Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The World's Tallest Cow Dead

Blosom, the world's tallest cow, was measured at 6-foot-2 inches tall (190 cm) from hoof to withers in early 2015. Blosom passed away on May 26, 2015, after sustaining an irreparable leg injury.

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The Year Without A Summer

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There's a lot being said about climate change these days. Most people (and most scientists) think it's happening now; some say it's a myth. Wherever you stand on the issue, we can't help but wonder what you would have thought if youd been around in 1815.

It all started with a massive eruption of a volcano. On April 5, 1815, Mount Tambora blew its top.

The Monster Italian Track Where Porsche Tests 165-MPH Cars

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Since 1975, car makers have been heading to Apulia, near the coast of the Ionian Sea, to test their wares at Porsche's Nardò Technical Center, which celebrates its 40th birthday this month.

Built by Fiat and bought by Porsche in 2012, the center's open to all vehicle manufacturers (for a price, naturally). The region's mild climate allows for year-round testing and offers 20 tracks that provide everything you need to see just how well a car works.

The Parting Gifts Convicts Gave Loved Ones Before Being Shipped To Australia

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Penal transportation is the sending of convicted criminals to a penal colony. Transportation sentences were fixed at a duration of seven years, 14 years, or life. That said, even a seven-year sentence usually meant a one-way ticket to the United States, or later, Australia - convicts rarely had the means to return to Britain after serving their time.

After a convict had been found guilty and sentenced to transport, he or she would be kept in prison until a ship was ready to depart from the south coast of England. These last few days in Britain were the final chance for convicts to see their loved ones. Some convicts went beyond hugs, kisses, and words of farewell and created custom mementos to leave with a family member, wife, or lover.

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Baby Goat Desperate To Headbutt A Horse

A baby goat trying to headbutt a horse. The little fellow won't give up.

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(thanks Diann)

Google Celebrates Eiji Tsuburaya With A Doodle

Today, Google celebrates the 114th birthday of Japanese special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya. He is responsible for many Japanese science-fiction movies, being one of the co-creators of the Godzilla series, as well as the main creator of Ultraman.

Microsoft Has Totally Revamped Bing Maps

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled a completely redesigned version of Bing Maps for the web.
The new Bing Maps lets you search, view, and share multiple places at one time, see reviews and photos from Microsoft's partners, view rich visuals and information for the places you plan to visit, and plan your travel times.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Bizarre Optical Illusion

Stare at the white dot on the nose in the negative. Do this for 15 seconds. Don't look anywhere else, just the white dot. After 15 seconds, look at the blank space to the right of the photo. Can you see it?

Don't be afraid, this is not something to scare you. This illusion is known as a 'negative afterimage' and caused by fatigue colour receptors in the back of the eyes and brain.

Old Man Skateboarder

One of the best skaters in the world, 21-year-old Danny Leon from Spain, is transformed into an 80-year-old man and wanders into a skatepark to do some tricks. The look on the kid's faces is priceless.

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18 Times Taxidermy Went Very, Very Wrong

Taxidermy is the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals for display or for other sources of study or simply the preservation of a beloved pet. And yes, it is an art form.

Although taxidermy takes skill, patience and a keen eye, every great taxidermist had to start somewhere. Either that or there are an absurd amount of terrible stuffers out there.

This Is Not A Snake

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Imagine that you're a hungry predator foraging through the forest, hot on the trail of a juicy insect for your next meal. Deep in the forest, you pull back a leaf, and this creature starts wagging violently at you, sending you running for the hills.

The joke's on you, because this frightening creature is most definitely not a snake. It's actually a pupa of Dynastor darius, ensconced in its chrysalis as it undergoes its remarkable transformation.

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Deadvlei – Dreamlike Forest Landscape In Namibia

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Deadvlei is an otherworldly landscape in Naminia which is a sun-blackened dead forest in a dried oasis surrounded by rust-orange giant sand dunes. The claypan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow.

However, the climate changed and the sand dunes encroached on the pan, blocking the river from reaching the area. The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old, however they have not decomposed due to the dry climate.

12 'Made-In-Japan' English Terms That Might Confuse English Speakers

Nowhere in the world has the interaction between foreign cultures been so fruitful as in Japan. The rise of English as the global tongue has created a whole new subset of language in the Land of the Rising Sun, a sort of fusion of English and Japanese called wasei-eigo.

These are words with English roots that have been so thoroughly Japan-ized as to be rendered barely recognizable to native English speakers. So for those hoping to 'level-up' their communication skills before traveling to Tokyo, consider memorizing these Japenglish gems.

These Are The Minerals That Give Fireworks Their Colors

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If you want beautiful fireworks bursting in the sky, you're going to need to mine the Earth first. Fireworks get their colour from metal salts. A salt is a chemical compound formed when an acid and base neutralize each other.

Many of the salts include an oxidizer like nitrates, chlorates, or perchlorates. Along with imparting colour, these oxidizers provide oxygen, allowing the fireworks to burn. The metals or salts can also be stabilizers, keeping the colour-imparting elements stable until showtime.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Snowball - Another One Bites The Dust

Snowball the cockatoo gets down to Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust.'

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Buy One, Buy Another One Too

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The Lion Will Surely Appreciate

Press and drag to make wind. The lion will surely appreciate.

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The Sacred Mani Stones Of Buddhists

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There is a particular six-syllable Sanskrit mantra or hymn that's very sacred among Buddhist. It's recited as om mani padme hum, which loosely translates to 'Behold! The jewel in the lotus.'

The mantra cannot be translated into a simple phrase or even a few sentences because it contains the essence of the entire teaching of Buddha. Recitation of this mantra along with prayer beads is therefore the most popular religious practice in Tibetan Buddhism as it is believed that doing so can lead to liberation and eventual Buddhahood.

Top 10 Famous Asian Celebrities In America Today

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Even though it's home to over half of the world's population, the biggest stars of Asia still have difficulty making it on to the international scene - in fact, many of them are pretty much unknown to the average Westerner.

It would be a mistake to think that Asia was still just producing kung-fu flicks and stereotypical superstars - the new era of Asian celebrities has learned how to build brands and work across multiple mediums. Here are ten of the hottest Asian celebrities right now.

The Origin Of The Green, Yellow, And Red Color Scheme for Traffic Lights

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Traffic lights alternate the right of way accorded to road users by displaying lights of a standard color (red, yellow, and green) following a universal color code.

The first manually operated gas lit traffic light was installed in 1868 in London, though it was short-lived due to explosion. The first safe, automatic electric traffic lights were installed in the United States starting in the late 1890s.