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Harbin Ice Festival 2014 Unveils Some of Their Snow Sculptures Early

Thursday 12.26.2013 , Posted by
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Although temperatures reach -30 °C, many people flock to China each Winter to explore the magical Harbin Ice Festival. Some of the finest ice and snow sculptors in the world come to showcase their talents, creating massive snow creations that tower over the Winter Wonderland. The official annual start date of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is January 5th and goes through the end of February, but sculptures of this magnitude take quite a bit of time to prepare, so we can get a little sneak peak of what to expect. 80% of the sculptures are done, and those visiting now get to see them in the making. [Read more...]

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The Happy Swimming Pigs of the Big Majors Cay, Bahamas

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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It’s not often that you find yourself jealous of a pig… but that could happen when you find out about the pigs on Big Majors Cay in the Bahamas. Nobody is quite sure how this otherwise deserted island became the home to so many ferrel but friendly pigs, but they sure seem to be having a good time. When they’re not lounging in the soft sand doing their best to get a tan, the pigs swim out to the boats that frequent the island… I mean, who wants a pile of island weeds when you can have a tasty treat from island hopping sailors? [Read more...]

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A Floating Golf Course in Coeur d’Alene, That Moves!

Friday 11.22.2013 , Posted by

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In golf there are water features… and then there are water features. The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho has one of the very best. With its location on the northern end of beautiful lake Coeur d’Alene, it’s the perfect spot for the 18-hole courses most notable element – an artificial floating island that holds the 14th hole. [Read more...]

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A Crowdsourced Film Created With Pictures From 852 Different Instagram Users

Thursday 11.21.2013 , Posted by

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With each snap of the shutter, our world is increasingly being catalogued by the hordes of photographers roaming the globe; and as projects like Microsoft’s Photosynth have shown, that information is useful for reproducing a surprisingly convincing reality. Now, French art director Thomas Jullien has been crowdsourcing from a relatively new spring of imagery – Instagram. He’s created a surprisingly beautiful film. [Read more...]

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25 Largest Shopping Malls In The World

Friday 10.18.2013 , Posted by

As western consumerism continues to spread its money making tentacles into the far corners of the globe, countries that not long ago lacked even grocery stores are now building shopping facilities so big that they can’t even find enough vendors to fill them. In fact, you’ll find that most of the shopping centers on this list are located in Asia and its surrounding regions. It’s a classic case of the student surpassing the master. These are the 25 largest shopping malls in the world. [Read more...]

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Forget The Outdoors! Stay in this Indoor Campground

Friday 10.11.2013 , Posted by

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Have a fear of spiders, dirt, or maybe just the outdoors? Then this type of camping is definitely for you! This 6458 square foot (600 square meter) German warehouse has been turned into a faux-campsite, complete with vintage camping trailers for accommodation. The brainchild of hotelier Michael Bonner, the colorful place features 15 differently themed caravans restored to their old-school glory. Themes include a proper british caravan called Big Ben (with perfect armchairs for an afternoon tea) and the mountain cabin themed Jägerhütte (no shooting required: it comes with furs!). [Read more...]

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11 Words with No English Equivalent

Tuesday 10.01.2013 , Posted by

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Have you ever been wandering in the woods, alone, and longed for a word to describe the feeling? Now you have one: waldeinsamkeit. Ok, if you’re an English speaker that might not say a lot to you; but if you’re German it could mean something significant. Ella Frances Sanders recently created an illustrated series of 11 such words, all that have no equivalent in the english language. Now you have a way to describe those pesky wet rings left on the table by your beer, and that beautiful road-like reflection of the moon on the water (well, at least if you’re Italian or Swedish). [Read more...]

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House on Wheels: Architecture Student Converts Old School Bus Into Modular Living Space

Thursday 08.29.2013 , Posted by

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A house on wheels can be an adventure vehicle, a home with a view, or a moveable apartment unit.  A recent University of Minnesota architecture graduate took on a unique thesis project when he converted an old school bus into a living space. Hank Butitta’s goal was to push the design process beyond theory and beyond drawings. The school bus project was a three-dimensional space, and it came with the corresponding challenges and benefits. The challenge was to take the limited square footage and develop a flexible multi-use space. The benefit: after the project is completed, you have a tiny home on wheels not a PowerPoint presentation. [Read more...]

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Take Death Defying Walks in China’s Mountains

Thursday 08.22.2013 , Posted by

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Huangshan is a picturesque location in eastern China and one of the most iconic locations in the country. Even with its famous glacier carved landscape and wildly jutting granite peaks, local variety of pine tree and frequent views of the clouds from above, the most special place is the area’s stone bridge.The very high bridge’s ornately carved path leads from a cave in a sheer rock wall to another on a nearby wall, traversing the narrow gorge below. [Read more...]

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Hyperloop: Elon Musk Proposes Tube-Based Transport from San Francisco to Los Angeles (in 35 minutes!)

Monday 08.19.2013 , Posted by

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According to revolutionary idea guru Elon Musk, his new concept for better high-speed transportation in California is a “cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table. That’s what he hinted at the D11 Conference in May, before the thrilling new transport concept called Hyperloop was officially announced to the public. The idea was conceived after the controversial plan for California’s high speed rail program connecting San Francisco and LA was announced. Not only was the proposed system one of the most expensive in the world (estimated at $68.4 billion), but also one of the slowest. Musk thinks California can do better – much better. [Read more...]

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