Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Don't Park In The Bike Lane

This Brazilian strongman knows how to handle a car parked in a bike lane.

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(via Neatorama)

8 Of The World's Strangest Burial Spots

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Death could take you at any time, so it is always a good idea to have some instructions in place for how you would like to be buried. But why settle for a boring underground burial when you could have your body stored for its eternal rest in all sorts of interesting places?

In fact, all over the world, people have been burying the dead in unexpected locales. To help inspire you, here are eight weird places around the world where people have been interred.

How To Fix A Phone Dropped In The Toilet

Given the prevalence of mobile phones in today's modern society, dropping a phone down the toilet is probably most people's worst nightmare. Don't worry though; you don't have to resign yourself to a life of cold sweats or a lighter wallet.

This handy infographic walks you through the steps of giving the kiss of life to your pride and joy; plus what you shouldn't do unless you want to resign your phone to an early grave.

(thanks Ant)

How Indiana Jones Actually Changed Archaeology

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Don your leather jacket and fedora, strap on a satchel, and get that bullwhip cracking: It's time to explore the mythical intersection of Hollywood fantasy and real-world discovery.

Three decades ago, Indiana Jones's swashbuckling brand of archaeology inspired a generation of moviegoers. Now a new exhibit at the National Geographic Museum pays homage to the actual artifacts and archaeologists that inspired Indy's creation.

World Record Semi Truck Jump

Daredevil Gregg Godfrey jumped his semi-truck 166 feet to set a new world record and beat the previous record by more than 100 feet during the festivities at Evel Knievel Days in Butte, Montana, USA.

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(thanks Cora)

Inflatable Installations: 18 Fun Projects Full Of Hot Air

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Inflatables are good for more than just pool toys and camping beds - they also come in the form of giant tentacles springing from open windows, the world's largest rubber duck and gigantic piles of crap.

Blow-up buildings can have a practical purpose but sometimes oversized inflatables are just for fun, transforming both interior and exterior environments and bringing shock value to art festivals around the world.

Scientists Figure Out Pendulum Clock Puzzle That Dates Back Centuries

After more than three centuries, scientists say they have figured out why pendulum clocks hung on the same wall tend to sync up - with one clock's pendulum swinging to the left just as the other swings right.

The strange phenomenon was first observed in 1665 by Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens. No matter how the clocks started, he noticed that within about 30 minutes their pendulums wound up swinging in precisely opposite directions.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Line Of Sleeping Puppies

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How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

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Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence. For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the box - things like oxygen, calcium, magnesium, and a naturally occurring chemical called luciferin. And they've known what comes out of the box - photons, or light, in the form of the yellow, green, orange, and even blue flickers you see dancing across your backyard on summer nights.

But until recently, the actual chemical reactions that produce the firefly's light have been shrouded in mystery. Now, that mystery has been solved.

The World's Richest Companies That Don't Actually Exist

Ever wondered what the most successful fictional company would be? Here's an infographic about the world's richest companies that don't actually exist. The infographic provides information about made up companies from books, cartoons, TV shows, movies, computer games and comics including a description of each business and its annual turnover.

What Do Machines Sing Of?

What do machines sing of? is a fully automated machine, which endlessly sings number-one ballads from the 1990s. As the computer program performs these emotionally loaded songs, it attempts to apply the appropriate human sentiments.

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Free Puppies

Father is also a dog!

(via Bad Newspaper)

Flags Of The World: The Stories Behind Them

Many people could tell you what the stars and stripes represent on the flag of the USA, or why the Canadian flag is emblazoned with a maple leaf. But most of these people could not be as confident in clarifying the reasons for the unusual shape of the Nepalese flag and would struggle to explain the reasons behind the curious presence of an AK-47 on the flag of Mozambique.

A flag is not simply designed to look good flying in the wind, but often symbolises the culture, history and ideals of a nation. Just The Flight has explored the stories behind some of the world's most interesting and recognisable national flags.

(thanks Harry)

11 Dickensian Facts About 'Great Expectations'

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Great Expectations begins when a boy named Pip encounters an escaped convict in a graveyard. The gripping story that emerges from there includes money from a mysterious benefactor, a bewitching and cold-hearted girl, and the shut-in Miss Havisham, forever clothed in a tattered wedding gown.

It's no wonder that so many people consider Great Expectations to be one of Charles Dickens's best works.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Do Or Donut

After three weeks of hard training the sugar addicted and not so thin astronaut is ready to discover the universe.

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(thanks Cora)

How To Make A Mossarium

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A mossarium is a container in which moss is grown. Mossariums are simple, low maintenance and fun. They're durable and will last a long time. You can get moss from your backyard, from your favorite trips, or delivered in the mail. All you need is a jar, rocks, Spanish Moss (dried moss you can get at craft stores), moss and water.

The Incredible Way Some Warships Are Launched Into Water For The First Time

Until the middle of the 19th century, ships were almost always launched stern-first, the way they had been for thousands of years. But as technology improved, ships grew in size, and the space constraints of narrow waterways led to the need of new launching practices.

By World War II, side launches had become common. Now side launches are the only way to move battleships into the water for the first time if they're being launched into smaller waterways such as rivers or inlets.

Giant 'Chicken Church' In The Middle Of Indonesian Jungle

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Buried deep inside the Indonesian jungle is a very odd structure, shaped like a giant chicken. The long abandoned construction is locally known as Gereja Ayam.

This strange construction was designed to be a church, but according to its creator, the building is neither a chicken nor a church. Daniel Alamsjah revealed that he was working in Jakarta when he suddenly received a divine message from God to build a prayer room in the form of a dove.

Air Pollution

Using a simple yet evocative narrative this film explains the causes and effects and asks the question, 'What's the air quality like where you are today?'

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(thanks Stefan)

The BioParc Of Valencia

Designed in a way that makes cages (almost) obsolete, the BioParc in Valencia, Spain allows an unobstructed view of the animals, and lets you get close to them... uncomfortably close, sometimes. It feels like there are no fences and the animals roam free.

Except for the areas where the Gorillas, Leopards and lions are. There a glass separates you from the animals. The BioParc opened its doors in 2008 and currently, it's home to 4000 animals of 250 species, with a special focus on the fauna of Africa.

(thanks Juergen)

The 56 Greatest Musical Moments In Guitar History

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Here are 56 events of the coolest, greatest, and most important musical moments in the history of the modern six-string.