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Giant Duck Invades Sydney Harbor

A gargantuan rubber duckie floated into Sydney Harbor on Saturday. No one panicked, as the 15-meter-tall duck was there to open the annual Sydney Festival, a celebration of art featuring 750 artists, musicians, filmmakers, dancers, and other cultural participants from 17 countries. Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, known for his giant ducks, created the spectacle. See [...]

9 Adorable Videos of Critters Celebrating Christmas

You’ve seen pictures of critters getting ready for Christmas, but now it’s time for some video footage of animals actually celebrating the holidays. Consider it our gift to you. (Video Link) Here are red kangaroos, chimps, bears, meerkats and more enjoying a little bit of holiday enrichment treats at the Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney. (Video Link) Cats love [...]

Echidna Puggle

(YouTube link) You don’t see an echidna at this age as a rule -it’s supposed to be still its mother’s pouch. This one now belongs to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Read more about him at the zoo’s website. Link  -via Daily of the Day

Want to Encourage Cycling? Forget about Helmets

Elizabeth Rosenthal writes in the New York Times that strongly encouraging bicyclists to wear helmets creates the false impression that bicycling is dangerous. This is a statistically unsound fear that discourages people from riding. So advocates for bicycling should stop pressuring people to wear helmets: On the other hand, many researchers say, if you force or [...]

Sydney as it Might Have Been

The image on the left is what the Sydney Opera House almost looked like, had the team led by J. Marzella came in first instead of second in the design competition! Take a look at this and more alternative versions of famous monuments over at Oobject: Link

8 Lovely Libraries in Australia and New Zealand

We’ve covered Europe’s, Asia’s, Africa’s, North America’s and South America’s most beautiful libraries; now it’s time to take a look at Australia and, while it isn’t technically a part of the continent, New Zealand as well. Victorian State Library, Australia This library is not only massive – containing over 2 million books – it also has some [...]

The Modern Wardrobes of Your Favorite Disney Princesses

What would Disney princesses wear if they were cast in modern times? Sydney Emerson of Polyvore has some pretty good ideas and her selections are simply perfect -especially for Snow White. Link

An Angler Fish Tricycle

While these look like they’d be perfect for Burning Man, they were actually created by Australian design collective Group D so they were instead presented at the Vivid Sydney Festival.I don’t know about you guys, but I’d love to take a ride in one of these -but maybe that’s their evil plan for eating all [...]

8 Underdog Nations and Their Memorable Olympic Performances

This week, the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada won its first Olympic medal when 19-year-old Kirani James took the gold in the 400-meter dash. With a population of 104,000, Grenada is the 17th-smallest country in the world, and now the smallest nation to win a gold medal. Here’s a look back at eight other great Olympic [...]

5 Olympians Who Sold Their Gold Medals

You wouldn’t know it with all of the hype surrounding the Olympics right now, but there are things more important than winning a gold medal. Just ask these athletes, who had good reason to sell their hard-earned precious metal. 1. Mark Wells, U.S. 1980 Hockey Getty Images You might wonder how an Olympic athlete could part with any gold [...]