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The Flame Scallop, Ctenoides ales, sports some "electricity" in its bioluminescent mantle. Interestingly, it's not a scallop, but a marine bivalve mollusc with red and white tentacles. It also has something like a thick long tongue, which helps it to climb rocks - more info.
Today's pictures & links:
Afghan Buses Carry Cars on the Roof. Sure, Business as Usual.
How do they load and unload them, is all I ask? - more info.
(photos by REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov, via)
The Abandoned Ski Lift in Russia
Photos taken by Dmitry Chistoprudov close to Kirovsk, Siberia - see more photos here.
This has something of a "Lord of the Rings" atmosphere to it:
Somebody, straighten him out!
At the Lunar Landing Research Facility: Reduced Gravity Walking Simulator, 1965:
(image credit: NASA, click to enlarge)
More images are here.
Mixed fresh links for today:
Scale of the Universe 1, 2; related - [space]
Huge Cocaine Submarine Discovered in Colombia - [interesting]
Oil Paintings on Microchips - [wow art]
Historic CIA Spy Kit - [gadgets]
One Eccentric Reads Entire Book! - [hilarious]
Robot Walks Between Cities, Just Because - [in Japan]
Interesting Point About Tablets - [computers]
R2D2s and Laptops of all Sorts - [geek art]
Re-enacting Old Photos - [cool portraits]
Epic Snowboarding - [wow video]
1964 Futurama Space Ride - [cool vintage video]
Construction of a 600m Tokyo Tower, info - [time-lapse video]
Alien Abduction Insurance? - [weird]
Got a Segway? Stash it in this vehicle:
Granted, the Saturn Flextreme is not news, as it was introduced at a 2008 auto show, but somehow we have not mentioned it before, and it is pretty cool. Even though General Motors discontinued the Saturn brand, and so far Segways have only been a success in niche markets - don't you think that such a combination has a future?
Map of the Interior World
The Hollow Earth hypothesis is vividly illustrated in this wonderful map, full of imaginary and exotic locales (from "The Goddess of Atvatabar (1892)".
Thinking of having a monkey as a pet?
This month at National Geographic's Flashback Gallery are various exotic pets and working animals. Look at this idyllic scene from 1942:
(images credit: National Geographic)
Bottom left: Dorothy Lamour with a performing chimpanzee on the set of "The Jungle Princess".
Bottom right: "Mrs. E. Kenneth Hoyt, of Habana, Cuba, acquired the gorilla in 1932 when he was three months old. Mr. Hoyt had just shot Toto's father in the French Congo. African villagers, without the knowledge of the Hoyts, then killed the mother. Mrs. Hoyt, unwilling to see the baby die, procured an African nurse for the gorilla and he thrived on human milk."
Alone with a Shipwreck
(image credit: David Doubilet)
Underwater photography by David Doubilet.
"Bluebeards Revenge" Pirate-Themed Shaving Creme Battles Heavy Beards
There is a new brand of premium, paraben free shaving cream called "The Bluebeards Revenge". It sports a great Jolly Roger on its packaging, so when keeping it in a bathroom - you may need to do a little bit of explaining: "No, it's not poisonous. No, it's not hazardous to health". Other than this bit of trouble, it does the job nicely - and is very smooth, with a promise to slow down the beard's growth as an added benefit.
"The luxurious cream is made from a unique and secret ingredient called Decelerine, which contains a mixture of active ingredients that delay hair growth, reducing the frequency of shaving"
You might want to check out this video of the Proper Barbershop open-razor technique, or see how one man uses a volcanic sharp rock instead of a razor.
Is This a Laptop? Got any WiFi?
This is a picture of a journalist in his BMW, taken by Zoltan Glass in 1934:
(Photo by Zoltan Glass, see more here)
Wikipedia Printed Out
Wikipedia as a printed book? Well, to print the whole Wikipedia will take approximately 1,504 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica - see the picture below for the size of library you'd need:
(click to enlarge)
However, Rob Matthews decided to print just a 0.01% portion of Wikipedia - only the Featured Articles (makes sense!). The resulting volume came up to be some 5,0000 pages - what's more, Rob plans to sell it! - more info
(images credit: Rob Matthews)
An early Apple product preview, from 1953
Also, found this interesting construction set from 1960s Soviet Russia - Assemble Your Own TV Set!
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