30 GIFs That Explain The World Around Us

March 3, 2014

Convening the best aspects of photo and video into one pith and movement-filled entity, the GIF is the Internet’s wunderkind. While arguments have arisen about its pronunciation, everyone can agree that they do a fine job of entertaining and informing an audience whose mobile lifestyles demand that content be quick, to the point and easy to absorb. Enjoy these thirty fantastic GIFs that explain the world around us:

How The Human Face Forms In The Womb

GIFs Human Face Forming

Formed both by intramembranous and endochondral ossification, it’s in a woman’s first trimester that the fetus’ skull is most susceptible to developing skull deformities.

The History Of US States And Territories In Maps

GIFs History Of US

An elementary school student’s dream come true: all of the information on the competing interests within the United States–minus the stuffy history books.

How The Easter Island Moai Statues Might Have Been Transported

GIFs Easter Island Transport

The Polynesian statues have boggled minds for centuries–both in terms of size and the technical prowess of those responsible for moving them. One possible explanation for how they may have been transported may be seen above.

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Inside The Colossal Sơn Đoòng Cave

March 2, 2014

Son Doong Cave

Tucked away in Vietnam’s Quang Binh province is Sơn Đoòng (or “Mountain River”) Cave, which currently boasts the title of the world’s largest cave. The cave existed unbeknownst to man for millennia, and it wasn’t until 1991 that a local–overcoming his fear of the whistling sound it produced–laid eyes on Sơn Đoòng for the first time. The cave measures an astounding 490 feet deep and 30,000 feet long, and houses a fast-flowing river within it. Commercial tourism is just heating up, but it will cost you: as of August 2013, visitors paid $3,000 each to step foot into the cave.

Five People Who Changed The Course Of History

March 2, 2014

History is made by people, with much of it consisting of the working out of already latent and often inevitable human trends. Sometimes, however, history takes a sharp turn away from its ordained path in response to a single individual’s will. Sometimes you can go back to a particular moment in history and say that if it hadn’t been for one person, things would have been very different. This is the story of five of those people.

Ghengis Khan Prunes Asia Like A Garden

Genghis Statue

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History should never have heard of Genghis Khan. As a twelve-year-old boy, the future Khan (then known as Temujin) lost his father, a tribal chieftain, when he was poisoned by Tartars. Things like that usually ended with the slain chieftain’s whole family being wiped out, but Temujin escaped into the wilderness with his mother and a few loyal supporters.

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