Thursday, June 19, 2008

Flying Money


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Flying Money

Man throws thousands of pounds into the air at a pedestrian crossing... What would be your reaction if you ended up near it?



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People in Aberystwyth were quite shocked when a man showered about £20,000 into the air at a pedestrian crossing, after shouting: "Who wants free money?"
"It caused bedlam - people were on their hands and knees eagerly picking the money up."

The man later said of his motive: "I just wanted to spread a little sunshine around, and to give people a little happiness."

Today's pictures & links:
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Fractal Tables

Furniture design taken to the next (literally impossible to manufacture) level. This is obviously a simplified prototype, conceived by Platform Wertel Oberfell together with Matthias Bär.


(image credit: platform-net)

Another cool piece of furniture:
Gear-crunching "The Executive Desk" (more info and a video here) -



This clockwork epitome of office life was designed by Dale Mathis - see his gallery - who is also responsible for these gorgeous clocks:



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The Latest in Light Painting

Great addition to our "Painting by Light" article, these are works of Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke, Lightmark:





The gallery is here, and it is out-of-this-world.

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Phonofone: Retro Speaker for iPod that uses no power!
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Made from ceramic and using only passive amplification, it boosts the audio output of standard earphones to up to 55 decibels - being a cool vintage sculpture in the meantime. Designed by Tristan Zimmermann. order it here.



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Cool Shot of the Day
(in cooperation with National Geographic magazine)

500 years old. New Species.

"An Uneasy Eden" is a great underwater photography gallery by Brian Skerry. See it here


(image credit: National Geographic)

Photo by Brian Skerry -
The divers who found it said that from a distance it looked like a flying saucer. On closer examination, ecologist Enric Sala sees a stupendous lobe coral that may be 500 years old. According to reef expert Jim Maragos, the species is likely new to science.

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Mixed fresh links for today:

The City of Ship Breakers - [fascinating]
Amazing Ancient Cities of Color - [architecture]
Strange and Intriguing Shipwrecks - [weird]
New radical way to hop on a train - [urban tech]
Strangest Home Remedies & Treatments - [health]
Ultimate Geek Crop Circle, info - [weird]
New Office Comedy Series (all episodes online) - [fun video]
More Office Rampage - [fun video, nsfw language]
Dragon Skin: New ultra-effective armor - [cool video]

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Map of Tokyo Metro' Shibuya Station

A multi-dimensional puzzle:


(image credit: tokyometro.jp)

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A new word in working out: Submerged Treadmill
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Looking mighty strange - but maybe strange enough to prompt some interest:
Hydro Physio submerged treadmill.



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Spectacular Depths

Mike Roberts takes awesome pictures of underwater life. In cooperation with Photo.net Editor's Picks, here are some samples -




(images credit: Mike Roberts)

Check out his full gallery here. Absolutely fantastic.

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Mortal Coil

A bar in Ukraine - in shape of a coffin. Must be some very subtle commentary hidden in it, somewhere.



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