MORE THAN YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT GROUNDHOG DAY
Today is Groundhog Day on which Punxsutawney Phil predicts how much longer winter will last depending on whether he sees his shadow.
Here's a story about how this annual ritual came about – and it's not even very interesting, but there you are.
MAKING SNOW FROM BOILIING WATER
As anyone not hibernating knows, this past week gave the U.S. a record-breaking cold spell, a dangerous one that killed several people.
In no way ignoring that terrible outcome, there suddenly are dozens of videos online of people showing what happens when you throw boiling water into sub-zero air. Actually, it's beautiful. Take a look:
How does this happen - that water turns instantly to snow? And why does the air need to be super cold? Wired magazine explains for us:
”Actually, this is a great example of water in all three phases: solid, liquid, and gas. The boiling water starts off mostly in the liquid phase. However, since it's so hot, the water has enough energy to make the transition from liquid to gas.
“Hot water evaporates faster than cool water, which is why this trick works better with boiling water.”
There is a more detailed explanation at Wired.
HORSES FROLICKING IN THE SNOW
Take a look at this – footage of horses playing aorund in deep snow earlier this month in Austria. Who knew horses enjoy snow?
THE SMITHSONIAN COLLECTS THE WORLD
Here is a nice little video showing off a few items in the vast collections at the Smithsonian Institution.
ARE THESE THE WORLD'S SNEAKIEST ANIMALS?
The wild monkeys of Gibralter appear to have fleecing tourists down to a science.
The YouTube page tells us that
”...real-life caveman Angelo Mastropietro has made his hermit dream a reality - by spending over £160,000 turning a 700-year-old cave, carved into 250 million year old sandstone cliffs in the the Wyre Forest, into his dream home.
“The 38-year-old, originally from Worcestershire, was living a high-flying life as the head of a successful recruitment company in Australia when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. The condition led to him being temporarily paralysed - and inspired him to seek a simpler life.”
I'm not so sure about “simple” but this cave home has all the modern conveniences and is amazing.
HOW DOES YOUR KITTEN GROW
You know how it goes: you bring home a tiny little kitten (or puppy), so fragile and so cute. Then the next thing you know, like human children, the animal if full grown and you can't remember when that happened.
Now we can see how that works right in front of our eyes.
”A photographer from Warren Photographic Ltd documented the growth of their silver tabby Maine Coon kitten named Freya over the course of 10 months.
“The photographer then distilled this footage into a brilliant 26 second time-lapse that shows Freya growing from a tiny newborn kitten to a gorgeous long haired cat.”
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
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