Sunday, 25 September 2016

Street Scenes Of Manchester In 1901

These scenes of Market Street, still Manchester's busiest shopping area, encapsulate the bustling energy of the city centre in the Edwardian era.

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(via vintage everyday)

Beer Taster Wanted

(via Bad Newspaper)

How The Mona Lisa Became So Overrated

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Why did the Mona Lisa become the most famous painting in the world while other pieces fail to excite the world's coffee mug makers? Her fame can seem as enigmatic as her legendary smile. But there is a logical case for just how Mona became... Mona. And the story involves one surprisingly influential critic and a theft.

(via Nag on the Lake)

A Cartoon-Box Compilation

Kind of macabre video of accidents that can happen.

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(thanks Cora)

Why Coffee Is Sometimes Called Mocha

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The word coffee itself comes from the Dutch koffie, which has its origin in a Turkish version of an Arabic word. Everybody's favorite stimulant has many nicknames, and every one of these words has a story to tell. Consider 'mocha,' which is named after a port on the Red Sea coast of Yemen.

The wild source of the beverage is thought to be the Ethiopia highlands. A quick glance at a map shows that Yemen is fewer than two dozen miles from Africa across the Bab al-Mandab Strait. The interior highlands of Yemen turned out to be quite suitable for growing the coffee plant.

Visit The Top 10 Happiest Countries In The World

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Looking for a travel destination with great views and friendly people? Try following a cue from the 2016 World Happiness Report. Every year the United Nations measures the quality of life for citizens around the world through surveys and data analysis.

What makes these countries the happiest in the world? All possess a winning formula of good governance, strong sense of community, respect for fellow citizens, and general high quality of life. Here are the top 10 places to travel happy.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

16 Years

Today, The Presurfer is 16 years old. I never believed the site could last that long. Or that I could last that long. Some of you have been visiting for many years. Thank you for your loyalty.

The Presurfer was born on the same day as Everlasting Blort, one of my favourite blogs. Please pay them a visit.

The Professionals Of Japan

Nissan highlighted some Japanese craftspeople being incredibly good at their jobs in a commercial for their Nissan Caravan.

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(via Laughing Squid)

Way To Go, Bob

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The Benefits Of Going Bald

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For as long as men have had access to mirrors, they've been fretting about their scalps getting lonely. According to a 2009 survey by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, almost 60% of men would rather have a full head of hair than money or friends.

There's mounting evidence that bare heads aren’t a spectacular evolutionary accident after all. Bald men are seen as more intelligent, dominant and of high status; their shiny scalps may help them to seduce women or even save lives.

World's Largest Ship Elevator Opens In China

The world's largest ship elevator at the Three Gorges Dam opened in Yichang City, central China's Hubei Province, with a prospect to increase the shipping capacity past the dam by six million tons a year.

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(thanks Cora)

North Korea Accidently Leaks How Tiny Its Internet Is

A GitHub file dump revealed all the registered domains listed to the '.kp' country code top-level domain for North Korea. Essentially, it revealed that the hermit kingdom only has 28 websites.

Although many of the websites are inaccessible, they give a rare insight through the keyhole of North Korea's all-encompassing leadership and its very, very dull Internet.

How The Emoticon Was Invented

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What would the Internet be without :), :P, and the ever-popular ¯\_(ツ)_/¯? If you've ever used a few keystrokes to express your mood, you have Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Research Professor Scott E. Fahlman to thank.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Ghost Minitaur

Ghost Minitaur is a medium-sized legged robot highly adept at perceiving tactile sensations. The machine can run and jump over difficult terrain, climb fences and stairs, and even open doors. High-speed and high-resolution encoders let the robot see and feel the ground through the motors and adapt faster than the blink of an eye.

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10 Ancient Places Of Legend That May Never Have Existed

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History books tell us of ancient places with amazing architecture. The idea of many of these locations has inspired imaginations for many years. The truth is that history gets distorted over time both through retellings and through historical records that were actually just fanciful stories written after the fact.

Many of the most famous locations may not have existed at all. Many of those that did, were much different than most people usually imagine.

Roadside Curiosities: Things That Make You Go 'What the Heck?'

An oddball collection of vintage found photos and postcards - just published in a new book - pulls together American folk art and roadside landmarks that make you stop and exclaim, 'What IS that?'

(thanks Lisa)


Rich in B6 and soluble fibre, bananas are a healthy and hygienic snack choice for all age groups.

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Cat Bonnet For Cats Who Like Wearing Things On Their Heads

Online novelty retailer Archie McPhee has created a line of traditional cotton prairie bonnets, very similar to those worn by women and girls on Little House on the Prairie. The one major difference, however, is that this version is made specifically for that rare feline who actually enjoys dressing up in costumes.

Planet Unknown

At the end of the 21st century mankind was facing global resource depletion. Space Rovers were sent out to find potential inhabitable planets.

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(thanks Cora)

Scientists Use 3D Scans To 'Unwrap' An Ancient Scroll

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The scientific world is developing a knack for reading texts without opening them. Researchers in Israel and the US have conducted the first 'virtual unwrapping' of a heavily damaged scroll, the En-Gedi scroll, to read its contents without destroying what's left.

The team used a high-resolution volumetric scan to create a 3D model of the scroll, looked for bright pixels in the model (a sign of where the ink would be) and virtually flattened the scroll to make text segments readable.