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.
Nick Griffiths suffered from frostbite while running in the Yukon Arctic ultra-marathon. After surgeons amputated three of his toes, he mailed two of them to Dawson City in the region where the Downtown Hotel’s Sourdough Saloon uses (and reuses) disembodied digits in their infamous Sourtoe Cocktail that’s been on the menu for forty years. From […]
Vivian Gomez posted the above home security cam video to her Facebook page. She writes: “So I woke up Sunday morning and saw this on my camera and am trying to figure out…what the heck?? First I saw the shadow walking from my front door then I saw this thing….has anyone else seen this on […]
With the quick-fix appeal of video games and their own cell phones, it can be tough to keep kids focused on supposedly “educational” toys. And while it may seem counter-intuitive to fight tech with more tech, we’re all in when it comes to the Toybox 3D Printer. We’re not sure if anyone had envisioned a […]
Whether you’re an artist, designer or just organizing a photo album, photo editing software is a must. And software designers know it: Platforms like Photoshop and Lightroom have a ton of helpful features, but you’ll pay for them in spades. Luckily, there’s some competition in the photo editing arena. Right now, Skylum’s Luminar software is […]
Who needs a holiday sale? Sometimes there’s no better time than the thick of summer to find deals. We should know – we’ve found ten deep discounts on some must-have items. Whether you’re searching for CBD edibles, exercise gear, chargers or other tech, take a look. But don’t look long – these prices aren’t likely […]