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All 212,470 On-Screen Deaths In The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy In One Video

Video: It’s been over a decade since the Lord of the Rings trilogy wrapped up and we’re still totalling the body count. After all those sweeping battles and that epically long journey, Digg Video tallied up the death toll and it’s an insane 212,470. I guess those movies were pretty long, right?


Inside The Blood Factory That Keeps Track Of The World's Rare Donors

When most of us think of “rare blood”, we think of AB-positive or O-negative. But it turns out there are far, far rarer types than that. In Filton, England, there’s a lab that handles blood donations from across the UK — and identifies this super-rare blood.


How Many Undiscovered Blood Groups Are There?

You may think that you know your blood type, but did you know that there are in fact 35 blood group systems in humans? These include well-known systems such as ABO and the Rh system (formerly known as ‘Rhesus’).


Inside The Science Of Sharing Rare Blood

His doctor drove him over the border. It was quicker that way: if the man donated in Switzerland, his blood would be delayed while paperwork was filled out and authorisations sought.


Alzheimer's Patients Will Be Injected With The Blood Of Young People

It’s not often that science confirms ideas straight out of vampire lore, but here you have one: a spate of studies in mice have found that infusions of young bloodseem to reverse ageing. So now we’re moving to the next logical step: giving the blood of young humans to Alzheimer’s patients.


Every Death Scene From Quentin Tarantino's Movies

Few people make killing people look as entertainingly graphic and creatively brutal as Quentin Tarantino does in his movies. All of his films, from Reservoir Dogs to Django, are notorious for violent deaths that sometimes number in the hundreds. Watch them all in this supercut by Jaume R. Lloret.


The Palestine Conflict History Explained In One Absurd Animation

This animated short by Nina Paley — in the tradition of the best Monty Python music skits — might not be an orthodox history lesson, but it’s an accurate depiction of the horrible 6000-year bloodshed in the region of Palestine, with dozens of tribes and nations fighting each other to claim ownership of that land.


All Blood Donation Centres Should Be This Shade Of Red

Every once in a while, form meets function in such a wonderful way that an architectural pun is born. It’s hard to find a better example than the Blood Center in Raciborz, Poland. Let’s just say they don’t have to worry about a spill staining the carpet.


How One Australian Man's Blood Donations Saved Over Two Million Lives

Today I found out about a man who saved over two million lives just by donating his somewhat unique blood plasma. Australian James Harrison is called “the man with the golden arm” due to the unusual composition of his blood. Harrison’s blood contains an antibody called Rho(D) Immune Globulin that is used to treat Rhesus disease, a severe form of anemia where antibodies in a pregnant woman’s blood destroy her baby’s blood cells.


Why Do We Have Blood Types, Anyway?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t really know what blood types are for. Do they really matter?