Thursday, 28 April 2016

Awesome Lego Train Set Going Through The Garden And House

A Lego train with a GoPro on it, going through the house and into the garden.

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10 Common Foods That Are Toxic To Dogs

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Maintaining good pet health for your dog includes knowing what not to give her. By making sure that you know about the most toxic foods for your dog, you can ensure that your pet stays healthy and avoids unneeded trauma or pet health issues.

The following are 10 common household foods that are extremely toxic to dogs.

The Humble Origins Of The French Fry Might Surprise You

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Although Europe is the venue for fevered culinary debate about who actually invented French fries, the Belgians claim to be the first. So much so that in the tiny city of Bruges, they've established a museum to make their case in one of the city's most historic buildings, which dates back to the 14th century.

If the Belgians invented French fries, then why are they not called Belgian fries? The real origin is probably in Seville, Spain, back in the 16th century. Mother Teresa of Ávila grew potatoes in her convent gardens to feed the poor and sick and probably fried them in olive oil. So perhaps we should call them Spanish fries instead?

Kung Fu Motion Visualization

German designer and musician Tobias Gremmier captures the kinetics of martial arts in Kung Fu Motion Visualization.

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La Sucrerie De La Montagne

You can't take a trip to Quebec without at least once visiting a Sugar Shack, like La Sucrerie de la Montagne, about an hour west of Montreal. A sugar shack is a small cabin or series of cabins, originally destined to belong to certain private or farm estates, and where sap collected from sugar maple trees is boiled into maple syrup.

(thanks Juergen)

Fifty Sandwiches

Fifty Sandwiches is a cross-country journey dedicated to presenting the public with a rare glimpse into the lives and stories of America's homeless. Their unique and unheard experiences will be captured in a book. Fifty Sandwiches is a Kickstarter project by media student Justin Doering.

The goal is to close the gap between perception and reality, collecting unique splices of life along the way. Justin will be traveling city to city, offering to take homeless people out for a free meal in exchange for an interview. As each chat progresses, these talks will evolve into a dynamic collection of life struggles, stories, and philosophies from a population that is rarely given a voice.

19th Century Naturalist Made Up At Least 28 Fake Species To Prank A Rival

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A 19th century prank, sprung by John James Audubon on another naturalist, was so extensive and so well executed that its full scope is only now coming to light.

The prank began when the French naturalist Constantine Rafinesque sought on Audubon on a journey down the Ohio River in 1818. Audubon was known among colleagues for his ornithological drawings. Rafinesque was on the hunt for new species and he imagined that Audubon might have unwittingly included some unnamed specimens in his sketches.

(via Neatorama)

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Laggy Band Ltd

How to deal with the office bully.

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Honest Restaurant

(via Bad Menu)

Incredible Visualization Of The World's Shipping Routes

About 11 billion tons of stuff gets carried around the world every year by large ships. Clothes, flat-screen TVs, grain, cars, oil - transporting these goods from port to port is what makes the global economy go 'round.

Now there's a great way to visualize this entire process, through this stunning interactive map from the UCL Energy Institute. The researchers assembled data from the thousands of commercial ships that moved across the ocean in 2012.

The Rock Garden Of Chandigarh

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It took years of planning and millions of Rupees to design one of India's first planned cities, but Chandigarh's biggest tourist attraction was not on the master plan of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. It was the product of creative imagination and fifty years of labor by a humble government official Nek Chand.

In 1957 Nek Chand started working on his secret sculptural project. He would cycle to a gorge near Sukhna Lake that was used as dumping ground, and spend hours collecting discarded pieces of broken pottery, bottles, auto parts, plumbing materials, street lights, electrical fittings, broken sanitary ware and so on. He would carry the pieces to a nearby warehouse and fashion them into artistic forms resembling humans and animals.

In Between

In a remote corner of the world a living relic from a prehistoric age still exists. A magnificent creature that once roamed northern plains alongside mammoths and sabertooth cats, enduring where others vanished. This film is the result of Rolf Steinmann's journey into the Musk Ox's world, one that is unknown to most of us.

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(thanks Cora)

A 19th-Century Map Of Our 'Square and Stationary' Earth

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According to Orlando Ferguson of Hot Springs, South Dakota we are not living on a globe but in a giant donut mold. In 1893, Ferguson published his Map of the Square and Stationary Earth. It depicts the world spread over a basin with a mound in the middle.

Lining the rim of the basin is the jagged coast of Antarctica, which forms the icy edge of the world. The sun and moon are depicted as rotating lamps suspended at the end of arc-shaped arms rooted in the Arctic.

The Worlds Biggest Vegetables And How To Grow Them

A lot of time, effort and emotion can go into growing vegetables and so it can be immensely satisfying when you finally see the fruits (or vegetables) of your labour. Now imagine the ecstasy if your vegetables had grown to be the equivalent weight of a young child, a grown woman, or even a small car.

This is the stunning reality of some of the world-record breaking vegetables that have been grown. Much thought and preparation goes into growing these giants.

(thanks Daniel)

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

If Video Game Commercials Were Honest

This video shows what it would look like if video game commercial were honest.

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10 Incredible And Ridiculously Awesome Looking Vehicles

For most of us, as far as our vehicles go, putting a GPS in is all the pioneering technology we need. Maybe we'd consider getting a supposedly more environmentally friendly vehicle, but that would be pushing it.

When it comes to personalizing our rides, a toy on the dashboard or a bumper sticker usually suffices. This list goes to those visionaries who insist on pushing both the technological envelope and cutting the edge of vehicular design, however practical it may be.

What Kind Of Penguin Are You?

Yesterday was World Penguin Day. Yeah, I didn't know that either. Anyway, it was World Penguin Day, that day of the year when we all pause to reflect on how great penguins are. Or something.

Here, just for the fun of it, is this entirely unscientific test to determine precisely what kind of penguin you are (in a metaphorical sense, as I'm aware that you're probably not literally a penguin). I'm a Rockhopper Penguin.

Show Me Yours...

The UK's Government's new Snoopers' Charter will allow the bulk collection of all our personal information. Who we talk to; what we say; where we are; what we look at online - everything.

Don't Panic and human right's group Liberty have just released their latest campaign video that brings home the true scale of the UK government's new snoopers' charter. In the video, comedian Olivia Lee takes to the streets demanding a look at strangers' most personal and sensitive information.

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(thanks Lee)

The Science Of Baking

Shari's Berries made this informative infographic about the science of baking. Ever wondered how your oven can transform a pale blob of dough into a crisp, brown sugar cookie? Or a pan full of gooey batter into a fluffy cake? It's not magic.

Well... maybe it's a little magical, because all cooking is one part art, especially when it comes to inventing new recipes and baked treats. The other part, of course, is science. That's the part that does all the browning, crisping and batter fluffing. It's all explained in this fun and informative infographic.

(thanks Julissa)

How Many People Can The Earth Hold?

There are over seven billion people currently living on Earth, but with limited resources, when will we run out of room?

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(via Laughing Squid)

The Pyramid Of Austerlitz

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At the highest point of the Utrecht Ridge, in the Dutch village of Woudenberg, stands Europe's only pyramid. The earthen hill was built in 1804 by Napoleon's soldiers, under the direction of General Marmont as a tribute to his friend and example Napolean Bonaparte.

Marmont called it 'Mont Marmont.' But in 1806, despite protest from General Marmont, Louis Napoleon, the new king of Holland, renamed the hill the Pyramid of Austerlitz in memory of the Battle of Austerlitz in which Napoleon decisively defeated the Russians and Austrians.