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Car Parked on NYC Street for 25 Years Finally Towed

The old 1971 Caddy was a local landmark. Residents aren't sure how long it had sat in the same spot, but it dates back to at least 1994. The anonymous owner kept it registered, but never drove it. Even when movie shootings required that all cars be moved, the Cadillac remained in place. MSN Cars reports:

Interestingly, the 1970s sedan had a current New York inspection sticker. After a recent complaint however, the car was ticketed by a street cleaner and, shortly after, towed to the NYPD’s Erie Basin Auto Pound. [...]
However, not everyone was happy when the vehicle was towed by the city. “That car is a staple in this community,” said a neighbor that goes by the name of Jake. “Those who gawk at it and want to get rid of it aren’t real Brooklynites."

-via Dave Barry | Photo: Motor1


This Soup Has Been Cooking for 45 Years

At the Wattana Panich restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, you can eat soup has been cooking for 45 years.

The family owned restaurant is locally famous for its beef stew. It's cooked in a big pot, which you can see above. At the end of the night, the staff drains the broth out of the pot and uses it to cook stew the next day. In the morning, the broth is mixed with stewed beef, sliced raw beef, meatballs, tripe, and unnamed organs. The prep time is over four decades.

Do you see the shiny ring around the pot? That's soup residue which has been collecting and solidifying for 45 years. It's formed a basin around the pot.

You can watch a brief documentary by Great Big Story about the restaurant and its famous stew on Vimeo.

-via Nag on the Lake


High Fashion Pennywise Cosplay

The San Diego Comic-Con includes a glitzy cosplay fashion show called Her Universe. You can see many of the costumes from it in a Twitter thread by Hot Topic, one of the sponsors of the show.

Among them is this disturbingly amusing costume by designer Samantha Strickland. Pennywise from Stephen King's It looks a lot more friendly and buoyant in this balloon-filled outfit.

-via Super Punch


Zombie Tidal Wave

In the annals of ridiculously over-the-top movie concepts, we went through a period where creative minds combined two scary creatures, like Sharktopus and Piranhaconda. Then came the combination of the scary creature and the natural disaster in Sharknado. Six years later, it's time to remix that unlikely scenario and combine a tidal wave with zombies! Zombie Tidal Wave debuts August 17 on SyFy.  -via Geeks Are Sexy


A Real Life Medical Story You Won't See on TV

The Awkward Yeti is continuing their series of illustrated medical stories. Most are from patients, but this is from a medical professional named Dee, who has been asked many times if working in a hospital is like a medical TV show. Well, no, but everyone has a story somewhere in their history that would rival anything shown on Grey's Anatomy. Yet Dee's story wouldn't be televised, because A. it requires some explanation of how things work in a hospital setting, and 2. the visuals wouldn't pass the network censors, between the bodily fluids and the nudity. But you can read that story in comic form at the Awkward Yeti.


Everyone’s A Celebrity With Social Media

Social media has certainly made constant exposure a widespread experience. As Elaine Replogle puts it in “Fame, Social Media Use, and Ethics”, “[s]ocial media allow anyone to disclose life trivia for all to see, making it possible for people to be perceived as begging for attention, of transgressing traditional boundaries of public and private, of acting somehow ‘inappropriately.’”

Citing Jodi Dean in “Twitter and the New Publicity,” Joseph Faina writes that “publicity has become the defining ideology for Internet users, leading to a constant preoccupation with visibility.” This preoccupation in turn creates new kinds of psychological issues, as Melissa Gronlund describes in “From Narcissism to the Dialogic: Identity in Art after the Internet”...
It’s only in the past decade or so that this problem of playing to the crowd has become widespread: Before the advent of YouTube, reality television stars were the only “ordinary” people to appear on screen with any regularity, and before blogs and social networks, we only paid attention to the eating or beauty routines of movie stars or rock stars. While we can therefore blame social media for making the problem of celebrity into a mass phenomenon, anxieties about the hazards of public exposure long predate the internet. Look back at the history of celebrity, and all the hand-wringing over social media scrutiny sounds like an all-too-familiar tune.

We might be able to learn a thing or two from the nineteenth century celebrities like Dickens and Thackeray.

See the full story at JSTOR Daily.

(Image Credit: geralt/ Pixabay)


The Story Behind the ‘Space Window’ at D.C.’s National Cathedral

What became known as the Space Window at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC is formally titled the Scientists and Technicians Window. The stained glass artwork was created by American artist Rodney Winfield. His first 11 designs were all rejected by either NASA or the cathedral administrators.

It was when he threw out the rulebook that he had his breakthrough. In his journal, Winfield describes the artistic process that lead him to create the design that ultimately was accepted.

“That was when I decided to forget all the limitations of the visual elements provided me by NASA,” he wrote, “And simply do a window that would show the immensity of the universe.” His 12th, and final, proposal was a boldly-colored, geometric design with dark spheres and tiny stars. It’s what we see today at the National Cathedral.

The window was officially dedicated on the 5th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It was only later that a rock from the moon was embedded into the window. Read the story the Space Window at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: NASA)


How Browser Extensions Devoured Browser Histories of 4M People

We use the Internet for many things, like buying stuff, setting up appointments, submitting our documents, and accessing different networks. Every time we go to a page, we trust that that page will remain private, and that our information will be safe. But is our information really safe?

DataSpii, a newly documented privacy issue in which millions of people’s browsing histories have been collected and exposed, shows just how much about us is revealed when that assumption is turned on its head.
DataSpii begins with browser extensions—available mostly for Chrome but in more limited cases for Firefox as well—that, by Google's account, had as many as 4.1 million users. These extensions collected the URLs, webpage titles, and in some cases the embedded hyperlinks of every page that the browser user visited. Most of these collected Web histories were then published by a fee-based service called Nacho Analytics, which markets itself as “God mode for the Internet” and uses the tag line “See Anyone’s Analytics Account.”

How did these guys obtain the information? Find out over at Ars Technica.

(Image Credit: Tobias_ET/ Pixabay)


FaceApp Is Back Along With Privacy Concerns

The Russia-based photo-filtering app has been drawing attention for this week due to its new filter that makes its users older or younger. The app first became viral in 2017 because of its facial modification features (such as adding a smile or a “hotness” filter). However, during that same year, users were surprised to learn that the developers of the said app were gathering metadata from their photos. And that is why the privacy concerns have resurfaced again.

Close research suggests FaceApp isn’t doing anything particularly unusual in either its code or its network traffic, so if you’re worried about FaceApp, there are probably a bunch of other apps on your phone doing the same thing. Still, the conversation does bring attention to standard tech practices that might be more invasive than users realize.
To use the app, iOS users select specific photos they want to put filters on, and there’s no evidence of the app downloading a user’s entire photo roll. The company then uploads the specific images to its servers to apply the filter. FaceApp never spells out that it’s downloading the filtered photo, but it’s not unusual, as iOS researcher and CEO of Guardian Firewall Will Strafach noted on Twitter.
Theoretically, FaceApp could process these photos on the device itself, but Yaroslav Goncharov, an ex-Yandex exec and CEO of the Russian company that created the app, previously told The Verge that photos uploaded to the app are stored on the company’s servers to save bandwidth if several filters are applied, and that they get deleted not long after. In a statement to TechCrunch, FaceApp said it accepts requests from users to remove their data from its servers. The team is currently “overloaded,” but users can send the request through Setting>Support>Report a bug with the word “privacy” in the subject line.

(Image Credit: FaceApp)


9000-Year Old Neolithic Settlement Unearthed in Jerusalem

A huge Stone Age settlement has been unearthed in Jerusalem.This large settlement, theorized to have been the home of around 2,000 to 3,000 people was discovered in Motza (3 miles near Jerusalem). Archaeologist and excavation director Jacob Vardi shared some details with CNN

Believed to have been inhabited 9,000 years ago, the site has yielded thousands of tools andornaments, including arrowheads, figurines and jewelry. The findings also provide evidence of sophisticated urban planning and farming, which may force experts to rethink the region's early history, said archeologists involved in the excavation.
Archeologists have since found a large collection of buildings just below the ground's surface. As well as private homes, the excavation revealed the remnants of public facilities and spaces used for rituals and burials.
Describing the site as the largest of its kind "not just in Israel but in the Southern Levant," Vardi said in a phone interview that the settlement would have been home to 2,000 and 3,000 people, adding: "In comparison to other settlements (from that time), it's like a very big city."

image credit: GALI TIBBON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images via CNN


Prismatic Hummingbird

Hummingbirds flap their wings so fast that they appear to be a blur to the naked eye. We only see them fully in flight with the results of high-speed cameras. Photographer Christian Spencer not only caught a hummingbird in mid-flight, but in front of the sun. The sunlight is filtered through the black-and-white bird's feathers, scattering the colors of the spectrum.

A Black jacobin hummingbird flies in front of the rising sun in the atlantic rainforest in Brazil revealing wings of rainbows as the sunlight penetrates the wings. The prism effect
This photo contains NO digital manipulation

See more pictures of this hummingbird, and more of Spencer's gorgeous nature photography, at Instagram. -via Laughing Squid


The Trailer for Cats

If you never had the opportunity to see the Broadway musical Cats in its 18-year run (21 years in London), well, you knew they'd make a movie sooner or later. It has a star-studded cast and seems to stay faithful to the stage production, but your attention may be distracted by trying to figure out how much is makeup and costume, and how much is CGI. Cats opens nationwide on December 20. -via Digg  


Brutally Honest Slogans

Companies always try to make their branding strategies customer-centric, showing that their products and services provide value to the customer. However, if we are going to be brutally honest, these slogans could more accurately describe certain aspects of these companies' products and services. Check out more of them on Sad and Useless.

(Image credit: Sad and Useless)


To Showcase and Educate: Coral Morphologic

Coral Morphologic (@coralmorphologic)  is dedicated to showcase different corals and educate people about them, through well-crafted videos and photos. This amazing harmony of science, videography and music to showcase and educate is truly a #HiddenGem.


Why Do We Feel Tired After Spending Time In The Sun?

Ever felt tired after standing outside for a few minutes? Done nothing but stand outside, or casually lounge around in daylight - and still feel tired?  Fatigue after standing in the sun is not just 'being tired after minimal exertion', as refinery29 gave reasons to validate exhaustion after exposure to the sun: 

Your body is working hard — even if you aren't.
Your body has to work to keep your core body temperature regulated (through sweat).

You're dehydrated.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that even mild dehydration can be enough to alter your mood, including making you feeling fatigued.

You're red as a lobster.
In an effort to heal your sunburn, your body will divert fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body, says Shari Lipner, MD, PhD, assistant professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell.

Something bigger is off with your body.
If you’re sweating heavily, have a rapid pulse, and feel faint in addition to feeling sleepy, those are all signs that you’re experiencing heat exhaustion, according to the Mayo Clinic.

image credit: wikimedia commons

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