David Peterson put together NASA footage from several ISS missions (much of it recorded by Don Petit) to bring you a breathtaking time-lapse video of Earth seen from space. A list of the locations is available at the YouTube page. Watch it in full screen mode if you possibly can, and look out for comet Lovejoy seen over Australia at 2:03.
Normally blowing a car up involves explosives and fire, but photographer Fabian Oefner has taken the time to blow up a bunch of classic cars very carefully, so as not to damage the merchandise.
The photographs in his series Disintegration look amazing, and really show you every bit of classic cars like the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé and the Ferrari 250 GTO, but the real craziness can be found in Fabian’s photographic process.
He carefully takes each car apart by hand, labels the proper position of every piece then suspends them on a string. Once he has painstakingly photographed every suspended bit of the car he puts all of the pics together in Photoshop, resulting in mind boggling portraits of what really lies under the hood.
Via Design TAXI
Do you dress up your little angel up during the holidays? Even if you don't, you can still almost certainly appreciate the fantastic seasonal fashion of these felines and pooches. For kitties, I highly recommend checking out the hats and headbands for sale at scooterKnits. This Buddy the Elf hat is a great modern Christmas accessory, but there is also mistletoe and reindeer antlers if you prefer things to be a little more traditional.
If you have no intention of buying feline holiday fashion accessories, you can always enjoy this fun selection of dogs and cats in costume over at 4WMN instead. Whichever you prefer, I hope you have a great furball-filled holiday.
Artists Ayako Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi used a CT scanner and an X-ray machine to take portraits of couples in close proximity.
“X-ray images usually show the finite nature of our bodies composed only of matter,” say the duo. “But these couples portraits reveal a pulse that isn’t normally seen.” Romantic? No. Intimate? Absolutely.
Kanda and Hayashi conceived the body of work for their senior thesis exhibition at Musashino Art University. They went on to win a prize in the recent Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Designer Award.
Writing birthday card messages can be extremely stressful and really hard work, and are hand written greetings really worth the risk of contracting carpal tunnel syndrome?
We need a card that says it all so we don’t have to, a card we can just sign our name to and be done with it. If you’ve ever found yourself having these kinds of thoughts then this kooky card from Bald Guy Greetings is for you. There’s almost no room for you to write your name on it, and the bold text really says it all so you can have more time to live your life.
Via 22 Words
A group of emus and one ostrich named Sexy Sexy Sniper encounter an enemy they've never seen before: a weasel ball. Their reaction resembles a tango, so the proper music is supplied.
This video is from Alex Komechak, who bought a ranch in Arizona to raise her two pet camels and an assortment of other animals. See more at her website Camels and Friends. -via Metafilter
This is Lake Superior. It's the largest lake in North America.
This is Isle Royale. It's the largest island in Lake Superior. Native Americans once mined it for copper. Benjamin Franklin, one of the American negotiators of the 1783 Treaty of Paris, knew this, so he pressed the British to let it fall within American territory.
There are many lakes on Isle Royale. This one, Siskiwit Lake, is the largest.
There are several islands in Siskiwit Lake. This one, Ryan Island, is the largest. So Ryan Island is the largest island in the largest lake in the largest island in the largest lake in North America.
You can see photos of Ryan Island here. It's about a quarter of a mile long.
(Satellite images via Google Maps)
It's once again time for our collaboration with the wonderfully entertaining What Is It? Blog. Do you know what the pictured item is? Can you make up something totally wacky? That's what we're looking for: the funniest and most creative guesses. We will award t-shirts from the NeatoShop to two commenters who post the cleverest, funniest, or most outlandish use for this thing!
Place your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comment, please, though you can enter as many guesses as you'd like in separate comments. You have until Friday evening to come up with great guesses.
Please write your T-shirt selection alongside your guess. If you don't include a selection, you forfeit the prize. May we suggest the Science T-Shirt, Funny T-Shirt and Artist-Designed T-Shirts?
See, you don't have to know the answer to win! And remember, there are more mystery items to figure out at the What Is It? Blog. Good luck!
The holidays are here. Are you looking for the perfect gift for someone who is wild for Pepe Le Pew? Gift them the Pepe Le Pew & Penelope on a Motorcycle Salt & Pepper Shakers from the NeatoShop. This daring set is made of glazed ceramic and features their favorite lovestruck skunk.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Salt & Pepper Shakers.
The classic image of an arsonist is a person who sets fires for financial gain, for attention, or out of anger. The classic image of a firefighter is a hero -the most visible occupation in which people put themselves in danger to save lives with no expectation of a reward. So why are so many fires started by firefighters? One theory is that pyromaniacs are drawn to the occupation, but that doesn't hold up. Firefighter arsonists who have been caught say they never considered starting fires before they joined the department.
The average firefighter-arsonist is a young white male of above-average intelligence, no criminal record, and "poor occupational adjustment." It is unclear how significantly this profile differs from, say, the average firefighter who does not commit arson. He works for a fire service that doesn’t get many calls, which may be why he’s eager to prove himself. He tends to start with small grass or Dumpster fires, and then progress to abandoned houses or garages. It’s rare that a firefighter-arsonist will opt for inhabited buildings, or locations where people are likely to be hurt.
Firefighter-arsonists often work in teams, egging each other on. "Before the fire, we were just sitting around bored," said Robert Vasquez, who admitted to committing arson in Prince George’s County, near D.C., in 1990. "We were talking about how the Chief yells at us for the things we do wrong and everybody was saying ‘Let’s wait for the next fire to come out and maybe we can do good on it’… And then the words, ‘Set a fire’ came up."
An article at The Awl looks at the life of a firefighter and how the occupation itself -and the way the public views the job- contributes to the decision to start a fire. -via Digg
(Image credit: Flickr user Rob)
Ugly sweaters have become so predictably ugly, so textile and lifeless, that the whole gag concept is in need of an update. The digital age of ugly sweaters is here, and the animated graphics are sure to become the latest trend in the world of ironic seasonal clothing.
From Mark Rober, the guy who brought us the Digital Costume App and the Hole in the chest gag using two iPads, comes the Digital Dudz animated ugly Christmas sweater. There's a Yule log roasting in the fireplace, a disturbing Santa Claus with realistic creepy eye moves, and an oddball kitty with animated mouth and eyes.
The world-famous, beloved, and OMG sooo delicious Oreo cookie celebrated its 100th birthday last year -on my birthday, March 6th! Coincidence? No food in the universe has given me the amount of joy and pleasure during my lifetime as Oreos and milk.
Oreos are the best-selling cookies in the world. They were the best-selling cookies of the 20th century, and this honor has carried on strong into the 21st century.
In 1912, consumers wanted an English-style biscuit (cookies are called "biscuits" in England) and the Oreo cookie was created to meet this demand. The "Oreo Biscuit" was first developed by the National Biscuit Company, today known as Nabisco. The Oreo was originally created and launched as an imitation of the Hydrox cookie manufactured by the Sunshine company in 1908.
The first Oreos were manufactured at the company's Chelsea factory in New York City, located on 9th Avenue, between 15th and 16th Street. Today, this 9th Avenue block is known as "Oreo Way."
In the early years, Oreo buyers had the choice of vanilla cream filling and lemon cream. The lemon cream centers were soon abandoned and the vanilla cream center has remained the Oreo trademark.
An Oreo is 29% cream and 71% cookie. The Oreo design features 12 flowers encircling the Oreo name. It takes 90 minutes to make a single Oreo and each cookie has 90 ridges.
Who coined the word "Oreo" is unknown; in fact, the name itself is shrouded in mystery.
Some friends come and go. But others stick to you for life. There's one companion that we can all rely upon.
Just remember that it's a two-way relationship. As Lunarbaboon advises, show pizza that you love it back.
Near the town of St. Martins on the southern coast of New Brunswick, Canada, is a group of caves eroded by the sea. The waters of the Bay of Fundy have among the highest tidal ranges in the world. The force of those waves has cut deeply into the sandstone shore, producing deep caves.
(Photo: Jamie in Bytown)
(Photo: Jamie in Bytown)
Dogs get festive and play drums, keyboard, and cello in this version of "The Little Drummer Boy." Walk Off the Earth is the real group behind this song. The dogs honestly aren't that talented. You can see that in the behind-the-scenes video. -via Daily of the Day
If you’re going to play a medieval game, why not do it in a medieval style? David Gutenkauf, a craftsman who specializes in the creation of chainmail, made this chess set of woven steel. The board is 1 foot wide. Each piece is wrapped around a glass marble. The king pieces are about 2 inches tall. The chainmail gives your pieces a +5 armor bonus, but beware of movement penalties due to encumbrance rules.
-via Nerd Bastards
Sand sculptures typically range from fantastic to amazingly realistic in style, but they rarely look as habitable as the architectural sandcastles created by Calvin Seibert, aka Box Builder.
Calvin explores many diverse styles in his gritty works, ranging from cubism to mosaic forms to brutalism, and his works are so geometrically sound it’s a shame the incoming tide will reduce these swanky seaside real estate models to a pile of mud.
And while Calvin’s architectural sculptures look like they took a team of tiny engineers a week to construct each one, he creates them all with nothing more than a few simple tools and a lot of patience.
Strange things can happen when water turns to ice. In this case, there was a lot of rain, which filled the stair railing pipes with water, and then the temperature fell far below freezing. The water in the pipe froze on the outer edge first, so water inside was pushed out the hole, where it froze quickly as it emerged. When you see something like this, your first instinct is to take a picture. Then your second instinct is an urge to break it off, right?
(Image credit: NinjaViking)
Tis the season to rest and relax. Celebrate the holidays by slipping into a pair of geeky chic Nerd Domo Plush Slippers from the NeatoShop. This cozy pair of slippers features your favorite saw-toothed monster donning a pair of spectacular spectacles.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more fabulous Footwear.
They're so adorable! Although they're not ready to save the world, these little superheroes may be able to solve their own problems. Alberto Varanda, a Portuguese-born artist who lives in France, drew images of 9 young superheroes at play. I can easily imagine a young, sensitive Wolverine catching leaves on his claws and Catwoman dragging her unwilling cat into her imaginary adventures.
View the gallery if you want to see young Superman, Thor, Batman and Robin.
-via Nerd Approved
Soldiers have always had their own terms for the unique tools they use and situations they confront, but it changes vastly over time. By the time the general public learns the slang, the current military is using new tools and new procedures in new places -with new terms. NPR helps us get updated on th lingo as is used in the 21st century. Some interesting samples:
Bird: Helicopter. "Chopper" is rarely used, except in movies, where it is always used. A chopper is a kind of motorcycle, not an aircraft.
Geardo: (rhymes with weirdo) A soldier who spends an inordinate amount of their personal money to buy fancy military gear, such as weapon lights, GPS watches, custom rucksacks, etc. Generally refers to a soldier with little tactical need for such equipment. See: Fobbit.
POO: Point Of Origin. The site from which a rocket or mortar was launched at U.S. forces. Most easily calculated by tracking the projectile's trajectory with radar. Example: "We're going out POO hunting."
Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone: A military doctrine or political process that appears to exist in order to justify its own existence, often producing irrelevant indicators of its own success. For example, continually releasing figures on the amount of Taliban weapons seized, as if there were a finite supply of such weapons. While seizing the weapons, soldiers raid Afghan villages, enraging the residents and legitimizing the Taliban's cause.
The minister said, "Should anyone here present know of any reason that this couple should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace."
That part of the liturgy can be a tense moment in any wedding. For Adam Bohn, the founder of a video game company, and his bride Michelle, it was beginning of a grand spectacle.
Yes, Iron Man and Batman came in to try to woo Michelle away from Adam. But that was only part of an elaborately planned and magnificently staged performance.
While snorkeling in the Crystal River near Tampa, an 8-foot manatee approached him. When Mr. Darden petted it, the manatee rolled over for a belly rub and hugged his leg.
-via Ace of Spades HQ
David Besnier (DeviantART member Dave Donut) created an animated banner for his website. Everything on the graphic is animated in some way. Mouseover for a reaction; click on some of the objects to go to their source material. He has some clues at the DeviantART page. The orange half is a game. The donuts will sing if you press the right button. There are probably many treats here that I haven't yet found! Warning: the dark purple onion's language is NSFW. -via Metafilter
At one time, it was a shame if you had to drop in on your neighbors to see The Andy Griffith Show. You obviously did not own a TV only because you could not afford one. Then as TV took over our lives, it became more cool to ignore it, because you were bucking a trend. Lately, just saying the words "I don't have a TV" will get you labeled as a hipster braggart. Besides, we know that even if you don't have a TV set, you're watching shows on your computer or handheld device. This graph is the latest from Randall Munroe at xkcd.
This is the kind of thing you'll only see captured in the modern world where everyone has a video camera right there in their pocket, so you'll have to overlook the shakiness. At least it's not shot in portrait mode. A mother cat is transferring a kitten to a new home on the second floor of a building, but getting to the open window is not a feat we humans would want to attempt carrying a baby! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Did you ever notice that Dorothy was eating a donut when she broke into "Somewhere Over the Rainbow?" I never did. But there are quite a few tiny details that I'll be watching for next time The Wizard of Oz comes on TV.
1. Dorothy's Cruller. Just before singing "Over the Rainbow," Dorothy takes one of the "just fried" crullers Aunt Em offers the farmhands. She takes a small bite, tosses a piece to Toto and from there it seems to vanish. But watch closely, she's still holding it as she begins to sing and at the beginning of the second verse, she tosses the remainder into the barnyard (hopefully Toto saw it!).
2. Miss Gulch's Umbrella. As Miss Gulch pulls up to the Gale farmhouse, you can see an umbrella strapped to the front of her bicycle. This is an "insider" allusion to the water allergy of her Ozian alter ego, the Wicked Witch of the West. In the original L. Frank Baum book, the Witch carries an umbrella, not a broom.
Read eight other tiny bits of trivia that will make you want to watch closely next time, at HuffPo.
Her college Spanish class required a special project, and most of the students translated songs. Redditor TechSis partnered with a classmate and recruited her husband and some friends to produce a video that parodies telenovelas, or Spanish language soap operas. The melodrama, the cliched plot lines, and the obvious product placements are exagerated just a bit as to be hilarious. The Spanish is not perfect, but the video was so funny that they got an A for the project! -via Warming Glow
Most dogs don’t really appreciate their owner’s obsession with taking baths, and from the looks they give you during the torturous process you’d think they were being washed with acid rather than water.
Their hilarious expressions, and the totally artsy way their fur looks when it’s all wet, are the themes behind photographer Sophie Gamand’s series appropriately entitled Wet Dog. The premise sounds easy enough to capture, but Sophie goes beyond the basic idea and attempts to capture each dog’s individual personality in the photos. Here’s what she has to say about the series:
Wet Dog is a series on dogs being washed during their grooming sessions. The way the water plays with their hair in a very painterly manner, and their facial expressions as the water is poured on them creates striking portraits.
Via Beautiful Decay