Water finally flows down dry river bed, turning desert cliff into waterfall for the first time in years

March 18, 2014 | No comments

The River Zin cuts through the Negev Desert in southern Israel. But unlike most rivers, the Zin rarely has any water in it. The only time it flows is when enough rain falls in the mountains miles away to cause a flash flood. This flood then flows along the usually bone-dry river bed.

Watch as, after years of drought, locals — including one bold dog — eagerly await the coming waters…

(via Examiner)

News anchors scramble for cover as earthquake interrupts live newscast in L.A.

March 17, 2014 | 2 comments

An earthquake registering 4.7 on the Richter scale hit Los Angeles earlier today. KTLA was broadcasting live as it happened and kept the cameras rolling as the anchors ducked, then reappeared and assessed the situation…

(via Neatorama)

Both of these arrows are pointing the same direction

March 14, 2014 | No comments

Look at these arrows that are pointing in opposite directions…

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Not that interesting…except that they’re actually not opposite at all…

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Snake fights crocodile in 5-hour battle to the death…then eats it [5 pics]

March 3, 2014 | 3 comments

Residents near Mount Isa in Queensland, Australia, frequently visit nearby Lake Moondarra for a leisurely day in the sun. A quiet morning at the lake turned into an unforgettable experience on Sunday when a fight broke out between a 10-foot snake (presumably a python) and a crocodile in the water.

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Tiffany Corlis was one of the residents watching the battle unfold. “We saw the snake fighting with the crocodile — it would roll the crocodile around to get a better grip, and coil its body around the crocodile’s legs to hold it tight,” she said.

However, it was what happened after the fight that stunned everyone the most.

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Huge wave crashes through seaside restaurant’s windows, ruins brunch

March 3, 2014 | 2 comments

On Saturday morning, diners enjoying the fare at Moby Dick’s, a seafood restaurant jutting into the ocean on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, got a surprising visit from a massive wave recently as high tide and a recent storm brought the breaker much higher than usual.

Needless to say, restaurant operations were put on pause…

Deceptively simple man-on-the-street math question demonstrates the value of the scientific method

February 25, 2014 | No comments

How long does it take you to get the rule this interviewer is going for?

This is an intriguing thought experiment in addition to being a simple puzzle. Stick around till the end to hear what the whole point of these interviews is.

How wolves change the shape of rivers and completely revitalize habitats for hundreds of species

February 19, 2014 | 5 comments

In the mid-90′s wolves were reintroduced in small numbers into Yellowstone National Park. Their effect on the ecosystem was virtually immediate, and in the years since, they have caused an improved environment for species on every level of the food chain.

Beautifully filmed and spiritedly narrated, this mini-documentary explains how wolves had such a vast and positive impact. It isn’t what you expected today, but this ecological lesson will have you genuinely inspired and excited…

“People are going to be dying!” Reporter covering storm goes on crazy rant predicting death and devastation

February 7, 2014 | 3 comments

FOX 29 reporter Karen Hepp seems to think she’s the only person in the Philadelphia area who understands how devastating an ice storm can be. Two days ago, Hepp spent three animated minutes making sure everyone watching knew just how forceful the devastation coming their way really was.

Some of her best quotes include:

We’re going to have people who are going to be dying over the next couple of days.

We’re going to see people use candles; we will have many, many fires.

There are, of course, three more minutes of quotes, frantic hand-waving, run-on sentences, and even survival tips as Hepp frantically tries to communicate just how severe this situation is…

In Hepp’s defense, more than 700,000 people eventually lost power, and there were a few cases of people actually going to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning from bringing grills and generators inside, as she warned against.

However, her sure prediction of death has thankfully not yet come true in the two days since her doomsday report.

(via Happy Place)