Thursday, 26 May 2016

Elephant Falls Asleep After Lullaby

Even though Faamai is a big elephant, every time she hears caretaker Lek sing a lullaby she still falls asleep at the Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand.

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(thanks Cora)

Meet 'Deadshot Mary,' A 1930s Undercover Cop Superstar

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On June 20th, 1938, pedestrians near Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan were treated to a scene right out of a dime store novel. A well-dressed middle-aged woman was fighting with a man, attempting to subdue him. He pushed her in the face, and she retaliated, knocking him into submission with a swing of her long strapped pocket book.

The man was lucky she did not use the gun tucked carefully into the folds of her dress. The man was a suspected jewel thief, and his captor was an undercover policewoman with the press sobriquet of 'Deadshot Mary.'

The Eater Guide To The Whole Entire World

Tapas at the bar in Barcelona, perfect roast goose in Hong Kong, dinner in a vineyard outside Melbourne, and brunch on a terrace in São Paulo - when we travel now, we travel to eat. But global restaurant-hopping goes beyond that perfect iconic essential dish: Restaurants and bars are an opportunity to slip into daily life and experience a city's unique rhythm.

The Eater Guide tapped dozens of local experts to open the doors to the best, the coolest, the weirdest and most inspiring culinary experiences a traveler can have.

How Long Would It Take To Fall Through The Earth?

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Find Your Career In The House-Building Industry

A video created by the National House-Building Council in the UK. The video, created using animated Lego, has been produced to encourage youngsters and educate them about the hundreds of roles in the house-building industry.

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(thanks Mike)

The Best Whiskey Stones Of 2016

Whether you're a novice or experienced whiskey drinker, chances are you've at least heard of whiskey stones. Whiskey stones can be put in a freezer and later used in place of ice cubes to chill alcoholic beverages without diluting.

These were first introduced around 2007. Most whiskey stones feature a semi-polished finish, retaining the soft look of natural soapstone, while others are highly polished.

(thanks Ross)

Why That Stupid Song Is Stuck In Your Head And How to Get It Out

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It's usually just a single line of a song going around and around in your head that just won't stop. That nasty little earworm can keep you awake especially when you really need to sleep and can become the idiotically repetitive soundtrack to everything you do.

According to research, 98% of individuals experience earworms. Women and men experience the phenomenon equally often, but earworms tend to last longer for women and irritate them more.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016


Jller is a machine that sorts pebbles from a specific river by their geologic age. The stones were taken from the stream bed of the German river Jller, close to the city of Ulm.

A set of pebbles from the Jller are placed on the 2x4 meter platform of the machine, which automatically analyzes the stones in order to then sort them. Starting from an arbitrary set of stones, this process renders the inherent history of the river visible.

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The Crooked House Of Himley

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The Crooked House is a curious little attraction and a local watering about 4 miles west of Dudley, in South Staffordshire, England. One end of the house is four feet shorter than the other. The lost height went into Himley's sinking ground, a side effect of decades of coal and iron ore mining in the area.

When the house was built in 1765, originally as a farmhouse, it stood erect as any normal building would. But as mining progressed, the land became unstable causing sections of the ground to collapse. Many buildings sank into the ground or moved, but the Crooked House moved more than the others.


11 days, 8 nights.

(via Bad Newspaper)

Star Wars Dating Profiles

Let's take a light hearted look at what the dating profiles of some of Star Wars' most memorable characters might look like, from those on both sides of The Force.

Mongolia's Nomads: Herding Life

This video portrays the life of two herders in Mongolia's northern province of Khovsgol. Both herders are proud of their lifestyle and eager to see their ancient tradition continue.

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(thanks Cora)

Backyard Bunkers Of The Blitz

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In 1938, with the outbreak of World War II on the horizon, Sir John Anderson was placed in charge of air-raid preparations in Britain. He commissioned engineers to design a cheap and simple shelter which could be distributed to the population.

Six feet tall, 6.5 feet long, and 4.5 feet wide, the corrugated metal shelters were a snug fit for a family of six. They were buried four feet under the owners' yards, their arched roofs covered with a layer of soil. Many chose to incorporate the shelters into their gardens, planting vegetables and flowers on top of them.

Formula 1 Match Ups

Formula One is famous for having some of the biggest rivalries in sport such as Senna and Prost, Hunt and Lauda and now with Hamilton and Rosberg. But what if we could take some of Formula 1's greatest drivers and match them up with the best of today? has done just that.

Here's an infographic of the some of the greatest of all time, Michael Schumacher go head-to-head with Ferrari new boy, Sebastian Vettel. The apprentice against the mentor with Lewis Hamilton taking on Niki Lauda. And finally who will come out on top when its father vs son?

(thanks Maura)

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Solution To The Grandfather Paradox

If you could travel back in time, and you killed your grandfather, would you be killing your future self? What do physics, complexity theory, and computer science have to say about this famous murderous time-travel paradox?

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13 Reasons Why 13 Is Considered The Unluckiest Number In The World

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Everyone knows that the number 13 is regarded as a bad omen, even if they don't happen to believe it themselves. However, do you know why 13 is considered such a harbinger of doom?

Teach A Taxi Driver New Tricks

Imagine if you were illegally turned away by a taxi or minicab. How would you feel? Upset? Angry? Embarrassed? UK charity Guide Dogs have just released their latest campaign video. The video raises awareness of the issues faced by people living with sight loss when taking a taxi or cab because they are with a guide dog.

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(thanks Mike)

Rarely-Seen Diamond-Shaped Portraits Of People

An amazing collection of rare diamond-shaped portrait photos of people before 1900.

Moments Of Puglia

They don't call Italy 'Il bel paese' - 'The beautiful country' - for nothing. The region of Puglia has much to offer. With numerous UNESCO sites, pristine beaches, and enchanting destinations.

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(thanks Cora)

The Surprise

The Surprise is a cinematic video from Interac Association, a Boyhood meets banking coming-of-age story about working for that dollar and reaping the benefits thereafter. It's a video that reminds us about a simple rule of life we often forget: that life is better when we use our own money.

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(thanks Jaime)

13 Incredible Science Facts You Probably Didn't Learn At High School

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We learn about some awesome science in high school - like Einstein's theory of relativity, the Periodic table, and DNA replication. But science definitely doesn't end at high school, and it's once you take your learning to the next level that things get really interesting. In no particular order, here are some mind-bendingly incredible facts that we didn't learn at high school.