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Chances are, if you're in your mid-to-late twenties, your Facebook Newsfeed is probably starting to look like the picture frame section at Target, what with all the baby, engagement, and wedding photos people seem to have no problem sharing with overwhelming ferocity. Unbaby.me has started the fight against this glamorized and gluttonous oversharing of marital and familial bliss by replacing baby photos from your Newsfeed "with awesome stuff." By the way, our Facebook page is all awesome stuff, all the time. Via
After being handed a $50 bill along with this note by a "raggedy dressed man" on a train, Redditor delverofsecrets turned to Reddit to decode the note, which was quickly identified as using a Bifid Cipher. The translated message reads:
THERE'S PLENTY MORE MONEY TO MAKE FIGURE THIS OUT AND PREPARE TO MEET JULY 19 FIFTY SIXTH AND SIXTH HOT DOG STAND OUTSIDE RUE57 CAFE ASK FOR MISTER INPUT.After discovering the fact that the note had been spread around the Reddit community, "Mister Input" sent a message to delverofsecrets under the name hoboman (which was apparently sent from a US Department of Defense Network IP address), stating the following:
You may not believe me, but I will remind you of your personalized backpack [personal information redacted] You have recruited the help of friends, the offer is now on the table for them too. I cannot have strangers inquire about me, rather we will use a proxy. Here is the next step: DWY JLRR QUBPKSJ IL NDLM OQD OUCEQMW KGXI CSH RFRM XL WEZUXKJ. YME QLPRBAZ OQD TPVJG HPM UK CQJS H. PPVD BFSRST NJYT KR. BFPU EWP BMHY BTK WL VGB FXK R PXFE DTC GPBQL QWHKI JFA QRPE EJW EYC KLJ HCB JHGN.This coded part of the message, which was also translated by the community, reads:
YOU HAVE MANAGED TO FIND THE MESSAGE WITH THE HELP OF FRIENDS. YOU CHANGED THE RULES NOW SO WILL I. JULY TWELVE FOUR PM. FIND THE BLUE JAY AT SIX AND A HALF AND FIFTY SIXTH AND TELL HIM YOU ARE THE LAST.In an interesting twist, a contributing Redditor discovered that a Google Street View snapshot of that location shows a UPS delivery man with what appears to be a blue jay tattoo on his arm. The debate rages on in regards to whether or not this is some clever viral marketing scheme for The Dark Knight Rises (whose release date coincides with the date in the original message), or BASE Entertainment's upcoming Spy exhibit. Regardless, the story is an interesting one and continues to develop at the original post.
The Transit of Venus occurred yesterday around 3pm PST. If you missed it, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has put together a stunning timelapse of the extremely important astronomical event.
On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event--the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117. The videos and images displayed here are constructed from several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light and a portion of the visible spectrum. The red colored sun is the 304 angstrom ultraviolet, the golden colored sun is 171 angstrom, the magenta sun is 1700 angstrom, and the orange sun is filtered visible light. 304 and 171 show the atmosphere of the sun, which does not appear in the visible part of the spectrum.Here's In Focus's take on the event. Image via | Video: NASAexplorer, Via
Cory Poole created this video of the 2012 Annular Eclipse by using over 700 photographs shot with a telescope that "has a very narrow bandpass allowing you to see the chromosphere and not the much brighter photosphere below it." For more photos, head over to In Focus or The Big Picture. Video via
Jack Cook and Howard Perlman's illustration of all the water on Earth as a single sphere showed up on Buzzfeed a week ago, but it just seemed to small to be accurate. Turns out, it is.
Although oceans of water cover about 70 percent of Earth's surface, these oceans are shallow compared to the Earth's radius. The above illustration shows what would happen if all of the water on or near the surface of the Earth were bunched up into a ball. The radius of this ball would be only about 700 kilometers, less than half the radius of the Earth's Moon, but slightly larger than Saturn's moon Rhea which, like many moons in our outer Solar System, is mostly water ice.APOD