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5

Planet Mercury: Freddie Mercury Comic Book Covers



Brazilian artist Butcher Billy illustrated iconic singer Freddie Mercury in comic book style, and designed comic books around them with the themes of Queen songs. You know the songs, you love the singer, but these still make you want to read the story inside.  



See all eleven works in this series at Laughing Squid. You can buy prints of them, too! And see more of Butcher Billly's art at Instagram


5

Girl Without Hands Wins Handwriting Contest

Sara Hinesley, a 10-year old girl from Maryland proves that through hard work, anything can be achieved.

Despite her physical limitation, she was able to win a national contest in cursive writing, the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

See the video over at WJC TV/ CBS Baltimore.

(Image Credit: WJC TV/ CBS Baltimore)


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Ochre Jelly's Bricks of Character

Ochre Jelly, also known as Iain Heath, has shown us plenty of his wonderful LEGO creations, from the awesome Freddie Mercury to the minimalist Stephen Hawking. And don't forget his LEGO memes, like Sharknado and Kim Kardashian’s Butt.

Ochre Jelly has taken the next step in his LEGO career, by designing and selling LEGO kits that you can use to make all kinds of neat things, like the Little Totoro and the Loot Llama seen here! His store is called Bricks of Character. Buy them on Amazon, or through his Etsy Shop. Bookmark those links, as he'll be adding new characters over time.


5

Baby T. rex For Sale on eBay

This listing is not a costume, a statue of a T. rex, or a joke. Professional fossil hunter Alan Detrich discovered and excavated the fossilized partial infant Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton on private land in Montana in 2013. Now he's listed it for sale on eBay for $2,950,000. With free shipping. The fossils were on display at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum at the time of the listing, but have been removed and returned to Detrich, who had loaned them out. Paleontologists have decried the sale, saying losing this specimen to a private owner will add difficulty to their attempts to determine whether these small fossils are from T. rex young or a different species.   

The Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology (SVP) has criticised both Detrich, who will be taking an important specimen outside the reach of scientific study, and the university, for helping to inflate the price of the fossil, acting as a shop window for professional buyers.

In an open letter published last week, SVP’s members said that it was regrettable that the fossil was exhibited before it could be studied. “That action, which brought the fossil to the attention of hundreds or thousands of visitors, potentially enhanced its commercial value,” they wrote. “Museums seldom have the budget for purchase of increasingly expensive privately collected specimens.”

Read more about the controversy over the eBay listing at the Guardian. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: PirateGoldCoins)  


6

Suspended Rainbow Net Above Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Set nearly 12 meters above the ground, everyone can have fun bouncing on this lovely colorful web while gazing at the extravagant dome. This attraction is part of “Funorama” — celebrating the return of summer.

It is accessible at the 2nd floor of the Galleries. Entrance is free, and it will remain in place through June 9th, 2019.

Visit Web Urbanist for more amazing pictures.

(Image Credit: Benoit Florençon)


7

Titan of Terror: the Dark Imagination of H.P. Lovecraft



What is it about the stories of H.P. Lovecraft that give you chills you never knew were possible? He takes you out of the real world, and sets you in a place where you cannot figure your way out, because it's not anything like the world we know. So a lot of that fear is the fear of the unknown, of being stripped of control. Learn about the man behind the horrific sense of dread you feel while reading an H.P. Lovecraft novel in a TED-Ed video from Silvia Moreno-García. -via Geeks Are Sexy


8

Gorillas Pose for Selfies with Their Hooman Friends

Now THIS is a selfie.

These gorillas, standing on two feet and seemingly imitating humans, pose for a selfie with the rangers who rescued them as kids.

The park's deputy director told BBC Newsday that they had learned to imitate their carers, who have looked after them since they were found.
The gorillas, he added, think of the rangers as their parents.
Innocent Mburanumwe, deputy director of Virunga, told the BBC that that the gorillas' mothers were both killed in July 2007.
The gorillas were just two and four months old at the time.

They were found shortly afterwards and taken to Senkwekwe Sanctuary in Virunga, where they still live up to this day.

Because they've grown up with the rangers who rescued them, Mr Mburanumwe added, "they are imitating the humans" - and standing on two legs is their way of "learning to be human beings".
"I was very surprised to see it... so it's very funny. It's very curious to see how a gorilla can imitate a human and stand up."

Fun as it may seem, the life of a ranger is not always fun. Sometimes a ranger’s life is greeted by death.

(Image Credit: Ranger Mathieu Shamavu/ BBC)


9

French Man and a Chicken Went Around the World in a Sailing Adventure

Guirec Soudée, a 26-year-old Breton had been sailing around the world alone for five years. His voyage included being trapped in Arctic ice for 130 days, surviving 15-meter waves, nearly capsizing repeatedly, and being imprisoned briefly by Canadian coastguards. He also became the youngest sailor to navigate the formidable Northwest Passage between the Pacific and the Atlantic solo. 

Soudée's has a lone sailing companion: a Rhode Island Red chicken named Monique.

From January 2014 to their return to Brittany in December 2018, the pair covered 45,000 miles. They crossed the Atlantic, travelled to the North and South Poles, across to Cape Horn, back to the Caribbean and home, punctuated by stops to repair the boat, wait out the weather, or earn money. Every adventure, encounter and disaster (there were plenty of all three) was recorded in jaw-dropping pictures and funny videos on their increasingly popular social media accounts (they now have 125k Facebook and 42.8k Instagram followers).

I can’t help but to think of them as the real life equivalents of Disney's Moana and Hei Hei.

(Image Credit: Phil Fisk / The Observer/ The Guardian)


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Best Hiking Places in Every State in the U.S

Hiking is a thrilling experience. It makes you appreciate the amazing things in life found in nature. And when you reach your destination, it is as if your exhaustion disappeared magically, and you would whisper to yourself, “This was worth it. This was worth the trip.” But how do you maximize this thrilling experience if you don’t know where to go? Thankfully, these guys made a list of the best place to hike in every state — from Alabama to Wyoming.

Do you agree with their list?

(Image Credit: Fredlyfish4/ Wikimedia Commons)


9

The Burning Town of Centralia, Pennsylvania Sparks Scientific Curiosity

Known as the “coal country”, the area under the town of Centralia burned suddenly. Nobody knew how the fire under their town started. Local legend says that somebody accidentally ignited the underground layer of coal or seam when he burned trash near the mine shafts. But there is one thing the townspeople are certain of. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1962, a fire broke out in the town’s coal mine of near the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

It soon became obvious that even the most aggressive methods wouldn’t stop the spread of the flames. Residents would simply have to wait for the fire to burn itself out. 

Unfortunately for the townspeople, the fire outlasted them for the area was full of underground material just waiting to be ignited. Eventually, the people went out of Centralia by their own choice (some of them were bought out by the government), as the fire caused the opening of sinkholes and the release of toxic gases, making the town too dangerous. Some families would still dare to remain in the town, though.

This phenomenon would later spark curiosity within the scientific community within Pennsylvania, and outside Pennsylvania.

Find out what makes this town interesting on Wired.

(Image Credit: Aaron Muderick/ Quanta Magazine)


11

Thieves Steal Used Cooking Grease and Got “$1000 a Night”

Yes, you’ve read that right - used cooking grease. Normally, thieves would look for something lucrative such as cash, jewelries, gadgets because they are easy to carry. But, Alvaro Mendez Flores of Richmond, Virginia, siphoned about 150 gallons of the stinky liquid from a dumpster behind a Burger King for profit.

The police said that he is now facing grand larceny and other charges in connection with the grease theft at the Annandale Shopping Center on April 4.

Charles Gittins, a corporate lawyer and law enforcement liaison for Valley Proteins of Winchester, Virginia said that burglars can make “$1000 a night” out of this illegal business.

(Image Credits: Houmatoday.com)


12

Apologizing Figurines of Japanese Giant Monsters

Released back in the year 2016 for the promotion of the new movie entitled “Shin-Godzilla”, these Kaiju (meaning “giant monsters”) figurines were sold as gachapon (meaning “vending-machine dispensed capsuled toys”) for ¥300 (around $2.68) each.

The art of the apology – it’s an integral part of Japanese culture that helps maintain balance and harmony in society. Combining that with kaiju figurines is this brilliant little set of toys that feature the likes of Godzilla and Mechagodzilla apologizing at a press conference, head hanging solemnly, for the destruction they’ve caused.
They included Godzilla apologizing for destructive vandalism (破壊行為), Mechagodzilla for imitation and copyright infringement (模倣行為) and King Gidra for aggressive invasion (侵略行為).

The said kaiju have been pulled out from the mainstream market, but enthusiasts can still buy them via secondary markets such as Amazon, but for a higher price, of course.

(Image Credit: Spoon & Tamago)


11

Photo In, Sketch Out: Etch-A-Snap

Like any other camera, it snaps photos. However, its outputs are not photos, but sketches. Depending on the complexity of the photo, the developing time lasts approximately 15 mins to an hour. Still faster than film, though.

Photos are processed down to 240x144 pixel 1-bit (black & white) line drawings using “Pillow” and “OpenCV” and then translated into plotter commands by building a network graph representation with “networkx”. The Etch-A-Sketch wheels are driven by two 5V stepper motors mounted into a custom 3D printed frame. The Etch-A-Snap is entirely portable and powered by 4xAA batteries & 3x18650 LiPo cells.

Check the other video examples at Two Bit Arcade.

(Video Credit: Two Bit Arcade / YouTube)


9

On The Ongoing Discourse About Generational Analysis

Over the years, there have been multiple discussions regarding statistical analysis of different generations. Apart from demographic data, certain thought processes, values, and behavioral patterns have been ascribed to cohorts like boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials. Now, they say a new cohort is being born, the Gen Z.

"But that's how you do statistical analysis," replies Twenge, a Gen X'er born in 1971. "You group people and compare them. Generational research is no different. Most of it is focused on personality traits, attitudes, behaviors, indicators of mental health—how all of those differ, on average, depending on when you were born."

Each generation has lived in its own context and they are shaped by society as much as society is shaped by them. Trying to assign specific traits to generalize a whole group may lead us to inaccurate conclusions. But doing a generational analysis may still give us insight into what makes our predecessors and successors tick.

"It helps us understand people younger and older than us. It has helped me understand my parents, and my kids," Twenge continues. "If people overgeneralize, that's a danger, but it's a problem of people misinterpreting the research—for example, thinking average differences apply to everyone."

On the other hand, generational differences aren't necessarily detrimental and their contrast may not be as stark as they are purported to be. These various generations don't live in a vacuum after all. One generation influences the other and vice versa.

The experiences of older generations may give insight that could propel newer generations to make things even better. We shouldn't neglect that synergy can be done among generations just as much as it can be done among races, genders, and other groups.

(Image credit: John Moeses Bauan/Unsplash)


11

In the Indian Ocean: Mysterious “Gelatinous” Creature Found Under The Sea

In their aim to reach the deepest parts of the 5 oceans in the world, Victor Vescovo, a diver from the Five Deeps Expedition, along with his team, was exploring 23,596 feet deep in the Indian Ocean, which is believed to be the ocean’s deepest part, when they spotted what seemed to be a new species of jellyfish or an unknown sea squirt.

The Five Deeps team captured footage of the creature, from DSV Limiting Factor, the world’s deepest diving, currently operational submarine, calling it an “extraordinary gelatinous animal” which “does not resemble anything seen before.”
The creature is believed to be a tunicate, particularly a stalked ascidean, also known as a sea squirt.
“Amongst many other rare and unique observations, the stalked Ascidean was a really significant moment,” Alan Jamieson, the expedition’s chief scientist, said in a statement. “It is not often we see something that is so extraordinary that it leaves us speechless. At this point we are not entirely sure what species it was, but we will find out in due course.”

Find out more about this mysterious creature on Geek.com.

(Image Credit: Five Deeps Expedition/ YouTube)






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