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  • This Google VP Just Broke Felix Baumgartner’s Freefall space jump record

    Dr. Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google’s Knowledge division, broke the world record for high-altitude jumps today and no one knew about it. The 135,908-foot jump surpasses Felix Baumgartner’s free fall from last year’s anticipated Red Bull jump. The strangest part of all this was the complete lack of media buzz. Friday afternoon. Everyone is hardly working, this would’ve made for a great conference room hangout sesh. Thanks Google.

  • Can’t Decide on Mexican or Italian For Dinner? Have both with the Pizza-dilla

    This hero took two of the best foods to ever grace this green earth and fused them, creating a Frankenfood that you’ll want to chase with a pitchfork. Serious Eats has done wonders for Mexican-Italian international relations by creating a Pizza-dilla, that’s right, a pizza and quesadilla working cohesivley in harmony together for the greater good. with a tortilla and cast iron skillet, you can make a nice crispy base, followed by a chheese spread out to the very edges crisps up creating a browned, flavorful crust. Then after a broiler/stove combination and 15 minutes of salivating, this beauty is all yours. Please, please, please create a spaghetti and meatball burrito next. Recipe info: YIELD: Serves 1 to 2 ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: Cast iron skillet Ingredients 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 large flour tortillas that just fit inside your cast iron skillet 3/4 cup store-bought or homemade pizza sauce 5 ounce shredded whole milk low moisture mozzarella cheese 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese, divided 2 basil leaves, roughly torn Additional toppings, as desired 1. Adjust oven rack to 6 to 8 inches below broiler element and preheat broiler to high. Heat oil more »

  • An Interactive Slide Gallery Showing the Ever Changing Landscapes of NYC

    There’s just no city that changes landscapes quite like New York. It seems like every decade the facades of store fronts change with gentrification of even the most historic of neighborhoods. Graphic designer, Paul Sahner has been snapping pictures of the streets for almost 10 years. He’s posted his photos on his blog NYC Grid then matched them with old pictures from the Library of Congress or Flickr to showcase the transformation of the city’s landmarks and streets –  check out his original project.  Here is an interactive slide gallery showing the changing landscapes of NYC.  If you want to see more of the good stuff like the photos below head over to nyc-grid.com.

  • The Truth Behind Iconic Album Covers. Sort of.

    Back in the days of CDs and vinyls album covers we’re just as important as the music inside of them, triggering a melody and feeling after growing cose to some of your favorites. Each piece of cover art was meticulously created to portray a message to the masses, but today, with digital downloads taking the majority of sales for bands, album cover art is all but lost. Aptitude takes a look at some of the most iconic album covers over the years and puts their own spin on them by revealing ‘the bigger picture’. From quirky reveals to future happenings, from Justin Bieber to The Beatles, click the album covers below and reveal all.

  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Looks Nothing Short of Epic

    The Avengers are back this time trying to take on Ultron (played by James Spader) a highly intelligent robot from Marvel Comics who is bent on destroying humanity so as to replace humans with machines, and is the archenemy of the Avengers and Hank Pym, his creator. Iron Man has a new suit that looks like a suit big enough to fight the Hulk which he does, Thor looks scared, Captain America looks defeated and the Avengers look all but defeated in this trailer. We have a feeling they survive. Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in theaters May 1, 2015!

  • 2014 Wildlife photographer of the Year Winners Announced

    The results are in for wildlife photographer of the year 2014 competition. The winners were announced today at London’s Natural History Museum and the the winner is American photographer Michael Nichols with his image of five female lions at rest with their cubs in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. A collection of the list of category winners were announced as well. Black and White category winner and Overall Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner The last great picture by Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols (USA) Mammals category winner The mouse, the moon and the mosquito by Alex Badyaev (Russia/USA) Plants and Fungi category winner Glimpse of the underworld by Christian Vizl (Mexico) Photograph- Christian Vizl/2014 WPY Invertebrate category winner Night of the deadly lights by Ary Bassous (Brazil) World in our Hands category winner The price they pay by Bruno D’Amicis (Italy) World in our Hands category finalist The longline lottery by Rodrigo Friscione Wyssmann (Mexico) Natural Design category winner Cardinal sparks by Patrik Bartuska (Czech Republic) Photograph- Patrik Bartuska/2014 WPY Earth’s Environments category winner Apocalypse by Francisco Negroni (Chile) Birds category finalist Touché by Jan van der Greef (The Netherlands) 10 Years and under winner and Overall young Wildlife Photographer of the more »

  • Back to Where it All Began. Important First Steps for the Internet

    Oh how far the world wide web has come, in 1985 the first domain was registered, and today 271 million domain names exist. In 1992, the first photo was uploaded to the Internet and now, in 2014, 1.8 billion photos are uploaded and shared daily. This infographic by WebpageFX highlights some of the internet’s first steps toward a life we know only as normalcy today. Just think before 2005, YouTube didn’t exist. So basically the world didn’t exist before 2005.

  • What Today’s Most Popular Websites Looked Like When They Launched [Interactive Slide]

    Since the mid ’90s the internet has made huge leaps of progress toward a direction catered toward websites designed for a limitless array of resolution ratios and dimensions. Mobile, tablet and desktop are all equally a part of every day web browsing, which means the most popular sites on the internet have to be optimized just write. Simple and responsive is the way of the world today, but let’s not forget about ads. Oh so many ads. Take a look at this then and now interactive slideshow of the most popular websites then and now. Facebook Twitter Google Mashable AOL ESPN Yahoo! YouTube LinkedIn Yelp Huffington Post WhiteHouse.gov Tumblr BuzzFeed RSVLTS Weather.com

  • The World’s First REAL Hoverboard

    Well, here it is. The world’s first true hover board. We’ve been duped once this year with a fake hoverboard video featuring Tony Hawk and you know what they say, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, I’ll completely give up hope that this technology will ever actually exist. Hendo is introducing the world’s first real hoverboard and hover developer kit, they want to put the developer kit in your hands, because if you don’t have $10,000 to burn on a hover board that levitates an inch off the ground at least you can experience the actual technology. They basically give you the kit and challenge you to use their technology to build your own. Hendo has created an in-depth Kickstarter you can read for an hour. The magic behind the hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. These create a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, generating the lift which levitates our board off the ground.

  • The Next Six Years of Super-Hero Movies Timelined [Infographic]

    Superhero movies look like they’re here to stay and as long and Marvel and DC continue to make quality flicks, I ain’t mad. Last wednesday Warner Bros. announced ten upcoming movies based on DC Comics properties. Ten! tac on the flood of Marvel movies in the chamber and that’s a tidal wave of superhero movies over the next six years from Warner Bros, Marvel Studios, Fox, and Sony Columbia. ComicsAlliance’s designer Dylan Todd put together a timeline that reveals what those six years look like, including 29 confirmed release dates between now and the end of 2020, with several dates and titles still to be announced.

  • “Bad Guy” Football Teams Everyone Can Hate

    Funny or Die created these hilarious fictional football teams everyone can root against. Every team, even the Yankees, has a steady fan base who believes even the most evil of teams can do no wrong. Well not these teams. From the Norfolk Internet Trolls to the Albany Loud Chewers, these teams are sure to inflict blood boiling levels of hate upon everyone.

  • The Keep-Away From Peyton Record Touchdown Celebration Was Rehearsed

    Our favorite moment from last night’s record setting night for Peyton Manning was by far the monkey-in-the-middle game Broncos receivers played with their quarterback after he broke the record for most touchdowns thrown in the history of the NFL. After Manning surpassed Brett Favre reaching 509 career touchdown passes in the first quarter, the gang had a little fun at Peyton’s expense, but as Fox’s Marc Garafolo pointed out, everyone, including Peyton was in on it the whole time. We've all been had. Demariyus Thomas said Peyton Manning himself planned the keep-away. Peyton had them practice it too. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 20, 2014

  • How Every Apple Store Is Designed To Make You Spend More Money

    Apple products are by far the most sought after and desirable products on the planet. Sleek, simple and at the pinnacle of technologically, each tier of their product line has dominated retail over the past decade. But just how much of Apple’s retail revenue is due to it’s product’s capabilities and how much is due to a brilliant store alignment that enhances your desire to buy something before you take your second step into the store? Business Insider provides some knowledge into the science behind the Apple store.

  • Watch The Entire Halloween Series in 2 Minutes

    Micheal Myers is a name synonymous with Halloween, mainly because there’s an entire franchise built around him dubbed Halloween. But as all Hallows eve quickly approaches you probably don’t have enough time to fully catch up on all 5 or 10 Halloween franchised movies so Cinefix did all the work for you and neatly wrapped every movie into a 2 minute cliff notes version.

  • This Running Back Has a Chance To Break One of the NFL’s Most Coveted Records

    This year, we celebrate 30 years since Eric Dickerson’s unprecedented NFL season when he rushed for 2,1305 yards in his second season with the Los Angeles Rams. That set the bar high, very high. Since then we’ve seen the likes of Emmit Smith, Barry Sanders, AP, Marshall Faulk and a handful of other running backs fall short of Dickerson’s coveted record, but this year an unlikely candidate may surprise us. DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys has rushed for 785 yards, 180 yards more than Dickerson had at the same point in 1984. However 130.8 yards per game, he will end up with 2,093 yards and fall short of the record as Dickerson rushed for at least 175 yards in a game four times in the final ten games. Murray will need to stay more than consistent and his style of play combines ground and pound with finesse which is remarkably like Adrian Peterson’s style the year he came within inches of breaking Dickerson’s record, but what Murray has over Dickerson is consistency, having rushed for at least 100 yards in all six games so far. On the other hand, Dickerson had two games with less than 50 yards during more »

  • Photographer Takes Images Of People Doing Shots. Not Pretty.

    The second after we rip a shot of liquor, we’re are at our darkest moment. Unless you were born in the tough as nails era of the wild west, taking a shot doesn’t taste very good. To anyone. I don’t care who you are, it just sucks. Whether you realize it or not, your face looks about as disgusted as it’ll ever look. Sour, grimaced and disgusted all in one facial reaction. UK photographer Tim Charles has managed to capture the fleeting reactions of his subjects in his new photo series called ‘Shot Face’, a humorous look at something we all see our friends make every time the “Mike Hancho” at the bar decides everyone should get drunker quicker. Check out his entire series here for more. =

  • Wrigley Begins Demolition of Iconic Bleachers for Stadium Rehab

    In the first phase of the park’s four-year, $575 million “1060 Project” renovation mission, Wrigley’s iconic bleachers were torn down. In a project to expand stadium capacity by 300 seats in the left and right field bleachers along with the addition of more concession stands and more room for fans on the concourse, the stadium will be expanded to reach the edge of the sidewalk on Sheffield and Waveland avenues. The first phase is on pace to be finished by opening day on April 6th in their opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. Along with the seat expansion, the Cubs have plans to also add clubhouse upgrades, batting tunnels to compete with other major league clubhouses, new restrooms, concessions, seats, restaurant and retail areas for fans, along with a hotel.   Photos via: Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune

  • The uKeg Pressurized Growler

    Rejoice you craft beer loving, home brew enthusiasts, you can now enjoy Trevor from 3C’s freshest batch of squash spice ale without the time taking the freshness away from it’s flavor. GrowlerWerks uKeg has created the world’s first growler that keeps your beer fresh as long as you need, fits in your refrigerator, and can be taken with you where ever you go.  The uKeg comes with an advanced regulator keeps oxygen out, carbonation in, and automatically regulates pressure, selector Dial so you can choose your desired carbonation level, from zero or “Off” up to 20 psi, a dispenser Tap that easily pours beer anytime, without needing to remove the cap, and has a taplock to prevent dispensing, sight Glass – shows the contents of the uKeg and how much is left. Keep track of more than one type of beer and a CO2 Cartridge with a 8g food-grade CO2 cartridges are low cost (less than $1 ea.) and readily available online, at stores, or your filling station. Lasts for 1 growler fill.

  • Axe Bat

    The shape of a baseball bat hasn’t changes since it’s introduction to the game 150 years ago, why is that? The glove has been transformed time and time again, tailoring sizes and webbing to position players, making it an optimal size to catch a fly ball or field a ground ball for a quick release. So why has the baseball bat not been looked at for improvements? Well it has now. Bruce Leinert a former New York Woodworker had an idea to change the game over 20 years ago, after an idea stemming from a Ted Williams quote opened his eyes to change the game of baseball forever. In Williams’ 1971 book The Science of Hitting, Ted Williams said that a hitter’s wrists, at the point of contact, should be “square and unbroken … just as when you hit a tree with an ax.” Right then and there Leinert built himself the first bat with an axe handle in two hours. Now twenty-four years later, he a signed a 20-year licensing deal with Baden Sports, a family-owned sporting goods company based in Washington. We had a chance to try out the Axe Bat Avenge and were incredibly impressed with it’s more »

  • Oregon Ducks Will Wear Throwback Uniforms Wore Against Washington From “The Pick”

    in a mere 16-second turnaround on Oct. 22, 1994, Kenny Wheaton and the Oregon Ducks created pandemonium in the aisles of Autzen Stadium, When Wheaton took a 97-yard interception return against the University of Washington to the house and sealed a 31-20 win and propelled the 1994 Ducks toward their first conference crown in 37 years. In honor of the 20th anniversary of “The Pick,” Nike and the Oregon Ducks have partnered to re-create a modernized version of the iconic 1994 uniform design that the team wore during that glorious moment – a proper tribute to a turning point in the Ducks football history. This modern version of the classic 1994 Ducks uniform features the original number and name font from that year, as well as a modernized bold, iconic stripe to tie in the Classic Green jersey and University Gold pant and helmet. The “UO” logo is featured on the pant, and Duck logo highlights the sleeves. Following this iconic turning point, Oregon went on to play in 17 bowl games over the next 19 years and have the best winning percentage in the Pac-12 (.731), claim shares of five conference championships and finish two years ranked second in more »

  • California Firefighter Shares His Terrifying Battles On Instagram

    California has experienced one of the worst droughts in recent history, with that comes wildfires. Gregg Boydston, a member of the ‘Hotshots’, a team of elite wild-land firefighters has been sharing his experiences of terrifying wildfires. Boyston is also an amateur photographer says, “Originally, I was taking photos to keep my friends and family up to date on what I was doing and what my summer was really consisting of. Then I started posting the photos to my Instagram, where people were really responding to them. Then I started posting them…to show people what the wildland-side of firefighting was like,” Boydston told CityLab. Check out Boydston’s Instagram here.

  • Amazing Website That Archives 75 Years of Marvel Comics

    Five students from Hétic school in France have built an intricate website dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Marvel Universe. Ultimate75th.com is a website dedicated to archiving every comic and character in the marvel collection from 1939-2014. The fully interactive site contains history, artwork, comic covers and a full archive of 2,556 characters from over nearly 500 series. The students framed out the site in just four days, it was developed using Marvel’s own API and the coding skills of it’s creators. Check out the site here.

  • The Shifting Center of Pro Athlete Production

    Slate’s Ben Blatt put together a fascinating visual of the shifting center of pro athlete production. With the information he could gather, Blatt collected birth records for 23,000 football players, 3,200 basketball players, and 1,000 hockey players and mapped out a reletive difference in player geography throughout sports. For example we can see the dramatic migration south west for baseball while hockey players are scattered across Michigan, Wisconsin and Upstate New York. Blatt uses the same algorithm used to track the country’s shifting population center over time, which shows the balance of pro athletes in this country (Hockey excluded) heavily shifting south since the 1950s.

  • Stunning Layered Time-Lapse Around Boston

    Photographer Julian Tryba created this mesmerizing time-lapse that combines layers of photos creating days length. Titled ‘Boston Layer-Lapse’, it shows the sun rising and setting over Boston in different locations. The video comprises a staggering 150,000 photographs which took 100 hours to shoot and 350 hours to edit. Julian took time out of her busy schedule as a engineer at GE Aviation to create this after being inspired by a similar series featuring GIFs of cityscapes by artist Fong Qi Wei. But the most interesting part of the video is how Tryba incorporates shadows on skyscrapers to merge with the beat of the song being used.

  • What NYC’s New Tallest Building Lacks in Character it Makes Up For in… Height.

    This past Friday, construction at New York City’s 432 Park was completed. It’s height is trumped by none other in NYC, including One World Trade Center, not including the added spire. The building is a luxury condominium that tops out at 1,396 feet, towering above a skyline of already tall buildings on Manhattan’s Central Park South area nicknamed “Billionaires’ Belt”. The building, which cost $1.3 billion to construct, has two penthouses, one on the 96th floor that sold for $95 million and another on the 95th, currently priced at $85 million. From the inside, the building is a work of art, but from the outside, is an absolute insult to the tradition in architectural prowess that has encompassed the New York City skyline for the last century. For a building that’s going to be the face of Manhattan’s midtown section skyline it’s incredibly boring, unlike the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and even Bank of America Tower. 432 Park is undoubtedly a architectual feat, but there is absolutely no character unlike its predecessor for tallest residential building in manhattan and the western hemisphere, the lower east side’s 8 Spruce Street, Also known as Beekman Tower and New York by Gehry. more »

  • John Oliver Puts the Kibosh on Autumn Pumpkin Spice Hysteria

    John Oliver took the week off of Last Week Tonight, but still gave us a weekly rant online in a web exclusive video cracking down on the pumpkin spice craze now ubiquitous with fall. Oliver digs right into the subject by denouncing the flavor of the faux pumpkin by saying “the coffee that tastes like a candle — and I don’t mean it tastes like a candle smells, pumpkin spice lattes taste like a candle tastes.” He then proceeds to compare autumn’s foliage to one’s own mortality then adds a fatality to all PSL enthusiasts by noting there’s actually no pumpkin in your latte at all and that you can add the flavored syrup to your latte all year around.

  • The 25 Best Restaurants Around the World

    Move over Michelin Stars, the new way to source your restaurant of choise is based on the people. Word of type and ratings on Trip Advisor actually. The travel site has collected the top twenty-five restaurants across the globe based on ratings throughout their site. Millions upon millions of travlers share their restaurant experiences from decor to service even touch of food occasionally. In the information age we live on it’s the ultimate resource to find out the most interesting, bizarre and eclectic places you can’t find in a travel guide.

  • Mind Your Surroundings, Amazing Street Art Gifs

    A new interesting trend going around the digital creative scene is turning reality into stop motion GIFs. Artist A. L. Crego takes the already interesting medium of street art and bring it to life, turning large murals into moving GIFs. You can take a look at all of Crego’s amazing GIFs at his Tumblr

  • Yao Ming Makes Shaq Look Like a ‘wittle baby’

    In a past article we showed you how Yao Ming dwarfs basically everything he holds, stands next to or is in a photo with, but he’s just topped himself by taking a photo with one of the largest humans alive, Shaq. In a recent Instagram post Shaq, who also dwarfs basically everything he comes in contact with, looks like a small child compared to the 7′ 6″ Ming. Loading Yao says he's 7 feet 4 I think he's 7 foot 8 View on Instagram

  • Rockwell’s ‘The Connoisseur’ Observes Modern Day GIFS

    A new interesting medium of art is the GIF. Yes, the GIF, they’re not just used to show dumbfounded reactions, although I do get a kick out of a good GIF reaction now and again. There is a desire and demand for good looping art around the web, especially if that art can seamlessly transition from the end back to the beginning. The Connoisseur orioginally appeared in Norman Rockwell’s painting in 1951, showing him observing a Jackson Pollock piece, now he’s back observing modern GIFs of classic works of art. Check out the entire Tumblr here.     

  • Just How Contagious Is Ebola?

    “I have no doubt that we will control this importation, or case, of Ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country,” said the director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden.

  • LeBron and the Boys Get a Fresh Look for the 2014 Season

    Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert has been teasing the world with the Cavs new uniforms for the 2014-15 season. The uniforms, which will supposedly be worn for their opening game are a subtle navy blue with yellow and red accents and a quote upside down that will read “All for one. One for All.” Ok @cavs fans, one last tweet on the uniforms.This will give you the feel of what KI will look like wearing it. pic.twitter.com/p40NtB8wKf — Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) October 9, 2014 Here is full look.@cavs will be wearing em' opening night at The Q.They look even better in person versus the graphic pic.twitter.com/WthRWxxznN — Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) October 9, 2014 . @cavs 22 days/526.5 hrs until opening tip.New floor&Humongotron.Here’s a slice of a potential new uniform.You like? pic.twitter.com/uSXQOw3tdE — Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) October 8, 2014

  • Buy These Boots, Your Feet Will Thank you. The Cole Haan ZeroGrand

    Cole Haan’s newest edition to fusing boots and dress shoes with a more casual take on an everyday hybrid is now in full force. Their ZeroGrand concept definitely takes inspiration from that of a Nike Free sole, but with a boot twist. After much acclaim and success from their LunarGrand line, Cole Haan is testing the waters with a new boot and sole combo. The lofty cuffed ZeroGrand Tall Boot features an EVA midsole with a deep grooved outsole to aid flexing and a genuine natural storm welt, increasing durability and weather resistance. Reboot your cold weather wardrobe in lightweight urbanity. Available now at Cole Haan for $298 USD.

 
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