Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Truck Vs Tree

Witness the awesome pulling power of Dodge trucks.

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(thanks Cora)

Are You Good Enough To Be a Tennis Line Judge?

In tennis, the line umpire 'calls all shots relating to the assigned lines.' The assigned lines can be the center service line, the service line, the baseline or the sideline. Sometimes they make mistakes. They're human after all.

But can you do better? Watch a series of shots and decide whether each was in or out. Some will be traveling upwards of 100 miles per hour and you only get one chance to make the call. Good luck!

Five Foot Seven And Claws Out Of Its Head: Meet Earth's First Big Predator

Earth's first big predatory monster was a giant underwater scorpion that reigned in the ocean almost half a billion years ago, well before the dinosaurs, scientists at Yale University have discovered.

The creature, named Pentecopterus decorahensis, grew to 170 centimtres (5ft 7in) and had a dozen claw arms sprouting from its head, as well as a spiked tail. Geologists at the Iowa Geological Survey found 150 pieces of fossils about 18 metres under the Upper Iowa river, part of which had to be temporarily dammed to allow them to collect the specimens.

Gas Works Park in Seattle

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Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington, is an unusual public park located on the site of a former coal gasification plant. The 19-acre site was acquired by the city in 1962, seven years after the plant shut down, and opened to the public as a park in 1975.

The park incorporates much of what was left of the gasification plant - the boiler house was converted to a picnic shelter complete with tables and fire grills, while the exhauster-compressor building was transformed into an open-air play barn, housing a maze of brightly painted machinery for children.

Dog Loves The Hot Tub

Cuzzie loves the jet in the hot tub against his back. He will hop in and press against the jet and croon his pleasure. The red stain on his neck is dye from the collar.

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Chameleons Change Color To Stand Out, Not Blend In

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There's a misconception that chameleons change their color to blend in to their surroundings but research shows the opposite is true. In fact, chameleons' baseline color is camouflage and they naturally blend in.

It's when chameleons want to express themselves that they dramatically change their color. The secret are iridophores, a layer of cells just beneath the chameleon's skin. And the faster they change their color, the more excited they are.

Amazing Colorized Photos Of American Prohibition From The 1920s And 1930s

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The vivid colours bring these images to life, perfectly capturing both the fashion and atmosphere of this fascinating chapter in American history. Many of these historic photographs are set in Washington.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Kangaroo Mob During Bike Ride

Ben Vizina captured this mob of kangaroos during his bicycle ride. Although he was terrified in the beginning, he uploaded this video showing these kangaroos are nice animals who don't attack people.

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(via Laughing Squid)

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth's core? Andwhat would you see along the way? Discover what lies beneath with this amazing graphic from the BBC.

(thanks Cora)


(via Bad Newspaper)

The Sharecropper's Daughter Who Made Black Women Proud Of Their Hair

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American history books are filled with stories about titans of industry - invariably, white men like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. Yet few know the name of Sarah Breedlove (1867-1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, a black female entrepreneur who built a hair-care company from scratch and became one of the most powerful African Americans in the early 20th century.

Walker was a woman who overcame great barriers to make it into the ranks of America's elite, choosing to reinvest her money in social causes and provide opportunity to those who had none. Collectors Weekly spoke with A'Lelia Bundles, Madam Walker's great-great-granddaughter, who helped uncover Walker's unique legacy in her detailed biography.

(thanks Hunter)

Burning Man: The Musical

Burning Man: The Musical is a new musical about the collision of Silicon Valley and Burning Man. This video is the first 5-minutes of the musical.

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(thanks Cora)

See Which Animals Have The Most Enormous - And Tiniest - Babies

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The Washington National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to two miniscule baby on August 23rd. Weighing in at just 86 grams and 138 grams, the two blind little cubs were dwarfed by their 238-pound mother - who weighed over a thousand times more than her smaller baby.

The extreme tininess of these babies might seem unusual - panda mothers typically weigh 900 times more than their newborns, while human mothers are only around 20 times heavier than their babies. But in fact, mammals' infants come in a huge range of sizes.

Stunning Restaurant Perched In The Ocean

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If you're dreaming of a holiday or even just a little bit of peace and quiet, The Rock, a new restaurant in Zanzibar, has a good measure of idyllic surroundings and a high-class menu.

Perched on a high rock in the Indian Ocean, the restaurant offers magical beach views, giving you a taste of local seafood cuisine right in the heart of sea. During the day the beach allows a walkway to the restaurant, but by night time when the tide has come in, you'll need to get a boat service back to the shore.

Monday, 31 August 2015

The High Voltage Ejector Bed

The Ejector bed is what you need if getting up in the morning is not your thing.

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The Astonishing Eggs Of Alien Nations

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They may look like they come straight out of a science fiction film, but these eggs are real - they come from the stink bug. It's life, but most certainly not as we know it. Take a look at the astonishing eggs of the alien nations all around us.

Mr. Gillingham's Artificial Limbs

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James Gillingham ((1839-1924)) ran an ordinary shoemaking business in Chard, England. In 1866, he met a man who had lost an arm in a cannon mishap and had been told by doctors that there was nothing to be done about it. Eager to put his craftsmanship to test, Gillingham offered to make the man a new arm for free.

Using a secret process wherein he molded leather to the client's limb before hardening it, Gillingham started a business making prostheses. He photographed many of his patients, and published the photos in medical journals to advise surgeons on the best amputation methods.

(via Everlasting Blort)

Train Crossing The Queensland Rail Main Line Near Bundaberg, Australia

A drawbridge-like train crossing near Bundaberg, Australia.

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The Lookout

Although fire lookouts continue to be critical front-line components of our forest system’s battle to detect and prevent wildfires, their roles often times go unnoticed, due largely to both the manual nature of the work involved and the quiet, extremely solitary nature of the working environment.

Leif Haugen is a fire lookout in a remote corner of the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana, and each summer he lives and works alone on top of a mountain three miles from the Canadian border. Leif's primary responsibility is to scan the valley floor for any signs of destructive fire activity.

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(thanks Cora)

What New Book Should You Read This Fall?

Take this quiz and find out what new book you should read this fall.
I took the quiz and it said I should read 'Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights' by Salman Rushdie.

The Silos Of Burjassot

Burjassot is found just to the north of Valencia, close enough to be connected via tram. The town's defining symbol is its Patio of Silos, where Valencia's grain was stored for centuries, and which was later used as a refuge during the Spanish Civil War.

From above ground, the only visible aspect of the silos is their heavy concrete caps, spaced out across a large patio. The silos themselves have been sealed off since the early 20th century, but were opened up to the public just this year.

(thanks Juergen)