These Early Examples Of Film Will Shock You

June 10, 2014

Roundhay Garden Scene, 1888

Before Thomas Edison revolutionized American cinema, this moving picture was in heavy circulation throughout Europe. Recorded by French inventor Louis Le Prince, the Roundhay Garden Scene is the first celluloid film created. It was filmed at 12 frames per second and only captures two minutes of footage, but depicts a gathering at the home of Joseph and Sarah Whitely in Roundhay, Leeds, England on October 14, 1888.

Monkeyshines, circa 1889-1890

The first American film ever made, Monkeyshines was the creation of William Dickson to test the Kinetograph format. Inspired by Le Prince’s motion pictures, Thomas Edison developed the Kinetograph, the first practical moving picture camera, and the Kintescope, a manual, single-viewer lighted box to display the films. Monkeyshines films were three sets of experimental movies to test whether Edison’s patented invention worked.

Dickson Experimental Sound Film, 1895

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The Most WTF Science Experiments Ever Conducted

June 9, 2014

History is filled with examples of cruel and unusual experiments performed on human beings and animals for the so-called sake of advancing science. Even at the time they were performed, such experiments should have been considered crazy. And today, at the very least they should elicit a “WTF?”. In some cases it seems that the psychology professionals administering the tests were the crazy ones—not the subjects involved. In the following experiments, the victims can be categorized into five groups: chimps, dogs, gays, unsuspecting participants and Jews.

The Chimps

WTF Science Experiments Monkeys Despair

Harry Harlow experimented on monkeys by depriving them of all stimulation for as long as a year in a device he called the ‘pit of despair.’ Source: Indian Institute of Technology

As disturbing as the experiments by Dr. Harry Harlow on rhesus monkeys were, they did generate some—albeit inadvertent—“good” results. Public outrage at Harlow’s work comprised one of the early steps toward the United States animal rights movement, which aims to wipe out the use of animals in the research, food, clothing and entertainment industries. His work is also said to be partially responsible for various ethical standards established for scientific study.

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20 Historical World Cup Moments in Pictures

June 9, 2014

From the first World Cup in 1930 to the 2014 World Cup that will begin in just a handful of days, there’s no denying that the world loves soccer. In the decades that have passed since that inaugural match, fans have been touched by many world cup moments that span from exciting to unbelievable to almost unbearable. For those just now catching on, we’ll cover the basics of this wildly popular sport in the following 20 images, also reminding futbol fans worldwide of the many World Cup moments that it took to get to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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First World Cup in Uruguay

Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2 in the first World Cup, held in 1930. Source: Sporting News

World Cup Moments 1930

A soccer ball from the inaugural World Cup, which took place in 1930 in Uruguay. Source: World Cup Balls

1950 FIFA World Cup

Juan Schiaffino scores for Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup. Source: The Guardian

World Cup Moments 1954

A photo from the 1954 World Cup final. West German underdogs went on to best Hungarian favorites. Source: Who Ate All The Pies

World Cup Pele

Iconic soccer star Pele plays in the 1958 World Cup at the age of 17. Source: Hostelling International

1970 World Cup Moments

Brazilian Carlos Alberto celebrates a legendary goal in the 1970 World Cup. Source: Daily Mail

Marco Tardelli 1982 World Cup

Marco Tardelli of Italy scores against West Germany in the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Source: ESPN

Diego Maradona in World Cup

Diego Maradona shines in the 1986 World Cup, when Argentina beat England in Mexico City. Source: ESPN

Iconic World Cup Moments

Italy striker Roberto Baggio misses a penalty shot in the 1994 World Cup. Source: ESPN

Brandi Chastain in 1999 World Cup

The U.S. Women’s soccer team beats China in the 1999 World Cup. Brandi Chastain, featured here, would later come under fire for shedding her shirt following the win. Source: Sporting News Today

Italy vs. France 2006 World Cup

Italy wins the 2006 World Cup in a penalty shootout after the final. Source: Forza Italian Football

David Beckham Road to World Cup

David Beckham gets kicked out of a second-round 1998 World Cup match. Beckham had kicked Argentine player Diego Simeone. Source: ESPN

Fans in South America for 2010 World Cup

Fans flock to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Spain dominated the Cup that year. Source: NY Daily News

World Cup Moments Spain

Spain wins the 2010 World Cup. Source: Vive Feliz

Spain Wins 2010 World Cup

Spain celebrates after winning the 2010 World Cup. Source: Wikipedia

2014 World Cup Maracana Stadium

Estádio do Maracanã is one of 12 stadiums that will be used during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Many have taken issue with the extravagant spending and relocation of Brazil's poor in preparation for the cup. Source: Wikimedia

FIFA World Cup 2014 Soccer Ball

The design for the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer ball. According to researchers in Japan, the ball has been found to "follow a reliable trajectory no matter which side meets a foot". This spells bad news for players who rely on the ball to change direction while in the air. Source: Doobybrain.com

2022 World Cup in Qatar

Futuristic designs for the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar, a sovereign Arab emirate located in Western Asia. Source: Sporteology

World Cup Moments Japan Wins 2011

Japan wins the 2011 Women's World Cup, beating the United States in a nail biter of a shootout. Source: Young Feminist Wire

World Cup Trophy

An Italian player holds the World Cup trophy in 2006. Source: Rainforest Cruises

Alfred Hitchcock On The Set Of “The Birds”, 1963

June 6, 2014

Alfred Hitchcock Birds

When Camille Paglia and David Thomson have nothing but praise for your film, you know you’ve done something right. Such was the case with Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller, “The Birds”. Thomson described it as his “last unflawed film”, with Paglia noting that the feature was an ode to female sexuality and nature.

The (Seriously Sweet) History of Doughnuts

June 6, 2014

Each year we celebrate National Doughnut Day, a holiday erected in 1938 to honor the Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Lassies.” Today, the doughnut holiday means free doughnuts (and other sweet perks) from many local shops. While it can be hard to imagine a world without maple bacon bars and apple pie cheddar doughnuts, this tasty treat hasn’t been around forever. That’s why we’ve compiled a seriously sweet history of doughnuts that is sure to send you scrambling to Krispy Kreme before the day is over.

Tasty History of Doughnuts

Source: Wired

While the history of doughnuts in America is relatively short, people have been making similar treats throughout the world for centuries. In Ancient Rome and Greece, cooks fried strips of pastry dough and covered them in various sweet and savory flavors. In Medieval times, Arab individuals dipped fried dough into sugary syrup, and Germans made a savory version in the 1400s when sugar was scarce. These fried dough treats were not the same as today’s doughnut, but they laid the foundation for doughnuts to come.

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXVIII

June 6, 2014
Source: Design Boom

Source: Design Boom

Architects Envision A 21st Century “Himalayas”

Source: Design Boom

Source: Design Boom

At a juncture when it seems that humankind is at odds with nature (and losing), a vision like the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center offers a much less antagonistic vision of that relationship. MAD architects debuted the modern day Himalayas at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, readily presenting the ethos of shanshui, or the achieved spiritual harmony between nature and humanity. In their 560,000 square meter space, manmade structures and their waterfall and rainwater-filled interiors complement nature; they don’t necessarily take away from it. Read more about the metropolis’ specs at Design Boom.

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