# Totally Silly Animation Brings Random Objects to Life By Drawing Cute Faces on Them

Hereâ€™s a dopey animation from Sean Charmatz that imagines a world where every random object has a cute face. That means soup dumplings cling on to the paper when they get picked up, marshmallows enjoy a satisfying dip in hot chocolate, a glass pane closes its eye while getting washed, a Post-It note gets accidentallyâ€¦

# Playing Ping Pong with Random Objects Is Totally Goofy

Sure, some random objects like a frying pan and a shovel make some sort of sense to use as a ping pong paddle replacement. But an iron? A kitchen knife? A wooden spoon? A rolling pin?

# Check Out the Mind Bending Patterns That Come Out of Random Dot Patterns

Get enough dots together and your faulty eyeballs start seeing things. With random dot patterns, a simple move of the dots by a few degrees can create trippy concentric circles or wild swirls that move all around the paper. With a more uniform grid of dots, the pattern looks like youâ€™re jumping through a portal intoâ€¦

# Today Is National Science Fiction Day

Apparently today is National Science Fiction Day, according to Wikipedia, set to coincide with the day that Isaac Asimov celebrated his birthday. Itâ€™s not recognized by any government, but companies like Scholastic have promoted it in the past.

# You Can Now Rent H.P. Lovecraft's Old Apartment

Are you an H.P. Lovecraft aficionado? Like weird horror? Donâ€™t mind odd squeaks and *probably* a ghost or two? You can now rent the authorâ€™s former home in Providence, Rhode Island.

# Turns Out Coin Tosses Are Much Less Random Than You Thought

The latest Numberphile video talks to Stanford professor Persi Diaconis about the randomness of coin tosses. It all depends on how the coin is tossed (height, speed) and how many times it turns over in the air.

# This is why not everything we call random is actually random

It's true that the word random is commonly used in English, but do we know what it actually means? Vsause explains it in this video.

# Two Laptops Locked In An Endless Rock-Paper-Scissors Battle

Playing rock-paper-scissors with a friend or family member is actually a pretty sophisticated intellectual challenge. You might choose your move based on a personal preference or whim, but you're probably also thinking about what your opponent is going to pick. Sometimes you can just feel your brother leaning paper,â€¦

# Gina Torres as Wonder Woman

Can we just have her cast as Wonder Woman already?

# Here's a Weirdo Facebook Bug to Waste Your Friday With (UPDATED)

There's a strange bug on Facebook where if you post @[xxx:0] in a comment (with the XXX being three random numbers), when you hit enter a random name will appear. For example: @[345:0] = Karina Scalise. Weeeeiiiiirrrrrd!

# Andre Agassi Showed a Naked Picture of Steffi Graf on His Cellphone to Boost an Auction

In an effort to spice up an auction for an autographed dish, tennis legend Andre Agassi offered to show the winner a naked picture of his wife, Steffi Graf, right on his cellphone. The dish sold for over \$4,000.

# What Do You Do When You Find a Lost Cellphone?

Walking in the park this crisp San Francisco morning, my dogs happened to stop and sniff a shiny object at the outer limits of my vision. Getting closer, I saw a Blackberry Curve, with no owner in sight.

# Catching Up: Weeeee!

Hey Chen Chen, It's been a few days since I've written, but first off, let me say how HAPPY I am right now. The Giz Gallery was more fun and better received than I'd expected. And Funde Razor SF, done with Wired and Boing Boing Gadgets and Kotaku last night was amazing, too.

# DIY Alphanumeric Password Generator. Verdict: Pretty 4UC387G Useful

How secure are your passwords? Probably not very. The guys over at Popsci have a neat partial solution to that problem: a DIY alphanumeric random password generator. Made with an Olimex AVR development board and some custom software, the gizmo produces 16-character passcodes on its LCD at the press of a button. Noâ€¦