June 2011 Archives

Fashion

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The QI elves are not known for our fashion taste, but perhaps we can learn something from this historical fashion blog.  Check out some of the old posts for some Quite Interesting clothing of old.

http://yeoldefashion.tumblr.com

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Toothpicks

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Moon

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I've posted moon pics before, I think, but this is the first time I've seen a video that shows how the satellite looks for a fully year - it's an excellent way to spend a couple of minutes...


Candy

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Student Nicole Freeman has made some excellent sculptures of giant candy.  Read all about her and check out the gallery here:

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2011/06/nicola_freemans_giant_sweeties.html

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Circles...

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The simplicity of the circle -- a set of points on a plane that are all the same distance from another point called the centre - has endlessly fascinated humans. Circles (from the Greek kirkos, meaning ring, from the ancient root ker, meaning "to turn") are symbols of infinity - a line that never ends.

The Greek philosopher Empedocles (493-433BC) devised a highly eccentric personal cosmology whose god was a circle "of which the centre is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere".


Find out more about circles in this week's QI Telegraph column:


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/qi/8593855/QI-Quite-interesting-facts-abouts-circles.html

New Quibble Blog Entry

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Did Stephen really once say that marsupials are not mammals?  If so, why did the elves not pick up on it when editing the show? 

http://www.qi.com/qi_quibble_blog/2011/06/taxonomy-ignominy.html

Animation

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You're going to need time to fully appreciate this, but if you've got an hour or so to spare, you could do a lot worse than work your way through these "top 15" short animated films...

http://machoarts.com/15-amazing-animated-short-films


Rings

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File this under "?" - It's pretty cool though...


Balance

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This guy has an amazing sense of balance.  Not sure where it's from, but it's entrancing:


Wax

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Another artist using an unusual medium.  These have to be the world's greatest carved pumpkins...

http://villafanestudios.com/wordpress/gallery/

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Gum

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The New York Times brings us Ben Wilson, who creates art from the pieces of chewing gum discarded on the pavement. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/14/world/europe/14muswell.html?_r=2

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Newspapers

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As part of my QI research, I created a bookmark for a newspaper in every country in the world.  It took absolutely ages, so I wish I knew of this site back then!

http://newspapermap.com/

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Karakuri

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From the Presurfer, a dying-out and slightly freaky form of Japanese art:

http://presurfer.blogspot.com/2011/06/karakuri.html


Karakuri from Matthew Allard on Vimeo.

The Devil...

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You can't beat a well-made, well devised advert.  Worthy of going viral:


Dirt Devil-The Exorcist from MrPrice2U on Vimeo.


And another, which has gone somewhat viral in the last week:



Urban Life

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From the WebEcoist, a list of urban ecosystems, showing exactly how life will thrive in even the most unusual of places:

http://webecoist.com/2011/06/03/life-thrives-in-strange-places-14-urban-ecosystems/

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Hula

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Here's a video that's been doing the internet rounds this week - the view from inside a hula-hoop.  Found at the always excellent Neatorama.com:

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/06/07/the-view-from-inside-a-hula-hoop/


Colours

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Scientific American have a batch of colour illusions, and better still, they have explanations of why they work.  You won't believe your eyes:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/slideshow.cfm?id=colors-out-of-space

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Scotch

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Esquire magazine has a nice page here where actor Brian Cox (not the scientist guy) teaches you the correct way to pronounce any number of names of Scotch...

http://www.esquire.com/features/drinking/scotch-pronunciation-guide-5836909


Ever wonder what the numbers on your credit card mean?

http://www.mint.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/CrackingCreditCode11.jpg

What would happen if Earth and Mars swapped places?

http://rss.sciam.com/click.phdo?i=2fe55a51e03b6f15d9eda26c92a43fea

Time-travel, psychology style...

http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/06/10-ways-our-minds-warp-time.php

This woman is the most dominant sportsperson in the world.

http://presurfer.blogspot.com/2011/06/most-dominant-athlete-in-world.html

What was Roald Dahl like in person?

http://www.boingboing.net/2011/06/07/roald-dahl-kind-of-a.html

Galleries

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A couple of nice pages from DarkRoastedBlend.com here.  Commuter hell and X-ray geek heaven...

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2011/06/more-crazy-intersections-traffic-jams.html

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2011/06/radical-x-ray-art.html

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Butterflies

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This week I went to the butterfly exhibition at London's Natural History Museum.  It's a great day out, and so while I'm in a lepidopteral mood, here's a nice list of spectacular insects...

http://www.decodedstuff.com/the-10-most-spectacular-butterflies-in-the-world/

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Knit

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Nice little animation made all of wool...


Balloons

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Can you make a balloon dog?  This guy can, and then some...

http://ifitshipitshere.blogspot.com/2011/06/airigami-fine-art-of-balloon-sculpture.html

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Youtube

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This is great, if you haven't seen it already.  The history of Youtube memes in one manageable video...


Pirates

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As everyone's getting over the Pirates of the Caribbean influx, the excellent Listverse.com has some pirates that you might not have heard of.  Those that worked in the North Sea...

http://listverse.com/2011/06/10/10-pirates-of-the-north-sea/

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Phones

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Altogether now....  "Dem Phone, Dem Phones, Dem iPhone"


Sandwich

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Someone's had enough time to make a video of all the best sandwiches in movie history.  The least you can do is watch...


Shortness

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The shortest nation in Europe is Malta. The Maltese have an average height of 5ft 4ins (164.9cm) compared with the EU average of 5ft 5½ins (169.6cm). Notable short people include Horace, Joan of Arc, Alexander Pope (4ft 6in), Goya, Lord Byron, Franz Schubert (5ft 1in), Leo Tolstoy, JM Barrie (4ft 11in), Judy Garland (4ft 11in) and Yuri Gagarin (5ft 1in).

Learn more about the world of shortness here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/qi/8566199/QI-Quite-interesting-facts-about-shortness.html

Flight

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Nice stop-motion video here, a trip from San Francisco to Paris.  Just make sure your seat is in the upright position, and relax.


SF to Paris in Two Minutes from Beep Show on Vimeo.

Trees

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A rather nice slideshow of ancient trees here.  And even better, each picture is accompanied by some QI facts...

http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2011/06/12/trazzler_slideshow_old_trees/slideshow.html

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