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Banana Drawings

Artist Stephan Brusche of Rotterdam composes playful drawings on bananas and posts them on Instagram. He calls them “bananastagrams.” I love this giraffe that can reach the highest tree branches. Link | Artist’s Website

Face Genes Control Human Facial Shape

What did the suspect look like? With the discovery of five genes involved in facial form, perhaps one day the police won’t need eyewitnesses or surveillance cameras – all they’d need is a little bit of DNA: Lead author Manfred Kayser from [...]

Tree House Fits the Neighborhood Style Perfectly

We’ve previously featured Benjamin Verdonck’s stay inside a human-sized bird nest on the side of a skyscraper in Rotterdam. More recently, he built this tree house in Ghent. Other than one minor difference, you could hardly tell that it’s a new addition to the neighborhood. Link (Google Translate) | Video | Artist’s Website

From Pennies to Chocolate: 11 Examples of Creative Flooring

1. Pennies Photo from NotCot.com If you’re like most people, you probably have cans and jars full of unused pennies. If you have, say, 480,000 or so, then why not do what the Standard Hotel in New York City did with them in their restaurant? Make a copper floor. 2. Wooden Type Photo by Flickr user Kris Arnold (wka) The [...]

Rotterdam Robbery Turns Into An Epic Fail

(YouTube Link) This has to be the worst case scenario when it comes to armed robbery-you rush in to rob the place, gun drawn, ski mask on, and you’re paid no mind at all. The patrons aren’t even shaken, and a tense situation soon becomes quite awkward as you’re forced to leave empty handed, tail between [...]

Museum-Goer Accidentally Waded Into Carpet of Peanut Butter Art Exhibit

A hapless Dutch museum-goer got himself into a sticky situation when he unwittingly waded into a modern art installation: a carpet of creamy peanut butter by artist Wim T. Schippers! The hapless visitor somehow failed to spot the 14m expanse of edible goo at the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam, the second largest city in [...]

Man Walks Through Peanut Butter Art Exhibit

A museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands, has an art installation that consists of peanut butter covering 14 square meters of the floor. The smooth peanut butter “carpet” has no fence around it because museum directors believe it would detract from the art. You can guess it would be easy for a visitor to walk into it [...]

Knut Has Passed Away

Video link I’m sure many of you are familiar with the German superstar bear, Knut. He rose to stardom when his mother abandoned him at birth. A keeper at the Berlin Zoo stepped in and raised the cub from childhood, feeding him from a bottle, cuddling him, playing with him and otherwise rearing the little one. [...]

McDonald’s New Anti-Theft Device Sprays Robbers with DNA

A McDonald’s restaurant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has a sophisticated anti-theft device. It sprays robbers with a fine mist containing artificial DNA that can be seen under ultraviolet light: The new system involved an employee-activated device that sprays a fine, barely visible mist laced with synthetic DNA to cover anyone in its path, including criminals, and [...]

Cube house

Kubuswoningen, or cube houses, are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in The Netherlands, Incredible designed by architect Piet Blom in 1984. The houses in Rotterdam are located on Overblaak Street, and beside the Blaak Subway Station. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon [...]