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Watch This Swiss Cyclist Absolutely Crush a Ferrari on a Rocket-Powered Bicycle

Thursday 11.13.2014 , Posted by
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Forget pedaling. Swiss cyclist François Gissy hit a blistering 207 MPH on his rocket-powered bicycle, setting a new world record. He performed the stunt November 7th at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, running a number of test laps on his lightly modified bike before going for top speed. His time to reach it? Just 4.8 seconds! [Read more…]

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A Human Catapult Launches Base Jumpers, Angry Birds Style

Wednesday 11.12.2014 , Posted by
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After news leaked around the web, the Flying Frenchies have released a quick teaser of their recent high flying antics. This time around they’ve built a human-sized catapult on the top of towering cliffs. Instead of “Angry Birds,” this should be called “Crazy Humans.”

A full-length film created with 30 people over 3 months will be coming soon… and they promise a catapult wasn’t the only thing they took up the cliffs. [Read more…]

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Inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night: A Glowing Bike Path from Studio Roosegaarde

Wednesday 11.12.2014 , Posted by
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Riding on a bicycle can really feel like flying, and this new starry bike path will convince you that it’s true. A project from Studio Rosegaarde (who made their name for creating the world’s first glowing Smart Highways) the glowing Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path opened today in Neunen, Netherlands. The kilometer-long path is covered in swirling patterns that glow in the dark, inspired by the towns one-time resident, Vincent Van Gogh, who lived there from 1883 to 1885. Here his Starry Night comes to life using the power of the sun to charge photo-luminescent paint and a solar array for embedded LEDs. [Read more…]

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2D Illustrations Seem to Pop Out of Lined Notebook Pages

Wednesday 11.12.2014 , Posted by
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It would be easy to mistake these images for three-dimensional bas reliefs, but they’re actually completely flat, two-dimensional drawings. Artist João A. Carvalho (aka J Desenhos) creates convincing illusions where it seems his drawings are popping out of a notebook’s blue-lined page. [Read more…]

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Sculptor John Bisbee Has a Simple Mantra: “Only nails, always different.”

Tuesday 11.11.2014 , Posted by
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Artist John Bisbee has a simple mantra: “Only nails, always different.” That simple statement has sparked an incredible amount of creativity in his nearly three decades of welding forged 12-inch nails. The Maine-based metal sculptor has been coaxing the iron spikes into a variety of forms ever since he knocked over a bucket of old rusty nails and they strangely kept their bucket form – they’d rusted together! [Read more…]

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Love Can Feel Like Floating (and In This Video That Means Air Surfing Through NYC)

Tuesday 11.11.2014 , Posted by
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“After a perfect kiss, you get a feeling of weightlessness. You can compare the sensation to floating or flying.” That’s the spirit captured in this charming stop-motion short, which features a couple floating in the bliss of newfound love and an unlikely sight on the streets of New York City: surfboards. [Read more…]

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The Nature of War: A Veteran Recalls His Unlikely Friendship with Two Iraqi Boys

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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In this sad and beautiful cartoon, Oklahoma Army National Guard Specialist Justin Cliburn tells of his deployment in Iraq, where he formed an unlikely friendship with two young boys. He speaks with his wife, Deanne, about the lasting effect of that time and ponders the uncontrollable aspects of war. [Read more…]

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“Pinhole Selfies” Combine the Oldest Photo Techniques with Modern Culture

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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The “selfie” is probably the most common photo theme of today, and that’s likely because of how easy we can take pictures. Just a quick snap with your smartphone and it’s uploaded to any social network you want. Lithuania-born, Sweden-based photographer Ignas Kutavicius is imagining the world before all this ease, taking his vision of the selfie all the way back to the dawn of photography when cameras didn’t even have a lense. His “Pinhole Selfies” are an ingenious mix of modern culture and the oldest photo technology – the camera obscura or pinhole camera. [Read more…]

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What Was Happening Outside the Border of Famous Album Covers? Very Strange Things.

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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Album cover art used to be a key part of any music purchase, and even though the era of CDs and vinyl is largely gone, those carefully crafted images can still transport us back to the day we first took a listen.

But what if those album covers weren’t telling the full story? The folks at Aptitude recently imagined what was happening outside the borders of famous covers… and it turns out our favorite musicians were as wild as we hoped. [Read more…]

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Carsten Höller’s “Upside Down Mushroom Room” Turns the World Upside Down

Sunday 11.09.2014 , Posted by
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Carsten Höller creates immersive installations that change our view of the world on a massive scale. The Belgian-born, Stockholm-based artist flipped that view on its head, and enlarged its fascinating details for his Upside Down Mushroom Room. The disorienting space featured gigantic red mushroom sculptures hanging from the ceiling. It wasn’t the first or last time mushrooms made an appearance in his work, most recently finding their way to Frieze New York 2014. [Read more…]

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