Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo In Disguise

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. Back in January, Cristiano Ronaldo disguised himself and played football with random people in the streets of Madrid, Spain.

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(thanks Tristan)

10 Abandoned Car And Vehicle Graveyards Of The World

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The short life of a car usually has a guaranteed endpoint: a trip to the scrapyard. But not every vehicle on Earth makes it that far. Some get waylaid along the way, turning to dust on deserted roadsides or in random backyards.

Some even find their way into one of the world's peculiar vehicle cemeteries. Haunting, desolate, and fascinating, here are 10 of the world's most unusual car graveyards.

(via Neatorama)

The Windows Start Menu Saga, From 1993 To Today

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One of the first Windows 10 features we learned about was the return of the Start menu, which is sort of funny, since the concept of the Start menu is over two decades old.

The Start menu has changed a lot over the years, but there are a handful of common elements that have made it all the way from Windows 95 to Windows 10. Let's travel back in time to before there was a Start menu to track its evolution from the mid '90s to now.

We Have A 6th Taste - But It's Less Than Tasty

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To the ranks of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami, researchers say they are ready to add a sixth taste - and its name is a mouthful: 'oleogustus' which is Latin for 'a taste for fat.' Rick Mattes, a professor of nutrition science at Purdue University says it's a sensation one would get from eating oxidized oil.

Mattes and his colleagues had 28 tasters sample lookalike mixtures with different tastes. They found that more than half of the people in their study were able to distinguish fatty acids from the other tastes.

Robbie Maddison's 'Pipe Dream'

Australian motorbike stunt rider Robbie Maddison rides his dirt bike on the powerful and iconic waves of Tahiti. For nearly two years Robbie has been focused on making surfing on his motorbike a reality. His efforts paid off in Tahiti, where he rode the world famous waves at Teahupoo and Papara.

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A Look At The Evolution Of Modern Video Game Controllers

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If anything's kept pace with how video games have changed over the years, it's how we interact with them. Our biggest touchpoint with virtual worlds is the gamepad and - akin to how games themselves have evolved from simple 2D affairs into 100-hour-long labyrinths in three dimensions - controllers have changed to accommodate that.

Here's a comprehensive look at gamepads from the past 30-plus years of gaming, including high points and missteps alike.

The 10 Richest People Of All Time

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Who had more money, John D. Rockefeller or Genghis Khan? It's a simple question with a very difficult answer. This ranking of the richest people of all time is based on hours of interviews with academic economists and historians.

Suffice to say that this list is a rigorous but highly debatable attempt to list the wealthiest historical figures in order of their economic influence.

Monday, 3 August 2015

2-Year-Old Girl Solves Rubik's Cube In 70 Seconds

Hong Yan Chan is 2 years and 11 months old. She can solve a Rubik's Cube in 70 seconds.

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Racer S

Make a virtual ride with a Formula 1 car. Click your left button to change the view and drag to look around.

Smile Of The Week

Yay! Sheep!

(via Bad Newspaper)

Chubby Bulldog Trying To Get On A Chair

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Train Wreck At Montparnasse

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On October 22, 1895, the express train from Granville to Paris was running late. Hoping to arrive on time, the driver increased the speed of the steam locomotive, which was carrying 131 passengers. As it entered the Montparnasse terminal, the train was traveling approximately 25 to 37 miles per hour.

The air brake either failed or was applied too late, and the conductor was too preoccupied with paperwork to throw the hand brake in time. The train crashed through the buffers at the end of the track, crossed the 100-foot concourse and burst through the wall of the station, tumbling onto the street below.

Neuroscience: Crammed With Connections

In a piece of brain tissue smaller than a dust mite, there are thousands of brain cell branches and connections. Researchers from Harvard University in Boston, MA have mapped them all in a new study appearing in Cell. They find some unexpected insights about how the cells talk to each other.

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The Smallest Post Office In The US Is The Size Of A Closet

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In 1953, the general store and post office of Ochopee, Florida burned down. So local residents converted an irrigation pipe shed on a tomato farm into a temporary post office. It stayed there and remains in business to this day.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Why Babies In Medieval Paintings Look Like Old Men

Why do babies in medieval art look so ugly and old? Phil Edwards talks with Matthew Averett, an art history professor at Creighton University, to learn why.

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(via Twisted Sifter)

Gnomesville - The Magical Place Where Gnomes Live

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Have you ever wondered where do gnomes actually come from? Gnomesville, Australia, of course! Gnomes have been around since the 16th century, according to recent written history. They are described as small, earth-dwelling creatures, often guarding mines and hidden treasures.

There's a legend that says a gnome was once wondering around the coast of Western Australia, when a strange magical force called him to this place, now known as Gnomesville, 30 minutes away from local city of Bunbury. It was not long until more and more gnomes followed in his footsteps. Now, thousands of gnomes quietly reside in this enchanted place.

55 Retro Advertising Posters Of Soviet Cars From The Past

Since the automotive industry in the Soviet Union was developed rather well, lots of advertisement campaigns had been created by car manufacturers.

A Brief History Of Hot Dogs

A beautiful animation about the history of hot dogs by Belgian LUCA School of Arts student Evert Van Houcke.

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Why Are Dogs So Insanely Happy To See Us When We Get Home?

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Unlike a certain companion animal that will go unnamed, dogs lose their minds when reunited with their owners. But it's not immediately obvious why our canine companions should grant us such an over-the-top greeting - especially considering the power imbalance that exists between the two species.

The Train To Heaven In Wroclaw

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The Train to Heaven is a monument depicting an old, real steam locomotive standing upright and pointing towards the sky, located at Strzegomski Square in Wroclaw, Poland. The 65-years-old engine was procured from a museum and erected here in 2010 by artist Andrzej Jarodzki.

The sculpture was commissioned by the city of Wroclaw and Wroclaw's developer company Archicom to commemorate its 20 years of commercial activity in the city. The monument is said to be the largest urban sculpture in Poland.