Saturday, 3 December 2016

Crossing A River In Somaliland

Heavy rain washed out the road between Berbera and Hargeisa.



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The 'Ancient Lights' Windows Of England

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In many old brick buildings around London, you'll find signs saying 'Ancient Lights' marked beneath individual windows. The phenomenon is not unique to London. 'Ancient Lights' signs can be found in Dorset, in Kent and in many places across England. What are they?

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The 11,000 Domino Colosseum

A massive 11,000 domino stones colosseum took 4 days to build, but less than 10 seconds to topple.



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Unsellable 196-Foot Picnic Basket Marked Down To $5 Million

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According to some, the future of architecture is wood, but in Newark, Ohio, the future has already arrived - in the form of big, dumb picnic basket that's also an office building no one will buy.

First put on the market 18 months ago for $7.5 million, the former headquarters of struggling basketmaker Longaberger is now available for a mere $5 million, Despite the steal of a price, the iconic building seems unsellable.

Black Panther Women: The Unsung Activists Who Fed And Fought For Their Community


Much of the reverence - and controversy - around the Black Panther Party centers on its early male leaders, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver when the Party launched in Oakland, California, in 1966. But behind the scenes, thousands of Black Panther volunteers ran social programs that fed poor children breakfast, gave away bags of groceries to hungry families, transported sick and disabled people, provided free health care, offered legal aid and drug counseling, and more.

The hard work of women was the lifeblood of these so-called survival programs. One woman doing such work was Judy Juanita - a playwright, novelist and poet. Collectors Weekly spoke with Juanita about the hard volunteer work that went into making a newspaper and the social programs.

(thanks Lisa)

Friday, 2 December 2016

13 Dogs And 1 Cat Eating With Human Hands

Freshpet Holiday Feast - 13 dogs and 1 cat eating with human hands.



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11 Real-World Forests That Look Like They're Straight Out Of A Fairytale

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Forests are the lungs of our world, absorbing carbon and keeping our climates stable, and the protectors of some of our most precious resources. They safeguard habitats and wildlife that allow life to move onward and even make us healthier, too; trees clean our air, lower our stress, and can actually make us happier just by being nearby.

But some forests, you might argue, are just a bit more spectacular than others.
Here are 11 otherworldly forests to remind you just how incredible life on Earth really is.

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X-Story

On a search for treasure, a bionic anti-hero meets his match in the form of a robotic watchdog designed solely for destruction. However, he quickly discovers that the treasure isn't money, it's control over this robotic super-weapon, and with that control comes infinite power.



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The Lure Of Laudanum, The Victorians' Favorite Drug

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Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge's most famous poem, 'Kubla Khan,' was written after an intense laudanum-induced dream; Lord Byron's daughter, the celebrated mathematician Ada Lovelace, claimed laudanum calmed her overactive mind.

Laudanum is a tincture of opium containing approximately 10% powdered opium by weight (the equivalent of 1% morphine). The fact that many writers and artists of the Victorian period used laudanum is clear - but what was it about laudanum that ensnared so many creative people?

The Ultimate Guide To Shutter Speed In Photography

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Today's cameras are equipped with a mind-boggling amount of features to allow you full creative control over your photography. It all seems overwhelming to a new photographer, the reality is there are three main features you need to be concerned with: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

Mastering these three features is the first step to creating technically correct photographs. The first of the bunch - shutter speed - is probably the one you're most familiar with. But do you know the ins and outs of shutter speed and how to utilize it to its full potential?


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas In The 1920s

This rare vintage footage shows what Christmas looked like in the 1920s.



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Top 10 Mystifying Mountains


Used loosely, mountain may refer to any large pile, and a few of the mountains aren't exactly natural elevations of their planet's surface. However, they are massive, and they're either astonishing or mysterious. Here are ten mystifying mountains.

Giant Manta Rays Are More Badass Than We Realized

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New research by Queensland University shows that giant manta rays, known only to consume plankton near the ocean surface, are far more predatory than we thought, swimming to extreme depths to catch their prey.

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Virgin America Safety Video - The honest version.



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The 11 Most Important Cats Of Science

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Have cats played a role in science? Yes, the have.
Here are the 11 most important cats of science.

10 Battles Won In Odd Ways And Against All Odds

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In war, when the chips are down and the odds are against a military unit, it can be time to defy common sense and get creative. Of course real life has been full of many instances of small, overpowered armies trying unusual tactics and getting destroyed.

Which just makes it all the more amazing when some comparatively small or ill-equipped band of soldiers wins the day against what seems like an overwhelming force.