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How Scotland Voted, Council by Council

Friday 09.19.2014 , Posted by
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It’s official, the Scottish have chosen to stay with the United Kingdom after the historic vote on September 18th. Just how close was the decision? A margin of 55% voted to stay with the UK, while 45% voted for Scottish independence, with a large 85% of voters turning out. It was a decisive victory for those wanting to retain the connection to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and as this map from The Economist details, most of Scotland’s 32 councils supported the No vote. [Read more...]

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This Japanese Spa Proves Coffee, Wine, Green Tea, & Sake Aren’t Just For Drinking

Friday 09.19.2014 , Posted by
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While we’ve heard about the antioxidant benefits of drinking a glass of red wine per day, there are other ways of using the reservatol to reduce environmental damage to your skin. In fact, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt is rumored to have bathed in wine, and at a resort in Hakone, Japan, you can also receive the royal treatment. Yunessun Spa Resort is the largest wine spa in the world and offers a variety of liquid soaks for various skin benefits. [Read more...]

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14 Startling Pet X-Rays Reveal the Weird Things Animals Eat

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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In what might be the most entertaining competition in existence, the “They Ate WHAT?” x-ray contest awards cash prizes to the most impressive images of hungry animals’ innards. These pets all have unique tastes ranging from rocks and socks, to a shish kabob skewer and 104 pennies. Below you will find the 14 gut-wrenching winners of this year’s contest. [Read more...]

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Nike’s Conceptual Plane Designed for Professional Athletes

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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Design firm Teague and Nike have partnered to create a digital concept for a jet intended to transport professional athletes from city to city. Typically, pro sports teams and their coaches fly on planes with normal seating arrangements and listen to music for the duration of the flight – but, what if instead the plane offered rooms for massage and training, a film room to watch playbacks, and a lounge to simply chill? Welcome aboard that luxurious vision from Teague and Nike. [Read more...]

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This Incredible Artist Doesn’t Let Cerebral Palsy Stand In His Way

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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Although holding a pencil steady was not an option for Paul Smith, he found a way to create beautiful dimensional drawings using a typewriter. The incredible typewriter artist, who lived with cerebral palsy for 85 years, didn’t let his lack of coordination, speech problems, and difficulties with mobility keep him from expressing himself. Holding his right hand steady with his left, he used the symbols on the numbers with a clamped shift key to create his beautiful pictures. Paul Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away in Roseburg, Oregon 7 years ago, but his legacy lives on and continues to inspire people all over the world. [Read more...]

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Why Did This Woman Use Photoshop to Convince Her Family She Went on a Trip To South East Asia?

Thursday 09.11.2014 , Posted by
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Most people that plan a trip to South East Asia… actually go. But not Zilla van den Born. She skipped out on all the travel to create a highly provocative school project that’s making waves around the internet. Why did she do it? [Read more...]

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Act Fast to Take Home a Full-size Reissue of the NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Thanks to travel and every show or movie filmed in The Big Apple from the 70’s through now, the NYC Subway signs are as familiar as an “I Heart NY” T-shirt. Now one of the easiest subway systems to navigate, it wasn’t always that way. In the 60’s there was no uniformity whatsoever and if you weren’t a local you would most likely get lost on the regular. But in 1967 everything changed when Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda of the design firm Unimark International were hired by the NYCTA to clean things up. After 3 years of hard work, they delivered the Standards Manual, which is still used today. This manual has become a classic example for modern design across the world. For a limited time (only 350 left at the time of this post), the MTA is allowing graphic designers Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth to print copies of this design artifact, but only through Kickstarter. [Read more...]

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Patagonia Wants You To “Vote The Environment”

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Is voting on your calendar? This October and November mark primary and mid-term elections seasons, and according to a recent poll by Harvard University, only 23% of young people “definitely plan” to vote. [Read more...]

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Edible Chocolate Records That Can Also Play Music

Monday 09.08.2014 , Posted by
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The word chocolate is sweet music to most people’s ears, but did you know that it can also be used to store music? German genius Peter Lardong came up with the idea to create records out of chocolate and believe it or not, they can be played on a standard phonograph! He creates the records by pouring his time-tested recipe of melted chocolate into a silicon mold of his favorite vinyl. He places it in the refrigerator to set and voila! Each disc can be played up to 12 times before it’s too worn out, but that’s when the best part comes…eating it! [Read more...]

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IKEA Perfectly Parodies Apple in Their Latest Catalogue Launch – The ‘bookbook’

Thursday 09.04.2014 , Posted by
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You really have to love IKEA sometimes. Their latest catalogue launch is a hilarious sendup of an Apple ad – pulling off the announcement with the perfect dose of fanatical sincerity Apple does so well.

“Once in a while, something comes along that changes the way we live, a device so simple and intuitive, using it feels almost familiar,” says Jorgen Eghammer, IKEAs “Chief Design Guru.” [Read more...]

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