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17 Sep 20:42

Google maps blurred a picture of a cow’s face and people are asking questions

by Bethany Biron

Google maps blurred a picture of a cow’s face and people are asking questions

Google maps blurred a picture of a cow’s face and people are asking questions

It’s not easy maintaining your privacy in the digital age, even if you’re a cow.

Luckily, this cow in Cambridge, England was spared from the obtrusive eyes of Google Streetview. David Shariatmadari, an opinion editor at The Guardian, shared an image from Google Streetview showing the animal grazing on grass with a blurred face.

“Great to see Google takes cow privacy seriously,” Shariatmadari tweeted.

Other neighboring cows were not given the gift of anonymity, as other Google Streetview images show, leading us to wonder, what makes this guy so special? Google, trying to get in on the fun, shared a response to the blurred face. Google noted that it was a glitch with its automatic face-blurring technology — but not without getting a couple jokes in first.

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“We thought you were pulling the udder one when we herd the moos, but it’s clear that our automatic face-blurring technology has been a little overzealous,” Google wrote in a statement. “Of course, we don’t begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame.”

Google wasn’t the only one in on the cow jokes — outlets like ABC called him a “particularly moo-dest” cow, and Twitter users shared cheeky responses to Shariatmadari like “udderly ridiculous” and “Google teat view,” as BBC noted.

We’re glad the cow was able to graze in peace.

The post Google maps blurred a picture of a cow’s face and people are asking questions appeared first on HelloGiggles.

17 Sep 11:09

Orphaned Numbat Gets Expert Care

by Andrew Bleiman
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Found abandoned and separated from his mother, Frankie the orphaned Numbat is receiving expert care from keepers at Australia’s Perth Zoo.

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Estimated to be about six to seven months old, Frankie is too young to survive on his own. Keepers have been working around the clock, feeding this baby Numbat more than five times a day.  He eagerly laps up milk from a tiny bowl.  He eats well and is gaining strength every day.

Frankie is so small that he fits right into his keepers’ hands.  They describe him as exceptionally relaxed and confident for a wild Numbat. 

This little orphan was brought to the zoo by a Project Numbat, community group dedicated to saving this endangered species.  The Perth Zoo has the world’s only Numbat breeding program.

Numbats are marsupials – after birth, their young nurse and develop inside the mothers’ pouch.  Adults weigh about one to two pounds and feed exclusively on termites.  They are currently found in only a few small colonies in Western Australia.  Only about 1,000 Numbats are believed to survive in the wild.

07 Sep 22:10

Hot Take: Stop Doing The Wave At Baseball Games

by Carman Tse
Hot Take: Stop Doing The Wave At Baseball Games It's dumb. [ more › ]
08 Sep 09:58

Two Graphic Designer Pen Pals Communicate Using Only Infographics, Eventually Become Good Friends

by Rūta Grašytė

For one year, two award-winning information designers, Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, living on different sides of the Atlantic, sent each other postcards for a project titled ‘Dear Data’. But they weren’t your usual postcards, they were hand-drawn infographic postcards.

“Each week, and for a year, we collected and measured a particular type of data about our lives, used this data to make a drawing on a postcard-sized sheet of paper, and then dropped the postcard in an English “postbox” (Stefanie) or an American “mailbox” (Giorgia),” their website reads. “Eventually, the postcard arrived at the other person’s address with all the scuff marks of its journey over the ocean: a type of “slow data” transmission.” The whole project resulted to 52 weeks of different themed postcards, and Giorgia and Stefanie getting to know each other so well that they became great friends, even though they had only met twice.

The year-long project has been published into a beautiful 300-page book and is available on Amazon.

More info: Amazon | dear-data.com | FacebookTwitter | Instagram (h/t: designyoutrust)

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10 Sep 00:17

Meet LA’s first people walker

by Jeff Wattenhofer

He doesn’t walk dogs. He walks people.

Los Angeles is no stranger to the concept of people creating jobs out of thin air. From valet-parking to dog-walking, if there’s a menial task some Angeleno can’t be bothered to do himself, there’s sure to be an underemployed actor to take it up as a career.

Actor Chuck McCarthy may have taken this concept to its outermost extreme.

He walks people. You know, like someone would have their dog walked, but with actual human beings. He is serious.

Circa has got the scoop on this innovative new service. For seven dollars a mile, Chuck will accompany his clients on walks around town. Aside from the security one gets from having a 6-foot, 2-inch bearded bear of a man accompany them through Runyon Canyon, Chuck is also a listener. "I am confidential," he tells Circa, "unless people don’t want me to be."

The idea’s origin was quite simple. Chuck needed some extra cash, and he, "thought about walking dogs, but I don’t want to pick up dog poop." Humans, for the most part, wouldn’t pose that problem, so voila, a new startup business was born.

I wear my The People Walker™ shirt upon request, and on the first walk with a new client, so they can be 100% sure it's me.

Posted by The People Walker on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

There have been a few hiccups along the way. Some clients have requested he not wear his homemade "The People Walker" t-shirt whilst on walks. Most people don’t necessarily want people to know they’re being walked, he says.

Chuck might be wrong on that account. According to The People Walker Facebook page, with all of the recent publicity he has garnered, he is overwhelmed with walk requests.

Weird jobs: The People Walker

This man doesn't walk dogs... he walks people.

Posted by Circa on Tuesday, 30 August 2016
06 Sep 18:21

Man Who Lied About Playing Piano on Résumé Asked to Perform at Work

by gabebergado@gmail.com (Gabe Bergado)
Time to break your fingers.
06 Sep 16:32

Trigger warning: racist leaves

by Ken Jennings

This site, like a lazy Frenchman, took the summer off. That was partly due to some database crashes and spambot attacks that happened when I was out of town, and which I’m just getting around to fixing now. Thank you for your patience.

I write a weekly Monday column called Maphead for Condé Nast Traveller, where I (virtually) visit the world’s geographic oddities. Here’s a special bonus “Maphead” that got vetoed over the summer by Condé Nast, because the photo editor (quite reasonably!) has a “no swastikas” rule.

This blog, while definitely not pro-swastika, is willing to take them on a case-by-case basis. Here’s the geography lesson that was too edgy for Big Content!

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The Zernikow Swastika

In 1992, a landscaping intern in northeastern Germany was given a boring task by his bosses: to scour aerial photographs of the region for irrigation lines. But then he came across photo 106/88, showing the Kutzerower Heath northwest of the village of Zernikow, and his jaw dropped. “Do you see what this is?” he asked his boss. Günter Reschke had just uncovered a previously unknown chapter in the history of Nazi Germany, hiding in plain sight.

A ghost of the Third Reich makes its yearly return.
The photo quite clearly showed a giant yellow swastika, 200 feet on a side, in the middle of a dense pine forest. Forester Klaus Göricke, dispatched to check out the site, found that the Nazi symbol was formed from 140 larches, planted with typical German precision. For most of the year, the trees were invisible. But for a few weeks every autumn, before the larches lost their leaves, they turned a bright yellow, in stark contrast to the surrounding evergreens.

For half a century, no one saw the forest for the trees.
From the size of the larches, Göricke deduced that they’d been planted in the late 1930s. Every year for more than half a century, a yellow swastika had faded onto the map here north of Berlin, then disappeared a few weeks later. In East Germany, low-flying private planes were forbidden, so no one had noticed. When pressed, locals remembered different stories about who had planted the trees: Was it to thank the government laborers who had worked on a street in town nearby? To disavow a local villager who’d been taken to a concentration camp for listening to the BBC? To celebrate Hitler’s birthday? Nobody is sure to this day.

It took eight years to fix the problematic landscaping.

With the swastika making worldwide headlines, the German government acted quickly, sending in local forestry workers to chainsaw the trees out of existence. They cut down forty larches, but to no avail. When fall came, the swastika was still visible, if a little ragged around the edges. Since the Brandenburg region was seeing an uptick in neo-Nazi violence at the time, this didn’t look good. On December 4, 2000, the fascist trees were hacked to bare stumps.

The Nazi trees are everywhere! Keep watching the leaves!
But the Zernikow larches were only the beginning. Armed with better imagery in the digital mapping age, Germans began finding arboreal Nazi artifacts all over. A deciduous forest in Wiesbaden was discovered to have a swastika of Douglas firs hiding in it, which emerged every winter, a sort of of reverse of the Zernikow grove. The most puzzling find was an entire swastika-shaped forest in remote Kyrgyzstan, of all places. Was the forest planted as a show of German-Russian solidarity in the days before the war? Or by German POWs a few years later? Or by some pro-Nazi nutjob during the Cold War? The mystery of the forest swastikas still has journalists…stumped.

02 Sep 16:00

The Proximity Button by Mettle Studio

by Vy Tran

The Proximity Button by Mettle Studio

Good design should always have a proper function, but when it becomes a vehicle for positive change, it’s made all the better. London-based industrial design firm Mettle Studio recently designed and created a new wearable technology called the Proximity Button, a small discreet product that uses beacon technology to track dementia patients who might wander off and are put at risk. With number of people living with dementia estimated to double from 44 million in the next 20 years, this button has to potential to create real, positive change that allows patients to live dignified, active lives while maintaining their well-being. Their caregivers, in return, are given a peace of mind.

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The Proximity button was conceived by Natalie Price, a daughter of a dementia caregiver. She designed the technoolgy to be sleek (as to not distract or distress the patient) and comfortable (so that the patient can wear it at all times). The button pairs with the Proximity app, which uses Bluetooth technology rather than satellite technology so that it can be used in all environments. When a patient wanders out of a caregiver’s line of sight of beyond 20 meters of the beacon signal, an alarm goes off alerting the caregiver.

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The button itself is made from aluminum, ABS plastic, and rubber-plastic composite, making it durable and water-resistant. A coin cell battery makes it long-lasting.

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To learn more about the Proximity button, visit Mettle Studio.

04 Sep 10:42

Baby Tapir Shows Off His Snout

by Chris Eastland

ASX_5910-Amiee-Stubbs-web TWLike all baby Tapirs, a newborn Baird’s Tapir born August 28 at the Nashville Zoo looks suspiciously like a brown watermelon with a snout.  But rest assured, this little male will eventually sport a smooth, dark brown coat and weigh up to 800 pounds.

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The calf’s parents, Romeo and Juliet, were brought to the Nashville Zoo from Central America to introduce a new genetic line to the zoo-dwelling Tapir population. 

Because this calf was Juliet’s first baby, the zoo staff set up a remote camera system and monitored her around the clock as her delivery date approached.  Juliet went into labor at 4:00 PM on August 28 and delivered her healthy calf just 20 minutes later.  Tapirs are pregnant for about 400 days.

Tapirs’ snouts are elongated and very flexible.  These snouts are used to grab leaves and other vegetation and pass it to the mouth.    

Baird’s Tapirs are native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America, where they are the largest land mammals.  They have very few natural predators, but are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, mainly due to habitat destruction and poaching.  Tapirs are legally protected in most of their range, but lack of enforcement results in significant losses.

 

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02 Sep 15:03

63-year-old Japanese man fights off bear with karate

by Jeva Lange

Most people don't respond to charging bears by fighting back. Yet rather than run from a snarling Asian black bear, one Japanese man decided to put his karate skills to the ultimate test.

Atsushi Aoki, 63, was fishing in the mountains when the bear attacked him. "The bear was so strong, and it knocked me down," Aoki told Tokyo Broadcasting System. Aoki took up a karate fighter stance, putting his right fist in front of him, and punched at the bear's eyes, which made the beast retreat.

"I thought it's either 'I kill him or he kills me,'" Aoki said. After fending off the bear, he was able to get back to his car and drive to the hospital to treat the wounds on his head, arm, and leg.

"[Aoki] drove himself to the hospital and even remembered to grab the fish that he had caught," a police officer told Agence France-Presse.

01 Sep 08:42

We Made Niceballs To Help You Relieve The Stress At Work

by almudena

Imaginarte, the communications agency, has developed a prosthetic accessory that makes it possible. Holidays are the perfect excuse for doing the things that daily life normally gets in the way of: going to the same beach as every year, cremating steaks on the barby, taking up trekking without having a clue what that is, monging out watching a 9 hour monster session of that series you read the spoilers for months ago. Or simply sitting around playing with your balls.

It doesn’t matter whether you have them or not. There are moments when we all, men and women alike, just need to play with our balls. So, what’s the problem? Returning to work after our much-needed holidays invariably means we just haven’t got the time for it.

That’s why Imaginarte decided to create a galactic solution to the problem shared by millions of people, by collaborating with one of the special effects engineers for the Oscar-winning “Gravity”, Raúl Rodríguez Romeo. The result is NiceBalls: a dangling prosthetic accessory that sticks easily, discreetly and efficiently to your desk. Its suspension rate creates a Euclidean curve that encourages relaxation and provides the few moments of escapism that we all need once in a while.

More info: niceballs.es

It doesn’t matter whether you have them or not

There are moments when we all, men and women alike, just need to play with our balls

They stick easily, discreetly and efficiently to your desk

Its suspension rate creates a Euclidean curve that encourages relaxation and provides the few moments of escapism

24 Aug 14:29

20+ Actors With Their Body Doubles Show Your Whole Life Was A Lie

by Viktorija G.

Game Of Thrones Stunt Doubles

Game Of Thrones Stunt Doubles

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Johnny Depp With His Stunt Double Tony Angelotti On The Set Of Pirates Of The Caribbean

Johnny Depp With His Stunt Double Tony Angelotti On The Set Of Pirates Of The Caribbean

Robin Williams With His Stunt Double Mike Mitchell On The Set Of Night At The Museum 3

Robin Williams With His Stunt Double  Mike Mitchell On The Set Of Night At The Museum 3

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Bruce Willis And His Doubles On The Set Of A Couple Of Dicks

Bruce Willis And His Doubles On The Set Of A Couple Of Dicks

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Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, And Stunt Doubles On The Set Of The Mask

Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, And Stunt Doubles On The Set Of The Mask

Robert Pattinson And Stunt Double Paul Darnell On The Set Of Twilight

Robert Pattinson And Stunt Double Paul Darnell On The Set Of Twilight

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Gwendoline Christie And Rory McCann With Their Stunt Doubles On The Set Of Game Of Thrones

Gwendoline Christie And Rory McCann With Their Stunt Doubles On The Set Of Game Of Thrones

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Faye Marsay With Her Stunt Double Casey Michaels On The Set Of Game Of Thrones

Faye Marsay With Her Stunt Double Casey Michaels On The Set Of Game Of Thrones

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Jennifer Lopez And Her Male Stunt Double On The Set Of Follow The Leader Video Clip

Jennifer Lopez And Her Male Stunt Double On The Set Of Follow The Leader Video Clip

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Arnold Schwarzenegger With His Stund Double Peter Kent On The Set Of Commando

Arnold Schwarzenegger With His Stund Double Peter Kent On The Set Of Commando

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Zooey Deschanel With Stunt Double Monica Braunger On The Set Of New Girl

Zooey Deschanel With Stunt Double Monica Braunger On The Set Of New Girl

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Dwayne Johnson And Stunt Double On The Set Of Pain And Gain

Dwayne Johnson And Stunt Double On The Set Of Pain And Gain

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Kate Winslet With Her Stunt Double Sarah Franzl On The Set Of Titanic

Kate Winslet With Her Stunt Double Sarah Franzl On The Set Of Titanic

Emma Watson With Her Stunt Doubles On The Set Of Harry Potter

Emma Watson With Her Stunt Doubles On The Set Of Harry Potter

Alyson Hannigan And Stunt Doubles On The Set Of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer

Alyson Hannigan And Stunt Doubles On The Set Of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer

Ian Mckellen With His Stunt Doubles On The Set Of Lotr

Ian Mckellen With His Stunt Doubles On The Set Of Lotr

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Ken Stott And His Stunt Double Peter Dillon On The Set Of The Hobit

Ken Stott And His Stunt Double Peter Dillon On The Set Of The Hobit

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Hugh Jackman And His Stunt Double Richard Bradshaw On The Set Of X-Men: The Last Stand

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Anthony Molinari And His Stunt Double Mark Ruffalo On Thee Set Of Now You See Me

Anthony Molinari And His Stunt Double Mark Ruffalo On Thee Set Of Now You See Me

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Chandler Riggs And His Stunt Double Jessica Merideth On The Set Of Walking Dead

Chandler Riggs And His Stunt Double Jessica Merideth On The Set Of Walking Dead

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Elijah Woods With His Scale Double Kiran Shah On The Set Of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

Elijah Woods With His Scale Double Kiran Shah On The Set Of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

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Bruce Willis With His Stunt Double On The Set Of Red 2

Bruce Willis With His Stunt Double On The Set Of Red 2

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Megan Fox And Her Stunt Double On The Set Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Megan Fox And Her Stunt Double On The Set Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Carrie Fisher & Her Stunt Double Tracey Eddon Sunbathing While Filming Star Wars: Return Of The

Carrie Fisher & Her Stunt Double Tracey Eddon Sunbathing While Filming Star Wars: Return Of The

Lynda Carter With Her Wonder Woman Acting Double Jeannie Epper

Lynda Carter With Her Wonder Woman Acting Double Jeannie Epper

02 Sep 13:55

Korean Artist Watercolors Cities She Visits

by Renata

Bangkok-based Korean artist, graphic designer and illustrator Sunga Park has been travelling the world lately. What’s new about that you ask? Well, she’s been creating soothing watercolor paintings of architecture that she admires during her stay in each country.

These beautiful paintings seem to perfectly reflect the spirit of her journey – while the places that Park paints are hugely admired by her and depicted in their finest details, at the same time they slowly fade out like a memory or a dream. From India to Europe, check out her “unfinished” watercolor creations.

More info: parksunga.com | Facebook

Sacre-Coeur Church In Montmartre, Paris, France

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Dublin, Ireland

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Cologne, Germany

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Hamburg, Germany

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Zagreb, Croatia

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The Whitehall Street Entrance, London, UK

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Ayasofia, Istanbul

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Paris, France

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Metz, France

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Berlin, Germany

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Strasbourg, France

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Zagreb, Croatia

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Harrods, London

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Prague, Czech Republic

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Stockholm, Sweden

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Oxford, UK

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Venice, Italy

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Tom gate, Oxford, UK

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Budapest, Hungary

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Vienna, Austria

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Dongseo Elevated Highway, Busan

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Mumbai CST

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Stockholm, Sweden

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Yangon, Myanmar

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Kolkata, India

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24 Aug 21:00

Enterprising alumni breathing life into 'Beverly Hills, 90210' with their popular podcast

by mbeck@cmc.edu
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The cast and crew of the "Donna Martin Graduates" live read.

To put a Hollywood spin on General Douglas MacArthur’s farewell address to Congress: Old TV shows never die, they just fade away into syndication. But in the case of Beverly Hills, 90210 , which ran for 10 seasons on Fox, the fadeout hasn’t been permanent. That’s because Katherine Spada ’08 and Elizabeth Leader ’09 have taken it upon themselves to revive it with their podcast “The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat!”

24 Aug 12:26

Artist Leaves Dress In The Dead Sea For 2 Years And It Turns Into Glittering Salt Crystal Masterpiece

by James Gould-Bourn

For her latest project, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau decided to submerge a black gown in the Dead Sea. The gown entered the salt-rich waters in 2014 and was recently removed for display, and as you can see from these stunning pictures, the end result is nothing short of magical.

The project is an eight-part photo series called Salt Bride and was inspired by S. Ansky’s 1916 play titled Dybbuk. The play is about a young Hasidic woman who becomes possessed by the spirit of her dead lover, and Landau’s salt-encrusted gown is a replica of the one worn in the dramatic production of the 1920s.

Landau checked on the black gown various times during three-month intervals in order to capture the gradual process of salt crystalisation that you can see in the pictures below. You can also see them at London’s Marlborough Contemporary, where they’ll be on display until September 3rd.

More info: Sigalit Landau | Marlborough Contemporary (h/t: mymodernmet)

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Image credits: Shaxaf Haber

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Image credits: Matanya Tausig

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Image credits: Matanya Tausig

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Image credits: Sigalit Landau/Marlborough Contemporary

25 Aug 12:57

This Company Lets Kids Design Their Own Clothes

by Rūta Grašytė

One day, mother of two, Jaimee Newberry, came up with a brilliant idea to sew her daughter a dress that was based on her own drawing. The dress was such a huge hit with both her daughter’s friends and their parents, that Newberry decided to make a business out of it.

Titled ‘Picture This’, Newberry’s company lets children turn their drawings into clothes that they could actually wear (currently, just dresses). So, how does it work? You go over to the Picture This website, choose a size and print out a coloring sheet. Then your kid draws her little heart out and you send a picture of a drawing to the website. Two weeks later, the dress arrives in your mail. Yes, it’s as simple as that! Brilliant, huh? Try it for yourselves by clicking here.

More info: picturethisclothing.com (h/t: babble)

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23 Aug 15:28

A Little Life Might Become a TV Show

by Nate Jones

A Little Life may be coming to the small screen: Author Hanya Yanagihara announced on the book's Facebook page on Tuesday that producer Scott Rudin and director Joe Mantello have bought the rights to her critically acclaimed 2015 novel. According to Yanagihara, the duo are shopping the adaptation to various networks and streaming services as a "limited series," the same format Showtime is using for Jonathan Franzen's Purity. A lot of books get optioned without ever actually turning into anything, but still, this is the perfect time to start fan-casting your ideal Little Life TV show. Robert Sheehan as Jude?

21 Aug 00:20

The Fire Department Crushed The LAPD In A Gyoza-Eating Contest

by Devon McReynolds
The Fire Department Crushed The LAPD In A Gyoza-Eating Contest Members from the LAFD ate 170 gyoza to LAPD's very wimpy 145. [ more › ]
22 Aug 20:10

Stranger Things Star Millie Bobby Brown: Winona Ryder 'Thought Snapchat Was Chips'

by Bobby Finger
Kevespada

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Stranger Things Star Millie Bobby Brown: Winona Ryder 'Thought Snapchat Was Chips'

When famous people re-emerge after a break from (or unintentional avoidance of) the spotlight, we like to define them as being “back.” It’s one of those special, against-all-odds moments of a celebrity’s narrative that we, as a culture, are sort of programmed to be endeared by. Though the state of being back is often falsely—or at least prematurely—declared by the media, when it’s real, it’s a happy moment. (When it’s not, it’s an HBO series.)

Take Winona Ryder, for example. She’s never really stopped acting—not even after her notorious 2001 arrest for shoplifting—she just began taking different types of roles than she did during, oh, the first 13 years of her career. As she slowly dipped out of Hollywood’s A-list, Ryder’s once-loyal fans of Generation Xers froze an out-of-date version of her in their minds. They didn’t want Winona from The Ten or Mr. Deeds, they wanted Winona as Lydia Deetz and Veronica Sawyer.

But now that Stranger Things is a sensation that spans some of the most important TV-watching demographics—from the ones her age who are delighting in seeing her play the parent to the teens who’ve never even heard of Heathers—Ryder is officially back.

Stranger Things Star Millie Bobby Brown: Winona Ryder 'Thought Snapchat Was Chips'

That was my unnecessarily rambling way of reminding you that Ryder is currently part of a cultural phenomenon. Stranger Things is summer 2016, and by proxy, so is she. But her appearance on the current list of things no one can stop talking about doesn’t necessarily make her familiar with all the other bullets. In an interview with Variety (brought to our attention by Vanity Fair), her Stranger Things costar Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) revealed that Ryder was less than familiar with both “Swifties” and Snapchat.

Millie Bobby Brown: The fans — apparently they’re called the Strangers.

Wynona Ryder: What is that?

Brown: I had no idea what they were called, and I said, “We need to find a name.” Because, like the Taylor Swift fans are called the Swifties …

Ryder: I didn’t know that. The Swifties? Like a Swifty Picker Upper? I have one of those to clean my house.

Brown: [laughs] She thought Snapchat was chips.

Ryder: Because in Heathers we had the Snappy Snack Shack. It was the 7-Eleven place. I thought it had something to do with food.

Winona Ryder, everybody. She’s back, and she used to think Snapchat was chips.

23 Aug 00:04

KFC’s new sunscreen will keep you smelling, not feeling, extra crispy

by Bren Lee

KFC’s new sunscreen will keep you smelling, not feeling, extra crispy

KFC’s new sunscreen will keep you smelling, not feeling, extra crispy

If the traditionally tropical scents of sunscreen (coconut, pineapple, banana, mango) are just too basic for you, KFC has you covered — literally. After a successful foray into beauty earlier this year with their chicken-flavored nail polish (released only in Asia), the brand decided to launch chicken-scented sunscreen.

Yes, you read that right. They just released a limited edition sunscreen that smells like fried chicken. Specifically, their “extra crispy” recipe.

“We’ve had a lot of fun with our Extra Crispy Colonel campaign this summer and the sunscreen idea seemed like a natural fit,” a KFC spokesperson told Fortune. “Our chicken is hand breaded and freshly prepared in our kitchens all day every day, which makes the smell in our restaurants unparalleled. The Extra Crispy Sunscreen is a fun way to leverage that with our fans.”

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As such, the fast-food chain unveiled ExtraCrispySunscreen.com earlier today, where U.S. residents could sign up for one of 3,000 bottles of Col. Sanders’ Extra Crispy Sunscreen SPF 30. “Protect your skin… with fried chicken!,” touts the website.

It was first come, first serve and the supply has already been depleted. Guess there’s just that many people as curious as we are. The website now features a cheeky message saying “This was a limited time offer and we ran out of KFC Extra Crispy Sunscreen. Please accept our apologies in the form of this amazing website you can still look at.”

Truth be told, the website is pretty amazing to look at, featuring colorful, hi-res photos of notoriously crispy George Hamilton dressed up as a very, very tan version of Col. Sanders.

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KFC

We definitely can’t wait to see all the tweets and IG posts when people actually receive theirs in the mail. The brand stresses that the sunscreen is not edible, but we have so many questions. What does it actually smell like? If we wear it, will people try to eat us? Is it vegan?

I wrote that last one as a joke but now I’m actually curious what’s in it. I’m also thinking that the smell of crispy fried chicken might actually remind you to not stay out baking in the sun and actually inspire you to apply more sunscreen, as most people don’t wear nearly enough. Maybe it’s because of the normally beachy scent of sunscreen, or as the commercial below says, the “lotion scent of sunscreen lotion”.

The company doesn’t currently have plans to to make the product available for purchase nor do they plan on releasing more bottles on their website. However, we are at the end of summer, and they haven’t said whether or not they might be re-releasing it for Summer 2017. We’ll cross our fingers (maybe?!)

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15 Aug 16:50

Study Shows That Men's Hands Are Weaker Than They Were 30 Years Ago

by Madeleine Davies
Study Shows That Men's Hands Are Weaker Than They Were 30 Years Ago
Image via Warner Bros.

New research published in the Journal of Hand Therapy (your favorite monthly read) reveals that, according to a small sample, men today have weaker hands than their fathers did 30 years ago.

The Washington Post reports:

Researchers measured the grip strength (how strongly you can squeeze something) and pinch strength (how strongly you can pinch something between two fingers) of 237 healthy full-time students aged 20 to 34 at universities in North Carolina. And especially among males, the reduction in strength compared to 30 years ago was striking.

The average 20-to-34-year-old today, for instance, was able to apply 98 pounds of force when gripping something with his right hand. In 1985, the average man could squeeze with 117 pounds of force.

Neither the 1985 nor current study, as WaPo’s Christopher Ingraham points out, are representative of the entire U.S. population because both have primarily focused on college students. (Looking at, say, auto mechanics might tell a very different story.) They do, however, reflect greater changes in the U.S. labor market—with less men doing manual labor and more men working desk jobs.

According to the study, women’s grip and pinch strength has remained relatively the same over the past 30 years and now, in 2016, our hand strength is about on par with our millennial male counterparts.

If you identify as female and have been waiting for the chance to compete and win in a squeeze/grip off with an under 40 man in your life, now is the time to throw down the 98-pound gauntlet.

15 Aug 17:13

America’s oldest mall is being turned into low-cost mini-apartments and it’s so amazing

by Rachel Charlene Lewis

America’s oldest mall is being turned into low-cost mini-apartments and it’s so amazing

America’s oldest mall is being turned into low-cost mini-apartments and it’s so amazing

The oldest mall in America has been turned into apartments, and we’re *so* fascinated. Located in Rhode Island, The Providence Arcade was built nearly 2 centuries ago in 1828 as the first major shopping mall in the country. Now, it houses loads of low-cost mini-apartments, and the transformation is so ridiculously cool.

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Now, though, it’s been transformed into micro-lofts that house students, young people on fellowships, and the type of super busy person who doesn’t need much space at home since they’re, well, never home. The article by Kirsten Dirksen in Fair Companies explained how everything went down, and it sounds totally amazing.

Evan Granoff was the mind behind the unique transformation.

The apartments, which are around 225 square feet and cost $550 a month, about half of what the average apartment costs in the area.

And we thought our apartments were tiny. We can only imagine!

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It’s hugely popular.

Almost all of the lofts were rented as soon as they were offered up, and there’s now a waiting list.

They’re actually super cute and very trendy.

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The bottom floor holds onto the mall’s roots while the top floor is all micro-apartments.

There are zero chains, but there are fashion and art design shops all along the bottom floor, keeping it partially commercial.

It’s actually *so* cool, and apparently doesn’t at all feel like living in a mall!

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Learn more about the micro lofts by watching the video below!

Photos via Northeast Collaborative Architects

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20 Aug 19:32

This late night kiwi dance party video is the cutest thing we’ve ever seen

by Dasha Fayvinova

This late night kiwi dance party video is the cutest thing we’ve ever seen

This late night kiwi dance party video is the cutest thing we’ve ever seen

Get ready for your daily dose of cute. That’s not an overstatement by any means by the way. The video you are about to see is loaded with cuteness! A small kiwi bird appears on night-vision camera footage running around, falling over and seemingly dancing a beat none of us can hear. And if you thought puppy videos online are cute, you have never seen a kiwi dance.

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This little creature is a kiwi. It’s a flightless, native to New Zealand bird, that looks like a hairy avocado with feet and a beak. It’s given us hours of pleasure watching it be adorable like in the above image. Lucky for us a sanctuary’s head ranger Kelly Gough shared a video of one such creature playing around in front of a camera. Since they are nocturnal by nature, catching sight of one is pretty rare. Especially one that appears to be happy and dancing around. Try not to crack a smile watching the video below:

This was footage captured recently at one of the kiwi's food stations. It was taken at around 7am, right before this little kiwi would have gone to bed for the day!Clearly being up all night hadn't tired this bird out!

Posted by Orokonui Ecosanctuary on Monday, August 15, 2016

If you want to get a closer look in person, check your local listings for a zoo or habitat that might carry them. Since these are pretty rare creatures you might have to settle for the videos online.

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21 Aug 09:55

6 homes perfect for pool parties

by The Week Staff
Kevespada

Cool! I'll probably get the one in Pasadena.

West River, Maryland. This four-bedroom house on 116 acres lies one hour east of Washington, D.C. Built in 1989, the home boasts six fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, and a sunroom that opens onto the pool area.

The brick patio has a pool house and gardens. Other buildings include a caretaker's cottage, stables, and an equipment barn. $3,995,000. Mark McFadden, Washington Fine Properties/Top Agent Network, (703) 216-1333.

Pasadena, California. Built in 1976, this four-bedroom home underwent a major remodeling in 2013. Details include a chef's kitchen, 15-foot ceilings, and two fireplaces.

The house has floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to the infinity pool's patio, which features a bar, an outdoor living room, and a kitchen area. $3,280,000. Georges Rouveyrol, Sotheby's International Realty, (626) 676-5368.

Sarasota, Florida. This five-bedroom house was built on 1.5 acres overlooking Little Sarasota Bay. Interior features include a gourmet kitchen, an elevator, a wine cellar, a 1,600-square-foot gym, and a theater.

The home has 7,500 square feet of patios with three Jacuzzis, a custom pool, a waterslide, and a waterfall cave with a theater inside. A 275-foot pier leads to a boat dock with a lift. $5,500,000. Klaus Lang, Michael Saunders & Co., (941) 320-1223.

Symmes Township, Ohio. The five-bedroom Zinc House was built in 2009. The interior includes floor-to-ceiling windows, concrete floors, automatic blinds, and two fireplaces.

The 1.4-acre property has a three-car garage and a pool area with a pool house and a fire pit. $1,999,000. Mike Hines, Coldwell Banker/West Shell, (513) 260-0424. French doors open onto stone steps leading to the pool and patio area. $5,300,000. Kim Swan, The Swan Agency, (207) 288-5818.

Bar Harbor, Maine. This seven-bedroom home sits on five acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The contemporary cottage-style house has wraparound decks, a master suite with a balcony, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows with views of Frenchman Bay.

French doors open onto stone steps leading to the pool and patio area. $5,300,000. Kim Swan, The Swan Agency, (207) 288-5818.

Charlotte, North Carolina. This six-bedroom Tudor home was built in 1915. The house features high ceilings, a kitchen with a breakfast room, a master suite with a sitting area, and a sunroom that leads to the pool patio.

The 0.76-acre property has a two-story pool house with a kitchen, a living room area, and an exercise room. $2,995,000. Patty Hendrix, HM Properties, (704) 577-2066.

Palm Springs, California. This three-bedroom house is set on a cul-de-sac in the community of Sun Villas. The living room has a fireplace and a picture window with mountain views. The en-suite master bedroom provides direct access to the pool area and spa. $360,000. Marc Lange and Carl Blea, HOM/Sotheby's International Realty, (760) 834-5484.

18 Aug 19:45

Chicken and waffles on a stick is a thing and it’s miraculous

by Sarah Terry

Chicken and waffles on a stick is a thing and it’s miraculous

Chicken and waffles on a stick is a thing and it’s miraculous

There’s not a whole lot that can beat a delicious plate of chicken a waffles. The salty, crusty breading of the chicken pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the waffle and some maple syrup. Maybe the only problem is that it’s a little messy to eat.

That is, until now! Because chicken and waffles on a stick is now a thing, and it’s glorious!

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Looks amazing, right? It comes from Chicken Charlies located in San Diego. They bring a lot of their delectable dishes to county fairs, which is where you can find this incredible gift from the waffle angels.

The Chicken IN the Waffle on a Stick is just what it sounds like, a chicken tender baked into a glorious waffle.

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Yeah, and then it’s sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with syrup to really take it to the next level.

Check out an entire video about the Chicken IN a Waffle here:

Yeah, watching all this is making us hungry. BRB getting us some Chicken Waffles!

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19 Aug 14:15

BBC Airs Couple Having Sex In Rio During Olympic Coverage

by Enty

It’s been dubbed the “Copacanoodle.”

BBC presenter Dan Walker’s live broadcast from Rio was upstaged by a frisky couple who appeared to be having sex on the beach behind him.

The live love-in was spotted by eagle-eyed users of social media who tweeted to the BBC to “zoom in” on the pair to find out what was going on.

But Walker was having none of it and tried to explain away the situation by suggesting they were doing a bit of light reading.

“For those asking what’s going on in the background now on social media now, we’re not going to zoom in but rest assured, it’s not that. It’s just a hug, they’re reading a book,” he stammered. “They’re reading a book in a strange pose. We’ll find out what the book is a little bit later on.”

But viewers didn’t buy his G-rated explanation despite Walker sticking to his story.

18 Aug 17:55

23andMe Crowdsources Customers’ Genetic Data to Find Depression Link

by KQED Science

A study from the consumer genetic-testing company 23andMe and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has found 15 new DNA regions associated with mutations that could predispose individuals to major depression.

The study was huge, looking at the DNA of over 300,000 people. Pfizer and other companies have been lining up Read More …

Source:: Future of You – tagged “kqedscience”

18 Aug 22:33

There Is An Art Show Dedicated To Cunnilingus In Hollywood This Weekend

by Juliet Bennett Rylah
The opening event will feature a comedy show as well as a toy raffle. [ more › ]
 
18 Aug 23:35

Naked Trump exposed in Los Feliz

by The Eastsider
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Naked Trump draws a crowd | Madalyn Rofer-Choate

LOS FELIZ –– A statue of a naked Donald Trump that was plunked on a street corner this morning attracted plenty of attention – as you would expect. Passersby took selfies and news crews showed up to record segments in front of the naked Donald at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Rodney Drive outside the Soap Plant -Wacko store.

Similar nude statues of the Republican presidential candidate showed up in other cities across the U.S. as part of  The Emperor Has No Balls, a project by an anarchist artist collective, according to the Washington Post.

Madalyn Rofer-Choate from Angeleno Heights was at the corner as employees from Wacko moved the statue from the public street corner to the front steps of the store in case city workers were coming to remove it from view, she said.

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Posing with naked trump | Madalyn Rofer-Choate

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Naked Trump gets carried away to a new location | Madalyn Rofer-Choate

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18 Aug 19:35

Transgender Community Disappointed by Bizarre New Michelle Rodriguez Film '(Re)Assignment'

by mohara@dailydot.com (Mary Emily O'Hara)
Has anyone ever been 'tricked' into changing genders? Is reassignment supposed to be violent punishment?