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Watch Athletes Ski a Mountain at Night—Using Only Flares for Light

Many resorts around the country offer skiing after dark with marked trails that are well-lit. But there are some skilled thrill-seekers who opt for a more adventurous take on night skiing. In the short film above titled Torched, Nicolas Vuignier and Jules Guarneri follow a crew of freeskiers and snowboarders as they travel down a mountain filled with obstacles, using only rescue flares to light their way.

"At first they didn’t really get it,” Vuignier told GrindTV about asking the winter athletes to be in the film. “They did not understand the concept, but when I showed them some of the first test shots, most of them wanted to try it!”

After a few trial runs during the day, the group, including skiers Greg Tuscher and Alex Neurohr, pro Sammy Carlson, and snowboarder Mathieu Schaer, strapped on their gear and hit the slopes in the Valais region of Switzerland. The flares, which were attached to their snow gear using duct tape, only provided a small amount of light, making the already tricky descent even more difficult. A behind-the-scenes video posted to YouTube shows just how much trial and error went into getting the footage for the short film, including solving the issue of flares burning holes into the skiers' pants during jumps.



[h/t: Gizmodo]

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

Whether it’s a sheep hanging out with Santa Claus or a panda bear hiding among some snowmen, regular Mental Floss readers know that hidden picture brainteasers are one of our favorite things. And the optical experts at Lenstore.co.uk have released a delicious one, just in time for Christmas. Somewhere in the midst of all these holiday-themed goodies above, there’s a holiday pudding just waiting to be discovered. Can you spot it? Your time starts … now.

If you give up, or are the kind of person who reads the last page of a book before the first one and just wants to know the answer, scroll down to see where it’s hiding.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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