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Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:14:33 -0700

Copyright: 2016

Video Footage Shows How Fast A Flash Flood Can Get Out Of Hand

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:00:04 -0700


They don't call 'em flash floods for nothing, and in a flash those waters can sweep in and tear up buildings, tear down trees and other plants, and even carry cars and trucks away.

In 2011 a devastating flood swept through Toowoomba, Australia, captured on video from a second story office window by whitelightbringer.

The flood waters fill East Creek and start sweeping all the vehicles in the parking lot away, that is, all but one truck driven out of harms way by a guy who's either really brave or really dumb for taking such a risk.


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-Via Digg

10 Superhero Gadgets That Actually Exist

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:01 -0700


You always suspected that hi-tech engineers and inventors drew inspiration from science fiction, spy novels, and comic books. It’s true! There are more and more tech innovations that seem like magic, that can give us superpowers once only dreamed of in fiction. For example, consider the Myo Gesture Control Armband by Thalmic Labs.

Feel the power of the force flowing through your being with the Myo Gesture Control Armband. This device provides wireless technology that allows you to control movement of distant objects with a wave of your hand. You can remotely control electronic devices so they turn on and off, make drones fly through the air and much more.

This device is compatible with Windows, Mac, Ios and Android via wireless connection. It works by reading the electrical activity that is generated by your muscles so it appears that you are commanding electronic objects to obey your command.

Cool, huh? That’s just one of ten gadgets that can give you superpowers, or at least the  appearance of superpowers, at Money Inc.

This Quiz Can Help You Find Your Perfect Dog

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:00:01 -0700


Dogs are incredible companions, but you need to find the right pet for you, because a person at work all day shouldn't have an overly attached dog, just like a super active person doesn't want a pooch that just wants to lay on the couch and cuddle all day.

That's why is such a cool site. It essentially works like an online dating profile, taking your personality and interests into account in order to match you to the perfect pup. While there have been plenty of quizes like this online that suggest particular breeds for you to look into, this one actually links you to dogs that are actually available for adoption and that fit your personality and lifestyle.

I got a dog that was a 98% match and while I'm not really looking for a dog right now (my current pup is a handful already), she sure did look like a great match. So, have any of you found your soul dog today?

Via The Daily Dot

Please Re-Elect Gerald

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:01 -0700


This is what a political ad should be. Gerald Daugherty is a county commissioner in Travis County, Texas. He’s either a pretty good actor, or else this is exactly how he is in real life. And his wife Charlyn is an excellent actor. This ad is for his re-election campaign this year.

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What you want in a local office like this is someone who cares about the job and is willing to do the work. It helps if he (or she) knows what they are doing. This ad conveys all that in a 60-second drama that will also make you laugh. -via Digg

Donut Bat - The Sweet Snack That Will Bite Back

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:44:12 -0700


Donut Bat by kpcomix

Kids love to sink their teeth into some tasty treats on Halloween night, but I wonder how they'd feel if those sugary sweets bit back? In that alternate reality kids would live in fear of Halloween, afraid to leave their house on that spooky night lest they be gobbled up by sugary snacks on the attack. But cops will have it worst of all, since their favorite treat will start to play tricks on them, flapping away before they can take a bite out of those delicious-looking donut bats!

This Donut Bat t-shirt by kpcomix definitely doesn't bite, but it will make your friends show their fangs as they guffaw at your funny new shirt!

Visit kpcomix's Facebook fan page, official website, Tumblr and Twitter, then head on over to her NeatoShop for more fang-tastic designs:

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A Deliciously Diverse Collection Of Useful Baking Tips

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:00:01 -0700


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Tis the season to do lots of baking, both for ourselves and others, and as we deliver the baked goods season after holiday season we pick up a few tricks to speed things up and ensure a perfect bake.

Tired of your cookies falling flat while baking?


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Chill the dough for a bit and you'll end up with thicker cookies that are easier to form into equal sized scoops before baking.

You should also put your cut sugar cookies and pie crusts in the freezer for a bit before baking them, which will help them retain their shape since the butter won't melt as fast.


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Just when you think you've got it all figured out when it comes to baked goods a handy tip comes along and changes the game.

Tired of the bits falling to the bottom in your baked goods?


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Coat chips and fruit bits in flour before adding them to the mix and they'll stay put while baking.

And if you're looking for a new flavor sensation that flows with the old standards try using vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract.


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The paste has a truer vanilla taste and adds those cute little flecks for visual effect.

See 26 Seriously Useful Baking Tips You'll Wish You Knew About Sooner here

The Spirit(s) of Lily Dale

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:00:03 -0700

The following article is from the new bookUncle John’s Uncanny Bathroom Reader.

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Since 1879, residents of a quaint town in upstate New York have mediated conversations between loved ones—parents and children, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters. What’s so special about that? These mediators connect the living…with the dead.


Pastel-painted Victorian homes line the streets of Lily Dale, New York, leftovers from the town’s golden age at the dawn of the 20th century. It’s been called Silly Dale, Spookdale, and—in a 1997 New York Times article—“New York’s own corner of the twilight zone.” In winter, Lily Dale is as quiet as the ghosts rumored to walk its streets. But when summer rolls around, this town’s population blossoms—from a few hundred to around 22,000.

This gated community, founded by members of the Spiritualist church beside a picturesque lake in western New York state, was set apart in its original corporate charter as a place “for the discerning of the spirits.” When tens of thousands of true believers stream through the gates each summer, it’s not the lake or the Victorian homes they’re coming to see: it’s the women (and a few men) who claim to be able to deliver messages from beyond the grave.

Parental Permission Needed to Read Fahrenheit 451

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:00:01 -0700

Paola Abraini is one of three women left in the world who can make su filindeu, which makes it the rarest pasta in the world. The family has passed down the technique for hundreds of years, but the recipe is no secret. There were once many women in the town of Nuoro, Sardinia, who made su filindeu for the Feast of San Francesco, when pilgrims traditionally eat a soup of su filindeu in mutton broth. Abraini would love to teach others how to make it, but the process is one that you can’t learn in an afternoon. It takes years of practice. First, you make pasta dough from semolina wheat, salt, and water, and knead it. 

Then comes the hardest part, a process she calls, “understanding the dough with your hands.” When she feels that it needs to be more elastic, she dips her fingers into a bowl of salt water. When it needs more moisture, she dips them into a separate bowl of regular water. “It can take years to understand,” she beamed. “It’s like a game with your hands. But once you achieve it, then the magic happens.”

When the semolina reached just the right consistency, Abraini picked up the cylindrical strand to stretch and fold the dough, doubling it as she pressed the heads of the su filindeu into her palms. She repeated this sequence in a fluid motion eight times. With each sweeping pull, the dough became thinner and thinner. After eight sequences, she was left with 256 even strands about half as wide as angel-hair pasta. She then carefully laid the strands on a circular base, one on top of another, to form a cross, trimming any excess from the ends with her fingers before repeating the process over and over.

The result is a fine noodle, thinner than angel hair. Because the pasta is in danger of dying out, it has recently become available at restaurants in Sardinia. Read about su filindeu at BBC Travel.  -via the Presurfer