Cafe Nookie could well be the smallest hole-in-the-wall coffee shop in Australia

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 17 October 2014

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Let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? Cafe Nookie may arguably be THE SMALLEST CAFE IN AUSTRALIA. If you crane your neck to look inside this 2m x 2m hole-in-the-wall cafe tucked in between Buckingham Street and Elizabeth Street on Cleveland Street, you can see one cheerful barista, one commercial espresso machine and grinder, and one 1950s-style sign that says, ‘I just don’t give a sh#t’.

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These artists turn condemned buildings being demolished into mind-bending sculptures

Stuart McBratney Contributor

By Stuart McBratney in New Art on Friday 17 October 2014

Houston-based artists Dean Ruck and Dan Havel call themselves Demo Artists – not as in demo tape, but as in demolition. When a condemned building is scheduled for some quality time with a wrecking ball, Ruck and Havel move in, transforming the spaces into mind-bending sculptures.

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Artist gives the Starbucks mermaid a makeover every time he draws on the cups

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Friday 17 October 2014

Who knew the Starbucks mermaid could also be Colonel Sanders, Thomas the Train, and Goku? Instead of throwing out his used coffee cups, artist Soo Min Kim reuses them as his canvas. Armed with a green marker, he carefully dabs in the details in and around the mermaid’s face, turning her completely into a different […]

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Hunter S. Thompson’s illustrator, Ralph Steadman, draws the Breaking Bad cast

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Illustration on Friday 17 October 2014

To celebrate the upcoming release of Breaking Bad’s limited-edition Blu-ray DVDs, Vince Gilligan – the show’s creator – teamed up with illustrator Ralph Steadman, of Hunter S. Thompson fame, for an original twist on the famously bad characters. Six characters were illustrated to create six different covers, representing each season of the show.

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This time-lapse video showing which hamburgers mold quicker than others has put us off fast food for months

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By Nicole Hughes in Video on Friday 17 October 2014

In a simple experiment to see which one would mold, seven burgers from seven different fast food chains– McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Carl’s Jr., Jack In The Box, In-And-Out, Umami Burger – were placed in glass jars for a month. Just like the burgers themselves, the results vary. But, all of them will make you think twice before ordering a quick, greasy, usually fairly tasty burger to chow down on.

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Amazing Go Pro footage shows a US Marine get shot in the head by the Taliban and miraculously survive unhurt

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Video on Friday 17 October 2014

It’s just another day at the office, if your office is set against the backdrop of a raging war that is. In this incredible video, shot from the helmet of one of the team members, U.S. Marines geared up thoroughly to search a drug-filled compound. Then, unexpectedly, a sniper shot from the South side, hitting one of the Marines directly in the head. Luckily, the helmet did its job!

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Chilling photo series shows us 10 really unexpected murder weapons

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 17 October 2014

Often, the usual murder weapons would either be a gun or something with a pointy edge. But a spoon? That’s a pretty unconventional – not to mention agonizingly long – way to die. In the series ‘Murder Weapons’, photographer Ed James documents 10 weird and unusual items used in horrifying murders.

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Calling all artists: The Space is searching globally for digital art to fund

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Art on Friday 17 October 2014

The Space is a free website for artists and audiences to create and explore exciting new art, commissioned by the good people at The Space and shared around the world. In partnership with VICE, The Space is having an Open Call for digital artists worldwide to submit their work. From now until November 14, artists have a chance at scoring some serious funding and mentorship to further develop their projects.

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Unsuspecting customers had to climb a wall after this store’s floors disappeared

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Friday 17 October 2014

In South Korea, unsuspecting customers of this pop-up shop received the shock of their lives when the floor suddenly started disappearing, forcing them to hang onto the walls for dear life. Probably not the best way to get return clients.

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Penball: erasers that look like football players you can play with

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 17 October 2014

With a little imagination, even the most mundane things can become quite exciting. Take this line of erasers, for example. ‘Penball’ is a set of pencil erasers made to look like miniature football players, much like the ones you see in foosball.

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Relax and take a load off in the sensory deprivation skull chair

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 16 October 2014

Life is stressful-there’s work, family, bills, and everything else going on you need to pay attention to. Why not take a time out? But instead of retreating to the bathroom (or man cave), why not invest in something that takes all the stress away? This skull chair has been designed to shut out all the distractions of everyday life by depriving you of light and sound.

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Come second in a sumo contest, win a gigantic macaron

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Thursday 16 October 2014

At the Sumo Senshuraku tournament in Japan, coming first is an incredible feat. You win fame, you win glory. But come runner up and you’ll be gifted a giant, green macaron. No, really! This very quirky prize is part of the France-Japan Friendship Cup and is custom-made by the famous French patisserie Pierre Herme.

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Awesome dad and his kids created Wonder woman’s invisible jet using LEGO

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By Inigo del Castillo in News on Thursday 16 October 2014

This you gotta see to believe! Animator and all-around cool dad John Wray spent the entire weekend with his kids building Wonder Woman’s invisible jet using 3,200 LEGO pieces.

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Using thousands of ceramic shards, this artist creates gigantic flowers and corals

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 16 October 2014

What most of us might dismiss us rubbish, Israeli artist Zemer Peled sees the remains of broken ceramics as parts of something bigger. Armed with a hammer, she intentionally smashes the porcelain pieces she herself built, then rearranges them to form massive sculptures of flowers and corals.

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Cool things that multi-task better than you and I: a pollution-reversing bicycle

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 16 October 2014

Bikes help the environment by not emitting air pollution, but the Air-Purifier Bike goes one step further. This electric bicycle has been designed with an air purifier built into the handlebars. Not only that, but this bike also has the ability to produce oxygen ‘with a photosynthesis system that’s integrated into the top tube of the frame’.

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