Tuesday, April 26, 2011

14 Serial Killers Who Were Never Captured, In Order Of How Frightening Their Media-Created Names Are


14. The Babysitter

13. The Moonlight Murderer

12. Jack the Stripper

11. Bible John

10. The Rainbow Maniac

9. The Grim Sleeper

8. The Zodiac Killer

7. Beer Man

6. The Doodler

5. Jack the Ripper

4. Axeman of New Orleans

3. The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run

2. Servant Girl Annihilator

1. Charlie Chop-Off

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Via: The Awl

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Do Pterosaurs Still Exist on Papua New Guinea?


Pterosaurs are ferocious flying dinosaurs thought to have been extinct for 65 million years. However, there is physical evidence of gigantic nesting sites in some of the mountainous cliff areas of Papua New Guinea. What's more the natives there have been reported as being fearful of animals that fit their description and given eyewitness accounts. The animals were described as being large in diameter, with bat-like wings connecting to an elongated beak. There were reports of razor sharp teeth and claws and a lengthy whip-like tail with a split or flange at the end.

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Via: Environmental Graffiti

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Weird Camera Effects


We can never know the world around us as it really is; we can only know it as our brains perceive it. The process of interpreting the signals that come to our eyes is quite complicated, but it works well for us most of the time. Optical illusions occur when our minds interpret visual signals incorrectly. When we began to record images outside our brains, we added a mechanical layer of interpretation that can also go slightly wrong. Then we started using several different methods of recording visual images, and the possibility of incorrect interpretation multiplied, leaving us with some weird camera effects.

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Via: Mental Floss

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

7 Man-Made Architectural Wonders of the Ancient World


The Colosseum, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu are world-famous ancient architectural wonders, but they’re hardly the only man-made structures worthy of effusive praise, enthusiastic photography and economy-stimulating tourism. These 7 historical sites, ranging from an incredibly deep well in India to the cradle of Mayan civilization – complete with the world’s first highway system – are often overlooked, but represent some of the most jaw-dropping and mysterious engineering feats from ancient times to the medieval period.

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Via: Weburbanist.com

Friday, April 15, 2011

What Happens to a Donor’s DNA in a Blood Transfusion?

red and white blood cells, plasma or platelets
Reader Cathy wrote in wondering what becomes of a donor’s DNA once it gets inside another person during a blood transfusion.

Most of the time, the answer is nothing, because the donor’s DNA never makes the trip to a new home.

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Via: Mental Floss

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

When the Blind Can Suddenly See, Do They Know What They’re Looking At?

If someone who has always been blind is one day able to see, can they recognize by sight objects they already know by touch?
In a new study published online by Nature Neuroscience, patients who had been blind since birth underwent sight-restoring surgeries as children or adolescent. In the day or two following surgery, patients seemed unable to match what they felt with their hands with what they saw, the researchers found, but a week later, they could.

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Via: Discover Magazine

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

FBI wants public to help break murdered man's code

The meanings of Ricky McCormick's coded notes remain a mystery to this day
A lifelong fan of codes, Ricky McCormick wrote out two pages of letters, numbers and symbols and stuck them in his pocket. His body was found in a Missouri cornfield in the summer of 1999, those two sheets of paper still in his pants.

ALPONTE GLSE - SE ERTE, one line read. Is that a coded plea for help? A reminder to pick up the laundry from the cleaners? The beginnings of a commentary on the weather in St. Louis?

If you know, the FBI's top code-breaking unit wants your help in breaking McCormick's code — one that has baffled government cryptologists for more than a decade — and perhaps solving his murder.

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Via: Physorg.com

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Famous Authors And Their Typewriters

Ernest Hemingway, 1939
There’s something magical about catching a glimpse of one of your favorite authors at work – even a photo of the epic event can send an anxious thrill down your spine, as if you might be able to see some hint of literary genius in posture or setting, in attire or facial expression. And it’s even better if they’re working on a typewriter. After all, there’s something impossibly gorgeous about a typewriter – maybe it’s the vintage charm, maybe it’s the physicality the noisy machine lends to the writing process, but people (and you can count us among them) go mad for typewriters, especially if they’ve been used by someone famous. Inspired by LIFE’s “In Praise of the Typewriter” photo gallery, we decided to compile all our favorite authors-at-work-on-typewriters photographs for your viewing pleasure, so click through to indulge in a little vintage literary eye candy.

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Via: Flavorwire.com

Friday, April 1, 2011

Uncorked! 34 Innovative Wine Racks and Cellars

For the wine fan who saves their bottles for special occasions, a small decorative holder will do just the trick
Thankfully, wine racks and cellars have evolved a lot over time, as a wine is only as good as the conditions in which it’s stored. For both aesthetic and taste reasons, wine storage is the wine connoisseur’s biggest obstacle, as conditions have to be perfect, while avoiding piles of bottles filling the kitchen.

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Via: Weburbanist