Friday, 1 August 2014

What Did Palestine Look Like In 1896?

Film footage of Palestine shot by cameramen employed by the Lumiere brothers in 1896 was recently published online thanks to Lobster Films. It shows Palestinians of all faiths - Christians, Jews and Muslims - living side by side, and praying side by side.

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How Many Greek Legends Were Really True?

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The culture and legends of ancient Greece have a remarkably long legacy in the modern language of education, politics, philosophy, art and science. Classical references from thousands of years ago continue to appear. But what was the origin of some of these ideas?

Was there ever really a Trojan Horse? Did Homer actually exist? Did Pythagoras invent Pythagoras' theorem? Or did he copy his homework from someone else? Was Alexander the Great really that great?

9 Silly Sharks To Prepare You For Shark Week 2014

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The Discovery Channel held their first Shark Week promotion in 1987. In the 27 years since then, the seemingly educational series of programming has 'jumped the shark,' so to speak, and slid into entertainment, and even more recently, into cryptozoology.

This year's Shark Week will begin Sunday, August 10. To get you ready for this year's Shark Week, here are some of the silliest sharks in pop culture history.

The Epic Driftmob Featuring BMW M235i

Is it possible to make a drift-choreography in a rotary traffic? BMW took some hollywood stunt driver and added the same amount of BMW M235i cars. The result: About 90 seconds of driving pleasure and smoking tyres. To avoid accidents, the road was blocked.

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(thanks Cora)

Valencia - Astonishing City Of Arts And Sciences

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There are not many places you can visit on Earth that enable you to imagine that you have been transported to a city of the future or, indeed, to an alien culture many light years away from our third rock from the sun. However, the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is just that sort of place.

The City of Arts and Sciences is something of a Phoenix in nature. Its home is the old bed of the river Turia. The city itself started construction in 1994 and the last finished great project there was opened in 2005.

How Likely Are You To Suffer From A Natural Disaster?

Tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, and earthquakes are all terrifying threats that could hit almost anywhere suddenly and cause massive destruction. But some people are more likely to become victims of natural disasters than others depending on where they live.

Software developer Ramiro Gomez created a disaster map using data from the United Nations' World Risk Index. The higher a country's score on the index, the more likely it is a person will suffer harm from a natural disaster in that country.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need?

On average we sleep 24 years during our lifetime. Adults need between 7.5 and 8 hours of sleep per night. But many people can function with 6 hours of sleep, and there also some who need 9 hours or more. Sleep loss can take a toll on your health, energy and even your mood. Too much sleep isn't good either. Are you over or under sleeping?

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15 International Banknotes That Show Queen Elizabeth's Aging Process

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Queen Elizabeth II has, of course, been pictured on British currency for much of her reign, but she has also appeared on the money of various British Commonwealth states and Crown dependencies.

With such a long reign and so many nations issuing money with her image on it over the years, there are enough banknote portraits to construct a sort of aging timeline for the Queen.

The Most Liked Cereal In Every US State

Everyone has a favorite cereal they eat for breakfast or just as a snack. There are literally hundreds of different types of cereal to choose from. Entire aisles in the grocery store are devoted to the stuff. It seems as though no matter your taste, there's a cereal for you.

Movoto looked at Facebook data to figure out America's favorite cereal and this is what they came up with categorized by state.

(thanks Bryan)

Florida Keys Webcam Captures Sea Turtles Hatch

Using infrared lighting, a live-streaming, high-definition 'turtle webcam' positioned on a beach in the Florida Keys recorded the hatch of about 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles on Friday, July 25, just before 9 p.m.

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(thanks Cora)

Tiger Farming: Trading In Extinction

The tiger is an endangered species. Poaching for fur and body parts and destruction of habitat have simultaneously greatly reduced tiger populations in the wild. In the last 100 years, we have lost 97% of all wild tiger in the world. Instead of 100,000, as few as 3,000 live in the wild today.

With out of control breeding of captive tigers stimulating demand for their parts and products across Asia, do wild tigers stand a chance?

The Photography Of Jack Delano - The Man Who Colored The Forties

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Jack Delano (1914-1997) was an American photographer. Delano was born as Jacob Ovcharov in Voroshilovka village in the Russian Empire and moved, with his parents and younger brother, to the United States in 1923.

Jack Delano's pictures of ordinary American life in the 1940s made him world famous as a photographer. He was also a trained musician, a composer, an illustrator and latterly a film and documentary maker.

The Ice Cream That Changes Colour As You Lick It

While some physicists may be working on string theory or quantum mechanics, Spanish physicist Manuel Linares from Barcelona has decided to turn his attention to something else entirely - ice cream. He has announced that he has invented a 'magical' ice cream that changes colour as you lick it.

Dubbed 'Xamaleón,' the ice creams tastes like a mix of fruits and was created during a cooking course attended by Mr Linares in Barcelona. The formula, which remains a secret, is made entirely from natural ingredients.

(thanks Cora)

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


Gánovce is the name of a village in Slovakia. Visual artist Taras Gesh filmed the village from different angles. He made sketches, took photos, recorded sounds and put them all together in this mesmerizing kaleidoscope.

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Is Your Country A Cat Or A Dog Country?

We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people.

But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too.

Our Neighbor, Mr. Rogers

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Frederick Rogers (1928-2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host. Rogers was most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which featured his gentle, soft-spoken personality and directness to his audiences.

You may like it when clowns throw pies and slap each other in the face, but Fred Rogers was appalled. He thought TV could have a lot more to offer than pie fights and other silliness. So he moved to New York and got a job at NBC, working first as an associate producer and later as a director.

Cowtown Keeylocko

Ed Keeylocko's biological mother abandoned him on someone's doorstep. An African-American with red hair and swamp green eyes, Keeylocko grew up feeling different, a self-proclaimed minority of minorities.

What's a guy supposed to do when he feels like he doesn't belong anywhere? Well, when you're Ed Keeylocko, you build your own town. Cowtown Keeylocko is 40 miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona.

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(thanks Cora)

USB Squirming Tentacle

Show your love for Cthulhu with the USB Squirming Tentacle. Simply plug it into your USB port and it will fill your computer with unspeakable evils. Just kidding, it doesn't store any data.

The USB Squirming Tentacle will draw a small amount of power from your computer, enabling it to squirm and wiggle like an Elder God trying to escape your laptop.

25 Creative Buildings Around The World

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Architects in cities around the world are working hard to create unique designs to bring in tourism revenues to their city and attract attention to their work. Many people are taking notice of this trend, and looking to support it by taking trips to see such buildings in person.

Here is a list of 25 creative buildings from all over the world that quickly caught our attention with their interesting designs and just might be worth visiting.