NPR Diversions

NPR diversions
11:16 am
Thu November 29, 2012

The Rubik's Cube that will trip up your mind

YouTube

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 6:52 am

This is your brain making things up.

What you see isn't really there.

Even if I tell you "this isn't what you think," you'll think it anyway — until I make a simple move, and suddenly — you know.

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NPR Diversions
8:12 am
Mon November 26, 2012

VIDEO: High dives into 'world's biggest pile of leaves'

Bangakang video.

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 7:49 am

In case you haven't fallen for its charms yet, there's a video of three fun guys from Utah and their friends jumping into the "world's biggest pile of leaves" that's getting lots of views these days.

You can see their high jinks here.

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NPR diversions
9:20 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Finnish Underwater Ice Fishing Mystery Finally Solved

That's ordinary air pouring out of the pail.
YouTube

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 5:34 am

I'm going to take you somewhere, but before I do, I should warn you that there's something not quite right about what you'll see. This place I'm going to show you will be astonishingly beautiful. It will be cold. It will be wet. But it will also be a touch — more than a touch — mysterious. So watch carefully.

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Ultimate Sports
11:06 am
Mon October 15, 2012

A day later, the space jump guy is OK, but how about the rest of us?

Felix Baumgartner of Austria as he jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on Sunday.
Red Bull Stratos Associated Press

More than 7 million people were watching as Felix Baumgartner sat at the edge of his space capsule yesterday 24 miles off the ground and got ready to jump, in what was known as the "Red Bull Stratos" project, better known as the "space jump."

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ultimate sports
10:28 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Update: Skydiver cancels try at supersonic jump

Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump on March 15 from his special capsule above New Mexico.
The Associated Press

ROSWELL, N.M. ­– Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner has canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall into the New Mexico desert because of high winds.

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NPR diversions
7:24 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Would you skydive from 22 miles Up? Felix Baumgartner would/will

Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump on March 15 from his special capsule above New Mexico.
Jay Nemeth/Red Bull Stratos AP

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 6:52 am

On Oct. 8, Felix Baumgartner is going to strap himself into a specially pressurized capsule, ascend 120,000 feet into the air above New Mexico using a helium balloon, open the door - and jump out.

Don't worry, he's been practicing.

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Election diversions
10:51 am
Mon September 10, 2012

The picture of Joe Biden you have to see

Vice President Joe Biden's talks to customers during a stop at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio on Sunday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 8:29 am

This past weekend was an odd one on the campaign trail. First, as NPR's Don Gonyea reported on Morning Edition, a muscled pizza man was so excited to see President Obama, he hugged him and picked him up a full foot off the ground.

Then there's Vice President Joe Biden who, um, canoodled with a biker lady at a Seaman, Ohio diner.

The picture captured by Carolyn Kaster of the Associated Press is priceless:

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Sunday Puzzle
8:16 am
Sun September 2, 2012

An 'amusing' set of 19th century riddles

NPR Graphic

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 7:01 am

On-air challenge: Answer riddles from The Amusing Puzzle Book, published circa the 1840s:

  • I know a word of letters three, add two, and fewer there will be.
  • Without a bridle or a saddle, across a thing I ride astraddle. And those I ride, by help of me, though almost blind, are made to see.
  • What is that which has been tomorrow and will be yesterday?
  • Clothed in yellow, red and green, I prate before the king and queen. Of neither house nor land possessed, by lords and ladies, I'm caressed.
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NPR diversions
4:42 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Today's Distraction: A Moment Of Cute With Cheetah Cubs

The cheetah cubs at two days old.
National Zoo

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 2:19 pm

Sometimes we all need a break from the serious news. There's no better way to accomplish that today than to tell you that two cheetah cubs are making their public debut at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

As the National Zoo reports, their journey is an improbable one. They were born April 23 by c-section and were abandoned by their mother. But they were hand-raised by zoo staff and today, they were out for world to see them.

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NPR diversions
9:12 am
Thu July 19, 2012

This image is not photoshopped

Palindromo Meszaros

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 8:20 am

This photo looks like two images stitched together; above is a normal forest, and below, a strange, Martian one. But it's a single image from a single place and time — the hills of western Hungary, six months after a devastating industrial accident.

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NPR diversions
7:50 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

Atom Central/YouTube

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 11:23 am

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NPR Diversions
2:31 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Woman On Street Attacked By Giant Snail, It Seems

Julian Beever

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 2:09 pm

Here's what got Nagai Hideyuki excited. Hideyuki lives in Tokyo. He's now 21. This photo was taken on the other side of the world, somewhere in Europe. What you see here is a street and a plain stone bench, both partially covered by a chalk drawing. The drawing disappears in places and at one point seems to bump into a metal pole.

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NPR diversions
7:25 am
Thu July 5, 2012

KABOOM! San Diego's Entire Fireworks Show Ignites At Once

Oops. A "premature ignition" in San Diego sent an entire fireworks show off at once.
YouTube.com

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 2:08 pm

Here's what it looks like when about 18-minutes worth of professional fireworks all go up at once.

As the San Diego Union-Tribune says, the "city's big kaboom ka-bombed on Wednesday night."

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NPR diversions
1:04 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Sure it's sunny there, but great white sharks seen off Atlantic, Pacific beaches

It's eerie when thinking of "Jaws" which is about a killer great white shark off Long Island, New York (although the film was shot in Massachusetts) around the Fourth of July.
The Associated Press

Maybe you're planning your summer vacation and want something totally impractical to worry about (just to keep your mind off of real problems ... like money, say). And, we've still got more than a month to go to Discovery Channel's 'Shark Week', but ...

Great white sharks have been seen off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass; and on e off the coast near San Diego.

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NPR diversions
10:54 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Fans Restore Luke Skywalker's Boyhood Home

Construction Begins at the Lars Homestead
Mark Dermul

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 8:28 am

Mark Dermul is a serious Star Wars fan. He was just 7 years old in 1977 when the original movie hit the theaters. As soon as the huge Star Destroyer flew across the opening scene, he was hooked.

"It hasn't left me," he says. At 42, Dermul now guides tours throughout North Africa, visiting sites that were featured in the blockbuster films.

On one 2010 trip back to planet Tatooine — OK, Tunisia — he and his tour group noticed that Luke Skywalker's boyhood home was decaying. They jumped into hyperspace — OK, the Internet — to save it.

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