Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Chinese Video Mocking Kim Jong Un

A Chinese video mocking Kim Jong Un has sparked a protest from North Korea. The video shows Kim dancing and Kung-Fu fighting. North Korea asked Chins to stop the video from spreading but Beijng was unable to oblige.

Other world leaders also make appearances, including President Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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People In Their 90s Are Living Longer

Who would have guessed that?

(via Bad Newspaper)

Watch Lightning Strike In Real Time

Lightning is a powerful sudden flow of electricity accompanied by thunder that occurs during an electric storm. On Earth, the lightning frequency is approximately 40–50 times a second or nearly 1.4 billion flashes per year. On you can see lightning strike in real time. Each lightning strike is marked with a white expanding circle.

(thanks Cora)

World Records From The Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations, an organisation of 53 member states that were mostly territories of the former British Empire.

Apart from many Olympic sports, the games also include some sports that are played mainly in Commonwealth countries, such as lawn bowls, and netball. Here's an infographic with world records and global statistics from the Commonwealth Games over the decades.

How To Cool A Warm Drink In 2 Minutes

Chill your drink quickly. Works great with Coke, soda, beer, cans and bottles. Perfect for the summer when you need to cool a room temperature drink really quickly. All you need is a bowl, ice, water and salt.

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12 Old Words That Survived By Getting Fossilized In Idioms

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English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever reason, words were pronounced differently, or they became obsolete.

There are some old words, however, that are nearly obsolete, but we still recognize them because they were lucky enough to get stuck in set phrases that have lasted across the centuries. Here are 12 lucky words that survived by getting fossilized in idioms.

The World's Weirdest Plants

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The Starfish Flower (Stapelia variegata) from Africa looks like a brown and yellow starfish nesting in the sand. It also smells like a dead animal, as a result of which flies, thinking it's a lump of rotten meat, decide it is the perfect place to raise a family. As they lay their eggs on the surface, they inadvertently pollinate the flower at the same time.

Here is a list of the ten most peculiar plants and trees in the world.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Great Moments In Science (If Twitter Had Existed)

Twitter is the source of a great deal of modern news, and scientists are often encouraged to tweet about their research. So what if Twitter had been around during the times of historic scientific breakthroughs?

What if famous scientists were on Twitter, at the time of their greatest discoveries?

12 Uncommon Punctuation Marks You Should Start Using Right Now

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Your writing doesn't need the same tired punctuation marks. Inject a little bit of personalty into your writing with these uncommonly used punctuation marks. Or, actually, don't because you can't get them on a normal keyboard. Many of the designs were proposed by French writer Hervé Bazin in his 1996 essay 'Plumons l’Oiseau.'

Leave a mark on your writing with these wacky alternatives. Change your writing, change your life.


Simon Gerbaud is a Frenchman living in Mexico since 2005. He's an illustrator and animator and a few years ago he started experimenting with common objects.

saVoir is an interactive installation made up of screens, computers and sensors where the audience can use the functions of their bodeis to create videos.

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Iconic Cars From Film And Television

A fun infographic showing original illustrations of some of the most iconic vehicles from movies and television shows.

Top 10 Heists And Robberies

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When it comes to the amount of sheer planning, creativity, and outright lunacy that goes into them, few crimes rival the high profile, multi-million dollar heist. And when you consider the colorful characters and criminal masterminds behind these robberies, it's easy why these crimes continue to be the subject of constant speculation and fascination.

Whether the work of teams of highly trained thieves, lowly bank managers, or even a powerful dictator, here are ten of the biggest and most bizarre heists and burglaries in history.

Kaiser Mustache Trainer

A 1901 advertisement for the Kaiser Mustache Trainer. It'll turn your sour soup strainer into a military style mustache.

(thanks Cora)

Who Or What Left This 60,000-Ton Ancient Artifact Under The Sea?

Put on your tin-foil hats and special anti-Illuminati underwear. A recently discovered mysterious ancient rock structure under the Sea of Galilee, possibly built in the same era as Stonehenge, has archaeologists stumped.

Researchers , from Ben-Gurion University, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa and Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, all in Israel, describe the cairn as a cone of unhewn basalt rocks, measuring approximately 70 meters in diameter and 10 meters tall.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Jerry The Goat

There's always one who's a little bit different than the rest. Like Jerry the goat.
He's more like: Wheeeeeeeeeee!

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Latest Trend: Men With Flowers In Their Beards

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There's a new trend.
Men around the world are putting beautiful arrangements of flowers into their beards.
Why? I don't know.

The Cornish Beaches Where Lego Keeps Washing Up

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A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.

On 13 February 1997 the container ship Tokio Express was hit by a wave, tilting the ship 60 degrees one way, then 40 degrees back. As a result, 62 containers were lost overboard and one of them was filled with nearly 4.8m pieces of Lego, bound for New York. Shortly after that some of those Lego pieces began washing up in both the north and south coasts of Cornwall. They're still coming in today.

Do I Really Need My Pinky Toe?

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Walking, running and skipping with just four toes may be easier than you think. If you're born without a pinky toe or have an accident and it's removed, you can completely do everything you wanted to do. So why do we have pinky toes?

Star Trek Stabilized

On Star Trek the camera tilts and shakes to simulate the ship being hit by something. When you stabilize the camera you only see what the actors are doing.

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(via Neatorama)

The Longmen Grottoes In Henan, China

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The Longmen Grottoes, one of the finest examples of Chinese cave sculpt art, is a site that has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in the year 2000. This site displays the finest Chinese Buddhist cave art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties.

These caves are home to nearly tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples.
The Longmen caves are situated south of present day Luòyáng in Hénán province of the Peoples Republic of China.

In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

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A fist bump is a gesture similar in meaning to a handshake or high five. A fist bump can also be a symbol of giving respect. It can be followed by various other hand and body gestures and may be part of a dap greeting.

Where did the fist bump come from? Why is it so appealing that the president uses it? And do other cultures have similar nonverbal gestures?