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  • 886,246 Poppies Planted At The Tower On London

    In honor of British and Colonial military lives lost during World War I, the Tower of London’s long-dry moat is being filled with ceramic poppies. 886,246 of them, to be exact. Volunteers began planting the flowers, created by artist Paul Cummins, a few weeks back, with the first poppy being put in the ground by Crawford Butler, the longest serving Yeoman Warder. The last flower will be installed on November 11th, in salute to Armistice Day. Copy via CNN

  • Forget Whale Songs, The ESA Has Discovered Comet Songs

    Remember that weird Aunt you had who wore purple muumuus and turquoise jewelry and would go on about chakras for hours at a time while drinking herbal teas that smelled like butt? Well send a postcard to her commune in Sedona, because those whale song cassette tapes she’s been listening to in her Hyundai Excel since 1987 just don’t cut it anymore. The European Space Agency, who will soon be landing on a comet, discovered that their target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is singing a song. The song is actually oscillations in the magnetic field at 40-50 millihertz, way below what humans can hear. The frequencies were increased to make them audible and the ESA released the track, sure to top the New Age charts very soon. What’s it sound like? Imagine a sped-up version of the pulsing sound you heard when you did Whip-Its when you were really into Aphex Twin. Or something.

  • Our Universe: The 100 Greatest Hubble Space Telescope Images Ever Taken

    Orbiting 353 miles above the Earth’s surface is the Hubble Space Telescope which, for nearly two and a half decades, has allowing us to look deeper into space with more clarity than ever before. Here are some of the finest photos in Hubble’s history as we approach the 25th anniversary of it’s launch. Editors note: The photos you see below are limited to 1000 pixels wide so the page loads quickly. If you would like to see the larger images that will allow you to zoom up on detail check out this imgur gallery we uploaded.

  • This Smart Shaker Will Transform The Way You Make Cocktails

    Step into any hip bar these days and everyone will be sipping on cocktails such as a Rob Roy, a Tom Collins, or even a Joe Cucci (Sambuca and Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur), but unless you’re that dude who mentored Tom Cruise in “Cocktail,” (you’re not, because—spoiler alert—he dies) when you try to recreate those drinks at home, you invariably fail. Don’t fret! Instead of drowning your sorrows in a poorly mixed concoction, get your hands on a B4RM4N and make perfect drinks every time. The B4RM4N is a smart shaker that communicates with an iOS or Android app and ensures you’re following over 100 cocktail recipes every step of the way. From the amount of each ingredient to the type of ice needed (crushed or cubed) to the time you spend shaking, everything is monitored via the shaker and app. And if you don’t know what cocktail to make, just put in what ingredients you have on hand and the B4RM4N app will offer you suggestions. How can you get your hands on one? The B4RM4N is currently raising money on Kickstarter, but with over $40,000 of the $100,000 goal raised, funding shouldn’t be an issue. And early backers more »

  • 52 Common Myths, Busted [Infographic]

    Napoleon was around 5 feet tall right? Undercover cops have to identify themselves as cops if asked, right? Goldfish have a memory of 3 seconds, right? Well, no actually. Here are 52 common myths you most certainly thought were fact until now.

  • Astronaut, Chris Hadfield Releases Stunning Photos Of The Earth From Space

    Everyone’s favorite astronaut, Chris Hadfield best known for his David Bowie cover of “Space Oddity”, is now releasing a book including some of his best shots from an archive of over 45,000 photographs from orbit. From his some 2,500 orbits around Earth Hadfield has taken beautiful shots from around the globe (literally), never having a chance to actually see them with the photos being directly downloaded to Houston. His book, You are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes highlights some of Hadfield’s favorite handpicked photographs that he took while at the ISS.

  • The Varied Styles Of Athens Street Art

    Greece entered its most severe financial crisis, known as the Greek Depression, in late 2008. After six years of economic decline, the Greece actually saw growth in the second quarter of 2014. But the turmoil of the crisis and the austerity measures that followed has led many young Greeks to distrust their political leaders and the entire world economy. Much of the street art that has appeared around Athens since the Depression has illustrated these negative feelings while other artists opt to paint uplifting messages to give their fellow countrymen hope. But no matter what side they take, these artists have plenty of inspiration for years to come.

  • Sriracha Sauce, Pretzel Crust, “Skinny” Slices, and More: Your First Look At Pizza Hut’s Major Rebrand

    Pizza Hut has been a favorite during parties at RSVLTS HQ for a long time, just check out our buddy Matt in the photo above crushing some Pizza Hut at our office warming party back in April. But even though we’ve been ordering our fair share of delivery, Pizza Hut has been struggling for two years as consumers are becoming more interested in exotic flavors and personalized options. One look at Tony Boloney’s menu will show you where the market is headed. To combat slumping sales the world’s largest pizza chain on Monday announced a drastic plan to turn upside down almost every facet of its identity with all new branding, the doubling of its available ingredients, including sriracha, curry and buffalo, a 250 calorie “Skinny Pizza” and the largest ad campaign in it’s history, as reported by USA Today.

  • Adidas Pure Boost Camo

    In celebration of our nation’s heroes, adidas today launches the Pure Boost Camo. The iconic print comes in green and gray. The adidas Pure Boost is the first shoe with an entire Boost cushioning midsole, providing maximum energy return and comfort in a simple, pure design. Pure Boost features a breathable four-way stretch seamless upper and no sockliner to enhance the feeling of standing directly on Boost cushioning. The TIRRENINA suede heel, a sustainable luxury fiber that is made without any solvents during the manufacturing process, adds a fashion element and keeps your foot in place without restricting movement.

  • Fallon and Kevin Delany Suck in a Balloon that has the Opposite Affect as Helium

    Jimmy, Lucy Liu and science badass, Kevin Delany had some fund with experiments on Fallon. They mix nitrogen together with boiling water to make an amazing cloud effect, but by far the coolest experiment Delany shows the crowd is what happens when you suck in hexa floride, it’s essentially the opposite of sucking in helium. Because hexa floride is 5 or 6 times heavier than air, sound is slowed down. Watch in awe then order some online to scare your friends. Apparently you need to do proper exercises for it to leave your body and also hang upside down, so be careful kids.

  • RSVLTS Take Off: Nashville

    The majority of your time spent in Nashville should always be the music, it’s wide variety of country music, music heritage and history is enough to build a trip out of in itself, but the Music City also has a great food and beverage scene as well. With a handful of new industrial-chic restaurants opening up on a monthly basis and plenty of honky-tonk bars to hop around, you’ll have your hands full trying to make a checklist to stop in for a drink at each one. In this edition of RSVLTS Take Off, we’ll be showing you an abridged version of Nashville that will make you want to pack your boots and hit the road. Honky-tonks on Lower Broadway. The district is famous for the numerous country music entertainment establishments. Photo via: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com Downtown Nashville Downtown Nashville cityscape in the evening Photo via: Shutterstock/f11photo Honkey Tonk Central Bar Photo via: Shutterstock/f11photo ___ Eats Pinewood Social Pinewood Social is a space that is based on the idea of creating a social gathering place that can accommodate your needs morning, noon and night. Offering up a bar, bowling alley, dining area, “living room” and even an outdoor space, more »

  • Dennis Rodman’s Basketball Diplomacy Proves Effective After All

    Like most of the world, we questioned just what the hell Dennis Rodman was thinking when he traveled to North Korea with other retired NBA players for a basketball game. Had he finally lost what little sanity he still had? Was it all a publicity stunt for his Bad Ass Premium Vodka? Wrong! At least according to Dennis Rodman. With news that North Korea was freeing American prisoner Kenneth Bae, Rodman, ever the modest fellow, went to TMZ with proof that it was all his doing. Apparently, while the rest of the world looked at “the worm” with disgust for his support of a nation rife with human rights abuses, he was actually orchestrating Bae’s freedom via a kind thank you card to despot Kim Jong Un. In the letter, Rodman thanks the North Korean dictator for the hospitality shown to him and his fellow NBA stars and commends the leader on all the great things he’s doing for his country, such as building a water park. Then in the powerful final paragraph, he urges Kim Jong Un to free Bae to show the US how “loving and compassionate” he can be. Rodman admits he never received a reply from more »

  • Get Soccer-Player Legs In 30 Minutes

    Sure, players like Ronaldo, Messi, and Beckham were blessed with preternatural ball-handling skills, but their ridiculously well-built thighs are the result of hard training. A recent study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine found that a mix of high-intensity endurance and strength training made elite players faster and more powerful. Complete this circuit, from the study’s coauthor Jan Helgerud, a professor of medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, two to three times a week and you’ll have the abs and legs of a baller in no time.

  • What’s More Awkward Than These Hand-Drawn Russian Movie Posters? Their Translated Titles

    A while back we shared hand-drawn movie posters from Ghana that are used to advertise movies showings of bootleg movies via mobile cinemas. They were great and all, with horrendous and sometimes unrelated artwork, but they still had text in English, albeit poorly-spelled English. These Russian movie posters have plenty of bad art, but they also crank the awkwardness up a notch with titles that don’t translate well into Russian. Redditor atrubetskoy translated all the text back into English and there are plenty of odd taglines and even odder titles. Who wouldn’t want to see “Garri Potter and the Philosophical Rock?” Pro tip: Read the captions in your best Yakov Smirnoff voice.

  • New Study Proves the Best Dance Moves for Men to Attract Women

    There’s finally science driven proof explaining how your dance floor can make you more or less attractive to women. Evolutionary biologists from the University of Gottingen and Northumbria University that women find a specific set of movies men make while dancing more attractive than other. Movements of movements of the head, neck and torso and quick leg movements rate more highly than others. Looks like the shopping cart just isn’t going to cut it anymore. In a recent published story in Biology Letters, researchers noted, “dancing ability, particularly that of men, may serve as a signal of mate quality … in terms of health, vigor or strength, though this remains to be confirmed.” Because of inconsistencies that would hinder the viewers perception, such as attractiveness and clothing, researchers instead recruited 30 men to dance to a drum beat for 30 seconds and recorded their movements via a motion-tracking system. They then rendered a gender neutral figure and mimicked the moves of the 30 men. Then 37 heterosexual women ages 18-35 were asked to rate each of the 30 dance routines on a seven-point scale, then the highest ranked dance moved floated to the top. And so, the results are in more »

  • Check Out The View From The New Tower Bridge Walkway [12 Photos]

    Visitors to London’s Tower Bridge Experience can now get a spectacular view of the river 138 below from a new glass walkway. The Comprised of six glass weighing over 1100 pounds each, the new addition cost £1 million and is the first major upgrade since the Tower Bridge Experience opened in 1982. And don’t worry, ladies, Tower Bridge staff have assured the public that the glass is thick and the walkway is at an angle offset to the pavement below so as to not pose a threat to those wearing skirts. Or kilts, for the fellas. The west walkway is now open to the public with the east walkway set to open December 1.

  • New Drone Footage Shows Just How Massive Apple’s New “Spaceship” HQ Is

    Apple’s new “Spaceship” campus in Cupertino looked big in the initial renderings that went public some months ago, but new drone footage that has recently surfaced, shows just how gigantic the campus will be. Donut, circle, spaceship, whatever you’ll call the under construction Apple HQ, we can all agree it’s much larger than any of us thought it would be. The new HQ labeled Apple Campus 2 should be some time in 2016, the vast campus will be home to 12,000 Apple employees, which will also included a curved glass facade, underground parking lot and a 300 ft statue of Steve Jobs (well the last one is just a rumor. started by me. Just now). The campus is being designed by Norman Foster’s firm, Foster + Partners.

  • Huge Changes Coming To Pizza Hut Starting Nov 19th. Here Is What We Know…

    Pizza Hut has been a favorite during parties at RSVLTS HQ for a long time, just check out our buddy Matt in the photo above crushing some Pizza Hut at our office warming party back in April. But even though we’ve been ordering our fair share of delivery, Pizza Hut has been struggling for two years as consumers are becoming more interested in exotic flavors and personalized options. One look at Tony Boloney’s menu will show you where the market is headed. To combat slumping sales the world’s largest pizza chain on Monday announced a drastic plan to turn upside down almost every facet of its identity with all new branding, the doubling of its available ingredients, including sriracha, curry and buffalo, a 250 calorie “Skinny Pizza” and the largest ad campaign in it’s history, as reported by USA Today.

  • Spectacular, Once-In-A-Lifetime Volcanic Lightning Caught On Camera [6 Photos]

    Photographer Martin Rietze went on an epic adventure to Japan and caught a spectacular, once in a lifetime series of pictures of the Sakurajima Vulcano, as it spewed a hellish mix of smoke, fire, lava bombs and electrifying lightning. Rietze’s balls of steel landed one of the top honors in photography, the top photo on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. 

  • Wikiwand Gives Us The Wikipedia Redesign Jimmy Wales Won’t

    We’ve seen our share of concepts for imbuing Wikipedia with a more modern and responsive design. But it’s not likely that Jimmy Wales and Co. will adopt any of them—or any radical redesign, for that matter. The reason why is relatively straightforward. Wikipedia wants its site to work just as well on 10-year-old computers with low-resolution monitors and slow dial-up connections as it does on more modern devices. So Wikipedia plays things conservatively. But there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a better-looking Wikipedia. Wikiwand is a tool that showcases Wikipedia articles with better typography, navigation, and layout on both widescreen and mobile devices. Using Wikiwand is easy. Instead of going to Wikipedia’s website, just search for your articles through Wikiwand.com, which will then dynamically translate your articles into a more responsive layout with big, beautiful header images, easier-to-read typography, a universal navigation panel, and more. If you’re a Google Chrome user, you can even install an extension that will automatically translate Wikipedia links into the Wikiwand format. Because the extension intelligent pre-fetches assets, the Chrome extension actually allows you to load Wikipedia pages faster than on Wikipedia proper. Wikiwand’s not going to be for everyone—the abundance of italics in the more »

  • The John Oliver #SalmonCannon Skit Everyone Will Be Talking About This Morning

    On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver it was revealed that there is a cannon that shoots salmon over dams at 22 MPH. Sounds confusing? It is. Apparently hydroelectric dams have completely messed up the spawning habits of salmon and this helps out but the video will explain it better than we can. In typical John Oliver fashion he produced an over the top skit that called on serious A-list talent to help out. You can watch Oliver’s segment above and once you done we’ve pulled together a few videos that show the salmon cannon in action:

  • Hollywood Can’t Compete With This Supercut Of NASA Footage In HD

    Using 80GB worth of photos captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station between 2011 and 2014, timelapse filmmaker Guillaume Juin created this awe-inspiring video of the Earth entitled “Astronaut.” And thanks to the incredible cameras aboard the ISS, this footage rivals the best visual effects that Hollywood has to offer. Do yourself a favor and turn down the lights and watch the video fullscreen to get the full effect. And be sure to check out Juin’s other great timelapse videos.

  • Christopher Walken Was A Creepy Child Clown

    Christopher Walken has been acting since 1953, when he was just 10 years old. Ever the entertainer, young Christopher also enjoyed the creepy art of clowning. These photos were taken in 1955, and even if you’re not afraid of clowns, knowing this kid would grow up to torture and kill Eric Stoltz in “The Prophecy” makes the whole situation a tad unnerving. And if you’ve been watching “American Horror Story” this season, I think you can agree that we’re all lucky his parents allowed him to become an actor.

  • Dumb And Dumber To Comes To Nascar

    We are now just one week from the premiere of “Dumb and Dumber To” which means we will be seeing Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas everywhere. Although the publicity is nowhere near last year’s big sequel, “Anchorman 2,” there are still a few bizarre promotions that have us scratching our heads. For example, stock car racing team BK Racing will feature Harry and Lloyd themed cars during Sunday’s NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway. Alex Bowman will drive yellow number 23 emblazoned with pumpkin pie haircutted freak Lloyd while JJ Yeley will drive blue number 83 adorned with Harry. What does “Dumb and Dumber To” have to do with NASCAR? Who the hell knows! Let’s just hope this isn’t a wacky publicity stunt to mask the stench of a turd like “Anchorman 2.”

  • Souvenir Buttons Of Places You’ll Never Get To Visit [10 GIFs]

    The amount of amazing, fictional locales presented to us through literature, TV, and movies is astounding. And the fact we’ll never get to see those places is extremely disheartening. We’re not like those weirdos who watched Avatar repeatedly then got depressed when they had to leave the theater, but you have to admit, it would be pretty cool to go to Castle Grayskull and shout “I have the power!” At least now we have these Impossible Magnets to serve as souvenirs for these places we’ll never get to visit. You can buy the actual magnets here, and as an added treat, Snack Studios created these animated versions in the gallery.

  • Nike Roshe Run NM Sneakerboot

    In the latest release of the Nike Sneakerboot collection the Roshe Run NM is the ideal commuting shoe for those cold winter days. The shoe features stylish bamboo, grey and black color combination and features a perforated swoosh, reflective details, and a natural motion outsole for added comfort. Inspired by the practice of meditation and the concept of Zen, the Nike Roshe Run epitomizes simplicity. It has no embellishments, just basic shoe necessities brought to life with every detail. Almost every part of the shoe reflects an aspect of a tranquil Zen garden: a modified Waffle outsole made to look like stepping stones, an insole that mirrors a raked rock garden, and slightly different midsole side lengths—a juxtaposition of seriousness and playfulness. Nike Roshe Run NM Sneakerboot $130

  • Boston Looks Like The Most Beautiful City In The World In This Trippy Timelapse

    Boston, you sexy sexy beast. Traditional time-lapses are constrained by the idea that there is a single universal clock. In the spirit of Einstein’s relativity theory, layer-lapses assign distinct clocks to any number of objects or regions in a scene. Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate. The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse.

  • Remember The Name: Niykee Heaton [Photos]

    Watch out Iggy because Niykee Heaton is coming for ya. This 19 year old from Chicago, who is known on YouTube for her acoustic covers of hit songs, recently dropped her debut EP ‘Bad Intentions’ in early October. Sure, a large percentage of her 700,000 Instagram fans (@niykeeheaton) are probably only there for the bodacious photos she posts on a daily basis, but like any emerging 2010’s pop artist (or clickbait website), you reel them in with a dog and pony show and get them to stay with actual talent.

  • Watch Popping Popcorn in Super-Slow Motion, Because It’s Friday

    You’ve had a rough week. It’s been a long and dreary five days and now it’s time to put your brain to rest for a minute and ogle as a few popcorn kernels burst in slow motion over a freebased tablespoon of oil. YouTuber, SloMoLab created the HD Super-Slow Mo video with the hopes of making you crave popcorn, we’re sure. Why isn’t this video sponsored by Orville Redenbacher?

  • Katz’s Deli Creates A Roast Beast Sandwich; Whoville Rejoices

    The New York City indigestion inducers at Katz’s Delicatessen, known for creating sandwiches that would even sate Monty Python’s Mr. Creosote, have unleashed a special sandwich for this holiday season—the Roast Beast. The giant sandwich, made up of roast beef, turkey, salami, coleslaw, and Russian dressing, is actually a promotion for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” which opens at Madison Square Garden December 5. The sandwich will set you back $22, which is about average for Katz’s, and will only be available from November 17 to December 28. Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a deli. But I still wouldn’t mind some Roast Beast in my belly. Source: Grub Street

  • Bruce Springsteen Auctioned Off A Homemade Lasagna Dinner

    We New Jerseyans have trouble with agreeing with each other on many subjects. Phillies, Mets, or Yankees? Giants, Jets, or Eagles? Taylor ham or pork roll? But there’s one thing we all agree on—Bruce Springsteen is awesome. Proof of the Boss’s greatness was offered on Wednesday night at Stand Up For Heroes, a comedy and music concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps military service members and their families after they return home. Not only did Springsteen play a five-song set, he also auctioned off a package that included a guitar with a one hour lesson, a ride in the sidecar of his motorcycle, and a homecooked lasagna dinner at his home. Two such packages were auctioned off for $300,000 each. At the end of the night, $1 million was raised—over half of which came from Springsteen. Oh, and as someone from Ocean County, the answers to the above questions are Mets, Giants, and pork roll. Source: Yahoo

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