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Tortoise MMA

(Video Link) In an arena in Amsterdam, two testudinal combatants battle for dominance. Their moves are so fast that if you blink, you miss the takedown. -via Yababoon

Want to Encourage Cycling? Forget about Helmets

Elizabeth Rosenthal writes in the New York Times that strongly encouraging bicyclists to wear helmets creates the false impression that bicycling is dangerous. This is a statistically unsound fear that discourages people from riding. So advocates for bicycling should stop pressuring people to wear helmets: On the other hand, many researchers say, if you force or [...]

Meet the Fokkens

In the Netherlands, where prostitution is legal, there are about 25,000 prostitutes but two in particular really stood out. Meet the Fokkens, 70-year-old identical twins Louise and Martine who have the remarkable distinction of [...]

8 Underdog Nations and Their Memorable Olympic Performances

This week, the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada won its first Olympic medal when 19-year-old Kirani James took the gold in the 400-meter dash. With a population of 104,000, Grenada is the 17th-smallest country in the world, and now the smallest nation to win a gold medal.¬†Here’s a look back at eight other great Olympic [...]

The Nutmeg Wars

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Curiously Compelling Bathroom Reader. In the 17th century, all Europe was mad to have the little brown nut from Indonesia- nutmeg. Especially the Dutch, who monopolized its cultivation and, in doing so, built their tiny nation into one of the wealthiest trading powers on the planet. BACKGROUND Spices have [...]

11 Notable Medalists in the Olympic Art Competitions

We’ve been taking a look back at the fine art competitions that originated in ancient Greece and were revived as part of the modern Olympics from 1912 to 1948. Here are a few of the more notable medalists over the years. 1. Baron Pierre de Coubertin The founder of the International Olympic Committee and the man [...]

Most Epic Engine Rebuild

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Most Epic Engine Rebuild The guy who made this awesome stop-motion animation called it “11 Months, 3000 pictures and a lot of coffee” (dark roasted coffee, we’re sure). He stripped down an old engine and completely rebuilt it, all the while taking pictures. The music is “In The Hall Of [...]

11 Countries Where Same-Sex Marriage is Legal

© Kimberly White/Corbis On Tuesday, North Carolina voted to amend their constitution making gay marriage illegal. In response, on Wednesday President Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage. It will probably be a long time before anything is decided here. But eleven other countries have already legalized gay marriage. Here are their stories. 1. The Netherlands In [...]

11 Cool bridges from around the world

1. The Moses Bridge, Neverthlands Designed by architecture group RO & AD, The Moses Bridge is constructed out of Accoya wood, a hi-tech wood that is supposedly harder and more durable than some of the best tropical woods. It is treated with a nontoxic anti-fungal coating to maintain its split-the-water functionality. 2. Da Vinci Bridge, Norway A bridge [...]

Bone Telescope

The 18th century telescope above, found in an excavation in Amsterdam, is quite unusual: it’s made of bone. Ranging in length from roughly 3 to 5 inches (80 to 140 millimeters), the telescopes were made using cattle metatarsal bone. [...]