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How Video Games Revived The Dying Art Of Japanese Woodprinting

A successful Kickstarter campaign that depicts classic video characters like Mario and Zelda in medieval Japan has injected new designs into an ancient but stagnating craft.<p>Whether Hyrule or the Mushroom Kingdom, we’re used to video game heroes saving their own respective pixel worlds. This is the …

George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’

In 1944, three years before writing and five years before publishing 1984, George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel. The …

The HistoMap – Four thousand years of world history

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

12 Funny Inventions You'll Probably Want To Own

Here's 24 Funny Inventions You'll Probably Want To Buy<p>Remember these 10 ridiculous Japanese inventions? You probably wouldn't buy any of them, expect …

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Humor: What if Disney Princesses Shared Photos on Instagram?

I admit that I am an Instagram Junkie. To paraphrase that classic SNL line: “I got a fever and the only prescription is MORE INSTAGRAM.” It’s not …

The Original Manuscripts, What Books Look Like Before They Are Sent To The Publisher

This is what books look like before they are sent to the publisher.<p>In addition to this blog, Laughing Squid is also an independent web hosting …

Tiny Hamster House has Hidden Passages and Secret Doors

(Video Link)<p>YouTube user heibonkinoko built an amazing house for his hamster. He calls it the "Ninja Mansion", perhaps because there are hidden …

Articles about making order chaos 8 beautifully busy homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

Jenny Wu, a partner at Oyler Wu Collaborative, documents the process from design through fabrication of their latest...<p>Wood in general is a beautiful, evocative natural material, and when it's saved from a landfill and reused, it has even more...<p>In this series, Sebastian Mariscal designs a home in …

Creative Dad Takes Adorable Portraits of Daughter

Nagano Toyokazu is a photographer from Ishikawa, Japan. He is also a father to two adorable daughters, Miu and Kanna. Both daughters have been the …

Life of a Stranger Who Stole My Phone, Tumblr Blog Uploads Photos From Stolen Phone in Dubai

A German tourist’s phone was stolen about four months ago on a trip to Ibiza, Spain, but the thief, Hafid, didn’t delete the Dropbox app or disable …

Dark meaning behind popular phrases

Research has revealed the sinister history of common sayings such as "paying through the nose", "rule of thumb" and "pulling someone's leg".<p>Examples of common phrases with dark origins include "gone to pot", which harks back to a time when boiling to death was a legal punishment.<p>And "meeting a …

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Whimsical Scenes Created with Real Fish Heads

Parisian contemporary artist Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard does a little more than play with her food. The artist's ongoing body of work, known as <i>Les Temps Modernes</i> (translated as <i>Modern Times</i>), presents whimsical scenes featuring actual fish heads, which she later eats. In each eccentric frame, …

Paintings by Jarek Puczel

25 Crowdsourced Covers For Literary Classics

A few months back, we wrote about a project called Recovering the Classics, which planned to crowdsource enticing new covers for 50 literary classics–great books like <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i>, <i>Grimm’s Fairy Tales</i>, <i>Frankenstein</i>, and <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>. By now, the masses have had time to file an incredible …

The Plethora of Pasta Permutations by Pop Chart Lab

Pop Chart Lab has created a tasty chart of over 250 shapes of pasta that are “broken down by those that emerge from machines and those that are …

The Chosen Place: Photos by Keith Johnson

The Chosen Place: Photos by Keith Johnson <br>+<p>Interesting juxtapositions of the sky and Kanandaiqua Lake taken at different places and times.<p>This all …

Straitjacket and Other Control Toys for Unruly Kids

Your friends got unruly kids? Here's the perfect gift: Straitjacket for kids (now with cute cuddly bear design). Part of the ad campaign for TV Show …

Quirky Illustrations with Funny Messages

Minneapolis-based graphic designer Phil Jones, aka murraymullet, creates playful illustrations of objects and pets that will leave you smiling. The quirky drawings give a voice to inanimate objects like a trash can, transforming the waste receptacle into a refined connoisseur exclaiming, …

Dramatic Black and White Photos of Solitary Moments in Photo Series 'Man on Earth'

Photographer Rupert Vandervell’s photo series entitled <i>Man On Earth</i> was inspired by his desire to show the isolation and sense of being alone even …

A Beautiful Mind – The Story of Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant who can perform mind-boggling mathematical calculations and learn foreign languages in a matter of days. He …

Six blatant lies about spying from the NSA up to Obama

ProPublica has produced a video showing, point-by-point all the ways that US government officials, all the way up to Obama, have told blatant lies …

25 Ways to Win With Watermelon

There’s something about watermelon—it just isn’t summer without it. But you can do more than just serve it in wedges or in a fruit salad. Paired with basil and feta, it becomes a savory salad, and paired with vodka it becomes…well, the best cocktail to round out the summer months. So, for National …

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Classical Portraits of the Hermitage Cats

These fantastic portraits of cats in the style of classical oil paintings were created by artist Eldar Zakirov. The digital illustrations depict the …

Brock Davis Turns His Clever Visual Jokes into Stop Motion Shorts on Vine | Colossal

<p>I was excited to discover that mixed media artist Brock Davis (previously) recently joined Vine and started making some fantastic little animated …

AsapScience Explains What Happens After You Flush Your Poop

In “The Poop Cycle,” AsapSCIENCE explains what happens to your poop after you flush it down the toilet. AsapScience is created by Mitchell Moffit and …

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The Most Beautifully Terrifying Spiders You Never Knew Existed | Colossal

<p>Wow! Ick. Oooh. Whaaaaaaat. No. <i>No</i>. NOPE. That pretty much summarizes my reactions while looking at these incredible macro shots of spiders …