Thursday, 18 December 2014

Family Dinner On Christmas - 13 Dogs And A Cat

13 Dogs and a cat are having a Christmas family dinner.

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(thanks Cora)

10 Unusual Types Of Public Transport Around The World

If you travel to another country, don't always expect that there'll be cabs, trains, or buses available all the time. Sometimes, it's rare to see those vehicles. Instead, the locals may be using to their own version of public transportation.

So why not try them out? What's odd for you can be quite an unforgettable ride that you won't experience anywhere else. Here are 10 of the unusual types of public transport around the world.

(via Neatorama)

How Much Do You Really Know About Santa?

Did you know that Santa Claus moves at 650 miles per second on Christmas Eve? Or that he used to be a skinny bishop in the Middle East who placed candy in children's shoes? Or that the modern-day version of Santa Claus was illustrated by the same person, Thomas Nast, who illustrated the Republican Party's elephant?

Personal Creations made an infographic that will take your Santa IQ from zero to a hundred in only two minutes of reading.

(thanks Julissa)

What If Manhattan...

The Hamdi Foundation, a charity operating in conjunction with UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, released a YouTube video last Tuesday regarding the plight of Syria's millions of refugee. The video illustrates the scale of the Syrian Refugee crisis by showing what 1.5 million people leaving Manhattan would look like.

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(thanks Laura)

Tenzin's House From The Legend Of Korra For Sale

In honor of the finale of The Legend of Korra this week, Movoto decided to find the value of Tenzin's house on Air Temple Island. You don’t have to shave your head to live there, but this iconic animated home still comes at a high price.

(thanks Chad)

Automated Bowling Pin Setter Machine

In­ the early days of bowling, respotting the pins was a physically demanding job. There were actually people behind the lanes resetting the pins and sending back the balls.

Today there are amazing robotic devices that do all the pin setting. The automatic pinsetter, first patented by Gottfried Schmidt, was introduced by the American Machine and Foundry Company in 1946. This first pinsetter was a monster, weighing nearly 2 tons and standing 9 feet tall.

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(thanks Chava)

Knitted Crackling Fireplace Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweaters. You may think you've seen them all. But then you haven't seen the Knitted Crackling Fireplace Christmas Sweater. This sweater has a pocket for your mobile device on which you can display an animated fireplace.

(thanks Cora)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Alpin Drums - Blechlawine

Alpin Drums is an ensemble of 6 toolbox drummers from Bavaria, Germany.

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(thanks Cora)

15 Things You Didn't Know About Reindeer

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So steeped in myth and magic are reindeer that many people grow up not realizing that they really exist. But they do! While associated with providing the deerpower for Santa's sleigh ever since the publication of 'A Visit from St. Nicholas' in 1823, reindeer have played an integral role in many Arctic cultures in Europe and Asia for millennia. But what’s their backstory?

Here are 15 things about everybody’s favorite Yuletide ruminant.

(via Look At This...)

The French Court's Royal Ban On Smiles

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During the days of Louis XIV, smiling - in real life and in portraiture - was considered gauche, not least because dental care was lacking. Then one smile sparked a revolution.

In the fall of 1787, the art establishment found itself shaken by a portrait hung in the Louvre by Elizabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun. Her sin? The smile depicted on her visage was not of the accepted tight-lipped, subtle variety, but rather portrayed her with mouth ajar, revealing her pearly whites. This seemingly innocuous painting was so disruptive and subversive in a France on the cusp of the Ancient Regime's demise.

World's Simplest Electric Train

The world's simplest electric train is made with a made with a magnet, some copper wire and a dry cell.

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(thanks Chava)

The Meaning Of Famous Brands Names

Did you know that Nike is the ancient Greek goddess of victory? Or that PEZ comes from Pfefferminz, the German word for peppermint? You hear these brand names almost every day but have you ever wondered what they mean.

(thanks Cora)

Head Over Hells

After many years of marriage, husband and wife Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, it brings their equilibrium crashing down, and the couple that can't agree which way is up must find a way to put their marriage back together.

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(thanks Cora)

Could Mystery Horse Skeleton Be Legendary 18th Century Racehorse Doctor Syntax?

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Doctor Syntax was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. Doctor Syntax won at least 36 races from 1814 to 1823. He was noted for his consistency and durability and recorded multiple wins in many of the period's leading staying races.

Now archaeologists may have discovered the skeleton of the legendary 19th century stallion. The bones were uncovered during the excavation of the former royal stables of Palace House, one of the homes of King Charles II, in Newmarket, Suffolk. The skeleton is almost completely intact and measures the same height as the horse, 15 hands.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


A man just washed his car. A couple of birds in a tree have watched it. You know what's going to happen next, right? Or don't you?

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Google Marks 148th Birthday Of Kandinsky With Doodle

Google has marked the 148th birthday of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky with a doodle. Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (1866-1944) was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works.

Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He began painting at the age of 3. He claimed that using colour was a valid art form in itself and that it did not need to be used to define recognisable forms and objects.

25 Years Of Must-Have Toys

Remember the hectic mall visits leading up to the holidays to snatch the last Tickle Me Elmo? Or what about when Furby fever seemed to take over every tween's wish list? Whether you were giving or receiving these toys, chances are some made it to your home wrapped in a big bow.

Harken back to toys of holiday past with Personal Creations who created this infographic - a nostalgic, illustrated guide to the must-have toys of the past 25 years.

(thanks Julissa)


A series of uncanny dioramas set in the English countryside. Owl is a mixed-media animation combining: CG visuals, Infrared film photographs and marker pen sketches to unique effect. The final animation represents a collaboration between animator Thomas Beg and the haunting music of Collectress.

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This Spectacular Home Is At Peace With The California Desert

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The Desert House - located in Joshua Tree in Southern California's High Desert - is simply a stunning example of architecture as art. The home is at a comfortable equilibrium with its barren desert environment.

The structure - designed by architect Ken Kellogg - is dominated by soaring concrete ribs, but the overall effect is similar to the Native American adobe pueblos that were once scattered across the American southwest.

How To Decorate A Christmas Tree

The no-stress way to decorate your Christmas tree.

(thanks Cora)

Can The Umbrella Be Improved?

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They get lost. They poke people in the eye. They misbehave on windy days. Umbrellas have been around for more than 3,000 years, but young designers are trying to reinvent them.
Can the umbrella be improved?