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  2. artspotting:

    Allan Wexler, Coffee Seeks its Own Level was inspired by the principle “water seeks its own level”. I had been working on a series of projects using basic scientific principles learned in high school as a means to explore architectural issues.    

    Coffee Seeks its Own Level choreographs group dynamics. If one person alone lifts his cup, coffee overflows the other three cups. All four people need to coordinate their actions and lift simultaneously. via void

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  5. historical-nonfiction:

    Jeffrey Hudson was born, amusingly, in the smallest county in England -Rutland County- on June 14, 1619. His parents were ordinary stock, as were all his brothers and sisters. But Jeffrey simply did not grow. At seven he stood 18 inches tall. Everyone in the area, including the Duchess of Buckingham was curious about him. At her request, Jeffrey’s parents walked him a mile or so to the Duchesses’ mansion. From then on, Jeffrey would be dressed in velvets, silks, and satins, with two servants to attend his every need. The whim of the wealthy saved him from a life as a country fair attraction — instead only the titled, rich, and intelligentsia could laugh at Jeffrey. He eventually became a pet project of the Queen of England, and remained part of her entourage through the English Civil War. The story of the rest of his life sounds like a adventure novel, with pirates and storms at sea and duels.

     
  6. truefoes:

    Ingmar Bergman — ca. 1936.

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  10. historical-nonfiction:

    One of humanity’s most ghastly practices ever is the custom of burying people in the foundations of a building in order to strengthen it. This practice was carried out in parts of Asia, Europe, and the Americas. They believed that the bigger the building, the greater the sacrifice needed to be. These sacrifices ranged from small animals to hundreds of people. For example, the crown prince of Ts’ai in China was sacrificed in order to strengthen a dam.

    horrific interesting 

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  11. jtotheizzoe:

    The oldest living thing in the world: These actinobacteria, recovered from the subterranean brrrrr-osphere that is Siberian permafrost, are estimated to be 500,000 years old. While many ancient microbes have been revived from ancient dormant states, these bacterial cells have been continuously living for half a million years. It’s known that the bacteria aren’t mobile in the frozen Earth, so by radioactively dating the layers of soil around the microbes, scientists were able to estimate their age.

    Unable to divide and reproduce, these microbes were shown to be actively repairing their DNA despite the frigid temperatures, their enzymes uniquely adapted to an environment that would mean certain death for perhaps every other creature on Earth. While not growing, moving, or reproducing, this sort of cryostasis counts as living if you ask me (and the scientists who study them).

    What do you think this means for the possibility of life on other planets?

    (via Rachel Sussman and Brain Pickings. Check out the original 2007 research paper here)

     
  12. concreteutopias:

    大図解九龍城 - Kowloon Walled City illustrated. [x]

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  13. peaksa:

    :)

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  14. 4gifs:

    This kid shreds. [video]

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  15. nubbsgalore:

    interspecies friendship by hendy mp (similar posts)

    dá para perceber que o sapo é o bicho mais popular <3

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