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National Flags Created From the Foods Each Country Is Commonly Associated With

Feeling hungry? You will be after looking through this creative collection of food photography by Australian advertising agency WHYBIN\TBWA. To promote the Sydney International Food Festival, which is Australia’s largest food festival which had almost a million attendees last year and chefs from all over the world, the imaginative team re-created 17 national flags using foods common to each nation. Basil, pasta, and tomatoes create the stripes on Italy’s flag, while hot dogs and buns were used for the U.S., olives and feta cheese for Greece, and curries with rice for India and Indonesia.

[source: Visual News]

National Flags Created From the Foods Each Country Is Commonly Associated With

Feeling hungry? You will be after looking through this creative collection of food photography by Australian advertising agency WHYBIN\TBWA. To promote the Sydney International Food Festival, which is Australia’s largest food festival which had almost a million attendees last year and chefs from all over the world, the imaginative team re-created 17 national flags using foods common to each nation. Basil, pasta, and tomatoes create the stripes on Italy’s flag, while hot dogs and buns were used for the U.S., olives and feta cheese for Greece, and curries with rice for India and Indonesia.

[source: Visual News]

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Related: Why Are Old Technologies So Hard To Kill? Nassim Taleb Has A Theory
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Can you name the works of literature from their word clouds?

The 150 most common words in each text is shown, with the size of the word representing its frequency in the text.

[source: Sporcle]

Can you name the works of literature from their word clouds?

The 150 most common words in each text is shown, with the size of the word representing its frequency in the text.

[source: Sporcle]

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Watch an animated Blade Runner told in 60 utterly chaotic seconds

1A4STUDIO has selected Blade Runner as the subject for its latest 60-second speedrun, administering Voight-Kampff tests and retiring replicants in a single minute. And yes, there’s a unicorn.

This installment might be the strangest and most hinged of all the speedruns. (Previous installments include The Matrix, Star Wars, and Aliens.) But that’s what happens when you squish a methodical, carefully dressed movie into 60 seconds packed with squirrely cartoon characters.

[source: io9]

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The Psychology of Music [infographic]

The University of Florida put together this infographic below on the Psychology behind music. According to the graphic, music actually involves more parts of the brain than any other human function. It also increases language skills, creativity, and overall happiness (to name a few).

[source: Daily Infographic]

The Psychology of Music [infographic]

The University of Florida put together this infographic below on the Psychology behind music. According to the graphic, music actually involves more parts of the brain than any other human function. It also increases language skills, creativity, and overall happiness (to name a few).

[source: Daily Infographic]

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Investigating the world’s weird books could easily take someone down an endless rabbit hole of unusual and unexpected publishing choices. We’ve already looked at a few prime examples of bizarre books on every subject from dating on a dollar budget to styling it up like Liberace, but the strangeness doesn’t stop there.

My favourite is probably #9: How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself when the Lawn Warriors Strike (and They Will)

Here’s the complete list:

1. Fashion Cats

2. How to Teach Physics to Your Dog

3. How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

4. Knitting With Dog Hair: Better A Sweater From A Dog You Know and Love Than From A Sheep You’ll Never Meet

5. Anybody Can Be Cool – But Awesome Takes Practice

6. Bombproof Your Horse

7. Sun-Beams May Be Extracted from Cucumbers, But the Process Is Tedious

8. How Green Were the Nazis?: Nature, Environment, and Nation in the Third Reich

9. How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will)

10. Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine!

11. Royal Knits

12. Who Cares About Elderly People?

[source: Mental Floss]

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What Happens if You Drop a Hot Charcoal into Liquid Oxygen?

Now you don’t have to wonder any more. University of Nottingham chemistry professor Martyn “The Hair” Poliakoff of The Periodic Table of Videos explains why, sadly, there’s no explosion involved:

Hit Play or go to Link [YouTube] - via PopSci

[source: Neatorama]

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NGC 6302: The Butterfly Nebula 
Explanation: The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth’s night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. This sharp and colorful close-up of the dying star’s nebula was recorded in 2009 by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3, installed during the final shuttle servicing mission. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surrounding the central star is near the center of this view, almost edge-on to the line-of-sight. Molecular hydrogen has been detected in the hot star’s dusty cosmic shroud. NGC 6302 lies about 4,000 light-years away in the arachnologically correct constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius).
[source: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day]

NGC 6302: The Butterfly Nebula

Explanation: The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth’s night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. This sharp and colorful close-up of the dying star’s nebula was recorded in 2009 by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3, installed during the final shuttle servicing mission. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surrounding the central star is near the center of this view, almost edge-on to the line-of-sight. Molecular hydrogen has been detected in the hot star’s dusty cosmic shroud. NGC 6302 lies about 4,000 light-years away in the arachnologically correct constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius).

[source: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day]

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The Visual Patterns of Audio Frequencies Seen through Vibrating Sand

Youtube user Brusspup (previously here and here) who often explores the intersection between art and science just released this new video featuring the Chladni plate experiment. First a black metal plate is attached to a tone generator and then sand is poured on the plate. As the speaker is cycled through various frequencies the sand naturally gravitates to the area where the least amount of vibration occurs causing fascinating geometric patterns to emerge. There’s actually a mathematical law that determines how each shape will form, the higher the frequency the more complex the pattern.

[source: Colossal]

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Tesselated Floor Tiles

M.C. Escher’s tessellated lizards will look great on your floor! The tiles for the bathroom floor pictured were custom-designed, but you can contact the company Arbore about making some for you. Link -via Boing Boing

[source: Neatorama]

Tesselated Floor Tiles

M.C. Escher’s tessellated lizards will look great on your floor! The tiles for the bathroom floor pictured were custom-designed, but you can contact the company Arbore about making some for you. Link -via Boing Boing

[source: Neatorama]