It can't be detected, but this hum has driven people from being mildly annoyed to attempting suicide. In Taos, New Mexico, a small percentage of people hear what's come to be called the Taos Hum. Described as a low-frequency humming, the sound comes from nowhere and is often attributed to hearing disorders. But local legend has it the sound has a far more frightening source.
The Old Forge is just off the beaten path — way off. It holds the title of Britain's most remote pub and getting there is half the fun. By plane, boat, car, and train, Great Big Story shows what it takes to get the most far-off pint in the mainland UK.
The European Space Agency took a group of disabled children from five countries for the ride of their life. A converted Airbus A310 produces several seconds of true weightlessness during a serious of parabolic maneuvers. Along with the kids, several disabled adults got to ride along as well.
If you're looking for the oldest pub in the world, the best place to start would be in England. And while there are plenty of old pubs in the UK, finding out which one is the oldest isn't so easy — but it's a great excuse for a pub crawl.
It's a view of the Earth's just as mesmerizing as the view from outer space. Shot from aboard a massive container ship, this timelapse combines 80,000 photos over a 30 voyage across the Pacific Ocean and three of the business ports in the world, keeping the global supply chain connected.
Living on top of the world does strange things to people — just as the residents of Longyearbyen, the northernmost city on Earth. You don't want to be buried in Longyearbyen. The permafrost makes for shallow graves, and bodies sometimes come back up again. And as the Earth warms, the thawing permafrost is wreaking havoc, causing the Global Seed Vault to flood, and potentially releasing ancient pathogens into the atmosphere.
Oral health just got a whole lot more aesthetically pleasing. With a limited edition gloss and matte finish, the All-Black Goby Electric Toothbrush Kit is combining the benefits of an electric toothbrush and a sleek, minimalist design. The battery lasts two weeks on a single charge, keeping those unsightly cords in your drawer and off your sink. Better yet, the USB charging cable makes for easy charging, both at home and on the go. Sign up for their subscription service and they'll automatically send you a new brush head when its time to change it out. If you're still afraid of commitment, you can try it out for 60 days, no strings attached.
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Built with top quality components and thoughtful construction, you can't go wrong with a made to measure gray or blue suit from Indochino's Premium Collection. All their suit jackets are half canvassed, with fully fused fronts, for greater versatility and excellent shape for your body. Each jacket also features fully canvassed lapels, bullhorn buttons, lightweight shoulder pads and high-quality collar felts. Just choose your fabric, customize your suit, and submit your measurements. The result is an investment-quality suit that's far more attainable than bespoke options and fits better than off-the-rack options. You can wear them year round, and you get the most bang for your buck as Black Friday sales are already running.
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All those toys you lost when you were a kid ended up at the Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Part of the Strong Museum, the Museum of Play has over 500,000 toys spanning the history of American kids. If you can't find it here, it probably didn't exist.
The path of the 2017 eclipse offered the chance for a large swath of Americans to witness the celestial event — but few of us got to see from the top of a mountain 9,700 above sea level. Vox shares their grand view of the eclipse from the top of a mountain in Idaho.
In Alliance, Nebraska, Jim Reinders created his tribute to England's Stonehenge — with vintage American cars. The Skyglow Project filmed the 2017 eclipse at Carhenge, right in the path of the totality.
An artificial island, a Buddist guru, endangered birds, and the UN building — New York City's U Thant Island has a very interesting history. For an island measuring about 100 by 200 feet, it has a lot of history, even for a place like New York. Vox takes a trip down the East RIver to U Thant, and learns a little about canoeing in the process.
An easy kayak cruise turned into an epic adventure when a man found his way inside an abandoned ship. The spooking interior looks like it's been completely gutted or at least rotted away, and the sound of water dripping and lapping of the steel inside is almost creepy.
It's just another day in Ottawa as a giant mechanical spider and an ancient dragon fought in the streets of Byward Market. Awakened by underground construction, Kumo emerges from the depths and attacks Long Ma, an ancient half-horse, half-dragon, the protector of humanity. Street theater company La Machine created Kumo and Long Ma, bringing them to the Canadian capital for their North American debut.
This is going to be the longest two years of your life. Currently under construction at Disneyland and Disney World, the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is scheduled to open in 2019, and Disney has finally taken the wraps off an excruciatingly detailed scale model. An unknown planet, trading post, and the last stop before outer space are planned, along with AT-AT walkers and some familiar spaceships.
Barrow, Alaska. Where the sun never sets and sometimes never rises, the ground is frozen all year round, and it snows in the summer. For much of the year, the only way in or out is via plane — and a plane especially designed for serving towns like Barrow. So how did Barrow come to be at all? Wendover Productions went to the second most northern city in the world to find out.
Most guys dread the thought of clothes shopping and dread the thought of having to try clothes on at a store even more. With Mott & Bow, you can say goodbye to that painful process, and still get a well designed, great fitting pair of premium jeans. Mott & Bow is all about comfort and quality. They use different types of denim from left-hand weave Italian denim for extreme softness (seriously, they're really soft) to 4-way stretch denim for optimal flexibility. Mott & Bow cuts out the middleman and sells directly to you so they can sell their jeans at half the price of jeans of the same quality. They will also ship you two waist sizes at no extra charge to make sure you get the right fit — just send back the pair that doesn't fit at no additional cost. Finally, you can afford premium denim that fits without an awkward trip to a department store. And keep an eye out, as several new styles are on the way in 2017.
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The Weekender might be the only watch you'll ever need. Timex is confident of that statement, and it's difficult to argue after giving it a hard look. With a minimalist design, the Weekender looks refined yet straightforward, is easy to use, and still manages to pack plenty of features onto its resume. Each watch includes a 40mm oversized case, INDIGLO night-light and chronograph functionality. It's available in four colors, with the option to swap out the leather and nylon straps for a fresh look whenever the mood strikes you.
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The Teleguide. The Itera Bicycle. The Ford Edsel. You've probably never heard of these things because they were all flops. Samuel West celebrates these failures in a museum in Sweden. Although it sounds like a depressing place, the collection is meant to unsuccessful items are meant to help others learn from those who failed before them.
James J. Fox has been selling premium cigars since 1881. First opening in Dublin and later moving to London, their customer list includes Sir Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, and members of the royal family. The flagship store is home to their Freddie Fox Museum displays vintage tobacco, the oldest box of Havan cigars, as well as memorabilia from some of their notable clients.Not only is it the oldest merchant in the world, but also one of the last remain places you can enjoy their products indoors.
Far from China's mega-cities of Bejing and Shanghai, a massive forest of sandstone spires rises from the valley of Zhangjiajie National Park. Water and time have combined to form the surreal formations that look like they could be from another planet. And this otherworldly landscape has inspired a truly alien planet — Pandora, the lush homeworld of the Na'vi in James Cameron's Avatar.
From its base in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii's inactive volcano Mauna Kea rises over 33,000 feet, with 14,000 of that above sea level. Atop the mountain is the Mauna Kea Observatories that form some of the most important astronomical observation sites in the world. The dry atmosphere and subsequent lack of clouds make it a perfect place to watch the stars. The light pollution project Sky Glow Project spent a day on the mountain, capturing this incredible time lapse of the crystal-clear skies above Hawaii.
This is as close and you'll come to actually flying over the surface of the Red Planet. Painstakingly stitched together by Jan Fröjdman, these images from the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter come together to give the illusion that you're soaring over of Mars, something none of us will ever see in our lifetime.
The Alps stretch for over 750 miles across eight European countries, creating some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. From the 15,000-foot peak of Mount Blanc and the legendary Matterhorn to the green foothills of Switzerland, the Alps have watched over the continent for millions of years. Joshua Cowan captured these images of the Alps in all their winter glory on a recent road trip through Europe. See more of Joshua's work on his Instagram page.
By day, Iceland is well-known for its rugged terrain and clear, stunning vistas. By night, that same harsh countryside softens into something almost alien — nearly unrecognizable from its daylit counterpart. The OZZO Photography crew captured Iceland under a full moon, and with a little help from the Northern Lights, presents a rarely seen side of the island nation.
It's not the first time, and it won't be the last. When the sun rose on New Year's Day, the iconic Hollywood sign had had its spelling slightly changed. The first time it happened was in 1976, in a celebration of California relaxing its laws on marijuana. VICE caught up with the merry prankster responsible for the latest incident, Zach Fernandez, aka Jesus Hands, to see what the motivation was for defacement.
Off the coast of Greece, the Fourni archipelago is a haven for ancient shipwrecks. In an area of sea just over 17 miles, 45 shipwrecks have been found, with a wealth of artifacts that give an insight into the seafaring lives of the ancient Greeks. Philippe Cousteau digs into the waters around the Fourni archipelago and how it's discoveries are shaping our view of ancient Greek life.
In China's Shanxi Province, the Ningwu ice caves are beauty wrapped in an enigma. Despite relatively mild conditions on the surface, underground, the temperature never rises above 32°F. Formed millions of years ago, the Ningwu caves keep their frozen glory all year round.
Iceland is an island nation of rugged beauty, cold, and volcanic activity. Populated by fair giants and at least one living Mountain. Yannick Calonge captures the central Icelandic landscape from the air in this stunning high-definition footage.
Catching Los Angeles in its entirety is an impressive feat, but Joe Capra managed to do just that. There is no faking or cropping here. Using two synced DSLR cameras side-by-side, he captured the City of Angels in true panoramic form, resulting in an impressive 4K time-lapse of the massive cityscape.
Champion marathoner and kayaker Ben Brown takes to Arctic in his latest installment of Visual Vibes. Joined by astronaut Chris Hadfield, Ben explores the rugged beauty of of one of the most inhospitable climes on the planet, along with a few long-term residents — whales and a polar bears.
Shanghai, China, is one of the biggest cities in the world, with a population of over 24 million people. The city boasts over 4,000 skyscrapers, the world's largest container port, and massive infrastructure projects. But in the streets below, out of the shadows of the buildings, millions of people live a day-to-day life that belies the fast-paced life cities are known for. JT Singh captures life in the city in the latest of his series of short films about Shanghai.