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10 Fascinating Facts About Ravens

Edgar Allan Poe knew what he was doing when he used the raven instead of some other bird to croak out “nevermore” in his famous poem. The raven has long been associated with death and dark omens, but the real bird is somewhat of a mystery. Unlike its smaller cousin the crow, not a lot has been written about this remarkable bird. Here are 10 fascinating facts about ravens. 1. When it comes to intelligence, these birds rate up there with chimpanzees and dolphins. If a raven knows another raven is watching it hide its food, it will pretend to put the food in one place while really hiding it in another. 2. In captivity, ravens can learn to talk better than some parrots. 3. Many European cultures took one look at this large black bird with an intense gaze and thought it was evil in the flesh … er, feather. 4. Cultures from Tibet to Greece have seen the raven as a messenger for the gods. 5. The Native Americans weren’t far off about the raven’s mischievous nature. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Basic C++ Programming: Test Your Knowledge Test your knowledge of the absolute basics of C++. The exercises below are designed for beginners who’ve been learning C++ for just a few weeks. Or months; I’m assuming you’ve got on to creating header files, and perhaps you haven’t if you’ve only been learning a few weeks; C++ is hard! If you get stuck anywhere, don’t be disheartened — Rome wasn’t built in a day! Check the answer, cover it up again and see if you can write the code from memory. Learn to program Java Swing with my complete video course – desktop programming and applets. You can click the link below each question to reveal the answer. These exercises were created using the free CodeBlocks IDE for Windows, using the excellent GNU compiler. 1. Create a basic C++ program that simply outputs the text “Hello World”. [spoiler show="Show answer ...."] What if the answer above doesn’t compile? The answer compiles, but the console disappears so quickly that I can’t see it! I used printf! Did you use printf()? [/spoiler] Arrays Constructors

Discover Everything through Code Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth It doesn’t matter how beautiful are the new tourist destinations, those that are curious will always go to visit some historical places, and when those are abandoned and not touched by the human hand for a long time, they become a mysterious riddles. Abandoned Isle, Netherlands Abandoned City Near Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine Boat from 2nd World War, Homebush, Australia Railway Station in Poland Mysterious Road Kerry Way, Ireland Abandoned Castle from 15 Century, Black Forest, Germany Asunción, Paraguay “El Hotel del Salto”, Columbia Underwater Bronze Statue of Jesus Christ, Mediterranean Sea, Italy Hall, West Welsh Abandoned Building for Distillation, Barbados Abandoned Domes in South-West Florida Body of Crashed Plane, Antarctica A Structure in Cambodia Fishermen House at Lake, Germany Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, England Abandoned House in Namib Desert Sea Supervisory Houses in England Mill in France Bulgarian Communist Party House Abandoned Mill from 1866, Sorento, Italy

Surreal images created by Romanian Photoshop artist Caras Ionut By Emma Thomas Published: 13:34 GMT, 5 November 2013 | Updated: 16:11 GMT, 5 November 2013 An elephant balances perilously on a tiny cartwheel and a young girl dangles her legs from a swing thousands of feet in the air. These surreal images may make you want to look twice as the everyday is blended with the unusual using Photoshop. Photographer and artist Caras Ionut has created the stunning images by twisting his own, ordinary photographs into bizarre and otherworldly creations. Surreal: Artist Caras Ionut lives in the world of Photoshop where he digitially assembles surreal landscapes and portraits. Precarious: Impossible physical feats like this elephant balancing on a wheel (left) are made possible in the 'dreamlike' artworks. Manipulation: This stag's antlers have been re-imagined as trees complete with nesting birds and This little girl takes a ride on a huge fish in Caras Ionut's artwork Going for a walk: This child is walking a huge bison across a wasteland in the picture by Ionut

Geek Weapons: Guy creates real-life Thor hammer November 04, 2013, 3:06 PM — Just in time for Friday's debut of the Thor sequel ("Thor: The Dark World"), the AWE me channel on YouTube presents its latest "Man At Arms" episode, where master swordsmith Tony Swatton forges real-life weapons based on those in the world of fiction and movies. Swatton is tackling Thor's hammer Mjolnir, creating a hollow version that still weighs about 20 pounds. Can it still smash and break stuff like Thor? As always, my favorite part is the end of the episode, where they break stuff with the weapon.