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How Dog Breeds Have Changed in Just 100 Years

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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When we hear old stories of giant St. Bernards racing over the snowy alps to rescue some lost soul with the famous brandy barrel around their neck, it’s easy to imagine they looked just like St. Bernards today… but we’d be wrong. In fact, it’s a common misconception that dog breeds look the same as they did even 100 years ago. Doctor Caen Elegans has compiled a side-by-side comparison of some famous breeds with older images from a 1915 book, Breeds of All Nations by W.E. Mason. They show how breeders have been further changing the appearance of these dogs, and as Elegans’ points out – unintentionally introduced a number of defects and maladies. [Read more...]

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Completed in 1878, This Isolated Sea Fort is Now a Luxury Hotel

Tuesday 05.06.2014 , Posted by
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When it was completed in 1878, the soldiers who occupied Spitbank Fort had no idea it would one day be a luxury hotel. The isolated sea fort is located in the Solent, near Portsmouth, England, and originally intended as a line of defense against ships that made it past the larger forts further out. As always, Spitbank Fort is only accessible by boat – a level of isolation rarely available in our highly connected world. Now, billed as “the UKs most exclusive private island” it features 8 luxury rooms and a rooftop spa with unrivaled views. It’s also one of the few hotels that can boast about having armor plating on its seaward side. [Read more...]

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The Many Faces of Bill Murray: How Many Do You Know?

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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As far as actors go, you won’t find many more universally loved than Bill Murray. Whether he’s hilariously trying to blow up gophers in Caddyshack or wowing us with subtlety in Lost in Translation, his appearances are almost always memorable – even if they’re just momentary cameos. Now Steve Murray (no relation) has created an fantastic visual compilation for the National Post, capturing The Many Faces of Bill Murray over the years. It starts with The Rutles in 1978, finishes with his recent appearance in The Grand Budapest Hotel, and misses very few acts in between (only two early bits of voice work). Can you remember them all? [Read more...]

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Essential Reading: Mason Currey on the Importance of “Daily Rituals”

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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Recently, I decided to revisit one of the books that made me want to write about creativity, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. I wasn’t disappointed. [Read more...]

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In Alabama it’s Illegal to Carry an Ice Cream Cone in Your Back Pocket (and other Bizarre Laws Visualized)

Thursday 05.01.2014 , Posted by
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There are some seriously weird laws on the books of many US states… but Olivia Locher is breaking them all. This New York-based photographer’s series I Fought The Law brings some of the best examples to life, begging the question: how the heck did these become laws? [Read more...]

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History’s Creative Thinkers in Humorous GIFs and Smart T-Shirts

Tuesday 04.29.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re anything like me, you’re completely obsessed with the creative figures in history. You might find yourself thumbing through Da Vinci sketches late into the night, pondering how he imagined so many world changing ideas before they could even be realized. You might lose yourself for hours down a rabbit hole of Wikipedia exploration initiated by Isaac Asimov’s affinity for small spaces. That’s why I think this series of animated GIFs will not fail to amuse… nor will the exquisite series of T-shirts that inspired them. [Read more...]

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The Softer Side of Infamous Leaders

Monday 04.28.2014 , Posted by
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There’s nothing more powerful than standing tall, reaching out your arms, and grabbing a teddy bear. I’m pretty sure I heard that somewhere…

Beijing artist Chunlong Sun has taken the likenesses of 5 often-infamous world leaders and put stuffed animals in their world influencing hands. It’s an absolutely bizarre combo that strikes an unlikely balance between making each figure appear far more friendly and sinister at the very same time. What are these? Villains from a James Bond spoof? [Read more...]

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100 Years Later: First World War Photos Superimposed on the Locations Today

Tuesday 04.15.2014 , Posted by
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With this year marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, it becomes more and more difficult to remember the world changing conflict. The last veteran of “The Great War,” Florence Green, passed away in 2012, leaving few people to share the stories of that bloody time or remind us of the world as it was… but we still have the pictures. Photographer Peter Macdiarmid revisited the locations of World War I-era images and recaptured the places as they appear today. These old photographs overlaid on their modern day counterparts reveal how much those locations have changed, or how much they’ve stayed the same. [Read more...]

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How Did Historical Creatives Manage Their Time? Daily Rituals Visualized

Monday 04.07.2014 , Posted by
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Benjamin Franklin’s famous formula for success had a lot to do with his schedule: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” He even wrote a book called Early Rising: A Natural, Social, and Religious Duty. Others have said that “the early bird gets the worm,” while an old German proverb states “Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund” – the early morning has gold in its mouth. Ok, so most people think getting up early is important, but just how much does our entire daily schedule factor into our success? [Read more...]

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One Cob, Many Flavors: These Recipes Will Have You Rethinking Your Next BBQ

Monday 03.24.2014 , Posted by
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Did you know peak corn season is in the springtime? That’s right, just as the days are getting warm and the BBQ is begging to be fired up, one of the most mouth watering crops springs forth ready to be munched… in so many tasty ways. That’s because, although corn originated in the Americas, it’s now grown on every continent except Antarctica – and each area has at least one regional recipe for your next cookout. [Read more...]

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