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#187 – Week of September 5, 2012 Time Travel: Color Photos of Paris in 1914 – [unique collection] Inside the Yakuza Gang (with Photos) – [interesting] Epic Fight: Shark vs. Octopus – [wow video] Magnificent Ejection Event on the Sun – [space pic] Parking Lambo in a Living Room, Bonus – [wow videos] Super Link: Most Watched TED Talks – [got [...]

Magic Musician Chairs

(YouTube link) This lovely performance is from the closing ceremony of the World Shanghai Exposition in 2010. We are used to seeing dancers fly through the air on by invisible wires, but what are the musicians sitting on? -via Arbroath

Chinese Product Placement in The Big Bang Theory

by Yiping Yang/Latitude News American companies place products in films and television shows all the time. Now Chinese brands are also getting into the act, placing their products in American movies and television programs that Chinese viewers watch. The Big Bang Theory is an example. The show consistently attracts high ratings among American viewers. It is also [...]

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 [...]

Sock Portrait

Coffee, a basketball…and now socks! Hong Yi makes portraits using materials you’d never think of. Her latest work is a rendering of Chinese filmmaker Yimou Zhang in socks. She was inspired by the most ordinary of sights in Shanghai: socks hanging out to dry on bamboo rods. “To me,” she writes, “that was incredibly beautiful.” Link [...]

Vhils Pays A Visit To Shanghai

Super original street artist Vhils is back with more of his urban deconstruction artworks, which are created by carving the details of each portrait into the walls to expose what lies beneath. I like to think of his works as artistic erosion, and his skills are undeniable because they’re written in stone. Check out his new [...]

Should Wearing Pajamas In Public Be Banned?

Do you like to go about town wearing comfy pajama pants? Not in Shreveport, Louisiana, you won’t … if a local parish commissioner has his way! Caddo Parish District 3 Commission Michael Williams said it was [...]

11 Wars That Led to Natural Disasters

An hour ago, we discussed 11 Natural Disasters That Led to Wars. Let’s switch that around. 1. Flooding of Babylon, 689 BCE The Assyrians still rank as one of history’s meanest groups of people: skinning captives alive, throwing babies on spears — all in a day’s work for these brutal empire-builders in the ancient Near East. So [...]

Pulled From the Rubble: 4 Amazing Stories of Survival

A Turkish rescuer searches for earthquake survivors in Van province of Turkey. © Ma Yan/Xinhua Press/Corbis When two-week-old Azra Karaduman was pulled from what was left of a seven-story apartment building 47 hours after a devastating earthquake leveled parts of Turkey, spectators marveled that such a tiny morsel of humanity could survive such a horrific ordeal. But [...]

Astronomers debate China UFO origin

A large glowing sphere sighted hovering over Shanghai and Beijing has astronomers talking. The East China Air Traffic Control Bureau were alerted of t…