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Cocoa Farmers Tasting Chocolate for the First Time in their Lives

  The Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans used in the manufacturing of chocolate.

Inside a Kilometer Long Barrel Wave

  Benji Brand scores endless barrels at Namibia’s fabled Skeleton Bay. The remote surf spot is known for having one of the best and longest sand banks on the planet.

This is a Cut and Polished Chinga Meteorite

  Seen here is a 773 gram polished China meteorite. The quarter-cut specimen was found in Turvinskaya, Russia and has been cut and polished on two sides.

Waves of Cut Glass by Ben Young

  31-year-old Ben Young makes intricate wave sculptures from numerous layers of cut glass. Raised in Waihi Beach, New Zealand and now residing in Sydney, Australia, the self-taught artist has been making glass sculptures now for over a decade.

Picture of the Day: Sea Horse

Photograph by KURT ARRIGO Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | 500px   In this beautiful underwater capture by Kurt Arrigo (featured previously), we see a horse going for a swim in the ocean.

This is What a 41-Shot Table Tennis Rally Looks Like

  Nigeria’s Segun Toriola produces an incredible defensive display to win a 41-shot rally against Singapore’s Ning Gao during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Thirsty Crow Successfully Lobbies Humans for Water

  Crows are considered among the most intelligent of all animals (see here and here for proof). In this video, a crow is seen lobbying a group of humans for some water on a hot and humid day.

Doctor Makes Baby Laugh While Getting Shots

  More doctors like this guy please! Getting a shot can be a scary experience for a child but this doctor does his best to put this baby at ease.

This Guy Paints Random Characters Into Old Thrift Store Paintings

  David Irvine is the talented artist behind the Gnarled Branch. The self-professed illustrator and crafter is known for his whimsical furniture, his Gothic sculptures and what he describes as ‘Re-Directed Paintings’.

Picture of the Day: This Paint Job Cost $383

Photographer Unknown via zimvi on reddit   Seen here is a 1949 Cadillac covered in 38,295 pennies. According to the blog You Got to be Kidding, the pennies were affixed one by one using silicone.

Amazing First-Person Perspective of Lifeguard Rescuing Boy Caught in Rip Current

  Incredible footage shows an RNLI lifeguard rescuing a boy who had been dragged away from Crooklets Beach in Bude, Cornwall, in a very strong rip current while bodyboarding.

30 Country Timelapse Tour of Europe

  One family, 2 cameras, 30 countries, 60 flights, 1000+ timelapse videos, 200,000+ images and almost 20 terabytes of data.

Visualizing WiFi Signals Through Color and Photography

  Luis Hernan uses long exposure photography and an instrument called a Kirlian Device to try and visualize the wifi signals all around us.

Picture of the Day: Crystal Clear Canoeing

Photograph by Cristian Perrella   In this fantastic GoPro capture by Cristian Perrella, we see the crystal clear Lago del Matese in Caserta in the south of Italy.

Game of Thrones: Season 4 Bloopers

  Further proof that Peter Dinklage is the best :) Always love these blooper reels and Season 5 can’t come soon enough!

Sharpest. U-Turn. Ever.

  Watch this fuel truck takes the sharpest U-turn ever. For those worried about the contents exploding, the tanker is empty as a truck with a full-load would certainly tip over before being able to make a turn like that.

How Playing an Instrument Creates Fireworks in Your Brain

  When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.

Happy 15th Birthday Chandra X-Ray Observatory

  Fifteen years ago, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.

The Shirk Report – Volume 276

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

This Cat Skateboards Better Than I Do

  Watch Didga the skateboarding cat do her thing around the beach town of Coolangatta, Australia. The video is the culmination of 18 months of training and 6 months of filming and editing.