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Today's pictures & links:
The Proper Map of Europe
Don't take it seriously, of course.
A Baby Pygmy Hippopotamus
Pygmy (or dwarf) hippos look mighty adorable as babies... judge for yourself:
(image credit: AFP / Getty Images)
They're... essentially happy:
(image credit: Xavier Fargas)
The species are endangered, currently there is only 3,000 left in the world. Pygmy Hippo even ended up on very interesting coins issued by Sierra Leone - with diamonds embedded in them:
Drinking Coffee in Space
... is slightly tricky. The liquid refuses to come out of the glass, even if you turn it upside down. Here is a video of how properly drink it - Click here
Back to earth... for those who prefer tea... Here is a great new idea: Teabag Coffin (designer: Jonas Trampedach) -
Get your used teabag out of sight and out of the way. Clean, neat and brilliant.
Disappearing Rabbit Trick
"Follow the rabbit tracks. BAM! The tracks suddenly end where the wing prints of an owl start..."
(photo by Susan Barstow, Bethel, Alaska, via)
Aside from the "owl version", this seems to be a reasonable solution, too:
(image credit: vital_k)
Mixed fresh links for today:
Sky Sails for Huge Container Ships, info - [cool tech]
From waves to particles by standing waves in space - [science]
Creatively Offbeat Modern Clocks - [design]
World's Firsts (Vintage Technology) - [interesting]
An Elitist Thanksgiving - [food]
Really bizarre: Transformer Mickey Mouse hybrid - [weird]
Guy stacking 20 bricks on his head: work as usual - [wow video]
Another seriously obsessed cat - [fun video]
Spring Water Dress (and a cool car) - [cool video ad]
Business Intelligence - [promotion]
Tim Girvin on beauty in Marrakech
Some insights on the unique Muslim view on what constitutes "beauty", and more images here
Also examining the "Roots of Retail" - at Marrakech's ancient market - where the old basics of telling a tall tale and person-to-person haggling get a vivid expression - Click Here
(images credit: Tim Girvin)
The Smallest Refrigerator (Cooler)
(image credit: American Institute of Physics)
A scanning tunneling microscope picture of a solid state micro-refrigerator (the flat plane) chilling a cube of germanium.
Portrait Illusion on a New Euro Coin
This commemorative coin is called the "Architecture Fever" (designed by Stani Michiels) and features very unusual portrait of Queen Beatrix:
Autoped Motor Scooter: when times are rough... this 1918 model comes to mind
Maximum speed 20 mph, good for postal workers and deliveries - more info
(image credit: Shorpy.com)
(images credit: American History)
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This mysterious object is the Soviet Army anti-personel and anti-vehicle mine POM-1. (Russian Army stopped using it after perestroika). Here is how it works: when hitting ground, holder (five star-like objects held together) falls off releasing spring-fired tripwires. After shord delay needed to settle down, mine is ready, so hitting tripwire detonates it. Interestingly, the Soviet POM-1 version is a slight variation of the original American mine BLU-42/B, used in Vietnam.(source)
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