10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet this Week! #15

Grab a coffee, Off the computer, and put the phone on silent – it’s that time of the week again!

 

Courtesy of YouTube

 

2. Get your wanderlust going with these superb travel pics

Brazilian-born, US-based and self-taught pic man Claudio Bezerra shows us how its done with these superb travel pics from around the world.

Passport, check! Money, check! Camera, errrrrrr . . .

Aruba
Bled, Slovenia
Lake Braies, Dolomites, Italy
Everglades National Park, Florida
Halstatt, Austria
Coliseum, Rome
Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
Navagio Beach, Zakinthos, Greece
Prague, Czech Republic
Venice, Italy

Source: Photogrist/ClaudioBezerra | Instagram

 

3. The Crypt of Civilization might need an update I think!

Contents of the Crypt of Civilization. Photo credit: Oglethorpe University

Under the foundation of Phoebe Hearst Memorial Hall at Oglethorpe University in Georgia, USA, is a large room, that was sealed shut with a welded stainless steel door more than 75 years ago.

Stainless Steel Door of the Crypt in Hearst Basement (partially obscured by drop ceiling added later.) Photo credit: Oglethorpe University

A plaque on this door strictly forbids anyone from attempting to open the door for another 6,000 years.

The Plaque. Photo credit: Oglethorpe University

 

The plaque reads:

This Crypt contains memorials of the civilization which existed in the United States and the world at large during the first half of the twentieth century. In receptacles of stainless steel, in which the air has been replaced by inert gasses, are encyclopedias, histories, scientific works, special editions of newspapers, travelogues, travel talks, cinema reels, models, phonograph records, and similar materials from which an idea of the state and nature of the civilization which existed from 1900 to 1950 can be ascertained. No jewels or precious metals are included.We depend upon the laws of the county of DeKalb, the State of Georgia, and the government of the United States and their heirs, assigns, and successors, and upon the sense of sportsmanship of posterity for the continued preservation of this vault until the year 8113, at which time we direct that it shall be opened by authorities representing the above governmental agencies and the administration of Oglethorpe University. Until that time we beg of all persons that this door and the contents of the crypt within may remain inviolate.

 

The idea for the time capsule was conceived by Dr. Thornwell Jacobs in 1936, who was at that time the president of Oglethorpe University.

Dr. Thornwell Jacobs. Photo credit: Oglethorpe University
Dr. Jacobs and dignitaries at the Crypt dedication. Photo credit: Oglethorpe University

While researching and teaching about ancient cultures, Jacobs was struck by the lack of information on past civilizations. This led him to the idea of creating a record of what life on earth was like, to lessen the struggles of future historians who might want to study our present civilization.

To assist him in this tremendous task, Dr. Jacobs sought the help of Thomas K. Peters, a pioneer American motion picture producer, photographer, and inventor. Peters was assigned the job of the project archivist and general manager of development and construction.

Contents of the crypt. Photo credit: Oglethorpe University

Work on the crypt commenced in August, 1937, and over the next three years, Peter’s crew collected an astounding number of items including Budweiser beer, dentures, male and female mannequins, aluminum foil, board games, plastic toys, dishes, Vaseline, pantyhose, electric razors, sewing machine, calculator, seeds and what not. You can find the complete inventory here.

Contents of the crypt. Photo credit: Oglethorpe University

Additionally, more than six hundred thousand pages of written material compiling the vast knowledge we’ve acquired over the last 6,000 years was collected on microfilm. The crypt also contains voice recordings of historical figures such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and unusual sound clips including the voices of cartoon character Popeye the Sailor, and a Champion Hog caller.

Dr. Jacobs refrained from including gold, silver, or jewels to make the crypt unattractive to vandals.

The crypt was sealed shut on May 25, 1940.

Contents of the crypt. Photo credit: Oglethorpe University

How great to open that in 6,000 years!

For the full and interesting story, head to AmusingPlanet.

 

4. One crazy-looking hotel.

Somewhat resembling offcuts from a metalworkers shop, the designer responsible for the Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Spain, Frank Gehry has taken yet another daring approach, building what could possibly be one of the architectural masterpieces of the 21st century.

One of the world’s leading contemporary architects, Gehry was responsible for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao among others, and has transformed this 150yo winery situated in the Rioja wine-production region, into a dazzling City of Wine complex, complete with a five-star hotel, spa, museum of viticulture and a wine shop.

With bold use of colour inside and out, Gehry has explained that:

‘his aim was to incorporate the character of the region and its famous vintage within the building’s exterior – the multi-coloured ribbon-like titanium facade reflecting the pink hues of Rioja, the silver foil shielding the cork, and the distinctive gold mesh which adorns all Marqués de Riscal bottles’.

It certainly makes a statement in its contrast to the surrounding village complete with ancient bell tower, rustic stone buildings and walls, and quaint winding roads.

Pics courtesy of Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Spain

H/t: DesignYouTrust

 

5. Donuts with a shot anyone?

A donut shop in Denver is serving donuts with a shot of booze as an extra – yep you heard right!

Denver’s Habit Doughnut Dispensary serves up a range of sweet donuts and for an extra 2 bucks you can get a shot of your favorite tipple including rum, whiskey and vodka.

The alcohol comes in a pipette shoved in the donut so you can inject it into your mouth directly or eat a drippy, bite of booze-filled donuts.

Favorite combinations include the Plain Jane and Blazed infused with Fireball, the new French Toast with whiskey, the Carbon (chocolate and espresso) with Kahlua, and the signature Habit Jumbleberry with vodka.

Yum – I think!

Source: Neatorama
For the more info and pics, head to Thrillist

 

6. Miss that ‘new car’ smell? – there’s now a fragrance for that!

US company Ally is a leading digital Financial services company servicing among others, the automotive industry in America.

So why exactly they’re producing fragrances for cars is anyone’s guess, but that’s exactly what they offered at their booth at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit recently.

“An aromatic mixture of hard drive, laptop, GPS and sandwich’, according to Ally, which will introduce two new scents to its ‘New Car Smell’ range.

Adding to their comedicly-themed scents, the newcomers, along with ingredients and descriptions are:

The Future: 47% Hard Drive, 27% Laptop, 19% GPS, 7% Sandwich

Smell that? It’s the future. Where you don’t drive cars—they drive you. Sure, its intelligence is artificial, but its fragrance is as natural as it gets. So inhale the intoxicating aroma of modern technology, people. And buckle up.

AND:

Luxury Coupe: 67% Plush leather, 28% Shoe Polish, 4% Caviar, 1%

Benjamins Hire a chauffeur and load up on lobster: you’ve arrived. Enjoy the refined air of the 1%. The road is your red carpet, pedestrians your paparazzi. Don’t spare the horses, Jeeves.

Apparently NOT tongue-in-cheek, their scents include names like Pickup truck, City Compact and Muscle Car, with listed ingredients for the City Compact for example: 43% Cappuccino, 29% Hairspray, 25% Lipstick, 3% Yoga Mat.

Yep you heard it hear first folks!

More info on all the particular scents can be found here. Check em out – some are classic!!

Source: Core77

 

7.  . . . and now for some Chinchilla butts!

Furry little critters with fluffy little butts!

What more can I say but – Awwwwww!

Head over to Cameron’s Facebook or Instagram for more cute pics.

 

8. What I’m listening to at the mo!

Awesome stuff again back to back from DJ Asher out of Romania on Souncloud.

You can catch more of his stuff on his Website, Facebook, or Soundcloud

 

9. Some Glamour photography – WARNING! You cannot un-see these! 🙂

Award winning celebrity photographer, Magnus Hastings treats us to a beautiful celebration of drag as an art form!

For more pictures, head to: instagram / facebook / website

H/t: Photogrist

 

10. Tech Time: One day soon, your Windows might power your home.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota (UMN) and University of Milano-Bicocca have developed a technique to use silicon nanoparticles to trap and collect the useful frequencies of light that shine through windows, turning them into energy harvesters.

These energy-harvesting window panes could eventually be integrated into skyscrapers, turning entire cities into solar farms without impacting their aesthetics.

The technique will embed silicon nanoparticles into what they call luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs).

Credit: Uwe Kortshagen, College of Science and Engineering

The system can trap the useful frequencies of light and direct them to the edges of the window where small solar cells can be used to capture the energy. This allows for very efficient absorption of light at various wavelengths.

Windows that could collect solar energy would mean that sustainability didn’t have to take a backseat to aesthetics, which are a critical aspect of buildings in metropolitan areas.

This makes incorporating renewable technology into the construction easy, and given the number of skyscrapers in major urban areas, the tech could essentially convert entire cities into functional solar farms.

GO SCIENCE – Great news!

Source: Futurism

 

Bonus Extra – FIND THE CAT.

Couldn’t get last weeks FTC?  Too hard?  Then you’re in serious trouble this week cos this one’s a toughy!!

Courtesy of: Lifebuzz

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, then feel free to use the Comments section below!

As always, I aim to please! (yes, I’ll even answer your comments!)

Have an awesome week kids! 🙂

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