Saturday, 6 February 2016

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake

See how Chef Stepsmakes the ultimate chocolate cake.

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Pholisma Sonorae: A Strange Looking Flowering Plant

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Pholisma sonorae, commonly known as sand food, is one of the most bizarre wildflowers of North America. Growing out of sand dunes, the flower has a fleshy stem that extends two meters below the surface and emerging above as a small rounded or ovate form.

If enough sand is blown away, the top of the stem may get exposed and the flower appears somewhat like a mushroom. During early spring, the round head bears small centimeter-wide flowers which are pink to purple in color with white margins.

Five Reasons To Drink Sake

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Red Bull Stratos - The Full Story

On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner ascended more than 24 miles above Earth's surface to the edge of space in a stratospheric balloon. Millions across the globe watched as he opened the door of the capsule, stepped off the platform, and broke the speed of sound while free falling safely back to Earth.

GoPro documented every moment with seven HERO2 cameras. From the airless freeze of outer space, to the record-breaking free fall and momentous return to ground - see it all through Felix's eyes as captured by GoPro.

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Why Do People Go Bald? Science Finally Has An Answer

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If you were wondering why your hair was looking somewhat less lustrous than in previous years, science finally have an answer for you: it's because your thinning hair is turning into skin.

Researchers have pinpointed a mechanism that turns age damaged stem cells in hair follicles into skin. As it happens to more and more stem cells, the hair follicles shrink and eventually disappear - leaving you hairless.

10 Semi-Legendary Kingdoms Of Modern National Groups

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All people and nations have origin stories. Some of these tales are based on reasonably accurate records. However, some are made-up or embellished versions of oral stories handed down throughout the centuries. Modern people groups with long histories often have a wealth of mythology that doesn't exactly coincide with the historical records.

Friday, 5 February 2016

How Rainbow Bagels Are Made

The Bagel Store in Brooklyn has been making these awesome multicolored bagels with Funfetti cream cheese for 20 years.

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10 Notorious Outlaws Who Became Folk Heroes

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How can convicted murderers, bandits, deserters, and animal thieves excite popular imagination to the point of acquiring the status of folk heroes?

Even though modern mass media exposure can certainly help engrave an outlaw's image in the collective consciousness, the phenomenon is far from new, and word-of-mouth has frequently served in the creation of local and national legends around such infamous 'heroes.'

European Bread Of The Week

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Magical Lantern Festival

The Magical Lantern Festival in London's Chiswick House & Gardens. To celebrate the Chinese New Year 2016, the Year of the Monkey, the festival will feature more than 50 giant, hand-sculpted lanterns, which will be discovered by guests through corridors of light on the picturesque garden trail.

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The Perfection Of The Paper Clip

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A paper clip is an instrument used to hold sheets of paper together, usually made of steel wire bent to a looped shape. The paper clip was invented in 1899 and it hasn't been improved upon since.

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10 Masterpieces Whose Authenticity Has Been Disputed

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The history of art is littered with fakes, forgeries, frauds, and hoaxes. Usually, these counterfeits are relatively easy to spot. But sometimes even experts disagree on who really created a particular work.

And what are the criteria for 'authenticity' in the first place? That question itself has frequently been a matter of controversy, leaving us to ponder the authenticity of numerous paintings, sculptures, and famous books.

Thursday, 4 February 2016


Carole Maggio, facial exerciser to the stars, takes us through some basic, humiliating facercises in this 1996 video.

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10 Amazing Histories Behind Common Words

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On average, a person speaks somewhere between 7,000 and 20,000 words every day. Most of these are just fillers like 'and,' 'so,' and 'on.' But the words that are used to convey a message often carry stories of their own.

We can track words back in time, reaching hundreds or thousands of years into history. However, communicating with the people of those times might prove difficult, as words evolve over time to have new meanings.

The World's 20 Most Impressive Fortresses

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A fortress protects and gives military personnel a safe harbor from the enemy. But not all fortresses were created equal. And they certainly weren't all created the same. Take a look over time and distance to find the 20 most impressive fortresses from around the world and throughout history.

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The F1 Scrum With Daniel Ricciardo And Bath Rugby Club

A Formula One car is a formidably potent bit of kit. So when it was suggested that the raw power of an F1 car wouldn't be forceful enough to drive back a bunch of blokes digging their studs in the dirt, Red Bull Racing teamed up for a scrum down with Bath Rugby Club for a true test of man against machine.

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Highland Fairytale

There are many places in this world where you have been and missed something that was not included in your tourist guide. When you see them, these hidden gems awake you to different points of view by allowing you to transcend your ordinary experiences and imagination.

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14 Big Facts About 'Dallas'

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When Dallas debuted in 1978, the world wasn't quite ready for the nighttime soap opera. The first season consisted of a five-hour mini-series, and the second season expanded into 24 episodes; both seasons had low ratings.

But during the final episode of season three, in March of 1980, something miraculous occurred: J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) got shot, and turned Dallas into a worldwide phenomenon.

Famous Journeys Of Discovery

Travel nowadays is easier than it has ever been before. You can book your destination with a few clicks of a mouse and be there the next day. But it wasn't always as easy to explore the exotic secrets of a land unknown. Explorers and researchers often undertook treacherous voyages to unlock the secrets of the planet.

From Darwin on board the Beagle, exploring the unique animals of the Galapagos, to the brave men of Apollo 11, travelling where no man had gone before - Just The Flight have gathered 12 of the most 'Famous Journeys Of Discovery.'

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