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The Surprisingly Manly History of Hot Cocoa

Before chocolate candy was developed, cocoa was almost always a drink. And far before chocolate milk became a kid’s staple, cacao was a manly beverage, reserved for warriors. Cacao was cultivated and consumed by the Olmecs and Mayans, but is most famously associated with the Aztec civilization. Montezuma the II, who kept a huge storehouse of [...]

The Perfect Scent: Chanel No. 5

How do you make the perfect perfume? Start with one that already failed twice. Octogenarians are rarely described as “seductive.” But when a 2009 poll asked 3,000 British newspaper readers to name the world’s most seductive scent, the winner was no spring chicken. Nearly nine decades after its creation, Chanel No. 5 took the title. The [...]

Street View Comes to Town -on a Tricycle!

Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada, isn’t the northernmost place mapped by Google Street View, but it is one of the most inaccessible. There are no cars there, just a few trucks. The citizens get around on snowmobiles, and traffic in and out of the community of 1,477 people is by plane. Everyone there know how to [...]

Celestial Lights

Celestial Lights is an absolutely gorgeous stop motion video clip by Ole C. Salomonsen of Arctic Light Photo about the northern lights. Ole filmed the video in the northern parts of Norway, Finland and [...]

5 Fictional Bears and Whether They’d Kill You

From docile to deadly, we’ve ranked our favorite fictional bears by your likelihood of surviving an unplanned run-in with them. Paddington Bear Andean Bear The only bears native to Paddington’s home country of Peru, Andeans are docile omnivores. When they see (or smell) a human, their first move is to bolt up a tree. Unless you’re packing one [...]

Pleonasms

The word is new to me: pleonasm, a phrase that uses more words than necessary to get a point across. Here are examples you’ve probably heard: 1. Nape of the neck. There’s only one nape, and it’s the back of your neck. It’s possible we get confused by the “scruffs” of animals’ necks since there are [...]

Say Pleonasm: 9 Common Phrases Longer Than They Need to Be

The word pleonasm describes phrases that use more words than necessary to get across a point. Sometimes a pleonasm is used for effect. Other times it’s just redundant. Here are some examples people use all the time. Add your own in the comments. Neck image via Shutterstock 1. Nape of the neck. There’s only one nape, and [...]

11 Amazing Sharks You Should Get to Know Better

by David Shiffman David Shiffman is a Ph.D. student at the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, where his research focuses on shark behavior, ecology, and conservation. Make him feel welcome! Quick—think of a shark! What did it look like? Most people are only familiar with the sharks that make the news for [...]

When Real Life Looks Like Skyrim

No, that’s not a scene from the best role playing game of 2011, it’s actually a photo of an auroral storm over Arctic Henge in northern Iceland. Sure video game programers are talented artists, but pictures like this remind us that they have to get their inspiration somewhere. Link Via Kotaku

Heavy Bombers: Fearsome Angels of the Cold War

“QUANTUM SHOT” #766 Link – article by Avi Abrams It was a warfare of intimidation and a game of fear: and so it bred monstrous planes, pregnant with the load of ominous bombs For all who lived through Cold War, or have heard the stories and seen the movies, the most [...]