John Howell and Joseph Choi at Rochester's Institute of Optics have built an optical cloaking device
which uses just 4 readily available lenses. Eat your heart out Harry Potter.
This Is What Happens To Your Heart When You Dive Into The Sea
Human blood has a chemical composition 98% similar to seawater. An infant will reflexively breaststroke when placed underwater and can comfortably hold his breath for about 40 seconds, longer than many adults. We lose this ability only when we learn how to walk.
Fabricator, garage inventor, and enthusiam personified, Colin Furze
decided to make some of the neater aspects of the X-Men universe a little more real
. [previously] [more inside]
Last year, Harriette Thompson
was battling an oral cancer. Yesterday, she became the world record holder
in her age group at the Rock 'n Roll San Diego Marathon, clocking in a 7:07:42
, the fastest time ever recorded for a woman over the age of 90. Today, she and her husband are celebrating their 67th anniversary
is a bizarre slice of the 1980s in a browser. Strange old clips of 80s movies combined with 80s synth music and a lovely pastel palette make for a good time.
It's under 24 hours until the Grand Final
of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest
, airing at 2100 CEST (2000 UTC, 3 pm EDT). Are you ready for the most wonderful musical event of the year? [more inside]
When his parents went out of town, 16 year old Corey Worthington threw a party. When 500 people showed up, things got out of hand. Eventually the police were called, who mobilized units including their air wing & canine teams to quell the disturbance (for which Corey is being billed $20,000). And in the aftermath, Corey gave this awesome interview
Graham cracker manufacturer Honey Maid recently ran a commercial titled "This is Wholesome
" that depicted many kinds of families, including gay and racially mixed. Said commercial evidently sparked the ire of social conservatives and prompted at least one letter writing campaign denouncing it. As sweet as the original commercial was, Honey Maid's response was just beautiful
A federal judge
Michigan's ban on same sex marriage and adoption. (pdf
). There is no stay in the ruling.
I've seen a lot of great bands play public transportation, and TOO MANY ZOOZ is the cream of the crop.
There Can Be Only One
Snake v Crocodile in Northern Queensland
This dad puts us all to shame.
All I ever got from my dad was a train set.
is a very strange but alluring music video from Japanese hardcore band Maximum the Hormone. [more inside]
Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise sing "Let it Snow"
) is quite the mad genius when it comes to making Halloween costumes
. This year's offering, perhaps inspired by his vacation
in April, is his most complexly detailed masterpiece
yet. Presenting: the making of The Happiest Costume On Earth
40 days before her wedding, an Atlanta woman named Tamara Fowler cancelled the event. Since her parents, Carol and Willie Fowler had already paid for the 200-person reception
, the family decided to host 200 of Atlanta's homeless population
for a four-course meal.
New Scientist magazine
has posted a nifty interactive infographic
that illustrates how many Earth-like planets might exist, based on observations from the Kepler Space Telescope
. The orbital observatory has catalogued 151 exoplanets based on examination of 0.28% of the sky. [more inside]
The Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service announced
today that it will recognize same-sex marriages for the purpose of filing federal taxes, even if the couple lives in a state that does not recognize their marriage. [more inside]
On August 23, 2013, voice teacher Sarah Horn went with her friends and family to see Kristin Chenoweth (previously
on Metafilter) in concert at the Hollywood Bowl. When, after intermission, Ms. Chenoweth asked if anyone in the audience knew Wicked's "For Good
", Sarah Horn volunteered that she did.
What happened next (closer video here
) has gotten more than 300,000 views since it went up Friday night.
Ferrett Steinmetz's open letter to his daughter
is a heartening riposte to the "rules for dating my daughter" cliché
. [more inside]
Advertising about menstruation has often emphasized the down side - the inconveniences that "feminine products" can save women from. They have also often focused on body-shaming - suggesting that ideally, no one should know
you're even using them. Until now - a menstruation-related ad for HelloFlo
, a company that sends tampons delivered to your door, regularly, when you need them. It is voiced and acted by a spunky young girl,
who is not embarrassed but flamboyantly and splendidly proud of having her period.
MOOOOOOOM, I'M BOOOOOOORED
Really? Didn't I just give you and your sister that thing that adds like 180 tracks to Mario Kart Wii
? YEAH BUT SHE'S NOT AROUND AND MARIO KART REALLY BENEFITS FROM ANOTHER PLAYER
Well, maybe I could play with you? COME ON MOM YOU'RE, LIKE, OLD OR SOMETHING
So? What's your point? I WANT SOMETHING THAT'S JUST AS MUCH FUN BY MYSELF, BUT ALSO FOR WII, AND IDEALLY IT SHOULD ALSO HAVE OVER A HUNDRED LEVELS BECAUSE THAT PART IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT [more inside]
How about dancing Canadian skeletons?
Avec les sous-titres et sonnaille.
, a new Canadian supergroup formed
by Hawksley Workman with Hot Hot Heat frontman Steve Bays and Limblifter/Age of Electric member Ryan Dahle. [more inside]
On Sunday, reddit user TeaGuru enlisted
the help of r/nyc and dozen of strangers
to his girlfriend, Laura, in Central Park.
The sun has been active, with a Coronal
on the 11th, which will reach Earth this evening
of the Aurora Borealis further south than is typical, potentially as far south as Boston
, for those of us on the East Coast. Check visibility
via fantabulous timewaster
, thanks. [more inside]
How to Build a Kinetic Sculpture: "The original idea was actually to call these next few paragraphs “How to build.” How silly! That would be like declaring “Everything A Man Should Know About Women.” It would be impossible, and still wrong half the time. One of the attractions of this sport is precisely that there are infinite ways of doing most everything. So what we have here are hints and notes, thoughts and ideas—to be revised and added to as experience dictates
." [more inside]
Goats Yelling Like Humans.
Does what it says on the tin. [SLYT]
Conner and Cayden Long
, 9 and 7 year old triathletes from White House, TN, are Sports Illustrated's 2012 SportsKids of the Year.
. They are Team Long Brothers.
Following an incident
at Fort Bragg where Lt. Colonel Heather Mack's wife, Ashley Broadway, was told she could not join the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses, the Marine Corps has issued guidance
that spouses clubs operating on its bases and installations must offer membership
to the same-sex spouses of gay and lesbian service members. [more inside]
Challenge: Create an image out of a word
, using only the letters in the word itself.
Rule: use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts
From the mind of Ji Lee [more inside]