You Must Watch These Top 6 Viral Videos From July

July 29, 2014
Viral Videos from July

Source: iePlexus

Everyone loves a good viral video–especially when the summer heat gets so unbearable that you practically have to stay inside to avoid becoming a puddle. To make sure that you never miss out on the funniest, most inspiring videos on the web, we’ve complied the top six viral videos from July. Watch them all, and then share your favorites with your friends!

DTAC’s Heartwarming Thai Commercial

Warning: DTAC’s new Thai commercial may prompt all the happy tears and warm fuzzies. We won’t spoil the story, but if you haven’t seen the “Technology will never replace love” advertisement, we highly recommend you take a second to watch it now. Just keep a box of Kleenex handy!

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The 21st Century According To 19th And 20th Century France

July 29, 2014

Starting around 1899, Jean-Marc Côté and a few other visionary French artists began to speculate what dramatic turns the world would take over the course of the next century. They carefully crafted a series of drawings to be displayed at the World Exhibition in Paris, and later these same images would become postcards and thoughtful inserts in cigarette and cigar boxes.

A sampling of what we can gather from these drawings is that French people of the early 1900s were convinced that we’d be spending a good portion of our future lives either airborne or underwater. Walking the Earth was so twentieth century, after all…

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The Most Controversial Wikipedia Articles In One Chart

July 26, 2014

Most Controversial Wikipedia Articles

Want to know more about specific cultures but don’t have the means to travel there for yourself? Use language and the Internet as your guide. See what these language speakers tend to take issue with in this handy chart and you’ve got a good start to your path toward enlightenment.

The 10 Most Fascinating (And Terrifying) Fringe Sciences

July 25, 2014

Fringe science is any field of scientific inquiry which represents a significant departure from orthodox theories or bodies of work. Sometimes fringe sciences are accepted and become mainstream. Evolution, The Big Bang Theory, and Continental Drift all began on the fringes of science and today–while still debated by some–are taken as scientific truth.

Here are the top 10 fringe sciences and theories that could become mainstream in your lifetime.

Fringe Sciences: Cybernetics

Fringe Science Terminator

Source: Alpha Coders

Cybernetics is the study and re-creation of control systems (the nervous system, the brain, and mechanical-electrical communication systems). In other words, it’s the attempt to create human-robot hybrids which, as we know from EVERY MOVIE EVER MADE ON THE SUBJECT, never ends well.

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These 5 Bizarre Word Origins Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

July 20, 2014
Bizarre Word Origins Statues

Source: Cloud Front

The words you use every day are like superheroes; they all have backstories of one kind or another, and while some (Batman) are awesome, others (Robin) are another story. Learning the bizarre histories—and in some cases origin myths—of the common words on this list is like bumping into an old acquaintance and discovering that not only has he always secretly been a crimefighter, he got his start as a circus acrobat.

Mullet

English and French writers have been using the word “mullet” to describe a type of fish with spiny fins from about the mid-15th century. Modern taxonomy nerd Carl Linnaeus hadn’t even been thought of yet, so the name seems to have been applied to different species over the centuries before settling down to describe just one species of North American game fish in 1866. It has a flat head. You can see where this is going.

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5 Times That Satire Crossed Vladimir Putin

July 18, 2014
Vladimir Putin Satire Kid

Source: Her Beat

The Nikas Awards

Vladimir Putin Satire Nikas

A shot of Yuly Gusman, left, at the 2013 Nikas. Source: The Moscow News

In 2008, the Nikas, Russia’s answer to the Oscars, had jokes about Putin and Dmitry Medvedev cut from their broadcast by a TV station. Medvedev, the man who at the time had just taken over as president while Putin switched to prime minister for a term, was hand-picked by Putin, likely because he would bend easily to Putin’s will. Humorist and Nika Awards artistic director Yuly Gusman joked to the audience, “Traditionally we have a message from the Russian president. Since clearly no one knows who our president is, you can consider it coming from me.”

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