Mar 9, 2012

The Shirk Report – Volume 152

The Shirk Report - Volume 152

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find the 20 funniest images, 10 most interesting articles, and 5 most viral videos from the previous week of sifting. Enjoy! *For those that prefer the links open in a new tab/window, try holding the CTRL key whilst clicking a link with your mouse Stay sifty…

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Mar 8, 2012

Picture of the Day: Chicago City Lights at Night

Picture of the Day: Chicago City Lights at Night

CHICAGO CITY LIGHTS AT NIGHT Photograph by Jim Richardson for National Geographic | Purchase a print of this photo In this stunning capture above the clouds, photographer Jim Richardson shows us Chicago, USA at night. The image dramatically conveys how much artificial light we produce. This photograph was part of a feature…

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Mar 8, 2012

10 Movies That Would Be Better If They Were Watched Backwards

10 Movies That Would Be Better If They Were Watched Backwards

According to Know Your Meme, the ‘If you watch movie X backards, it’s about Y’ all started back in 2004 with an innocent thread on the Something Awful forums. A few years later, a Yahoo! Answers post appeared about watching the movie Jaws backwards and it’s harmful effects. And a…

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Mar 8, 2012

An Oval-Shaped Villa in the Forests of Japan

An Oval-Shaped Villa in the Forests of Japan

Design by ARTECHNIC | Photography by NACASA & PARTNERS Shell House was designed by the Japanese architecture firm artechnic, and was completed in 2008. The villa (or cottage if you prefer) is located in the Karuizawa region of Kitasaku, Nagano, about 60-90 minutes outside of Tokyo. It’s a popular weekend destination for those…

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Mar 7, 2012

Picture of the Day: Hanging Out High Above the Hoover Dam

Picture of the Day: Hanging Out High Above the Hoover Dam

HANGING OUT HIGH ABOVE THE HOOVER DAM Photograph via The American Welding Society (AWS) Nearly 80 years ago, the Hoover Dam was built in Black Canyon on the Colorado River. A striking testimony to the perseverance of the human spirit and the ingenuity of the American laborer. On December 3, 2002, The…

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Mar 7, 2012

The Top 30 Whitewater Kayaking Photos by Red Bull

The Top 30 Whitewater Kayaking Photos by Red Bull

Red Bull, the wing-giving purveyors of all things extreme, has graciously granted the Sifter total access to their incredible library of photographs and videos. Following up from the popular feature on the Cliff Diving World Series earlier this year, we explore the adrenaline-pumping sport of whitewater kayaking. The Sifter went through Red Bull’s…

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Mar 6, 2012

Picture of the Day: A Pod of Sleeping Sperm Whales

Picture of the Day: A Pod of Sleeping Sperm Whales

A POD OF SLEEPING SPERM WHALES Photograph by Wild Wonders of Europe [www.wild-wonders.com] via Business & Biodiversity Campaign Spotted off the coast of the Azores in Portugal, this incredible image shows a pod of sleeping sperm whales. Back in 2008, Patrick Miller, a senior researcher fellow at the University of St. Andrews…

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Mar 6, 2012

DARPA Cheetah Sets Land Speed Record for Legged Robots at 18mph (29km/h)

DARPA Cheetah Sets Land Speed Record for Legged Robots at 18mph (29km/h)

Photograph by DARPA In the video below, DARPA’s four-legged Cheetah robot has set a new land speed record for legged robots, reaching a top speed up 18 miles per hour (29 km/h). The previous record was 13.1 mph (21.08 km/h) set in 1989. The robot is part of DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation…

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Mar 6, 2012

The 25 Funniest Hover Animals Ever

The 25 Funniest Hover Animals Ever

People love photographing animals. Whether it be their pets or an animal spotted in the wild, we’re always snapping pics of our furry friends. Sometimes, we manage to capture them in mid-stride or jump, and it’s these frozen moments in time that can create the illusion of ‘hovering’ or ‘flying’. The Internet has…

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Mar 5, 2012

Picture of the Day: 7 Hours in One Image

Picture of the Day: 7 Hours in One Image

7 HOURS IN ONE IMAGE Photograph by Isil Karanfil (isilkrnfl on deviantART) In a similar concept to Eirik Solheim’s incredible image of one year in one image, we see a fantastic capture of Porto, Portugal at the mouth of the Douro River. Apparently each vertical strip represents one hour in the day.…

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