Monday, 24 November 2014

Upside Down Truck

Rick Sullivan spent six months and $6,000 building a topsy-turvy truck from the parts of two separate vehicles.The road-legal car is created from a 1991 Ford Ranger pickup truck with a 1995 F-150 pickup truck body placed over the top - upside down.

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Unrealistic Comet Landing Simulator

The European Space Agency's Philae probe landed on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko not once or twice, but three times, when its anchor system failed to fire. Can you land ESA's shiny new, billion-Euro probe on a comet without smashing it to bits? Click 'Drop' when you think a nice, safe, flat bit is coming up.

Try the Unrealistic Comet Landing Simulator.
I tried and I managed to land the probe in only 1 attempt.


Last week, British pollsters YouGov launched a new website that allows users to view target audience profiles of companies. That sounds boring but you can have a lot of fun searching YouGovProfiles for more information about things you care about. Of course, this is only about British people who have a special interest.

For example, you can search for British people who have an interest in the USA. The profiles of all these people are then combined. You can see what differentiates Britsh people in categories as lifestyle, personality, brands, entertainment, online presence and media.

10 Of The World's Most Radical Recycling Projects

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In our modern throwaway society, many perfectly good materials end up sitting in a landfill while new materials are constantly created and used in their place. Some creative green builders, artists, scientists and other innovators are turning the tables on that trend, gathering up all the discarded odds and ends they can find to create stunning homes, temples, sculpture and even fuel.

Here are 10 examples of incredibly creative recycling projects that convert ordinary objects into art and transform trash into something far more useful.

Odessa Trams

Trams are one of the basic types of public transportation in the city of Odessa, Ukraine. Odessa is served by 19 regular, and 5 non-regular, tram routes. But the state of those tram routes is abominable, as you can see in the video.

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(thanks Cora)

8 Celebrity Chefs Of Yesteryear

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Since American chef Julia Child created and began hosting the television cooking show The French Chef in 1963, making finer fare more accessible and feasible for the general public, it seems as if the celebrity chef has been a staple of pop culture.

But before Anthony Bourdain and Tom Colicchio, before Martha Stewart and Lidia Bastianich, and even before Julia Child, how did cooks become chefs and how did chefs become famous? Who exactly were the first 'celebrity chefs?'

The Saguaro Cactus And Its Greedy Guests

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The Saguaro cactus, found in Mexico, Arizona and some parts of California is a giant among its type, growing to the size of a tree. It also gets a number of greedy house guests during its life time.

The desert isn't a place that you might normally associate with teeming life. The saguaro manages to survive in extremely harsh climates and, wherever it lives animals are to be found. Some even manage to make the enormous cactus their home.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Take Me Home

In a cold, dark dog shelter, a young beagle is waiting for the right one to take him home. Time passes by and the beagle is getting desperate. Until one day, when hope finally shines upon him. He has to do everything he can to leave the place.

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(thanks Cora)

Hari-Kuyo - Japan's Unique Memorial Service For Broken Needles

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Hari-Kuyo is a Japanese festival dedicated to old and broken needles. This festival sees hundreds of women dressed in colorful kimonos, gathering at various Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples in and around Tokyo.

This 400-year-old ritual involves sticking old and broken needles into soft chunks of tofu or jelly as a way of showing thanks for their hard work. It's not just about needles, several Japanese women consider Hari-Kuyo as a time to value the small, everyday objects of daily life that are otherwise forgotten.

Colorful South American Buses

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Here is a smorgasbord of various interesting buses and truck-conversions from different countries in South America, most of them using standard production models from the 1960s and 1970s - just wildly embellished and decorated. If you are braving some of the riskiest roads, you might as well have a colorful ride!

World-Record Truck Jump By EMC And Lotus F1 Team

A giant Renault semi-truck jumps over a speeding Formula 1 car. A publicity stunt by the Lotus Formula 1 team and one of their sponsors, IT company EMC. They set a new world record of 83 feet and 7 inches (25.47 meters).

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(thanks Cora)

Mysterious Shrimp May Hold Keys To Alien Life

According to exobiologists at NASA, a mysterious shrimp and its symbiotic bacterium may hold clues about what life could be like on other planetary bodies. It's life that may be similar - at the basic level - to what could be lurking in the oceans of Europa, deep under the icy crust of the Jupiter moon.

26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

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The universe, man... the universe is scary!

Saturday, 22 November 2014


This retro animation introduces us to two artisan stallholders who's idyllic world is invaded by a devious fast-food vendor. The ferocious turf war that follows provokes life changing events that result in one deliciously sourcey discovery.

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(thanks Cora)

High-Pitched Screams

(via Bad Newspaper)

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Space

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Astronomy provides a fascinating and even downright astonishing view of the universe. Here are 10 oddities and misconceptions about space that you may - or may not - have heard before.

Riverdance In A Caravan

Scene from British sitcom Father Ted in which Father Noel Furlong (portrayed by Graham Norton) does a riverdance in a caravan.

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(thanks Cora)

Germany's Longest Word Has Officially Ceased To Exist

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Germany's longest word - Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz - a 63-letter long title of a law regulating the testing of beef, has officially ceased to exist.

The law was considered a legitimate word by linguists because it appears in official texts, but it never actually appeared in the dictionaries, because compilers of the standard German dictionary judge words for inclusion based on their frequency of use.

(via Neatorama)

The Best Corn Maze Ever Has Lost People Calling 911

What should have been an a-maze-ing fall activity had some California residents calling police. The largest corn maze in the world - in Dixon, California, USA - is no laughing matter to Dixon county deputies who had to respond to constant emergency calls from people stuck in the labyrinth.

Matt Cooley, the owner of the maze, suggests that next year people should grab a map before heading in.