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How Women in Old Movies Talk to Some Dude They Just Met

I honestly don't recall any scene even close to this, and I've seen lot of old movies. But still, he makes us laugh at the melodrama, a feature film's worth squeezed into a minute and a half. Joel Haver plays both parts. -via Digg


"The Hum" That Only 2 Percent of People Can Hear

The hum is a sound that only, according to some estimates, two percent of people can hear. The scientific world has no known explanation for this noise. For some of the 2%, it sounds like an engine idling. For others, it sounds like a low-frequency rumble. But almost all of those who can hear it can agree on one thing: it is a persistent, maddening noise. 

Since it was first reported in Bristol, England, in 1970, this elusive phenomenon has plagued thousands of people across the globe, slowly eroding their sanity. One of them is Steve Kohlhase, an industrial-facilities mechanical engineer living in Brookfield, Connecticut. In Garret Harkawik’s short documentary Doom Vibrations, Kohlhase describes the noise: “Your ears are ringing real bad. If it’s a bad day, it feels like your brain is being squeezed. It’s nauseating.” Kohlhase says his dog, too, seems to suffer from the noise; once Kohlhase started hearing it, the canine became lethargic, and has never recovered.
“I think most people view the hum as a fringe belief,” Harkawik [stated], “because it’s so subjective—people say they hear something that most people can’t hear. But when you look at the vast number of people who say they hear it, it’s obvious that there’s something going on.”

Know more about this story on The Atlantic.

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“No Crime, No Debt, and No Homelessness”: The Christian Sect in Deepest Sussex Show How They Live

You’ve heard it right. On this small community of Christians, there is no crime, no debt, and no homelessness.

Houses there are surrounded by acres of forest. On a warm day, they can swim in a lake, with no worries of their mortgage, as it is paid. Evenings are spent at a communal barbecue, where the community sing songs around the fire.

People chat and read books. No one is glued to a phone and children don’t fight over the Xbox because no one has a computer or TV.

In a lot of ways, this can be a person’s ideal utopia.

The women are dressed modestly – scarves cover their hair while their long skirts and shirts look like sackcloth. 
The lives of the 300 people here are not their own because they’re serving a higher being: Jesus. 
They must ask permission to start ‘courting’ a person who has caught their eye, no one can divorce and they can’t choose their jobs or have any possessions.
Most people have never heard of the Bruderhof, unsurprising as there are just 3,000 members of the small Christian sect in the world, spread across the UK (there’s another in Nonington, Kent, and a small one in Peckham, south London), the US, Germany, Australia and Paraguay. 
‘We have a different vision for our society,’ says Bernard Hibbs, 38, the community’s outreach director who has let in TV cameras for the first time. 

Can you live like this?

(Image Credit: BBC/ CTVC/ Danny Burrows)


Towards Better Batteries in the Future: A Study

We use batteries frequently — from our smartphones, to our wristwatches, to our laptops, and to our cars.

Most of our batteries are lithium-ion ones. People are alarmed that since the demand for this type of battery is high, this might lead to shortages of lithium in the world. This is why scientists look for an alternative for lithium-ion batteries, in the form of sodium-ion batteries. Sodium is cheap and abundant, which makes it a good alternative.

However, there’s a catch: Sodium-ion batteries have a much shorter lifespan than lithium-ion ones. But why do this type of battery decay quickly? Or in general, why do batteries decay in the first place? Scientists may have found the reason.

UC Santa Barbara computational materials scientist Chris Van de Walle and colleagues have uncovered a reason for this loss of capacity in sodium batteries: the unintended presence of hydrogen, which leads to degradation of the battery electrode…
Professor Peelaers, now at the University of Kansas, described the key findings: “We quickly realized that hydrogen can very easily penetrate the material, and that its presence enables the manganese atoms to break loose from the manganese-oxide backbone that holds the material together. This removal of manganese is irreversible and leads to a decrease in capacity and, ultimately, degradation of the battery.”
… Now that its detrimental impact has been flagged, measures can be taken during fabrication and encapsulation of the batteries to suppress incorporation of hydrogen, which should lead to better performance.”
In fact, the researchers suspect that even the ubiquitous lithium-ion batteries may suffer from the ill effects of unintended hydrogen incorporation. Whether this causes fewer problems because fabrication methods are further advanced in this mature materials system, or because there is a fundamental reason for the lithium batteries to be more resistant to hydrogen is not clear at present, and will be an area of future research.

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FaceApp: Is It Accurate?

FaceApp has been a popular app these days for its ability to make people on photos look older in their photos. The question is, is the app accurate in creating “elderly” versions of people? The Sun put FaceApp’s accuracy to the test by “lining it up against old and new pics of A-List celebs.”

Here are the photos and see for yourself. For me, it is pretty accurate it scares me.

Is it accurate for you?

(Image Credit: The Sun)


AI Explains The Lion King

To be fair, this script is only presented as artificial intelligence; it makes way too much sense for that to truly be the case. But it is a completely goofy oversimplification of the plot of The Lion King with an extreme overcomplication of the story's underlying meaning, coupled with the kind of misunderstandings that an alien from another planet might make.  -via Geeks Are Sexy


After 180 Years of Being Open, “England’s Smallest School” To Close

Bleasdale Church of England Primary, a school believed to be the smallest in England, will close down after it was left with only two pupils. The school will be shutting off its doors on Tuesday as one of the pupils will be leaving it to go to secondary school.

Following a public consultation earlier this year, the Lancashire County Council pronounced that the school is “no longer financially viable.”

Over the past five years, pupil numbers have fallen from 16 to two.

The school has been open for a good 180 years.

(Image Credit: Google/ Independent)


Skaters Rally To Save Tompkins Square

Tompkins Square is a park in Lower Manhattan that maintains the vibe and aesthetic of Old New York. Known for being a hub for skateboarders, this park is the only spot in the neighborhood that provides flat, open ground and space to learn skateboarding for first timers. 

A new proposal by the city, however, aims to remove Tompkins Square - but the skateboarders aren’t taking it lying down. They’re rallying against the authorities to save their beloved training spot.

Paper Magazine has the details: 

Now, the New York City skateboarding community and their allies are rallying to "Save Tompkins" after the City's Department of Parks and Recreation approved a proposal to replace the asphalt at the training facility with synthetic turf in 2020. The Parks Department's decision was made in order to accommodate those who would normally use the fields at the East River Park, which is set to undergo a $1.45 billion flood-protection plan that will take more than three years.
The "Save Tompkins" movement may have been jump-started by skaters, but it's about more than skateboarding, Zhu said. It's about "preserving the identity of the neighborhood," and resisting what the city calls "beautification," which locals know is just another way of saying "gentrification." As is typical of urban renewal projects (another fancy term for gentrification), newcomers may not know the history of a community, leaving OG's feeling like the changes unfolding right outside their doors are not happening with them in mind. If the history of the LES says anything it's that folks are more than willing to fight for what they believe in and in this case, that means protecting the park.

image credit: Paper Magazine


3 Simple Rules Of Efficient Packing

Ever had the problem of bringing too many or too few things on your trip? Looking for some tips on how to become an efficient packer? Vogue’s Elise Taylor relays a story of how professional organizer Faith Roberson helped her to be a more efficient packer. 

The rules for efficient packing  that Roberson laid down for Taylor might help you pack your luggage for your next trip: 

Leave the shoes
On my next trip, I was to wear shoes that I’d also use at my destination, not just in transit. And I should cut my shoe baggage in half. “Be selective!” Faith urged. “Reflect on past trips and see which shoes you gravitated towards. Pack only those.”
Invest in a duplicate toiletry bag
Faith advised me to invest in a “duplicate bag”: a small case filled with must-haves that would never leave my suitcase (also ensuring I could never forget it). “If you travel often, especially for work, there is no reason why you should have to unpack and repack essentials. Ideally, you should be able to pack without removing a bobby pin from your bathroom,” Faith said.
Consider each day
“pack for each day, take the time to select each outfit for the day. Knowing what you’re going to wear for that week for events in the day will eliminate the stress of not being prepared, and will save you space.”

image credit: VideoPlasty via wikimedia commons


When NASA Almost Forgot About Old Glory

Like the flag that was smuggled into a NASA space flight, there are quite a few things that shows how the people working at NASA are still human. In fact, during the Apollo 11 mission, they almost forgot to bring a US flag along with them. Well, with so many things on their hands, nobody can blame the people at NASA.

At no point — right into the middle of 1969 — had anybody at NASA paused and thought about how to celebrate landing on the moon. Somebody at headquarters actually called NASA in Houston and said: "You've got to do something about this, we're gonna have to celebrate somehow." And NASA created the Committee for Celebrations of the First Lunar Landing on the Surface — it sounds like a NASA committee.
A guy named Jack Kinzler, who was a senior technical manager in Houston, came to the meeting with this plan for a flag. He said we've got to plant a flag, you don't go to the moon and not plant a flag. And in order to make it fly on the moon, with no air, and no atmosphere at all, we're going to have to have a vertical flagpole, and ... hinged to it at the top, a horizontal flagpole. And then we're just going to slide the flag out, like a curtain.
And the senior officials who were on the committee ... said: "Jack, that's a great idea. You go make that flag." 
They bought off-the-shelf flags. It's pretty clear they bought those flags at Sears.

This and many other behind-the-scenes moments leading up to the Apollo 11 flight and return were documented in a new book by Charles Fishman, "One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon".

(Image credit: Neil Armstrong/NASA; Wikimedia Commons)


Heat Wave Affecting The US As Well

Europe had experienced smoldering temperatures several weeks ago but now it is possible that it may go through a second one as the US and Canada are also experiencing their own. Temperatures are expected to climb to over 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

More than half of the mainland United States, from the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast, has been engulfed by extreme temperatures and high humidity since early this week. The National Weather Service on Thursday said the “widespread and dangerous” heat wave will persist into the weekend.

It is expected that occurrences such as these would increase in the future as climate change continues to take its toll on the weather and the environment. If things were to remain the same, we might be in for some really extreme and unpredictable weather patterns.

(Image credit: National Weather Service/Twitter)


Chimpanzees Bond Over Movies

Watching a movie or a TV show together often brings people closer to one another. But it seems that bonding over a shared watching experience is not limited to just us humans - chimpanzees and bonobos also get that same sense of bonding, as shown by a new scientific study.

The study, published by the Royal Society, placed chimpanzees and bonobos in front of a screen to watch a video. “Chimpanzees watching a video together get the same sense of bonding and closeness that humans can feel from watching a movie or TV show together”, study co-author Wouter Wolf of Duke University told CNN

Pairs of chimps were monitored as they watched videos - and psychologists found an increased sense of closeness between them in a way previously thought to be unique to humans.
Eye-trackers were used to make sure the apes were watching the film and fruit drinks were used to encourage them to stay relatively still and in the same place.
Researchers say it shows the "deep evolutionary roots" of the heightened emotional impact of watching something with someone else.
It also raises questions about what is lost when there are fewer shared experiences - such as if families stop watching television together and are separately plugged into social media or using their own mobile phones.

image credit: via wikimedia commons


Meet Brisbane’s Head-Banging Cockatiel Rockstar

Meet Alex (@alexthehonkingbird), a 20-year-old cockatiel from Brisbane, Australia. This cockatiel is unlike any other - he’s a rockstar. 

Alex loves headbanging to rocking tunes, as videos taken by the bird’s owner Annika Howells clearly show. The videos have now gone viral, and Alex is a legit avian celebrity.

“I never expected thousands of people all around the world would become fans of my birds,” Annika tells Instagram as they feature Alex for #WeeklyFluff. Fluff and continue to rock on, Alex!

image credit: @alexthehonkingbird on Instagram


Ethernet Cables Are Still the Best Way To Connect to the Internet

WiFi may be the most convenient way to connect to the internet but it's not the most reliable or the fastest. Which is why ethernet cables still have a place in our lives because having a hard connection would make sure that the signals from your modem to your computer are stable and strong.

Still, the fact of the matter is that a wired connection is still objectively better for just about anything that requires an internet connection. Sometimes the benefits are subtle, but sometimes they're life-changing. 
For example, WiFi is notoriously fickle. Thick walls and metal objects can totally throw off the signal emanating from your router and turn what should be a perfectly connected household into a depressing dead zone.

(Image credit: Thomas Jensen/Unsplash)


The Legend of Bingen’s Mouse Tower

A stone tower sits on the Rhine River in Germany. First built by Romans in antiquity, it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. They call it Mäuseturm, or the Mouse Tower. The story behind that name holds that there was a dire famine in the area in the year 970, during which many people starved to death. But the archbishop of Mainz, Hatto II, ignored their distress and continued to enrich himself at the people's expense.

Hatto II had his barn full, but he did not spare a single grain for the starving poor, instead tried to sell them at such inflated prices that most could not afford it. The peasants became angry and were planning to rebel, so Hatto II devised a cruel trick. He promised to feed the hungry people and told them to assemble at an empty barn and wait for him to come with food. The peasants were overjoyed and made their way to the barn to await his coming. Once the barn was full, Hatto II ordered the barn's doors shut and locked, and then set the barn on fire.

When Hatto II returned to his castle, he was immediately besieged by an army of mice. To escape the rodents, the bishop fled his castle and sought refuge in the tower that stands on an island on the Rhine, hoping that the mice could not swim. But the mice followed him, pouring into the river by the thousands, and while many drowned even more reached the island. The swarm ate through the tower’s doors and crawled up to the top floor, where they found Hatto II and ate him alive.

That's the legend, and there's no evidence that it's true. However, like most legends, there are pieces of history, language, and culture that came together over time to create the tale. Read what's behind the legend of the Mouse Tower at Amusing Planet. -via Strange Company

(Image credit: Marion Halft)

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