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Hobbiton is a Real Place in New Zealand. This is What it Looks Like

  When Peter Jackson spotted the Alexander Farm during an aerial search of the North Island for the best possible locations to film The Lord of The Rings film trilogy, he immediately thought it was perfect for Hobbiton.

Picture of the Day: Northern Guanxi Province, China

Photograph by Trey Ratcliff |   In this jaw-dropping panoramic by Trey Ratcliff, we see the incredible landscape of the northern region of Guanxi, just to the south of the Guizhou and Hunan provinces of China.

Therapy Sessions with Cookie Monster

  Feeling down? Need some advice? Let Cookie Monster offer his sage and timeless wisdom.    

In 2001 John Bramblitt Went Blind. A Year Later, He Began Painting

  In 2001 John Bramblitt changed his epilepsy medication. Unfortunately his body had a bad reaction to the new medicine and his epileptic seizures got so severe that the damage caused his vision to go from 20/400 (double the limit for legal blindness) to complete blindness.

The Shirk Report – Volume 310

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 25 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting.

Picture of the Day: Frost on Windshield Looks Like Waves in an Ocean

Photograph by catfun4ever on reddit   In this quirky capture from one of my favorite subreddits, r/mildlyinteresting, we see frost that has formed on a windshield that looks like waves in an ocean or possibly a distant mountain range.

Let These Kids Singing Into Fans Remind You of Life’s Simple Pleasures

  Watch these kids have some fun at a Walmart, singing the US National Anthem into various fans that were on display.

Every Disney Movie Logo Variation in Chronological Order

  Since 1995, starting with the original Toy Story, Disney’s logo, which is displayed at the beginning of a film, has been remixed and reimagined to give each movie a subtle and unique twist.

After Fukushima this Town was Abandoned but One Man Returned to Care for the Animals

  After the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011, an exclusion zone was established and everyone within a 20 km (12 mile) radius was ordered to evacuate.

Rover Completes First Ever “Mars Marathon” with Time of 11 Years, 2 Months

  [NASA JPL] NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, working on Mars since January 2004, passed marathon distance in total driving on March 24, 2015, during the mission’s 3,968th Martian day, or sol.

If You Spin a CD Fast Enough it Will Explode. Here’s What That Looks Like at 170,000 FPS

  The critical ‘spin rate’ for a CD is 23,000 RPM. Anything more and the CD will shatter and explode into hundreds of pieces.

How Astronauts Wash Their Hair in Space

    Astronauts Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano demonstrate how they wash their hair while aboard the International Space Station.

3D Replicas of 7 Historic Photos

  In an ongoing series entitled “Icons”, Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger build miniature 3D replicas of historic photographs.

This Guy Built a Book Tank to Promote Literature

  The “Weapon of Mass Instruction” drives the streets of Argentina, giving away free books to anyone that promises to read them.

Picture of the Day: Portrait of an Eagle

Photograph by JAMIE KING Flickr | Facebook | Instagram   In this beautiful portrait by Jamie King, we see a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), a bird of prey found in North America.

Aerobatics Pilot Takes His Friends for the Ride of a Lifetime

  Watch this aerobatics pilot take his friends for a ride they will never forget! For those curious, the aircraft flown is a Slingsby Firefly T-67.

Artists Hack an Xbox Kinect and Create an Experimental Film on Movement

  as·phyx·i·a is a collaborative effort and experimental film created by Maria Takeuchi with Frederico Phillips and performed by Shiho Tanaka.

27 Playful Diversions on the Streets of Paris

  Charles Leval aka Levalet, is a French artist that uses the streets of Paris as his canvas. The artist likes to incorporate the surroundings into his site-specific wheatpaste artworks, and his figures often seem to interact with their environment.

When It Comes To Food, Ravens Will Not Be Denied

  Ravens are regarded as one of the most intelligent animals on the planet. See why, as it challenges a bald eagle and outsmarts a fisherman in its quest for food.

Incredible Timelapse Shows Plant Seed Drilling Itself Into the Ground

  This is the seed of Erodium cicutarium (stork’s bill or filaree), which upon having contact with water will bore or drill itself into the ground in order for the seed to sprout.