Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Pen Pineapple Apple Pen

Very strange song by Japanese comedian and singer-songwriter Pico Taro.

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All Hail The Pizza Saver, The Tiny Piece of Plastic Protecting Your Pie

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A pizza saver is a device used to prevent the top of a food container, such as a pizza box or cake box, from collapsing in at the center and touching the food inside. The pizza saver was the brainchild of a Carmela Vitale, a 46-year-old woman living in Dix Hills, New York on Long Island.

The First Encyclopedia By A Woman Contains The First Image Of A Pretzel

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Hortus Deliciarum is a medieval manuscript compiled by abbess Herrad of Landsberg at the Hohenburg Abbey in Alsace.

The Hortus Deliciarum is like a handbook of questionable firsts, standing as the first encyclopedia to be authored by a woman, as well as holding what may be the earliest depiction of a pretzel the world has ever seen.

The Man Who Made Up The Klingon Language

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In the 50 years since the original crew of the USS Enterprise set out on its mission, Star Trek has inspired generations of scientists, astronauts, civil rights leaders, engineers, and presidents. But don't forget linguists.

Star Trek crafted a fully developed tongue for the Klingons. 'It's given people a language awareness,' says Marc Okrand, the mind behind the Klingon language. 'You learn more about your own language by studying another one. Klingon has been a way to hook people into thinking about language.'

Laughing Horses

A Volkswagen ad about its trailer assist feature. A man tries to back a horse trailer into a spot at the stable. He's not very good at it. The horses find this hilarious.

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(via Miss Cellania)


Set in the desert of Dubai, the urban spaces of Hongkong or the stunning landscapes of Hawaii, Airtime is a drone film which chronicles a mix of travel experiences filmed across 12 countries over 7 months.

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(thanks Cora)

London's Deep Level Air Raid Shelters

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When the Second World broke out in Europe, and London became the prime bombing target, people began to pour into the platforms of the London Underground every night to escape the nightly bombings of the 1940 London Blitz.

As these underground sanctuaries became increasingly crowded, the British government decided to construct proper air raid shelters far below the ground.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

A Bear, A Lion And A Tiger Are Best Friends

Once kept as illegal pets, bear Baloo, tiger Shere Khan, and lion Leo share a brotherly bond despite how unbelievable it might seem. The trio cuddles and plays in their new home in Noah's Ark, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Atlanta, Georgia.

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(thanks Cora)

50th Wedding Anniversary

(via Bad Newspaper)

Animals That Changed History

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Fleas, rats, dogs, cats, cattle, horses, the American bison and beavers. Just some of the animals that changed history.

12 Things You Might Not Know About T.S. Eliot

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Born in 1888, modernist poet and playwright Thomas Stearns Eliot is best known for writing 'The Waste Land.' But the 1948 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature was also a prankster who coined a perennially popular curse word, and created the characters brought to life in the Broadway musical 'Cats.' Here are a few things you might not know about T.S. Eliot.

What If Everyone Lived In Just One City?

What if everybody in the world, all 7.4 billion of us all lived together in the same city? How big or small would this city have to be and how close together or far apart would we all be living from each other?

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(via Laughing Squid)

Berlin Marathon

A tilt-shift time-lapse film by Joerg Daiber. The annual Berlin Marathon in adorable miniature size. See thousands of runners floating the streets of Berlin like tiny ants.

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(thanks Cora)

Fictional Airlines

The world of fiction can be a weird and wonderful place and the fictional airlines that exist in TV programmes, Hollywood blockbusters and popular video games are no exception to this.

Look at this infographic from Just the Flight and decide how many of these fictional airlines you would choose to fly with. Fancy a long haul trip with Air Springfield to visit Homer and Marge? How about flying with Captain Oveur and Roger Murdock of Trans American Airlines?

(thanks Harry)

Monday, 26 September 2016

Ingredients In Toothpaste

Ancient toothpaste used stuff like rocks and bones - and modern toothpaste isn't all that different. Watch as chemist George Zaidan tries to create his own homemade toothpaste.

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Saudi Arabia's Abandoned Hejaz Railway

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The Hejaz railway that ran from Damascus to Medina in Saudi Arabia. It was one of the principal railroads of the Ottoman Turkish Empire and a vital route across the desert. The railway was built in 1900 at the behest of the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II.

The railway reached only as far as Medina when the First World War broke out and all construction works came to a grinding halt. Today, large sections of the railway lie abandoned in the desert with tracks swallowed up by the sand, and carriages and engines toppled over and overgrown with shrubs.

9 Amazing Statues You Can Only See Underwater

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The vast oceans contain many natural wonders, but they are also home to some astounding additions made by humans. Across the world statues have been sunk into the oceans for a variety of reasons - as memorials, to offer protection to a fragile marine environment, or simply as art.

Colored with algae and populated by coral, some of the statues have become tourist destinations in their own right.

Where Are We In The Universe?

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The Universe is all of time and space and its contents. It includes planets, moons, minor planets, stars, galaxies, the contents of intergalactic space, and all matter and energy. The observable universe is about 28 billion parsecs (91 billion light-years) in diameter.

Have you ever considered our cosmic address? Where exactly in the universe are we?

A Guide To The 58 Different Terms for 'Water'

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What exactly is a sound? What's the difference between a bight and a bay? A sike and a ghyll? Why are there nearly 20 different words for a small stream?

If you grew up on the coast you may be pretty familiar with shoals and inlets, but perhaps things get fuzzy when trying to pin down the definition of the fjords found in Norway or a Scottish loch. Here is a rundown of the many different types of bodies of water.

Tortilla Chip Is So Hellishly Spicy, You Get Only One Per Pack

Don't fear the Carolina Reaper. But you should absolutely approach its scorching scythe of flavor with extreme caution. The wacky tortilla gourmets at Paqui will start selling Carolina Reaper Madness chips online and at select stores nationwide.

Said item comes in a small, red, coffin-shaped box with the robed figure of death depicted on the front and, on the reverse. You get one standard-size chip per package. That's because this particular snack is spiced with fearsome Carolina Reaper peppers, widely touted as the hottest variety on Earth.