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Here’s the meaning of all those British phrases you thought were made up

I’ve lived in Britain as an American, and probably the most-common topic of conversation to naturally slip into with a Brit was the English language. Is “herb” pronounced with the “h” or without? Is it aluminum or aluminium? What did I mean by “I’m pissed?”

Eventually the conversation gets stale, because at some point you’ve talked way too much about the way you talk. But, on a rare occasion, there’s a small British idiom or slang word that’s so patently ludicrous you can’t help but be filled with a warm little ball of delight.

For example, I’ve never once understood why “Bob’s your uncle” basically means “and there you are.” I don’t have an uncle named Bob, and it’s a weird way to cap off a short list of instructions or directions. But it’s so charmingly weird that I couldn’t help but giggle whenever it was said to me.

If you plan on going to Great Britain anytime soon (or simply love linguistic quirks), check out this video by Siobhan Thompson of Anglophenia. It runs through a list of phrases you’ve probably never heard of, and gives you their often incredibly strange, roundabout origins.

THERE IS A SCIENCE to flight patterns that most people don’t realize. This visualization of the most common flight patterns around the world is super trippy, but also puts things into perspective. It made me realize just how many flights take off each day, and how close they are to each other while in the air. While it seems overwhelming, it also helps me appreciate how safe and technically advanced the aviation industry is. 

From: Flight patterns will blow your mind


SURFING IS ALREADY PROBABLY THE coolest looking sport out there, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise how awesome it looks from underneath the water. But it looksfucking incredible.

LA-based filmmaker Morgan Maasen took a dip under the water and filmed the ocean, the waves, and the surfers from below. So if you’re having a rough day in your office, just close your door for a minute, pop on your headphones, and imagine you’re drifting in the waves of Hawaii.

OCEAN LIFE is mesmerizing and strangely beautiful. It can also be creepy as hell, which is why I’m scared of it. But I do love being on this side of the screen watching a timelapse created by Daniel Stoupin using 150,000 macro photography shots. He captures the normally undetectable behaviours of corals and sponges, the animals that are responsible for coral reefs.

The oceanic biosphere is so sensitive, as I talk about in my article The 5 biggest crises facing our oceans today (and why you should care) — the slightest changes in temperature, as a result of human behaviours, is killing coral reefs which has a magnified impact on the entire earth and its inhabitants. For now though, just let yourself be amazed by the above video.

From: Underwater timelapse will be the most beautiful thing you see today

Sometimes, the best things I find on the internet, I don’t understand at all. This video, performed by MMA fighter Genki Sudo and his posse, World Order, is so random, crazy, unique, and uplifting, I can’t help but bop along to the beat. But is it only random, crazy, unique, and uplifting because I don’t speak Japanese, and therefore, the translation is lost to me? What is this video even about? (via Is this music video the new ‘Gangnam Style’?)

OUR FRIENDS at Perennial Plate and Intrepid put this incredibly inspiring edit together to celebrate Intrepid Travel’s 25th Anniversary. How is travel beautiful to you?

(via Travel is beautiful - Matador Network)

EVER SINCE WATCHING Free Willy as a kid, I’ve advocated against holding animals, especially large sea mammals, in captivity. Orcas, dolphins, and other creatures should not be used to “entertain” humans; this video is incredible proof of the natural space orcas require to be happy. I’m pretty sure that no one would miss SeaWorld if it was immediately shut down, and hopefully documentary films like Blackfish will discourage people from visiting them.

(via Pod of killer whales chases power boat at insane speed - Matador Network)

Our urban landscapes are the next frontier of exploration

THE TRADITIONAL CONCEPTION of “exploration” has always looked “out there”: sailing around the world, trekking to the South Pole, summitting the world’s tallest mountains. But every time a legendary explorer went out to confront those frontiers, to push past them, the rest of humanity was back at home, constructing the infrastructure that makes our modern lives possible.

Like any complex system, crafted over long periods of time and often with short-sighted planning, redundancies developed. Sites were built, scrapped, covered over, and built again. Entire substrates of our biggest cities are closed off and largely forgotten. At the same time, you have restricted-access facilities that are used and depended on every day by millions of people: storm drains, power stations, construction cranes, skyscraper ledges, utility tunnels. A built landscape, created by humans but kept out of sight of all those who live within it.

Enter the urban explorers, men and women from all over the globe intent on bypassing the safeguards, hopping the fences — intent on practicing the art of intrusion — in order to chart and document this new frontier. Equipped with enviable photo and video skills / equipment and a means of distribution via social media, they’re showing the world what’s been right under our feet this whole time.

Watch the video above, Art of Intrusion (footage by Bradley L. Garrett, edited by Matador’s Eric Warren), and then check out the photo galleries linked below that pay homage to the urban explorers, placehackers, free climbers, and others who are pushing the boundaries on the edge of this new frontier.