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Nautilus Reading Nook

Alicia Bastian’s Nautilus reading area provides a bit of privacy for a healthy escape into literature. Its segments unfold into a wavy line or can be closed off in a compact space. You can view more photos at the link. Link -via Dornob

The Kindle of 1935

This was the future of leisure reading as imagined in a 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics. It’s a microfilm reader mounted on a pole: It has proved possible to photograph books, and throw them on a screen for examination, as illustrated long ago in this magazine. At the left is a device for applying [...]

A Highbrow Halloween Reading List

If you’re already tired of the never-ending marathons of Halloween horror films on TV, maybe you’d like to celebrate the season by some reading. Flavorwire has some suggestions in a reading list that ranges from Hamlet (yes, it’s a ghost story) to Aim For the Head: An Anthology of Zombie Poetry. Maybe it’s just us, but [...]

20 Weird and Fantastic Fungi

Fungi are simply amazing in general, but these 10 species are so uniquely fascinating, they’re certainly worth reading about. For example, the false morel may look brainy like a morel and taste unbelievable when prepared correctly, but when it’s cooked wrong, the results  can be deadly. Link

Carved Bowling Balls

Your professor has given a heavy reading assignment: a famous architectural manual carved into a bowling ball. Eddy Sykes made this and similar sculptures in reflection of his blue collar upbringing as well as his architectural training. Link -via Gizmodo | Artist’s Website

Christopher Walken Reads Where The Wild Things Are

(YouTube Link) This reading of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book Where The Wild Things Are by Christopher Walken isn’t meant to amuse kids, but rather to make us grown folks chuckle while we imbibe our bubbly adult beverages. And whether this is Walken or an impersonator doesn’t really matter, because the narrator’s descriptions of what’s going [...]

In-Flight Conversation Between the Two Crying Babies That Sat Behind You

Flying home for the holidays? Did you, perchance, sit near two bawling, crying babies? Well, comedian Simon Rich did. And he recorded the in-flight "conversation" between the infants for all of your (quiet) reading [...]

Take The Books Of Skyrim With You Everywhere

If you enjoy reading through the books in the new Elder Scrolls video game Skyrim, but don’t have time to read them all while playing the game, don’t worry! Capaneus has put the collection together for your ereader of choice, so Skyrim’s literary masterpieces can be with you always. Link –via Destructoid

Pizza for Reading: Pizza Hut’s “Book It!”

I remember Book It! as a clever way to get kids and parents into Pizza Hut franchises — with some reading thrown in. When the program launched in my elementary school in 1984, the deal was simple: read ten books (a goal set by my teacher), get a coupon for a free one-topping [...]

The Boring, Mundane Things We Do In Video Games

I’ve noticed a bizarre trend recently that in video games often seemingly mundane tasks are required of the player. In fact  in some online games the entire point is to work in a store or restaurant. (Seriously.)  That’s why I was delighted to see this post on the boring things we do in video games. [...]