Behold the Octobasse: an Enormous Stringed Instrument with Sounds Too Low for Humans to Hear

How familiar are you with all the stringed instruments out there? Sure, you probably know violins, guitars, cellos, and basses. But I’m betting few of you are familiar with the granddaddy of them all – the octobasse, which genuinely sounds more like a legendary monster than a string instrument.

The octobasse is a string instrument that can create sounds so low, humans can’t hear them. What is the point of that, you ask? Maybe to feel the vibrations? Unclear, but it’s pretty metal.

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Though this totally sounds like the invention of a bored millennial, the octobasse was built in 1850 by the French instrument maker Jean-Baptise Vuillaume. The octobasse is quite a lot larger than a human and not very practical to transport; also, there are rumored to only be seven in existence. But there is a playable replica at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. The octobass is in use by exactly one (1) orchestra in the world: the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Playing an octobass is different than playing other stringed instruments, because it’s too big for musicians to use their hands on the strings. Instead, there’s a system of levers and pedals that create each note.

Watch some musicians experimenting with the octobasse in Phoenix:

Is it amazing or is it terrifying? Maybe a little of both.

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20 Gorgeous-Yet-Affordable Hostels Around the World

Whether you’re an avid world-wanderer or just someone who likes to get away for the occasional weekend, it’s ALWAYS in your best interests to plan out your trip. A few minutes of research can save you so much money and aggravation with flights, accommodations, and everything else.

Hostels can be a bit of a crapshoot, as any seasoned traveler knows. That’s why this list of 20 hostels all over the world that look pretty swanky but won’t totally empty your bank account is CRUCIAL.

Take a look at these hostels and see if maybe you can squeeze them into your next travel itinerary.

1. 99 Surf Lodge, Tola, Nicaragua

2. Central Backpackers Hostel, Catba, Vietnam

3. Lucky Lake Hostel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4. Hostel Celica, Ljubljana, Slovenia

5. The Farm Hostel, Bali, Indonesia

6. Away With the Fairies Hostel, Hogsback, South Africa

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7. Rodamón, Marrakech, Morocco

8. Zostel Ooty, Ooty, India

9. Bambuda Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama

10. Jumbo Stay, Stockholm, Sweden

11. Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth, Israel

12. St Briavels Castle, Gloucestershire, UK

13. Sydney Harbour YHA, Sydney, Australia

14. Caveland, Santorini, Greece

15. Red Boat Hostel, Stockholm, Sweden

16. The Circle, Da Lat, Vietnam

17. Sunset Destination Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal

18. Héraðsskólinn Hostel, Laugarvatn, Iceland

19. Cascada Verde, Uvita, Costa Rica

20. ArkaBarka, Belgrade, Serbia

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Now, who’s got the travel bug?!?!?!

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15 Problems That are Uniquely European

There are so many great posts about the unique aspects of life in America, so we figured why not give our European brethren a chance to shine – and by “shine” we mean “tell us all the weirdest things about your life.”

#1. Adapting.

Popping over to your friend in the next country over only to find out they have the wrong configuration of 2/3 pins only to have to quickly drive back over the border to pick up your adapter so you can charge your phone.

#2. Despite all the data mining.

Despite all the data mining Google will still suggest me website in German eventough it knows that I only speak French. Edit : yes I also speak English but on local websites there is either French or German so the website will automatically set the German option despite my location being in the French speaking part of my country.

#3. Often expected.

It’s often expected that you need to learn your native language, English, and frequently one more language to a good level.

Edit: I want to thank everyone who took their time to reply! It’s been fascinating reading all your comments about the cultures of your countries growing up!

#4. No cool stamps.

Not getting any cool stamps in the passport when travelling through Europe

#5. Living in the Balkans.

Having a war every 20 years or so​

-sincerely, someone living in the Balkans

#6. Still bitter.

The wrong song representing your country in Eurovision. Still bitter.

#7. Not speaking in online games.

People not speaking in online games since they don’t speak english as their first language and are insecure about it.

#8. Netflix content.

different Netflix content when you change country

#9. Skinny people only.

Small roads. Dunno if this is just England. But my street can only fit one car and a skinny person and the MAIN road, outside it, can barely squeeze a bus and a big van.

#10. Happened to me.

Studying a few months in a neighboring country, falling in love, getting married and suddenly having a bunch of relatives you can’t talk to. Happens very quickly here. Happened to me.

#11. Still part of the Soviet Union.

Having a website in russian language automatically because some people still think your country is part of soviet union.

#12. Dead body storage.

Having to dig massive catacombs under cities to store all the dead bodies

#13. Sh*tty Viking raids.

Spending 3 hours driving to another country because the soda, candy and alcohol is cheaper and filling entire trailers and cars with it. Everyone who lives in Denmark on Jutland takes roadtrip over the border to Germany shopping at places like Kalle and Fleggaard, and stockpile huge amounts of soda, food and alcohol so that they have enough for months or years to come. It’s basically just shitty Viking raids

#14. WWII left some exciting treasures.

Problem of Germany and most likely London and the area around. (Can’t tell for other countries; so not sure if it counts but I am pretty confident that besides Spain every country has this problem to some extent) Having to plan for bomb defusal whenever there is a bigger excavation in or near any bigger city. WW2 left some exciting treasures to search for.

#15. Not being sure exactly what country you’re in sometimes.

Not being sure of exactly what country you’re in sometimes, when you’re driving through some border regions. Taking a detour through Germany or France depending on traffic conditions.

None of that makes me want to visit again any less!

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Portland, Oregon is About to Generate Electricity from the City’s Water Pipes

The need for modern societies to move beyond fossil fuels and develop renewable energy alternatives is undeniable. Towards those efforts, city planners of the world should keep an eye on what’s happening in Portland, Oregon.

The city has partnered with a company called Lucid Energy to generate clean electricity for the city by utilizing the water already flowing beneath the city.

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A section of Portland’s water system was replaced by pipes designed by Lucid Energy that contain four 42″ turbines. As the water flows through the pipes under the city’s streets, the turbines spin and provide energy that is put into the city’s electrical grid.

Lucid Energy says this will be “first project in the U.S. to secure a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for renewable energy produced by in-pipe hydropower in a municipal water pipeline.” One big advantage that this type of energy-generating system has is that it isn’t affected by the weather, like solar and wind power are.

The water must be moved by gravity because the energy required to pump water through pipes would make the energy generated by this technology pointless. In other words, cities with an abundance of hills will be the winners with this technology.

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When the project is complete it is supposed to generate power to up to 150 homes. While that might not sound like a lot, it is a great start for what is basically a brand new technology.

Take a look at this video to learn more about the project.

Hopefully, city planners and civic leaders around the country are paying attention to what’s going on in Portland.

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Twitter Post About a Nail Job Gone Wrong Goes Viral

We all know that life rarely ever turns out the way you want it to. A friend of mine once told me, “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans,” and it really is true.

Anyone who’s spent time on the internet knows all about the “Expectation vs. Reality” memes, because they are so instantly relatable.

Twitter user Mai Tai recently had her own version of the Expectation vs. Reality experience when her nail job didn’t quite go right…

It wasn’t long before others started chiming in about their own less-than-stellar nail jobs.

Yikes.

The struggle, it seems, is very real.

Just when you think it can’t get worse…

… it does.

Yowza. Those are *not* great.

But don’t get too discouraged, because there were also plenty of people who got just what they wanted and then some:

Oh, my!

I’ll have what she’s having.

It just goes to show, not all nail technicians are created equal (and also probably avoid the one that Mai Tai went to).

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Random Thoughts and Pics That Will Make You Uncomfortable

There are things in life that should be left alone. Things you may never unsee or worse…unthink. YIKES! This slew of social media “thoughts” and pictures will have you curious enough to look and then think “I can’t even…”

1. Creepy, but I’m okay with it

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2. No pressure

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3. And we can’t tipfinger. #BOOM

 

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4. Mind Blown

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5. Sure it…oh

 

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6. Just great…

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7. Now, I’m paranoid

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8. Some things should remain unsaid

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9. A little off the top…oops

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10. Well, this is something. Did Disney think that through?

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Hope this didn’t creep you out too much! Sorry. Not sorry.

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12+ Tweets About Introverts You Quietly Read by Yourself

Introverts know how real the struggle is. The world is a chaotic, anxiety-inducing place that tends to be structured around the preferences of extroverts (probably because they never shut up).

But it’s ok, because instead of going out into the world today, we’re gonna stay home, pour a drink, and read TWEETS about…

1. Looking away from you

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2. Fearing your judgement

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3. Fearing you in mass quantities

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4. Hating ourselves

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5. Avoiding you

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6. Clinging to you

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7. Sparing you

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8. Hiding from you

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9. Remembering you

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10. Running from you

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11. Hating you

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12. Hiding ourselves…

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13. …and digging to figure out wtf we’re gonna tell you about it (and practicing saying that about 100 times internally before we say it to your face text you)

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14. Fearing your voices

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15. Love-hating you

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16. Shooing you

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these tweets.

NOW GO AWAY.

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These Tumblr Prove That Cats Are Absolutely Perfect

Cats are such weird animals. Most of the cats I’ve ever known could literally not give a single s*** about any of us (except for maybe mealtime).

Still, they are pretty adorable and cuddly, and they do some pretty funny things.

Here are Tumblr’s BEST discussions on cats. And they are puuuurrrrrfect.

1. Maybe he’s a dog?

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2. The unexplained activity of a cat

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3. Kitties will let you know when they want to be touched

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4. All about the black cat

 

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5. “Stoned out of their kitty minds.”

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6. It’s his superpower

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7. Totally right. Brrrrrb

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8. See, unexplained manners

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9. Look at that face!

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10. Love that sound…

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See puuuuurrrrfect!

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Check Out the 10 Most Expensive Cities in the World

Is the cost of living absolutely insane in your city? I live near NYC, and yeah, it’s pretty brutal.

That said, I was actually pretty surprised by some of the entries on this list of the world’s most expensive cities. San Francisco didn’t even make the cut, which seems kind of insane given the horror stories I’ve heard about rent in SF.

As recently reported, there is actually a three-way tie for the most expensive city in the world right now between Hong Kong, Singapore, and Paris.

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This analysis of the world’s most expensive cities was done by the Economist Intelligence Unit and this is the first time in the Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living report that three cities tied for first place.

The group took over 400 items into consideration to compile the list, including the cost of food, school, recreation, clothing, household fees, etc.

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Singapore has been named the world’s most expensive city for five years in a row but this year it has company with Hong Kong and Paris. A strong U.S. dollar means more expensive American cities. New York moved up six spots and Los Angeles jumped four spots on this year’s list.

Take a look at the top 10 below.

1. (3-way tie) Hong Kong, Singapore, and Paris, France

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4. Zurich, Switzerland

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5. (2-way tie) Geneva, Switzerland and Osaka Japan

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7. (3-way tie) Seoul, South Korea, Copenhagen, Denmark, and New York City

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10. (2-way tie) Tel Aviv, Israel and Los Angeles, California

You can download and study a full copy of the report HERE.

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10 Tumblr Posts That Are Just Too Adorable

You like adorable posts? So do we! So let’s check out some very adorable Tumblr posts. ‘Nuff said.

1. Same

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2. It’s because we can’t see shit anymore tbh

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3. 😩

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4. I have seen this secret society before

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5. #important

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6. It all makes sense!

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7. Pompous Arnulf

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8. Awww

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9. Double awww

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10. Triple awwww

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Ok some of them weren’t technically “adorable”.

But that isn’t important right now.

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