The surreal ‘Plants of Gods’ terrarium makes gardening cooler than ever

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 22 May 2015

Prodip Leung created what I can only call an exquisite work of art, with his ‘Plants of Gods’ terrarium.

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Cities throughout Britain open up Duck Lanes along the waterways

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Friday 22 May 2015

In a new initiative to ‘encourage people to be mindful of the animals they share the road with when walking or biking’, Duck Lanes have been put in place along pathways in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

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Add this to the bucket list: The beautiful deserts of Namibia

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 21 May 2015

What countries do you have on that bucket list? Perhaps Brazil for its beaches or Russia for its history? Here’s another one to add to that ever-increasing list: Namibia. This is where you’ll not only find the friendliest people on Earth, but also the most unique landscape, including DeadVlei.

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Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off gets rotoscoped and is 100% more awesome

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By Rod Smith in Video on Thursday 21 May 2015

Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off music video has been given a makeover. The University of Newcastle’s first year animation students were each asked to rotoscope two seconds of the clip in any way their hearts’ desired.

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GoPro captures tiny black birds feeding in the nest

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 21 May 2015

Harvey Young got the greatest surprise in his garden recently – a mother black bird and her babies. Their nest was located right at the back of his yard and had been created three weeks before the birds hatched.

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Teeny tiny miniature hand blown vases and wine glasses

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 21 May 2015

If you’ve ever tried your hand at glassblowing, you’ll know all too well how incredibly difficult it can be to achieve a perfect finished piece. Even artists experienced for decades make flops. So to see these miniature wine glasses, vases and beakers standing just centimetres tall is quite astounding.

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Classical paintings superimposed on modern-day settings make everyday life more interesting

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 21 May 2015

Angels, deities, and other scantily-clad classical figures make modern-day settings, such as subways and bus stops, their new homes in the series ‘2 Reality’.

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Nintendo whiskey flasks conceal your booze in the geekiest way possible

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Thursday 21 May 2015

Now you can once again enjoy the Nintendo video games of your childhood – though just not the way you remember using it. Matt Cornell of Ink Whiskey is selling a line of retro NES cartridges that are actually whiskey flasks in disguise.

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Along London’s River Thames, a floating house you can rent on Airbnb

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 21 May 2015

To celebrate London’s easing of tight home-sharing regulations, Airbnb is renting out a one-of-a-kind property that’s set in one of the city’s best locations: the River Thames.

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Can you spot the optical illusion in this ordinary photo? It’s been mystifying Redditors for days

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 21 May 2015

Redditor zibin probably didn’t expect such a reaction to his photo. After all, it’s just a snap or two ordinary construction guys standing in an ordinary cherry picker, right? Wrong! Look a little closer and your brain will melt from this Escher-esque illusion.

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KLM and Heineken gave 10 lucky people an epic non-stop party in Amsterdam!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Thursday 21 May 2015

If you ordered a Heineken recently, you might’ve been rewarded – not only with an iced cold beer but a trip to Amsterdam via KLM! As part of an incredible experience, both Dutch companies joined forces to celebrate King’s Day, (Koningsdag) which sees the city of Amsterdam come alive (more alive than usual!) with festivities on every street.

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Tortoises eating tiny pancakes is all you need to feel good today

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Thursday 21 May 2015

Goes to show that everyone loves pancakes. Well, almost everyone. In this short video by BuzzFeed Blue, sulcate tortoises Oz, George, Tails, and Ralph are all treated to a healthy serving of pancakes. Most of them quickly dive into their meal (who wouldn’t?), save for one little guy who simply walks away. Maybe because they […]

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Newly-discovered crayfish has a shell that looks like outer space

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 21 May 2015

As it turns out, we don’t need high-powered telescopes to see far into outer space. All we actually need are diving gear! In Indonesia, a recently-discovered species of crayfish is turning heads for having a shell that looks like a cosmic nebula – or one of those EDM album covers.

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This squirrel looks like he’s holding a purple umbrella to take shelter from the rain

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 21 May 2015

Well, that’s definitely something you don’t see every day. In London, photographer Max Ellis – who previously captured squirrels wearing jack-o-lanterns – is back with another curious find: a squirrel holding up a purple umbrella.

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Gentlemen, play with yourself, it might just save your life

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By David Jackson in Video on Thursday 21 May 2015

Much like cancer, a viral idea can really spread when it’s left to its own devices. And that was the plan with this incognito message for testicular cancer, aimed at young Aussie men in the vulnerable age group of 20-39. With 70% of them watching adult movies online, it was the perfect time to reach them: when they already had their pants down.

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