Saturday, 27 August 2016

Upside Down Cars

Philip Stockton created this experimental special effects video that features floating cars driving upside down on Houston Street in New York City.

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(via Laughing Squid)

Subway Pushers Of Japan

A subway pusher is a worker who pushes people onto the train at a railway station during the morning and evening rush hours. Station staff and/or part-time workers fill these roles during morning rush hours on many lines.

In order to fit twice the number of passengers into a subway carriage, the stations employ uniformed staff known as oshiya or 'pusher', whose goal is to cram as many people as possible into the subway tram.


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All The Art In London In One Day

Alex Gorosh tried to see every piece of art in London in one day.

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(thanks Cora)

The Greatest Jumper On Earth Is Probably Not A Flea

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At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Canada's Derek Drouin took the gold in the high jump, with a leap of 2.38 m (7ft 10in). As ever with our athletic feats, there are plenty of wild animals that leap far higher, reaching dizzying heights in a single bound.

There are two ways you can measure the highest jumps. The absolute height an animal reaches and how high an animal jumps relative to its own size. Depending which you choose, the title of highest jumper could go to several different species.

10 Thoroughly British Mysteries

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Shrouded in fog and rain, the landscape of England is perfect for mysteries. The following ten mysteries offer up a smorgasbord of the unexplained, from ghost sightings to unsolved murders to inexplicable weather patterns.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Vietnam By Drone

Explore the amazing mountains of Vietnam.

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(thanks Cora)

Marble Olympics May Be More Exciting Than The Real Ones

Dutchman Jelle Bakker's Marble Runs has managed to carve out a very unique niche on YouTube. His videos are downright exciting. In honor of the Olympics, Jelle has come up with a series of 8 events in which teams of marbles compete for Marblelympic gold. From high jump to collision to water racing, each event is designed quite well with unique obstacles and rising stakes.

Beavers On The Moon: The Great Astronomy Hoax Of 1835

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The Great Moon Hoax refers to a series of six articles that were published in The Sun, a New York newspaper, beginning on August 25, 1835, about the supposed discovery of life and even civilization on the Moon. The discoveries were falsely attributed to Sir John Herschel, one of the best known astronomers of his time.

The articles described fantastic animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and bat-like winged humanoids who built temples. The author of the narrative was ostensibly Dr. Andrew Grant, the travelling companion and amanuensis of Sir John Herschel, but Grant was fictitious.

The Battery That's Lasted 176 Years

In a laboratory at Oxford University sits the Oxford Electric Bell, which has spent 176 years constantly ringing. And no-one's quite sure what the battery that powers it is made of.

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This Desert Lagoon Is No Mirage

Amid the rolling sand dunes of this Peruvian desert, an oasis springs from nowhere, adding life to the landscape. Legend has it that the lagoon was created when a princess fled her would-be captor and left the water she had been bathing in, which became the lagoon.

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(thanks Cora)

The True Faces Behind 5 Famous Logos

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Most of us know Colonel Sanders was a real person, but did you know about Uncle Sam and Leo the Lion? Check out the true faces behind five famous logos below to learn more.

Poor Pluto: 10 Years A Dwarf Planet And Still Our Planetary System Is A Big Mystery

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In 2006, Pluto ceased to be a planet. It was degraded by the International Astronomical Union to dwarf planet. But an asteroid called Ceres was 'promoted.' Did it help us learn more about the solar system?

Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Garden Eel

The majority of garden eels live in the Indo-Pacific, but species are also found in warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean and East Pacific. These small eels live in burrows on the sea floor and get their name from their practice of poking their heads from their burrows while most of their bodies remain hidden.

Since they tend to live in groups, the many eel heads 'growing' from the sea floor resemble the plants in a garden. The garden eel is harmless and actually pretty cute. But get a bunch of them together and things start looking a wee bit creepy.

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The Great British Sport Of Wellie Wanging

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Wellie Wanging, or throwing a rain boot over your shoulder, can be found at a variety of rural events across Great Britain. Wanging is popular at summer school fetes, weddings, village fairs or county shows.

A Wellie is short for Wellington Boot, named after the Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. The aim of the game is thus: launch a rain boot as far as possible. That's it.

Man Breaks Mini Basketball Juggling World Record

Mark Williams rolled 11 mini basketballs in a juggling pattern, setting a world record.

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(thanks David)

Leave It As It Is - The Colorado River In The Grand Canyon

America's most endangered river: The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

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(thanks Cora)

Campo Del Cielo Meteorite Field

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About 4,000 to 5,000 years ago, a huge chunk of space rock fell in Argentina, but it didn't fell in one piece. It broke up as it entered the earth's atmosphere creating a meteorite shower with pieces ranging from a few grams to several tons.

Most of the larger fragments fell over a narrow belt of land an area now known as the Campo del Cielo meteorite field. The impact left at least twenty-six craters. Some meteorite fragments punched deep holes into the earth, as in the case of a 14-ton meteorite.

BT Is Looking For The Speaking Clock's Next Voice

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It's almost baffling to think that despite the many ways we can check the time, especially in our display-saturated era, BT's speaking clock still receives roughly 12 million calls each year.

Dial 123 on most phones and you'll hear the voice of Sara Mendes da Costa telling you what's what 'at the third stroke...' Her almost decade-long tenure will come to an end this year, though, as BT has launched a competition to find the speaking clock's next and fifth 'permanent' voice.