Thursday, 3 September 2015

Amsterdam Canals, Dredging Bikes And Treasures

Countless old bikes are dredged from Amsterdam canals using a crane and barge. How did hundreds of lost vintage Dutch bikes get in the canals? No one knows. Many treasures were discovered.

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(thanks Cora)

We'll Accept Anything

(via Bad Newspaper)

Sixties Nostalgia Burnout: I'm So Sick Of Talkin' 'Bout My G-G-Generation

Has the incessant drumbeat of 50th anniversaries for this or that cultural milestone from the 1960s already grown tiresome? In the hopes of putting the biggest remaining Baby Boomer Golden Anniversaries of the 1960s behind us so we may better focus on what's left of the 2010s, Collectors Weekly put together a cheat sheet of 50 events you will be unable to escape hearing about during the rest of the decade.

(thanks Lisa)

Mysterious Video Of Ants Circling An iPhone

Look what happens when this iPhone starts ringing. Has it something to do with the electromagnetic waves of an incoming call that keeps these little animals walk in a perfect circle?

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Japan Creates The Creepiest Military Vehicle

The Japanese army has created the creepiest (or is it the cutest) military vehicle.

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(thanks Cora)

Remember When A Soviet Spacecraft Landed In Wisconsin?

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Korabl-Sputnik 1 wasn't one of the Soviet Union's greatest triumphs of the early space age. Following a successful mission, a flawed retrofire burn kept the spacecraft aloft until its orbit decayed, sprinkling radioactive metallic debris over Wisconsin on September 1, 1962.

Korabl-Spunik 1 was the first in a series of missions designed to check out new technologies for the Soviet's manned spaceflight program, namely the Vostok spacecraft and its life support system. To this end, the mission launched with a suite of scientific instruments, a television system, and a humanoid dummy housed in a pressurized cabin.

Is A Text Message More Romantic Than A Phone Call?

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Modern dating seems to be characterised less by face-to-face encounters and bunches of flowers than by buzzing smartphones and the screen-swiping of dating apps.

And whilst this shift has drawn a barrage of criticism in recent years, with psychologists branding text and email messaging 'lazy' and 'unromantic', a new study suggests that typing may top talking when it comes to best expressing loving sentiment.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Truck Vs Tree

Witness the awesome pulling power of Dodge trucks.

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(thanks Cora)

Are You Good Enough To Be a Tennis Line Judge?

In tennis, the line umpire 'calls all shots relating to the assigned lines.' The assigned lines can be the center service line, the service line, the baseline or the sideline. Sometimes they make mistakes. They're human after all.

But can you do better? Watch a series of shots and decide whether each was in or out. Some will be traveling upwards of 100 miles per hour and you only get one chance to make the call. Good luck!

Five Foot Seven And Claws Out Of Its Head: Meet Earth's First Big Predator

Earth's first big predatory monster was a giant underwater scorpion that reigned in the ocean almost half a billion years ago, well before the dinosaurs, scientists at Yale University have discovered.

The creature, named Pentecopterus decorahensis, grew to 170 centimtres (5ft 7in) and had a dozen claw arms sprouting from its head, as well as a spiked tail. Geologists at the Iowa Geological Survey found 150 pieces of fossils about 18 metres under the Upper Iowa river, part of which had to be temporarily dammed to allow them to collect the specimens.

Gas Works Park in Seattle

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Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington, is an unusual public park located on the site of a former coal gasification plant. The 19-acre site was acquired by the city in 1962, seven years after the plant shut down, and opened to the public as a park in 1975.

The park incorporates much of what was left of the gasification plant - the boiler house was converted to a picnic shelter complete with tables and fire grills, while the exhauster-compressor building was transformed into an open-air play barn, housing a maze of brightly painted machinery for children.

Dog Loves The Hot Tub

Cuzzie loves the jet in the hot tub against his back. He will hop in and press against the jet and croon his pleasure. The red stain on his neck is dye from the collar.

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Chameleons Change Color To Stand Out, Not Blend In

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There's a misconception that chameleons change their color to blend in to their surroundings but research shows the opposite is true. In fact, chameleons' baseline color is camouflage and they naturally blend in.

It's when chameleons want to express themselves that they dramatically change their color. The secret are iridophores, a layer of cells just beneath the chameleon's skin. And the faster they change their color, the more excited they are.

Amazing Colorized Photos Of American Prohibition From The 1920s And 1930s

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The vivid colours bring these images to life, perfectly capturing both the fashion and atmosphere of this fascinating chapter in American history. Many of these historic photographs are set in Washington.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Kangaroo Mob During Bike Ride

Ben Vizina captured this mob of kangaroos during his bicycle ride. Although he was terrified in the beginning, he uploaded this video showing these kangaroos are nice animals who don't attack people.

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(via Laughing Squid)

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth's core? Andwhat would you see along the way? Discover what lies beneath with this amazing graphic from the BBC.

(thanks Cora)


(via Bad Newspaper)

The Sharecropper's Daughter Who Made Black Women Proud Of Their Hair

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American history books are filled with stories about titans of industry - invariably, white men like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. Yet few know the name of Sarah Breedlove (1867-1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, a black female entrepreneur who built a hair-care company from scratch and became one of the most powerful African Americans in the early 20th century.

Walker was a woman who overcame great barriers to make it into the ranks of America's elite, choosing to reinvest her money in social causes and provide opportunity to those who had none. Collectors Weekly spoke with A'Lelia Bundles, Madam Walker's great-great-granddaughter, who helped uncover Walker's unique legacy in her detailed biography.

(thanks Hunter)

Burning Man: The Musical

Burning Man: The Musical is a new musical about the collision of Silicon Valley and Burning Man. This video is the first 5-minutes of the musical.

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(thanks Cora)

See Which Animals Have The Most Enormous - And Tiniest - Babies

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The Washington National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to two miniscule baby on August 23rd. Weighing in at just 86 grams and 138 grams, the two blind little cubs were dwarfed by their 238-pound mother - who weighed over a thousand times more than her smaller baby.

The extreme tininess of these babies might seem unusual - panda mothers typically weigh 900 times more than their newborns, while human mothers are only around 20 times heavier than their babies. But in fact, mammals' infants come in a huge range of sizes.

Stunning Restaurant Perched In The Ocean

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If you're dreaming of a holiday or even just a little bit of peace and quiet, The Rock, a new restaurant in Zanzibar, has a good measure of idyllic surroundings and a high-class menu.

Perched on a high rock in the Indian Ocean, the restaurant offers magical beach views, giving you a taste of local seafood cuisine right in the heart of sea. During the day the beach allows a walkway to the restaurant, but by night time when the tide has come in, you'll need to get a boat service back to the shore.