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

The Names of Marvel Superheroes and Villains Illustrated in Different Foreign Languages

Marvel Characters in Other Countries

Manchester-based artist James Chapman has created a series of illustrations that depict the names of Marvel superheroes and villains in various foreign languages. Iron Man translates to “The Iron One” in German, Spider-Man‘s iconic name transforms into “Pókember” in Hungarian, and more.

Some of these are from the comics and some are from the movies. They change their names more often than they change into their costumes.

Marvel Characters in Other Countries

Marvel Characters in Other Countries

Marvel Characters in Other Countries

Marvel Characters in Other Countries

images via James Chapman

Dancer Appears To Levitate Through Everyday Life in Self-Portrait Photo Project

365 Photos by Mickael Jou

Photographer and dancer Mickael Jou photographs himself leaping and levitating through everyday life in his wonderful ongoing 365 photo project. He photographs himself in mid-leap with the aid of a remote and tripod. The Berlin-based artist has been recording the images around Europe for the past three years. He estimates it will take another three years to complete the project.

\365 Photos by Mickael Jou

365 Photos by Mickael Jou

365 Photos by Mickael Jou

365 Photos by Mickael Jou

365 Photos by Mickael Jou

photos by Mickael Jou

via Daily Mail Online

‘Killing Cancer’, An In-Depth Vice/HBO Report on Cutting Edge Alternative Cancer Treatments

Killing Cancer Preview (HBO)

“Killing Cancer” is a Vice special report that takes an in-depth look on cutting-edge, experimental alternatives to chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer.

Cancer has been such a scourge of humanity for so long that the very word inspires a deep dread in anyone who hears it—it’s a two-syllable gut punch, a hole that suddenly opens up beneath you. Similarly, a “cure for cancer” has been a holy grail of modern medical research the way getting to the moon used to inspire space programs. All told, the world has spent decades and billions of dollars trying to cure cancer, or cure some kinds of it, or simply make some of them less awful and deadly—and VICE is going to give viewers an inside look at the most cutting-edge cancer treatments in the world.

The report aired on HBO last night and the response to the special garnered so much attention that Vice and HBO decided to put the entire episode online. Additionally Shane Smith, the Founder and CEO of Vice has offered to match every donation made to the Mayo Clinic, up to $500,000.

The entire 45-minute episode in its entirety.

First-Ever Baby Woolly Rhinoceros Carcass Discovered in Siberian Permafrost

Baby woolly rhino

Last fall, hunter Alexander “Sasha” Banderov in Russia’s Sakha Republic came across a the carcass of a baby woolly rhinoceros–a species of rhinoceros that went extinct about 10,000 years ago–at a riverbank. Banderov told the Academy of Sciences about the discovery (translated by The Siberian Times.)

At first we thought it was a reindeer’s carcass, but after it thawed and fell down we saw a horn on its upper jaw and realised it must be a rhino. The part of the carcass that stuck out of the ice was eaten by wild animals, but the rest of it was inside the permafrost and preserved well. We immediately got in touch with Mammoth Fauna Department of the Yakutian Academy of Sciences.

After a long delay due to transportation issues across the very large region, Banderov was able to deliver the carcass to scientists at the Academy of Sciences in Sakha, who confirmed that the remains are of a baby woolly rhinoceros that was about 18 months of age when it died. The specimen, nicknamed Sasha after its discoverer, is especially exciting because it is the first and only known baby woolly rhinoceros to be found, and its condition, complete with wool, a full skull, two legs with hooves, nostrils, mouth, one ear, and an eye, will allow extensive study. Researchers are hoping to extract well-preserved DNA, considering the frozen state the carcass had been in for thousands of years.

Wooly rhinoceros
A 1915 drawing of a full-grown woolly rhino by Charles R. Knight

Baby woolly rhino close

Baby woolly rhino presented

Baby woolly rhino head

images via Academy of Sciences, Republic of Sakha and credit artist

via The Siberian Times, Daily Mail

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast Member Gary Kroeger Shares His Experience Backstage at the ‘SNL’ 40th Anniversary

Gary Kroeger son and Paul Rudd

In a recent post on his blog, former Saturday Night Live cast member Gary Kroeger shared his experience behind the scenes at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special. Kroeger took his 15-year-old son with him to enjoy the special event, and in the blog post he talks about sharing the experience with his son.

The Red Carpet was like nothing I’d ever seen before.  Except for glimpses on Entertainment Tonight, I had no idea what to expect.  I handed a nice young woman our “special” credentials, she whispered my name to a guy with a dry erase board who then proceeded to write “Gary Kroeger” and show it to the row of photographers.

Kroeger was a cast member on SNL from 1982 to 1985. Recently he has been considering a possible run for Congress in 2016, which he discussed on the MSNBC show Up With Steve Kornacki.

photo via Gary Kroeger

Fantastic Digitally Manipulated Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

Swedish photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson delves into optical illusions and the surreal in his visually striking digitally manipulated photography. Johansson builds each image from many photographs, which he typically takes in multiple locations after meticulous scouting and planning. He then assembles the photos into the final image, a process he likens to putting a puzzle together. Prints of his work are available for purchase online.

Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

photos by Erik Johansson

via PetaPixel

‘Great Depression Cooking’, A Video Series Featuring Budget-Conscious Recipes From a Great-Grandmother in Her 90s

Eggplant Parmesan

In 2007, Filmmaker Christopher Cannucciari and his great-grandmother Clara partnered together to create “Great Depression Cooking,” a video series that ran from 2007-2013 and was based on Clara’s experience living through the Great Depression in the United States. The series, which led to subsequent recipe books and a DVD, brought Clara’s history, her talent for cooking, and her wonderful storytelling to thousands, if not millions, of followers until her death in 2013 at the age of 96. An emotional Christopher eulogized Clara beautifully.

Here are some of Clara’s wonderful budget-conscious recipes, each made rich with Clara’s wonderful personality.

Pasta with Peas

Twice Baked Potato

The Poorman’s Meal

Depression Breakfast

Fried Mushrooms

via reddit

A Series of Clever Brand Identities for Pokémon Companies

Oddish Brand

Oddish started as an organic farmer collective in Maine, but has taken to the internet to spread its seeds and pollen far and wide. Some say its future looks dark, or even gloomy as the market pressures are increasing on the small green upstart.

San Francisco-based design shop Pictogram has created a series of clever brand identities for Pokémon companies that takes a specific pocket monster and distills them to a simple, engaging brand. Each visual design includes a little history as to how the companies came to exist.

Zubat Brand

A mysterious company also under the Team Rocket Holdings umbrella, Zubat is rumored to be the company used for clandestine operations by the Team Rocket Holdings’ enigmatic CEO, Giovanni.

Pikachu Brand

Often called the impulse that powered a generation of Electronic Dance Music artists, Pikachu makes unparalled beat computers and synthesizers. Some say it has sparked a revolution in music!

Ekans Brand

A Team Rocket Corporation subsidiary, Ekans is a medium-sized but tight-knit company that controls the Kanto and Johto region’s online gamling industry and game halls.

Beedrill Brand

Beedrill is Kanto’s premiere honey company, although has endured a fair amount of bad press lately due to rumors of poisoned batches of honey.

images via Pictogram

via Mariko McDonald