Graffiti And Moss Ruin Buildings, But When You Combine Them? It’s Magical.

Graffiti has a bad reputation. It’s true that graffiti was (and is) sometimes used by gang members to mark their territories. However, it is also just as common for artists to showcase their wonderful talents using graffiti.

Isn’t it odd that people hate on the graffiti, which we can craft to make beautiful, but for some reason it’s encouraged for some buildings to be covered in moss? Moss grows in ugly patterns and, if left to its own devices, can destroy the construction of the house. (WHY, moss?)

Some savvy folks found a happy medium between these controversial styles of home defamation appropriately called “Moss Graffiti”. What is it, you ask? It’s what it sounds like:

 Cool right? Now here’s how it works:

Ingredients:

  • One or two clumps (about a small handful) of moss.
  • 2 cups of buttermilk or yogurt
  • 2 cups of water or beer
  • 1/2 table spoon of sugar

1) Find moss.

The best moss to use isn’t on the kind you find on trees. Gather moss from the sidewalk, pavement, old bricks or abandoned walls.

2) Prepare the moss.

Wash as much as of the soil out of the roots as possible. Then break up the moss in to manageable pieces into a blender.

3) Making moss milk.

Add the buttermilk/yogurt, water/beer and sugar then blend it all together.

4) Pour into a bucket.

Pour it all into a bucket. Mix up a little but not too much. You don’t want to break apart and kill moss cells.

5) Paint.

Dip a paint brush into the bucket and paint onto your favorite surface.

6) Wait.

Check back weekly and sprinkle some water to encourage growth, other than that the rest of the work is up to nature.

 Check out what some other graffiti moss artists are doing with their walls.

Moss Graffiti is a safe, environmentally-friendly to traditional spray paint. The next time you want to pull a Banksy, try using moss.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/moss-graffiti/

Strange Facts And Misconceptions About Planet Earth That We Keep Getting Wrong.

You probably think you know the place you’ve lived in for your entire life. Eventually, though, you’ll realize there are just so many things about the world around you that you do NOT know.

Considering that humans have only been on Earth for a blip of its long history, it’s no wonder that we don’t know everything there is to know about our home planet. In fact, it’s amazing that we know as much as we do. Here are some facts about Planet Earth you may not realize are true (or thought were completely wrong):

1.) Did you know that clouds usually weigh around 500 tons?

2.) Did you know that big earthquakes actually happen quite slowly?

3.) Did you know that Earth is smoother than a billiard ball?

4.) Did you know that tiny creatures called endoliths are capable of living inside of rocks?

5.) Did you know that when we think we see a tornado, what we’re actually seeing is a condensation cloud inside of it?

6.) Did you know that Switzerland rises and falls 25 centimeters each day?

7.) Did you know that the Earth has magnetic tornadoes too?

8.) Did you know that two cyclones of equal strength will dance with—or orbit each other—if they get close enough?

9.) Did you know that lightning can strike the same place twice (well, many times actually)?

10.) Did you know Hawaii’s Mauna Loa is the tallest mountain in the world, not Mount Everest?

11.) Did you know Mount Everest moves sideways, not up?

(via Listverse)

This isn’t the type of stuff they teach you in science class, that’s for sure…

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Does Your Kid Want a Bike? Don’t Buy It, Just Make One Out of Bamboo!

Instead of going to Wal-Mart, buying a bike and schlepping it back to your house… just build your own bike! Bamboobee can help you out.

Assembling the frame on the frame jig.

“But how?” you ask, “I don’t know the first thing about building bikes.” That’s okay. You don’t have to, thanks to this Singapore-based company that provides you with all the materials and instructions on how to put together your own bike made from lightweight and sustainable material.

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Bamboobee packages everything you need to make your own bike into a nifty little kit called the “BIY” (build-it-yourself) Bike. Bamboo was chosen for the bike’s body because it is light, tough and cheap, as well as something that can be sustainably farmed and harvested. And if you’re worried about the strength of the bamboo, don’t be. It’s naturally strong, and after some extensive trial and error, the Bamboobee team discovered a honey-based infusion for the bamboo that prevents cracking, hence the “bee” in “Bamboobee.”

The materials.

The recyclable frame jig.

Bamboobee also sells a variety of accessories, such as baskets (all of which are adorable), different seats and saddle bags. Assembly tools and complete instructions are also provided with the BIY kit, as is a recyclable frame jig and 25 meters of hemp fiber to reinforce the joints. The BIY kit comes with everything you need to make the frame, but the seat, wheels, gears and pedals are provided by the customer.

Bamboobee also stocks completely assembled bicycles, also made of bamboo and other natural materials, if building isn’t your thing. 

Read more: http://viralnova.com/bamboo-bike/

Why We Should Be Afraid Of Robots. No, Seriously. We Should Be.

Robots will, one day, replace us. This goes without question. I know that sounds like a science fiction thing, but it’s real life for sure. I’m talking Terminator. I’m talking I, Robot. I’m talking Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Don’t believe me? Here are some of the creepiest developments in artificial intelligence that scientists made and will surely destroy us all.

1.) CB2: The Robot That Will Replace Your Kids.

Professor Ishiguro at the Science and Technology Department of Japan’s Osaka University created (for whatever reason) a 4-foot tall robot with the same intellect and personality as a 2-year-old. This robot has no practical purpose, unless you feel like hanging out with a terrifying droid toddler.

2.) WD-2: The Robot That Can Mimic Your Face.

The “Face-Bot” uses 17 key points of mobility to shape-shift into any human face and expression smoothly. If others can harness this technology, it will be hard for us to tell the difference between humans and Cylons.

3.) The Nautilus: The Robot That Can Predict The Future.

The Nautilus scans through news stories and finds patterns to predict when and where things will happen. It predicted the location of Osama Bin Laden just by perusing articles written about the terrorist. Nautilus narrowed him down to Abbottobad, Pakistan, the exact location of Bin Laden’s compound. The Nautilus also accurately predicted when uprisings in the Middle East will occur.

4.) Robots Who Evolved To Evolve: Real Life Deceit-icons.

The Laboratory of Intelligent Systems created an experiment presenting robots with a choice between a food source and poison. It didn’t take long for the robots to realize that you could just follow blue lights of other robots to find the food source. So most of the robots, to get more points in the experiment, turned off the blue lights to fool other robots. Some would even lead the other robots away from the source with their blue light, and kept the food source to themselves.

5.) IBM Watson: Master Of Jeopardy.

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Watson is a supercomputer designed to answer questions in real speech using it’s database of 200 million content pages, including all of Wikipedia. It didn’t even break a sweat when challenging Jeopardy finalists Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Jennings famously wrote in his final answer, “I for one welcome our robot overlords,” allowing him to survive the new world order… at least for a while.

6.) Schizophrenic Robots: Now We REALLY Want Robots To Murder Us.

Some awful scientists at the University of Texas-Austin decided to purposefully make their robots schizophrenic, presumably because artificial intelligence needed a little spice. They achieved this by telling the robot a bunch of stories, and instead of programming it to store only the relevant information, they had it retail ALL information, leading the robot to sound like your local park hobo. One robot even proclaimed that it had “a bomb”. Scientists are in a lab creating robot terrorists.

7.) Albert Hubo: Relativity Creepy.

Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary for the iconic scientists’s theory of relativity, the Albert Hubo is essentially a bionic Albert Einstein head attached to an anime-stylized robot body. It’s like they took the Futurama jar-heads one step further. Not cool at all, guys.

8.) Kodomoroid: The Robot That Will Read The Robot News.

Hiroshi Ishiguro of the University of Osaka created a robot that can read the news more efficiently than a human with perfect articulation. This will seem like a natural progression for those of us who always thought Tom Brokaw to be some sort of android, but still… I fear the day that one of these reporterbots appears on Nightly News to announce the collapse of human society.

9.) Google Brain: Creepily Like Your Brain.

Google’s newest article intelligence project surfs the web to its heart’s content. Like most normal human beings, it spends the day looking at cat videos. It seems that robots will not only take our jobs, but also take our wasted time.

Maybe Jennings has it right and we should welcome these inevitable robo-lords. Or we could disguise ourselves as robots by wearing cardboard boxes with aluminum foil taped to the sides. Either way, I now know what my Halloween costume is going to be this year.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/robot-overlords/

What Happened To This Shark Will Scare You Away From The Water Forever.

When you think of “dangerous ocean animals,” your mind probably jumps to sharks, jellyfish and squid first, right? Those creatures are notoriously dangerous. Maybe they don’t kill humans that often, but they are a huge threat to other animals. 

What you probably don’t realize, though, is that they aren’t the only giant predators in the sea. Meet the giant grouper. This overgrown fish can reach up to 9ft in length and can weigh about 880lbs. It is an absolute monster, and feeds on a variety of marine life, including small sharks and sea turtles. 

This is a giant grouper.

It is beyond terrifying, even if it will never, ever hurt a human.

A fisherman happened to be out on the open waters, reeling in a catch, when he bumped into a local grouper.

At first, the fish was just a shadow.

Then…

Well, you’ll just have to see what happened next.

When you see what happened, you’re going to wish you didn’t. This is so creepy: 

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(H/T Gizmodo)

Since shark is typically on the giant grouper’s menu, the fish decided to grab a quick and easy lunch from the fisherman. Although groupers aren’t a threat to humans, this footage definitely convinced me to stay out of the waters. 

If sharks are in danger, that does that say about me? I can’t even swim without wearing floaties. 

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There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.

If you searched for the Sahara desert on Google Maps, you’d find a little speck that’s located in the desert. That little speck, though, is a geological and zoological wonder. If you were trekking through the desert, if you saw it in the distance you would think that it’s just a happy mirage… It’s called the Guelta d’Archei and it is an oasis, (actually a guelta). A guelta is a type of wetland you will typically find in the desert. And what happens there is a beautiful miracle.

It’s located smack dab in the middle of the Sahara.

A guelta forms when underground water in lowland depressions spills to the surface and creates permanent pools and reservoirs.

This one is located in the Ennedi Plateau, in north-eastern Chad, hidden behind a canyon.

The cool waters are sheltered by sandstone cliffs.

Hundreds of camels are grateful to be herded into the knee deep water.

You might not want to swim there, though, as the excrement from all of the camels has turned the water black.

In those black waters are Nile crocodiles.

The crocodiles feed on fish that feed on the algae that feed on the waters fertilized by camels.

It’s an amazing wonder.

(H/T Amusing Planet) The oasis is a beautiful surprise in the middle of a vast desert, with an ecosystem of its own that is a little mind baffling. Click below to share this wonderful marvel.

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If You Had These Tents, Camping Might Actually Be Fun. Just Maybe.

Camping can be fun, but it can also be the worst. It doesn’t matter how great something is, if it involves bugs, bears, and other things you wouldn’t want tearing into your skin, the potential for it to become a disaster is high.

With these tents, that potential is still there, but at least you’re putting your comfort in danger in style. Some of these are more elaborate than others, but they’re all extremely cool. If you don’t want to go camping in these, you’re crazy (or have access to a bed that’s surrounded by four walls and covered by a roof). Check them out!

1.) Opera House Camper Tent

This camper tent pops open to look like the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

2.) Treepee

A teepee you can hang from a tree. It’s everything you want from a tree house without any of the having to build it.

3.) Nyamuk Tent

All the protection of a tent meets all of the laid-back chillness of a hammock.

4.) Two-Second Tent

Maybe sleeping in a tent wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t take so long to set up. Eh, nope, still bad.

5.) Kayak Tent

It’s no arc, but it’ll do in a flood.

6.) Solar Tent

This tent absorbs sunlight during the daytime so it can illuminate the nighttime. Never get lost on your way back from peeing in the bushes again.

7.) Transparent Bubble Tent

As easy as the assembly may be, it’s even easier to be seen in your underpants.

8.) Indoor Tent

Who needs the outdoors anyway?

9.) Tetra Shed

Sturdier than most tents, but a little bit more difficult to move around, the Tetra Shed is a good option if you’re really looking for protection from the elements.

10.) Watermelon Tent

Sweet! Camping has never been this refreshing.

11.) JakPak

A tent that you can wear as a jacket. Finally, camping is fashionable again!

12.) Raindrop Tent

Find out what it’s like to sleep in a raindrop or, more accurately, a meringue cookie.

13.) Car Tent

With this tent, all you need to find is a parking space and you have a place to sleep in any city. Good luck.

14.) Lace Tent

While this looks beautiful, you’d better hope it doesn’t rain while you’re in there.

15.) Action Tent

Camping can be a lonely experience, but other campers and bears don’t have to know that.

(via Oddee, BuzzFeed)

Whether or not you enjoy camping, there’s one thing we can all agree on: it sure is in-tents.

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This Guy Had These Crawling All Over Him Just By Going In His Yard? Yikes.

When Reddit user reddit_scientist took his dog out for a walk, there’s no way he expected this to happen. One minute he was enjoying the yard with his dog. Not even an hour later, he had to pull into a gas station because his foot was itching so badly.

After pulling off his sock to scratch his foot, he noticed how dirty it looked. Then he realized it wasn’t dirt, his foot was covered in small creepy-crawlies.

“They were small, brown crawling insects that looked a lot like ticks and there were probably at least 30 of them all over my foot and up my ankle. That freaked my out so I ran into the gas station rest room and scrubbed my foot hard with paper towels. I felt very embarrassed as I’m sure I looked like a crazy person.

I saved a few to bring into work after being thoroughly disturbed and showering multiple times. I had been wearing shoes, pants, socks, and I didn’t walk through any bushes; it seem they’re small enough that that didn’t matter.

I’m fairly confident what I had on me was chiggers, or by another name harvest mites. My boss and a few other people at work said they’ve had the at different times when doing yard work or hunting.”

In the name of science, the Redditor brought in a few of the chiggers to work.

reddit_scientist placed the samples on a tiny disc that can be examined under a high-powered microscope.

A close up of the microscope.

The entire set up.

Okay, now let’s see what was causing all of the itchiness.

Also known as harvest mites, these bad boys are known to latch onto people in the outdoors.

The itching typically occurs after they’ve unlatched from your skin…

…but having them on you still doesn’t seem like a delightful experience.

This is one creature you’ll want to stay away from if you see them coming your way. Too bad you can’t.

(via Reddit)

Whoa. That’s it, I’m never going outside again, even if my dog does have to go out. He can use the toilet like my other roommates. 

Read more: http://viralnova.com/guy-gets-chiggers-in-foot/

Step One Foot In Any Of These 29 Places And Your Life Will Never Be The Same. Wow.

All over our country, there are natural wonders just waiting to be discovered. You don’t have to travel to far and distant lands to be overwhelmed by natural beauty. There are some things in America that you simply need to see before you die. These 29 cool places are just the start of that list. When you finally see any of these in person, you’ll probably realize just how cool planet earth is. (And you’ll never be the same.) Also, you better start packing now, because each and every one of these are amazing.

1.) Mendenhall Glacier Caves (Alaska)

2.) Antelope Canyon (Arizona)

3.) Oneonta Gorge (Oregon)

4.) Skagit Valley Tulip Fields (Washington)

5.) Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness (Colorado)

6.) Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida)

7.) Zion National Park (Utah)

8.) Watkins Glen State Park (New York)

9.) Yosemite Valley (California)

10.) Grand Prismatic Spring (Wyoming)

11.) Haiku Stairs of Oahu (Hawaii)

12.) Carlsbad Caverns (New Mexico)

13.) Whitaker Point (Arkansas)

14.) Hamilton Pool (Texas)

15.) Horseshoe Bend (Arizona)

16.) Northern Lights (Alaska)

17.) Bryce Canyon (Utah)

18.) Lake Tahoe (California & Nevada)

19.) Smoky Mountains (North Carolina & Tennessee)

20.) Niagara Falls (New York)

21.) The Wave (Arizona)

22.) Sequoia National Park (California)

23.) Thor’s Well (Oregon)

24.) Badlands National Park (South Dakota)

25.) Savannah (Georgia)

26.) Palouse Falls (Washington)

27.) Glacier National Park (Montana)

28.) Nā Pali Coast State Park (Hawaii)

It just goes to show you that you don’t need to travel far from home to see some pretty astounding things. You just need to know where to look. (H/T BuzzFeed) So put some extra clothes in a duffle bag, rent a car and get ready to have the best road trip ever. The United States has some great things to offer. Share them with others by clicking below.

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Some Thoughts About Your Own Body That Are Awesome Epiphanies.

Have you ever had a surreal epiphany about the world that makes you realize just how weird everything is? Those are called shower thoughts, and they can change the way you view the world.

These epiphanies are even more powerful and awesome when they’re about the human body. Here are 21 of the best and weirdest realizations about the human body that we could find. Just wait until you get to #12.

1.) That’s one heck of a check engine light.

2.) This one is almost scientific.

3.) It can also turn good beer into bad beer.

4.) You must eat now… or die.

5.) It’s just so hard to read.

6.) Sadly, most of us aren’t that lucky.

7.) This is just a fact of life.

8.) We’re all Jedi masters.

9.) I’m not sure I’d put it that way, but sure, why not?

10.) Then I’m a mature 7-year-old.

11.) Whoa. That’s very true, and I always looks damn good.

12.) Gross.

13.) Technically correct.

14.) That’s certainly one way of putting it.

15.) The wonders of science!

16.) This one actually made me laugh out loud.

17.) Welcome to the arm show.

18.) This just sounds a bit villainous.

19.) Nor shall it ever touch!

20.) I’m not sure I want to meet the guy who needs to wear an “F-Shirt.”

21.) It’s a legitimate question.

(Via: Distractify)

These are messing with my head just a little bit. Did you actually sounded out the word “poop” when you read #12? That’s what I thought…

Read more: http://viralnova.com/body-thoughts/