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Butter Up: Innovative New Knife Allows Butter to Spread Regardless Of The Temperature

Friday 08.22.2014 , Posted by
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We are pleased to present the best thing to happen to bread since sliced bread. Have you ever ripped a delicious fresh piece of bread to shreds as you battled with butter right out of the refrigerator? You end up with one big mouth full of butter in one bite and none in the next. It’s not pretty. But now there is a better way. The innovative team at DM Initiatives has created the most incredible, yet simple, kitchen utensil which they appropriately call The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp. This magical device turns cold butter into easily spreadable ribbons that melt like butter on your breakfast toast. Aside from the ease of spread-ability, the gadget will also help you use less butter, which can cut a lot of calories from your diet. [Read more...]

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50 Years of 50 “Must Have” Toys

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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Ok, I’m going to ask a personal question: how old are you? Too personal? Ok, ok… I won’t dig that deep here. How about: what toy was popular for christmas when you were 10 years old? I know you remember it. In those exciting youthful days, there was always a “must have” gift on the list… something that would absolutely crush Christmas without finding it under the tree. Was it a Cabbage Patch Kid, a Hot Wheels car, or a Razor scooter? For me it was a remote control submarine from the Sears Wishbook. Remember that? This great graphic tracks some of the most popular holiday toys from the past 50 years. Is your favorite gift from Christmas past on the list? [Read more...]

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Digging Up PlayStations: Modern Fossils from Christopher Locke

Tuesday 12.10.2013 , Posted by
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Today’s top of the line technology will soon be the relics of the past… and it all happens so quick. Your brand-new iPhone will be miles behind in 3 short years, if its fragile design even allows it to last that long. Christopher Locke’s project explores this societal fact by greatly accelerating time in his series Modern Fossils. Here we see the cutting-edge tech of the not-so-distant past transformed into rock-encased objects: from a PlayStation Dual Shock controller, to a truly obsolete 8-track tape. Each looks like it was dug up from a Planet of the Apes scenario in the distant future. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #441> Spray-On Fabric & More Cool Consumer Trends

Monday 05.20.2013 , Posted by

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100 Years Graphed: Technology Adoption is Speeding Up

Monday 04.09.2012 , Posted by

The last 112 years have been an avalanche of new discoveries, new advances in our understanding of how the world works and how to harness the energies around us to useful means. How far have we advanced? At the dawn of the 20th century less than 10% of households owned a stove, had access to a telephone or even electricity… and the automobile that dominates society today? It was hardly on the charts. [Read more...]

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China: Recent Photos Show Shocking Pollution

Saturday 01.14.2012 , Posted by

From the of off-the-charts levels of air pollutants recently recorded in Beijing, to massive fish die offs and waste chemicals being dumped directly into its main waterways, China has quickly been gaining the well earned reputation as the world’s worst polluter. These hard to stomach images from Reuters show a land drastically changed in the country’s last decades of massive growth; a hard earned payment to become the product producing powerhouse that it is today. [Read more...]

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Material World: A Snapshot of World Possessions

Tuesday 09.20.2011 , Posted by

The Yadev family of India, their worldly possessions carefully organized upon the dirt in their front yard: a simple bed, pictures of deities, bags of food. The image is part of Material World: A Global Family Portrait, a project started in the 90’s by esteemed photojournalist Peter Menzel.

In each of 30 countries, Menzel used data from the World Bank and United Nations to find statistically average families: average in size, location, background, and occupation. He then coordinated with 16 leading photographers to create images that give us a social and geographical snapshot of peoples lives and the objects that fill them. Beautiful. [Read more...]

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