Friday, 24 October 2014

IKEA Halloween

Late night shopping may never be the same again after you watch IKEA's homage to Stanley Kubrick's horror classic, The Shining.

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(thanks Cora)

The Most Affordable Zip Codes In America

It doesn't matter if you're wealthy or just making minimum wage; affordable living is key when picking a new place to call home. You'll need a place where you can have a steady job, where your monthly costs aren't insanely high, and where the rent doesn't eat up the majority of your paycheck. So, where are these fabulous places exactly?

The Movoto Real Estate Blog published a map showing the most affordable zip codes to live in America.

(thanks Bryan)

Which Muppet Are You?

Which Muppet are you most like? Take the quiz to find out...
I'm Rowlf.

10 Murderers Who Changed How We Investigate Murder

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Ever since we realized that catching a malefactor wasn't as simple as throwing them in the water to see if they floated, we had to turn to science. And over the years, there have been some homicide cases that really changed things. Here are ten people whose killings paved the way to a new era in crime-solving.

Chariot Motorcycle

A chariot motorcyle, Roman style.

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What The Color Of Your Logo Says About Your Brand

Few design projects seem to require as much deep thinking as a corporate logo. One of the most basic decisions for any logo, though, is color. And if you think color choice isn't really that important, well - someday you're going to be beaten up by a psychologist.

This infographic explains a bit more about logos and their color - as well as the cost, value and evolution over time of some well-known corporate marks.

New Tarantula Named After John Lennon

Imagine a world where a spider is named after John Lennon - because now there is. A new species of tarantula called Bumba lennoni that lives in the Amazonian state of Pará, Brazil, is named after John Lennon.

The tarantula is not particularly large - its body is about 1.3 inches (34 millimeters) wide. Study leader Fernando Pérez-Miles, an entomologist at Uruguay's University of the Republic, said he has been waiting for a while to dedicate a species to Lennon because he's a fan of the Beatles.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Tale Of Momentum And Inertia

A creature made of rock accidentally sends a boulder towards a small village. He tries his best to stop it from destroying the village but things don't exactly go that way.

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Woodkopf - The Wacky Czech Sport You've Probably Never Of

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Woodkopf is a crazy new sport invented in the Czech Republic. The popular sport involves a pair of opponents wearing two-meter wooden boards on their heads and trying to knock the other's board down without dropping their own.

The wacky sport can be traced back to July of 1992, when it was practiced during a cultural festival of art school graduates in Prague. Woodkopf (which literally translates to 'wooden head') is popular partly due to the fact that the game is simple, inexpensive and requires no complex equipment, but also because it never fails to supply a good dose of humor.

Your Life On Earth

Our planet has been around for 4.5 billion years. Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, how far you have travelled through space, the amount the sea has risen, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted.

I found out that my heart has beaten 2 billion times in my lifetime. That, in my life, there have been 307 major eruptions, and there have been 143 solar eclipses. That I am as old as the town of Victoria in Romania. That oil will be run out when I'm 118 years old, coal when I'm 120, and gas when I'm 178. How has it changed in your lifetime?

Alphonse Bertillon And The Identity Of Criminals

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Alphonse Bertillon was a French forensic documentarian who developed or improved upon several methods of identifying criminals and solving crimes.

Some of those methods, such as the mug shot, are still in use today, while others, particularly anthropometry, were abandoned over time in favor of more accurate methods. Bertillon is considered by many to be the first forensic expert.

The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made

As the official airline of Middle-earth, Air New Zealand has gone all out to celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Starring Elijah Wood and Sir Peter Jackson; here's The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.

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The Stone Dolls Of Kuklica

The stone town is an area consisting of over 120 naturally formed stone pillars, located in the village of Kuklica, near Kratovo in Macedonia. Legend tells of a man who could not decide which of two women he should marry. So, the man planned to marry each woman on the same day at different times.

When the first wedding was in progress, the woman to marry the man second went to see who was getting married on the same day as she. When she saw her future husband marrying another woman, she cursed all in attendance at the wedding and turned them into stone.

(thanks Juergen)

How A Single Parasite Species Can Change Every Life-Form Around It

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Parasites are nature's freeloaders, living off their hosts while giving nothing in return. But scientists have come to appreciate that even the greediest parasites can indirectly benefit other species by manipulating ecosystems - providing food, assisting predators and even building habitats.

But how could organisms as small and selfish as parasites have a similarly significant impact on their surrounding environments? Frequently, they do so through the manipulation of other, larger species.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Butter vs Margarine

What's the difference between butter and margarine?

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10 Hollywood Breakthrough Roles Landed By Stars Who Could Barely Speak English

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It's hardly breaking news that the right look is all-important in Hollywood. But sometimes, with enough screen intensity and charisma, foreign actors don't even need to be able to speak fluent English to land and even excel in their breakthrough American movie roles.

Incredibly, some of Tinseltown's brightest stars started out by learning their lines phonetically or, in some cases, having their dialogue re-recorded by smoother-voiced, less accent-heavy stand-ins. Here are ten big names of world cinema who charmed American audiences despite the fact that they could scarcely speak English.

The Great Diamond Hoax Of 1872

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The diamond hoax of 1872 was a swindle in which a pair of prospectors sold a false American diamond deposit to prominent businessmen in San Francisco and New York. It also triggered a brief diamond prospecting craze in the western USA, in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado.

The Annual World Championship Outhouse Races in Virginia City, Nevada

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The use of toilets is just simple - any description isn't even needed. But in Virginia City, Nevada, they are used in a special yet weird race.

Everyone's excited, especially the families who can't wait to gear up their toilets and see if everything's a-ok before this exciting event starts. This is the Annual World Championship Outhouse Races, in other words, this is a toilet race.

What Makes Food Taste Sweet?

Ever wonder why your favorite sweets taste, well, sweet? Whether they're made with sugar or artificial sweeteners, it all comes down to chemistry, and a very special shape known as the 'sweetness triangle.'

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(thanks Elaine)

20 Things You Might Not Know About The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air

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Did you know that Will Smith only agreed to star in the show because he was in serious debt to the IRS? Or that Geoffrey, the ever-snarky butler of the Banks household's last name was... Butler?

Here are 20 Things You Might Not Know About The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.

The Bird Hat Craze That Sparked A Preservation Movement

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At the turn of the 19th century in the U.S. and Europe, it became wildly popular for ladies to wear feathers and whole taxidermied birds on their hats. One ornithologist reported taking two walks in Manhattan in 1886 and counting 700 hats, 525 of which were topped by feathers or birds.

Ornithologists started to sit up and take notice. A campaign to end the practice began. Ironically, middle-class women were at the forefront of the bird preservation movement. They were the rank and file and, thanks in part to their work, in the U.S. the movement led to the formation of the first Audubon societies.