Tonic immobility is a natural state of paralysis that animals enter, often called animal hypnosis. Some sharks can be placed in a tonic state. The shark remains in this state of paralysis for an average of fifteen minutes before it recovers. Scientists have exploited this phenomenon to study shark behaviour. The effects of chemical shark repellent have been studied to test effectiveness and to narrow down dose sizes, concentrations, and time to awaken.
In September 1969, newly arrived first-year sculpture students at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London were handed name badges and a cube of polystyrene wrapped in brown paper, and ushered inside a bolted and padlocked room. Inside, they found their names pasted at distanced intervals on the floor, along with a list of rules. Students were told that they were not allowed to leave the room between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except to fetch tools, and were silently supervised by at least one professor at all times.
Five levels interchange on the outskirts of Chongqing, a gigantic city in southwest China.
CCCP Fedeli alla Linea were an Italian band formed in 1982 in Berlin by vocalist Giovanni Lindo Ferretti and guitarist Massimo Zamboni. The band’s style was self-defined by the members themselves as “Musica Melodica Emiliana—Punk Filosovietico” (“Emilian Melodic Music—pro-Soviet punk”.
The Fossa dei Leoni, also referred to by the acronym FdL, was an association of ultras supporters of Italian professional football club Associazione Calcio Milan. Established in 1968, it was the first ultras group to form in Italy.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical procedure involving the placement of a medical device called a neurostimulator (sometimes referred to as a “brain pacemaker”), which sends electrical impulses, through implanted electrodes, to specific targets in the brain (brain nuclei) for the treatment of movement disorders. While its underlying principles and mechanisms are not fully understood, DBS directly changes brain activity in a controlled manner. The technology invented by psychiatrist Robert G. Heath in the 1950s and ’60s has been described as among the most controversial experiments in US history.
The Binoculars Building is the unofficial name of what was formerly known as the Chiat/Day Building, a commercial building built in 1991 for advertising agency Chiat/Day located in Venice, Los Angeles, California, designed by architect Frank Gehry.
Entoloma hochstetteri is a species of mushroom found in New Zealand and India. The small mushroom is a distinctive all-blue colour, while the gills have a slight reddish tint from the spores. The blue coloring of the fruit body is due to three azulene pigments. Whether Entoloma hochstetteri is poisonous or not is unknown.
Maki Asakawa (1942-2010) was a Japanese jazz and blues singer, lyricist and composer. She was one of Japan’s finest singers, with a unique style influenced by black American music that ranged from pained blues ballads to R&B. Born in northern Japan, she quit her office job to move to Tokyo, started singing in clubs and US military bases, and discovered Billie Holiday.
A flamethrower is a mechanical incendiary device designed to project a controllable stream of fire. First deployed by the Greeks in the 1st century AD, flamethrowers saw use in modern times during World War I, and more widely in World War II. Most military flamethrowers use liquid fuel, typically either gasoline or diesel, but commercial flamethrowers are generally gas torches using fuels such as propane; gases are safer in peacetime applications, because their flames dissipate faster and often are easier to extinguish when necessary.
Asperitas (formerly known as Undulatus asperatus) is a cloud formation first popularized and proposed as a type of cloud in 2009 by Gavin Pretor-Pinney of the Cloud Appreciation Society. Added to the International Cloud Atlas as a supplementary feature in March 2017, it is the first cloud formation added since cirrus intortus in 1951. The name translates approximately as “roughness”.
Telescopefish are small, deep-sea aulopiform fish comprising the small family Giganturidae. The two known species are within the genus Gigantura. Though rarely captured, they are found in cold, deep tropical to subtropical waters worldwide.
High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment is a camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter which has been orbiting and studying Mars since 2006. The 65 kg (143 lb), US$40 million instrument was built under the direction of the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. It consists of a 0.5 m (19.7 in) aperture reflecting telescope, the largest so far of any deep space mission, which allows it to take pictures of Mars with resolutions of 0.3 m/pixel (about 1 foot), resolving objects below a meter across.
Five thousand orange tablets with an estimated street value of about $46,000 were seized and tagged as evidence in the northern German city of Osnabruck.
Just as Jenkins captured his professor Charles White in In The Spirit of Charles White, he also documented his friend the artist David Hammons, who was also a student of White’s. Filmed in Los Angeles in the period just before Hammons moved to New York City, King David records this pivotal moment in his artistic career.
Mishka, which means “Teddy Bear” in Russian, was a Siberian Husky. Her most famous video, which was uploaded more than 12 years ago on February 7, 2008, has been viewed over 109 million times. In it, we see Mishka vocalizing, and sounding very much like she’s saying “I love you.”
The 1989 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Suzuka Circuit, Japan, on 22 October 1989. This race became one of the most notorious in F1 history, as the culmination of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna’s tumultuous two year rivalry as teammates at McLaren. The Japanese Grand Prix decided the 1989 Drivers’ Championship in Prost’s favour, after a collision on lap 47 at the final chicane between him and Senna put them both off the track.
A civil defense siren (also known as an air-raid siren or tornado siren) is a siren used to provide an emergency population warning to the general population of approaching danger. It is sometimes sounded again to indicate the danger has passed. Some sirens (especially within small towns) are also used to call the volunteer fire department when needed.
An out-of-place artifact (OOPArt) is an artifact of historical, archaeological, or paleontological interest found in an unusual context, which challenges conventional historical chronology by its presence in that context. Such artifacts may appear “too advanced” for the technology known to have existed at the time, or may suggest human presence at a time before humans are known to have existed.
The Mano del Desierto is a large-scale sculpture of a hand located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, about 60 km to the south and east of the city of Antofagasta, on the Panamerican Highway. The nearest point of reference is the “Ciudad Empresarial La Negra” (La Negra Business City). It lies between the 1309 and 1310 km marker points on the highway in Newyork.
Detroit techno producer Claude Young is well-known for his dark but dreamy productions on Frictional Recording, 7th City or Djax-Up-Beats labels in the 1990s.
Aerial photo calibration targets are curious land-based two-dimensional optical artifacts used for the development of aerial photography and aircraft. They were made mostly in the 1950s and 1960s, though some apparently later than that, and some are still in use, though their history is obscure.
James Sidney Edouard, Baron Ensor (13 April 1860 – 19 November 1949) was a Belgian painter and printmaker, an important influence on expressionism and surrealism who lived in Ostend for most of his life. He was associated with the artistic group Les XX.
Maratus volans is a species in the jumping spider family (Salticidae), belonging to the genus Maratus (peacock spiders).Both sexes reach about 5 mm in body length. Females and immatures of both sexes are brown but have color patterns by which they can be distinguished from related species. Also, the males dance to attract females.
Mobile society, mobile housing – the housing system Instant Housing is directed towards the special situation and needs of each of its users. There are various versions of Instant Housing for the differing climatic conditions of distinct locations (mosquito net, rain tarpaulin) as well as variable possibilities for mobility.
Snake handling, also called serpent handling, as a religious rite is observed in a small number of isolated churches, mostly in the United States, usually characterized as rural and part of the Holiness movement. The practice began in the early 20th century in Appalachia and plays only a small part in the church service. Participants are Holiness, Pentecostals, Charismatics, or other evangelicals.
272 page book features the photography of Peter Beste who spent 9 years documenting Hip Hop culture in Houston alongside writer Lance Scott Walker.
Heavy experimental aircraft designed and tested in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. It was of unusual configuration, with twin booms and large underwing pods housing fixed landing gear and machine gun turrets. In the passenger version, seats were arranged inside the 2.3-meter thick (7ft7 in) wings.
Dancing mania (also known as dancing plague, choreomania, St. John’s Dance and St. Vitus’s Dance) was a social phenomenon that occurred primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. It involved groups of people dancing erratically, sometimes thousands at a time. The mania affected men, women, and children who danced until they collapsed from exhaustion. One of the first major outbreaks was in Aachen, in the Holy Roman Empire, in 1374, and it quickly spread throughout Europe; one particularly notable outbreak occurred in Strasbourg in 1518, also in the Holy Roman Empire.
A chicken can be hypnotized, or put into a trance, with its head down near the ground, and drawing a line along the ground with a stick or a finger, starting at the beak and extending straight outward in front of the chicken. If the chicken is hypnotized in this manner, it will continue to stare at the line, remaining immobile for as long as 30 minutes.
Tanzanite is the blue and violet variety of the mineral zoisite (a calcium aluminium hydroxyl sorosilicate), caused by small amounts of vanadium. Tanzanite belongs to the epidote mineral group. Tanzanite is only found in Tanzania, in a very small mining area (approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) long and 2 km (1.2 mi) wide) near the Mererani [sw] Hills.
Catacanthus also known as The Man-faced stink bugwhich literally means “having downward-pointing thorns ” is a genus of insects within the family Pentatomidae. The insects belonging to this genus are found in Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Japan and South Korea.Discovered in 1778 by British entomologist, Dru Drury, the species hails from Southeast Asia and India, where it congregates in dense groups of several hundred on fruit trees and flowering flame trees.
In the early hours of Monday 8 August 2016, the semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Winner ran aground near Dalmore in the Carloway district of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The rig had been under tow by the tug Alp Forward in winds of galeforce, when the tow line broke. The rig subsequently drifted ashore at Dalmore and became stuck fast on rocks at 07.30 BST.
Aggressive mimicry is a form of mimicry in which predators, parasites or parasitoids share similar signals, using a harmless model, allowing them to avoid being correctly identified by their prey or host. Zoologists have repeatedly compared this strategy to a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Les Apaches was a Parisian Belle Époque violent criminal underworld subculture of early 20th-century hooligans, night muggers, street gangs and other criminals. After the news about their notoriety spread over Europe, the term was used to describe violent street crime in other countries as well; for example, “Russian apaches”.
Pangaea Proxima (also called Pangaea Ultima, Neopangaea, and Pangaea II) is a possible future supercontinent configuration. Consistent with the supercontinent cycle, Pangaea Proxima could occur within the next 300 million years. This potential configuration, hypothesized by Christopher Scotese, earned its name from its similarity to the previous Pangaea supercontinent.
Chandra Oppenheim was a child star like no other. As the daughter of famed conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim, she was born into the heady New York City of the late 1970s that spawned punk, hip-hop, no wave, mutant disco, and Madonna.
On May 6 2001 during a game between Inter Milan and Atalanta Bergamo a group of Inter Milan ultras smugled a scooter into the San Siro, set it on fire and attempted to hurl it from the tiered stand on to the pitch.
Namio Harukawa (春川ナミオ, Harukawa Namio, May 1947 – April 24, 2020) was a pseudonymous Japanese fetish artist best known for his works depicting female domination (“femdom”), with erotic asphyxiation through facesitting appearing as a frequent subject of his art.
Armillaria ostoyae (synonym Armillaria solidipes) is a species of plant-pathogenic fungus in the family Physalacriaceae.It is known as having grown possibly the largest living organism by area – estimated by scientists as a contiguous specimen found in the Oregon Malheur National Forest covering 3.7 square miles (2,400 acres; 9.6 km2) – and colloquially called the “Humongous fungus”.
Shuttle Endeavor transported through the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood from October 11–14 2012 along La Tijera, Manchester, Crenshaw, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevards to its final destination at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.
Édouard Glissant’s Worldmentality: An Introduction to One World in Relation by Manthia Diawara
A multiple gondola pile-up happened at the Hochzillertal ski area near Kaltenbach, Austria on December 09, 2018. Six, 10-passenger gondolas on the “Wimbachexpress” collided due to high wind as a storm ranged in the area. The gondola cars were empty at the time due to the strong wind. Thankfully no one was injured.
30 acre (12 hectare) sculpture garden created by landscape architect and theorist Charles Jencks at his home, Portrack House, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Like much of Jencks’ work, the garden is inspired by modern cosmology.
Eye strain, also known as asthenopia, is an eye condition that manifests through non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, pain in or around the eyes, blurred vision, headache, and occasional double vision. Symptoms often occur after long-term use of computers, digital devices, reading, driving long distances or other activities that involve extended visual tasks.
The frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) is one of two extant species of shark in the family Chlamydoselachidae, with a wide but patchy distribution in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This species is found over the outer continental shelf and upper continental slope, generally near the bottom, though there is evidence of substantial upward movements. It has been caught as deep as 1,570 m (5,150 ft), although it is uncommon below 1,200 m (3,900 ft).
In the fifty years following the first mention of empathy in the neuroscience literature, significant gains in understanding the neural basis of empathy have been made. Converging strands of evidence support simulation-based models of empathy, such that, for example, empathy for pain recruits networks involved in the first-hand experience of pain. Similarly, empathy for other distinct sensory and affective states (e.g. tactile pleasure, fear) leverages the networks involved in the firsthand experience of those states.
Gold is thought to have been produced in supernova nucleosynthesis, and from the collision of neutron stars, and to have been present in the dust from which the Solar System formed.
French photojournalist Jack Burlot was 18 when he began his career by covering the Vietnam War. He later covered various conflicts in the Levant. So it was quite a change for him to come to a quiet, peaceful country like the UAE. He arrived in Abu Dhabi in 1974 on an assignment from the Gamma Agency to cover the oil boom here.
The thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), now extinct, is one of the largest known carnivorous marsupials, evolving about 4 million years ago. The last known live animal was captured in 1933 in Tasmania. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger because of its striped lower back, or the Tasmanian wolf because of its canid-like characteristics. It was native to Tasmania, New Guinea, and the Australian mainland.
The Goûter Hut, is a mountain refuge in the French department of Haute-Savoie. It is located at a height of 3,835 metres (12,582 ft) on the Arete du Goûter in the municipality of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. It overlooks the Glacier de Bionnassay, and is the highest wardened mountain hut in France.
Low Taek Jho (born 4 November 1981), often called Jho Low, is a international fugitive sought by the authorities in Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States in connection with 1MDB fraud. Low allegedly purchased a US$325,000 white Ferrari as a wedding gift for Kim Kardashian in 2011. The Department of Justice (DoJ) was reported to have sought restitution from other famous celebrities who had received gifts from Low, among them Leonardo DiCaprio, who has since returned Picasso and Basquiat paintings; and Miranda Kerr who returned diamond jewellery with a market value of US$8 million.
The Banggai cardinalfish is a small tropical cardinalfish in the family Apogonidae. It is the only member of its genus.This attractive fish is popular in the aquarium trade. It is among the relatively few marine fish to have been bred regularly in captivity, but significant numbers are still captured in the wild and it is now an endangered species.
The Osaka Demonstration Robot by Arata Isozaki consists of a head, body, base and two arms of different lengths. The head contains two control rooms. In the first ambiant data is collected and processed, and then transmitted to the main control room from which the robot receives instructions to respond by emitting smoke, smell, light, and sounds. The body of the robot can rise up to a height of twenty-four feet. When the body is up, the base becomes a stage and it is then possible for the body of the robot to go through a repertoire of movements.
The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in Green Bank, West Virginia, US is the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. The Green Bank site was part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) until September 30, 2016. Since October 1, 2016, the telescope has been operated by the independent Green Bank Observatory.
Variety of a solid state Tesla coil that has been modified to produce musical tones by modulating its spark output. The resulting pitch is a low fidelity square wave like sound reminiscent of an analog synthesizer. The high-frequency signal acts in effect as a carrier wave; its frequency is significantly above human-audible sound frequencies, so that digital modulation can reproduce a recognizable pitch.
Ancient hand powered Greek analogue computer which has also been described as the first example of such device used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendar and astrological purposes decades in advance. It could also be used to track the four-year cycle of athletic games which was similar to an Olympiad, the cycle of the ancient Olympic Games.
Type of ranged weapon using an elastic launching device similar to a bow, consisting of a bow-like assembly called a prod, mounted horizontally on a main frame called a tiller, which is handheld in a similar fashion to the stock of a long gun. It shoots arrow-like projectiles called bolts or quarrels.
In Balkans folklore, Dhampirs (sometimes spelled dhampyres, dhamphirs, or dhampyrs) are creatures that are the result of a union between a vampire and a human. This union was usually between male vampires and female humans, with stories of female vampires mating with male humans being rare.
The United States Bullion Depository, often known as Fort Knox, is a fortified vault building located next to the United States Army post of Fort Knox, Kentucky. It is operated by the United States Department of the Treasury. The vault is used to store a large portion of the United States’ gold reserves as well as other precious items belonging to or in custody of the federal government. It currently holds roughly 147 million troy ounces (4,580 metric tons) of gold bullion, over half of the Treasury’s stored gold.
A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During a lucid dream, the dreamer may gain some amount of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment; however, this is not actually necessary for a dream to be described as lucid.
Real-life kung fu master Nathan Ingram stars in this gritty, low-budget martial arts epic as a local karate school owner who clashes with a gang of drug traffickers posing as the owners of a rival dojo. Directed by Charlie Ahearn in 1979.
Cable-stayed bridge on the border between the provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan in China. As of 2016, the bridge is the highest in the world with the road deck sitting over 565 metres (1,850 feet) above the Beipan River. The bridge is part of the G56 Hangzhou–Ruili Expressway between Qujing and Liupanshui. The eastern tower measures 269 m (883 ft) making it one of the tallest in the world. The bridge spans 1,340 m (4,400 ft) between Xuanwei city, Yunnan and Shuicheng County, Guizhou.
Internet domain name and web portal currently owned by Clover Holdings LTD. The domain name was the focus of one of the most publicized legal actions about ownership of domain names. Sex.com was sold at a reported $14 million price to Escom LLC in January 2006.
Viper species found in the rainforests and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. Like all vipers, it is venomous. It is the largest member of the genus Bitis, and it has the longest fangs – up to 2 inches in length (5 cm) – and the second highest venom yield of any snake next to the King cobra.
On Labor Day weekend in 1995, computer programmer Pierre Omidyar wrote the code for what he called an “experiment.” He wanted to know what would happen if everyone in the world had access to a single global marketplace. To test his idea, he came up with an auction website, where he listed a broken laser pointer that he was going to throw away. A collector bought it for $14.83. Among the other items sold just a week after Omidyar launched eBay were autographed Marky Mark underwear for $400, a Superman metal lunchbox for $22, and a Toyota Tercel for $3,200.
Outbreak of mass hysteria – or mass psychogenic illness (MPI) – rumored to have occurred in 1962 near the village of Kashasha on the western coast of Lake Victoria in the modern nation of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika) near the border with Uganda.
Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, billed as “The Sound and the Fury” and afterwards infamously referred to as “The Bite Fight”, was a professional boxing match contested on June 28, 1997, for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. It achieved notoriety as one of the most bizarre fights in boxing history, after Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s ear. Tyson was disqualified from the match and lost his boxing license, though it was later reinstated.
Blue Marlin and her sister ship MV Black Marlin comprise the Marlin class of semi-submersible heavy lift ships operated by Dockwise Shipping of the Netherlands. Designed to transport very large semi-submersible drilling rigs above the transport ship’s deck, it is equipped with 38 cabins to accommodate 60 people, a workout room, sauna and swimming facilities, and a secure citadel for protection against pirate attacks.
In the late ’90s, while clearing new grazing land on his ranch, Jimmie Luecke bulldozed his name, making it the biggest signature in human history. Since the Luecke ranch is located directly along major flight paths, including most westbound flights out of Houston, this giant signature quickly became a landmark for commercial pilots. NASA scientists are able to use the 2.5-mile-long name for evaluating spatial resolution of astronaut photographs since Luecke’s handwriting.
Tamu Massif is an extinct submarine shield volcano in the northwest Pacific Ocean, with the characteristics of a hybrid between a mid-ocean ridge and a shield volcano. On 5 September 2013, researchers announced that it could be a single volcano which, if corroborated, would make Tamu Massif the largest known volcano on Earth.
A Molotov cocktail, also known as a petrol bomb, gasoline bomb (United States), bottle bomb, poor man’s grenade, Molotovin koktaili (Finnish), polttopullo (Finnish), fire bomb (not to be confused with an actual fire bomb), fire bottle or just Molotov, sometimes shortened as Molly, is a generic name used for a variety of bottle-based improvised incendiary weapons.
Recreational design piece conceived by artist Verynicensleazy in a joint effort with Slam Jam. A symbiotic multi functional object that merges a harp with a bong and celebrates the harmony between marijuana and melodies.
Acellular slime mold or myxomycete, is a protist with diverse cellular forms and broad geographic distribution. The “acellular” moniker derives from the plasmodial stage of the life cycle: the plasmodium is a bright yellow macroscopic multinucleate syncytium shaped in a network of interlaced tubes.
Surgical intervention in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the human skull, exposing the dura mater, to treat health problems related to intracranial diseases or release pressured blood buildup from an injury. It may also refer to any “burr” hole created through other body surfaces, including nail beds. It is often used to relieve pressure beneath a surface. A trephine is an instrument used for cutting out a round piece of skull bone.
The Mind’s Eye: A Computer Animation Odyssey (1990) assembled the work of three hundred creative artists working across the field of animation. Compiled into a loose narrative, the myriad CGI content spans demo reels, commercials, music videos, and feature films, to tell the story of the creation of Earth, the rise of civilization, and what might lie beyond.
World’s first ultra-realistic robot artist. Completed in 2019, Ai-Da is an artificial intelligence robot who makes drawings, painting, and sculptures. She is named after Ada Lovelace.
Richard Leonard Kuklinski (April 11, 1935 – March 5, 2006) was an American hitman. In 1988, he was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of killing two members of his burglary gang and two other associates. In 2003, he received an additional 30-year sentence after confessing to the murder of a mob-connected police officer. He was given the nickname The Iceman by authorities after they discovered that he had frozen the body of one of his victims in an attempt to disguise the time of death. Among his associates, Kuklinski was known as “the one-man army” or “the Devil himself”.
A sinkhole, also known as a cenote, sink, sink-hole, swallet, swallow hole, or doline, is a depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of collapse of the surface layer. Most are caused by karst processes – the chemical dissolution of carbonate rocks or suffosion processes. Sinkholes vary in size from 1 to 600 m (3.3 to 2,000 ft) both in diameter and depth, and vary in form from soil-lined bowls to bedrock-edged chasms.
Most water in the Earth’s atmosphere and crust comes from the world ocean’s saline seawater, while freshwater accounts for only 2.5% of the total. Because the oceans that cover roughly 71% of the area of the Earth reflect blue light, the Earth appears blue from space, and is often referred to as the blue planet and the Pale Blue Dot. An estimated 1.5 to 11 times the amount of water in the oceans may be found hundreds of miles deep within the Earth’s interior, although not in liquid form.
Wonderland was a never completed amusement park project located in Chenzhuang Village (陈庄村), Nankou Town (南口地区), Changping District, China, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) outside of Beijing. Originally proposed by the Thailand-based property developer Reignwood Group, and designed to be the largest amusement park in Asia (to have covered 120 acres (49 ha)), construction stopped in 1998 following financial problems with local officials, while a 2008 attempt to start construction again also failed.
Memory of every day events such as (times, location geography, associated emotions, and other contextual who, what, when, where, why knowledge) that can be explicitly stated or conjured. It is the collection of past personal experiences that occurred at a particular time and place. For example, if one remembers the party on their 7th birthday, this is an episodic memory. They allow an individual to figuratively travel back in time to remember the event that took place at that particular time and place.
The Derby of the eternal rivals (Greek: Ντέρμπι των αιωνίων αντιπάλων), also called Mother of all battles (Greek: Μητέρα των μαχών), is a football local derby in the Athens urban area between the most successful clubs of Greece, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos. The rivalry between the clubs and their fans is intense, thus this derby has always been a classic for the Greek capital, as well as the whole of Greece, the most prestigious in the country.
Group of termite species that live in mounds. These termites live in Africa, Australia and South America. The mounds sometimes have a diameter of 30 metres (98 ft). Most of the mounds are in well-drained areas. Termite mounds usually outlive the colonies themselves. If the inner tunnels of the nest are exposed it is usually dead. Sometimes other colonies, of the same or different species, occupy a mound after the original builders’ deaths.
Testing medium scientifically correlated to swine muscle tissue, in which the effects of bullet wounds can be simulated. It was developed and improved by Martin Fackler and others in the field of wound ballistics.
Home movie by Charlie Ahearn shot between 1981 and 1983 from his apartment window on 43rd St and Eighth Ave.
Scientists have revealed the oldest known scorpion—and arachnid—on Earth: a mysterious species more than 430 million years old uncovered near Waukesha, Wisconsin, about 29 kilometers west of Milwaukee.
A flail is a weapon consisting of a striking head attached to a handle by a flexible rope, strap, or chain. The chief tactical virtue of the flail was its capacity to strike around a defender’s shield or parry. Its chief liability was a lack of precision and the difficulty of using it in close combat, or closely ranked formations.
The shape of the universe, in physical cosmology, is the local and global geometry of the universe. The local features of the geometry of the universe are primarily described by its curvature, whereas the topology of the universe describes general global properties of its shape as of a continuous object.
Cizia Zykë (1949 – 2011) was a French writer and adventurer born in Morocco. He wrote numerous books on exploring dangerous corners of the world. His first published book, Oro, which earned him international attention, narrates his adventures searching for gold in Costa Rica.
The ancient Egyptian units of measurement are those used by the dynasties of ancient Egypt prior to its incorporation in the Roman Empire and general adoption of Roman, Greek, and Byzantine units of measurement. The units of length seem to have originally been anthropic, based on various parts of the human body, although these were standardized using cubit rods, strands of rope, and official measures maintained at some temples.
The Kingdome was a multi-purpose stadium in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. Controlled Demolition, Inc. demolished the Kingdome by implosion on March 26, 2000 (approximately the 24th anniversary of the Kingdome’s opening), setting a record recognized by Guinness World Records for the largest building, by volume, ever demolished by implosion.
In early 2002, following the fall of the Talban, Osama Bin Laden’s abandoned compound in the Afghan city of Kandahar was ransacked. Among the finds was a collection of more than 1500 audio cassettes featuring sermons, speeches, songs and candid recordings of Arab-Afghan fighters, recorded between the 1960s up until the 9/11 attacks.
Research facility in Antarctica on the Brunt Ice Shelf operated by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The base was established in 1956 to study the Earth’s atmosphere. Measurements from Halley led to the discovery of the ozone hole in 1985. The current base is the sixth in a line of designs to overcome the challenges of building on a floating ice shelf where they become buried and crushed by snow. Despite moving the buildings 23 km “inland”, concern over the propagation of an ice crack resulted in the base being left unmanned for the winters of 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The largest hiking boot measures 7.14 m (23 ft 5 in) long, 2.50 m (8 ft 2 in) wide and 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in) tall and was made by Schuh Marke (Germany). It was presented in Hauenstein, Germany, on 30 September 2006.
Henri de Mondeville (c. 1260 – 1316) was the surgeon to two kings of France – Philip IV and Louis X. In 1312 he wrote Cyrurgia (Surgery), one of the first works of its kind from the Middle Ages. Based on his years of training, in both France and Italy, this work offers a wide scope of medical treatments, ranging from brain surgery to dog bites. Here are a few sections from the Cyrurgia.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) was the first wide-area packet-switching network with distributed control and the first network to implement the TCP/IP protocol suite. Both technologies became the technical foundation of the Internet. The ARPANET was established by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the United States Department of Defense.
The miracle pine is a tree that survived 2011 japanese tsunami which then started dying six months ago, it has now been rebuilt as statue in honor of the 19,000 victims of the disaster
For over 30 years Gleis has provided exclusive photographs of private jets for such original equipment manufacturers like Gulfstream, Boeing, Falcon Jet, Cessna, Bombardier, Eclipse, Lear, and others. He has photographed over 800 private jets receiving assignments from presidents, dictators or royalty.
The Sciencenter’s Sagan Planet Walk is a walkable scale model of the Solar System, located in Ithaca, New York. The model scales the entire Solar System—both planet size and distances between them—down to one five billionth of its actual size.
Photography book by Adrienne Salinger published in 1995 and depicting the private lives of forty-three teens.
Unexplained atmospheric electrical phenomenon described as luminescent, spherical objects that vary from pea-sized to several meters in diameter. Though usually associated with thunderstorms, the phenomenon is said to last considerably longer than the split-second flash of a lightning bolt.
May 1, 1996, a 505 by 255 foot American Flag was flown from the downstream face of Hoover Dam. The flag itself weighed 3,000 pounds and was hoisted by 3 separate cables located at the top of the Dam. The flying of the flag was part of a ceremony in which the 1996 Summer Olympic torch was carrried across Hoover Dam. The photograph is a vertical view taken downstream from the dam.
Film directed by Harun Farocki in 2000 composed of images from prisons. Quotes from fiction films and documentaries as well as footage from surveillance cameras. A look at the new control technologies, at personal identification devices, electronic ankle bracelets, electronic tracking devices.
Me at the zoo is the first video that was uploaded to YouTube. It was uploaded on April 23, 2005 at 20:27:12 PDT (April 24, 2005 at 2:17:12 UTC) by the site’s co-founder Jawed Karim, with the username “jawed” and recorded by his high school friend Yakov Lapitsky.
Aircraft built for Stratolaunch Systems by Scaled Composites to carry air-launch-to-orbit rockets. It was announced in December 2011 and rolled out in May 2017. The twin-fuselage design is the aircraft with the longest wingspan ever flown at 385 feet (117 m), surpassing the Hughes H-4 Hercules flying boat’s of 320 feet 11 inches (97.82 m). The Stratolaunch is intended to carry a 550,000-pound (250,000 kg) payload and has a 1,300,000-pound (590,000 kg) maximum takeoff weight.
Wasp-76b is what astronomers call an exoplanet, one that orbits a star outside our solar system. Scientists have discovered that the local weather conditions include 2,400C temperatures, winds in excess of 10,000mph and a steady pelting of iron rain.
Illustrative digestive for the general practitioner of psychiatry. The collection digitized at McGovern Historical Center spanned between 1950-1959 and was published out of Houston, Texas. The publisher was the Medical Arts Publishing Foundation and is the parent collection for the Bulletin.
1982 American experimental film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke.
In philosophy, transcendence conveys the basic ground concept from the word’s literal meaning (from Latin), of climbing or going beyond, albeit with varying connotations in its different historical and cultural stages. It includes philosophies, systems, and approaches that describe the fundamental structures of being, not as an ontology (theory of being), but as the framework of emergence and validation of knowledge of being.
When the work began on the High Aswan Dam in Upper Egypt, the two temples of Abu Simbel, carved in the living rock which rises from the banks of the Nile, were threatened with complete destruction. In following the course of the International Campaign launched by UNESCO in 1960, the film reveals the archeological significance of the temples and shows how they were dissected and removed stone by stone to higher ground where, reconstructed, they now stand in all their grandeur orientated as before towards river and sun.
Aerogel is a synthetic porous ultralight material derived from a gel, in which the liquid component for the gel has been replaced with a gas. The result is a solid with extremely low density and extremely low thermal conductivity. Nicknames include frozen smoke, solid smoke, solid air, solid cloud, blue smoke owing to its translucent nature and the way light scatters in the material.
Documentary film directed by German film director Wim Wenders. During the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, Wenders set up a static camera in room 666 of the Hotel Martinez and provided selected film directors a list of questions to answer concerning the future of cinema.
This map shows one of the world’s longest uninterrupted walks from Cape Town, South Africa to Magadan, Russia a distance of 22,387km (13,910 miles). Google Maps estimates it would take 4,492 hours to walk it, which translates into 187 days of non-stop walking. If instead you decided to walk a more sensible 8 hours a day, it would take you 562 days to complete the whole walk.
Lengthy series of work by Peter Fischli (born 1952) and David Weiss (1946-2012), comprising 1,010 photographs.
Scientific study of algorithms and statistical models that computer systems use to perform a specific task without using explicit instructions, relying on patterns and inference instead. It is seen as a subset of artificial intelligence. Machine learning algorithms build a mathematical model based on sample data, known as “training data”, in order to make predictions or decisions without being explicitly programmed to perform the task.
Also called the mark test, mirror self-recognition test (MSR), red spot technique, or rouge test—is a behavioural technique developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. as an attempt to determine whether an animal possesses the ability of visual self-recognition.
Roberto Carlos goal for Real Madrid against Tenerife during Ligua season 1997-1998
Pickpocket is a 1959 French film directed by Robert Bresson. It stars the young Uruguayan Martin LaSalle, who was a nonprofessional actor at the time, in the title role, with Marika Green as the ingénue. It was the first film for which Bresson wrote an original screenplay rather than “adapting it from an existing text.
Hydra-Shok is a type of hollow point projectile made by Federal Premium Ammunition. It was originally patented by ammunition designer Tom Burczynski. Hydra-Shok was debuted in 1988 after the FBI requested a bullet with better terminal ballistics than traditional cup and core projectiles.
Project Grizzly is a 1996 documentary about Canadian inventor Troy Hurtubise. The film follows Hurtubise’s obsession with researching the Canadian grizzly bear up close ever since surviving an early encounter with such a bear. The film was directed by Peter Lynch and produced by the National Film Board of Canada who approached Hurtubise after reading his 1990 book White Tape: An Authentic Behind the Scenes Look at Project Grizzly.
Haruomi Hosono 8th album released on Yen Records in 1982, a masterwork recorded almost entirely by Hosono himself at his LDK Studio. With unlimited studio time and freedom to explore, Hosono let himself loose with an array of synthesizers and machines, from the Prophet 5 to the E-mu Emulator – all listed as “guest performers” in the album credits.
Name of organised supporters’ groups of football teams in Latin America that provide fanatical support to their clubs in stadiums and provoke violence against rival fans and eventually the police.
Attacus atlas, the Atlas moth, is a large saturniid moth endemic to the forests of Asia. The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae.
Custom-built submarine, created for the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me in the shape of a Lotus Esprit S1 sports car. “Wet Nellie” is named in reference to Little Nellie, an autogyro featured in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, which was itself named after actress and comedian Nellie Wallace.
Sumer is the earliest known civilization in the historical region of southern Mesopotamia (now southern Iraq), during the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Ages, and one of the first civilizations in the world, along with Ancient Egypt, Norte Chico, Ancient China and the Indus Valley.
American engineer and entrepreneur, most widely known as the first space tourist to fund his own trip into space. In mid-2001, he spent nearly eight days in orbit as a crew member of ISS EP-1, a visiting mission to the International Space Station.
Enclosure used to block electromagnetic fields. A Faraday shield may be formed by a continuous covering of conductive material, or in the case of a Faraday cage, by a mesh of such materials. Faraday cages are named after scientist Michael Faraday, who invented them in 1836.
Vast visual compendium of America’s jails and prisons, comprising more than 5,300 aerial images that offer a compelling metaphor for the rapid expansion of the American prison system created by Josh Begley, a graduate student studying Interactive Telecommunications at New York University by using Google Maps API.
Pollination is the transfer of pollen from a male part of a plant to a female part of a plant, later enabling fertilisation and the production of seeds, most often by an animal or by wind. Pollinating agents are animals such as insects, birds, and bats; water; wind; and even plants themselves, when self-pollination occurs within a closed flower. Pollination often occurs within a species. When pollination occurs between species it can produce hybrid offspring in nature and in plant breeding work.
In ancient Greece, Pythagoras (495 BCE) and his followers thought that celestial bodies made music. This diagram attempts to represent such theories about the earth’s relationship to other planets—an idea, based in physical truths and metaphysical beliefs, that the divine and poetic order of the universe could be known.
One-eyed giant son of Poseidon and Thoosa in Greek mythology, one of the Cyclopes described in Homer’s Odyssey. His name means “abounding in songs and legends”. Polyphemus first appeared as a savage man-eating giant in the ninth book of the Odyssey.
Sir Anthony Alfred Caro OM CBE (8 March 1924 – 23 October 2013) was an English abstract sculptor whose work is characterised by assemblages of metal using ‘found’ industrial objects. His style was of the modernist school, having worked with Henry Moore early in his career. He was lauded as the greatest British sculptor of his generation.
The Solar Anus (French: L’anus solaire) is a short Surrealist text by the French writer Georges Bataille, written in 1927 and published with drawings by André Masson four years later.
Product brand made by the TG Gold-Super-Markt corporation designed to dispense items made of pure gold from automated banking vending machines. The first gold-plated vending machine was located in the lobby of the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, dispensed 320 items made of gold, including 10-gram gold bars and customized gold coins.
American mathematician (born Creola Katherine Coleman; August 26, 1918 – February 24, 2020) whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. The space agency noted her “historical role as one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist.”
Eye tracking is the process of measuring either the point of gaze (where one is looking) or the motion of an eye relative to the head. An eye tracker is a device for measuring eye positions and eye movement.
The Universal Numbering System also called the “American System”, is a dental notation system for associating information to a specific tooth, commonly used in the United States.
In audio engineering, electronics, physics, and many other fields, the color of noise refers to the power spectrum of a noise signal (a signal produced by a stochastic process). Different colors of noise have significantly different properties: for example, as audio signals they will sound different to human ears, and as images they will have a visibly different texture. Therefore, each application typically requires noise of a specific color.
Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, USA. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. The installation front half of the cadillac was buried in dirt. Ten Cadillacs (1949-1963) nose-first in the ground. Installed in 1974, the cars were either older running, used or junk cars — together spanning the successive generations of the car line — and the defining evolution of their tailfins.
Objects struck by lightning experience heat and magnetic forces of great magnitude. The heat created by lightning currents traveling through a tree may vaporize its sap, causing a steam explosion that bursts the trunk. As lightning travels through sandy soil, the soil surrounding the plasma channel may melt, forming tubular structures called fulgurites.
Fictional island mentioned within an allegory on the hubris of nations in Plato’s works Timaeus and Critias, where it represents the antagonist naval power that besieges “Ancient Athens”, the pseudo-historic embodiment of Plato’s ideal state in The Republic. In the story, Athens repels the Atlantean attack unlike any other nation of the known world, supposedly giving testament to the superiority of Plato’s concept of a state. The story concludes with Atlantis falling out of favor with the deities and submerging into the Atlantic Ocean.
Also named Garden of Bomarzo, is a Mannerist monumental complex located in Bomarzo, in the province of Viterbo, in northern Lazio, Italy.The garden was created during the 16th century. Situated in a wooded valley bottom beneath the castle of Orsini, it is populated by grotesque sculptures and small buildings located among the natural vegetation.
In 1984 Serge Gainsbourg protested the French economy by burning 500 Francs on national TV.
Systema Naturae (originally in Latin written Systema Naturæ with the ligature æ) is one of the major works of the Swedish botanist, zoologist and physician Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) and introduced the Linnaean taxonomy. Although the system, now known as binomial nomenclature, was partially developed by the Bauhin brothers, Gaspard and Johann, 200 years earlier, Linnaeus was first to use it consistently throughout his book.
During the 80s and 90s Laurent Melki designed most of horror movies sleeves to be adapted to the french video rental market.
The Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, commonly known as San Siro, is a football stadium in the San Siro district of Milan, which is the home of AC Milan and Internazionale. It has a seating capacity of 75,923, making it one of the largest stadiums in Europe, and the largest in Italy.
It has been observed that being in Earth’s orbit has an effect on the structure of spider webs in space. Spider webs were spun in low earth orbit in 1973 aboard Skylab, involving two female European garden spiders (cross spiders) called Arabella and Anita, as part of an experiment on the Skylab 3 mission.
Published in 1973, The New Woman’s Survival Catalog is a seminal survey of Second Wave feminist efforts, which, as the editors noted in their introduction, represented an “active attempt to reshape culture through changing values and consciousness.”
Improvised weapon made of a manipulated newspaper, used as a small club. It was named after supporters of Millwall F.C., who had a reputation for football hooliganism. The Millwall brick was allegedly used as a stealth weapon at football matches in England during the 1960s and 1970s. The weapon’s popularity appears to have been due to the wide availability of newspapers, the difficulty in restricting newspapers being brought into football grounds, and the ease of its construction.
Balkan sworn virgins (in Albanian: Burrnesha) are women who take a vow of chastity and wear male clothing in order to live as men in patriarchal northern Albanian society, Kosovo and Montenegro. To a lesser extent, the practice exists, or has existed, in other parts of the western Balkans, including Bosnia, Dalmatia (Croatia), Serbia and Northern Macedonia. National Geographic’s Taboo (2002) estimated that there were fewer than 102 Albanian sworn virgins left.
Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan (also known as The Rainbow Sheikh) is a member of the Emirates royal family who owns pyramid-shaped structure built especially to display his car collection to the general public. The nickname Rainbow Sheikh is given to Sheikh Hamad because of his collection of Mercedes S Class all in 7 different colours.
Camouflage that adapts, often rapidly, to the surroundings of an object such as an animal or military vehicle. In theory, active camouflage could provide perfect concealment from visual detection.
A snakebot, also known as snake robot, is a biomorphic hyper-redundant robot that resembles a biological snake. Snake robots come in many shapes and sizes, from the four stories long, earth quake snakebot developed by SINTEF, to a medical snakebot developed at Carnegie Mellon University that is thin enough to maneuver around organs inside a human chest cavity.
Jouko Antero Lehtola (1963-2010) was a Finnish photography artist who graduated as Master of Arts from the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland in 1993. Among the artist’s best known works are those portraying Finnish youth culture.
Sharp peak (2,930 m) in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. It was first climbed in February 1994. The mountain was first discovered by the German Artic expedition in 1938 and named after the Swiss mountain Matterhorn because of his similar form. Later the mountain was renamed by the Norwegians in Ulvetanna Peak.
Martial arts technique that is used in competition, demonstration and testing. Breaking is an action where a martial artist uses a striking surface to break one or more objects using the skills honed in their art form. The striking surface is usually a hand or a foot, but may also be a fingertip, toe, head, elbow, knuckle, or knee. The most common object is a piece of wood or brick, though it is also common to break cinder blocks, glass, or even a piece of metal such as steel bars. Glass is usually discouraged, since its shards may cause injury when broken.
First published in 1949 (this edition in 1968), this book is a dictionary of the past, exploring the language of the criminal and near-criminal worlds. It includes entries from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, as well as from Britain and America and offers a fascinating and unique study of language.
Melting point is the temperature at which a substance changes from solid to liquid state. Here are temperatures in Fahrenheit and Celsius for most common metals.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) released additional materials recovered in the 2 May 2011 raid on Usama Bin Ladin’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Here’s a look at some of the viewing material found among audio, document, image, video, and software operating system files.
Historical footage of snake charmer Saya Hnin-Mahla dancing with a king cobra in Burma between the 18th and 19th centuries recorded by the British field exploration photography group.
Cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. It is the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere.
Group of residential buildings located in Nanterre, in the inner suburbs of Paris, France.
Medication used to treat pain and fever. It is typically used for mild to moderate pain relief. There is mixed evidence for its use to relieve fever in children. It is often sold in combination with other medications, such as in many cold medications.
Paintings of distorted automobiles by Peter Cain in the early 90s. Rendered with precision, their gleaming surfaces intensified the seductiveness of the advertisements on which they were based, leading one critic at the time to call them “literal and figurative icons of autoeroticism.”
The autobiography of french mountaineer Lionel Terray stands among the “100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time”, according to National Geographic Adventure magazine. Following World War II, when France desperately needed successes to heal its wounds, Terray emerged as a national hero, conquering summits atop the planet’s highest mountains.
The Nintendo 64 (officially abbreviated as N64, hardware model number pre-term: NUS, stylized as NINTENDO64) is a home video game console developed and marketed by Nintendo. Named for its 64-bit central processing unit, it was released in June 1996 in Japan, September 1996 in North America, and March 1997 in Europe and Australia. It was the last major home console to use the cartridge as its primary storage format until the Nintendo Switch in 2017.
Instrument that focus exclusively on the psycho-social situation of school-age youth, and refer specifically to the cultural and historical traditions of Japan.
Three-movement composition by American experimental composer John Cage (1912–1992). It was composed in 1952, for any instrument or combination of instruments, and the score instructs the performer(s) not to play their instrument(s) during the entire duration of the piece throughout the three movements.
The cone of plausibility is meant to graphically represent the relationship between the present moment in time and the certainty of our knowledge about future events. It provides a useful visual heuristic for planners looking into the future. But as the diagram depicts, the further into the future we seek to plan, the greater the number of possible events.
The following is a list of hybrid entities from the folklore record grouped morphologically based on their constituent species.
The “Axis of Evil” is a name given to an anomaly in astronomical observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The anomaly appears to give the plane of the Solar System and hence the location of Earth a greater significance than might be expected by chance. A result which has been claimed to be evidence of a departure from the Copernican principle.
United States Air Force aircraft and missile storage and maintenance facility in Tucson, Arizona, located on Davis–Monthan Air Force Base. The 309th AMARG was previously Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, and the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center, and its predecessor was established after World War II as the 3040th Aircraft Storage Group.
Ato Jabari Boldon OLY (born 30 December 1973) is a former track and field athlete and politician from Trinidad and Tobago and four-time Olympic medal winner. He holds the Trinidad and Tobago national record in the 50, 60 and 200 metres events with times of 5.64, 6.49 and 19.77 seconds respectively, and also the Commonwealth Games record in the 100 m. He also held the 100m national record at 9.86s, having run it four times until Richard Thompson ran 9.85s on 13 August 2011.
Impression left by the friction ridges of a human finger. The recovery of partial fingerprints from a crime scene is an important method of forensic science. Moisture and grease on a finger result in fingerprints on surfaces such as glass or metal. Deliberate impressions of entire fingerprints can be obtained by ink or other substances transferred from the peaks of friction ridges on the skin to a smooth surface such as paper.
First European Sex Paper was founded in Amsterdam in 1969 by William Levy, Heathcote Williams, Germaine Greer, Willem de Ridder, Susan Janssen and Lynne Tillman.
A 24-meter stone statue of Soong Ching Ling (1893-1981) in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China’s Henan province. Soong Ching Ling is former vice-president of China and wife of Sun Yat-sen, the leader of the 1911 Revolution that toppled the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), China’s last dynasty. The statue’s base since then was designed as a meeting hall with an area of 800 square meters. It has been mysteriously destroyed in 2015.
The sound barrier or sonic barrier is the sudden increase in aerodynamic drag and other undesirable effects experienced by an aircraft or other object when it approaches the speed of sound. When aircraft first began to be able to reach close to the speed of sound, these effects were seen as constituting a barrier making faster speeds very difficult or impossible. The term sound barrier is still sometimes used today to refer to aircraft reaching supersonic flight.
The Helmut Lang FW-1999 presentation revolutionized the structure of the traditional fashion show by being the first to present his collection exclusively online. Guests were invited to attend the virtual show via CD-ROM.
In August 2016, an official expert group of scientists presented the declaration of the dawn of a new human-influenced age to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town.
“Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared. (…)
World Industries Skateboard video (1994). Starring Jason Dill, Clyde Singleton, Gino Iannucci, Billy Valdes, Eric Pupecki, Joey Suriel, Fabian Alomar, Chris Lambert, Jason Maxwell, Shin Okada, Caine Gayle, Mike Santarossa, Mike Crum, Quy Nguyen, Kris Markovich, Marcelle Johnson, Sam Devlin, Maurice Key, Shiloh Greathouse, Daewon Song, Kareem Campbell, Henry Sanchez, Keenan Milton, Lavar McBride and Ronnie Creager.
Ambitious project attempting to create a universal repository of all the world’s recorded knowledge. It was developed at the turn of the 20th century by Belgian lawyers and bibliographers Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine. The Mundaneum institution aimed to classify knowledge according to a system called the Universal Decimal Classification. In 1895, Otlet and La Fontaine established the International Institute of Bibliography and announced plans to create a Universal Bibliographic Repertory that would serve as a global clearinghouse for bibliographical data.
Lee Smolin, The Emergence of Space, in Time Reborn. From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston – New York, 2013.
Compendium-like text by French semiotician Roland Barthes, originally published under the title of “Éléments de Sémiologie” in the French review Communications. In the slightly expanded introduction to the book, Barthes suggests that although linguist Ferdinand de Saussure conceived of linguistics as a branch of semiology, semiology should rather be seen as a branch of linguistics.
These drone-hunting birds of prey are being trained at a French Air Force base in Southwestern France. They’re literally born on top of drones, and kept there during early stages of feeding. When they’re ready to fly, they’re brought to a field to intercept drones. In turn, they’re rewarded with meat.
A set of rather uncanny diagrams from Die Heilgymnastik in der Gynaekologie: und die mechanische Behandlung von Erkrankungen des Uterus und seiner Adnexe nach Thure Brandt (1895), translated from German as “The physiotherapy in gynecology and the mechanical treatment of diseases of the uterus and its appendages by Thure Brandt”.
The United States presidential state car nicknamed “The Beast”, “Cadillac One”, “First Car”; code named “Stagecoach” is the official state car of the president of the United States. The current model of presidential state car is a unique Cadillac that debuted on September 24, 2018.
Binaural recording is a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged with the intent to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments. This effect is often created using a technique known as “dummy head recording”, wherein a mannequin head is outfitted with a microphone in each ear.
Kukeri (Bulgarian: кукери) are elaborately costumed Bulgarian men, and sometimes women, who perform traditional rituals intended to scare away evil spirits.
Japanese artist who gained notoriety in the 1970’s for his avant garde approach, connecting traditional Japanese art styles such as Shunga (erotica) and Yokaiga (mythology) with postmodern radical pop art culture.
Also known as freak waves, monster waves, episodic waves, killer waves, extreme waves, and abnormal waves are unusually large, unexpected and suddenly appearing surface waves that can be extremely dangerous, even to large ships such as ocean liners.
The Ryugyong Hotel (Korean: 류경려관; sometimes spelled as Ryu-Gyong Hotel), or Yu-Kyung Hotel, is an unfinished 105-story, 330-metre-tall (1,080 ft) pyramid-shaped skyscraper in Pyongyang, North Korea. Its name (“capital of willows”) is also one of the historical names for Pyongyang. The building is also known as the 105 Building, a reference to its number of floors. The building has been planned as a mixed-use development, which would include a hotel. The building is currently listed by Guinness World Records as being the tallest unoccupied building in the world.
Japanese jazz pianist Yōsuke Yamashita revisits his 1973 recital on a burning piano (famously made into a short by director Kiyoshi Awazu) with a repeat performance on a beach in Shika-machi, Japan.
Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Edgar Allan Poe) is the debut studio album by British rock band The Alan Parsons Project. It was released on 1 May 1976 in the United States by 20th Century Fox Records and on 1 June 1976 in the United Kingdom by Charisma Records. The lyrical and musical themes of the album, which are retellings of horror stories and poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, attracted a cult audience. The title of the album is taken from the title of a collection of Poe’s macabre stories of the same name.
The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens was a series of volcanic explosions and pyroclastic flows from Mount St. Helens in Skamania County, U.S. state of Washington, that began on March 27, 1980. It initiated as a series of phreatic blasts from the summit then escalated on May 18, 1980, as a major explosive eruption. The eruption, which had a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 5, was the most significant to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the much smaller 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California.
Back in the late eighties when acid house found it’s way into UK club culture a group of like minded friends and associates, who disenchanted by the lack of scene and dominance of commercial nightclubs in their hometown decided to put on their own events, mainly in disused warehouses and units around the industrial backdrop of Blackburn.
The Planetary Society is an American internationally active, non-governmental, nonprofit foundation. It is involved in research, public outreach, and political advocacy for engineering projects related to astronomy, planetary science, and space exploration. It was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman, and has about 60,000 members from more than 100 countries around the world.
There’s no known record of anything like a passport existing in ancient Egypt. But in 1974, when the mummy of Ramses II (died 1213 B.C.) had to be flown to Paris for restoration, it was issued a valid Egyptian passport, including a photo of the pharaoh’s ancient face. His occupation was listed as “King (deceased).”
Surgical diagram which first appeared in European medical manuscripts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The illustration acted as an annotated table of contents to guide the reader through various injuries and diseases whose related cures could be found on the text’s nearby pages. The image first appeared in a printed book in 1491 when it was included in the Venetian Fasciculus medicinae, likely Europe’s first printed medical miscellany.
Meaning: A process of entropic acceptance and false belief in a clearly broken polity and the myths that undergird it. The term was coined by Alexei Yurchak in his book “Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation” (2005) to describe the atmosphere during the final days of Russian communism.
In chemistry, absorbance or decadic absorbance is the common logarithm of the ratio of incident to transmitted radiant power through a material, and spectral absorbance or spectral decadic absorbance is the common logarithm of the ratio of incident to transmitted spectral radiant power through a material.
1983 Canadian science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and Debbie Harry. Set in Toronto during the early 1980s, it follows the CEO of a small UHF television station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. The layers of deception and mind-control conspiracy unfold as he uncovers the signal’s source, and loses touch with reality in a series of increasingly bizarre and violent organic hallucinations.
The posthumous book “Swiss Rebels” catalogues Swiss-German photographer Karlheinz Weinberger’s journeys into the alternate universe of 1950s and 60s Switzerland. “My real life began on Friday evening. And it ended every Monday morning,” he said during his first major exhibition in 2000.
Passive device used to reflect and focus (concentrate) sound waves. Parabolic acoustic mirrors are widely used in parabolic microphones to pick up sound from great distances, employed in surveillance and reporting of outdoor sporting events. Between the World Wars, before the invention of radar, parabolic sound mirrors were used experimentally as early-warning devices by military air defence forces to detect incoming enemy aircraft by listening for the sound of their engines.
Richard Long & Associates designed many of the top clubs during the disco era, notably New York’s Studio 54 and Paradise Garage, and Ministry of Sound in London. RLA is broadly credited for making discos the immersive audiotopias that they were.
Earliest known major civilization in Mesoamerica following a progressive development in Soconusco. They lived in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in the present-day states of Veracruz and Tabasco. It has been speculated that the Olmecs derive in part from neighboring Mokaya or Mixe–Zoque.
Robotic surgical system made by the American company Intuitive Surgical. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, it is designed to facilitate surgery using a minimally invasive approach, and is controlled by a surgeon from a console. The system is used for prostatectomies, and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures. According to the manufacturer, the da Vinci System is called “da Vinci” in part because Leonardo da Vinci’s “study of human anatomy eventually led to the design of the first known robot in history.”
Inside a deteriorating hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome sit a pair of derelict spacecraft, built by the Soviet Union as part of a bold challenge to the U.S. manned space program.
From “The Critique of Judgement” by Immanuel Kant, published in 1790. The term “sublime” is used to designate natural objects that inspire a kind of awed terror through sheer immensity. Kant defines “The Sublime” as that which is beyond all comparison, that is absolutely great, either mathematically in terms of limitless magnitude, or dynamically in terms of limitless power.
Meaning: excessive sleepiness. A disorder of sleep that is characterized by prolonged nocturnal sleep periods and by the presence of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Typhoon Trami, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Paeng, was the second typhoon to affect Japan within a month. The twenty-fourth tropical storm and tenth typhoon of the annual typhoon season, Trami developed from a low-pressure area southeast of Guam on September 20. It intensified into a tropical storm on the next day, and intensified into a typhoon on September 22. Trami steadily intensified and reached its peak intensity late on September 24.
Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in 1978 in John Carpenter’s Halloween as a young boy who murders his sister, Judith Myers, and then, fifteen years later, returns home to Haddonfield to murder more teenagers.
Poison dart frog (also known as dart-poison frog, poison frog or formerly known as poison arrow frog) is the common name of a group of frogs in the family Dendrobatidae which are native to tropical Central and South America. These species are diurnal and often have brightly colored bodies.
Gabrielle d’Estrées and one of her sisters is a painting by an unknown artist circa 1594. It now hangs at the Louvre in Paris and is usually thought to be the work of a painter from the Fontainebleau School.The painting portrays Gabrielle d’Estrées, mistress of King Henry IV of France, sitting nude in a bath, holding a ring. Her sister sits nude beside her and pinches d’Estrées’ right nipple.
“The Blair Witch Project” is a 1999 supernatural horror film. The film is composed of the fictional “found footage” of a group of student filmmakers, who enter the woods in hopes of tracking down the local legend of the Blair Witch. The trio disappear, and their footage is found in the forest a year later. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 1999 and subsequently grossed 250 million US dollars globally while having been created on a budget of 60,000 US dollars. It is one of the most successful independent films of all time.
The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931. The building has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m) and stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall, including its antenna. Its name is derived from “Empire State”, the nickname of New York, which is of unknown origin. The Empire State Building stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years until the construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in Lower Manhattan in late 1970.
Cops is an American half-hour documentary reality crime/legal television program that premiered on the Fox network on March 11, 1989. The series follows city police officers and county sheriff’s deputies, sometimes backed up by state troopers or other state agencies, during patrols and other police activities including but not limited to prostitution and narcotics stings. Some episodes have also featured federal agencies.
The Northrop (later Northrop Grumman) B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two. The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as up to eighty 500-pound class (230 kg) Mk 82 JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400-pound (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only acknowledged aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration.
Coveted catalogue that displays 440 pages of teenage iconography, including film stills, fashion shoots, art works, and more.
As described in “Get Tough! How to Win in Hand-to-Hand Fighting, as Taught to the British Commandos and US Armed Forces” by Major W.E. Fairbairn (1979)
The Secret Intelligence Services (SIS) building, also known as the MI6 Building, is the headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service situated on n the River Thames in London. Terry Farrell, the building’s architect, was met with criticism for his Mayan- and Aztec-esque temple design, which translated into a post-modern style. The Secret Service structure was completed and inaugurated in 1994 and is, ironically, recognized as one of London’s most distinctive buildings.
96-minute music-theater opera composition by German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, which premiered in 1977 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. The mystery science-fiction play tells the story of four agents from a planet orbiting the star Sirius, who are sent to earth to deliver a message.
[HOW-TO] Dress in comfortable clothing.
Enter a quiet, dim room and sit comfortable in a reclined position. Do not lie down. Do not cross your legs. Cover yourself with a blanket and wear headphones, if necessary.
Allow for 30 minutes of uninterrupted time (silence your devices and lock the door).
Choose your hypnosis goal and memorize it as a mantra or affirmation. It is important to visualize your mantra in the present tense, such as: “I am in control, and I am valuable;” “I choose to no longer smoke cigarettes;” or “I am eating healthy.”
Infamous contract created by Scientology. Sea Org is an organization within Scientology, described by Scientology as a “fraternal religious order, comprising of the church’s most dedicated members.” Sea Org members are required to make a lifetime commitment by signing a billion-year contract.
Photography book by Swiss photographer Hansjörg Sahli, which shows images of the Rhône Glacier covered in gargantuan white blankets. The function of swaddling the glacier is to shield the ice and the grotto beneath it from solar radiation. The images were taken between July 2014 and August 2017.
Razzle dazzle camouflage is a type of ship camouflage that was used extensively during World War I. It consists of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colors. Razzle dazzle is reminiscent of a zebra’s pelt. However, Picasso claimed that cubist artists like himself had invented it. The technique is widely credited to the British marine artist Norman Wilkinson and was then adopted by the British and the United States Navy.
The Quantum Zeno Effect, also known as the Turing paradox, is a feature of quantum-mechanical systems allowing a particle’s time evolution to be arrested by measuring it frequently enough with respect to some chosen measurement setting. Simply put, it is a phenomenon in quantum physics where observing a particle prevents it from decaying as it would in the absence of observation.
Mixed-use center in Atlanta, Georgia, designed by Architect John Portman and completed in 1988. A defining feature of the Peachtree Center is a network of enclosed pedestrian skybridges suspended above street level, which have garnered criticism for discouraging pedestrian city bustle. Most of the structures in Atlanta’s Peachtree district were designed by Portman, who died in December 2017.
Meaning: or “object sexuality.” A form of swexual or romantic attraction focused on particular inanimate objects. Individuals with this attraction may have strong feeling of love and commitment to certain items or structures of their fixation.
Related: Animism. : sense reciprocation, based on the belief that objects have souls, intelligence, and feelings, and are able to communicate.
Magnus Hirschfeld was a German doctor and sexologist, whose practice was based in Berlin-Charlottenburg during the Weimar period (1918-1933). Hirschfeld was an outspoken advocate for sexual minorities and one of the first homosexual and transgender rights activists. He became interested in gay rights because many of his gay patients committed suicide.
Nom de plume, pseudonym, or multiple-use name informally adopted by hundreds of artists and activists all over Europe and the Americas. The name first appeared in Bologna in 1994, when multiple cultural activists used it to author their urban and media performances, which were often humorous, political pranks. The pseudonym was borrowed from real-life Luther Blissett, based purely on comic value of the name, who was a notable soccer player for AC Milan and England in the 80s.
Highly intelligent and obscure horologist with a heavy southern accent who became the central figure of the podcast “S-Town,” (2017) after he emailed the producers asking them to investigate an alleged murder that took place in his hometown of Woodstock, Alabama. Mclemore refers to Woodstock as “Shit Town” [see: podcast’s title]. Mclemore committed suicide by drinking cyanide while the podcast was in production. The show explores Mclemore’s character and life, including his rumored closeted homosexuality, hobbies (like maze-building and gold-plating), family history, and extended rants on the state of the world.
The devil’s hour or witching hour. It is believed that witches, demons, and ghosts appear and are at their most powerful at 3AM. Black magic is thought to be most effective at this time.
“Dr. Lecter could overcome his surroundings. He could make it all go away. The beeping of the computer game, the snores and farts, were nothing compared to the hellish screaming he’d known in the violent wards. The seat was no tighter than restraints. As he had done in his cell so many times, Dr. Lecter put his head back, closed his eyes and retired for relief into the quiet of his memory palace, a place that is quite beautiful for the most part.
For this little time, the metal cylinder howling eastward against the wind contains a palace of a thousand rooms. (…)
An emotional support animal, or ESA, is a type of service animal that alleviates symptoms of stress, anxiety, and psychological trauma in its owner. In recent years, the number of ESA’s accompanying owners during their travels has exploded, due to the relative ease of acquiring a therapist’s letter stating that the animal contributes to one’s psychological wellbeing.
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a strip of land that runs across the Korean Peninsula and serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. It is 250 kilometers long and approximately 4 kilometers wide.
Still from security camera footage of Columbine shooters captured during the Columbine High School massacre and attempted bombing that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, United States.
Meaning: A set of straps placed on an animal or person, used to connect said being to something else. : decorative fetishized fashion accessory.
A novel by Aldous Huxley, published in 1932. The book presents a nightmarish vision of a future society.
Viral YouTube clip captioned as “Crying Guy from the A&E Show Intervention.” The clip’s sound (“Intervention,” Season 8, Episode 13, 2010) was sampled on the track “Everybody” by DJ Rashad & Freshmoon (2013).
Mysterious, obscure, spiritual and philosophical book by unknown author(s) that originated in Chicago sometime between 1924 and 1955. It claims to “reveal the mysteries of God, the universe, world history, Jesus, and ourselves,” and attempts to do so on 2097 pages. Notable readers of the book include Sun Ra, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Hillary Clinton, reportedly.
“Alexis Zorbas” is a black-and-white Oscar-winning film by Greek director Michael Cacoyannis, which was released in 1964 and featured actor Anthony Quinn. The film revolves around the relationship between the writer Basil, who travels to Crete, and Alexis Zorbas, whom he befriends on the island.
The most godly hour, the hour of great mercy. It is believed that Jesus Christ died at the crucifix at 3PM.