Monday, 20 October 2014

Supreme Court - Puppy Justice Reenactment

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did a Supreme Court Reenactment with dogs.

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10 Greatest Superheroes Of All-Time

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We are all fascinated by superheroes, be it their awesome powers or the fact that they save the world over and over again. From comic books to the big and small screen, they are everywhere. Take a look at the 10 favorite superheroes of all-time.

What The World Eats

Daily diets vary considerably around the world. This chart shows what the world eats. Select different countries to see how consumption patterns have changed in the last fifty years.

Click on grams to understand the quantities of foods that are consumed per person in each country. Alternatively view the breakdown by calories to measure how the balance of food translates into bodily energy.

The Real Face Of King Tut

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With strong features cast in burnished gold, pharaoh Tutankhamun's burial mask projects an image of majestic beauty and royal power. But in the flesh, King Tut had buck teeth, a club foot and girlish hips, according to the most detailed examination ever of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh's remains.

And rather than being a boy king with a love of chariot racing, Tutankhamun relied on walking sticks to get around during his rule in the 14th century BC. A 'virtual autopsy', composed of more than 2,000 computer scans, was carried out in tandem with a genetic analysis of Tutankhamun's family.

Teddy Bear The Porcupine's Halloween Feast

Pumpkins. What respectable porcupine could resist this Halloween feast? Teddy Bear, the talking porcupine, sure can't. Listen carefully, as he's talking with his mouth full.

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SimCity That I Used to Know

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SimCity is an open-ended city-building computer and console video game series originally designed by developer Will Wright. SimCity gives the player macro- and micro-managerial control of a voxelated urban terrarium. The game kicked off a series of digital sandboxes that put complex systems within the grasp of anyone with a computer mouse.

On Sim City's 25th birthday, a devotee talks with creator Will Wright.

Vegan Grocery List: Top 50 Staples For A Meat-Free Diet

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Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.

Just because someone doesn't want to eat things that once roamed about doesn't mean they have to sacrifice the pleasures or cooking and eating. On the contrary, with the right ingredients, a vegan diet can be as sumptuous as any other.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Lady Is A Tramp

Weird video designed, directed and animated by Dvein. Voice by Marga Sardà.

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Nice Thief

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Historic Werewolves

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The idea of a person turning into a dangerous animal has been part of folklore ever since folklore was invented. It's quite popular today, at least in fiction, since the transformation makes a great special effect.

But there have been real people in various parts of the world who went down in history as practitioners or victims of lycanthropy. In other words, werewolves.

(via Miss Cellania)

The Making Of The World's Tallest Rideable Bicycle

Los Angeles-based cinematographer Richie Trimble made the tallest bike in the world. With a height of 20-foot, the bike captured the Guinness Book world record on December 26th, 2013.

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(thanks Cora)

Besleti Bridge

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The Besleti Bridge, also known as the Queen Tamar Bridge, is a medieval arched stone bridge at Sukhumi, Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia. The bridge spans the small mountain River Besletka, and dates back to the late 12th century.

This single-arch bridge is one of the most illustrative examples of the medieval bridge design popular during the reign of Tamar of Georgia (1184-1213) who is traditionally credited to have commissioned the construction of the Besleti bridge.

Doves Vs Feral Pigeons, Birds Of A Feather Or 2nd-Class Citizens?

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Generally speaking, the terms 'dove' and 'pigeon' are used interchangeably. Pigeon is a French word that derives from the Latin pipio, for a 'peeping' chick, while dove is a Germanic word that refers to the bird's diving flight.

Both birds are members of the same bird clade, Columbidiae, which constitutes approximately 310 species. In the ornithological world, 'dove' tends to be used for the smaller of the species and 'pigeon' for larger ones.

Saturday, 18 October 2014


Thesis animation film by Danka Chiang. A Chinese man wants to light up the lanterns (denglong in Chinese) in front of the house for the evening. What should be a simple task becomes difficult when he runs across some unexpected issues. See what happens when he tries to shed a little light on his problem.

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(thanks Cora)

How Old Is Your Hearing

Hearing range in humans is commonly between 20 and 20,000Hz. As we get older, this range gradually declines and teenagers can typically hear higher frequencies. So, how old is your hearing. First, set your volume really low, then use the example tone to raise it to a level that's clear but not loud. Press the 'Start' button to begin, then hit 'Stop' as soon as the pitch gets so high you can't hear it.

I'm not sure this test is very accurate. I believe my hearing is fine and this test says I have the hearing of an 85-year-old. I'm old, but not that old! How old is your hearing?

Scientists Call On Public To Help Solve Mystery Of Starlings' Aerial Displays

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Do starlings flock together to keep warm, for safety or to share roosting tips? A Society of Biology murmuration survey hopes to find the answer and help stem their decline. Every autumn and winter, thousands of starlings pack close together and swirl across the sky in one of the natural calendar's most dramatic spectacles.

The citizen science survey will ask members of the public to track when murmurations occur, where, what the weather is like, what the temperature is, how long they last and what the birds do at the end of the congregations.

Wolfe Air Reel

These shots were filmed in close formation with the Vectorvision camera system installed in the highly modified Wolfe Air LearJet 25. Filmed in high-resolution by Doug Holgate, Roger Tonry and Scott Smith.

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(thanks Cora)

Architecture For Bikes

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From Calgary's space-age Peace bridge to Eindhoven's floating roundabout and the Copenhagen apartments with a cycle path straight up to the 10th floor, here are some of world's best cycling infrastructures.

A Forest Shrine In Japan

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In the town of Takamori-machi, in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan, lies a forest shrine known as Kamishikimikumano. The beautiful Shinto shrine was the setting for a popular one-shot, shōjo manga written by Yuki Midorikawa called Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Fireflies' Light).