Friday, 28 August 2015

America's Smallest Nanobrewery

A nanobrewery is a scaled-down microbrewery, often run by a solo entrepreneur, that produces beer in small batches. Because everything is better when it's smaller. Here's America's smallest nanobrewerry.

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Annie Edson Taylor's 1901 Retirement Plan: Go Over Niagara Falls In A Barrel

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The first daredevil to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel wasn't some brash young man looking to make headlines. It was a 63-year-old school teacher who just wanted to drum up some retirement money by becoming the Queen of the Mist.

She decided she would be the first person to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Taylor used a custom-made barrel for her trip, constructed of oak and iron and padded with a mattress. On October 24, 1901, her 63rd birthday, Annie Taylor was set adrift near the American shore, south of Goat Island.

Very Long Victorian Hair

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In the Victorian era, a Western woman's hair was considered an important part of her appearance. As in many societies, religious doctrine was a factor in the policing of Victorian women's hair, mandating that it be covered or done up, particularly if the woman was married.

Letting one's hair down was commonly seen as brazen and immodest, even sinful. To a Victorian observer, photographs of women with long, loose hair would be particularly titillating.

10 Strange Secret Societies That You've Probably Never Heard Of

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Today, the term 'secret society' seems somewhat ironic. Arguably the most famous one - the Freemasons - really isn't all that secret. The group's rites and rituals might be steeped in mysticism and symbolism, but much has been written about the group that appears in the public domain.

Many people have heard of the Illuminati, of Skull and Bones and of the Rosicrucians. But what about the clandestine groups that were, in fact, more secret? The ones that nobody remembers any more; the ones that thrived - and died - in the shadows?

(via Neatorama)

The Pig Farmer

The Pig Farmer is a short animated cartoon by Nick Cross. A simple tale of a wayward soul, awash in an ocean of tragedy and regret.

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(thanks Cora)

Do You Know Your Bants From Your Manspreading?

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Do you know what manspreading is? Or bruh, hangry, or weak sauce? Words and phrases that have widespread currency in English have been added to the the online Oxford Dictionary in its latest quarterly update. According to Fiona McPherson, senior editor of Oxford Dictionaries, the addition of multiple slang words did not represent a dumbing down of English, but showed creative use of language.

Test your knowledge of the new words by selecting the correct definitions.

11 Awesome Data Visualizations Way Ahead Of Their Time

An infographic created by Investintech that highlights 11 unique data visualizations from across different - yet significant, periods in history.

It includes the first world map created by Anaximander, the elaborate Catalan atlas commissioned by King Charles V of France, Dr. John Snow's map of cholera deaths in London that helped in combating the disease in the second half of the 19th century, and so on.

(thanks Veronica)

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Discovering The Doorstopper

This cute Cavachon puppy named Mango discovers the doorstopper.

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Person Of The Week

Who prefers to remain anonymous.

(via Bad Newspaper)

11 Rare Dog Breeds You've Never Heard Of, But Will Soon

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Sleek sighthounds, two breeds with hairless varieties and a fun-loving Dutch Retriever are among the rising stars of the American Kennel Club's Miscellaneous Class.

The dog breeds in this class could become fully recognized by the AKC once they reach the threshold number of registrations needed. Here are 11 of the rarest dog breeds.

10 Awe-Inspiring Religious Sites Around The World

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Religion is one of the oldest institutions, which still has a great influence on the lives of modern people. There are many religious sites across the world which attract the attention of thousands of visitors - both believers and non-believers.

These astounding structures will not only inspire and amaze you but will also bring the peace of your mind.

Sony's Airplane-Shaped Drone

Test flight of Sony's airplane-shaped drone. Flight experiment by Aerosense Inc. Taking off vertically, hovering, fly fast, and landing vertically.

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10 Animals That Changed The World

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Usually it falls to powerful monarchs, brilliant generals, and influential world leaders to dictate the course of history. But sometimes, fate, destiny, or just good old chance decides that a pair of paws, hooves, or claws would be a better fit to hold the reins.

These are some of the most notable times man stepped aside and man's best friend, along with a few other animals, took control and changed the world in sometimes small, but occasionally hugely meaningful ways.

Inside The Mind Of A Mazemaker

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With more than 700 creations, Adrian Fisher is the world's most prolific maze designer. He explains what goes into those twists and turns - and why we love feeling so confused.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Monster Thrashin'

Puppets doing jumps on a skateboard in a bunch of locations in Philadelphia.

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(thanks Andy)

Guided Busways

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Guided buses combine the elements of both bus and rail systems to achieve a new mode of transport that is faster than regular buses because they don't have to share congested public roads, and cheaper than rails.

The buses are fitted with special guide-wheels that engage the short vertical kerbs on either side of the guideway. These guide wheels push the steering mechanism of the bus, keeping it centered on the track.

Mister Coco's

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Gossiping May Help You Live Longer

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Should we jump in on talking behind our friend's back or should we simply walk away? Well, new research suggests that gossiping is actually good for our health.

By talking behind people's backs, we gain a much better understanding of who we are surrounding ourselves with. According to Robin Dunbar, professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford University, this is the most vital form of communication that could help us live longer lives.


Terrence Higgins Trust launched a feel-good summer HIV prevention film. #TogetherSummer is part of the continuing effort of nationwide HIV prevention campaign 'It Starts with Me.' The #TogetherSummer video portrays the everyday lives of members of the black African community in England.

It features a group of friends enjoying the summer together, having fun and perhaps finding romance. The final message of the video is that anyone in the video could be affected by HIV and together we can stop it by regular testing, and protecting each other by using condoms.

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(thanks Lee)

12 Hilarious Plumbing Pictures

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HSP has scoured the web to find the funniest plumbing related pictures for you to brighten up your day.

The Mystifying Park Of The Monsters, Italy

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The Sacro Bosco, colloquially called Park of the Monsters (Parco dei Mostri), is a monumental complex located in Bomarzo, in the province of Viterbo, in northern Lazio.

The gardens were created during the 16th century. They are composed out of a wood located at the bottom of a valley beneath the castle of Orsini, and populated by sculptures and small buildings among the natural vegetation.