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We hope you're not afraid of heights, because this even made our palms sweat. What you see below is a mountain in China called Mt. Hua Shan. At its base, you'll find a gigantic set of stone stairs, called "the Heavenly Stairs." These stairs go so high up the mountainside, it's hard to see where they end. If that wasn't enough, the precarious stairs lead to the world's most dangerous trail, the Hua Shan plank path. The plank trail leads high up the Hua Shan mountain just outside the city Xi'an. No one will force you to wear safety gear, although it's strongly encouraged. The trail itself is dangerous and stunning, but what is at the top will really shock you.
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Wednesday, Jan 8th 2014 (3:49am)
Artist Joel Cooper uses an origami technique called tessellation to make ornate masks that are covered in intricate textures and patterns. Each mask is folded from a single sheet of paper (heís posted a how-to on his blog). The tessellation technique can be used to create the illusion of a weaved pattern, as well as ridged corrugations and other repeating geometric patterns. Cooperís masks are available for purchase.
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Sunday, Dec 29th 2013 (9:27am)
Fucking hell, Ohio, I didn't know you had it in you. This article is surprisingly safe for work. Fucking shit.
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Tuesday, Dec 3rd 2013 (12:53pm)
Splashbacks and pee pee tracks on your trousers are unacceptable. We now have the best ways to drain the dragon.
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Monday, Nov 11th 2013 (5:21am)
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Death Valley hosts one of the most enigmatic geological phenomenon that has puzzled scientists for decades. In Racetrack Playa are the "sailing stones", which seem to glide across the flat dry desert on their own, without human or animal intervention.
By: dave
Thursday, Oct 31st 2013 (5:23am) | Thanks: presurfer
The Earth performed the ultimate magic trick last week, making an island appear out of nowhere. The new island is a remarkable side effect of the deadly Sept. 24 earthquake in Pakistan that killed more than 500 people.
By: dave
Monday, Oct 7th 2013 (12:01am) | Thanks: sunny
A haunting new video of the 2011 tsunami in Japan has emerged, showing how quickly the situation changed from a curious rush of water into a horrific torrent of nature.

Beginning at about the 3-minute mark, the video shows a subtle rise in the water along a canal which is just calm enough to keep onlookers from being scared away. But as the minutes progress, the water level rises and the stream becomes more powerful, forcing spectators as well as the cameraman to scurry to higher ground.

At about 7 minutes into the video, itís clear that the water is flowing over the canal walls and barreling into the surrounding town. The devastation that follows is incredible in its scope as it is terrifying.
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Thursday, Aug 15th 2013 (10:09am)
She's a successful law professor and a Sunday school teacher, with a host of family and friends. But her interpersonal calculus centers on how to manipulate and outmaneuver the many people in her life.
By: dave
Monday, Jun 3rd 2013 (12:06am) | Thanks: jai dubs
The feeling that it always rains at weekends may be more than just a myth about the weather. New research shows weekends are wetter. The cause, scientists suspect, is the build up of pollution during the week, resulting in rain at the weekend.
By: dave
Thursday, May 30th 2013 (5:20am)
Peregoy reminisces his working days at Disney. Shit, that word leaks out five or six times.
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Wednesday, Apr 10th 2013 (3:25am)
Meet Marcin Jakubowski, an engineer and farmer who has developed an open-source hardware platform for cheaply and efficiently building 50 machines needed to do everything from run a farm to rebuilding society. It's called the Global Village Construction Set, and it's taken on a life of its own.
By: dave
Tuesday, Apr 9th 2013 (12:00am) | Thanks: bill nye
The world's a much brighter place when you're not too bright for it.
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Sunday, Mar 24th 2013 (11:26am) | Thanks: Pantudas
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Or perhaps you would like the Futurama version. En Eespanol.
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Tuesday, Mar 5th 2013 (12:41am)
It's been 27 years, but it seems like yesterday. On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded just a few seconds after launch. One of the astronauts aboard was physicist Ronald McNair. In this video from StoryCorps, McNair's brother talks about his childhood in Lake City, South Carolina.
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Tuesday, Jan 29th 2013 (12:41am) | Thanks: Mental Floss
Stop rolling your eyes, someone else would have said it sooner or later.
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Thursday, Jan 17th 2013 (12:14am)
Many of the items we use every day, like zippers and escalators, were once brand names. Even heroin, which no one should use any day, was a brand name.
Here are some trademarked names that are often used as generic terms today
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Monday, Jan 14th 2013 (12:25am) | Thanks: Presurfer
Bytesize Science, a blog by the American Chemical Society, has filmed Inside Dayglo: The World's Most Colorful Factory, a short documentary tour of the DayGlo Color Corp. factory.
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Wednesday, Jan 9th 2013 (12:55pm)
We live in a world so amazing that it can be difficult to generate an adequate sense of wide-eyed wonder when it comes to the truly astounding, brand-new facts revealed by science each year. Every year, we do our best to remind ourselves that incredible discoveries have been made.
By: dave
Thursday, Dec 27th 2012 (12:02am)
A man throws a pot of boiling water off of an eighth floor balcony in -41F temperatures with surprising results.
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Monday, Dec 24th 2012 (3:20am) | Thanks: Alden
A short video about a CHP officer that helps people who think about ending their lives while on the Golden Gate Bridge. Suicide is NOT a permanent answer to temporary problems!

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255.
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Friday, Dec 21st 2012 (2:41am)
A parting gift from one philologist to another keeps on giving and giving.
By: dave
Monday, Nov 19th 2012 (4:34am) | Thanks: banwa
Hunter Oatman-Stanford, a photographer by trade who spent a couple years taking photos of abandoned mental institutions, happened across a cache of patient suitcases.
By: dave
Thursday, Nov 8th 2012 (3:25am)
Andy Gilbert made this webpage where you can slide the divider to see the effect of a power outage in New York.
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Wednesday, Nov 7th 2012 (4:41am) | Thanks: daily what
In the United Arab Emirates, a freshwater lake has appeared in the middle of the desert. The oasis is beautiful and full of life, and it's risen 35 feet since 2011. It's also probably accidentally man-made.
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Monday, Oct 29th 2012 (3:01am) | Thanks: Boingboing
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