World Population Cartogram 2015

This cartogram plots the size of each nation as a factor of its population. It was created by redditor TeaDranks. Each tiny square represents half a million people. You can click the original at imgur to greatly enlarge the map.  

Asia takes up half the world and Canada is reduce to a line. Hawaii by itself gets more squares than Iceland, and Greenland is nowhere to be found (except on the list of squareless nations). The cities of Hong Kong and Singapore now are bigger than Mongolia and New Zealand. If you want to see a big city, check out Mexico City. -via Metafilter


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Pit Bull - Dachshund Mix Is A Thing Of Bizarre Beauty

When a breed becomes the latest doggy hotness they star in more mutt combos, like the semi-recent wave of Chihuahua and Corgi combos making the dog world a shorter and stockier place.

These mixes of popular breeds are sure to get noticed at the dog park, but what about those less popular or unfairly stigmatized breeds?

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Apparently they look even more spectacular when they come together, and when the bully and the weenie combine the offspring is a thing of bizarre beauty.

Meet Rami, the Pit Bull Terrier-Dachshund combo, and one of the cutest/creepiest looking canines I’ve ever seen! Rami has a head that's probably caused more than a few faceplants, and with his interesting body shape and fascinating face it's not surprising that his story has gone viral.

Rami is available for adoption through Georgia's Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society, and his unique appearance has made him a big hit on their Facebook page, where you can see videos of Rami running around and pics of Rami getting a bath- just like a normal dog! -Via BuzzFeed

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The "Piano of the Future" Looks Like It Comes with Warp Drive

Gergely Bogányi, a Hungarian pianist, spent 10 years developing what Kelcee Griffis of My Modern Met calls "the piano of the future." It's a beautiful form, but the Bogányi piano is more than just a thing of beauty. Internally, it's a rethinking of the machine that produces sounds different from modern pianos. Marton Dunai writes for Reuters:

Nearly all 18,000 components were rethought. The two wide, curved legs double as sound deflectors. Thanks to an intricate mechanism, the strings apply minimal pressure on the sound board, made of over 20 carbon composite layers. The cast-iron frame boasts an all-new design. […]

Karoly Reisinger, CEO of the New York piano repair shop Klavierhaus, was "mesmerized" at a sound he said brought lyrical qualities back to the piano after a century of power-focused development.

"In this design you will be able to hear the 1850-1860 era qualities, lyrical, bell-like, precise – and also the modern instrument that our time is used to, which is clarity," he said.

Four-time Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Gerald Clayton felt he had played a slick new type of instrument.

"The sound almost feels as if you're in a bubble, it's so clear," he said. "It's a new sensation."

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Krustywise - His Act Will Knock You Dead!


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Krusty lost his daytime television gig and was now looking for a new way to vent his clowny frustration and paint the town red, so he decided to change his act into one guaranteed to scare the kiddies. He changed his look to better embody that IT factor, and took the fact that he found his own appearance terrifying to be a horrific success, but when he started filing his teeth down into sharp points he knew he'd taken his terrifying new persona a bit too far!

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Where Are The Unicorns?

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This ad for the French cable channel Canal+ from the ad agency BETC Paris gives a little twist to the old story of why there are no unicorns in existence today. Yeah, the setting is still Noah’s Ark. Read more about this minute-long epic film at AdFreak. About one second of the video may be NSFW, but fine by barnyard standards. I hope that doesn’t give away too much. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Ten Lesser Known Tools Used By Ninjas

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The ninja has become such an archetypal figure in the world of pop culture that ninjafans assume they know all there is to know about the shadowy assassins in black because they've seen all the movies and read all the books.

However, most of those books and movies leave out all the real cool ways ninjas used elements in their surroundings to their advantage, and the nifty little gadgets that aided them in their stealthy pursuits.

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Need to cross a moat or pond in a hurry? Historians believe ninjas strapped pontoon like devices to their feet called Mizu Gumo (Water Spider), which folded up nicely and helped aid in their escape.

Shuriken are cool and katanas slice real nice, but there’s nothing like silently delivering a dose of poison via hairpin, or scratching your way to victory with the Neko-Te (cat’s paw) weapon used primarily by the kunoichi (female ninja).

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A Truly Humiliating Oscar Moment

Yesterday, we posted an Oscar story from Eddie Deezen titled The Cruelest Oscar Award Presentation of All-Time. While rounding up photos for the article, I came across another moment from that very same awards ceremony that could be in the running for the cruelest. However, we don’t know that it was intentional, so let’s go with the “most embarrassing.”

When the 6th Academy Awards were presented on March 16, 1934, it had been 17 months since the previous Oscar ceremony, so movies from both the second half of 1932 and the entire year of 1933 were in contention. This was done to standardize the eligibility period to the calendar year. The big winner of the year was the movie Cavalcade, which won the Best Picture Oscar -even though most of the eight other nominated films are considered to be better movies 80 years later.

The ceremony was held during a banquet at the Fiesta Room at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Director Frank Capra, whose film Lady for a Day was nominated for four Oscars, reserved tables for 16 people, although three of them bowed out before the ceremony.

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Kansas Farmer Makes Art by Herding His Cattle

Derek Klingenberg is a farmer and YouTube celebrity in Kansas. When we last saw him, he was summoning his cattle by playing Lorde's "Royals" on a trombone. But Klingenberg is a Renaissance man--he's not limited to one form of art. He knows both music and the visual arts. He demonstrates his talent for the latter by herding his cattle in such a way that they form a smiley face. An aerial drone captured his impressive craftsmanship.


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5 Criminals Who Were Hilariously Good at Escaping Jail

Harry Houdini was known as the world’s greatest escape artist. But he was never kept confined as a prisoner of the state, where the stakes are higher. Some folks developed a talent for escaping from real incarceration, because by golly, they kept getting arrested and jailed! There’s the story of Paddy Mitchell, a bank robber who, along with his gang who wore masks of presidents, robbed over 100 banks. Their exploits inspired the movie Point Break. Paddy almost killed himself during his second  prison break.

Now, you probably know from decades' worth of depictions of prison life in the media that cigarettes are as good as gold on the inside, but you probably don't know about something else they're good for -- namely, faking a heart attack, which you can do by simply soaking a cigarette butt in water overnight and then drinking the resulting liquid nicotine goodness (don't try that at home, kids). Mitchell, obviously a big fan of the "more is more" approach, soaked an entire pack of cigs in water, ran three miles around the prison exercise yard, and then drank that refreshing cancer sludge.

His ticker damn nigh exploded. His heart attack symptoms were so real -- because, basically, they were -- that guards rushed him to the local hospital ... where his two partners were posing as emergency room workers. Mitchell made a quick getaway to the Philippines, only returning to the U.S. to pull an occasional bank heist until he was finally caught for good ... 15 years later.

Paddy Mitchell is only one of the five prison escape artists profiled in a list at Cracked.


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The Traditional Carved Wood Guitars of Japan are Incredibly Beautiful

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The Inami style of wood carving dates back to Eighteenth Century Japan. The master craftsmen there make the finest sculptures and other implements rendered in wood. In addition to more traditional uses for their craft, the artisans also make bodies for electric guitars. They are breathtakingly beautiful, especially the guitar bodies shaped like dragons. You can view more of them at Rocket News 24.


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5 Ways NOT To Handle A Nasty Facebook Breakup

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Some Facebook etiquette rules are presented here as a 194s-style educational film. The anachronistic idioms are hilarious! Facebook itself is described here as “the electric friendship generator.” But the advice here deals with real-life modern social conventions, and it can be boiled down to “think before you post.” -via Nag on the Lake


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Watching TV, Then and Now

I grew up watching television—really more than I should have. Back then, to watch a new episode, you had to wait until it aired the next week. If you missed it because you had other plans . . . well, too bad. You missed it.

Now, it’s normal to watch an entire season of a show and only that show for a while. The television watching experience is very different. Tony Wilson of Dorkly summarized it in 5 cartoons. You can view the rest here.


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Neon Lit Jurassic Park and Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailers

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Digital illustrator Neonardo made these killer videos reimagining the trailers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic Park with neon lights. The result is fantastic. See more of Neonardo's projects on his Tumblr and follow him on social media via Twitter.

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The Riddle of the Sphinx

When you’re a webcomic artist, you can take shortcuts by just making something up that will work. The riddle is solved on a technicality! But don’t think you’re so smart -after all, Oedipus solved the riddle of the Sphinx and look where it got him. This comic is from John McNamee at Pie Comic.


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Mutant Pirate - He's Jolly But His Name Ain't Roger


Mutant Pirate by Andriu

With a yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum a pirate will drunkenly saunter their way into your port town and cause trouble, but Logan isn't some eyepatch sportin' swabbie with a peg leg. He's a new kind of pirate, a freaky fellow who has no need of societal norms, and when he shows up in town folks know things are about to get dicey. They call him Wolverine for a reason- he's short tempered, savage, and loves tearing into people with his mighty sharp claws. Those swashbucklers can have their sabers and wenches, all Logan needs to have a good time are a snick snick and a bloodthirsty smile...

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The Set of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Is Now on Public Display

For more than three decades, Fred Rogers was our neighbor. Through his television programs, he was a special friend who helped children grow up healthy. If you were a child during his era, you got to visit his neighborhood through the screen. Now you can do so in real life. The Heinz History Center in Rogers’s own city of Pittsburgh has several items from his set on public display.

(Photos: Senator John Heinz History Center)

Among them is King Friday’s castle, the Great Oak Tree, Mister Rogers’ living room, and several of his puppets.

-via Daily of the Day

P.S. A few months ago, I read Many Ways to Say I Love You: Wisdom for Parents and Children from Mister Rogers. I highly recommend it. This book helped me clarify who I want to be as a father.


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Upcoming Movies of 2015, Simplified to Icons



This movie poster created by Silenzio is a collection of icons representing 35 movies to be released in 2015. Some are easy to guess, some not so much. See how many you can decipher. Check out this Facebook post in order to see some of the answers. -Via Gizmodo 


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Women’s Ideal Body Types throughout History

What does it mean to be a beautiful woman? This is a subjective question. The answer varies from culture to culture. BuzzFeed offers this video highlighting feminine beauty standards in different countries and periods of history, including ancient Egypt, China during the Han Dynasty, Victorian Britain, and 1960s America.


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Animals Who Love Laundry Day

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Those who keep dogs and cats as pets know that they have an affinity for the laundry basket. Dirty laundry? sure. Clean? You bet. Either way, it smells like their human and it's piled high with layers of fabric comfort. Lying on it works... chewing on it is always good too. Unravel a string to see where it all leads? Fantastic idea. Another day, another basket. Surely you didn't want to keep that fresh-smeliing, clean pile seconds out of the dryer to yourself, did you? If so, these animals raise a paw to object. 

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Extreme Pogo Artists are Insane

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You could call them insanely good. This combination extreme sport and art form is called Xpogo, and it looks terrifying. At least these guys are wearing helmets. That only makes sense, as the best practitioners are well aware of how many falls it takes to achieve this level of competence (otherwise they'd be dead). This compilation is brought to you by the folks who do the People Are Awesome series. -Thanks, Dan!  

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The Best Hotel Concierge Ever Gives a Guest Nick Cage Pictures

At a fancy hotel like the Hotel Indigo along San Antonio’s Riverwalk, the concierge staff is there to ensure that your special (but legal) needs are tended to. Imgur member FreePsychicReadings decided to put them to the test. She asked a concierge to place on her bed a framed photo of actor Nicholas Cage as he appeared in the movie Con Air.

Ramon the concierge was prompt, efficient, and accurate.

But the test wasn’t over. The guest wanted more Nicholas Cage pictures—and specific ones—placed in particular areas of her room. You can view more photos and screenshots from their exchange here.

-via 22 Words


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Hedgehog Dumplings

Look at these adorable little hedgehogs! Don’t you just want to eat them up? That’s what you do, because they are dumplings, stuffed with sweet cream filling. But they are only available at one restaurant, in the Chinatown section of Yokohama, Japan.

The spiky little treats are available at Yoseigo, a dim sum takeout joint that’s been in business since 1946. If you’re after orthodox fare, Yoseigo has steamed shrimp dumplings, egg rolls, and the like. On the other hand, if you’re in the mood for something sweet, and also a little playful, you can’t go wrong with their hedgehog dumplings.

The palm-sized snacks appear to be steamed first, and then later deep-fried to help give them a more defined shape. This brings us to what might be the only negative point about the hedgehog dumplings. Though they have a pleasantly crisp texture, the “quills” on their spiky backs are indeed a little sharp, so you’ll want to chew carefully to keep from poking yourself.

The dumplings are available individually or in economical herds, er, multi-packs to go. See more pictures at Rocket News 24. -via Nag on the Lake

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The Cubitat: Necessities of Living, Fit Inside a Cube



Cubitat is a 10 x 10 x 10 cube that features a kitchen, bathroom, bed, laundry and storage. Presented at Toronto’s Interior Design Show recently, the Cubitat is the concept of Urban Capital developers David Wex and Mark Reeve and designer Luca Nichetto. Once the cube makes it past the prototype phase, the developers plan to make it available for customization and purchase online.

The developers call Cubitat a a “plug and play” living space, in that it's fully functioning when hooked up to plumbing and power. 

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Man Proposes to His Girlfriend with a Traffic Speed Camera

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Being a romantic sort, Christian Breier found the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend. He drove over the speed limit past a traffic speed monitoring camera near his home in Leipzig, Germany. While doing so, he held up a sign saying (in German), “Will you marry me?”

A police computer issued him a ticket and mailed it to him, along with a photo of his car speeding past the camera. When Breier’s girlfriend opened up the ticket, she found his marriage proposal. Justin Huggler describes the challenges of this proposal in the Daily Telegraph:

That meant it was a delicate operation, and Mr Breier said it took him five attempts at driving past the cameras holding the sign up before he went fast enough to trigger the camera.

Far from being offended at Mr Breier’s flouting of the law and abuse of their speed camera, local officials in the small town of Merseburg seem to have decided to play along when they discovered Mr Breier’s ruse, because they took the unusual step of sending a print of the speed camera photo blown up to A4 size.

Mr Breier’s 29-year-old girlfriend, who gave her name only as Anja, told reporters: “We had spoken about marriage before. And I told him he’d have to think of a cool way of proposing.”

Mr Breier’s response to the challenge cost him a €15 fine, but as far as he was concerned, it was worth it: she said yes.


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Lost Dog, a Budweiser Commercial to Air During the Super Bowl

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"Lost Dog" is another in the grand tradition of Super Bowl commercials by Budweiser, which often feature the company's iconic Clydesdale horses. In this tearjerker, a follow-up to last year's ad "Puppy Love," a yellow Labrador retriever puppy is accidentally taken a long distance from his home and farm friends, and he must find a way to make it back. See the video below for "making of" footage.

In related Super Bowl puppy ad news, GoDaddy made a Super Bowl advertisement that was intended to be a parody of this Budweiser ad, yet they pulled it after backlash from groups such as the SPCA and change.org, who argued that it encouraged puppy mills and inhumane breeding. This article in Variety goes so far as to suggest that GoDaddy planned the whole thing as a publicity stunt, which makes sense given how many media outlets are covering the story. What do you think, readers? -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Salvation Lies Through The Songbird - Heed The Call


Salvation Lies Through The Songbird by Barrett Biggers

Columbia soars through the skies on wings of freedom and patriotism, but if anyone tries to sow the seeds of dissention on that city-ship in the sky there's an even more high flying force there to stop them- the Songbird. He doesn't sing a pleasant song, nor does he have beautiful feathers for folks to admire as he soars through the sky, but he does have terrible claws with which to rend flesh from bone and the force of Comstock's Founders behind him.

Sport this Salvation Lies Through The Songbird t-shirt by Barrett Biggers around town and shock your fellow fans with this awesomely artistic design!

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24 Origins of Cheese Names

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It’s true that most cheeses are named after their place of origin, so John Green goes ahead to tell us the story of the cheese’s origin as well. Even cottage cheese was once made in cottages. However, there are some in which the name is a little more complicated, like Monterrey Jack (there is a Jack involved). There’s even a cheese named after another cheese! Learn about two dozen cheese names in this week’s mental_floss List Show.

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Beware Of Dogs Pretending To Be Human

Dogs have been man's best friend ever since a poem in the New York Literary Journal coined the term back in 1821, but they're best friend in title only and tired of being treated like second class mammals.

The way dogs see it if they can do what humans do then their ranking in the mammalian pecking order is guaranteed to go up. However, dogs acting like humans may sound like fun, but as these images will show it could mean the beginning of the end for both felines and mankind!

It all started back in those black and white toned days of yore, when some lazy nanny decided to let the family dog take over for the afternoon

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Dogs soon discovered that if they could perform those menial tasks that humans hate they'd soon be offered a job

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Jobs would lead to social status and an income, and humans would begin to entrust them with more responsibility in society

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So dogs taught themselves how to drive to work every morning just like a human

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The Alien Chestburster Scene

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It’s a scene that we will never, ever forget. The 1979 film Alien introduced the monster (later known as the Alien Queen or the xenomorph) by having it emerge from John Hurt’s chest where it was apparently incubating. We were shocked by the violent "birth," horrified by the idea of an alien growing inside his body, and also surprised by the death of a major movie star so early in the film. The new series Art of the Scene by Cinefix looks at the nuts and bolts of conceiving, designing, and pulling off the horrific scene in the days before non-stop CGI. -via Laughing Squid


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Yeti Takes to the Streets of Boston in Snowstorm

As snowstorm Juno fell upon the streets of Boston, another entity appeared to further whiten the streets: a creature by the name of The Boston Yeti. Armed with a furry suit and a Twitter account (@BostonYeti2015), the Yeti, which until now was only the stuff of legend, is creating documented snow prints all over town. Defying curfews and braving snowdrifts, this urban snowman isn't so abominable: he even expresses on Twitter his wish for the Boston populace to stay safe. 

Read more and see additional pictures of the Yeti at the Boston Globe.

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