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28 Aug 16:10

“Sexting” Is Just a New Name for a Very Old Activity

by Diane Kelly on Throb, shared by Sean Hollister to Gizmodo

In 2011, a remarkable and distinctly erotic 17th century portrait of Nell Gwyn was put up for sale by her descendants. It shows Gwyn, an actress who was one of Charles II’s mistresses for more than a decade, washing a string of sausages with her breasts exposed.


28 Aug 15:48

A Lone Marmot Sits Upright to Emit Ear Piercing Screams Atop a Mountain in British Columbia

by Lori Dorn

A lone marmot climbed atop a wooden fence on Blackcomb Peak near Whistler, British Columbia, sat upright and let out a couple of ear piercing screams. The mountain-dwelling squirrel probably wanted to warn others that the humans of Lone Goat Soap were nearby and filming.

Alpine marmots emit variable alarm calls when they encounter humans, dogs, and several species of aerial predators. The first part of the study involved observations and manipulations designed to document contextual variation in alarm calls. Alarm calls varied along several acoustic parameters, but only along one that we examined, the number of notes per call, was significantly correlated with the type of external stimulus.

YouTuber Homar Sánchez has created a couple of amusing mashups that incorporate the “screaming marmot” footage.

via Nothing To Do With Arbroath

28 Aug 23:11

'Walking Dead' web series: Zombies on a plane

by Sandra Gonzalez

Get ready for mile-high zombies

AMC reportedly has plans for a new 30-minute online special that will feature a Walking Dead first: a zombie attack on an airplane.

Installments of the full special will air during Walking Dead commercial breaks during the upcoming Season 6, which starts in October and introduce a character that will be featured on Fear the Walking Dead Season 2.

EW first reported the news.

The special, which will be a standalone, will be set in the pre-apocalypse period, similar to what is currently being portrayed in Season 1 of Fear Read more...

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29 Aug 00:46

theinturnetexplorer: Hide and Seek



Hide and Seek

28 Aug 17:49

Nitrogen triiodide: "So volatile that a mosquito landing on it will make it explode"

by Mark Frauenfelder

The Royal Institution posted this demonstration of an explosively unstable substance called nitrogen triiodide. I love the purple smoke it makes.

Nitrogen triiodide is so unstable that even something like a mosquito landing on it can set it off. Three iodine atoms cluster around one side of a nitrogen atom. Being crowded around one end causes something called bond strain as the atoms repel each other in a small space. The result is that the molecule is prone to falling apart, explosively.


28 Aug 09:25

Muzzle For Walking Your Dog In The Woods

by Dainius

If you’re afraid to walk your dog at night (and your dog is the kind that would rather lick the attacker than protect you) – this werewolf muzzle is for you! The Russian-designed dog muzzle sells for about 30 USD and permits your dog to slightly open its mouth, allowing it to pant. It is made from non-toxic plastic and nylon.

Some countries require that all dogs wear a muzzle when out in public. However, if you live in a country that also permits the carrying of firearms in public, this muzzle is probably not for you. While you see a cool dog accessory, others might only see a terrifying dog, which can have unpredictable results. Terrify responsibly!

More info: Krlmhl |


Image credits: Alexey Kurulyov


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Image credits: Alexey Kurulyov

27 Aug 21:38

10+ Funny Comics That Only Introverts Will Understand

28 Aug 05:00

What is Trypophobia? And Is It Real?

by Jen Pinkowski

Many people report fearing clusters of holes. If you're one of them, this post is for you. But don't say we didn't warn you.

24 Aug 12:08

Luis Quiles Artwork

by Bo

Luis Quiles is a Spanish artist known for his controversial art, which uncovers the dark side of society. Quiles is unafraid of addressing sensitive subjects like sexism, abuse, exploitation, and homophobia. More often than not his view seems polarised which sparks heated debate.

What causes Luis Quiles’ work to be so controversial is that it is so blunt. He frequently chooses taboo subjects, that tend to cause a level of discomfort to the viewer. For a few individuals, Quiles’ pictures spark sentiments of terror and disgust at first. Take a minute to look for deeper meaning.



I see that some people blindly leave their only hope for a temporary joy. On the other hand, how do we know he didn’t look over the ladder first, and see a certain failure. Maybe he’s making the most of a dire situation.



Hooked on the bottle? According to the WHO (not the band) 3,300,000 people die every year from alcohol abuse.



Probably one of the most provocative pieces I’ve seen from Luis. It is definitely disturbing. I think it’s about the unwanted sexual attention that women receive through social media, though others interpret it differently. It would be good to hear your thoughts on it too. Please leave comments at the end of the post.



A friend of mine recently had 6 days off work. He sat in front of his games console solidly for the whole time. I think this is becoming a sad reality for many. Is this becoming another form of addiction? There is no doubt people use it as a form of escapism, in the same sort of way people use alcohol and drugs.



Can you buy waterproof phone cases?



I believe this is symbolic of the pornographic industry and it’s expectancy of women to have a certain physical appearance while simultaneously representing the food industry’s constant pressure on us to consume their products. In a way, the person holding the burger is taunting her while she sits there with no access to it.


27 Aug 01:59

The Grand Canyon is contaminated with mercury

by Nicholas Korody

Sadly, even the Grand Canyon, a symbolic landmark of America’s natural environment, unfortunately isn’t immune to the ravages of pollution. Concentrations of mercury and selenium in canyon’s food webs — the interconnected food chains in the environment — regularly exceed levels considered risky for fish and wildlife. Those findings are from a study from the U.S. Geological Survey scientists published in the journal Environmental Toxicity and Chemistry.

It's the kind of news that reads like Anthropocene poetry – both existentially dark and metaphorically potent. This vast fissure in the Earth's crust, which presents us with two billion years of geologic history and basically defines our image of the sublime, has been thoroughly contaminated by a relatively short period of industrial agriculture and other human activities.

More precisely, the selenium likely comes from agriculture and mining (although it also exists in the soil naturally). The mercury is thought to have been brought in by algae from Lake Powell, originating in "distant coal-burning electrical plants."

The researchers explained, "The findings of the present study add to a growing body of evidence showing that remote ecosystems are vulnerable to long-range transport and subsequent bioaccumulation of contaminants."

Researcher studied minnows, invertebrates and fish at six sites along the Colorado River and recorded mercury and selenium levels that exceed toxicity threshol...

27 Aug 19:52

This underemployed woman is selling her college diploma on eBay

by Max Knoblauch

A frustrated 2011 graduate of Florida State University's School of Theatre is looking to get rid of her student debt in an interesting way — by selling her diploma and "college experience" for $50,000 on eBay.

Stephanie Ritter, who attended the university from 2007-2011, posted a sarcastic-yet-very-real eBay listing referring to her diploma as "brand new" and "Never been used to get a job".

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Ritter explained that she's been underemployed since graduation and is looking for a way to erase her $40,000 of loan debt. Read more...

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26 Aug 10:30

This Stunning Adventure Game Plays Like Art in Motion

by Megan Logan
This Stunning Adventure Game Plays Like Art in Motion

Calvino Noir is what you get when you combine film noir and side-scrolling action gaming.

The post This Stunning Adventure Game Plays Like Art in Motion appeared first on WIRED.

27 Aug 15:00

Drone rudely interrupts man sunbathing on 200-foot-tall wind turbine

by Brian Koerber

It's 2015, so no matter how much privacy you think you may have, there is always a chance that a drone is lurking nearby, ready to invade your seclusion

Drone pilot Kevin Miller was capturing some footage of a wind turbine in Rhode Island, when his craft accidentally revealed a man that was attempting to catch some rays on the deck of the turbine, the Daily Mirror reports.

Initially, the man didn't seem too pleased about being discovered, and it appears that he even flipped the drone off. But Miller told the Mirror, "Upon landing he saw me bring the drone down and was leaning over the edge. I looked up and wave to him and he waved back." Read more...

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26 Aug 17:42

Clever 3-Piece Rings That Fit Perfectly Together to Form Adorable Animals

by Lori Dorn


m e r r y m e“, a studio jewelry artist from Bangkok, Thailand has designed a clever line of 3-piece enamel and brass rings that fit together perfectly to form adorable animals. The rings can also be worn separately to create a sense of action, such as a squirrel chasing after a juicy acorn. The rings are available for purchase through the DAINTYme Etsy shop.

Raccoon 3-Piece

Owl 3 Piece

Owl Ring

Bunny 3 piece Bunny Ring

Squirrel 3 piece Squirrel Ring

Reindeer Ring Reindeer

images via DAINTYme

via Bored Panda

26 Aug 18:29

‘Monster Issues’, Illustrations of Legendary Monsters Stating Their Very Specific Problems

by Justin Page

Monster Issues - Kraken

Monster Issues is an ongoing series of illustrations by artist Teo Zirinis featuring legendary monsters who are stating their very specific problems. The entire collection is available to view on Zirinis’s website and Facebook page. Prints of his amusing monster drawings are available to purchase online via Society6.

Monster Issues - Hydra

Monster Issues - Dracula

Monster Issues - Cthulhu

Monster Issues - Cyclops

Monster Issues - Godzilla

images via Teo Zirinis

via Tastefully Offensive

26 Aug 23:10

Amazing Science Tricks Using Liquid

by Scott Beale

Science and illusion channel Brusspup presents 10 amazing science tricks using liquid.

27 Aug 15:01

Artist Retells the Entire Story of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ With Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics

by Justin Page


Talented Japanese manga artist and illustrator Takumi has recently retold the entire story of George Miller‘s film Mad Max: Fury Road with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. The original black and white ink drawings of Takumi’s hieroglyphic masterpiece are available to view on his Facebook page.




images via Takumi


27 Aug 15:45

Microscopic zoom-in on a bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod

by Mark Frauenfelder


From the entrancing Micro Universe Tumblr: a bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod.

26 Aug 21:07

Seeing Japanese handmade paper get made is completely soothing

by Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Alissa Walker to Gizmodo

I don’t know exactly what’s going on but you see trees get chopped down and stripped and cooked and boiled and drained and dried and flattened and then transformed into pieces of paper that were all delicately made by hand. It’s a lovely process to watch, especially since it’s so damn soothing.


27 Aug 06:00

I Need LG's Foldable Keyboard In My Life

by Luke Hopewell - Gizmodo Australia

“Hello, LG? Yes, this is Luke. Go ahead and take as much of my money as it takes to get this keyboard-based sorcery into my travel bag.”


26 Aug 16:33

flyartproductions: You just Father Lathuille’s typeAt Father...


You just Father Lathuille’s type

At Father Lathuille (1879), Edouard Manet / Show Me, Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown

27 Aug 01:23

nemfrog: Postpartum confinement. Jacques-Fabien...


Postpartum confinement. Jacques-Fabien Gautier-Dagoty._Anatomie des parties de la génération, et de ce qui concerne la grossesse et l'accouchement_ 1775

26 Aug 22:11


by Leticia Roncero
27 Aug 02:40

LG made a solid, roll-up keyboard for your tablet or giant smartphone

by Mat Smith
To the untrained eye, LG's new Bluetooth keyboard looks like a (very long) mobile battery, but that's because it's all bundled up. Unfurl the Rolly and you'll get a "full-size" keyboard that automatically switches on and connects to your nearest (LG?...
26 Aug 17:30

The Amount of Sleep You Should Get at Night to Be Happiest the Next Day

by Melanie Pinola

It’s no secret that sleep significantly affects our mood and performance the next day. How many hours of sleep is the sweet spot, though? Jawbone’s study offers concrete recommendations.


26 Aug 14:07

Istanbul castle restored, now looks like SpongeBob SquarePants

by Laura Vitto

Not all restoration attempts are welcome

Take for example, the hilariously botched Ecce Homo or, for some, the restoration of Istanbul's Şile Castle.


Sure, the old castle appeared to be crumbling to pieces, but some critics think the ongoing facelift has turned the historical landmark into a towering homage to SpongeBob.

In Şile, restoration of the @SpongeBob castle was

— Çağlar Lale (@caglale) August 26, 2015

Sile Castle, Istanbul @FacesPics

— Arda Akay (@ardaakay) August 26, 2015

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26 Aug 14:53

Oh God Spiders Are Using Textspeak Now

by Rob Bricken

Photographer Heather Ar’ite stumbled upon this web, created by a spider with more than a passing familiarity with online chatting. What was it lol-ing at, I wonder? Did it see a caterpillar trip? Did a fly escape its web only to fly directly into another spider’s web? Did it lay eggs in my ear while I was sleeping? Because if I so, I’m immediately going to start ROTFS (rolling on the floor, screaming).


25 Aug 01:28

This dual cannon machine gun that shoots fireworks is so much bad ass fun

by Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

You probably thought you had a nice summer. Maybe you got a little bit of color, maybe you sunk your toes into some sand, maybe you had a drink with an umbrella in it. But no, your summer was not that fun. Because when you see this crazy guy shoot Roman Candle fireworks with dual machine guns, nothing can be as fun as that.


26 Aug 03:03

Heaps of fluffy yellow chicks swarm Chinese highway after truck accident

by Victoria Ho

A truck carrying little chicks on a highway in Shandong, China, tipped on Wednesday morning, releasing its cargo of tens of thousands of the yellow birds onto the road and grass

ChinaFotoPress reports that other commuters on the highway in cars and bicycles stopped to help the driver gather his fluffy passengers. Nearby villagers also came to help.


Image: ChinaFotoPress


Image: ChinaFotoPress


Image: ChinaFotoPress

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More about China, Animals, Asia, Cute Animals, and Watercooler
26 Aug 03:00