Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Garden Eel

The majority of garden eels live in the Indo-Pacific, but species are also found in warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean and East Pacific. These small eels live in burrows on the sea floor and get their name from their practice of poking their heads from their burrows while most of their bodies remain hidden.

Since they tend to live in groups, the many eel heads 'growing' from the sea floor resemble the plants in a garden. The garden eel is harmless and actually pretty cute. But get a bunch of them together and things start looking a wee bit creepy.



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The Great British Sport Of Wellie Wanging

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Wellie Wanging, or throwing a rain boot over your shoulder, can be found at a variety of rural events across Great Britain. Wanging is popular at summer school fetes, weddings, village fairs or county shows.

A Wellie is short for Wellington Boot, named after the Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. The aim of the game is thus: launch a rain boot as far as possible. That's it.

Man Breaks Mini Basketball Juggling World Record

Mark Williams rolled 11 mini basketballs in a juggling pattern, setting a world record.



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(thanks David)

Leave It As It Is - The Colorado River In The Grand Canyon

America's most endangered river: The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.



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(thanks Cora)

Campo Del Cielo Meteorite Field

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About 4,000 to 5,000 years ago, a huge chunk of space rock fell in Argentina, but it didn't fell in one piece. It broke up as it entered the earth's atmosphere creating a meteorite shower with pieces ranging from a few grams to several tons.

Most of the larger fragments fell over a narrow belt of land an area now known as the Campo del Cielo meteorite field. The impact left at least twenty-six craters. Some meteorite fragments punched deep holes into the earth, as in the case of a 14-ton meteorite.

BT Is Looking For The Speaking Clock's Next Voice

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It's almost baffling to think that despite the many ways we can check the time, especially in our display-saturated era, BT's speaking clock still receives roughly 12 million calls each year.

Dial 123 on most phones and you'll hear the voice of Sara Mendes da Costa telling you what's what 'at the third stroke...' Her almost decade-long tenure will come to an end this year, though, as BT has launched a competition to find the speaking clock's next and fifth 'permanent' voice.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The World's Fastest Shopping Cart

The world’s fastest shopping cart crashed into a crashblock. This unusual crash test was conducted the Dynamic Test Center in Switzerland who are known for their unorthodox simulations.



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NodPod

The NodPod is a Kickstarter project. It's a patented solution which provides amazing sleep while traveling. The NodPod recreates how you sleep on a bed but in an upright position.



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The Philippine Jeepney: The Undisputed King Of The Road

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Jeepneys are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. They are known for their crowded seating and kitsch decorations, which have become a ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art.

Jeepneys were originally made from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II. Most jeepneys are used as public utility vehicles. Some are used as personal vehicles. Jeepneys are used less often for commercial or institutional use.

Romantic Seahorse Mating Dance

The male with the distended belly is trying to seduce the female into transferring her eggs into his pouch. Filmed at Blairgowrie Pier in Australia on 21 January 2016.



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(thanks Cora)

Minerals Discovered In Siberian Mine Aren't Like Anything We've Seen In Nature


Researchers have discovered strange minerals inside a Siberian mine that are unlike anything previously found in nature. What's fascinating is that, since the 1980s, scientists have been growing very similar materials in the lab, but until now, they never thought they could actually exist in nature.

These lab-grown materials are known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, and they work sort of like molecular sponges, which can soak up gases such as hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

13 Facts To Put The Universe Into Perspective

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The universe is a crazy place. In fact, it's probably the craziest place you've ever been. It's full of exploding stars and immortal jellyfish and it's been kicking around for almost 14 billion years. Here are 14 awesome facts to put it all into perspective.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Homesick

A computer-animated short film about a sick house that must be cured before it can be sold.



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(thanks Cora)

The Incredible Ruins Of 12 Abandoned Islands

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Of all the many places around the world that have been abandoned by their inhabitants and left to slump into obscurity and ruin, islands seem among the most unlikely.

Frozen in time with nothing but a story to tell, many of these ghost islands have taken on an eerie and enticing second life in their desertion and disrepair. Here are 11 abandoned islands, each of which has a intriguing story behind its decline.

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Deconstructed Burger Behind The Scenes

Behind the scenes of Director and Visual Engineer Steve Giralt's deconstructed Burger Motion Concept.



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Cat Bonnet - A Hat For Your Cat


The Cat Bonnet is just what the name promises. Not every kitty is some kind of vain showoff. Some cats long for the plain and simple life. This 100% cotton bonnet with satin lining fits most cats and frees them from a lifestyle of conceited preening. If your cat is prideful and disobedient, she won't like it.

(thanks Cora)

The Real Costs Of Video Game Characters


Video games are rarely based in reality - imaginative countries, unknown beasts, not to mention the swagged out characters all come together to create a world you can only believe.

Many video game lovers opt to adapt the screen life to reality, whether through cosplay or fan art. But what would be the cost of real life equivalents? Here are some breakdowns for some popular video game characters.

(thanks Caroline)