Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Pyramids Of Egypt

Cairo, Egypt, 1920. An archaeologist is about to discover the secret of the Egyptian pyramids.



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11 Fake European Towns And Landmarks Made In China

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We've known the Chinese to imitate almost everything. We've also known that Chinese tourists traveling around the world continue to increase due to rising incomes and less restrictive passport regime. Europe is one of the mostly visited continents and more campaigns have been launched in some cities to attract more visitors.

Now, the Chinese dream to see and feel the European atmosphere isn't only reachable by booking a flight - for Europe is already in their own soil. See these 11 fake European towns and landmarks all made in China.

The 2,000-Year History Of GPS Tracking

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The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites.

Boston Globe technology writer Hiawatha Bray researched transformative events that lead to our new ability to navigate anywhere. Here are 13 pivotal moments in the history of GPS tracking and digital mapping that Bray points out.

Car Racing Pit Stops 1950 Vs Today

Observe how the art of the pit stop has evolved since 1950. The first pit stop is from the Indianapolis 500 from 1950 (at that time part of the Formula 1 championship), the second one is from the Australian Grand Prix of 2013.



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(thanks Cora)

Kittens Of The Sea: Nine Legendary Ship's Cats

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If you thought cats didn't like water, think again. These nine legendary ship's cats embarked upon epic voyages of discovery, dangerous wartime missions and the odd three-hour cruise, keeping sailors company while ensuring their vessels remained vermin-free.

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Glow-In-The-Dark Roads Make Debut In The Netherlands

Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands. Studio Roosegaarde promised the design back in 2012, and after cutting through rather a lot of government red tape we can finally see the finished product.

One Dutch news report said, 'It looks like you are driving through a fairytale,' which pretty much sums up this extraordinary project. The design studio like to bring technology and design to the real world, with practical and beautiful results. Here's a video about the Smart Highway.



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(thanks Cora)

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Amazing Arrow Trick

A trick you can do at home. I won't tell you what it is, just take a look.



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(thanks Cora)

Super Planet Crash


Super Planet Crash is a little game by University of Texas astronomer Dr. Stefano Meschiari. The main goal of the game is to make a planetary system of your own creation be stable (i.e. no planet is ejected, or collides with another body).

The challenge is to fit as many massive bodies as possible inside 2 AUs (twice the distance between the Earth and the Sun), teetering close to instability but lasting at least 500 years. Accordingly, the game rewards a daring player with more points (proportionally to the mass of each body added to the system).

Deluxe Twin Coffin Set


That's OK then.

(via Bad Newspaper)

The Most Hated Sounds In The World


Although most of us need to use some kind of an alarm clock, most people admit how much they hate hearing the sound of their alarm going off in the morning. But is your alarm clock's alarm sound really one of the most hated sounds in the world?

Using brain imaging, a study from University College London found that the amygdala is responsible for adjusting emotional responses to unpleasant noises. It sends a sort of distress signal to the auditory cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for processing sound. Here are the 10 most hated sounds in the world and the top 4 sounds humans like most.

(thanks Lee)

The Kelpies

The Kelpies is a time-lapse short film by award winning filmmaker Walid Salhab. The Kelpies are 30 metre high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal in The Helix, a new parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area, Scotland.

The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The Kelpies are a monument to horse powered heritage across Scotland.



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(thanks Cora)

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Dan Rosandich is an American cartoonist. Dan's cartoons have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, National Review, The National Enquirer, Science Digest, Reader's Digest and Woman's World. The Presurfer, in cooperation with Dan Rosandich, will bring you a cartoon every day.

The Cave City Of Vardzia

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The Cave City of Vardzia is remarkable. Situated in the European country of Georgia at the juncture of Eastern Europe and Western Asia it has an over eight hundred year history. Yet you would be forgiven for wondering why such a place was built in the first place. The words why and how spring immediately to mind.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Parametric Expression

A study of quantified emotion. The music and culture platform Subbacultcha! and Pllant/Marieke van Helden extended their exploration of talent to the visual realm, merging musical performances with the visual expressions of local artists into full experiential environments.



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Which Dewey Decimal Category Are You?

The Dewey Decimal Classification is a proprietary library classification system first published in the United States by Melvil Dewey in 1876. The Decimal Classification introduced the concepts of relative location and relative index which allow new books to be added to a library in their appropriate location based on subject.

Ever wonder what it would be like to become a book? Where would you be in the library? Which Dewey Decimal number would you be given? Take this quiz to find out. I got the 000's.

An And Ria's First Flight


Doing things for the first time keeps the world interesting. It helps us progress and discover. But there has to be someone who's prepared to step over the edge.

With Vodafone's help, two elderly Dutch women (Ria who is 78 and An who is 71) take a leap of faith and board their first flight. An first has to overcome her fear of flying. Watch these two grannies board the plane and have an adventure that will have you laughing right along with them.

(thanks Cora)

Don't Look Down: The Real Mad Men Of New York Advertising

Imagine strapping in, clipping on, and jumping off the roof of a building - every day. In an age with digital marketing on every platform, there are those who still get out messages the old-fashioned way, with a paintbrush and some attitude.

They call themselves 'wall dogs,' because they are chained to a wall all day by a safety harness. Vocatib spent a day with these blue-collar artists as they paint advertisements high above the streets of New York City.



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30 Highest Rated And Most Affordable Online Colleges In The U.S.

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Earning a college education can be expensive. Luckily, there are schools that offer degrees at exceptionally reasonable prices. Studying online shouldn't mean a sacrifice in terms of quality, either, as many of these colleges provide top-ranked courses and award-winning teaching.

Best of all, perhaps, a lot of online programs are extremely flexible; in other words, completing a degree can be fitted around work and personal commitments, regardless of geographical location. Here are 30 of the highest rated and most affordable online colleges in the U.S.

Daily Cartoon

Dan Rosandich is an American cartoonist. Dan's cartoons have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, National Review, The National Enquirer, Science Digest, Reader's Digest and Woman's World. The Presurfer, in cooperation with Dan Rosandich, will bring you a cartoon every day.

Monday Puzzle

The Presurfer, in cooperation with pzzlr.com, brings you a puzzle every Monday. Just to tickle your brain.

Words or phrases which read the same backwards as forwards are called palindromes (e.g. refer, civic, racecar). The answer to each of the following clues is a palindrome (e.g. canine deity = dog god).

1. where I work out
2. layer felines
3. best location
4. take on loan or take without asking?

You can find the answer here.