Friday, 22 May 2015

The Dangers Of Selfie Sticks

Advertisement by Pizza Hut. The Big Flavor Dipper Pizza: you're gonna need a bigger selfie stick.

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Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel - The Oldest Chapel Of Le Puy, France

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Stepping through the doorway of the Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel to watch its cave-like interior is a mystical experience. Located in a place near Le Puy-en-Velay in France, the small chapel is a captivating little pilgrimage standing atop the zenith of a slender, obelisk-like volcanic formation.

It's the oldest chapel of Le Puy. However, the rock needle on which it is standing has been revered as a sacred place for thousands of years. It was the home to a prehistoric dolmen, which the Romans dedicated to god Mercury. The Christians later Christianized the place and sanctified the rock to St. Michael the Archangel, the patron of many high places across the Europe.

The Flower Forgiveness Quiz

You know you're in trouble. The question is, how do you adequately say 'I'm sorry' in your particular situation? Flowers are a classic gift for making up with a lover, but selecting an appropriate size is key. Give something too small and it may appear insincere, too large and your partner may wonder if there are more serious problems yet to be discovered.

ProFlowers made this quiz with common dating mistakes. Just choose one, or more, from the list and they'll suggest the best ways to turn anger into affection.

(thanks Julissa)

Timelapse Video Shows Bees' Entire Life Cycle In One Minute

It takes bees about three weeks to be fully born but a video posted by National Geographic Japan shortens that life cycle down to just over a minute.

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(thanks Cora, via BGR)

Choose To Smile

To mark the launch of a new campaign by Coca-Cola that is inspiring people to Choose Happiness, the brand has created a new heart-warming short film, Choose to Smile, reminding us about the power of a smile.

The film is based on the observation that before we learn to crawl, walk, or talk, we learn how to smile. It highlights the thought-provoking insight that children smile up to 40 times more than adults do. Somewhere along the way, smiling can be forgotten as we enter into adulthood.

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(thanks Laura)

This Is Why You're Terrible With Names

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There is a very simple reason why it's so easy for the names of new acquaintances to slip right out of your head within moments of being introduced: Names are kind of meaningless. Memory experts say that the more pathways back to a memory you have, the easier it becomes to retrieve that memory, and this just doesn't often happen naturally with names.

Sure, there may be family history or a great deal of sentimental meaning behind a person's first name, but when you meet someone at a party, there's no readily apparent reason why this guy should be named Mike and that guy should be named Max. Names are completely arbitrary, and hold no specific information in them.

10 Reasons We Shouldn't Leave Earth... Yet

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Humanity has flown people into outer space and landed them on the moon. We live in an age where we could go out and find other places to expand. But there are a few reasons we should continue to stay put, at least for a little while longer.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Smart Connecting Cars And Social Mobility

More and more people are drawn into the big cities of the world. Consequently, all of these cities have one challenge to face: Not enough parking space and very congested traffic, especially during rushhours. This becomes even more problematic when big cars are just used by single individuals.

Therefore, small, comfortable and safe cars are required and, in addition to that, the electric drive train provides possibilities to completely rethink what we know about individual transportation.

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Railways Restaurant

Great name for a restaurant.

(via Bad Menu)

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Antimatter

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Antimatter is the stuff of science fiction. In the book and film Angels and Demons, Professor Langdon tries to save Vatican City from an antimatter bomb. Star Trek's starship Enterprise uses matter-antimatter annihilation propulsion for faster-than-light travel.

But antimatter is also the stuff of reality. Antimatter particles are almost identical to their matter counterparts except that they carry the opposite charge and spin. When antimatter meets matter, they immediately annihilate into energy. There are still many facts about antimatter that will tickle your brain cells.

(via Look At This...)

Astra: The Girl Detection Billboard

German beer brewery Astra wants more women to drink beer. So, they made an advertisment only for women. The world's first illuminated billboard just for women, fitted with a camera and the latest gender detection software.

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Meikleour Beech Hedges: World's Largest Hedge

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The Meikleour Beech Hedge is located right besides A93 Perth-Blairgowrie road, north of Perth and south of Blairgowrie, in Scotland. This solid wall of beech trees is the tallest and longest hedge in the world, as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.

The hedge was planted in 1745 by Robert Murray Nairne and his beloved wife Jean Mercer, on the estate of the Meikleour House, which lies half a mile to the west of the hedge and whose eastern boundary it defines.

New Evidence May Solve Mystery Of America's Huge Ancient City

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Researchers have long debated the reasons behind the rapid rise and swift disappearance of Cahokia, a sprawling, ancient city-state near the modern city of St. Louis. Now an analysis of sediment cores reveals that the city's ups and downs correspond to the timing of Mississippi River megafloods, according to a recent study.

Where Exactly Is Anne Boleyn's Body?

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Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII. In 1536 she discovered her husband was having an affair with Jane Seymour, one of her ladies in waiting. Some believe the shock and betrayal caused Anne to suffer a miscarriage in early February.

The birth of a healthy male baby probably would have saved Anne's life, but since she was unable to produce a male heir to the throne, her husband decided to simply replace her. She was imprisoned in May and later that month executed. To add insult to all of this injury, no one bothered to give Anne a proper burial.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Baby Panda Meets Her Mother For The First Time

Zookeepers in Taipei, Taiwan's zoo introduced a month-old baby panda cub to her mother.

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(via 22 Words)

How To Pronounce Parmesan In American English

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Parmesan cheese is a type of cheese inspired by Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese from Parma, Italy. It doesn't seem very difficult to pronounce Parmesan in American-English. But if you really want to know how to pronounce Parmesan, go to this site of Cambridge Dictionaries Online and click on the button to hear the US pronunciation of the word.

(thanks Cora)

Bridge Closure

Narrowing that date down.

(via Bad Newspaper)

Hottest And Coldest Places On Earth

It's summer again here in the Northern Hemisphere. But however high the thermometers climb this year, the temperatures will pale in comparison to some of the hottest places on earth. And however cold it might get in the depths of winter, some places can get so cold that the freezing point is considered tropical?

This infographic by GB Energy Supply shows the Hottest and Coldest Places On Earth.

(thanks Ton)

Lonely Island

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(thanks Cora)

Five Trillion Pieces Of Plastic Are Floating In An Ocean Near You

In December, a consortium of 12 research institutions published some of the first numbers on global ocean plastic pollution. By their calculation, almost 300,000 tons of plastic swirl near the surface of our seas today.

The estimate is lower than expected. It doesn't include plastic that has sunk to the seafloor or been eaten by animals, for example. Marcus Eriksen, director of research at the Five Gyres Institute, and his team made a model of ocean plastics' whereabouts and created a zoomable map of what they term 'plastic smog.'

Are We Products Of Nature Or Nurture?

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The age-old question of whether human traits are determined by nature or nurture has been answered, a team of researchers of the University of Queensland and the VU University of Amsterdam say. Their conclusion? It's a draw.

By collating almost every twin study across the world from the past 50 years, researchers determined that the average variation for human traits and disease is 49% due to genetic factors and 51% due to environmental factors.