JetBlue Employee Digitally Clones Himself to Fill All 100 Seats in an Airliner in Creative Composite Photo

100 Tims on a Plane by Timothy LaBranche

Back in October, photographer and JetBlue employee Timothy LaBranche created a digital composite photo in which “100 Tims” occupy all 100 seats of a JetBlue Embraer 190 aircraft. To create the image, LaBranche photographed himself in each of the aircraft’s seats–a one-hour process that he accomplished with the aid of the Wi-Fi remote function of his Canon 6D. And if you’re wondering–he did the photo shoot in his off hours.

photo by Timothy LaBranche

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Mental Floss Shares the Surprising and Festive Origins of Holiday Traditions

In a recent episode of the Mental Floss series List Showhost John Green shares the festive origins of some holiday traditions. A few of the more surprising origins include how Christmas Eve became the busiest night of the year for KFC restaurants in Japan, the fact that the celebration of Festivus predates its inclusion in an episode of the television show Seinfeld, and the persistent lie of The Christmas Pickle.

Compound Interest Explains Why a Love of Brussels Sprouts May Be Genetic

Brussels sprouts

UK chemistry teacher Andy Brunning of Compound Interest explains the possible genetic basis for people’s appreciation of the taste of Brussels sprouts.

Sulforaphane, a compound found in Brussels sprouts, was featured in the 2014 Chemistry Advent Calendar.

There’s one vegetable at the Christmas dinner table that’s always bound to elicit strong and contrary opinions: brussels sprouts. Much like marmite, they seem to conjure up a ‘love it or hate it’ sentiment; however, if you fall into the latter camp, there may actually be a chemical and genetic reason why you can’t stand the taste.

Brunning’s book, Compound Interest: The Curious Chemistry of Food and Drink, is scheduled to be released next year and is available for preorder.

image via Compound Interest

MinutePhysics Explains Why Driving Backwards Is Harder Than Driving Forwards

Host Henry Reich explains why driving backwards is harder than driving forwards in a recent episode of MinutePhysics. The challenge in driving backward is due to the fact that when moving forward, the rear wheels follow the direction of the front wheels, but when driving in reverse, the rear wheels veer away from the direction of the front wheels, needing constant correction from the driver. Reich compares the action to the difference between dangling a pencil vertically and trying to balance the same pencil on its point.

Delightfully Surreal Paintings of Plaid Animals by Sean Landers

Surreal Plaid Animal Paintings by Sean Landers

Animals are covered in plaid patterns in this recent series of delightfully surreal paintings by artist Sean Landers. The paintings (some of which are quite large) are currently on display at Landers’ solo exhibition, “Sean Landers: North American Mammals” at Petzel Gallery in New York City through December 20, 2014. For more of Landers’ plaid animals, check out his work gallery (scroll all the way to the right.)

Surreal Plaid Animal Paintings by Sean Landers

Surreal Plaid Animal Paintings by Sean Landers

Surreal Plaid Animal Paintings by Sean Landers

Surreal Plaid Animal Paintings by Sean Landers

Surreal Plaid Animal Paintings by Sean Landers

photos via Petzel Gallery

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SciShow Explains the Science Behind the Ups and Downs of Air Turbulence

In a recent episode of SciShow, host Hank Green explains the science behind the ups and down of air turbulence. The episode talks about the different types and sources of turbulence that planes can experience, or even cause, during flight.

Ever wonder why sometimes the airplane you’re flying on decides to lurch suddenly and cause your little baggie of peanuts to spill all over the place? Join Hank on SciShow today as he explores the in and outs and the ups and downs of turbulence.

Famous Self-Portrait Paintings Are Reimagined As Selfies in Clever Samsung Camera Ads

Famous Self-Portraits As Selfies

In these clever ads for the Samsung NX mini camera, classic self-portrait paintings are reimagined as selfies. The campaign depicts artists Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and Albrecht Dürer. The campaign was created by ad agency Leo Burnett Switzerland.

Famous Self-Portraits As Selfies

Famous Self-Portraits As Selfies

images via Samsung

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Aaron Carroll of Healthcare Triage Debunks Common Myths About Catching a Cold That Are Often Mistaken as Fact

Aaron Carroll of Healthcare Triage debunks many of the common myths about catching a cold that many have mistaken as fact. Some of the myths include the ideas that weather, temperature, going outside with a wet head, and drinking alcohol will cause a cold. Using a very direct, plain language style, Aaron cites studies that he admits are old and somewhat disgusting, but valid nonetheless.

Yeah the older studies are older, but they’re exactly how you’d design a trial if you want to test this hypothesis. Look, I don’t know who’d volunteer to have mucous put in their nose, but they went ahead and did it. Let’s take their work and accept it.

A Series of Poignant Comics Featuring Ash From the ‘Pokémon’ Animated Series Writing Letters to His Absent Father

Letters to an Absent Father

Letters to an Absent Father is a series of poignant comics by artist Maré Odomo that feature the protagonist Ash Ketchum from the Pokémon animated series writing letters to his father. In the series, Ash and his mother are frequently depicted, but his father is strangely missing from the picture despite having been referenced at least once.

The full series is available to purchase in printed form at Fangamer.

Letters to an Absent Father

Letters to an Absent Father

Letters to an Absent Father

Letters to an Absent Father

images via Maré Odomo

Loving Bengal Cat Gives a Sleepy Dog a Good Head Massage By Way of ‘Making Biscuits’

In 2011, a very loving Bengal kitty named Katouscka gave a very tired Weimaraner named Willow a good head massage while gently “making biscuits” on the sleepy canine’s skull. According to their human Austin, the two animals have been getting on this way for a long time.

The cat started this practice when she was about 7 months old and has done so ever since. Willow is a very understanding and forgiving dog, but she seems to enjoy the cat “making dough” (this is a term for this paw cat practice). It’s amazing how these separate species relate to this extent, especially as they have always been depicted as sworn enemies. But the reality is that they are what we create. In a peaceful interactive non competitive situation there is mutual play. They are all part of the pack here…

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