History, News, Offbeat

The Great Wall of China is Slowly Wasting Away

Great Wall of China near Jinshanling. Image via Wikimedia.

The Great Wall of China, one of the most marvelous constructions on Earth is slowly fading away due to the reckless behavior of humans. The effects of travel and recycling of the stones for other constructions is taking a monumental toll on the Great Wall, and almost 30 percent of the structure is now gone.

Animals, Offbeat

Meet Puka and Rocket Larry: The Unlikely Dog-Tortoise Friendly Duo

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You wouldn’t expect a dog and a turtle to be best friends, but as we’ve learned on the Internet, the animal kingdom can create some surprising friendship relationships. It all started when Christine Hilberg, a 29-year-old photography retoucher and animal Instagrammer rescued Puka, a 4-year-old mixed breed with a cleft lip from a homeless man in Los Angeles. She wanted to help

News, Offbeat

Same sex marriage becomes legal in all the US

Justice Anthony Kennedy consistently acts as a swing vote in the US Supreme Court.

Love and Marriage In a landmark decision, the US supreme court overruled 26 states and cracked down on their same-sex marriage bans – this means that effectively, same sex marriage is now legal in all the US. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” Justice Anthony Kennedy,

Feature Post, Offbeat

They did the math – things you won’t believe people on the internet calculated

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Every once in a while, you stumble upon a statement or question so preposterous that you don’t even bother thinking  about it – but somewhere, someone on the internet did the math. This is a list of that kind of things – crazy things that someone actually calculated. This is not real science though, so just take it as a

Feature Post, Offbeat

A Spectacular Pie Chart of the World’s Most Spoken Languages

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“A world of languages” is a fascinating infographic created by Alberto Lucas Lopéz for the South China Morning Post. It highlights the most spoken languages in the world, and what countries actually speak them. The results may surprise you, so have a look: Lopez explains: “There are at least 7,102 known languages alive in the world today. Twenty-three of these

Offbeat

9 Awesome Gifts For your Office Pals

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We tend to associate the word “office” with other words like “boring” or “work” – but it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are some gifts which you can give to your pals (or buy for yourself) to lighten up that hard day at the office. Zombie Pencil Holder   What better way to start your day than taking

Biology, Offbeat

Young and in its prime: famous California tree is “only” 777 years old

The Sentinel, another giant tree from the same species. Image via Wikipedia.

They call it “Tree 76″, because it stands 76 meters tall (249 feet) above the Muir Woods floor in California. Researchers wanted to see how old Tree 76 is, and they were surprised to see how young it is – at only 777 years old, it’s much younger than the oldest known trees of its kind.

News, Offbeat

Spectacular solar halo seen in Mexico [with explanation… and memes]

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A stunning round solar halo caused a social media frenzy – people were out in the streets, taking photos, sharing them, while scientists were also excited to see such a rare phenomenon. But what are solar halos, and why did this one appear in Mexico?

News, Offbeat

The science of ‘ballooning’ – or why it’s raining spiders in Australia

A home surrounded by spiderwebs as floodwaters rise around Wagga Wagga in 2012. Source: SMH.

It’s raining… spiders. Countless baby spiders are falling from the ski in the Australian city Goulburn, South Australia, covering the entire landscape in spider webs.

News, Offbeat

Archaeologists in Madagascar discover the treasure of notorious pirate Captain Kidd

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Archaeologists working in Madagascar have uncovered the treasure hidden by the notorious pirate Captain Kidd – and they have the loot to prove it: a 50 kg silver bar they presented to the president of Madagascar. US explorer Barry Clifford discovered the shipwreck and recovered the silver bar, but he believes that many more still lie undiscovered at the bottom