Tuesday, 16 September 2014

How A Bean Becomes A Fart

Well, we've always wondered how this happens. And now we know, thanks to Men's Health Magazine. Open a can of beans and follow along.

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The Sand Dollar - The Animal That Can Clone Itself

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The Sand dollar is a sea urchin which burrows and comes from the order Clypeasteroida - and you can see why it gets its name, as it resembles a coin. Some joke that it is the only stable dollar in the world at the moment.

Humor aside, it does have one trick up its sleeve that we can only wish would apply to real money. The Sand Dollar can clone itself - creating a perfect copy.

The Pizza Chopper

Get your motor running... Head out to the pizzeria. Just make sure to have The Pizza Chopper handy. Designed to resemble a chopper motorcycle, this pizza cutter will be the coolest way to segment your pie on pizza night. Made to look like a motorcycle, the front wheel is a fully-functional stainless steel blade that will easily ride over any pizza.

(thanks Chris)

The Dancing Traffic Light

Smart ideas can turn the city into a better place. Like a dancing traffic light that makes people wait and watch rather than walk through the red light.

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(thanks Cora)

15 International Greeting Rituals

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Greeting is an act of communication in which human beings intentionally make their presence known to each other, to show attention to, and to suggest a type of relationship or social status between individuals or groups of people coming in contact with each other.

Some epochs and cultures have had very elaborate greeting rituals, for example, greeting of a sovereign. Conversely, secret societies have often furtive or arcane greeting gestures and rituals, such as a secret handshake, which allow members to recognize each other. Here are 15 international greeting rituals.

What's In Your iPhone?

The iPhone 6 is almost here and the preorders are piling up. But what do you really know about the insides of the iPhone 6, or any smartphone for that matter? A typical smartphone contains about 300 milligrams of silver and 30 milligrams of gold. Not to mention small amounts of extremely rare elements like praseodymium, gadolinium and terbium.

And what's with this 'ion-strengthened glass' that Apple is bragging about? It's all about the potassium bath your phone takes before it rolls off the assembly line.

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(thanks Elaine)

46 Priceless UNESCO World Heritage Sites Facing Extinction

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The world heritage sites around the world are truly extraordinary and should be seen or experienced at least once in a traveler's lifetime. They're amazing, jaw-dropping and every other word we can think of to praise such places, yet these words aren't enough to preserve these sites, which are slowly dying.

It looks like people have forgotten that these wonders - from natural to man-made - won't last forever without the people who'll give them utmost importance and care. Here are the 46 priceless world heritage sites that are quietly and slowly facing extinction.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Sesame Street: Star S'Mores

A long time ago in a cookies and milky way galaxy far, far away... Princess Parfaita was taken prisoner by the evil Galactic Empire and had to be saved by a group of unlikely heroes including the young Luke Piewalker, Flan Solo, and Chewie the Cookie.

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Ask The Past - Advice From Old Books

Ask the Past gathers advice from the past and applies it obligingly to the questions of the present. Edited by Elizabeth Archibald, who has a Ph.D. in History from Yale University. Her research focuses on medieval education and the history of the book. Some advice offered are: How to impress girls at a Dance - 1530, how to change a diaper - 1612, how to wash your hair - 12th century, how to compliment a lady - 1663.

Here's an example from The Distaff Gospels (Les Evangiles des Quenouilles), an Old French fifteenth-century collection of popular beliefs:

How to keep your cat, c. 1470. If you have a good cat and you don't want to lose it, you must rub its nose and four legs with butter for three days, and it will never leave the house.

The Svanetian Towers Of Georgia

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Svaneti is the highest area in the Caucasus mountain system where people have settled. In a land dominated by mountains divided by deep gorges, the Svan people settled this historic Georgian province almost two millennia ago and here they flourished.

Yet towards the end of the European Dark Ages, at around the end of the ninth century, the Svan found themselves in conflict with the northern Caucasian tribes on the other side of the mountains and with the Ossetians to the east. Their solution to tribal raids has endured the centuries.

7,685 Frames Of The Netherlands

A time lapse video of the Netherlands, taken in Delft, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

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(thanks Cora)

Opening A Jar

What a service!

(via Bad Newspaper)

The Painted Mosque And Arabati Baba Tekke In Tetovo

Tetovo is a city in the northwestern part of Macedonia. The city is known for the Šarena Džamija, more commonly known as the Painted Mosque, and the Arabati Baba Tekke, a dervish monastery.

Built in 1438 and reconstructed in 1833, the mosque is famous for its vibrant color scheme, with an exterior covered in rectangular designs like playing cards. The Arabati Baba Tekke was established in 1538 by Ali Baba, the brother-in-law of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

(thanks Juergen)

The Cotton Tree In Freetown, Sierra Leone

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In the old part of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, at the center of a roundabout surrounded by a concrete fence stands an enormous Cotton Tree. The tree is Freetown's historic symbol and the city's most famous landmark.

Nobody is sure how old the tree is, but it is known to have existed in 1787 when the first settlers arrived. It is believed that when a group of former African-American slaves, who had gained their freedom by fighting for the British during the American War of Independence, landed in Freetown, they apparently rested and prayed underneath the shade of the tree.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Autistic Man Builds Feline Fun House

Greg Krueger from Minnesota has created an indoor fun house just for cats. Krueger loves trails and paths, and he loves his cats. So he decided to link those passions together.

Krueger's four cats get to look down on their owner for nearly 100 yards of overhead catwalks. They can also scamper away to their choice of hideouts, all with proper lighting and padding.

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(thanks Cora)

Church Noise

We will not respond.

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'Boris' The Robot Can Load Up Dishwasher

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A robot unveiled last Thursday at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim. 'Boris' is one of the first robots in the world capable of intelligently manipulating unfamiliar objects with a humanlike grasp. It was developed by scientists at the University of Birmingham.

The robot 'sees' objects with depth sensors on its face and wrists. In 10 seconds it calculates up to a thousand possible ways to grasp a novel object with its five robotic fingers and plans a path of arm movements to reach its target, avoiding obstructions.

Paris When It Drizzles

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(thanks Cora)

Giant Swimming Dinosaur Unearthed

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A giant fossil, unearthed in the Sahara desert, has given scientists an unprecedented look at the largest-known carnivorous dinosaur: Spinosaurus. The 95-million-year-old remains confirm a long-held theory: that this is the first-known swimming dinosaur.

Scientists say the beast had flat, paddle-like feet and nostrils on top of its crocodilian head that would allow it to submerge with ease. While other ancient creatures, such as the plesiosaur and mosasaur, lived in the water, they are marine reptiles rather than dinosaurs, making Spinosaurus the only-known semi-aquatic dinosaur.

Egypt Highlights On Street View

Google took its camera backpack to Egypt. On Egypt Highlights you can now explore the Pyramids of Giza, the necropolis of Saqqara, the Citadel of Qaitbay, the Citadel of Cairo, the Hanging Church, and the Monastery of Saint Mina.