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The Shirk Report – Volume 452

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Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com

 

20 IMAGES

Friday!
Taking the fast lane to work
I am my father’s son
Rattled me to my core
He ate one of Dad’s ‘special’ brownies and now we’re at the vet
He also ate one of Dad’s brownies
When nobody reaches for the dish you brought to dinner
OMG the prof accidentally posted the exam answers!
Not all heroes wear capes
This guy
And this guy
High five | Fist bump
[incoming dad joke] Wrong on so many..
My favorite Christmas ornament
Breathe it in boys
Viva la revolución!
She skipped walking and went straight to driving
What’s in a name?
Oh
Until next week

 

10 ARTICLES

Time: The 25 Best Inventions of 2017
6-year-old made $11 million in one year reviewing toys on You Tube
Alaska Got 15 Inches of Snow in 90 Minutes Last Week
How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet
Jim Simons: The Numbers King
The fax of life
Virginia’s $40 Toll Road Better Be the Future of Driving
The Flat-Pack, Can-Do Opener: 38+ Uses for the “Best Army Invention Ever”
The Dutch “Tulip Mania” Bubble (aka “Tulipomania”)
Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

 

5 VIDEOS + that’s my sister!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TURN THAT THUMB UPSIDE DOWN!

 

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This Horizontal Bar is a Single Shade of Gray

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In this optical illusion, a horizontal gray bar in a single shade of gray is placed in front of a gradient background. Suddenly the bar also appears as a gradient, getting darker from left to right.

The optical illusion is known as the Bezold effect, and was named after a German professor of meteorology, Wilhelm von Bezold (1837–1907), who discovered that a color may appear different depending on its relation to adjacent colors. [source]

The simple illusion was recently shared on reddit by tattiesbljt and I’ve created a gif below to help demonstrate the effect.

[via reddit]

 

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How to Hijack Amazon’s ‘Prime Now’ for Good

 

There are services that are now capable of delivering products in a matter of hours instead of days. YouTuber Rob Bliss decided to try to use the service to deliver helpful products to those in need.

When he asked people what they needed, Rob said the most requested items were: socks, backpacks, sleeping bags, underwear, water, and hygiene kits. But what if you don’t have time to go get those things? People want to help but may be in a rush themselves somewhere.

His hope is that Amazon and/or other ‘instant delivery’ services out there will realize the potential of enabling this kind of giving by their customers.

 

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The 2017 Nat Geo Nature Photographer of the Year Winners are Here and Amazing

 

Selected from over 11,000 entries, a wildlife photo of an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park has been selected as the grand-prize winner of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The photo, titled “Face to face in a river in Borneo,” was captured by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore. He has won $10,000 and will have his winning image published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

Bojan took the winning photo after waiting patiently in the Sekoyner River in Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo, Indonesia. After spending several days on a houseboat photographing orangutans in the park, Bojan learned of a location where a male orangutan had crossed the river –­ unusual behavior that he knew he had to capture. After waiting a day and night near the suspected location, a ranger spotted the orangutan the next morning at a spot a few minutes up the river. As they drew near, Bojan decided to get into the water so the boat did not scare the primate. About five feet deep in a river supposedly home to freshwater crocodiles, Bojan captured the photo when the orangutan peeked out from behind a tree to see if the photographer was still there.

On capturing the photo, Bojan said, “Honestly, sometimes you just go blind when things like this happen. You’re so caught up. You really don’t know what’s happening. You don’t feel the pain, you don’t feel the mosquito bites, you don’t feel the cold, because your mind is completely lost in what’s happening in front of you.”

Karim Iliya of Haiku, Hawaii, won first place in the Landscapes category for a photo from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park; Jim Obester of Vancouver, Wash., won first place in the Underwater category for a photo of an anemone; and Todd Kennedy of New South Wales, Australia, won first place in the Aerials category for a photo of a rock pool in Sydney at high tide.

The judges for the contest were National Geographic magazine’s senior photo editor of natural history assignments, Kathy Moran, National Geographic photographer Anand Varma, and photographer Michaela Skovranova.

Contestants submitted photographs in four categories – Wildlife, Landscape, Aerials and Underwater – through National Geographic’s photography community, Your Shot. All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at natgeo.com/photocontest.

 

 

WILDLIFE

 

1st Place/Grand Prize:

 

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A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia.

 

 

2nd Place:

 

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An adult Caribbean pink flamingo feeds a chick in Yucatán, Mexico. Both parents alternate feeding chicks, at first with a liquid baby food called crop milk, and then with regurgitated food.

 

 

3rd Place:

 

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Two grey herons spar as a white-tailed eagle looks on in Hungary.

 

 

Honorable Mention

 

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A Japanese macaque indulges in some grooming time on the shores of the famous hot springs.

 

 

People’s Choice

 

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A great gray owl swoops to kill in a New Hampshire field.

 

 

LANDSCAPES

 

1st Place:

 

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Shortly before twilight in Kalapana, Hawai’i, a fragment of the cooled lava tube broke away, leaving the molten rock to fan in a fiery spray for less than half an hour before returning to a steady flow.

 

 

2nd Place:

 

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Sunlight glances off mineral strata of different colors in Dushanzi Grand Canyon, China.

 

 

3rd Place:

 

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A summer thunderstorm unleashes lightning on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

 

 

Honorable Mention

 

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Morning fog blurs the dead trees of Romania’s Lake Cuejdel, a natural reservoir created by landslides.

 

 

People’s Choice

 

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Sunset illuminates a lighthouse and rainbow in the Faroe Islands.

 

 

UNDERWATER

 

1st Place:

 

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Blue-filtered strobe lights stimulate fluorescent pigments in the clear tentacles of a tube-dwelling anemone in Hood Canal, Washington.

 

 

2nd Place:

 

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Typically a shy species, a Caribbean reef shark investigates a remote-triggered camera in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen marine protected area.

 

 

3rd Place:

 

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Buoyed by the Gulf Stream, a flying fish arcs through the night-dark water five miles off Palm Beach, Florida.

 

 

Honorable Mention

 

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Preparing to strike, tarpon cut through a ribbon-like school of scad off the coast of Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea.

 

 

People’s Choice

 

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A Portuguese man-of-war nears the beach on a summer morning; thousands of these jellyfish wash up on Australia’s eastern coast every year.

 

 

AERIALS

 

1st Place:

 

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In Sydney, Australia, the Pacific Ocean at high tide breaks over a natural rock pool enlarged in the 1930s. Avoiding the crowds at the city’s many beaches, a local swims laps.

 

 

2nd Place:

 

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Snow-covered metasequoia trees, also called dawn redwoods, interlace over a road in Takashima, Japan.

 

 

3rd Place:

 

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On the flanks of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai’i, the world’s only lava ocean entry spills molten rock into the Pacific Ocean. After erupting in early 2016, the lava flow took about two months to reach the sea, six miles away.

 

 

Honorable Mention

 

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Migratory gulls take flight from a cedar tree being washed downstream by a glacial river in British Columbia, Canada.

 

 

People’s Choice

 

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Green vegetation blooms at the river’s edge, or riparian, zone of a meandering canyon in Utah.

 

 

Picture of the Day: Heart and Soil

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Artwork by Dimitri Tsykalov

 

Heart (2003) is a large sculpture by Russian artist Dimitri Tsykalov made from wood, bark and soil.

Measuring 170 x 100 x 100 cm (5’7″ x 39″ x 39″), the artwork was on display at Galerie Rabouan Moussion in Paris, France where the Moscow-born artist currently lives and works.

For more from Tsykalov visit his official website along with Galerie Rabouan Moussion and the Marina Gisich Gallery.

 

 

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This Airbnb in the South of France Comes with a 91-Foot Aquarium Pool

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Situated on the southern tip of France, you will find the amazing Villa on the Rocks rental property located in Bandol, a small commune in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti (who designed the Mucem Museum in Marseille), the 5 bedroom/8 bed/3 bathroom villa boasts an incredible 91-ft long lap pool that can be viewed from the inside and outside thanks to some extra thick, aquarium-style windows.

Close to the sea and surrounded by vineyards, Villa on the Rocks looks pretty memorable for a vacation rental. You can find a video tour and additional photos of the home below.

For more information check out the Airbnb listing.

 

 

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