Saturday, October 15, 2016

Enjoy this delightful compilation of household items that sound like Chewbacca

Remember Chewbacca drawer

Well, there are a lot more household items that sound like Chewbacca out there. They've steadily appeared on the internet through the ages and they're ready to confuse you.

Behold a compilation of items that remind us so much of our beloved Wookiee friend that we're wondering whether the Force is somehow involved.

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Haunting death masks record the faces of the departed

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911).

Image: Imagno/Getty Images

While decorative funeral masks have been used to adorn the dead since ancient times, from those gracing Tutankhamen to Agamemnon, death masks record the very contours of a person's face at the time of their death.

Ancient sculpted masks were supplanted in the late Middle Ages by true death masks, which are created by making a wax or plaster cast of a person's face shortly after their death.

Death masks were made to preserve the visages of royal and otherwise notable people, from kings and conquerors to authors, composers and poets.

The haunting likenesses could then be used to create a sculpture or portrait, aid the scientific study of physiognomy or even help loved ones identify a body. Read more...

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Police release the name of the man who shot and killed singer Christina Grimmie

The Orlando Police Department has released the name of the man who shot and killed 22-year-old musician Christina Grimmie while she was signing autographs after her show at The Plaza Live on Friday. 

The man, identified by police as 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl, approached Grimmie while she was signing autographs for fans inside the venue after the show. Loibl opened fired on Grimmie and was immediately tackled by her brother, Mark. Loibl then turned the gun on himself and died by suicide. Police say there were approximately 120 people in the venue at the time of the shooting. 

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Jurassic 'sea monster' is unveiled

Piecing together the bare bones of a sea reptile that swam at the time of the dinosaurs.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Northern Powerhouse 'a leap of faith'

The man leading the "Northern Powerhouse" project tells the BBC there is no guarantee that investing billions in infrastructure will help the North of England.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Water rights 'threaten' Spanish wetland

One of Europe's most important wetland areas is under threat say environmentalists as Spain and Catalonia argue about the future of the Ebro river.