Man has lived alone in Colorado ghost town for 40 years

In 1972 billy barr (he spells it lowercase) was a Rutgers University environmental science student and did some research in Gothic, Colorado, a ghost town built around a silver mine. The native New Jerseyan returned after graduation and has lived in the town as its sole full-time resident ever since. He has also taken meticulous snowfall and temperature measurements, which have proven valuable to climate scientists.

From Oddity Central:

“The trend I see is that we’re getting permanent snow pack later, and we get to bare ground sooner,” barr says. “We’ll have years where there was a lot of snow on the ground, and then we lose snow sooner than years that had a lot less snow just because it’s a lot warmer now.”

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Drone footage of a massive star fort

Fort Bourtange is a 16th-century star fort that is now a museum. This drone footage captures the scope of the spectacular engineering feat. Read the rest

Drone flyover shows construction on Apple's circular campus

To celebrate 2017, Matthew Roberts flew a drone over the Apple Campus 2 site under construction. Interesting to compare to when Pesco posted this back in 2015. Read the rest

Watch cyclists try to retrieve a bike ensnared in an electric fence

Big DT writes: "Whilst pedalling today my mate Paul went to put his bike over a fence. Half way though he realised that it was electric! So he dropped it on the fence. This is a video of him and my mate Al trying to get it off! Please excuse the swearing and oh yes by the way the clicking sound is the electric pulsing!!"

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Gay bathhouse TV commercial from the 1970s

This commercial for New York City's Man's Country bathhouse aired in the late 1970s on Channel J, Manhattan's influential public access television channel.

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This 1958 TV western predicted Trump with a character named... Trump

A 1958 episode of the television western Trackdown features a con artist named Trump who wants to build a wall to protect a town from destruction. From the Classic TV Archive:

Walter Trump, a confidence man, puts on a long robe and holds a tent meeting in the town of Talpa. He tells the townspeople that a cosmic explosion will rain fire on the town and that he is the only one that can save them from death. Ranger Hoby Gilman attempts to prove Trump is a fraud.

And a bit of dialog from the episode:

Narrator: Hoby had checked the town. The people were ready to believe. Like sheep they ran to the slaughterhouse. And waiting for them was the high priest of fraud.

Trump: I am the only one. Trust me. I can build a wall around your homes that nothing can penetrate.

Townperson: What do we do? How can we save ourselves?

Trump: You ask how do you build that wall. You ask, and I'm here to tell you.

"Trackdown Shakedown" (Snopes, thanks David Steinberg!)

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Scottish techno version of 1980s Turkish Delight ad

Fry's Turkish Delight was full of Eastern Promise in the fabulous yet problematic 1980s UK advertisement embedded here. The amazing thing about it is how it made me, a child, think that eating this vile substance1 might be a good idea; when I did so, as a result of this ad, I instantly and completely understood the power and magic of advertising.

Below is Limmy's "Scottish remix" of the Fry's Turkish Delight theme, which somehow captures all of these feelings and contexts ("It's like eating an old woman's perfume") and nails them to the tree of wonders. [via]

Limmy's Soundcloud is going to keep me occupied all day; sadly, he hasn't done a techno remix of The Ambassador's Reception yet.

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This man's superpower is grabbing moles from the ground

I don’t know how he does it, but this golf groundskeeper clearly has a sixth sense when it comes to moles. Read the rest

This teddy bear is the hardest working waiter in Japan

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Tumblr user Svzannebrown shared this utterly delightful video, noting that it’s “all that anyone needs to know” about her time in Japan. Read the rest

Star Wars themed rice paddy art

Americans have corn mazes, and in Japan, the town of Inakadate has rice paddy art. By planting several strains of rice in the same field, they create these colorful images, like this Star Wars scene.

Bonus: the latest Godzilla art.

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Fun with plasma vortex force fields

YouTuber Proto G shot these cool experiments with plasma vortex force fields. Scientists are looking into large-scale practical applications of the force field generated in this manner: Read the rest

Awe-inspiring footage from making of a surfing book

Photographer Chris White takes readers behind the scenes of making his surf photography book Dark Light. Read the rest

Watch hypnotic egg-breaking machines for ten minutes

These three different egg-breaking and separating machines have slightly different tasks, but they are all equally hypnotic. Read the rest

Cuttlefish can count to five

Cuttlefish have an intuitive understanding of quantity are able to discern between close numbers like four and five. Here's how scientists made the finding: Read the rest

Glowing, UV-reactive Tron pie

Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, storied nerd piemaker, created this fluorescing Tron pie, doped with tonic water for extra UV-reacting goodness. Read the rest

Could you make zero trash for 30 days?

As BuzzFeed transitions from internet strip mine to legit news and information, they now to put out occasional gems like Auri Jackson's project "I tried to make zero trash for 30 days." Read the rest

Howto: add simple, invisible pockets to skirts and dresses

Annika Victoria presents a simple method for adding pockets to skirts and dresses -- providing the original garment has a sideseam, the new pocket will not show (unless, that is, you fill it with bulky things). Read the rest

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