Balloons, E-Cigs, Powdered Alcohol, Poop, and More

What a week! We looked back at the time Cleveland unleashed 1.5 million balloons into the sky, looked at the 7 best-designed objects (supposedly) of the past year, and examined what your poop might be trying to tell you. Yes, you read that correctly. Your poop. And so much more!

That Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons and Chaos Ensued


Balloons! They're fun, delightfully whimsical environmental disasters. And in 1986, a mass balloon release in Cleveland went really, really wrong, when 1.5 million helium-filled floaters were let loose into the sky, got caught in a storm, drifted down to earth, and caused a hell of a lot of problems.

The Top Five Types of People We All Unfriend on Facebook

Ever wondered who's most likely to get the chop on Facebook? Wonder no longer, because researchers from the University of Colorado Denver have been looking into the most common unfriendings on the social network.

Apple Now Recycles Any Product You Give Back (and Gives You Credit)


Starting today, all of Apple's retail stores will accept any of the company's ageing products for recycling—and, if it looks resaleable, you might even get some store credit, too.

What Your Poop Is Trying to Tell You


What the hell is that? Seriously, did that just come out of you or did it crawl up the pipe? If you've just exorcised a poo that looks nothing like what you've eaten recently, it could be a sign of a serious illness. It could also just be that curry from last Wednesday, so it's good to know what to look for.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review: Hardware Triumph, Software Facepalm


Last year, the original Xperia Z Tablet was one of our absolute favorite tablets. It was so wonderfully thin and light, plus waterproofiness? Fantastic. But the laggy software Sony put on top kind of knee-capped its potential. This year, the hardware is even better. Bordering on masterful! But some lessons Sony just refuses to learn.

Dear Facebook, Please Stop Trying to Be Twitter


Today, Facebook introduced its brand new, real-time gift to newshounds everywhere. Feast your eyes on FB Newswire, an aggregated feed of only the latest and greatest breaking news stories out there. In other words, Facebook just made its own Twitter—and then gave it a lobotomy.

The FDA Thinks Electronic Cigarettes Are Tobacco Products


The FDA has proposed new rules that would bring electronic cigarettes under its regulations for tobacco products, even though that's not exactly what they are.

These Are Supposedly the 7 Best Objects Designed In the Last Year


If you had to pick a single thing out of the last year of your life and explain why it was better designed than anything else, what would you chose? A jury at London's Design Museum narrowed its list down to seven objects—including a building, a keyboard, and a fashion line—today by announcing the category winners of its annual Design of the Year award.

HBO Is Bringing a Ton of Its Shows to Amazon Prime


Amazon just announced an agreement that makes Prime Instant Video the only place you can watch HBO originals online without an HBO subscription. Starting May 21st, Prime members will get exclusive, unlimited streaming access to pretty much every HBO original you're interested in except Game of Thrones.

Powdered Alcohol: 3 Important Things You Should Know


Over the last couple of days you might've heard that a company called Palcohol has been cleared to market powdered alcohol in the United States. It sounds exciting! And scary! Are we all going to be drowning in boozy Ovaltine soon? Maybe. Maybe not.

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