Atop the 95-storey skyscraper known as The Shard, Will Pearson captured an amazing photo of all of London at dusk. At the link, you can manipulate the image by zooming and panning. Pearson writes:
Technically this was a very difficult shoot, I was on the crane at the top of the Shard, and I had to wave at Andy the crane driver so he knew when he could rotate 45 degrees between the exposures. The temperatures were well below freezing and if you look in the distance behind Canary Wharf you will see the snow on the hills.
A boy in Spain was dreading a planned parent-teacher conference. He had not done well in school, so he anticipated a bad outcome to the meeting. Fortunately, he came up with a brilliant solution:
Early on Monday afternoon the unnamed 11-year-old son of a Spanish police officer stationed in the north-western town of Xinzo de Limia sent a text message from his mobile phone to tell his father he had been kidnapped.
When his father phoned back, the boy confirmed the worst. He had been snatched off the street as he was putting out the rubbish, he said, and was locked in the boot of a car. He had no idea where his kidnappers were taking him, but knew that the car he was in was a blue Seat. [...]
It was only two hours later that the boy's father noticed the keys to a spare flat owned by the family were missing.
The child was soon discovered there and reportedly explained that he had been terrified by the prospect of his parents going to school to speak to his teachers.
Behold: beer-battered deep fried dill pickles. This marvel was made with horseradish, Dijon mustard, buttermilk and pilsner. It's one of seventeen delicious culinary works that use beer as a central ingredient. You can view the rest at the link.
Link | Photo: Jesse Kimbal, Memphis Taproom
Why did this fire truck need such big tires? Because it was in Antarctica. In 1974, this fire truck serviced McMurdo Station. It's one of ten of the oddest fire trucks ever built, including one built from a Rolls Royce, one built from a T-62 main battle tank and a tiny fire truck used inside Grand Central Station in New York City. You can view photos of them and more at the link.
NASA's Advanced Food Technology Project is tasked with feeding astronauts. It has come a long way from crackers and squeezable tubes. At the link, you can read about the team's culinary development process and see photos of astronauts trying to eat the results in zero gravity.
The Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore from 1782-1799, adopted the tiger as his royal symbol. He fought many battles against the British throughout his reign. So after a particularly painful defeat against the British:
He ordered the walls of houses in Seringapatam to be painted with scenes of tigers mauling Europeans. Live tigers were kept in the city and there were stories of prisoners thrown into the tiger-pits.
Tipu must have been intrigued by a news item widely reported in India and Britain in 1793, only months after he had been compelled to sign the hated Treaty of Seringapatam. A young Englishman out shooting near Calcutta had been carried off by 'an immense riyal tiger...four and a half feet high and nine long', sustaining fatal injuries. The victim was the only son of General Sir Hector Munro, who had been concerned in a crushing defeat inflicted on Haidar and Tipu in the second Mysore War.
The death of young Munro delighted the Tipu Sultan, so he commissioned the creation of this macabre automaton. The Tipu Tiger, as it is known today, was damaged by a German air raid during World War II. But when it was fully functional, turning the crank would cause the tiger roar and the Munro's left arm to flail about.
Please remain on the line. Your call is important to us.
That's just a fraction of the 43 days the average person will spend on hold with automated customer service in one lifetime, according to a survey conducted by data collection provider ResearchNow and commissioned by TalkTo, the developer behind the business-centric texting app of the same name.
After polling 500 consumers, ResearchNow determined that 58 percent get ticked off at waiting, and 48 percent believe calling a business is useless. Overall, 86 percent said they had been put on hold when calling a business. [...]
Being on hold nearly became a lifestyle for an Australian man who called Qantas airline to confirm a flight, back in July 2012. Andrew Kahn claimed he waited 15 hours, 40 minutes and 1 second before he hung up. "I had had enough," Kahn told the Telegraph last August.
Can you keep up with this goat? He doesn't need a band to get the music going.
Oh the Calories You'll Eat! Kellie's award-winning cake shows characters and backgrounds from several different Dr. Seuss books. I would eat it on a boat. And I would eat it with a goat. And I would eat it in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train.
I've eaten so many oranges during my life. Now I feel like I wasted them all. Who knew such a crafting feat was possible? Follow the apparently simple instructions by Koji Nakamura to make your own orange wristwatch.
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Groundhog Day is coming soon! What makes these cookies especially awesome for that holiday is that they're fully adjustable for Punxsutawney Phil's prediction about the weather. The cookie is a no-bake recipe centered around a hollow tube. Phil is a sculptued Tootsie Roll. Just push your finger through the hole to make Phil pop up.
Your dolls are elegant, cultured and, most importantly, modern. They do not want some ranch house that looks like something set in a bourgeois suburb. No. They want the Qabis Haus, Amy Whitworth's stately home that doubles as a coffee table:
The Qubis Haus draws inspiration from Bauhaus, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. When the kids are gone, it is a sophisticated multi-level coffee table of birch plywood. When the kids want to play, it transforms easily into a doll house with the addition of slide-in wood and perspex panels.
You can view more pictures at the link.
The caption for this photo in William Middleton's The Interurban Era reads:
Two Fonda, Johnstown, & Gloversville cars suffered embarrassment after unsuccessfully contesting track space in the Gloversville (N.Y.) yard.
And the moral of the story? Never give in to anyone on anything, no matter how small, and no matter how much it costs you.
Chemist Stuart Cantrill writes:
So, you’re a chemist and you’ve finally decided to find out what all the fuss is about with this thing called Twitter. You decide to sign up, but, for whatever reason, you don’t fancy using your own name. Maybe an element; that would be cool wouldn’t it? You are a chemist after all.
Bad news: they're taken. All of them. But for your convenience, Dr. Cantrill has has organized the elemental Twitter users into an interactive periodic table. Pictured above is just a static image. At the link, you can find the interactive table. Just click on an element to see what it's tweeting about.
This clock made by Deviantart member madcomputerscientist reminds us of an important life lesson: now is always the right time to post ponies. Or as the wise Jean-Luc Picard put it:
Seize the time, Meribor. Live now. Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.
In the comments, post ponies. We have but a finite time in this life. Make now the time to post ponies.
When the lid is closed, this truck looks like all the other tankers at Ken Foster's oil delivery company. But this beauty is made to cook meat in huge quantities:
Then, with the push of a button, the whole thing cracks apart, opening like a giant set of aluminum jaws. And inside sits a traveling kitchen, complete with four-burner stove, 42-inch grill and stainless steel prep counter. [...]
Foster, the owner of Hall Oil and grill store Breakaway in South Dennis, first began planning the mobile grill set-up about a year ago, when he was deciding what to do with an old oil tank truck.
He took his vision to welder Gary Webb, of Gary's Truck Equipment in Harwich, and the two began collaborating on a design.
"I told him my idea of how I would like to do it," Webb said. "I also told him it was a gamble — I could cut it apart and say, 'This isn't going to work."
The work was challenging, Webb said. He had to be very careful to ensure that the aluminum tank maintained its shape, so it would fit correctly when closed.
He also had to custom design and fabricate all of the components, from hinges to hydraulic systems.
How, you ask? Well, sometimes, when a Mommy House and a Daddy House love each other very much, they get together and....
Oh, you mean the building! Well, Hiroshi Nakamura designed this Tokyo residence with a bulge in the streetside wall. The bulge provides a seating area beneath a skylight. Nakamura explained the purpose:
The hollow embraces; softy and gently, like a kangaroo’s pouch. It embraces the light from the top and glows in the early morning, in the midst of the day. The reflected light enters each room with varied expressions giving characters to each space. Sitting in it and lying in it, the dwellers hopefully form an affectionate relationship with the hollow, like exchanging bodily conversations. This is the ‘intimacy’ I hope to create between architecture and people.
Like you, I get hungry whenever I see an octopus. But donedirtcheap has made our tentacled friends even more delicious. His Octopizza is baked with a yeast dough and covered with pepperoni suckers. You can find step-by-step instructions at the link.
Your getaway vehicle must be reliable. That's Crime 101. Unfortunately for these robbers in Colombia, they made a simply asinine choice:
The group had managed to steal rum, oil, rice, cans of tuna and sardines from a small shop in the tiny north Caribbean town of Juan de Acosta, according to Noticias Caracol.
They planned to load the goods onto 10-year-old Xavi, who they had stolen some 12 hours before, and make their escape.
But the animal let out a series of 'hee-haws' and unfortunately for the trio alerted nearby police.
They had to ditch the donkey, which was still carrying the stolen items, and ran to safety away from the officers.
It's Froot Loops all the way down! These giant versions of the breakfast cereal are actually donuts made with Froot Loops in the batter and sprinkled on the surface. Food television celebrity George Duran says, "I never thought I would say donuts look sexy." I never would either, but we'll just ignore that socially awkward moment and eat these.
If you have to go, then go out in style. You wouldn't want to be known as the guy taken out by a house brand guillotine purchased at Kmart. You deserve a pricier, ritzier means of execution: the Chanel Guillotine. Artist Tom Sachs built this sculpture, which he also named Breakfast Nook for reasons unfathomable to me.
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