How Cats Conquered the World (and a Few Viking Ships)

There’s so much we don’t know about the history of cats, but one study is giving us some clues. Are domestic cats really all that different from their wild counterparts? Are they the same the world over? And how did domesticated cats spread around the world? Evolutionary geneticist Eva-Maria Geigl and her colleagues from the Institut Jacques Monod in Paris studied the mitochondrial DNA of 209 cats found at archaeological sites in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. They ranged from a couple hundred to 15,000 years old. The DNA samples confirmed that cats were domesticated along with the rise in agriculture, as they were quite useful in rodent control.   

Thousands of years later, cats descended from those in Egypt spread rapidly around Eurasia and Africa. A mitochondrial lineage common in Egyptian cat mummies from the end of the fourth century bc to the fourth century ad was also carried by cats in Bulgaria, Turkey and sub-Saharan Africa from around the same time. Sea-faring people probably kept cats to keep rodents in check, says Geigl, whose team also found cat remains with this maternal DNA lineage at a Viking site dating to between the eighth and eleventh century ad in northern Germany.

“There are so many interesting observations” in the study, says Pontus Skoglund, a population geneticist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. “I didn’t even know there were Viking cats.” He was also impressed by the fact that Geigl’s team was able to discern real population shifts from mitochondrial DNA, which traces only a single maternal lineage. Nonetheless, Skoglund thinks that nuclear DNA — which provides information about more  of an individual's ancestors — could address lingering questions about cat domestication and spread, such as their relationship to wild cats, with which they still interbreed.

Of course were are Viking cats! Ships’ cats appear to be the key to spreading the love of felines and their pest control superpowers around the world. The study also determined that calico cats didn’t exist until the Middle Ages. Learn more about the study at Nature.  -via Digg

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Guy Explores "Abandoned" Blockbuster Video Store

There was once a chain of video rental stores called Blockbuster Video, nee Video Library, where people would go and pay way too much to buy snacks and rent a VHS or DVD copy of a movie.

These video stores went the way of the dinosaurs once people realized it would be better to sit at home and have the DVDs sent directly to them, and thus the video rental dino-stores all died off.

Now, as intrepid urban explorer RubarGar reveals in this video, the Blockbuster Video locations that are still standing have become some of the spookiest abandoned buildings in the U.S.

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It's amazing how well preserved those products are after all these years, and seeing all those old titles sure was a blast from the past. I almost forgot there was such a thing as a Wii!

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The KLF: A Tale of Creative Destruction

Neatorama is proud to bring you a guest post from Ernie Smith, the editor of Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. In another life, he ran ShortFormBlog.

In the early ’90s, a UK acid house duo called The KLF briefly became the country’s biggest act. Then, they threw it all away and burned the money for art.

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The early Counting Crows hit ”Mr. Jones" was a lie. Take that back—the incident was real, and Adam Duritz did hang out with a guy with the last name Jones, but the song’s whole plotline about how they were gonna be happier when they were famous didn’t come to pass. If you go to a Counting Crows show these days, in fact, the lyric is now “we all wanna be big, big stars, yeah, but then we get second thoughts about that.” Duritz should’ve talked to the British acid house duo The KLF before they released that song as their first single. Around the time when Counting Crows were becoming famous, the duo was in the midst of destroying their fame and fortune essentially for kicks. Sorry for the red herring, Counting Crows fans—this is the tale of The KLF, the most amazing midlife crisis in music history.

KLF Origins

Bill Drummond decided to leave the comfortable confines of the music industry at age 33⅓. The year was 1986, and Drummond had been working on the business side of the music industry for much of the ’80s, after a stint in the early punk band Big in Japan. “There is a mountain to climb the hard way, and I want to see the world from the top, these foothills have been green and pleasant but I want to smell the rock, touch the ice and have the wind tear the shirt off my back,” he wrote in a press release around the time. Soon, he released a solo album, but it was what he did after that made him infamous.

The novelty song that set the stage for The KLF’s takeover

Bill Drummond, like John Lydon, had a perfectly acerbic view on fame by the time he was in his 30s, and had just enough knowledge of the music industry to basically exploit it for his own purposes.

And exploit it he did: Within two years of his “retirement” from the music biz, he managed to top the charts in the U.K., creating a crass novelty record called ”Doctorin’ the Tardis,” which took a hugely popular TV theme (the Doctor Who theme) and wedded it to two incredibly well known songs in a fairly obvious way.

"In our case, we used parts from three very famous songs, Gary Glitter’s 'Rock ‘n’ Roll,' 'The Doctor Who Theme,' and the Sweet’s 'Blockbuster' and pasted them together, neither of us playing a note on the record," the duo once explained.

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Meet Kenya’s Only Ice Hockey Team

The Solar Ice Rink in Nairobi, Kenya, is the country’s only ice rink. In fact, it’s the only ice rink in Eat or Central Africa. Every Wednesday, Nairobi’s hockey players meet and play against each other. The team doesn’t have a name, or the funds to attend competitions, but they have a lot of ambition, and a lot of fun.

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Doesn’t this sound like the inspiration for a movie? It will be a Disney family comedy before you know it. Read more about the team at Mashable.  -via The Kid Should See This


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Someday My Prince Will Come

Pleasing a woman isn’t all that hard. We have simple needs, like a decently clean home that doesn’t take up all our spare time. I'd kiss a frog for that! And ice cream, because ice cream is happiness. So, would you rather clean the bathroom, or remain a lonely frog? This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.


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Mercury in Retrograde

Most of the time when you hear the words “Mercury retrograde,” it’s someone talking about astrology. Mercury in retrograde is an astrological phrase that somehow explains all kinds of bad things happening, if you believe in astrology. But retrograde is a real phenomena for planets in orbit. It just doesn’t mean all that much when you understand it.

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“Retrograde” conveys the idea that the planet, whether Mercury, Mars, or whichever, is moving backwards. Planets do not move backwards. But they can appear to, which is an illusion Joss Fong explains here visually. Mercury does it about four times a year! No wonder astrologers depend on it so much. -via Laughing Squid


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Tiny Baby, Giant Bear

Sabrina Gonzalez’s dad works at Costco, and he sent her a picture of himself with several of the store’s famous giant teddy bears. She joked in response, “Maddie needs one of those.” Maddie is her five-month-old daughter. Grandpa took that as a challenge, so Maddie got her bear that very day. Madeline Jane can "bearly" be found in a picture of the bear at home! You can see more pictures of the bear (and Maddie) here. Meanwhile, the bear takes up an awful lot of room, so he is being stored at -you guessed it- Grandpa’s house. -via Metafilter 

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31 Weird Discontinued Products

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New products come out, they seem like a good idea at the time, but for some reason, the public doesn’t buy it. Maybe it’s too expensive, doesn’t live up to expectations, or doesn’t fulfill a real need. Sometimes it’s just too bizarre. How many of these discontinued products do you remember? He got halfway through the video, up to the toys, before I remembered any of them! But we’ve posted about the Atomic Energy Lab science kit, and I recall Clackers. Most of the others just passed me by. Elliot Morgan runs through a bunch of "here today, gone tomorrow" consumer products in this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show.  


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Goodnight Newt - Don't Let The Space Bugs Bite...


Goodnight Newt by manoystee

Ripley kissed Newt on the forehead and whispered "goodnight Newt", and Newt let out a satisfied coo because she felt comforted by Ripley's presence and receiving affection made her feel human again. But she knew she'd get no sleep tonight, because the nightmares were now real and Newt had seen too much to sleep comfortably ever again. Every time she closed her eyes she swore she could smell the xenomorph's strangely sweet scent and feel its breath upon her face, and so she'd open her eyes again and hope to one day be able to sleep without dreaming about murderous alien beings...

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Artist Fixes His Dented Car Door By Turning It Into A Map Of The Altai Mountains

Don't you hate it when you park your car somewhere and come back to find someone has dinged, gouged or dented your door something awful?

If you live in Russia you may be SOL, since Russian drivers aren't required to have insurance, so you can either cry about it, take your frustration out on other cars, or do like this crafty Russian artist and reinvent the dent.

Who needs a new door or a costly body shop repair when you've got the power of artistic skills on your side?

Now his car is a rolling guide to the Altai mountains and a shining example of how to turn a trashed door into an artistic treasure.

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Correctly Citing a Betazoid Telepathic Message

Before the rise of the internet, citing sources for a research paper or essay was a matter of using a style book for journalism or academia. On the internet, it’s easy to cite sources with a link, which we do all the time. But what do you do in a paper (made of paper or an unlinkable format) for a class or magazine when the source is something on the internet for which no style guide exists? For example, if your source is a comment on Instagram, that could create a sourcing dilemma. Librarian John Farrier raised this question recently on Twitter, using a Betazoid telepathic message as an example. How could you possibly source it in an academic paper?

It seems that at least one modern style style guide has that covered. The MLA Handbook has been recently updated to its eighth edition, and the Modern Language Association responded to the question with the correct citation.

Telepathic message. Sent to John Farrier, 20 Sept. 2016.

However, since the Ferengi are not known for their telepathic powers, he probably didn’t get the message and had to rely on Twitter.


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Watch A Jet's Autopilot Kick In And Save Unconscious Pilot's Life

A jet's autopilot function seems like something the pilot hopes they never have to use, but when the s#$t hits the turbine and a pilot ends up unconscious they're glad the autopilot is there.

This recently declassified Air Force video shows heads-up display footage as an F-16 pilot is saved from a fiery death by the jet's Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System

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Aviation Week reports on what's happening in this video:

the F-16 student pilot started to pull up for a barrel roll, but was forced into a G-induced loss of consciousness half-way through the maneuver. At an altitude of 5,180 meters (17,000 feet), the jet then began to drop nose-first at an angle of 55 degrees. Within seconds, it had dropped to just 2,670 meters (8,760 feet). At the fastest point of descent, the jet was traveling at 1,210 kilometers (750 miles) per hour – only marginally less than supersonic speeds.

Just as the fate of the pilot seemed doomed, the aircraft’s Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System kicks in, causing the jet to swoop upright and regain control, seen in the video around the 0:32 minute mark. This is the fourth time this technology has saved an aircraft.

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10 Incredible Glass Houses from Around the World

You won’t see the residents of these houses throwing stones! But you may see quite a bit of other stuff. Houses made of glass, or that display a lot of glass, are beautiful but terrifying. I once had an upper-floor apartment with one entirely glass wall, and everyone would get woozy standing close to it. We ended up filling it with houseplants to form a "no standing" zone, because curtains would be too expensive. Anyway, there are people who don’t mind the view, and don’t mind that passers-by can look inside. The exception on this list is the pictured sort-of-private glass house in Hiroshima.

Constructed in 2012 from 6,000 blocks of borosilicate glass, the Optical Glass House was designed by Hiroshi Nakamura to create a serene oasis for residents in a highly congested part of the city. Due to the 13-ton weight of the glass blocks, the home is centered around a steel beam reinforced with concrete. While light constantly filters through the 3,900 sq. ft. home, the blocks of glass (measuring 50 mm x 235 mm x 50 mm) effectively shut out outside noise.

And while you can see in, you can’t see well enough to get a floor show. That’s not the case with the other nine houses on a list of glass houses from around the world.


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Photos Showing Just How Overcrowded China Has Become

Hearing how overcrowded it is in China and seeing it in pictures are two different things, because nothing registers the meaning of the word "overcrowded" quite like a photo.

China is currently home to a staggering 1.3 billion people, a number which is growing rapidly since they dropped the "one child per family" laws established in the 1970s.

But it has only been a year or so since they dropped this policy so it's still unclear whether societal balance will be restored when more boys and girls are born in China.

However, if it works to restore balance between young and old and man and woman China could once again rise to its former glory as a society, only this time there will be a hell of a lot more people trying to live in the same amount of space.

See 23 shocking photos that show just how crowded China has become here


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That’s One Way to Play a Tune

Vitaly Kryuchin is the head of the Russian Federation of Practical Shooting. He also built a musical instrument he calls the Metallophon. It consists of different-sized sheets of metal, which each deliver a different tone when you strike them. How does he strike them? By shooting at them, of course!

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Here Kryuchin plays three songs with the band Shooting Star. I would like to hear the Metallophon by itself, to see if his ear is as good as his aim. -via Digg


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Every Dystopian Young Adult Novel

Why are Young Adult novels so popular with young and old alike these days? Because of the formula- sexy plus pitiful plus surprisingly powerful equals dystopian hero born to save us all.

Add in a dash of the supernatural, some silly yet memorable names and a pinch of peril and you've got a formulaic story for the masses.

Prefer pictures to word problems? You can thank Adam Ellis for his illustrated breakdown of Every Dystopian YA Novel, which he posted on his site Books Of Adam. I wonder how he cracked the code?

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Jerry Lewis' Flop TV Talk Show

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

In 1962, Jack Paar, the controversial but popular host of late night TV's popular talk show The Tonight Show, unexpectedly quit. Johnny Carson was chosen to be the NBC show's new host. In the meanwhile, several temporary guest hosts took over the show's hosting chores, including Art Linkletter, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Jan Murray. And Jerry Lewis.

Jerry did a stellar job as a Tonight Show guest host and ABC had brainstorm. Why not give Jerry Lewis his very own talk show?

At the time, Jerry was already the number one comedian in movies and obviously didn't "need the work." But with the enticement of several million dollars, Jerry accepted the ABC offer.

"I’ll be in complete control", Jerry said proudly at the press conference announcing the show. "I’ll be doing something I’ve never done before," he added. "It'll be what the people want. I’ll be playing it loose. I’ll be what i'm with. I suppose I’ll have guests" (The "I suppose I’ll have guests" line, stated by a talk show host, should have sent red flag up to the ABC suits, but no).

"He wouldn't tell us what the show's format was," recalled ABC president Leonard Goldson, "He kept giving us double-talk and double-talk and double-talk, insisting he would take the country by storm."

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The Strangest Things People Have Seen Through Home Windows

If you're spying through windows when the curtains or blinds are drawn then shame on you for peeping, but if the curtains are open and people are doing freaky stuff by the window they clearly don't care about privacy, or they want you to see.

That's most likely the case when you spot "a woman wearing black leather walking her ‘dog’ – a guy on a leash!" with their windows wide open, but your neighbor who keeps owls probably didn't want you to see this:

“My neighbour is a bit of an eccentric man. I always knew he kept owls, but I didn’t know they lived in his house with him until I spotted him eating breakfast one morning with a large owl perched on top of his head. The best part was he looked quite unfazed by the whole thing.”

Window blind manufacturer English Blinds asked their customers "whether they’d ever seen anything strange through a home window", and the results were so colorful they hired Paul Blow to illustrate their top 6 picks.

Weighing in at number one:

“The best thing I’ve ever seen through a window was when I saw a lady weighing a single boob on a set of kitchen scales. Not sure what recipe it was for!”

See The Strangest Things Seen Through Home Windows here

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How To Keep Your Cat Happy

Chris Poole has a tutorial on keeping your cats happy, with the help of the world’s luckiest cats, Cole and Marmalade.  

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Cats can’t help but be happy when they’ve got an outdoor enclosure, rooms full of toys, good food, fresh catnip, each other to play with, and loving owners to snuggle with. I’ll never have that much infrastructure, but I will think about planting some catnip next year. -via Tastefully Offensive  

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ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS - A Symbol Of The Struggle To Create


ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS by Medusa Dollmaker

Creating art is a challenge, and making a living as an artist is even more of a challenge as you struggle to find paying clients, create something they like and collect your pay from them. But the payoff is the creation of a work which will live much longer than we will, our visual contribution to the future. Artists should therefore band together and stand united under a crested banner which reflects their eternal struggle to visually appeal, with the crest stating "life is short, but art prevails".

Celebrate art's lasting influence on mankind with this ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS t-shirt by Medusa Dollmaker, it's a great way to show the world you're proud to be an artist!

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Mighty Fierce Facts About The Aztecs

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We've all heard stories of the Aztecs getting snowed out of their golden fortune by Spanish Conquistadors led by Hernan Cortes in the early 16th century, and we've heard tales of ritual sacrifice, cannibalism and infanticide.

But unless you've studied the Aztecs you're probably a bit hazy about many aspects of their warrior society, wondering where the myths end and the true (hi)story begins.

Aztecs were undisputably badass on the battlefield, and they employed psychological tactics in battle as well as a massive Macuahuitl, basically a cricket bat with obsidian blades mounted on both sides.

According to a Spanish report an Aztec warrior was able to cut off a horse's head with this fearsome weapon, a fact which was recently proven true on the show The Deadliest Warrior.

The Aztecs also wore animal inspired armor and made a racket with drums and savage screams to strike terror into the hearts of their enemies, hoping to make them scatter in battle.

But despite their fearsome tactics and reports of their bloodlust the Aztecs preferred to take prisoners rather than kill in battle, because it takes more skill to imprison a soldier.

Plus, this meant the Aztecs would have more warriors to sacrifice to their massive pantheon of gods...

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Uncovering Thieves’ Cant, the Elizabethan Slang of the Underworld

A specific jargon from the Middle Ages spread among con men, vagabonds, and criminals. It was called the Thieves’ Cant, and even Martin Luther wrote about it. The separate language wasn’t just slang or jargon, because it survived for hundreds of years, and some of their words still survive today.

The truth is that no one is clear on who started it. All we know is that forms of thieves’ cant began popping up by the 13th century, in various languages in Europe, and were spoken by the lower class as a slang “to the end that their cozenings, knaveries and villainies might not so easily be perceived and known,” as 17th-century English author Samuel Rid wrote. Thomas Harman claimed that the slang was invented around the 1530s by someone who was “hanged all save the head.” What we do know for sure is that over time the language evolved—some say from Welsh Romani, although this too is disputed. It’s also called “peddler’s French," which might indicate a French connection, but is probably just the English insulting the French. Because the creators of cant are unknown and many of their words (deliberately) obfuscated, the roots of many words largely remain a mystery.

That’s what makes thieves’ cant a perfect example of a cryptolect: It’s a secretive jargon that was created specifically to exclude or confuse a particular group—in this case, the cops. Polari, a language spoken by gay Britons in the mid-20th century, is another example of a cryptolect, as is Boontling, which is still being spoken today in Boonville, California.

Read more about the Thieves’ Cant, and see a list of the words used at mental_floss.


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Ramon The Fast Talking Squirrel Thanks Human For Snack

Squirrels are chatty little critters, but they don't talk much around humans because they're afraid of being captured or killed, that is, until a human becomes their best friend by giving them food.

Then that human gets to hear the funny way a squirrel expresses its gratitude- in a strange, nasal kind of voice that almost sounds like words we can understand.

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K. John Stewart provided the voice over squirrel translation in this video, but Ramon the squirrel would like everyone to know that K.'s translation is correct. Here's the transcript:

Hello there, I am a fat little squirrel sitting on your porch. Thank you very much for giving me these delicious walnuts. I like them very much. You are a nice person. I will be sure to come back tomorrow to get some more walnuts. You are my favorite person in the neighborhood. I like you like you love you…

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Spongebob Squarepants-Inspired Pineapple Hotel

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Could be you! To be honest, this isn’t an entire hotel, but one luxury accommodation at Nick Resort Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Yes, that’s an entire resort by Nickelodeon. The Pineapple has two bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a private pool, indoor and outdoor showers, a life-size Gary, totally Spongebob decor, and a private butler. All that for just $3800 a night!



For that kind of money, you can outfit your Spongebob-obsessed child’s bedroom permanently (or at least until they tire of it). See more pictures (and a videoi) of the Pineapple for inspiration.


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The Strangest Museums in the World

Museums are a great place to learn about art, history, science, toilet seat covers, Big Macs -ok maybe those last two don't really fit in with the others, but that doesn't mean there aren't museums dedicated to those topics. Over on Thrillist, you can learn about some of the strangest museums throughout the world and maybe even discover and new and bizarre destination to add to your next road trip, like the International Banana Museum or the Paris Sewer Museum.


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Real Life Space Invaders Using Drones

For GeekCon 2016, a team led by ForReal Team, Avi Ostfeld, and Tomer Daniel engineered a game of Space Invaders engineered a game of Space Invaders for the real world. Okay, there are computers involved, but the game play itself takes place outside of a computer. The targets are Arduino-enabled drones with LEDs, the weapon is a laser that turns itself off momentarily after firing, the movement is supplied by a twenty-foot rail underneath the player’s seat, and the drones turn out their lights when they get “hit.”

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Read more about how they did it at Hackaday. Here’s another video of the game, with an equally epic soundtrack.

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A good time was had by all. -Thanks, John Farrier!


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66 Shelters You Can Make With A Tarp

There are many tips and tutorials online that teach survivalism skills, but for my money the one-sheeters are the best because you can actually print them out and take them with you.

Take this handy dandy illustrated chart for example- it's about a sheet and a half in length yet shows a whopping 66 different shelters you can make using a simple tarp.

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This sheet could be a life saver if you're ever out roughing it for reals and the rain starts to fall, but these tarp shelter formations could also come in handy at the park or in the backyard.

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Running the Seasons

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FomBBK wore a GoPro camera for an entire year while he did his daily run around Bozeman, Montana. Then he strung together the best footage so you can see his entire run in different seasons and weather. Eventually he is joined by other runners. The finished product is hypnotic, and when it was done, I felt like I’d jogged several miles. Ha! How would I know what that feels like? -via reddit


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Your Sushi Might Be Delicious, But Is It Art?

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Sushi-making is often called an artform, but rarely does the end product actually look like a work of art. Thanks to the newest trend in sushi making though, now your Japanese meals can actually look as beautiful as it tastes.

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Whether illustrating patterns of shapes or just blocks of colors, the end result is stunning and just as delicious as the traditional rolls and nigiri you're used to.

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Via Travel + Leisure

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Ping Pong Carnival

How many ways can you make table tennis into a form of entertainment? Well, there are trick shots, but that’s just the beginning of the silliness Takkyuu Geinin (which means “table tennis entertainer”) put together.

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I have to admit, the parts with the long-suffering girlfriend are my favorites. Oh yeah, and the ping pong alarm clock. You can keep up with additional stunts on Vine.  -via Tastefully Offensive


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