Billy Crystal’s tribute speech to Robin Williams will have you weeping and laughing at the same time

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By Milo Sumner in Video on Thursday 28 August 2014

At the Emmy Awards Ceremony on Monday, guests were fortunate to witness a truly heartwarming spectacle as actor Billy Crystal paid tribute to his dear friend and colleague, Robin Williams. After a lifetime of fighting mental illness, Williams committed suicide a little over two weeks ago. The world of entertainment, and indeed the world at large, was hit hard at the loss of such a dazzlingly talented comedian.

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Sleepy chick: probably the cutest hedge we’ve ever laid our eyes on

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 27 August 2014

Strolling along the Jardin des Plantes in Nantes, France, you might come across a rather unusual sight: a giant, green bird taking a lazy afternoon nap. ‘Poussin endormi’, which means ‘Sleepy Chick’, is a charming topiary sculpture of a napping bird by French artist Claude Ponti.

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Pin this brooch to wear a piece of literature you’ve enjoyed reading

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By Kenny Ong in New Design on Wednesday 27 August 2014

You can now wear a piece of literature you’ve enjoyed reading, thanks to the crafty hands of London-based artist Sarah of House of Ismay. She has created decorative pins made from reclaimed wood covered with the worn out pages from many classic books. Each handmade brooch features the name of an important character or a well-known excerpt and quote, and they are then paired with relevant shapes.

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Merfin: flippers that will turn you into a beautiful mermaid

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Wednesday 27 August 2014

Why go diving with regular scuba gear when you can don on a pair of flippers that will turn you into an enchanting mermaid? ‘MerFin’ flippers is a product of a collaboration between Urban Outfitters and designer Kazzie Mahina. It’s basically the same as a boring ‘ol flipper – except it makes you look like you have a mermaid tail, which is like a hundred times cooler!

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Kids with inappropriate spelling errors are the funniest things ever

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Wednesday 27 August 2014

Kids say the darndest things – and by ‘darndest’ I meant highly inappropriate and NSFW language! Check out this collection of photos that show how kids are a bundle of joy, even when they don’t intend to.

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What if guy BFFs acted like girl BFFs? It would be weirdly creepy, that’s what

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By Milo Sumner in Video on Wednesday 27 August 2014

Let’s be honest here: men are from mars and women are from venus. Or something like that. At any rate there are some whoppingly irreconcilable differences between how males friends act with each other and how female friends act with each other [watch the video here].

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Small things that are surprisingly big: this incredibly versatile sofa bed

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Wednesday 27 August 2014

At first glance, the Sosia doesn’t look like much at all. In fact, it looks just like a small screen you’d use to separate a room. But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that this is no ordinary room divider. In fact, the Sosia’s main function is actually a sofa.

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Highlights of Burning-Man festival in photos (and lots of them)

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By Milo Sumner in New Photography on Wednesday 27 August 2014

Started in 1986, Burning-Man is perhaps the most famous festival of its kind in the world. Based around values of community and self-expression, the week-long event is hosted in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Championing radical artistic expression and self-reliance, Burning-Man has ever been a haven for like-minded people who strive to live by a certain set of values.

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These are what famous places look like throughout the course of a day

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Wednesday 27 August 2014

Can’t decide whether to visit a famous monument during the day, when the sun shines bright and the place is buzzing with activity, or during the night, when the structure is gorgeously illuminated by the stars and spotlights? Photographer Richard Silver can you help you with that, thanks to his series, ‘Time Slice’.

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Tasmanian festival is invaded by rabbits the size of houses

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By Milo Sumner in New Art on Wednesday 27 August 2014

This month Launceston, Tasmania, is playing host to the Junction Arts Festival, a series of ‘unexpected art adventures weaving through the city.’ From music to installations, Junction is an energy-packed festival that combines joy with interactive performances to show that art needn’t be limited to gallery spaces.

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Filmmaker ventures back into radiation ravaged Chernobyl to make this startling film

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By Milo Sumner in New Film on Wednesday 27 August 2014

On Saturday 26th April 1986, a routine systems check was taking place at the nuclear power plant of Chernobyl near the Soviet city of Pripyat. An unexpected power surge caused engineers to attempt an emergency shutdown. However, before it could go into effect there was an explosion caused by a build up of steam within the reactor. As a result the inner components of the reactor were exposed to the atmosphere and violently ignited, sending massive plumes of radiation high into the air.

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These candleholders are designed to look like plumbing pipes

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Wednesday 27 August 2014

For those of us who don’t particularly like being given candleholders as gifts, these might change your mind. Designed by Dutch designer Merel Bekking, Mr. Fahrenheit is a concrete candleholder that looks just like a plumping pipe.

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There’s an entire subreddit dedicated to bears with beaks

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Wednesday 27 August 2014

The internet never ceases to amaze. If you dig deep enough, there’s always something new and interesting to find – like bears with beaks! Subreddit ‘Bears with Beaks’ has been photoshopping the bodies of our favorite cuddly, man-eating mammals with the beaks of different birds for two years now, amassing a large collection of weird […]

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Just for the lazy: a mobile gym that comes straight to your front door

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Tuesday 26 August 2014

For those who are so against moving themselves from the car to the gym, there’s a solution just for you! It’s called InForm Fitness and instead of you having to fight traffic to get to that elliptical machine, the gym now comes to you, in the form of a large bus filled with gym equipment. […]

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Street artist gets his message across using funny pop culture puns

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 26 August 2014

You have to admit, this street artist is pretty punny. UK-based street artist ‘JPS’ uses witty puns in his stenciled works to get his message across. Most of his artworks include famous pop culture characters with a pun that relates to them. For instance, one image says ‘Painted on a Dark Knight’, with Batman right next to it.

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