Friday, 9 October 2015

Insane Chinese Traffic Jam

This is what happens when people come back from vacation in China and try to get into Beijing. And you thought your puny traffic jams were crazy.

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(thanks Cora)

Portable Power For Electric Cars

One of the factors that keeps electric vehicles from wide adoption is range anxiety. Though battery technologies have come a long way in the last decade, with 100 miles on a charge being common, people still want to know they can take off on a family vacation or a weekend away.

A French company has a cute solution to this problem: EP Tender, a generator housed in a little two-wheeled trailer pulled by your EV.

The Surprising Way Your Eating Habits Reveal Truths About Your Personality

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Every single person has an entirely different way of eating. Some eat quickly, while others eat slowly. Some put a bite of everything on their fork at the same time, while some don't let their food touch at all.

Our distinct eating habits can actually speak volumes about our personalities, just like with our driving habits. Find out what kind of eater you are and what that reveals about your personality.

Dutch Scientists Build World's Biggest Wave Generator

Dutch scientists of the University of Delft have created the world's biggest human-made wave generator. The Delta Flume can send waves 5 meters (16.4 feet) high, crashing down a 300-meter (984 feet) long channel.

The monster machine wasn't designed to help surfers catch bigger waves, but to enhance safety against floods in the Netherlands, where half of the country's population lives below sea level on reclaimed land.

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The Highlands: A Scottish Journey

The Highlands of Scotland present arguably the most beautiful landscape in Britain all year round, in this case bathed in a warm summer glow.

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(thanks Cora)

At Home With Horror: Metallica's Kirk Hammett Embraces His Inner Monster

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Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett has always had an affinity for monsters. As a kid growing up in '60s psychedelic San Francisco, he became obsessed with watching horror movies and reading comics. Today, he's one of the world's top horror memorabilia collectors with exhibitions, festivals, and a book around his obsession.

Collectors Weekly talked to Hammett about why he connects to Frankenstein and other outcasts, how he hung out with R. Crumb as a kid, how the hippie movement led to gore-filled metal music, and why he always looks at the dark side of life.

(thanks Lisa)

The Dancing Never Stops At Yokohama's Pikachu Outbreak Festival

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There's an all-new festival in Yokohama that's been attracting kids and adults since 2014 and there's nothing else you can see there but a bunch of Pikachus roaming around the city.

The festival called 'Odoru? Pikachu Tairyou Hassei-chu!' (Will they dance? Pikachu Outbreak!) is a week-long event featuring up to 1,000 Pikachus marching, dancing, and greeting all those who've made time to see them.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Formula 1 - How Much Does A Crash Cost?

How much does a crash in Formula 1 cost? Former Formula 1 team boss Eddie Jordan explains.

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(thanks Cora)

Hand-Rolled Tacos

(via Bad Menu)

All The Best Apocalypses: A Retrospective From The End Of The Universe

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The obliteration of Earth is old hat. Everyone from Isaac Newton to Jerry Falwell has put forward a date for the end of the world, whether it will come through floods, fire, or alien invasion. Here are some of the times the world came to an end.

This Unicorn Changed The Way I Poop

The modern day toilet is convenient, but has one major fault; it requires us to sit. While sitting to do our business may be considered 'civilized,' studies show the natural squat position improves our ability to eliminate. This Unicorn shows the effects of improper toilet posture and how it can affect your health.

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A Hot Take On The Steamy History Of The Jacuzzi

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The L-shaped building on the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Page Street in Berkeley, California is the site of the old Jacuzzi Brothers machine shop, home to an ever-expanding family of Italian immigrants who experienced triumph, tragedy, fame, great wealth, and then poverty.

The Jacuzzi's influence on American culture is hard to overstate, though: Few can claim to infiltrate the national vernacular in such a profound and memorable way. Before there was Netflix-and-chill, there was a large tub filled with steamy bubbles, and room for two.

(via Neatorama)

Sheep Of The Year Awards

Remember the Braaaad Pitt video for Campaign For Wool. They have now released the second video in the series.

Highlighting the enviable natural beauty of wool, 'Sheep of the Year' sees Galahad the Llama, Mabel the Pug dog, Dave the donkey and Daisy the cow masquerading as sheep to infiltrate the competition, as they absurdly attempt to compete for the prestigious 'Sheep of The Year' title.

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(thanks Lee)

Fruit For Health

Most fruits are packed with antioxidants, fiber, potassium, and vitamins. Plus, they have all sorts of health benefits to go along with each delicious bite. It's best to be aware of the amount of fruit you eat, especially if you are diabetic, overweight or have high blood pressure.

Many fruits contain natural sugar which is better for you than the white stuff. Check out this infographic to learn more about the sweet and juicy benefits of 20 different fruits for health.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Paddle Boarding With Whales

Paddle boarding with whales in Esperance, Western Australia.

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8 Of The Most Intriguing Disappearances In History

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It's relatively difficult to get lost without a trace, at least these days. But history contains a number of examples of individuals (and groups) who seemingly managed to vanish into thin air.

Many of these stories have become fodder for sci-fi and paranormal theories, from ghosts to sea monsters, but while the answers are probably far more prosaic, we just don't have them - yet.

The Rolling Of Domestic Cats

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Domestic cats roll. They roll and roll and roll - not constantly, but often enough that the behavior eventually caught the attention of scientists. Rolling behaviour in domestic cats appears to have two functions. Females roll primarily in the presence of adult males, demonstrating a readiness to mate. But males roll near adult males as a form of subordinate behavior.

The Celts: Not Quite The Barbarians History Would Have Us Believe

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When we read Greek and Roman accounts of the Celts, we come away with a caricature of uncouth barbarians who wear trousers and drink undiluted wine, who go naked into battle and who are terrified by an eclipse.

But archaeology reveals a different story and we find out that the Celts loved art and design. Exquisite jewellery symbolised power and horse-riding warriors carried beautifully decorated swords and scabbards.

A Day In The Life Of A HeroRat In Training

These cat-sized rats may look terrifying - but they are one of man's best friends in Africa. The foot-long Gambian pouched rats are being trained in landmine detection in a pioneering project at Tanzania's Sokoine University of Agriculture.

The HeroRats - as the project monikers them - train all day in fields, sniffing the ground and scratching at it when they find a 'mine'. They are then rewarded with a piece of banana or other food.

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(via Daily Mirror, thanks Cora)

Yale Released 170,000 Photos Of Depression-Era America

The photos taken by Farm Security Administration photographers in the 1930s are some of the most iconic images in American history. Unseen photos in government archives tell a more complex story of a struggling country. Yale just released a terrific database of 170,000 of them.

You'll see a map of the United States where each county is clickable. Simply find the area you want to explore, just as you might on Google Maps, and the interactive database will show you photos spanning from 1935 to 1945.

(via Gizmodo)

The Valley Of The Statues In San Agustin

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Along the Magdalena River in Colombia, there lies a seemingly innocent, yet mysterious collection of Pre-Colombian statues carved out of volcanic rock. Their piercing gazes across the lush vegetation is a warning, or rather a form of protection for the tombs they guard.

(via Neatorama)