Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Photographing Meerkats

Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas has a special bond with a meerkat population in Botswana. They learned he's not a threat to them and they approach him while he's taking pictures.

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The Holy Rats Of Karni Mata

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From the outside the Hindu temple of Karni Mata in the small town of Deshnoke in the Indian province of Rajasthan looks much like any other. Ornate and beautiful and with a steady stream of worshippers arriving it holds a surprise for the unsuspecting visitor.

White Dress

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From Rubble To Riches: The World's Fair That Raised San Francisco From The Ashes

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The Panama–Pacific International Exposition was a world's fair held in San Francisco in 1915. Its purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, but it was widely seen in the city as an opportunity to showcase its recovery from the 1906 earthquake.

New streetcar lines were built to carry visitors and locals to the fair, much of which rose on previously uninhabitable lots along the city's northern waterfront. The 1915 world's fair showed the world that the city had reached new heights of grandeur, launching the modern incarnation of San Francisco like a phoenix from the ashes.

(thanks Hunter)

Cats Vs Dogs - Which Pet Is Best?

Cats vs dogs, in 13 rounds.

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(thanks Alexis)

Are These The Most Beautiful Faces In The World?

Scientists have created portraits of the most beautiful man and woman in the world - and say David Gandy and Natalie Portman are the closest real life examples.

The pictures are the result of a two-month-long study led by Dr Chris Solomon, a world expert in facial mapping, that asked people to put together a composite of the perfect face using the EFIT-V PhotoFit software used by UK police.

Six Seconds That Shaped 1,500 Songs

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Amen, Brother was a little-known B-side released in 1969. Barely noticed at the time, its drum solo (now called the Amen break) has been hugely influential, appearing in different forms in more than 1,500 other songs - but the band behind it never made any money from it.

The Amen break is a 6 to 7 second drum solo performed in 1969 by Gregory Cylvester Coleman in the song 'Amen, Brother' performed by the 1960s funk and soul outfit The Winstons. You can hear the Amen break here.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Wildlife Crossing!

A witty story about a small but determined snail boy who must cross a hectic highway to reunite with his precious girlfriend. Can the boy overcome the harsh reality of his handicap and prove that true love conquers any obstacles?

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(thanks Cora)

Sci-Fi Maps Show What Your City Would Look Like In Tron

Sometimes, you just want your city to seem a little more dystopian. Cue the Vector Map, a new interactive, animated mapping system that makes the world look straight out of Tron.

Stacks of geometric blue shapes represent skyscrapers. Cars become shooting yellow dashes moving across the landscape. Undeveloped land shows up as a neat purple grid, the greenery turned plaid. The animated maps were made using Mapzen, an open-source 3-D mapping system. You can see the Vector Map here.

Game Of Thrones Facts All Fans Should Know

According to one of the filesharing websites, Game of Thrones is one of the most illegally downloaded show in the world. The show is so popular that parents are naming their children after the characters, like Ariya and of course Khalese. This and 13 other facts all fans of Game of Thrones should know.

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(thanks Krystyna)

Top 10 Largest Cruise Ships In The World

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The world's largest cruise ship is currently Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas (picture above) beating its sister ship, the Oasis of the Seas, by 5 centimeters (2 inches). Here's a list of the Top 10 Largest Cruise Ships In The World, based on gross tonnage.

(thanks Veljko)

Hiljainen Kansa: The Silent People of Suomussalmi, Finland

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If you are driving along Highway 5, north of the small town of Suomussalmi, in north-eastern Finland, you are greeted by a peculiar sight. A crowd of almost a thousand figures stand silently on a field near the road.

This army of scarecrow-like figures called 'the Silent People' or 'Hiljainen kansa' in Finnish, were the creation of local artist Reijo Kela. They were first displayed in 1988 in a field in Lassila, a neighbourhood of Helsinki and later moved to this location in 1994 itself.

SHEP - The Worlds First Drone Sheepdog

Watch the sheepdog of the future, Shep the Drone, as he moves sheep from one field to another. Filmed by sheep farmer Paul Brennan in Carlow Ireland.

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(via Miss Cellania)

10 Facts About Easter More Interesting Than The Chocolate

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As holidays go, Easter is a strange one. Learn about Easter's origins, and how it's celebrated around the world. Just make sure to keep some chocolate on standby in case of cravings.

Sunday, 29 March 2015


A cat can't wait to get home from work and cut loose.

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(thanks Cora)

Hillary Clinton

Hillary's never looked better.

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The Judas Ear

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No, Doctor Lecter has not been at it again - this is not a real ear. Its quite remarkable resemblance to the human ear has, however, given it a host of names throughout the ages - some it has to be said less flattering (or at least politically correct) than others.

The fungus is called Auricularia auricula-judae and it is found throughout the world. As you will see, some examples look more ear-like than others - you might even say earily so. In fact, anywhere you find elder trees you will likely find the Judas Ear.

Sitges Vintage Car Rally 2015

The Barcelona to Sitges Vintage Car Rally takes place annually in March. Vintage cars compete in a rally along the coast road to Sitges.

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(thanks Cora)

Volvo's Reflective Bike Paint Helps Cars Spot You At Night

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Want to feel nervous? Try riding a bike at night alongside a busy road. Even if you're festooned in lights and reflectors, there's a real chance that a less-than-attentive driver will smack into you. Volvo may have a better way to keep cars at a distance, however.

Its new LifePaint spray is invisible during the day, but reflects car headlights in the evening. You can coat your bike, your clothing or most anything else and provide a heads-up to motorists, who'll see bright white as they get close.

These Are The Times During Life When People Are Happiest

Some people say that we are happiest as children, free of adult pressures and responsibilities. In reality, most people over 60 are in better emotional health than those under 60. So really, most old men aren't all that grumpy.

Not only do we get happier as we get older, but people with a positive outlook on aging live an average of 7.5 years longer. One way to prolong your happiness, and your life, is by getting out and exercising a little bit more.