Velcro

Velco was invented by Swiss amateur mountaineer George de Mestral in 1948 after he returned from a walk in the woods with his dog.  They arrived home covered in burrs and fascinated, Mestral looked at the burrs under the microscope. He was awed by what he saw.  He then created a hook and loop system that we use all the time today.  Thank goodness he didn't quit when people laughed at him for this idea!

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Recycled Park

This is not your ordinary playground.
Youth Factory, in Mérida, Spain, is a cool outdoor and indoor park created using recycled furniture and inexpensive building materials. 
There are also a computer lab and a dance studio, both 800-square-meters in size. Meeting rooms and spaces for theater, video and music are all included.

What a neat place to go after school!
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Amazing Monument

Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument, is located in Indonesia in central Java.
It was likely founded around 750 AD and has been estimated to have taken 75 years to build.

It sat buried beneath volcanic ash and overgrown jungle until 1815.
Now, people visit it year-round. 

Imagine discovering this?  Wow!
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Nature.

05/29/2012

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Simply beautiful.
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This is the name of a hill in New Zealand.
The name is shortened in conversation to Taumata.
The full name has 85 letters in it and has been listed in the Guinness World Records as one of the longest place names in the world.
This insanely long word translates to mean,"The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one"
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What To Do With The Old Bathtub?

Wow...check out these awesome repurposed bathtub couches.
I found them over at Reestore, an online shop that "takes everyday waste objects and playfully upcycles them into beautiful accessories and functional pieces of furniture."
These are genius...and I totally want one!
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Portraits of Classical Musicians That Are Off The Hook

When I think of classical music images of very reserved and rather boring portraits pop into my head.
Denmark photographer Nikolaj Lund has completely reinvented the image of the classical musician...and it is about time!
Perhaps this is because Nikolaj is a cellist himself and he wanted to recreate the nerdy look.
Check out these photos...feel free to skip over to Nikolaj's website to see even more.
I love these!
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Weird Japanese Inventions

Here are some interesting invention ideas.  Would you use any of these?
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Huh?

05/28/2012

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I've Got A Bike You Can Ride It If You Like

Is artist Zhao Huasen playing a trick on us? 
I can't figure out how he does this!!
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