Friday, 27 November 2015

Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix

State Farm worked with John Boswell, aka melodysheep on YouTube, to auto-tune the William Shatner turkey fryer video called 'Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix.'

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Bizarre Concept Cars You Never Even Knew Existed

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Every year, automakers redesign their car models and create new ones to keep up with the current style and technologies. Some of these concept cars are also made to test out new features and technologies and end up looking crazy bizarre.

Most of them never end up being mass produced, but they definitely do look cool. Here are some of these out-of-the-ordinary car designs to take a peek at and find out what the future of the car industry might look like.

Windows Turns 30: A Visual History

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The PC revolution started off life 30 years ago. Microsoft launched its first version of Windows on November 20th, 1985, to succeed MS-DOS. It was a huge milestone that paved the way for the modern versions of Windows we use today.

While Windows 10 doesn't look anything like Windows 1.0, it still has many of its original fundamentals like scroll bars, drop-down menus, icons, dialog boxes, and apps like Notepad and MS paint.

Introducing The Privi-Pee

Men: we've all been in that situation where you're out having a drink and you need to pop to the toilet. The worst thing is walking through that door only to be confronted by a busy urinal space. What do you do? Do you stand shoulder to shoulder with the man next to you?

Introducing the Privi-Pee, an ingenious solution to make urinal 'stage fright' a thing of the past. The Privi-Pee is a cape that you can wear when you enter a public bathroom. It's designed to help you cover your modesty and let you pee without worry.

(thanks James)

100% Possible

On November 30th our leaders will meet for COP21, the world's biggest climate summit. It's time to show anything is possible when we come together - including a world powered by 100% clean, safe, renewable energy.

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(thanks Mike)

10 Planets That Could Potentially Sustain Life

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In order for a planet to be habitable or hospitable for life, it needs to meet certain criteria. They have to be the right distance from a star, they have to be big enough to have a molten center, and the planet needs to have rock.

Exoplanets, which are planets outside of our solar system, may not only support life other than our own, but we could also consider these as oases in the universe in case we are ever forced to leave Earth. As of right now, obviously there is no way we can travel to these planets, but with changes in space travel and space colonies, we may get there one day.

Does Eating Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

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Thanksgiving Day. You pile your plates with turkey, dressing, two kinds of potatoes, cranberries and dig in. Second helpings? Of course! An hour later, after plenty of food and conversation, you push back and notice you've become very, very sleepy. You think, 'I’m sleepy because turkey is high in tryptophan.'

Is this true? Or is it a myth? Find out.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Logs To Lumber - An Aerial Journey Through The Sawmill

Unmanned aerial vehicle footage takes you up close and personal through the complete sawmilling process used at the Colville mill in Washington, USA.

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(thanks Cora)

10 Ways Criminals Use The Internet For Organised Crime

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The internet and especially social media have had an unprecedented impact on almost all areas of life. From how we get directions to how we shop, our everyday lives have become dependent on the internet.

But at the same time as we're doing our holiday shopping or looking at cat pictures, it's easy to overlook just how dark some corners of the online realm can be. Organized crime has set up shop there, too, and their influence over social media and the web is as bizarre as it is sinister.

(via Miss Cellania)

The Secret Life Of Pets - The Holiday Greeting

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

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(via Laughing Squid)

Sheldon Cooper Presents Fun With Flags

The people at UK Feather Flags are big fans of the TV show The Big Bang Theory and in particular Sheldon Cooper. They have put together a blog post showing all of the episodes of his video podcast Fun With Flags.

Guests on Fun with Flags have included Amy, who initially co-hosted the vodcast with Sheldon and later directed it, Penny, Wil Wheaton, LeVar Burton and Barry Kripke.

How To Tell If You've Been Abducted By Aliens

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Believe it or not, there is a support group called Abduct Anon for people who believe they've been kidnapped by extraterrestrials. Are you about to be abducted by aliens and subjected to medical experiments?

Or has it happened already? Here are some signs that Abduct Anon and other UFO groups say you should be on the watch for.

What Is Li-Fi?

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Imagine a world where every one of the billions of lightbulbs in use today is a wireless hotspot delivering connectivity at speeds that can only be dreamed of with Wi-Fi. Li-Fi deliver speeds 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi technology in actual tests.

An Estonian startup called Velmenni used a Li-Fi-enabled lightbulb to transmit data at speeds as fast as 1 gigabit per second, meaning a high-definition film could be downloaded within seconds. So, just what is Li-Fi and how does it work.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Just You And Your Cat

Nestle Japan is now offering a catering service to prepare food for you and your cat. A professional chef will come to your home and cook for you and your feline friend.

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(thanks Cora)

The Telharmonium Was The Spotify Of 1906

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The Telharmonium was an early electronic organ, developed by Thaddeus Cahill in 1897. The electrical signal from the Telharmonium was transmitted over wires; it was heard on the receiving end by means of 'horn' speakers.

10 Interesting Facts About The Placebo Effect

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The placebo effect happens when someone is given a pill, a shot, or some other form of treatment, and are told it will help with their ailments. They feel better, but it's just their mind and body healing itself because the treatment is essentially fake.

Researchers are very interested as to why the placebo effect works, because understanding it will help with patient care and decrease the amount of drugs that need to be prescribed.

(via Neatorama)

The Cigar Connoisseur

A New York man explaining why he smokes cigars and what he enjoys most about them.

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(thanks Cora)

15 People Who Started Their Own Micronations

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A micronation is a piece of land which claims to be a sovereign state - but isn't. By the most bare-bones definition, this means all you have to do to create one is declare that you've done so.

Some micronations are serious attempts driven by political ideology, while others are more like practical jokes. By some accounts, over 400 currently active micronations now exist. Here are 15 of the most interesting from the past few decades.

There's A Good Reason Why The Next Generation Of Robots Will Look Like Animals

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Biomimetics. That's the field dedicated to imitating aspects of nature to better understand, and potentially solve, complex human issues. It's the reason why so many engineers and researchers are creating robot models of animals.

Robotic animals can help researchers better understand locomotion, evolution, and simply how certain animals accomplish the amazingly unique tasks that they do. But they can also have tangible applications, from scouting for danger for the marines to aiding in search and rescue missions.