Jurassic Park’s Velociraptor Cage Is For Sale on eBay and Would Totally Work in Your Living Room


The original velociraptor cage from the terrifying opening scene of Jurassic Park is up for auction on eBay, and it would totally make the perfect accent piece for your living room. (Velociraptor replica included.)

With eight days left and the current bid just shy of $100,000, you should run at this one as if you were being chased by a blood thirsty dinosaur clone. “These treasures will benefit from some attention and TLC,” seller Theme Park Connection writes. “This set would make for an amazing restoration project.”

Here are some photos:

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In case you needed to be reminded of the horror the velociraptors in said container inflicted, here’s the opening scene:

Make your kid go there instead of the his room during time out, and household behavioral problems might start going down.

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Oh God Why: Introducing Snake Ice Cream


Baskin Robbins may offer everything from Butterscotch Ribbon to Pineapple Sherbet, but their 36 Flavors has nothing on Japan.

(LIST: 15 Funkiest Ice Cream Flavors on Earth)

Flavors on the menu at some Japanese tourist spots include dried shrimp, cow tongue, salad with cucumber chunks, and even viper. Deliciousssssssssssssss.

Kotaku has rounded-up some of the strangest Japanese ice cream flavors that make Momofuku Milk Bar’s cereal milk ice cream seem like amateur hour.  While Japan, like the U.S., generally prefers simple flavors like vanilla or green tea, according to Kotaku, there are plenty of small manufacturers that make so-called “novelty ice cream” (変わり種アイス) or “strange ice cream” (奇妙なアイスクリーム), which include flavors like eel, beer, shark fin and fried oyster.

Artisanal ice cream makers in the U.S. concoct unique flavors, too — like Salt & Straw’s honey balsamic strawberry with cracked pepper and candy cap mushroom with port…

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Man Films Himself Clinging to Subway As it Goes Over a Bridge in Enthralling Video


A man with a handle on good aesthetics, along with a DEATH WISH, posted a video of him riding outside a New York City subway going over the Williamsburg Bridge. Or, as he likes to call it, getting some “fresh air over the bridge.”

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Did Kim Jong Un Really Execute His Uncle’s Extended Family?


A report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency cites unnamed sources who claim that Kim Jong Un put to death all the relatives of the leader’s uncle, including children and the country’s ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia. In December, North Korean state media said that Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong Un’s uncle and top official, was executed on treason charges, calling the leader’s former mentor “worse than a dog.”

Jang’s removal surprised North Korea watchers, as he was considered the second most powerful figure in the highly repressive and isolated state.

North Korea announced on January that it would hold parliamentary elections in March, a move that analysts say could provide  a glimpse into the shifting power balance within the country’s elite.

(MORE:North Korea: Did Kim Jong Un Feed His Uncle to the Dogs?)

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Egypt’s Sisi: The Field Marshal Who Could Be Pharaoh


The prospect of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi becoming Egypt’s President offers, at the minimum, the virtue of clarity. The Egyptian military, which on Monday “mandated” its Chief of Staff to stand for President, has never actually been out of power in the Land of the Pharaohs. Al-Sisi became its public face only on July 3 last year, the day the career soldier stepped before a microphone and announced the removal of the only freely elected government in the nation’s thousands-year-old history.

The ecstatic cheers that greeted the announcement spoke volumes about Egypt’s disenchantment with the clannish and tin-eared Muslim Brotherhood administration that al-Sisi sent packing. The adulation also demonstrated the comfort level of many ordinary Egyptians for being ruled by men in uniform. In many countries where a military coup has taken place, the etiquette calls for a firm suggestion that the top brass, having performed a distasteful but necessary duty…

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How Jude Law Discovered A Family Member Leaked To The British Tabloids


Actor Jude Law discovered an immediate family member had sold information about his private life to a British tabloid newspaper while in court Monday.

Law made the unwelcome discovery during the phone-hacking trial of two former editors at the now defunct paper the News of the World, Reuters reportsThe Anna Karenina star was passed a note during cross-examination with the name of a close family member who had sold information to the tabloids in 2005 about his then-girlfriend Sienna Miller’s affair with actor Daniel Craig.

When asked when he found out his family member was selling details of his life to the press, Law said, “Today. I wasn’t aware of that.” The press and the jury were not given the name of the family member. Law also told the court how he had telephoned Craig after the newspaper’s revelations, to confront him about the affair.

Law is one of…

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Clairvoyant Manatee Predicts Denver Broncos Will Win the Super Bowl


The Denver Broncos will win the 2014 Super Bowl, according to a “clairvoyant” manatee named Buffett at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida, which has correctly predicted the winner of the game for the past six years.

His half-brother Hugh also recently predicted the Seahawks would emerge victorious, but he has only been right four out of the past six years.

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Hugh calls the Super Bowl for the Seattle Seahawks.

“One of the things they’re trained to do is swim towards a target, so in this case, we put the team logos on the back of two targets,” Hayley Rutger, Mote’s public relations coordinator, tells TIME.

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Buffett in decision mode.

However, manatees have bad vision and have trouble making out details, so who knows if they even chose the team they meant to pick in the first place.

(h/t Bradenton Herald)

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Ukraine President Will Nix Anti-Protest Laws


President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine agreed Monday to abolish the country’s strict anti-protest laws that have helped spark violence in the capital of Kiev.

The decision marked a concession of sorts by Yanukovych after months of protests that have threatened his hold on power, after an opposition leader turned down his offer to join the government.

“A political decision has been made to abolish the laws adopted on January 16 that caused multiple discussions,” a statement on the president’s website said. The enactment of the law helped turn mostly peaceful protests into more violent clashes with police.

After meeting with opposition leaders Monday night, the Associated Press reports, Yanukovych also agreed to consider amnesty for protesters, but only if they vacate occupied buildings and roads. The Ukrainian parliament will likely vote to abolish the anti-protest laws in a special session scheduled for Tuesday.

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Reshoring Is The New Offshoring and Other Fascinating News on the Web


  1. Guess Who’s Back?

    Wages are going up in China and other countries. Transportation costs have increased. Faced with those two realities (and a few other factors), some American companies are bringing jobs back. Reshoring is the new offshoring.

  2. Reboot Camp

    Even as manufacturing moves back, we won’t see as many jobs return. Much of the future work will be done by robots. That’s true in the private sector. And that’s increasingly true on the battlefield where people are being replaced by drones and bots. Welcome to the front lines of code where basic training might soon include Java and C++.

    + The new military should do some recruiting at Google. The company has been on a robotics buying spree recently. Meet Google’s growing robot army. (If I worked at Bing, I’d watch my back.)

  3. The Playing Field

    The scouts start watching their games during grade school. By junior…

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“Mitch McConnell: It’s ‘Irresponsible’ Not To Try To Hold The Debt Ceiling Hostage”


By Zack Ford

Despite agreeing to a budget this month, it seems Congressional Republicans are not yet done holding the economic fate of the country hostage in order to pass aspects of its agenda. In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told host Chris Wallace that it would be “irresponsible” for Republicans not to try to add amendments to a bill raising the debt ceiling, which they may need to pass as early late February. Failure to pass a debt ceiling increase would be catastrophic for the economy, forcing the country to default on its obligations:

WALLACE: So are you saying right here, “We are going to attach something to the debt ceiling”? And if so, what?

MCCONNELL: What I’m saying is we ought to attach something significant for the country to [President Obama’s] request to increase the debt ceiling. That’s been the pattern for 50 years, going back to the Eisenhower administration. I think it’s the responsible thing to do for the country. […]

We’re never going to default — the Speaker and I have made that clear. We’ve never done that. But, it’s irresponsible not to use the discussion — the request of the President to raise the debt ceiling — to try to accomplish something for the country.