Posts in May, 2013

Pictures of a goofy-looking Hitler as a child, with kids, and in other unflattering circumstances

// May 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945), the Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the Nazi Party rose to be chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. Before that, he was just a goof-looking nobody who longed for attention (which is certainly got). Here’s a set of […]

Uh, is anyone else creeped out by this odd, rectangle-shaped nebula found in our galaxy?

// May 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Aren’t nebulae supposed to be, well, round. And blood-red in color to cap off the creepiness factor. What gives? Astronomers think they *may* be able explain away the Red Rectangle Nebula’s odd shape as an optical illusion but its crimson color still has them scratching their heads.

Scientists discovered well-preserved, flowing Wooly Mammoth blood in Siberia

// May 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Russian scientists announced this week that they have found the body of a well-preserved fully-grown female mammoth trapped in the ice in Siberia. The creature has extremely well-preserved muscle tissue (colored a natural, fresh meat color) and shockingly, well-preserved, flowing blood. The pools of blood were found in cavities underneath the belly of the beast. […]

The AVE Mizar – the historic “Flying Pinto” car that ended up killing its inventor

// May 30th, 2013 // No Comments » // Technology

Man’s’ preoccupation with the capability to escape his earthly domain and soar amongst the clouds has led to innumerable ingenious methods of getting aloft. Some methods have been practical – others not so much. Case in point – the AVE Mizar flying car, affectionately known as “The Flying Pinto”. Yes, “Pinto”, as in the “death […]

Russian daredevil sets world record base jumping off Mount Everest

// May 29th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment News

Valery Rozov, a Russian daredevil, claimed a world base jumping record this month in a leap off the north face of Mount Everest using a special wingsuit built for the occasion. The jump was from 23,687 feet (7,220 meters) to a glacier below at 19,521 feet (5,950 meters). Rozov glided for over a minute reaching […]

Reality matches movie special effects – watch this 900-foot burning wooden bridge come crashing down in Texas

// May 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment News

Reality matches movie special effects in this video of a burning wooden bridge in San Saba, Texas. The 900-foot railroad bridge runs across the Colorado River between San Saba and Lometa in the state of Texas. Firefighters spent 15 hours attempting to extinguish the fire, but lacking the proper equipment, they eventually gave up, deciding […]

Mind = Blown. Watch 14-year-old female guitar prodigy nail Holy Grail of guitar solos – Van Halen’s Eruption

// May 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // Moves, TV, and Music News

There’s a reason why Van Halen cover bands have always been few and far between – nobody can touch Eddie Van Halen’s guitar work. As we see in this video however, 14-year-old guitar prodigy “Tina S.” is no ordinary guitarist. Watch Tina nail one of the most difficult guitar solo’s of all time – Van […]

Believe it or not – this intricate rose flower is thinner than a strand of human hair

// May 23rd, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Harvard engineers created this tiny flower using a technique called “hierarchical microarchitectures”. The tiny but intricate plant shapes, such as vases, flowers, and leaves, begin with a glass plate dipped into a mixture of silicon and minerals (most importantly, barium chloride salts). As the solution solidifies, engineers make minor adjustments to the environment in order […]

Irish potato famine mystery finally solved, 168 years later

// May 22nd, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Scientists believe that they have finally solved the question of what caused the Irish potato famine which destroyed potato crops in Ireland causing the deaths of millions of people. A research team from Norwich, England, used dried leaf cuttings, some of which were nearly 170 years old, to reconstruct the spread of the HERB-1 strain […]

Which direction is this train traveling? Optical illusion roars through Internet

// May 22nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment News

Robbie Khan of Robbie Khan Photography created this cool animated gif using four frames he shot at a train station in England. He says it is his first .gif and oh boy, what a strange result he achieved with the final pic. Depending on your mood at the time, the train can appear to be […]

Videographer captures birth of Moore, Oklahoma tornado and its evolution into a EF-5 monster

// May 21st, 2013 // No Comments » // Meteorology and Weather News

While the devastation from yesterday’s tornado in Moore, Oklahoma boggles the mind, the video below may prove even more astonishing. An unknown (but brave) videographer managed to capture not only the birth of the tornado in Newcastle, Oklahoma, but also its evolution from a small twister to the massive EF-5 monster that leveled homes and […]

Levi shows off 132-year-old pair of jeans – the world’s oldest blue jeans

// May 21st, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment News

Levi Strauss showed off a weathered pair of buckle-back dungaree blue jeans that date all the way back to 1879, and they’re worth more than their weight in gold: insured for $150,000. The first pair of riveted denim jeans (they were riveted at stress points in the pants) was patented by Levi Strauss and his […]

World’s best surfers ride some of the biggest and baddest waves last week in Tahiti

// May 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Check out this awesome footage of surfers hitting the massive waves at Teahupoo in Tahiti on May 13, 2013. A big swell hit the infamous Pacific surf break this week with waves hitting up to 30 feet in height. Teahupoo is dangerous, with waves breaking over an extremely shallow corral reef only 20 inches beneath […]

World’s oldest flowing water found in Canada 1.5 miles underground – scientists testing for life

// May 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Canadian and British scientists announced last week that they have discovered the world’s oldest flowing water deep under an Ontario copper and zinc mine in Canada. The scientists recovered the water through boreholes drilled underneath the mine. The cache of water was discovered 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) underground and is believed to date from 1.5 […]

Russian explorers prove it’s possible to drive from Russia to Canada across North Pole

// May 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

It took two and a half months at a speed of only 6.2 MPH but Russian explorers have proven that it is indeed possible to drive from Russia to Canada across the North Pole. The seven Russian explorers drove a custom-made bus in an effort to road test the automobile over ice and water. It’s […]

“Crazy Ants” invade the south and are so mean, they’re even driving the Fire Ants away

// May 19th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Crazy Ants were first discovered in Houston in 2002 by pest control worker Tom Rasberry (and hence are often referred to as “Crazy Rasberry Ants”). The Nylanderia fulva bite is less painful than that of the Fire Ant but they multiply in far greater numbers – and poison ant baits do not effect them. Researchers […]