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Cigar Box Purses Are So Passe

Besides, why promote cigar use when you could instead encourage reading with a gorgeous book purse like this one. Sure, some people might be upset about the destruction of a great book, but there’s always the chance that it was damaged before the cover was stripped off anyway. Link Via The Mary Sue

A Literary Atlas of Latin America

Continuing his use of maps, Fernando Vicente created a series of images celebrating the literatures of Latin America. It’s as much decorative as it is informative as pages explode out of Cuba, ink pours out of Chile and a writer’s eye peers out of Brazil. View them all at the link. Link -via Ian Brooks

Antique Samurai Armor Made For Dogs

It’s no secret that dogs have fought alongside their human masters for centuries, so setting them up with a sweet suit of armor seems like the best way to prove that dogs really are man’s best friend. This suit of doggy armor dates back to the Edo period of Japanese history, and even though it wasn’t [...]

19 Old-Timey Slang Terms to Bolster Your Vocabulary

I recently picked up a copy of the Dictionary of American Slang (1967), and I can’t put it down. Here are some of the words and phrases I’ll be awkwardly shoehorning into conversation. 1. In the ketchup: Operating at a deficit * 2. John Hollowlegs: A hungry man [hobo use] * 3. Lobbygow: One who loafs [...]

Creepy robot baby developed in Japan

Known as Affetto, the eerily realistic robot has been created for use in various behavioral experiments. Featuring a life-like torso and arms that flo…

The Creepiest Ways To Say “I Love You”

Whether you spell it out, say it in a foreign language or use symbols to get your point across, there are plenty of ways to tell someone you love them. Of course, unless you’re a stalker, you probably won’t want to turn to any of these creepy methods seen on Oddee. Link

Prisoners Earn Early Release by Writing Good Essays

If you see a young person heading down the wrong path–one that leads to a life behind bars–then help him out. Teach him how to read and write well. It may get him out of prison faster: Inmates in four federal prisons holding some of Brazil’s most notorious criminals will be able to read up to [...]

Why Are Traffic Lights Red and Green?

Red and green images via Shutterstock The very first traffic light, installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London in December 1868, had red and green gas lamps for nighttime use. The device was pretty crude, and less than a month after it went operational, it exploded and killed the unfortunate traffic cop who was operating [...]

11 Languages Spoken by 11 People or Fewer

Vladimir Korostyshevskiy / Shutterstock.com 1. Ho-Chunk is the language of the Hocák Nation, more commonly known as the Winnebago tribe of Wisconsin and Nebraska. In 2004, there were only 11 living fluent speakers of Ho-Chunk, all of whom also use English. 2. In the jungles of Suriname lives a nearly extinct population of people known as [...]

The Surreal Sculptures Of Roger Reutimann

Roger Reutimann is a man who has worn many hats as an artist-painter, classical pianist, craftsman and, more recently, as a sculptor. In some ways Roger’s works embody a classical style, like the use of naturalistic human forms and themes of mortality, while qualities like choice of finish and the use of surreal elements imbue his [...]