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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Mardi Gras’ Colorful Craziness

February 27, 2014

Mardi Gras, the French term for “Fat Tuesday”, marks the final day that food lovers may indulge in their fatty snacks of choice before the ritual fasting known as Lent. While Mardi Gras technically had its start in religion, the vibe of current-day Mardi Gras celebrations is anything but holy.

Mardi Gras Cow Moon

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Mardi Gras has made a name for itself as a time to engage in all sorts of questionable (at best) behavior before swapping the debauchery for more pious—and less liver damaging—activities over the six weeks of Lent. In the United States in particular, Mardi Gras has become synonymous with drinking and promiscuity. Not everyone joins the party, though. At its core, Mardi Gras is still a time-honored, religious-based family celebration, with highlights including festive and colorful parades, and of course one last chance to partake in consuming the decadent foods we love.

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Felice Varini’s Incredible Illusions

February 26, 2014
Felice Varini Village

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Felice Varini Village Circles

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Art’s subjective nature grants it power, and Felice Varini’s unique perspective packs his work with a major punch. The Swiss artist who swapped the Alps for the Eiffel Tower has dedicated the last thirty years to inventing impressive illusions that challenge our perception of the space around us.

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25 Totally Weird Cars From All Over The World

February 26, 2014
Weird Upside-Down Bus

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Talk about bizarre. From gold-plated vehicles to fancy, pink Barbie cars to a Volkswagen “bug” with eight long legs, we’ve compiled a collection of the wackiest, weirdest cars from all over the world. Be sure to browse the complete gallery—it is sure to make your current car look, well, boring.

Weird Cars That Look Like Animals

Weird Cars VW Beetle

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The Curious Life Of A Poodle Trainer

February 25, 2014

With puffs of bleached hair not unlike her beloved poodles, Irina Markova truly embodies the idea of how one event–positive or negative–in childhood can inform one’s future. “The Poodle Trainer” has made its rounds at several film festivals, with critics praising it for its ability to “[pack] humor and tragedy into a subtle and perfectly paced seven minutes”. Watch and see if you agree.

Ireland’s Visually Stunning Giant’s Causeway

February 25, 2014

Resting against the coast of Northern Ireland’s County Antrim is a grove of 40,000 stone pillars known as the Giant’s Causeway. What’s most remarkable about the feature is the regularity of the stone columns, which seem to have organized themselves into neat, hexagonal blocks that huddle together as if they were cells in a honeycomb.

The columns are so regular that it was difficult for the area’s residents to imagine that the feature was anything but an artifact of some massive building project. Before people had a modern understanding of geologic processes and how they work to shape the land, it was easy to assume that anything pattern this regular must have been the work of some higher intelligence.

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