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January 7, 2012

Walk of Faith


From DeMilked: "If you have nerves of steel, you should definitely try this newly built glass walkway in China called the Walk of Faith."


"A 60-meter-long glass plank walkway 1,430 metres (4,690 feet) up Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain gives tourists an unforgettable sightseeing experience."


Nothing like a bit of understatement.


Wait a sec ... what's that music I'm hearing?

[via english.zhangjiajie.gov.cn and AOL Travel UK]

January 7, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Nostalgia Breakfast Maker


Say what?

From the website:


Nostalgia Electrics Retro Series 3-in-1 Breakfast Station

• Toaster oven, griddle, and coffee maker in one unit

• 6-liter mini toaster oven

• 4-cup coffee maker

• Removable non-stick hot plate

• Cooking selector and 15-minute timer


Originally $119.99, now reduced to $49.99.

Don't come crying to me next week when it's sold out.

Fair warning.

[via Bem Legaus!]

January 7, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Experts' Expert: Neil deGrasse Tyson's 8 books every intelligent person should read.


The astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium and science popularizer was asked by a Reddit.com user: "Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?"

His response:

1. The Bible

2. The System of the World — Isaac Newton

3. On The Origin of Species — Charles Darwin

4. Gulliver's Travels — Jonathan Swift

5. The Age of Reason — Thomas Paine

6. The Wealth of Nations — Adam Smith

7. The Art of War — Sun Tsu

8. The Prince — Machiavelli

Tyson concluded, "If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the Western world."

He added, "From some of your reflections, it looks like the intent of the list was not as clear as I thought. The one-line comment after each book is not a review but a statement about how the book's content influenced the behavior of people who shaped the Western world. So, for example, it does no good to say what the Bible 'really' meant, if its actual influence on human behavior is something else."

[via Open Culture, wherein you'll find links to free (the way we like it) versions of all eight, and GalleyCat]

January 7, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition Shiro Kuramata Glass Chair


A 1976 creation by one of Japan's greatest designers, made in an edition of 40 by the Mihoya Glass Co. Ltd. in Japan.


One was sold at auction in 2010; the starting bid was £26,000, with an estimate of £35,000–£40,000.


Wait a sec ... what's that music I'm hearing?


I wonder if there are people who come here mainly for the songs I occasionally link to.


[via LikeCool]

January 7, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Comics Sans Project


Famous logos redone with Comic Sans font.


Project by Paris-based duo


Florian Amoneau and Thomas Blanc of We Are Cephalization.


[via Laughing Squidcarlovely and copyranter]

January 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bacon-Flavored Drink Tablets


"When you drop one of these magic tablets into a glass of water it will begin to bubble and dissolve, eventually infusing the water with a delicious bacon flavour. But don't limit yourself to water. These effervescent Bacon Flavored Drink Tablets work just as well in milk, juice or soda. Great for making bizarre beverages."

I wonder what happens if you pop one in your mouth.

15-tablet tin: $4.97.

January 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

World's longest-running lab experiment


Pictured above and below, it's The Pitch Drop Experiment, begun in 1927 by Thomas Parnell, a physics professor at the University of Queensland in Australia.


Wrote Nick Paumgarten in the New Yorker, "[He] designed an experiment to show his students how viscous a fluid could be. He poured hot pitch into a glass funnel, let it cool, and then waited. Eight years later, the first drop fell."

More: "After another nine years, the second one fell.... There have been a total of eight drops, occurring at an average interval of ten years. The drop takes about a tenth of a second. No one has ever actually seen a drop fall."

And: "John Mainstone [top], the professor who has overseen the experiment since 1961, is eagerly awaiting the ninth drop of pitch, which he expects will occur sometime in 2013. 'Unpredictability is one of the great things about nature,' he said the other day. 'It's the spice of life. Just look at the due dates of babies. We so rarely get even that right.' The pitch drop doesn't accomodate countdowns, he said. 'I've been around long enough that I just see time before and time after. It's only when the drop has happened that what has gone before makes sense in the flow of time. That is, I don't become aware of what was going on just before the drop until after the drop occurs."

That is true enough for the present and past but not for the future: witness the entry of the Pitch Drop webcam, a never-blinking eye on the prize.

The next drop — unlike the revolution — will be televised, though of the many who will view the video footage, very few people indeed, — if any — will actually see the drop fall in real time. 

But you can bet that like the untold thousands of people who claim to have been present at the Polo Grounds but weren't on October 3, 1951, when Bobby Thomson hit the shot heard 'round the world, there will be all manner of folk claiming to have viewed the ninth pitch drop as it happened. 

And who can say they didn't?

But wait, there's more.

Yesterday brought news of the creation of a "hole in time" by physicists at Cornell University. 

Perhaps the next drop will occur during one of those, in which case not only will no one see it fall but also the video record will furnish no proof that it ever happened, beyond the already fallen ninth drop.

[Wikipedia caption for the photo up top: "Picture of the Pitch Drop Experiment from University of Queensland featuring the current (2007) custodian, John Mainstone (picture taken in 1990), two years into the life of the eighth drop.]

The Wikipedia caption is confusing, isn't it?

Maybe this will help:

Screen Shot 2012-01-05 at 1.15.00 PM

The eighth drop fell on November 28, 2000, having been poised to descend since July 1988, over 12 years earlier. 

The photo of Mainstone with the eighth drop was taken in 1990; the caption describing it was written in 2007.

January 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Plug Hub Power Cable Organizer — "Your desk, untangled"


From the website:




Keep your cords clean and concealed with Plug Hub, an under-desk cord management station that hides your power strip and cords in one discreet unit.



• Three openings on the top of the unit direct your cords neatly to your power strip.

• Three integrated cord anchors let you wrap up and hide longer cords.

• Place on its rubber bottom, on its back, or mount it to a wall.

• Made from rigid plastic with a rubber foot on the bottom.

• Charcoal color with light blue base.

• 3.5" x 10.5" x 9.5".



[via The Awesomer]

January 7, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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