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World War I Centennial: Confusion Reigns in Constantinople

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 [...]

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 [...]

Giant Fork Driven into a Car

Go ahead and call your insurance company. You now have a story that its employees will never forget. Actually, this is an ad in Nantes, France. It was made by the street theater company Royal de Luxe for IDM, a housewares retailer. Link -via Copyranter Previously by Royale de Luxe: Attack of the 20 Foot Marionettes Sultan’s Elephant

Amazing Automatons: Ancient Robots & Victorian Androids

“QUANTUM SHOT” #667Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Industrious Little Creatures, Full of Gears and Wonder When we say that today’s rapidly changing technology is set to transform the way we live in unimaginable ways, we should remember that people thought much the same thing in earlier centuries – whether in the time of [...]

Putin’s New Puppy and Other Snuggly Diplomatic Gifts

© Pierre Marsaut/ZUMA Press/Corbis Last week, during their meeting about the South Stream gas transit pipeline and other large-scale energy projects, Bulgarian Premier Boyko Borisov gave Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin a Karakachan puppy, which he nuzzled in front of the cameras. Throughout history, many other world leaders have exchanged animals. From showing might to making [...]

Sultan Kosen world’s tallest man at 8ft

Sultan Kosen world’s tallest man at 8ft 1in At 8ft 1in tall, he stands head and shoulders above the competition. But finding love is still proving a tall order for Sultan Kosen. Yesterday, as the 27-year-old Turk officially claimed the record of the world’s tallest man, he said he hoped his new-found fame would help him find a [...]