Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The History Of One Of The World's Most Popular Food

Pizza is one of the world's most popular food. The modern pizza was invented in Naples, Italy, and the dish and its variants have since become popular in many areas of the world.

Why The Cats On The Isle Of Man Have No Tails

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In the towns dotted across Britain's Isle of Man, you can sometimes spy a particularly eye-catching resident. It is a cat seemingly like any other, only missing something: its tail.

The animal has captured the hearts of pet owners both on the island and much further afield. In fact, there are now far more Manx cats in North America than on the island where they originated.

The Highland Games

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Scotland's Highland Games first became regular events in the Victorian period. The main event of the games is, to this day, the daunting feat of strength known as the caber toss. A tosser hefts a long wooden log called a caber, which can be up to 20 feet long and weigh 175 pounds.

Cupping one tapered end in his hands and balancing the caber upright against his shoulder, the tosser must run forward and heave it with all his strength to make it flip over and land upright on its opposite end.

Fastest Mobility Scooter

David Anderson and Mathew Hine added a Suzuki engine and go-kart wheels to a mobility aid and achieved a blinding speed of 173.16 km/h (107.6 mph).

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Ancient Greek Sculpture Shows A Woman Using A Laptop Computer

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Internet conspiracy theorists are buzzing with excitement about a grave sculpture dating back to about 100 BC, probably from the Greek island of Delos. The sculpture shows a woman using a laptop computer. It's been passed around various collectors for the past few centuries, but is now housed at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Are You A Morning Person Or A Night Owl

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Are you a morning person or a night owl? The answer may be written in your DNA. A study of nearly 90,000 people who had their genomes sequenced by the consumer genetics company 23andMe has identified 15 versions of genes that are linked to reports of being an early or a late riser.

The findings, which were published in the journal Nature Communications, could improve our understanding of how our bodily clocks work - both in healthy people and in those of us with sleep disorders.

The World's Weirdest Urinals

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Avant-garde artist Marcel Duchamp changed the art world forever in 1917, when he included a urinal in an art exhibition adorned only with his signature. With that controversial act, he unleashed the potential for mundane, ordinary objects to be art - in the right context.

Since Duchamp's time, creators all over the world have thought about ways to elevate the humble urinal into gorgeous, surreal, occasionally terrifying and sometimes astonishing works of art.

(via Neatorama)

Monday, 8 February 2016

Billboard's 'Hot Rap Songs' Chart (1989-2015)

Listen to the Hip Hop's Billboard top 10 songs since 1989, mashed proportionate to their weeks at number #1.

Who's Who On A Movie Crew

A movie crew is a group of people hired by a production company for the purpose of producing a film or motion picture. These crew members all have titles. Like dolly grip, best boy, greensman, gaffer and unit manager. But what exactly do they do?

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(via Neatorama)

10 Surprising Facts About American Muscle Cars

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The 1960s and 1970s might have produced the wildest and rarest muscle cars packing giant torque-rich V-8s, but the 1980s brought its share of powerful machines to the street, too - cars that were quick and met the more stringent emissions controls. And behind the horsepower there are some surprising stories.

Fast-Food Items That Contain A Shocking Amount Of Hidden Sugar

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Sugar has become a problem. According to the World Health Organization, the maximum daily amount of sugar consumed should be less than 10% of your daily caloric intake. Avoiding it can be harder than you think.

There are unassuming menu items at major food chains that have surprising amounts of sugar in them, many way above the daily recommended amount.

If The Moon Was At The Same Distance As The International Space Station

See what it would look like if the If the Moon was at the same distance as the International Space Station.

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1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti Breaks Auction Sale At €32 Million

A 1957 Ferrari driven by the great British motor racers of the 1950s broke the record for the world's most expensive racing car sold at auction after
fetching just over €32 million (£24.7 million, $ 35.7 milion) last Friday.

Only four Ferrari 335 S Spider Scagliettis were ever produced, and this one had been in the hands of a private French collector for more than 40 years.

Top 10 Strangest Norse Myths

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In recent years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has characterized the Norse as majestic beings whose adventures are purposeful and dramatic. In the original myths, though, their adventures were often extremely strange.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Bose's Incredible Electromagnetic Car Suspension System In Action

Bose spent 24 years developing the ultimate suspension system that offered a super smooth, magic-carpet like ride. It was a technical success but a commercial flop.

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(thanks Cora)

What Is El Niño, And Why Does It Have Such A Big Impact?

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El Niño has taken on an almost legendary quality, entering the collective mind of the public in the late 1990s as an epic weather pattern. Developing countries dependent upon agriculture and fishing, particularly those bordering the Pacific Ocean, are the most affected.

But what is El Niño, and why does it have such a big impact?

Traveling Circus

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In the early decades of the 20th century, traveling circuses were a thrilling and welcome sight in the small town of Strabane, Northern Ireland. Four circuses in particular visited from 1910 to 1911: Scott's Circus, Hanneford's Canadian Circus, Duffy's Circus and Buff Bill's American Circus.

Though the dim lighting inside the big top tent prevented images from being made of the acts in progress, local photographer H.F. Cooper was able to take pictures of the clowns, acrobats and animals outdoors, as they rehearsed their acts and mingled with the excited townsfolk.

The World Sings Adele's 'Hello'

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(thanks Alberto)

Trick Shots By Riley Dashwood

Riley Dashwood lives in Melbourne, Australia. At the age of only 6, she's already become a master trick shot artist.

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(via Neatorama)

The Historic Neighborhood Of Punda

Punda was the first area in Willemstad in Curaçao to be colonized by the Dutch, and today has become famous for the superb condition of its colorful, 18th-century buildings. When it was originally settled, this neighborhood was called 'De Punt' ('The Point'), a name which eventually evolved into Punda.

Willemstad's most historic buildings are found at Punda, from Fort Amsterdam and the Fortkerk to the Mikvé Emmanuel-Israel Synagogue. And the Handelskade is a collection of multi-colored buildings along the waterfront, which has become Curaçao’s most emblematic image.