Sunday, 5 July 2015

Snowball - Another One Bites The Dust

Snowball the cockatoo gets down to Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust.'

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Buy One, Buy Another One Too

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The Lion Will Surely Appreciate

Press and drag to make wind. The lion will surely appreciate.

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The Sacred Mani Stones Of Buddhists

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There is a particular six-syllable Sanskrit mantra or hymn that's very sacred among Buddhist. It's recited as om mani padme hum, which loosely translates to 'Behold! The jewel in the lotus.'

The mantra cannot be translated into a simple phrase or even a few sentences because it contains the essence of the entire teaching of Buddha. Recitation of this mantra along with prayer beads is therefore the most popular religious practice in Tibetan Buddhism as it is believed that doing so can lead to liberation and eventual Buddhahood.

Top 10 Famous Asian Celebrities In America Today

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Even though it's home to over half of the world's population, the biggest stars of Asia still have difficulty making it on to the international scene - in fact, many of them are pretty much unknown to the average Westerner.

It would be a mistake to think that Asia was still just producing kung-fu flicks and stereotypical superstars - the new era of Asian celebrities has learned how to build brands and work across multiple mediums. Here are ten of the hottest Asian celebrities right now.

The Origin Of The Green, Yellow, And Red Color Scheme for Traffic Lights

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Traffic lights alternate the right of way accorded to road users by displaying lights of a standard color (red, yellow, and green) following a universal color code.

The first manually operated gas lit traffic light was installed in 1868 in London, though it was short-lived due to explosion. The first safe, automatic electric traffic lights were installed in the United States starting in the late 1890s.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

New Horizons

NASA's New Horizons - the fastest spacecraft ever created - will speed past Pluto on July 14, 2015, beaming back high resolution photos (and invaluable data) of the dwarf planet's surface for the first time in human history.

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What To Expect From Aliens When We Make First Contact

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Given the vastness of space, it may only be a matter of time before we make contact with intelligent extraterrestrials. But how might an alien civilization react to such a monumental meet-and-greet, and can we possibly know their intentions? Here's what we might expect.

Things Not To Do When Travelling Abroad

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What may seem natural and normal in one country may be frowned upon or even illegal in another. Learn a bit about the culture before you go to stay out of trouble abroad.

Things Not To Do When Travelling Abroad.

Strangest Products

Strangest is an endless stream of the world's strangest products you can actually buy online.

(thanks Luke)

10 Of The Best Sounding Cars Of All Time

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With so many cars piping artificial sound into the cabins these days, it's easy to forget that once upon a time cars were revered for the way their engine notes would make you weak in the knees and make your heart flutter. These cars can still do that, because they sound like cars that have had their exhausts breathed on by the patron saint of eargasms.

Friday, 3 July 2015

The Amazing World Of Cyclists In Utrecht, The Netherlands

Tomorrow, the 102nd edition of the Tour de France will start in the city of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Leading up to the start of this famous event, a group of film makers from Utrecht made a documentary style film about their bike culture.

This film is made with an unique style and an unique technique. The bikers are filmed from a cart hanging behind a bike.

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(via Nag on the Lake)

The Life Of Julius Caesar In 55 Facts

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Though his name has come to mean monarch or ruler, Julius Caesar was never an Emperor of Rome. However, first as Consul then as Dictator for life, he paved the way for the end of the Republic and the dawn of the Empire. A victorious general, popular political leader and prolific author, his memoirs are a vital historical source for the era.

The Moment You Realize You're A Cat

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9 Private Islands Owned By Rich And Famous Celebrities

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The obvious benefit of being a celebrity is the truckloads of cash from all the movies, ads and endorsements. However, being famous means you have to sacrifice one thing - privacy.

But if you're confident about your unlimited amounts of money, then there's a solution to that problem - buying your own private island. Here are some of the islands owned by famous celebrities who are lucky to have their own paradise they can call home.

An Ultimate Guide To European Street Food

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The ultimate guide to Europe's best street food. Travel across the continent from Portugal to Russia and Malta to come across local favourites from Europe's most interesting destinations. From giant cinnamon buns in Finland to oliebollen in the Netherlands, discover what's cooking on the streets.

Man Powered School Buses In China

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An Eerie Drone Flight Under London's Streets

The view begins high above the London rooftops. You descend at a gentle rate, dropping down until you're at the level of the treetops and office buildings. And then further and further, towards the giant hole that has been dug yards from the busy street.

And then you descend into the hole itself, one which leads onto an enormous tunnel wider than a city street. Hard-hatted workers file through the tunnel, lit by bright industrial lights. It's a tour of one of the world's biggest engineering projects - filmed with a drone.