Saturday, 10 December 2016

Pigeon Story: How The Rock Dove Became The Sky Rat

Street pigeons are derived from domestic pigeons that have returned to the wild. The domestic pigeon was originally bred from the wild rock dove, which naturally inhabits sea-cliffs and mountains.

Rock, domestic, and feral pigeons are all the same species and will readily interbreed. Feral pigeons find the ledges of buildings to be a substitute for sea cliffs, have become adapted to urban life, and are abundant in towns and cities throughout much of the world.

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Spell Your Name In Gum

Spell your name. In gum.

The Place Furthest From Land Is Known As Point Nemo

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Where do you go to get away from it all? When the stress of everyday life pushes you to search for the most remote point on Earth, you might be surprised to learn there are actually a few to choose from.

But if you have decent sea legs, nothing beats the furthest point from land, also known as the 'oceanic pole of inaccessibility.' It has been nicknamed Point Nemo. The The name means 'no-one' in Latin, which is fitting for a place so rarely visited by people.

Very - Get More Out Of Giving

An animated commercial for Christmas by the Milford Creative Studio in Stockholm.

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(thanks Cora)

Reverse Robbery

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10 Majorly Useful Things You Can Do With Tea Bags

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Smelly fridge? Greasy pans? Puffy eyes? There's a tea bag for that. The natural properties in tea leaves mean tea bags are as amazing outside of your mug as they are inside of it. Don't toss out your used - or unused - tea bags; put them to work instead.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Unchained Melody Pan Flute And Guitar Version By Inka Gold

This video will give you chills. Brothers Oscar Andres Morales Vega and Pablo Santiago Morales Vega make up Inka Gold. Listen to their version of 'Unchained Melody.'

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(via Nag on the Lake)

Dive In Bali

Diving experience in the wonderful underwater world of Bali.

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(thanks Cora)

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Winter Solstice

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The winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June solstice.

Amid the whirl of the holiday season, many are vaguely aware of the approach of the winter solstice, but how much do you really know about it? Whether you're a fan of winter or just wish it would go away, here are 10 things to note - or even celebrate - about the solstice.

The Real Story Behind The Myth Of Area 51

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What exactly goes on inside of Area 51 has led to decades of wild speculation. There are, of course, the alien conspiracies that galactic visitors are tucked away somewhere inside. Well, there are no aliens at America's most famous top-secret military base, but what is there is just as interesting.

What The Fahrenheit?

When winter looms, we start to pay more attention to the thermometer. The Fahrenheit thermometers in the U.S. are altogether confusing for folks in most of the rest of the world.

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(via Neatorama)

10 People Who Held Bizarre Positions In Royal Courts

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Often, people think of royal courts as being refined and dignified, but some of the members of such courts have been coarse, vulgar, and rude. Others have had to perform unpleasant, even disgusting, roles. Some have even had to sacrifice themselves or parts of themselves.

Here are 10 people who held bizarre positions in royal courts.

The Popular Victorian Clubs That Yearned To Fill Europe With Hippos

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The Acclimatization Society was one of dozens of perfectly legal groups dedicated to spreading species around the world. For a few decades at the end of the 19th century, 'acclimatization,' or intercontinental species-swapping, was all the rage throughout Europe and its colonies. Although it was eventually replaced by sounder ecological strategies, its strange legacy remains.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

English For Beginners

Sometimes there are no words to express what's most important. The only thing you have to do, is learn those words.

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The Evolution Of Disney Animation (1937-2016)

The evolution of Disney animation since 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' (1937) to 'Zootopia' (2016).

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(thanks Cora)

We Couldn't Live Without 'Zero' - But We Once Had To

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Nothing lies at the heart of science, engineering and mathematics. Nothing as in zero, of course. This cheeky yet powerful number has caused more controversy and provided more delight than any other digit.

For one thing, it allows us to forecast the future. But to comprehend why and to understand zero's power, you first have to understand its birth and its battles, because zero's path to greatness was a rocky one.

Elusive Snow Leopard Of The Himalayas

There are thought to be as few as 3500 snow leopards left in the wild. Using state of the art motion detecting remove cameras the Planet Earth II team were able to gain access into this elusive big cats world.

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(thanks Cora)

15 Insane Homes From Around The World

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A colection of photographs of some of the most insane looking homes from around the World. Some of the homes are in strange places, some of them are shaped like various things and they are all bizarre for one reason or another. An article by Estate Agent Jobs.

The Remarkable Story Of St Kilda’s Residents

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The remote archipelago of St Kilda, off the west coast of the Scottish mainland, is truly an isolated place. It is the most remote part of the British Isles. The wind is so strong here that trees refuse to grow.

In this hostile climate, a small community had clung to their most basic existence, surviving largely by eating sea birds and their eggs. This extraordinary group of men, women and children lived in a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. After thousands of years of isolation, the entire population of the island evacuated to the mainland to escape the failing harvests, the lack of communication and the lack of medical care.