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Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls On This Reservoir?

Veritasium took a boat through 96 million black plastic balls on the Los Angeles reservoir to find out why they’re there. The first time he heard about shade balls the claim was they reduce evaporation. But it turns out this isn’t the reason they were introduced. The balls are made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) which is less dense than water so they float on the surface of the reservoir even if they break apart. They are 10cm (4 inches) in diameter and contain about 210ml of water. So the…

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Alex Honnold Breaks Down Iconic Rock Climbing Sce OMG Look At His Hands

Professional rock climber and free-solo ascent legend Alex Honnold breaks down rock climbing clips from both real life and film, including ‘Mission Impossible II,’ ‘Point Break,’ ‘Star Trek V,’ ‘Failure to Launch,’ ‘Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Vertical Limit’ and ‘Cliffhanger’ I love his enthusiasm, and his knowledge and insight is not only extraordinary—but understandable and accessible to general audiences. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/alex-honnold-breaks-down-iconic-rock-climbing-scenes/

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Only in Japan Can Moving Be Described as a Pleasure

Ah Japan, the faraway land where everything is done more sensibly and efficiently. Take moving, a prospect so daunting, many of us would rather stay in our current home forever because the mere thought of packing/sorting/unpacking is too much to bear. I don’t know why, but I found this strangely therapeutic to watch. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/the-efficiency-of-japanese-movers/

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This Brie(f) History of Cheese by TED-Ed is a Must For Cheese Lovers!

Before empires and royalty, before pottery and writing, before metal tools and weapons – there was cheese. As early as 8000 BCE, Neolithic farmers began a legacy of cheesemaking almost as old as civilization. Today, the world produces roughly 22 billion kilograms of cheese a year, shipped and consumed around the globe. Paul Kindstedt shares the history of one of our oldest and most beloved foods. Lesson by Paul S. Kindstedt, directed by Charlotte Cambon. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/brief-history-of-cheese-by-ted-ed/

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9 Photography Tricks Advertisers Use to Make Food Look More Delicious

Photographing food in a studio creates unique challenges. The bright studio lights and lengthy setup times for the perfect shot means food sits around longer than usual. That’s why many commercial photo shoots include ‘food stylists’ that use tricks and hacks to make the food last longer (e.g., not melt) and appear even more delicious than real life. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/photography-tricks-advertisers-use-to-make-food-look-delicious/

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Deconstructing John Coltranes Seminal Jazz Song Giant Steps

John Coltrane, one of jazz history’s most revered saxophonists, released “Giant Steps†in 1959. It’s known across the jazz world as one of the most challenging compositions to improvise over for two reasons – it’s fast and it’s in three keys. Braxton Cook and Adam Neely give Vox Earworm a crash course in music theory to help understand this notoriously difficult song. Even if you don’t understand a lick of music theory, you’ll likely walk away with an appreciation for this musical puzzle. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/deconstructing-giant-steps-by-john-coltrane/

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The Behind-the-Scenes Choreography of this One-Shot Take is Incredible

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the sequence of “Shaina’s (Riki Lindholme) transformation”, after being inspired by watching “Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time,†was filmed, side-by-side with how the scene played on-screen in episode 3 of Kidding starring Jim Carrey, Frank Langella, Catherine Keener and Judy Greer. The choreography and teamwork of all those involved is remarkable and seeing the final result as a split-screen made me re-watch this video a few times. Truly gives you an appreciation for the art of filmmaking. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/behind-the-scenes-of-one-shot-take-jim-carrey/

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This Is Where Your Wine Corks Come From

Uncorking a bottle of wine after a long day is one of the few true pleasures in life. But ever wonder where that small cork—aka the last thing standing between you and your favorite red—comes from? In Portugal, there’s a long and rich history of harvesting cork trees. Harvesters strip trees of their bark by hand, using a process that makes certain the tree remains alive and healthy. The method is so difficult that harvesters begin learning the trade from a young age, keeping up a skill passed down through…

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Cheese Expert Guesses Cheap vs Expensive Cheeses

Epicurious brings back cheese expert and noted author Liz Thorpe to guess which one of two cheeses is more expensive. Liz breaks down brie cheese, cheddar cheese, gouda cheese, mozzarella cheese, and washed rind cheese. For each round of cheeses, Liz looks at, smells, and taste tests before guessing which cheese costs more. Once the prices are revealed, Thorpe explains why a specific cheese making process costs more and dives into the specifics of how to make the different cheeses. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/cheese-expert-guesses-cheap-vs-expensive-cheeses/

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