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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday links

Physiognomy of eyebrows: lots of eyebrow interpretation information from the 16th century and from the Victorians.

France Is Letting 14-Year-Olds Drive This Tiny Electric Car.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include an infographic on the cost of building your own Millennium Falcon, schematics and drawings for strange vintage inventions, all about the ruthless Pez dispenser underworld, and video of a guy being chased (very slowly) by a pissed off giant tortoise.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Watch this 1.5 minute video - I have no idea what this is but it's extremely cool

Anyone have any idea? The guy who posted it on youtube calls it "3rd world space programme" but I don't think he shot the video.

UPDATE: Per the comments it's from the Thai Rocket Festival.

via Dave Barry

A 4 minute video well worth your time: The Factual Feminist on the Yawning Gender Gap — in Criminal Justice

The gender gap in criminal sentencing is six times as large as the racial gap, and it favors women.

via Claudia.

Monday links

DIY project: How to turn your smartphone into a microscope.

Infographic: How Much Would it Cost to Build a Millennium Falcon?

Want to be a street musician? The Economics of Busking.

Here's an excellent set of strange vintage inventions.

ICYMI, Friday's links are hereand include lots of spring equinox-related stuff, customized coffins, minimizing wine hangovers, species-specific music for cats, and, from 1921, the intelligence test that Thomas Edison gave to job seekers.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Infographic: How Much Would it Cost to Build a Millennium Falcon?

Star Wars fans, one for you: DeAgostini Model Space has done the calculations and a real-life, full-scale Millennium Falcon would cost over $4.5 billion. Their source material is at the bottom of the infographic.

Related posts:

Lego versions of main characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, Firefly and Star Wars debate "Who shoots first?"

Star Wars Characters Invade Thomas Kinkade Paintings.

Lost Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Deleted Scenes Found: Here's the full 30 minutes.

The Star Wars blooper reel.

Video of the slowest chase scene ever: guy interrupts mating giant tortoises, gets chased away by male

National Geographic expedition leader Paul Rose is in the Seychelles:
Rose, who was part of a “Pristine Seas” expedition on a small island in the Indian Ocean republic, became involved in what the network described as “the slowest chase ever” after being sniffed out by two giant tortoises that were mating.
The male didn’t care for the intrusion–who would?–so it turned toward Rose and went after him, slowly but relentlessly, across the island landscape.

“This is what you’d call dogged tortoise determination,” Rose says, while backing away during a chase that covered 400 yards. “[But] he hasn’t seen my finishing sprint yet.”
Once Rose was coaxed a safe distance away, the tortoise turned and beat a hasty retreat back to the female. Well, it wandered back as quickly as it could. Presumably, the female was still waiting in the bushes.