Monday, 27 April 2015

Texting Hat

Introducing the Texting Hat, the latest in multitasking fashionable wear. Bringing eye contact back into the 21st century.

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Like Holding Ice

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7 Unexplained Mysteries That Humanity Has Yet To Solve

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In today's age of technology and innovation, it would seem that all the great mysteries have already been deciphered, but in fact there's still a lot we don't know. From mysteries in the ocean's depths, to incredible and awe-inspiring holes in the ground, there's still a lot humanity has not yet uncovered about our world.

The Face Of Litter

Ad agency Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong created a very creepy Earth Day campaign for the Hong Kong CleanUp Initiative. The agency tapped Parabon NanoLabs to do DNA testing on bits of trash found on the street, such as coffee cups and cigarette butts. The company then used Snapshot DNA phenotyping to produce a sketch of each litterer's face based on the DNA sample found on the trash.

The mug shots were featured on posters near the trash-infested areas. The portraits weren't of real people, just reproductions shaped according to the genetic data, the agency is hoping that the 'Wanted'-style ads are enough of a deterrent to make people clean up after themselves.

Colosse - A Wood Tale

Meet Colosse, Yves Geleyn's sweet 30-foot child. Now, Colosse isn't your ordinary child; he just so happens to be a very tall, wood robot puppet who doesn't know his own strength, much less what his strings are up to.

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(thanks Cora)

The Strange And Beautiful Buildings Of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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Conventional travelers would typically recommend mainstream international destinations that are home to popular historical landmarks, monuments, mountains, and cities. But it is always refreshing to deviate from the beaten path and visit a place that may not be as popular, but may be just as magical.

Little known destinations offer uncrowded streets and unspoiled beauty. And speaking of unusual destinations, you may not be completely familiar with the unusual yet best destinations found in the city of Ashgabat in Turkmenistan.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Oldest Footage Of London Ever

This is the oldest footage of London ever. Includes amazing old footage from between 1890 and 1920, plus modern shots of the same location today. Also features maps carefully researched to show where the camera was. Arranged by location, 46 shots of classic footage with a twist and an inspiring soundtrack.

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Chan Chan: World's Largest Adobe City

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Located near the Pacific coast in the Peruvian region of La Libertad, Chan Chan was the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America and the largest earthen architecture city in the world. The city itself was built around 850 CE and lasted until its conquest by the Inca Empire in 1470.

At the height of the ChimĂș empire, Chan Chan housed an estimated 60,000 inhabitants. The city had nine large rectangular citadels surrounded by thick earthen walls 30 to 60 feet high. Within these units, were thousands of buildings including temples, residences, storehouses are arranged around open spaces, together with reservoirs, and funeral platforms.

The Stories Behind The World's Most Famous City Nicknames

Why is New York called 'The Big Apple?' Or London 'The Old Smoke,' Amsterdam 'Venice of the North' and Las Vegas 'Sin City?'

Some nicknames refer to the ancient heritage of the city, some refer to the industry found in the city, some refer to the cities’ environment – there are a variety of reasons these cities have earned their unique monikers.

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Man Rides 15-Foot Bike Through San Francisco

Dreams are never stupid, but as Richie Trimble proved on the streets of San Francisco, sometimes they are Stoopid Tall. Watch him ride his 15-foot bike across the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Slime Mold - Alien Landscapes On Earth

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Just the thought of mold is something that makes many people involuntarily shudder. Yet there is more to it than meets the eye. Up close we are witness to an enigmatic and beautiful alien world on our own doorstep.

You Can Sleep In the Old Hydroelectric Plant In the Middle of This Lake

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In 1995, the hydroelectric power plant on the shores of this Tasmanian lake went dark for the final time. It’s remained silent for 20 years since—until this year, when it re-opened with a radically different business model: A hotel.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Cleaned Out

After years of cleaning them out of house and home, a loving son gives mum and dad a bit of extra room. A Hertz Van Rental advertisement.

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100 Years Of Movie Set Locations

The set locations of the top 2000 films from 1910 to 2010 fed into Google Maps. The map starts zoomed out to get the big picture, but zoom in, click on each marker for more information, and enjoy exploring for yourself.

'Kinetoscope,' A 360-Degree Mural Inside An Abandoned Water Tank

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Kinetoscope is a 360-degree mural on the interior of an abandoned water tank in Slab City, California. The mural features a female figure presented in multiple 'frames' in the style of the photographic motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge. The mural was created by artists Christina Angelina and Ease One.

Chair Traverse

Art Cormier, owner of the rock climbing gym Rok Haus in Lafayette, Louisiana, demonstrates how to perform the 'chair traverse.' Cormier, who is in his late 50s, proves he's as fit as ever with this feat of strength and stamina.

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(thanks Cora)

Women In Medicine: 5 Firsts In Their Nations

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Dorothea Erxleben was a very early feminist who became the first woman medical doctor in Germany. She was awarded a medical degree from the University of Halle in 1754. The University didn't graduate another woman doctor until 1901.

Meet some pioneers who were the first women doctors in their countries.

The Best Souvenirs To Bring Home From 19 Countries Around The World

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Travelers always want to bring home something that will remind them of their trip - but many often get stuck buying cheap knick knacks from tourist traps.

To avoid getting something you'll only throw away in a few months, here's a list of some authentic items you should buy when abroad. Forget keychains and mini Eiffel Tower sculptures, here are the best things to bring home from 19 countries around the world.