10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet this Week! #10

 

With my luck, I’d be filming and chuck myself over the edge with them, sans parachute.

Courtesy of Youtube

 

2. Some of the amazing finalists from the British Hair Awards 2016

Photographed by London-based photographer Luke Nugent, these hairstyles are probably not something you’d whip up if you’re running late for work, but they’re still pretty amazing.

(Having said that, I’d love to see the look on the boss’s face if you did!)

For more of Luke’s work, head to Behance, or his website here.

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3. A not-so-sexy, behind-the-scenes look at a girly magazine shoot.

Dutch photographer Patrick Van Dam takes us on a slightly comedic tour of the more un-glamorous side to the sexy shoots seen in the likes of Playboy, Esquire et al.

I think the first pic kinda says it all really!

Kids look away now!

Patrick does other (non-playboy) stuff which is actually pretty cool – check it out here.

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4. Some seriously good Photoshop work going on with these funny pics.

What can I say – He’s a master!

 

HAHAHA DAVID, WHO THE HELL WEARS A JOGGING TO THE SAUNA?! L.A. CHANGED YOU MAN. 😂

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There's always a guy who doesn't take your job seriously…

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Passed out at predrinks… Didn't even get the chance to put on my slutty cat costume… 😑 #FML

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Babe… can you go get some extra toilet paper? I'm afraid we're out. 😕💩 #MexicanFoodProblems

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Photobomb! #Nipple

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RIP BRANGELINA 💔 FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS

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You can see more of his work on his Instagram: AverageBob

 

5. Mmmm . . . Love a Biscotti with my coffee, and especially if it’s made by a master.

There is a story that renowned German writer Herman Hesse once went to Prato in Italy to help a friend with some problems of a romantic nature.

When an acquaintance offered him a snack, he was so enamored with the little almond biscuit from Biscottificio Antonio Mattei, that he promptly forgot about his forlorn friend, such was his instant love for their famous Biscotti.

Made from a simple recipe of sugar, eggs, flour, almonds, pine nuts, and a few secrets passed down through the generations since its original recipe developed in the 1600’s, these simple little biscuits are served around the world as an accompaniment for coffee or just enjoyed on their own.

These are some of the best around, so I thought I’d share.

Biscottificio Antonio Matteias it is today.
Biscottificio Antonio Matteias shop as it is today.
Biscottificio Antonio Mattei circa 1886
Biscottificio Antonio Mattei circa 1886
The Biscotti process
The Biscotti process

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Yummo!
Yummo!

Anyone for coffee?

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Pic courtesy of Peroniitaly

Via: Italianways

You can also visit the Biscottificio Antonio Mattei website for a full rundown on their story.

 

6. Ancient trees with ancient stories

With over 3 trillion trees on this wonderful blue planet, some of the oldest and grandest have rarely been given the opportunity to shine in their own right, and many have been cut down well before their time.

Back in 1999, photographer Beth Moon first began her quest to document some of the more remarkable trees around the world, concentrating on their uniqueness in size, age and folklore.

In sharing her pics, she also hopes they may begin a conversation process into conserving these magnificent ancient wonders.

 

Dragon’s Blood tree, Socotra, Yemen

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Great Western Red Cedar in Carmarthenshire, Wales

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Desert rose, or Bottle Tree, in Socotra, Yemen

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Majesty, English oak, Quercus robur, in Nonington, Kent, England

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Avenue of the Baobabs, Adansonia grandidieri, in Morondava, Madagascar

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The Crowhurst Yew, Taxus baccata, in Surrey, England

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Kapok tree, Ceiba pentandra, in Palm Beach, Florida

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The Ifaty Teapot, in Toliara, Madagascar

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Quiver tree, Aloe dichotoma, Keetmanshoop, Namibia.

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Rilke’s Bayon, Tetrameles nudiflora, in Ta Prohm, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.

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All photos by Beth Moon

Source and more info, go to: NatGeo

For more of her work, Beth’s website is here.

 

7. Watercolour body-art by tattooist Aleksandra Katsan

This Ukrainian tattoo artist has really nailed the watercolour look  – not too sure how a flower would look on me . . . the yacht maybe . . . . ?

Check out more of her work on Instagram or Neatorama

All pics by the artist.

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8. What’s on my Soundcloud playlist at the mo! Gotan Project, that’s who.

A classic track here from Gotan Project set to a great New video! Enjoy!

 

9. Amazing hoard of English Civil War era coins found in a muddy field.

An incredible haul of over 1000 coins from the reigns of various monarchs including Edward VI, Elizabeth I, Mary, James I, and Charles I have been found in a ploughed muddy field in the central English countryside recently.

Pic courtesy of Lincolnshire City Council
Pic courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council

Unearthed by a local treasure hunter, the haul is the largest ever found from that era, and was found scattered in the soil along with fragments of the original pot the coins were stored in.

The English Civil War ran from 1642-1649 and was a turbulent period in English history, with several major battles taking place, as the Royalists and the Parliamentarians battled for supremacy over their conflicting attitudes towards Royal authority and religion.

Pic courtesy of Lincolnshire City Council
Pic courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council

In terms of when the hoard was buried, the total overall value was around £34 ($42), but to put this into perspective, an infantry man earned about 1 shilling a day, and well-to-do gentleman of the time could easily live off £20 ($25) over the course of a year.

The hoard is being evaluated under the UK Treasure Act and a report on the coins is currently being prepared for the coroner.

For more information head to DailyMail

 

10. Bionic eye implant has helped a woman see again

Scientists have taken a step closer to developing the technology for use in the fight in restoring sight to the blind.

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**Artists impression only – Not the real device!

Surgeons at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have successfully implanted the world’s first visual stimulator chip into the brain of a 30-year-old blind woman.

The device was developed as part of the Orion 1 program set up by Second Sight, an organisation devoted to improving the independence of the blind via implantable visual prosthetics.

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The system works by sending images directly to the brain and bypassing the eyes, and as the technology evolves, it could theoretically restore sight to those who have lost an eye or lost their sight due to cancer.

At the moment, scientists are sending images via a computer, and the woman who received the implant saw flashes of colour, lines and spots. Doctors are now planning to send footage via a tiny video camera, which could lead to the world’s first bionic eye and restore sight to millions.

Sources: CollectiveEvolution, DailyMail

 

Bonus Extra – another little snippet of oddness from my inbox.

Something to do with something called a Theremin, an early electronic synth instrument, and a matryoshka, the Russian nesting doll thingy . . . Oh, and a 167 people playing it!

Nope, I don’t get it either!

Courtesy of: AtlasObscura (I read the story and I STILL don’t get it!?)

 

Hope you all enjoyed this weeks list of Cool and Interesting stuff off the Net.

If you’d like to leave a comment below on anything, or want to suggest stuff you’d like to see in the future, or maybe just throw some shade my way, then feel free to use the Comments section below!

I aim to please!

Have an awesome week peeps! 🙂

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