Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Scaredy Swan

The story of a swan that´s afraid to get into the water, and the help a bee gives him in joining his six friends.



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(thanks Cora)

Long-Haired Employee


(via Bad Newspaper)

20 Heroes, Villains, Aliens, And Monsters Who Ran For President

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We all have politics on the brain nowadays, but regardless of your political leanings or feelings about the candidates, it's worth remembering that it could be weirder. Here's a list of the best, the worst, and the strangest beings who tried to take residence in the White House.

Airplanes Landing Simultaneous

A pair of airplanes landing simultaneously on parallel runways at San Francisco International Airport.



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(via Laughing Squid)

The Solar System's Five Most Livable Places

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If the world is going to hell, where would you go? Elon Musk has staked much of his fortune on SpaceX and its relentlessly pursued goal of colonizing Mars. But Mars is not the only place humans could go.

There are other worlds in the Solar System where humans could walk without space suits, find ample energy, or even swim in subsurface oceans. None of these places are remotely as habitable as Earth. Here's a guide to the five-best options for DIY colonists.

Fairytale Castles

A compilation of Europe's most beautiful fairy tale castles and palaces.



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(thanks Cora)

Grow Your Own Superfood Garden


An infographic that explores the supreme health benefits of some of the most nutritious foods that you can grow in your own garden, as well as showing how long they take to grow and the companion plants that help them on their way.

(thanks Daniel)

Monday, 27 June 2016

Animated Version Of 'The Scream'

The classic painting 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch is brought to life in a fantastic animation directed by Sebastian Cosor of Safe Frame, perfectly set to the song 'The Great Gig In The Sky' by Pink Floyd.



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(via Laughing Squid)

Some Of History's Most Beautiful Combs Were Made For Lice Removal

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Thirty years ago, parasitologist Kostas Mumcuoglu and anthropologist Joseph Zias were examining a first-century hair comb excavated from the West Bank when they found a surprise lurking in its fine teeth: 10 head lice and 27 louse eggs.

The presence of these parasites was a major shake-up. They had assumed that combs were used almost exclusively for cosmetic purposes. Now it appears that they were also used as de-lousing implements.

How Big Ben Originally Got Its Nickname

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Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012.

Previously it was known simply as the Clock Tower. But how did it get its nickname?

Horses Vs Horsepower: Watch Historic Rides Race Each Other

An annual race pits cars against animals - and motorized technology doesn't always win. The 'Race of the Century' event, held at the Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts, features motorized vehicles dating to the early 1900s.



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(via Neatorama)

How Dunkin' Donuts Changed The Dictionary

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If you're a spelling snob you've encountered the question: Is it a doughnut or a donut? The answer, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is that it is, in fact, both.

(via Neatorama)

The Strangest Elevator In Italy

The Ascensore Castello d'Albertis-Montegalletto in Genoa, Italy is an elevator that switches direction from horizontal to vertical.



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(thanks Cora)

10 Of The Strangest Looking Homes In Europe

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Not everybody is satisfied with a cookie cutter 'box on the hill.' There are some people in the world who were destined to take the concept of 'home' and turn it into something truly magical. Across Europe, there are many bizarre and strange homes that don't conform to our expectations of what a living space should be. They are bold, brilliant, and visually spectacular.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

What Happened Before History?

Humans. We have been around for a while now. When we think about our past we think about ancient civilizations, the pyramids, stuff like that. But this is only a tiny, tiny part of our history.



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Spiders


The size of a small horse.

(via Bad Newspaper)

Sci-Fi Classics That Accurately Predicted The Future

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Did you know a kid's cartoon predicted 3D-printed food in 1962? Or that the first tablet device debuted in 1968 when computers were still the size of warehouses? For as long as we've acknowledged that there is a future, storytellers have been trying to predict it.

Okay, so there's still no cryonic resuscitation or a warp speed travel option. But some of these predictions are so spot on, it makes you wonder if time travel is actually real and how NASA paid Hollywood for filming the moon landing.

The Mill BLACKBIRD

The Mill BLACKBIRD is the first fully adjustable car rig that creates photoreal CG cars - it's a car rig that can be shot at any time, in any location, without the need to rely on a physical car.



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(thanks Cora)

The World's Loneliest Species

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A tiny species of fish can claim some of the most unenviable of all records. The so-called Devils hole pupfish survives within one of the driest places in the world, in the heart of the Mojave desert in the US. Perhaps fewer than 50 individuals survive.

Even more remarkably, every member of this species has existed in the wild within an area no bigger than the living room in your house. Which makes the Devils hole pupfish perhaps the rarest of all fish, the world's loneliest species, and the most isolated animal species on Earth.

True Tales Of The Bearded Lady And The Dog-Faced Boy

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In the off-beat world of the sideshow there are few faces more recognizable than Annie Jones the bearded lady and Jo-Jo the Dog Faced Boy. Their unique physical characteristics made them superstars in a time when that actually meant something, and their work in the sideshow gave other folks with unusual features hope for the future.