Imagine it: you're an astronaut and launch day for your first spaceflight has arrived. Years of intense study and training have culminated in this moment. You're suited up and ready to go. In mere minutes, you'll be getting strapped into your spacecraft and blasting into the cosmos.
So, how do you spend these final precious moments on Earth?
Friday, Jul 31st 2015 (11:50am)
As much as it might sound like a good idea to take a picture of yourself riding a bear shirtless like Vladimir Putin, it’s not.
A number of horrific accidents have been reported lately in Russia involving selfies, and the country has had enough.
So the government decided to launch a new public safety initiative called "Safe Selfies," which encourages people to use come common sense when posting photos of your face that no one really wants to see in the first place.
They created a number of cartoon images depicting some of the "most traumatic cases" of dangerous selfies as a warning to Russians.
Visit the Russian website and download the signs as an Adobe Acrobat file (PDF).
Oh, you don't speak Russian? Here is the page in English via Google Translate.
Wednesday, Jul 15th 2015 (12:01am)
A significant reason why women still can't go to The Garrick Club is the worldwide affection for Winnie the Pooh. In 1956, A. A. Milne left a quarter of the royalties from his children's books to his club. In 2000, Disney bought out the club's share of the rights for £40m. While other clubs welcomed women members and their membership fees, the Garrick hasn't needed them.
Friday, May 1st 2015 (2:01am)
Artist Scott Blake has made a creative collection of flip books using a variety of novel techniques. Among Blake's animated creations: bar code flip books based on his signature bar code illustration style, a fire flip book that is partially burned upon completion, and a series of negative-space flip books created with a hole punch. The flip books are available for purchase on his site.
Tuesday, Apr 14th 2015 (1:27am)
Meet Alan Adler, the 76-year-old inventor who revolutionized flying discs with the Aerobie and has now revolutionized the single-cup coffee world with the AeroPress.
On a cold Monday morning I was sitting at the counter of a diner. It was buzzing; Omelets, French toast, and eggs Benedict flew by. And as I sipped on my coffee, my eyes were darting all over, putting price tags on every fixture, every chair, every packet of ketchup. I knew a secret through the grapevine that employees and customers didn't. Seven hours from now, this restaurant was going to die. And I was going to pick over the remains.
Personally, I buy the cheap ones. They all break in the storm and I like the idea of disposables.
Oliver Ruuger makes umbrellas. Each umbrella is hand crafted in Ruuger's small, London workshop using many intricate processes in order to execute these bold, premium pieces. He has reintroduced these familiar items as something luxurious and indulgent by using specialist, time consuming techniques and carefully-sourced exotic leathers, woods and metals.
Ironically, terrorism is actually an act against the very religion they claim to believe in. It’s an acknowledgement that the religion and its teachings aren’t enough to convince people to follow it. Any religion that requires coercion is not about the community, but about the leaders wanting power.
Why do so many country names end in -stan? The suffix -stan is Persian for 'place of' or 'country.' This video explains how the root word gave us so many other words in various languages, and spread to places you wouldn't have expected.
Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm.
Friday, Jan 2nd 2015 (12:01am)
For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend - or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest.
Tuesday, Aug 26th 2014 (12:03am) | Thanks: Niveras
The Brazilian family da Silva with a rare genetic disorder giving six fingers on each hand has become a symbol of their nation's hopes to bring home Brazil's sixth world cup title.
Watching a cucumber plant grow is way more interesting than you’d think. in this video, we get a close look at the physics of the tendrils that cucumbers use to grab onto supports. I spend some of my gardening time trying to “help” a tendril catch the support I build for it, with mixed results. They seem to have it pretty well figured out on their own. Biologist Roger Hangarter has a website called Plants-In-Motion, where you can see many different time-lapse movies of plants.
Tuesday, May 13th 2014 (12:15am) | Thanks: Squid
If you work in an office or just like to be organized, you'll be familiar with binder clips. They're those incredibly cheap, little black (or colored) clips that keep things together. What you probably don't know, though, is that they're arguably the ultimate hacking tool. There aren't many things as cheap or abundant that accomplish so many things.
To help you realize binder clip glory, here are 33 life-changing ways to use binder clips.
Tuesday, Apr 22nd 2014 (12:04am)
Lucifer: The Complete Third Season (2017)
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