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Princess Peach: Political Mastermind?

Redditor DrunkRobot97 makes an interesting case for the reason why Princess Peach from the Mario series keeps getting kidnapped, and why she’s still in power in the Mushroom Kingdom. Even if you don’t pay too much attention to the Mario games, you still have to wonder how she manages to pull it off. I know it’s a bit long, but take a look at this brilliant theory and let us know what you think. I’ve posted the text of the theory here, but it’s worth going to the site to read the followup discussion.

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Howzat! The Making of Cricket Balls (1956)

From the archives of British Pathé comes a fascinating 1956 short on the craft of making hand-made cricket balls. The clip shows scenes from within Twort factory in Kent where workers start with plain cubes of cork and build it up successively to create the shiny ball that brings delight to bowler and batsman.

Hit the jump to view another historical video on the making of cricket bats, this time from 1939.

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Famous Last Words

As they say, in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

When death is near and you’re about shuffle off this mortal coil, what do you think you final words would be? George Washington’s last words were an accepting “‘Tis well.” while American Civil War general John Sedgwick never saw it coming when he said, “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” And being his natural witty self, Oscar Wilde supposedly said, “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.”

If you’d like to get an early start on your final soliloquy and need some inspiration, have a look at this compilation of 50 famous last words courtesy of the vlogbrothers.

[thanks Emily!]

The Taxonomy of Arse

Arse is a surprisingly versatile word. If you could be arsed, I’m sure you can think of a few choice uses for it. British designer Stephen Wildish takes a closer look at the word, attempting to classify it into groups, from the good, the bad, the ugly, to the downright faecal. Have a look at his Taxonomy of Arse after the jump.

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Humans are Disgusting!

There are some truths better left unsaid. This little animated short by Aaron Rogers clues us in on the more gross workings of the human body. I won’t spoil if for you but Humans are Disgusting!

If you know any other disgusting factoids, do let us know in the comments.

[via Gizmodo]

The Science of Dogs

Will over at Doghouse Diaries has four doctorates in “dogsareawesomeology” and used all that knowledge to create an infographic on the workings of our canine companions including their cyclical inside-outside thoughts, their irrational fears, and which end the drool comes out of.

See the Science of Dogs after the jump.

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Infographic: The Internet a Decade Later

Some of us spent an obscene amount of time on the Internet, so much so that we won’t come to bed because someone is wrong with the Internet.

An animated infographic from Bested Sites shows how the addiction has grown in the last 10 years from the sheer numbers of Internets users, to the time spent browsing, to what some sites looked like then and now.

See The Internet A Decade Later after the jump. If your Internet connection hasn’t improved in the last 10 years, it may take a while to load.

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The Scale of the Universe

We’ve seen enough documentaries to know that the universe is rather large. These shows have compared the relative sizes of the planetary bodies in our solar system and taken us on trips to distant worlds in outer space. And projects like THINGS (The HI Nearby Galaxy Survey) have gone to great ends to catalogue the galaxies that have been observed thus far.

The Scale of the Universe is an informative Flash that shows the universe from the tiniest particles at fractions of a yoctometre (10-24 of a metre) to humans to giant nebulas that look like testicles to the very edge of what we can observe, many many gigaparsecs away.

Take that intergalactic trip in fullscreen here.

The animation was created by a 14-year-old Cary Huang, with help from his twin brother Michael.

[via PS3ZA]

What Your Poop is Telling You About Your Body

If you’ve ever watched Dr Mehmet Oz, you’ll know that he is quite serious about poop because it provides valuable information about the health of your digestive system.

The good doctor recommends examining not only your poop but the sound it make when it enters the water — it should hit the water as a diver from Acapulco would, with a swoosh. That sentiment that is echoed in this infographic, where the diver has been replaced with a torpedo. The infographic also provides information on the causes of the different colours and shapes of poop that you produce. And it details what your pee is telling you about your body. Be informed or sickened or both after the jump.

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Reddit’s Guide to Fitness

Even the foolhardiest of drunks must be awake by now. Hello, and welcome to 2012! Allow me to wish you a very happy new year! Here’s hoping all the best for your life, love, gaming, and everything else in between.

Of all the new year resolutions that have been drafted, I can imagine “getting healthy” is on many a list. You might not think it but Reddit is a bountiful source of information for the individual who wants to lose the flab and get fitter.

The people over at The Greatist have collected tips and tricks from the Fittit subreddit (/r/fitness) and created a handy infographic to help those who want to go from fat (or skinny) to fit. Have a look at Reddit’s Guide to Fitness after the jump.

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