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Maersk Just Set The World Record For Most Containers Loaded Onto A Ship

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In news only tangentially related to gadgets, the Danish shipping giant Maersk has recently announced that they’ve broken the world record by loading 17,603 containers onto their giant MV Mary Maersk ship. It is pictured here leaving the port of Algeciras, Spain, on July 21, 2014. That’s 17,603 TEU, to use the exact nomenclature, which means ‘twenty-foot equivalent units’, but you wouldn’t be too wrong thinking of them as containers. The ship itself is a mammoth “50 meters wide and 396 meters long. Its gross tonnage is 194,849, and according to MarineTraffic it is currently in the China Sea South traveling at a speed of 17.8 knots.” That’s a whole lot of goods making their way to us, and a good portion of them are probably consumer electronics.

As a matter of fact, the ‘tangential’ reason we’re even mentioning this, aside from how impressive the feat is, is that most of our electronics are Made in China (or elsewhere), and bigger and more efficient ships can translate into a faster and more efficient supply line. That means less waiting for us Westerners, who are always looking to get our hands on the latest gadgets yesterday.

Mary Maersk leaves Algeciras from Maersk Line on Vimeo.

VIA [ Geek.com ]

This Is How You’re Supposed To Hold Your Burger

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Burgers, along with pizza, are quite probably the most versatile (and satisfying!) food items ever invented. But a burger can be challenging to eat if you’re doing it wrong. Tired of ending up with half the bottom bun contents being spilled while eating, producers at the Japanese TV show “Honma Dekka!? hired experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry to determine the best way to hold a burger so that you don’t end up wearing most of it after one bite.” The results of their “research”? Well, hold your burger with three fingers on the top bun, and two on the bottom. Your thumb and pinky finger will serve to hold the bottom bun in place, while the top three fingers… prevent the top bun from flying away?

This editor prefers to up the ante and use three fingers on the bottom and two on top. This way the burger is carefully cradled and the toppings don’t even try to escape from the sides. One could even argue for a 4-1 configuration, but that may be living life too dangerously for some.

Alternatively, one can try the daring one-handed 3-2 hold, so as to free one hand for fry retrieval, but that too may require excessive amounts of coordination and dexterity.

[ Kotaku ] VIA [ ThatsNerdaLicious ]