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House with a Slide

Stairs are so plebeian! The Manhattan elites rock climb up and then slide down tubular steel slide in this gorgeous penthouse apartment dubbed the Skyhouse, as designed by architect David Hotson.

First, climb up the steel beam in the middle of the living room:

Then enter the gleaming stainless steel slide, which entrance is cut in a hole on a seamless glass wall:

Then you go down, down, down ...

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Play with Your Food

We love the work of Hong Yi, an artist who "likes to paint, but not with a paintbrush." For her latest project, she's creating images with her food, one each day for the month of March. You can view them all at her Instagram feed.

Hong Yi's Instagram Feed -via Foodiggity

This Is One Weird Ball

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It's heavy and I can't get my teeth through's almost like it's not a ball at all.

Via I Can Has Cheezburger

City Life Before Air Conditioning

Is it hot enough for ya? Don't you hate hearing that? Imagine a world in which no one, except maybe the movie theater, had air conditioning. In 1998, playwright Arthur Miller wrote a nostalgic piece about the New York City summers of his youth in the 1920s, during which people had to use their creative juices to beat the heat.
We kids would jump onto the back steps of the slow-moving, horse-drawn ice wagons and steal a chip or two; the ice smelled vaguely of manure but cooled palm and tongue.

People on West 110th Street, where I lived, were a little too bourgeois to sit out on their fire escapes, but around the corner on 111th and farther uptown mattresses were put out as night fell, and whole families lay on those iron balconies in their underwear.

Reading the essay might make you feel cooler, or at least appreciate the modern convenience of air conditioning. Link -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Arthur Leipzig)

Interactive Map of Middle Earth

Kris Kowal created an interactive map of Middle-earth. You can zoom and pan, search for or center a location, and link to a particular area. Place names are labeled in both English and Elvish.

Link via Geekologie | Image by Kris Kowal used under Creative Commons license

How To Permanently Delete Your Account on Popular Websites

If you've ever tried to permanently leave a social networking site and delete all the information in your account, you may have found it t be tougher than you think. Help is at hand!
We all have an increasing number of sites and online services we’re members of, and sometimes it all gets a little overwhelming. At times, we just need to delete our memberships to some sites, either in an effort to simplify our lives or just because we’ve grown tired of a particular site or service.

What we often don’t realize when signing up for all these accounts, though, is how difficult it can be to permanently delete our accounts when we’ve had enough. Some require complicated, multi-step processes that can stretch over the course of days (or weeks). Others take less time, but still require multiple steps by the user.


From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by SteenSandy.

10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

A couple of these are on my pet peeve list; I bet you find a couple that are on yours as well. Enjoy The Oatmeal's humorous look at some of the most common (and annoying) spelling mistakes!


Portraits of Power

A staff photographer for New Yorker magazine referred to only as Platon set up a studio in the United Nations building this past September to get portraits of as many world leaders as possible. For five days he took photographs of each member of the General Assembly that came to his temporary studio. Those portraits are now posted in slide show form. Click on any of them, and you can hear Platon's story of how he got the picture, and his impressions of each president or prime minister. -via the Presurfer


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The kid at the spelling bee had never heard of the word, but neither had I. It is pretty funny! Try to use sardoodledom in a sentence sometime this week. -via the Presurfer

Couple Reunited After 60 Years

Sixty years ago, Boris and Anna Kozlov were married for only three days before he had to ship out with his Red Army unit. When he returned, Anna and her family was gone - exiled to Siberia by Stalin's purges.

Then one day, on a chance encounter, they found each other again!

“I thought my eyes were playing games with me,” Anna said. “I saw this familiar looking man approaching me, his eyes gazing at me. My heart jumped. I knew it was him. I was crying with joy.”

Now 80 years old, Boris had returned to visit his parents’ grave. As he stepped out of the car, he looked up to see Anna standing by her old house, where they had lived for the few days after the wedding.

“I ran up to her and said: 'My darling, I’ve been waiting for you for so long. My wife, my life...’”

Link - Thanks Nina!

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