Posts in January, 2014

Sexist, racist, funny, or inappropriate advertisements – you decide…

// January 31st, 2014 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Amnesty International is known for using shock tactics in their ads and this one is no exception

Continuing our ongoing saga of controversial advertisements, this week’s batch is particularly interesting. Some are funny. Some are disturbing. Some are just creepy. And some we’re not sure if the advertisers meant to portray what our eyes are telling us. Your call.

Top 50 by Nirvana – Kurt Cobain lists his all-time favorite albums

// January 30th, 2014 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Nirvana front man, Kurt Cobain, hand-scrawled a list of his all-time favorite albums. Published in Kurt Cobain’s Journals (a collection of writings and drawings by Cobain), it was titled “Top 50 by Nirvana” and included a few fascinating surprises.

Fascinating optical illusion – what do you see in this picture?

// January 29th, 2014 // No Comments » // Entertainment

In the picture below, do you see a man standing on the shores of a lake, reflections of trees on the water? Now rotate the picture 90 degrees counterclockwise to see what is really portrayed in this photograph.

Wow! Stunning picture of Milky Way taken from Northern Chile

// January 29th, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

NASA published this stunning photograph today featuring the road that connects the Northern Cross and Southern Cross – the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. Taken from Laguna Cejar in Northern Chile by Nicholas Buer, the photo was shot in October, just after sunset. Included in the photo are the Moon, Venus (above/left of […]

Wave your hands in the air and dance like the Peacock Spider

// January 29th, 2014 // No Comments » // Science

This festive little critter knows how to party. It’s fancy name is Maratus volans but we prefer the more descriptive term, peacock spider (or “gliding spider”), a species of jumping spider with colorful red, blue, black, and green flap-like extensions on its abdomen that it raises for display during mating. The colorful little showboat’s artistic […]

More Snowden leaks – now we find NSA is scraping data from mobile games

// January 28th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The Guardian and New York Times revealed today that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart, GCHQ, have been working to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the popular Angry Birds game (which according to the report, was used as a “case study” in smartphone surveillance). According to top-secret documents leaked by […]

Reminder – this is war

// January 28th, 2014 // No Comments » // Military

Below is a purported before-and-after shot of a popular street in Syria both before and after a bomb exploded.

Get ready to waste hours finding hidden Easter-eggs in Microsoft’s new mind-blowing Gigapixel interactive Seattle image

// January 28th, 2014 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Get ready to spend mindless (but fun) hours exploring Microsoft’s new GIGAPIXEL interactive image of Seattle. Why would a picture of Seattle be so much fun? For one, the interactive hi-def image is a mind-boggling 20,000 megapixel super high-resolution 360-degree panorama of Seattle integrated with humorous, hidden Easter-egg shots of local artists. The result is […]

China’s lunar rover may have just experienced a catastrophic failure – world holds breath (update)

// January 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

China’s Jade Rabbit lunar rover is a little over a month into its three-month lunar exploration mission. Today the Chinese State Administration of Space, Technology, and Industry for National Defense has said the rover has experience a “mechanical control abnormality” that was the result of a “complicated lunar surface environment”. In other words, it’s stuck […]

Beautiful animal and nature photographs that’ll put a smile on your face – Part 1

// January 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // Science

Stop and smell the roses? Sometimes is helps to take the time to recognize the beauty of the world that we live in. Here is a collection of nature photographs that will surely put a smile on your face.

Nearby record-breaking M82 supernova continues to grow brighter

// January 24th, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Three days ago, a white dwarf exploded in the nearby M82 galaxy (aka Messier 82, Starburst Galaxy, or the Cigar Galaxy), the closest galaxy to our own. The explosion created the closest, and brightest, supernova seen by man in over a quarter of a century. In fact, the explosion is so bright, backyard astronomers are […]

Modern day ads can still be racist, sexist, or controversial

// January 24th, 2014 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Earlier we published an article showing examples of vintage ads that were surprisingly sexiest (by modern-day standards). Still, modern ads continue to push the envelope withs ads that are cunningly sexist, racist, or otherwise controversial. Check out the examples below.

To modern-man, the sexist portrayals in these old ads seem unbelievable

// January 20th, 2014 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Chase and Sanborn Coffee shows us what it was like in the 50's

Sex in advertising is nothing new but thirty years ago, advertisers felt women could push a vacuum cleaner but couldn’t drive a car. Check out these vintage sexist ads that’ll remind you that times have indeed changed

Uh, Hello… What were these advertisers thinking?!?!

// January 17th, 2014 // No Comments » // Entertainment

This advertisement for Baby Soft is just creepy

Advertisers are paid to be creative, apparently with or without a conscience. Check out the ads below for which we pose the questions, “WTF were these advertisers thinking?!?”

Target/Neiman Marcus POS hacks – point-of-sale malware attack vector not that complex after all

// January 17th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

In late 2013, two major retailers were hit with up to a half-dozen more major retailers exploited without even knowing it. In Target’s case, where credit and bank card data was collected from November 27, 2013 through December 15, 2013, 40 million credit card numbers were obtained by the hackers, impacting more than 70 million […]

Unusually high sulfur content causes Kawah Ijen volcano to spew beautiful, brilliant, spectral blue lava

// January 13th, 2014 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Kawah Ijen, part of the Ijen volcano complex, is a group of stratovolcanoes in East Java, Indonesia. With an active crater that’s over 200 meters deep, the volcano complex is also home to the world’s largest turquoise-colored acidic lake, full of sulfuric acid, that produces a highly-unusual effect on the volcano’s lava flows. Instead of […]