Thursday, 29 September 2016

Patience

Patience is a clock which uses a human face to represent the passage of time. The eyes work in the same way as an analog clock's hands, with the right eye indicating hours and the left eye indicating minutes. The mouth opens and closes to represent seconds.



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10 Of The World's Rarest Gemstones

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There are roughly 200 varieties of natural gemstone known in the world today. Alongside the world's precious gems (diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald) are numerous semi-precious stones, some of which are so incredibly rare that their value outstrips many of the world's most valuable precious gems. Here are a few of the rarest gemstones from around the world.

Debunking The Myth Of The 'Real' Robinson Crusoe

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Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published on 25 April 1719. The story has been perceived to be based on the life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for four years on a Pacific island called 'Más a Tierra,' now part of Chile.

Today, not everyone is convinced th story was based on Selkirk. Many believe that Crusoe's story is a complex compound of all the other buccaneer survival stories.

Surveillance Photography Is Way Older Than You Think

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When did the surveillance state emerge? Maybe it was CCTV. Or the drones. The photos where you looked bad at a party and never wanted to be tagged on Facebook.

A lot of people would say, 'late 20th century.' But we've been spying on each other since the 19th century, since almost the invention of photography itself.

Coral Colors

Take a look at the movement and the enormous chromatic beauty of corals, a kind of marine animals that despite being one of the oldest animals on our planet, are mostly unknown.



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(thanks Cora)

SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

A teaser video of how Elon Musk's SpaceX wants to get humans on Mars.



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10 Insanely Difficult Languages To Master

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Not all languages are born equal. Some are significantly harder to learn than others. Here are the top ten hardest major languages to learn, from the 'very difficult' to the 'so difficult they'll make your head explode.'

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Pen Pineapple Apple Pen

Very strange song by Japanese comedian and singer-songwriter Pico Taro.



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All Hail The Pizza Saver, The Tiny Piece of Plastic Protecting Your Pie

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A pizza saver is a device used to prevent the top of a food container, such as a pizza box or cake box, from collapsing in at the center and touching the food inside. The pizza saver was the brainchild of a Carmela Vitale, a 46-year-old woman living in Dix Hills, New York on Long Island.

The First Encyclopedia By A Woman Contains The First Image Of A Pretzel

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Hortus Deliciarum is a medieval manuscript compiled by abbess Herrad of Landsberg at the Hohenburg Abbey in Alsace.

The Hortus Deliciarum is like a handbook of questionable firsts, standing as the first encyclopedia to be authored by a woman, as well as holding what may be the earliest depiction of a pretzel the world has ever seen.

The Man Who Made Up The Klingon Language

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In the 50 years since the original crew of the USS Enterprise set out on its mission, Star Trek has inspired generations of scientists, astronauts, civil rights leaders, engineers, and presidents. But don't forget linguists.

Star Trek crafted a fully developed tongue for the Klingons. 'It's given people a language awareness,' says Marc Okrand, the mind behind the Klingon language. 'You learn more about your own language by studying another one. Klingon has been a way to hook people into thinking about language.'

Laughing Horses

A Volkswagen ad about its trailer assist feature. A man tries to back a horse trailer into a spot at the stable. He's not very good at it. The horses find this hilarious.



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Airtime

Set in the desert of Dubai, the urban spaces of Hongkong or the stunning landscapes of Hawaii, Airtime is a drone film which chronicles a mix of travel experiences filmed across 12 countries over 7 months.



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(thanks Cora)

London's Deep Level Air Raid Shelters

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When the Second World broke out in Europe, and London became the prime bombing target, people began to pour into the platforms of the London Underground every night to escape the nightly bombings of the 1940 London Blitz.

As these underground sanctuaries became increasingly crowded, the British government decided to construct proper air raid shelters far below the ground.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

A Bear, A Lion And A Tiger Are Best Friends

Once kept as illegal pets, bear Baloo, tiger Shere Khan, and lion Leo share a brotherly bond despite how unbelievable it might seem. The trio cuddles and plays in their new home in Noah's Ark, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Atlanta, Georgia.



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(thanks Cora)

50th Wedding Anniversary


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Animals That Changed History

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Fleas, rats, dogs, cats, cattle, horses, the American bison and beavers. Just some of the animals that changed history.

12 Things You Might Not Know About T.S. Eliot

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Born in 1888, modernist poet and playwright Thomas Stearns Eliot is best known for writing 'The Waste Land.' But the 1948 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature was also a prankster who coined a perennially popular curse word, and created the characters brought to life in the Broadway musical 'Cats.' Here are a few things you might not know about T.S. Eliot.

What If Everyone Lived In Just One City?

What if everybody in the world, all 7.4 billion of us all lived together in the same city? How big or small would this city have to be and how close together or far apart would we all be living from each other?



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Berlin Marathon

A tilt-shift time-lapse film by Joerg Daiber. The annual Berlin Marathon in adorable miniature size. See thousands of runners floating the streets of Berlin like tiny ants.



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(thanks Cora)

Fictional Airlines


The world of fiction can be a weird and wonderful place and the fictional airlines that exist in TV programmes, Hollywood blockbusters and popular video games are no exception to this.

Look at this infographic from Just the Flight and decide how many of these fictional airlines you would choose to fly with. Fancy a long haul trip with Air Springfield to visit Homer and Marge? How about flying with Captain Oveur and Roger Murdock of Trans American Airlines?

(thanks Harry)