Six lateral thinking puzzles


Here are six new lateral thinking puzzles to test your wits and stump your friends — play along with us as we try to untangle some perplexing situations using yes-or-no questions.

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The stairs in a viral sensation public library in China run with blood, and its “books” are just sheets of aluminum screened with pictures of spines

Starchitect-designed Tianjin Binhai Library is a viral sensation; the Dutch firm MVRDV incorporated a soaring, six-storey spherical atrium with undulating floor-to-ceiling shelves served by striking, irregular white stairs.


Fox host Neil Cavuto tells Trump to start acting like a president

Fox News host Neil Cavuto had a strong message for Trump last night, ending with the line, “Last time I checked, you are the president of the United States. Why don’t you act like it?”

Cavuto was fed up with Trump after this week’s twitter tantrums about LaVar Ball and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Cavuto says it’s not about players or senators.

“This is about you and respect shown to you. Constant praise shown to you, and gratitude bordering on groveling shown to you. As president of the The United States, doesn’t that already come with the territory?”

When Fox News starts to call Trump out for what he really is (or isn’t), you know things aren’t looking pretty for POTUS.


Trump building in Panama carried “deep ties” to Russian mafia, drug trafficking

An NBC News and Reuters joint investigation found deep ties between investors of the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City and the Russian mafia, organized crime, and drug traffickers. The Trump Organization issued a statement disavowing any knowledge or involvement with the criminals who financed the property. Even if that’s true, it doesn’t meant they are innocent, however.

“The Trump Organization was not the owner, developer or seller of the Trump Ocean Club Panama project,” the statement said. “Because of its limited role, the company was not responsible for the financing of the project and had no involvement in the sale of units or the retention of any real estate brokers.”

From The Hill:

Still, legal experts contacted by Reuters for the story said Trump should have asked those questions.

Because Panama is “perceived to be highly corrupt,” said Arthur Middlemiss, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan and a former head of JPMorgan’s global anti-corruption program, those who do business there should perform due diligence on others involved in their ventures.

If they fail to do so, he told Reuters, they risk being liable under U.S. law of being found having turned a blind eye to wrongdoing.

Photo of Trump: Flickr/Gage Skidmore


The Deepest Dive of My Dreams

I was kerplotzing around the internet today and upon seeing this video had the craziest thought: I’ve been in this place.

Now since it involves free diving in the world’s deepest pool, in Italy, there’s no way I’ve even seen the place. Also can’t hold my breath for squat. Tried that recently while watching my friend David Blaine hold his breath for almost 11 minutes in a tank of water. I was really glad that he was in the tank and not me, since I was gasping at the 90 second mark.

David Blaine Photographed by Asi Wind

Thinking about the imagery in the video (below), it occurred to me that I was remembering a dream I’ve had many times about swimming underwater in a pool almost identical to this. A creepy feeling. What is it about this pool that seems like a dream … or a nightmare?

On a single breath of air, Guillaume Néry explores the deepest pool in the world in Italy: Y40. The action is filmed on breath hold by his wife Julie Gautier.

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Snag the FRESHeBUDS today at a special deal

The FRESHeBUDS Pro wireless headphones make a perfect workout companion, and you can get them in the Boing Boing Store today for a special $23.95 price (normal: 29.95 / MSRP: $199.95) as part of doorbusters week.

To prevent you from accidentally losing half of your stereo sound when you’re out on a run, the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Headphones feature a tethered design. When not in use, they easily snap together with integrated magnets – and pair automatically with your device when you pull them apart.

These earbuds also resist sweat and water, and stay securely in your ears with help from some flexible silicone hooks. They get up to 6 hours of battery life on a single 90-minute charge, so you can keep your music playing nearly all day long.

The Boing Boing Store usually stocks the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Headphones for $30, but you can get them for $23.95 today only as part of our Doorbusters week.