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Star Trails Down Under

This photograph of star trails over Lake Tyrrell in Victoria, Australia was taken by amateur astronomer and astrophotography enthusiast Alex Cherney. His daughter’s school project involving astronomy was the origin of Cherney’s interest in the subject. Originally from the Ukraine, Cherney currently lives in Australia and regularly travels the country taking pictures of the night [...]

Unusual and Fascinating Coins and Currency

In a continuing series on coins and currency, Dark Roasted Blend has a roundup of weird designs and stories about money. When the USSR was formed, and again when it crumbled, new money was designed for various areas that you may never have heard of. For example, Transnistria is a strip of land bordering Ukraine [...]

Ukraine’s Anime Girl and Real Barbie Meet Face-to-Barely-Human-Face

You know Anastasiya Shpagina (right), the Ukraine’s Anime Girl, and likewise, you’re probably also aware of Valeria Lukyanova (left), who calls herself Real Barbie. (If not, here’s a brief primer: They look like this all the time.) Because this universe is sometimes injust and bad things do happen, the two met up for a photoshoot. The [...]

Ukraine tries to ban Spongebob Squarepants

The Ukraine are set to ban a number of cartoons on the basis that they are ‘a threat to children’. The country’s ‘National Expert Commission for Prote…

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 [...]

5 Olympians Who Sold Their 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 You might wonder how an Olympic athlete could part with any gold medal, [...]

Olympic Uniforms for the 2012 Opening Ceremonies

When the London Olympics open on July 27th, the Parade of Nations will be our introduction to the 2012 athletes. What each team wears to the Opening Ceremonies is the stuff of much conjecture, drama, pride, gossip, and criticism. Let’s see what some of the teams will be wearing. Ralph Lauren Yesterday, Ralph Lauren unveiled the [...]

7 Political Disagreements Settled With Fists and Hair-Pulling

Getty Images Anyone with even a fleeting relationship to political news these days has probably noticed that partisan bickering in the U.S. Congress has reached a bit of a crescendo of late. So we got to thinking: When do politicians just give up on the vitriolic rhetoric and throw a punch? The answer: more often than you’d [...]

Most Epic Engine Rebuild

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Most Epic Engine Rebuild The guy who made this awesome stop-motion animation called it “11 Months, 3000 pictures and a lot of coffee” (dark roasted coffee, we’re sure). He stripped down an old engine and completely rebuilt it, all the while taking pictures. The music is “In The Hall Of [...]

World’s Largest Coffin Is Actually a Restaurant Run by Undertakers

The food at this restaurant won’t kill you, but the ambiance will remind you of your own mortality. Allegedly, this is a picture of a huge coffin in Truskavets, Ukraine. Local undertakers built it to serve as a death-themed restaurant: Single candles light the intimate tables, where patrons can order morbid dishes with ominous, vague names [...]