background preloader

Interesting

Facebook Twitter

The Dark Secrets of the Bird World. 66 million years ago, a large asteroid about six miles in diameter smashed into what is present-day Mexico.

The Dark Secrets of the Bird World

It was the most unpleasant thing you can imagine for everyone here at the time, and it ended up causing the extinction of over 75% of species, including all the dinosaurs. Right? It killed off all the dinosaurs—that’s how the story goes. Right? The thing is, when we picture dinosaurs, we picture large, reptile-looking guys tramping about on land being dicks. But there were also a lot of other kinds of dinosaurs, including some with feathers who could fly. Birds aren’t just the descendants of dinosaurs, they are dinosaurs.

Birds are close relatives of the notorious Velociraptor—they share a common ancestor with it from the Jurassic period. 100,000 Stars. Ancient Egyptian Beauty - Nefertem. Volume I, Number 5 October 1st, 2000 The Egyptian pantheon is a particularly huge and fluid one, with a wide array of deities floating in and out of one another's myths.

Ancient Egyptian Beauty - Nefertem

Because of the vast quantity and because of limitations of space, collections of mythology are forced to edit, choosing to spotlight certain deities as being most important while relegating others to the lesser ranks. Which deities are chosen as important often reveals more about the modern editor and his or her culture than about the ancient Egyptians themselves. Symbols of West Africa. Illustrations Of Unusual And Rarely Spoken Words. Recumbentibus—A knockout punch, either verbal or physical.

Illustrations Of Unusual And Rarely Spoken Words

The Irish illustration duo of James and Michael Fizgarald, or also known as The Project Twins, have come up with a series of illustrations that visually represent rarely spoken and heard of words. In their series called ‘A-Z of Unusual Words’, the meaning of the words have been visually defined in the form of a whimsical poster—which can be purchased on their website. Here are some of their ‘informative’ posters: Acersecomic—A Person whose hair has never been cut. Harmartia—The character flaw or error of a tragic hero.

Innovative ideas that let us live on water. U.S. & World Population Clock. The Top 1000. Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations. The Young Girl Who's Best Friends with African Wildlife. Born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi Degré had a most unusual childhood.

The Young Girl Who's Best Friends with African Wildlife

The young girl grew up in the African desert and developed an uncommon bond with many untamed animals including a 28-year old African elephant named Abu, lion cubs, giraffes, an Ostrich, a mongoose, crocodiles, a baby zebra, a cheetah, giant bullfrogs, and even a snake. Africa was her home for many years and Tippi became friends with the ferocious animals and tribespeople of Namibia. As a young child, the French girl said, “I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends. " Parents Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert documented Tippi's life and relationships with the African wildlife and transformed those moments into captivating books and movies. Looking past some fairly obvious and natural parental worries, Tippi had the most amazing upbringing.

Via [Messy Nessy Chic] Creation Stories. 30 Really Informative and Beautiful Infographics. Infographics are another sources of interesting information, when you are in need of some.

30 Really Informative and Beautiful Infographics

Reading boring, long, color-less articles isn’t such attractive and interesting rather than reading and viewing facts, numbers in an illustrated way. In the round-up of this week, we have compiled more than 30 nice-looking, well-designed and informative posters and infographics. Top 10 Mind Maps. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed.

Top 10 Mind Maps

Thanks for visiting! My personal favourite Mind Maps There are dozens of wonderful Mind Map examples around the World all helping to combat information overload and provide us with excellent learning opportunities. The visual impact of Mind Maps can be striking in so many different and often unique ways, with diverse styles and formats working equally well. As more Maps get created around the World I may add to the list. 1. The Creative Intelligence Mind Map by Alan & Emily Burton displays a wonderful blend of artistic skill, colour and imagination.

57 maps that will challenge what you thought you knew about the world. THERE’S SO MUCH MORE to the world than we can usually glean from a map of a place.

57 maps that will challenge what you thought you knew about the world

Topography. Topography (from Greek τόπος topos, "place", and γράφω graphō, "write") is a field of planetary science comprising the study of surface shape and features of the Earth and other observable astronomical objects including planets, moons, and asteroids.

Topography

It is also the description of such surface shapes and features (especially their depiction in maps). The topography of an area could also mean the surface shape and features themselves. In general, topography is concerned with local detail in general, including not only relief but also natural and artificial features, and even local history and culture. This meaning is less common in America, where topographic maps with elevation contours have made "topography" synonymous with relief. The Internet map. Functional Swords Medieval Weapons Armour Daggers Knives and Japanese Swords. Functional Swords Finally.

Functional Swords Medieval Weapons Armour Daggers Knives and Japanese Swords

Steampunk Accessories.