Sunday, 29 November 2015

A Bridge For Santa

Wow yourself with the Christmas story of Coca-Cola and discover how the love of a father for his son rescued the Christmas magic and changed the lives of an entire city.

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(thanks Cora)

The IKEA Dictionary

Part of what makes IKEA unique is their product names. Each name means something, often in a funny or ambigious way. When IKEA went international, they decided to use the same Swedish names everywhere. This makes sense from an organizational sanity standpoint, but it deprives most of the world of this particular joy.

Until now! Here's the IKEA Dictionary.

13th Century Kelburn Castle Covered With Colorful Graffiti

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Who said castles need to be somber colored stone buildings with grey and brown exterior? Ask the Earl of Glasgow, who had his castle transformed into the brightest in all of Scotland.

The Kelburn Castle, 35 miles west of Glasgow, has been the family home of the Boyles since its construction in the 13th century, making the castle the oldest in Scotland to have been continuously inhabited by the same family.

Safari South Africa

Tyler Fairbank went on safari in South Africa, took thousands of photos each day and made this time-lapse film.

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(thanks Cora)

There's A Lot Of Confusion About Eating Fat. Here's What Scientists Agree On

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Media coverage of dietary fat has been confusing and contradictory over the years, as you can see in this graphic of Time magazine covers.

Egypt '90% Sure' There Are Hidden Chambers In King Tutankhamun's Tomb

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Egyptian researchers have said there is a 90% chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb. The discovery of a new chamber could shine fresh light on one of ancient Egypt's most turbulent times, and one prominent researcher has theorised that the remains of Queen Nefertiti might be inside.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves theorises that Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti's tomb.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Little Leaf

A little girl, some kind of lizard and...

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(thanks Cora)

15 Turkey Facts That Will Make You Sound Smart This Thanksgiving

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Did you know that male turkeys are the only ones that gobble. Fittingly, a male turkey is called a gobbler, female turkeys are called hens. Or that a group of turkeys can be referred to as a rafter.

15 Turkey Facts That Will Make You Sound Smart This Thanksgiving.

The Hardest 'Would You Rather' Quiz

Asylum Aid is an independent, national charity working to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the UK from persecution and human rights abuses abroad. They provide free legal advice and representation to the most vulnerable and excluded asylum seekers, and lobby and campaign for an asylum system based on inviolable human rights principles.

Asylum Aid have just released the hardest 'Would You Rather' quiz in the world which aims to get people to consider real life situations refugees face. Take the quiz and see how you can help.

(thanks Lee)

European Bike Stealing Championships 2015

In Europe, bike thieves are a pain in the neck. So online magazine We Love Cycling took a bait bike along with the camera crew to Amsterdam, Rome and Prague to find out which city is the worst.

And what happened after someone finally plucked up the courage to steal the bike? You better watch the whole video to see the show. They never saw it coming.

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More info at We Love Cycling.

(thanks Cora)

Top 30 Best New Movies Of 2016

Shooting's underway so let's explore what are likely to be the best new movies 2016 has to offer. We've got Spielberg, Scorsese, Coen bros, Warcraft, Ghostbusters, Harry Potter universe and the biggest ever superhero scrap.

(thanks Sheridan)

Data-Mined Photos Document 100 Years Of (Forced) Smiling

Turn-of-the-century photographers used to tell subjects to say 'prunes' rather than 'cheese,' so that they would smile less. By studying nearly 38,000 high-school yearbook photos taken since 1905, UC Berkeley researchers have shown just how much smiling, fashion and hairstyles have changed over the years.

The goal was not just to track trends, but figure out how to apply modern data-mining techniques and machine learning to a much older medium: photographs. Their research could advance deep-learning algorithms for dating historical photos and help historians study how social norms change over time.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix

State Farm worked with John Boswell, aka melodysheep on YouTube, to auto-tune the William Shatner turkey fryer video called 'Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix.'

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Bizarre Concept Cars You Never Even Knew Existed

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Every year, automakers redesign their car models and create new ones to keep up with the current style and technologies. Some of these concept cars are also made to test out new features and technologies and end up looking crazy bizarre.

Most of them never end up being mass produced, but they definitely do look cool. Here are some of these out-of-the-ordinary car designs to take a peek at and find out what the future of the car industry might look like.

Windows Turns 30: A Visual History

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The PC revolution started off life 30 years ago. Microsoft launched its first version of Windows on November 20th, 1985, to succeed MS-DOS. It was a huge milestone that paved the way for the modern versions of Windows we use today.

While Windows 10 doesn't look anything like Windows 1.0, it still has many of its original fundamentals like scroll bars, drop-down menus, icons, dialog boxes, and apps like Notepad and MS paint.

Introducing The Privi-Pee

Men: we've all been in that situation where you're out having a drink and you need to pop to the toilet. The worst thing is walking through that door only to be confronted by a busy urinal space. What do you do? Do you stand shoulder to shoulder with the man next to you?

Introducing the Privi-Pee, an ingenious solution to make urinal 'stage fright' a thing of the past. The Privi-Pee is a cape that you can wear when you enter a public bathroom. It's designed to help you cover your modesty and let you pee without worry.

(thanks James)

100% Possible

On November 30th our leaders will meet for COP21, the world's biggest climate summit. It's time to show anything is possible when we come together - including a world powered by 100% clean, safe, renewable energy.

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(thanks Mike)

10 Planets That Could Potentially Sustain Life

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In order for a planet to be habitable or hospitable for life, it needs to meet certain criteria. They have to be the right distance from a star, they have to be big enough to have a molten center, and the planet needs to have rock.

Exoplanets, which are planets outside of our solar system, may not only support life other than our own, but we could also consider these as oases in the universe in case we are ever forced to leave Earth. As of right now, obviously there is no way we can travel to these planets, but with changes in space travel and space colonies, we may get there one day.

Does Eating Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

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Thanksgiving Day. You pile your plates with turkey, dressing, two kinds of potatoes, cranberries and dig in. Second helpings? Of course! An hour later, after plenty of food and conversation, you push back and notice you've become very, very sleepy. You think, 'I’m sleepy because turkey is high in tryptophan.'

Is this true? Or is it a myth? Find out.