Though this performance happened two years ago, it's still extremely interesting to look at. Choreographed by Willi Dorner, "Bodies in Urban Space" consisted of multiple performers finding spaces throughout the Financial District in lower Manhattan to fit into and fill in. The Wall Street Journal has many more pictures.
Here's another map featuring data from the U.S. Census, this time broken down into neighborhoods (actually census tracts). You can look up how much money households in your surrounding area make, as well as any neighborhood in the nation. For example, the median household income in my county is $17,898, which is about half of what is required to be considered middle class in my state. However, each census tract is calculated individually, and I see I live in one of the better neighborhoods of that county, where the median household income is $22,818. With this map, you can use the color-coding to see how income distributes over a city or state. Often, the dividing line is quite jarring. Keep in mind that the percentage of retired people and the number of college students in a small area can drastically affect median income. Link -via Metafilter
Sadly, the holidays are over and that means it's back to working like a dog. Give yourself a break and treat those dog tired feet to the adorable Dog Fun For Feet Knitted Slipper Socks from the NeatoShop. This great pair of adult-sized slippers, with anti-slip soles, is destined to become your new best friend.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more Fun Footwear.
Robyn, Jarrid and their company, The Poor Porker, have a fascinating story and philosophy. The pair arrived in Lakeland, Florida broke. But they believed that it's possible to make "something from nothing," or at least beautiful things with limited resources.
So they set up a food stand and began selling beignets regularly. The Poor Porker, as they called their stand, attracted a following and developed what one customer calls "a vibe." Now, in addition to selling fresh pastries on the street, they find great new uses for what other people have thown out as junk, such as this sewing machine.
23-year old Xiao Feng doesn't want to get a job. He'd rather spend his time playing video games. To discourage this activity, Feng's father hired players to hunt down and slay his son's characters:
Unhappy with his son not finding a job, Feng decided to hire players in his son's favorite online games to hunt down Xiao Feng. It is unknown where or how Feng found the in-game assassins—every one of the players he hired were stronger and higher leveled than Xiao Feng. Feng's idea was that his son would get bored of playing games if he was killed every time he logged on, and that he would start putting more effort into getting a job.
Now that's creative parenting!
This is probably the world's tastiest QR code ever! To celebrate New Year, Chinese Internet company Tencent commissioned a giant cake shaped like a QR code and served it to 20,000 people:
The cake, which takes up a floor area of 36 square meters and weighs three tons, was produced by Tencent, an Internet and smartphone value-added service provider, and Ebeecake, a local bakery. It took ten hours to finish the QR code pattern on the cake's surface. By scanning the QR code pattern, smartphone users can download and install Tencent's news service client onto their gears.
Even great minds have teen angst. The more intelligent teenagers just know how to hide them better! Which is a good ting, because when you become famous, someone will want to dig up that dirt, even 300 years later.
In 1662, a 19-year-old Isaac Newton started carrying a leather-bound journal, which he used to track finances and work out math problems. But he also used it to hide something secret. On two pages, Newton scribbled a cryptic code, a code that went unsolved for over 300 years. In 1964, historians finally solved the script. They discovered a list of sins: 57 of Newton’s wrongdoings. The journal—today called the Fitzwilliam notebook—paints the Enlightenment icon as a mood-swinging, sweet-toothed, spiritually confused teenager. Here are some of Newton’s sinful gems.
The list of sins reads like a confessional, and you can see some of them at mental_floss. Link
Luis Martinez said he stopped by a Subway shop in a Walmart on South Semoran Boulevard late Tuesday night to get something to eat. He said he ordered a Philly cheese steak the way he always does.
"American cheese, onions and ketchup," said Martinez.
Lawrence Ordone was working behind the counter.
"He wants ketchup on the Philly cheese steak and I have never put -- we don't even have ketchup at Subway -- I've never put ketchup on anybody's sandwich," said Ordone.
Next comes an actual fisticuff as the Subway worker actually jumped the counter and attacked the customer. Needless to say, he was fired the very next day: Link
Valentine's Day is coming up soon. Are you looking for a deliciously fun project to share with someone you love? You need the Heart Candy Necklace Kit from the NeatoShop. This wonderful kit includes everything you need to make your own candy necklace. Each kit can make upwards of 6 necklaces.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Mints & Candies.
Professor Carl Agee at the University of New Mexico is conducting research on what is believed to be the first meteorite from the surface of Mars. The specimen is 2.1 billion years old and roughly the size of a baseball. It differs from each of the approximately 110 other Martian meteorites found on Earth. Not only is it believed to be from the surface of the planet, but it is much older than the majority and its water content is ten times that of the others.
An American collector purchased the find, originally discovered in the Sahara desert, in 2011 from a Moroccan meteorite dealer. Scientists hope it will enable them to learn unprecedented information about the Martian crust. Munir Humayun, cosmo-chemist at Florida State University, said of the space rock:
"This opens a whole new window on Mars."
Read more on this story at the Los Angeles Times. Link
(Image credit: Carl Agee/University of New Mexico)
Photo: Alicia Atkins / A Classic Pin-Up Photography
On October 9, 2011, Alicia Atkins gave birth to her daughter Nevaeh via C-section and her husband snapped this incredible photo of the baby reaching out of the womb and grabbed the doctor's finger! Link | Visit Alicia's Facebook Page for more info.
Beth Ann Magnuson engraves hollow eggs with lace patterns. The video of her at work is impressive: first she sketches a pattern with a pencil, then she cuts the egg with an electric engraving tool. It's amazing that she's able to do this with something as fragile as an egg.
Two men attempted to break into a jewelry store in Beaudesert, Australia, on New Year's Eve by breaking through the back wall of the building. However, when they went through the wall, they found themselves in a KFC outlet -which was still open! The two took the opportunity to hold up the restaurant, and made off with $2,600. Police said the KFC robbery was the pair's third unsuccessful attempt to burglarize the jewelry store that day!
Police prosecutor Sergeant Damian Summerfield said they began throwing spark plugs at the store, on the corner of Brisbane and William streets, at 7.35am in an attempt to smash the front window.
When "plan A" failed, they allegedly tried to break in through the rear doors, but instead found themselves in the neighbouring Animal Welfare League Opportunity Shop.
Sgt Summerfield said the men stole a charity box from the front counter containing $50, before trying again to break into the jewellery store.
British "light artist" Bruce Munro has announced his second ever exhibition in North America. Munro will present 10 outdoor lighting installations at Cheekwood Botanical Garden in Nashville, Tennessee. The exposition begins May 24, 2013 and runs through November 10. The artist designed his installations to complement the hills, views and gardens of the facility. A highlight will be the "Field of Light," comprised of 20,000 illuminated glass spheres, each supported by a thin stalk rising from the ground.
Learn more about Munro and his work at his website. Link -via Contemporist
Mikeasaurus, an Instructables member, has been featured on Neatorama for both his Beer Advent Calendar and his DIY Magnetic Silly Putty. It's safe to say that if you need a creative, amusing way to tell someone you miss them, an "I miss you" card created by Mikeasaurus is definitely a great idea. You can download a PDF scaled to A4 (8.5" x 11") and the template at the card's page, where you can find more cool images of the card. It's up to you whether you actually take the card to the shooting range or just poke the gunholes in with a pen.
These infrared photographs by Amiens, France-based photographer David Keochkerian have a mesmerizing, dreamlike quality. The dark skies and electric-colored landscapes seem as if they were shot in another world.
Keochkerian's impressive body of work can be viewed at his 500px photostream, Facebook page or his portfolio. Link
Other than the dozens of toothpicks and string used to hold the thing into shape, this baconosaurus looks utterly delicious.
There are only a few hundred Rothschild giraffes alive today. Several of them live at Giraffe Manor, a resort in Kenya. There, guests can get a close look at them--and vice versa. The resident giraffes are comfortable sticking their heads through open windows to see what guests are doing. You can view more photos of them at the link.
Have you been endlessly searching for the perfect spot to store your most prized steampunk baubles? You need the Steampunk Box With Compass from the NeatoShop. This fabulous little container is decorated in steampunk-style and features beautiful hand painted details. The lid showcases a working compass.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Home Decor items.
It might look like the real thing, but this Sorting Hat is really a cake filled with rice krispie treats and chocolate frosting deliciousness.
My childhood would have been so much better if I could wait at the park for my parents to pick me up and check out a book there at the same time. The stand, officially called Paradero ParaLibros ParaParques (Whereabouts For Books, For Parks) is part of a program ran by Fundalectura to promote literacy across South America.
I'm all for trying this in America.
The most impressive thing about this silly dog trick is that I know humans who can't even cross their eyes.
The haka is the most frightening dance you'll ever see. And that's its purpose. It is a Maori war dance, and each violent movement is designed to intimidate the enemy.
(Image credit: Flickr user Jad_23)
Lined up in rows facing their opponents, dancers chant and stomp passionately while slapping their elbows, chests, and thighs. They bulge their eyes, wag their tongues, and twist their faces into scowls. To dance the haka, one needs to exude total confidence and commitment, and for years, it was the ultimate way for the Maori to ready themselves for battle.
Before New Zealand was colonized in the mid-1800s, the Maori used the haka to prepare for intertribal warfare. But after the British moved in, the dance found a new purpose—helping to fire up rebellions against Europeans settlers. Unfortunately, the dance was no match for their enemy’s firearms. By the beginning of the 20th century, the Maori had lost most of their ancestral lands, and their culture was quickly fading. War and sickness had whittled down their population to fewer than 50,000 people.
Fortunately, a resilient group of Maori leaders emerged from this bleak landscape to defend their people’s way of life. Specifically, an inspirational activist named Apirana Ngata engineered reforms that increased Maori political power and preserved Maori customs. Slowly, results began to show—and the proof was in the haka.