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Upside Down & Other Weird Houses

“QUANTUM SHOT” #787 Link – article by M. Christian & Avi Abrams “- And He Built a Crooked House -” Emily Dickinson said it perfectly: “Where thou art, that is home.” But some very creative people, have taken that idea to wonderful extremes by building homes that aren’t just [...]

Slot Car Addiction: The Joys of Model Racing

“QUANTUM SHOT” #683Link – article by M. Christian and Avi Abrams “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” –Mario Andretti While the present generation has thoroughly moved into the digital age, for millions of people before them slot cars were a cherished feature of childhood; and, for a few wonderfully eccentric hobbyists, they [...]

Grand Scale Environmental & Land Art

“QUANTUM SHOT” #671Link – article by M. Christian and Avi Abrams “Man’s Reaction To His Earth” – The Grandest and the Most Sublime Land Art Go to a museum and look at the paintings, go to a concert and listen to the music… but look out the window – and see art? Often called “Earth Works”, or [...]

Hansen’s Writing Ball & Other Unusual Typewriters

“QUANTUM SHOT” #656Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams Beautiful Typewriters From ‘The Good Old Days’ Horse and buggies, hoop skirts, steam engines, bustles … oh, yes, life around the turn of the previous century was a delight of simplicity and workmanship. But that doesn’t mean that the artisans and engineers of way-back-when didn’t [...]

The Rubik’s Fix – Cubes, Spheres & More

“QUANTUM SHOT” #655Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams Rubik Cubed… Quintipled… Warped… Unless you were asleep during the 1980s you should immediately recognize this six-sided, six-colored puzzle. Created by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik in 1974, his cube soon spread across the globe: entertaining – but more than likely frustrating [...]

Carnivorous Plants: Hungry & Gorgeous

“QUANTUM SHOT” #654Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams Passive-Aggressive, Green and Very Hungry! You have to admit, it does make a kind of twisted sense: After all, we’ve been feasting on their fibrous, nutrition-packed stems, leaves, tubers, and fruits since we began to actually eat the salad that came with our steaks so, naturally, [...]

Weird Festivals & Strange Celebrations

“QUANTUM SHOT” #611Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams Almost as good as “The Festival of the Freshwater Squid” (see here) As one travels the globe and observes the variety of fairs, festivals, and frivolities, it becomes clear that: 1) the concepts of “weird, strange, bizarre” are really in the eyes of the beholder – [...]

Praise to a Common Duck: Airborne Super Creatures

“QUANTUM SHOT” #606Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams What’s that thing flying at the cruising altitude of a modern jet? In a deadly cold, without air? Common ducks routinely reach altitude of 5 to 6 kilometers (20,000 feet) We see them all the time, rowing across a clear, blue sky, applauding into the air when [...]

Mysterious Non-Egyptian Pyramids

“QUANTUM SHOT” #603Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams James Gaussman and the Jewelled Pyramid of China Egyptian pyramids? Sure, everyone knows about the ones at Giza – and a few aficionados might know about the 138 others (!) scattered around them. Mesoamerican pyramids? Okay, a lot of folks know about them, [...]

The Art of Science, the Science of Art

“QUANTUM SHOT” #600Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams Mixing the staggering beauty of pure art with a precision and dedication of great science. It reads contradictory and conflicted: the art of science/science of art – the mixture of the logical and methodical with the imaginative and emotional. But science and art – or, if you’d [...]