Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Bat.Tutty.Ry

A robot needs to recharge his battery before it drains. Unfortunately, his choice of power source is not very happy with him.



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The Kannesteinen Rock

image credit: Sogn og Fjordane fylkeskommune

Shaped over thousands of years by the crashing waves, the Kannesteinen Rock is a magnificent mushroom shaped rock formation located in the rural village of Oppedal, Norway.

While difficult to measure the exact size by looking at the photographs, the rock is about three feet high and wide enough for three or four people to stand on.

What About The Pickled Peppers?


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The Victorian Inventor Of The Wheelie

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A hundred years before the rise of extreme sports, stunt bikers took big risks and drew bigger crowds. Although he's largely forgotten today, Daniel J. Canary was one of the best.

In 1897, one of the top stunt bicyclists in the United States called Canary 'the father of us all.' Canary performed amazing feats on the high-wheel, but when he got his hands on the newly-invented 'safety bicycle,' the father of the bikes we know today, he did even more: he invented the wheelie.

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Students Solve Old Problem With New Ketchup Cap

High school seniors Tyler Richards and Jonathan Thompson have spent a lot of time thinking about ketchup. As students in the Project Lead the Way program at North Liberty High School, Richards and Thompson have researched and developed a bottle cap that prevents that first squirt of ketchup from being a watery mess.



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Got Drunk, Fell Down: Lampposts Behaving Badly

image credit: Paul B

It is behavior seen throughout the world on a Saturday night - in fact on every night of the week which happens to have an a in it. There are always a few who have just that little bit too much and end up making a scene, a spectacle and often a mess in to the bargain.

Yet in Halifax, Canada, scenes of a drunken nature are not confined to its human denizens: the lampposts are at it too.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Britain's Got Talent, Paddy And Nico - Spectacular Salsa

Simon Cowell is not strictly in the mood for ballroom, but 80-year-old Paddy and Nico have much more in store than first appearances suggest. Watch what happens.



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Today Is Earth Day


Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22. Events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

Google is celebrating Earth Day with an animated doodle of a Rufous humming bird, a puffer fish, a dung beetle, a jellyfish and a Veiled chameleon.

The 100 Terraced Garden Squares In Awaji Yumebutai, Japan

image credit: Ken Conley

The Awaji Yumebutai is a lively yet peaceful work of art made by man and nature. The area where it stands was a mountain before that was half-removed to use as seafill for the artificial islands where the Kansai International Airport is now located.

Designed by Tadao Ando, the whole structure shows how something destroyed can be brought back to life by blending in modern facilities with the green landscape. But what's special in this place is its 100-terraced garden squares or the 'Hyakudanen' that decorate the slope of the mountain.

Inside The Mundaneum

image credit: Marc Wathieu

Paul Otlet (1868-1944) was a Belgian author, visionary, lawyer and peace activist. He is one of several people who have been considered the father of information science, a field he 'called documentation.' In 1907, Otlet and Henri La Fontaine created a great international center called at first Palais Mondial (World Palace), later, the Mundaneum.

The Mundaneum aimed to gather together all the world's knowledge and classify it according to a system they developed called the Universal Decimal Classification. Here's a look inside the Mundaneum.

Havana Bikes

Cuba underwent a bicycle revolution in the 1990s during its five year 'Special Period.' Oil was scarce as a result of tough economic constraints, and bicycles where introduced as an alternative mode of transport.

Years later, the transportation crisis subsided and motorised vehicles returned, and the country's bicycle culture took a hit. Now, new bikes are difficult to come by and parts are not readily available, yet many Cubans still use bicycles daily and, despite the limited resources, a handful of mechanics provide a service to those who rely on their bikes in their everyday lives.



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Dan Rosandich is an American cartoonist. Dan's cartoons have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, National Review, The National Enquirer, Science Digest, Reader's Digest and Woman's World. The Presurfer, in cooperation with Dan Rosandich, will bring you a cartoon every day.


Interpreting 'Physick': The Familiar And Foreign Eighteenth-Century Body

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Our eighteenth-century forbears weren't stupid when it came to the art of healing. In the absence of key pieces of information - for examples, germ theory - they developed a model of the body, health, and healing that was fundamentally logical. Some treatments worked, and many didn’t, but there was a method to the apparent madness.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Epic Pen Spinning

Pen spinning is a form of object manipulation that involves the deft manipulation of a writing instrument with one's hands. Although it is often considered a form of self-entertainment (usually in a school/office setting), multinational competitions and meetings are sometimes held. See this epic spinning from pen spinners: Ian Jenson and PPM.



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British Pathé Releases 85,000 Films On YouTube


Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world.

You can view and share films from this invaluable resource at British Pathé's YouTube channel.

Brushed Off: 12 Dried Out And Abandoned Car Washes

image credit: martin gonzalez

Hold the hot wax and spare the soap, these abandoned car washes have blow-dried their last vehicle and will no longer thank you for coming again.

Cherry Blossom Time-lapse At Brooklyn Botanic Garden

This time-lapse was created by Dave Allen from over 3,000 digital photos, one taken every 3 minutes from April 18 to April 26, 2008, of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's famed Cherry Walk. The music is by Jon Solo, a Brooklyn-based musician and producer.



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Daily Cartoon

Dan Rosandich is an American cartoonist. Dan's cartoons have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, National Review, The National Enquirer, Science Digest, Reader's Digest and Woman's World. The Presurfer, in cooperation with Dan Rosandich, will bring you a cartoon every day.

16 Delicious Facts About Peeps

image credit: John Silverio

You know whether you prefer chicks to bunnies, fresh to stale, or plain to chocolate-covered. But there's a lot you may not know about Peeps, everyone's favorite (non-chocolate) Easter candy.

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