Friday, 30 September 2016

10 Things You Did Not Know The Use For

Do you know what the cilinder on your laptop power cable is for? Or the blue part of an eraser? The hole in a spaghetti spoon? Here are 10 things you did not know the use for.



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100-Year-Old Colour Portraits Of New York Immigrants Reveal Incredible Outfits


12 million men, women, and children arrived at Ellis Island, New York, between 1892 and 1954 to start a new life in the USA, often dressed in their finest clothes. The portraits show immigrants wearing the national dress of their country of origin.

10 Baffling Unsolved Mysteries You May Not Have Heard About


The mysterious death of a journalist who was investigating a government conspiracy. Two people with the same name who were murdered just days apart in the same city. An elderly man who was possibly killed due to witchcraft. These are just some of the unsolved mysteries you'll find in this list.

15(ish) Things Worth Knowing About Coffee

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Great infographic from The Oatmeal. It all started with dancing goats...

Autonomous Haulage Vehicle

Komatsu's latest dump truck doesn't have a cab for a human operator to sit in.



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Machina Mortem

A determined French soldier during World War One marches towards the front lines when he faces the enemy in an unexpected way.



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(thanks Cora)

Every Car From Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee


In 2012, Jerry Seinfeld began inviting his comedy buddies for some coffee and pairing each guest with a car that had qualities that were, in Seinfeld's eyes, similar to his guests. Eight seasons later, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has featured 57 comedians and 56 cars.

Jerry spotlights each car in his own Seinfeldian way. He observes each car's faults, features or personality that you'd never even think a car could have. So Instamotor decided to break down every automobile from Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and what Jerry Seinfeld had to say about each.

(thanks Caroline)

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Patience

Patience is a clock which uses a human face to represent the passage of time. The eyes work in the same way as an analog clock's hands, with the right eye indicating hours and the left eye indicating minutes. The mouth opens and closes to represent seconds.



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10 Of The World's Rarest Gemstones

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There are roughly 200 varieties of natural gemstone known in the world today. Alongside the world's precious gems (diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald) are numerous semi-precious stones, some of which are so incredibly rare that their value outstrips many of the world's most valuable precious gems. Here are a few of the rarest gemstones from around the world.

Debunking The Myth Of The 'Real' Robinson Crusoe

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Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published on 25 April 1719. The story has been perceived to be based on the life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for four years on a Pacific island called 'Más a Tierra,' now part of Chile.

Today, not everyone is convinced th story was based on Selkirk. Many believe that Crusoe's story is a complex compound of all the other buccaneer survival stories.

Surveillance Photography Is Way Older Than You Think

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When did the surveillance state emerge? Maybe it was CCTV. Or the drones. The photos where you looked bad at a party and never wanted to be tagged on Facebook.

A lot of people would say, 'late 20th century.' But we've been spying on each other since the 19th century, since almost the invention of photography itself.

Coral Colors

Take a look at the movement and the enormous chromatic beauty of corals, a kind of marine animals that despite being one of the oldest animals on our planet, are mostly unknown.



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(thanks Cora)

SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

A teaser video of how Elon Musk's SpaceX wants to get humans on Mars.



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10 Insanely Difficult Languages To Master

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Not all languages are born equal. Some are significantly harder to learn than others. Here are the top ten hardest major languages to learn, from the 'very difficult' to the 'so difficult they'll make your head explode.'

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Pen Pineapple Apple Pen

Very strange song by Japanese comedian and singer-songwriter Pico Taro.



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All Hail The Pizza Saver, The Tiny Piece of Plastic Protecting Your Pie

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A pizza saver is a device used to prevent the top of a food container, such as a pizza box or cake box, from collapsing in at the center and touching the food inside. The pizza saver was the brainchild of a Carmela Vitale, a 46-year-old woman living in Dix Hills, New York on Long Island.

The First Encyclopedia By A Woman Contains The First Image Of A Pretzel

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Hortus Deliciarum is a medieval manuscript compiled by abbess Herrad of Landsberg at the Hohenburg Abbey in Alsace.

The Hortus Deliciarum is like a handbook of questionable firsts, standing as the first encyclopedia to be authored by a woman, as well as holding what may be the earliest depiction of a pretzel the world has ever seen.

The Man Who Made Up The Klingon Language

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In the 50 years since the original crew of the USS Enterprise set out on its mission, Star Trek has inspired generations of scientists, astronauts, civil rights leaders, engineers, and presidents. But don't forget linguists.

Star Trek crafted a fully developed tongue for the Klingons. 'It's given people a language awareness,' says Marc Okrand, the mind behind the Klingon language. 'You learn more about your own language by studying another one. Klingon has been a way to hook people into thinking about language.'

Laughing Horses

A Volkswagen ad about its trailer assist feature. A man tries to back a horse trailer into a spot at the stable. He's not very good at it. The horses find this hilarious.



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Airtime

Set in the desert of Dubai, the urban spaces of Hongkong or the stunning landscapes of Hawaii, Airtime is a drone film which chronicles a mix of travel experiences filmed across 12 countries over 7 months.



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(thanks Cora)

London's Deep Level Air Raid Shelters

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When the Second World broke out in Europe, and London became the prime bombing target, people began to pour into the platforms of the London Underground every night to escape the nightly bombings of the 1940 London Blitz.

As these underground sanctuaries became increasingly crowded, the British government decided to construct proper air raid shelters far below the ground.