Sunday, 3 May 2015

Poopy Cat

To launch his company's range of biodegradable litter boxes, Thomas Vles from the Netherlands constructed a perspex kitty-mobile from an old bicycle, put in his two cats and cycled from Amsterdam to London. His company, called Poopy Cat, opened his first store in London last Tuesday.

The trip has been supported by 2 vets and the cats were and are always priority nr.1. If the cats were not comfortable in any way, Thomas made sure they could travel inside the attendant car.

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(thanks Cora)

Are Incomplete Sentences The New Thing Or...?

Sometimes a sentence doesn't end where you'd expect, but... And yet somehow, you still know what the writer intended, so.... This may be something you do all the time, or...

The Mud Brick Villages of Wadi Hadramaut And Wadi Dawan

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Yemen in a desert country located on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. With the exception of the costal plains in the west, Yemen is continuously elevated with high and dry mountains having jagged peaks and plateaus covering most of the country.

Yemen has no permanent rivers, but the highland regions are interspersed with several seasonal river valleys, called 'Wadi,' that remain dry in the winter months. The most notable among these are Wadi Hadhramaut and Wadi Dawan, in eastern and central Yemen.

What Is Jeopardy!?

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Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions.

The original daytime version debuted on March 30, 1964, and aired until January 3, 1975. A weekly nighttime edition aired from September 1974 to September 1975, and a revival, The All-New Jeopardy!, ran from October 1978 to March 1979. A daily syndicated version of Jeopardy! premiered on September 10, 1984, and is still airing, making it by far the program's most successful incarnation.

An Object At Rest

An Object at Rest follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia, facing nature's greatest obstacle: human civilization.

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(thanks Cora)

23 Car Hacks That Everyone Should Know

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A majority of adults drive cars, so why not make the trip from point A to point B - and the upkeep of your car - a little bit easier? These tips and tricks won't make you a certified mechanic or magically eliminate those people who can't seem to exert enough energy to slightly lift one finger and use their turn signal, but they can make general upkeep and travel a little bit less stressful.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Topping Tulips

Video showing a tulip farm in the Netherlands. Around the end of April lots of farmers are topping tulips (taking the tulip head or flower off) so the bulbs can get stronger before they are taken out of the ground during the summer months.

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(thanks Cora)

11 Charming Facts About French Bulldogs

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The French Bulldog is a breed of domestic dog. 'Frenchies' were the result in the 1800s of a cross between bulldog ancestors imported from England and local ratters in Paris, France. These cute little dogs are enjoying a serious comeback. Here's the scoop on this popular dog.

The Birth Of The Weather Forecast

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The man who invented the weather forecast in the 1860s faced scepticism and even mockery. But science was on his side. One hundred and fifty years ago Admiral Robert FitzRoy, the celebrated sailor and founder of the Met Office, took his own life.

Today FitzRoy is chiefly remembered as Charles Darwin's taciturn captain on HMS Beagle, during the famous circumnavigation in the 1830s. But in his lifetime FitzRoy found celebrity not from his time at sea but from his pioneering daily weather predictions, which he called by a new name of his own invention - 'forecasts.'

(via Miss Cellania)

Life Smartphone

Video about smartphone addiction.

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Angry Birds Go! - Party Mode

Angry Birds Go!, the downhill racing game from Rovio, now features a party mode where two players can play against each other on different devices connected through WiFi.

Though it's currently available as one-on-one, local multiplayer feature will evolve to allow group play. Never be alone again. Now you can play Angry Birds Go! with your friends.

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(thanks Laura)

The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

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At the height of the Cold War, a Soviet nuclear attack was a genuine threat and the United States decided that a defense program was needed that could protect the country's own intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities.

The first, and the only such site deployed, was the Stanley R. Mickelson Safeguard Complex that went up in Nekoma, North Dakota. The Safeguard complex became operational on October 1, 1975. Twenty-four hours later, Congress decided to shut the program down, deeming it militarily ineffective. Today, a couple of buildings and a giant, hulking pyramid is all that remains.

Friday, 1 May 2015

SpaceX Launches

Video showing a series of launches of the Falcon 9, as well as SpaceX's Grasshopper.

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(thanks Cora)

Dogs With Perfectly Square Or Round Haircuts Are All The Rage In Taiwan

A bizarre new dog grooming trend in Taiwan has dog owners giving their pet pooches square or round haircuts. Canine hairdressers all over Taipei are up to date on the special technique required for these eccentric makeovers.

It started with a few people opting for these haircuts and sharing their pets' photographs online, after which the trend caught on. Thousands of pet owners are now approaching salons, asking for their dogs' hair to be cut in geometric patterns.

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(via Bad Newspaper)

What Did The Romans Eat? Food And Drink In Ancient Times

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The Romans weren't always reclining at a table loaded with roasted ostriches, literally eating until they were sick. The 1,000-year and pan-European extent of Roman history takes in an enormous culinary range. Rome was a hierarchical society too, and the slave ate an enormously different diet from the master he served.

From Whale Jaws To Corsets: How Sailors' Love Tokens Got Into Women's Underwear

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We like to think of people in the 1800s as fusty prudes who were scandalized by the sight of an ankle. So it might surprise you to learn that in the early 19th century a young man in Europe or America, leaving his lover behind to join whale expeditions for 3-4 years at a time, might give his sweetheart a token of love she could wear inside her corset.

To remind his lady of his love, he'd pluck a whale bone or tooth from the waste pile, carve it into a corset busk, and etch or 'scrimshaw' it with coded symbols of his dreams for their life together.

(thanks Lisa)

7 Proven Steps To A Better Workday

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While making a big sale or launching a new project can transform an ordinary workday into a great one, there's also the other side of the coin to consider: boredom, burnout, and anxiety can make the hours drag on endlessly.

But you can minimize or even eliminate those problems by giving your daily routine a simple tune-up. Here are seven things you can do to make every day as satisfying as it can be.

30 Rare Color Photos Of the Russian Empire From 100+ Years Ago

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Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky (1863-1944) was a Russian chemist and photographer best known for his pioneering work in color photography of early 20th-century Russia.

Outfitted with a specially equipped railroad-car darkroom provided by Tsar Nicholas II and in possession of two permits that granted him access to restricted areas and cooperation from the empire’s bureaucracy, Prokudin-Gorsky documented the Russian Empire around 1909 through 1915. Here are 30 rare color photographs from Prokudin-Gorsky's amazing collection.