Wednesday, 1 July 2015

100 Years Of Russian Beauty

100 Years of Russian Beauty in 1 minute.

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All About Seashells

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Seashells come in a vast array of shapes, colors, and sizes, but they all have one basic thing in common: They're the partial remains of dead animals. There are literally hundreds of thousands of animal species that grow and leave behind seashells, ranging in size from microscopic to sofa size.

Most of what we think of as classic seashells were made by marine mollusks. That's because they make the sturdiest, longest-lasting shells. Apart from mollusk shells, other shells that can be found on beaches are those of barnacles, horseshoe crabs and brachiopods.

Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou

When the chaotically misfortunate Jenkins and the monotonously Lucky Lou run into each other one morning, they find a thrilling and fulfilling change of pace as they hurtle down the hills of San Francisco in an ice cream cart.

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(thanks Cora)

La Lonja de la Seda

La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) is Valencia's most historic building, and its only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built between 1482 and 1548 at the height of Valencia's Golden Age, the Lonja is like a church devoted to the god of commerce.

At the end of the 15th century, Valencia was the extremely wealthy capital of its own kingdom. So when the decision was made to build a new exchange hall, it had to be one which would leave visiting traders with no doubts as to the city's power and prosperity.

(thanks Juergen)

Advanced Doodling

Back in 2012 I posted 'Freckle', a music video created by visual artist and computational biologist Mike Cantor.

Today, Mike released the short film 'Advanced Doodling', a visually arresting experiment in 'meta-stop-motion' animation. Advanced Doodling is created by stringing together thousands of still images of multimedia sculptures that evolve over both time and scale.

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A Good Set Of Wheels

(via Bad Newspaper)

This Is The One Thing That People Never Understand About Cats

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You probably don't know your cat as well as you think you do. According to a recent survey of cat owners in the UK, most people are pretty clueless about their cats' lives.

Ecologist Jennifer McDonald and her team of researchers conducted a small survey of cat owners in the UK. They asked people how many dead animals their cats brought home in an average month, and then they kept tabs on the cats to see what they were really doing. Most people either wildly underestimated their pets' hunting proclivities, or wildly overestimated their prowess.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tiny Hamster's Tiny BBQ

Tiny Hamster has a tiny BBQ. Hamsters are working with trainers to keep the hamsters safe and happy. All food is strictly reviewed to ensure it's hamster-healthy.

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(thanks Jake)

Streetview Player

This Google Maps Streetview Player will take in either a starting point and end point, or a provided file of a route and provide a playthrough of the Google streetview images that are available.

15 Terrifying 18th Century Remedies For What Ails You

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Could you imaging cutting, burning, and bleeding someone who is having a stroke? Or rubbing poisonous lead on someone to cure their rectal cancer? Welcome to just a couple of the remedies in The Book of Phisick, a remarkably legible, handwritten recipe book of natural remedies.

It was initially written by an unknown author in 1710 and subsequently added to by different anonymous hands for years. The recipes, for the most part, involve using plants and minerals to battle everything from bad breath to cancer.

Aerial Views Of Fort Carroll Baltimore, Maryland

Fort Carroll is a military garrison built on a small man-made island in the middle of the Patapsco River. The purpose of the hexagonal fort was to protect the city of Baltimore. The fort was abandoned after the end of World War I and is in extreme disrepair.

In this video the aerial footage is dated November 2014. If you look closely there appears to be some kind of animal moving in the upper window of the lighthouse, perhaps an owl.

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(thanks Greg)

Insane Amusement Park Ride

The Tourbillon - a French word which translates to 'whirlwind' - has reportedly been in development for nearly three years, but according to amusement attraction news site Airtimers, abc rides is finally ready to show their creation to the world.

There's a chance that you'll emerge from the terrifying contraption one step closer to becoming an astronaut. Of course, there's a much greater chance you'll come out with your heart lodged somewhere in your throat.

(thanks Cora)

How Do Elephants And Other Animals Sneeze?

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Do elephants sneeze, and how? Elephant trunks are incredible multitaskers, used for smelling, touching, carrying, breathing - and yes, sneezing. Elephants sneeze through their trunks as it is still their nose.

Terrestrial animals aren't the only ones who get the urge to achoo sometimes. Whales and dolphins have to 'breathe out and blow the water out before they can breathe in' through their blowhole, fulfilling the same function as a sneeze. Even fish cough or sneeze to clear particulate matter in the water that 'clogs' the gills.

Con Sordino

A short film about a violin maker and his telephone.

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(thanks Cora)

Monday, 29 June 2015

Comments Disabled

I'm not sure whether this is happening to everyone who has a blog on Blogspot, but I'm currently bombarded with spam comments. You wouldn't see them because comments are moderated. But I see them in my Content Management System and have to remove them manually.

Yesterday I had over 1,000 spam comments and the past hour I had to remove almost 200 of them. That's why I am disabling comments for the time being. At least until I know what's going on. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Mother Raccoon Teaches Her Kid How To Climb A Tree

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(thanks Cora)

Why Do The Players At Wimbledon Have To Wear All White

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Today is the start of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. The tennis tournament has the strictest dress code of all the major Grand Slam tournaments. The players must wear white. All white.
Why is that?

Unusually-Shaped Fruits And Vegetables That Look Like Something Else

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Have you ever found a fruit or vegetable that looks like something else? Here's a list of the weirdest specimens that look like animals, body-parts, or even people.

The Bike Desk

Havas is one of the largest integrated marketing communications agencies in the world. Havas Chicago created the Bike Desk for Chicago's 2015 Bike to Work Week to remind people to get out there and ride, no matter how busy you are.

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(thanks Cora)

Feeling Anxious? Have A Pickle

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Social anxiety is an emotion characterized by a discomfort or a fear when a person is in a social interaction that involves a concern of being judged or evaluated by others. But now there may be a simple solution. And it's pickles.

Recent research from Virginia's College of William and Mary and the University of Maryland shows that eating fermented food - such as yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, and kimchi - markedly reduces social anxiety.

Why Time Will Stop For A Leap Second

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Tomorrow time will stop, but don't worry: It will only be for a second. Researchers will add a sliver of time - a leap second - to the world's clocks. Just as leap years keep our calendars lined up with Earth's revolution around the sun, leap seconds adjust for Earth's rotation.

Most of us won't notice the addition. Unless we deal in timescales shorter than a second, or if we use a computer program that crashes because it can't handle the leap second. It's happened before: The 2012 leap second brought down Reddit, Gawker Media, and Mozilla.