The house from Up in real life

posted by on 03.07.11 at 5:57 pm

From My Modern Met:

Yesterday morning, March 5 at dawn, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16' X 16' house 18' tall with 300 8' colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The entire experimental aircraft was more than 10 stories high, reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for approximately one hour.

I would have expected something like recreating the house from Up to be a segment on Mythbusters but it's not. It's for a new show on National Geographic called How Hard Can it Be?.

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The Most Typical Person In The World

posted by on 03.02.11 at 10:32 pm

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As part of National Geographic's 7 Billion project, they have created this neat infographic video about what the typical person living on earth looks like. When I saw he (yes, he) looked like, I was both surprised and unsurprised.

More about 7 Billion.

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Bullfrogs Eat Anything!

posted by on 11.04.10 at 2:21 pm

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I like these interesting nature bits, but let me tell you that the bullfrog pisses me off...Maybe because it's ugly...Or because it's a BULLy (<--- you saw what I did there? hahaha) but it makes me want to step on it.

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Secret History of Diamonds.

posted by on 08.16.10 at 1:51 am

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So I know a lot of you look at this website to kill time. Well if you're interested in diamonds and have 45 minutes to kill, check out this National Geographic bit on diamonds. I'm going to be honest and say that I didn't watch the whole thing...I actually just watched 10 seconds of it, but it's 1:50 AM and I don't have time to watch it. But I WILL...I promise you that, because it seems interesting. K that's all, bye.

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Icelandic People Eat Rotten Shark Meat.

posted by on 07.12.10 at 9:37 pm

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If you're Chinese, you have probably tried shark fin soup. It's a delicacy and some of my people might actually go crazy for it (Check here if you don't believe me). But to eat ROTTEN SHARK THAT TASTES LIKE PISS...Is another story. How can someone say "mmm, it tastes like ammonia"?! I'm with that dude in the video that says "I don't like it...It tastes like piss".

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So It Seems Like Ants Are Racist Too…

posted by on 07.05.10 at 3:35 pm

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Animals in Womb.

posted by on 12.30.09 at 2:59 am

The pictures of animals in the womb before contraception were produced by Peter Chinn using 3D ultrasound scans, computer graphics, and tiny camera. It's for a new series by National Geographic called "Extraordinary Animals in the Womb". Very awesome to say the least, very awesome indeed. Check out the rest of the pictures here. I like how all the animals are cute and then they saved the last picture as a horrific looking shark.

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