For a BBC program about penguins called Penguins - Spy in the Huddle, a special camera was designed to look like a penguin egg. After placing the egg-cam amidst a penguin colony, it was met by a curious striated caracara who eventually snatched the device and took flight. With the falcon's ascension into the air, the egg-cam managed to capture some stunning aerial shots of the penguin colony below—the first video of its kind to be filmed by a bird.
To the bird's dismay, the "egg" fell out of the caracara's grasp and into the field of vision of a couple of turkey vultures. They, too, were intrigued by the egg-like structure. It was especially enticing because the rest of the eggs in the area were already hatched and these predators were eager to crack into a meal for themselves. After a few pecks with their beak at the cleverly disguised camera, they wound up knocking it down a hill, right back into the penguin colony.
Check out the video, below, to see it all play out.
This would have been awesome when I was racing... and for many Halloweens' afterwards!
International teams about to enter the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have been unveiling their outfits, proving that this is a year for some really creative sportswear. Among the Olympians wearing inventive attire is Mexican alpine skier Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe who recently revealed his mariachi-inspired race suit. The 55-year-old athlete has opted to celebrate Mexican culture with the festive design for his sixth go in the Olympic games.
Though many doubt his chance of placing high enough for a medal, the multitalented skier certainly plans on having a good time. He has already donned the spandex suit while playing with a live mariachi band at the Plaza Garribaldi in Mexico. He even had the musicians write song lyrics on his race helmet to take with him to the Games.
While taking a quick break on an animal preservation trip at Imire: Rhino and Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe, 24-year-old Marcus Söderlund managed to capture this incredible image of an elephant photobombing his fellow volunteers. The seven-tonne bull elephant snuck up right behind the international group of women—Lisa Marie Winther (Norway), Deb Sulzberger (Australia), Sarah Daly (Scotland), Jane Burnett (England), and Nicky Walker (England)—completely unbeknownst to them. Söderlund says, "Eventually they noticed his presence and turned around and reacted with laughs, surprised looks and smiles."
On December 20, 2013 in Bride-les-Bains, France, the first ever Epic Race winners skied into victory. For the previous month, several hundred skiers had been battling to see who could ski every resort offered on Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass—26 ski areas total spanning four countries and five states. Whoever did so first, and documented their travels for proof, would win a lifetime Epic Pass.
Exactly 132 people showed up to the final day of competition. But only 10 would win. The concluding battle was full on, with competitors racing between three French towns via gondola, checking off required stops on the way. Even after they crossed the finish line with photos to prove they reached all of the stops on the race, participants had to wait a full nail-biting week before Vail Resorts confirmed the 10 winners who would be officially ordained as lifelong Epic passholders.
Surviving rental car breakdowns, hopping between opening days, missing flights, dealing with bulky ski luggage (while flying internationally), using all the allotted sick days at work, and waking up to get an early start after weathering a European Après the day before—the road to lifetime Epicness was not easy. But the ten winners have no regrets.
“Totally worth it!” says winner Devin Rhinehart, engineer by workday, King of the Daffy by ski day.
Winner John Victor, a Vail ski patroller for three years, says the Epic Race “was an excuse to ski Europe.” Rookie Joe Jenson won even though it was his first season skiing. “I was like, you know this gives me an opportunity to check out all the resorts, so why not?” says Jenson. Winner Steve Sacco thought there would be 20 or 30 people competing, as did Vail officials. But when 300 people registered, expectations were exceeded.
“Just to have that experience, to say you skied 26 mountains, in four countries, five states, in under a month is pretty exciting,” says Sacco.
Living up to the title of Epic, Rhinehart and his partner in crime, Greg Hyde, flew to Mount Brighton, Michigan in onesies and snowblades, convenient because they didn’t have any checked luggage. Following suit, competitor Adam Warot brought a piece of ‘Merica to Europe by importing two liters of Fireball and toting a portable shotski—we’re talking hinges and all—across the Atlantic.
Celebrating a competitor’s 60th birthday at a French bar, competing with your dad, meeting up with long lost high school friends, downing cinnamon “whiskey” in European gondolas, skiing Austria, and now having a lifetime pass to forever ski these places, Victor says it best, “It’s going to be a tough one to beat for one of my favorite lifetime experiences.”
The authors of the paper, published Thursday, used specific concentration levels of the vodka to represent bits 1 and 0. They wafted the "message" across 12 feet in the lab to the receiving unit, which read out the message as it detected the concentration of vodka in the air rising or falling over time.
The process sounds slow and short-range, but the researchers suggest that it could work for closed environments that don't have the benefit of a cellular or Wi-Fi signal.
Fascinating. Do you think they drank on the job at all? I feel like it would be hard not to with all that vodka around. Then start sexting dick pics. Call me old fashioned, but I still like to send messages the old fashioned way: with a severed finger. That's how you let somebody know you mean business.
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Whistler (BC), Canada - Whistler Blackcomb’s annual “Dress Like Santa Day” will take place this Saturday. The first 75 skiers and snowboarders dressed like Mr. or Mrs. Claus to check in at the Garibaldi Lift Company, at the base of Whistler Mountain, will receive a complimentary lift ticket for the day along with a beverage […]
I believe in the power of music to empower, inspire, motivate and unite. In the collection of images below it is clear that others also share this sentiment. If music has ever empowered or inspired you, please share your story with others in the comments. It might make a difference in someone’s life!
1. Libyan Civil War/Revolution Guitar Hero
October 10, 2011
Taken on October 10, 2011 during the Libyan Civil War/Revolution, the photograph above by Aris Messinis captivated the globe as an unknown guitar player is seen performing amidst an intense gun fight in Sirte between fighters of the National Transition Council (NTC, former rebels who were now the de facto government forces) and fighters loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
“I realised by looking at him through my camera that he was trying to encourage the other fighters. It was impossible to hear his music because the distance between me and him was some 50 metres and the ‘Boom! Boom!’ was too loud. But, the whole time that I was in that place I didn’t saw (sic) him participating in the battle except his encouraging music.” [Source]
2. Taksim Square’s Piano Man, Davide Martello
Davide Martello was in Sohphia, Bulgaria on a ‘world busking tour’ when images of protests and violence in Turkey streamed across television screens around the world. The next day, the Italian-born, German-bred pianist from Konstanz was en route to Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Before he knew it, Martello had played three straight nights in the middle of the square, including a marathon 13-hour session [Source].
“It was like a party and everyone was happy, so it was a pleasure for me to share the feelings with the people. I didn’t think about [what effect my music could have on the situation] but after the second day or third day I started to think, okay, music can change politics. Something that stops violence – something like art, music – I’ve never seen that before. The policemen took off their [helmets] and were sitting down and talking to the people. It was very peaceful.” [Source]
3. The Cellist of Sarajevo, Vedran Smailovic
Smailović, who often played for free at different funerals during the siege despite the fact that funerals were often targeted by Serb forces, is seen here playing in the destroyed National Library. On 25 August 1992, Serbian shelling caused the destruction of the library; among the losses were about 700 manuscripts and incunabula and a collection of Bosnian serial publications, some from the middle of the 19th century Bosnian cultural revival. Before the attack, the library held 1.5 million volumes and over 155,000 rare books and manuscripts. [Source]
Smailović played for the Sarajevo Opera, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra RTV Sarajevo and the National Theatre of Sarajevo. In his honour, composer David Wilde wrote a piece for solo cello, The Cellist of Sarajevo, which was recorded by Yo Yo Ma. Folk singer John McCutcheon also penned a song in his honour, In the Streets of Sarajevo. [Source]
The Siege of Sarajevo was the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare. After being initially besieged by the forces of the Yugoslav People’s Army, Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was besieged by the Army of Republika Srpska from 5 April 1992 to 29 February 1996 during the Bosnian War. The siege lasted three times longer than the Siege of Stalingrad and a year longer than the Siege of Leningrad. It is estimated that 9,502–14,011 people were killed during the siege, including 4,548–8,407 soldiers and 4,954–5,604 civilians. [Source]
4. Adele Song Awakes 7-year-old from Coma
On April 13, 2012, 7-year-old Charlotte Neve was watching DVDs with her mother and sister when she suffered a brain hemorrhage. After two emergency operations to stop the bleeding in her brain, Charlotte was left in a coma and doctors told the mother (Leila Neve) to prepare for the worst. As the Telegraph reports:
When Ms Neve, 31, got in the hospital bed to give Charlotte her final cuddle, Adele’s Rolling in the Deep came on the radio – a song the pair used to sing together. Ms Neve started singing it to her daughter – and Charlotte began to smile – astounding doctors. Within two days, Charlotte had started speaking, could focus on colours and managed to get up from her bed. [Source]
Two months later, the Telegraph reported that she was learning to walk and talk again and had regained partial sight and was back to school and dance classes.
5. Conduct Us by Improv Everywhere
New York City – September 24, 2013
On September 24, 2013, Improv Everywhere put a Carnegie Hall Orchestra in the middle of New York City. They then placed an empty podium in front of the musicians with a sign that read, “Conduct Us”.
Random New Yorkers of all ages accepted the challenge and stood up to the podium to conduct the orchestra. The results were captured in the video embedded below. You can also see a 66-picture gallery of the day’s event on Flickr by Ari Scott.
The musicians for the project were from Ensemble ACJW. Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School’s President Joseph W. Polisi, Ensemble ACJW is a collective of young professional musicians who are fellows in a two-year program that supports them in building careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who fully engage with the communities in which they live and work.
In Kiev, Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of citizens have been protesting for President Viktor Yanukovich to step down after his refusal to sign a trade pact with European Union leaders under alleged pressure from Russia. According to Aljazeera:
Yanukovich’s decision to drop political and free trade agreements with the EU in favour of tighter Russian ties and a crackdown last week on protesters plunged the ex-Soviet nation into its worst political crisis since the Orange Revolution.
In the photograph above by Andrew Meakovski, we see Markiyan Matsekh playing a piano in front of riot police in charge of guarding the Presidential Administration. One of the protest organizers Oleg, says Matsekh played a variety of songs including Chopin and Queen’s ‘We are the Champions’.
The photograph has spread like wildfire online in the last 48 hours. Photographer David Singer has a great post about tracking down the original source and how the image has been improperly credited to various people and agencies.
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Broomfield, CO - Just 13 days into Vail Resorts’ Epic Race to Ski the World, as of Wednesday 44 racers have skied all 12 U.S. resorts on the company’s Epic Pass and are ready to shift to Europe to ski the 14 participating resorts in France, Austria and Switzerland. With another 50 racers poised to join them by the weekend, this is truly anybody’s race. The Epic Race is a season-long competition to visit all 26 resorts spread across four countries that make up the Epic Pass. The reward: The first 10 participants to complete the adventure win skiing and snowboard’s ultimate prize – a lifetime Epic Pass. “The passion of the participants in the Epic Race is staggering, but the camaraderie that has developed amongst many of the contestants is a testament to the worldwide community of skiers and snowboarders,” said Vail Resorts’ chief marketing officer, Kirsten Lynch. “We’re seeing racers enjoying one another’s company on the slopes and cooperating to help each other achieve their on-mountain challenges. And we’re hearing stories of racers tracking down lost items for one another, and a group even had Thanksgiving dinner together in Tahoe!” Each racer will need to ski or ride […]
A skier tries to flip his ski off in the style of Didier Cuche. Unfortunately it does not quite go to plan and flies over his head and impales itself in a parked bus. Or does it? There is specualtion it is Cuche himself.
Tianducheng is a town in the suburbs of Hangzhou, China, whose construction began around 2007. The city center is an abandoned copy of Paris, that even features an Eiffel Tower 300 ft (107 mt) high, 1/3 of the original.
Tianducheng is basically a touristic experiment gone wrong and right now it’s nothing more than a ghost town, as the most part of the buildings are abandoned and the ornamental gardens built around the tower are now fields cultivated by the few citizens still in town.
One of the most exciting things that you can see nowadays are just married couples occasionally shooting a wedding photoshoot on the abandoned streets of the city center.
This is not the first time that a lookalike location is built in China, as in Hangzhou you can also admire the Venetian water town, in Beijing there are copies of French chateau and at the recently opened New Century Global Center in Chengdu you can walk with your feet on the sand of a fake oceanic beach.
What do you think about it? Would you like to take a trip to Tianducheng or are you just annoyed by this Chinese clone of Paris?
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where does one get your own action figure made.... hhhmmm
Malmö/Copenhagen-based photographer Jens Lennartsson knew he had to do something spectacular to stand out as a travel and lifestyle photographer, so he opted to create 400 action figures of himself as self-promotional mailers. His little GI Jens figurines were sure to catch people's attention and stick out in the minds of prospective clients. The clever marketing project sought to separate Lennartsson from the countless others in his field of work who focused on sending out flat, unoriginal portfolios.
The innovative photographer says, "Many photographers spend a lot of cash to design the perfect portfolio, print it and send to the people they want to work for. Just to have it disappear among hundreds of similar mailings. If you’ve ever been in touch with an art director, art buyer or owner of an ad agency, you’ll know that they have a zillion things to do and as many people to meet. Unless you make an epic impression, you’ll be forgotten. I needed more than a paper folder to stand out."
In this playful street artwork by JPS, we see the stuffed bear from the movie Ted engaging in some ‘extracurricular activity’. The stencil was thrown up on a building somewhere in Stavanger, Norway earlier this year.
Lucid Stead is an architectural installation by artist Phillip K. Smith III that takes an existing structure in the deserts of Joshua Tree, California and revitalizes it with mirrors, LED lights, and custom built technology to accentuate the beauty of the bare landscape. Aptly referred to as an "architectural intervention," the 70-year-old homesteader shack's weathered and worn stature is transformed into a remarkable vision that makes viewers question whether they are hallucinating.
The artistic, reconstructive project maintains the dimensions of the shack and simply adds an element of intrigue and optical illusion through the addition of reflective panels that echo the surrounding landscape. Smith says, "Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert. When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you. It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change."
The Manta Resort is a beautiful, multi-room hotel that sits on the Indian Ocean island of Pemba. The spectacular getaway offers not only a place to rest your head for the night, but also some truly breathtaking views from its unique, underwater room. The floating structure, made of local hardwood, offers three levels of viewing for visitors to absorb the scenic environment from above, below, and at sea level.
Designed by Mikael Genberg of the Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels, The Manta Underwater Room is essentially a private architectural island that floats off the east coast of Africa, offering an awe-inspiring view of the surrounding landscape and marine life. With a bedroom located four meters below the surface, visitors are given a unique perspective of the plentiful presence of aquatic creatures swimming past and clinging onto the panoramic windows.
Whether you choose to climb the ladder to the top deck of the floating room to soak up some sun, stay at sea level to relax in the lounging area, or descend to the lower quarters to view the exotic reef fish, it's sure to be an experience to remember. One could even dive from the top deck into the water or simply go scuba diving around the architectural structure. The possibilities for relaxation or adventure is entirely up to the guest.
Tokyo-based burger chain Lotteria isn't one to shy away from creative toppings and showy, stunt-burgers. Some creations they've rolled out this year include a Nine Patty Cheeseburger, a Menya Musashi Ramen Burger (a seasoned, lightly charred ramen "patty" topped with stewed barbecue pork and mayo), and a Napoli Panda Burger (a beef patty topped with spaghetti and tomato sauce on a bun stamped with an image of a panda), among others.
The chain's latest creation is the Bacon Cube Deluxe Cheese Burger (¥490, $4.90 USD), a beef patty topped with two types of melted cheese, creamy truffle sauce, and cubes of bacon. Yeah, cubes. With their fatty sheen and marbling, they look like porky croutons. Promo shots can be deceiving, but if this burger is half as good as it looks, I want one!
If you feel the same, the new burger will be available at Lotteria locations starting November 29th, for a limited time.
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax
This huge wooden sculpture is an impressive display of the famous Chinese wood carver Zheng Chunhui's incredible hand-carving skills. Standing more than 40 feet long, almost 8 feet wide, and, at one point, 10 feet tall, the massive work of art was formed out of just one single log and was recently declared the world's longest wood sculpture by the Guinness Book of World Records.
It took artist Zheng Chunhui four years to complete the piece, which is based off of the 900 year old Chinese painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival. The scenes feature beautifully intricate details of both the rich and poor's life in a small town. When replicating such a famous painting, many artists tend to add a touch of modern day into the very ancient scenes. However, Chunhui stuck strictly to the culture from almost a millennium ago, focusing on the small houses, boats, and even 550 tiny human sculptures as they went about their daily lives.
It's not all that surprising that a country that responds to prostitution by designating a now-thriving red light district is responding to alcoholism and public drunkenness with free beer. But it's hard to imagine America mimicking the Dutch government's strategy of paying alcoholics to clean Amsterdam's city streets with five beers, a half-packet of rolling tobacco, and 10 euros (a little over $13).
With support from the government and private donations, the Rainbow Foundation has organized a small group of alcoholics into two groups of three-day shifts of cleaning the streets. They start the...
Fun time again today here on Just Something, as we are going to show you some of the weirdest stuff from the land of the rising sun.
Japan has always been popular for being technologically one step ahead the rest of the world, but in this article you will see that sometimes they went a bit too far with fantasy.
In the following gallery you will admire some of the craziest Japanese inventions of all times. Some of them are absolutely clever but terribly uncomfortable or bad looking while some other are just totally absurd.
Between awkward ear enhancers, weird total body umbrellas and crazy chin rests for the daily metro journey, you will surely find the right item for your needs.
This innovative boat design features the best of both worlds in regards to form and function. Developed by creative studio Formquadrat, FINES is an average-sized boat that folds out into a large recreational space. The design concept includes a slim body for docking as well as practical dimensions for traveling, but then once out on the open water, the hull unfolds into a larger deck area where passengers can spread out, rest, and relax.
When all three of the interlocking sections are closed, the main body of the boat measures 8.5 feet wide and 23 feet long. The parts can then be expanded using a tension rope to create a square-shaped ship that spans 23 feet wide. Additionally, a large area in the front transforms into a lounge area with tables, chairs, a grill, and a storage space for cold beverages.
Based in Austria, Formquadrat is a professional studio that creates a wide variety of product, transportation, corporate, 3D, and exhibition designs. According to the website, "The idea behind [FINES] is to create a mobile, individual oasis of wellbeing with which you can leave overcrowded beaches behind you while still having sufficient space and comfort."
A lot of auto ads run a disclaimer that the stunt was performed by professionals and viewers shouldn't try this at home. You'd definitely be wise to take that advice with regards to this ad Volvo Trucks featuring action star Jean-Claude Van Damme.
In the ad, Van Damme does a stunt that is truly insane, involving an epic split between two Volvo trucks
It's not clear whether anyone will buy a Volvo after this — the ad is designed to show off the trucks' Volvo Dynamic Steering — but I for one have newfound respect for JCVD, who, by the way, is 53 years old Read more...
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created this beautiful, yet undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions that have taken place here on Earth between 1945 and 1998. The video starts off with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and finishes with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. It leaves out […]
Good news for gadget-loving travelers in Europe: the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight
The new guidance, which enables airplane passengers to use tablets, smartphones, e-readers and mp3 players in the air — as long as they're in airplane mode — will be published "by the end of November 2013"
Each year, writer Refe Tuma and his wife turn the month of November into Dinovember—thirty days of their children's plastic dinosaur toys coming to life at night and doing as they please, or at least that's what the creative couple tells their tiny tots. Each night when the Tuma kids go to bed, their parents create a new scene involving the dino figurines.
All for the sake of really selling it to their kids that these normally inanimate objects are enlivened at night, the couple takes creative liberty in ransacking their own kitchen, teepeeing the bathroom, and spray painting graffiti on the walls. They even went so far as to destroy a dear possession, leading their daughters to exclaim, "Mom's favorite vase!" upon the discovery of the toys surrounding the shattered object.
Though it must be a fun activity, one has to wonder why the couple does this. Tuma explains, "In the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs. Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts."