Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Short Vacation

Dear readers. For the first in time in 16 years, I am going to take a short vacation, meaning there will be no post for a couple of days.

I'll be back on Monday, 23 January. See you then!

Monday, 16 January 2017

How To Make 2,000-Year-Old-Bread

In AD 79, a baker put his loaf of bread into the oven. Nearly 2,000 years later it was found during excavations in Herculaneum.

The British Museum asked London chef Giorgio Locatelli to recreate the recipe as part of his culinary investigations for the cinema production 'Pompeii Live from the British Museum.'

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The Best Kitchen Gadget Of The 1600s Was A Small, Short-Legged Dog

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In the hot, smoky kitchens of 17th-century Europe, you'd find a lot of things you'd never see in kitchens today; a large open fire, an iron roasting spit, and oh - a giant contraption holding a small, live, constantly running dog.

For hundreds of years the now-extinct turnspit dog was specially bred just to turn a roasting mechanism for meat. And weirdly, this animal was a high-tech fixture for the professional and home cook from the 16th century until the mid-1800s.

10 Secrets Of The Louvre

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For many people all over the world, a visit to the Louvre is a major bucket list item during a trip to Paris. The most-visited museum in the world is also one of the largest and one of the richest in artistic treasures.

The museum employs 2,290 staff members, including 65 curators and 145 conservationists.
The Louvre even has its own squad of 48 firefighters on call 24 hours a day.

How An Igloo Keeps You Warm

If you ever find yourself stranded in the snowy Arctic, you're gonna need to know how to build an igloo. But how can building a house made of ice keep you warm?

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The Fastest Ship In The World

The Francisco is the world's first high-speed ferry that uses liquefied natural gas as primary fuel. The ship can carry 1,000 passengers and 150 cars while surpassing 58 knots.

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Top 10 Biggest Thefts In The History Of Entertainment

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Sometimes, it seems as though there are few original ideas left in entertainment. When every new property just seems like a remixed, reworked, rehashed version of something else, it can be helpful to remember that artists have borrowed ideas from others since time immemorial.

Having said that, there's a line between borrowing and outright larceny. Pablo Picasso said that good artists copy and great artists steal. If that is true, then these are the stories of the greatest artists in history.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Snow Cleaning In Russia

Snow trucks, cleaning the road in Russia.

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19 Stunning Staircases Transformed By Artists Around The World

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Street art is best known as murals that cover entire walls - and sometimes even the buildings themselves. When painted, public stair art is a stunning and unexpected canvas for portraits, geometric patterns, and intricate mosaics. Here are 18 of the most stunning steps from around the world.

10 Recently Discovered Secret Caches

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Secret documents, CIA weapons, Enigma machines, treasure, and a vast fortune in art are only some of the secret caches investigators and explorers have uncovered in the United States, Spain, Libya, and Germany.

Other such caches, of survival supplies, explosives, tools, correspondence, and even missiles, have been found in Australia, Syria, and elsewhere. These 10 recently discovered secret caches remind us of the marvelous, mysterious, and dangerous world in which we make our home.

Life Accordion To Donald Trump

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Guirec Soudée Explores Greenland For One Year On His Sailboat

Guirec Soudée is a French sailor who is circumnavigating the world on board of his sailboat Scorpio 9 together with his pet chicken Monique. In his latest video you can watch his Greenland experience.

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(thanks Cora)

Dog Afraid Of Car Rides? Here's How To Get Your Dog Comfortable With Riding In The Car

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When a dog is having a hard time with car rides it is an issue from the dog's past. Somewhere the dog decided that car rides are bad. The dog's point-of-view is that the car ride is a horrible thing.

Since there are times when you simply have to get your dog into the car, you should work on these issues sooner - rather than later. Here are the steps for getting your dog comfortable with car rides.