The Josephinum wax museum has quite an impressive collection of eerily realistic wax anatomical models. Apparently the collection dates back to 1785, when Emperor Josef II ordered the models to be made for his army surgeons to get their medical knowledge together. The museum is part of the Medical University of Vienna. It looks spooky.
Three years ago, travel blogger Bill Passman was sitting in a bar in Utila, Honduras, when he ran into an acquaintance and noticed her tattoo of a world map. When she said she planned to put a red dot on all the places she had visited, an inspired Passman decided to also tattoo the world map on his back — right down to the specific countries so he can update it with each country he’s been to by colouring it in.
Dining out? Thanks to Fast CoCreate, we now know that Yelp has a handy map function that displays hot spots when you select ‘hipster’ as a search term for its reviews. All the 14 cities — which includes New York, London and Paris — covered by Yelp with this nifty feature seem to have pretty […]
Fine art photographer Gray Malin has such a great eye for photography, we’ve been voluntarily held captive at his website just thumbing away at his images. His A La Plage, A La Piscine aerial series, in particular, has him pointing his lens out of doorless helicopters to capture spectacular views of beaches and shorelines all […]
If Austin was a car, it’d be a VW campervan. The capital of the Lone Star State, Austin has seen its popularity (and population) soar in recent years: between 2000 and 2006, it was the third fastest growing city in the United States. Austin is cultured, kitsch and kooky, and rightfully wears its unofficial slogan […]
Can this the most luxurious, er, down-to-earth hotel ever? At Sala Silvermine in Sweden, you can stay at a mine suite 500 feet below ground. A night’s stay includes a guided tour of ‘winding galleries and thrilling cavities’, plus a basket with cheese, biscuits, fruits, sparkling wine and chocolate. You’ll get to go on a […]
When photographer Kirill Golovchenko found his way three years ago to Kachalka, a Soviet-era outdoor gym in Kiev, Ukraine, he was so fascinated that he shot enough for an entire book. The fitness facility is developed under Polish gymnast Kasimir Jagelsky and mathematics professor Yuri Kuk in the 1970s, and is free to use for […]
For many people from outside the America’s, the only realistic depiction of life in Chile during the Pinochet period has come from the recent Academy Award nominated film, No. The film follows the advertising political campaign during the historic 1988 election when it was to be determined whether General Pinochet should have another 8 year […]
Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple) is a contemporary Buddhist temple situated in Chang Rai, Thailand. It is the vision of artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who has dedicated the rest of his life to completing the sculpturally intricate, mirror embedded sanctuary. He believes the project will take 70 years to complete and he is in the process of passing his aspirations onto his 60 or so helpers.
Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. The Pammukkale in Turkey looks like a bewitchingly tranquil place with these natural terraced pools. Apparently when earthquake activity thousands of years ago brough chalk-like water rich in calcium carbonate to the surface, the substance piled on layer after layer, accumulating to form the terraces.
Steeped in history, rich in culture, and awake all night long: breathtaking Berlin is the city that keeps getting better. Since its infamous Wall fell, Berlin’s creativity has flourished, with art galleries, bars, theatres, and iconic architecture springing up all over the formerly Soviet-era cityscape.
We just found out by accident today that Japan railway operators actually install blue LED lights above train platforms to calm suicidal commuters down. When they started doing it in 2009 as an experiment at three suicide hotspots along the Joban Line through Mito city, there was nothing to show if it would work. Now […]
The top of the world was conquered sixty years ago by Hillary and Tenzing. This brave feat opened the doors to conquering Everest and many bold adventurers fought and lost a profoundly dangerous battle with this beast of a mountain. In particular, an area called the ‘Death Zone’ claimed many lives as men struggled to […]
Living off the grid, escaping the compliant, complacent, commercial lifestyle of everyday Western living, has long been a fantasy of mine. Living inside a hill, or under one, or under a waterfall, or over a stream – that has been another life-long dream to build a unique home, completely enveloped in natural surroundings. I recently came […]
It sounds outrageous, but the Full Metal Cruise, which recently set sail with the Mein Schiff 1 ship from Hamburg for a week, is for real. About 2,000 metalheads boarded the cruise to get their fix of late night metal karaoke, metal workshops, meet-and-greets and movie nights at sea — and also rocked out to […]