Category: STORIES

Aug 14, 2012

The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

The winners of the Sixth Annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year Contest were recently announced and the final round gallery is a sight to behold. Since 2006, the contest has featured the best photographs available on Wikimedia Commons. To be eligible, a photograph must first have been featured on the site in 2011.…

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Aug 8, 2012

Rare Underwater Photos of a Shark Attacking a Marlin

Rare Underwater Photos of a Shark Attacking a Marlin

Photograph by Al McGlashan | (via Field & Stream) The original goal was simple. Tag the striped marlin for scientific research, and make an instructional video that demonstrates the proper way to release a marlin after tagging. Things were going smoothly. The marlin had been successfully tagged (1 of 2500 as part of…

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Jul 31, 2012

Mom Gives Son Lamp Filled With Items She Found Doing His Laundry Growing Up

Mom Gives Son Lamp Filled With Items She Found Doing His Laundry Growing Up

Currently the top post on the front page of Reddit is this heart-warming lamp Redditor, justgrant2009, received from his mom on his wedding day. The lamp was filled with things his mom had found in his pockets whilst doing his laundry growing up. What a simple, sentimental and creative gift! I’m sure many may…

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Jul 27, 2012

Friends Take Same Photo Every Five Years Since 1982

Friends Take Same Photo Every Five Years Since 1982

For the last thirty years, John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney and John Molony (from left to right in photos below) have been reuniting at Copco Lake in California to recreate the original photograph taken in 1982. Back then they were high-school friends hanging out at Wardlaw’s family cabin. What you can’t…

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Jul 26, 2012

The Solar Powered Boat that Circumnavigated the World

The Solar Powered Boat that Circumnavigated the World

Photograph via PlanetSolar.org On Septebmer 27, 2010, the MS Turanor PlanetSolar set sail from the port of Monaco. The goal? To become the first solar-powered ship to circumnavigate the globe. On May 6, 2012, 587 days, 28 countries, 3 oceans, 11 seas and 60,006 km later, the PlanetSolar team achieved just that. Below…

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Jul 25, 2012

The Undersea Cables that Connect the World

The Undersea Cables that Connect the World

Photograph via fopnews.wordpress.com What you see above is a submarine communications cable. With a diameter of 69 millimeter (2.7 inches), it carries 99% of all international traffic (i.e., internet, telephony and private data) and connects every continent on Earth with the exception of Antarctica. These amazing fibre optic cables traverse oceans and span…

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Jul 17, 2012

Is This the Most Famous Photograph in the World?

Is This the Most Famous Photograph in the World?

Used with permission from Microsoft Recognize this photo? It’s the default wallpaper for Microsoft Windows XP. Released in 2001, there were over 400 million copies in use as of January 2006 (not including pirated copies). Now imagine how many friends, family members, work colleagues and people using public workstations have no doubt used…

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