Category: STORIES

Sep 23, 2014

Four Ancient Animals That are Older than Trees

Four Ancient Animals That are Older than Trees

Photograph by Scott McCracken According to Science Daily the earliest modern tree lived about 345-360 million years ago. Now extinct, Archaeopteris made up most of the forests across the Earth in the Late Devonian period. The findings were reported by three scientists in the 22 April 1999 issue of Nature (“Archaeopteris is the earliest…

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Sep 18, 2014

So the Pipes Underneath this Basketball Court Just Burst

So the Pipes Underneath this Basketball Court Just Burst

Reddit user longjohnsilvaa posted the above photo yesterday with the caption: “This is what happens to a basketball court when the pipes burst”. The photo reached the top spot on the front page yesterday and has already been viewed a staggering 3.2 million times. Unfortunately he didn’t specify the exact location of the gym…

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Sep 11, 2014

This Guy Works His Tail Off So He Can Travel and Photograph the World

This Guy Works His Tail Off So He Can Travel and Photograph the World

Travel photographer Andrei Duman has visited over 70 countries around the world (only 126 left!) and he’s doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. The self-taught artist has been working as an Investment Banker to afford himself the financial means to pursue his passion for travel and photography. The Sifter caught up with Andrei…

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Sep 8, 2014

This is the Cafe Wall Illusion

This is the Cafe Wall Illusion

The café wall illusion is a geometrical-optical illusion in which the parallel straight dividing lines between staggered rows with alternating black and white “bricks” appear to be sloped. [Graphic above by Fibonacci] Reported by Richard Gregory and Priscilla Heard in 1979, Gregory recalls: It was noted some time ago (Gregory 1973) by a then…

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Sep 4, 2014

Behind the Iron Curtain: An Abandoned Tour of the Eastern Bloc

Behind the Iron Curtain: An Abandoned Tour of the Eastern Bloc

In 2013, photographer Rebecca Litchfield was commissioned by Carpet Bombing Culture to photograph the abandoned buildings and areas of the former Soviet Union and its satellite states. Litchfield’s journey took her through ten countries in Eastern Europe to capture what was left from the collapse of the Soviet Union. The result was Soviet Ghosts,…

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Sep 3, 2014

Smithsonian Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act [10 photos]

Smithsonian Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act [10 photos]

The Wilderness Act of 1964 marked a historic moment for the American environmental movement: for the first time, land was set-aside for the specific purpose of protecting it from the reach of mankind. The landmark act created the National Wilderness Preservation System, a nationwide system of federally protected lands known as wilderness areas. Today…

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Aug 29, 2014

Office Aquarium Doubles as Desk Divider

Office Aquarium Doubles as Desk Divider

A former call center in Boulder, Colorado replaced their boring desk dividers with fish tanks, turning their staid office into a giant aquarium. According to the Daily Mail, the tank was built in 2000 and the numerous tanks provided soothing background/white noise for the call center employees. Unfortunately the company, aptly named…

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