Friday has been canceled in Samoa. The South Pacific nation is switching to a different time zone, which will put them on the other side of the International Date Line.
People in Samoa (population 193,000) want to be closer time-wise to Australia, New Zealand, China and Tonga because they do so much more day-to-day business with those relatively nearby nations than with the rest of the world. And the problem until now, for example, has been that when it’s 8 a.m. Monday in Samoa it’s 8 a.m. Tuesday in Tonga. Business people in Samoa have kind of been losing a working day when it comes to dealing with their nearest neighbors.
Now the time, literally, has come. When 11:59:59 p.m. strikes Thursday in Samoa, the next tick will take folks there to Saturday.
And no one will be born or die on Dec. 30, 2011, in Samoa. Weird.
If this had happened in any part of the U.S., you can bet we’d skip Monday before messing with a Friday.
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A guy is sitting at home when he hears a knock at the door. He opens the door and sees a snail on the porch. He picks up the snail and throws it as far as he can. A year later, there’s another knock at the door. He opens it and sees the same snail. The snail says, “What was that all about?”
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Any size hot dog can be a bun-length hot dog when you spiral-cut them! Instructables member dreamberry shows us how, using a drill bit and a knife. Commenters suggested using a bamboo skewer instead of a drill bit, so you can boil, grill, or deep-fry the dog in no time. Link -via Laughing Squid
PS: Once you master the technique, you’ll want to try the double-spiral cut. Link
~~John Lilly (via parislemon)
Curtis Killorn is an artist that works with aged desert trees that have been dead for centuries and brings them to life again by making them into art installations. Check out his website for his future work and his plans for Burning Man 2011.
Chinese artist Lui Bolin has a unique approach to his art–instead of standing out, he tries his best not to be seen and to blend in. We’ve featured his amazing work before and couldn’t resist this photo from his newest installation. It’s called “Plasticizer.” Hard not to admire his ingenuity. Featured on the Wall Street Journal’s Photo Blog.via Neatorama
Virginia art student Ryan Lytle created Nautilus, the awesome 3D sculpture shown above, from bottle caps, lots of wire, some keys, a gas mask lens and other recycled materials. Lytle calls the process of wrapping and weaving wire into art “cathartic” and says the changeable nature of the medium, added to the aging process of exposed metal, reminds him “of the progression of life.” More photos of Nautilus are available on his Flickr.
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3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage... all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ....into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films.....
= a trip of a lifetime.
move, eat, learn
Imagine if you ate an animal and then later saw it smiling back at you, unscathed, from the toilet bowl. Something similar happens to birds that eat , since new research shows the snails can survive passage through the bird's digestive tract.
One completely unscathed snail even gave birth to juveniles after plopping out from the journey in bird waste.
The , published in the latest issue of the , demonstrates how predation in some cases isn't all bad for the prey. It's long been known that many seeds consumed by birds survive digestion and get a good start at growth after being spread on the ground in bird waste. Since the seed is surrounded by fertilizer, the process is akin to nature's farming.
Now this latest research shows how at least some mollusks benefit from a similar series of events.
For the study, led by researcher Shinichiro Wada of , over 174 land snails (Tornatellides boeningi) were fed to two bird species that have a taste for escargot: the (Zosterops japonicus) and the (Hypsipetes amaurotis).
"14.3 percent and 16.4 percent of the snails, respectively, passed through the gut alive," the researchers wrote, adding that one snail also gave birth after what must have been quite a weird trip.
See? If you study science, you can get paid for stuff like this when you grow up!
The staff at the Wegmans grocery store in Pittsford, NY, hit the lottery earlier this week -- well, the seafood lottery at least -- when they discovered an incredibly rare yellow lobster among the other clawed crustaceans in its Monday delivery.
According to Buffalo.com, lobsters with the genetic mutation that gives them the yellow-orange tint are only found in around one in 30 million lobsters.
Though the store could probably have fetched a nice price for the yellow fellow, it opted to donate the lobster to the nearby Aquarium of Niagara.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Read this often, and learn to live it, and you will never be disappointed in yourself.
This one is apparently the most common, so your chances of spotting it in the skies this weekend are pretty good. It’s “a spherical break of colored stars.”
This is a variation of the Peony – the difference is that the stars leave a visible trail of sparks. To me, this looks like a fiber optic ball or those balls that you put your hand on to attract the current to at science museums and the life.
I love this one! It’s a lot like the Peony and its variations (the Chrysanthemum and the Dahlia), but it leaves trails of silver or gold stars that produce a weeping willow-ish outline.
It’s a compact little burst that falls down down, well, like a horsetail. You might also hear this one referred to as a Waterfall Shell.
The shell bursts and then you see little squiggles of light squirming away from the main burst. The effect looks like fish swimming away.
This one is fast-burning and bursts very hard, which makes the stars shoot out straight and flat. Basically, the look like lots of spider legs.
This one produces an effect that looks like a palm tree when it bursts (go figure). Some even have a thick tail that looks like a trunk.
Take lots of tic-tac-toe boards and cross them over each other haphazardly. That’s kind of what the crossette looks like. It’s usually accompanied by a loud crackling noise.
Named after a Japanese hairstyle, this one has a dense burst that leaves a glittery trail.
I like these because they can be arranged to look like atoms, which is very mental_floss-y. But typically you see rings within rings, like the ones in the picture.