9 Strange Sounds No One Can Explain Everyone has a favorite Wikipedia rabbit hole. Mine is “List of Unexplained Sounds.” I can’t remember how I first made my way to the page, but its array of sonic mysteries has shown me that while space is incredible, our planet is its own frontier of intrigue and unexplainable phenomena. 1. Upsweep Upsweep is an unidentified sound that’s existed at least since the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory began recording SOSUS—an underwater sound surveillance system with listening stations around the world—in 1991. 2. The Whistle was recorded on July 7, 1997, and only one hydrophone—the underwater microphones used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—picked it up. 3. Bloop is the big kahuna in unexplained sounds. That’s where things get eerie. 4. Julia was recorded on March 1, 1999, lasted for roughly 15 seconds, and was loud enough to be heard by the entire Equatorial Pacific Ocean hydrophone array. 5. 6. 7. 9. 52-Hertz whale
A Brief History of Yippee-Ki-Yay Twenty-five years ago this week, the action movie Die Hard opened and Bruce Willis uttered that famous line. But where does the yippee-ki-yay part come from? (If you’re more interested in the origins of the second half of that saying, check out this article from Slate.) Let’s break it down. The yip part of yippee is old. Yip is imitative in origin but probably also influenced by the 16th century yelp, which has an even older meaning of “boasting, vainglorious speaking.” The yips are “nervousness or tension that causes an athlete to fail to perform effectively, especially in missing short putts in golf.” Yippee came about after yip. Yippie with an -ie refers to “a member of a group of politically radical hippies, active especially during the late 1960s.” Now how about the whole phrase, yippee-ki-yay? Do cowboys really say this? Tagged as: bruce willis, die hard, yippee ki yay
25 GIFs of Dogs Who Failed Super Hard in 2014 (But We Love Them Anyway) Puppies and Gentledawgs, it’s that time of the year when we do round ups of schtuff. Everyone wagged, everyone wiggled and all in all twas a pretty good year. However, these dogs might beg to differ. Even pup parents who have the best intentions generally have to face pups who get into all sorts of shenaningans. And once we’re assured they’re fine, well, that’s when we laugh at them (not with ‘em. at ‘em). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.
Ice Bucket Challenge Doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July–August 2014. In the US, many people participate for the ALS Association, and in the UK, many people participate for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, although some individuals have opted to donate their money from the Ice Bucket Challenge to other organizations. The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. Origin The origins of the idea of dumping cold water on one's head to raise money for charity are unclear and have been attributed to multiple sources. Shifting focus to ALS Rules Effects Criticism Health risks On August 22, 2014, Dr. Other
Einstein's Brain How Smart Can We Get? David Pogue Terri Randall Sian Beilock Profile Joshua Seftel Joshua Seftel & Tobey List NOVA scienceNOW Julia Cort Stephanie Mills Elizabeth Benjes Brian Edgerton Christopher Rife Kate Becker Jedd Ehrmann Marc Vives Jill Landaker Grunes Jake Hubbard Catherine Bright Minna Kane Adam Talaid Michael Reichman Joseph Friedman Austin De Besche Charlie Macarone Jim Gallup Brian Lucas Jake Hubbard David Margolies Hero 4 Hire Creative Scorekeeper's Music Evan Anthony Bill Cavanaugh Rob Chapman Steve Benjamin Brendan McNamara Dan Puzio Laura Klein Olaf Steel David Marantz Fred Lepore Bettmann/Corbis Underwood & Underwood/Corbis Corbis AFP/Getty Images iStockphoto/Lightguard iStockphoto/pop_jop CLIPAREA/Pond5 William Seeley, Unravelling Bolero, Brain 2008 Vol. 131 1 39-49, by permission of Oxford University Press Associated Press Chris Hondros/Getty Images Jack & Beverly Wilgus Sangeeta Bhatia Charles Jennings Richard Lifton Neil Shubin Rudy Tanzi yU + co. Walter Werzowa John Luker Musikvergnuegen, Inc.
QWOP About QWOP is a Flash-based video game created by independent game developer Bennett Foddy, in which the player attempts to run down a track to cross a finish line. The game is known for its intentionally frustrating control system, with each limb being controlled individually. Origin According to an article in the gaming blog Gamasutra, Bennett Foddy began learning how to create video games while procrastinating from completing his dissertation in philoshophy. Spread On November 10th, 2008, the game was posted on the community blog MetaFilter, which included the description “QWOP is difficult. On December 6th, YouTuber Ray William Johnson included a clip of the game in an episode of his web series “=3.” MoMA Exhibition On July 27th, 2011, QWOP was featured at the Musuem of Modern Art in New York City as part of an event called “Arcade” hosted by the videogame art and culture company Kill Screen. Notable Examples Images Videos Search Interest External References
WWF – Wonder World Fur On the occasion of 40 years of WWF France, Marcel and Publicis Argentina have designed a campaign imagining the creation of a new line of clothing and accessories based on imaginary animal fur called Wonder World Fur, whose collection is on sale. Very successful shots made by Mark Seliger and two films diverting fashion codes to discover more. Tricycle House pedal-powered RV offers lots of home comforts The idea of living life on the road in an RV can be appealing. Unfortunately, most RV’s aren’t very environmentally friendly, nor are they self-sufficient. However, the Tricycle House isn’t like most RV’s, as it relies on pedal power to move between destinations, and boasts several pieces of clever folding furniture to provide those much-needed home comforts. View all Conceived by architectural firm People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO) for 2012’s “Get It Louder” Exhibition in Beijing, the Tricycle House addresses the fact that private ownership of land is not permitted in China. The Tardis-like house structure is affixed to a tricycle and constructed from polypropylene (a thermoplastic polymer). The images produced by PIDO impart a real sense of the attention to detail which has been accomplished, with an ingenious series of drawers, shelves and fold-away cupboards all packed into the miniature mobile home. Source: People's Industrial Design Office via Archilovers
The dress that can tell when you're turned on! Clothing becomes transparent when wearer is aroused By Maysa Rawi Published: 17:33 GMT, 4 April 2012 | Updated: 19:54 GMT, 4 April 2012 A dress which turns transparent when the wearer becomes aroused may soon be seen on the high street. The dress, called Intimacy 2.0, is made of smart fabrics which become clear when electrified by a quickening heartbeat. Award-winning Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde created the dress out of leather, and smart opaque e-foils. A leather dress, called Intimacy 2.0, is made of smart fabrics which become clear when electrified by a quickening heartbeat It also uses wireless technologies, electronics, LEDs, copper and other media. Daan calls his style of fashion 'techno-poetry.' He said: 'Intimacy 2.0 is a fashion project exploring the relation between intimacy and technology.' ‘Technology is used here not merely functional but also as a tool to create intimacy as well as privacy on a direct, personal level which in our contemporary tech society is becoming increasingly important.’
'Intimacy 2.0' Dress Turns Transparent When You Get Sexually Aroused (PHOTOS) You don't get to choose whether this dress is revealing or not -- your carnal instincts do. The 'Intimacy 2.0' dress, designed by Daan Roosegaarde, is getting a rise out of the fashion world because its opaque fabric becomes transparent when you get aroused. Finally, all the cards will be on the table. You'll have your date saying, "Is your dress disappearing, or are you just happy to see me?" The already barely-there garment features ribbons of leather and opaque "e-foils," which can detect the model's heartbeat, the Daily Mail reports. "Intimacy 2.0 is a fashion project exploring the relation between intimacy and technology," Roosegaarde said. In other words, you're going to be showing a lot more than sideboob when you dance, walk briskly, witness a fender-bender, eat a grape, or engage in any other mildly heart-thumping activity. Would you wear this thing? Also on HuffPost:
Let's Shut This Whole Thing Down: The Creative Side Of "Legitimate Rape" Sure, there was a lot to get upset about when Todd Akin, a Republican congressman, senate candidate, member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and grown-ass man living in the 21st century said the following words in response to the question of whether abortion should be legal in the case of rape: "It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Yes, when one confronts the handful of staggering assumptions and attitudes contained in that brief statement, and the realization that those words don’t just speak of one man’s ignorance, but are symptomatic of a wider cultural blight, it’s hard to know what to do, beyond gnash one’s teeth in impotent (legitimate) rage. For some women, the boner was cause for a creative response. If making light of the situation isn’t to your taste, read Lissa Harris’ piece in The Nation.