Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Butter vs Margarine

What's the difference between butter and margarine?

YouTube link


10 Hollywood Breakthrough Roles Landed By Stars Who Could Barely Speak English

image credit

It's hardly breaking news that the right look is all-important in Hollywood. But sometimes, with enough screen intensity and charisma, foreign actors don't even need to be able to speak fluent English to land and even excel in their breakthrough American movie roles.

Incredibly, some of Tinseltown's brightest stars started out by learning their lines phonetically or, in some cases, having their dialogue re-recorded by smoother-voiced, less accent-heavy stand-ins. Here are ten big names of world cinema who charmed American audiences despite the fact that they could scarcely speak English.

The Great Diamond Hoax Of 1872

image credit

The diamond hoax of 1872 was a swindle in which a pair of prospectors sold a false American diamond deposit to prominent businessmen in San Francisco and New York. It also triggered a brief diamond prospecting craze in the western USA, in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado.

The Annual World Championship Outhouse Races in Virginia City, Nevada

image credit: Wheeler Cowperthwaite

The use of toilets is just simple - any description isn't even needed. But in Virginia City, Nevada, they are used in a special yet weird race.

Everyone's excited, especially the families who can't wait to gear up their toilets and see if everything's a-ok before this exciting event starts. This is the Annual World Championship Outhouse Races, in other words, this is a toilet race.

What Makes Food Taste Sweet?

Ever wonder why your favorite sweets taste, well, sweet? Whether they're made with sugar or artificial sweeteners, it all comes down to chemistry, and a very special shape known as the 'sweetness triangle.'

YouTube link

(thanks Elaine)

20 Things You Might Not Know About The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air

image credit: Sally

Did you know that Will Smith only agreed to star in the show because he was in serious debt to the IRS? Or that Geoffrey, the ever-snarky butler of the Banks household's last name was... Butler?

Here are 20 Things You Might Not Know About The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.

The Bird Hat Craze That Sparked A Preservation Movement

image credit

At the turn of the 19th century in the U.S. and Europe, it became wildly popular for ladies to wear feathers and whole taxidermied birds on their hats. One ornithologist reported taking two walks in Manhattan in 1886 and counting 700 hats, 525 of which were topped by feathers or birds.

Ornithologists started to sit up and take notice. A campaign to end the practice began. Ironically, middle-class women were at the forefront of the bird preservation movement. They were the rank and file and, thanks in part to their work, in the U.S. the movement led to the formation of the first Audubon societies.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Lavatory Lovestory

Film created by the Melnitsa Animation Studio from St. Petersburg, Russia. The story of a single, middle aged lady who works as a lavatory attendant.

Vimeo link

(via Kuriositas)

Good Tip

(via Bad Newspaper)

59 Creative Examples Of Beautiful Country Currency

image credit

We all use currency on a daily basis. Every country has its own unique currency which reflects their culture, history and events over time. Almost all country currency are unique and different, but here are 59 of the most creative and amazingly beautiful currencies of the world that will take back you into the world of art.

What's The Diffrence Between A Hurricane, A Typhoon And A Cyclone?

image credit

It would be easy to assume that each of these devastating storms represent different types of extreme weather. In fact they are all descriptions of the same meteorological phenomenon - a rotating mass of air that centres around an area of low pressure, bringing high speed winds, heavy rain and thunder storms. So what's the difference?

The Hobbit in LEGO In 72 Seconds

Video by the Brotherhood Workshop that shows you The Hobbit in LEGO in 72 seconds. That's about 33,000 seconds shorter than Peter Jackson's movie.

YouTube link

The Real Stories Behind Some Of The Most Beautiful Colors In Art

image credit

Manganese black. Yellow ocher. Vermilion. Ultramarine. These pigments sound delicious. Their names are so sharp and elegant, it's as if the terms emote more meaning than just color. We can smell logwood, taste cochineal, touch mummy brown.

There is just something (quite scientifically) alluring about a perfectly saturated glob of paint or an electric mound of powdered hues, especially when its name is so tantalizing.

Mada'in Saleh

image credit

Mada'in Saleh is a pre-Islamic archaeological site located in the Al-Ula sector, within the Al Madinah Region of Saudi Arabia. A majority of the vestiges date from the Nabatean kingdom (1st century CE). The site constitutes the kingdom's southernmost and largest settlement after Petra, its capital.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Supreme Court - Puppy Justice Reenactment

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did a Supreme Court Reenactment with dogs.

YouTube link

10 Greatest Superheroes Of All-Time

image credit: Eneas De Troya

We are all fascinated by superheroes, be it their awesome powers or the fact that they save the world over and over again. From comic books to the big and small screen, they are everywhere. Take a look at the 10 favorite superheroes of all-time.

What The World Eats

Daily diets vary considerably around the world. This chart shows what the world eats. Select different countries to see how consumption patterns have changed in the last fifty years.

Click on grams to understand the quantities of foods that are consumed per person in each country. Alternatively view the breakdown by calories to measure how the balance of food translates into bodily energy.

The Real Face Of King Tut

image credit

With strong features cast in burnished gold, pharaoh Tutankhamun's burial mask projects an image of majestic beauty and royal power. But in the flesh, King Tut had buck teeth, a club foot and girlish hips, according to the most detailed examination ever of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh's remains.

And rather than being a boy king with a love of chariot racing, Tutankhamun relied on walking sticks to get around during his rule in the 14th century BC. A 'virtual autopsy', composed of more than 2,000 computer scans, was carried out in tandem with a genetic analysis of Tutankhamun's family.

Teddy Bear The Porcupine's Halloween Feast

Pumpkins. What respectable porcupine could resist this Halloween feast? Teddy Bear, the talking porcupine, sure can't. Listen carefully, as he's talking with his mouth full.

YouTube link

SimCity That I Used to Know

image credit

SimCity is an open-ended city-building computer and console video game series originally designed by developer Will Wright. SimCity gives the player macro- and micro-managerial control of a voxelated urban terrarium. The game kicked off a series of digital sandboxes that put complex systems within the grasp of anyone with a computer mouse.

On Sim City's 25th birthday, a devotee talks with creator Will Wright.

Vegan Grocery List: Top 50 Staples For A Meat-Free Diet

image credit

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.

Just because someone doesn't want to eat things that once roamed about doesn't mean they have to sacrifice the pleasures or cooking and eating. On the contrary, with the right ingredients, a vegan diet can be as sumptuous as any other.