Thursday, 26 March 2015

Taking Pictures

During a day at the park, two photographers connect over their love of taking pictures.

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(thanks Cora)

France Is Letting 14-Year-Olds Drive This Tiny Electric Car

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You're a freshman in high school, which puts you at the bottom of the social food chain. The opposite sex is endlessly confusing, and you need to beg your parents and older siblings for rides. Unless, that is, you live in France.

Then you just need to beg your parents to buy you a Renault Twizy, a $7,600 'car' that 14-year-olds can now legally drive.

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(via Bad Menu)

A Town Named 'Zzyzx'

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About half way between Los Angeles and Las Vegas you'll come across an unusual exit sign directing you towards a rather oddly-spelled 'Zzyzx Road' (pronounced 'Zye-Zex'). The 4.5 mile-long, part paved and part dirt road leads you to an old health resort, now abandoned, called Zzyzx Springs.

Before Zzyzx became Zzyzx, it was called the Soda Springs. In 1944, Curtis Howe Springer purchased a mining claim on 12,800 acres of land surrounding the springs with the intention of building a Mineral Springs and Health Spa. He called the area Zzyzx, a name he had invented himself claiming it to be 'the last word in the English language.'

Time-Lapse Video Of Disneyland Park Construction

Time-lapse footage of Disneyland construction.

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(thanks Cora)

The 10 Most Beautiful Cars Money Can Buy

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Cars are more than just a means to get from point a to point b. They can be works of rolling automotive art. While beauty is without a doubt purely in the eye of the beholder, there are certain cars whose sleek lines, luscious curves, or sheer aggression make them universally loved. Here is the ultimate collection of automotive elegance on sale today.

(via Miss Cellania)

Mount Thor, Nunavut, Canada - Earth's Greatest Vertical Drop

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Mount Thor resides in beautiful Canada. The mountain sits on Nunavut's Baffin Island and is, hands down, the world's longest vertical drop. Mount Thor is a whopping almost 2,000 meters (that's a little under 5,000 feet) long vertically.

It's on a long line of the Baffin Mountains, making up a portion of the Arctic Cordillera Mountains. Officially known as Thor Peak, this mountain is the feat of the brave. Climbers come from all over to brace the chilly weather and hike up the jaw dropping granite of Mount Thor.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

PAK TA, The Russian Supersonic Transporter

According to a new design specification from the Military-Industrial Commission in Moscow, a transport aircraft, dubbed PAK TA, will fly at supersonic speeds and will boast an impressively high payload of up to 200 tons.

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(via Bad Newspaper)

Airport Codes

Every airport has a unique three-letter IATA code. Some make sense if you know the city or the name of the airport and others need some explanation. For example: Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands has the code AMS, which honors the nearby city of Amsterdam. But why does Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada, has YYZ?

Knowing what each IATA code stands for isn't super useful, but it sure can be fun.

(via Nag on the Lake)

Domestic Cats Colour And Pattern Charts

Domestic cats have a rich variety of coat patterns and colors. The names given to these colors and patterns are based on genetic theory. These charts by Sarah Hartwell explain the names given to the possible colors and patterns.

'Eye of Odin' - Adventures Of The League Of STEAM

Will a cursed artifact ruin the Steampunk masquerade ball of the year? Find out in 'Eye of Odin' - the latest thrilling adventure from the League of S.T.E.A.M.!

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(thanks Trip)

What Goes Into Your Toilet Might Be A Literal Goldmine

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The waste in your body might not be as much of a waste as you think. At a meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers have announced that they are working on a way to extract tons of valuable metals from sewage.

A study published in Environmental Science and Technology earlier this year found that the waste from 1 million Americans might contain metal (including gold, silver, titanium, lead, and zinc) worth up to $13 million. With nearly 320 million people living in the United States, that's a substantial goldmine - if scientists can figure out how sift the valuables from the sludge.

The Jiggly History Of Jell-O

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Jell-O is a registered trademark of Kraft Foods for varieties of gelatin desserts, including fruit gels, puddings and no-bake cream pies. In 1897, in LeRoy, New York, carpenter and cough syrup manufacturer, Pearle Bixby Wait trademarked a gelatin dessert, called Jell-O.

He and his wife May added strawberry, raspberry, orange and lemon flavoring to granulated gelatin and sugar. Then in 1899, Jell-O was sold to Orator Woodward, whose Genesee Pure Food Company produced the successful Grain-O health drink. Part of the legal agreement between Woodward and Wait dealt with the similar Jell-O name.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sugar Vs. High Fructose Corn Syrup - What's The Difference?

Still to this day we hear so much talk about High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) being worse off than sugar so it's about time to turn our ears towards some science for some real answers.

It's pretty interesting just how similar sugar (Sucrose) and HFCS actually are in their chemical structures, and while there seems to be two different camps to this question, scientists have been settling towards one big warning that applies to both sugar and HFCS.

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(thanks Kirk)

'La Linea,' An Italian Animation Series From The 1970s And 1980s

La Linea is an Italian animated series that depicts the adventures of Mr. Linea, a character who is drawn with a single unbroken line. Created by animator Osvaldo Cavandoli, the series premiered on Italian television in 1972, originally as a single commercial for a housewares company.

Due to the popularity of the short, Cavandoli expanded the animation into a series that would ultimately include 90 episodes. Over the years La Linea aired in more than 40 countries around the world.

The Definitive Guide To Beer Glasses

A nicely crafted beer is a thing of beauty, but if you're pouring it into just any old grimy pint glass, you're not letting that brew reach its true potential. The right glass is key to getting every last boozy drop of pleasure.​

The Woman Emperor

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Wu Zhao (also known as Wu Zetian) was a Chinese sovereign, who ruled officially under the name of her self-proclaimed 'Zhou dynasty', from 690 to 705. She was the only female emperor of China in more than four millennia.

Wu was a concubine of Emperor Taizong. After his death she married his successor and ninth son, Emperor Gaozong, officially becoming Gaozong's furen (variously translated as 'empress', 'wife', or 'first consort') in 655, although having considerable political power prior to this. After Gaozong's debilitating stroke in 690, Wu Zhao ruled as effective sovereign until 705.

Dark Lord Funk - A Harry Potter Parody Of 'Uptown Funk'

Voldemort and his crew singing their own version of 'Uptown Funk' by Marc Ronson ft. Bruno Mars.

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(thanks Kyle)

A Stroller Trailer Lets You Run With A Kid In Tow

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Kids are already a pretty fantastic workout since they require constant attention, but if you find your fitness routine hindered by having to deal with a cumbersome stroller, you'll probably be intrigued by the KidRunner.

It's a new take on the stroller that's pulled instead of pushed, letting you easily bring your kids along for a run or a jog by strapping a mini U-Haul trailer to your belt.

Victorian Street Life In London

In 1876, six years after the death of Charles Dickens, the streets of the English capital still looked very much like the famous author had described. Poverty, disability and filth were everywhere: people lived a precarious and marginal existence working on the streets of London. Two men became determined to document this - and the book they produced shocked a nation.

Radical journalist Adolphe Smith conducted interviews with the poor and down and outs of London. The unique selling point of this book was his collaboration with photographer John Thomson. They stunned the British middle classes and made their book - Street Life of London - an immediate best seller.