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July 24, 2021

Jeff Bezos at Amazon HQ in 1994


In 1994, Jeff Bezos started a bookstore called Relentless.

His friends said it sounded weird, so he changed it to Cadabra.

His lawyer misspelled it Cadaver, so he changed it again, to Amazon.

He still owns Relentless.com, which forwards to Amazon.

Blue Origin, his space company, was founded in 2000.

Until then his dream of flying in space, which he'd first had at around five years of age, lay dormant, waiting for ignition.

July 24, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Art of Tile

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Saied Hussain has been hand making tiles out of cement for over 50 years.

He says he's one of the last still doing this work in Egypt — most other workshops couldn't withstand competition from marble and ceramic tiles.

We went to Cairo to see how his business is still standing.

Saied does not have a website.

He sells his tiles locally in Cairo.

July 24, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Reflective Reindeer Antlers in Finland

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In Finland, some 4,000 reindeer/car accidents occurred every year

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until they painted their antlers with reflective paint.

July 24, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Simulation of simultaneous ball drop on various bodies of our solar system

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This animation shows a ball dropping from 1000 meters to the surface of each planet, assuming no air resistance.

This should give an idea of the pull felt by each object.

It might be surprising to see large planets have a pull comparable to smaller ones at the surface: for example, Uranus pulls the ball down slower than Earth.

This is because the low average density of Uranus puts the surface far away from the majority of the mass.

Similarly, Mars is nearly twice the mass of Mercury, but the surface gravity is the same, indicating that Mercury is much denser than Mars.

Data sourced from NASA.

[via Kottke]

July 24, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Otetepon Push Stamp for Washing Hands


From the website:

More than ever, washing our hands has become a matter of great importance these days, but it's something that small children have always found particularly annoying.

The Otetepon Push Stamp for Washing Hands is a smart and fun way to turn hand washing into a game and make your young 'uns scrub their tiny hands better and get rid of the bad germs.


This is a real stamp (in the style of a round self-inking stamp), made by Shachihata, a company identified with such push stamps in Japan.

With it, you can stamp your children's hands with a picture of a monster-like germ.


The stamp is made with perfectly harmless food color ink.

To rub it off, the children will have to scrub for a while, and this teaches them that when washing our hands, rinsing alone isn't good enough.


Available in two colors, blue or pink, this is a very simple yet effective hygiene training tool!


Features and Details:

• Approximately 30 seconds required to wash off ink

• Dimensions: 3.6" x 1.9" x 1.7"

• Good for 1,000 stamps

• Instructions: Japanese

• Weight: 0.6 oz

• Made in Japan



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