How do you add extra excitement to skydiving? Try landing on a huge Slip ‘N Slide! That’s what skydivers Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson did in Arizona. It takes a lot of control to land just so after jumping out of a plane at 5,000 feet, and Daniel even caught it all on a GoPro camera as he slid the entire length of the plastic right into the grass. -via With Leather
Armorol: Effective treatment of heartburn & chestpain - perfect for Tony Stark!
American Ninja Warrior is a television show that airs on NBC and the Esquire Network. The center of the show is a demanding obstacle course that requires phenomenal strength and agility. For six seasons, athletes have come to the show in search of fame and recognition of their abilities. This past week, for the first time, a woman completed the this brutal obstacle course.
Kacy Catanzaro if a 5-foot tall gymnast. Her height posed particular challenges, as many of the obstacles require a lot of reach. But Catanzaro, a former NCAA Southeast Regional Gymnast of the Year, had all of the strength and skill necessary to prevail.
-via Joe Carter
Tony the Tiger is a gimme, because they used that for a background image, but just about every food product marketed to children has a cartoon mascot, or did at one time or another. Test your knowledge of product mascots with a quiz at HuffPo. The only reason I did so well is because I’ve been around a long time, and because I guess well. The problem with this quiz is that it doesn’t tell you which questions you missed. -via mental_floss
Gritta Goetz takes her dogs out to a field to play. 5 of the 8 dogs have wheeled carts for back legs. This slows them down a little bit, but they still have fun. They're a happy pack.
-via 22 Words
Today is World Snake Day. To mark the occasion, Jason G. Goldman of io9 describes how different animals respond to the microgravity that they experience on Vomit Comet aircraft. We've already seen spiders and cats respond to a situation that must be inexplicable to them. What about other species? Goldman writes:
Most animals perceive the weightlessness of microgravity as if they were falling upside down. If you drop a cat from a great height, for example, it will roll over to attempt to land on its feet. This is called the "righting response." In microgravity, this leads to repeated rolling-over.
Scientists have interpreted the repeated rolling-over as a repetitive righting response, since the animal never gets any feedback that the action was successfully executed. This behavioral pattern is common and has been observed for various mammals, frogs, and turtles in microgravity.
Snakes, however, often attack themselves or bunch up. This may be because a snake in microgravity has trouble distinguishing its own body from its surrounding environment:
In this study, the researchers loaded a bunch of snakes onto a Vomit Comet. These are planes that fly in parabolas: as the plane moves over the top of the curve, everything inside is temporarily weightless. At the bottom of the curve, it the pull of gravity actually feels a bit stronger.
Here's a video of one snake, Elaphe obsoleta, in microgravity. In the first parabola, the snake eventually knotted its tail and ceased all other body movements. In the second parabola the snake knotted its whole body and once again ceased moving while in microgravity. This posture was held through the next parabola and in the intervening time between the parabolas.
While the researchers didn't observe the self-attack behaviors seen previously, the knotting behavior that they did observe in many of their snakes still reflects a basic loss of proprioception. When snakes become stressed out, they sometimes bunch together in a group in order to relax. Which, in a way, is exactly what that airborne snake did in microgravity.
In the absence of gravity, it appears as if snakes have a difficulty distinguishing self from non-self.
Forms of Nature chandelier
Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz, designers
Highlighted here are a collection of inspired illuminations; lighting concepts that are unique and beautiful as they are useful. An interesting lamp can be the basis for the interior design of an entire space or home. Check these out and see which is your favorite. View 25 examples here in this article.
Image: Yasuko Furukawa
Bicycle parts chandelier
Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock, designers
Image: Poetic Lab
When you call Dolphin Enterprises Incorporated you don't get cast off to an automatic computer answering system, you get a real life mammal on the other end of the line, and they are there to make sure you have a swimming good time with their products. However, please note that your call will be recorded for training porpoises, so they can learn the best way to eel out of a warranty without sounding like a barracuda.
You'll have a whale of a time getting people to stop laughing when they see you wearing this hilarious For Training Porpoises t-shirt by SteveOramA, don't let this one get away!
|Holy Carp!||One Tough Slice||Monster Craving||Grammar Police 1|
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Backpacking and hiking can be a fun, relaxing way to spend some quality time outdoors, and every nature lover knows it’s the best way to see critters up close and personal like.
That’s where the trouble begins- getting close to animals that see your presence in their neck of the woods as an intrusion, or a threat.
Bears, snakes, and mountain lions sometimes lash out at uninvited human visitors, and the little guys just love to bite too- spiders, ticks and scorpions are by far the biggest biters of the bunch.
Prepare for what may try to chomp down on you with this fully illustrated infographic created by Backpacker magazine, it’s handy to have around when you’re exploring the great outdoors, and it serves as a colorful reminder of why homebodies like to stay indoors…
Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia
Dronestagram, in parnership with National Geographic, held an International Drone Photography Awards contest, which began on May 15, 2014. The winners of the contest were announced recently, selected from over 2000 entries from people around the world.
Three prizes were awarded by jury and another three were people's choice. See the other winning photographs here. Via Twisted Sifter.
First Place (People’s Choice)
Tamul Waterfall, Tanchachín, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
The sun loves you. Unless you're driving east in the morning. Then it wants to kill you and everyone else on the road.
Pro tip: navigate by echolocation. It takes a bit of practice, but then the sun can't hurt you.
Israeli artist Chaim Machlev works in Berlin as a tattoo artist, under the professional moniker Dots to Lines. Machlev left Israel after living there until age 30 because he wanted to dedicate his life to the art of tattooing and realized that, in Israel, he couldn't train in the way he desired. He bravely left his job as a service manager at a famous IT company and his life of relative wealth and comfort to start over in Berlin.
Machlev tattoos mostly in black ink. His designs make heavy use of geometric shapes, into which he often blends mandalas, insects and other images. The artist elaborates on his style,
"I actually started to make those designs because it was weird for me that people try to categorize tattoos and other art forms. I could say that I have that split in my designs, just like in my personality; I make those art-minimalistic lines — the computer kid inside me — and very detailed mandalas, the spiritual man inside me."
Chaim Machlev takes the line and curve of the bodies of his clients into account before he creates his proposed design. He said of his process,
"My designs are based a lot on the shape of the body of the particular client that I’m tattooing at the time. The process starts with meeting the clients and trying to understand what it is that they want to express. Then I observe their body and the location they had in mind for the tattoo, and I try to create something that will look organic and be in harmony with the body. I draw up a rough design before I start, and the final result is something that the client cannot predict. So it takes a lot of trust to get tattooed by me.”
Kids love to draw, and they don’t care what those drawings look like because why should they? They’re kids, having fun doing something that also helps them develop skills like hand eye coordination, spatial awareness, and proportion, skills that might someday develop into serious art skills.
Dutch muralist Telmo Pieper was one of those free sketching kids over twenty years ago, and to show how his artistic skills have blossomed over the years he created a series of digital paintings that reprise masterpieces created by his four-year-old self.
Telmo tries to match the forms from the original kid drawings, while adding shading and dimension to each piece, which only serves to make them look even more odd than the original sketch! Still, I would totally drive that stretchy car...
-Via Bored Panda
There are plenty of things that dog lovers need to know, like how to care for them and make the most of your lives together. Beyond that, there are plenty of stories about dogs that are just plain interesting. In this week’s mental_floss video, John Green tells us stories about dog breeds, famous dogs in history, and even scientific research about dogs.
(Photo: Mac Dor)
This is the Levanter Cloud, an unusual and beautiful cloud formation that appears on Gibraltar. That promontory rises high into the air before the Levanter, a wind that blows west out of the Mediterranean Sea. The frequent result is a heavy cloud cap resting over the mountain.
(Photo: Nol Aders)
-via Twisted Sifter
Attendees at the Allentown, Pennsylvania Comic Con were treated to an impromptu performance by a real life cartoon character, a man who looks, sounds and (kinda) acts like a real life Peter Griffin from that Family Guy cartoon show.
This spot-on cosplayer also happens to be from Rhode Island, he has a Facebook account where he has proclaimed himself to be the Real Life Peter Griffin, and guess what- nobody’s arguing with him, because this is clearly the role he was born to play!
Thankfully someone caught the whole thing on video, and even though the audio is pretty terrible, and really hard to hear at times, you kinda get the picture...oh, and he’s not punching a giant chicken so it’s not terribly exciting. Still, real life Peter Griffin you guys!
(May contain language that is NSFW)
-Via Nerd Approved
A few days ago, John Farrier showed Neatorama readers what a flock of hummingbirds looks like. This is what exquisite macros of hummingbirds — specifically, Green-crowned Brilliants (Heliodoxa jacula) — look like.
Photographer Chris Morgan captured these shots on vacation in Costa Rica. A close-up of a hummingbird with the level of detail in the photo above is rare, as the birds are not ones to sit still for photographers. Hummingbirds hover in the air while flapping their wings at at least 50 times per second, enabling them to fly in excess of 30 miles per hour.
See more of Morgan's excellent macros of other birds, insects, spiders and more at his Flickr site.
It's easy to get so caught up in your own life that you start thinking of yourself as the center of the universe, but when that happens just remember- you're an insignificant speck of dust in a vast universe full of beings thinking the world revolves around them too.
Keep things in perspective with this Remember? t-shirt by Unknown Artist, and when you see someone freaking out on Earth just point at the shirt and remind them of their place in the universe!
|Together [BF Version]||The Hero of Japan||The God of Death||The Kaiju|
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People are always filtering, purifying, and even distilling their water to make it as pure as possible. Of course, it's a good idea to get rid of germs and toxins, but what if we achieved perfectly pure water, with nothing but H2O? That might not be such a great idea. David Rees talked with a water scientist named Kim at ThermoFisher Scientific about the properties of pure water. Kim really needs a last name because she has the best line in the video.
As far as drinking ultra-pure water, it’s not something we need to worry about. The water made in this lab is not comparable to water available to the public. And drinking distilled water will only hurt you if that’s the only water you consume and you don’t make up the difference in minerals with the food you eat. -via Boing Boing
Peanut butter and chocolate. Pasta and tomato sauce. Beer and chicken wings. Bratwurst and gummy bears.
Some foods, just by nature's design, belong together. That's why it was inevitable that someone would combine the sweetness of gummy bears and the hearty saltiness of bratwurst. But it was Spencer Grundhofer who actually put them together, thus ushering in a new age of greatness for the human race.
(Photo: Rachel Hutton)
Grundhofer is the owner of Grundhofer's Old-Fashioned Meats, a butcher shop in Hugo, Minnesota. Like the wheel, the transistor, and other revolutionary inventions, the gummy bear bratwurst was invented as a joke.
-via That's Nerdalicious!
The Trio Animal Foundation in Chicago posted a story about a dog they found. At least they were pretty sure it was a dog -that’s about all they knew at first.
On July 13th, TAF went and picked up a clump of pungent urine soaked matted fur from an open access shelter… we couldn’t even figure out if the dog was a male or female. When we first saw this dog in it’s cage, we didn’t know which end was front or back. We had to get a treat to see which end lifted up to sniff.
A volunteer groomer came in and spent an hour and a half removing hair from the dog. They discovered it was a girl, a very petite and patient girl, underneath two pounds of filthy, matted fur that weighed the tiny 8.5-pound dog down. They named her Ellen.
You can read Ellen’s story and see a series of pictures from the grooming session, which amounts to an “unveiling,” at TAF’s Facebook post. The final picture, of Ellen sleeping on a pink blanket, is priceless. If you live in the Illinois/Indiana/Wisconsin/Michigan area, applications for her adoption are being taken through Project Rescue. -via reddit
If you live somewhere as beautiful as the Eye of Africa Estate, you want to take advantage of the area's natural beauty as much as possible. That's why W design architecture set out to create a home that would enhance the experience of living in such a setting.
The home both blends in and stands out from the African scenery surrounding it with its concrete and steel materials, green roof and underground courtyard.
Check out more pictures of the lovely design over at Homes and Hues: A Home That Really Fits In With Its Surroundings
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research
Profound insights of the laureates
by Marc Abrahams
Horst Störmer is a research physicist at Bell Laboratories and at Columbia University. In 1998 he, Robert B. Laughlin, and Daniel Tsui were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics "for their discovery of a new form of quantum fluid with fractionally charged excitations."
You spend a lot of time in New York City.
I live there.
How often do you ride the subway?
Not that often. It's actually strange, because I'm probably one of the few people in Manhattan that drives a car. I live down in the Village, and I even drive my car up to Columbia, which you'd think is sort of a crazy, crazy thing to do.
Have you developed some special techniques?
Sure. Avoid the potholes. That's the most important technique that you can develop in New York City.
How do you do that?
Well, you have a feedback mechanism. Nothing special. What any person does, I think, in avoiding a pothole. Turn the wheel. And there is of course something else. You see, after a while, like you know how many steps it is to the john, you know the potholes. You get sort of programmed, and you know, even in the dark, where the potholes are, and automatically veer around them.
Have you ever driven that route in the dark, or with your eyes closed?
No, I haven't. Ever tempted? No. This is New York. Yellow cabs all around you. I don't think you want to try that. They are unpredictable.
(Image credit: Flickr user Dirk Knight)
How do you co-exist with the cabs?
Every night it's a fight, either when I come in from New Jersey (and that's the reason why I keep my car: because I'm at Ball Labs every now and then), or coming back from Columbia. It's just a fight with the cabs. I drive a little Honda Civic and I very often feel engulfed by a sea of yellow. I'm trying to survive, sticking my head out of the yellow wave. It's really true: cab drivers are wild. But it's a really old Civic, and therefore I'm not worried about any kind of dents in it. I think they see that. They can see this is a banged up car. Thinking about the fight, they would win it because they're bigger, but then again they have to go back home to their boss and tell them why they have these dents. I don't have to do that. So some of these fights I win.
Bordalo Segundo, a street artist in Lisbon, has been experimenting with train tracks lately. He uses their parallel lines to form shapes in larger images, such as the staff lines in sheet music or outstretched arms. You can see more of his work here.
-via Global Street Art
Fitzapatrick uses chest X-ray and mammogram machines to highlight the interesting insides as well as the outsides of these action-ready playthings.
To see more of Brendan Fitzpatrick's photography, visit his website.
Grey Poupon, the Dijon mustard brand, is noted for its claims as a food for the rich and refined. A classic commercial for it that aired throughout the 80s shows two men in chauffeured Rolls-Royces passing a jar while exchanging genteel salutations.
This ad for Grey Poupon by Crispin Porter + Bogusky updates the old 1981 commercial, showing what happened after the French rider passed his jar of Grey Poupon to the American rider. The recipient wouldn't give the jar back, resulting in an action packed, high speed chase in gadget filled cars that would be James Bond envious.
-via American Digest
Last weekend, I finally watched Frozen on TV, and enjoyed it. If you have, you might wonder what happened after the events of the story. Artist Holly Oak Hill imagines another entire story of Prince Hans underwater! She says,
I haven’t thought of the context in this picture but I so you can think up your own scenario. I think that Hans and his ship was fighting an enemy ship, but lost and got captured. But Ariel, who was caught in the crossfire, got pissed and attacked the first person to fall in the water.
We’ve already looked at the theory of Ariel living in the same time period as the Frozen story, so it makes sense, if you believe in mermaids. Ariel turned into a real badass as she matured, didn’t she? -via Cherry Garcia