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Chocolate Express

People all over the world – join hands. Start a chocolate train, a chocolate train. That’s how that song goes right? I think I might prefer a chocolate train (photo L’Avenir) over a love train. Love can be tough, but chocolate… …chocolate is always there for you. Chocolate doesn’t let you down or leave you [...]

Underwater Rifle

Enemies can be anywhere, so during the 1970s, the Soviet Union developed guns that could fire underwater. This selective fire rifle, the APS (Avtomat Podvodnyj Spetsialnyj), was among them. It could fire 5.66 mm darts from a 26-round magazine through a smoothbore barrel. The APS was deployed at least once: The Russian government has publicly acknowledged [...]

World War I Centennial: Britain and France Team Up (Sort Of)

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

Incredible Sunken Ships

Take a tour of the most photogenic sunken ships all over the world -or at least the part that’s underwater. It’s whole lot easier than diving down all those places yourself! Shown is a close-up of Tugboat Rozi, sunk off the coast of Malta. Link (Image credit: Flickr user DiveKarma)

The Size of Web Empires

Webempire is a tool that imagines what websites would look like if their traffic reflected their populations. Neatorama would be the same size as Malta, and could fill the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin five times. Of course, we already have our own island. Link via The Presurfer

Great Christian Art by Really Lousy Christians

by Elizabeth Lunday If you want to paint a saint, it’s best to hire a sinner. Artist: Caravaggio Sins: murder; punching a monk in the gut Religious art in the late 16th century had become pretty standard stuff, full of beautiful Madonnas, chubby cherubs, and handsome saints. But Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio changed all that by painting what [...]