Friday, 18 April 2014

These Chopines Weren't Made For Walking: Precarious Platforms For Aristocratic Feet

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How far would you go to reach the pinnacle of fashion? While the current craze for heel-less, 'anti-gravity' shoes might seem avant-garde, or even dangerous, women have worn challenging footwear for centuries. In fact, though most think Lady Gaga's stilted look started the latest anti-gravity trend, the pop star's platforms were actually inspired by elaborate 16th-century chopines.

Nearly 500 years ago, these sky-high platform shoes were designed to showcase familial wealth in parts of Spain and Italy, and were sometimes so tall they required two servants to help someone walk in them. Collectors Weekly spoke with Elizabeth Semmelhack, a curator at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, about the origins of the chopine trend and the lengths (or heights) humans go to showcase their status.

(thanks Hunter

Flower Eruption In Costa Rica

An advertisement for the Sony 4K Television. Flowers erupt majestically from the Irazú Volcano and sweep through Costa Rica's vibrant landscape.



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The Plastic Foods Of Kappabashi


Kappabashi-dōri is a street in Tokyo between Ueno and Asakusa which is almost entirely populated with shops supplying the restaurant trade: chopsticks, cups, bowls, knives, takeaway containers and, naturally, an infinite variety of plastic foods.

More than mere marketing tools, these fake plates of spaghetti, donkatsu, sushi and cakes are vibrant, brilliant works of art, which should be admired and adored.

(thanks Juergen)

Humunga Stache Durable Dog Toy


Go indognito to the park with this fun toy. For the pooch with a good sense of humor; this shiny black toy is a ball on one end and a giant mustache on the other. Dogs naturally pick up the ball leaving an outrageously funny mustache sticking out.

(thanks Cora)

How Cricket Balls Are Made

Film from 1956. How cricket balls are made.



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NASA's Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet

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Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the 'habitable zone' - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

While planets have previously been found in the habitable zone, they are all at least 40 percent larger in size than Earth and understanding their makeup is challenging. Kepler-186f is more reminiscent of Earth.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Meet Little Miss Sunshine

Meet Little Miss Sunshine, the ex-battery hen who is the star of the 'Ain't no way to treat a lady' television ad series from Australia.



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15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out Tell A Bigger Story

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We've seen them in pictures and in guidebooks. The world's most famous landmarks live in popular imagination in their idealized form, but it can be surprising to see them in person. While some landmarks can be even more awe-inspiring when you take in their natural surroundings, others have been swallowed up by sprawling cityscapes.

Here are 15 zoomed-out photos of famous landmarks around the world.

(via Neatorama)

Bridge Won't Open Until It's Ready


Yes, that's probably a lot safer.

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Stress And Effect On A Vessel In Severe Weather Conditions

Stress and effect on a cargo vessel in severe weather conditions. Recorded during passage from Suez Canal to Singaporre, recorded in June 2008.



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(thanks Cora)

Sahara El Beyda: The White Desert Of Egypt

image credit: Vyacheslav Argenberg

The word sahara means desert in Arabic so when you hear the name Sahara el Beyda you could be forgiven that it means one thing - sand, sand and more sand.

Yet the sight of Egypt's Sahara el Beyda belies the traditional way one imagines a desert. Are those icebergs on the horizon?

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Dan Rosandich is an American cartoonist. Dan's cartoons have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, National Review, The National Enquirer, Science Digest, Reader's Digest and Woman's World. The Presurfer, in cooperation with Dan Rosandich, will bring you a cartoon every day.

Muggles Rejoice: Hogwarts Is Offering Online Classes

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Superfans of the book and film series have launched their own online version of Harry Potter's alma mater: Hogwarts is Here. The site offers a full catalog of Ministry-approved classes for 'all aspiring witches and wizards' across the world.

Hogwarts is Here was made by members of the fandom to bring together anyone who has been seeking 'magical experiences' since the series' conclusion. It also takes its course work very seriously - starting out as first year students, users are expected to complete homework assignments, essays, quizzes and tests for classes such as 'Charms' and 'Potions,' and progress through all seven years of wizard academics.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Pyramids Of Egypt

Cairo, Egypt, 1920. An archaeologist is about to discover the secret of the Egyptian pyramids.



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11 Fake European Towns And Landmarks Made In China

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We've known the Chinese to imitate almost everything. We've also known that Chinese tourists traveling around the world continue to increase due to rising incomes and less restrictive passport regime. Europe is one of the mostly visited continents and more campaigns have been launched in some cities to attract more visitors.

Now, the Chinese dream to see and feel the European atmosphere isn't only reachable by booking a flight - for Europe is already in their own soil. See these 11 fake European towns and landmarks all made in China.

The 2,000-Year History Of GPS Tracking

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The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites.

Boston Globe technology writer Hiawatha Bray researched transformative events that lead to our new ability to navigate anywhere. Here are 13 pivotal moments in the history of GPS tracking and digital mapping that Bray points out.

Car Racing Pit Stops 1950 Vs Today

Observe how the art of the pit stop has evolved since 1950. The first pit stop is from the Indianapolis 500 from 1950 (at that time part of the Formula 1 championship), the second one is from the Australian Grand Prix of 2013.



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(thanks Cora)

Kittens Of The Sea: Nine Legendary Ship's Cats

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If you thought cats didn't like water, think again. These nine legendary ship's cats embarked upon epic voyages of discovery, dangerous wartime missions and the odd three-hour cruise, keeping sailors company while ensuring their vessels remained vermin-free.

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Dan Rosandich is an American cartoonist. Dan's cartoons have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, National Review, The National Enquirer, Science Digest, Reader's Digest and Woman's World. The Presurfer, in cooperation with Dan Rosandich, will bring you a cartoon every day.

Glow-In-The-Dark Roads Make Debut In The Netherlands

Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands. Studio Roosegaarde promised the design back in 2012, and after cutting through rather a lot of government red tape we can finally see the finished product.

One Dutch news report said, 'It looks like you are driving through a fairytale,' which pretty much sums up this extraordinary project. The design studio like to bring technology and design to the real world, with practical and beautiful results. Here's a video about the Smart Highway.



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(thanks Cora)