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Sloth Photobomb

If you want to photobomb someone, it takes hard work and speed. This sloth has both. He dropped in front of several international student volunteers posing for a photo Costa Rica. Link -via American Digest | Photo: Manuel Ramirez

The Funeral for the Last American Veteran of the War of 1812

(Video Link) Though he was only fourteen years old, Hiram Cronk enlisted in the United States Army when British forces threatened Upstate New York. He participated in the defense of Sackets Harbor on Lake Ontario, serving for three months. Then he went home, became a shoemaker, got married and had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cronk died [...]

The Handbag Designed by Leonardo da Vinci

For the ultimate retro look, get Leonardo da Vinci’s handbag. It’s a modern leather purse from the fashion house Ghrardini that is based on a design sketched by Leonardo in the Codex Atlanticus, a collection of his notes and drawings. At the link, you can watch a video of an artisan assembling one. Link -via American [...]

Portable, Modular Ski Cabin

The site is in Italian, which I’ve run through Google Translate, but as I understand it, the LEAP (Living Ecological Alpine Pod) is a ski cabin design. Heavy-lift helicopters move prefabricated modules into position, which are then bolted together. The modules are interchangeable, so you can select which sections you need for your mountain cabin. Link [...]

"Despite what the fashion industry says, manufacturing a suit of feral raccoons is not overly complicated."

I’ve long suspected this to be true, but Kara Crabb’s successful experiment has only confirmed it. “As the old saying goes, the best way to get raccoons to swarm over your body is to think like a raccoon.” We know that raccoons are highly motivated by food, so she baited thems with food duct-taped to [...]

A Chopstick in Your Mouth Will Teach You How to Smile

Some firms in China train their customer service staff members to smile with a chopstick. Keep it between your teeth. Don’t touch it with your lips. And above all, don’t drop it. You. Will. Smile. Understood? Link -via American Digest | Photo: Asianews

Artist Statement Generator

Quick! We have to get the sculpture to the exhibition hall! There’s no time to formulate our aesthetic rationale into a coherent philosophical statement. Just use this artist statement generator to come up with stuff like this: My work explores the relationship between the tyranny of ageing and multimedia experiences. With influences as diverse as Derrida and [...]