Why do people live in Yakutsk? Some are native to the region, some are descendants of Stalin-era exiles, but many are there to make a lot of money in resource extraction industries, from gas and oil to metals to diamonds to mammoth carcasses. When it's this cold, you have to learn an entirely new lifestyle. (via reddit)
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Impossibly cute French Instagram couple Rachel and Emilien bought an old factory to renovate into a home. This time-lapse video shows two years of their work. It's kind of long, but totally mesmerizing. I expected to skip through, but I couldn't stop watching. Be warned that it ends before the work is complete. The finished product will be the best-insulated home you've ever seen. Americans lament them not leaving exposed brick inside for the charm, but heating fuel is more expensive in Europe, and regulations stipulate how much insulation is mandatory. (via Digg)
Friday, July 23, 2021
It's been pretty hot in Oregon this summer, so the staff at the Oregon Zoo go out of their way to help cool things down for the animals. Watch as a group of ring-tailed lemurs and red ruffed lemurs enjoy some frozen fruit treats! (via Laughing Squid)
Why Do We Call a Software Glitch a ‘Bug’?
Here’s how hard it is to vote in Texas already.
What words should mean, based on how they are spelled. This is really clever.
I Learned My Hometown, In New Jersey, Welcomed The KKK. A bit of research could uncover thousands of stories like this.
What I Learned about American Men as a Translator at a Matchmaking Agency. The men using international dating websites had troubling ideas about the shortcomings of American women.
Switzerland's Gravity-defying Solution for Irrigation. (via Damn Interesting)