If you watch the first few shots of this video with the sound off, you might be forgiven for thinking it was about volcanoes. It certainly looks like a thin trail of lava cascading off the side of a cliff. But the reality is almost more awesome. If you're in the right place on a perfectly clear day in February, at just the right time of evening—and if the snow melt has been active enough—you can watch the water flowing over Yosemite National Park's Horsetail Falls turn bright orange-red.
Fascinatingly, this phenomenon bears a coincidental resemblance to a man-made Yosemite attraction that happened every summer between 1872 and 1968. Unlike the Horsetail Falls, the Yosemite Firefall really was fire—embers from a bonfire pushed over the side of a cliff to create a glowing cascade. I wondered, watching this video, whether the Firefall had been inspired by the natural "Firefall" at Horsetail Falls. Surprisingly, that doesn't seem to be the case. Instead, the Firefall started when guests at a privately owned lodge began paying the lodge-owner's sons to get their father to push embers from the family's outdoor fire over the cliff at the end of the night.
L.A.-based filmmaker David Lewandowski is back with a new (and much anticipated) video titled, “time for sushi.” I’m not going to pretend I get it but if it touches you as much as it did me, head over to goingtothe.store. That’s where you’ll find memorabilia inspired by his YouTube channel, including a $90,000 chessboard made […]
Fishermen in the North Sea near the Nethelands caught the first two-headed porpoises ever documented. The trawler crew found the animal already dead in its nets. From Deinsea, the journal of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam: “The crew of the fishing vessel thought it would be illegal to keep the dead porpoise and they threw […]
If you struggle to get a good night’s rest, consider replacing your pillows before dropping hundreds on a new mattress. You can give your tired neck a break with a 2-pack of memory foam pillows, available now in the Boing Boing Store.Each of these pillows is stuffed with cooling polyurethane foam that molds to your […]
Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for $119.95.The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times […]
Even though credit cards now feature an EMV chip for securing transactions, they still have to include the magnetic strip for compatibility with older point of sale systems. Because of this, there’s no way for the chip’s new security capabilities to protect against card skimmers in the wild.How do you protect yourself from legacy-technology-induced fraud? […]