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  • In Honor of Apple’s iOS 8 Launch Here is a Visual history of iOS

    Today marks the launch of Apples 8th installment in the history of iOS. Since the inaugural iOS release in 2007 Apple has made it clear, they don’t like drastic change. This infographic created by 7dayshop, accounts every operating system on a chronological scale, showing changes on its home screen, icon design as well as some other interesting features along its journey.

  • Optical Illusion Street Art on These Boxes Will Boggle Your Brain

    Recently EPFL, the Polytechnic Federal School of Lausanne invited Truly Design Studio to participate in the “Art on Science” public exhibition, focused on optical illusions meant to inspire, confuse and most importantly, think. Truly created an installation called Vanitas, a tribute to a widely depicted theme in the history of arts. “Alongside symbols of worldly ambition, scientific accomplishments, and vanity, we find allegories of the frail and transient nature of our existence. Far from being a morbid or bleak rebuke, it is an invitation to treasure in humbleness every instant of our precious lives.” The four pieces were created to see the entirety from a specific vantage point created an optical illusion from any other perspective.

  • The Smiths And X-Men Mash-Up You Never Knew You Wanted

    When you think about it, The Smiths and the X-Men are an obvious match. The outcast band of superheroes that want nothing more than to be accepted despite being different are just the type of tortured souls that make The Smiths’ Morrissey go home, cry, and want to die. With that in mind, artist Adam Villacin made these brilliant drawings for a series titled “These Charming X-Men.” You can even show some love and buy the collection as a full-color zine at Secret Headquarters. After all, they are mutants and they need to be loved, just like everybody else does.

  • Huge Lot Of Presidential Artifacts Up For Auction

    How would you like to own Dwight D. Eisenhower’s leather jacket from World War II? Or the top hat Franklin D. Roosevelt wore at his inauguration? Or a lock of John Adams’s hair? Okay, that last one is pretty weird, but the rest of the stuff is cool. And now you have a chance to own them all (yes, even the hair) and much much more with the presidential auction at RR Auction. Live bidding began yesterday and starts back up today at 11 AM Eastern Time. But be warned, many of the items are already in the tens of thousands range. Hey, do you think it’s possible to get a bank loan for a presidential lock of hair?

  • You Will Cry Watching this Derek Jeter Gatorade Tribute Commercial and That’s an Order

    Gatorade is hopping on the Derek Jeter appreciation wagon and rightfully so. After the Jordan tribute as well as following Derek’s last journey across the country, being flowered with gifts from every team in the MLB, it’s finally beginning to settle in that the Captain’s reign is coming to an end. Gatorade decided to let Derek have some fun walking through the Bronx on his way to Yankee Stadium, while taping him interacting with fans headed to the stadium all set to the tone of Frank Sinatra’s “I did it my way. You may cry now. Jeter is scheduled to play his final home game next Thursday in the Bronx, where the goose bumps will be tenfold. The finale of his legendary career will come Sunday, Sept. 28, against the Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park.

  • Ed Hochuli’s Workout Program Revealed

    Fact: Ed Hochuli is everyone’s favorite NFL referee. Let’s be honest, the guy can probably bench more weight than 50% of the players on the field. A little background on Hochuli: he is 6’1″, 215-pounds, was a linebacker at UTEP from 1969 to ’72, he is a partner in a Phoenix law firm that specializes in civil litigation and he has run 12 marathons. “You look at him and it looks like he needs to be on our side of the ball, or on defense,” said quarterback Donovan McNabb to SI.com. “He stands on the sidelines looking like one of the linebackers.” Ed Hochuli spoke to SI.com and revealed his four day a week workout plan, follow it below to get in the best shape of your life. MONDAY Chest Barbell flat bench • Three sets of 10 reps at 225 pounds or “pyramid” sets of 12 reps (185 pounds); 10 (205); eight (215); six (225); 12 (185) • Ten sets of 10 at 205 pounds Dumbbell flat bench • Three sets of 10 reps, at 90 pounds each arm, or five sets of 12 (80 pounds); 10 (85); eight (90); six (95); 12 (75). “Then I’ll do a burnout set [to failure] of incline flies” (35-pound more »

  • Combination GIFs are Our New Favorite Pastime

    The internet is an amazing creature. What’s better than watching a series of hilarious GIFs? Watching COMBINED hilarious GIFs, Reddit’s /r/combinedgifs section is our official new favorite pastime. Watching one GIF play off another particularly if it includes a man acting like a dinosaur and Jurassic Park footage.

  • What would Happen If Girls Proposed to Guys?

    If you’re a guy in your mid to late twenties, and in a relationship, you’re under the gun. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in a relationship for a month or since high school, whispers of engagement are fluttering through the air. Everyone you know, and I mean everyone is either engaged or already happily married. But what if the tables were turned? What if the girl had to spend three months worth of her hard earned money  on a symbol engagement that really hold no value.  Youtube channel FatAwesome imagined just that in this hilarious skit that puts the woman in the driver seat.

  • The First Saltwater-Powered Car Hits European Roads

    Nanoflowcell, makers of the Quant e-Sportlimousine which debuted at the Geneva Motorshow 2014, are now one step closer to getting their car on the road. German certification organization TÜV SÜD has approved the Quant for testing on German roads. With Nanoflowcell now closer than ever into turning the car into a production vehicle, there is more interest than ever in its unique saltwater-powered technology. the Quant e-Sportlimousine is powered by an electrochemical reaction created by combining two liquids containing metallic salts. Next the soultions are sent to a fuel cell, where the electricity can then be stored in capacitors to power the car’s four electric motors. And those motors deliver some power! Nanoflowcell reports the car can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and has a range of up to 373 miles. But the best part? It has gull-wing doors! For more info, check out Nanoflowcell.

  • The Top 100 Billboard Songs of All Time Visualized With Charts

    This must not have been an easy task. Visualizing Top 100 Billboard Songs of All Time from 1958 until 2014 into series of pie charts, line graphs, bar charts and flow charts might seem fun at first, but if you reall think about it seems much harder than it sounds, but visual data company, “Flowing Data ” figured it out. Don’t think so? Picture graphing “Another one biting the dust” or the probability of calling someone for “Call Me Maybe”. Statistician, Nathan Yau is the man responsible for achieving this mighty feat in a recently released chart you can purchase here.      

  • A 30-Year-Old Londoner Is Faster than a Speeding Train [Video]

    James Heptonstall has a strange hobby he is calling “Race The Tube.” The idea is really simple. James gets off at one stop on the on London’s “Tube” (their version of the subway) and races to the next stop to beat the train. Telegraph.co.uk has all the details: A commuter has proved that travelling on foot can be just as fast as taking the Tube – and staged a race against a London Underground train to prove his point. James Heptonstall filmed his 380m sprint from London’s Mansion House to Cannon Street station while his friend Noel Carroll took the Circle Line Tube for the same journey. He made it back on to the train with seconds to spare and was applauded by his fellow passengers. The pair created a video of the stunt, which included climbing 75 steps and passing through two ticket barriers, using GoPro cameras and uploaded it to YouTube last month. Mr Heptonstall, 30, an environmental consultant who lives in Hampstead, said they had been inspired by similar challenges in other European cities. He said: “It was just a test project. We had seen some people had done endurance challenges on European transport networks and put more »

  • This Augmented Reality App Will Remove Ads From Your Daily Commute [Video]

    Every time the NYC MTA raises its fares, which seems to happen more and more often, we are told how lucky we are to pay so little for their great system of slow, stinky trains and rat-infested, steamy underground stations. What we pay is just a fraction of the cost of getting us all from one place to another. Where does the rest of the money come from? Ads! While we’re waiting for our train or trying to avoid eye contact with fellow riders, we are forced to read ads for reality shows we’ll never watch or plastic surgeons we’ll never visit. For the most part, the ads are uninteresting and extremely repetitive. But now there’s an app to save us from the banality of Madison Avenue. NO AD, a collaboration between Re+Public and the Subway Art Blog, is a free app for iOS and Android that uses augmented reality to replace ads with artwork. You just hold your phone or tablet up at the station and dozens of common ads that are recognized by the software are replaced with ever-changing works of art. As time goes on, more and more ads will be added that the app will recognize more »

  • California Is Burning: 18 Shocking Photos Of Wildfires Sweeping Across The Golden State

    Wildfires are sweeping across all parts of California, from Yosemite National Park to the central region near San Francisco. Thousands of acres have been burned and homes have been lost as Mashable reports. The fires are the most recent in a spate of almost a dozen wildfires burning across the state (see the map below). Around 100 visitors were airlifted from a fire in Yosemite earlier this month when the blaze unexpectedly approached the popular Half Dome peak. California’s extreme drought has increased the risk of wildfire statewide, and the National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning of “fire weather” in Southern California. The message warns that the area’s triple-digit heatwave, high winds, dry vegetation and low humidity mean any spark could set off a huge fire. Dry vegetation in California’s historic drought has worsened the wildfires. This year’s wildfire season has been the most destructive yet resulting in horrifying images on social media posted by locals of their smoking hometowns. To give you an idea of what is going on in California we pulled together the following collection of photos.

  • These Timesliced Photos Show Remarkable Changing Skies over City-scapes

    Los Angeles-based photographer Dan Marker-Moore created a beautiful series of time-sliced photos by setting up shop for full days on end from sun rise to sunset around the globe.  Marker-Moore would photograph a certain landscape during the time of day where the sun sets or rises when the sky transitions in color the most. To get the results he wanted it would usually take between one and two hours and could span up to 40 shots. The finished product is remarkable. 

  • Nike LeBron 12

    The eagle has landed. The Nike LEBRON 12 was released yesterday by the king himself at a Nike press conference, because everything LeBron does warrants a press conference. This year Nike is stressing how the shoe that makes the king do what he does best was built in a lab, by scientists with computers and notepads and beakers filled with colored liquids. No seriously. Nike Mentions how this shoe was the brainchild of some mad scientist in a lab 5 times in their press release. “BORN IN THE LAB: Nike’s Sport Research Lab provides the Nike Basketball design team with in-depth analysis on athletic performance and scientific testing. The LEBRON 12 was born in the lab, where scientific data and analysis substantiated the need for next-generation cushioning, support and flexibility.This science-led insight was maximized for James while accounting for the diverse needs of athletes worldwide. The lead colorway, the LEBRON 12 NSRL, was inspired by the new shoe’s genesis in the lab.” The LEBRON 12 focuses on three main category points; superior cushioning, harnessed support and natural flexibility. Five visible, hexagonally-shaped Nike Zoom Air bags in the outsole of the LEBRON 12 enhance natural motion while providing accelerated explosiveness with more »

  • HOW DOES FOOD INFLUENCE OUR DREAMS? [Link]

    We think of sleeping as a time when our body rests and we recharge our batteries, but dreaming is an intensive process that requires a lot from our brains. With that in mind, what we eat and drink before going to bed can greatly affect whether we have sweet dreams or horrifying nightmares. Check and see if you’re helping or harming yourself at night with this look at the link between food and dreams. The bad news? Late-night drinking is a no-no. The good news? Peanut butter and jelly is great brain food while you sleep!

  • Kobayashi Vs A Hamster In The Ultimae Hot Dog Eating Contest [Video]

    Every July, when the Nathan’s Coney Island hot dog-eating contest rolls around and Joey Chestnut wins yet again, murmurs can be heard reminiscing about that little Japanese fella who always used to win. Whatever happened to Takeru Kobayashi? Some insist that his contract with Major League Eating (it’s a thing!) barred him from competing in non-sanctioned events. Others believe he exploded after eating 337 wings (he really ate that many; he did not explode). But what really happened is that he grew tired of out-eating his fellow man. Now he takes on the most hungry of beasts…the hamster! Who will win? Take 2 minutes and find out below.

  • Cold-Brew Coffee Made With Whiskey? Make Mine Venti

    Los Angeles-based Fliquor Bean has been working since 2013 on uniting coffee drinkers and, well, drinkers with a concoction of coffee and whiskey. Brainchild of New York native Jerry Defazio, Fliquor Bean is a twist on traditional cold-brew coffee, eschewing water for whiskey. But when you consider that the word whiskey comes from the Irish uisce beatha, meaning “water of life,” it makes total sense. Defazio has experimented with numerous combinations of coffee and whiskey, but his current favorite is Stumptown’s Hair Bender with Bowen’s California Whiskey. Each batch takes 12-14 hours to brew, like normal cold-brewed coffee, and is then ready to be served straight over ice or with some cream and simple syrup if you so choose. Unfortunately, we can’t go out and buy Fliquor Bean. Yet. The company is currently awaiting licensing by state and federal agencies. But when it’s finally available, our mornings will never be the same. For now, be sure to keep up with Fliquor Bean’s goings-on at Twitter. Source: Grub Street

  • Be A Beer Expert [Infographic]

    So you’ve decided to venture away from your macrobrew safe beers you’ve been drinking since your college days, but when you get to the store and see all the choices, you suddenly realize you have no idea what any of the words mean. Bock? Dunkel? So you ask an employee for help. No problem! They just need to know if you like your beer hoppy or malty. Huh? Don’t be scared. We’re here to help. Check out this infographic and you’ll be prepared to find something you’ll like even more than Milwaukee’s Best. Wait, is that even possible? Most definitely.

  • Aerial Views of Urban Sprawl in the United States (10 photos)

    Think of the city as a living organism. A slow moving blob that is constantly expanding outwards; consuming more land and more resources. As the city spreads, it spawns suburbs, subdivisions and auto-dependent residents. This is urban sprawl, and Christoph Gielen has captured it beautifully in this series of incredible aerial photographs of housing subdivisions across the United States.

  • 45 Reasons Why Jessica Alba Is Better In GIF Form

    Jessica Alba burst onto the scene in the early-2000’s and was arguably one of the most popular women on the internet of the decade. In 2008 she settled down with her husband Cash Warren, had two kids, and stepped away from the spotlight for a few years. But then, seemingly out of the blue Alba came back with a fury, releasing what Brobible is calling “one of the hottest magazine covers in years” when she posed for Maxim while promoting her upcoming flick Sin City. We’re using the opportunity to recap some of her greatest GIFS while flooding the interwebz with a handful of new GIFS you might have never seen before. Today is a good day!

  • Watch The Ninja Turtles Scar These Kids For Life [Video]

    So of you younger folks may not remember, but in the early days of Oprah Winfrey’s talk show career, long before she interviewed a hysterical Tom Cruise or gave away cars to everyone in the audience, she was just as inane and trashy as any other talk show host. To compete with the Neo-Nazi hookers on Sally Jesse Raphael, Oprah needed guests just as gimmicky, so when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit the road on their “Coming Out Of Their Shells” tour, they were the perfect guests. And naturally, the questions would lead to the possibility of sexual relations between April and her turtle buds. Oh yeah, and there were kids in the audience who were suddenly forced to grow up way too soon. For shame, Oprah.

  • Is NYC Getting An Urban Gondola?

    The Roosevelt Island Tram, connecting Roosevelt Island to Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is a fun tourist attraction, but it’s not all that useful because how often does anyone need to get to Roosevelt Island? But CityRealty, an online real-estate company, wants to use the Roosevelt Island Tram as a template for the East River Skyway, an urban gondola that will connect Manhattan and Brooklyn. Anyone who has traveled the L train on the NYC subway in recent years can attest to the ever increasing amount of people traveling between Manhattan and Brooklyn’s eastern neighborhoods. As more and more housing developments are erected in Williamsburg and Brooklyn Navy Yard, the L Train riders will continue to swell in numbers. But running subway lines can cost $400 million per mile, a significant amount especially as cities struggle to reign in costs. However, the aerial ropeways that form the backbone of the gondola system cost just $3 to $12 million per mile. CityRealty’s proposal includes three phases. The first phase would see Manhattan connected with Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Phase 2 would go north, through Greenpoint Landing and Long Island City. Phase three would extend south and west, through Brooklyn Navy Yards, DUMBO, and more »

  • NFL Owners May Be Overvaluing Goodell [Link]

    Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, has been under fire recently for his handling of the Ray Rice scandal. However, Goodell still finds supporters in the league because of the financial success the NFL has seen under his direction. But does Goodell deserve the credit for making the NFL the number one professional sports league in the nation? Statistics genius Nate Silver takes a close look at the numbers and what he finds doesn’t look good for Goodell.

  • Inside Red Bull’s Cape Town Headquarters

    Interior design firm, Giant Leap has designed a new headquarters for Red Bull’s South African operations located in Cape Town. The space is raw, industrial and fun. The furniture is minimalist, with accent posters and of course Red Bull fridges everywhere You may think having the odd beanbag or humorous motivational poster makes your office “cool”, but you haven’t seen anything like Red Bull’s HQ in Cape Town. The awesome office space features wide-open areas, glass meeting rooms, industrial-inspired ceilings, swanky hang-out areas and decor that would make the most enthusiastic sports memorabilia collector jealous. But Red Bull’s office isn’t all work, as the one area provides some R&R for the staff and visitors – how about a spontaneous gaming session during a lunch break? Yes, we are talking about arcade style car racers… Design: Giant Leap Photography: Adam Letch

  • 16 HQ Photos From The Early Days Of Mountain Biking

    Retro bikes? Quirky facial hair? Vintage clothing? Overly warm photos with vignetting? Sounds like all the makings of a hipster Instagram account. But these photos are the real deal. They were taken by Wende Cragg, who would get together with her other adventurous cyclists in the 70s and ride down California’s mountain trails during the early days of what would become the sport of mountain biking. At the time, bike manufacturers didn’t build specialized bikes for downhill, mountainous terrain. It was common for ones hub brake to burn up all the grease on these downhill voyages and seize up, requiring one to repack the bearings. Because of this, these races became known as “Repacks” and their popularity led to modern mountain biking as we know it today. More of these great photos can be found at Biking History and for a more in-depth look at Wende Cragg and her fellow California repackers, check out Collectors Weekly.

  • Stepping Boldly Into the Unknown and the Dangerous: 4 Life Lessons from Teddy Roosevelt

    On October 11, 1910, Teddy Roosevelt took a four minute flight in a plane built by the Wright Brothers. This effectively made him the first president to ever fly in a plane. Share this story with your Teddy Roosevelt loving friends: Tweet Think about this for a minute. The technology that was used to build an airplane in 1910 was primitive, and therefore, this was a very uncertain and possibly dangerous venture for Roosevelt to undertake. Let’s frame it in today’s terms: imagine President Obama hopping nonchalantly into a sketchy, unproven space ship just for fun. It would never happen, even though an airplane ride in 1910 was a much scarier option. Editors note: To see how insane the ride actually was watch this video. The President of the United States was actually on that plane! So what allowed the youngest president in our country’s history to take what was such a large risk with such nonchalance? What are some lessons we can extract from this model of manliness? Jump In and Have Fun With it “Roll the dice.” – The Digital Wild Once upon a time, I was a nervous kid who chose to take on the daring task more »

 

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