Introducing the New Laughing Squid Store Featuring Unique Gear, Gadgets, Apps, Software and More!

Laughing Squid Store

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Laughing Squid Store. It features an eclectic mix of awesome gear and gadgets, software, lifestyle products, web services, designer assets, eLearning services, freebies, and much more great stuff at a deep discount.

Items in the store are available for purchase for limited time and we will be adding many new things all the time, so make sure to create a store account and subscribe to our store’s Twitter account and RSS feed to hear about the latest items available. When you sign up for our store, you’ll also be added to an email list with options for daily, weekly and monthly store updates which you can configure through your account settings.

We are offering a special Laughing Squid Store launch discount to our readers. Just enter code LS10OFF at checkout to receive 10% off your first purchase. The coupon code expires March 3, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST.

Our store also has a really great referral program. If your friends sign up via the unique referral link we provide, you’ll earn a $10 credit after they make their first purchase.

The Laughing Squid Store is powered by StackCommerce. They handle all support issues related to the store and manage the inventory and shipping of items.

Keep an eye out for our weekly roundup blog post highlighting items in the store as well as the occasional blog post about individual items in the store.

Here are some of the items currently available in the Laughing Squid Store:

Limited-Edition Code Black HD Camera Drone – $89.00

Bedphones Sleep Headphones – $39.95

Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack – $29.99

BOLT Portable Battery & Wall Charger – $44.99

Soma Glass Carafe & Sustainable Water Filter – $35.99

BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer – $42.99

A Beautiful Message From Fred Rogers to All of the Kids Who Grew Up in ‘Mister Rogers’ Neigborhood’

Mr Rogers

Just a few months before his death in 2003, the wonderfully eloquent Fred Rogers recorded a message to all of the children, most of whom are now adults, who grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in its original form. The message that he conveys is kind, loving, proud and poignant all at the same time, the way it always was when we were children.

I’m just so proud of all of you who have grown up with us. And I know how tough it is some days to look with hope and confidence on the months and years ahead. But I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger, I like you just the way you are.

Thank you Mister Rogers. We will always like you just the way you are too.

‘Say What You Wanna Say’, An ‘SNL’ Sketch In Which Women Take the Lyrics of Sara Bareilles’ Song ‘Brave’ Literally

In the Saturday Night Live sketch “Say What You Wanna Say“, several women take the lyrics of Sara Bareilles‘ song “Brave” literally and empower themselves say what they want to say to whomever they want, no matter how off-putting they might actually be.

Five women (Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Dakota Johnson, Aidy Bryant, Leslie Jones) stop holding back and start telling the truth, just like Sara Bareilles would want them to.

Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave with what you want to say
And let the words fall out, honestly I wanna see you be brave
And since your history of silence won’t do you any good,
Did you think it would? Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Clever Parrot Constantly Tests and Adjusts the Water Temperature While Giving Herself a Bath in the Kitchen Sink

Miss Iris, a beautiful 13-year old Hyacinth Macaw in Palos Verdes, California gives herself a bath in the kitchen sink, constantly testing and adjusting the temperature of the water with just a little bit of assistance from her human Gail Worth.

It is a bit chilly today so I let Miss Iris have her daily bath in the sink. Notice how she always tests the water temperature with her foot before she puts her head under? She will move the faucet handle to adjust the temperature too! She prefers to take cold water hose baths outside.

After her bath, a well-washed Miss Iris polishes her beak with an emery board, a skill she learned by watching Gail do her nails.

via Daily Picks and Flicks

A Father and Daughter Bid Each Other a Tender Farewell Before She Joins ISIS in Absurd ‘Saturday Night Live’ Parody

Dad, it’s just ISIS

In the ridiculously absurd Saturday Night Live parody “Father and Daughter Ad“, a father and daughter bid each other a tender farewell and daddy’s little girl goes off into the next chapter of her life. A life where she doesn’t need “walking around money” or “another year of high school” or anything else that her emotional father offers to her in those final moments they have together before she joins her fellow ISIS recruits in the back of a well-armed flatbed pickup truck.

After her graduation from high school, a father (Taran Killam) must let his daughter (Dakota Johnson) go … join ISIS.

The sketch is meant to parody the Toyota Camry Commercial entitled “My Bold Dad” in which a father proudly says goodbye to his beloved daughter as she joins her fellow army recruits and walks into the airport.

‘Uber-Ex’, An On-Call Car Service Where Former Lovers Drive Passengers Home

Because we miss you and really want to make it work this time.

Cracked parodies Uber, the ubiquitous private car network, with “Uber-Ex” an on-call car service where passengers get driven home by their former lovers who already know how to get there, making for a really uncomfortable ride.

Using our state-of-the art social algorithms and your sister, Uber-Ex can predictively target both your pick up and destination points.

13-Year Old Drinking Prodigy Fits Right In With His Fellow Students at Ohio State University

Tyler Morgan, a 13-year old drinking prodigy at Ohio State University, appeared alongside his proud parents on The Onion‘s Today Now! talk show and spoke with the hosts about his remarkable talents, which allow him to fit right in with his classmates despite his young age .

On Today Now!, the incredible Tyler Morgan shows off the binge drinking talent that got him into Ohio.

Taco Bell Tests Out Icing Filled ‘Cap’n Crunch’ Flavored Donut Holes in Bakersfield, California

Cap'n Crunch Delights Two Halves

Peter Pham of Foodbeast was recently invited to the Taco Bell test kitchen to sample Cap’n Crunch Delights, the company’s latest dessert offering which will be rolling out in Bakersfield, California to start.

Made with Cap’n Crunch Berries cereal and a warm, gooey milk icing, the Delights are the newest addition to Taco Bell’s dessert lineup.

Cap'n Crunch Delights

Cap'n Crunch Delights Oozing

images via Foodbeast

via Foodbeast

Leonard Nimoy Explains the Origins of Mr. Spock’s Famous Vulcan Greeting Hand Gesture on ‘Star Trek’

In 2014, actor Leonard Nimoy, who sadly passed away yesterday, explained to the Yiddish Book Center Wexler Oral History Project how his idea for Mr. Spock‘s Vulcan hand gesture came about during a Jewish ceremony, how he incorporated the greeting into the Star Trek series and how it quickly became an international symbol throughout the world.

5 or 6 guys got up on the bimah – the stage in front of the congregation. They get their tallit over their heads and they start this chanting, I think it’s called Dukhanen, and my father said “don’t look”. So everybody’s got their eyes covered with their hands, their tallit over their faces or turned away, turned their back to these guys and I hear this strange sound coming from them. They’re not singers, they were shouters and dissonant – it was all discordant. …It was chilling, something major is happening here, so I peeked. And I saw them with their hands stuck out from beneath their tallit like this toward the congregation and I thought “wow”.

Here’s the full 2014 interview during which Leonard Nimoy speaks Yiddish and tells the story of his family origins.

Astronauts Bid A Fond Farewell to Leonard Nimoy, Noting the Profound Effect That Mr. Spock Made on Their Lives

NASA astronaut Colonel Mike Fincke and ESA European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano bid a touching farewell to actor Leonard Nimoy, each noting the profound effect that his famous Star Trek character Mr. Spock had on the lives of scientists, engineers and astronauts around the world.

And as we at NASA along with our international partners explore the moon, Mars and beyond, will take the spirit and energy that Leonard brought to his character Mister Spock along with us -Live Long and Prosper