Friday, 29 August 2014

Meal Time For Baby Squirrel

Alicia DeMay, clinic director at City Wildlife, feeds a baby squirrel brought to the northwest D.C. wild animal rescue center at the end of March.

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Shocking News: Hello Kitty Isn't Actually A Cat

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It appears we've all been wrongly assuming that a character that looks like a cat, and has Kitty in her name, is actually a cat, because Sanrio recently revealed that their beloved character Hello Kitty is actually a human girl. Not a cat. She's a little English girl called Kitty White from outside London. Here's what Sanrio had to say:

Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty.

The Overgrown, Disused Railway That Still Runs Around Paris

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Paris has a lot of history embedded in its sprawling urban grid, which has seen thousands of years of structural change. But even though space is at a premium, there are still spots that have evaded development and slowly drifted into obscurity.

Like the Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture (or Little Belt Railway), a 20 mile stretch of disused tracks along the Parisian perimeter. The railway was constructed in 1852; at that time, the major stations were owned by different companies, and this was a way to streamline connections through a path that tunneled, bridged, and cut a deep-walled passage within the crowded streets.

If A Fish Grows Up On Land, Will It Learn To Walk?

The old idiom about 'being a fish out of water' just lost some of its luster. Researchers from McGill University in Canada successfully trained a group of fish to live on land and strut around.

The idea was to simulate what might have happened 400 million years ago, when the first group of ancient fish moved from water to land, eventually evolving into the amphibians, reptiles, birds and other animals roaming the Earth today. The researchers wanted to see if their land-dwelling fish looked and behaved similarly to the ancient fish, based on what has been learned about them from fossil records.

How To Peel A Pinapple Clean And Easy

How fast can you peel a pineapple? A pineapple seller at the Bankerohan market in Davao City, Philippines, does it in approximately 50 seconds.

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(thanks Cora)

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10 Of History's Deadliest Construction Projects

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The Panama Canal opened 100 years ago this month, one of the greatest engineering achievements in history. It was also one of the greatest sacrifices of human life in the name of construction, but tragically, it was far from the most deadly project in modern history.

Here's a sampling of projects - not a complete list - finished since 1900 using numbers reported by McGraw Hill's Engineering News Report, along with the explanations for how record-keepers decided upon those numbers.

Thursday, 28 August 2014


Counting sheep. Funny advertisement for the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada.

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(thanks Cora)

The Mystery Of Extraordinarily Accurate Medieval Maps

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One of the most remarkable and mysterious technical advances in the history of the world is written on the hide of a 13th-century calf. Inked into the vellum is a chart of the Mediterranean so accurate that ships today could navigate with it. Most earlier maps that included the region were not intended for navigation and were so imprecise that they are virtually unrecognizable to the modern eye.

These beautifully detailed portolan charts present historians with a puzzle: How were they made? A mathematical analysis offers some clues.

Paper Dresses And Psychedelic Catsuits: When Airline Fashion Was Flying High

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In the mid-century, flying was just cooler. Flight attendants - and even the ramp workers - had fabulous clothing designed by the likes of Emilio Pucci, Jean Louis, and Pierre Cardin. Beautiful stewardess wore wild psychedelic getups, space-bubble helmets, and paper dresses as they served the elite crowd that was wealthy enough to afford air travel.

Collectors Weekly talked to two collectors about changes in airline style.

(thanks Lisa)

The Urban Oil Fields Of Los Angeles

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In the 1890s, the small town of Los Angeles (population 50,000) began a transformation driven by the discovery and drilling of some of the most productive oil fields in history. In the decades that followed, many wells closed, but even more opened, surrounded by urban and suburban growth. Machinery was camouflaged, loud noises were abated, methane pockets were vented, as residents learned to live side-by-side with oil production facilities.

To this day, oil fields in the Los Angeles Basin remain very productive, and modern techniques have centralized operations into smaller areas or moved offshore. Here are images of some of the sites and machinery still in use among the homes, golf courses, and shopping malls of Los Angeles.

(thanks Cora)

The Heroes And The Miracle Baby

The Syria Campaign is an open global movement standing for a free and peaceful Syria. In this video, Khaled Farah, a Syrian volunteer rescue worker who saves people every day, recounts one rescue he'll never forget. That of the miraculous rescue of a baby beneath a collapsed building following a barrel bomb attack.

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Bananas: An A-Peel-Ing History

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According to one legend, the fruit that Eve found irresistible in the Garden of Eden was not an apple, but a banana. Is it true? Who knows? But for thousands of years, the banana has been a source of pleasure... and sometimes trouble.

10 Strange Secrets Of The Moon

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The Moon is humanity's nearest companion in our travels in space and the only celestial body that we have had the chance to actually visit. Still, despite its relative closeness and familiarity, our satellite continues to hold many interesting secrets.

From its scientific strangeness to the many ways it affects our lives, the Moon is a mystery that is definitely worth a closer look.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Angry Dogs In Cute Costumes

Remember Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos? Or Tiny Birthday For A Tiny Hedgehog? From the minds behind these videos now comes: Angry Dogs In Cute Costumes.

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(thanks Elijah)

Interior Design Trends From Around The World

Take a look at some of the interior design trends from around the world with this interactive site. Scroll down or click on one of the country's flags. Then click on the right arrow to see a color strip of the most used colors.

(thanks Cora)

80 Mountain Dew Flavors From Around The World

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Last Saturday I posted a link from Now That's Nifty about 63 Pepsi flavors from around the world. This time Nifty has a list of 80 Mountain Dew flavors. Mountain Dew is a carbonated soft drink brand produced and owned by PepsiCo.

The original formula was invented in 1940 by Tennessee beverage bottlers Barney and Ally Hartman and was first marketed with the slogan 'Ya-Hoo! Mountain Dew. It'll tickle yore innards.' Here are 80 Mountain Dew flavors from around the world.

Ohrid's Byzantine Churches

Throughout the Middle Ages, Ohrid, in the Republic of Macedonia, was among the most important religious centers in the Balkans. There were reportedly 365 churches in the small city, one for every day of the year.

Most have since vanished, because they were destroyed or converted into mosques by the Ottoman Empire, but Ohrid still possesses more than its fair share of amazing churches.

Watch A Robot Ride A Hovercycle

A white plastic robot zooms a hoverbike over the English countryside, grains blowing beneath the bike's four fans. The robot's 3-D printed body is lightweight, and where its face would be there's a GoPro camera instead, filming the flight.

This isn't a scene from a dystopian science fiction movie; The bike, created by Malloy Aeronautics, is less than four feet long, and combined robot and bike weighs a maximum of 15.4 pounds.

(via Popular Science)

This Is How Heineken Became The Best Known Brewery In The World

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Heineken turns 150 this year. The Amsterdam based brewery claims to be the world's most international brewery; its beers are available in 178 countries around the world. By production volume Heineken is the number one brewery in the world.

One of the key features of Heineken's success has always been its advertising strategy. Late Freddy Heineken was renowned for his marketing skills. He once said: 'If I wouldn't have worked with Heineken I would have gone into advertising.' Here's an overview of some of Heineken's finest ads over the years.

The Striking Cliffside Town Of Tropea, Italy

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Southern Italy is known for its gorgeous coastlines and the quaint cliffside towns that inhabit them. One such town is Tropea, located on the Costa degli Dei (Coast of the Gods) in the region of Calabria.

The Coast of the Gods received its name from the Ancient Greeks and is full of Greek mythology. Tropea itself also has Greek origins in its name and history. The Ancient Greeks called the city Tropheum, which means 'trophy' in Greek, because they believed it to be founded by Hercules as a trophy for completing one of his twelve labors.