Sunday, 21 September 2014

Panama Canal Ship Accident

Panama Canal tow train (called a mule) being crushed as it was pulling a container ship on April 03, 2014. No one was harmed.

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(thanks Cora)

Live Earthquake Mashup

The Live Earthquake Mashup enables you to view live earthquake data from several sources. The events are shown simultaneously on a timeline and a map, provided by Google Maps.

The selected data feed is reloaded every five minutes. You may move the timeline and the map as you like. If you click on a marker in either of the two, an info window will open with detailed information on the event, and a link to more information on the website of the feed provider.

Why Is Mars Red?

Mars is known as the 'Red Planet,' but is it really red? This 60-second video answers one of the most frequently asked questions about our planetary neighbor.

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New York City's 11 Most Accessible Ruins

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With space at a premium and construction at a fever pitch, ruins in New York City usually don't last long. But sometimes an abandoned property falls through the cracks - maybe it's a historic structure, or it's in a remote location, or its ownership is unclear.

The developer's loss, though, is the urban explorer's gain, and some are surprisingly easy to get access. Here are eleven of New York City's most explorer-friendly ruins.

Naqsh-i Rustam - Incredible Reliefs Of Persian Empires

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Most people have heard of the ancient city of Persepolis in Iran. Yet just north of the metropolis of antiquity is a sheer cliff, known as Naqsh-i Rustam. Here, in the second millennium BCE, work began on a quite staggering series of rock reliefs which - even today - have the ability to awe in terms of their size and the staggering amount of work which must have been involved in their creation.

20 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Cosby Show'

The Cosby Show was an American television sitcom which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. Did you know that in Bill Cosby's original pitch, he played a limousine driver, and Clair was a union plumber. Or that Cosby's iconic sweaters were the work of Dutch fashion designer Koos Van Den Akker.

Here are 20 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Cosby Show'.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

'O, Excellent Air Bag': Humphry Davy And Nitrous Oxide

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The summer of 1799 saw a new fad take hold in one remarkable circle of British society: the inhalation of 'Laughing Gas.' The overseer and pioneer of these experiments was a young Humphry Davy, future President of the Royal Society.

Davy's extreme and near-fatal regime of self-experimentation with the gas not only marked a new era in the history of science but a turn toward the philosophical and literary romanticism of the century to come.

Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees

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The Monkees are an American pop/rock band that released music in their original incarnation between 1966 and 1970, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Robert Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966–1968, the musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Englishman Davy Jones.

Ham Yard Hotel Clock

One of the walls of the Ham Yard Hotel in London has an awesome digital wall clock made from 135 of small analogy clocks. The clock not only displays the time but also beautiful geometric shapes.

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(thanks Cora)

What Should I Do With My Old Phone?

Got a new iPhone 6? Congratulations! But what to do with your old phone?
Photojojo has some suggestions.

(via Nag on the Lake)

The 16 Most Awesome Works Of Latte Art You'll Ever See

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You've probably seen a leaf or flower on your latte like the ones above, but have you seen any of these amazing things?

(thanks Cora)

The Evolution Of iOS - From iOs 1 - iOs 8

This onfographic shows how the home screen has changed, the iOs apps icons design evolution, and a timeline of every iOS system from iOS 1 to iOS 8.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Zundert Flower Parade 2014

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Zundert is a small town just 28 miles (45 kilometers) from where I live. Every year, the town hosts the world's biggest flower parade. In Zundert, the flower parade is a social event. Each and every person in Zundert, young and old, is involved in some way or other in construction of the floats and the keeping of the flower fields.

The older members are often responsible for planting and growing the dahlias, while the younger people are responsible for designing the floats, building the scale models and overseeing the construction, the details, the coloring and all other aspects of creating the huge floats.

Supercar Vs Motorbike Vs Formula 1 Car

With help from Marc Webber, Jamie Whincup and Casey Stoner, Top Gear wanted to find out who will win in the battle between Formula 1 car, Supercar and Motorbike.

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(via Twisted Sifter)

Wasabi: Why Invest In 'The Hardest Plant To Grow'?

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Wasabi is a member of the Brassicaceae family, which includes cabbages, horseradish, and mustard. Its stem is used as a condiment and has an extremely strong flavor.

For nearly 30 years, Brian Oates has devoted himself to a single pursuit: setting up the first commercial wasabi farm in North America. Dozens of others in the US and Canada have tried to grow the plant but almost all have failed. The reason is simple: wasabi is deemed by most experts to be the most difficult plant in the world to grow commercially.


(via Bad Newspaper)


A black and white forest is colored in vibrant hues under our eyes except for one sad little panda, which sets off the compassion of an imaginative little boy.

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(thanks Cora)

Strange-Looking Sea Creatures

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The photogenic fish in the picture above has red lips and fins made for walking the seafloor near the Galápagos Islands. The red-lipped batfish is one of some 60 species of batfishes, adapted to walk on modified pectoral and pelvic fins.

Here's a list of some other strange-looking sea creatures.

Incredibly Cute Meals Inspired By Japanese Cuisine

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Japanese chefs and designers are the undisputed masters of the cute food industry, but their brilliant work has inspired chefs around the world to create beautiful and adorable meals that are hard not to play with before eating.

We can all pretend that these are just good ways to get kids to eat, but we all know that we would all melt with joy if presented with a bento lunchbox full of panda-shaped rice balls or a bowl of rabbit-shaped buns.