Thursday, 29 January 2015

Pupil – A Darren Aronofsky Supercut

A supercut looking at the various emotions American film director, screenwriter and film producer Darren Aronofsky displays in his 6 films through the eyes of his characters. The films are Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan and Noah.

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Map Of Every Goat In The United States

In the United States, goats are everywhere. There were 2,621,514 goats in the United States as of 2012, the year of the most recent USDA Agricultural Census.

If America's goats were their own state, its population would be larger than that of Wyoming, Vermont, D.C. and North Dakota combined. Here's a map of every goat in the United States.

(via Everlasting Blort)

Scenes From The History Of Snow Removal

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In the good old days, to keep roads in optimal snowy condition, many municipalities employed a 'snow warden' to pack and flatten the snow with a crude vehicle called a snow roller - essentially a giant, wide wheel weighed down with rocks and pulled by oxen or horses.

A far cry from the winter road work we see today, it was more like maintaining a ski slope or smoothing out an ice rink. Snow wardens actually had to install snow on the pathways of covered bridges so that travel would not be interrupted. The History Of Snow Removal.

Every Time Travel Movie Ever, Ranked

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With the release of yet another time travel movie this week (Project Almanac), it's time to look back at the great time travel movies of our past. Here are all the major time travel movies ever, ranked.

The rules are: No animation. No short films. And no movies where someone is frozen (or something) and then they wake up in the future (so Mel Gibson's Forever Young, Encino Man are out).

Winning At Rock Paper Scissors

Rock Paper Scissors is a hand game usually played by two people, where players simultaneously form one of three shapes with an outstretched hand. The 'rock' beats scissors, the 'scissors' beat paper and the 'paper' beats rock; if both players throw the same shape, the game is tied.

Hannah Fry of Numberphile explains how to win at Rock Paper Scissors.

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(thanks Chava)

The Buried Fortress Town Of Gonur Tepe In Turkmenistan

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During the first half of the second millennium BC, a civilization was established in the ancient delta of the Murghab River, on the southeastern edge of a territory known then as Turkestan. This Bronze Age site is known as Gonur Tepe, a civilization that flourished before being buried by time, and discovered later on in present day Turkmenistan.

Nothing much was known about the complex of Gonur Tepe until 1972 when the Margiana Archaeological Expedition directed by the Greek-Russian archaeologist Victor Sarianidi discovered the fortress town.

9 Roman Gods Who Weren't Just Rip Offs Of Greek Gods

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We know that the ancient Greeks had a massively entertaining sets of gods and goddesses. So it's no wonder that when Rome conquered Greece, they replaced their own dull pantheon with renamed versions of Zeus, Athena, and the others. But not all Roman gods were Greek copies - here are a few of the more important ones.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

4 Legged Stilt Costumes

Garen and Melissa made 4 legged stilt costumes for halloween. They are mainly made of upholstery foam and fabric. Inspiration came from the Frouds who made the Landstriders in the Dark Crystal.

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Babies Going Through Tunnels

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For most babies, going through tunnels sets off a rollercoaster of emotions that they probably weren't expecting to experience when they left home. What starts out as a fun car ride eliciting giggles quickly escalates to wide-eyed terror, seeming to indicate the babies are wondering what this dark, scary place they're driving through could possibly be.

(thanks Cora)

Perpetual Pizza

Perpetual Pizza.

(thanks Cora)

Love Poetry Generator

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Just a couple of days and it's Valentine's Day. Always wanted to write a love poem for your sweethart but feeling tongue-tied? Use this love poetry generator made by ProFlowers to create a love poem for your one and only. Enter a few key words and, like magic, you've got an original poem. I created this love poem:

In summertime, our love is sweet, like daisies floating in the breeze.
In wintertime, our love is warm - it floats from head to toes.
If skies are blue, our love is joy - two people dancing in the sun.
If thunder rolls our love is calm, a refuge from the falling rain.
When spring flowers bloom, our love is bold, like red petals on the rose.
When autumn leaves fall, our love is gold, shining bright like a harvest moon.
From Valentine's Day till New Year's Day our love will continue to grow.
From season to season I love you always! My one, my only, my darling.

(thanks Julissa)

Aerial Video Of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Yesterday it was 70 years ago that the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Russian troops. It was established in 1940 in the suburbs of Oswiecim, a Polish city. Its name was changed to Auschwitz, which also became the name of Konzentrationslager Auschwitz.

This drone video shows the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as it is today. The camp in Poland is now maintained as a World Heritage Site and is visited by thousands of tourists and survivors every year.

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(thanks Cora)

Is It OK To Eat Snow?

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'Everyone should eat snow because it's really fun,' says Anne Nolin, a professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Nolin, who studies snow and ice in the climate system, says most snow is just as clean as any drinking water.

To make their way from a cloud to the ground, cold water molecules have to cling to particles of dust or pollen to form the ice crystals that then grow into snowflakes in a process called deposition. Plus, as snowflakes fall, they have a harder time picking up soot and other air pollutants than raindrops, which are better at picking up these particulates.

Cueva De Las Manos: The Cave Of Hands In Argentina

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People leave their stories through books, photographs, graffiti, or through their social media accounts. Leaving marks has been a practice since the prehistoric times and astonishing evidence of this can be found in Patagonia, Argentina.

Stencils of human hands fill the cave walls together with other rock paintings depicting the life of hunters who stopped over the cave between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago. The cave is known as the 'Cueva de las Manos' which literally means, 'the Cave of Hands.'

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

Here are 10 simple tricks that you can use to turn your microwave into an awesome machine that you cannot live without. We've got bacon, donuts and even sponges here.

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The Rise And Fall (And Rise) Of The Ukulele

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The ukulele has gone from being an exotic new trend to the embodiment of kitsch since it arrived on Hawaii 125 years ago, but is currently enjoying a revival. Despite a long history that once included a reputation as an exotic and highbrow instrument, the ukulele has also endured decades of snubbing from both the pop music scene and the more cultured world of classical music.

But with the help of trendsetters and tastemakers, the ukulele is making a strong comeback that can be traced in large part to the instrument's accessibility, affordability, YouTube popularity, and celebrity esteem.

11 Years And Counting - Opportunity On Mars

The Mars Opportunity rover has driven 25.9 miles (41.7 kilometers) since it landed in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars on Jan. 25, 2004. That is farther than any other off-Earth surface vehicle has driven. The rover's work on Mars was initially planned for three months.

During that prime mission and for more than a decade of bonus performance in extended missions, Opportunity has returned compelling evidence about wet environments on ancient Mars.

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(thanks Chava)

World's Largest Barbecue

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The world’s largest barbecue is 76 feet long and can cook 4 tonnes of meat at a time. They say everything's bigger in Texas, and you'll have a hard time finding better proof that the 'Undisputable Cuz,' a humongous barbecue pit located at the Folsom residence along highway 290, in Brenham.

The 40-ton, 75-foot monstrosity ventilated by seven chimneys is the world's largest barbecue pit. It's so huge that it needs to be carried around in a large truck and Local authorities have to issue special permits and escorts just to move the cooker down the road.

Twenty Wonderful Words Which Shouldn't Be Allowed To Wither

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There are many words these days that are rarely used - and that is a great shame as even the simple act of their enunciation can bring on a smile, such is their irrefragable brilliance. Go on, drop a few in to your next conversation and ensure their preservation.

You are guaranteed to be the cynosure of attention and contesseration will be guaranteed. In other words you will be the life and soul of the party and make many friends.
Here are twenty wonderful words which shouldn't be allowed to wither.

How Does Moisturizer Work?

The cold weather of winter can also mean dry, cracked skin. Many reach for the moisturizer to keep their skin soft, but how do these products actually work?

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(thanks Elaine)

How Spicy Flavours Trick Your Tongue

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When you consider the tongue, what leaps to mind are the five canonical tastes - sweet, salt, bitter, sour, and umami. These sensations arise when receptors on the surface of taste bud cells are activated by your food, triggering nerve fibres that run to your brain and help generate the experience of a savoury roast or a fresh strawberry.

But your tongue is more versatile than that. It's also sensitive to temperature, pressure, and chemicals that mimic both of these things, which turn up in a number of foods. This peculiar latter group of sensations is called chemesthesis, and you probably experience some flavour of it every day.