At 432 yards long, the newly-launched MSC Zoe is the Death Star of the transoceanic shipping business. It's no moon, but a fully operational station capable of moving the equivalent of 19,224 20-foot cargo containers. Appropriately, while in Hamburg, Germany, the ship's horn system played the title theme from Star Wars.
In the town of Burjassot, Spain, a historic underground excavation was recently opened to the public for the first time in 100 years. The 47 underground grain silos were used for food storage for several hundred years, then converted to a wartime bunker system, then closed.
In 16th-century Valencia, grain storage was a problem. The province didn’t have enough of its own, and imports from other Iberian regions were uncertain, as there were frequent bad harvests and peninsula-wide shortages. The best option was to import grain from Sicily over the Mediterranean Sea, but this made sense only if it could be done in great quantities, meaning Valencia needed a large storage solution.
So the first silos of Burjassot were authorized. This outlying town was chosen because of its elevated position and proximity to the capital. Three underground silos were initially built, but this would expand to 47 over the course of the centuries. Soil would be dug out of the ground, in the shape of an enormous vase, and then its walls would be fortified. These underground containers provided perfect conditions in which to store grain, and the silos remained in use until the beginning of the 20th century.
Isaiah Chute is 2 and 1/2. Kamoli the gorilla is about 1 and a 1/2. They're perfect playmates, as you can see in this video shot at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio. For about 6 minutes, they played peek-a-boo, hide-and-seek, and pounded their chests.
Now son of Crux1836 is probably the only kid in his town with a steel Mjölnir replica (and hopefully he's not a destructive child), but how's the kid supposed to grow up to be Thor if he's never handled a real hammer?
They showed a clip from the documentary Air Jaws: Walking with Great Whites, which premiered on Discovery last night in the US. Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson of the Australian morning show Today aren’t having any of it.
Considering that every type of wildlife in Australia is already trying to kill you, you’d think these folks would be unimpressed. If they are that scared, I don’t want anywhere near a Great White. -via reddit
Pulling down a tree with a truck is not a recommended tactic. You might save some money by not hiring a professional, but getting flattened, no matter how small the chance, can be a devastating consequence. -via Arbroath
It's back to school time once again, and that means school is on everyone's mind whether they graduated in 1960 or they'll be starting school in 2016.
Whether you're still heading down the road towards a college degree or you're a graduate who know studies at the school of hard knocks there's sure to be something you'll want to wear in the NeatoShop, where you'll find thousands of smart looking and totally geeky designs!
Two years ago, the Pretenders' Ball had been the scene of an assassination. Last year, an arsonist destroyed the royal archives. These political crimes, carried out by the rebel forces, were becoming a regular part of the Grand Duchy's annual costume ball. The chief of police pleaded with the prime minister to cancel this year's event. Naturally, he didn't. For added security, though, he did change the location to Duchy Park, a floral wonderland surrounded by a high, unscalable stone wall.
Upon entry, Robin Hood's arrows were confiscated, although he was allowed to keep his bow and quiver. David had to give up his slingshot and Goliath handed over his club. Mary Poppins kept her umbrella, but Death turned in his scythe. Even the clown was searched. One guard held onto his big bunch of balloons while another checked inside his oversized shoes.
The festive nighttime ball went on as scheduled. The music played, the costumed revelers danced, and champagne corks popped. Something else popped, too—a small derringer pistol.
The victim this time was the Grand Duchy's chief of police, dressed as a Chicago gangster, the only guest actually allowed to carry a weapon. His body was found in the middle of a hedge maze, the gun in his shoulder holster untouched.
"Shot in the back," Death (the royal physician) reported. "Very small caliber. Anyone could have sneaked in a gun that size."
In what was becoming another annual tradition, the guests lined up to be frisked.
The Doctor has lived many lifetimes so his adventures have happened over and over again, which tends to mess with all that timey wimey stuff floating around out there keeping the universe, and its timeline, intact. And what happens when the Doctor and his companion, who is blissfully unaware of what their travels are doing to the universe, continue to go on grand adventures across the galaxy? The timey wimey stuff becomes like taffy, bending and warping to create pockets and niches where the truth of his existence hides...
Add some out of this world adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this The Timey Wimey Machine t-shirt by Twenty27 Designs, and watch your fellow fans light up like a sonic screwdriver!
Carelessness. Greed leading to betrayal, overspending and criminal activity. Fraud. Lying to the wrong people. These lottery winners once had it made, but eventually made mistakes so destructive they lost everything. Want to feel a bit better about your worst life decisions? Try this Alltime10s video on for size. Via Tastefully Offensive
Catching a kid right before they crack their head open, snatching the child away from an oncoming danger, and pulling off various sports related saves- these are but some of the powers that dads have at their disposal.
And this action packed (albeit strangely formatted) video by Zoo Weekly proves dads are some of the most powerful beings on the planet!
The longest high-five chain in the world, and a few other interesting “longest” things. (Note: This is a pretty long article. So you might have to take your device into the bathroom for a break to read the entire thing.)
LONGEST CAT FUR
In August 2013, Guinness World Records awarded its first-ever “cat with the longest fur” title. Recipient: Colonel Meow, a Himalayan Persian kitty belonging to Anne Marie Avey of Los Angeles, California. Fur length: nine inches. (The length was verified by three different veterinarians.) “We already knew that he was the best cat in the world,” a proud Ms. Avey said, “but to be recognized in the Guinness World Records book takes it to the next level.”
Bonus fact: The best part of the story is that Colonel Meow was a rescue kitty. He was in a shelter in Seattle, Washington— and scheduled to be euthanized— when he was rescued by a Seattle group dedicated to rescuing Himalayan Persian cats. They put him up for adoption online… and the rest is cat-fur history.
Joe Atherton of Nottinghamshire, England, grows carrots in plastic tubes more than 20 feet long, each one filled with nutrient-rich compost and positioned so they lie at an angle of about 45 degrees to ensure proper drainage. In September 2007, Atherton carefully extracted one of those tube-grown carrots, being careful not to break its long, fragile root. That particular carrot had been growing for 14 months: Atherton had extended its growing season beyond the usual two or three months by regularly nipping off any seed buds that appeared on it, thereby preventing it from going to seed. Result: the carrot was 19 feet, 1.875 inches long. It’s the current record holder for “longest carrot in the world.”
The Dumbo Octopus (Grimpoteuthis) is unavoidably cute! He can dance and stick out his tongue, so he's a natural performer. But that's only once he's ready. When caught unawares, the Dumbo gets shy. The oceanographers on board the exploratory vessel Nautilis discovered that while exploring the coast of central California. At the 1:34 mark in the video below, he covers his face when the camera zooms in on him.
Artist Jon Burgerman has been featured at Neatorama multiple times over the years for his witty work that often explores how art can be designed to interact with life in amusing and interesting ways. Such techniques can be found in a grouping of Burgerman's recent work that he calls "Jon's Famous Friends."
The series, some of which is shown here, features his form interacting with those of celebrities. The artist said in an interview that the pieces not only are a lighthearted way to reflect upon society's obsession with celebrities, but it's also a commentary on the public's desire to present themselves in the best possible light. He says,
“I want to explore how we create public narratives for ourselves, and taking it to an extreme, absurdist level. I’m cranking up the FOMO, envy and anxiety.
I’m also trying to show that in most cases these things are actually pretty mundane. So I’m ‘hanging out’ with celebrities, but we’re not doing anything that fascinating (apart from shooting up with Obama of course). Celebrities’ Instagram feeds are often littered with multiple selfies and photos of their cats. They’re just as dull as us normal people!”
When your world revolves around school, the real bad guy of the drama is the bully. And so it was with ‘80s teen movies, and there were a lot of ‘80s teen movies. Not all bullies fit the exact formula, but there were many similarities that a majority shared. Uproxx took the most common tropes used in teen movies from the ‘80s and crunched them into the ultimate stereotyped movie bully. I think you will agree with their conclusions. Now if we can get them to do the same with the jock, the cheerleader, the outsider, the nerd …well, we know who the nerd would be.
Gemma Correll zeroes in on some of the less come-hither glows of summer with her latest comic. Not every tan is a good tan, nor is it necessarily a natural happenstance. While out people watching during summer, one is often prompted to wonder about certain confusing complexions: were they caused by a sun kiss or kick? Is that real or faux/foe color? A little color can go a long way. Even an even porcelain complexion is better than mottled orange. See three more less popular fake tan shades as illustrated by Gemma Correll here.
Star-Lord was too old and too far from Earth to have a video game made about him, but the young man who was taken on the intergalactic adventure of a lifetime would have done anything to star in his own game. And if anyone had known about the Guardians before that documentary exposed their secret existence to the world their adventures would have made for a marvel-ous game franchise. Sadly, the Guardians never got to star in their own console cartridge, and now they're all too busy battling the mad titan to play video games....
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Writer and director Wes Craven was responsible for Freddy Krueger’s invasion of your nightmares in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, which includes nine feature films and a TV series, plus books, comics, and video games.
From his feature film debut, The Last House on the Left in 1972 to the four Scream movies, he was a master of the modern horror genre. Craven’s IMDb entry has a list of 36 writing credits, 27 producing credits, 29 directing credits, and 19 acting credits.
Exactly what it says on the tin. Donald Trump talks about China a lot- enough to make it sound downright funny. This supercut from HuffPo may prove to be an earworm. My apologies in advance. -via Viral Viral Videos
There are many places on earth that are technically vacation destinations, but more fantasies made into reality. Exotic treehouse resorts often fall into the later category and if you aren't so sure about that, then this incredible list of treehouse hotels on Flavorwire will almost certainly prove my point.
Whether you dream of sleeping outdoors in tropical rainforests or in scifi-like spaces surrounded by pines, you'll certainly see somewhere you'd long to stay in this fantastic article.
Elijah Wood was in Back to the Future II. Denzel Washington was an uncredited criminal in Death Wish. Samuel L. Jackson was in Goodfellas. You may not have noticed them because they weren't famous yet. Screen Junkies brings us up to speed with this compilation of actors just getting started in film, often taking very minor roles.
One role that didn't make the cut is Liam Neeson in the underappreciated 1983 fantasy movie Krull. Neeson plays Kegan, a criminal who joins King Colwyn's quest to defeat the Slayers and liberate his planet.
Your cat would love to have a toy like this, with which he can use his agility and wits to bat a ball around inside a simple maze until he can get it out. You can make this yourself from a cardboard box with a knife, glue, and a ball. The “maze” part is just one cardboard strut inside that adds strength and makes the game more challenging for the cat. The tutorial is at meeoow.com. If your cat is like mine and would just pull the ball up with his claws, then you can easily replace it with a more slippery ball with no holes. I can think of other ways you can customize this to make it more difficult or more interesting, depending on what amuses your cat.
"Flying spider" is a bit of a misnomer, however. Selenops spiders, sometimes referred to as “flatties,” essentially coast on air, steering themselves using their flat bodies, gliding so gracefully as to appear in flight. The spider can also maneuver its body in many ways mid-glide, even turning itself right-side up or vice versa. As if that information isn't alarming enough for people firmly rooted in the anti-spider camp, Selenops is one of the fastest-moving creatures on Earth.
Acclaimed neurologist, author, and philosopher Oliver Sacks revealed earlier this year that he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The New York Times has announced his death this morning. Sacks wrote about neurological research in a way that the layman could not only understand, but that would spark deep thought into the meaning of mind and consciousness. He wrote about patients who displayed unusual abilities and disabilities of the brain, as in the book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and neurological research, such as his discovery of the effects of L-dopa on the brains of catatonic patients in Awakenings, which was made into the 1990 film starring Robin Williams as Sacks.
His intellectual curiosity took him even further. On his website, Dr. Sacks maintained a partial list of topics he had written about. It included aging, amnesia, color, deafness, dreams, ferns, Freud, hallucinations, neural Darwinism, phantom limbs, photography, pre-Columbian history, swimming and twins.
“I am very tenacious, for better or worse,” he wrote in “A Leg to Stand On.” “If my attention is engaged, I cannot disengage it. This may be a great strength, or weakness. It makes me an investigator. It makes me an obsessional.”
The Times has more on Sacks' extraordinary life and work. Sacks died of cancer Sunday morning at his home in New York. He was 82.
Is your personal Nutella supply slowly decreasing without an explanation? You might have a thief in your midst. Take precautions with this lock designed specifically for sealing away jars of Nutella. Daniel Schlobloch, a German furniture designer, says that he developed it as a joke. But I don't see anything funny in taking my Nutella, Jill. Neither do other people, who have so far ordered 279 of them.