Wednesday, 5 August 2015

A Red Hot Nickel Ball Placed On Floral Foam

Watch what happens when you place a red hot nickel ball on top of a piece of floral foam.

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The Goth Chicken: Black Bones, Black Meat And A Black Heart

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Here's an unusual breeding product: a chicken called the Ayam Cemani. The bird is inky black from the tip of its comb to the end of its claws, with blue-black skin, jet-black eyes, and a black tongue. It is covered in shimmering metallic black feathers, and even its internal organs are black. It is one Goth chicken.

Bonsai Tree Survived Atomic Bomb, And No One Knew Until 2001

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A 390-years-old bonsai tree was donated to the National Arboretum in Washington by Masaru Yamaki. It was part of a 53-specimen gift to the United States for its 1976 bicentennial.

Little was known about the bonsai tree until March 8, 2001, when - with no advance notice - two brothers visiting from Japan showed up at the museum to check on their grandfather's tree.

The Caves Of Xanadu

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The caverns were discovered in 1974, when cavers Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts found a narrow crack in the bottom of a sinkhole, and followed the source of warm, moist air toward what ended up being more than 2.5 miles of pristine cave passages.

Hoping to protect the Caves of Xanadu from vandalism, they kept the location a secret for fourteen years. They gained the cooperation of the Kartchner family and approached Arizona State Parks. The discovery of the cave was finally made public in 1988 when the landowners sold the area to the state for development as a park and show cavern.

Isn't This Octopus Adorabilis?

What do you call an tiny octopus with big eyes, gelatinous skin and is cute as a button? Nobody knows quite yet. Stephanie Bush of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute aims to classify and name this presently undescribed deep-sea cephalopod using preserved specimens and a clutch of eggs hatch housed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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(thanks Cora)

8 Habits That Other Cultures Would Consider Rude

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It's kind of a strange when you think about it, but rudeness is 100 percent a cultural construct. Anything that you can think of that's considered rude might be seen as perfectly fine in another place.

What you have to apologize for varies from culture to culture. The key, of course, is knowing what's acceptable where you happen to be. So before you head out on your next trip, check out what the local customs are. Here are a few of some of the most common taboos from around the world.

The History Of Vending Machines Goes Back To The 1st Century

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Vending machines are one of the few things keeping us away from the dream of a cashless society. The devices, which offer up an array of items for a little bit of pocket change, are silent but prevalent. They represent some of our most technologically advanced furniture, and they'll probably always be there for us in our time of need.

Turns out, vending machines also have a fascinating history. The first one was actually created to prevent holy water theft back in the 1st century.

(via Miss Cellania)

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo In Disguise

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. Back in January, Cristiano Ronaldo disguised himself and played football with random people in the streets of Madrid, Spain.

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(thanks Tristan)

10 Abandoned Car And Vehicle Graveyards Of The World

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The short life of a car usually has a guaranteed endpoint: a trip to the scrapyard. But not every vehicle on Earth makes it that far. Some get waylaid along the way, turning to dust on deserted roadsides or in random backyards.

Some even find their way into one of the world's peculiar vehicle cemeteries. Haunting, desolate, and fascinating, here are 10 of the world's most unusual car graveyards.

(via Neatorama)

The Windows Start Menu Saga, From 1993 To Today

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One of the first Windows 10 features we learned about was the return of the Start menu, which is sort of funny, since the concept of the Start menu is over two decades old.

The Start menu has changed a lot over the years, but there are a handful of common elements that have made it all the way from Windows 95 to Windows 10. Let's travel back in time to before there was a Start menu to track its evolution from the mid '90s to now.

We Have A 6th Taste - But It's Less Than Tasty

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To the ranks of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami, researchers say they are ready to add a sixth taste - and its name is a mouthful: 'oleogustus' which is Latin for 'a taste for fat.' Rick Mattes, a professor of nutrition science at Purdue University says it's a sensation one would get from eating oxidized oil.

Mattes and his colleagues had 28 tasters sample lookalike mixtures with different tastes. They found that more than half of the people in their study were able to distinguish fatty acids from the other tastes.

Robbie Maddison's 'Pipe Dream'

Australian motorbike stunt rider Robbie Maddison rides his dirt bike on the powerful and iconic waves of Tahiti. For nearly two years Robbie has been focused on making surfing on his motorbike a reality. His efforts paid off in Tahiti, where he rode the world famous waves at Teahupoo and Papara.

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A Look At The Evolution Of Modern Video Game Controllers

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If anything's kept pace with how video games have changed over the years, it's how we interact with them. Our biggest touchpoint with virtual worlds is the gamepad and - akin to how games themselves have evolved from simple 2D affairs into 100-hour-long labyrinths in three dimensions - controllers have changed to accommodate that.

Here's a comprehensive look at gamepads from the past 30-plus years of gaming, including high points and missteps alike.

The 10 Richest People Of All Time

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Who had more money, John D. Rockefeller or Genghis Khan? It's a simple question with a very difficult answer. This ranking of the richest people of all time is based on hours of interviews with academic economists and historians.

Suffice to say that this list is a rigorous but highly debatable attempt to list the wealthiest historical figures in order of their economic influence.

Monday, 3 August 2015

2-Year-Old Girl Solves Rubik's Cube In 70 Seconds

Hong Yan Chan is 2 years and 11 months old. She can solve a Rubik's Cube in 70 seconds.

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Racer S

Make a virtual ride with a Formula 1 car. Click your left button to change the view and drag to look around.

Smile Of The Week

Yay! Sheep!

(via Bad Newspaper)

Chubby Bulldog Trying To Get On A Chair

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Train Wreck At Montparnasse

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On October 22, 1895, the express train from Granville to Paris was running late. Hoping to arrive on time, the driver increased the speed of the steam locomotive, which was carrying 131 passengers. As it entered the Montparnasse terminal, the train was traveling approximately 25 to 37 miles per hour.

The air brake either failed or was applied too late, and the conductor was too preoccupied with paperwork to throw the hand brake in time. The train crashed through the buffers at the end of the track, crossed the 100-foot concourse and burst through the wall of the station, tumbling onto the street below.

Neuroscience: Crammed With Connections

In a piece of brain tissue smaller than a dust mite, there are thousands of brain cell branches and connections. Researchers from Harvard University in Boston, MA have mapped them all in a new study appearing in Cell. They find some unexpected insights about how the cells talk to each other.

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The Smallest Post Office In The US Is The Size Of A Closet

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In 1953, the general store and post office of Ochopee, Florida burned down. So local residents converted an irrigation pipe shed on a tomato farm into a temporary post office. It stayed there and remains in business to this day.