A Secret Underwater Ballroom, Built For a Notorious Victorian Swindler

Whitley Estate Secret Ballroom 2

Walk far into the woods near the village of Witley in Surrey, England and you’ll find a hidden treasure. The directions go like this: Walk a mile and a quarter west, into the long neglected woods. Find the stone wall surrounding a kitchen garden. There you’ll find a small building with an arched doorway. Go inside, down the spiral staircase, and walk down the long teardrop-shaped tunnel to the end. There’s no “X” marking this treasure, but you’ll know you’ve found it. You’re now in a domed, glass ceilinged room, yellow light gently flickering through the water above. Welcome to Whitaker Wright’s hidden ballroom, submerged deep beneath a murky lake.

Real Estate Broker Gives Tours of House… From a Hand-Built Roller Coaster

If you thought buying a house had its ups and downs, this real estate broker will really give you a ride. He built a miniature roller coaster through a house he’s selling in Ermelo, Netherlands, giving potential buyers a thrill filled tour of the house complete with recorded highlights of its features. They do say people buy on an emotional high…

A Donated Bus is Transformed Into a Mobile Healthy Food Market for Toronto

Most old-school food trucks are known for their artery clogging foods, but this new truck is decidedly healthy. The smart looking vehicle has been converted into a mobile market with the purpose of bringing healthy food choices to underserved neighborhoods where good eating choices are often difficult to obtain. It’s being called the Mobile Good Food Market.

Feel-Good Pranks With A Purpose: Prank It Forward

Who doesn’t love a good prank? Break certainly does and they’ve even stepped it up a notch with Prank It Forward. These pranks aren’t only good, they are also for good. Watching this series will make you laugh, make you cry, and most importantly make you want to do good for others. Each uplifting video gives a deserving prank recipient the surprise of a lifetime and the viewer a smile from ear to ear.

How Obama’s 3D Printed Bust was Created

There has been a presidential portrait for every US president, but never before has their exact likeness been recreated in 3D. As part of the White House’s first-ever Maker Faire, the President sat for a moment surrounded by 50 LED lights, 14 cameras and handheld 3D scanners which captured every one of his details – from textures to skin tones. The White House video below details the process, but begins with an explanation of an old-time (and far less fun) counterpart for presidential replication – the death mask.

Fashion Photographer Asks: “What If Guys Were Social Networks?”

Fashion photographer Viktorija Pashuta asks the question: what if guys were social networks? Her latest series sees models dressed in the colors and fashion you might associate with each network… and if you ask me, she nailed it.

Where’s My Office Now? An Inspiring Web Series of Interviews With Nomads

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, nomadic couple Emily & Corey, who have been living in their 1987 Vanagon for the past 2 years, have begun working on their web series which will be released in March of 2015. The couple will be interviewing modern nomads who have chosen the van life. These adventurous souls share inspirational stories of how they have come to fully living out their nomadic dreams.

Erik Solheim Took 3888 Pictures of His Yard to Capture The Four Seasons in One Image

Eirik Solheim spent an entire year capturing the changing seasons from one window of his house in Oslo, Norway. The artist, hacker and all-around interesting fellow was using an old SLR set to capture one image every 30 minutes for the whole year (this was back in 2010). When the year was over he selected 3,888 images from the 16000 total (to match the 3888×2592 pixel resolution of his camera). Then he used a custom script to take the first line of pixels from the first image, the second line from the second image, and so on. In the resulting picture, we see January on the left and December on the right. The whole year arrayed in one-pixel-wide slices. Fantastic.

Take a Guided Tour of the Crowded Airspace Above the UK

At this time of year nearly everyone is winging off to see their family, and in the UK that means seriously busy airspace. Welcome to a typical day in the UK, where 6,000 flights, from commercial to military and general aviation, share the skies over the country. Air traffic control company NATS has created a beautiful, near immersive, visualization detailing all that traffic. The complex work they do is impressive.

This Sauna Takes the Edge Off the Cold, and Conventional Sauna Design

Conventional sauna design has been using angular shapes for a long time, and that’s something a bit at odds with lounging comfortably in the heat. What if that warm wood interior could be curvaceous, soft to the touch, and even the eyes? The people at design firm Partisans have created just that with their recent project called Grotto. It might be the most beautiful sauna we’ve ever seen.