Finds of the week

In the West Orange School of the town of Winter Garden (Florida, USA), high school students have an excellent tradition – every year they paint their parking space. Design, however, it is necessary to pre-coordinate with the school administration. However, the schoolchildren themselves are not at all inclined to hooligan and write parking places in indecent inscriptions. Most often they write their name and year graduation. Many students use bright colors, draw cartoon characters and film and leave positive and funny messages.

catch the wave

On this video, you can observe how a flock of groove shows an near. Common efforts they create a big wave to wash off seal from ice floes. The further fate of the latter, most likely, was sad – because Kosyki have a reputation for dangerous predators. No wonder in English, they were nicknamed by kits-killer (Killer Whale).

These carnivorous dolphins when attacking large prey are able to develop speed up to 55 km / h. They are found almost throughout the world ocean, but usually do not sail from the shore of more than 800 km. On a day, the killer is eaten from 50 to 150 kg of food. These are very social and smart animals. They use complex hunting techniques (for example, such as on video) and publish specific sounds that each flocks have their own inheritance. By the way, Kosyokki are the most common view of mammals on Earth – after a person. Females of this species can live to 90 years! Previously, "My Planet" published excerpts from the diaries of the participants of the expedition to the study of Kozatok.

Dark cities

French photographer Thierry Cohen came up with the Dropped Cities project to show how the megapolises would look, if all of the world, electricity and cities would be turned off worldwide. In order to achieve this impression, Cohen uses a very curious method. At first he takes pictures of the megalopolis and fixes the exact time, angle, latitude and longitude. Then the planet turns around his axis, and the stars that were visible in the city, now shine over deserts, fields and other territories devoid of light pollution. He rides there and makes a series of photos. Then both snapshot are combined with photoshop, and it turns out such incredible beauty.

All life before your eyes

The life of the dandelion is speedless – it blooms just a week or two, and then begins to be froning with seeds with a white hokholkom (which is sure to blow up, being in the field in summer!). At night and in bad weather, dandelion flowers are closed. This plant has long been used in food – they were fed both the ancient Chinese and the first settlers in the American continent. Young leaves and stems of dandelions are practically not absorbed, so they make salads and borscht, jam boils from flowers and make wine, and the extended buds are processed into "dandelion honey". In the days of World War II, German soldiers issued his substitute instead of coffee – roasted dandelion roots. Drink boiled on them, quite similar to ordinary coffee. And nowadays in Italy, dandelions can be found in food stores, they are specifically grown for eating.

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And reader and reaper

This photo captures readers in the Cuban tobacco factory in 1900. In 1865, employees of such a factory in Havana found a way to maintain mental activity during long hours of monotonous physical labor. They found the position of lecturer, to whom they themselves paid for reading all the workshops to all workers. Reader chose a person with oratorical abilities and excellent diction. Usually he stood on the elevation and read from a wide variety of sources for the choice of the workers themselves: from American and Cuban newspapers to the classics. If reading employees especially liked, they told the legs on cutting boards – it replaced the applause.

Morning Gloria

"Morning Gloria" is a rare view of the clouds observed only in the Bay of Karpenaria in the north of Australia. It looks like pipes that stretch over the surface of the Earth. This is the only view of the clouds, which has a name its own. "Gloria" is a thunderstorm collar, often standing above the land just 100-200 m. It can reach 1000 km long and move at a speed of up to 60 km / h. The unusual form of this cloud is due to the fact that the air ahead moves up, and the air flows behind the cloud seek down. Such a circulation twists the cloud, giving it the shape of the cylinder or even forcing it to rotate in a circle. Most often, "Morning Gloria" can be seen from Byrktawa from September to mid-November. At this time, the chance to catch it early in the morning reaches 40%. About other rare atmospheric phenomena, read in the material "My Planet".

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