Bad news, night owls! Turns out that we're going to die sooner than those annoying morning people.
A new study by researchers at the University of Surrey and Northwestern University found that people who liked to stay up late were more likely to die within the six and a half year-long study period than those who were early risers.
"Night owls trying to live in a morning lark world may have health consequences for their bodies," Dr. Kristen Knutson of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to The Telegraph. "It could be that people who are up late have an internal biological clock that doesn't match their external environment."
When regular ol' flamethrower is too boring for you, Jairus of JairusofAll has got the upgrade for you: an awe-inspiring device that creates a swirling vortex of wind combined with propane fuel and ignited into a fire tornado.
You may not know the name Renato Bialetti, but you may have one of his coffee pot in your kitchen. That's right: Bialetti was the man who turned the Moka Pot, the stove-top espresso maker, into a household icon.
When Bialetti died in 2016, his three children decided that it would be fitting to put his ashes inside an urn shaped like a giant Moka Pot (Just don't ever mistake what's inside for coffee grounds.)
Now, you too can write like some of the world's most famous musicians and songwriters, thanks to Nicolas Damiens and Julien Sens of Songwriter Fonts. The duo have designed fonts from handwritten notes and letters of musicians like Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen and Serge Gainsbourg.
The fonts are free to download, but are for personal use only. Check it out over at Songwriter Fonts (Update 4/12/18: No longer available).
Josh Begley compiled every front page of The New York Times since 1852 in this Vimeo clip. It's neat to see photographs starting to make their appearance in the newspaper - first as black and white photos, and then as color photos.
(The first edition of The New York Times was published on September 18, 1851. Want to read the first published issue? Wikimedia has it).
It's been nearly four years since John Atkinson's last Anatomy of TV Shows comic panel, but hey, you can't rush genius. A TV crime show that starts with a grisly scene, supermodel in the lab, and "enhance"? I think I saw that!
The preternaturally calm voice of HAL 9000 the supercomputer in Stanley Kubrick's epic "2001: A Space Odyssey" wasn't always so. In fact, at first, HAL - to be played by Martin Balsam - was supposed to have a voice embued with human emotion.
Adam Balsam, the actor’s son, told [Gerry Flahive] that “Kubrick had him record it very realistically and humanly, complete with crying during the scene when HAL’s memory is being removed.”
But that just didn't work for Kubrick:
We had some difficulty deciding exactly what HAL should sound like, and Marty just sounded a little bit too colloquially American,” Kubrick said in the 1969 interview. Mr. Rain recalls Kubrick telling him, “I’m having trouble with what I’ve got in the can. Would you play the computer?”
Kubrick had heard Mr. Rain’s voice in the 1960 documentary “Universe,” a film he watched at least 95 times, according to the actor. “I think he’s perfect,” Kubrick wrote to a colleague in a letter preserved in the director’s archive. “The voice is neither patronizing, nor is it intimidating, nor is it pompous, overly dramatic or actorish. Despite this, it is interesting.”
If you love cars and LEGO, then Jonathan Elliott is the man you'll love. Check out his Flickr page for mini LEGO cars - from 1971 Mercedes-Benz 350SL to 1976 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer - he's got 'em all (including some very neat build videos, too).
The opioid crisis in the United States has led to an unexpected rise in demand for ... fake pee.
To be sure, people have long tried to beat drug tests by providing other people's urine, but authorities say that the preferred method nowadays is to use synthetic urine, creatively smuggled in the pants of the person to be tested.
The rise of the use of fake urine has now prompted many states to enact laws banning their sale:
Mississippi’s bill was dubbed the “Urine Trouble Act,” drawing snickers and groans in the State House. But its sponsors and others said that the jokey name belies a real problem: Truck drivers, people who operate heavy machinery and others can use the synthetic liquid to easily thwart a drug test, potentially creating public risks. ...
Mississippi state Rep. Willie Bailey (D), speaking at a hearing in Jackson, held a bottle of fake urine that came with instructions suggesting that users could microwave it to achieve body temperature. He said the substance has been a “hot seller” in truck stops statewide. “They can’t keep it in stock,” he said.
The balls seem to be moving in circular orbit, but when you take a closer look, you'll see that each ball is moving along a straight path. This clever "circle in circle" optical illusion, built by YouTube user veproject1, is based on the mechanical design by 16th century Italian polymath Gerolamo Cardano.
After many months of enduring the struggles of living as a foreign student at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Yi-Fei Chen decided to channel all of her frustrations into her design project.
The end result is the Tear Gun, which collects the user' tears and then freeze the tears into a bullet and shoots it at the target of his or her frustration:
Her upbringing in Taiwan has instilled Yi-Fei Chen with a deep respect for authority. Disagreeing with your teachers is considered rude, and rudeness must be suppressed. Coming to the Netherlands for a master’s degree was a shock to her system. Within Western higher education, students are taught to question authority and expected to take a critical attitude. For many students like Chen it can be a confusing and emotional journey to adapt to such a new set of circumstances. The pressure they feel to step outside their own comfort zone may even cause drastic responses.
Chen has visualised her personal struggle to toughen up and speak her mind with a striking metaphor: she has frozen the tears she shed during an incident where she had to speak up but couldn’t, and built a gun to fire them. Next time a teacher puts her on the spot, she will be ready to respond with equal force.
Drone pilot and photographer Calin Stan (@calinstan) took this amazing four-season collage of the roads to Transylvania. Take a look at Stan's Facebook photo album Infinite Road to Transylvania for more inspiring photos of impossibly curvy and windy roads from above.
Love Stephen King's novels? See if you can find more than 170 references to Stephen King characters in this fantastic fan-made poster aptly titled "King Country" by Jordan Monsell. It'll be on sale at this month's Monsterpalooza in Pasadena, California.
The first species is the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera), which is widespread in Africa, Asia and Europe and causes damage to over 100 kinds of crops. The second is the corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea), which is commonly found in the Americas. The new hybrid has potentially unlimited geographical boundaries.
What if you have a son and a dog, and you really, really like the name Bryan? Which one should get the name?
No need to choose! Edward Mahon, a mining and land baron in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in the early 1900s, decided that he did not need to choose between his son and his dog. He named his son "Bryan" and his dog "Bryan Dog."
Some suspects can talk their way out of a police investigation, but a Kansas City man decided to use his other bodily aperture:
On Sept. 1, [suspect Sean Sykes Jr.] was in a car that police searched and found a backpack that contained various drugs and two handguns ... In his report about the interview, the detective wrote that when asked about his address, “Mr. Sykes leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering with the address.” “Mr. Sykes continued to be flatulent and I ended the interview,” the detective wrote.
So how did Parrish end up a trainload of sewer sludge from out of state? It was originally en route to Big Sky Environmental, a private landfill in Adamsville, Ala. But in January, the nearby town of West Jefferson filed an injunction against Big Sky to stop them storing the waste in a rail yard near them.
West Jefferson won its legal battle with Big Sky in February. "The railroad decided: Well, if we can't go to West Jefferson, the next closest rail stop to Big Sky would be the town of Parrish. They have a really large train yard so we're just going to bring it there," Hall said. "And that's what they did. And it kept coming and coming and coming."
It's now proven by science: dishwashing is bad for your marital relationship ... or more accurately, not helping your spouse with dishwashing will get you in trouble.
A study by Daniel Carlson and colleagues at the University of Utah, found that amongst a variety of common household tasks (like shopping, laundry, and housecleaning), dishwashing is the most unpopular chore and the one that's most likely to cause marital strife if left unshared:
Women who wash the vast majority of the dishes themselves report more relationship conflict, less relationship satisfaction, and even worse sex, than women with partners who help. Women are happier about sharing dishwashing duties than they are about sharing any other household task. ...
The most unpopular household tasks, Carlson told [Caroline Kitchener of The Atlantic], also tend to be the ones most often associated with women. Traditionally, women have shouldered full responsibility for chores that involve cleaning up after someone else: doing the laundry, cleaning the toilet, washing dishes. Men, on the other hand, are often associated with mowing the lawn, taking out the trash, washing the car—tasks that don’t require getting up close and personal with somebody else’s daily grime. Today, women who have to shoulder those traditionally female chores alone “see themselves as relegated to the tasks that people don’t find desirable,” Carlson said. That breeds resentment.
Suelen Schaumloeffel's dog Lana is one generous puppy! The dog, which was rescued from the streets of Brazil and adopted by Schaumloeffel and her fiancé, shared a blanket with a stray dog outside the fence!
"I thought, 'How beautiful what she did for her friend,'" Schaumloeffel tells The Dodo. "My best four-legged friend reminded me of something so important: generosity!"
When James Fox of Apex, North Carolina, checked the footage of his home security camera, he saw something that looked like a flurry of snow ... only that it wasn't snow. It was actually ... pollen.
"I think it was dramatic last night because of the wind," he explained. "Driving home from our farm last night it actually impacted visibility. At times it was pretty dense, like fog, or smoke," Fox said to ABC11. "I just noticed they (cameras) were getting triggered from the movement and thought it looked cool"
Oh, my allergies! My nose stuffed up just looking at the video clip!
"We would say: 'There're two forms of g. Can you write them?' And people would look at us and just stare for a moment, because they had no idea," said first author Kimberly Wong, a junior undergraduate at Johns Hopkins. "Once you really nudged them on, insisting there are two types of g, some would still insist there is no second g." ...
"They don't entirely know what this letter looks like, even though they can read it," said co-author Gali Ellenblum, a graduate student in cognitive science. "This is not true of letters in general. What's going on here?"