Saturday, October 18, 2008

The incredible secret world at the bottom of the sea

Pictured: The incredible secret world at the bottom of the sea: "In a year-long mission, a BBC team probed a small part of the earth's amazing undersea world. They completed 1000 dives and explored seven different oceans across the globe. What they found was extraordinary..."

Mob Eats World Record Sandwich Before It Can Be Measured

Mob Eats World Record Sandwich Before It Can Be Measured: "TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran failed Friday to register what it said would be the world's largest sandwich in the Guinness book of World Records after people rushed forward and began eating it -- before it was measured."

Hidden Message in KFC Snacker Commercial

Confusing Words

Confusing Words: "Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused.

Some of these words are homonyms (words that sound alike but are spelled differently) and some are just commonly confused."

Giant Multi-legs Animals: Deadly Killers in the Nature

Giant Multi-legs Animals: Deadly Killers in the Nature: "Giant centipedes are relatively venomous animals that attack furiously and swiftly while fighting its prey with their venomous bites. To most of its prey, it is almost a challenge to escape away from the captivity of this giant MONSTER."

Giant Centipede Eviscerates Mouse

Unbelievable Kinetic Sculptures of Theo Jansen

In 1990, a new species was born. It was not formed from the cross-breeding of existing creatures. It didn’t evolve from a simple to a complex organism. It sprung from the hands of a Dutch artist whose imagination and technical knowledge somehow turned plastic yellow tubes into graceful beach faring creatures.

World's longest insect discovered

World's longest insect discovered: "A recently identified stick insect, from the island of Borneo, almost the length of a human arm, is the world's longest insect."

Friday, October 17, 2008

"Hippie" Monkeys Leave the Commune, Go Hunting

"Hippie" Monkeys Leave the Commune, Go Hunting: "Deep in the forest, south of the river Congo, live the free-lovin’ relatives of the common chimpanzee, the bonobo. Previously known as the pygmy chimpanzee, the bonobo spend their days getting frisky in the forest, weaving hemp hammocks, and living among an ever-present haze of sandalwood smoke.

Well, maybe not those last two, but they have developed a reputation as being the peaceful hippies of the chimpanzee world. After five years of observation, however, primate researchers stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo have made a startling discovery about these animals: Not only do they hunt and kill, they hunt and kill other monkeys, just like the common chimpanzee."

How Boys and Girls Learn Differently

How Boys and Girls Learn Differently: "At a primary school Manning, a small town 65 miles east of Columbia, South Carolina, second grade teachers Holly Garneau and Anna Lynne Gamble are convinced that segregating elementary-age boys and girls produces immediate academic improvement—in both genders. Eager to capitalize on their past progress, the two created a teaching plan for the upcoming semester. The kids will be in a coed environment for homeroom, lunch, and recess, then divide up for four hours each day to learn their math, science, reading and social studies. But first, Garneau and Gamble need the parents’ approval. That’s where David Chadwell, South Carolina’s coordinator of single gender education, comes in."

united states / mexico border station, 1925 - present

united states / mexico border station, 1925 - present: "came across the above photo by chance today. it's san ysidro border station in 1925, the same border station that is now the busiest on earth. although it looked fairly busy even in 1925 with 4 or 5 lanes of queueing cars, these days it has a whopping 24 lanes of northbound traffic for those travelling through from tijuana to san diego and another 6 southbound lanes for those going the other way. every day up to 50'000 vehicles pass through this gate, plus another 25'000 people on foot, and that's just into the united states. plus it's just about to be expanded.

here it is today...

Garry Kasparov

Dude Eats Incredibly Large Hamburger

Dude Eats Incredibly Large Hamburger: "We love burgers here at Gearfuse and while we normally wouldn’t do a post on food, this dude ate a 15-pound hamburger. You heard me. 15 pounds of delicious meat was consumed by one Brad Sciullo, a chef from Pennsylvania. And this just wasn’t bun and meat either:"

Eddie Van Halen - Eruption Solo

Obese People Experience Less Pleasure from Eating

Obese People Experience Less Pleasure from Eating: "When you see a person weighing more than usual, the first thought that crosses your mind is that he/she must enjoy his/her food, when actually it’s not that way. More exactly, they seem to have a diminished ability to experience the pleasure of eating, prompting them to overindulge to boost their satisfaction, a study published in the Oct. 17 issue of the journal Science showed."

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks

The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks:

"misinterpreting bad punctuation since 2005"

Being Altruistic May Make You Attractive

Being Altruistic May Make You Attractive: "Displays of altruism or selflessness towards others can be sexually attractive in a mate. This is one of the findings of a study carried out by biologists and a psychologist at The University of Nottingham."

Bacon Corn Dog Ice Cream Is the Greatest

Bacon Corn Dog Ice Cream Is the Greatest: "Bacon corn dog ice cream is the brainchild of James Boo of The Eaten Path. With the help of two friends, this flavor—'the greatest ice cream I have ever tasted,' according to James—became a reality. After reading his description, I'd have to agree with him:"

ITunes: iTunes Now Has TV Downloads in HD From All Four Major Networks

ITunes: iTunes Now Has TV Downloads in HD From All Four Major Networks: "Just about a month after launching TV shows in high def on iTunes with NBC leading the charge, iTunes now offers shows in HD from every major network: ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. So pretty much every major primetime show that matters is now in HD on iTunes, which is great if you don't wanna settle for Hulu."

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Personal Pod Transport Is Coming

Personal Pod Transport Is Coming: "The age of the pod car may finally be upon us.

Futurists have long predicted the day when we zip along in autonomous and electric monorail-like systems they call Personal Rapid Transit, and several projects underway in cities around the world suggest we soon may be freed from the bondage of gridlock.

'It's time we design cities for the human, not for the automobile,' says Jacob Roberts, president of Connect Ithaca, which is trying to make the city in upstate New York the first pod-car city in America. The pod car, he says, 'creates the perfect blend between the privacy and autonomy of the automobile with the public transportation aspect and, of course, it uses clean energy.'"

Who Needs Windows? Supersonic Jets May Fly By Cam

Who Needs Windows? Supersonic Jets May Fly By Cam: "There's a good reason the nose of the Concorde tilted down 12.5 degrees each time it came for a landing -- if it didn't, the pilots wouldn't be able to see out of the windshield. That's a bad situation, unless the plane doesn't have a front window to begin with."

Pantyhose for Men

Pantyhose for Men: "e-MANcipate! is a project to accelerate the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item"

The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts

The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts: "The Bible tells us that God created Adam and Eve just a few thousand years ago, by some fundamentalist interpretations. Science informs us that this is mere fiction and that man is a few million years old, and that civilization just tens of thousands of years old. Could it be, however, that conventional science is just as mistaken as the Bible stories? There is a great deal of archeological evidence that the history of life on earth might be far different than what current geological and anthropological texts tell us. Consider these astonishing finds:"

Atomic Bomb Explodes

Atomic Bomb Explodes - The funniest movie is here. Find it

An End to Paralysis with Artificial Brain-to-Muscle Connectors

Brains: An End to Paralysis with Artificial Brain-to-Muscle Connectors: "Using a computerized connector between the brain and muscles in the body, scientists have been able to restore movement to paralyzed limbs. A group of neuroscientists report in Nature today that they used a brain-computer interface to join the motor cortex of an ape to the muscles in its wrist."

How we got here - History of MSN, Yahoo and Google

How we got here - History of MSN, Yahoo and Google: "People always wonder how Google got where it is today. The history spans about a 30 years and is rich with history. The interesting part is that this is happening all over again, this time in the Advertising Agency world as Ad Agencies are taking the approach that IBM, Yahoo! and Microsoft have taken in the past, either ignoring the problem, or sending the work to a potential competitor.

We will start off with a VERY related history lesson, one that Microsoft taught IBM back in the early 1980’s."

Beat the Recession with Value Branding

Beat the Recession with Value Branding: "While a brand focused on very low cost products like Kia is going to take less of a hit and possibly even grow in this market while a premium brand like BMW suffers, the company that uses creative marketing and brands itself as the best value will succeed. Value branding doesn’t mean a product has the lowest price, or even that it is priced in the middle of the market. Value simply means getting the most for your money. Value means your product has the highest quality in its price bracket."

Garrett Lisi: A beautiful new theory of everything

GE Develops Water-Repelling Metals

GE Develops Water-Repelling Metals: "Superhydrophobic metals open up many new applications, says Jeffrey Youngblood, a professor of materials engineering at Purdue University. “Metallic structures are more robust and can survive in harsher environments, allowing for their use in applications where plastic is infeasible, [such as in] planes, trains, automobiles, heavy machinery, and engines,” Youngblood says."

Peanut Butter Machine

Peanut Butter Machine: "Make your own warm, delicious peanut butter at home--for much less than store bought butter!

Fill the top bin with your favorite shell nuts (you can also use macadamia, sunflower, cashews and more) and select chunky or smooth texture. In minutes you have creamy, all-natural nut butter perfect for baking, sandwiches, and crackers. Hopper holds up to two cups of dry nuts."

Apes that write, start fires and play Pac-Man

On the 10th month, they shall eat....

On the 10th month, they shall eat....: "Uh-huh folks, October is National Pork Month. So as far as I'm concerned, all those other monikers can shove it.

Being it's National Pork Month, there's only one way we at YBNBY recommend celebrating...have a Baconucopia!

To help you on your way to bacon euphoria, here's some bacon recipes to sample and devour.

Bat giving birth

17 Interesting Facts About Doctors & Patients

17 Interesting Facts About Doctors & Patients

Azentek nav-equipped SmartMirror

Azentek nav-equipped SmartMirror coming end of year - Autoblog: "Everything is in line to be a convergence device, and now the boring rear view mirror has stepped under the lights to get stuffed with extra equipment. The Azentek SmartMirror has a four-inch touchscreen on the right for a 2D and 3D text-to-speech GPS display. It's also offers Bluetooth connectivity, a call log, and caller ID. It has two video inputs, one that can be used for a rear view camera, and an SD card slot in case you want to record... well, whatever you might want to record with your rear view mirror."

Internet use 'good for the brain'

Internet use 'good for the brain': "For middle-aged and older people at least, using the internet helps boost brain power, research suggests.

A University of California Los Angeles team found searching the web stimulated centres in the brain that controlled decision-making and complex reasoning.

The researchers say this might even help to counteract the age-related physiological changes that cause the brain to slow down.

The study features in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry."

Worst Celebrity Albums

Worst Celebrity Albums: "Forget sex tapes, sometimes a CD is the most embarrassing thing a celebrity can release."

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Amazing Wooden Mirror

The Amazing Wooden Mirror: "The concept is simple but formidably clever: a tiny camera gathers light and shape data, before sending it to a computer that processes it and uses hundreds of tiny electric motors to shift the wood blocks into the image in front of the device. Subtle gradations of shade are achieved by both the natural grain of the wood and the angle at which they are displayed, casting shadow if necessary."

Totlol - Video for Kids

Totlol - Video for Kids : "Totlol is a video website designed specifically for children. It is community moderated. It is constantly growing. It is powered by YouTube."


ANTIQUE TOASTERS for TOASTER COLLECTORS: "Welcome to - the world largest Online Toaster Exhibition...

The revelation that somebody collects toasters often leads to the same reaction: awkward pause, nervous laugh, then: '...Toasters?' The problem is not, to collect toasters. The problem is, to have hundreds of them. The result: They simply call you crazy. Well, and sometimes I think they are right!"

Top 13 James Earl Jones Voiceovers & Monologues

Top 13 James Earl Jones Voiceovers & Monologues: "James Earl Jones is an acting legend who has used his signature baritone voice to conquer both screen and stage. But while he's contributed some truly enduring moments to cinema history, Jones has never been embarrassed to do a little corporate shillin' on the side, establishing himself as the reigning master of the modern voiceover. Nearly everything Jones graces with his vocal moneymaker instantly turns to gold, which makes his flops and dated commercial crap extra hilarious. Today, (because really, why the f*ck not?) we mine the YouTube archives to salute the many contours of his glorious career."

Ten Great Ways To Bust Stress

Ten Great Ways To Bust Stress: "While it’s certainly true that some sources of stress are too broad and deep-seated for quick fixes and require significantly deeper analyses and often counselling, everyday trials and tribulations can often be countered with quite simple but often productive steps. You just have to take action. More specifically, you just have to want to take action.

Here are ten tried and tested ways to help you turn that frown upside down:"

Man tries to pay for meal with pot

Man tries to pay for meal with pot: "VERO BEACH, Fla. - A McDonald's cashier called 911 after a Vero Beach drive-thru customer allegedly offered to pay for his meal with marijuana. The Indian River County Sheriff's Office said the cashier called Monday with a description of the vehicle the suspect had been riding in.

A deputy spotted the vehicle, found marijuana in the car and arrested its occupant, 27-year-old Shawn Alexander Pannullo.

Pannullo was charged with possession of cannabis and posted $500 bail. It was unclear if he had an attorney.
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A sheriff's report did not say what the suspect ordered at McDonald's or if he ultimately purchased the meal using something other than marijuana."

10 Historic Secret Rooms and Hidden Passages

10 Historic Secret Rooms and Hidden Passages: "For all of humankind’s history, we’ve been fascinated with hidden places. Before they were a fun architectural addition to new homes, hidden rooms and secret passages served a purpose. Most often, that purpose was to allow someone to hide or escape from some kind of danger. At other times, though, they have served a much more sinister purpose. Here are ten notable hidden chambers, secret rooms, and concealed passages from throughout history from priest holes to royal escape routes."

Product Placement: The History Of Product Placement In Science Fiction

Product Placement: The History Of Product Placement In Science Fiction: "Science fiction is all about showing us new and startling worlds — and it doesn't hurt to sell a few widgets along the way. Like Eureka, which recently proved that you can save the world using Degree antiperspirant. Or the Sarah Connor Chronicles, which showed on Monday that a certain brand of car is the official vehicle of the anti-robot resistance. Product placement has been a part of science fiction for decades, but it's grown as the genre has become big business. Here's our history of the phenomenon since the beginning."

Break out the bubbly: White wine may be good for you

Break out the bubbly: White wine may be good for you: "White wine lovers can feel a little less guilty about their habit. New research suggests that white varieties may offer similar heart benefits to red wines.

Rats that were fed white wine as part of their diet suffered less heart damage during cardiac arrest, compared to animals fed only water or grain alcohol. These benefits were similar to animals that ingested a red wine or its wonder ingredient found only in grape skin, resveratrol."

Poolga. iPhone and iPod Touch wallpapers

iPhone and iPod Touch wallpapers.: "iPhone and iPod Touch wallpapers from a selection of designers and illustrators from around the world."

Archaeological Dig Uncovers Roman Mystery

Archaeological Dig Uncovers Roman Mystery: "University of British Columbia archaeologists have dug up a mystery worthy of Indiana Jones, one that includes a tomb, skeletons and burial rites with both Christian and pagan elements."

Top 10 strangest things in space

Top 10 strangest things in space: "From miniature black holes to distortions in the fabric of space-time, from galaxies that are eating each other to matter that can neither be seen nor detected is full of many strange things. And here are ten of the strangest."

Marines Fund Non-Lethal Heat Ray

Marines Fund Non-Lethal Heat Ray: "The system beams millimeter wave energy at the speed of light for more than 250 meters and penetrates the top layer of the skin. As soon as you move away from the beam the pain stops, although there is a nagging sensation of pain for few moments afterwards. The antenna covers a full 360 degrees and the beam can be used to sweep across a crowd or to target one person at a time. It’s got safety cutoffs so it doesn’t cause permanent damage, according to John Patterson, a Raytheon spokesman."

Getting to Know the FDIC

Getting to Know the FDIC: "You may have heard that the banking industry isn’t looking so hot right now. If your bank goes under, just how much do you stand to lose personally, though? You probably know that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation protects your money, but how much and through what avenues? Let’s take a look at the FDIC:"

Apple introduces new MacBook family

Distractions at work could help problem-solving

Distractions at work could help problem-solving: "A moment spent working on something else or taking a break altogether allows the brain's unconscious thought process to take over, American psychologists believe. When the brain kicks back into gear, the conscious thought process will pick up on the solution, they found.

The discovery was made by a team of scientists who asked 130 volunteers to conduct a word association experiment.

Half the group were told to break off from their test to concentrate on something entirely different for five minutes.

The results showed that those who spent time focusing on a different task were much quicker at solving the first task when they returned to it than the group that had stuck with it."

13 Things Your Bank Won't Tell You

Financial Advice for Banking Customers: "Get smarter about banking with tips from the financial services industry."

Top 10 Best Guitar Players of All Time

Top 10 Best Guitar Players of All Time : "Watch here videos of the 10 best guitar players of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine. One of the most important instruments in modern music, the guitar is at the basis of popular rhythms such as rock and blues. Considered gods by many fans, guitar players have a role as crucial as that of many singers, when it comes to exciting the audience."

"Lost" Deer Species Rediscovered in Trap

"Lost" Deer Species Rediscovered in Trap: "In the first ever photograph of a live Sumatran muntjac, the dog-size deer awaits release from a poacher's snare on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

The photo, released Friday, is the first record of the 'lost muntjac of Sumatra' in 80 years, says U.K. conservation group Flora & Fauna International." becomes an even better alternative becomes an even better alternative: "I've long been an admirer of, the free, open-source office suite that's a serious alternative to pricey products such as Microsoft Office. It strikes me as a no-brainer to at least try it when you're in the market for an updated productivity suite, because it costs you nothing but your time."

Clemson Fan Crying Over Bowden

Most Disturbing Commercial

Most Disturbing Commercial

Monday, October 13, 2008

World’s Largest Deserted Hotel

Ryugyong, the second largest hotel in the world | Oddity Central: "Who knew North Korea had the second largest hotel in the world? Too bad it’s deserted.

Ryugyong Hotel was one of Kim Jong Il’s plans of really putting North Korea on the World Map. He thought the best way to do that would be to build the world’s largest structure. The Koreans started buillding Ryugyong in 1987 but ceased construction in 1992 due to serious financial difficulties. The country never recovered from its financial crisis so the work on Ryugyong never picked up, until 2008 when the government decided to resume work on their giant super-structure."

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Can you fix these measurements just by eyeballing them?

The game works by showing you a series of geometries that need to be adjusted a little bit to make them right. A square highlights the point that needs to be moved or adjusted. Use the mouse to drag the blue square or arrowhead where you feel it is 'right'. Once you let go of the mouse, the computer evaluates your move.

read more | digg story

The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s

The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s | Pitchfork

126 Photos Worth Freezing

126 Photos Worth Freezing | Yeeeeee

Johnny Cash and Andy Kaufman Do Elvis

Johnny Cash and Andy Kaufman Do Elvis | Laughing Squid

I recently found this gem, 1959 concert footage of Johnny Cash letting his hair run wild and doing a pretty twisted take on Elvis Presley singing Heartbreak Hotel.

For comparison, check out the clip below of Andy Kaufman in 1979 (coincidentally on a Johnny Cash TV Special) doing a very straight impersonation of Elvis twenty years later.