The Cosmopolitan Cat

If you’ve been reading Neatorama for a while, you know we’ve posted quite a few of the adventures of travelers Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell, who live and blog from a different part of the world every three months in a project called For 91 Days. When they were in Turkey, they also set up a side project called Daily Cat Istanbul because they took so many pictures of the cats of the city.

Jürgen and Mike are finding that cats are photogenic everywhere, so they’ve started a new Tumblr blog called The Cosmopolitan Cat, in order to share pictures and videos of cats everywhere they go. So far, there’s only the cats of Macedonia (plenty of them), but there will be more cats added as they are found. Each picture list scrolls horizontally.

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What A Bunch Of A Holes - Just Don't Call Us Late For Dinner


What A Bunch Of A Holes by Tom Trager

They ain't your typical cookie cutter group of superheroes, these guys (and gal) got style, flair and a real knack for kickin' butt. You might call them a bunch of A holes behind their backs, but if you've got the titan sized cajones to say it to their face you'd better believe you'll be in for a scrap. They're guardians, but that doesn't mean you're safe from their wrath, and no matter where you hide in the galaxy Rocket, Star Lord and the rest will hunt you down and make you pay for calling them names!

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Super Slow Motion, Close-Up Video of Milling Steel

This beautiful video shows drill bits milling into steel plates, chipping away slowly and methodically. It's a mesmerizing look at a process that takes merely seconds at full speed. The title of the video is "Metal It Is Beautiful." It certainly is!


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Putting the Fur in Furniture

"Beast Setee"

Nikolai and Simon Haas are twin brothers from Texas whose vision in furniture is soft, luxurious and a little bit Cousin Itt. Certain pieces in the exhibition, such as one they call "Sex Room Entrance," are full of sexual imagery. Their New York show “The Haas Brothers: Cool World,” the title inspired by the 1992 film of the same name, is at R & Company in New York. The exhibition began on November 4 and runs through the January 3, 2015. The R & Company description explains that the Haas brothers' show is based on the idea of "California freedom":

"The concept of freedom provides the nexus for the body of work exhibited in Cool World, in particular the ideal of California freedom. As Simon Haas writes, 'California has been the catalyst for our development as artists -- its alien-ness and variety of culture and landscape have taught us by example that fantasy and reality can be merged by choice. Our newest pieces offer a taste of the Californian utopia that we developed for ourselves.'"

With their whimsically named pieces, some after celebrities, such as "Anna Nicole" and "The Edward Fur-long," these pieces are an animalistic delight. Read a detailed description of the Haas brothers show, including more quotes from them about the inspiration of their pieces, at the R & Company website.

Visit the Haas brothers' website to see more of their work. 

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 "Golden Corral and Beast Guests"

 "Beast Club Chairs"

 "Anna Nicole"


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Snookball--A Game of Pool That You Play with Your Feet

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This is Snookball--a new type of pool game devised by two French entrepreneurs. It uses a giant version of the traditional pool table, except that the balls are soccer balls instead of wooden billiard balls.

You can play two or four-person games. Like in regular pool, you drive balls into the pockets using the cue ball. But instead of using a cue stick, you kick the cue ball.

There are standard games: the Game of 8 and the Game of 9. In the game of 8, the 8-ball must be driven in last. Whoever pockets the 8-ball prior to this or knocks the 8-ball out of bounds loses. In the Game of 9, players try to pocket the 9-ball as soon as possible.


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A Cosplay Win and a Loss

BlizzCon took place in Anaheim over the weekend, and Cosplay Py won first place in the costume contest. The costume is Grand Empress Shek'zeer from World of Warcraft, which Py and her husband had worked on for two years (it even lights up!). It was to be unveiled at Blizzcon. Py and her costume did just fine for the judging Friday, but when the winners were ascending the stage to show the crowd, Py injured her ankle and had to be carried off. She tells us what happened:

 On the way out of the judging room, i caught the toe of my boot in the carpet and went down. In the process, i snapped the pvc skeleton in one of the legs. This was just from the angle I fell and the force of my weight on the joint. Blizzard staff was amazing and gave us plenty of time to work out a fix. By contest time, she was 100% back up and running.

What happened at the contest is pretty much 100% separate. There were two ramps. We had practiced on some steepish ramps and had a plan of action. The first ramp was difficult, but we managed. Unfortunately, the second ramp was much more steep. When I did manage to hit the top, the weight of my thorax and bag legs (still on the slope of the ramp) literally pulled me off of my stilts. In the process I injured my ankle. At this point, there was absolutely no way for me to walk on in the costume. So, my husband and the most fabulous stage hand in the world got my costume off of me while I went into a full on meltdown.

Cosplay Py was not able to parade her costume around BlizzCon, but photographer Morten Skovgaard did a photo shoot the next day to preserve the costume at the event. The Flickr album of the shoot shows how elaborate the costume is. -via Polygon

(Image credit: Cosplay Py)

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Dog Provides Backup Vocals to Louis Armstrong


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The toy puppy sings "What a Wonderful World" with the voice of Louis Armstrong. Does he need howls in the background? You bet! Every musical performance is enhanced by howling.

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Whodunit: The Convent Mystery

The following is a Whodunit by Hy ConradThese mysteries are from The Little Giant® Book of Whodunits by Hy Conrad and Matt LaFleur. Can you solve the mystery before you read the solution?

"We have a little mystery at the Inner City Convent," the Mother Superior said as she poured a second cup of tea.

Inspector Griffith was immediately interested.

"It's the convent offices. We have three civilian employees there to handle the mail and the bills and the bookkeeping. Alice has been with us for years. Very reliable, even though she has a bit of a drinking problem and a husband who... Let's just say he can use our prayers.

"Barbara is new. She worked at an Alaskan convent before coming here. She's seems wonderful, although we're still waiting for the sisters there to send us a character reference.

"Our third is Claudia. Ever since the city opened up riverboat gambling... Well, I'm not going to point fingers, but there have been some minor irregularities in our petty cash.

"As you know, the office is closed all weekend. On Monday morning I arrive first. I open up, check the mail, water the plants, turn off the alarm. We have this newfangled alarm system. It does all the usual. And it also automatically records whenever the alarm has been turned off. I never quite saw the sense of that. But four Mondays ago when I came in, I checked the log. The alarm had been turned off Saturday afternoon. For five minutes. Then it was switched back on. I didn't think anything of it. Someone probably came back to retrieve some forgotten item.

"The next Monday, I found the same thing. Turned off Saturday afternoon for five minutes. I asked the women—they all have alarm keys. All three denied having visited the office.

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Man Recreates Famous Celebrity Photos . . . Poorly

That's Kim Kardashian on the left and Liam Helion on the right. It's hard to tell the difference, right? That's because Helion is a master of disguise. He takes photos of celebrities and remakes them with his own exhaustive supply of costumes and makeup. 

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Ten Unbelievable Things Kids Were Allowed to Do

Dutch teenager Laura Dekker unbelievably had the blessing of her parents to sail around the world alone at age 14, in an attempt to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest person to do so. Her first attempt was thwarted by the Dutch government, which raised doubts about Dekker's mental state and the poor judgment of her parents. Eventually Dekker did sail her boat, called the Guppy, for 17 months, traveling 27,000 nautical miles in total. 

Dekker wasn't the first teen to attempt the trip; others who did so encountered such obstacles as four-story waves, food poisoning, mechanical failures and extreme loneliness. In an effort to prevent other, younger teens from competing for the record, the Guinness Book and the World Sailing Speed Record Council have ceased to recognize the Youngest Solo Circumnavigator record.

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John Oliver’s Salmon Cannon

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John Oliver discovered the salmon cannon, invented to help salmon cross manmade barriers on their way upstream to their spawning areas. He was impressed.   

“Clearly, this is the greatest object that has ever been invented.”

So of course he had to procure one for his HBO show Last Week Tonight, and demonstrates some of the great targets you can fire salmon at. Hint: he fires it at people. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

Oliver's main topic last night was State Lotteries.


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16 Strange Ways to Prep Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato cassarole and pumpkin pie are all delicious, but eating them every Thanksgiving can get old. If you're looking to try something new this holiday, check out this Homes and Hues article that features 16 different ways to cook your turkey and your sides. 

From setting a massive fire around your turkey to grating and serving your brussel sprouts raw, these cooking techniques might not be traditional, but they are certainly delicious and sure to garner praise from your surprised guests. There are even great alternatives to having pie for dessert like pumpkin Jell-O or apple pie ice cream.

Check out all the kooky cooking methods at the link: 16 Weird Ways to Cook Classic Thanksgiving Treats

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Latest Regenerations - The Doctor's Fashionable Forms


Latest Regenerations by Ddjvigo

The greatest thing about having a body that regenerates after death is you get to come back with a new, sometimes a bit older and uglier, face, and a snazzy new wardrobe! Sometimes you think weaering 3D glasses all the time is cool, other versions of you think bow ties are cool, but always you remain you somewhere deep inside. They call him the Doctor, although nobody is sure what sort of medicine he specializes in, but he does live on thanks to one particular medical motto- physician, heal thyself!

Sci-fi cool comes in many sizes and shapes, for example this totally Time Lord approved Latest Regerations t-shirt by Ddjvigo, pick one up and you'll be dancing with the Doctor every time you get dressed!

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Bad Medicine

The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader.

Most of us take modern medical science for granted. MRIs, pain relievers, and the polio vaccine might not seem like a big deal today, but if you look back a couple hundred years, it may change your mind.

MALPRACTICE

These days you can easily find dozens of effective remedies at the local pharmacy to treat anything from a sore toe to scalp itch. So it’s hard to imagine that less than 200 years ago, a person complaining to a trusted physician about a simple ailment was likely to undergo barbaric treatment that including draining of the blood, blistering of the skin, and induced vomiting.

In the 1800s, doctors were scarce and ill-trained. There were no regulations concerning the education of physicians. With just a little book learning and information passed down by a family member, almost anyone could set up shop and call himself a doctor. There were no antibiotics, no X-rays, no vaccines, and none of the diagnostic tools we now take for granted.

Surgery was often performed by barbers. Not only did they give haircuts and shaves, but they also extracted teeth, lanced boils, and bled patients. In fact, the colors of the famous barber’s pole are derived from the practice of bloodletting: red for blood and white for bandages. The pole itself was sometimes grasped by patients in order to make his veins stand out and make the bloodletting easier. In the end, the patient was as likely to die from treatment as from the illness.

KING OF PAIN

People of the 19th century accepted pain as an inevitable part of life. The aches and pains we associate with a long day of work or a touch of the flu couldn’t be quelled by popping an aspirin -that wonder drug wasn’t produced until 1899. The common rationale was that pain was a punishment from God, and to endure it was good for the soul.

There was no anesthetics, either. Until the 1840s all surgeries were performed without it.  For this reason, not to mention the real possibility of death from blood loss, surgeons had to be quick. Records show that during the Battle of Bordello, Dominique Jean Larrey (1766-1842), a surgeon in Napoleon’s army, performed 200 amputations in the first 24 hours. Even at that speed, the mortality rate was almost 100% due to shock or infection. Septicemia, or blood poisoning, was an ever-present danger. Surgeons traveled from dissection room to operating room, never once changing their coats or washing their hands.

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Laser Gun Lyrebird

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YouTube user Wen Hao Lee captured this video of a Lyrebird, a species capable of imitating more than a dozen other bird species as well as other sounds, such as various pieces of machinery. This bird sounds like a laser gun with a little bit of loveable droid thrown in. R2-D2, it is you,  it is you! -Via Tastefully Offensive


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The Scale of Planets in Our Solar System

North America compared to Mars


North America compared to Jupiter

How big are the planets in our solar system? Numerical descriptions in miles or kilometers are precise, but may be hard to grasp mentally. John Brady of Astronomy Central has helpfully provided several illustrations by placing satellite images of North America over NASA space probe photos of other planets.

Besides planets, Brady also provides images of a neutron star over northern England and Olympus Mons over North America.

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Run Sarah Kate!

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Saturday during the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, hundreds of children took part in the One Mile Run. The runner that came in last got the biggest applause.

Sarah Kate Sligh was born ten weeks prematurely. She is now a 12-year-old athlete with cerebral palsy. Sarah Kate is on the school team swim and plays softball in a recreational league, and of course, she runs. Here’s her story and some footage from an earlier runDisney race.

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-via Metafilter

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Happily Ever After


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Actually, it is possible to live happily ever after. But you may have to work at it now and then. You can burn those pages--so as long as you remember what you learned from them.


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Recording Artists Whose Debut Albums Were Nothing Like Their Later Work



Not every famous musician started out confident in their musical style or genre. Whether it had to do with aggressive marketing schemes by record labels or inexperience and insecurity on the part of the artist, some popular names started out with a look and sound that didn't remotely resemble that of when they came into their own.

In one fairly terrifying example, classically trained pianist and composer Tori Amos started out as the front woman for a cheesy 80s synth pop band with the embarrassing name of "Y Kant Tori Read." Even if you don't like Tori Amos in her later years, I think many would agree that she's a least a step above drum machines, synth and mega-hair.

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See videos and read about the earliest music of other acts including Genesis and The Beastie Boys here.

Image: Atlantic 


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Javier Pérez's Finger Illustrations

Javier Pérez, an artist from Ecuador, has a gift for seeing images where others don't. We've previously seen him take ordinary household objects and doodle around them to create vivid scenes. Lately, on his Instagram account, he's been drawing around his own fingers. With a few lines, his fingers become dinosaurs, birds, and creatures of the sea. Continue reading to view more.

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Deleted Wikipedia Articles with Freaky Titles

Wikipedia archives all kinds of lists and information about its internal workings, but they are generally hard to browse unless you know exactly what you are looking for. One intriguing page lists “Deleted articles with freaky titles.” Someone spend a big chunk of their free time compiling this. Here are a few that stood out to me:

Apeism : Ape worship and the history of Apeism

Attack of the fifty foot Hitler (which exists at Uncyclopedia)

Birth defects considered snazzy by the FDA

Burying your Brother In The Pavement

Cambodian scrotum theives

Cathode Ray Tube Beef Curry

Dead prostitutes in popular culture (found elsewhere)

Death of a shoe horn in Mexico with a cat

Dying with your pants off

Double Ristretto Venti Half-Soy Nonfat Decaf Organic Chocolate Brownie Iced Vanilla
Double-Shot Gingerbread Frappuccino Extra Hot With Foam Whipped Cream Upside Down Double Blended, One Sweet'N Low and One Nutrasweet, and Ice (found elsewhere)

And that’s only the first few letters of the alphabet. Looking through all of them could send you down the internet rabbit hole with no hope of salvaging the day.  -via Boing Boing


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Ian McKellen Upstages Musician in Funny New Music Video

Below is the music video for "Listen to the Man," a new song by British singer and songwriter George Ezra. For the the video, Ezra enlisted the help of geek superstar Ian McKellen.

What Ezra didn't expect was that McKellen would try to take over the video. Who's the star? McKellen thinks that he is.


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Their interactions are especially funny at the 2:19 mark. Ezra stops the music to confront McKellen about his on-camera antics.

-via Kuriositas


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Mom Buys What She Thinks is a Princess Wand for Her Kid, Gets a Demon Cutter Instead



The bible and religious figures say (in various ways) that the devil appears in appealing disguises. Perhaps his latest vessels are dollar store fairy princess wands for toddlers. The pink, flowery toy above was purchased at a dollar store in Dayton, Ohio by mother Michelle Allen, who intended it as a gift for her two-year-old daughter.

Yet when the shiny, foil cover in the center of the flower was peeled back, underneath it was a picture of a demonic girl cutting her arm with a knife (shown in photo below). The toy, which promised music, came instead with a sound effect of menacing laughter. The item hung on the dollar store shelf in the children's section next to Barbie and other dolls. Though it was called "Evilstick," the fiendish plaything was labeled as appropriate for children age three and above, and the most "evil" part of it was certainly hidden from the view of the consumer. 

The owner of the dollar store said he would continue to stock the item, and that parents should check toys before they give them to their children.

Watch a television news report on the story from WHIO Dayton here. 

Via Uproxx | Images: WHIO


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Kanto Games - Pocket Monster Trainer My Foot!


Kanto Games by Donnie

Ash was always telling everyone these crazy stories about the pocket monster battles that take place in Kanto, but as it turns out Ash is a total liar. When he says he tries hard to catch 'em all he's actually talking about the skill crane game he plays in an arcade in Kanto, where he can win various pocket monster shaped plush toys if he's skilled enough. There aren't any battles, or living pocket monsters for that matter, but don't tell Ash you're on to his little secret or it might cause him to crack up!

Get your geeky game on with this Kanto Games t-shirt by Donnie, and help Ash keep his dark secret...

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Such A Loser

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Garfunkel and Oates have a song for all the losers. I love this, because it embodies so much of what I tell my kids, as they apply to super-selective colleges, try out for scholarships, and look for part-time jobs. I tell them to always make your reach exceed your grasp, because otherwise you’ll never know how far you can go. Besides, you learn more from your failures than you ever learn from your successes. This song contains mildly NSFW lyrics. -via Laughing Squid


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Thirty Rare and Exotic Dog Breeds

Slovensky Cuvac | Image: slovensky-cuvac.st

The dog breeds seen here are not frequently seen and are fairly difficult to locate as available puppies from reputable breeders. Like all dog breeds, each was initially bred for specific purposes and they generally have characteristics unique to them.

The Slovensky Cuvac, shown above, was bred to guard livestock; at first, specifically sheep in mountainous regions of central Europe. Their thick, beautiful coats kept them warm in their working environment. The Cuvac skill in guarding and protection was recognized early on, thus they were eventually tasked with watching cattle, poultry and even people.

 Karelian Bear Dog | Image: grawpawsbeardogs.com

The Karelian Bear Dog is an aggressive hunter able to match wits with prey like bears, moose and wild boars, as well as to protect their owners during the hunt. The breed is native to Finland. Karelian Bear Dogs have been utilized for bear control at Yosemite and Glacier National Parks. 

 Çatalburun | Image: tarsusavcilarkulubu.com

The Çatalburun is one of three breeds that have the amazing split nose seen in the photo above. The breed is native to Turkey and is rarely seen outside of that country. The distinctive nose of the Çatalburun is incredibly sensitive, enabling the breed to have a sense of smell superior to most others. 

Tibetan Mastiff | Image: impressivemagazine.com

The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed originating with the nomadic peoples of Tibet, China and Nepal. Tibetan Mastiffs were used as guards of everything from herds of animals to palaces. This is a muscular and hearty dog — required characteristics in order to thrive in the high altitude of the Himalayas.

The photos shown here are of these dog breeds as puppies. See adult pictures, along with twenty-seven more featured breeds, here.  

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Carsten Höller's Surreal Sculptures Will Make You Flip

(Photos: Gargosian Gallery)

Where are you? Which way is up? You can't be sure after you've walked into a gallery showing recent works of Carsten Höller. Hi-Fructose reports that his recent exhibition at the Gargosian Gallery in New York City shows enormous sculptures that visitors can enter and play in. You can see more photos from the exhibit here.


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Podcast Sees Listeners Turn into Sleuths

If you live in a small town (as I do), you may have turned to the Topix forum for your area at one time or another. You may see posts about something for sale, or you may find yourself in a ruthless gossip-fest about people you know. It can make you very uncomfortable. Imagine that scenario played out nationwide, or even globally. The podcast Serial, from the creators of This American Life, follows a true murder case that happened in 1999, in which Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering Hae Min Lee. Syed insists he is innocent, and many questions still surround the case. The podcast has become a hit, with an average of 850,000 downloads per episode, and fans are gathering on the net to discuss the show -and the case. Fifteen years is not a long time ago, and the witnesses, family members, and investigators are still around. Many of them have an online presence. One forum discussing Serial is the subreddit serialpodcast, where Jacob White is a moderator. It started out as a fan site, with people discussing the show, but devotees also want to investigate the crime themselves. As posters began identifying people involved with the case, moderators found themselves stomping out fires to protect their privacy. And then there were posters who identified themselves as knowing the principles of the story.  

The subreddit was among the first things I found when I started googling, and I immediately ended up getting drawn into a post by someone claiming to have known Syed within the Baltimore Muslim community. His post diagnosed Syed as a liar with a mental disorder.

But his personal view of Syed was less arresting than the comments below it. There friends and relatives of Syed’s came out of the woodwork to insist first that they knew who the poster was, and that that his account was hyperbolic and untrue. They all, I saw, had verified Reddit accounts. White explained to me that early on, when the moderators saw people claiming personal knowledge of the story, they set up a process by which they would verify users as being who they said they were. The range of proof goes from sending the moderators a scan of a photograph in a yearbook to a marriage certificate.

And in fact when the moderators tried to verify the identity of the person who put up this post about Syed, it didn’t work out. Whoever he was, he said he “feared retribution”.

An article at The Guardian says that the producers of Serial seemed unprepared for amateur sleuths on the internet getting involved in the case. Although this kind of thing has always happened for notorious crimes, we now have an opportunity to watch it play out in real time on our computer screens, whether that’s a good thing or not. Where does global freedom of speech cross over into a witch hunt? How can someone protect themselves against anonymous libel or charges of libel? Will anything constructive come out of the story in the end? Read the account of the podcast that is spilling over into real life at The Guardian.


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Snow Rollers: Naturally Occurring Wheels of Snow


(Photo: Miranda Granache)


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According to the US National Weather Service, three weather conditions must occur to produce these amazing snow formations:

  • The ground surface must have an icy, crusty snow, on which falling snow cannot stick.
  • About an inch or so of loose, wet snow must accumulate.
  • Gusty and strong winds are needed to scoop out chunks of snow.

If you're lucky, then you may get to see these wonders known as snow rollers. The wind blows a small chunk of snow, which slowly rolls along the ground, picking up more snow. They're often hollow in the center, so they look like logs rather than snowballs. Some are more than a foot wide!

I've never seen one in person. Have you?

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Dream in Color at Hotel Pantone


The Pantone Hotel
 in Brussels, Belgium provides guests a stay made richer with vivid color, as one might imagine. The establishment is named for the New Jersey-based Pantone company, which is widely recognized by fashion and graphic designers as well as printing houses as the authority on color. The upscale hotel features rooms and suites, 59 in total, and a rooftop terrace. Its design is of bright color pops amidst a white base color. Read more about the hotel at their website. 

Via: Beautiful Decay | Images: Hotel Pantone

 


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