Monday, 2 March 2015

Coca-Cola And Milk Experiment

Watch what happens when you mix Coca-Cola with milk. Phosphoric acid molecules attach to the milk giving them more density while the remaining liquid that makes up the milk and Coca-Cola now being lighter floats on top. The solid matter is basically milk that has been curdled by the addition of the more acidic soda.

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(thanks Mark)

12 Ice Hotels That Will Make You Actually Like The Cold

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Ice hotels are an experience that should be on every traveler's bucket list. With the coolest amenities and epic winter wonderland activities, these frosty hotels make for the ultimate wintertime vacay.

From Canada to Japan to Norway, here are 12 of the most stunning ice hotels from around the world. Cozy rooms made of ice and snow, incredible art carved in the walls and ice chapels that let couples get hitched frozen-style.

The Colorful Cemeteries of Guatemala

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In Guatemala culture, afterlife is highly celebrated, and this cultural aspect is readily visible in their cemeteries. Scattered throughout the countryside of Guatemala are cemeteries that feature tombstones painted as colorfully as possible.

Friends and family members paint them using the favorite color of the departed as a way of honoring and remembering the dead. Some of these colorful cemeteries, especially those in the departments of Solóla, Chichicastenango and Xela, have became tourist attractions.

The Girl With The Tattooed Face

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Olive Oatman (1837-1903) was a woman whose family was killed in 1851 when she was fourteen in today's Arizona by a Native American tribe, possibly the Yavapai, who captured and enslaved her and her sister and later sold them to the Mohave people.

After several years with the Mohave, during which her sister died of hunger, Olive Oatman returned to the white world, five years after being carried off. The story resonated in the media of the time and long afterward, partly owing to the prominent blue tattooing of Oatman's face by the Mohave.


OTTO is a video created with the intention to talk in a metaphorical and abstract way about the natural circle of events, which often switches the rules of the characters involved.

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(via Laughing Squid)

No One Could See The Color Blue Until Modern Times

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This isn't another story about that dress, or at least, not really. It's about the way that humans see the world, and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a color, we may not even notice that it's there.

Until relatively recently in human history, 'blue' didn't exist, not in the way we think of it. Ancient languages didn't have a word for blue - not Greek, not Chinese, not Japanese, not Hebrew. And without a word for the color, there's evidence that they may not have seen it at all.

Temple Church: The Hidden Church Founded By The Knights Templar

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Through a little gateway on Fleet Street in London lies the Temple, the inner sanctum of Britain's legal profession. It's a curious name. There is no temple, but amid the chambers of barristers is a little old church that has a history going all the way back to the Knights Templar.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sweet Cocoon

Sweet Cocoon is a 3D animated short about two insects that decide to help a struggling caterpillar in her metamorphosis.

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(thanks Cora)

Lost & Found

Looks like Barbara Streisand.

(via Bad Newspaper)


A short documentary profiling Rich and Dee Gibson who spend their lives pursuing their passion for blowing things up.

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(thanks Cora)

Rats Not Main Cause Of Black Death

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Black rats may not have been to blame for numerous outbreaks of the bubonic plague across Europe. Scientists believe repeat epidemics of the Black Death, which arrived in Europe in the mid-14th Century, instead trace back to gerbils from Asia.

The Black Death, which originated in Asia, arrived in Europe in 1347 and caused one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history. It had been thought that black rats were responsible for the plague. Instead, the team believes that specific weather conditions in Asia may have caused another plague-carrying rodent - the giant gerbil - to thrive.

Top Ten Tips And Tricks For Terrific Tea

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Tea is only second to water when it comes to beverage popularity - so popular that it's consumed as much as coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol combined. There's always time for better tea, though, so here are ten tips and tricks to take your tea to the next level.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

American Shokunin

Shokunin is a Japanese word used to describe an individual that aspires to become a master in their particular craft or art form. Ryan Neil falls firmly into this description, as he has been practicing the art of Bonsai for nearly two decades.

In this short film, we get a glimpse at the broader thinking behind a professional American Bonsai practitioner, as well as some of the inherent challenges and aspirations that come along with the pursuit for bonsai mastery in America.

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(thanks Cora)

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of 'Star Trek,' Dies At 83

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Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut 'Star Trek,' died yesterday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His artistic pursuits - poetry, photography and music in addition to acting - ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Leonard Nimoy became a folk hero.

The 15 Most Amazing Landscapes And Rock Formations

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Shaped and sculpted over millions of years, these stunning landscapes and rock formations hold invaluable clues to Earth's past and future.

Global Rainfall And Snowfall Map

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission has produced its first global map of rainfall and snowfall. The map covers more of the globe than any previous precipitation data set and allows scientists to see how rain and snow storms move around nearly the entire planet.

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The Grapes Of Wrath: 10 Surprising Facts About John Steinbeck's Novel

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John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962. His 1939 book The Grapes of Wrath, published 75 years ago on April 14, has sold more than 14 million copies in the past 75 years. Here are 10 things about The Grapes of Wrath that may surprise you.

Researchers Find New Reason To Drink Coffee: It May Reduce Risk Of MS

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Drink up, coffee lovers: Neurologists say a healthy appetite for coffee may reduce your risk of developing multiple sclerosis. We're not talking a cup or two of joe in the morning. Even a triple espresso might not be enough to register a difference.

In a new study, researchers found that people who downed at least four cups of coffee per day were one-third less likely to develop multiple sclerosis than their counterparts who drank no coffee at all.