Tuesday, 27 January 2015

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

Here are 10 simple tricks that you can use to turn your microwave into an awesome machine that you cannot live without. We've got bacon, donuts and even sponges here.

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The Rise And Fall (And Rise) Of The Ukulele

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The ukulele has gone from being an exotic new trend to the embodiment of kitsch since it arrived on Hawaii 125 years ago, but is currently enjoying a revival. Despite a long history that once included a reputation as an exotic and highbrow instrument, the ukulele has also endured decades of snubbing from both the pop music scene and the more cultured world of classical music.

But with the help of trendsetters and tastemakers, the ukulele is making a strong comeback that can be traced in large part to the instrument's accessibility, affordability, YouTube popularity, and celebrity esteem.

11 Years And Counting - Opportunity On Mars

The Mars Opportunity rover has driven 25.9 miles (41.7 kilometers) since it landed in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars on Jan. 25, 2004. That is farther than any other off-Earth surface vehicle has driven. The rover's work on Mars was initially planned for three months.

During that prime mission and for more than a decade of bonus performance in extended missions, Opportunity has returned compelling evidence about wet environments on ancient Mars.

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(thanks Chava)

World's Largest Barbecue

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The world’s largest barbecue is 76 feet long and can cook 4 tonnes of meat at a time. They say everything's bigger in Texas, and you'll have a hard time finding better proof that the 'Undisputable Cuz,' a humongous barbecue pit located at the Folsom residence along highway 290, in Brenham.

The 40-ton, 75-foot monstrosity ventilated by seven chimneys is the world's largest barbecue pit. It's so huge that it needs to be carried around in a large truck and Local authorities have to issue special permits and escorts just to move the cooker down the road.

Twenty Wonderful Words Which Shouldn't Be Allowed To Wither

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There are many words these days that are rarely used - and that is a great shame as even the simple act of their enunciation can bring on a smile, such is their irrefragable brilliance. Go on, drop a few in to your next conversation and ensure their preservation.

You are guaranteed to be the cynosure of attention and contesseration will be guaranteed. In other words you will be the life and soul of the party and make many friends.
Here are twenty wonderful words which shouldn't be allowed to wither.

How Does Moisturizer Work?

The cold weather of winter can also mean dry, cracked skin. Many reach for the moisturizer to keep their skin soft, but how do these products actually work?

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(thanks Elaine)

How Spicy Flavours Trick Your Tongue

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When you consider the tongue, what leaps to mind are the five canonical tastes - sweet, salt, bitter, sour, and umami. These sensations arise when receptors on the surface of taste bud cells are activated by your food, triggering nerve fibres that run to your brain and help generate the experience of a savoury roast or a fresh strawberry.

But your tongue is more versatile than that. It's also sensitive to temperature, pressure, and chemicals that mimic both of these things, which turn up in a number of foods. This peculiar latter group of sensations is called chemesthesis, and you probably experience some flavour of it every day.

Monday, 26 January 2015

How To Pronounce British Place Names

Siobhan Thompson teaches American Rusty Ward how to pronounce difficult British place names.

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The Ultimate Collection of Cute Japanese Roadblocks

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The land of the rising sun is being invaded by special and super cute roadblocks, taking over the boring and plainly functional roadblocks. It's always a drag when you find out that one of the roads that you always take to get home or leave to work is going to be having construction.

So why not throw some cute on those construction sites, toning down our road-rage a few levels and adding to our patience, because you can't stop smiling.

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The Serenity Machine

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The CIA's Declassified UFO Files Are Now Available Online

Project Blue Book was a systematic study of unidentified flying objects conducted by the United States Air Force. It started in 1952. A termination order was given for the study in December 1969, and all activity under its auspices ceased in January 1970.

Project Blue Book is now fully declassified and available to read online. Read all of its 140,000 pages on UFO enthusiast John Greenewald's website The Black Vault.

18 Of The Biggest Creatures That Lurk Beneath The Ocean's Surface

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Earth's oceans contain 99% of the living space on the planet, yet less than 10% of that space has been explored by humans. If these are the colossal sea creatures we know about, imagine what is yet to be discovered.

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Top 12 Tallest Towers In The World

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This shouldn’t affect those with a fear of heights, but just in case, proceed with caution. The only way to imagine what it's like to be this high up is to remember the last time you were in an airplane, because these buildings rise thousands of feet and often have their heads in the clouds. Here are the 12 tallest towers in the world.

(thanks Pavle)

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Made In Copenhagen

Made in Copenhagen is a short hyperlapse and timelapse film showing the beauty of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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(thanks Cora)

Beautiful Images Of Seashores Lit By The Glow Of Bioluminescence

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In his 1870 masterpiece, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, French novelist Jules Verne wrote, 'About seven o'clock in the evening, the Nautilus, half-immersed, was sailing in a sea of milk... The whole sky, though lit by the sidereal rays, seemed black by contrast with the whiteness of the waters.'

However, rather than describing something supernatural, Verne was referring to marine bioluminescence - or the glowing, chemically induced underwater light produced by living organisms.

Why The World Seems Quieter When It Snows

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When a fresh batch of snow falls to the ground, the world tends to quiet down. That could partially be attributed to human factors: it's likely winter, people aren't out as much and traffic comes to a halt. However, there are more scientific reasons for the quietude.

When a fresh blanket of snow settles down, it's doing a lot more than turning the world into a winter wonderland.

The Interfaces Of 'Star Wars: A New Hope'

A supercut of all the moments in 'Star Wars: A New Hope' where characters interacted with machines, doors, screens, levers, knobs and buttons.

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(thanks Chava)

Vintage Movie Theatre Etiquette Posters From 1912

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The Library of Congress has a fascinating series of vintage movie theatre 'etiquette' posters from 1912. At the time, films were silent as movies with sound didn't become prevalent until the late 1920s. Sadly, a September 2013 report by the United States Library of Congress announced that a total of 70% of American silent films are believed to be completely lost.

Enjoy these vintage movie theatre etiquette posters from 1912.

Hobbit Spa: Charming Green-Roofed Complex In Austria

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Looking like a modern art version of Hobbiton, the Rogner Bad Blumau Spa in Austria's Styria thermal region boasts colorful painted facades, bejeweled spires, curving lines and green roofs all over. The luxury hotel centers upon an indoor ring-shaped spa that takes advantage of the hot springs in the area and features many reclaimed and sustainable materials.

Bricks from old farmhouses were incorporated into the facades, and the wooden posts supporting the overhangs appear to be strung with massive beads.