Friday, 19 December 2014

How The Kitten Stole Christmas

How the Kitten Stole Christmas tells the story of a kitten who isn't in a very festive spirit.

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(thanks Cora)

Donald Duck Crashes Into Van

And he wasn't wearing any pants.

(via Bad Newspaper)

Blurred Forms: An Unsteady History Of Drunkenness

image credit Library of Congress

In 1682, the Nonconformist minister Samuel Clarke told a peculiar tale about a soldier losing his wits and drinking to the health of the Devil, inviting the evil being into his world. The soldier was never heard from again.

This story was a warning to all regarding the treacherous fates that awaited drunkards. It was only one of the terrifying possibilities outlined by Clarke. Illness, madness, bodily and spiritual destruction, and - ultimately - death comprised the tragic fates that awaited every drunkard.

Pixels For Christmas

Pixels for Christmas is a new Bart Bonte game. Get all the golden pixels using the cursor keys.

More Bart Bonte games.

Star Wars Music Christmas Lights Show 2014

This Christmas Light Show has been featured on ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight and twice on ABC's Good Morning America.

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(via Twisted Sifter)

10 Gorgeous Tree Art Installations

image credit: Loz Pycock

Many environmental artists use organic materials to draw attention to ecological problems like deforestation. Forests cover approximately one-third of the planet so it seems obvious that the subject of trees would be a major component of these artworks.

Here are 10 tree art installations that celebrate the beauty of nature and raise activist concerns.

Hobbit Holiday Homes You Can Stay In Around The World

image credit: PaulSouthWales

As 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' hits the cinemas, here's a look at the best Shire-like abodes you can rent for your next holiday.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Family Dinner On Christmas - 13 Dogs And A Cat

13 Dogs and a cat are having a Christmas family dinner.

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(thanks Cora)

10 Unusual Types Of Public Transport Around The World

If you travel to another country, don't always expect that there'll be cabs, trains, or buses available all the time. Sometimes, it's rare to see those vehicles. Instead, the locals may be using to their own version of public transportation.

So why not try them out? What's odd for you can be quite an unforgettable ride that you won't experience anywhere else. Here are 10 of the unusual types of public transport around the world.

(via Neatorama)

How Much Do You Really Know About Santa?

Did you know that Santa Claus moves at 650 miles per second on Christmas Eve? Or that he used to be a skinny bishop in the Middle East who placed candy in children's shoes? Or that the modern-day version of Santa Claus was illustrated by the same person, Thomas Nast, who illustrated the Republican Party's elephant?

Personal Creations made an infographic that will take your Santa IQ from zero to a hundred in only two minutes of reading.

(thanks Julissa)

What If Manhattan...

The Hamdi Foundation, a charity operating in conjunction with UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, released a YouTube video last Tuesday regarding the plight of Syria's millions of refugee. The video illustrates the scale of the Syrian Refugee crisis by showing what 1.5 million people leaving Manhattan would look like.

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(thanks Laura)

Tenzin's House From The Legend Of Korra For Sale

In honor of the finale of The Legend of Korra this week, Movoto decided to find the value of Tenzin's house on Air Temple Island. You don’t have to shave your head to live there, but this iconic animated home still comes at a high price.

(thanks Chad)

Automated Bowling Pin Setter Machine

In­ the early days of bowling, respotting the pins was a physically demanding job. There were actually people behind the lanes resetting the pins and sending back the balls.

Today there are amazing robotic devices that do all the pin setting. The automatic pinsetter, first patented by Gottfried Schmidt, was introduced by the American Machine and Foundry Company in 1946. This first pinsetter was a monster, weighing nearly 2 tons and standing 9 feet tall.

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(thanks Chava)

Knitted Crackling Fireplace Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweaters. You may think you've seen them all. But then you haven't seen the Knitted Crackling Fireplace Christmas Sweater. This sweater has a pocket for your mobile device on which you can display an animated fireplace.

(thanks Cora)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Alpin Drums - Blechlawine

Alpin Drums is an ensemble of 6 toolbox drummers from Bavaria, Germany.

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(thanks Cora)

15 Things You Didn't Know About Reindeer

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So steeped in myth and magic are reindeer that many people grow up not realizing that they really exist. But they do! While associated with providing the deerpower for Santa's sleigh ever since the publication of 'A Visit from St. Nicholas' in 1823, reindeer have played an integral role in many Arctic cultures in Europe and Asia for millennia. But what’s their backstory?

Here are 15 things about everybody’s favorite Yuletide ruminant.

(via Look At This...)

The French Court's Royal Ban On Smiles

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During the days of Louis XIV, smiling - in real life and in portraiture - was considered gauche, not least because dental care was lacking. Then one smile sparked a revolution.

In the fall of 1787, the art establishment found itself shaken by a portrait hung in the Louvre by Elizabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun. Her sin? The smile depicted on her visage was not of the accepted tight-lipped, subtle variety, but rather portrayed her with mouth ajar, revealing her pearly whites. This seemingly innocuous painting was so disruptive and subversive in a France on the cusp of the Ancient Regime's demise.

World's Simplest Electric Train

The world's simplest electric train is made with a made with a magnet, some copper wire and a dry cell.

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(thanks Chava)

The Meaning Of Famous Brands Names

Did you know that Nike is the ancient Greek goddess of victory? Or that PEZ comes from Pfefferminz, the German word for peppermint? You hear these brand names almost every day but have you ever wondered what they mean.

(thanks Cora)

Head Over Hells

After many years of marriage, husband and wife Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, it brings their equilibrium crashing down, and the couple that can't agree which way is up must find a way to put their marriage back together.

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(thanks Cora)

Could Mystery Horse Skeleton Be Legendary 18th Century Racehorse Doctor Syntax?

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Doctor Syntax was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. Doctor Syntax won at least 36 races from 1814 to 1823. He was noted for his consistency and durability and recorded multiple wins in many of the period's leading staying races.

Now archaeologists may have discovered the skeleton of the legendary 19th century stallion. The bones were uncovered during the excavation of the former royal stables of Palace House, one of the homes of King Charles II, in Newmarket, Suffolk. The skeleton is almost completely intact and measures the same height as the horse, 15 hands.