This Is What Happens When A Bulldog's Favorite Toy Is Also A Leaf Blower

Bulldogs are some of the silliest dogs. They may not be the most conventionally handsome pups around, but that's what makes them utterly charming, and some of the most beloved members of our families.However, when a Bulldog and all of his extra skin come face-to-face with a powerful stream of air, something creepily hilarious happens. You know when you use a blow-dryer in a public bathroom, and you can see your skin being pushed around? Multiply that by 1,000 and you get this... (via AFV Animals) I don't know whether to be terrified...or admit that this might be my favorite...

World War 1 Steam Convoy

The Great Dorset Steam Fair WW1 commemorative convoy from Bovington Camp to Tarrant Hinton, on 16th August 2014, arrives at the roundabout in front of the Bryanston School Gates - just before Blandford Bridge.

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(thanks Cora)

Freaky Flowers: Echinopsis Cacti In Bloom

A montage of a dozen types of Echinopsis cactus flowers blooming. And wilting. And just generally showing off their mind-blowing colors.

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Shigir Idol, The Oldest Wooden Statue In The World

It's believed to be twice as old as Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, and the hidden message it contains could shake the world. Found miraculously preserved in the airless depths of a peat bog deep within the Ural Mountains, this tall larch-wood idol is the oldest piece of timber art known to exist. Nothing like it has ever been found before.

At 9500 years old, its survival is nothing less than extraordinary. The stark featured face on top of the Shigir Idol , with its straight nose and high cheekbones, gazes forth full of meaning. It's just the most prominent of seven faces engraved into the ancient wood.

The Daredevil Life And Pyrotechnic Death Of Sophie Blanchard

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Sophie Blanchard, born in 1778, was the first female aeronaut in history, and was selected by Napoleon Bonaparte as France's Chief Air Minister of Ballooning.

Over the course of her high-flying career, Sophie Blanchard gained a massive fanbase and pioneered new flight techniques for balloons. Her test flights resulted in multiple near-death experiences before she finally perished in a fatal blaze of glory in 1819.

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Stop-Motion: Time Travel To Ancient Rome

Recent research sheds light on an ancient Roman mystery: how a monument called Trajan's Column may have been built. This stop-motion animation imagines its construction.

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Download Free Art Books From The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Or you could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering 'five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.'

If that strikes you as an obvious choice, prepare to spend some serious time browsing MetPublications' collection of free art books and catalogs. You can now find there no fewer than 422 art catalogs and other books besides.

Shape-shifting Frog Goes From Spiny To Smooth In Minutes

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Pristimantis mutabilis, also known as mutable rainfrog, is a species of frog found in the Ecuadoran Andes. Pristimantis mutabilis is the first known amphibian species that is able to change skin texture from tuberculate to almost smooth in a few minutes.

This capability is attributed to the frog's phenotypic plasticity. It takes just five minutes for its skin to change texture and probably helps Pristimantis mutabilis to hide from birds and predators.

This Is Everything You Need To Know About Sinkholes: Nothing Is Safe, Apparently

We have enough to worry about in this world with collapsing economies, terrorists, and even dolls. But, I'm sorry to say, there is another member of this axis of evil we should be worrying about—sinkholes.You may think this is merely a problem only cartoon coyotes have to deal with, but this is actually a huge issue in our country, with several hundred sinkholes occurring every year. (And that's not counting the sinkholes occurring all over the world.)The scariest part is that at any moment, you could suddenly slip into the underworld. "Cover collapse" sinkholes occur when groundwater forms gaps underground...

‘Granny’ Hair Trend: Young Women Are Dyeing Their Hair Gray

Young women around the world have gotten fed up with how good older silver vixens can sometimes look with their gray hair and have started dying their hair gray as well. Whether it's an act of jealous appropriation or a tacit nod to the older ladies that know how to rock their silver locks, this gray hair trend has a way of turning heads.