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Scott Expedition: Greatest Polar Exploration Story Ever Told

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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The South Pole is the uttermost end of the Earth, and it has been over a century since anyone has tried to retrace the ill-fated steps of Captain Robert Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition. – the 1,800-mile return journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole on foot. British adventurers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere have set out to complete the longest unsupported polar journey in history, the Scott Expedition, along the same route Scott succumbed to in 1912. The men are now in the final week of hauling their heavy sleds across the coldest, windiest, most inhospitable place in the world – and they’ve been doing it for more than a quarter of a year. [Read more...]

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What if the Winter Olympics Were Happening in New York City?

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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What if instead of heading for Russia this year, the Winter Olympics were going down in good old New York City? After losing the bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the New York Times has imagined what it would look like if the city hosted the snowy version of the games instead… right in downtown Manhattan. As it turns out, the games would probably command more resources than even the Big Apple could pull together. [Read more...]

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Spell It With Beyonce: Illustrated Alphabet Celebrates Beyonce’s Career

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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Is anyone still objecting to Beyonce being the Queen? Of everything? Didn’t think so.

To celebrate the queen of the music charts, artist Vivian Loh created a full alphabet made of “Beyonces.” [Read more...]

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The Secret Life of Toys: Little Bruce Lee Shows Off His Culinary Skills

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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Do you ever wonder what your action figures do when you’re not playing with them? One Russian photographer has turned his hypotheses into an entertaining Tumblr. Bruce Lee takes his street fighting skills to the kitchen, where he can karate chop a banana in half and make a really nice bowl of Cocoa Puffs. The Tumblr, VSE OK, features Iron Man, the Joker, Hulk, Spiderman, and others doing some things typical of their characters in a great big world. Be sure to check out his sit to see all of his images. Some are NSFW, some are violent, but they are all entertaining. [Read more...]

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Mexico’s Olympic Ski Uniform is the Tightest Mariachi Suit You’ve Ever Seen

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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When it comes to olympic uniforms, it’s hard to get more political than Germany’s or as wacky as the Norwegian curling team – but when it comes to downright cool, look no further than Mexico’s Olympic ski uniform. You’ve never seen a mariachi suit this tight before! [Read more...]

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Hilarious High Schooler Impersonates Every U.S. President on Instagram

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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Maybe you have George W.’s way with words or Bill Clinton’s way with the ladies, but one New York High Schooler has an uncanny resemblance to all 43 U.S. presidents. On his Instagram account he has posted a selfie side by side with every chief executive that ever graced the White House plus George Washington. How do you like that little history fact? [Read more...]

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Momentage: A Community for the New Creatives

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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When we all saw the awesome new idea of Instagram hitting the scene like it did a few years ago, it has always been hard to imagine someone creating something to rival it. While some have ripped off the idea, designed it somewhat differently, and slapped a new name on it, feeling like they’ve added to the conversation, in reality, they may be missing the point. They’re just repeating the person who spoke before them. This is not the case with San Francisco based startup Momentage. Momentage is a community for the new creatives. [Read more...]

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Happy 30th Anniversary Macintosh! Celebrate with this Massive Chart of Apple’s Legendary Products

Friday 01.24.2014 , Posted by
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30 years ago today, a shaggy haired young man wearing a bow tie unveiled a product that would change the world – it was Steve Jobs and the now legendary Macintosh. After an insanely intense final push to bring the small computer to market, he lifted the first Mac out of its tan bag and turned it on for an ecstatic audience… and no wonder.

The Macintosh brought the graphical user interface and computer mouse to the mainstream, made computers more accessible to non-nerds, and did it all from one slickly designed package. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this momentous event, we bring you Pop Chart Lab’s “Insanely Great History of Apple” – a poster that documents all of their products, successful or not, from the Apple I up to today’s iPads and iPhones. [Read more...]

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Rémi Noël Takes Batman to Texas, Creates “The Least Precise Map” of the Lone Star State

Friday 01.24.2014 , Posted by
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Quick! Who would you most like to go on a road trip with? Batman? Okay.

Small French publishing house Poetry Wanted has created “the least precise map of Texas in the history of Texas” as the beginning of their collection “This Is Not A Map“. [Read more...]

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We’ve Got Happy Eyes and Ears: Google Launches Interactive Music Timeline

Friday 01.17.2014 , Posted by
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Here’s some news that’s sure to catch the ear of many an audiophile: just yesterday Google launched their interactive Music Timeline – a way to explore musical popularity over the last century in timeline form. The visualization breaks down the musical world into its plethora of sub-genres – be it classic rock, east coast hip-hop or progressive metal. The timeline uses aggregated data from Google Play Music to show musical popularities as they transitioned through time (like the move from classic metal, to thrash to alt metal). [Read more...]

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