Sunday, 28 August 2016

Words That Seem Related, But Aren't

Male and female. House and penthouse. Mother and stepmother. These words suggest one thing, but their histories tell us another.

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Closest Living Relative To The Dodo Bird Dazzles With Vibrant Iridescent Plumage

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The dodo bird has been long extinct, but it still has relatives living in the world today. Known as the Nicobar pigeon, this rare creature is the closest living connection to the famous flightless bird, although the two don't look alike.

One striking difference is the Nicobar pigeon's vibrant plumage that shines in iridescent blues, coppers, and greens - in addition to its reddish legs and small white tail. The Nicobar pigeon resides in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, from the Indian Nicobar Islands eastward to places like Thailand and Papua New Guinea.

11 Failed And Crazy Vintage Gadgets That Time Forgot

As technology evolves, there are bound to be some bumps in the road; some gadgets which seem like a great idea at the time, but are eventually revealed to be epic flops.

These antique gadgets were at the cutting edge of technology when they were released, but never quite managed to become household names.

The History Of Photography In 5 Minutes

Take a journey through the history of photography and discover the key points in history.

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The Island Of The Gods

A journey through the culture and wild places of Bali, Indonesia.

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(thanks Cora)

7 Chairs That Changed The World

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Chairs can have deep historical roots. Here are seven of the most influential chairs.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Upside Down Cars

Philip Stockton created this experimental special effects video that features floating cars driving upside down on Houston Street in New York City.

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Subway Pushers Of Japan

A subway pusher is a worker who pushes people onto the train at a railway station during the morning and evening rush hours. Station staff and/or part-time workers fill these roles during morning rush hours on many lines.

In order to fit twice the number of passengers into a subway carriage, the stations employ uniformed staff known as oshiya or 'pusher', whose goal is to cram as many people as possible into the subway tram.


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All The Art In London In One Day

Alex Gorosh tried to see every piece of art in London in one day.

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(thanks Cora)

The Greatest Jumper On Earth Is Probably Not A Flea

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At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Canada's Derek Drouin took the gold in the high jump, with a leap of 2.38 m (7ft 10in). As ever with our athletic feats, there are plenty of wild animals that leap far higher, reaching dizzying heights in a single bound.

There are two ways you can measure the highest jumps. The absolute height an animal reaches and how high an animal jumps relative to its own size. Depending which you choose, the title of highest jumper could go to several different species.

10 Thoroughly British Mysteries

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Shrouded in fog and rain, the landscape of England is perfect for mysteries. The following ten mysteries offer up a smorgasbord of the unexplained, from ghost sightings to unsolved murders to inexplicable weather patterns.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Vietnam By Drone

Explore the amazing mountains of Vietnam.

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(thanks Cora)

Marble Olympics May Be More Exciting Than The Real Ones

Dutchman Jelle Bakker's Marble Runs has managed to carve out a very unique niche on YouTube. His videos are downright exciting. In honor of the Olympics, Jelle has come up with a series of 8 events in which teams of marbles compete for Marblelympic gold. From high jump to collision to water racing, each event is designed quite well with unique obstacles and rising stakes.

Beavers On The Moon: The Great Astronomy Hoax Of 1835

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The Great Moon Hoax refers to a series of six articles that were published in The Sun, a New York newspaper, beginning on August 25, 1835, about the supposed discovery of life and even civilization on the Moon. The discoveries were falsely attributed to Sir John Herschel, one of the best known astronomers of his time.

The articles described fantastic animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and bat-like winged humanoids who built temples. The author of the narrative was ostensibly Dr. Andrew Grant, the travelling companion and amanuensis of Sir John Herschel, but Grant was fictitious.

The Battery That's Lasted 176 Years

In a laboratory at Oxford University sits the Oxford Electric Bell, which has spent 176 years constantly ringing. And no-one's quite sure what the battery that powers it is made of.

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This Desert Lagoon Is No Mirage

Amid the rolling sand dunes of this Peruvian desert, an oasis springs from nowhere, adding life to the landscape. Legend has it that the lagoon was created when a princess fled her would-be captor and left the water she had been bathing in, which became the lagoon.

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(thanks Cora)

The True Faces Behind 5 Famous Logos

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Most of us know Colonel Sanders was a real person, but did you know about Uncle Sam and Leo the Lion? Check out the true faces behind five famous logos below to learn more.

Poor Pluto: 10 Years A Dwarf Planet And Still Our Planetary System Is A Big Mystery

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In 2006, Pluto ceased to be a planet. It was degraded by the International Astronomical Union to dwarf planet. But an asteroid called Ceres was 'promoted.' Did it help us learn more about the solar system?