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Photos of rowdy Slavs partying in an abandoned nuclear reactor are vintage post-Soviet fun

Who needs glow sticks when you have cooling rods<p>When the the Chernobyl reactor exploded in 1986, the world shuddered. The largest nuclear accident in …

Black Sea

The new game from the folks behind 'Grand Theft Auto' is ridiculously gorgeous

In 2010, a new video game classic was born.<p>"Red Dead Redemption" is widely regarded as one of the finest games made in the past 10 years. It takes the open-world environment of "Grand Theft Auto" and twists it into something unique: a third-person, open-world action game set in the Old West — it's …

The Jimi Hendrix of the Bass: Watch a Busker Shred the Bass on the Streets of Newcastle

If you find yourself on the streets of Newcastle, England, you might stumble upon Ojay (aka Stephen Oliver Jones) busking away, doing things you …

Jimi Hendrix

15 Stunning Vintage Portrait Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, 1858

Napoléon Bonaparte's final defeat was the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Even after his death in 1821, the surviving soldiers of Grande Armée revered …

Pictures of the Second World War that look like they were taken yesterday

When Marina Amaral looks at a black-and-white photograph, she doesn’t see 50 shades of grey. She sees the true colours of the scene captured by the photographer – sometimes more than a century ago – and she sets about recreating them.<p>Amaral is a 22-year-old Brazilian artist whose digital …

This is how those Instafamous rainbow lattes are made

Videos of the insanely colourful lattes being served up at Piggy Back Cafe in the Brisbane suburb of Jindalee have sent the internet crazy this week. …

The 20 most beautiful subway stations around the world

Some public transportation stations are designed as stunning spaces, full of breathtaking murals and incredible light projections.<p>We've put together a collection of the most awe-striking metro stations around the globe, from the Formosa Boulevard Station of Kaohsiung, Taiwan to the …

The Star Wars Theme Played on Floppy Drives is Glorious

In 2011, a university student in Poland named Paweł Zadrożniak hooked up two floppy disk drives and started making music. Five years later, he’s …

College & University

Rediscovered WWI tunnels provide eerie window into history

An amateur explorer has discovered hundreds of drawings by US soldiers etched into the walls of a vast tunnel network built in northern France by allied forces in World War 1 to provide shelter from German bombardment.<p>The American troops carved pictures of themselves and their horses, as well as …

Dark art deco photos morph Shanghai into Gotham City - CNN Style

Written by Tiffany Ap, CNN<p>Shanghai is sometimes called the Gotham City of the East but it's never looked more so than in this new photography series.<p>Amey Kandalgaonkar, who is also a trained architect, shows viewers a moody, noire side of the Chinese metropolis with his collection of photos titled …

Exploring the dark voids of the mind with Roger Ballen

Set in the dungeons of a 19th century psychiatric asylum built in Sydney to house the mentally insane from all over Australia, Roger Ballen’s new short film titled <i>Roger Ballen’s Theater of The Mind</i> is a haunting exploration of the darkest parts of human consciousness, depicting the zones between …

How South Africa’s 1000-year old tree looked 100 years ago

A picture of South Africa’s 1000-year old fig tree – the Wonderboom – shows how the marvel of nature looked over 100 years ago.<p>The Wonderboom is a …

Africa

An Alien Spends Human History Underground in This Beautiful Animated Short

What’s a peaceful alien to do on a planet full of people intent on killing each other? Hide. For decades and decades.<p>That’s roughly the idea behind …

See the Animation Behind a Single Shot From Beauty and the Beast

For those of us who aren’t animators (so, most of us), it can be impossible to fathom just how much work goes into making a feature-length film. …

This "barred list" from a south London pub is the best thing anyone has shared on Twitter today

Twitter user Rummer has shared this amazing document, it’s a “barred list” from The Half Moon pub in Herne Hill, a list made by the staff to help …

Artist Creates Beautiful, Intricate Glass Animals

Glassblower Scott Bisson creates wonderfully intricate glass animals and flora. Often focusing on reptiles, amphibians, and fish, the artist, who …

Dental Care

Japanese craftsman creates perfect sci-fi ship replicas using just paper

This is one of the most amazing craftsmen I have ever seen. He doesn't only make the exterior of his sci-fi ships using just paper but also the guts! …

Hitler's commando Lt-Col Otto Skorzeny 'worked as an assassin for Israeli intelligence'

A notorious former SS officer known as “Hitler’s commando” reportedly worked as an assassin for Israeli intelligence.<p>Lt-Col Otto Skorzeny, once described by British and American intelligence as “the most dangerous man in Europe”, was secretly recruited by Mossad after the Second World War, …

These Comics Provide Hilariously Abridged Summaries of Classic Novels

Who needs Spark Notes when you can read John Atkinson's abridged summaries of some of the greatest works of literature? The cartoonist, from Ottawa, …

Emperor Hadrian's Villa Yields Posh, Arty Apartment

A 1,900-year-old building that would have served as an apartment within the estate of Roman Emperor Hadrian has been discovered in Tivoli, Italy. The …

Picture of the Day: Just the Base of an Oil Platform Being Towed Out to Sea

Photograph by Shell via The ESA<p>In this unbelievable photo we see the colossal base of an oil platform being towed out to sea. Made from steel, the …

Photos

How to recover from a war, ant style — Cooperate

Ant wars are ferocious. Sometimes they are literally wars of extermination. Even victory can make the winners vulnerable due to high casualties. A …

Commuters could be banned from walking up escalators

Holborn first tube station to introduce pilot on walking up escalators<p>Walking up the escalators could be banned from some of the busiest tube stations in rush hour after a pilot revealed congestion was cut by a third by making people stand.<p>London Underground is undertaking a six month pilot at one …

Moscow Metro: Step back in time in the world's most beautiful underground railway stations

London has the world's oldest underground rail system; the New York City subway system has the most stations; the Shanghai metro system is the …

15 Outrageous But Cool Things You Can Buy Online

What lost ancient work would historians most like to recover?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora, the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. You</i> …

Ancient History

The Underwater Ballroom That Belonged to a Victorian Fraudster

Today, it’s stained with mildew and covered with leaves. But back in the 19th century, this manmade cavern served as an underwater ballroom/smoking …

Read A CIA Manual On The Art Of Assassination

Working as a professional assassin may not be a noble calling, nor is it a career that allows you to plan for the future, but from what I hear the …

Cool Stuff

Early photojournalism captures life on the streets of Victorian London

'Street Life in London'<p>Scraping and hustling at the center of an empire<p>1877<p>From 1873 to 1877, Scottish photographer John Thomson collaborated with …