Link Dump!

This was painted by an artist that’s blind. He uses touch to feel his way across the canvas.

There’s a newly discovered substance found in chicken eyes that’s simultaneously a crystalline substance and a liquid.

How ants walk.

There’s a special rock called a trovant that resides in the small Romanian village of Costeti. These unique geological phenomenons grow when it rains and have been found to move themselves. The cause is still a mystery, but the most popular theory is that the rocks contain a special blend of minerals that cause the sand in the rock to expand, making them grow. You can read more here.

The Wax Tree, the national tree of Columbia, is also the world’s tallest palm species, with some reaching up to 200 ft.

This is my current favorite word: Quisquilian: adj., valueless, like trash. Some others unusual words:

v. to squeak like a rat

v. to bark like a dog

v. to cry like a quail

v. to utter an elephant’s cry

n. the noise made by peacocks

Above list from here.

It’s so fun knowing so many talented musicians. Here’s a song sung by one of my friends that lived on my dorm floor my first two years of college.

Last February (yes, these bookmarks are old!), researchers found an original copy of the Magna Carta in an old scrapbook in Kent, England.

We’ve all heard of outlandish Middle Age remedies that make no sense to the modern reader. But mixed with the strange humor-balancing concoctions was very effective medicine. Scientists looking into some of the old manuscripts (good for them!) discovered that an onion and garlic remedy for eye infections almost completely kills MRSA, a bacteria modern antibiotics is fast becoming useless against.

Father Thomas Byles was on his way to celebrate the wedding Mass for his brother when his ship, the Titanic, hit an iceberg on April 14th, 1912. Instead of climbing onto a lifeboat, he decided to remain on the ship until the end, hearing people’s confessions the whole way. Here’s his story.

“No, totally!” “Yes, no, I completely agree.” Wait, what? When did no become yes, and yes become no? What kind of English is this? Turns out it’s as complicated as you might expect. Feel free to delve into the depths of contranyms and antiologies.

This guy wants a full head transplant.

In exchange for helping seniors with shopping, games, eating, etc., these Dutch university students get free housing. There’s another article I read, although I don’t know if I bookmarked it, where a preschool holds weekly classes at a nursing home. Both parties love it, and the seniors are more than happy to help the children learn their numbers and colors. A win-win, if organized well.

A residential garden in York, England, has been hiding the skeletal remains of about 80 beheaded gladiators for the past 1,800 years. The bite marks of large carnivores and evidence of the markedly stronger right arms all provide insight into the ancient Roman sport. What I’d like to know is how they were buried. Neatly and in rows, or just thrown into a hole after they’d been defeated? I wouldn’t be surprised at the latter.

Well I think that’s enough for today.

Photo of the Day

Natural caves carved by water over thousands of years in General Carrera Lake in Chile also known as the ‘marble cathedral’. As well as being the deepest lake in South America, General Carrera Lake is the biggest lake in Chile with a surface area of almost a thousand square kilometers.  It is 200 km long, at an altitude of 350 meters and has a maximum depth of 590 meters. It is known as Lake Buenos Aires by the Argentineans. The marble protrusions stretch along a beachside and are around 300m in length

Photo credit: Mark Schwabe



The Power of Wind at Slope Point








The Twisted Trees of Slope Point, New Zealand

Slope Point is at the southernmost point of the South Island of New Zealand. The air streams loop the ocean, unobstructed for 2000 miles, until they reach Slope Point causing incredibly strong winds. In fact, the winds are so strong and persistent here that they perpetually warp and twist the trees into these crooked, wind-swept shapes.

Slope Point is generally uninhabited, except for the herds of sheep that graze the land. There are no roads leading here, however backpackers regularly make the short 20-minute walk to see the fascinating tree formations that only Mother Nature could create. However there is no public access during the lambing season from September to November.

(via Crooked Indifference)