For most Westerners, the thought of eating a beetle or an ant triggers a gag reflex. We've been trained to hate and eliminate six-legged creatures of all kinds, even the ones that are good for us. But according to a recent U.N. report, our days of not eating six-legged creatures are probably over.

#4. Everyone Else Is Already on the Bug-Eating Bandwagon

AFP / Stringer / Family
"Peer pressure tastes crunchy."