Thursday, 21 August 2014

Speed Painting Artist

Watch this speed painting artist while he's working on the beach. You won't see what he painted until the very last seconds.

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Manul - The Cat That Time Forgot

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Have you ever wanted to take a trip through time to see what animals looked like millions of years ago? When it comes to cats there is little or no need. This beautiful specimen is a Manul, otherwise known as Pallas' Cat.

About twelve million years ago the Pallas' Cat was one of the first two modern cats to evolve and it hasn't changed since. The other species, Martelli's Cat, is extinct so what you are looking at here is a unique window in to the past of modern cats.

For Sale: Electric Wheel Chair Lift

Comes with patient.

(via Bad Newspaper)

The Sedlec Ossuary - The Art Of Human Remains

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The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones have in many cases been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. The reason why takes a little explanation.

No Humans Allowed At This Doggie Pool Party

Dogs splash and play in a bone-shaped pool at a 'country' doggie day care in Michigan.

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(thanks Cora)

How Many Capital Cities Do You Know?

Do you know your Dhaka from your Dakar? How many capital cities do you know?

(via Miss Cellania)

16 Out-Of-Context IKEA Instructions To Help You Live A Better Life

Printed without words, IKEA instructions are meant to be used around the globe. Someone in Tokyo can build his KLÄPPE swivel chair from the same booklet as a college kid in her Maryland dorm.

This saves the Swedish furniture manufacturer tons of money in printing costs, but it also serves a surprising purpose: Taken out of context, certain pages and details from IKEA instruction books can be interpreted as guides to living a fuller and more happy life.

Why Movie Dinosaurs Are Nothing Like The Real Thing

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Movie dinosaurs are almost as old as cinema itself. But our big screen version of these prehistoric beasts may be very wide of the mark. Film and television-makers have turned these extinct prehistoric beasts into living icons of contemporary culture and shaped our thinking about every aspect of their appearance and behaviour.

The problem is, much of what they've taught us is wrong.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wild Cats VS Toilet Paper

Cats enjoy shredding paper products like toilet paper, tissues and paper towels. According to feline behavior experts, they do this as a way to relieve boredom. Do wild species of cats (servals/bobcats/lynx/ocelots) like to destroy toilet paper like their domestic cousins?

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(via Everlasting Blort)

8 Jaw-Dropping Photos Of Earth From Space

image credit: Gabriel Jorby

As satellite technology has improved over the last half-century, our view of Earth has gotten more and more breathtaking. Aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand has collected 150 incredible images from these and other satellites in a new book, Earth From Space.

The images in the book are paired with information and essays of environmental themes, such as pollution, desertification, urban sprawl, agriculture, and disasters. Here are 8 of these jaw-dropping photos.

Rollin' Bones: The History Of Dice

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Dice have been used since before recorded history, and it's uncertain where they originated. The oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set at the Burnt City, an archeological site in south-eastern Iran.

The first dice throwers weren't gamers, though. They were religious shamans who used astragali (talus bones), as well as sticks, rocks, or even animal entrails, for divination, the practice of telling the future by interpreting signs from the gods. How did these early dice make their way from the shaman to the layman?

Is It OK To Pee In The Ocean?

Peeing in the ocean: Many have done it, but few admit to it. Fortunately for beachgoers everywhere, the latest episode of Reactions (a series from the American Chemical Society) explains why, from an environmental perspective, it is absolutely OK to pee in the ocean.

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(thanks Elaine)

2014 Information Security Breaches Survey

A Department for Business Innovation and Skills market survey infographic made by Egress Software Technologies which highlights the data breaches and challenges facing organisations in 2014.

(thanks Paul)

Airplanes Look Like Epic Shooting Stars In The Air Traffic

Ever wondered what it's like in one of the busiest airports in the world? With a flight landing and taking off almost every minute during peak hours, it can get pretty insane.

Shoot a timelapse of that, and you get transported to a sci-fi world with shooting stars breaking into the atmosphere. Shot in the restricted runway area of Singapore Changi Airport.

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(thanks Cora)

19 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven was born in 1770 in Bonn, Germany. Beethoven would become a virtuoso pianist and canonical composer of dozens of symphonies, concertos for piano, piano sonatas, and string quartets.

Having performed brilliantly for much of his youth and into his early thirties, the musician would slowly lose his hearing and ultimately focus his efforts on composing alone. Here is a list of things you might not know about Beethoven.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Very strange video from Cyriak's channel.

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Is This The Weirdest Aircraft Ever?

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The Gyroptère - or monocopter - is even weirder than the beloved starfighter from Star Wars. It had a single blade - the long wing you can see in white - which rotated to lift it to the skies.

The Gyroptère was designed in 1913–1914 by Alphonse Papin and Didier Rouilly in France, inspired by a maple seed. Testing was delayed due to the outbreak of World War I and did not take place until 31 March 1915 on Lake Cercey on the Côte-d'Or. Unfortunately, the aircraft became unstable and the pilot had to abandon it, after which it sank.

How Addicted To Coffee Are You?

I like coffee. No, make that I love coffee. I always knew I was addicted to coffee and this quiz confirmed it. How addicted to coffee are you?

The Appennine Colossus

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Measuring about 35 feet tall, it's arguably the most spectacular feature of the gardens of Villa Medici at Pratolino, located about 7 miles north of Florence, Italy. Called 'the Appennine Colossus', it was created around 1580 by scultor Giambologna, born as Jean Boulogne.

This colossal sculpture recalls the figure of Atlas in Virgil's Aeneid, and also the architect Dinocrates' proposal to shape Mount Athos into a man in honor of Alexander the Great.

Airplanes Around Thunderstorms

Watch what happens when thunderstorms strike the world's busiest airport, Atlanta-Hartsfield.

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(thanks Cora)

A Brief History Of USB, What It Replaced, And What Has Failed To Replace It

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Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard developed in the mid-1990s that defines the cables, connectors and communications protocols used in a bus for connection, communication, and power supply between computers and electronic devices.

Like all technology, USB has evolved over time. Despite being called 'universal', in its 18-or-so years on the market it has spawned multiple versions with different connection speeds and many, many types of cables. The group of companies that oversees the standard is fully cognizant of this problem, which it wants to solve with a new type of cable dubbed Type-C.

28 Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked

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Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can't keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path.

Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination - they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There's nothing like a walk down a beautiful path to clear your head - or to fill it with ideas! Here's a collection of 28 amazing photos of paths.