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Visualizing Air Flow Using Schlieren Optics

  Harvard’s Department of Natural Sciences demonstrates an optical technique known as Schlieren Optics, that allows us to see small changes in the index of refraction in air.

Picture of the Day: Best Friends at 10, 17 and 29

Photograph by downwarddawg on reddit   In this awesome series of photos we see a group of six guys that have been best friends for nearly two decades.

Free Soloing El Sendero Luminoso With Alex Honnold

  On January 15, 2014, Alex Honnold free-soloed El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in El Portrero Chico, Mexico in a little over 3 hours.

A Typical Day in UK Airspace

  A fantastic visualization showing an average 24-hour span of activity that occurs in the skies over the United Kingdom.

The Shirk Report – Volume 292

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: Trippiest Tattoo Ever

Artwork by Paul O’Rourke   Tattoo artist Paul O’Rourke recently completed this amazing geometric tattoo in a single 2.5 hour session.

Artist Transforms Kids Drawings Into Plush Toys

  Artist Wendy Tsao brings kids drawings to life by transforming them into amazing plush toys. Wendy made her first toy (which she calls ‘softies’) back in 2007, based on a self-portrait her 4-year-old son had drawn.

Why Rivers Curve

  Have you ever wondered why rivers curve instead of flow in a straight line? Learn why in this informative 2.5 minute video.

What Paris Looks Like from an Eagle’s POV

  Fly with Victor, a white-tailed eagle as he soars over Paris from the summit of the Eiffel Tower. What a beautiful city!

Picture of the Day: The Snow Wall

Photograph by Joseph DeBenedictis (@Joseph_Video on Twitter)   Western New York is currently experiencing a historic snowstorm with another 2 – 3 ft of snow expected to fall in the Buffalo area by late Thursday.

2 of these 3 Dogs Made it Through a Gauntlet of Toys and Treats to their Owner

  How well-trained is your dog? Do you think they could make it through this course?    

Skydiver and Wingsuit Pilot Pull Off Insane Flying Carpet Stunt

  Skydiver Bjørn Magne Bryn and wingsuit pilot Espen Fadnes made history when they pulled off their insane ‘flying carpet’ maneuver in Norway’s Romsdalen Valley.

Incredibly Lifelike Wood Sculptures by Bruno Walpoth

  Bruno Walpoth is an Italian sculptor from Bressanone-Brixen in South Tyrol, Italy. The talented woodcarver was recognized early in life for his artistic talents, beginning a five-year apprenticeship to master carver Vicenzo Mussner at the age of 14.

Huge Fiery Flash in the Sky Seen in Russia

  Residents in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia witnessed a huge fiery flash in the sky on 14 November 2014 around 6:39 pm local time.

Picture of the Day: Wind Farm from Above

Photograph by Erard Swannet   Seen here is one of the many wind farms located in the North Sea. The photo was taken by Erard Swannet who was flying from Edinburgh, Scotland to Brussels, Belgium.

Dad Dresses as Spider-Man to Surprise 5-Year-Old Son Battling Cancer

  Mike Wilson had a replica Spider-Man suit made so he could surprise his son Jayden on his 5th Birthday.

The Moscow Metro Has Some Beautiful Stations

  As of 2014, the Moscow Metro has 195 stations and its route length is 325.4 km (202.2 mi). Opened in 1935 with one 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) line and 13 stations, it was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union.

Small Town Turns a Neo-Nazi March Against Itself in a Clever and Peaceful Way

  For the last 25 years, Neo-Nazis have marched through the streets of a small town called Wunsiedel.

Amazing Animated Flipbooks from Japan

  British travel blogger Francesca recently spotted these amazing animated flipbooks at the Hyper Japan cultural event, which took place in London this past weekend.

Lady Gaga’s Keyboard Player Built an Awesome 360 Keyboard

  PianoArc is a circular keyboard featuring 294 Keys with 3 contiguous eighty-eight note keyboards and 1 thirty note control section with a 3 pitch bend/mod per full keyboard section.