Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tiny Hamster Vs Takeru Kobayashi

Takeru Kobayashi is a Japanese competitive eater. He holds several records, including six Guinness Records, for eating hot dogs, meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers, pizza and pasta. In this video he takes on a tiny hamster as they each try to gobble down as many hot dogs as possible.

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(thanks Megan)

Lousy Coach

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Rainbow Lightning: Nature's Astonishing Bow And Arrow

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Most people have experienced lightning. Likewise, ask people if they have ever seen a rainbow and most will answer in the positive. Yet something which few have seen is the moment that a rainbow and lightning occur at the same time.

Lightning frequently happens during heavy storms. The optical and meteorological phenomenon known as a rainbow, however, is generally formed after the rain has stopped. So, how did these pictures come about? Why can lightning and rainbows happen at the same time?

10 Abandoned International Airports of the World

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The world is full of disused and derelict airfields, from isolated airstrips to modern military bases. But abandoned international airports are less common. The enormous costs involved in sourcing suitable locations and replacing their vast infrastructures from the ground up can make such projects prohibitive in many cities and countries.

But nevertheless they do exist, having fallen into disuse for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the world's most impressive and bizarre international airports which are no longer operational, from vast abandoned hubs unable to cope with the demands of modern aviation to embarrassing failures and airports detroyed by conflict.

Butterfly Fails To Faze Flautist

During the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in Odense, Denmark, a butterfly perched on the forehead of Japanese flutist Yukie Ota. That didn't disturb her performance.

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(thanks Cora)

Women Who Conquered The Comics World

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When comics creator Trina Robbins tried to join the male-dominated 'underground comix' movement based in San Francisco in the early 1970s, the men cartoonists shut her out. Robbins joined forces with other women cartoonists to create their own women's-lib comic books.

She went on to become a well-respected mainstream comic artist and writer, as well as a feminist comics critic who's written myriad nonfiction books on the subject of great women cartoonists and the powerful female characters they created.

(thanks Lisa)

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

An infographic from a company called GeoCon Site Investigations all about the deepest holes in the World. The first thing in the infographic is the average grave, then we have things like the Euro tunnel and right at the bottom the Grand Canyon.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

How A Bean Becomes A Fart

Well, we've always wondered how this happens. And now we know, thanks to Men's Health Magazine. Open a can of beans and follow along.

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The Sand Dollar - The Animal That Can Clone Itself

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The Sand dollar is a sea urchin which burrows and comes from the order Clypeasteroida - and you can see why it gets its name, as it resembles a coin. Some joke that it is the only stable dollar in the world at the moment.

Humor aside, it does have one trick up its sleeve that we can only wish would apply to real money. The Sand Dollar can clone itself - creating a perfect copy.

The Pizza Chopper

Get your motor running... Head out to the pizzeria. Just make sure to have The Pizza Chopper handy. Designed to resemble a chopper motorcycle, this pizza cutter will be the coolest way to segment your pie on pizza night. Made to look like a motorcycle, the front wheel is a fully-functional stainless steel blade that will easily ride over any pizza.

(thanks Chris)

The Dancing Traffic Light

Smart ideas can turn the city into a better place. Like a dancing traffic light that makes people wait and watch rather than walk through the red light.

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(thanks Cora)

15 International Greeting Rituals

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Greeting is an act of communication in which human beings intentionally make their presence known to each other, to show attention to, and to suggest a type of relationship or social status between individuals or groups of people coming in contact with each other.

Some epochs and cultures have had very elaborate greeting rituals, for example, greeting of a sovereign. Conversely, secret societies have often furtive or arcane greeting gestures and rituals, such as a secret handshake, which allow members to recognize each other. Here are 15 international greeting rituals.

What's In Your iPhone?

The iPhone 6 is almost here and the preorders are piling up. But what do you really know about the insides of the iPhone 6, or any smartphone for that matter? A typical smartphone contains about 300 milligrams of silver and 30 milligrams of gold. Not to mention small amounts of extremely rare elements like praseodymium, gadolinium and terbium.

And what's with this 'ion-strengthened glass' that Apple is bragging about? It's all about the potassium bath your phone takes before it rolls off the assembly line.

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(thanks Elaine)

46 Priceless UNESCO World Heritage Sites Facing Extinction

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The world heritage sites around the world are truly extraordinary and should be seen or experienced at least once in a traveler's lifetime. They're amazing, jaw-dropping and every other word we can think of to praise such places, yet these words aren't enough to preserve these sites, which are slowly dying.

It looks like people have forgotten that these wonders - from natural to man-made - won't last forever without the people who'll give them utmost importance and care. Here are the 46 priceless world heritage sites that are quietly and slowly facing extinction.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Sesame Street: Star S'Mores

A long time ago in a cookies and milky way galaxy far, far away... Princess Parfaita was taken prisoner by the evil Galactic Empire and had to be saved by a group of unlikely heroes including the young Luke Piewalker, Flan Solo, and Chewie the Cookie.

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Ask The Past - Advice From Old Books

Ask the Past gathers advice from the past and applies it obligingly to the questions of the present. Edited by Elizabeth Archibald, who has a Ph.D. in History from Yale University. Her research focuses on medieval education and the history of the book. Some advice offered are: How to impress girls at a Dance - 1530, how to change a diaper - 1612, how to wash your hair - 12th century, how to compliment a lady - 1663.

Here's an example from The Distaff Gospels (Les Evangiles des Quenouilles), an Old French fifteenth-century collection of popular beliefs:

How to keep your cat, c. 1470. If you have a good cat and you don't want to lose it, you must rub its nose and four legs with butter for three days, and it will never leave the house.

The Svanetian Towers Of Georgia

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Svaneti is the highest area in the Caucasus mountain system where people have settled. In a land dominated by mountains divided by deep gorges, the Svan people settled this historic Georgian province almost two millennia ago and here they flourished.

Yet towards the end of the European Dark Ages, at around the end of the ninth century, the Svan found themselves in conflict with the northern Caucasian tribes on the other side of the mountains and with the Ossetians to the east. Their solution to tribal raids has endured the centuries.

7,685 Frames Of The Netherlands

A time lapse video of the Netherlands, taken in Delft, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

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(thanks Cora)

Opening A Jar

What a service!

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The Painted Mosque And Arabati Baba Tekke In Tetovo

Tetovo is a city in the northwestern part of Macedonia. The city is known for the Šarena Džamija, more commonly known as the Painted Mosque, and the Arabati Baba Tekke, a dervish monastery.

Built in 1438 and reconstructed in 1833, the mosque is famous for its vibrant color scheme, with an exterior covered in rectangular designs like playing cards. The Arabati Baba Tekke was established in 1538 by Ali Baba, the brother-in-law of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

(thanks Juergen)

The Cotton Tree In Freetown, Sierra Leone

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In the old part of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, at the center of a roundabout surrounded by a concrete fence stands an enormous Cotton Tree. The tree is Freetown's historic symbol and the city's most famous landmark.

Nobody is sure how old the tree is, but it is known to have existed in 1787 when the first settlers arrived. It is believed that when a group of former African-American slaves, who had gained their freedom by fighting for the British during the American War of Independence, landed in Freetown, they apparently rested and prayed underneath the shade of the tree.