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Deconstructed Portraits By Henrietta Harris

Representational portraits are so passé, but these deconstructed portraits by Henrietta Harris are about to blow up like ACME dynamite! The premise is simple- take a portrait, turn part of the face into smoky wisps and there you have it-deconstructed portraits at their finest. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is an easy task, because it [...]

The Carrot Rebellion

Spain recently raised the value-added-tax (VAT) on cultural activates to 21%, which didn’t sit well with theater owners. One theater in Bescanó staged a revolt by using carrots! Theater owner Quim Marcé explains: “We said, ‘This is the end of our theater, and many others.’ But then the next morning, I thought, we’ve got to do [...]

The Most Indebted Man in the World

Got a mortgage and credit card debt? Think you owe a lot of money? However much money you owe, that’s peanuts compared to what Jérôme Kerviel owes. As Matthew O’Brien wrote in Quartz, Kerviel is [...]

Halloween Started A Long, Long Time Ago

Séamus Gallagher reminds us that monsters aren’t scary; real life is. Let’s hide in the closet until it’s all over. Link -via Pleated Jeans

Hellish Heels

René van den Berg’s new shoe design, dubbed Scary Beautiful, reverses the position of the foot–at least as you would expect at first glance. As you can see from the video at the link, they’re really hard to walk in. Link | Designer’s Website

Propane Tank Lamp

This clever design by Félix Guyon will bring a bit of spark to any home. It’s made from an old propane tank and a (thankfully) fake giant match. Link -via Recylart

Droplet of Water Inside a Droplet of Water in Space

Photo: André Kuipers/Flickr Photo: ESA/NASA On his last day aboard the International Space Station, Dutch astronaut André Kuipers decided to have a little fun with antibubbles. So what’s [...]

Restaurants Add Mandatory Tipping for French Canadian Customers

Are Québecois bad tippers? Canadians that visit restaurants in Burlington, Vermont, got a little surprise when they noticed that they were being charged automatic gratuities when servers guessed that they were Quebec: A few local servers even have a nickname [...]

Paralyzed Rat with Spinal Cord Injury Can Walk Again

Photo: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Scientists have a breakthrough in spinal injury research: they were able to teach paralyzed rats with spinal cord injury to walk again after electrical stimulation of the brain [...]

The Venice of Africa

Photo: Hugo!/Flickr No, that’s not a photo of a flooded village. Rather, it’s of the city of Ganvié in the Republic of Benin, which calls itself "The Venice of Africa." Kuriositas has the details [...]