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Birds Just Want to Have Fun!

This crow in Russia has taken to roof tubing: it clearly got addicted to sliding down the roof in a plastic ring... Perhaps other crows and birds will follow suit?



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Today's pictures & links:

What do you want from me?!...

A good addition to our page Cats Ready to Kill You:


(image via)

See more of this grumpy kitty at Cute Overload.

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Workers in the Sunset

Just doing their job in Anapa, Russia.


(image credit: Alexey Mirrus)

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Encounter with the Great White Shark

This harrowing image of the shark "monster" contemplating puny humans (and the strength of the diving cage) comes from National Geographic 2011 Photo Contest.


(image credit: David Litchfield, National Geographic)

See more winning photos from the contest here and here.

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Mixed fresh links for today:

Amazing Lenticular Cloud over Crazy Mountains, Montana - [weather]
Epic Soviet Rocket Engine Testing Site, info - [pics, scroll down]
Steampunk Super-Pen Gadget, more - [geek art]
Scientists create super-soldier ants, to see what they do - [love this headline]
Great Spaceship Concept Art by Charles Guan - [scroll down]
Top Ten Photoshop Disasters of 2011 - [funny]
"DunkFish" Coolest Tea Infuser - [scroll down for pics]
Most Expensive Romantic Gestures Ever - [interesting]
How 3-D Printing Can Change Everything - [great video talk]
Spectacular BBC Bird's Eye Videos - [YouTube channel]
Cat gets into smaller, and smaller boxes - [fun video]
Wonderful Quick Painter - [wow video]
Impressive Rube Goldberg Machine - [wow video]
Surfing Through Apocalypse - [wow video]

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Enough of cuddling! I'm going now...

Hedgehogs are impossibly cute:


(original unknown)

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Unforgettable "Captain America" Vehicle Designs

We featured the exciting futuristic visions by Daniel Simon - "the vehicle designer for this and other galaxies" - before on DRB: see our interview Cosmic Motors Art.

Since then, this undisputed master of futuristic vehicle design went on to Hollywood to work on "Captain America" and "Tron Legacy" movies, and the upcoming Tom Cruise movie "Oblivion".



(images credit: Daniel Simon)

One of our favorite sites, Core77, has recently interviewed Simon about his movie projects and his thoughts on concept design in general - see their videos Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

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Meanwhile in Greenland...

Cute Arctic hares are huddling in the snow (read more about Arctic hares here). Bottom right image: Kulusuk, Kulusuk Island, East Greenland -


(left image: Paul Nicklen National Geographic; right images: Alistair Knock, Gerald Zinnecker)

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One of the "Green Monsters": the 1960s Jet-Powered Car

Art Arfons poses with his "Green Monster" (though it's painted mainly in red, white and blue) at Bonneville Salt Flats - more info:


(photograph by George Callaway, via)

This 1964 land-speed record vehicle was powered by an F-104 Starfighter jet engine with four-stage afterburner. Perhaps this warrants an article of its own...

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The following is a short round-up of the best from our Facebook stream (which update every day with unique material, not available on DRB otherwise):

This is not going to work:


(original unknown, via Reddit)

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Say Hello to a Kitchen Robot! - Japan, 1969:



And a Hubot! Made in 1983, this was a sophisticated personal household robot - more info.


(image via)

"Hubot is 44-inch tall battery-operated personal robot, which can remember how to get around the house without bumping into walls. Hubot includes a complete mobile workstation, an Entertainment package and robotic functions. The entertainment package included a voice synthesizer with a 1200-word vocabulary, a 12" black and white television, and AM/FM stereo cassette player, an Atari 2600 video game set and a digital clock that displayed time and temperature. Inside is a complete proprietary SysCon computer with B&W monitor, Detachable keyboard and optional printer which is used to do computing task and control the robotic functions. There was an optional voice command module that included a microphone to command Hubot verbally."

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Hanging... and smiling! -


(image via)

New York Aerial Police Force Stunt, 1920 - see in bigger size here.

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"Fight the White Jello!" -


(cover art by Ed Valigursky, for "Dark Destroyers" by Manly Wade Wellman, 1960)

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A Little Squid Got the Fish

Squid "babies" face intense struggle for survival: they have many enemies and not much food. This one got lucky:


(image credit: Takeshi Katano)

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The "Princess Margaret SR.N4" Hovercraft vs. People on the Beach at Calais


(image credit: David J. Morgan)

"Established over 40 years ago as a fast, efficient and futuristic means of crossing to France, the service was seen as the future of sea travel. The Princess Margaret went on its first trip in 1968 (this photo was taken in 1997), but in 2005 the service was cancelled and the giant SR.N4s now sit at the Hovercraft museum at Lee-On-Solent."

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Novelty Yarn & Houseplants Hairdo Styles


(images via 1, 2)

This yarn is only an advertisement by Ogilvy & Mather Agency... but the flower pots were actually made in the Republic of Kazakhstan, see more here.

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Goose in Sandals. Looks Sharp!


(image via)

Read the story about this goose at Cute Overload.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Tom said...

My parents have a hedgehog in their garden in Sheffield, they're funny little things! That Green Monster jet-powered car is pretty cool too.

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Blogger TomF said...

The king of the 'BBC bird's eye' vids has got to be the Gos Hawk from a few years back... (possibly featured here, I can't remember - long time fan ;))...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-_RHRAzUHM&t=103

I liked it so much I mixed it with Star Wars :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH6VXQWLT-g

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