Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Great Moments In Science (If Twitter Had Existed)

Twitter is the source of a great deal of modern news, and scientists are often encouraged to tweet about their research. So what if Twitter had been around during the times of historic scientific breakthroughs?

What if famous scientists were on Twitter, at the time of their greatest discoveries?

12 Uncommon Punctuation Marks You Should Start Using Right Now

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Your writing doesn't need the same tired punctuation marks. Inject a little bit of personalty into your writing with these uncommonly used punctuation marks. Or, actually, don't because you can't get them on a normal keyboard. Many of the designs were proposed by French writer Hervé Bazin in his 1996 essay 'Plumons l’Oiseau.'

Leave a mark on your writing with these wacky alternatives. Change your writing, change your life.


Simon Gerbaud is a Frenchman living in Mexico since 2005. He's an illustrator and animator and a few years ago he started experimenting with common objects.

saVoir is an interactive installation made up of screens, computers and sensors where the audience can use the functions of their bodeis to create videos.

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Iconic Cars From Film And Television

A fun infographic showing original illustrations of some of the most iconic vehicles from movies and television shows.

Top 10 Heists And Robberies

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When it comes to the amount of sheer planning, creativity, and outright lunacy that goes into them, few crimes rival the high profile, multi-million dollar heist. And when you consider the colorful characters and criminal masterminds behind these robberies, it's easy why these crimes continue to be the subject of constant speculation and fascination.

Whether the work of teams of highly trained thieves, lowly bank managers, or even a powerful dictator, here are ten of the biggest and most bizarre heists and burglaries in history.

Kaiser Mustache Trainer

A 1901 advertisement for the Kaiser Mustache Trainer. It'll turn your sour soup strainer into a military style mustache.

(thanks Cora)

Who Or What Left This 60,000-Ton Ancient Artifact Under The Sea?

Put on your tin-foil hats and special anti-Illuminati underwear. A recently discovered mysterious ancient rock structure under the Sea of Galilee, possibly built in the same era as Stonehenge, has archaeologists stumped.

Researchers , from Ben-Gurion University, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa and Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, all in Israel, describe the cairn as a cone of unhewn basalt rocks, measuring approximately 70 meters in diameter and 10 meters tall.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Jerry The Goat

There's always one who's a little bit different than the rest. Like Jerry the goat.
He's more like: Wheeeeeeeeeee!

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Latest Trend: Men With Flowers In Their Beards

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There's a new trend.
Men around the world are putting beautiful arrangements of flowers into their beards.
Why? I don't know.

The Cornish Beaches Where Lego Keeps Washing Up

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A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.

On 13 February 1997 the container ship Tokio Express was hit by a wave, tilting the ship 60 degrees one way, then 40 degrees back. As a result, 62 containers were lost overboard and one of them was filled with nearly 4.8m pieces of Lego, bound for New York. Shortly after that some of those Lego pieces began washing up in both the north and south coasts of Cornwall. They're still coming in today.

Do I Really Need My Pinky Toe?

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Walking, running and skipping with just four toes may be easier than you think. If you're born without a pinky toe or have an accident and it's removed, you can completely do everything you wanted to do. So why do we have pinky toes?

Star Trek Stabilized

On Star Trek the camera tilts and shakes to simulate the ship being hit by something. When you stabilize the camera you only see what the actors are doing.

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(via Neatorama)

The Longmen Grottoes In Henan, China

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The Longmen Grottoes, one of the finest examples of Chinese cave sculpt art, is a site that has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in the year 2000. This site displays the finest Chinese Buddhist cave art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties.

These caves are home to nearly tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples.
The Longmen caves are situated south of present day Luòyáng in Hénán province of the Peoples Republic of China.

In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

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A fist bump is a gesture similar in meaning to a handshake or high five. A fist bump can also be a symbol of giving respect. It can be followed by various other hand and body gestures and may be part of a dap greeting.

Where did the fist bump come from? Why is it so appealing that the president uses it? And do other cultures have similar nonverbal gestures?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Stay In Queue

If you leave your queue you will never be happy again. Stay in queue!

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(via Neatorama)

The Tangalooma Wrecks Of Moreton Island

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The ship wrecks of Tangalooma are located on the western side of Moreton Island near the township of Tangalooma, a former whaling station. Moreton Island is a large sand island - the third largest in the world - located on the coast of south-east Queensland, Australia, which together with Fraser Island, forms the largest sand structure in the world.

The wrecks comprises of fifteen vessels that have been deliberately sunk near the coast to form a breakwall for small boats, also creating an amazing wreck dive and snorkel site in the process. Even in this shallow water, the wrecks attract an amazing amount of marine life, including wobbegongs, trevally, kingfish, yellowtail and lots of tropical fish.

13 Facts You Didn't Know About Fruits

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Did you know that raspberries are a member of the rose family? That pear leaves were once used for smoking? And what came first: orange the color or orange the fruit?
Here are 13 Facts You Didn't Know About Fruits.

Cymbal At 1,000 Frames Per Second

A cymbal is a common percussion instrument consisting of thin, normally round plates of various alloys. Explore the world of vibration at 1,000 frames per second.

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(via Nag on the Lake)

12 Vintage Pictures Of Farm Stands

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A farm stand is a primarily open-air business venue that sells seasonal fruit and many fruit products from local growers. It might also sell vegetables and various processed items derived from fruit. The fruit stand is a small business structure that is primarily run as an independent sole proprietorship.

Here are 12 vintage picture of farm stands from the Library of Congress.

Mystery Sites Around The World

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What's a better mystery to solve than a strange site with significant meaning somewhere on Earth? These sites are linked with stories or unexplained phenomena that defy rational explanation. Here are 4 mystery sites that will trigger some unanswered questions.