The Polish mine, which opened in the 13th century, operated until 2007, when it had to close due to flooding. It is more than 178 miles long and reaches more than 1,000 feet below the surface. Hidden in its twists and turns is a treasure trove carved right out of the rock salt. … Read more
This is a story about a man and his butt. And a second man, whose Facebook profile photo has found a permanent home on the first man's butt.
What's more, the first man has never met the second man, which means the first man's butt now hosts a portrait of a total stranger. (And no, I don't know who's on third.)
Yahoo teased us all for 30 days leading up the official reveal of its new logo. Some people couldn't wait to see the final design. Others yawned their way through the whole affair. Now that the new logo has been unveiled, we can turn our attention to having fun with it, courtesy of Bertrand Fan's Logo Designer site.
Fan, an engineer at Flickr, whipped up the site to automatically transform any word or phrase into a Yahoo-ish logo using the new font and exclamation point.… Read more
In Biblical times, Jews would cast away their sins once a year by ceremonially transferring them to a goat. Most people are way less likely to stumble upon a goat in daily life in 2013 (at least on the streets of San Francisco), but a cute Internet-dwelling cartoon variety has appeared to help bear the burden.
"Atone with the eScapegoat," declares the Wep app of the same name. "Like in Biblical times, only nerdier!"
Created by G-dcast, a San Francisco-based media production company aimed at raising Jewish literacy through whimsical interactive technology, eScapegoat collects anonymous confessions submitted by digital visitors. It then broadcasts them on the site, along with entertaining illustrations, passing some along to the @sinfulgoat Twitter feed. Think of it as a PostSecret for the Yom Kippur set. … Read more
According to a recent government-funded study in Japan, 518,000 students between the ages of 12 and 18 are "pathologically" addicted to the Internet. The study, conducted by Nihon University, surveyed 100,000 students, finding 8.1 percent to be in a suspected state of Internet addiction.
Of those who demonstrated symptoms of Internet addiction -- including increasing absorption in and obsession with online activities at all hours of the day; symptoms of depression; decreasing school performance; and deep vein thrombosis -- 23 percent also had trouble sleeping, and 15 percent woke often in the night.
To combat this, Japan's Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry is planning further research, as well as Internet-free camps that will separate children from their computers, smartphones, and portable gaming consoles. … Read more
Facebook has videos, pictures, polls, weird "feelings" comments, long statuses, short statuses, and lots of ads, but until now, it didn't have those flashing reaction animations that really prove your wit. No more. Giphy announced today that it has created a code for embedding GIFs from its site onto Facebook. A Facebook spokesperson sent over a blunt official statement in response: "Facebook does not support animated GIFs."
OK, except with Giphy's workaround, it kind of sort of does.
Yes, the back of a man's head that can be seen on Google's home page today is that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream Speech" 50 years ago today.
Google's tribute is a simple banner that shows Dr. King, mid-elocution, standing before a microphone and a massive crowd on the National Mall. The most well-known passage of Dr. King's speech is overlaid in the background.
Click on the doodle and you'll be transported to search results that include a YouTube video of the complete 16-minute … Read more
Every now and again, you stumble across something that's just so pointless, so sublimely silly, that all you can do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
Welcome to GIF Dance Party, our favorite Web site so far this week. It pretty much does exactly what it says in the name. Across a selection of five dance floors, you can place resizeable dancing GIFs from memes, cartoons, and videos and just... watch them go, really.
We don't even know where they're all from. What on earth is The Worm? How did that wizard get there? Are we behind the times? (Don't answer that.) … Read more
Its latest incarnation is as an extremely short-format science fair. GE's #6SecondScience Fair challenged people to explain science concepts as fast as they could count to six.
The Vine science fair participants covered an impressive variety of topics. There is a potato-powered lightbulb; the history of flight told with paper cutouts; a Play-Doh frog dissection; and quite a few creative explanations of how magnetism works.… Read more
If you can post to Twitter using Morse Code, you should darn well be able to get tweets via ticker tape.
"This astounding device will print a permanent copy of all tweets yet requires no ink or computer," reads the site for the standalone contraption, which British Web developer Adam Vaughan built from scratch with used parts from clocks and other objects. … Read more