Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Fuel Truck Sharp U-Turn

How to make a fast U-turn.

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(thanks Cora)

Mr. Phelan's Building

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The Phelan Building is a 11-story office building in the downtown shopping district of San Francisco, California. It has a triangular shape reminiscent of the Flatiron Building, with its tip at the meeting point of O'Farrell Street and Market Street. It is a San Francisco Designated Landmark.

The building was designed by William Curlett and built in 1908 by James D. Phelan on the place of the first, original Phelan Building, damaged by the 1906 earthquake and fire.

53 Surreal Places You Need to Visit Before You Die

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There are many places on Earth that look other-worldly. Some are just beautiful and some are weird. You might not believe your eyes, but here are 53 surreal places you need to visit before you die.

15 Unusual Starbucks Stores From Around The World

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For coffee lovers, Starbucks is a heaven on earth. This Seattle based coffee shop now has numerous chains across the globe and is probably the most visited one too. You may spot a Starbucks quite easily, especially with its distinctive green awnings and mermaid logo.

Then, there are theme restaurants that are becoming quite popular around the world. Starbucks has also taken the same route and it has opened its doors in quite unexpected locations, with unusual designs. Take a look at some of the unusual Starbucks stores existing around the world.


Baklava is a sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. The origin of baklava is hotly contested, but this restaurant in Gaziantep, Turkey has been making it since 1887.

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(thanks Cora)

China Creates Right-Angled Running Track

Sports officials in northeast China build a rectangular running track - with right angle corners - in order to ensure their stadium is ready for the visit of Communist Party leaders.

Stadium officials explained that their original track had once featured curves but said its rubber surface had become severely worn down from overuse. When senior Communist Party leaders recently announced plans for a last-minute visit to the stadium, a quick makeover suddenly became necessary. Painting right angles was faster than painting curves.

Mars Rover Opportunity Breaks Record For Miles Roamed

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The Mars rover Opportunity has outdone itself by driving further than any other off-Earth vehicle in history. NASA announced that the 10-year-old rover hit 25 miles, which breaks the previous record set by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.

While often in the shadow of its popular sibling Curiosity, Opportunity has exceeded expectations by living on the inhospitable planet for more than 10 years. The rover landed on Mars in 2004 and has since been hard at work exploring the surface of the planet.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Locked Up

Locked Up is a video by Gabriel Grapperon and his third year's project at Supinfocom Arles.

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(thanks Cora)

Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko Wears The World's Most Unbelievable Camo

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The Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko is a species of gecko indigenous to the island of Madagascar. It was first described in 1888 by George Albert Boulenger and is also known as the eyelash leaf tailed gecko or the fantastic leaf tailed gecko.

This masterfully camouflaged little lizard, with a leafy tail complete with missing chunks that look to have rotted away, is a testament to natural selection.

(via Neatorama)

British Piers

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The first British pier opened 200 years ago this month in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight. Photographer Simon Roberts spent three years documenting the country's remaining piers, which are now the subject of a fascinating touring exhibition on show at 11 coastal museums and galleries.

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Inside San Franciso's Fire Department, Where Ladders Are Made by Hand

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San Francisco's Fire Department is one of the few left in the US that still uses wooden ladders. Each is made by hand at a dedicated workshop. Some have been in rotation for nearly a century. Hang on: Wouldn't a wooden ladder burn? Yes. They go up in flames.

(thanks Cora)

Colnago C60 Frame

Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago in 1954 near Milano in Cambiago, Italy. The hand built Colnago C60 is truly a masterpiece. Carbon star shaped tubes, lugs, keeping the ability to customize the ride.

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(thanks Cora)

Goat Reaches Fruit By Balancing On A Donkey

Now this is true friendship! A donkey allows his goat friend to balance on top of him while reaching for fruit in a tree.

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(thanks Cora)

Formula One Drivers Do Insanely Specific Exercises To Keep Death At Bay

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Try telling a Formula One driver that driving a car is for the fat and lazy. Despite the fact that they effectively earn a living by sitting in a car, the strength and endurance required of a F1 racer is pretty incredible.

There are lateral G-forces which can make the driver feel as though there is an extra 25 kg (or 55.12 lbs) on his neck. There are also longitudinal G-forces acting on the driver, plus additional forces from car acceleration and deceleration mid-drive. There's the extreme heat found in the F1 cockpit, especially at the hotter rounds of the championships, also puts a vast straight on the body. How do F1 drivers adapt to these conditions?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Dandelion

Dandelions are native to Eurasia and North and South America. The name comes from French dent-de-lion, meaning 'lion's tooth.' This video about the dandelion is from the BBC's documentary series The Private Life of Plants.

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(thanks Cora)

Dewi The Dragon: Guardian Of Castle Harlech

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Harlech Castle was constructed atop a spur of rock next to the Irish Sea by Edward I of England to seal his victory over Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last sovereign Prince of Wales. Although the sea has retreated and no longer protects the castle a new guardian has recently arrived.

Where water once protected Harlech, now it is fire. Dewi the Dragon, resplendent in his scaly coat of steel, is the new sentinel of the still magnificent medieval castle and guards the town's inhabitants from harm.

Gentle Brain

Gentle Brain is an interactive piece about the fleeting nature of digital pleasures. Commissioned by the wonderful Etterstudio for MUDA, Museum for Digital Art, opening in Zurich in the late of 2014.

Rollie The Armadillo

Rollie, a southern three-banded armadillo, likes to play. This video was taken at the New Zoo and Adventure Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA.

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The Republic Of Kruševo: The Makedonium Monument

Kruševo is a town in Macedonia and home of the Makedonium. It was officially opened on August 2 of 1974, on the 30th anniversary of the Second Session of the Anti-fascist Assembly for the National Liberation of Macedonia.

The Makedonium occupies 12 acres and has the shape of a round dome with oval windows. The complex also consists of a plateau with series of sculptures named 'Breaking the Chains,' symbolizing freedom won in the liberation wars.

(thanks Juergen)

These Lego Creations Perfectly Represent Each Of The 50 United States

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Jeff Friesen puts us all to shame with his fantastic Lego dioramas. Hailing from Nova Scotia, he started building Lego representations of U.S. states in 2013, using nothing but the Lego in his daughter's collection.

Hard work and a clever imagination resulted in an incredible project that contains all 50 states, each capturing a very defining aspect of the place's history, geography or culture.

(thanks Cora)