Friday, 19 September 2014

Zundert Flower Parade 2014

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Zundert is a small town just 28 miles (45 kilometers) from where I live. Every year, the town hosts the world's biggest flower parade. In Zundert, the flower parade is a social event. Each and every person in Zundert, young and old, is involved in some way or other in construction of the floats and the keeping of the flower fields.

The older members are often responsible for planting and growing the dahlias, while the younger people are responsible for designing the floats, building the scale models and overseeing the construction, the details, the coloring and all other aspects of creating the huge floats.

Supercar Vs Motorbike Vs Formula 1 Car

With help from Marc Webber, Jamie Whincup and Casey Stoner, Top Gear wanted to find out who will win in the battle between Formula 1 car, Supercar and Motorbike.



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Wasabi: Why Invest In 'The Hardest Plant To Grow'?

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Wasabi is a member of the Brassicaceae family, which includes cabbages, horseradish, and mustard. Its stem is used as a condiment and has an extremely strong flavor.

For nearly 30 years, Brian Oates has devoted himself to a single pursuit: setting up the first commercial wasabi farm in North America. Dozens of others in the US and Canada have tried to grow the plant but almost all have failed. The reason is simple: wasabi is deemed by most experts to be the most difficult plant in the world to grow commercially.

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Colours

A black and white forest is colored in vibrant hues under our eyes except for one sad little panda, which sets off the compassion of an imaginative little boy.



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(thanks Cora)

Strange-Looking Sea Creatures

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The photogenic fish in the picture above has red lips and fins made for walking the seafloor near the Galápagos Islands. The red-lipped batfish is one of some 60 species of batfishes, adapted to walk on modified pectoral and pelvic fins.

Here's a list of some other strange-looking sea creatures.

Incredibly Cute Meals Inspired By Japanese Cuisine

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Japanese chefs and designers are the undisputed masters of the cute food industry, but their brilliant work has inspired chefs around the world to create beautiful and adorable meals that are hard not to play with before eating.

We can all pretend that these are just good ways to get kids to eat, but we all know that we would all melt with joy if presented with a bento lunchbox full of panda-shaped rice balls or a bowl of rabbit-shaped buns.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Rush Hour

In this video Argentina-based director Fernando Livschitz transforms an intersection into a frighteningly choreographed dance of cloned traffic.



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(thanks Cora)

13 Fascinating Facts That Will Change The Way You Perceive Your Dishwasher

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We all love food. It's a universal truth. The only thing we don't love, however, is having to do the dishes. Thankfully for most of us, a dishwasher is a solid option for the hand-washing impaired. Other than stacking dirty dishes and cups into your washer and pushing a few buttons, do you really know much about your dishwashing unit?

Here are some fascinating tidbits that will make you take a second look at your dishwasher.

In Japan, Burger King Has A Black Cheese Burger


Burger King Japan is rolling out another 'Kuro Burger' (Black Burger), with buns made from bamboo charcoal, an onion and garlic sauce made with squid ink, beef patties made with black pepper, and black cheese, which is also apparently made with bamboo charcoal.

11 Facts Yü Should Know About The Umlaut

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In linguistics, umlaut (from German um- 'around' + laut 'sound') is a sound change whereby a vowel is pronounced more like a following vowel or semivowel and is also used to replace hyphens in Germanic languages.

Umlaut is a form of assimilation, the process by which one speech sound is altered to make it more like another adjacent sound. If a word has two vowels, one far back in the mouth and the other far forward, more effort is required to pronounce the word than if the vowels were closer, and therefore one possible linguistic development is for these two vowels to be drawn closer together.

Stunning Siphonophore

Nautilus, the ship of exploration of Titanic discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard, is exploring the ocean studying biology, geology, archeology, and more. This beautiful colonial organism drifted past the underwater cameras. They are made up of many smaller animals called zooids, and can be found floating around the pelagic zone in ocean basins around the world.



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Incredible Facts About 30 Of The World's Most Notorious Slums Of All Time

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When traveling, most people focus on tourist sites and beautiful scenery and ignore the more rundown areas. However, some of the world's most notorious slums have very rich, interesting histories. Here is a list of slums around the world with fascinating backgrounds.

It's Thanks To Evolution That No Two Faces Are Alike

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From bug eyes to aquiline noses, square jaws to chin dimples, no two faces are alike. That diversity may have evolved to make it easier to recognize other people.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, found that the shape and configuration of a human face are much more variable, compared with other body parts. What's more, genes that have been linked to face structure vary more than DNA in other regions of the body.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tiny Hamster Vs Takeru Kobayashi

Takeru Kobayashi is a Japanese competitive eater. He holds several records, including six Guinness Records, for eating hot dogs, meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers, pizza and pasta. In this video he takes on a tiny hamster as they each try to gobble down as many hot dogs as possible.



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(thanks Megan)

Lousy Coach


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Rainbow Lightning: Nature's Astonishing Bow And Arrow

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Most people have experienced lightning. Likewise, ask people if they have ever seen a rainbow and most will answer in the positive. Yet something which few have seen is the moment that a rainbow and lightning occur at the same time.

Lightning frequently happens during heavy storms. The optical and meteorological phenomenon known as a rainbow, however, is generally formed after the rain has stopped. So, how did these pictures come about? Why can lightning and rainbows happen at the same time?

10 Abandoned International Airports of the World

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The world is full of disused and derelict airfields, from isolated airstrips to modern military bases. But abandoned international airports are less common. The enormous costs involved in sourcing suitable locations and replacing their vast infrastructures from the ground up can make such projects prohibitive in many cities and countries.

But nevertheless they do exist, having fallen into disuse for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the world's most impressive and bizarre international airports which are no longer operational, from vast abandoned hubs unable to cope with the demands of modern aviation to embarrassing failures and airports detroyed by conflict.

Butterfly Fails To Faze Flautist

During the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in Odense, Denmark, a butterfly perched on the forehead of Japanese flutist Yukie Ota. That didn't disturb her performance.



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(thanks Cora)

Women Who Conquered The Comics World


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When comics creator Trina Robbins tried to join the male-dominated 'underground comix' movement based in San Francisco in the early 1970s, the men cartoonists shut her out. Robbins joined forces with other women cartoonists to create their own women's-lib comic books.

She went on to become a well-respected mainstream comic artist and writer, as well as a feminist comics critic who's written myriad nonfiction books on the subject of great women cartoonists and the powerful female characters they created.

(thanks Lisa)

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth


An infographic from a company called GeoCon Site Investigations all about the deepest holes in the World. The first thing in the infographic is the average grave, then we have things like the Euro tunnel and right at the bottom the Grand Canyon.