Awesome things that hide secret powers: The insect-attracting parachute flower is kinda awesome

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 17 September 2014

The parachute flower can be found in many different regions of the world, from northern Australia to southern China, Indonesia and Madagascar. While this might seem like just another houseplant, the parachute flower has a very special power that actually helps with flower pollination. The flower has ‘fused petals and a hairy lollipop like thing coming out of it’ that’s lined with tiny hairs that point downwards.

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These beautiful ‘stairways to heaven’ makes the climb much less arduous

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By Kenny Ong in New Design on Wednesday 17 September 2014

Staircases are a necessary evil but do they have to look so utilitarian as well? Definitely not, according to these unsung architects and interior designers who have, thankfully, come up with such out-of-this-world staircases. Poring over the pictures of each, compiled by our friends at Bored Panda, makes me wanna scramble up and down on […]

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This is the deepest swimming pool in world at 131-feet deep!

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 September 2014

Perhaps not the best pool to leave your kid unattended. The world’s deepest pool, called ‘Y-40 The Deep Joy’, is located at the 4-star Hotel Terme Millepini complex in Montegrotto Terme, Italy. It measures 21×18 meters (69×59 feet) and has a maximum depth of 40 meters (131 feet). That’s like diving the height of a 12-story building!

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In Sweden, you can now have a boat as your guesthouse and you don’t even need planning permission

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By Milo Sumner in News on Wednesday 17 September 2014

A new piece of building code in Swedish law means that homeowners now have the right to build an additional building covering up to 25 square metres on their property without planning permission. Dubbed Attefallshus, in honour of the Swedish housing minister Stefan Attefall, these small houses have already begun to flood the market. One especially canny architectural firm has seen a way to kill two birds with one stone and developed an awesome proposal for their version of an Attefallshus.

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Russia’s new superhero is a real life girl unleashing her rage on people who litter by throwing it back in their cars

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By Milo Sumner in News on Wednesday 17 September 2014

Wow, we are in awe of this biker-chick from Russia who is fighting a war against littering. Her only allies are her go-pro, badass motorcycle and f*ck you attitude. Posted to YouTube yesterday, this video shows a first person perspective of our heroine as she spots drivers carelessly dropping litter onto the road out of their windows.

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This guy runs around New York high fiving people hailing cabs in a bid to make people happier

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By Milo Sumner in Video on Wednesday 17 September 2014

What better way to bring a bit of unexpected hilarity into peoples’ lives than by surprising them with a hi-five? There is no better way… that is the best way. Actor, comedian and friendly guy Meir Kalmanson has recently released his video High Five New York.

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The horror! A swarm of wasps have built a huge nest on this guy’s window

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By Milo Sumner in News on Wednesday 17 September 2014

Woah woah woah, put down your power-hose and your homemade flamethrower. There’s no need to get apocalyptic on this wasps nest, it’s completely safe… more or less. YouTuber Vang Tsal discovered recently that a swarm of particularly large wasps had started to build their nest between two layers of glass in one of the windows of his house.

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For some reason, there are a lot of videos floating around of (dumb) people eating cacti!

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By Milo Sumner in Video on Tuesday 16 September 2014

People on the internet really are very impressionable, a fact clearly illustrated by what you’re about to see. In light of this we feel that we really have to stress the following: eating a cactus is never enjoyable and definitely bad for you, especially if you value your intestines.

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This Shiba Inu will do anything just to avoid getting a kiss

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Tuesday 16 September 2014

This Shiba Inu might look adorable, but don’t be fooled, it has a heart as cold as ice. In the following videos by YouTube user ‘inosemarine’, an owner attempts to give his Shiba Inu a kiss, only to be denied. The dog employs various ways to reject its owner, including a foot to the face, slamming the door shut, and even letting its master drown.

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Wherever you go, these ants will always be on your plate

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By Milo Sumner in New Design on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Yet another picnic ruined by an marauding army of ants. Oh wait no, it’s just the new dinnerware collection from Evelyn Bracklow. German-based Bracklow, who works out of La Philie, has created many of the pieces in partnership with Etsy and the Rijks Museam in Amsterdam.

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This hair stylist shaves hairy male chests into various iconic landmarks of the world

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 16 September 2014

British celebrity hair stylist Daniel Johnson, who has been clipping away at the hair of English football giants like Ashley Cole, Gareth Blue and Erik Lamela, is now channeling his hairy talent at what he calls ‘manscaping’ – the art of doing some pretty interesting things with chest hair.

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This adorable bull terrier is a supermodel in the making!

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 16 September 2014

I’m telling you, this dog has the look to become America’s next top model – even his name is all about fashion! Jimmy Choo, a bull terrier, is quickly becoming an Instagram star, thanks to his owner who casts him in some imaginative photoshoots.

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Awesome engineers created 3D-printed superhero prosthetics for kids

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By Inigo del Castillo in News on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Why didn’t anyone think of this awesome concept before? ‘E-Nabling The Future’, an organization that creates prosthetic limbs for children in need, came up with the concept of superhero-themed prosthetic arms. So instead of an average prosthetic arm, kids would get a prosthetic Wolverine arm, complete with claws! Now who wouldn’t get excited over that!

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After a 13 year search, they finally found the people in a photograph found after 9/11

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By Milo Sumner in News on Tuesday 16 September 2014

In a remarkable story of hope and persistence, a crumbled photograph found in the wreckage of the world trade centre over thirteen years ago has finally been returned to its owner. Every year on the 9th of September Elisabeth Stringer Keefe embarks posts the same photograph of a wedding party on social media, hoping to identify whether the six smiling people in the picture and alive and well and if she can return the item (which must hold powerful sentimental value) to them.

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Man with severe cerebral palsy uses typewriter to paint breathtaking pictures

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Now here’s something that is just so inspirational and uplifting to come across. Paul Smith was born with severe cerebral palsy and this disorder makes holding a pen or brush an impossible task for him. However, as a young man, he discovered an unusual key to express himself. He taught himself to ‘paint’ by using just 10 of the symbol keys on a typewriter.

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