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Archive for July, 2012

Animated Short – Mountain

(Vimeo Link) This animated short is called Mountain, and even though it was created with minimalist vector shapes it’s rich with depth, animated motion and expression. It was created by David Prosser of Studio AKA, and it was inspired by a trip he took to Seoul, South Korea. I really like the character designs, and the story kept [...]

Break Dancing Gorilla

This gorilla has got some moves! Meet Zola, the break dancing gorilla: Zola, nine-years old, is one of eight Western lowland gorillas currently living at the Calgary Zoo as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Gorilla Species Survival Plan. He loves to play in water and keepers regularly give him the opportunity to do [...]

Do Spiders Need All Eight Legs?

Why do spiders have so many legs (besides giving us the creeps)? Alain Pasquet and colleagues noticed that more than 1 in 10 spiders caught in the wild are missing one of their eight legs, so they decided to see whether spiders with fewer limbs suffer any disadvantage when it comes to spinning webs: Based on [...]

The Dangers of Texting While Walking

Texting while driving is dangerous, but what about texting while walking? As this video clip by the Associated Press shows, “distracted walking” got one man to fall onto train tracks! Hit play or go to Link [YouTube]

Breaking Into Jail

The barbed wire fence that surrounds the jail is usually there to keep inmates from escaping, not people breaking in, but that’s exactly what happened in Butler Countay Jail in Hamilton, Ohio: Deputies responded to the rear of the Butler County Jail at about 7:30 a.m. and found Tiffany R. Hurd, 36, trying to climb over [...]

Tie a Bow Tie with Bill Nye

If you’re sartorially challenged and never learned to tie a bowtie, like Chris Hardwick of Nerdist, take heart … and learn from the master: Bill Nye the Science Guy. Take a look (and then listen to his podcast with Bill): Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] – via The Daily What Got that? Maybe you should [...]

When Rainbows Embrace Global Cities

Give your eyes a rest and a reward: photographs of rainbows over cityscapes all over the world. Take note of where the pot of gold in Los Angeles hides! Shown here is a rainbow over Istanbul. See the rest at Environmental Graffiti. Link (Image credit: Flickr user Erman Akdogan)

8 Cakes For Completely Inappropriate Occasions

Cake Wrecks has a collection of cakes that aren’t necessarily wrecks, but were baked for the strangest reasons. I mean, it was nice to have a”get well cake” made, but this decorating scheme seems like you’re just rubbing it in. See the rest at Cake Wrecks, but keep in mind that some refer to adult [...]

7 Schools Where Streaking Is an Organized Sport

Getty Images At some schools, stripping down is a serious sport. Here are seven colleges that place streaking on par with other organized athletic endeavors. 1. Hamilton College Hamilton College’s varsity streaking team, Streak to Win, is dedicated to destroying the competition with their athletic prowess and, of course, bare skin. Like any sports team, they have [...]

Google Fiber

If Google gets enough people to sign up, they may offer a fiber-optic network that will compete with your local cable provider. With lower prices. The Google Fiber initiative is starting out in Kansas City. Essentially, you have to pay a hookup fee of $300, but this can be mitigated the same way cell service is [...]