North polar hexagon of Saturn
Pronoia: The opposite of paranoia. The belief that the universe is conspiring to better you.
Idiolect: A person’s individual speech pattern.
Apricity: The warmth of the sun in Winter.
Mudita: The opposite of schadenfreude. Sympathetic or vicarious joy, the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people’s well-being.
Oneirataxia: The inability to differentiate between dreams and reality.
Quaintrelle: A woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures.
Elucubrate: To produce a piece of work by intensive effort at night.
Philalethist: A lover of the truth.
Darkle: Opposite of sparkle. To become clouded or gloomy.
Deuteragonist: The second most important character in a drama.
Psithurism: The sound of rustling leaves.
Potvaliancy: Brave only as a result of being drunk.
Psychopomp: a deity or creature who guides souls to their underworld.Source: reddit.com
Incredible visual snippets of life on earth, courtesy of Google Streetview
I made eye contact with a stranger on the tube. We both looked away out of the window, and our reflections made eye contact.
Now that Thatcher’s actually dead, it’s not really all that funny to joke about her dying anymore.
I’ve worn a nice black dress to work today, and now everyone’s asking if it’s for Margaret.
I gave tourists directions that were in the same way I was walking, so I stopped and waited for a bus instead, rather than suffer the embarrassment of walking alongside them. The bus took 15 minutes to arrive. When I got off just two stops later, I was right next to the tourists again.
Not knowing whether to search for “United Kingdom”, “Great Britain” or “England” on drop down boxes.
I was asked by a friend if I knew there was a UK version of The Office.
The window cleaner is here. So I can’t look outside or do anything for about 15 minutes.
I asked a non-British person how their weekend was and they actually answered instead of just saying “fine, thanks”.
I offered to make the plumber a cup of tea, but the kettle is right by the boiler and I kept getting in his way until he asked me to stop. Then he made tea for both of us.
There has been a bright yellow thing in the sky for the last couple of days and I am worried it is a meteor.
I’m trying to immerse myself in Game Of Thrones but every time Jon Snow is mentioned I picture the Channel 4 newsreader.
It’s snowed in March and now society has broken down.
I accidentally said hello to someone I walk past every morning on my way to work. Now I’ll have to change to a longer route, or quit my job. Or kill them.
It’s 4.35, it’s dark outside, and it’s been raining for about 11 years.
The man currently having his hair cut is making lots of witty and friendly conversation with the barber. I’m next.
Choosing a language on a website and having the English option represented by a US flag.
I just ate a Penguin biscuit and threw away the wrapper before remembering to look at the joke.
Yesterday, I arrived at a mini-roundabout simultaneously with two other drivers from other directions. We’re still here.
I’m supposed to write a CV but documenting the reasons I’m great goes against everything I’ve ever believed in.
It takes me ten minutes to write a one line email because I’m constantly worrying that I’ll sound too formal/informal/patronising/rude.
I live outside the UK so when I say “With all due respect” nobody realises I’m insulting them.
I lost a biscuit in my cup of tea and tried to get it out with another biscuit and now my cup is full of biscuits.
It has gone quite cold again, but having already worn shorts this year I feel duty bound to continue wearing them.
I can’t tell if my washing is still wet or just cold.Source: reddit.com
Water droplet art celebrates the infinite forms created from the impact of drops with a pool and rebounding jets. It’s a still life captured from split second interactions between inertia, momentum, and surface tension. These examples from photographer Markus Reugels are among some of the most complex shapes I’ve seen captured. Be sure to check out his website for more beautiful examples of liquids frozen in time. (Photo credits: Markus Reugels; via Photigy)
The acoustic signatures of many animals contain features we humans cannot appreciate, given the limited range of frequencies we can hear. In fluid dynamics and many other fields, scientists and engineers have to find ways to analyze and decompose time-series data—like acoustic pressure signals—into useful quantities. Mark Fischer uses one tool for such analysis, a wavelet transform, to turn the calls of whales, birds, and insects into the colorful snapshots seen here. Wavelet transforms are somewhat similar to Fourier transforms but represent a signal with a series of wavelets rather than sinusoids. They’re also widely used for data compression. (Image credits: M. Fischer/Aguasonic Acoustics; via DailyMail)
If you’ve ever tried shrooms, prepare for flashbacks
In the world of fractals, the Mandelbrot Set is a stunning geometrical shape that results when you take a particular equation and apply it to a number, and then to the result, and then to each subsequent result after, ad infinitum. But what happens when you go from two dimensions to three? You get a “Mandelbulb.” And if you want to see how such a shape evolves over time, check out this stunning computer animation of a Mandelbulb modeling the movement of 250,000,000 particles.
“British artist, physicist, and all-around science enthusiast Paul Friedlander produces kinetic light sculptures that provide a colorful feast for the eyes. Each piece in his body of work offers a visual medley of light and motion by rapidly rotating a piece of string through white light. The vibrating rope becomes invisible to the human eye, but colors from the light (which would normally be invisible to the naked eye) are revealed in rapid succession.”
This is a painting by Dennis Wojtkiewicz. Click here for more amazingness.