Friday, December 27, 2013

Why Do We Clap?

Start here: the best apps for all your new devices

Christmas morning is over. The fire is roaring with wrapping paper, broken candy cane pieces litter the phone, and you've just opened a brand-new gadget. Maybe it's a new PlayStation 4, or an iPhone 5C, or the Windows tablet you've been not-so-subtly asking for all year. You've unwrapped it, torn the box to shreds, and turned it on. Now what?

100 things we didn't know last year

Interesting and unexpected facts can emerge from daily news stories and the Magazine picks out such snippets for its weekly feature, 10 things we didn't know last week. Here's an almanac of the best of 2013.

Everyone Wants to Be a Flight Attendant

Whenever airlines advertise openings for flight attendants, the applications gush in. Southwest Airlines (LUV) recently received 10,000 applications for 750 attendant positions—in about two hours. A year ago, 114,000 people sought 2,500 flight attendant spots at the airline, known for its laid-back work environment. It’s the same at other carriers: US Airways (AAL) had 16,500 applicants this past January for 450 spots, and Delta Air Lines (DAL) got 22,000 for 300 to 400 positions a year ago.

Why such interest?

Your E-Reader Is Tracking You

Scribd is just beginning to analyze the data from its subscribers. Some general insights: The longer a mystery novel is, the more likely readers are to jump to the end to see who done it. People are more likely to finish biographies than business titles, but a chapter of a yoga book is all they need. They speed through romances faster than religious titles, and erotica fastest of all.

Rare Historical Photos

Christmas Lights!


For Adults Only!


This is a short film that was directed by the French animation collective H5, François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy + Ludovic Houplain. It was presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2009. It opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won a 2010 academy award under the category of animated short.


Volvo Trucks - The Epic Split featuring Van Damme & The Parody

The top video really happened! The bottom one... Not so much.

The History and Future of Everything -- Time

Christmas In Orofino, Idaho

What if a rainstorm dropped all of its water in a single giant drop?

It’s midsummer. The air is hot and heavy. Two old-timers sit on the porch in rocking chairs.

You Shall Not Pass, Dog

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Rescue of Harrison Okene

What caused the rugged tugboat, which was built in 2004, to keel over was yet unknown at the time of this report. Chevron’s General Manager in charge of Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Mr. Deji Haastrup, said initial report indicated that the accident was caused by a “sudden ocean swell”.

That ‘ocean swell’ also began a nearly 72-hour ordeal under the belly of the Atlantic Ocean for the cherub-faced Okene, who was barely days away from marking the fifth anniversary of his wedding to his heartthrob, Akpos.

Monday, December 09, 2013

A Fake Slum for Luxury Tourists Who Don't Want to See Real Poverty

It's estimated that one in eight people worldwide live in so-called slums, which, in some cities, makes visiting these informally maintained neighborhoods unavoidable. Although controversial, the practice of "slum tourism" has become a popular way for tourists to engage with poverty on a personal level. But why go visit an actual slum when you can simply stay at a luxury resort that looks like a slum?

The Desolation of Smog

60 years ago, London was even more polluted than Beijing is today.

Cold dis-comfort: Antarctica set record of -135.8

Feeling chilly? Here's cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for "soul-crushing" cold.

29 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Toy Story

Saturday, December 07, 2013

What It Was Really Like To Fly During The Golden Age Of Travel

When we think about the Golden Age of Flying--the glory years of Pan Am and the Concorde in the 1950s and 1960s, before flight became cheap with the rise of the jumbo jet--we imagine a colorful, lavish era in which our every comfort and requirement is catered to. Gone are the inconveniences and annoyances of modern travel: the cramped seats, the dismissive stewardesses, the long security lines, and so on. Instead, we think of a vintage airline brochure come to life.

But was it really so great to fly 50 years ago? To find out, we asked Guillaume de Syon, a professor at Pennsylvania's Albright College and an expert on aviation history. Although there were many benefits of flying in the 1950s and 1960s, de Syon says, the reality was far different than you might expect. In fact, once you know what flying during the so-called Golden Age was really like, you might prefer a jaunt on easyJet.

Parrots Annoying Cats

ALWAYS Walk The Course!

18 Things You Learn Driving The $2.35 Million Bugatti Veyron Vitesse

Imagine you're the superhero who saved the entire world from an alien invasion, and you're sitting in a convertible as it rides through in the parade thrown in your honor. You're waving to your adoring public, all of whom are ecstatic just to get a glimpse of you. That's what it's like to drive a Bugatti.

50 Years 50 Toys

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50 Years 50 Toys
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SFO at Night

The 50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

It's the time of year where we all give thanks, and among many other things, we here at Lifehacker are thankful for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 of our favorites.

The Color Of Pee

Most Popular Photography Tips, Tricks, and Hacks of 2013

This was a great year for all things photography, with posts to help you behind the camera, in front of it, when you're shooting, and when you're editing. Here's a look back at our most popular photography tips, tricks, and hacks of 2013.

Shanghai Is Experiencing Historical Pollution!

Take a look here.

And then here.

For Comparison.

I Want To Be Ed Hochuli

Ketchup: The All-American Condiment That Comes From Asia

There probably isn't a more American condiment than ketchup. Millions of Americans douse their french fries, hamburgers, hot dogs and other favorite foods with it every day. The ubiquitous tomato-based sauce has been a staple in American cuisine for over a century, with surveys finding that 97% of kitchens in the United States contain a bottle.

The Best Space Heaters

If you wind up needing a portable heater this winter you might want to read this.

Flying A Fighter Jet: What Does It Sound Like?

The Future (And Not So Future) of In-Flight Entertainment

Careening through the air 30,000 feet above the ground can be a brutal experience. To help us cope, airlines have evolved some pretty sophisticated on-demand entertainment in the form of games, movies, internet, and the occasional backrub. Here's a look at some of the ambitious ideas that got us there, the failures along the way, and concepts we might see in the future.

25 Charts That Will Make You Thankful You Live In America

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Sunday, December 01, 2013

It’s not your imagination, airlines really are shrinking the size of seats

Air Canada’s third “high-density” Boeing 777 airplane will take to the skies in mid-December. The new plane will feature three cabins—business, economy and premium economy—and will pack in 109 more paying customers than existing 777s, boosting the total number of passengers per plane to 458 from 349. As if it needed saying, most of the extra bodies will be squeezed into the economy-class cabin. Each seat is about 43 cm across instead of the usual 46 cm, allowing them to be laid out in rows that are 10 across instead of the standard nine. “I’m not sure customers really notice the inch that much,” says airline spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick, who adds that many of the narrower seats are more ergonomically designed. “Sometimes they don’t notice until they’re told.”

Our New Free Freezer!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Why Are Things Creepy?




is the app for making dynamic spherical photos called bubbles.

Singapore 21: a farewell trip on the world's longest flight

As of tomorrow, the longest flight in the world will shuttle passengers on a 747-400 from Sydney, Australia to Dallas, Texas. That 15-hour, 25-minute hop on board Qantas 7 may not be the lengthiest in duration, but at 8,578 miles gate to gate, it'll lead the industry in miles flown. For a few more hours, however, Singapore Airlines' decade-long run from Newark, N.J., to Singapore remains the record holder for both time (more than 18 hours) and distance (9,534 miles). It's a journey that's been on the bucket lists of the world's most ambitious aviation enthusiasts since the city-state's namesake airline first launched the service in 2004, and following tonight's final jaunt, this record-setting A340-500 will touch down at Changi Airport for the very last time.

How The Chinese Used Ice To Build The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City, is one of the largest palaces in the world. It’s a large, sprawling, ancient city, and has baffled historians for centuries as to how it was built. The materials used in its construction were taken from a faraway quarry, and how they got to the city has been a mystery for years. We now know that ice roads were used to transport materials during construction.

News Anchor Kyle Clark EPIC Rant against Snow-Covered Patio Photos

The cave dwellers of 21st-century China

China’s high-tech building industry may have been flexing its ample construction muscles for the past decade in places like Beijing and Shanghai, but a few hundred miles away in Shanxi province, an estimated three million people still live in caves.

Top 10 Hilarious Movie Explosions

Never Swim in the Congo: Goliath Tigerfish

Growing up to 5 feet and length and weighing in at over 150 pounds, the Goliath Tigerfish makes a piranha look like a guppy in comparison to this ferocious beast. Locals say it’s the only fish that doesn’t fear the crocodile, and will even devour some of the smaller ones! In rare instances, it’s also been known to attack humans. *Gulp*

Top 10 Hilarious Bond Gadgets

Russia’s Secret City: The Most Radioactive Place On Earth

Russia’s Lake Karachay was used in the 1950s as a dumping site for radioactive waste. Now it is the most polluted place on the planet, with enough radioactivity to kill a person in less than an hour. At its height, it was putting more than 200,000 times the normal amount of radioactivity into the area due to poor waste disposal practices.

Top 10 Hilarious Movie Deaths

Insects Don’t Feel Pain

Emotional and physical pain allow us to learn from our experiences and modify future behavior. Nocireceptors, responsible for the sensation of pain, are not present in insects—whose lifespans are too short for pain to be useful. Since insects lack nocireceptors, they cannot experience pain.

What Does Earth Look Like?

How To Build A Fire Pit

You could just build a fire somewhere, then put it out when you're done. Or you could buy one of those metal basins at a place like Williams-Sonoma. But by actually digging into the dirt and constructing a pit whose sole purpose is to contain a campfire — by permanently incorporating it into the tiny speck on the earth that belongs to you — you are making a commitment. A commitment to your family, a commitment to your friends, and a commitment to having fun even when it's cold out.

Cruel Bombs

8 Basic Life-Saving Skills Everyone Should Know

We've featured a ton of survival and MacGyver tips over the years that could help you out of a fix, but what if you're next to someone else who's having an emergency? Don't just stand there as the person chokes or faints! Know what to do in these life-or-death situations.

Great Wall Hike


Toilets in China-What to Expect

Russian village "renovation" just before Putin visit


Virgin America Safety Video: Behind the Scenes

Mystery of the Forest Swastikas

Over 20 years ago, a landscaper in eastern Germany discovered a formation of trees in a forest in the shape of a swastika. Since then, a number of otherforest swastikas have been found inGermany and beyond, but the mystery of their origins persist.

Top 5 Scams to Watch Out for When Traveling in China

HOLE-IN-ONE? That's Gunna Cost ya!

Ikuo Ikeda teed it up one sunny morning, swung hard and sent the ball on an arc toward the flagstick.

"Oh my God!'' said Ikeda, the 50-year-old president of a publishing company. A second or two later, the ball dropped into the cup for a hole-in-one.

It could have been an expensive stroke.

Meanwhile in Sicily...

Realistically colorized historical photos make the past seem incredibly real

Over the last couple years, an increasingly popular trend online has been to create and share colorized photos from history. Artists such as Jordan Lloyd, Dana Keller and Sanna Dullaway take intriguing old black-and-white photos and bring them to life with color as if they’d been taken only yesterday.

Time Travel Is Banned In Chinese Movies

In 2011, the Chinese government passed guidelines that would largely prohibit any time travel plot devices in television and movies. According to the State Administration of Radio Film and Television, time travel represents “ambiguous values” and “lack of active ideological significance.”

Thursday, November 14, 2013

North/Korean. Traffic/Police update

Machine with Concrete

Apollo Robbins, The Master Pickpocket: Tricks of the Trade

Molten Lava Devours a Can of Raviolis

Tear Duct Cleaner

'The Writer' Automaton

Harry Met Sally In Real Life

Katniss Everdeen Kills Everything

You Wouldn't Think To Set Up Such Clever Domino Destruction

Here’s the most amazing part of flying we hope you’ll never have to experience

It’s hard to comprehend when you’re waiting to deplane upon arrival, and even more dumbfounding once you see it: every airplane you’ve ever been in can be evacuated in less than 90 seconds.

The killer cure for alcoholism in Russia

Alcoholism and Russia have a long and destructive history together. Alcohol abuse costs that country half a million deaths a year, most of them men of working age. It also costs billions of dollars in lost productivity. Male life expectancy in Russia is just 60 years, and the Russian population is predicted to shrink nearly 20 percent by the middle of the century, in part because of the drinking. Every problem, though, creates a market for a cure.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Famous Brand Logos Recreated With Honest Slogans

Nashville-based graphic designer Clif Dickens has recreated the logos of famous brands to include “what people really think” for his website cheekily titled ‘Honest Slogans.’ Have a look at our favorite picks from the collection.


The secret world of cargo ships

THE BRIDGE OF a modern ship is a shock on first encounter. Although this place is still known as the wheelhouse, the wheel at the helm is not wooden and impressive, but mundane plastic, the kind that would suit a video arcade game. Nearly all else is automated. A bank of screens contains radar, ECDIS — an electronic chart system — and AIS, an automatic identification system that transmits the ship's name, speed and heading, and other details to other ships, port authorities, and well-equipped pirates. There is radio, a gyrocompass and magnetic compass, a tachometer and echo sounder.

On a modern shipping vessel, what's in the hold is unknown — even to the people moving it.

Your Tough-Love Guide to Getting Enough Sleep

November 3rd marks fall’s Daylight Savings Time, also known as that day when it is suddenly dark before we leave the office. But while DST might be a legit excuse to “lose” an hour of sleep, it’s really not going to fly any other of the 364 nights of the year. This is what we learned when we checked in with four experts in the sleep field to find out (sometimes shocking) consequences are of not getting enough shut-eye.

Shanghai police crowd more than 60 surveillance cameras on single overhead bar watching one road; demolish most of them after media attention

Over 60 surveillance devices watching one road in Shanghai shock passersby, draw public outrage over concern of wasting public money.

Making Boxes...Like a Boss!

Meanwhile In China

Cork Harvesting

Beautiful cityscape photos by and of thrill-seekers who are far too comfortable atop skyscrapers

Now, the internet is full of crazy people climbing terrifyingly tall structures and then taking pictures and video of their exploits. But Ryobai’s work seems to take this horrifying hobby and move it into the realm of fine art.

Body Art


Charlie Chaplin in front of New York crowd, 1918

Treehouse of Horror XXIV Couch Gag by Guillermo del Toro

The Changing Shape of Cinema: The History of Aspect Ratio

Sunday, November 03, 2013

A New Mask From Honduras

I Hit "Fever Mode" Today On My 'Fever Aqua Nine © 2004 Sankyo'

Fever Aqua Nine © 2004 Sankyo

Single Bonus - One line of gold dolphins
Big Bonus - Two or more lines of gold dolphins or all sea animals

During the time reels are spinning, there are three possible screen background "yokoku" events: a turtle and killer whale, ray, or shark will be seen swimming. Any of these yields a 100% chance of a reach. There is also a reel-based "yokoku" event: if the reels stop on sea animals formed in a pattern like:

and if this pattern comes out continuously in successive spins, there is a high chance of a win. During this pattern, if a single dolphin in the center space pattern appears like this:

it's an automatic win.

During a reach, there is a step-up "yokoku" event pattern that involves a mermaid: if the mermaid just swims there is just a small chance of a win. If she stops and hovers near the reels, then it's an automatic super reach. Finally, if she makes a action as if she is praying then it's an automatic super reach and your odds of winning increase.

There are four reach patterns:

Normal: Very low chance of winning. Usually automatic win if during "bonus" mode.
Friends of the Ocean Super Reach: Only occurs during an "all sea animals" super reach. High chance of winning.
Wink Super Reach: Mermaid winks. Low chance of winning.
Pray Reach: Cut-scene of mermaid praying. Medium chance of winning.

There are also several automatic win patterns:

If you see a white dolphin.
If you see a cut scene of a trolling line being pulled quickly through the water.
If the mermaid appears during the Friends of the Ocean Super Reach.
If the cameo-looking mermaid above the screen lights up it's an automatic big bonus win.

During normal play, the background screen is blue, during big bonus play it's pinkish, and during chance time play it's green-ish.

How China Profits From Our Junk

In this excerpt from the forthcoming Junkyard Planet, author Adam Minter explores China's central role in the world's vast global recycling trade.

How Many Lines of Code Does it Take?

How Many Lines Of Code Does It Take To Run Various Programs?

The Making Of 'Gutter Oil'

A Very Sad Day...

Kraft Dims Artificial Orange Glow Of Its Mac And Cheese.

Sad Dog Diary

For Adults!


Thursday, October 31, 2013

China Says Goodbye To Its Mysterious, Illegal High-Rise Fortress

The luxurious "mountain villa" built atop a Beijing high-rise is being torn down. The $4 million penthouse was built by a Chinese health care entrepreneur named Zhang Lin on the roof of an existing apartment building earlier this year, much to the chagrin of its party-pooper occupants.

5 Creepy, Scary, Awesome Things You Never Knew About Blood

The internet has been beating us over the head with the fact it's Halloween today, and that means lots of fake blood. But the real stuff coursing through your veins can be scary all on its own. Here are some of the weirdest and wildest things going on in the world of blood.

A Map of Where All Your Favorite Horror Movies Take Place

The monster in a horror movie is scary, sure. But an eerie setting is just as important. Fortunately just about anywhere can be freaky as hell when you're alone in the dark, but some places get more horror movie love than others. And this great map by the folks at Esri shows you the horrible hotspots.

10 Truly Creepy Vampires From Around The World

Looking at the plethora of wimpy, tween-friendly vampires books and movies have given us in the last few years, it’s easy to forget that vampires began life as something a lot different—and a lot scarier. Centuries ago, our ancestors would quiver with dread at the mere mention of the word, which isn’t surprising when you consider just how downright unsettling and macabre their mythology could be. 

Consider the following 10 vampires, taken from the traditions of 10 different countries, which, even by the standards of our ancestors, manage to stand out as some of the creepiest creatures mythology has to offer.

10 Spooky Facts About Halloween

Halloween has a very long and storied past, rich with tradition and lore. Originally it was known as “Samhain,” a Celtic festival marking the end of the summer and the beginning of the cold months. The pagans who first celebrated the holiday believed that on Samhain the veil between the two worlds was at its thinnest, and the dead could walk the earth. The otherworldly nature of Halloween has captured people’s imaginations for centuries, and led to many superstitions and traditions that last to this day.

Why A Lake In India Is Full Of Skeletons

In 1942, hundreds of skeletons were found in a lake located in the Himalayas. For over 60 years, nobody knew who they were or how they got wiped out. There were many theories surrounding this morbid enigma, and it wasn’t until 2004 when scientists concluded that a freak, brutal hailstorm was the culprit.

9 Intensely Creepy Stories To Really Get Under Your Skin

We know how much our readers love creepy stories, and we've once again hit the creepiest time of year. You clicked the article—you must want to be creeped out. In fact, you must want to be downright disturbed, clicking on an article with a title like this.

Allow us to oblige you.

Impossible Nail Thru Wood Trick

Virgin America Safety Video... It's FUN!

You Won’t Believe How Much Candy Will Be Consumed On Halloween

About 4% of all candy consumed in America each year occurs on Halloween, according to a new report by market research group NPD.

FAA Oks Air Passengers Using Gadgets on Planes

Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.

The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music.

The Federal Aviation Administration says airlines can allow passengers to use the devices during takeoffs and landings on planes that meet certain criteria for protecting aircraft systems from electronic interference.

Most new airliners are expected to meet the criteria, but changes won't happen immediately. Timing will depend upon the airline.

Connections to the Internet to surf, exchange emails, text or download data will still be prohibited below 10,000 feet. Heavier devices like laptops will have to be stowed. Passengers will be told to switch their smartphones, tablets and other devices to airplane mode.

And cellphone calls will still be prohibited.

The Roller Coaster Designed to Kill Its Passengers

In 2010, architect and PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London, Julijonas Urbonas, from Lithuania, decided to attempt to design a method of euthanizing people that they might even enjoy.

The Popularity of Halloween Candy, Graphed

The beauty of Halloween is that we buy idiotically large bags of candy and then, pretending to be sad about the chore, eat what the trick-or-treaters don't take. (Unless you're bad at math, there's always candy left.) We decided to figure out which candies have been the most popular over the last five years, because we are social scientists.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Meet The Guy Who Drove Across The U.S. In A Record 28 Hours 50 Minutes

He's a tall, lanky Southerner with a penchant for cars, and, of all things, lizards. He teaches Sunday school with his wife. Ed Bolian is the kind of guy you might meet on an airplane and forget before you picked up your bags – with one exception: he claims he's the fastest man ever to drive across the United States.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Real Actors Read Yelp


The Cabin

Adults Only!



Adults Only!





First Person Model Train Ride!

"Cups" Tap Dance

Starships - a multifandom space vid

Top 10 Scary Short Films

It's almost Halloween, which means it's that time of year again when you desperately search through your Netflix queue for anything scary that you haven't seen yet...and that doesn't look terrible.

Unfortunately, the search for a good scary movie can often lead to hours of your life being wasted on bad acting, horrible dialogue, incoherent plots, and awful remakes. Fortunately, there is some really fantastic work being done with scary short films that give you all of the best parts of a good horror flick (dread, fear, and something to keep you up at night) without all the other stuff.

Top 10 (MORE) Scary Short Films

It's almost Halloween, which means it's that time of year again when you desperately search through your Netflix queue for anything scary that you haven't seen yet (and that doesn't look terrible).

Helter Shelter: a backyard time capsule in the shadow of the Bomb Plant

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Massive 80-Room Tree House Stands Almost 100-Feet-Tall

Anyone who ever wanted to have a small tree house in their backyard will be totally amazed by this massive construction, The World's Biggest Tree House, located in Crossville, Tennessee. Designed by Minister Horace Burgess, the structure relies on six oak trees as the base to support all five stories, which collectively stand 97-feet-high.

I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling

It’s my first class of the semester at New York University. I’m discussing the evils of plagiarism and falsifying sources with 11 graduate journalism students when, without warning, my computer freezes. I fruitlessly tap on the keyboard as my laptop takes on a life of its own and reboots. Seconds later the screen flashes a message. To receive the four-digit code I need to unlock it I’ll have to dial a number with a 312 area code. Then my iPhone, set on vibrate and sitting idly on the table, beeps madly.

I’m being hacked — and only have myself to blame.

What Lies Beneath

Deep below the streets of New York City lie its vital organs—a water system, subways, railroads, tunnels, sewers, drains, and power and cable lines—in a vast, three-dimensional tangle. Penetrating this centuries-old underworld of caverns, squatters, and unmarked doors, William Langewiesche follows three men who constantly navigate its dangers: the subway-operations chief who dealt with the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the engineer in charge of three underground mega-projects, and the guy who, well, just loves exploring the dark, jerry-rigged heart of a great metropolis.

Opera singer Renee Fleming sings the Top Ten list on the Late Show with David Letterman

Oh The Humanity!

How we drink a beer in Siberia

This Supercut Proves That All Running Should Be In Slow Motion

Robotboys feat. Poppin John

Shakespeare: Original pronunciation

The Secret Life of a Manhattan Doorman

The smells are the thing I don’t forget. Harsh cleaners, dead bodies, the results of four a.m. bodega runs, cluttered apartments filled with rotting paper. I can recall each smell distinctively; they are unique to that time and place. It also works in reverse: if I stumble upon one of the smells, it takes me back to being a naïve seventeen-year-old, working in the hot New York City summer—the buzz of air conditioners working in the night, straining power grids. The city was asleep and I was awake. I was a doorman.

Dude!!! I Want That...


The 10 greatest Stephen King horror novels according to Goodreads

Although dismissed by critics for much of his career—one New York Times review called him “a writer of fairly engaging and preposterous claptrap” — Stephen King is by any measure one of the greatest horror writers of all time. The author of fifty novels, nearly two hundred short stories and nine collections of short fiction, he is as productive as he is versatile. With so much fiction to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to begin.