Briefly: History Of Bicycles, Balls Of The World Cup, YouTube Shames ISP Speeds

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: 20 crazy rides from the dawn of the bicycle, YouTube names and shames Australian ISPs for poor speeds.

  • Gizmodo Australia spent the last week driving a Ford Fiesta ST powered by a 1.6-litre GTDI EcoBoost engine packing 134KW of power. Click here to read their verdict.
  • The FIFA World Cup does't just use any old ball: every World Cup has been played with an all-new ball design (sometimes to disastrous affect a la 2010's "Jabulani"). This fascinating gallery looks at every reinvention since the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay.
  • Google is now measuring ISPs based on their ability to stream HD content to customers from its content delivery networks (CDNs). The results are unsurprising: unless you have the NBN, your YouTube experience probably sucks.
  • Have you ever toyed with getting into the MMORPG World of Warcraft? This travelogue from Kotaku editor and WoW virgin Mark Serrels will give you a taste of what you're in for.
  • Fabien Cousteau just concluded his 31-day underwater research mission, where six scientists studied coral reefs in a small chamber 20 metres underwater off the coast of Key Largo. The long-term underwater residence gave them a firsthand glimpse of some never-before-seen underwater phenomena, as Cousteau told PBS’s Hari Sreenivasan in this all-too-short interview from the ocean floor. Watch the video here.
  • The history of aviation is filled with some pretty outlandish designs, but vintage bicycle prototypes are every bit as mental — click here to take a wobbly tour through bike designs through the ages.

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