Saturday, 20 December 2014

World's Deepest Fish Filmed 8 kilometres (5 miles) Down In The Mariana Trench

Scientists at the University of Aberdeen have set a new record for the world's deepest fish, filming a type of snailfish at a depth of 8 kilometers in the Mariana trench in the western Pacific Ocean. The species of snailfish discovered at the record depth had never been seen before.

Krampus: Santa's Sadistic Sidekick

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Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts.

The song lyrics have never been truer. 'Oh You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I'm telling you why.' Yet it isn't Santa Claus that you have to watch out for - it's his sinister and somewhat sadistic sidekick - Krampus. He has a whip, and he is going to use it.

The Origins Of 10 Popular Christmas Carols

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You've sung them while clutching cups of hot cocoa, cozying up around a fire, or stomping through snowdrifts. You've heard them played in shopping malls, churches, and holiday parties. You know all their words by heart.

But do you know how some of the world's best-known Christmas carols were created?

Istanbul Beauty

Video that shows the beauty of Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey.

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(thanks Cora)

Google Maps Adds 360-Degree Virtual Tour Inside 'The Colbert Report' Studio

Premiering in October 2005, The Colbert Report broadcast 1,447 episodes over its nine-year run, concluding last Thursday, December 18, 2014. But you can still feel like you're in the audience with a brand-new 360-degree virtual tour of the studio.

(via Laughing Squid)

9 Surprising Facts About Flatulence You May Not Know

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Whether you try to hide it or not, you fart. Everybody does. But even though it's such a routine activity - the average person farts between 10 and 20 times per day - there's a lot about farting that you might not know.

As part of research into the microbiome - the rich community of bacteria that live throughout your body - scientists have learned all sorts of interesting things about the bacteria that produce gas inside your intestines. Here are 9 crucial things to know about flatulence.

(via Miss Cellania)

Friday, 19 December 2014

How The Kitten Stole Christmas

How the Kitten Stole Christmas tells the story of a kitten who isn't in a very festive spirit.

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(thanks Cora)

Donald Duck Crashes Into Van

And he wasn't wearing any pants.

(via Bad Newspaper)

Blurred Forms: An Unsteady History Of Drunkenness

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In 1682, the Nonconformist minister Samuel Clarke told a peculiar tale about a soldier losing his wits and drinking to the health of the Devil, inviting the evil being into his world. The soldier was never heard from again.

This story was a warning to all regarding the treacherous fates that awaited drunkards. It was only one of the terrifying possibilities outlined by Clarke. Illness, madness, bodily and spiritual destruction, and - ultimately - death comprised the tragic fates that awaited every drunkard.

Pixels For Christmas

Pixels for Christmas is a new Bart Bonte game. Get all the golden pixels using the cursor keys.

More Bart Bonte games.

Star Wars Music Christmas Lights Show 2014

This Christmas Light Show has been featured on ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight and twice on ABC's Good Morning America.

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(via Twisted Sifter)

10 Gorgeous Tree Art Installations

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Many environmental artists use organic materials to draw attention to ecological problems like deforestation. Forests cover approximately one-third of the planet so it seems obvious that the subject of trees would be a major component of these artworks.

Here are 10 tree art installations that celebrate the beauty of nature and raise activist concerns.

Hobbit Holiday Homes You Can Stay In Around The World

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As 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' hits the cinemas, here's a look at the best Shire-like abodes you can rent for your next holiday.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Family Dinner On Christmas - 13 Dogs And A Cat

13 Dogs and a cat are having a Christmas family dinner.

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(thanks Cora)

10 Unusual Types Of Public Transport Around The World

If you travel to another country, don't always expect that there'll be cabs, trains, or buses available all the time. Sometimes, it's rare to see those vehicles. Instead, the locals may be using to their own version of public transportation.

So why not try them out? What's odd for you can be quite an unforgettable ride that you won't experience anywhere else. Here are 10 of the unusual types of public transport around the world.

(via Neatorama)

How Much Do You Really Know About Santa?

Did you know that Santa Claus moves at 650 miles per second on Christmas Eve? Or that he used to be a skinny bishop in the Middle East who placed candy in children's shoes? Or that the modern-day version of Santa Claus was illustrated by the same person, Thomas Nast, who illustrated the Republican Party's elephant?

Personal Creations made an infographic that will take your Santa IQ from zero to a hundred in only two minutes of reading.

(thanks Julissa)

What If Manhattan...

The Hamdi Foundation, a charity operating in conjunction with UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, released a YouTube video last Tuesday regarding the plight of Syria's millions of refugee. The video illustrates the scale of the Syrian Refugee crisis by showing what 1.5 million people leaving Manhattan would look like.

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(thanks Laura)

Tenzin's House From The Legend Of Korra For Sale

In honor of the finale of The Legend of Korra this week, Movoto decided to find the value of Tenzin's house on Air Temple Island. You don’t have to shave your head to live there, but this iconic animated home still comes at a high price.

(thanks Chad)

Automated Bowling Pin Setter Machine

In­ the early days of bowling, respotting the pins was a physically demanding job. There were actually people behind the lanes resetting the pins and sending back the balls.

Today there are amazing robotic devices that do all the pin setting. The automatic pinsetter, first patented by Gottfried Schmidt, was introduced by the American Machine and Foundry Company in 1946. This first pinsetter was a monster, weighing nearly 2 tons and standing 9 feet tall.

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(thanks Chava)

Knitted Crackling Fireplace Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweaters. You may think you've seen them all. But then you haven't seen the Knitted Crackling Fireplace Christmas Sweater. This sweater has a pocket for your mobile device on which you can display an animated fireplace.

(thanks Cora)