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Real-Life Griswold Family Builds Truckster Station Wagon & Drives to Walt Disney World!

Monday 07.29.2013 , Posted by

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With a name like Griswold, you’re bound to hear a few National Lampoon jokes going around. That was the case for one Georgia family… but they’re having the last laugh. Steve (not Clark) Griswold and his family are now the proud owners of a real-life Wagon Queen Family Truckster, the same amazing wagon from National Lampoon’s Vacation. Their first stop? Instead of hitting up the fictional Walley World, the family headed to Walt Disney World for their first outing. Don’t get stuck under a semi! [Read more...]

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Nicolas Cage Has Become a Disney Princess

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Just when you thought Nicolas Cage couldn’t play anything more weird/bizarre/strange/odd, he’s showing up around the web as Disney’s iconic Princesses. What’s better than Nick Cage’s face on Ariel from The Little Mermaid? Nothing. That’s what. He wants to be part of your world. Get over it. [Read more...]

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Do Rich People Behave More Unethically Than the Poor?

Friday 07.12.2013 , Posted by

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It’s been said again and again through the ages: “these rich people are jerks!” The lower-class people often complain about the “rich snobs,” saying that those wealthier than them are holding them back, that the rich don’t share, etc, etc… but is there any validity behind these complaints? It turns out the answer is “yes”… at least according to many recent studies carried out at the University of California at Berkeley. [Read more...]

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14,000 Square Foot warehouse becomes “FreeSpace” in San Francisco

Saturday 06.22.2013 , Posted by

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San Francisco has always been a city that has attracted the hearts of pioneers and the dreamers. From the Gold Rush to the tech booms, brilliant minds have floated to the “city by the bay.” In recent years though, it has become so popular with people that many of the older art districts that existed have become gentrified, apartments are hard to come by and it was recently named the most expensive city in the United States to live in, surpassing New York City.

Yet, with all the developments and excitements revolving around the city, there are still a good many creative spirits and innovation is sipped everyday on the streets. Mike Zuckerman, who is the director of sustainability for the Zen Compound, was able to secure a $1 month long lease on a 14,000 square foot warehouse in the middle of the city. The purpose of the lease is to have a month long experiment in civic hacking and bring anyone in the community of San Francisco together to participate in what is called “Freespace.” [Read more...]

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Opening Week for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Monday 06.17.2013 , Posted by

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For the past thirteen years London’s Serpentine Gallery has hosted the work of fantastic architects in the form of their annual Pavilion, staging perhaps the most anticipated and innovative program in the world. The resulting structures are open to the public, allowing passerby to explore groundbreaking experiments in design from such names as Zaha Hadid (2000), Frank Gehry (2008), Oscar Niemeyer (2003), and last year, Ai Weiwei. This year’s example, now celebrating its opening week, sees a cloud-like structure of tubular steel rising like an apparition from the grounds of the gallery. [Read more...]

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ARKYD: The First Publicly Accessible Space Telescope!

Thursday 06.13.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re like those of us at Visual News, you find yourself looking at the sky most nights (or you might even have glow-in-the-dark stars on your ceiling)… so when it comes to this amazing Kickstarter project, we’re floored. ARKYD [ahrk-kid] is slated to be the first publicly accessible space telescope controlled by you. Through pledges and community involvement the project founder Planetary Resources is planning to put the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars into the hands of students, scientists and a new generation of explorers. Think about it, ideas we haven’t even conceived of can now be tested at anywhere from free to cheap prices, opening up a world of possibilities previously unreachable by the vast intellect of society. [Read more...]

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Disney Posters Get ‘Honestly’ Remixed

Wednesday 06.12.2013 , Posted by

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When we were children, Disney films were often the pinnacle of entertainment, and as our young minds absorbed the fascinating and memorable plot lines, nothing could distract from the sugar filled story playing before our eyes. But now, with adult minds and some critical thought, our view of these films can often have humorous and not-so-innocent twists our young minds could never imagined. These brutally “honest’ remixes of classic Disney film posters by Christine Gritmon, see each movie re-titled with surprising new interpretations. [Read more...]

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Inception in Real Life? Learn to Control Your Dreams

Friday 06.07.2013 , Posted by

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Most of us have many types of dreams… but few of us realize there’s far more to experience. Some dreams are wild adventures in mysterious lands; some are the frustrating type where we repeatedly try to do something that never seems to work; others are crazy nightmares that startle us awake in a cold sweat; and some are sex dreams that add a little spice to our lives (ooh la la!). But have you ever had a dream that you could control? [Read more...]

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Harvard Scientist Grows Microscopic Flowers

Thursday 05.23.2013 , Posted by

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Inside a tiny beaker of water Harvard scientist Wim L. Noorduin has managed to coax chemicals into beautiful and delicate microscopic flowers. On a micron scale he and his colleagues have produced arrangements of crystals that resemble natural forms from roses to broad leaves… and the kicker? They self-assembled! That’s right, these aren’t just pretty pictures from an electron microscope, but a new look at how structures form chemically in nature. [Read more...]

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Heartbreaking First World Problems from Twitter

Thursday 05.09.2013 , Posted by

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“The barista put 3 pumps of caramel in my macchiato today. I clearly said 2!” Life is tough for “first-worlders” sometimes, so what’s the best way to vent these struggles? Twitter of course! What better way to broadcast frustration about “serious problems” than to you 1,500 close friends around the web. This hilarious collection of tweets pokes fun at this all too common trend, juxtaposing stock images of despondent first world people dwelling on the sad trivialities of their lives. [Read more...]

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