Have you ever noticed that famous landmarks always seem to look good in photographs?
You’d think the Taj Mahal was in the middle of a fantasy kingdom when you see it in photos, but zoom out a bit and show the surrounding area and you’ll discover that the Taj Mahal is sitting right next to a barren landscape littered with trash.
Zoom out on the pyramids at Giza and you’ve got a bustling metropolis all around, zoom out on Niagara Falls and it looks like part of a Las Vegas water park, but crop out the parts you don't want to see and those famous landmark photos will always look good! See more at PolicyMic.
We're having a cold snap down here in Texas. It's gotten as low as 50ºF! Brrr. We'll survive though.
Now in Antarctica, they've got it really rough. Here's a video from McMurdo Station, the main American research center in Antarctica. It's a 2006 video showing what the weather is like in what the natives call "Condition 1." That's when the wind speed exceeds 55 knots, visibility is less than 100 feet or the wind chill temperature is below -100ºF. Rather nippy.
Air Tahiti Nui is a French Polynesian airline (nicknamed Tiare) that not only takes tourists to paradise from France, the U.S., Japan, New Zealand, and Australia, but also hops from tiny island to not-so-tiny island. This video makes use of GoPro cameras in the strangest places, even inside a jet turbine, to give us an up close and personal view of an Airbus and its routine. Plane maintenance between flights is included, and the views from above the islands are awesome. Do not miss the final shot at the end.
The video was not made by the airline, but was a project by fans with the cooperation of Tiare as a gift to the Air Tahiti Nui staff on the company's 15th anniversary. -via Boing Boing
Pope Francis addressed families in St. Peter Square at the Vatican last Saturday. There's a video of the event, but it is four hours long. One of the highlights was a little boy who became attached to the pope, and came to stand beside him on stage. When some cardinals tried to remove him, the pontiff allowed the child to stay. The charming sequence is captured in a series of gifs and photographs at Buzzfeed.
You hear about people donating a kidney to their spouse, but this story has that backward. Kyle Froelich lived with a fatal kidney disorder since he was twelve years old. By the time he was 19, he desperately needed a kidney transplant, but the willing donors among his family and friends were never a match. Then he met Chelsea Clair, and within a few hours of knowing each other, she offered her own kidney. She proved to be a perfect match, and the transplant was carried out six months later.
On Oct. 12, signs with cut-out hearts led about 50 guests to the Danville Conservation Club. There, nearly four years after Clair first met Froelich at that car show, and three years after she gave him the kidney that would save his life, they were married.
Instead of the traditional promise to love “in sickness and in health,” the couple pledged to each other, “I offer you my hand, my heart and my soul, as I know they will be safe with you.”
The couple will celebrate the anniversary of their marriage, but they also celebrate the anniversary of the life-saving surgery every year with a party they call Sparkypalooza -because Sparky is what they call the donated kidney. You can read their story at the Indianapolis Star. -via Time Newsfeed
Remember the amazing Skidboot? The dog was a legend. Skidboot and his owner David Hartwig show off a little in this clip. These guys have probably done this routine a million times, but it's still impressive, and downright humorous. After watching this, you'll probably want to go back and watch the full report we posted a few years ago. -via Tastefully Offensive
16-year old Timothy Doner of New York City started learning Hebrew to better understand Israeli rap music. Now he can speak 23 languages, including Hindi, Arabic, Latin, Swahili and Ojibwe. Doner uses the Internet to have conversations with people around the world and quickly absorbs new languages as he does so.
The Marietas Islands off the Pacific coast of Mexico contain a gem of nature: a hidden beach. La Playa de Amor is accessible through a sea cave. It's set in a wildlife preserve, so access is restricted. But those who can get in experience a geological marvel. You can view more photos at the link.
How do you make a chocolate chip cookie ice cream cone? Nick of DudeFoods found that his waffle cone maker wasn't up to the task. But he pressed on with his research and tried to cook the cone around a metal cone mold. That didn't work. Finally, Nick found a solution:
For my third and final attempt I decided to just bake one giant cookie in my oven and then roll it into a cone the second it was done baking, before it could harden. Well, I guess sometimes the simplest idea is the best, because this worked like a charm. To roll mine I used the cone-form that came along with my waffle cone maker, but any cone-shaped object should work just as well. Then, once the cookie cone cooled and hardened it was all set to eat!
If not for the sign, would you have ever guessed that this building is a McDonald's restaurant? It was an exhibition building in Batumi, Republic of Georgia that ceased to be used for its original purpose. Architect Giorgi Khmaladze turned it into a restaurant and gas station.
It's "like Hawaiian Style pizza, but without all the crust." That's how Instructables member crapsoup describes this marvelous mouth-sized bite of happiness. To make it less nourishing, crapsoup made it with turkey bacon and turkey pepperoni. You can find the recipe at the link.
Will the wonder that is Japan ever cease? First, the country gave us
Dragon Ball Z. Then she gives us Kamehameha,
a meme where people imitate anime fight scenes. How awesome is it? Let's
just say that it's over NINE THOUSAAAAAAND!
An ad for a cable company -it could be just about any of them- that tells it like it is. NSFW language. I see ads for cable TV on cable TV and wonder why they even bother advertising, since if you aren't getting service from them, you aren't seeing the ads. -via reddit
Fourteen-year-old Katelyn Norman of LaFollette, Tennessee, has terminal bone cancer. One of the items on her bucket list was to go to the prom. Campbell County High School had their prom early and arranged for her to go, but then Katelyn's declining health landed her in East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
In stable condition and in high spirits, Katelyn was able to have a make shift prom in her room.
The hospital staff decorated the room and her date gave her a corsage and a special sash. Family and friends gathered outside with candles.
Meanwhile, in Campbell County, the celebration of Katelyn was taking place.
The music was blaring, the decorations were hung, it was meant to be Katelyn's perfect night, and she wanted it to go on, even if she wasn't there.
"She contacted me and said prom must go on, that's her, and you can't help but feed off that energy, that life," said Sharon Shepard, an instructor at Katelyn's school and organizer of the prom.
The night was a celebration of Katelyn, featuring all her favorite things. But most important, the people she loves most.
This isn't the work of the Hulk, but a clever architect named Zbigniew Peter Pininski. He completed the Bockenheimer Warte station in Frankfurt, Germany in 1986. The Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte inspired Pininski's vision. Have you ever seen it in person?
With a little red uniform snapsuit, the tyke is destined to a long engineering career or a brief hitch as a security guard. Victoria Shank's funny birth announcement is styled after both classic Star Trek and The Next Generation. I can't wait for the series premier!
A father in Kiev, Ukraine, announces his intention to clear the snow from his 7th-floor apartment balcony this past Saturday. His child considers idea hilarious, as the snow is quite deep. He manages to clear at least a path! -via Daily PIcks and Flicks
Nadtacular cut open a bag of mulch and found this. Alive. He decided to raise it as a pet. The animal survived, and you can see the rest of the pictures in an album following the critter's first five weeks. In case you don't know what kind of animal it is …I don't want to spoil the surprise. Link -via reddit
Following up on the success of last year's hilarious parody, College Humor has filmed a three-part action movie parodying the children's TV show Dora the Explorer. Behold the first part of Dora the Explorer and the Destiny Medallion.
Content warning: some foul language and violence. My four-year old is mad that I won't let her watch it.
Ukrainian conductor and music professor Sergey Neverov plays the Russian folk song "A Thin Rowan Tree" while his cat naps nearby. Despite being asleep (or faking it), the cat sings along. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
In case you don't get outside away from light pollution at the right time of the evening between now and Easter, enjoy this time-lapse video of the comet called Pan-STARRS.
Pan-STARRS first peeked over the horizon in the Northern Hemisphere on Mar. 7 but shortly thereafter it disappeared when it went too close to the sun. Since Mar. 11, though, it has reappeared each night in the west a bit after sunset for a short time. Particularly stunning views came on the evening of Mar. 12, when the comet flew near the thin crescent moon. The object will continue to shine, getting fainter and fainter, through the end of the month.
Australia's gastric-brooding frog doesn't just hold its young in its mouth, but actually incubates the eggs in its stomach. Or, rather, it did. The species has been extinct since the 80s. But that didn't stop scientists from cloning an embryo from frozen remains:
Even though the gastric-brooding frog has been extinct for decades, it's possible to do this because individual specimens were kept preserved in, believe it or not, everyday deep freezers. When going through somatic-cell nuclear transfer, the eggs began to divide and form into the early embryo stage.
The embryos didn't survive much longer than that, but it was confirmed that these embryos contain genetic information from the gastric-brooding frog--that yes, in fact, they have brought it back to life. The researchers are confident that this is a "technical, not biological" problem at this stage to breed gastric-brooding frogs to adulthood. This is a big step forward for the worldwide attempts to revive extinct animals--the Lazarus Project researchers will soon meet with those working to revive the woolly mammoth, dodo, and other extinct beasties to share what they've learned.
Oh, and in case you were wondering: the gastric-brooding frog lays eggs, which are coated in a substance called prostaglandin. This substance causes the frog to stop producing gastric acid in its stomach, thus making the frog's stomach a very nice place for eggs to be. So the frog swallows the eggs, incubates them in her gut, and when they hatch, the baby frogs crawl out her mouth. How delightfully weird!
Link | Photo: Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
This healthy (i.e. pork-based) meal is perfect for Pi Day or any other. Emily Fleischaker made the bottom crust out of flour and butter and the filling out of macaroni, cheese and bacon bits. The top crust is a carefully woven layer of bacon strips. Yummy! You can find her recipe at the link.
Redditor pembull took a panoramic photograph of Fort Funston Beach in San Francisco. The picture here is cropped; see the full version here. A nice picture, but what's that in the middle? It's his dog, which was running when the picture was taken. Let's zoom in.
The poor dog became known as "Buttdog" thanks to this photograph, and now has its own subreddit. However, there is plenty more photoshoppery available in the original thread. Link
Steve Martin Tweeted this picture of himself with some old friends. Just in case you don't recognize everyone, it's Dan Akroyd, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Paul Simon, Tom Hanks, and Lorne Michaels. There is some speculation that these guys were assembled to induct Justin Timberlake into the Five-Timers Club tonight on Saturday Night Live. Link -via reddit