Thursday, 20 November 2014

How To Pronounce Worcestershire Sauce?

Worcestershire sauce is pronounced 'Woostershur sauce.' In this video, Italian chef Pasquale Sciarappa struggles with the pronunciation of the name for this fermented liquid condiment.

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The Top 10 Words Invented By Writers

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Authorisms - neologisms coined by authors which have entered the wider language - have been enriching English for centuries. From Shakespeare to Joseph Heller, American freelance writer Paul Dickson selects the top 10 words invented by writers.

The United States Of Thanksgiving

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The New York Times scoured the USA for recipes for Thanksgiving that evoke each of the 50 states (and D.C. and Puerto Rico). Here are their picks for the feast.

(via Miss Cellania)

Timelapse Building Two Production Platforms And Jackets

GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland released a timelapse video of the construction of two gigantic gas oil production platforms and their jackets. The platforms were made in the yardfacilities of HSM offshore in Schiedam, the Netherlands. The platforms are already in use in the North Sea.

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(thanks Cora)

Top 10 Most Offensively Decadent Homes In The World

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For some an extension to the rear of the house or some decking will suffice. For others a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room are the stuff dreams are made of. Then there are those select, wealthy few, who have insatiable desires for glamour and decadence.

We're talking gold gilded toilet seats, marble floors throughout, elevators and live-in staff.
Here are the top 10 most offensively decadent homes in the world.

15 Unique And Cool Wedding Rings

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Wedding rings don't have to be boring bands, or regular old solitaires. No, wedding bands can be a reflection of your personality, even if your personality is extremely annoying.
Check out these 15 unique and cool wedding rings.

The Evolutionary Reason Why We Love Sitting By A Crackling Fire

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Relaxing in front of a crackling fire is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a cold winter evening. And now scientists know why. Watching a fire lowers blood pressure, according to new University of Alabama research. Our enjoyment of gazing at fire may be rooted in evolution, as the act of gathering around a fire dates back to prehistoric times.

The researchers found an average of a 5% decrease in blood pressure among participants who watched the fire with sound. The longer they watched the fire, the more relaxed they became.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Matryomin Ensemble 'Da' Plays Symphony No.9

The Matryomin is a single-antenna Theremin-type device mounted inside a Matryoshka doll. The Matryomin Ensemble 'Da' (consisting of 167 members) plays Beethoven's Symphony No.9 Boogie Woogie style. Recorded at the auditorium of Jiyugakuen Myonichikan in Tokyo.

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Why Do Dogs Bark?

That explains it!

(via Bad Newspaper)

10 Spectacular Radio Telescopes Around The World

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Radio telescopes can be found the world over. They are used in radio astronomy, the science of studying celestial objects such as galaxies and stars as well as more difficult to understand phenomena such as Masers and Pulsars.

They also collect and track data from space probes and satellites that we have shot up in to the atmosphere and space. Here are some of the more significant and - in terms of design - beautiful radio telescopes in the world.


Can you really imagine an empty London? What if a dramatic sudden epidemic occurred?

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(thanks Cora)

The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year Is... Vape

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As 2014 draws to a close, it's time to look back and see which words have been significant throughout the past twelve months. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014 is... vape.

Vape originated as an abbreviation of vapour or vaporize. The definition was added in August 2014: the verb means 'to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device,' while both the device and the action can also be known as a vape.

A Tiny Hamster Thanksgiving

A tiny hamster celebrates Thanksgiving with his friends including a fluffly rabbit, a rat, another hamster, and the return of his best friend Farley.

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The Moscow Metro Has Some Beautiful Stations

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The Moscow Metro has 195 stations and its route length is 325.4 km (202.2 mi). Opened in 1935 with one 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) line and 13 stations, it was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union.

The Moscow Metro is the busiest metro system outside of Asia, the world's busiest by daily ridership and the 6th longest in the world. Of those 195 stations many have interesting architecture and design that reflect the era they were built in.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Sand Bubbler Crab

Sand bubbler crabs are small crabs (the size of a fingernail) that live on sandy beaches in the tropical Indo-Pacific. During the low tide, they form inflated sand pellets that are disintegrated by the incoming high tide.

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(thanks Cora)

Gondar: The Camelot Of Africa

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When pre-twentieth century Africa is studied in schools it is the slave trade, its awful consequences and the later colonial Scramble for Africa of the nineteenth century which tend to attract the focus of both teachers and students.

Often overlooked is the only country which successfully resisted European incursion and retained its own sovereignty: Ethiopia. Perhaps its late twentieth century tragedies of famine and attendant local and civil wars do little to persuade the casual historian to look further in to its past.

The 110 Year-Old Light Bulb That's Never Been Turned Off

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The oldest lightbulb in continuous use was installed before the Wright Brothers took flight, is 110 years old, and is still as beautiful as the day she was born. In fact, it's likely the oldest electrical device in continuous use period.

In 1901, the Fire Department Hose Cart House in Livermore, California, installed a new modern technological marvel, one of the first electric carbon lightbulbs in town and invited anyone curious to stop by and witness this new invention.

The Sad Fates Of The World's Six Tallest Unfinished Buildings

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Building a house is stressful. Building a skyscraper is a nuclear bomb of stress, problems, and carefully-coordinated chaos that is closely tied to the economy, and that is easily derailed by war, politics, and financial downturns.

It's not an uncommon story. There are plenty of super-tall buildings that were proposed but never made it through to reality. Recently, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat looked at a unique subset of these failed projects that are especially interesting: Super-tall buildings that actually did begin construction, but were never completed.

Jingle Bellies

Kmart and Joe Boxer men's sleepwear present an amazing musical performance... on these lovable men's bellies.

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Top 10 Absurd Overreactions By Schools

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School rules are sometimes hilarious and sometimes extreme. What about a school that bans Christmas cards because they could lead to hurt feelings. Or a school that bans Birthday cakes. Or a school that bans hugging and handshakes to prevent violence.

Here are 10 Absurd Overreactions By Schools.

The One And Only Cabrio Gondola In The World

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Hiking and all is a lot of fun but there is no better way to 'climb' a mountain than on the Stanserhorn Cabrio Gondola. Each gondola has two floors which are connected by a spiral staircase. If you decide to take the ride on the top, open floor you will be treated to amazing views of the surrounding valleys and lakes.

(thanks Juergen)