Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Reach

A short film by Ahmed Elmatarawi that may inspire both a young and adult audience. Reach illustrates and encourages altruism, but also shows a reward given in return.



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(thanks Cora)

The Essential Herb And Food Pairing Guide


Starting a herb garden is a great way to incorporate fresh flavors into your cooking. With new ingredients comes new ideas, but what if you're stuck in a culinary rut? Lucky for you, Personal Creations has taken some of the work out of finding new inspiration by pairing the 13 most commonly grown herbs with their ideal foods.

Check out all the potential your herb garden has. Included is everything from proteins to fruits so you're never stuck with an overgrown garden again.

(thanks Julissa)

Collector Maniac


(via Bad Newspaper)

What Matters Most To People Around The World


What matters most to people? Safety, housing, jobs, health, income, life satisfaction, education, environment? International moving company, Movehub put together a fantastic infographic that shows us what matters most to people all over the world.

The Lonely Bachelor

The story of a bachelor, who is looking for love like others have in their life... And eventually he finds it.



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(thanks Cora)

Two Legs Good, Eight Legs Best: Five Reasons To Love Octopuses

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Sy Montgomery's new book, 'he Soul of an Octopus,' explores the 'emotional and physical world of the octopus - and the remarkable connections this astonishingly complex, spirited creature makes with humans.' Here she gives five compelling reasons for diving in and taking a tentacle.

13 Compelling Arguments For Why You Should Have A Cat In Your Home

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Wherever you are, there will likely be someone condemning the existence of cats. Felines are polarizing animals, whether it's due to a bad experience or a debilitating allergy.

But for every cat hater out there, there's a kitty crusader - someone who wholeheartedly believes that cats aren't devious or vicious, they're just misunderstood. Cats aren't perfect, but here are the reasons they're worth every hairball.

(thanks Cora)

Monday, 4 May 2015

Star Trek's Tim Russ Explains Star Wars Day

Star Trek: Voyager's Tim Russ (Tuvok) attempting to explain the May the 4th/Star Wars Day phenomenon, and getting facts just wrong enough to irk Star Wars fans.



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(thanks Aaron)

How Old Do I Look?


With the help of Microsoft's newly released Face detection API's, 'How Old Do I Look?' is a page that guesses your age by looking at a picture of you. You can upload a picture of yourself and have the API predict the age and gender of any faces recognized in that picture. You can also look for photos of people on the Internet and use these.

Sometimes it's quite right but as with all of these entertaining gadgets, you could be disappointed with the result. I uploaded a photo of myself and it said I was 52. That's not right but I admit I've always looked much younger.

Amazing Images Of Easter Island Statues With Bodies

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Easter Island's monumental stone heads are well-known, but there's more to the story: all along, the sculptures have secretly had torsos, buried beneath the earth.

(via Everlasting Blort)

Magpies: Not Only Black And White

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The Eurasian magpie is one of the few species of birds which can recognise itself in a mirror test. As they stand out so much with their black and white plumage you might imagine that this is something which is relatively easy to do.

After all, when we think of magpies we think in black and white too! Yet magpies are not only black and white. There are other species which belie the general belief that all magpies are: here are some exceptions that prove the rule.

Antarctica

This movie was shot during a 20 days trip to Antarctica in December 2014 to January 2015. The movie takes us from Ushuaia in Argentina and to Port Williams in Chile, rounded Cape Horn and crossed the Drake Passage towards the Melchior Islands in Antarctica.



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(thanks Danny)

The Outings Project: Museum Paintings Experience Life On The Streets

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Outings is a world participative project, initiated by Julien de Casabianca, a French visual artist. The idea is for people to liberate portraits from their homes in museums and other municipal building and place them on the walls of their towns and cities.

You can see these paintings if you make the special journey to where they hang in their frames. Yet they are surrounded by tens, often hundreds of other paintings. By placing the paintings in random streets and alleyways, de Casabianca hopes that their beauty will be fully appreciated once more.

8 Fictional Places (That Sound Real)


Science fiction and fantasy stories can inhabit worlds that we are familiar with, even though they have no basis in reality: Narnia, Middle-Earth, Westeros, Tatooine, etc.

Then there are fictional nations inserted into movies, TV, comics, and other pop culture media that are vaguely reminiscent of real places, but the name is made up to avoid offense. You might remember a few of these.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Poopy Cat

To launch his company's range of biodegradable litter boxes, Thomas Vles from the Netherlands constructed a perspex kitty-mobile from an old bicycle, put in his two cats and cycled from Amsterdam to London. His company, called Poopy Cat, opened his first store in London last Tuesday.

The trip has been supported by 2 vets and the cats were and are always priority nr.1. If the cats were not comfortable in any way, Thomas made sure they could travel inside the attendant car.



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(thanks Cora)

Are Incomplete Sentences The New Thing Or...?

Sometimes a sentence doesn't end where you'd expect, but... And yet somehow, you still know what the writer intended, so.... This may be something you do all the time, or...

The Mud Brick Villages of Wadi Hadramaut And Wadi Dawan

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Yemen in a desert country located on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. With the exception of the costal plains in the west, Yemen is continuously elevated with high and dry mountains having jagged peaks and plateaus covering most of the country.

Yemen has no permanent rivers, but the highland regions are interspersed with several seasonal river valleys, called 'Wadi,' that remain dry in the winter months. The most notable among these are Wadi Hadhramaut and Wadi Dawan, in eastern and central Yemen.

What Is Jeopardy!?

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Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions.

The original daytime version debuted on March 30, 1964, and aired until January 3, 1975. A weekly nighttime edition aired from September 1974 to September 1975, and a revival, The All-New Jeopardy!, ran from October 1978 to March 1979. A daily syndicated version of Jeopardy! premiered on September 10, 1984, and is still airing, making it by far the program's most successful incarnation.

An Object At Rest

An Object at Rest follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia, facing nature's greatest obstacle: human civilization.



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(thanks Cora)

23 Car Hacks That Everyone Should Know

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A majority of adults drive cars, so why not make the trip from point A to point B - and the upkeep of your car - a little bit easier? These tips and tricks won't make you a certified mechanic or magically eliminate those people who can't seem to exert enough energy to slightly lift one finger and use their turn signal, but they can make general upkeep and travel a little bit less stressful.