Friday, 31 October 2014

Paris / New York

Paris and New York, like many large cities, have a lot in common: transport, infrastructure, national monuments. What you cannot deny is the vibrancy and explosion of character each city has and this split-screen with timelapse is a good way to help convey this.

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(thanks Cora)

Ghosts In The Machines: The Devices And Daring Mediums That Spoke For The Dead

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The spirits came calling in 1848. Through a series of startlingly loud knocks, a murdered peddler named Charles Rosna started talking to two teenage girls in their Hydesville, New York, home. Margaret and Kate Fox, who could be the inspiration for Wednesday Addams with their dark locks and solemn expressions, would ask the spirits questions out loud, and to everyone's surprise, the spirits would answer.

The Fox sisters started the craze of Victorian Spiritualism. But listening for raps got tedious so Spiritualists started to invent ways for spirits to communicate. They developed strange devices for the dead to write their thoughts down or to just point to the letters.

(thanks Lisa)

15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About 'A Nightmare On Elm Street'

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Did you know that 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' was Johnny Depp's film debut. Or that it took makeup artists three hours each day to apply and take off Robert Englund's Freddy Krueger makeup. Enrich your annual Halloween viewing of Wes Craven's 1984 horror classic with these fascinating tidbits.

26 Cool And Unique Push Pins

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The push pin was invented in 1900 by Edwin Moore and quickly became a success. These pins are also called 'thumb-tacks.' But just because their job is boring, doesn't mean they need to be boring. Here are 26 cool and unique push pins.


Mononome is an EYEoT ((Eye of Things) system that senses the interaction between yourself and all kind of things, and visualizes the emotion of things and the habits of humans.

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20 Bizarre Hearses From Around The World

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Eventually we will all need the services of a hearse but there is no need to stick to tradition. Everyone has their own personal style and wants to be remembered in their own special way. Here are some suggestions for the last ride.

(thanks Veljko)

Mystery Of Earth's Water Origin Solved

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The water that makes Earth a majestic blue marble was here from the time of our planet's birth, according to a new study of ancient meteorites by scientists of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, USA. The study found that our seas may have arrived much earlier on our planet than previously thought.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Which Halloween Candy Is Worse For You?

Not all Halloween candy is created equal. This year, before you indiscriminately devour your entire candy haul, watch this short video that compares candy nutrition facts. Your waistline will thank you.

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The Evolution Of Flying Ships

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The invention of hydrofoils was one of the most revolutionary developments in the history of marine engineering. Hydrofoils are vessels that use wing-like foils below the hull in order to reach greater speeds on the water. The 'wings' are submerged so that the hull can be above the water.

When Italian inventor Enrico Forlanini built a full-scale hydrofoil boat (photo above) in 1906, the technology behind traveling on the sea took a hyper-leap. Despite their promise, hydrofoils did not take a leading role in marine technology. But throughout the last century an incredibly diverse fleet of these airplane-ship hybrids were built.

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The Martian Invasion Of 1938

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The War of the Worlds is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938. Directed and narrated by actor Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H.G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds from 1898.

The first two thirds of the 62-minute broadcast were presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested to some listeners that an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. The episode became famous for causing mass panic. Here's the story about that night told by 80-year-old Joan Geraci from New Jersey.

(thanks Ron)

Piece Of Metal May Solve Mystery Of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance

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Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean.

Now an aircraft recovery group says it may already have a part of Amelia Earhart's plane, and it thinks it knows where to find the rest of it. The group says new testing of a piece of metal found in the vast waters of the Pacific Ocean in 1991 gives the group increasing confidence that it's a part of the Lockheed Electra.

Dead Man's Party

The League of S.T.E.A.M. travels south of the border to investigate a Dia de los Muertos fiesta of the undead. Featuring guest stars David Vega and Karina Noelle, with music by Voltaire.

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(thanks Trip)

Will Wormhole Travel Ever Be Possible?

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As a curious species, humans have long dreamed of traveling to the farthest depths of space. That's the major theme of the upcoming science fiction epic Interstellar, which will take Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway to the places we hope to one day reach ourselves. Except for that tiny hiccup called deep space travel.

The universe is big. And along with its enormous size, it's also incredibly spread-out; any neighboring planets, stars, and galaxies are depressingly distant. Proxima Centauri, the closest star to Earth, is 4.22 light years away. If the fast-moving Voyager spacecraft attempted to reach Proxima Centauri, it would take the tiny probe more than 80,000 years to get there.

Big City, Big Surprise: New York City's Newest Species Is A Frog

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Even in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, nature is still capable of some big surprises. Biologists have described a new species of leopard frog discovered in New York City. It remained hidden in plain sight in a city of 8.4 million people.

Researchers named the frog Rana kauffeldi, after the great herpetologist Carl Kauffeld, who in the mid-20th century speculated that an as-yet-unidentified leopard frog might reside in New York City.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

OK Go - I Won't Let You Down

American band OK Go (Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, Andy Ross) perform 'I Won't Let You Down' while riding the Honda UNI-CUB, a little unicycle.

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Fake And Hilarious London Underground Signs

Someone has made fake and hilarious London Underground signs. They put them up and photographed them.

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That Time It Rained Flesh In Kentucky

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March 3, 1876, was a beautiful day in Bath County, Kentucky, and a local farmer's wife, Mrs. Crouch, was outside making soap. There was a light wind coming from the west, but the sky was clear and the sun was shining brightly.

Then without any prelude or warning of any kind, and exactly under these circumstances, meat came raining down all around her. Large chunks of red meat fell from the sky for a period of several minutes.

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How Wolves Change Rivers

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable 'trophic cascade' occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.

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(thanks Cora)

Hill Of Crosses – Lithuania

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The Hill of Crosses is located north of the small county town Šiauliai in Lithuania. The town was established in 1236 and was occupied by teutonic knights in the fourth century. The Hill of Crosses is one of the most renowned pilgrimage places in the country.

Spread on a hilltop, Christian crosses are raised to the sky, as testament to the faith and Lithuanian national identity. Nobody knows the exact number of crosses located on this hill, but in 1990, it was estimated around 55,000, while in 2006 the total amount already exceeded 100,000.

The 10 Largest Lakes In The World

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The largest lakes in the world aren't only known for their enormous size. These lakes are more often visited for their rich flora and fauna, the outdoor activities and tours offered that'll guarantee you a unique experience.