Monday, 30 March 2015

Wildlife Crossing!

A witty story about a small but determined snail boy who must cross a hectic highway to reunite with his precious girlfriend. Can the boy overcome the harsh reality of his handicap and prove that true love conquers any obstacles?

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(thanks Cora)

Sci-Fi Maps Show What Your City Would Look Like In Tron

Sometimes, you just want your city to seem a little more dystopian. Cue the Vector Map, a new interactive, animated mapping system that makes the world look straight out of Tron.

Stacks of geometric blue shapes represent skyscrapers. Cars become shooting yellow dashes moving across the landscape. Undeveloped land shows up as a neat purple grid, the greenery turned plaid. The animated maps were made using Mapzen, an open-source 3-D mapping system. You can see the Vector Map here.

Game Of Thrones Facts All Fans Should Know

According to one of the filesharing websites, Game of Thrones is one of the most illegally downloaded show in the world. The show is so popular that parents are naming their children after the characters, like Ariya and of course Khalese. This and 13 other facts all fans of Game of Thrones should know.

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(thanks Krystyna)

Top 10 Largest Cruise Ships In The World

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The world's largest cruise ship is currently Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas (picture above) beating its sister ship, the Oasis of the Seas, by 5 centimeters (2 inches). Here's a list of the Top 10 Largest Cruise Ships In The World, based on gross tonnage.

(thanks Veljko)

Hiljainen Kansa: The Silent People of Suomussalmi, Finland

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If you are driving along Highway 5, north of the small town of Suomussalmi, in north-eastern Finland, you are greeted by a peculiar sight. A crowd of almost a thousand figures stand silently on a field near the road.

This army of scarecrow-like figures called 'the Silent People' or 'Hiljainen kansa' in Finnish, were the creation of local artist Reijo Kela. They were first displayed in 1988 in a field in Lassila, a neighbourhood of Helsinki and later moved to this location in 1994 itself.

SHEP - The Worlds First Drone Sheepdog

Watch the sheepdog of the future, Shep the Drone, as he moves sheep from one field to another. Filmed by sheep farmer Paul Brennan in Carlow Ireland.

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(via Miss Cellania)

10 Facts About Easter More Interesting Than The Chocolate

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As holidays go, Easter is a strange one. Learn about Easter's origins, and how it's celebrated around the world. Just make sure to keep some chocolate on standby in case of cravings.

Sunday, 29 March 2015


A cat can't wait to get home from work and cut loose.

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(thanks Cora)

Hillary Clinton

Hillary's never looked better.

(via Bad Newspaper)

The Judas Ear

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No, Doctor Lecter has not been at it again - this is not a real ear. Its quite remarkable resemblance to the human ear has, however, given it a host of names throughout the ages - some it has to be said less flattering (or at least politically correct) than others.

The fungus is called Auricularia auricula-judae and it is found throughout the world. As you will see, some examples look more ear-like than others - you might even say earily so. In fact, anywhere you find elder trees you will likely find the Judas Ear.

Sitges Vintage Car Rally 2015

The Barcelona to Sitges Vintage Car Rally takes place annually in March. Vintage cars compete in a rally along the coast road to Sitges.

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(thanks Cora)

Volvo's Reflective Bike Paint Helps Cars Spot You At Night

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Want to feel nervous? Try riding a bike at night alongside a busy road. Even if you're festooned in lights and reflectors, there's a real chance that a less-than-attentive driver will smack into you. Volvo may have a better way to keep cars at a distance, however.

Its new LifePaint spray is invisible during the day, but reflects car headlights in the evening. You can coat your bike, your clothing or most anything else and provide a heads-up to motorists, who'll see bright white as they get close.

These Are The Times During Life When People Are Happiest

Some people say that we are happiest as children, free of adult pressures and responsibilities. In reality, most people over 60 are in better emotional health than those under 60. So really, most old men aren't all that grumpy.

Not only do we get happier as we get older, but people with a positive outlook on aging live an average of 7.5 years longer. One way to prolong your happiness, and your life, is by getting out and exercising a little bit more.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Floating Flower Garden

A Japanese floating flower garden with over 2,300 living flowers that fill up the entire garden space. When a viewer gets close to this flower-filled space, the flowers rise upwards all at once, creating a hemispherical space with the viewer at its center.

In other words, although the whole space is filled with flowers, a hemispherical space is constantly being created with the viewer at its center and the viewer is free to move around wherever they want.

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Crossing Your Fingers Might Reduce Pain

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Next time you hit your finger with a ill-judged strike of the hammer, cross your fingers, scientists suggest. Scientists from University College London have found that crossing the fingers can confuse the way the brain processes feelings of hot, cold and pain - in some cases reducing painful sensations.

Scientists believe the phenomenon could ultimately be harnessed to help treat chronic pain patients, who suffer from painful sensations, often long after a physical injury has healed.

Lemp Mansion: Tales Of A Cursed Family And Their Haunted House

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The Lemp Mansion is a historical house in Benton Park, St. Louis, Missouri, US. It's also the site of three suicides by Lemp family members after the death of the son Frederick Lemp, whose William J. Lemp Brewing Co. dominated the St. Louis beer market before prohibition with its Falstaff beer brand. The Lemp mansion is said to be haunted by members of the Lemp family.

Jaguar NewXF Performs The World's Longest High-Wire Water Crossing

Watch as the lightweight Jaguar NewXF expertly tackles an epic London water crossing via a 28mm wide high-wire suspended 18 metres above the city. Movie stuntman, Jim Dowdall is at the wheel in an attempt at the world's longest high-wire water crossing by car.

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High Cinema: A Look At Drugs In Film 1894-2014

An infographic from the New York Film Academy all about drugs in movies from 1894 all the way through to 2014. The infographic is broken down into 4 main sections including eras, usage, representation and perception.

Felicity, California: The Center Of The World

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Several places on Earth have been given the nickname 'Center of the World'. One of the serious contender to this title is Felicity, a small town in Imperial County, in California. It's hard to refute the claim, especially when California's Imperial County and the French government both recognize the site as the official center of the world.

To prevent you from further questioning the claim, the town's founder and mayor, Jacques-André Istel, had a 21-foot tall pyramid build on the exact spot marked by a bronze disk set into the pyramid's floor. A visit to the place and standing on the spot will earn you a certificate signed by Mayor Istel himself.