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How to Get In and Out of a Kayak
 
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How to Get In and Out of a Kayak - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. One of the first things we like to talk about when you are going to learn how to get into a kayak is keep in mind that more people tip over the dock, getting either in or out, than any other place on the water itself. We have a tendency to be over confident about the fact that we should be able to get into a kayak with no problem. First thing I always like to do first off is look and make sure that you untie the boat because once you do get into your cockpit, you want to make sure that you can paddle away and not look up and realize that you are still tied to the dock. The second thing is - take your paddle and lay alongside your kayak so that once you do get in, you will be able to reach right on over and grab the paddle. Next thing is - sit down onto the dock, put both of your feet into the front of the cockpit, just like this, facing forward. I would like to teach people to take their outboard hand or their far reach hand and grab the side of the cockpit like this. Face forward, keep your weight to the dock, pulling the boat towards the dock, and then reach and over and have a seat right down into the cockpit, just like this. Then once you get inside, you are going to adjust your foot pegs, you get yourself nice and comfortable. Reach on over, grab your paddle, and then gently push away from the dock to get ready to start your actual tour wherever you are going. When you get ready to come back in, there are couple of things that you are always going to want to do as well. one of them is, you never want to try to reach out to grab the dock. You always want to work your way right up to the dock before you reach out because if you miss that dock by this much, you are going to tip your boat over. So you want to be able to reach the dock first, put your paddle nice and gently back down onto the dock. Pull your outboard leg or your farthest leg out up, then bring yourself up and over and onto the dock like this. Nice and easy.
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10 Things Germans Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things Germans do better than Americans. Germany and the US are both pretty cool countries, but that doesn’t mean they’re the same across the board. Here are 10 things Germans do better than Americans. Number 10. Engineering. Much of it comes down to training. Germany’s vocational system continues to thrive and offers learning opportunities that combine practical application and theory. Among the most sought after programs is a 3-year apprenticeship with the multi-industry innovator Siemens. Number 9. Beer Gardens. Makeshift sidewalk cafes are plentiful in the US, but actual expansive, dedicated areas where people can sit in large groups and in some cases even bring their own food are quite rare. In Germany, on the other hand, they’re a regular thing. Number 8. Soccer. As you may know, the 2014 World Cup title went to the German team. It’s expected that their winning streak will continue as the current team has been playing together at various levels for about 10 years, and is now well prepared for world domination. Number 7. College Fees. The typical college graduate in Germany leaves school with no educational debt. As of October 2014, every public higher learning institution in the country is tuition-free, even for students from abroad. Number 6. Trains. Sure, Amtrack will get you from one US locale to another, but it’s going to take a while. Thanks to high-speed rail, Germans can travel from city to city in a fraction of the time. The typical train moves at around 180 miles per hour, but express services with fewer stops are available should the regular pace not be quite quick enough. Number 5. Sundays. It’s a serious day of rest for just about everybody, including people who work in retail. By law, stores in most areas remain closed all day long. There are a few exceptions, but those shopping places are primarily in airports and train stations. Number 4. Paid Vacation. Employers in Germany are required to not only give workers a minimum of 24 days off a year, they have to pay them for the time away. There are no such mandates in the US, and 25% of the American workforce doesn’t even get one. Number 3. Healthcare. In addition to healthcare coverage in Europe being generally more comprehensive, the prices of procedures are often significantly lower. For example, in 2007 numbers, a hip replacement performed in Germany cost roughly half of what it did in the US. Number 2. Castles. One of the greatest things about countries that were architecturally active during medieval times are the amazing castles we see today. Often perched high on mountaintops, their presence lends a fairy-tale feel to the countryside. Number 1. Driving. Considering many stretches of the Autobahn have no speed limit and analysis shows that fast driving results in more accidents, one would expect Germans to be involved way more fatal crashes than Americans. Yet, they’re not. In 2012 Germany had less than half the number the US did. What’s your favorite thing about Germany?
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10 Things The Dutch Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things the Dutch do better than Americans. Dutch history is packed with significant achievements in the arts, business, and indoor plumbing, and they continue to outperform numerous countries, including the US, in a variety of areas. Here are 10 things the Dutch do better than Americans. Number 10. Happiness. According to the World Happiness Report 2013 presented to the United Nations, the Netherlands was awarded the 4th spot. The US landed in 17th place, not entirely bad but not as impressive. Number 9. Bicycling. While cycling in major US cities presents a number of challenges, in the Netherlands bikes rule the roads. It’s estimated that 70 percent of all 4-mile-and-under treks are taken on two wheels. Number 8. Wooden Shoes. Clogs have been an on-again, off-again trend in American fashion for decades, but among the Dutch, wooden-soled shoes have been found dating back to the 13th century. Prior to the mid 90’s they were even approved for use as safety footwear, although today it’s mostly field workers and tourists who buy them. Number 7. Childcare assistance. Those in the Netherlands who have children are given generous sums of money by the government to help meet the high costs of raising kids. Reimbursements for day care are also available. Number 6. Speed Skating. During the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, the Dutch team claimed 23 medals for speedskating, and also set a recent record for most gold medals earned in this event. Number 5. Tulips. They’re grown in a lot of places, but only Holland has earned itself the nickname, the ‘flower shop of the world’. The first bulb was planted in the Netherlands in 1593. Number 4. Free time. The Dutch put in about 30 percent fewer work hours than Americans do. They make less money, but on average their incomes are only about 18 percent lower. Plus, they don’t spend nearly as much on healthcare. Number 3. Remember birthdays. They’re a big deal in the Netherlands, so people make sure they know whom to celebrate when. There it’s common to keep a calendar in the one place individuals know they’ll visit every day – the bathroom. Number 2. Height. Folks in US have stopped growing, a trend that some attribute to questionable diet and lifestyle habits. Conversely, the average Dutch male is now 6-foot-1, and the mean for females is 5-foot-8. Number 1. Making canals cool. Amsterdam is often called the ‘Venice of the North’ as it has a thriving system of waterways that are used to the full extent of their scenic, recreational, and transportation advantage. Venice, California has a few nice ones too, but they’re not nearly as extensive. What do you like most about the Netherlands?
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How to Use Chopsticks Correctly - Chopsticks Tips Video
 
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Using chopsticks is not as hard as you think. Learn how to use chopsticks in one minute - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Using chopsticks can be very tricky, and it requires a lot of practice. Just to make a good introduction, I will show you some tricks. First you are going to hold this as if you are holding a pen, like so. You are going to insert the second chopsticks underneath, and it sits right on your ring finger, like so. Basically, the top chopsticks is the one that moves, and the bottom one does not, really. It just sits. Then your index finger and middle finger are holding the top chopsticks like this, and your thumb is supporting it. So, when you move, only these three fingers move, and the bottom one does not move at all. It does require practice. So, do not be afraid, and do not be disappointed if it does not work the first time.
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10 Fun Facts About Sleep You Didn't Know
 
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Here are 10 fun facts about sleep that you probably don't know Here are 10 fun facts about sleeping: Number 10 - When you are snoring, you can't dream. Number 9 - On average a person spends nearly 6 years dreaming during sleep. Number 8 -- While sleeping, dolphins keep half of their brain awake -- this sleep behavior helps them guard against predators. Number 7 - A study done by Shue Yan University in Hong Kong shows that your sleep positions can affect the kinds of dreams you have. According to this study, people who slept on their stomach had more dreams related to sex than people who slept on their back or on their side. Number 6 - Different species of animals have varied sleep requirements. For instance, a giraffe only needs 2 hours of sleep. On the other end, bats sleep for nearly 80% of their lives. Number 5 - Do you know that there is a sleep disorder called the sleeping beauty syndrome? Those suffering from this disorder sleep up to 20 hours a day. Unfortunately, its symptoms can last for days or even months. Number 4 - According to historian, Roger Ekirch, in the past it was normal to get 2-interval sleep cycles, one in the early evening, a break, and then a second later at night. Historical documents support this - there are references to neighbors visiting each other in the middle of 2 sleeps and doctors suggesting couples to conceive a baby after the first sleep. Number 3 - According to a 2011 research study, the average US worker loses approximately 11.3 days each year in productivity due to insomnia, causing a collective loss of around $63.2 billion to US employers. Number 2 - Some researchers believe that those who stay awake late at night are more likely to have higher IQs than those who fall asleep early. And number 1 - Elephants stand during non-REM sleep but as they slip into REM sleep, they lie down.
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10 Things People In Finland Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things that the people of Finland do better than Americans. Finland is widely known for its modern sensibilities and fabulous views of the Northern Lights, but the nation has many other attributes as well. Here are 10 things the people of Finland do better than Americans.  Number 10. Education. While US schools are often criticized for underperforming, those in Finland are lauded for their continued excellence. The nation boasts some of the world’s highest test scores and is consistently ranked amongst the best educational systems on the planet.  Number 9. Handle awkward silences. Finns don't always have the perfect thing to say when conversations lapse, but that's okay. Long pauses during talks are deemed as being perfectly acceptable. Saying something just for the sake of speaking, however, is not.  Number 8. Women’s equality in the workplace. According to The Economist’s glass ceiling index, Finland is at the top worldwide.  Matters such as maternity rights, pay, and representation in high-ranking positions were considered while compiling the list. Number 7. Dispose of nuclear waste. Not only has Finland actually devised a plan for nuclear discard, the country is building a refuse bunker that will keep the radioactive matter safely contained for at least 100 thousand years. Number 6. Ensure that newborns thrive. The Nordic nation has the world’s lowest infant mortality rate. Conversely, among the 28 wealthy nations ranked by the Centers For Disease Control, the US has the highest.  Number 5. Stay out of prison. In the United States, nearly 700 of every 100 thousand citizens are locked up. Incarcerated residents of Finland account for only 55 per 100 thousand. Some of them even get to live in ‘open’ systems where they can attend college classes, go on fishing trips, and head into town to buy groceries.  Number 4. Embrace Heavy Metal. Finland has more metal bands per capita than anywhere in the world. The country’s count is about double that of runners up Sweden and Norway, and roughly 10 times greater than the ratio in the US.  Number 3. Saunas. There are approximately 5.3 million people in Finland, and an estimated 3.3 million saunas. They're so engrained in the culture, they can be found in government offices, factories, and even sporting arenas.  Number 2. Keep corruption out of government. In Transparency International’s recent rankings of corrupt governments, Finland's was ranked amongst the three least so. The US came in at 19th.  Number 1. Live longer. On average, the men of Finland can expect to live until the age of 78, and women until 84. Americans lives aren’t significantly shorter, but US males and females generally live for 2 to 3 years less than their Finnish counterparts.  What’s your favorite thing about the country of Finland?
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10 Things You May Not Know About Stephen Hawking
 
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Here are 10 interesting insights into the life and viewpoints of Stephen Hawking. Sure, Stephen Hawking is a brilliant, groundbreaking scientist, but that's not all the man is about. Here are 10 interesting insights into his life and his views. Number 10. He believes Earth is on its last legs. He gives the planet a thousand years before it succumbs to its own fragility. Hawking recommends people start shopping around space for a new home base. Number 9. Stephen Hawking attended an all-girls school for a time. His family moved to St. Albans while his father was working in a nearby city. It was there that he and a few other boys attended St. Albans High School for Girls. Number 8. In his youth his nickname was 'Einstein'. Despite the fact that his grades were mediocre, his aptitude was noticed by teachers and students alike. They were right, as he later earned a nearly perfect score on his Oxford scholarship physics exam -- and went on to become a highly celebrated genius. Number 7. He believes black holes are different from what we think they are. The vortices of doom are said to have event horizons, which serve as both an entrance and a point of no return. Hawking says they don't. Rather, they have 'apparent horizons' and only briefly trap energy and matter, later releasing it as radiation. Number 6. At 21 Hawking was told he only had a few years to live. He was diagnosed with ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, and that the outlook was grim. In January of 2014 the physicist celebrated his 72nd birthday. Number 5. He's also a children's book author. In 2007 he and his daughter Lucy published 'George's Secret Key to the Universe', the first book in a series about a young space traveler. Number 4. He's a big fan of zero gravity. Hawking was among the first with his disability to test out the technology that can send a plane to near space, and in the process got a few moments away from his wheelchair. Said one person who was there, "He would have flown more if we let him." Number 3. His voice synthesizer talks in American, but Hawking is British. He and the Queen of England recently had a chuckle about it. She ran into the scientist at an event and asked, 'Have you still got that American voice?' Hawking replied, 'Yes, it is copyrighted actually'. Number 2. He's a repeat guest on the Simpsons. According to Hawking his several appearances on the show as himself have some people thinking he's actually a cartoon character. Number 1. Hawking doesn't believe God created the universe. For that matter, he doesn't believe in fate, heaven, or an afterlife. He does believe that each human has one chance to appreciate the world and its mysteries.
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Tofu Vs. Tempeh Vs. Seitan
 
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Understanding Tofu, Tempeh and Seitan - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. You may ask, what's the difference between tofu, seitan and tempah. You may ask the difference between Tofu, Seitan and tempeh. Tofu and Tempeh are both soy products. The difference is that tofu is a processed soy product. It is actually made from soy milk that has been curdled and pressed. Tempeh is made from whole soy beans that have been fermented with a type of mold, sounds icky, but it is actually, it is not bad for you. Think of it like blue cheese which is mold too. They do taste very different. Tofu has a softer texture. There are different types of tofu. The tofu that you get in your miso is a soft silken tofu, which is very different to this one. You can actually use this in firmer dishes, make a tofu ricotta from it, that kind of thing. It goes great with Asian food because it really does need to have strong flavors. Tempeh has a kind of sweet earthy taste to it. I think this works really well with Asian sauces as well and actually it makes great fake bacon and barbeque sauce. It is delicious as a barbeque dish. Seitan is completely different. It is made from the protein of wheat. Like for example, if I had 8 cups of flour and I kneaded it and then I washed away all the starch, I would be left with, about a quarter of it would end up being seitan. Seitan is sort of a weird rubbery texture but that is why a lot of people like it because it is almost like meat-like because it has that chewy texture to it. It does not really have a flavor so much. You have to simmer it in a strong flavored broth to get the flavor. Now, the best way to use these, as I said before they are great with Asian sauces or strong flavors. Seitan absorbs flavors really well. It is like a little sponge so it is great for, like, I use this in like stews and things. Tofu and tempeh do not absorb flavors as much as this does. That is why I think that they work well with Asian dishes so that the strong ginger and soy flavors can coat these 2 soy products. So, if you have never tried these before, I think they are worth giving a go!
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Top 10 Attractions, Barcelona - Spain Travel Guide
 
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Take a tour of Barcelona, Spain - part of the World's Greatest Attractions series by GeoBeats. Hi, this is your host, Naomi. I would like to show you the top ten attractions of Barcelona. Number 10 - Parc Guell. Barcelona has many great landmarks designed by the world renowned architect, Antoni Gaudi. One of them is the unique Parc Guell. Number 9 - Plaza de Espana. It is a grand, massive square in the middle of Barcelona. The square was built back in 1920 for the international exhibition. Number 8 - La Boqueria, a colorful market where you will find both locals and visitors. Besides the freshness of produce, presentation is extremely eye catching. Number 7 - Casa Batllo. This Antoni Gaudi designed building has the appearance of being made from skulls and bones. It's roof is just as fascinating. Number 6 - Gothic Quarter. It the center of Barcelona's Old City. Amidst the buildings from medieval times, you will feel transported back in time. Number 5 - Barcelona Cathedral, a beautiful cathedral located in the city's Gothic Quarter. It's impressive gothic architecture dates back to the 14th century. Number 4 - Beaches. Many people are not aware that Barcelona has an excellent beach scene. Locals love to relax by one of the many great beaches in the city. Number 3 - La Rambla, probably the most famous area of Barcelona and very popular amongst tourists. Don't forget to appreciate the history while watching street performers. Number 2 - Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera, it was architected by the great Antoni Gaudi. The unusual rooftop can be seen on many postcards from Barcelona. And Number 1 - La Sagrada Familia. This was the largest project by Antoni Gaudi. The construction of this world famous church began in 1882 and is still ongoing. Keep watching our travel video series. See you next time.
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World's 5 Largest Cargo Planes
 
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Let's take a look at 5 of the world's largest cargo planes ever flown. Considered to be among mankind's greatest innovations, let's take a look at 5 of the world's largest cargo planes ever flown. Number Five: The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy has been in operation since 1970 and is one of the largest military aircraft ever built. Used by the United States Air Force and according to the manufacturer, "the C-5 Galaxy can carry more cargo farther distances than any other aircraft." The C-5 has set 43 world records in airlift and can carry 6 Apache helicopters and almost 75 soldiers straight to where they are needed. Number Four: The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy is a unique looking aircraft that is used to carry oversized cargo. It's distinctive "fold away" nose opens 110 degrees in order to accommodate the loading of extra-large freight such as sections of rockets and parts needed for the International Space Station. Number Three: The Airbus Beluga, developed in the 1990's, has one of the largest cargo areas of any aircraft in service. Made to carry other aircraft parts, like the body of a jumbo jet or the wings of a jetliner to other production sites throughout the world, Beluga has a cargo capacity of 47 tons. Number Two: The Boeing 747 DreamLifter is an adapted passenger plane that, according to Boeing, "can haul more cargo by volume than any airplane in the world." Mainly used for transporting parts of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft, its wing span is just over 211 feet and it can hold 65,000 cubic feet of cargo. Number One: The Antonov AN-225, also called the "Mriya", is the world's largest cargo plane. Built in the 1980's to originally transport the Soviet space shuttle, this plane has a cargo capacity of 250 tons, six giant jet engines and a wingspan that is almost the length of a football field. If you were to stand it upright, it would be almost as tall as a 27-story building.
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10 Things Indians Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things Indians do better than Americans. Here are 10 things Indians do better than Americans. Number 10. Weddings. Specific details vary from region to region, but overall Indian weddings are elaborate affairs that last several days. While American weddings can be fancy, festivities often occur over a span of 5 hours. Sometimes less. Number 9. Street food. Despite the popularity of food trucks, for the most part, hot dogs and soft pretzels still dominate the American street eats landscape. India doesn’t have such problems as vendors there cook up just about everything from savory to sweet. Number 8. Life hacks. The talent of making do with what you’ve got is well expressed in India. Extreme DIY endeavors are regionally called ‘Jugaad’ and can include throwing together a tractor with stuff that’s just lying around. Number 7. Ornate religious buildings. Sure, the US has some impressive churches, but nothing that really dazzles quite like the temples of India. Number 6. Alternative medicine. Among the established wellness approaches in India is the ancient practice of Ayurveda. Rather than solely addressing the science of how the body works, it incorporates the ideas of connectedness with the universe and one’s life force. Number 5. Maximizing available transportation. Do you find it upsetting when there’s no room on the train? Well, in parts of India rail passengers take full advantage of all possible places to sit or stand. Same goes for other transportation modes. Number 4. Dances. No doubt, Hollywood has created some truly fabulous dance sequences. But given India's history, the country is home to literally thousands of dance forms. There are classical dances which are rich in symbolism and traditions. Then there are fast-paced folk dances. And finally, you simply can't ignore Bollywood dances which seem to be amalgamation of many forms. Number 3. Spirituality. India has long been regarded as a great place to tap into one’s incorporeal existence. Due to the popularity of the book and film Eat, Pray, Love, spending time in an ashram has, for many, become synonymous with self-fulfillment and spiritual awakening. Number 2. Epics. When a place has been around as long as India has, there are many stories to be told. Among the most beloved are Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The latter is said to have taken hundreds of years to write. Both have been popularized and dramatized by several TV series. Number 1. Yoga. The main objective of American yoga is typically fitness. In India, it’s a much more complex practice, complete with a centuries-old treatise and objectives that include mental discipline and communing with a higher power. What do you think India does the best?
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Italy Travel: Customs & Etiquette (Italy Tips)
 
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Italy Travel: watch your hand gestures and other etiquettes to be aware during your visit to Italy.
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Top Local Phrases (Copenhangen, Denmark)
 
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Learn how to say thank you and other common Danish phrases for your Denmark visit. Other Information Language - Danish Here are the top ten commonly spoken words or phrases in Danish. Number ten: To say that I do not speak Danish say "jeg taler ekke ikki dansk." Jeg taler ekke ikki dansk which means I do not speak Danish. Number nine: If you need to know what time a store is closing. Simply say "hvornar luker i?" Which means when are you closing. If you need to know if a store is open tomorrow you have to say "har i abent i morgan?" Which means are you open tomorrow. Number eight: If you want to order in a restaurant you can use "jeg vil gerne have." Which means I would like. Number seven: If you need to ask for help use the word "hjaelp". Hjaelp means help. Number six: If you want to say I am sorry or excuse me use the word "undskyld". Use that as often as possible because, it is always a good idea to be a little bit polite. Number five: In case you need to find a toilet just say "hvor er toiletet/wc?" Which means water closet. Another name for toilet here. Number four: If you want to find out the price of something "hvad koster den?" It means, what is the price? Number three: If you need to find your directions you have to say "hvor er?" Which means where is. Number two: If you want to say hello use the word "goddag." That means hello. If you want to say goodbye use the word "farvel" that means goodbye. If you want to use a more informal way of saying this you can simply use the word "hej." "hej" means goodbye and it means hello. Number one: If you want to say thank you, you can use "tak." That means thank you. If you are a little bit more grateful you can say "mange tak." Which means many thanks. If you are really, really grateful you can use "tusind tak." That means a thousand thanks. I am Carson Hanson showing you Copenhagen.
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World's 10 Most Expensive Fruits
 
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Here are 10 of the most expensive fruits in the world. Sure fruit is awesome, packed with all sorts of vitamins, antioxidants, and, of course, lip-smacking flavor. Depending upon season and type, it's also pretty reasonably priced. Well, most of it is, anyway. There are a few out there that could put a dent in even particularly lush grocery budgets. Here are 10 of the most expensive fruits in the world. Number 10. Densuke watermelon. Praised for its unique sweetness, this melon also has a very distinctive look. All black and lacking stripes, this beauty is definitely a grocery store stand-out. At its price point, it should be. In 2008 a 17-pounder sold at auction for 61 hundred dollars. Number 9. Pineapples from the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Thank goodness pineapples have thick skins, because these ones are grown under straw, horse urine, and manure. To be fair, they hail from chilly England, so extreme measures are warranted. They're given to staff as gifts, but their estimated value is 16 hundred dollars. Number 8. Yubari King Melon. A serious amount of effort goes into making sure that these cantaloupes are perfect. Each vine is trimmed to limit its yield to one. Once sprouted, each melon is given a little hat to protect it from the sun. When picked the stems are trimmed to a tidy 'T' shape. One ideal specimen pair fetched around 23 thousand dollars at auction. Number 7. Taiyo-no-Tamago Mangoes. The going rate for these beauties is 3 thousand dollars. To be fair, the price is for a box that includes 2. To earn the special distinction, the individual fruits must weigh at least 12 ounces and be high in sugar. Number 6. Ruby Roman grapes. They're perfectly round, extra sweet, and about the size of a ping pong ball, all of which are apparently extremely desirable qualities. People are willing to pay in excess of 4 thousand dollars to get their hands on a bunch. Number 5. Square watermelons. Sure, it sounds cool, but is it over 800 dollars worth of awesome? That's the price some Russians have been known to pay for the Japanese melons. To achieve the unique shape, farmers grow the fruit in plastic containers. Number 4. Dekopon citrus. A cross between a mandarin and an orange, the membranes between the sections are known for their thinness and melt-in-your mouth quality. The flavor keeps happy customers combing back as well, as they hit an ideal balance between sweet and tart. A pack of 6 runs around 80 dollars. Number 3. Sekai-ichi apples. The making of the 21-dollar apple -- that's a piece, not per pound -- is far from left to nature. Fields are hand pollinated and each apple is washed in honey and hand stamped. Number 2. Sembikiya Queen strawberries. Named for the swanky fruit store in Tokyo that sells them, each box of twelve is hand selected and perfectly matched. Even with a price tag of about 85 dollars, the retailer rings up at least 50 units a day. Number 1. Buddha-shaped pears. Molds are placed on the pears as they grow from the trees, resulting in a piece of fruit that looks much like a small, decorative statue. People don't seem to mind the 9-dollar price, and rush to buy them as soon as they're picked.
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10 Incredible Micro-Robots
 
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Here are the 10 greatest micro-robots. Engineers and programmers are constantly at work dreaming up and creating tiny robots. Some emerge as incredibly useful tools, while others exist only as grand ideas. Either way, here are 10 of the greatest micro-robots. Number 10. Kilobot. Hundreds, even thousands, of machines working together as one is a great idea, especially when they’re able to organize and arrange themselves. Swarm technology has proven difficult to perfect due to cost, so this group of minis was created on the cheap for testing purposes. Number 9. Magnetically actuated mini-robots. They’re made to built stuff, including other robots. Even more impressive is that they could perform that task in space, as their movements aren’t dependent upon gravity. The little bots are guided by magnets, which gives them greater dexterity and flexibility. Number 8. Micro-scallops. These itsy-bitsy swimmers are designed to navigate the body’s various liquids like blood and eyeball gunk. Aquatic skills aren’t typically high the list of robot skills, but thanks to the unique nature of bodily fluids, these little guys may someday be able to deliver medications to exactly where they’re needed. Number 7. Micro-bees. With populations of honeybees plummeting, scientists are looking for alternative means of pollinating crops. Conservation efforts for the real ones are underway, but in the event the problem is unfixable, researchers expect to be able to get the robotic version up and flying in about 10 years. Number 6. Flapping robot. Many insects are great flyers, but their complex movements are hard to replicate. Jellyfish, on the other hand, are simple creatures. By mimicking their movements, researchers were able to make a stable machine that can take to the air unburdened by tricky mechanics. Number 5. Bridge inspectors. Humans do what they can, but in a lot of cases they’re just too big to really get a good look in nooks, crannies, and crevasses. Enter the quarter-sized machine that can access tight spots and easily travel over bolts and rivets, even when it’s raining. Number 4. The Mab. The Jetson’s had their faithful robot Rosie, but people of the future may be turning to the cleaning skills of Mab instead. The design competition winner deploys an army of scrubbers and dusters to make a home sparkly and fresh. Number 3. miBots. Microscopes are wonderful for inspecting things invisible to the naked eye, but they’re useless when it comes to moving the matter around. That’s where this little device comes in handy. Between its joystick control and small probe, it gets the tiny but tough job done. Number 2. Mini-printer. Printers take up a lot of valuable desktop real estate, but there is a smaller solution. About the size of a coffee cup, this inkjet produces words and images by travelling back and forth across a piece of paper. Number 1. DNA nanobots. If genetic material is sequenced just right, it can create a microscopic structure capable of following a prescribed path and delivering a destination-specific payload. Hopes for the development are high, as someday they could be useful in seeking and destroying cancer cells without damaging healthy ones nearby. Which micro-robot do you think is the most amazing?
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10 Weird Facts About Sleepwalking
 
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Here are 10 weird facts about sleepwalking. Sleepwalkers have been depicted as zombie-like beings who stumble through night, eyes glazed over and arms outstretched. Though in reality behaviors aren’t generally that odd, there are some unusual facets to the sleep disorder. Here are 10 weird facts about sleepwalking. Number 10. Treks aren’t necessarily local. Sure, a lot don’t make it past their living rooms, but from time to time, people really go the distance. Last fall, a Colorado woman was found 9 miles from her home. The year before, a 4-year-old Norwegian girl wandered 3 miles through a storm to a nearby town.  Number 9. It can bring out one’s inner artist. Just ask Lee Hadwin of North Wales. He spends his days as a nurse with no particular interest in art, but while in a sleepwalking state creates accomplished drawings. He says he has no training in the medium and has no idea where the skill comes from.  Number 8. Episodes occurring during the REM cycle can signal serious health issues. Sleepwalking-type behaviors most often occur during the non-rapid-eye-movement, or NREM, cycles. When they present during the dream state, they’re classified as a REM behavior disorder and can be an early sign of Lewy body dementia or Parkinson’s disease. Number 7. Some people temporarily gain superpowers. An 18-year-old not only jumped from her 25-foot-high window while sleeping, she did so without sustaining any injuries. Another teen managed to sleepwalk her way 130 feet up and 40 feet across a crane without doing herself harm. Number 6. Waking a sleepwalker isn’t always a bad thing. Contrary to popular belief, heart attacks and comas are not consequences of forcing a sleepwalking person into full consciousness. If fact, if they’re about to put themselves in a perilous situation, it may be the best route. That said, gently guiding them back to bed is preferable.  Number 5. Don’t be surprised if an abruptly awoken sleepwalker punches you. If a person is jostled from sleep while in an unexpected environment, there’s a chance they will be afraid, confused, and lash out.  Number 4. Working while sleepwalking is not unheard of. A chef was known to head to the kitchen and whip up some food, and another man took advantage of the extra moments of mobility to mow the lawn.  Number 3. Inexplicably tight pants may be a sign you’re doing it. A woman in the UK watched her calorie intake and exercised regularly, but put on dozens of pounds regardless. Similarly, a university student grew from a size 10 to a 16 for no immediately apparent reason. In both cases, it was discovered the women were raiding the cupboards and refrigerator while sleepwalking.  Number 2. While some sleepwalkers talk, others prefer to email. An Ohio woman did, indeed, sleepwalk to her computer, log in, and start typing. Though the emails she sent mostly made no sense, one of the messages included a request that the recipient drop by with some wine and caviar. Number 1. Sleepwalking is most common in children. According to a study performed by the Stanford University Sleep Epidemiology Research Center, up to 30% of children have experienced the disorder. Typically, the behavior disappears by adulthood.  Which weird sleepwalking fact do you find most fascinating?
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10 Incredible Future Dubai Projects
 
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Here are 10 extraordinary future Dubai projects. Dubai is already an impressive place, with its indoor ski slopes, manmade islands, and record-setting skyscrapers. Based on plans currently in the works, it’s about to get even more remarkable. Here are 10 extraordinary future projects. Number 10. Aladdin City. If everything goes according to plan, this truly enormous, multi-use structure will span an area of 4 thousand acres and house at least one hotel. Overall features include golden towers that resemble a magic lamp, moving walkways, and enough parking spaces to accommodate 900 cars. Number 9. Dubai Eye. Inspired by London’s famous Ferris wheel, developers are working on getting a similar one up and running near Dubai’s shoreline. Not to be outdone, theirs will be about one and a half times the size of the attraction in London, and larger than any other in the world.  Number 8. Dubai Frame. Designed to resemble a window frame, the approximately 500 by 300 foot attraction will offer views of old Dubai from one side and the area of the city more recently developed from the other. It’s anticipated to be among the top tourist draws.  Number 7. Al Maktoum International Airport. In a city dominated by superlatives, a plain old airport just doesn’t cut it.  Located about 40 miles from Dubai International, an initiative to expand the airport into the world’s biggest and busiest has been approved and work could be completed in as little as 6 years. Number 6. Jewel of the Creek. This 5-building hospitality community will provide hotel services to both guests and long-term residents. Each building will have rooms and apartments throughout its 15-19 floors, and the complex at large is to include a marina, foot and auto bridges, and a ballroom.  Number 5. The Universe. As its ambitious names implies, this development is a particularly big one. The plan is to construct numerous islands that represent the sun, planets and stars. This will be done over an expanse that measures up to 11 square miles.  Number 4. Pearl of Dubai. This 5-acre, underwater theme park was inspired by stories of Atlantis and is being designed to mimic the looks of two Hollywood blockbusters, Pirates of the Caribbean and Avatar. The destination promises to provide experiences for all swimmers and divers, regardless of skill level.  Number 3. Mall of the World. Dubai is a bit weather challenged, as temperatures there can hover around the 100-degree Fahrenheit mark. Their answer to the problem is to not simply build a big, enclosed shopping center, but rather to construct an entire temperature-controlled city. Sure, it’ll have stores, along with 20 thousand hotel rooms, a theater district, an amusement park, a wellness center, and an impressive 4.3 mile retail stretch of roads under cover. Number 2. Dubai Creek Harbor. The city is already home to the world’s tallest building, but the title for highest twin buildings still belongs to Kuala Lumpur. For now, anyway. It’s intended for this duo to surpass the record-holding Petronas Twin Towers, but by how much isn’t clear.  Number 1. Taj Arabia. The outside will look like a supersized Taj Mahal, but the project will serve as a multi-use hospitality space including apartments and a hotel. It will form part of the massive Falconcity of Wonders development featuring copies of various notable world monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and Egypt’s Great Pyramids.   Which planned building endeavor do you think is the most extraordinary?
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Dinner Etiquette for Dessert
 
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Formal Dining: Dessert - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. When your dessert arrives, it is served from the left. The items of cutlery above your dessert, are designed for the dessert. In this case we have both the spoon and the fork, and in a really nice restaurant, the wait staff would come along and move these items down for you. In this case, I am going to do this myself. They are slid along the table rather than picked up like this. So it is a nice, smooth gesture. With berries and any kind of dessert, you are actually eating it so you are putting your spoon in and coming toward you and eating them like this. When you remember about the soup, we ate away from us. The berries are coming in this way. Now, if you want to take a break for a sip of tea or coffee, you must set this spoon down on the plate underneath because the balance of the spoon is too big for this and the chance of spillage is very great. Our dessert today also includes a cookie, so you pick up the whole cookie but not eat it like that. Break off a piece and then you would eat that cookie and the item is placed down as you are working through the cookie. Back to the dessert again and coming towards you and eating it. When you are finished, none of this pushing away, which I have seen many men do. Leave it right here where it is and allow the wait staff to remove this when you are finished and that is indicated when your spoon is down. When the wait staff is working around you, doing the tidying up, you must remain still rather than the dodging, because they do not know where you are going to move. To indicate that you were finished, you would then take your napkin up and place it on the table, not perfectly folded, but in a manner such as this.
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Top 10 Travel Attractions, Madrid (Spain) - Travel Guide Video
 
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Take a tour of Top 10 Travel Attractions of Madrid, Spain - part of the World's Greatest Attractions series by GeoBeats. Hey, this is your travel host, Naomi. I would like to show you the top 10 attractions of Madrid, Spain. Number ten, Plaza de Cibeles. Madrid is known for many beautiful squares like this one. The Cibeles fountain is an important symbol of this city. Number nine, Almudena Cathedral. It took more than 100 years to complete its construction in 1993. The original site was occupied by Madrid's first mosque. Number eight, Puerta Del Sol. Madrid's busiest square, a famous landmark here shows the Bear and the Strawberry Tree. Number seven, Temple of Debod. Many people are surprised to learn that there's an ancient Egyptian temple located right in the middle of Madrid City. Number six, Rastro Market. Simply stroll through or buy anything you want in this world famous open air market. Number five, Retiro Park. Among the world's most beautiful parks, it is a favorite of city locals. There are striking landmarks and nicely landscaped gardens. Number four, Reina Sofia Museum. The contemporary art museum houses thousands of great artworks from the likes of Picasso and Miró. Number three, Plaza Mayor. Popular amongst both tourists and locals, it was constructed in the 16th century and has been the site of festivities, bull fights and executions. Number two, Royal Palace. This grand lavish palace is the official residence of the royal family. And number one, Prado Museum. One of the greatest museums in the world today, Prado Museum opened in 1819 and houses artworks from renowned artists such as Goya and Rubens. Keep watching our travel series. Ciao.
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10 Incredible Scientific Discoveries About Dogs
 
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Here are 10 incredible scientific discoveries about dogs. Dogs are perhaps best known for being loving and loyal, but they also have a bevy of lesser-known and quite fascinating traits. Here are 10 incredible scientific discoveries about them. Number 10. They have 3 eyelids. Like people, dogs have top and bottom ones that move up and down. They also have one that originates in the corner of the eye and moves side to side. Its purpose is for clearing mucus and debris.  Number 9. Dogs really do love their humans. There’s scientific proof of it. MRI scans revealed that when presented with the scents of various people and canines, the reward centers of the dogs’ brains were most responsive to the aromas of their human companions.  Number 8. They’re just as smart as toddlers. Specially designed IQ tests show that dogs’ capabilities are on par with the typical 2-year-old. That means they’re capable of learning over 150 words and gestures.  Number 7. Dog paws often smell like snack foods. There’s some debate as to whether the particular scent is popcorn or corn chips, but either way the cause of it has been linked to a bacteria dogs pick up while walking about. Number 6. Canines possess the super power of night vision. It’s not cat-level, but it is superior to the darkness navigating abilities of humans. Dogs’ pupils are larger and their central retinas have more cells dedicated to light sensitivity than to color detection. That gives them an upper hand when it comes to making out objects in dim light. Number 5. Every nose is unique. The Canadian Kennel Club has been using nose prints as a means of individual identification since the 1930s, and many organizations have followed suit.  Number 4. They most likely dream. Proof isn’t at the 100 percent mark, but there is an abundance of support backing the claim. Much of it is based in brain attributes and behaviors that dogs and humans share. Among them are structure and the occurrence of electrical impulses during the deep sleep stage.  Number 3. Fur isn’t just about warmth. In the summer it acts as insulation, keeping heat from reaching the body. Fur also protects the skin from the sun’s damaging rays.  Number 2. They really do listen when you talk. Even better, they’ve been shown to understand a lot of what’s being said. Though they’re not able to decipher the words, dogs can interpret certain sounds and the message’s overall emotional tone.  Number 1. Dogs aren’t nearly as sweaty as humans. That’s largely because rather than having sweat glands all over the bodies, as people do, dogs only have them in their paws. To cool off they rely mostly on panting.  What about dogs do you find most fascinating?
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5 Heroic Dogs
 
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Meet some of the world's most brave and heroic pooches. Most dogs are loyal but there are some dogs who take their loyalty to a whole another level. Here are 5 such heroic dogs: Number 5 - Duke, a shelter dog adopted 6 years ago, possibly saved the life of his owner's 9-week old daughter. Duke jumped on to his owner's bed in the middle of the night and started shaking and behaving strangely. The family sensed that something wasn't right and went to check on the baby. They found out that she was not breathing and called the ambulance immediately. Fortunately, the infant is doing well now. Number 4 - Kabang, a female dog from the Philippines saved the lives of two young girls after she threw herself in front of a speeding motorcycle to shield them from getting hit. Both the girls and the motorcyclist sustained minor injuries however; the dog was seriously injured and lost its snout and upper jaw in the accident. Number 3 - 8-year-old pit bull named Lilly saved the life of her master, Christine Spain by pulling her out of the path of an oncoming train. Spain had passed out on the railroad tracks in Shirley, Massachusetts . Although the owner survived and was unhurt, the train struck the poor dog and her front leg had to be amputated. Number 2 - Kilo, a 12-year old pit bull from Staten Island was shot in head while he was trying to protect his owner from a home invasion. Fortunately, the dog survived as the bullet went into his skull and exited from his neck. Kilo's owner Justin Becker couldn't be grateful enough and in an interview with CBS said, ""He's a hero. He saved my life. He went to protect me and he did his job," Number 1 - A dog in Kazakhstan died while saving his owner's life. The pooch's 48-year-old owner consumed a bottle of hard alcohol before passing out on some railroad tracks. A law enforcement official states, "Upon seeing the train, the dog started pulling its owner away." However, it was a little too late. The dog managed to save its master but died when its back paws were run over by the train.
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DabbaWalas - Amazing Meal Delivery in India (Dabbawalas)
 
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These dabbawalas move 400,000 lunch boxes every day using trains and bicycles. Website www.mydabbawala.com Amazing story of dabbawalas from Mumbai, India - world famous lunch caterers who move 400,000 lunch boxes every day using trains and bicycles. If you visit Mumbai, you are bound to notice the dabbawalas. You may not realize this, but the dabbawalas are a very important part of life in Mumbai. They are the ones who make sure that nearly 200,000 people get their lunch in time at their offices or schools, everyday, from home. Their operations are so efficient that world personalities like Prince Charles and Richard Branson have visited them. They have been invited for lectures at business schools, they are even said to be six sigma compliant. Now what is a dabba? A dabba is simply a tiffin box carrying home-cooked food, which is to be delivered from the home to a person in an office or a school. And a dabbawala is a person who picks up the food from the home, and ensures that it is delivered to the right office, to the right person on time. "My name is Raghunath D. Medge. I am the President of the Dabbawala association. The operation started in 1890. We have 5,000 members (dabbawalas)." It all may sound fairly simple, but imagine doing this in one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The dabbawalas have high rates of accuracy and their error rates are shockingly one in a million only. And what is even more impressive, that all the dabbawalas are fairly illiterate and have no use of any technology. The only motorized transport used is the Mumbai local trains. Other than that they make use of hand-drawn carts and bicycles. "I leave my bicycle at the train station. At the delivery point I use someone else's bicycle. And my bicycle is used by another person." The dabbas, or the lunch boxes, have a color-coding scheme which makes sure that they get to the right destination. The structure of this organization is fairly flat. It has just three levels. First, the governing body, second the team leads or the supervisors, and third, the dabbawalas. And everyone is an equal shareholder in this organization. There are no bosses, and the earnings are equally divided. "Everyone is working for the team. If one person works less, the entire team's income is reduced " All the dabbawalas come from the same Warkari sect, and whenever any replacement is required, villages that have this Warkari sect are approached for suitable candidates. To join this organization as a dabbawala, the dabbawalas have to bring a few things: a long wooden crate, two bicycles and rupees 20 for a Ghandi cap that they wear. And how much do you think would it cost to avail of this very efficient dabba service? Less than ten dollars a month. While the operations are fairly simple, the dabbawalas are now beginning to work with newer technologies. You can SMS them, or you can also log on to their site, mydabbawala.com to avail of their services. "I was invited to Prince Charles' wedding. I was invited to Italy twice. Forbes magazine did research on us. BBC made a documentary on us. When people see our operations, they say why not give us six sigma status? We don't even know what is six sigma." And given their reach in Mumbia, Microsoft has also partnered with the dabbawalas. The dabbawalas distributed leaflets and wore Microsoft-branded clothes to spread awareness of genuine Windows softwares to their customers. "We are 5,000 in number, moving 400,000 lunch boxes a day, using local trains, bicycles, and manpower. " I'm Premjit Singh, showing you Mumbai.
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10 Things Canadians Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things Canadians do better than Americans. The US often overshadows its peaceful, polite neighbors to the north, but that certainly isn't because Canada is lacking in spotlight-worthy attributes. Here are 10 things Canadians do better than Americans. Number 10. Avoid getting robbed. Only 86 in 100 thousand Canadians are reported victims of the crime. In the US that number is 114. Number 9. Apologize. A poll from Queen's University found that 90 percent of Canada's youth say they're sorry when somebody bumps into them. Even a short trip taken on US urban mass transit reveals that America's younger adults handle those types of situations differently. Number 8. Socialize from space. No astronaut can match the social media appeal of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. With his easy to follow, fun video snippets from the International Space Station, he captured the world's attention. He has over a million Twitter followers. Buzz Aldrin has just over 800 thousand. Number 7. Accept the theory of evolution. Rational minds certainly prevail in Canada, where over 60 percent believe Darwin was legit. Only about 30 percent of US residents feel the same way. Number 6. Live longer. Three years longer, on average. Life expectancy is 81 in Canada and just over 78 in the US. The gap has grown in Canada's favor every decade for the last few. Number 5. Maintain their middle class. The two countries have similar income figures among the demographic, but that's because Canada's increased while the United States' experienced a sharp decline. Number 4. Balancing work and life. Neither country is earning a gold medal in this category, but Canadians definitely do a better job of knowing when to declare a workday done. Only 4 percent of workers there put in over 50 hours a week, compared to over 11 percent that do so in the US. Number 3. Gravy Fries. In Canada they call the dish poutine, and it's made of fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy. Many American chefs have tried their hand at reinventing the hangover go-to, but don't quite capture the essence. Number 2. Ski Resorts. Conditions and options are superior on the northern side of the border. A comparison between both countries' top resort towns, Whistler and Vail, shows the former as having a greater number of trails, longer runs, and a lot more snow. Number 1. Niagara Falls. The Canadian side has long been heralded as the superior of the two viewing options as it offers a panoramic vista of all 3 falls, Bridal Veil, Horseshoe, and American. It's often more crowded, but there's a pretty good reason why. What are your favorite things about Canada?
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10 Scariest Places To Bungee Jump
 
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Here are 10 of the scariest places to bungee jump. If your usual bungee jumping spots just aren’t making your heart race like they used to, consider checking out one of these locales. Here are the 10 scariest places to take the plunge. Number 10. The Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge, Colorado, United States. If a 9 hundred foot fall sounds good, then head here. The bridge itself is one of the country’s tallest, rising over 1000 feet from solid ground. Number 9. Bloukrans Bridge, Cape Town, South Africa. 2 of every 10 people who set out to take the leap back off from the challenge. Not only is it 700 feet high, it’s known to be in the path of some seriously strong cross winds. Number 8. Macau Tower, China. If you find beautiful views of rivers and cliffs cloud your ability to focus on the adrenaline rush, consider this location. At the bottom of 750-plus foot drop is a parking lot. Number 7. The Last Resort, Kathmandu, Nepal. No serene water watching to calm your nerves here. The jump is built over the Bhote Koshi River, one the country’s wildest. Number 6. The Verzasca Dam, Ticino, Switzerland. If the dream is to emulate James Bond, then this is the place. The opening sequence of the 1995 spy thriller ‘Golden Eye’ was filmed here. After falling over 700 feet, a martini may definitely be in order. Number 5. AJ Hackett Skypark Sochi, Sochi, Russia. This site combines the pleasures of walking 650 feet above land on a suspension bridge and jumping off of it. Air divers can select their departure point of choice along the 18-hundred-foot walkway. Number 4. The Kolnbrein Dam, Malta, Carthinia, Austria. The opportunity to launch oneself off of a dam that’s over 500 feet high is rare. The novelty is reflected in the price, as it of the most expensive bungee excursions out there. Number 3. Taupo Bungy, Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Talk about a grand finale, this place gives the option of plummeting straight into the ice cold water below. The depth of the immersion is customizable. Number 2. Sky Breakers, Finland. Bridges and dams are great, but the problem for some is that they only build them so high. Thanks to this team of event organizers, the chosen can push off from a hot air balloon floating 6000 feet up in the sky. Number 1. Niouc Bridge, Switzerland. Once you’ve mastered jumping off of the site’s shaky bridge, consider doing it in the dark. Every now and again they offer moonlight events. Which bungee jumping adventure is next on your list?
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Pilates: Thera Band Arms - Women's Fitness
 
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Pilates: Thera Band Arms - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. Hi, I am Charlotte and this is Alice and we are here at Streamline Pilates studio in Brooklyn Heights, NY. We are going show you a series that you can use the Thera Band to strengthen you arm and your shoulder joint. Sitting on a ball, or sitting anywhere actually, your feet are about hip distance apart, your knees are aligned with your hips and your feet, and let's just take your hands on either ends of the Thera Band and walk your hand in to accumulate the Thera Band in your hands. You want to have about 10 inches or a foots distance apart when you are finished, and then take a minute and just hug your elbows right into your ribs, there going to stay there glued the whole time and then for a minute just bring those ribs together, drawing them into the body, drawing them into the back of your body. Navel back towards your spine, your sitting up tall, your lifting up out of your hips, and staying in this position just five or ten times. Rotate that right arm out to the side keeping your wrist as straight as you can, you dont want to bend your wrist in any direction. Your elbow is glued to your ribs. And to the other side, 5 or 10. Nicely done. And then let's do 5 or 10 with both arms. Great. And now let's bring your arms out in front, let a little more distance apart. Palms are facing down, your shoulders are down along your back, your ribs are buttoned together, your navel is still back towards your spine and you are going to bring your hands apart a little wider than your shoulders and back together for five or ten. And holding it five, four, three, wrist straight here, two, one. Great. And now lets bring it up, keeping those shoulders down along your back and your ribs buttoned together. Up over your head, and back down to your thighs. Good. So you are trying not to move your shoulders around, you are trying not to move your ribs around as your arms moves and your shoulder joint. Keeping the pressure steady so that you are not pulling the theraband further apart, not pulling your hands further apart or closer together as you lift and lower. So now let's repeat that with your palms up, shoulders are still down and five or ten bringing them apart and back together. And holding it apart for five or ten counts. Three, two, one and then lifting it up and back down again lifting it up and back down again letting your shoulder move through that shoulder joint. Your arms are moving around your ribs, your torso is steady. Excellent, ok. We are going to change your grip again, and bring your hands back behind your head, shoulders are down along your back, ribs are buttoned together, navel is scooped, and just a little tricep press here to strengthen these muscles in the bottom of your arms. Good. Five or ten. Hands up in front, lets change your grip on the theraband, one hands down, the other hand is up, and now we are going to do a diaganol apart, five or ten. Your ribs have not moved, your shoulders have not moved as your arms have switched exercises and positions. Great, and then switch again, palm up and palm down on the lower end. Five or ten. Good. And remember if you start to get tired, make it smaller you do not have to make this a huge range of motion. Great. And last exercise, palms are down and just a nice big stretch, bring your arms up over your head and back in front. And you can let your ribs move with this one, yes, as long as it doesnt hurt your back or your neck, or your shoulder, go for the stretch. Good. You are breathing. Inhaling through your nose, and exhaling through your mouth. And you can do five or ten of that too. And then you're ready for the next exercise.
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Buying a Kayak for First Time? Know Kayak Types.
 
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Kayaking: What to Know When Buying a Kayak - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. My name is Steve Gibons and I am with Scappoose Bay Kayaking here in Oregon. We are an organization that has been here for about the last 11 years, and we are here to help people out in regards to buying kayaks. My understanding is that you would like to know a little bit about kayaks. And the first thing that we always ask people when they are interested in buying a boat is two things. What do you see yourself doing in the kayak? If you are just looking for something that you are going to use a couple times during the summer, well then of course you might not be interested in a larger investment. But if you find, which you will, that you really enjoy kayaking, then there is different degrees of kayaks that you might be interested in buying as well, and it can go right from the very beginning all the way to the more expensive boats. What I mean by that is, is in the early stages, a basic beginner kayak, is what we call a recreational kayak. A recreational kayak is a boat that has a large cockpit, which is what this opening is. It is very easy to get in and out of, it is adaptable to all sizes of kids and adults. It is very stable, it is relatively a little heavier than some other materials. It is made out of a plastic, what we call a milk bottle plastic or a polyethylene plastic, and to keep its structural integrity, because of the material, it has to be made very thick in order to stay strong, and that adds to the weight. So in your basic beginner model kayaks, it will have a tendency to be a little bit heavier but much more stable because of their widths and of their length. As you progress up into different styles of boats based upon your own paddling skills, you might also start working yourself up into boats like we call this a touring-style boat. And a touring-style kayak can still also be made out of the polyethylene material, but you will notice that it is going to be alot thinner, they are going to be a lot longer, it will have a little bit different sized openings to get into the cockpit itself, and they are more for the advanced paddling where you might take yourself out into more adverse conditions or different types of paddling situations. There are some that are sort of a hybrid between the two, and this particular boat, it is a real light-weight kayak, but it does have a large cockpit, so it has a recreational size cockpit and yet the material is a thermal formed material called carbonite. And because of the structure of the material itself is very light-weight. So in this particular boat, it is a little bit more money, but you are getting a large cockpit, you are getting a lighter weight boat, and you are getting a very durable boat as well. The degree of cost varies on the actual material as well. In your recreational style boats you can usually get into a recreational style boat for around $500 to $600, somewhere in that area. There are some that are even less in price but you might find that they are also less in size and they will not necessarily fit you. As you advance up into better quality materials, whether it is stronger or more light-weight, the price also goes up because the material cost more and the construction and the design and everything also increases. So the material styles varies in sizes and also the weight will change based on the material themselves. The reason why I ask what you are going to do with a kayak is because people have a tendency to want to buy the least expensive boat they can to get into and onto the water. And in some cases that boat might be the boat that you will stay with forever. But in my experience for the last 35 years in kayaking, what usually happens is people will like the sport, they will buy an inexpensive boat to get into it, they will paddle that boat around for maybe a summer or so and then realize that they want to paddle more often, they want to go to more places, they want to do more things and in some cases a recreational style boat is not the proper boat for going out into more advanced paddling areas. So they will buy another boat-they can either turn this in a resale or alot of times they will keep it at their garage or at their home or their cabin or whatever for when they are friends come to visit who might not be as paddling-skilled as they have now become, and they will buy an upgrade boat and have a better quality boat to paddle around in.
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Dinner Etiquette: Conversation Guide
 
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Formal Dining: Conversation Guide - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Conversation at the dinner table is very important, and there are many topics that you cannot speak about so, we will talk about those first. I recommend that you do not talk about politics, religion, death, bereavement, or anything that is too spicy. That leaves books, art, theater, culture and travel. So, you want to be able to ask open-ended questions. So you are going to look at the person that you are addressing, and you might say something like, "Mary, the last time we met you were just leaving for Spain. Tell me a bit about the highlights of your trip." And then you would want to bring in other people to the conversation, as well. Conversation is like a game of volleyball. You hit the ball over the net to the other person, and they hit it back to you. And you want to always ask a kind of question that is going to require more than a one word answer, such as "Yes" or "No." So that opens up the doors of conversation. While you are at a dinner party, you have a responsibility to several guests, and that is going to include the person directly in front of you, and the person to your right, and the person to your left. If it is a small table of six, then you could actually interact with everyone. A very large banquet table, and you are back to only being responsible interacting with the person across from you and the person at either side of you. Your responsibility is to add value to the meal with interesting and intellectual conversation. So when I am looking at this person, and I want to be very interested and indicate that with my body language, I am going to nod at them and say, "Fascinating! Tell me more." Or, "You know when I was in Italy last year, I experienced something similar. How did you end up handling that situation?" Now, I am speaking to this person; however, we have other guests as well, so I might catch someone's eye, see that they are very interested, and then I will say, "John, I see that you want to add some comments to the Italy experience," and then that would include them as well. So, it is looking, it is nodding of the head -- "Fascinating! Tell me more."
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10 Cool Facts About Giant Anteaters
 
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Here are 10 cool facts about giant anteaters. Anteaters are rapidly emerging as big players in children’s books and cartoons alike, but still so much mystery surrounds the odd-looking creatures. Here are 10 cool facts about the Giant variety. Number 10. They have spikes on their tongues. They’re small but they, along with the anteaters’ viscous saliva, make sure that termites and their namesake prey are easy catches. Number 9. Anteaters have big appetites. On average they consume about 30 thousand insects a day. They pace themselves, though, only downing a few thousand per feeding. Number 8. Preservation of food sources is important. Anteaters don’t destroy the ant mounds they tap for nutrition. Rather, they use their long claws to drill a snout-sized hole, ensuring the site’s viability for future feedings. Number 7. Babies ride piggyback. For several months, an anteater offspring will ride on its mother’s back. Eventually they start spending more and more time wandering about on their own. Number 6. Infant mortality rates are high. Young anteaters only have a 50 percent chance of survival. They’re highly susceptible to pneumonia and several other health issues. Number 5. They tend to be lone wolves. Not much for socializing, anteaters spend much of their lives alone. Exceptions include when they’re mating and during the time they raise their young. Number 4. Anteaters have a powerful sense of smell. It’s estimated to be 40 times stronger than that of humans. Their superpower gives them the ability to sniff out ants and termites from miles away. Number 3. Hydration is found in unique places. Their long tongues make it difficult for them to draw water from a stream or a pond. Instead, they get their daily dose of liquids by licking moisture off of plants and other vegetation. Number 2. 89 degrees is normal. Anteaters have the lowest body temperature of any ground-only mammal. To conserve on energy they walk slowly and stay warm by wrapping themselves in their tails. Number 1. Anteaters like to sleep. They snooze about 15 hours of the day away. That leaves them to do most of their hunting at night, but as their vision is poor, they’ve become good at guiding themselves by smell. What do you find the most fascinating about giant anteaters?
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10 Incredible Amber-Preserved Fossils That Show Life Millions Of Years Ago
 
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Here are 10 extraordinary fossils that have been found preserved in amber. Amber certainly makes beautiful jewelry, but its clarity and longevity have also proven it to be a great preservation medium. Here are 10 extraordinary fossils that have been found in the solidified resin. Number 10. Ancient hierarchical civilizations. Thanks to some well-preserved remains, researchers now believe arthropod social structures have been around longer than anyone ever imagined. The encased specimens of ants and termites recently studied date back roughly 100 million years.  Number 9. A possible early version of the bubonic plague. The disease is well known as a Middle Ages mass killer, and its power may have been building since before the dawn of man. Traces of very similar bacteria were found on a 20-million-year-old flea trapped in amber.  Number 8. First carnivorous plant. Dating back some 40 million years, the specimen, which has gooey, insect-trapping tentacles shooting off of its leaves, still contains traces of its last meal. The fossil was found in what is now Russia.  Number 7. 52-million-year-old parasitic beetle. The creature’s prey of choice was ants, and it was somehow able to dupe the hard workers into letting it live in their nest. While there, the beetle would likely eat the ants’ young and exploit their resources.  Number 6. Elusive male stinging scorpion. There are many holes in the history and development of the Miocene scorpion, as very few remains of the ancient ones have been found. Except for this one, a very rare, fully-grown male discovered in Mexico.  Number 5. A daddy long legs with an erect penis. With a 400-million-year history of existence, that the arachnids mate isn’t surprising. However this particular one, estimated to be about 99 million, is the oldest known to have been preserved in such a state.  Number 4. A flower on the verge of being fertilized. Had it not been for the flow of resin that engulfed this bud 100 million or so years ago, the bloom likely would have spread viable seed far and wide. Instead, it was fossilized right as pollen tubes were about to make contact with flower’s stigma.  Number 3. A spider on the brink of an attack. This roughly 110-million-year-old, 8-legged predator missed out on getting a last meal by a sliver of time. The would-be nibble was a wasp that had become ensnared in the web.  Number 2. Dinosaur feathers. Many experts have suggested the prehistoric beasts were covered in them, and this particular piece of amber certainly lends support to the idea. It was discovered in Canada and created some 78 million years ago.  Number 1. Ancient Caribbean lizards. Even though they are 20 million years old, the reptiles inside the golden stones were not found to differ from their contemporary counterparts in any significant way. Scientists attribute the rarity to stable ecological surroundings.  Which amber-encased fossil do you find most fascinating?
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10 Animal Mothers That Die After Birth
 
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Here are 10 animal mothers that die after giving birth. For some species bringing new life into the world also serves as a final act. Here are 10 animal mothers that die after giving birth. Number 10. North Pacific salmon. The spawning process of the different species of these fish is an arduous one. First they swim, sometimes thousands of miles, to their own birthplace. They make nests until exhaustion overtakes them and often die after their eggs are laid. Number 9. Mayflies. They live only to procreate and keep the family line going. After spending a year developing, the flies venture into the world and survive for only one day. They spend the whole time finding a mate and laying eggs. Number 8. Giant Pacific Octopus. Possibly the most dedicated procreator of all time, octopus moms lay eggs in special caves and then stay there for months on end until the babies emerge. During that time they don’t eat or move, and thus waste away. Number 7. Social spiders. These arachnids spend the early weeks of motherhood regurgitating their own food to provide nourishment to their hatchlings. After about a month, once her little ones are stronger, she ends up getting eaten by them. Number 6. Longfin eels. These New Zealanders die after spawning, but at least they live a long time beforehand. Mating is the last thing they do in their roughly 35-year lifespan. Number 5. Praying mantis. Reproduction for the mantis is pretty much a blood bath. The carnage begins when mating ensues, with the female biting off the male’s head. She then proceeds to eat the rest of him. After the work of laying eggs is done she, too, soon dies. Number 4. Ticks. Like many other insects, female ticks die after expelling their eggs. She doesn’t go out hungry, though, as she fills up on host blood for about 24 hours before mating. Number 3. Cecropia moths. Not many young make it to adulthood, which, really for the species isn’t all that fabulous a time, anyway. Adult moths can’t eat, so they really only survive long enough to produce the next generation. Number 2. Labord’s chameleon. These lizards only live for about 5 months after hatching. During that time, they grow rapidly into adulthood, mate, and then die shortly after, succumbing to the harsh conditions of Madagascar’s dry season. Number 1. European Glow worms. In the beginning of their lives they have voracious appetites, but as they age their lust for slugs and snails wanes. By the time they reach childbearing age they have no appetite at all and starve to death shortly after birthing their young. Which of nature’s mothers do you think has the most punishing reproductive life?
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How to Make Perfect Miso Soup
 
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How to Make Perfect Miso Soup - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Today I am going to show you how to make perfect miso soup; now miso soup for the japanese is a comfort food. We eat this at least once a day, and depending on which season it is or which region it is made, we have many many different kinds of miso soup. For example: summertime we put summer vegetables, and in wintertime we put something like daikon radish. And miso, if it is in Kioto we use white miso, and if is in Aichi prefecture we use red miso. So there is no just one type of miso soup, but today I am going to show you a basic Miso soup. Today I am going to use daikon radish, wakame seaweed, tofu scallion. And this is combine miso, so it is not really white nor red, it is kind of in between. And this is dashi, it is a stock made from kombu kelp, bonito flake; so let's start. Now first of all you are going to put dashi into the pot, and turn on the heat. Now when it comes to miso, you do not want to boil miso. The reason, is a fermented food, and it has it has so many micro organisms living inside. So if you boil this, the harsh heat will destroy the flavor and it does not taste good. So whatever you need to boil, you need to boil before adding miso. So today there is only one thing that I need to boil, which is daikon radish. So I am going to cook this in the dashi like this and let it cook. So the daikon reddish is cooked already, now we can start adding tofu, and wakame seaweed. We are going to put the scallion at the very end for serving, and now we are going to put miso. Before we add miso you want to turn off the heat so that it does not boil over, and pour one cup of dashi stock, we are going to use one tablespoon of miso, but this is all depends on what type of miso you are using, because some miso is more saltier than the other, so make sure you taste as you go. For example: if you have 3 cups of dashi, put two tablespoon first, and then taste, and if you need some more then add one more. Okay so this is how you do this. You do not have to have this one, you just need a regular stainer and here we go. So all you do is just mix this and make sure everything is dissolved. Like so, and it is all dissolved. There it go, and then you are going to turn on the heat again, but this time you are just warming this up, not boiling it. So this is already at a good temperature, and it is ready to be served. Now you are going to turn off the heat, and just a scoop. Now I prefer putting scallion right before serving, like so, and it is ready to be served.
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7 Signs Your Pearls Are Fake (Identify Fake Pearls)
 
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What are the signs pearls you are about to buy are fake? Learn to distinguish between fake and real pearls - as part of the Wedding series by GeoBeats. Real pearls have a finger print like surface ridges in them. If you look very closely at them, even under a magnifying glass, you will notice these surface ridges and these specific qualities to each pearl. Whereas a fake pearl all of them look identical and they have smooth surface as they look the same. The second main thing is to look at the overtone color. Just like the choir prone necklace, that I am wearing right now, all of the pearls have an overtone color that is extremely beautiful and lustrous. Whereas fake pearls have sort of a dull milky sort of color. The next thing that you would want to know is that real pearls are reflective. So when you hold them into light you should see a little reflection of the light in them. Fake pearls are dull. They generally won't be reflective like that. The next thing would be a slight difference in the sizes of each pearl, and let me clarify that a little more extensively. If you look at a strand of pearls and you look at each individual pearl, you actually notice that each one of them has a slightly different size, shape and texture and that is because they occur in nature. Whereas a fake pearl would all look at the same. They would all look exactly identical, exactly the same size as the others. Real pearls are cold to the touch. Their temperatures are very interesting. When you have not put them on you and you touch them they feel cold. But when you put them on they sort of warm to your body temperature. Whereas fake pearls generally tend to remain at room temperatures. So if you touch them they will feel about room temperature. Real pearls are heavier than fake pearls. Fake pearls are light. If you pick up the strand of them they are going to feel very light whereas real pearls are kind of heavy to your hand. And finally this is a little bit bizarre, but this is actually a way to tell whether or not pearls are real or fake. If you were to take a strand of pearls and run them along your teeth if they have a griddy feeling then they would actually be real pearls. If they have a smooth feeling they are not real pearls. So an interesting thing to keep in mind. Maybe a little unorthodox but definitely a good way to tell whether they are real or fake.
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The 10 Most Amazing Moms of the Animal Kingdom
 
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The animal kingdom at large doesn't celebrate Mother's Day, but there are several moms in it that definitely deserve a huge bouquet of flowers and breakfast in bed. The animal kingdom at large doesn't celebrate Mother's Day, but there are several moms in it that definitely deserve a huge bouquet of flowers and breakfast in bed. Here are 10 of the most amazing, non-human mums out there. Number 10. Polar Bear. Rearing young in 40 degree below 0 temps doesn't even sound possible, but mama bear makes it work by digging an underground den. She then slips into an 8-month hibernation sort of state while her babies nurse. When it's over, she, having not eaten for the entire duration, goes out and hunts food for them. Number 9. African Elephant. Talk about commitment. The females carry their babies for nearly 2 years before giving birth. The nursing phase that follows can last 3 times that long. Number 8. Sea Louse. This creature gets kudos for going through the worst childbirth on the planet. Her hundreds of babies eat their way out into the world. Sort of like a cesarean, but from the inside. Number 7. Emperor Penguin. After laying her egg, the mother embarks on a 70 mile trek to find a fish to feed her young. The father watches it while she's gone, but when she gets back she has to find them. Number 6. Red Knobbed Hornbill. Among the ultimate protectors, this Indonesian bird seals herself in the nest with her eggs and doesn't come out till they've hatched. During the two-month period, she goes hungry rather than venturing out for food. As if that isn't already above-and-beyond, the nests are built inside holes in trees, and the bird uses its own feces as a sealant. Number 5. Harp Seal. Talk about self-sacrifice. These moms fast for the entire 12-day nursing period. Over that time, the little one gains 5 pounds a day thanks to the steady diet of 48 percent fat milk. The mother, on the other hand, drops about 80 pounds before it's over. Number 4. Cheetah. These cats may grow up to be fast, strong predators, but they certainly aren't born that way. Their survival skills are all thanks to mom, who spends up to 2 years teaching them how to stay high up on the food chain. Number 3. Orangutan. Mother and child relationships in the wild tend to be brief, but not for the orangutan. Kids stay home with their mums for around 6 years and continue to drop by and visit for many, many more. Number 2. Wolf Spider. Spiders aren't generally known for their strong maternal instincts, but the wolf variety is an exception. She attaches her egg sac to her body and travels with it, even backtracking to find it in the event it breaks free. After the babies are born, she lets them hitch a ride on her abdomen for a week or so. Number 1. Giant Pacific Octopus. This mother will eat her own arm before abandoning her babies. Seriously. She refuses to leave her 200 thousand eggs unattended, and won't go in search of nourishment. If the hunger gets to be too much, she'll start consuming herself.
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10 Incredible Moments Caught On Police Car Dashcams
 
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Here are 10 incredible moments caught on police car dashcams Some things you just have to see to believe. Thankfully, the trend of installing dashcams in police vehicles is allowing for just that. Here are 10 of the more incredible moments the recording devices have captured. Number 10. Man walking around with a golf club. The Seattle officer on the scene said that the 69-year-old wielded the sporting equipment in a threatening manner, so she arrested him. Video evidence taken by the patrol car’s dashcam shows he was, as he said, just using it as a cane. An apology was issued. Number 9. Officer saves choking motorist. While on traffic patrol in the Bronx, a member of the NYPD noticed a car that had slowed down in the right lane. After pulling the vehicle over, he approached the driver and discovered she was having difficulty breathing. He performed the Heimlich maneuver, dislodged a cough drop, and called for medical assistance. Number 8. Tossing a ball around with a lonely kid. Sergeant Ariel Soltura was traveling through a Rosenberg, Texas neighborhood when he saw a kid with a football, but no friends to enjoy it with. He took a moment to get out of the car and play some catch with the youth, no doubt making the 10-year-old’s day. Number 7. Delaware officer shakes it off. Sometimes when a Taylor Swift song plays a person just needs to get down and sing along. That’s exactly what Master Corporal Jeff Davis did, only his performance was caught on camera and shared with the world via Facebook and YouTube. Number 6. Falling tree. It started out as a regular traffic stop, but certainly didn’t end that way. In the midst of talking to the driver about why their lights weren’t on, the Centerville, Iowa officer was struck by a falling tree. He survived, but whether the incident makes him lucky or unlucky remains a hotly debated topic. Number 5. Long, complicated horse chase. A horse carriage driver in Poland only left his coach for a moment to run into a store. While he was away, an engine backfired and the frightened animals took off. Efforts to corral them included a car chase, roadblocks, and finally just pursing the pair on foot and grabbing the reins when the horses were distracted. Number 4. Officers fighting. Upon being pulled over by a uniformed member of the Miami Police Department, the lieutenant who was stopped for speeding reportedly stated his title and forced his car door open into the officer. The two struggled and ended up on the ground. Several other units showed up and an investigation followed. Number 3. Batman gets stopped. It seems that even Batmobiles must be sporting state-issued tags. During a traffic stop related to the lack of them, police learned that this particular bat-inspired crusader’s name is really Lenny, but that he truly was in the midst of performing an act of heroism. He was on his way to a hospital to spread some cheer among sick children. Number 2. Officer breaks down. Believing that a man he’d stopped was going to pull a weapon on him, a policeman in Billings, Montana drew his own firearm and fatally wounded the individual. Upon realizing the victim wasn’t even armed, the officer collapsed next to a squad car and was inconsolable over what he’d just done. Number 1. A sing-along with Katy Perry. Luckily dashcams don’t always record what’s going on in front of police cars, because sometimes the good stuff is going on inside of them. Like this clip showing two Rosenburg, Texas officers lip-syncing to Katy Perry’s hit ‘Dark Horse’. The video made its way to Facebook, and was then viewed and shared all around the world. Which dashcam video do you find the most interesting?
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10 Mind-Blowing Ancient Fossil Discoveries
 
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Here are 10 extraordinary ancient animal fossils. Many creatures of days long passed bear striking resemblances to their contemporary counterparts, but some were truly unique to their time. Here are 10 extraordinary and recently discovered ancient animal fossils. Number 10. Pig-Nosed Turtle. From the neck down, the roughly 75-million-year-old river dweller looks quite a bit like those we know and love today. The head is a different story, as the animal has a decidedly porcine snout. Researchers say among the turtles they have studied, the feature is a first.  Number 9. Pregnant Horse Predecessor. Paleontologists in Germany were stunned to find a remarkably well-preserved unborn foal still inside a mother’s womb. Estimated to be about 48 million years old, the specimen is the best kept and oldest of the sort on record.  Number 8. Giant Killer Lizard. Finding fossils of fierce reptiles is nothing new, but the tale told by this discovery has an especially scary twist. Researchers aged the remains and determined the predatory creature was roaming Australia at the same time humans were.  Number 7. Coelacanth Lung. While this fish still lives deep in water today, the swimmer has been categorized as a ‘living fossil’ as the species goes back at least 400 million years. One studied not long ago was found to have a defunct lung, leading researchers to believe the aquatic animals once used the organ to breathe.  Number 6. Four-Legged Snake. The scientific community generally believes today’s slithering reptiles evolved from lizards, but there is a great deal of uncertainty about the specifics of the transition. Clearly, this find offers a rare opportunity to gain insights.  One expert admits news of this discovery seemed, “just too good to be true.” Number 5. Fossil-Filled Sea Urchin. Thanks to advanced imaging, an international team was able to get a peek inside the 10-million-year-old specimen. To their surprise and delight, they found evidence of a great number of bivalves inside. The holes made by the tiny, shelled creatures provided enough information for the scientists to identify them as distant ancestors of similar animals living today.  Number 4. Winged Dragon. Velociraptors may get all the great movie roles, but one of the flying menace’s predecessors was possibly every bit as vicious. Though the 125-million-year-old bird-like creature couldn’t fly, the wings it sported may have given the over 6-foot tall killer other advantages.  Number 3. Japanese T-Rex Teeth. Apparently, the area now known as Japan didn’t escape the wrath of giant dinosaurs after all. Two very large tyrannosaurus teeth were found in Nagasaki Prefecture, indicating that the smaller variety known to roam the landscape had some enormous and menacing company.   Number 2. Beach-Strolling Dinos. Footprints of what may have been a parent and baby were found in Germany. Based on patterns of the 142-million-year-old steps, researchers say the dinosaur duo was travelling on wet sand. Also evident is the difficulty the little one had keeping up with the adult’s pace.  Number 1. Michigan Mammoth. A farmer found evidence of the wooly creature’s bones out in a wheat field and generously allowed paleontologists from the University of Michigan to come dig some up. Moving the hefty remains around required large machinery and a flatbed trailer.  Which fossil discovery do you find most extraordinary?
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Human Memory
 
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Check out 10 uncommon facts about memory. Many talk about "memory" as though it were a thing we have, like good teeth or bad eyes. In fact, our memories are a concept that makes us who we are. Here are 10 other interesting facts about it. Number 10: Women's memory is enhanced by a deep voice. Researchers from the University of Aberdeen King's College in Scotland and McMaster University in Canada found that women were able to recall more information when given by a man with a deep baritone versus a man with a high-pitched voice. Male memories did not appear to be influenced by the pitch of a female's voice. Number 9: Looking away helps your memory. According to research from the University of Stirling in Scotland, by looking away from the person who asked a question, our memory is better equipped to kick in. It seems that human faces and expressions are mentally captivating to us and clutter our concentration. Number 8: Seven is the magic number. Ever wonder why telephone numbers are 7 digits? Pioneer psychologist George A Miller theorized that our short term memory can hold around 7 items before we begin to forget them. Try it yourself. Have a friend make a list of 10 words or numbers. Read once and try to recall as many as you can. Most people top out at around 7. Number 7: Left handed people have better memories and so do their off-spring according to a 2001 experiment published in Neuropsychology. One reason may be because left-handed people and their family members seem to have a larger corpus callosum, which are the bridges of neurons linking the brain's two hemispheres. Number 6: Bad memories can be erased using electroshock therapy. Marijn Kroes, a neuroscientist at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands found that by deliberately timing electroconvulsive shocks, they could interrupt patient's memories of a disturbing event. Number 5: You can be tricked into remembering things that didn't happen. Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus has performed many studies including one where subjects were told they had met Bugs Bunny at Disneyland. This is impossible since Bugs is a not a Disney character. Approximately 20 percent of the participants truly believed the fake memories as their own. Number 4: Insulin helps promote memory. We all know insulin is vital to regulating blood sugar levels, but scientists have also discovered that sniffing insulin seems to help those suffering with Alzheimer's by improving their memory functions. More trials are needed, but experts feel results are promising. Number 3: You can grow your brain for better memorization. A study done with London taxi cab drivers, over several years, showed that those who had been on the job the longest had grown a larger than normal hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for memory. Number 2: Anomia. This is the technical word for when you are trying to remember something and "it's on the tip of your tongue". Number 1: We have more storage in our brain than we need. Paul Reber, professor of psychology at Northwestern University says "The human brain consists of about one billion neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections. If your brain worked like a DVR in a television, you would have to leave the TV running continuously for more than 300 years to use up all that storage."
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Vienna (Austria) Travel - Local Phrases
 
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Learn how to pronounce Thank you and other German phrases for your visit to Vienna.
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Los Angeles Top 10 Attractions -  California Travel Guide
 
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Take a tour of Los Angeles, California - part of the World's Greatest Attractions series by GeoBeats. Hi, this is your host Naomi. I would like to show you the top ten attractions of Los Angeles. Number 10, Los Angeles Downtown. Although Los Angeles attractions are spread over a large area, the city is architecturally diverse Downtown is a thriving urban center. Number 9, Venice Beach. Experience the colorful lifestyle of the West Coast on the Venice Beach, Boardwalk. Here, you will find a festive atmosphere, eclectic entertainers and funky shops. Number 8, Santa Monica Pier. By the scene at Santa Monica Beach, is the famous Pier with a perennial carnival like setting. Draws locals, as well as visitors from around the world. Number 7, Hollywood. Everyone knows about Hollywood and you have got to visit the Hollywood sign, when in Los Angeles. Number 6, Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hollywood celebrates it's contribution to entertainment through these celebrity stars. Number 5, Griffith Observatory. Located in Griffith Park on Mt. Hollywood, this great public observatory has state of the art facilities and excellent views of Los Angeles. Number 4, Grauman's Chinese Theatre. built in nineteen twenty seven, this is among the famous theatres in the world. Number 3, Rodeo Drive. If you are a shopping buff, you will love Rodeo Drive. A glamorous shopping District, Rodeo Drive is full of upscale and fashionable shops. Number 2, Beverly Hills. Take a walk around, you might even spot a celebrity in this neighborhood. And number 1, Malibu. The Los Angeles area has many scenic beaches, Malibu in particular is an excellent place for you to experience how locals enjoy the beach life in California. Hope you enjoyed this video, see you next time.
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World's 5 Smartest Con Artists
 
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World's 5 Smartest Con Artists - as part of the news series by GeoBeats. Con artists come in all varieties - from the ones who sell you world famous landmarks to others who take away your retirement funds with a smile. Here are 5 of the world's greatest con artists: Number 5 is Frank Abagnale, a former con man who cashed phony checks worth $2.5 million in every US state and in 26 countries. In addition, he impersonated as a pilot, a college professor, an attorney, and a doctor. Steven Spielberg's film, Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks is based on Abagnale's life story. After serving a prison time of 5 years, he has been working with the FBI on combating check forgery for almost 35 years now. Number 4 - Victor Lustig. Born in Austria-Hungary, his first con involved selling a fake 'money box' which could print $100 bills. He was able to fool the rich and wealthy into buying the box for a price as high as $10,000, sometimes even more. In 1925, Victor was even able to sell the Eiffel Tower to a French scrap dealer for $70,000. Number 3 - Gregor MacGregor posed as the ruler of a fictitious country in Central America called Poyais. He was able to convince investors and immigrants into buying land in his imaginary country. Gregor backed up his story with a guidebook containing details on Poyais. Between 1822 and 1833, over 200 settlers sailed for Poyais, only to discover that it was nothing but a fake country. Number 2 - George C. Parker. This con man made his living by selling New York landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Interestingly, he was able to sell Brooklyn Bridge twice. Parker convinced his potential buyers into buying the landmarks by producing impressive replicas of legitimate documents. Number 1 - Bernie Madoff - Madoff was an eminent figure in the security industry who also served as the vice chairman of NASD. It turned out he orchestrated one of the largest ponzi schemes ever, costing many large firms and thousands of individual investors $50 billion in total. According to SEC, "Madoff's investors' phony account statements showed moderate, but consistently positive returns — even during turbulent market conditions". He is currently serving a prison sentence of 150 years.
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10 Incredible Moments Caught On Police Dashcams
 
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Here are 10 incredible moments caught on dashcam in 2015.
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10 of the World's Most Rare and Unique Birds
 
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Scientists have combed the globe and identified the 100 most unique and rare birds on the planet. Here are 10 of them. Scientists hailing from Yale University and the Zoological Society of London have combed the globe and identified the 100 most unique and rare birds on the planet. Here are the top 10. Number 10. Sumatran Ground-cuckoo. This bright-eyed beauty hails from its namesake locale, but it's so rare, not much else is known about it. There could be as few as 70 left in existence. Number 9. Christmas Island Frigatebird. Gifted with the largest wingspan to body weight ratio of any know bird family, the Australian airborne wonder can stay aloft for up to a week at a time. It's only considered a protected species while perched in Christmas Island National Park, though. Number 8. Philippine Eagle. A stunner to be sure, this eagle is also one of the biggest, most forceful birds of prey out there. Its reported meal preferences include pigs and bats. Their declining population is currently estimated at between 180 and 500. Number 7. Forest Owlet. Thought to be extinct, a forest owlet was spotted in central India in 1997. Prior to that one hadn't been seen for over a hundred years. They hunt both night and day and are spotted from time to time but experts fear that due to habitat loss, the little owl's future is grim. Number 6. Bengal Florican. Definitely the show bird of the crowd, the male of the species is known for the elaborate performance it gives to lure in the ladies. The thousand or so thought to exist are concentrated primarily in India and Nepal, as well as Cambodia. Number 5. Kagu. Lacking the muscles needed for flight, the striking plumage of this ground dwelling bird does allow it to glide. Often called the 'ghost of the forest', the Kagu of New Caledonia makes a barking noise that can be heard a mile away. Over the years significant numbers of them have fallen prey to natural predators such as cats and dogs. Number 4. Kakapo. This non-flying parrot from New Zealand has been almost completely wiped out by hunting, the destructions of forests, and the introduction of new species that compete with it for food. Survivors were relocated to carefully managed small islands and now the population has expended to around 125. Number 3. California Condor. The condor figures prominently in Native American mythology and rituals, some of which involved the sacrifice of the birds. But the biggest culprits to their decline were hunting and environmental changes, and by 1981 there were only around 20 left. Huge efforts have been put into their repopulation, and now there are over 400. Number 2. New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar. Only 2 examples are known, and they're both in the possession of museums. Actual live specimens have proven elusive and a sighting hasn't been reported since 1998. Lack of evidence aside, it's believed they're still out there but with numbers less than 50. Number 1. Giant Ibis. The bird is enormous, with an average one standing about 3 and-a-half feet tall. It's also critically endangered, having already been declared extinct in Thailand. Those remaining live primarily in Cambodia, but some have been documented in Vietnam and Laos.
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Albert Einstein
 
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Here are 10 interesting facts about Albert Einstein. Guess who: He was ridiculously smart, had crazy hair, and a knack for super-complicated science. If you said Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, you're wrong, because that's two people. The right answer is Albert Einstein. Here are 10 interesting facts about the man. Number 10. He was a ladies man. Einstein was married twice and in letters written over the years admitted to having 6 mistresses. Number 9. Einstein died after refusing surgery. The physicist suffered an abdominal aneurysm in April of 1955. He was rushed to University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, but declined a potentially life-saving surgery. He said, "It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly." He passed away a day later. Number 8. He took the time to respond to a child's letter. It wasn't an easy topic, either. The girl asked on behalf of her Sunday school class if scientists prayed. Einstein's well-penned response was truthful while simultaneously being respectful of religious belief systems. Number 7. Einstein had a contract with his first wife. In addition to cleaning, laundry and cooking requirements, it excused him from all unnecessary social interaction. Silence upon demand was also a stipulation of their marriage -- hers not his. He vowed to just leave her alone in general. Notably, it was drawn up after their marriage had gone south anyway. Number 6. Einstein may have had illegitimate children. Historians and possible progeny have come forward to attest to such, but solid proof has always remained elusive. Number 5. He's among the top earning dead celebrities. Einstein is listed at number 8, coming in just after John Lennon and one step ahead of Bettie Page. Number 4. J. Edgar Hoover wanted to kick him out of the US. Einstein's political views, which gravitated towards pacifism and socialism, prompted some to distrust him. Hoover thought the scientist was a spy and for years ordered agents to tap the man's phone, rifle through his trash, and even open his mail. Number 3. Einstein turned down an offer to be President of Israel. The year was 1952, and the newly established nation was searching for a 2nd president. Though he declined, Einstein said that he was 'deeply moved' by the invitation. Number 2. He preferred visualization over experimentation. When it came to forming his game-changing ideas, he would first imagine how his theories would play out, mathematical equations and all. Number 1. He had a huge brain. Literally. Well, at least the corpus callosum part, which, when you're in the genius business, is key. It's the neural network that allows for all parts of the brain to connect and work in harmony.
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Antoni Gaudí's Top 5 Architecture Works - Spain Travel Attractions
 
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Antoni Gaudí's Top 5 Architecture Works - Spain Travel Attractions 5 - as part of the travel series by GeoBeats.
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Maintenance Tips for Tuberous Begonias
 
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Maintenance Tips for Tuberous Begonias - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. How to grow successfully, tuberous begonias. First of all, let's think of the name. Tuberous means that they do in the wintertime when they sleep, you can start it right a way. This here is a little storage unit, there is a little tiny one there, but by wintertime that will have grown to be almost the size of a small potato, and when the tuberous begonia rests in the wintertime it is storing its energy in that tuber. So that is what makes it a tuberous begonia. Tuberous begonias as opposed to other begonias have great, big, beautiful flowers. So this is a giant, flowered, tuberous begonia that Mary went out and dug in our dig your own field here, where people get to go choose from thousands of them. And, this is a boy flower, and this is the girl flower. So the boy has all the prettiness and the girl just tags along to be important. Tuberous begonias like it cool and with some shade and they do not really like to go in where it is really hot or down in humid country, so Florida, some of those hot states, you cannot do them. Just enjoy them, but you cannot really do them. But here they grow easy, they begin to bloom in early summer, and they will bloom all the way through until it gets cold later on in November, and then they go into that tuberous stage and they sit and rest for the wintertime. You do not want to overwater tuberous begonias, you want to keep them moist but not soggy, and they come as both hanging baskets and uprights. Mary showed you an upright there and up back here are some uprights that we put in a basket, shows you all the different color ranges how pretty they come. They come in yellows and pinks and whites and reds, everything except greens and blues, nothing like that in a tuberous begonia. One of the new ones - hold this red one up again, Mary - one of the new red, on the non-stop hanging basket series, its called illumination. This is the new red that has a real frilly center on it, and it is a dark, deep red that we did not have before. The non-stops are easier to grow, they are a little more heat-tolerant, and they get the name non-stop because tuberous begonias are what they call day-length influenced, and if you had a greenhouse and if you lived let's say, any place, Colorado, wherever, California, and you put on the lights in the wintertime and it stayed warm, you could make the non-stop tuberous begonias bloom all year non-stop, comes from Germany but that is how they got the name and people often wonder that. That is a non-stop hanging basket, and, oh, another little growing tip. When you have a nice begonia, of course we know they come both boys and girls, when you see the brown edges on the flower, that means that flower is about done and it is time for you to, if you are going to be perfect, just pinch it off, so it does not fall down inside the plant and rot there. Tuberous begonias of course like to have some fertilizer just like the others, water, not too much water, so you are going to keep it just not all then, and they like good air circulation so you do not get mildew. So just find a spot where, we do not want you to crowd them together, and we want a spot where there is a nice breeze and a cool coastal climate. Then you are very successful and your Tuberous begonias, you just ignore in the winter time and it will come back year after year, we hope! You usually wonder in an year or so.
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World's 10 Most Amazing Personal Submarines
 
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Check out 10 of the most awesome personal subs. Only the mega-rich can afford luxury yachts, but for the rest of us, other water options exist. Check out 10 of the most amazing personal submarines. Number 10 - The MIGALOO is billed as "The Ultimate Lux Sub". It offers upscale amenities like a pool, helipad, and a large deck for relaxation. Measuring over 375 feet long by 36 feet wide, the submarine is anything but small. It bears the appearance of a traditional submarine in most aspects but the tower is custom designed in order to house a staircase and elevator shaft. Number 9 -- The DeepFlight Super Falcon is described as an underwater plane. It is built with 8.8 feet wide wings and it can reach a depth of 1600 feet underwater. It drastically differs from a submarine as it doesn't just sink and rise, but instead uses a downward lift motion. The engine is said to be so quiet, it attracts sea life. Number 8 -- The Triton 3300/3 is a pretty radical sub. Designed to be eye catching, the submersible can carry a pilot and two passengers along for an underwater ride to depths up to 3300 feet. Number 7 -- It's the concept behind the submarine hotel called Lovers Deep that really stands out. While most people are familiar with meaning of the Mile High Club, this upscale sub aims to gain popularity for the Mile Low Club, offering lovers the opportunity to have intimate time deep in the ocean right next to stunning sea life. Number 6 -- The Rinspeed sQuba is one serious multifunctional vehicle. It doubles as a car and sub. The open top convertible can drive straight into the water and plunge up to depths of 30 feet. Given the open top design, it's bizarre that a wetsuit isn't included with the car, however a tank of compressed air is built in to help passengers breathe underwater. Number 5 -- The Innespace Seabreacher is a force to be reckoned with. The crafts are designed in various forms. Some are made to replicate whales, sharks or dolphins. Described as a diving machine, the submersible watercrafts plunge below the water and jump out and into the air similar to the movements of your favorite sea creatures. Number 4- The bizarre, cube shaped EGO Compact Semi Submarine definitely lands a spot on the compilation. While it can be used as a traditional boat that floats on top of the water's surface, the EGO Compact can partially submerge to give sea goers awesome underwater views. Number 3 -- The Platypus Submarine is another double tasking beauty. It can cruise both on top and below the water. Riders sit on the central hull which is flanked by a pair of pontoons that are connected by four horizontal arms. Depending on the position of the arms, the Platypus can travel on the water like a jet ski or dive underwater. Number 2- The C-Quester 3 submersible by U-Boat Worx is described by the company as a 'robust, spacious and easy to handle submersible'. Capable of seating three people, it comes equipped with an air conditioning system. The craft can stay underwater for a total of eight hours and reach depths over 320 feet. Number 1 -- Defying typical subs, Island Watersports Hawaii offers visitors and residents the chance to explore the ocean on submarine scooters. The tour company elaborated on the crafts noting 'Our underwater submarine scooters will allow you to view the marvels of the sea while effortlessly riding your very own self-propelled, eco-friendly electric scooter.' ---------------------------
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10 Mind-Blowing Facts About New 'Batman' Ship - Zumwalt
 
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Here are 10 extraordinary facts about the USS Zumwalt. The US Navy recently commissioned the USS Zumwalt or as some call it the 'Batman' ship, the first of three super stealthy guided missile destroyers designed to aid in land battles. Here are 10 fascinating facts about the United States’ latest water borne innovation. Number 10. It’s enormous. The ship measures roughly 600 feet in length and weighs in at more than 14,000 tons. Number 9. On radar, it looks like a fishing boat. Thanks to it unique shape and careful interior arrangement of typically telltale battleship equipment, people on the lookout for gargantuan military vessels will, literally, never see it coming. Number 8. The ship is aircraft friendly. Among those it is likely to house are Seahawk helicopters and Fire Scout UAVs.  Number 7. Zumwalt’s gas turbine engine system packs some serious power. A single unit produces enough juice to light 780,000 100-watt bulbs, and the system is capable of keeping 47,000 homes up and running.  Number 6. The captain’s name may cause confusion among some. The individual charged with commanding the Zumwalt is none other than Captain James Kirk. He is said to take the Star Trek-related questions often directed his way in stride.  Number 5. Zumwalt carries a substantial arsenal. The ship has 80 bays for missiles, 2 advanced 155 millimeter gun systems, and 2 30mm Close In Guns. It’s also capable of shooting lasers.  Number 4. It runs with a relatively light crew. Typically, sailors on board will be limited to between roughly 150 and 175, which is modest for a ship of its size. As such, accommodations will be fairly generous, with even lower-ranking personnel being assigned to staterooms that house only 4. Plans also include a library and lounge areas.  Number 3. The ship is spacious enough to accommodate a forklift. One is used for bringing ammunition onto the ship and into an elevator that carries the rounds down to a well-concealed weapons station.  Number 2. It’s ready to help out a Navy SEAL team. Among the many extras stashed inside the ship are a few smaller boats, vessels that may come in very handy for the elite team. Number 1. It’s really expensive. The estimated price hovers around $4 billion dollars. Those who’d like to pick up a destroyer of their own need not be discouraged, as opportunity may someday arise. The Navy has been known to sell decommissioned vessels for a fraction of the original sticker price.  What do you find most fascinating about the Zumwalt?
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10 Extraordinary Exoskeletons
 
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Here are 10 extraordinary exoskeletons. Our skin performs a lot of important jobs, like containing our organs and picking up environmental sensations. Sometimes, though, the body is better served by a hardier exterior. Here are 10 extraordinary exoskeletons. Number 10. The shipyard worker’s helper. South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Engineering tested out a suit not long ago designed to help laborers maneuver heavier loads. Those wearing them were able to haul big pieces of metal and large pipes like they were fluffy pillows.  Number 9. Fortis. There are countless jobs that would be made easier if everything weighed 36 pounds less. Lockheed Martin realized that and made an exoskeleton that transfers that amount of weight to the ground, diminishing human muscle fatigue. Number 8. XOS 2. There are exoskeletons, and then there are military grade exoskeletons. The XOS 2 is the latter, and it provides the ability to repeatedly lift hundreds of pounds and punch through 3-inch thick wood. Further, these things can be done gracefully, thanks to a sophisticated hydraulics system.  Number 7. MAXFAS. If a person is aiming a gun at someone, chances are they’re in a pretty intense situation. To counter any shot-affecting arm shaking that may occur, this brace reads minute movements, stabilizes accordingly, and increases the probability of target contact.  Number 6. Power Loader Lite. Wearable contraptions that provide superhuman strength are great, but so is help with lifting heavy things around the house. That’s where this exoskeleton comes in. Intended for the general public, the Power Loader Lite can handle about a hundred pounds, making it ideal for lugging around furniture and boxes.  Number 5. Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton. Over 150 researchers working with the Walk Again Project engineered a device that can be controlled by the wearer’s thoughts. Their robotic suit was highlighted at the 2014 World Cup. It was worn by a paraplegic man who performed an opening ceremony kick. Number 4. ReWalk. Classified as a therapeutic device, the robotic assist can provide a wide range of movement to those with spinal cord injuries. Standing, walking, and turning can all be accomplished while wearing one. So can more involved tasks like climbing up and down stairs.  Number 3. HARMONY. Upper body rehabilitation equipment typically only addresses the movement of one arm at a time, leaving the need for two-arm coordination unaddressed. Harmony was created to rectify that problem. As it tends to both limbs at once, it can greatly expand the range of skills recovered by those who’ve encountered neurological problems.  Number 2. AFA. Not only do firefighters run into burning buildings – and up the stairs in them - they often do it while wearing between 50 and a 120 pounds of gear. This exoskeleton doesn’t lighten the load, but it does enhance muscle performance, making necessary equipment easier to carry.  Number 1. Soft ExoSuit. Just because robotic suits are typically made from rigid materials doesn’t mean they have to continue to be. Harvard’s Wyss Institute is working on a textile version, which would offer many of the strength enhancing and fatigue diminishing benefits of the bulkier sorts, but be much easier to wear, transport, and maneuver.  Which exoskeleton do you think is the most extraordinary?
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10 Surprising Facts About World's Greatest Landmarks
 
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Learn 10 surprising facts about the world's most recognized landmarks. Our world has many great landmarks. Here are some surprising facts about them. Number 10 - The statue of Liberty functioned as a lighthouse for 16 years on orders from president Grover Cleveland. Number 9 - Eiffel Tower, the honeymooners delight needs constant attention. To prevent rust, it requires approximately 50 tons of paint every 7 years. Number 8 - The Great Wall of China was referred to as "the longest cemetery on earth" due to the vast number of people who died building it. It reportedly took the lives of nearly 1 million people. Number 7 - One man's slightly immodest tribute to his wife, Taj Mahal took 22 years to build. During the construction, over 1,000 elephants were used to transport materials. Number 6 - Big Ben, without which London would not be London, leans towards the northwest by a little over 8.5 inches. Number 5 - San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is known across the world. But few people may be aware that there's about 80,000 miles of wire in the two main cables. Number 4 - The Acropolis of Athens, which rises nearly 500 feet above the sea level, was initially built for defense purposes. Number 3 - The Grand Canyon, formed millions of years ago, has 800 million gallons of water flowing through it - not per month or per day but shockingly per hour. Number 2 - Rome's Colosseum, the site of deadly gladiator games, witnessed the slaughtering of 9,000 animals during its inaugural games in 80 AD. Number 1 - The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is currently the world's tallest building. It also happens to be the building with the world's fastest elevators.
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Pottery: How to Make a Planter Pot
 
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How to Make a Planter Pot? - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. We will talk about making a planter pot on the wheel. We will take our clay, drop down. It is sealed to the wheel. A couple cones. Take out the air bubbles. And, when I make planter pots I like to keep the pot that collects the water in the bottom attached to it so I do not have to move around both things. So, what I will do is once I am centered I am going to take some clay from the side and I am just going to push it down like this. So, It will open. And one thing when you are making planter pots to keep in mind is the shape of your pot is going to determine the shape of your plant. So, if you have a tall, skinny pot, your plant is going to grow tall and skinny, short and fat pot, you are going to get a short and fat plant. So, I like my plants nice and tall. So I am going to go for a little bit taller, little bit skinnier of a pot. Now I am going to come down to this bottom part, the tray, I am going to push down. Do not want to push too far down. Cut it off. So we will leave a little bit of thickness down there. I am going to grab, kind of pinch the clay. And pinch this up here, create a little bit of a reservoir for my water. Trim off some extra. Kind of refine my shape. And if I want to come back in here. I would suggest keeping this a little skinny so you can get your fingers inside here. Then, if you do want to widen it out, you can always come back and make it a little bit wider. And, we have got a planter pot. What I will do, once this is leather hard, I will take a drill bit and drill a hole for the water to drain through.
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10 Most Underrated National Parks
 
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Here are 10 of the most underrated and less traveled national parks. The United States has 59 national parks, but only a handful receive the most attention. Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon not only take up most of the spotlight, they get the lion's share of the visitors. Here are 10 of the most underrated and far less traveled ones. Number 10. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, Alaska. The 13.2 million acre area is accessible by only two roads. The opportunity to see 9 of North America's tallest mountains and steam rising from Mount Wrangell, one of the world's largest active volcanoes, make it well worth the trip. Number 9. Channel Islands National Park, California. Fewer than 300,000 people in 2012 took advantage of this respite from densely populated and developed Southern California. Along the 5 island's 175 miles of coastline, sightings of harbor seals and sea lions are the norm. Number 8. North Cascades National Park, Washington. If you're in search of glaciers, look no further. This park has over 300 of them, making it home to over half of all those located in the lower 48 states. It also boasts many of the nation's tallest waterfalls. Number 7. Great Basin National Park, Nevada. A plethora of round the clock activities can be found in this 77 thousand acre recreation spot. Viewing its marble caverns and limestone arches are highly recommended daytime diversions. As it's one of the darkest places in the US come nightfall, the evenings are all about stargazing. Number 6. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah. Whether your interests lie in the prehistoric days or those more recently passed, this park has much to offer. A wrinkle in the earth's surface has made it possible to gaze upon 270 million years of sedimentary history . Number 5. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota. Experience the badlands just like namesake Teddy Roosevelt did, roaming buffalo, wild horses and all. The landscape is similar to the one at Badlands National Park in South Dakota, but with a lot less visitors. Number 4. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado. This is about as tall and steep as canyon walls get. An Empire State Building stacked on top of a Willis Tower still would come up short in comparison. Number 3. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan. Located in the Upper Peninsula and surrounded by Lake Superior, this remote natural wonderland is one of the least visited parks in the country. Its secluded location has afforded it the ability to preserve many ecosystems in their pre-1800s states. Number 2. Congaree National Park, South Carolina. Established as a means of preserving the largest US concentration of old-growth bottomland hardwood, this park has one of the country's most serious forests. It has global bragging rights too, as its natural canopy is among the world's tallest. Number 1. Biscayne National Park, Florida. Pack your snorkeling gear, because 95 percent of this park is underwater. Sights to be seen include one of the world's largest coral reefs, manatees, and over 70 wrecked ships. Watch out for the barracudas and the 500-pound groupers, though.
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