The Imperial Walkers strike back… in a Chinese painting

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 22 November 2014

We are loving this Star Wars-themed poster of the Imperial Walkers — Chinese painting style — by FLABSLAB, which claims to be ‘into all things beautiful and just want to be deadly good in anything we do’.

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Goats balancing on wobby metal sheet prove they are better athletes than you

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Monday 24 November 2014

So us humans can walk into brick walls and manholes as we text… while goats out-perform us in everyday life — as this video of a bunch of goats gallantly balancing on a buoyant metal sheet clearly shows. We are properly ashamed of our lack of dexterity.

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Santaur: the half santa, half centaur Christmas ornament you’ve always wanted

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Monday 24 November 2014

Stop the presses! Online store Archie McPhee just dropped the mic on the Christmas ornament scene! This is Santaur, and if you haven’t noticed by now, he’s half Santa, half horse. He’s a six-inch tall glass Christmas ornament you can hang on your tree or place it in the middle of a table. Some of […]

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Artist turns children’s drawings and turns them into plush dolls

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 24 November 2014

In 2007, Vancouver-based artist Wendy Tsao saw her 4-year-old son’s drawing and decided to do something truly amazing: make a child’s imaginary characters real. Using her son’s drawing as inspiration, she created a plush toy in the same image and likeness. Since then, she’s been turning children’s drawings all around the world into plushies. ‘I […]

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Little girls do their mothers’ makeup in powerful series about beauty standards

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Monday 24 November 2014

How should makeup really be done? Is there a universally correct way to do it? Should it be based on what society perceives as beautiful, or should it be up to the person wearing it? In the series ‘#DaughterDoesMyMakeup’, photographer Elly Heise challenges our notion of beauty by letting a group of little girls do […]

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Back in the 70s, Continental Airlines had some groovy inflight entertainment: two-player ping pong!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 24 November 2014

Presented by Tiger Air

Believe it or not, but back in the 1970s, air passengers weren’t spoiled with a huge assortment of video games to play while flying. In fact, Atari was just in its early days and arcade games weren’t nearly as highly developed as they are now. So to keep passengers occupied aboard Continental Airlines, passengers were treated to rather extravagant inflight entertainment: two-player ping pong.

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My Secret Playlist: Bertie Blackman writes about her favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 24 November 2014

Bertie Blackman, the eclectic Australian alternative singer/songwriter, is out with a new album this year titled Run For Your Life. Her latest video continues in typical Bertie-style with a clear 80s synth pop aesthetic. Bertie told us what inspires her diverse sound in her Secret Playlist.

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A beauty pageant just took place in Iowa, and the contestants are a bunch of slobs

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Monday 24 November 2014

It’s safe to say that some people just have too much time on their hands. That can be a good or bad thing, and it’s up to you how you judge this next story. The 35th annual Beautiful Bulldog Pageant just took place at Drake University’s campus in Des Moines, Iowa. Why bulldogs? Well, that’s […]

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The exotic culinary adventures of Burmese cuisine

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Cool Travel on Monday 24 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

There is a bounty of wonderful, exotic, and enticing food to be had in Asia, and we’re especially excited about the culinary specialities of Burma. Burmese food tends to suffer a bad rap – a rather unjustified bad rap in our opinion. While Burmese food can be somewhat oily, and lacks the spicing of the cuisine in neighbouring Thailand, with a bit of advice and background knowledge we’re confident you’ll return from Myanmar having savoured some truly tasty and memorable meals. They are flavourful and colourful and will leave you wanting more. Check out some of our favourites…

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New York has some very peculiar missing posters hanging on its telephone poles

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 24 November 2014

Walking around any city you’re bound to see a bunch of flyers attached to light posts about lost dogs, lost keys, discounted guitar lessons, or houses for rent. One guy in New York City has decided to put up his own flyers in an attempt to make jaded New Yorkers laugh, and he’s doing a […]

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Dollars per minute, in a chart

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 22 November 2014

If you’ve ever wondered about the costs of things, minute by minute, Lapham’s Quarterly has a handy chart that will face off seemingly random costs — such as how much you’re spending on a JFK-LAX air ticket ($1.05), how much Facebook is making ($2,834.86), and how much money the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing is […]

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‘Don’t play with your food’ obviously doesn’t apply to sushi

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By Kenny Ong in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 22 November 2014

Sushi aficionados may have already viewed the making and tasting of sushi as a precise art form, and they are absolutely right of course, but who’s to say we can’t have a little creative fun while at it? As these super cute pieces show, all you need is to unleash that can-do spirit and there’s […]

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What if Quentin Tarantino created Disney films!

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 22 November 2014

A ‘what if’ series of Disney movies re-interpreted as Quentin Tarantino flicks? Brilliant! Of course, the mug of Samuel L Jackson — a perennial Tarantino favorite — is all over the face of these Disney posters, accompanied with suitably cussing taglines like ‘I just cleaned them step-bitches’ whole motherfucking castle’ (Cinderella) and ‘They just killed […]

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Oh no, this man transformed his face to look like a Platypus!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in News on Saturday 22 November 2014

After modifying his face for seven years, 26-year-old Russian Jenya Bolotov has finally fulfilled his life’s ambition: to become a platypus. He has stretched eight parts of his face, which include his ear lobes, nostrils, septum and his top and bottom lip.

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Eek! Meet Toby, the 9-month-old rat who’s performing on Broadway

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Saturday 22 November 2014

It’s the dream of every stage actor to perform on Broadway, and now a rat is living many an aspiring actor’s dream. Yep, a 9-month-old albino female live rat named Toby has been performing on Broadway with the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time production.

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Sneaky! Bats get competitive, engage in sonic jam

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 22 November 2014

We know that bats target prey with the help of echo-location. Now, scientists have found that bats actively disrupt rival bats who compete for food by jamming their sonar frequencies. In a recent study, two biologists demonstrated how Mexican free-tailed bats deal with living in highly-competitive and packed colonies that number hundreds and thousands of […]

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