Monday, 3 August 2015

Train Wreck At Montparnasse

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On October 22, 1895, the express train from Granville to Paris was running late. Hoping to arrive on time, the driver increased the speed of the steam locomotive, which was carrying 131 passengers. As it entered the Montparnasse terminal, the train was traveling approximately 25 to 37 miles per hour.

The air brake either failed or was applied too late, and the conductor was too preoccupied with paperwork to throw the hand brake in time. The train crashed through the buffers at the end of the track, crossed the 100-foot concourse and burst through the wall of the station, tumbling onto the street below.

Neuroscience: Crammed With Connections

In a piece of brain tissue smaller than a dust mite, there are thousands of brain cell branches and connections. Researchers from Harvard University in Boston, MA have mapped them all in a new study appearing in Cell. They find some unexpected insights about how the cells talk to each other.



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The Smallest Post Office In The US Is The Size Of A Closet

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In 1953, the general store and post office of Ochopee, Florida burned down. So local residents converted an irrigation pipe shed on a tomato farm into a temporary post office. It stayed there and remains in business to this day.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Why Babies In Medieval Paintings Look Like Old Men

Why do babies in medieval art look so ugly and old? Phil Edwards talks with Matthew Averett, an art history professor at Creighton University, to learn why.



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Gnomesville - The Magical Place Where Gnomes Live

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Have you ever wondered where do gnomes actually come from? Gnomesville, Australia, of course! Gnomes have been around since the 16th century, according to recent written history. They are described as small, earth-dwelling creatures, often guarding mines and hidden treasures.

There's a legend that says a gnome was once wondering around the coast of Western Australia, when a strange magical force called him to this place, now known as Gnomesville, 30 minutes away from local city of Bunbury. It was not long until more and more gnomes followed in his footsteps. Now, thousands of gnomes quietly reside in this enchanted place.

55 Retro Advertising Posters Of Soviet Cars From The Past


Since the automotive industry in the Soviet Union was developed rather well, lots of advertisement campaigns had been created by car manufacturers.

A Brief History Of Hot Dogs

A beautiful animation about the history of hot dogs by Belgian LUCA School of Arts student Evert Van Houcke.



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Why Are Dogs So Insanely Happy To See Us When We Get Home?

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Unlike a certain companion animal that will go unnamed, dogs lose their minds when reunited with their owners. But it's not immediately obvious why our canine companions should grant us such an over-the-top greeting - especially considering the power imbalance that exists between the two species.

The Train To Heaven In Wroclaw

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The Train to Heaven is a monument depicting an old, real steam locomotive standing upright and pointing towards the sky, located at Strzegomski Square in Wroclaw, Poland. The 65-years-old engine was procured from a museum and erected here in 2010 by artist Andrzej Jarodzki.

The sculpture was commissioned by the city of Wroclaw and Wroclaw's developer company Archicom to commemorate its 20 years of commercial activity in the city. The monument is said to be the largest urban sculpture in Poland.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

The Red Witch

A geologist on Mars fights alone to uncover the planet's secrets before the green of terraforming covers it forever.



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Scarecrow Festivals In The UK

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Scarecrow festivals are held all over the world, but they are especially popular in the United Kingdom, where the use of scarecrows as a protector of crops date from time immemorial. In medieval Britain, scarecrows were young boys who were tasked with the responsibility of scarring away birds.

When the Great Plague of of 1348 wiped half the population in Britain, landowners couldn't find enough young boys to employ as bird scarers to protect their crops. So they stuffed sacks with straw, carved faces in turnips or gourds, and made scarecrows that stood against poles. Bird scarers continued to patrol British fields until the early 1800s when new factories and mines opened up and offered children better paying jobs.

The 30 Most Colorful Buildings In The World

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Be gone, boring no-color bricks. Here are 30 of the most vibrant, colorful buildings from around the world. After you look through these, you might end up turning your home into a version of your own technicolor dream.

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The Dog Meets The Dog Of Wisdom

Weird video by animator Joe Gran.



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(thanks Cora)

If My Dogs Were A Pair Of Middle-Aged Men


Great comic by The Oatmeal. If My Dogs Were A Pair Of Middle-Aged Men.

10 Drowned Towns You Can Visit

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There are so many places lost beneath the waves around the world, you could create an alternate atlas of watery wreckages. But during the 20th century, the number of towns underwater increased exponentially as hydroelectricity projects submerged some to create power for many.

These drowned towns were intentionally flooded behind new dams, their buildings removed or dismantled, and their residents displaced. In recent years, droughts have allowed some of these towns to re-emerge. Others remain underwater. Here are 10 haunting waterworlds.