Thursday, 31 July 2014

How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need?

On average we sleep 24 years during our lifetime. Adults need between 7.5 and 8 hours of sleep per night. But many people can function with 6 hours of sleep, and there also some who need 9 hours or more. Sleep loss can take a toll on your health, energy and even your mood. Too much sleep isn't good either. Are you over or under sleeping?

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15 International Banknotes That Show Queen Elizabeth's Aging Process

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Queen Elizabeth II has, of course, been pictured on British currency for much of her reign, but she has also appeared on the money of various British Commonwealth states and Crown dependencies.

With such a long reign and so many nations issuing money with her image on it over the years, there are enough banknote portraits to construct a sort of aging timeline for the Queen.

The Most Liked Cereal In Every US State

Everyone has a favorite cereal they eat for breakfast or just as a snack. There are literally hundreds of different types of cereal to choose from. Entire aisles in the grocery store are devoted to the stuff. It seems as though no matter your taste, there's a cereal for you.

Movoto looked at Facebook data to figure out America's favorite cereal and this is what they came up with categorized by state.

(thanks Bryan)

Florida Keys Webcam Captures Sea Turtles Hatch

Using infrared lighting, a live-streaming, high-definition 'turtle webcam' positioned on a beach in the Florida Keys recorded the hatch of about 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles on Friday, July 25, just before 9 p.m.

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(thanks Cora)

Tiger Farming: Trading In Extinction

The tiger is an endangered species. Poaching for fur and body parts and destruction of habitat have simultaneously greatly reduced tiger populations in the wild. In the last 100 years, we have lost 97% of all wild tiger in the world. Instead of 100,000, as few as 3,000 live in the wild today.

With out of control breeding of captive tigers stimulating demand for their parts and products across Asia, do wild tigers stand a chance?

The Photography Of Jack Delano - The Man Who Colored The Forties

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Jack Delano (1914-1997) was an American photographer. Delano was born as Jacob Ovcharov in Voroshilovka village in the Russian Empire and moved, with his parents and younger brother, to the United States in 1923.

Jack Delano's pictures of ordinary American life in the 1940s made him world famous as a photographer. He was also a trained musician, a composer, an illustrator and latterly a film and documentary maker.

The Ice Cream That Changes Colour As You Lick It

While some physicists may be working on string theory or quantum mechanics, Spanish physicist Manuel Linares from Barcelona has decided to turn his attention to something else entirely - ice cream. He has announced that he has invented a 'magical' ice cream that changes colour as you lick it.

Dubbed 'Xamaleón,' the ice creams tastes like a mix of fruits and was created during a cooking course attended by Mr Linares in Barcelona. The formula, which remains a secret, is made entirely from natural ingredients.

(thanks Cora)

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


Gánovce is the name of a village in Slovakia. Visual artist Taras Gesh filmed the village from different angles. He made sketches, took photos, recorded sounds and put them all together in this mesmerizing kaleidoscope.

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Poor Bob

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Is Your Country A Cat Or A Dog Country?

We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people.

But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too.

Our Neighbor, Mr. Rogers

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Frederick Rogers (1928-2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host. Rogers was most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which featured his gentle, soft-spoken personality and directness to his audiences.

You may like it when clowns throw pies and slap each other in the face, but Fred Rogers was appalled. He thought TV could have a lot more to offer than pie fights and other silliness. So he moved to New York and got a job at NBC, working first as an associate producer and later as a director.

Cowtown Keeylocko

Ed Keeylocko's biological mother abandoned him on someone's doorstep. An African-American with red hair and swamp green eyes, Keeylocko grew up feeling different, a self-proclaimed minority of minorities.

What's a guy supposed to do when he feels like he doesn't belong anywhere? Well, when you're Ed Keeylocko, you build your own town. Cowtown Keeylocko is 40 miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona.

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(thanks Cora)

USB Squirming Tentacle

Show your love for Cthulhu with the USB Squirming Tentacle. Simply plug it into your USB port and it will fill your computer with unspeakable evils. Just kidding, it doesn't store any data.

The USB Squirming Tentacle will draw a small amount of power from your computer, enabling it to squirm and wiggle like an Elder God trying to escape your laptop.

25 Creative Buildings Around The World

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Architects in cities around the world are working hard to create unique designs to bring in tourism revenues to their city and attract attention to their work. Many people are taking notice of this trend, and looking to support it by taking trips to see such buildings in person.

Here is a list of 25 creative buildings from all over the world that quickly caught our attention with their interesting designs and just might be worth visiting.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Fuel Truck Sharp U-Turn

How to make a fast U-turn.

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(thanks Cora)

Mr. Phelan's Building

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The Phelan Building is a 11-story office building in the downtown shopping district of San Francisco, California. It has a triangular shape reminiscent of the Flatiron Building, with its tip at the meeting point of O'Farrell Street and Market Street. It is a San Francisco Designated Landmark.

The building was designed by William Curlett and built in 1908 by James D. Phelan on the place of the first, original Phelan Building, damaged by the 1906 earthquake and fire.

53 Surreal Places You Need to Visit Before You Die

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There are many places on Earth that look other-worldly. Some are just beautiful and some are weird. You might not believe your eyes, but here are 53 surreal places you need to visit before you die.

15 Unusual Starbucks Stores From Around The World

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For coffee lovers, Starbucks is a heaven on earth. This Seattle based coffee shop now has numerous chains across the globe and is probably the most visited one too. You may spot a Starbucks quite easily, especially with its distinctive green awnings and mermaid logo.

Then, there are theme restaurants that are becoming quite popular around the world. Starbucks has also taken the same route and it has opened its doors in quite unexpected locations, with unusual designs. Take a look at some of the unusual Starbucks stores existing around the world.


Baklava is a sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. The origin of baklava is hotly contested, but this restaurant in Gaziantep, Turkey has been making it since 1887.

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(thanks Cora)

China Creates Right-Angled Running Track

Sports officials in northeast China build a rectangular running track - with right angle corners - in order to ensure their stadium is ready for the visit of Communist Party leaders.

Stadium officials explained that their original track had once featured curves but said its rubber surface had become severely worn down from overuse. When senior Communist Party leaders recently announced plans for a last-minute visit to the stadium, a quick makeover suddenly became necessary. Painting right angles was faster than painting curves.

Mars Rover Opportunity Breaks Record For Miles Roamed

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The Mars rover Opportunity has outdone itself by driving further than any other off-Earth vehicle in history. NASA announced that the 10-year-old rover hit 25 miles, which breaks the previous record set by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.

While often in the shadow of its popular sibling Curiosity, Opportunity has exceeded expectations by living on the inhospitable planet for more than 10 years. The rover landed on Mars in 2004 and has since been hard at work exploring the surface of the planet.