Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Frog TV

An army of frogs gathering around a smartphone playing a video of worms.

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(via Laughing Squid)

Top 10 Cruel, Bizarre Curses

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Ötzi the Iceman was found in the Alps between Austria and Italy in 1991. Since his discovery, seven people who found him died in the most unusual circumstances. One was killed in a car crash, one died in an avalanche, one died of brain cancer and one went missing for 8 days and was eventually found laying face down in a stream after jumping off a 300 foot cliff.

Here are ten cruel, bizarre curses that have rocked this world and make superstitious people even more superstitious than they were before.

Eyes Wide Shut

In 1947 Life Magazine asked some famous comic strip artists to draw their famous characters while wearing a blindfold. The results are interesting.

Face Mites Live On All Adults, Study Suggests

The faces of all adults are home to microscopic eight-legged creatures, a new study suggests. Face mites are just half a millimetre long, have eight legs, and look a bit like a 'see-through caterpillar,' says CBC's Torah Kachur.

Face mites are not visible to the human eye. They're semi-transparent, they have eight legs, they kind of look like a tiny see-through caterpillar.

The Longest Usable Golf Club

If you ever wondered what the longest usable golf club looks like, now is your chance to catch a glimpse of it in action. Karsten Maas from Denmark has made a super-sized 4.37 meters long (14 foot 5 inch) club and has used it to achieve drives of over 165 metres (541 feet).

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5 Amazing Countries You Know Nothing About

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What do you know about Mozambique, Curacao, Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Vanuatu.
Here are 5 amazing countries you know nothing about. Well, maybe you do!

13 Of The Best Cities In The World To Eat Street Food

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Street food is still something of a novelty in some cities. For all their recent ubiquity in major urban areas, they are still the exception not the norm. It's a bit different elsewhere in the world, especially in Asia where street food is often an integral part of the local cuisine.

This is where you get to eat with the locals, like a local, sans all pretensions. That street food is also cheap and conveniently available is what makes it all the more popular among travelers. So from Bangkok to New Delhi to Paris, here's a look at some of the best cities in the world to sample local cuisines without even leaving the road.

Monday, 22 September 2014

A Woman's Life

South Korean illustrator Seok Jeong Hyeon captures a woman's aging process from babyhood to old age, in a single digital 'live' drawing.

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(via 22 Words)

A Very Special Department

(via Bad Newspaper)

10 Most Expensive Cars in the World

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Some cars are designed just to get you from point A to point B. Some cars are designed to get you from point A to point B really fast. And then there are cars designed with such lavish style and breath-taking performance that point B doesn't even matter anymore - just driving it is the point.

They are built with a level of luxury that most of us will never even see in person, let alone get the chance to own. Here are the 10 most expensive cars in the world.

(via Dark Roasted Blend)

Karlu Karlu - The Devil's Marbles

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The Devil's Marbles or Karlu Karlu, as they are known by the local Warumungu Aboriginals, are a collection of massive granite boulders strewn across a shallow valley, south of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, Australia. They are one of the most widely recognized symbols of Australia's outback.

Formed by erosion over millions of years, the Devil's Marbles are made of granite. Some of the boulders are naturally but precariously balanced atop one another or on larger rock formations, while others have been split cleanly down the middle. Although they appear to have been carefully placed, these boulders actually formed on the ground they stand by erosion of rock that reached the surface from below.

Alkmaar Then And Now

A 'then and now' comparison showing the Dutch city of Alkmaar in 1914 and in 2014. It was created by Dutch photographer Frits de Beer and Tara Rikkers and Michael de Vreugd. Finding many of the locations in the original movie turned out to be a challenge. Some locations were gone, while others have had drastic changes that made them hard to identify.

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(thanks Cora)

Meet Lonesome George, The Face Of Extinction

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More than 20,000 species of plants and animals around the world are currently under threat of extinction, and hundreds vanish each year. We don't always know the exact time of extinction, but for the Pinta Island giant tortoise, the date was June 24, 2012.

On that day, Lonesome George - the Galapagos Island tortoise now on display at the American Museum of Natural History, and the last known member of his species - died of natural causes. With him, his species, Chelonoidis abingdoni, vanished.

35 Food Markets From Around The World

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Here are 35 food markets from around the world to put on your travel bucket list.

(via Everlasting Blort)

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Panama Canal Ship Accident

Panama Canal tow train (called a mule) being crushed as it was pulling a container ship on April 03, 2014. No one was harmed.

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(thanks Cora)

Live Earthquake Mashup

The Live Earthquake Mashup enables you to view live earthquake data from several sources. The events are shown simultaneously on a timeline and a map, provided by Google Maps.

The selected data feed is reloaded every five minutes. You may move the timeline and the map as you like. If you click on a marker in either of the two, an info window will open with detailed information on the event, and a link to more information on the website of the feed provider.

Why Is Mars Red?

Mars is known as the 'Red Planet,' but is it really red? This 60-second video answers one of the most frequently asked questions about our planetary neighbor.

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New York City's 11 Most Accessible Ruins

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With space at a premium and construction at a fever pitch, ruins in New York City usually don't last long. But sometimes an abandoned property falls through the cracks - maybe it's a historic structure, or it's in a remote location, or its ownership is unclear.

The developer's loss, though, is the urban explorer's gain, and some are surprisingly easy to get access. Here are eleven of New York City's most explorer-friendly ruins.

Naqsh-i Rustam - Incredible Reliefs Of Persian Empires

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Most people have heard of the ancient city of Persepolis in Iran. Yet just north of the metropolis of antiquity is a sheer cliff, known as Naqsh-i Rustam. Here, in the second millennium BCE, work began on a quite staggering series of rock reliefs which - even today - have the ability to awe in terms of their size and the staggering amount of work which must have been involved in their creation.

20 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Cosby Show'

The Cosby Show was an American television sitcom which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. Did you know that in Bill Cosby's original pitch, he played a limousine driver, and Clair was a union plumber. Or that Cosby's iconic sweaters were the work of Dutch fashion designer Koos Van Den Akker.

Here are 20 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Cosby Show'.