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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What We Love This Week, Volume LXXIV

July 18, 2014
Middle Aged Potter College

Source: Someecards

Imagining Harry Potter Books As “The Boy Who Lived” Hits His 50s

Middle Aged Potter Colon

Source: Someecards

J.K. Rowling sent the heels of millions into one collective click this week when she announced that she had penned a Harry Potter follow-up depicting his adulthood. And while life in the wizarding world is not filled with daily drudgeries like us mere mortals, it’s fun to imagine Harry completing menial office tasks, coping with his mediocrity and regretting the decision to have kids instead of pursuing his athletic ambitions. And thankfully, Someecards has provided us with just that.

Middle Aged Potter Mortgage

Source: Someecards

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Natural Phenomena That Science Has Trouble Explaining

July 15, 2014
Natural Phenomena Colony Collapse Bees

Source: Reuters

Colony Collapse Disorder

Since honeybees started dying off in frightening amounts around 2006, there has been much discussion over just what the culprit of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is, and a recent report released by the USDA sheds little new light on the subject. There exists no single smoking gun in relation to CCD, but many probable causes.

Natural Phenomena Colony Collapse

Source: Wikipedia

Researchers have looked to parasitic mites found in abandoned colonies (the Varroa mite), any number of different viruses, colder winters, bacterial disease, as well as many different pesticides used on crops to explain the phenomenon. However, they have yet to uncover how these scenarios are working in conjunction with each other to rapidly wipe out the American honeybee population. The following chart deals with the particular neonicotinoid based pesticides and the Varroa mite, and how they relate to honeybee populations worldwide.

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Physics, The Coriolis Effect And Your Toilet

July 14, 2014
Coriolis Effect Bathroom

How science affects your stalls. Source: Glupod

Have you ever wondered why the water in your toilet (or other bathroom fixtures, for that matter) always drains in a certain direction and not the other? If you did, you might have heard that it has something to do with the Coriolis effect. You might have also heard that this also causes toilets in the southern hemisphere to turn in the opposite direction. This idea has been around for a long time. And though the Coriolis effect has an impact on a lot of things on our planet, toilet water is not one of them.

Coriolis Effect Equator

The Equator separates the northern and southern hemispheres Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Alex Queral Takes Your Old Phonebooks And Makes Art

July 11, 2014
Alex Queral Rowan Atkinson

Source: Blogspot

Alex Queral is a Cuban-American artist who has carved himself out a very unique place among his peers; while other sculptors may work with a more traditional medium, Alex possesses a very specific specialization: carving three dimensional portraits of pop-culture icons into phone books.

Alex Queral Two Obamas

Source: Blogspot

It takes a very delicate touch and sure hand to bring these celebrity portraits to life. Cutting through page after page of each book (that most of us throw away or recycle), these masterpieces infuse beauty and innovation into an object we see as teetering on obsolete, and give a whole new meaning to the term “pop-up book”.

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This Map Helps Explain China’s Pollution Problem

July 10, 2014

Population Density China

China is home to one-fifth of the world’s population, as well as one of the starkest divides between the rural and urban. As evidenced by this map, when split roughly in half, 94% of people live in the more urbane cities in the east, while a much smaller percentage of people (6%) lives in the west. Such high numbers in cities can go a long way in explaining the issues the country faces when it comes to pollution.