The Tories replaced benefits with "universal credit" and left a town to starve

In 2013, the Scottish city of Inverness had the unfortunate fate of being picked as the trial site for a pilot of "universal credit," one of the UK Conservative government's big ideas, in which the various benefits paid to low-income people were replaced with a single payment, centrally administered. (more…)

Dying 59-year-old chimpanzee recognizes old friend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INa-oOAexno&feature=youtu.be

Mama was 59 years old, the oldest among Amsterdam's Royal Burgers Zoo chimpanzee colony.

Jan van Hooff (emeritus professor behavioural biology at Utrecht University and co-founder of the Burgers colony) who has known Mama since 1972, visited her in the week before she died of old age in april 2016. It took a while before she became aware of Jan's presence. Her reaction was extremely emotional and heart-breaking. Mama played an important social role in the colony. This has been described in "Chimpanzee Politics" by Frans de Waal, who studied the colony since 1974.

Visit before the end comes, and stay close enough to know when it's coming.

Swedish-to-English IKEA product name dictionary

My Swedish-born (former Rubik's Cube champion) pal Lars Petrus has created a Swedish-to-English IKEA product name dictionary.

He writes:

Part of what makes IKEA unique is their product names. Each name means something, often in a funny or ambigious way. When IKEA went international, they decided to use the same Swedish names everywhere. This makes sense from an organizational sanity standpoint, but it deprives most of the world of this particular joy.

It's not complete nor current but it still is a lot of fun!

(Lifehacker)

Previously: IKEA now has furniture for cats and dogs

Dead 2017 pop culture trends are laid to rest in this art teacher’s front lawn

For art teacher Michael Fry of Mamaroneck, New York, certain 2017 trends need to be dead and buried. So, for the past few Halloweens, he's made tombstone lawn decorations that lay specific trends to rest.

This year it's "so long!" to ombre hair, the hashtag #roséallday, the "old Taylor Swift," homemade slime, and more.

ABCNews writes:

“Things from that year that have either died, or are dying or are no longer fashionable or no longer hip,” said Fry. “Being a teacher, I get input from my students and friends and family members, and it’s become a collaborative effort.”

The gravestone for homemade slime is “wishful thinking,” though, because “teachers can’t stand it,” Fry said.

Others include paying homage to watching television live and having normal seasons, presumably a dig at global warming.

Adios, dabbing. We won't miss you.

images via Michael Fry

Previously: The world's scariest Halloween lawn decor: 'A Very Very Trump Halloween'

More songs’ emotional moods inverted with key changes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=J-gf_bxV00s

The Week catches up on a few years' worth of "minor to major" edits to well-known sad or dark songs, upsetting the mood to happy or humorous effect. Embedded here is The Godfather theme, which when modified sounds rather like the theme tune to the arcadian British show Last of the Summer Wine, about old Yorkshiremen enjoying their endless retirements. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyVq85xrTCY

Someone should make that sound tragic and sinister instead, a sort of "Last of the Middlesborough Vodka."

Also:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ppoRHBtwCY&feature=youtu.be&t=2m27s

Buy Steve McQueen’s auto racing suit from Le Mans

You will never be as cool as Steve McQueen, but for around $500,000, you could win the actual Hinchman race suit and Bell helmet he sported in Le Mans, the classic 1971 auto racing film. It's up for bid at Sotheby's on December 6 as part of the New York - Icons auction. Of course you'll still need to save your pennies for the blue #20 Gulf-Porsche 917K that last sold at auction for $14 million.

(via Uncrate)

This computer case looks like it has a tiny dancing girl inside it

Hatsune Miku is a virtual idol created by a music software company. Thanks to a liberal user license, people can create apps and videos starring the turquoise-haired performer. Here's a guy who made a PC case that looks like Miku chan is living inside it.

From Brian Ashcraft at Kotaku:

Virtual idol Hatsune Miku appears to be dancing inside this modded PC case, which was recently shown in Osaka. Amazing, no? Created do-it-yourself PC get together, the case mod is outfitted with a clear LCD panel, giving the appearance that Miku is dancing. This case mod was on display earlier this summer in Tokyo.