Saturday, 3 October 2015

Incredible Street Drummer In Amsterdam

The amazing Dario Rossi who makes Techno-like music by drumming on stuff he finds. Italian born Dario Rossi uses pots, pans, woks, buckets, and trays. Filmed in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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(thanks Cora)

Love Letters

Tinmouse Animation was asked by Myton Hospice to produce an animation showing the amazing work that Myton nurses do. Love Letters tells the true story of lifelong love that Lily, an elderly lady in the care of Myton, had for her husband Albert. It was her lasting wish to hear the words of her husband once more through all the letters that he had written whilst they were courting.

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(thanks Tom)

The Limbless Magician Of 18th Century London

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Matthias Buchinger (1674-1740) was a German artist, magician and illustrator, born without hands or legs. Despite his handicap Buchinger was an accomplished magician, causing balls to disappear from under cups and birds to appear from nowhere.

It was also said Matthias Buchinger was unbeatable at cards and would dazzle audiences with his amazing displays of marksmanship. Buchinger liked to build ships in a bottle. He had tremendous dexterity, in spite of his disability.

Introducing A New Superhero - Braaad Pitt

Video made for Campaign For Wool. Two lamb siblings vie to become the next 'Braaad Pitt' heartthrob by pitting their anti-flammable credentials against one other.

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(thanks Lee)

Who Let 'Who Let The Dogs Out Out?'

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An interesting story about the history and possible origin(s) of a musical hook which consists of the phrase 'Who let the dogs out' in combination with the sound of dogs barking.

Top 10 Train Station Restaurants In Europe

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The romance and frisson of rail travel are the perfect accompaniments to these superb dining experiences in Europe's top train station restaurants.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Woman Asks Bear Not To Eat Her Kayak. Bear Eats Her Kayak

During a solo kayak trip, intended to go from from Ketchikan, Alaska to Petersburg, Alaska, a bear attacked Mary Maley's kayak. The incident occurred outside of a US Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay, Wrangell District, Alaska.

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Popeye And The Great Spinach Myth

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Everyone knows Popeye the sailor. And everyone knows his secret. Whenever the cartoon sailor is on the verge of a fight, he squeezes open a can of spinach, pours the greens down his throat, and uses his muscles to pummel his opponent.

Few people know that the U.S. government is directly responsible for Popeye's dependence on the canned green vegetable. In the 1930's, America was mired in the Great Depression. The U.S. government was looking for a way to promote iron-rich spinach as a meat substitute. To help spread the word, they decided to hire one of America's favorite celebrities, Popeye the Sailor Man.

10 Incredible Meteors People Caught on Video

Emerging from the clear blue sky often without warning, meteors have been thought to be both harbingers of doom and up until the 19th century, a source of heated controversy over whether they even existed. The Earth is pockmarked by sites of devastating strikes.

Yet whenever someone gets lucky enough with their scientific video equipment, time lapse camera, or even their dashcam, they have a video that people the whole world over will often appreciate.

The Crumbling Ruins Of 'Shwe Inn Thein' Pagodas Of Indein, Myanmar

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On the western bank of Inle Lake, in the heart of Myanmar's jungles, lies the small village of Indein with hundreds of ancient pagodas of many shapes and sizes and in various states of ruin. Some of them have been restored, but most are in the crumbling state overgrown with bushes.

The village is reached only by boat through the Inn Thein creek, a long narrow foliage-cloaked canal. The scenic boat ride from Inle Lake can be made only in the rainy season and winter, and not in summer as the water becomes too shallow.


Aerial drone and time lapse compilation. Southern Iceland landscapes and the northern lights.

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(thanks Cora)

The Best Ways To Get to Work, According To Science

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Commuting affects your mental health, your physical health, and even the way you think about other people. And these changes are more profound than you might think. The average commuter spends about an hour a day heading to and from work, but plenty spend as much as three hours commuting.

Those hours we spend in the car can have profound psychological and physical impacts on us. A growing body of research shows that there are far more nuanced problems with driving than the ones you've probably heard about.

20 Most Beautiful Cliffs In The World

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Whether next to the coast or in mountainous regions, few things make for more dramatic and awe inspiring sights than cliffs. Natural erosion and weathering, along with the different sedimentary rocks that form cliffs ensure that few of these natural wonders look the same.

Some offer near vertical drops while others provide a great vantage point for viewing their beautiful surroundings, but all these following cliffs are worth the trip to see.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Coconut Crab Opening A Coconut

It is not a myth that coconut crabs (Birgus latro) are able to open coconuts, but it may take them several hours to do so. Once they have removed the outer husk, they access the coconut via the germination pores.

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(thanks Cora)

Punt Gun

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If you happen to think killing two birds with one stone is a bit inefficient, or you have to deal with a zombie apocalypse, you might be interested in a special type of gun known as a 'punt gun,' that used to be somewhat common among commercial waterfowl hunters.

What's so special about this gun? It is capable of killing upwards of 50-100 birds in a single shot. They were too heavy and the recoil too strong for a hunter to fire them by hand. Instead, they were (usually) mounted to small, often flat bottomed, boats known as 'punts.'

(via Nag on the Lake)

The Ride That Makes Astronauts Sick

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Want to train for space or the rigours of modern military flight? You might have to climb into a 60-year-old centrifuge still putting pilots through their paces.

50 Names For London

As Shakespeare once almost said, London by any other name would smell as rank. The capital, in fact, has many names, both historic and modern. The French, Spanish and their former colonies plump for the familiar Londres, while the Italians favour Londra.

In more far-flung lands, the Maori's know London as Ranana, while native Hawaiians might speak of Lākana. The home nations show perhaps the most variation, with offshoots of Celtic yielding Londain, Loundres, Llundain and others.

FaceTime With Family

Vincent catches up with his family through FaceTime. Written and performed by Vincent Moore.

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When Tea Is As Sweet As Soda: Sugary Tea Around The World

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Sugar and tea have a love story that goes way back. Tea, especially black tea, is bitter. A lot of people decided it tasted better with sugar and made a habit out of adding it.

Plenty of tea lovers around the world concur that sugar adds sustenance and flavor: From Morocco to Taiwan to Germany to Iraq to the Deep South of the U.S., you'll find tea so sweet it'll make you wince if you're not used to it.

What Kinds Of Life Forms Could Actually Live On Mars?

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This week, NASA reignited our hopes of finding alien life when it announced the first direct evidence of liquid water on Mars. But before we start indulging in fantasies of space crabs and reptilian beings, we ought to remember that Mars is a frigid world with a thin atmosphere. And that raises an obvious question: What sorts of life forms could actually live there?

Any life on Mars today is almost certainly microbial, but beyond that, we can't be sure of anything until we actually dig it up and study it. Still, we can make some educated guesses about the nature of Martian life, by taking a deep dive into some of the weirdest biology on planet Earth.