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Nail Houses: Lone Chinese Homes, When the Owners Won’t Move for New Development

Wednesday 07.31.2013 , Posted by

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It’s not often that we think of China when it comes to defending human rights, but that’s apparently the case with a unique Chinese phenomenon: the “Nail House.” These are homes where the resident refuses to move in order to make way for new construction. In extreme cases, builders are forced to work around the lone building, leaving single home monoliths standing in the midst of construction zones and even in the growing basements of skyscrapers. [Read more...]

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Nicolas Cage Has Become a Disney Princess

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Just when you thought Nicolas Cage couldn’t play anything more weird/bizarre/strange/odd, he’s showing up around the web as Disney’s iconic Princesses. What’s better than Nick Cage’s face on Ariel from The Little Mermaid? Nothing. That’s what. He wants to be part of your world. Get over it. [Read more...]

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Would You Eat a Sandwich in a London Urinal?

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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As the Brits would say, we’re not “taking the piss” when we say this London sandwich bar/cafe is situated in a Victorian urinal. Called Attendant, the narrow subterranean place is located just south of Regents Park and somewhat hidden below an ornate wrought iron entrance gate. The urinal, which was abandoned for over 50 years, was remodeled by partners Peter Tomlinson and Ben Russell for a respectable $150,000. Besides knocking out one wall, the duo report that the main project was a very thorough cleaning. [Read more...]

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Casablanca the Wedding? Movie Poster Invitations!

Tuesday 07.23.2013 , Posted by

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Alright, humor us and read this in your best movie trailer voice: “This summer, two lovers experience the wedding of their dreams. It’s a love fit for the silver screen, coming soon to a chapel near you.” That’s kind of the gist behind the wedding of Josh Watson and Rachel Van Der Merwe that took place recently… and more importantly the movie style announcements. With the help of Jordan Kapono Nakamura they remixed a few famous movie posters to announce their wedding and reception… creating such perfect likenesses they even fool Google image search! [Read more...]

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Vintage European Photos Become Windows to the Past

Friday 07.19.2013 , Posted by

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We’ve seen this type of photo juxtaposition before with the works of Shawn Clover and Khánh Hmoong, but we’ve never seen such nostalgia inducing images as those by Kerényi Zoltán. He’s been finding vintage photographs of Europe (mostly of his native Hungary), finding their original location and capturing the place from the exact spot of the original photographer. Once the vintage image is placed on top it forms an almost seamless Window to the Past. [Read more...]

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Blast From the Past: Passports of The Rich & Famous

Tuesday 07.16.2013 , Posted by

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One of the best perks of fame and riches is the ability to travel the world, but no mater how famous you are, you can’t get very far without a passport. Here is a collection of passports from some of the most iconic jet-setters of yesteryear. It looks like time travel was not the only type of travel Albert Einstein was concerned with and David Bowie also enjoyed floating in a tin can far above the world. Muhammed Ali floated like a butterfly outside of the ring too and Rene Magritte may have gotten inspiration for his surreal works while high in the sky. Roy Orbison may have traveled with The Traveling Wilburys. [Read more...]

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All the Rivers in the Continental US: An Explorable Map

Monday 06.24.2013 , Posted by

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Just one look at Google engineer Nelson Minar’s river map of the continental US and it’s impossible to deny this is a country absolutely filled with waterways. He says he worked just a few weeks creating the extensive map, which is both beautiful for its artery-like depiction of the countries life-giving river systems, and fascinating to explore in the way it demonstrates the nation’s topography through the system’s many paths. [Read more...]

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The Deadliest Countries for Journalists

Monday 06.17.2013 , Posted by

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For many journalists, their day-to-day lives aren’t always thought of as being dangerous. For many, the clacking of keys, insider scoops, and getting those page views up is their normal routine. However, there are journalists whose lives are in grave danger every time they show up to work. These journalists are reporting from the front lines of some of the world’s most embroiled conflicts; dodging bullets, grenades, and mortar fire to get that epic picture, or information that will give the world a first hand account of how things are on the ground in these areas. To these brave souls, their job is hazardous to their health. From 1992 to May of 2013, 985 journalists were murdered around the world. This graphic looks to find out where the deadliest countries for journalists to perform their jobs are, and explores whether their killers are being brought to justice. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits # 455 > Live Long & Prosper: Vintage Photos

Saturday 06.15.2013 , Posted by

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ARKYD: The First Publicly Accessible Space Telescope!

Thursday 06.13.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re like those of us at Visual News, you find yourself looking at the sky most nights (or you might even have glow-in-the-dark stars on your ceiling)… so when it comes to this amazing Kickstarter project, we’re floored. ARKYD [ahrk-kid] is slated to be the first publicly accessible space telescope controlled by you. Through pledges and community involvement the project founder Planetary Resources is planning to put the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars into the hands of students, scientists and a new generation of explorers. Think about it, ideas we haven’t even conceived of can now be tested at anywhere from free to cheap prices, opening up a world of possibilities previously unreachable by the vast intellect of society. [Read more...]

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