Thursday, 27 October 2016

How Halloween Pumpkins Are Grown

You've been duped: that 'pumpkin' puree in the can isn't pumpkin at all - at least not the kind you think!

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10 Amazing Artistic Works Lost To History

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Throughout history, the written word has been preserved on walls, scrolls, tablets, and anything else that might be etched or painted. While many great works have survived, far more have been lost throughout history. As historians piece together what we have, what we have lost becomes clearer.

The Salt Valley Of Añana

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Salado Valley, in the town of Añana, in northern Spain, is rich in salt but the terrain is unwieldy. This has lead to the development of some impressive structures consisting of staggered evaporation terraces, built with stone, wood and clay.

This exceptional saline landscape with its unique salt-related architecture, built to adapt to the complex topography of the site, is one of the most spectacular and best preserved cultural landscapes in Europe.

Mesta Fusion - Simultaneous Automatic Speed And Red Light Enforcement

The tight combination for safer roads. It integrates a non-intrusive multi-target tracking radar technology and a high resolution camera - the highest resolution on the market - performing perfectly well over multiple traffic lanes.

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(thanks Cora)

Could You Stand The Rejection?

The National Autistic Society have released their latest video 'Could You Stand the Rejection?' It has been produced to help businesses understand autism and to encourage employers to look at a person's abilities, not their autism.

Employers don't see the abilities of autistic people. They see their autism. They see a problem. And that makes them quick to judge them. Simply because they don't understand them.

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(thanks Mike)

The Castles Of Wales

Photochrom pictures shot in Wales at the end of the 19th century. They were originally published by the Detroit Publishing Company after being created by image-makers fascinated by the nation's castles and sweeping landscapes.

The result is a cross between a photograph and a painting that depicts famous Welsh castles and landscapes in a unique way. Like postcards, the photochroms feature subjects that appeal to travelers, including landscapes, architecture, street scenes, and daily life and culture.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

How Color Blind People See The World

It turns out that one out of every ten people on earth is color blind, and most of them do not even know it! How is that possible? It is actually quite simply: we cannot even imagine how people with eye disorders experience life. Learn how a color blind person sees the world and what the causes of color blindness are.

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(via Laughing Squid)

Paronella Park: A Castle In The Tropical Jungle

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In an Australian tropical jungle, not many would suspect to see a man-made structure that is close to 80 years old. Yet close to the city of Cairns, you'll find Paronella Park. Completed in 1935, Paronella Park was built by Spanish businessman José Paronella, whose dream was to create and maintain a castle structure and luxurious gardens for the public to use.

The gardens especially are a marvel even today, with masses of stunning local flora and fauna in amongst the beautifully-crafted concrete structures.

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(via Bad Newspaper)

Visual Vibes

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(thanks Cora)

10 Little-Known But Proven Secrets For Selling Your Home For The Most Money

This is an infographic by Coastal. If you're in the process of selling your home, you've likely been reading tips on how to maximize your asking price and sell your home as quickly as possible. While there is some decent advice out there, many sources don't give you anything unique to gain a competitive advantage.

HGTV recently put together a list of the 10 best-kept secrets for selling your home. There was some really good tips in there on how to sell your home fast and for the most money.

Marie Connolly Owens, America's First Female Police Officer

When women first began to enter the police force around the turn of the 20th century, they came in through the back door as social workers tasked with upholding laws protecting women and children.

Marie Owens (1853–1927) is believed to have been the first female police officer in the U.S., joining the Chicago Police Department in 1891, and retiring in 1923. Holding the rank of Sergeant, Owens enforced child labor and welfare laws. She was born in Canada as the daughter of Irish immigrants.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

GoPro: Pit Stop Practice With The Red Bull Racing Formula One Team

Join the Red Bull Racing Formula One Team as they break down the lightning fast speed and precision of a Formula One pit stop.

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(thanks Cora)

Where Rococo Meets Space Age: Treasure Hunting At Italy's Premier Antiques Fair

While most people haven't heard of Mercanteinfiera, Italy's biggest antiques fair, aspirational designers and tony antiques dealers certainly have. The sprawling pavilions are filled with visual treats, often museum-quality.

Apothecary jars, Sicilian folk-art horse carts, Vatican pottery, a reliquary holding supposed pieces of Christ's cross, statues salvaged from old palaces, toy theaters from Victorian England, and a talking French doll from 1895, just to name a few.

(thanks Lisa)

10 Origin Stories Of Famous Sports

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Whether people play, or just watch, sports are a big part of many people's lives. Besides just being entertainment, sports are also tied to many countries' national identity, and are a billion dollar industry.

Have you ever wondered how these sports got their start? Even if you think you know, what's interesting is that the origins of sports are filled with myths and legends.

Roadworthy Toy Car Can Reach 70mph

A roadworthy version of a children's toy car has been built. John Bitmead from the UK constructed an adult-sized copy of a Little Tikes toy car, which takes petrol, has a tax disc, and can reach speeds of up to 70mph.

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Calanques De Marseille

A calanque is a narrow, steep-walled inlet that is developed in limestone, dolomite, or other carbonate strata and found along the Mediterranean coast. This film features the beautiful Calanque at Marseille in all it's tilt-shifted glory.

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(thanks Cora)

Scientists Think Ununsual Messages Are Coming From Aliens

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A new analysis of strange modulations in a tiny set of stars appears to indicate that it could be coming from extraterrestrial intelligence that is looking to alert us to their existence. The new study reports the finding of specific modulations in just 234 out of the 2.5 million stars that have been observed during a survey of the sky.

The work found that a tiny fraction of them seemed to be behaving strangely. And there appears to be no obvious explanation for what is going on, leaving the scientists behind the paper to conclude that the messages are coming from aliens.