A 24-Day Journey to the World’s Extreme Environments with Photographer Klaus Thymann and Casio G-Shock

SPONSORED ARTICLE: Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and creative director Klaus Thymann recently partnered with Casio G-Shock on a 24-day, globe-circling expedition to capture 3 pristine environments and test the time zone and extreme environmental capabilities of the GPW1000 – the World’s First GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid watch. Together with his team, he journeyed into the lush jungles of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, climbed to the frozen slopes of Fox Glacier in New Zealand, and trekked deep into the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park to observe the fiery caldera of Nyiragongo volcano. The project, called Timezone, captures the beauty of extreme environments and the inspiring challenge of exploring them.

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In 1939, Pontiac Built a Transparent Car from Plexiglas

For the 1939-1949 World’s Fair in New York, Pontiac had a special surprise in store. Working in collaboration with chemical company Rohm & Haas, who had just developed a new product called “Plexiglas”, they created an entire body shell for a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six. It was soon dubbed the “Ghost Car.”

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Could You Live in an Internet Cafe? Japan’s “Cyber Homeless” Do

The cities in Japan can be challenging to live in. If you are not making a full-time salary, which typically involves long hours and high stress, then you are a temporary worker, which basically means you are on a short-term contract and making half as much as a “salary man.” With such low wages and rising rental costs, it’s tough to make rent.

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News from Japan: Robot Dogs Are Getting Funerals

Aibo was a robotic dog developed by Sony a while back. Launched in 1999 and discontinued in 2006, about 150,000 dogs were sold in total. The toy was much beloved by owners, thanks to a built-in microphone and camera that helped each dog develop a unique personality.

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But this emotional attachment has triggered a surprising phenomenon. With a lack of repair technicians available, the little robot dogs are now “dying,” so loving Aibo owners in Japan are having ceremonies to honor their passing.

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What’s the Most Popular Girl’s Name? This Video Tracks Their Evolution from 1880 to 2013

From Anna, to Jennifer and Isabella, the popularity of different girl names is always in flux. But what’s in a name? As this bubble chart animation illustrates, there’s a lot of cultural significance to how we name our girls. It tracks the changing favor of different names in America from all the way back in 1880 up to 2013. And while one name may hold the top position for a decade or two, parents are always swaying between following tradition and choosing something different or modern – eventually even the most popular names fall from the spotlight.

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Road Trip! Randy Olson Calculated The Optimal Trip to U.S. Landmarks in 48 States

Remember that viral story about the most efficient way to find Waldo? Well, Randy Olson is back with something that could save you more than time hunting for the right guy wearing red and white stripes – this one will save you fuel. With the help of Tracy Staedter from Discovery News, he’s created an interesting exercise in efficient road tripping, charting the optimal route around the 48 contiguous U.S. states stopping at national landmarks all along the way.

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Men and Cats: A Photographers Journey to Show That Men Love Cats Too

Men love cats too. Yes it’s true, even though cat owners are often stereotyped as “crazy cat ladies”, couples and single women, there are a good amount of single men who enjoy being cat owners. Photographer David Williams of Brooklyn, NY sought to bring attention to these cat loving men. He told the Daily Mail, “I found the way society genderizes animal ownership very compelling.”

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Interactive Art Gallery Invites Visitors To Become The Art

In the Phillipines, there is an art gallery that takes the word “interactive” to the next level. Each piece requires human interaction to come to life and with the proper perspective, the optical illusions pop. Known as Art in Island, the gallery has been set up in what used to be a bus station. Why spend all day admiring other people’s work when you can step into a piece of art and become it?

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It’s a “Weapon of Mass Instruction”: This Guy Built a Tank Covered in Books

Raul Lemesoff has built a ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction.’ His mobile sculpture (‘Arma De Instruccion Masiva’ in Spanish) looks a lot like a military tank as it’s driving down the streets of Buenos Aires, but when it comes to a stop its army green sides are filled with books. Lemesoff is on a mission to distribute books throughout the city and the rest of Argentina, and the only thing he asks when you get a book is that you promise to read it.

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Humans Transform Into Dr. Seuss Characters For A Hair Freezing Contest

Every February at Takhini Hot Springs in Yukon, Canada, visitors get the option to participate in a Hair Freezing Competition. This tourist destination features cozy pools that are as hot as perfect bath water and when the temperature drops below 30 degrees Celsius, you can use creative styling to turn your head into an ice sculpture. Aside from head hair, people make themselves look like cartoon characters with snowy lashes and eyebrows, and some men can even pull off chest hair icicles. Participants post their photos to Takhini’s Facebook wall and the business offers a $150 reward for the fan favorite. This year the winning prize went to the folks in the picture above.

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