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Monday, September 15, 2014

Video: Coke, Nutella, Mentos and a condom

I can't tell what this guy's saying, but someone in the youtube comments left a translation which appears to fit - it's pasted below the video:

New, incredible experiment with Coke and Mentos! But we’re gonna try something new today: the energy and vitality of Nutella! And as always, we’re gonna use a condom, but this time it’s gonna be mango-flavored. Let’s start. First thing: let’s take some Nutella and put it on the top of the bottle, creating some kind of Nutella cap that will be fundamental for the Nutella-Coke-Mentos reaction. Good, now we open our condom and we put Mentos in it. Not just one, two or three, but five Mentos, since we found out during previous experiments that 5 is the best quantity of Mentos in terms of maximum reaction. Now we’re going to seal everything with some tape. Perfect: Nutella, Mentos… now we’re gonna let the Mentos drop on top of the Nutella, and that’s enough for… and here’s the reaction! Incredible, guys! Coke and Mentos are reacting… it’s a world record! Look at it! It’s a world record! Look at it! IT’S A MIRACLE!!! WOOOOORLD REEEECOOOOOORD!!! COKE, MENTOS AND NUTELLA WORLD RECOOOORD!!! GOOOOO ITALYYYYYY!!!!!! NUTELLA, GUYS, IT’S THE PERFECT INGREDIENT!! YEEEEEESSSS!!!! 

Monday links

Ohio Amish Barn Raising: 10 hours in real life, 3.5 minute time-lapse video.

William Howard Taft was born 157 years ago today - here are 9 tips for planning a birthday party for him.

This Rube Goldberg Machine Runs On Light.

Scientists name newly discovered extinct swamp-dwelling creature after Mick Jagger because big lips.

12 Brilliant Kitchen Hacks Made Possible with Aluminum Foil.

If Superheroes Did Commercials.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, including scientific diagrams circa 1850, really awkward album covers, battle of Baltimore (inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner) 200th anniversary, and naked mole rats.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

They should sell a T-shirt with this image

Ohio Amish Barn Raising: 10 hours in real life, 3.5 minute time-lapse video

Impressive. Here's the youtube information:
My husband, Scott Miller, shot this video with a Canon 60d Camera using a Pixel TW-282/E3 Wireless remote timer set at 20 second intervals. He shot 1600 pictures from 7:00am until 5:00pm (on May 13, 2014) and compressed the 10 hours into 3 minutes and 30 seconds. He even took the day off work to help :). The music in this video was found on the free youtube music library. It is a song called Cruisin', by Scott Vestal, off of the compilation album, Bluegrass '95.

via David Thompson.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Army doctor Walter Reed was born 163 years ago today. Here's some history.

Honor a physician with the honor due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him. For of the most High cometh healing, and ye shall receive honor of the king. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration. 

~Apocrypha, Ecclesiasticus, 38:1-3 

Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create. 

~Fran├žois-Marie Arouet, called Voltaire (1697-1778) (Philosophical Dictionary, "Physicians") 

Today is the 163rd anniversary of the birth of U.S. Army doctor Walter Reed (wiki) (1851- 1902), who led the team that proved that yellow fever is transmitted by the bite of certain species of mosquito. Born in Belroi, Virginia, Reed took his M.D. degree from the University of Virginia at only 19 and a year later got a second M.D. at New York University. He joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1875 and served at a series of posts in the American West* before additional study in bacteriology led to his teaching at George Washington University and the Army Medical College in Washington. Reed went to Cuba after the Spanish-American War to study tropical diseases, notably yellow fever, in U.S. troops there. Acting on a suggestion of Dr. Carlos Finlay, Reed organized a research program that deliberately infected human volunteers with the disease to show that mosquitos were the key vector, and not direct contact with victims or their body fluids. This discovery made possible the near eradication of yellow fever in Central America and was a key factor in facilitating the building of the Panama Canal. Dr. Reed's own life was tragically cut short by a ruptured appendix in 1902, and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington was named in his honor. The Greek "father of medicine," Hippocrates (ca. 460 - ca. 370 B.C.), stated as his first aphorism, 

"Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult."**

* N.B. Among Reed's patients during this period was the Apache chief Geronimo. 

** The first two phrases are often quoted as, "Ars longa, vita brevis." 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday links

Stone Wall Mosaics Flow in Beautiful Spirals and Waves.

‘Moon Rabbit’, A Giant Paper Rabbit Sculpture in Taiwan.

200 years ago this weekend: the battle of Baltimore, inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner.

Gorgeous Scientific Diagrams circa 1850.

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Naked Mole Rat Could One Day Save Your Life.

ICYMI, Wednesday's links are here, including Tiffany-decorated handguns from 1890, footage from an early Who Framed Roger Rabbit attempt, competitive rock paper scissors, and photos from before wires/cables were buried and thousands of them stretched across the sky.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Holy crap most awkward album covers ever

More here at Sad and Useless.  These are reminiscent of the women throwing themselves at accordion players in this set:

And this set at Dark Roasted Blend, which has a theme of music for particular situations:

200 years ago this weekend: the battle of Baltimore, inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner

It was a galling sight for British seamen to behold. And as the last vessel spread her canvas to the wind, the Americans hoisted a most superb and splendid ensign on their battery and fired at the same time a gun of defiance... When the squadron retreated from Baltimore, sullen discontent was displayed and malevolent aspersions cast upon our veteran chief... 

~Midshipman Robert Barrett, RN (1799-1828) (on the British withdrawal from Baltimore, "Naval Recollections of the American War") 

Without any clash on the battlefield the young American republic had humbled the might of the British empire. The rebuff of Britain at Baltimore decisively demonstrated America's independence of its former master. And this explosion of national pride was only to be magnified by the events of the remaining months of the war.* 

Larger version of map here
Tomorrow and Sunday, 13 and 14 September, will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore (wiki) during the War of 1812, remembered primarily for the unsuccessful British bombardment of Fort McHenry and Francis Scott Key's penning the words of "The Star-Spangled Banner" while interned on a British warship. 

President James Madison had declared war on Great Britain in June 1812 in response to interference with American shipping and the impressment of U.S. merchant seamen during the Napoleonic wars, as well as the British stirring up the Indians of the Ohio Valley to resist American settlement. Following an abortive American invasion of southern Canada, the British sent a modest naval and marine force - newly freed up from the Spanish campaign against Napoleon - to the Chesapeake in retaliation. 

In mid-August 1814, an expeditionary force under Admirals Alexander Cochrane and George Cockburn landed on the lower Patuxent River and after routing U.S. militia at the Battle of Bladensburg on the 24th, occupied Washington that night and burned its major government buildings, including the White House and the Capitol, before withdrawing a day later. (Simultaneously, another Royal Navy flotilla maneuvered up the Potomac River to seize Alexandria and held that city for several days before retiring with significant plunder.) After returning to their ships, the British moved up the Chesapeake Bay to attack Baltimore with a naval penetration of the Patapsco River and an amphibious landing southeast of the city on 12 September. 

By then, however, the Americans had rallied their own forces, stopped the (outnumbered) British at the Battle of North Point, and fought off the Royal Navy's attempt to reduce Fort McHenry on the night of 13-14 September. In the face of these failures, the badly over-extended British expedition withdrew southward and departed the Chesapeake Bay to prepare for the New Orleans campaign. And as for "The Star-Spangled Banner," here's the verse we never sing:

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Here's a rather well-done shortish documentary:

The U.S. Marine Band plays the National Anthem:

* The reference here is to the American victories on Lake Champlain (8-11 September 1814) and in the Battle of New Orleans, 8 January 1815, the second
of which was actually fought two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent ended the war. 

** This recent book (St. Martin's Press, New York, 2013) presents a lively and readable account of the British invasion of Washington and the attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812. It should be remembered that all of this happened while Britain was deeply preoccupied with her struggle against Napoleon. He had been exiled to Elba as recently as April 1814 but would return to France on 20 March 1815 to fight the Hundred Days Campaign, which culminated in the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June. 

Taken from Ed's Quotation of the Day, only available via email. Leave your email address in the comments of you'd like to be added to his list.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Scientists name newly discovered extinct swamp-dwelling creature after Mick Jagger because big lips

A swamp-dwelling, plant-munching creature that lived 19 million years ago in Africa has been named after Rolling Stones lead singer Sir Mick Jagger, because of its big, sensitive lips and snout. The name of the animal, Jaggermeryx naida, translates to 'Jagger's water nymph.'
Top and side views of a fossilized jaw
bone of an ancient creature recently
 named after Mick Jagger, in honor of the
 animal's big, sensitive lips and snout.
Sir Mick Jagger has a new animal named after him. Scientists have named an extinct swamp-dwelling creature that lived 19 million years ago in Africa after the Rolling Stones frontman, in honor of a trait they both share -- their supersized lips.

"We gave it the scientific name Jaggermeryx naida, which translates to 'Jagger's water nymph,'" said study co-author Ellen Miller of Wake Forest University. The animal's fossilized jaw bones suggest it was roughly the size of a small deer and akin to a cross between a slender hippo and a long-legged pig.

Researchers uncovered the fossils -- consisting of multiple jawbone fragments -- amid the sand dunes and eroded rock of a remote site in the Egyptian desert.

The creature belonged to a family of extinct hoofed animals called anthracotheres. Jaggermeryx is one of six species of anthracotheres found at the site. What distinguished it from other members of this family was a series of tiny holes on either side of its jaw that held the nerves providing sensation to the chin and lower lip.

"The animal probably had a highly innervated muzzle with mobile and tactile lips, thus the Jagger reference," said Duke University paleontologist and study co-author Gregg Gunnell.

More at Science Daily.

Wednesday links

Feel-good story of the year is from an Ironman Triathlon: "Steen swam 2.4 miles while pulling Peder on a rubber raft, biked 112 miles with his brother seated in front of him, and ran 26.2 miles while pushing Peder in a wheelchair across hilly terrain."

Emerson’s Letter of Appreciation to Young Walt Whitman.

Photos from the late 19th century of thousands of cables crowding the skies.

Footage From Unmade Early ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Movie Starring Paul (Pee Wee Herman) Reubens.

Handguns decorated by Tiffany circa 1890.

The World of Competitive Rock Paper Scissors.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include health benefits of alcohol, video of Disney princes in real life, and what if one person had all of the world's money?