According to this tool on the BBC, I was the 4,320,991,763rd person to be born.
If you were born after 1951, enter your date of birth into this tool from the Guardian to see how big the world's population was when you were born.
How does a slinky fall when extended by its own weight and then released?
C. G. P. Gre, an American living in London, has created an excellent video explaining the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England.
Interesting Economist infographic showing how the GDP of the 50 US states compare to other countries.
Enough fat to fill nine double-decker buses is being removed from sewers under London's Leicester Square.
A team of "flushers" equipped with full breathing apparatus has been drafted in with shovels to dig out an estimated 1,000 tonnes of putrid fat. It is claimed to be the largest-ever sewer clean-up of its kind.
If you look at the photo you'll notice the lack of facial protection. When I've watch programmes about cleaning London's sewers, the workers, most of whom seem to love their jobs, say that there's no point wearing any protection as the smell still gets through. [via]
Every city needs a mayor likes this ol' lady. [via]
Some NSFW content.
With the aid of some very long ladders. [via]
"Oddly Specific - the strangely particular website about particularly exacting signs."
The Saudi equivalent of a beauty contest.
The Telegraph has posted some old photos of London including this 'baby cage' that attaches to the side of a house to allow babies to get some fresh air and sunshine. Unsurprisingly, it didn't get past the idea stage.
The 10 Best Prison Breaks starting with John Gerard who escaped from the Tower of London in 1597 despite having mangled hands from being tortured. Perhaps Ranulf Flambard, the Bishop of Durham should have been listed instead. He was the first state prisoner in the Tower in 1100 and also the first person to escape.
Police officers in Scotland have been given a "diversity handbook" that instructs them on how to be politically correct. According to the guide, officers must not:-
Officers are also reminded that it's perfectly legal for a bloke to dress as a chick providing his todger is not showing. [via]
A very different type of windmill compared to what you would find in the UK or the Netherlands.
An article about a study of the decline of odd/funny British names in the UK.
Sign me up for Simpsons and Philosophy and Far Side Entomology.
In this undated photo, the illusive, sometimes dead, sometime not, Kim Jong Il tours a bubble gum factory. As photos of him are rarely released it's an odd choice.
Reuters has a great summary of the things he has achieved in his lifetime including getting 11 holes-in-one the first time he ever played golf, making pear and apricot trees mysteriously and spontaneously come into bloom across the country when he took control of the country and learning to become a crack fighter even though he avoids travelling on airplanes for his rare trips overseas.
Look out for the guy dropping his trousers at 1:34. [via]
An interactive map showing the location and frequency of commonly used words in Super Bowl related tweets.
I've never been able to get into Twitter. I guess I haven't got anything interesting to say. And what's strange is that over the past week or so, quite a few people have started following me even though I don't post anything.
Viceland has an interview with Issey Sagawa, the Japanese cannibal 'who got away with it'. Here's an excerpt:-
Take a look inside Air Force One with this virtual tour from the National Geographic.
The Daily Mail has posted a recording of a family celebrating Christmas together during the First World War. It is the first time that they have been heard in nearly a century.
Eight phonograph cyclinders, made of beeswax and soap, feature the Smith family from Salisbury in Wiltshire singing carols and dicussing 'daddy being away at war.'
The recording was found by Russell Barnes who also found other recordings that were made between 1913 and 1917.
It's interesting to learn that children were getting bikes for Christmas almost 100 years ago.
Google has released it's annual Zeitgeist sorted by 35 countries and then sorted by categories such as politics, sports and showbiz.
The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings, of the familiar terms on today's maps of the World and Europe.
The 'True Names' of 1500 cities, countries, rivers, oceans and mountain ranges are displayed on these two fascinating maps - Europe and the Wolrd
Using the map above, I'm located just down the road from the Dark Water Fort in the Land of Strangers, a principality in the Great Land of the Tattooed. That sounds so much better than Newport, Wales, UK.
The 'True Names' site has information on how to purchase the maps and also have large images of the Great Land of the Tattooed (Britain) and the United States of the Home Ruler (US). Spiegel also has images from other regions of the world. [via]
You've probably noticed that when watch and clock manufacturers advertise their products they set them to 10:10. This appears to make the watch 'happier' and also with some watches frames the manufacturer's name.
But did you know that Timex has an official time, 10:09:36, at which every watch — even digital models — is photographed for marketing purposes? They even ship many watches turned off at 10:09:36, so that all watches have the same time in store windows.
Deputy Dog has posted some photos showing the construction of a bridge in China which, when completed, will be the world's highest. It's so high that the Empire State Building can fit underneath it with 360ft to spare!
One problem that engineers have faced during the construction of the bridge is how to get the 3,200ft long cables across the giant gorge. After considering different options, they settled for firing them across using rockets. There are photos, but unfortunately no video, over on the Deputy Dog site.
Jason Kottke has compiled a large collection of maps used by websites during the US elections from the techie to the simplistic.
The BBC has posted a short video showing operations Amazon's fourth UK warehouse in Swansea, Wales. As someone who makes the most of his Amazon Prime membership, it was interesting to see how orders are received and picked.
Apparently this photo is real. It shows a lone house that managed to survive hurricane Ike which hit the town of Gilchrist, Texas. Roughly 200 houses were destroyed by the hurricane.
The reason why the house survived was because 3 years previously, their old house was destroyed by hurricane Rita. This time around they made sure they built their house to withstand the force of hurricane by placing it on 14 foot high stilts (about 22 feet above sea level).
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