What is this? An enterprising code developer working for a US infrastructure firm actually outsourced his entire job to a Chinese company so all he had to do every day was to turn up in office at 9am, go on Reddit, watch cat videos, take a lunch break, go on Ebay, check Facebook and LinkedIn updates, hand in a work report for the day, then knock off at 5pm sharp.
The first-ever Stanford Code Poetry Slam recently took place in November last year, with participants presenting their flowing works of poems in computer code format. The slam was organized by German studies grad student Melissa Kagen and computer-based music theory and acoustics grad student Kurt James Werner, who intend to make the event a quarterly […]
We’re a few years away from civilian space flights, so the next best thing is experiencing the dramatic return to earth through video. Released this week by the European Space Agency, this video features landing footage and interviews with former astronauts to give you an insider’s look at the ‘undocking, reentry, and landing of the […]
When you’re running a small nation of 25 million people, there are a few things that are non-negotiables in your to-do list. A working democracy and proper human rights laws? Nope! Not included. I’ll tell you what is: a waterpark! The Munsu Water Park is the first ever water theme park in North Korea. Here […]
The Ig Nobel Prizes, which takes the mickey out of the real Nobel Prizes as genuine Nobel laureates present awards to those who have made the most banal breakthroughs in the world, is a brilliant, brilliant — and did we say ‘brilliant’? — affair. This year’s Probability Prize, for instance, deservingly went to a team […]
November is fast approaching, which means one thing; it’s about to be Movember in Melbourne. Urchin Associates is spearheading a creative new campaign called Generation Moustache, or Gen Mo, to raise awareness for men’s health by growing (or supporting) a moustache. This new campaign will be revealed at movember.com and across a variety of platforms […]
Two UK artists, Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss, recently etched out 9,000 silhouettes on Normandy’s Arromanches beach to mark international Peace Day and pay tribute to both civilians and military officers who lost their lives during the Operation Neptune landing on June 6, 1944. The effect is both sobering and chilling. Stunning? Yes, stunning.
Restaurant owner Vijav Patil was grabbing a half glass of tea in the morning at a tea stall in Kolhapur, India, when he was arrested by police for drinking tea ‘in a suspicious manner’ under a law that allows preventative detention of someone suspected of being about to commit a crime. Thankfully, the judge had […]
We should have seen this coming: Boeing recently revealed that one of its retired fighter jets, the Lockheed Martin F-16, was turned into a drone and made its first unmanned flight at an altitude of 40,000ft (12.2km) and a speed of Mach 1.47 (1,119mph/1,800km/h) from a Florida base to the Gulf of Mexico last week. […]
A 45-year-old anthropologist who couldn’t cut it for NASA’s aviation program decided to raid his neighborhood hardware store and the Internet for parts to build his very own space suit from scratch. It looks pretty cool. We guess the next step is to actually test it in space, or at the very least, Hawaii. This […]
Will the world never cease to amaze us? In 2008, the Chinese village of Xuanping in Sichuan was completely destroyed by an 8.0-magnitude earthquake. At least that’s what everybody thought.
This exhibition is the ultimate juxtaposition of the old and the new. The Beyond Limits contemporary sculpture exhibition on display at England’s historic Chatsworth House features work from artists such as Marc Quinn, Tony Cragg and Bill Woodrow, Thomas Heatherwick, Allen Jones, and Mario Merz.
Europe’s largest ballooning event, The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, just recently finished it’s 35th display. Over the course of four days, more than 150 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes floated across the sky over the city of Bristol. This stunning event is definitely something you need to see at least once during […]
A zoo in China’s People’s Park of Luohe has reportedly been attempting to pass off common species as exotic species. One such attempt involved a Tibetan mastiff masquerading as an African lion, but as you might guess, nobody was fooled. As a result of the lion scandal, the zoo is currently under fire from, well, everyone.