Tuesday, 25 October 2016

GoPro: Pit Stop Practice With The Red Bull Racing Formula One Team

Join the Red Bull Racing Formula One Team as they break down the lightning fast speed and precision of a Formula One pit stop.

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(thanks Cora)

Where Rococo Meets Space Age: Treasure Hunting At Italy's Premier Antiques Fair

While most people haven't heard of Mercanteinfiera, Italy's biggest antiques fair, aspirational designers and tony antiques dealers certainly have. The sprawling pavilions are filled with visual treats, often museum-quality.

Apothecary jars, Sicilian folk-art horse carts, Vatican pottery, a reliquary holding supposed pieces of Christ's cross, statues salvaged from old palaces, toy theaters from Victorian England, and a talking French doll from 1895, just to name a few.

(thanks Lisa)

10 Origin Stories Of Famous Sports

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Whether people play, or just watch, sports are a big part of many people's lives. Besides just being entertainment, sports are also tied to many countries' national identity, and are a billion dollar industry.

Have you ever wondered how these sports got their start? Even if you think you know, what's interesting is that the origins of sports are filled with myths and legends.

Roadworthy Toy Car Can Reach 70mph

A roadworthy version of a children's toy car has been built. John Bitmead from the UK constructed an adult-sized copy of a Little Tikes toy car, which takes petrol, has a tax disc, and can reach speeds of up to 70mph.

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Calanques De Marseille

A calanque is a narrow, steep-walled inlet that is developed in limestone, dolomite, or other carbonate strata and found along the Mediterranean coast. This film features the beautiful Calanque at Marseille in all it's tilt-shifted glory.

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(thanks Cora)

Scientists Think Ununsual Messages Are Coming From Aliens

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A new analysis of strange modulations in a tiny set of stars appears to indicate that it could be coming from extraterrestrial intelligence that is looking to alert us to their existence. The new study reports the finding of specific modulations in just 234 out of the 2.5 million stars that have been observed during a survey of the sky.

The work found that a tiny fraction of them seemed to be behaving strangely. And there appears to be no obvious explanation for what is going on, leaving the scientists behind the paper to conclude that the messages are coming from aliens.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Beer Chase

Funny advertisement for Carlton Draught, an Australian beer.

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(via Nag on the Lake)

Yummy! Monkey balls!

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A Formal Undertaking: The Mortician's Job Title

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Mortician. It has a fancy, classical Latin feel to it. In 1895, when it was first proposed in the trade magazine The Embalmers' Monthly, members of the newly burgeoning funeral director profession thought so too.

It was more customer-friendly than undertaker, which originally referred to the contractor who undertakes all the funeral arrangements, but had become tarnished by its centuries-old association with, well, death.


Happy Halloween... or is it?

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(thanks Cora)

34 Vintage Funny Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes are not always scary, sometimes they're also funny. These vintage snapshots will prove this.

London's Lost Victorian Buildings

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The Victorian Society has compiled a list of the less well known Victorian buildings London should never have lost.

Sunday, 23 October 2016


A battle between young gods can have colossal consequences.

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The Most Colourful Pigeon In The World

The Pink-Necked Green Pigeon can be found in southeast Asia. Like so many other animal species the males are the ones that have the bright colouring, while the females are your more drab green coloured. This tells us that this bright wardrobe helps the guys pick up the pretty, little green ladies. The brighter you are the better your chances of finding the perfect mate.

What Is DNS And Why Does It Make The Internet Break?

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This week, half of America's internet shut down when hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host.

It's horrific to know that major websites like Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, Etsy, Wired, and PayPal can all be taken offline in an instant. The exact process hackers used is so far unknown but it's important for every internet user to understand because it has to do with how exactly the internet works.

What's The Origin Of Jack-O'-Lanterns?

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The term 'jack-o'-lantern' was first applied to people, not pumpkins. As far back as 1663, the term meant a man with a lantern, or a night watchman. Just a decade or so later, it began to be used to refer to the mysterious lights sometimes seen at night over bogs, swamps, and marshes.

For centuries people told stories to explain the mysterious lights. In Ireland, dating as far back as the 1500s, those stories often revolved around a guy named Jack.

Science Reveals Which Side Of The Oreo Gets The Icing When You Twist

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There are many ways to eat an Oreo, But for many, the time-tested tradition is to twist the cookie in half and see which side got all the icing. And now, engineers with a little too much time on their hands have cracked the code of how to predict which side gets the icing.