Chinese teacher can draw a complete world map on a blackboard in record time

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By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Monday 29 September 2014

In an amazing feat of recall and dexterity, this high school teacher in China can draw a detailed map of the world freehand completely from memory. We struggle to remember the way home from work but somehow this teacher, whose name is Zhao is able to draw an intricate representation of the entire world in less than a minute.

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This ashtray turns an unhealthy habit into awesome visuals

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By Milo Sumner in New Design on Saturday 27 September 2014

Not that we condone smoking, but this is one hella-cool ashtray. Designed by Studio Nocc, a studio run by creative duo Juan Pablo Naranjo and Jean Christophe Orthlieb, the Humo Ashtray is an awesome receptacle for your cigar.

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A lot of puppy love went into the production of this doggie book

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By Kenny Ong in New Photography on Friday 26 September 2014

Seth Casteel, who made dog lovers the world over go gaga with his series of underwater shots of dogs back in 2012, is going to make them happy again with his launch of Underwater Puppies this month. Working with 1500 puppies, the book is filled with cute, wriggling puppies diving after a ball thrown into the pool.

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iPhone killer? The NoPhone allows you to stay connected with the real world!

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 26 September 2014

Described as a ‘technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact that allows you to stay connected with the real world’, the NoPhone promises to help wean you off your addiction to clutching on to ‘smooth, cold plastic… without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment’.

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At this pancake stand in China, you can buy a pancake AND get a song

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 26 September 2014

An 80-year-old man, Wu Siying, has become a minor celebrity of sorts with his ‘Buy One, Get One’ business proposition. Wu sells pancakes in his hometown of Pingyao Ancient Town in Shanxi Province. When you buy a pancake from him, he’ll serenade you with a song, accompanied by his guitar, for free.

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Water tanks in NYC given an artistic treatment to raise awareness about the importance of clean water for all

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By Mareike Muller in New Art on Friday 26 September 2014

For most of us, clean, drinkable water is something so natural, and almost boring, that we take it for granted. But for many many people it’s not. Filmmaker Mary Jordan had her own painful experience while she was in Ethiopia in 2007 working on a documentary. She almost died from the contaminated water and promised the women who nursed her back to health, that she will help.

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This dog is the most adorable lost and found employee

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Friday 26 September 2014

This little guy deserves to be employee of the month! KLM’s Lost & Found department at Amsterdam Airport Schipol recently recruited a new member that can help them track down the owners of missing items. From gadgets found by the cabin crew to toys misplaced in the lounge, a beagle uses his keen sense of […]

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: We are in awe of the opposum’s magic poison-neutralizing protein

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 26 September 2014

Known in some circles as the most terrifying possum to have ever walked the face of this earth, the opossum has a secret power that beats ‘em all. Opossums have a particular protein which makes them immune to nearly all poisons. The protein is known as Lethal Toxin-Neutralizing Factor (LTNF) and has been known to neutralize the poison of snakes on other continents that the opossum hasn’t been previously exposed to.

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This man who feeds stray cats in Syria each day is proof there can still be room for caring and compassion in the face of extreme violence

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By Milo Sumner in New Photography on Friday 26 September 2014

Even in the midst of horror and violence, if you look close enough, you can find gems of human compassion to help restore your faith in mankind. A perfect example of these shining moments is the story of a Syrian man who has been taking care of abandoned domestic pets. Alaa is an ambulance driver living in Aleppo, the largest city in Syria.

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Everyday objects, elevated to goofy greatness

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 26 September 2014

Yes, we’ve raved about Dominc Wilcox before: check out these smart GPS-navigation shoes and wearable nose stylus. Obviously his creative imagination is simply unstoppable: somehow we wandered onto his website and found a bunch of new exciting product designs.

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New best way to sneak a drink: Pass it off as sunscreen

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 26 September 2014

If you don’t know it by now, we can never resist finding new clever ways to beat security checks and smuggle a good drink anywhere we fancy. Our favorite gadget for doing this at the moment is the Sunscreen flask. Looking convincingly like sun protection, the flask holds 8oz of liquid, plus makes a ‘Sneaky […]

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Unbelievable how these insect sculptures were handcrafted entirely out of paper!

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 26 September 2014

Well, at least someone paid attention to their arts & crafts teacher. Belgium-based ad agency ‘Soon’ created these colorful and eye-catching paper insects from recycled paper. Ripping away pages from old glossy magazines, the Soon team worked together to cut, paste, and fold the different body insects until they were able to make a reclaimed […]

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John Malkovich painstakingly recreates famous portraits through history

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By Milo Sumner in New Photography on Friday 26 September 2014

From Dangerous Liasons to RED, John Malkovich has played both beast and buffoon. It’s unlikely that there is a more diverse actor under the sun. In a project celebrating Malkovich’s master status as a theatrical chameleon, as well as paying tribute to landmark photography, Sandro Miller brings us this new photo-series.

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This video of a couple dancing on the side of a building will blow your mind

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By Milo Sumner in Video on Friday 26 September 2014

It looks like Go-Pro really does have a total monopoly on awesome videos. Seriously, we’re completely impartial but we have to admit… they really know how to make an cool clip. This video is no exception. In fact, it just proves the point even further. In partnership with Bandaloop, pioneers in the world of vertical dance, Go-Pro have created this truly unbelievable video of a pair of dancers doing their thing on the side of a mighty high building.

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This office disappears to prevent employees from working overtime

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 26 September 2014

The Heldergroen office in Amsterdam looks just like any office during working hours, but once the clock strikes 6, a key is turned and steel cables lift the desks up into the air, effectively stopping anyone who wants to do overtime.

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