Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Jller

Jller is a machine that sorts pebbles from a specific river by their geologic age. The stones were taken from the stream bed of the German river Jller, close to the city of Ulm.

A set of pebbles from the Jller are placed on the 2x4 meter platform of the machine, which automatically analyzes the stones in order to then sort them. Starting from an arbitrary set of stones, this process renders the inherent history of the river visible.



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The Crooked House Of Himley

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The Crooked House is a curious little attraction and a local watering about 4 miles west of Dudley, in South Staffordshire, England. One end of the house is four feet shorter than the other. The lost height went into Himley's sinking ground, a side effect of decades of coal and iron ore mining in the area.

When the house was built in 1765, originally as a farmhouse, it stood erect as any normal building would. But as mining progressed, the land became unstable causing sections of the ground to collapse. Many buildings sank into the ground or moved, but the Crooked House moved more than the others.

Huh?


11 days, 8 nights.

(via Bad Newspaper)

Star Wars Dating Profiles


Let's take a light hearted look at what the dating profiles of some of Star Wars' most memorable characters might look like, from those on both sides of The Force.

Mongolia's Nomads: Herding Life

This video portrays the life of two herders in Mongolia's northern province of Khovsgol. Both herders are proud of their lifestyle and eager to see their ancient tradition continue.



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(thanks Cora)

Backyard Bunkers Of The Blitz

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In 1938, with the outbreak of World War II on the horizon, Sir John Anderson was placed in charge of air-raid preparations in Britain. He commissioned engineers to design a cheap and simple shelter which could be distributed to the population.

Six feet tall, 6.5 feet long, and 4.5 feet wide, the corrugated metal shelters were a snug fit for a family of six. They were buried four feet under the owners' yards, their arched roofs covered with a layer of soil. Many chose to incorporate the shelters into their gardens, planting vegetables and flowers on top of them.

Formula 1 Match Ups


Formula One is famous for having some of the biggest rivalries in sport such as Senna and Prost, Hunt and Lauda and now with Hamilton and Rosberg. But what if we could take some of Formula 1's greatest drivers and match them up with the best of today? Carleasingmadesimple.com has done just that.

Here's an infographic of the some of the greatest of all time, Michael Schumacher go head-to-head with Ferrari new boy, Sebastian Vettel. The apprentice against the mentor with Lewis Hamilton taking on Niki Lauda. And finally who will come out on top when its father vs son?

(thanks Maura)

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Solution To The Grandfather Paradox

If you could travel back in time, and you killed your grandfather, would you be killing your future self? What do physics, complexity theory, and computer science have to say about this famous murderous time-travel paradox?



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13 Reasons Why 13 Is Considered The Unluckiest Number In The World

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Everyone knows that the number 13 is regarded as a bad omen, even if they don't happen to believe it themselves. However, do you know why 13 is considered such a harbinger of doom?

Teach A Taxi Driver New Tricks

Imagine if you were illegally turned away by a taxi or minicab. How would you feel? Upset? Angry? Embarrassed? UK charity Guide Dogs have just released their latest campaign video. The video raises awareness of the issues faced by people living with sight loss when taking a taxi or cab because they are with a guide dog.



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(thanks Mike)

Rarely-Seen Diamond-Shaped Portraits Of People


An amazing collection of rare diamond-shaped portrait photos of people before 1900.

Moments Of Puglia

They don't call Italy 'Il bel paese' - 'The beautiful country' - for nothing. The region of Puglia has much to offer. With numerous UNESCO sites, pristine beaches, and enchanting destinations.



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(thanks Cora)

The Surprise

The Surprise is a cinematic video from Interac Association, a Boyhood meets banking coming-of-age story about working for that dollar and reaping the benefits thereafter. It's a video that reminds us about a simple rule of life we often forget: that life is better when we use our own money.



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(thanks Jaime)

13 Incredible Science Facts You Probably Didn't Learn At High School

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We learn about some awesome science in high school - like Einstein's theory of relativity, the Periodic table, and DNA replication. But science definitely doesn't end at high school, and it's once you take your learning to the next level that things get really interesting. In no particular order, here are some mind-bendingly incredible facts that we didn't learn at high school.

Monday, 23 May 2016

This Is... Japan World Cup 3

This is one of the most bizarre Japanese videos I have ever seen featuring the strangest horse races around. Hightower and AxialMatt of Achievement Hunter take a look at some of the game's strange and hilarious antics.



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11 Fascinating Facts About 'Mad Max'

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What began as director George Miller's ambitious action film about a solitary cop on a mission to take down a violent biker gang has evolved into a post-apocalyptic sensory overload of a franchise that now has four films to its credit.

Mad Max (1979), The Road Warrior (1981), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) - and additional sequels in the works. So let's obsess over Miller's masterpieces even more with these 11 things you might not know about the franchise.

The Strange Killinger And Freund Motorcycle

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The Killinger and Freund Motorcycle was an attempt in 1935 by a group of five German engineers from Munich to design a more streamlined and modified version of the German Megola front-wheel drive motorcycle. The work took three years to complete but the result was impressive.

The Killinger and Freund motorcycle featured a three cylinder two-stroke engine built right into the front wheel, transmission and clutch, with more comfortable front and rear suspension. This design was intended for civilian production but the start of World War II cancelled those plans.

Theremin


Theremin is a free online synth instrument that makes an array of different sounds. Play it by dragging the cursor or use multiple fingers to fiddle with waveforms, and experiment with the delay, feedback and scuzz sliders. You can make layers, record, loop and download creations.

(thanks Cora)

Mom Laughing At Chewbacca Mask For Birthday

While out shopping for her family, this mom noticed this hysterical Chewbacca mask and decided to buy it for herself. Her contagious laugh and hilarious attitude about it will brighten anyones day.



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15 Ways To Access Small Business Startup Loans


Are you thinking about starting a business, or have you recently started a new venture? You certainly aren't alone. In fact, 543,000 small businesses are started in the United States every month.

That's the good news. Less good: half won't make it until year 5. The biggest challenge you're likely to face is not having access to the money you need to fully execute your business plan. Let's look at 15 ways you can access money for your new business.

Monument To The Taxi Driver In Buenos Aires

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Located in the square of the Avenue of the Italians and Macacha Guemes in Buenos Aires, the Monument to the Taxi Driver is a tribute to the thousands of men and women who provide an important public transportation service to the city.

Inaugurated in 2012, the monument depicts a bald and mustachioed taxi driver casually leaning on to the side of a classic 1967 car model of a Siam Di Tella - an old Argentinian manufacturing company.