Amazing Comet Holmes

3 votes, average: 3.33 out of 53 votes, average: 3.33 out of 53 votes, average: 3.33 out of 53 votes, average: 3.33 out of 53 votes, average: 3.33 out of 5
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Explanation: One year ago, Comet 17P/Holmes amazed sky watchers across planet Earth. A stunningly rapid outburst transformed it from a faint comet quietly orbiting the Sun with a period of about 7 years to a naked-eye comet rivaling the brighter stars in the constellation Perseus. Its largely tail-less shape, as in this wide-angle view recorded on November 11, 2007, became well-known to astronomers trying to unravel the mystery of the comet’s surprising outburst . Still, Comet Holmes had a dim ion tail that was seen to separate from the bright coma. In this image, the separated tail creates the illusion of a reflection nebula. It appears as a faint bluish haze right of center against a background of stars in the loosely grouped Alpha Persei Moving Cluster.

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  • Monster

    6 votes, average: 4.33 out of 56 votes, average: 4.33 out of 56 votes, average: 4.33 out of 56 votes, average: 4.33 out of 56 votes, average: 4.33 out of 5
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    Venus of Willendorf

    10 votes, average: 4.60 out of 510 votes, average: 4.60 out of 510 votes, average: 4.60 out of 510 votes, average: 4.60 out of 510 votes, average: 4.60 out of 5
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    24,000 BC ‒ 22,000 BC Found near Willendorf, Austria. Discovered in 1908 by by Josef Szombathy. Made of limestone and tinted with red ocre.

    The Venus is not a realistic portrait but rather an idealization of the female figure. Her vulva, breasts, and swollen belly, are heavily pronounced, suggesting a strong connection to fertility. Her tiny arms are folded over her breasts. The figure has no visible feet, her head being covered with circular horizontal bands of what might be rows of plaited hair, or a type of headdress.

    The nickname, urging a comparison to the classical image of “Venus,” causes resistance in some modern analyses. According to Christopher Witcombe, “the ironic identification of these figurines as ‘Venus’ pleasantly satisfied certain assumptions at the time about the primitive, about women, and about taste.”

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    Spartafly

    13 votes, average: 3.62 out of 513 votes, average: 3.62 out of 513 votes, average: 3.62 out of 513 votes, average: 3.62 out of 513 votes, average: 3.62 out of 5
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    over 9000 hours in MS Paint

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  • The Art of ZdzisÃ…’šaw BeksiÃ…’žski

    24 votes, average: 4.79 out of 524 votes, average: 4.79 out of 524 votes, average: 4.79 out of 524 votes, average: 4.79 out of 524 votes, average: 4.79 out of 5
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    Happy Hallowe’en!

    SLOTHS TURN

    10 votes, average: 3.60 out of 510 votes, average: 3.60 out of 510 votes, average: 3.60 out of 510 votes, average: 3.60 out of 510 votes, average: 3.60 out of 5
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    Sloths are cool too.

    Did you mean ‘Children Asses’?

    6 votes, average: 4.17 out of 56 votes, average: 4.17 out of 56 votes, average: 4.17 out of 56 votes, average: 4.17 out of 56 votes, average: 4.17 out of 5
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    This sceen cap was taken by my fiance as he was trying to find the Shivering Isles expansion. I spat my water out and couldn’t stop laughing.

    And yes, it still comes up with that result.

    Have I ever clicked that redirect search?

    brb, party van

    Smooth Pooch

    17 votes, average: 4.94 out of 517 votes, average: 4.94 out of 517 votes, average: 4.94 out of 517 votes, average: 4.94 out of 517 votes, average: 4.94 out of 5
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    Hey Babe… How YOU doin…?

    Sarah Palin Drops Puck

    16 votes, average: 1.94 out of 516 votes, average: 1.94 out of 516 votes, average: 1.94 out of 516 votes, average: 1.94 out of 516 votes, average: 1.94 out of 5
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    I wonder if she will be booed again, when she drops the puck tonight for the LA Kings@ St. Louis Blues game.

    Pretty sure “hockey moms” wear hockey jerseys to games.

    Only One of These Is Correct

    12 votes, average: 3.00 out of 512 votes, average: 3.00 out of 512 votes, average: 3.00 out of 512 votes, average: 3.00 out of 512 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5
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    Who knew

    8 votes, average: 3.38 out of 58 votes, average: 3.38 out of 58 votes, average: 3.38 out of 58 votes, average: 3.38 out of 58 votes, average: 3.38 out of 5
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    Bill Shapiro writes to Romenesko: I’m the former managing editor LIFE (the newspaper supplement version). After The Speech last night, I couldn’t help recall our third cover featuring McCain and…. Take a peek. I think you’ll find it very fun and rather prescient.

    When we shot this photo for the third cover of LIFE (the newspaper
    supplement version) back in September of 2004, we never dreamed we’d actually see it play out….or even anything this close.

    As the election neared and it was becoming clear that every vote would
    matter, we decided to ask a wide range of famous Americans why there were stepping up to the ballot box. We photographed Madeleine Albright, Manny Ramirez, Andre 3000, and Tucker Carlson (who told us, “People vote when they feel threatened. So it’s a good sign, in my view, that half the country doesn’t vote in the presidential election”) among others. Of course, we photographed John McCain and Tina Fey together. He was thrilled to meet her and they got along very well: They had lunch and he gave her an impromptu tour of the Senate building. Makes us wonder if when McCain met Palin for the first time, he said, ‘You know, you remind me of someone…”

    Opeth

    23 votes, average: 3.26 out of 523 votes, average: 3.26 out of 523 votes, average: 3.26 out of 523 votes, average: 3.26 out of 523 votes, average: 3.26 out of 5
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    mhm.. Good band.

    Adam and Eve – Muslim style

    19 votes, average: 4.26 out of 519 votes, average: 4.26 out of 519 votes, average: 4.26 out of 519 votes, average: 4.26 out of 519 votes, average: 4.26 out of 5
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    SOHO’s Uninterrupted View of the Sun

    5 votes, average: 4.20 out of 55 votes, average: 4.20 out of 55 votes, average: 4.20 out of 55 votes, average: 4.20 out of 55 votes, average: 4.20 out of 5
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    Explanation: Launched ten years ago this week, SOHO (the SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory) still enjoys an uninterrupted view of the Sun. Twelve sungazing instruments on board the spacecraft have explored the Sun’s internal structure, the extensive solar atmosphere and solar wind, and discovered over 1,000 comets from a remarkable orbit around a point about 1.5 million kilometers directly sunward of planet Earth itself. At that location, known as a Lagrange point, the gravitational influence of the Earth and Sun are equal. With scientific instrument teams distributed around the world, the SOHO operations center is located at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Mission operations are planned through March of 2007 to allow the study of a complete 11-year solar cycle. Contributions from SOHO’s instruments are represented in the colorful montage image. Happy tenth anniversary SOHO!

    This was APOD’s POD in December of 2005.

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    Your opinion

    20 votes, average: 2.40 out of 520 votes, average: 2.40 out of 520 votes, average: 2.40 out of 520 votes, average: 2.40 out of 520 votes, average: 2.40 out of 5
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    Keep it to yourself….

    Peaceful Place

    9 votes, average: 4.56 out of 59 votes, average: 4.56 out of 59 votes, average: 4.56 out of 59 votes, average: 4.56 out of 59 votes, average: 4.56 out of 5
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    I think Thoreau would approve.

    Batcake

    6 votes, average: 4.17 out of 56 votes, average: 4.17 out of 56 votes, average: 4.17 out of 56 votes, average: 4.17 out of 56 votes, average: 4.17 out of 5
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    This cake was close to 300 lbs. All the figures were edible. Some bastard has cut it.

    Confetti Cakes

    Whale Waste

    4 votes, average: 4.50 out of 54 votes, average: 4.50 out of 54 votes, average: 4.50 out of 54 votes, average: 4.50 out of 54 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5
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    I don’t know what happened… the page was in russian, so if anyone here speaks russian, I would like and explanation!

    Robberfly

    4 votes, average: 5.00 out of 54 votes, average: 5.00 out of 54 votes, average: 5.00 out of 54 votes, average: 5.00 out of 54 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robberfly

    Bsharri, Lebanon

    2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5
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    Above the Clouds

    Red Alert 3 Female Cast Wallpaper

    13 votes, average: 4.38 out of 513 votes, average: 4.38 out of 513 votes, average: 4.38 out of 513 votes, average: 4.38 out of 513 votes, average: 4.38 out of 5
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    Hedgehog is NOT Impressed

    11 votes, average: 4.64 out of 511 votes, average: 4.64 out of 511 votes, average: 4.64 out of 511 votes, average: 4.64 out of 511 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5
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    Another Anteater Pic

    8 votes, average: 4.63 out of 58 votes, average: 4.63 out of 58 votes, average: 4.63 out of 58 votes, average: 4.63 out of 58 votes, average: 4.63 out of 5
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    Aaay! Fuck you I’m an anteater!

    Saturn Devouring His Sons

    13 votes, average: 4.31 out of 513 votes, average: 4.31 out of 513 votes, average: 4.31 out of 513 votes, average: 4.31 out of 513 votes, average: 4.31 out of 5
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    by Francisco Goya
    More about it here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_Devouring_His_Son

    Just because you can reproduce…

    15 votes, average: 4.93 out of 515 votes, average: 4.93 out of 515 votes, average: 4.93 out of 515 votes, average: 4.93 out of 515 votes, average: 4.93 out of 5
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    Just because you can reproduce, doesn’t mean you should.

    Maris Pacifici

    7 votes, average: 4.43 out of 57 votes, average: 4.43 out of 57 votes, average: 4.43 out of 57 votes, average: 4.43 out of 57 votes, average: 4.43 out of 5
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    The Maris Pacifici is believed to be the first printed map of the Pacific. It was published in Abraham Ortelius’ 1589 Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, considered to be the first true modern atlas.

    Wallpaper size: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4e/Ortelius_-_Maris_Pacifici_1589.jpg

    Headless Prom Queen Halloween Costume

    34 votes, average: 4.74 out of 534 votes, average: 4.74 out of 534 votes, average: 4.74 out of 534 votes, average: 4.74 out of 534 votes, average: 4.74 out of 5
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    This is a Halloween costume we made for my daughter: the Headless Prom Queen. The town I live in has a parade & costume judging contest for the kids. She took first place…. well, for her age group. But! one of the judges told us, if they could have picked an overall winner for the day, it would have been her. The stares and laughs she got were priceless. She had a blast. And no, she’s not some crazy freak kid; last year she was a princess, the year before a bumble bee.

    Great Orion Nebulae

    6 votes, average: 4.33 out of 56 votes, average: 4.33 out of 56 votes, average: 4.33 out of 56 votes, average: 4.33 out of 56 votes, average: 4.33 out of 5
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    Explanation: The Great Nebula in Orion, also known as M42, is one of the most famous nebulae in the sky. The star forming region’s glowing gas clouds and hot young stars are on the right in this sharp and colorful two frame mosaic that includes the smaller nebula M43 near center and dusty, bluish reflection nebulae NGC 1977 and friends on the left. Located at the edge of an otherwise invisible giant molecular cloud complex, these eye-catching nebulae represent only a small fraction of this galactic neighborhood’s wealth of interstellar material. Within the well-studied stellar nursery, astronomers have also identified what appear to be numerous infant solar systems. The gorgeous skyscape spans nearly two degrees or about 45 light-years at the Orion Nebula’s estimated distance of 1,500 light-years.

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    Scotoplanes

    9 votes, average: 4.56 out of 59 votes, average: 4.56 out of 59 votes, average: 4.56 out of 59 votes, average: 4.56 out of 59 votes, average: 4.56 out of 5
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    Guaranteed to give you nightmares.

    CFR Puppets

    4 votes, average: 3.25 out of 54 votes, average: 3.25 out of 54 votes, average: 3.25 out of 54 votes, average: 3.25 out of 54 votes, average: 3.25 out of 5
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    Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) Dinner Tab

    3 votes, average: 4.67 out of 53 votes, average: 4.67 out of 53 votes, average: 4.67 out of 53 votes, average: 4.67 out of 53 votes, average: 4.67 out of 5
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    From the land of the $100,000,000,000 note. Hope it was delicious at that price!

    Tiki God!

    8 votes, average: 3.88 out of 58 votes, average: 3.88 out of 58 votes, average: 3.88 out of 58 votes, average: 3.88 out of 58 votes, average: 3.88 out of 5
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    Was looking in the drink menu at Sam’s By The Sea here on Okinawa, had to snap a pic of this for Tiki!
    Look, Tiki! Only 700 yen! (735 after tax! :P)
    Shame this isn’t one of the drinks where you got to keep the cup, otherwise I might have ordered one.

    Russian Boob Ceiling

    5 votes, average: 1.80 out of 55 votes, average: 1.80 out of 55 votes, average: 1.80 out of 55 votes, average: 1.80 out of 55 votes, average: 1.80 out of 5
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    They don’t get much bigger than these.

    And I’m not buying the “Leaking upstairs plumbing” line either.

    Via Inventor Spot

    chainsaw kitty

    9 votes, average: 4.00 out of 59 votes, average: 4.00 out of 59 votes, average: 4.00 out of 59 votes, average: 4.00 out of 59 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5
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    Magnetic Air Car

    6 votes, average: 3.50 out of 56 votes, average: 3.50 out of 56 votes, average: 3.50 out of 56 votes, average: 3.50 out of 56 votes, average: 3.50 out of 5
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    A new take on an old idea. An air powered car, with an on board compressor turned initially, by a magnetic motor powered by a high endurance, high efficiency automotive battery, and in steady state, by recycled compressed air.

    Individually, all of these components, air powered cars, compressors, etc., already exist. Combine them with a little “Secret Sauce” and you get… The magnetic air car.

    So far so good. Except for one thing. They claim that once in motion, you will get an *unlimited* driving range out of their combination. Supposedly without somehow violating the laws of physics.

    Personally, I can see the potential for an extremely efficient system here, but *UNLIMITED* driving range? Unless that secret sauce is pixie dust or something, I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Via: The Red Ferret Journal
    Sauce: Magnetic Air Cars
    More Info: Almaden Times Weekly

    A Wonderful World

    21 votes, average: 2.90 out of 521 votes, average: 2.90 out of 521 votes, average: 2.90 out of 521 votes, average: 2.90 out of 521 votes, average: 2.90 out of 5
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    God’s revelation

    16 votes, average: 2.69 out of 516 votes, average: 2.69 out of 516 votes, average: 2.69 out of 516 votes, average: 2.69 out of 516 votes, average: 2.69 out of 5
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