Wednesday, 29 June 2016

M. C. Escher And The Droste Effect

Maurits Cornelis Escher was a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. The Droste effect is the effect of a picture appearing within itself, in a place where a similar picture would realistically be expected to appear.

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The Mysterious Origins Of The Sausage

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The ubiquity of sausages makes it hard to trace its first moments on Earth; sausages were a solution to a problem that every culture was likely to come up against.

Sausages were created originally for two reasons: One, to make use of every little piece of the meat, so nothing is wasted, and two, by using salt and smoking, it was a way to preserve it.

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Rainbow Corn Actually Exists. Here's How

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Glass Gem corn, a unique variety of rainbow-coloured corn, became an Internet sensation in 2012 when a photo of the sparkling cob was posted to Facebook.

The story of Glass Gem corn begins with an Oklahoma farmer named Carl Barnes. Barnes, now in his 80s, is half-Cherokee. He began growing older corn varieties in his adult years as a way to reconnect with his heritage.

The Floating Piers By Christo And Jeanne-Claude

Opening day of Christo's Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy, June 18th, 2016.

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Aliens Attack! Invasive Lionfish Arrive In Mediterranean Sea

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Venomous lionfish are striking to look at, with bold stripes and flowing, sail-like fins. However, scientists are paying especially close attention to the fish not for their beauty, but for their ability to invade ecosystems where they have no natural predators.

A new study shows that the first wave of a lionfish invasion has struck in the Mediterranean Sea, a region where these fish had not been established before. In just one year, lionfish have colonized nearly all of Cyprus' southeastern coast.

23 Essential Suit Rules For Men

Knowing how to wear a suit and making it look good is easily within your reach. Once you see a proper suit compared to an ill-fitting one, the little details will start to stand out to you.

These subtle details of a suit can add up to have a dramatic impact on the final appearance. Follow these 23 essential suit rules so you can wear a suit and style it with confidence.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Scaredy Swan

The story of a swan that´s afraid to get into the water, and the help a bee gives him in joining his six friends.

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20 Heroes, Villains, Aliens, And Monsters Who Ran For President

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We all have politics on the brain nowadays, but regardless of your political leanings or feelings about the candidates, it's worth remembering that it could be weirder. Here's a list of the best, the worst, and the strangest beings who tried to take residence in the White House.

Airplanes Landing Simultaneous

A pair of airplanes landing simultaneously on parallel runways at San Francisco International Airport.

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The Solar System's Five Most Livable Places

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If the world is going to hell, where would you go? Elon Musk has staked much of his fortune on SpaceX and its relentlessly pursued goal of colonizing Mars. But Mars is not the only place humans could go.

There are other worlds in the Solar System where humans could walk without space suits, find ample energy, or even swim in subsurface oceans. None of these places are remotely as habitable as Earth. Here's a guide to the five-best options for DIY colonists.

Fairytale Castles

A compilation of Europe's most beautiful fairy tale castles and palaces.

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(thanks Cora)

Grow Your Own Superfood Garden

An infographic that explores the supreme health benefits of some of the most nutritious foods that you can grow in your own garden, as well as showing how long they take to grow and the companion plants that help them on their way.

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Animated Version Of 'The Scream'

The classic painting 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch is brought to life in a fantastic animation directed by Sebastian Cosor of Safe Frame, perfectly set to the song 'The Great Gig In The Sky' by Pink Floyd.

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Some Of History's Most Beautiful Combs Were Made For Lice Removal

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Thirty years ago, parasitologist Kostas Mumcuoglu and anthropologist Joseph Zias were examining a first-century hair comb excavated from the West Bank when they found a surprise lurking in its fine teeth: 10 head lice and 27 louse eggs.

The presence of these parasites was a major shake-up. They had assumed that combs were used almost exclusively for cosmetic purposes. Now it appears that they were also used as de-lousing implements.

How Big Ben Originally Got Its Nickname

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Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012.

Previously it was known simply as the Clock Tower. But how did it get its nickname?

Horses Vs Horsepower: Watch Historic Rides Race Each Other

An annual race pits cars against animals - and motorized technology doesn't always win. The 'Race of the Century' event, held at the Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts, features motorized vehicles dating to the early 1900s.

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How Dunkin' Donuts Changed The Dictionary

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If you're a spelling snob you've encountered the question: Is it a doughnut or a donut? The answer, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is that it is, in fact, both.

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The Strangest Elevator In Italy

The Ascensore Castello d'Albertis-Montegalletto in Genoa, Italy is an elevator that switches direction from horizontal to vertical.

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10 Of The Strangest Looking Homes In Europe

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Not everybody is satisfied with a cookie cutter 'box on the hill.' There are some people in the world who were destined to take the concept of 'home' and turn it into something truly magical. Across Europe, there are many bizarre and strange homes that don't conform to our expectations of what a living space should be. They are bold, brilliant, and visually spectacular.