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

Generous Women In China Make It Their Life’s Work to Care for Over 1,300 Stray Dogs Needing Their Assistance

Begging for Food

Five very generous older women in the prefecture of Weinan in the Shaanxi Province of China, have banded together to create the Weinan Dog Asylum, a shelter where over 1,300 stray dogs in the area are given food, a safe place to sleep and other canine (and human) companionship on a daily basis. The shelter was started in 2009 by a then 60-year old woman named Wang Yanfang, who wanted to help these dogs who would have otherwise been taken away and perhaps even destroyed. Yanfang and a group of her friends sought to do something about this and developed the dog asylum, which relies heavily on donations.

The ladies said they have been voluntarily taking care of the dogs for around six years as a way to save them from the pound, according to local media. Needless to say, looking after such a large pack of dogs is a lot of work. They have to wake up at 4am to prepare around 400kg of dog food per day for the hungry animals.

Meal Time

Caring for Dogs

All Gone

Trimming Nails

images via CCTVNews

via, CCTVNews, Lost at E Minor

Light-Painting Group Creates a Long-Exposure Photograph of 200 Glowing Orbs in a Field

200 Glowing Orbs in Light Painting Photo

On July 19, 2014, a team of light painters from East Coast Light Painting created a long-exposure photograph of 200 glowing orbs in a field in Virginia. To create the orbs, the group collaboratively developed a spinning light tool. During the 1,651-second exposure, the team fanned out to create each of the 7-foot-diameter orbs. The light painters were inspired by a 2011 photograph in which photographer Andrew Wells created a long-exposure image with 100 orbs. According to the group, their 2014 photograph has earned a Guinness World Record.

200 Glowing Orbs in Light Painting Photo

200 Glowing Orbs in Light Painting Photo

photos via 200 Orbs

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

‘Downton Funk’, A Mashup of ‘Downton Abbey’ and the Mark Ronson Song ‘Uptown Funk’

“In social class we’re still on top. Don’t believe me just watch.”

Downton Funk” is a mashup by CollegeHumor that combines Downton Abbey with the song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson which features some strong vocals from Bruno Mars. The song features many story points from the show and is told from the perspective of Hugh Bonneville‘s character Robert Crawley.

A Series of Common Misconceptions About Makeup Explained and Debunked

In “Misconceptions About Makeup” by Mental Floss, host Elliott Morgan discusses a series of common misconceptions about makeup and debunks many of the myths that are associated with them.

Misconception number 8: Men do not wear makeup. Earlier this year a British survey found that men spent around a hundred and sixty dollars or 100 pounds a month on grooming products including makeup. Plus men’s personal care products is now a 3.9 billion dollar industry and it’s expected to grow 13 percent by 2018.

An Honest Trailer for the Film ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

Revisit the buddy comedy that’s aged about as well as Jeff Daniels face.

Screen Junkies has created an honest trailer for the 2014 comedy film sequel Dumb and Dumber To starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne returned to the box office to deliver yet another package to a another pretty lady.

Harry and Lloyd are back in the comedy sequel we thought we wanted, but didn’t really: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’.

Designers Fashion Brightly Colored Clothing Out of Crayola Crayons for Unique Bloomingdales Window Display

Unmellow Yellow Top
Unmellow Yellow – Nanette Lepore

Crayola recently reached out to a number of popular fashion designers to create spring clothing made out of their brightly colored crayons in order to make a unique and dramatic window display for the iconic Bloomingdales store on 59th Street in New York City. Nanette Lepore created an elaborate dress with “Laser Lemon“-colored crayons, Rebecca Minkoff fashioned a casual swing dress from “Banana Mania” crayons, Parker used a “Jungle Green” for their adorable jumper, Rebecca Taylor made a beautiful dress with a slit skirt made using “Midnight Blue” crayons, and Torn by Ronny Kobo went for broke with a gorgeous “Bittersweet” dress, all of which were captured beautifully by photographer Matthew Carasella.

Dresses made from 18,000 @crayola crayons? Color us amazed. Don’t miss our new windows! #100percentbloomies #Bloomingdales

Unmellow Yellow Dress
Unmellow Yellow – Nanette Lepore

Jungle Green Romper
Jungle Green – Parker

Midnight Blue Dress
Midnight Blue – Rebecca Taylor

Midnight Blue Skirt
Midnight Blue – Rebecca Taylor

Banana Mania Top
Banana Mania – Rebecca Minkoff

Bittersweet Dress
Bittersweet – Torn by Ronny Kobo

photos by Matthew Carasella

via InStyle

‘Puppets Understand’, A Cute New Song & Video by Kate Micucci & Tony Thaxton Explaining Why Puppets Make Great Pals

Puppets Understand” is a cute new song and video, written and performed by Kate Micucci and Tony Thaxton where the musical duo explains why puppets make great friends. The fun music video, directed by Cat Solen, was recently featured on a new episode of Nerdist Presents.

“Puppets Understand” was written by Kate Micucci and Tony Thaxton, directed by Cat Solen, and features puppeteers Jonah Ray, Erik Kuska, Adrian Leonard, Alex Griffin, Christine Papalexis, Christina Johns, Deanna Rooney, Maya Ferrara, Todd Cooper, Justin Hertner, Nikki Kelly, and Rose Shawhan.

Puppets Understand

image via Nerdist