Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wild Cats VS Toilet Paper

Cats enjoy shredding paper products like toilet paper, tissues and paper towels. According to feline behavior experts, they do this as a way to relieve boredom. Do wild species of cats (servals/bobcats/lynx/ocelots) like to destroy toilet paper like their domestic cousins?

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(via Everlasting Blort)

8 Jaw-Dropping Photos Of Earth From Space

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As satellite technology has improved over the last half-century, our view of Earth has gotten more and more breathtaking. Aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand has collected 150 incredible images from these and other satellites in a new book, Earth From Space.

The images in the book are paired with information and essays of environmental themes, such as pollution, desertification, urban sprawl, agriculture, and disasters. Here are 8 of these jaw-dropping photos.

Rollin' Bones: The History Of Dice

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Dice have been used since before recorded history, and it's uncertain where they originated. The oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set at the Burnt City, an archeological site in south-eastern Iran.

The first dice throwers weren't gamers, though. They were religious shamans who used astragali (talus bones), as well as sticks, rocks, or even animal entrails, for divination, the practice of telling the future by interpreting signs from the gods. How did these early dice make their way from the shaman to the layman?

Is It OK To Pee In The Ocean?

Peeing in the ocean: Many have done it, but few admit to it. Fortunately for beachgoers everywhere, the latest episode of Reactions (a series from the American Chemical Society) explains why, from an environmental perspective, it is absolutely OK to pee in the ocean.

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(thanks Elaine)

2014 Information Security Breaches Survey

A Department for Business Innovation and Skills market survey infographic made by Egress Software Technologies which highlights the data breaches and challenges facing organisations in 2014.

(thanks Paul)

Airplanes Look Like Epic Shooting Stars In The Air Traffic

Ever wondered what it's like in one of the busiest airports in the world? With a flight landing and taking off almost every minute during peak hours, it can get pretty insane.

Shoot a timelapse of that, and you get transported to a sci-fi world with shooting stars breaking into the atmosphere. Shot in the restricted runway area of Singapore Changi Airport.

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(thanks Cora)

19 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven was born in 1770 in Bonn, Germany. Beethoven would become a virtuoso pianist and canonical composer of dozens of symphonies, concertos for piano, piano sonatas, and string quartets.

Having performed brilliantly for much of his youth and into his early thirties, the musician would slowly lose his hearing and ultimately focus his efforts on composing alone. Here is a list of things you might not know about Beethoven.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Very strange video from Cyriak's channel.

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Is This The Weirdest Aircraft Ever?

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The Gyroptère - or monocopter - is even weirder than the beloved starfighter from Star Wars. It had a single blade - the long wing you can see in white - which rotated to lift it to the skies.

The Gyroptère was designed in 1913–1914 by Alphonse Papin and Didier Rouilly in France, inspired by a maple seed. Testing was delayed due to the outbreak of World War I and did not take place until 31 March 1915 on Lake Cercey on the Côte-d'Or. Unfortunately, the aircraft became unstable and the pilot had to abandon it, after which it sank.

How Addicted To Coffee Are You?

I like coffee. No, make that I love coffee. I always knew I was addicted to coffee and this quiz confirmed it. How addicted to coffee are you?

The Appennine Colossus

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Measuring about 35 feet tall, it's arguably the most spectacular feature of the gardens of Villa Medici at Pratolino, located about 7 miles north of Florence, Italy. Called 'the Appennine Colossus', it was created around 1580 by scultor Giambologna, born as Jean Boulogne.

This colossal sculpture recalls the figure of Atlas in Virgil's Aeneid, and also the architect Dinocrates' proposal to shape Mount Athos into a man in honor of Alexander the Great.

Airplanes Around Thunderstorms

Watch what happens when thunderstorms strike the world's busiest airport, Atlanta-Hartsfield.

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(thanks Cora)

A Brief History Of USB, What It Replaced, And What Has Failed To Replace It

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Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard developed in the mid-1990s that defines the cables, connectors and communications protocols used in a bus for connection, communication, and power supply between computers and electronic devices.

Like all technology, USB has evolved over time. Despite being called 'universal', in its 18-or-so years on the market it has spawned multiple versions with different connection speeds and many, many types of cables. The group of companies that oversees the standard is fully cognizant of this problem, which it wants to solve with a new type of cable dubbed Type-C.

28 Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked

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Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can't keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path.

Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination - they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There's nothing like a walk down a beautiful path to clear your head - or to fill it with ideas! Here's a collection of 28 amazing photos of paths.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Two Talking Cats

Watch Stina and Mossy talk to each other.

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The Art Of The Japanese Manhole Cover

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The Japanese have a wonderful relationship with their manhole covers: They treat them as art. Here is a selection of the ornate, the artistic and the slightly bizarre.


That must have hurt.

(via Bad Newspaper)

The History Of The Denim Suit Is Not A Pretty One

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The origins of the denim suit don't appear to go back far. One story goes that the singer Bing Crosby was denied access to a hotel in Canada because he was dressed head-to-toe in denim.

Though they let him in eventually, Levi's made him a custom double-breasted suit jacket so that he would 'never have problems wearing Levi's jeans, even in fancy establishments,' according to the company.

Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life - Training Video

Wanna make a difference without making an effort? Join Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life - the Easiest Charity Walk of All-Time. Because charity isn't about getting in shape. It's about helping others. Just walk or donate to help those living with HIV/AIDS.

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(thanks Jaime)

Virtual Mount Evest Climb

Experience the trek to the summit with Mount Everest in 3D. It's a reproduction of the Mount Everest climb. It takes a moment of two to reach to summit, but oh, the view! I'm not sure if this works with Firefox but it does with Google Chroma and Internet Explorer.

(thanks Cora)

Torrenting The US: Which State Is Torrenting The Most, And What Are They Torrenting?

Despite the efforts of various copyright holders, the government, cable companies, and DRM technology, the pirating of movies, TV, and PC games is bigger than ever. Every day, millions of individuals around the United States download, seed, and share copyrighted material.

In an effort to understand how torrenting plays out across the country, Movoto collected data about the location of seeding nodes for the top 300 most popular torrents, segmented across movies, television, and PC gaming.