Tuesday, 25 November 2014

What Happens When You Eat Too Much

The season of giving is often also the season of over-indulging at the dinner table. As Thanksgiving approaches, take a look down at your stomachs to find out what happens when you overeat.

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(thanks Elaine)

Meet Yourself In 20 Years

UK telecommunications brand Orange has released their futureself campaign in the form of an interactive platform, which invites people to engage in a technological journey 20 years down the road to meet and speak with one's future self.

You can use your webcam, or you can upload a photo of yourself from your hard drive. Align some key point, answer questions like gender, eye color and current age and the data and image is rapidly scanned into a virtual version of yourself, 20 years older. You can even talk to your avatar.

Here's what I will look like in 20 years.

(via designboom)

Japanese Cat Owners Turn IKEA Doll Beds Into Adorable Cat Beds

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Some clever Japanese cat owners have re-purposed a simple but popular doll bed from IKEA, turning it into an adorable bed for their cats and other pets.

The bed's uses have expanded beyond cats too - some rabbits and dogs have taken well to the bed, and some pet owners have even turned them into bunk beds.

(thanks Cora)


Dhteumeuleu is a collection of very clever HTML 5 computer animations made by Gerard Ferrandez. Click to maximize the popup window. Most will interact with your mouse. To get back to the menu after viewing a selected visual just click the arrow in the top left of your screen and click 'Home.'

(thanks Cora)

Adventures Of The League Of STEAM - Here Comes the Bride

The League of STEAM pays homage to the Bride of Frankenstein in their new adventure! A duo of eccentric inventors decide to construct the perfect woman for their lovelorn colleague... but of course, hilarity quickly ensues! Starring Team Unicorn's Milynn Sarley, with music by Larry and His Flask, Johnny Atar, and Steam Powered Giraffe!

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(thanks Trip)

Ten Television Characters Who Were Never Fully Revealed On Screen

The Big Bang Theory is a wildly popular television show. It includes Mrs. Wolowitz: Howard's loud, overbearing, mustachioed and morbidly obese mother, who is never actually seen on camera.

It takes a rare talent to win the audience's affection without ever showing your face, or - in some extreme cases - even setting foot in frame. Here are 10 of the very greatest TV characters we have heard but never seen.

(via Neatorama)

The Great International Paper Airplane Book

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In the mid 1960s Scientific American began to look for ways to increase circulation and, perhaps more importantly, to expand their roster of advertisers. To help, the publisher Gerald Piel hired the iconoclastic marketing genius Howard Luck Gossage.

Gossage, who ran his small agency out of a converted San Francisco firehouse, became known for ads that engaged readers through brilliant tongue-in-cheek copyrighting and unusual contests and promotions. He decided to target airlines as potential advertisers for magazine and created the '1st International Paper Airplane Contest.'

Monday, 24 November 2014

Upside Down Truck

Rick Sullivan spent six months and $6,000 building a topsy-turvy truck from the parts of two separate vehicles.The road-legal car is created from a 1991 Ford Ranger pickup truck with a 1995 F-150 pickup truck body placed over the top - upside down.

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Unrealistic Comet Landing Simulator

The European Space Agency's Philae probe landed on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko not once or twice, but three times, when its anchor system failed to fire. Can you land ESA's shiny new, billion-Euro probe on a comet without smashing it to bits? Click 'Drop' when you think a nice, safe, flat bit is coming up.

Try the Unrealistic Comet Landing Simulator.
I tried and I managed to land the probe in only 1 attempt.


Last week, British pollsters YouGov launched a new website that allows users to view target audience profiles of companies. That sounds boring but you can have a lot of fun searching YouGovProfiles for more information about things you care about. Of course, this is only about British people who have a special interest.

For example, you can search for British people who have an interest in the USA. The profiles of all these people are then combined. You can see what differentiates Britsh people in categories as lifestyle, personality, brands, entertainment, online presence and media.

10 Of The World's Most Radical Recycling Projects

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In our modern throwaway society, many perfectly good materials end up sitting in a landfill while new materials are constantly created and used in their place. Some creative green builders, artists, scientists and other innovators are turning the tables on that trend, gathering up all the discarded odds and ends they can find to create stunning homes, temples, sculpture and even fuel.

Here are 10 examples of incredibly creative recycling projects that convert ordinary objects into art and transform trash into something far more useful.

Odessa Trams

Trams are one of the basic types of public transportation in the city of Odessa, Ukraine. Odessa is served by 19 regular, and 5 non-regular, tram routes. But the state of those tram routes is abominable, as you can see in the video.

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(thanks Cora)

8 Celebrity Chefs Of Yesteryear

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Since American chef Julia Child created and began hosting the television cooking show The French Chef in 1963, making finer fare more accessible and feasible for the general public, it seems as if the celebrity chef has been a staple of pop culture.

But before Anthony Bourdain and Tom Colicchio, before Martha Stewart and Lidia Bastianich, and even before Julia Child, how did cooks become chefs and how did chefs become famous? Who exactly were the first 'celebrity chefs?'

The Saguaro Cactus And Its Greedy Guests

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The Saguaro cactus, found in Mexico, Arizona and some parts of California is a giant among its type, growing to the size of a tree. It also gets a number of greedy house guests during its life time.

The desert isn't a place that you might normally associate with teeming life. The saguaro manages to survive in extremely harsh climates and, wherever it lives animals are to be found. Some even manage to make the enormous cactus their home.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Take Me Home

In a cold, dark dog shelter, a young beagle is waiting for the right one to take him home. Time passes by and the beagle is getting desperate. Until one day, when hope finally shines upon him. He has to do everything he can to leave the place.

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(thanks Cora)

Hari-Kuyo - Japan's Unique Memorial Service For Broken Needles

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Hari-Kuyo is a Japanese festival dedicated to old and broken needles. This festival sees hundreds of women dressed in colorful kimonos, gathering at various Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples in and around Tokyo.

This 400-year-old ritual involves sticking old and broken needles into soft chunks of tofu or jelly as a way of showing thanks for their hard work. It's not just about needles, several Japanese women consider Hari-Kuyo as a time to value the small, everyday objects of daily life that are otherwise forgotten.

Colorful South American Buses

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Here is a smorgasbord of various interesting buses and truck-conversions from different countries in South America, most of them using standard production models from the 1960s and 1970s - just wildly embellished and decorated. If you are braving some of the riskiest roads, you might as well have a colorful ride!

World-Record Truck Jump By EMC And Lotus F1 Team

A giant Renault semi-truck jumps over a speeding Formula 1 car. A publicity stunt by the Lotus Formula 1 team and one of their sponsors, IT company EMC. They set a new world record of 83 feet and 7 inches (25.47 meters).

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(thanks Cora)

Mysterious Shrimp May Hold Keys To Alien Life

According to exobiologists at NASA, a mysterious shrimp and its symbiotic bacterium may hold clues about what life could be like on other planetary bodies. It's life that may be similar - at the basic level - to what could be lurking in the oceans of Europa, deep under the icy crust of the Jupiter moon.

26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

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The universe, man... the universe is scary!