Digital Digest: 14/02/2011
The Best Of The Web
Monday 14 February 2011
The Korean peninsula may be riven by strife and the ever-present threat of war, but South Koreans certainly know how to amuse themselves. The new national craze sweeping South Korea is indoor cycling gymnastics, in which competitors use a stationary bike as a gym frame. Half dance routine, half acrobatic display, it looks rather fun.
The fact that fleas can jump is not exactly news, but it has taken until now to figure out how the tiny insects actually do it. Using special high-speed recording equipment and a computer model, a team from the University of Cambridge managed to figure how the bug manages to leap such large distances.
Over the course of the history of art one topic has recurred more than any other: the kiss. Painters, sculptors, poets and photographers have all obsessed over it, tried to capture the essence of it and attempted to reproduce it in full sensuous detail. In honour of their weighty exertions, Flavorwire has pulled together the 10 best kisses in art.
So fashion week is just around the corner – but can you recognise the famous faces who will be gracing the catwalk? The New York Times has put together a model IQ test, complete with questions on fashion side-projects, past contracts and career milestones.
Try your hand at ind.pn/igFwpM
Fancy whipping up some red-velvet cupcakes for your loved one this afternoon? Or how about some super-easy homemade truffles? My Baking Addiction, written by sweet-toothed blogger Jamie, is an adventure in all things confectionary. Ideal for a spot of last-minute Valentine's Day cooking.
The New Pornographers have debuted their video for "Moves", the latest track to be taken from their fifth album, Together. Directed by Tom Scharpling (of Saturday Night Live), this comedy promo is worth watching for the host of cameos alone, including Paul Rudd, Kevin Corrigan and Bill Hader.
Here's a video that gives you instructions for a Japanese candy sushi kit. Using the different sugary solutions and handy tools, you can painstakingly make sweets that look exactly like sushi. Watch the expert do it; they are almost certainly making it look much easier than it actually is. Impressive.
Life & Style blogs
Blood test that predicts Alzheimer's disease
Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300
Lego told off by 7-year-old girl for promoting gender stereotypes
Mapping the tubes: The hidden world of undersea cables that make up the internet
Titanfall: Release date, gameplay basics, DLC and everything else you need to know
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 1 Bad cattitude: Family call police after crazed and 'hostile cat with a history of violence' attacks baby before attempting to 'flee custody'
- 2 Family forced to flee home after discovering 'terrifying' nest of spiders in bananas
- 3 First Kiss: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 4 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 5 Bob Crow death: 'Admired by his members, feared by employers' - Tributes pour in for RMT union leader and 'working class hero' Bob Crow
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