Friday, 21 November 2014

Toronto Zoo Giant Panda Tumbles In The Snow

During this week's snowfall, cameras caught giant panda Da Mao 'bear-bogganing' in his outdoor exhibit. Perhaps he's discovered a new winter sport?

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23 Maps And Charts On Language

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'The limits of my language,' the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once posited, 'mean the limits of my world.' Explaining everything within the limits of the world is probably too ambitious a goal. But here are 23 maps and charts that can hopefully illuminate small aspects of how we manage to communicate with one another.

Superman On The Screen Over The Years

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Born on the planet Krypton and adopted by Earth. First introduced in Action Comics #1 (June 1938), Superman has gone on to become a character the whole world knows.

Superman has been starring on TV and in the movies since 1948. We have had a chance to watch the evolution of Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent. Here is a list of the actor who played Superman/Clark Kent from the beginning.

The Beginner's Guide To #GivingTuesday

You probably know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday - but you might not know about #GivingTuesday. On Tuesday, December 2nd, millions will come together around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate the power of giving.

This year, Tiny Prints will give back by partnering with Baby2Baby to help distribute 3,000 new cribs to families that need them. How will you contribute? Learn how to get involved with The Beginner's Guide to #GivingTuesday.

(thanks Julissa)

The Chemistry Of Cats

They are seemingly the most popular thing on the Internet, the subject of millions of videos and hundreds of memes: Cats. Here are some answers to some of the biggest kitty questions out there: Why does catnip make most cats go crazy? How does kitty litter clump? And what does it mean when your cat rubs against your leg? It all comes down to some key 'meow-lecules'.

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(thanks Cora)

100 Objects That Have Been Sent Into Space

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Space is already full of cultural artifacts and bric-a-brac from space missions over the past six decades. Lego, pizza, a lightsaber, Buzz Lightyear, a Chuck Berry record and the remains of Star Trek's Gene Rodenberry are among this list of 100 objects waiting for aliens to find in space.

10 Of The Most Remote Places On Earth Where People Actually Live

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In a time that many of us take internet access, a mobile phone signal and cable TV for granted, it's easy to forget that there's still a number of remote corners in the world where people still have limited comforts like electricity. For some, the problems of daily life are still more closely related to survival than to comforts.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

How To Pronounce Worcestershire Sauce?

Worcestershire sauce is pronounced 'Woostershur sauce.' In this video, Italian chef Pasquale Sciarappa struggles with the pronunciation of the name for this fermented liquid condiment.

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The Top 10 Words Invented By Writers

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Authorisms - neologisms coined by authors which have entered the wider language - have been enriching English for centuries. From Shakespeare to Joseph Heller, American freelance writer Paul Dickson selects the top 10 words invented by writers.

The United States Of Thanksgiving

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The New York Times scoured the USA for recipes for Thanksgiving that evoke each of the 50 states (and D.C. and Puerto Rico). Here are their picks for the feast.

(via Miss Cellania)

Timelapse Building Two Production Platforms And Jackets

GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland released a timelapse video of the construction of two gigantic gas oil production platforms and their jackets. The platforms were made in the yardfacilities of HSM offshore in Schiedam, the Netherlands. The platforms are already in use in the North Sea.

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(thanks Cora)

Top 10 Most Offensively Decadent Homes In The World

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For some an extension to the rear of the house or some decking will suffice. For others a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room are the stuff dreams are made of. Then there are those select, wealthy few, who have insatiable desires for glamour and decadence.

We're talking gold gilded toilet seats, marble floors throughout, elevators and live-in staff.
Here are the top 10 most offensively decadent homes in the world.

15 Unique And Cool Wedding Rings

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Wedding rings don't have to be boring bands, or regular old solitaires. No, wedding bands can be a reflection of your personality, even if your personality is extremely annoying.
Check out these 15 unique and cool wedding rings.

The Evolutionary Reason Why We Love Sitting By A Crackling Fire

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Relaxing in front of a crackling fire is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a cold winter evening. And now scientists know why. Watching a fire lowers blood pressure, according to new University of Alabama research. Our enjoyment of gazing at fire may be rooted in evolution, as the act of gathering around a fire dates back to prehistoric times.

The researchers found an average of a 5% decrease in blood pressure among participants who watched the fire with sound. The longer they watched the fire, the more relaxed they became.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Matryomin Ensemble 'Da' Plays Symphony No.9

The Matryomin is a single-antenna Theremin-type device mounted inside a Matryoshka doll. The Matryomin Ensemble 'Da' (consisting of 167 members) plays Beethoven's Symphony No.9 Boogie Woogie style. Recorded at the auditorium of Jiyugakuen Myonichikan in Tokyo.

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Why Do Dogs Bark?

That explains it!

(via Bad Newspaper)

10 Spectacular Radio Telescopes Around The World

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Radio telescopes can be found the world over. They are used in radio astronomy, the science of studying celestial objects such as galaxies and stars as well as more difficult to understand phenomena such as Masers and Pulsars.

They also collect and track data from space probes and satellites that we have shot up in to the atmosphere and space. Here are some of the more significant and - in terms of design - beautiful radio telescopes in the world.


Can you really imagine an empty London? What if a dramatic sudden epidemic occurred?

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(thanks Cora)

The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year Is... Vape

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As 2014 draws to a close, it's time to look back and see which words have been significant throughout the past twelve months. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014 is... vape.

Vape originated as an abbreviation of vapour or vaporize. The definition was added in August 2014: the verb means 'to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device,' while both the device and the action can also be known as a vape.

A Tiny Hamster Thanksgiving

A tiny hamster celebrates Thanksgiving with his friends including a fluffly rabbit, a rat, another hamster, and the return of his best friend Farley.

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The Moscow Metro Has Some Beautiful Stations

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The Moscow Metro has 195 stations and its route length is 325.4 km (202.2 mi). Opened in 1935 with one 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) line and 13 stations, it was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union.

The Moscow Metro is the busiest metro system outside of Asia, the world's busiest by daily ridership and the 6th longest in the world. Of those 195 stations many have interesting architecture and design that reflect the era they were built in.