Saturday, 22 November 2014

Sausage

This retro animation introduces us to two artisan stallholders who's idyllic world is invaded by a devious fast-food vendor. The ferocious turf war that follows provokes life changing events that result in one deliciously sourcey discovery.



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(thanks Cora)

High-Pitched Screams


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Ten Things You Might Not Know About Space

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Astronomy provides a fascinating and even downright astonishing view of the universe. Here are 10 oddities and misconceptions about space that you may - or may not - have heard before.

Riverdance In A Caravan

Scene from British sitcom Father Ted in which Father Noel Furlong (portrayed by Graham Norton) does a riverdance in a caravan.



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(thanks Cora)

Germany's Longest Word Has Officially Ceased To Exist

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Germany's longest word - Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz - a 63-letter long title of a law regulating the testing of beef, has officially ceased to exist.

The law was considered a legitimate word by linguists because it appears in official texts, but it never actually appeared in the dictionaries, because compilers of the standard German dictionary judge words for inclusion based on their frequency of use.

(via Neatorama)

The Best Corn Maze Ever Has Lost People Calling 911


What should have been an a-maze-ing fall activity had some California residents calling police. The largest corn maze in the world - in Dixon, California, USA - is no laughing matter to Dixon county deputies who had to respond to constant emergency calls from people stuck in the labyrinth.

Matt Cooley, the owner of the maze, suggests that next year people should grab a map before heading in.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Toronto Zoo Giant Panda Tumbles In The Snow

During this week's snowfall, cameras caught giant panda Da Mao 'bear-bogganing' in his outdoor exhibit. Perhaps he's discovered a new winter sport?



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23 Maps And Charts On Language

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'The limits of my language,' the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once posited, 'mean the limits of my world.' Explaining everything within the limits of the world is probably too ambitious a goal. But here are 23 maps and charts that can hopefully illuminate small aspects of how we manage to communicate with one another.

Superman On The Screen Over The Years

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Born on the planet Krypton and adopted by Earth. First introduced in Action Comics #1 (June 1938), Superman has gone on to become a character the whole world knows.

Superman has been starring on TV and in the movies since 1948. We have had a chance to watch the evolution of Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent. Here is a list of the actor who played Superman/Clark Kent from the beginning.

The Beginner's Guide To #GivingTuesday


You probably know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday - but you might not know about #GivingTuesday. On Tuesday, December 2nd, millions will come together around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate the power of giving.

This year, Tiny Prints will give back by partnering with Baby2Baby to help distribute 3,000 new cribs to families that need them. How will you contribute? Learn how to get involved with The Beginner's Guide to #GivingTuesday.

(thanks Julissa)

The Chemistry Of Cats

They are seemingly the most popular thing on the Internet, the subject of millions of videos and hundreds of memes: Cats. Here are some answers to some of the biggest kitty questions out there: Why does catnip make most cats go crazy? How does kitty litter clump? And what does it mean when your cat rubs against your leg? It all comes down to some key 'meow-lecules'.



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(thanks Cora)

100 Objects That Have Been Sent Into Space

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Space is already full of cultural artifacts and bric-a-brac from space missions over the past six decades. Lego, pizza, a lightsaber, Buzz Lightyear, a Chuck Berry record and the remains of Star Trek's Gene Rodenberry are among this list of 100 objects waiting for aliens to find in space.

10 Of The Most Remote Places On Earth Where People Actually Live

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In a time that many of us take internet access, a mobile phone signal and cable TV for granted, it's easy to forget that there's still a number of remote corners in the world where people still have limited comforts like electricity. For some, the problems of daily life are still more closely related to survival than to comforts.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

How To Pronounce Worcestershire Sauce?

Worcestershire sauce is pronounced 'Woostershur sauce.' In this video, Italian chef Pasquale Sciarappa struggles with the pronunciation of the name for this fermented liquid condiment.



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The Top 10 Words Invented By Writers

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Authorisms - neologisms coined by authors which have entered the wider language - have been enriching English for centuries. From Shakespeare to Joseph Heller, American freelance writer Paul Dickson selects the top 10 words invented by writers.

The United States Of Thanksgiving

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The New York Times scoured the USA for recipes for Thanksgiving that evoke each of the 50 states (and D.C. and Puerto Rico). Here are their picks for the feast.

(via Miss Cellania)

Timelapse Building Two Production Platforms And Jackets

GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland released a timelapse video of the construction of two gigantic gas oil production platforms and their jackets. The platforms were made in the yardfacilities of HSM offshore in Schiedam, the Netherlands. The platforms are already in use in the North Sea.



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(thanks Cora)

Top 10 Most Offensively Decadent Homes In The World

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For some an extension to the rear of the house or some decking will suffice. For others a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room are the stuff dreams are made of. Then there are those select, wealthy few, who have insatiable desires for glamour and decadence.

We're talking gold gilded toilet seats, marble floors throughout, elevators and live-in staff.
Here are the top 10 most offensively decadent homes in the world.

15 Unique And Cool Wedding Rings

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Wedding rings don't have to be boring bands, or regular old solitaires. No, wedding bands can be a reflection of your personality, even if your personality is extremely annoying.
Check out these 15 unique and cool wedding rings.

The Evolutionary Reason Why We Love Sitting By A Crackling Fire

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Relaxing in front of a crackling fire is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a cold winter evening. And now scientists know why. Watching a fire lowers blood pressure, according to new University of Alabama research. Our enjoyment of gazing at fire may be rooted in evolution, as the act of gathering around a fire dates back to prehistoric times.

The researchers found an average of a 5% decrease in blood pressure among participants who watched the fire with sound. The longer they watched the fire, the more relaxed they became.