Moving Illusions

The Supervolcano Below

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Underneath Yellowstone lies a magma chamber 55 miles long, 20 miles wide, and at it’s furthest, 9 miles deep. Containing enough molten lava to fill the Grand Canyon, if the supervolcano were to blow, ash would cover most of the USA. When the animals start running, you’ll know it’s time. Volcanoes, so hot right now.

The Wonders of Nature

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A spinning disk of ice in the Sheyenne River in North Dakota

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“Some were sausage-like, others pristine ovals, in colours ranging from whitish grey to dark brown-violet.”

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The “World’s Oldest Public Toilet” was recently discovered at the Chanares Formation in Argentina. Dating back 240 million years, the producers of the “big lumps” were Dinodontosaurus, eight-foot-long megaherbivores that would be comparable to the modern day rhinoceros.

‘Tom and Jerry’ syndrome

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“a new phenomenon whereby cats suffer seizures triggered by everyday sounds around the house, like the clicking of a computer mouse or the tapping of a boiled egg”

Save The Insects!

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The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear

Volcanoes Are So Hot Right Now

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Another day, another volcano. Japan might even have a new island to add to their territory after an underwater volcanic eruption blasted rock above sea level earlier today. And did you hear about the newly discovered active volcano in West Antarctica? Hot.

Your Brain on Crack Cocaine

Wish they had drawn a better crack pipe…

Are Silent Farts Worse?

Ming the Mollusc

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The world’s oldest living creature was 507 years old

Chariots On Pharaoh

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Science has determined that King Tutankhamun—the world’s most famous pharaoh—died of injuries sustained in a chariot accident… not of “Over Gold” as Kanye’s chain would suggest.

This Morning in Cool U.N. Committee Names

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The UN is taking steps to defend planet Earth from humongous space rocks by creating “The International Asteroid Warning Group” which will be manned by members of the “Association of Space Explorers,” and directed by the “Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.”

The Purring Monkey

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One of over 400 new species of animals and plants found in the Amazon rainforest over the past four years

Celebrating Crystallography

“arguably one of the greatest innovations of the 20th century”

via, cartoonbrew

According To Japanese Folklore, Southern California is Due For An Earthquake

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Blame it on the 18-foot Oarfish (“ryugu no tsukai” or “Messenger from the Sea God’s Palace”) that was dragged to shore on Catalina Island earlier this week.

From 2010:

“The Oarfish is traditionally known as a messenger fish from the sea gods, and it’s tidings are usually grim. The fish can grow up to five metres in length and usually found at depths of 1, 000 ft. Long and slender with a dorsal fin that runs the length of it’s body, the fish resembles a kind of steam-rolled snake.

According to folklore, the fish will come ashore and beach itself to warn of an impending earthquake and there are scientific theories that bottom-dwelling fish may very well be susceptible to movements in seismic fault lines and act in uncharacteristic ways in advance of an earthquake”

 

Falling To Earth POV

Red Bull Stratos “through the eyes of Felix Baumgartner.”

Like An Animal

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Some species of male marsupials are “dying for sex.”

Mind Power

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Knock on wood… Researchers found that “people’s elevated concerns after tempting fate can be eliminated if they engage in a ritual to undo that bad luck.”

Peak Statistics

For the Love of Mountains

Creative, illustrations and animation by Al Boardman

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