June 3, 2016

Miscellany 42

I never knew there was such a thing as a pollen corona

 Pollen Corona

Soon to open in Bruges, an Underground Beer Pipeline

De Halve Maan Brewery, a centuries-old beer-maker, is the sole brewery remaining within the city center of Bruges. The tight space there, however, means that while the beer is brewed downtown, it's bottled elsewhere, two miles away. Rather than driving trucks back and forth through some of the most congested streets in Europe, the brewery will soon move its delectable brew via the pipeline (built at a cost of $4.5 million) at a speed of more than 1,000 gallons per hour,

Vintage Photo Reveals Who Invented The Original Selfie Stick


In this romantic portrait from 1934, a creative couple uses a tree branch to rig up what just might be the original selfie stick.While the devices are ubiquitous today, it seems that this Swedish couple — Helmer Larsson and his wife, Naemi — may have invented the very first one.  The modern selfie stick was released in 2014, and it hasn’t always produced rosy outcomes à la the Larssons: Since 2014, 49 people have died while snapping pictures of themselves.

Apple boss Tim Cook jokes that he's spotted an iPhone in a 1670 Dutch painting

The tech boss was on a visit to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with EU Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes when they spotted the device in a painting entitled 'Man Handing a Letter to a Woman in the Entrance Hall of a House'.

 Pieterdehooch 1670 Painting

Why I decided to give up my life in London and become a goat in Switzerland

Thomas Thwaites, 35,  spent a year creating prosthetic 'goat legs' that would allow him to roam the Alps comfortably on all fours and an artificial stomach that would enable him to blend in and 'eat grass'.


Thwaites said: 'When I first had the idea a lot of people called me crazy, but I was fed up with my life anyway and I needed a break. I was jobless and I had a lot of personal problems, and I found everyday life so stressful.' 'One day I was walking with the dog of a friend and I noticed that the dog just seemed really happy about life, without any worries, and I thought to myself it would be really great to be you for a day.'

He applied for a university grant to study goat psychology and tracked down a goatherd in the village of Wolfenschiessen in Switzerland who was prepared to tolerate him living with his animals as they were being taken to their summer pasture....The prosthetics were painful, the landscape was tough and Thwaites was constantly battling the cold. Those challenges, however, were nothing compared to the task of convincing the herd he was one of them.

Thwaites said: 'I suffered quite a lot as a goat, because of the slope I was constantly falling over, and of course I had to eat grass. 'Also the goats didn't seem to like me very much, sometimes I thought they were really going to try and attack me. And they have particularly dangerous horns. But I later realized that they were just letting me know there was a hierarchy, and I should know my place.' Thwaites said: 'The best moment was when one of the goats suddenly decided she was going to be my friend, and she just followed me everywhere.

Dead Man's Fingers

 "Dead Man's Hands

Neither fingers nor art, these projections come from Xylaria polymorpha, a saprobic fungus.
It is a common inhabitant of forest and woodland areas, usually growing from the bases of rotting or injured tree stumps and decaying wood. It has also been known to colonize substrates like woody legume pods, petioles, and herbaceous stems. It is characterized by its elongated upright, clavate, or strap-like stromata poking up through the ground, much like fingers.

Isa Lake, The only natural lake in the world that drains into both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

When the mountain snows melt, and the springtime runoff swells the banks of this narrow lake situated at the summit of Craig Pass in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, something unusual happens.
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