October 21, 2017

Lobster Telephone — Salvador Dali


Made in 1938 with the collaboration of Edward James.

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Shock-free high-speed intermittent gearing

YouTube caption: "Uses a cardiod cam. The driver wheel keeps in touch with the driven pins all the time, and the driven is gradually accelerated and retarded at the beginning and end of the movement, avoiding shocks."

[via RealityCarnival]

October 21, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: bigger than a bread box.

Another: wood and metal.

A third: not a doormat.



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October 20, 2017

From sponge to human












[via RealityCarnival and MIcheletb]

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Nothing's moving on the screen: it's all in your head.

But then, this isn't the first time you've heard that....

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October 20, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Travel Icon T-Shirt

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If you can't find it among the 40 icons you prolly don't need/want it.


October 20, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 19, 2017

Song Dynasty Bowl becomes most expensive piece of Chinese porcelain in history


From The Guardian:


1,000-year-old China Song Dynasty bowl sells for record $37.7 million

Bowl, originally designed to wash brushes, breaks record for Chinese porcelain

A 1,000-year-old bowl (above and below) from China's Song dynasty sold at auction for $37.7 million on October 2, breaking the record for Chinese porcelain, auction house Sotheby's said.

The small piece, which dates from 960-1127, broke the previous record of $36.05 million set in 2014 for a Ming dynasty wine cup which was sold to a Shanghai tycoon.

Bidding started at around $10.2 million and the auction lasted for 20 minutes before the winning offer came from a phone bidder.

The bowl, originally designed to wash brushes, is an example of extremely rare Chinese porcelain from the imperial court of the Northern Song dynasty and one of only four pieces in private hands, according to Sotheby's.

Measuring 5.1" in diameter, the dish features a luminous blue glaze.


The sale broke the "world auction record for any Chinese ceramic," the auction house announced after the bidding.

It exceeded an earlier record made by a tiny white porcelain cup, decorated with a color painting of a rooster and a hen tending to their chicks, created during the reign of the Chenghua emperor between 1465 and 1487.

The cup sold in 2014 to taxi-driver-turned-financier Liu Yiqian, one of China's wealthiest people and among a new class of Chinese super-rich scouring the globe for artwork.

October 19, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Which are you?


[via RealityCarnival]

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Limited-Edition Hiroshi Sugimoto Oculist Witness Eyeglasses


Edition of 25.


Above and below, self-portraits by the artist in the eyeglasses he designed in 2014.


Seven pairs of interchangeable tinted lenses; sterling silver.


Apply within.

October 19, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 18, 2017

Iceland's 3D Crosswalk







Love it.

[via Iceland Magazine]

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Apple Document Scanner in iOS 11 Notes App

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Yet another device made obsolete by the iPhone.

[via the Verge]

October 18, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Heart Bookmark



From the website:



The Heart Bookmark allows you to easily bookmark any page in your book by opening the bookmark's point, then closing it on the page you want to bookmark.


Features and Details:

• 1.38"H x 1.26"W

• Rubber



Pink or


Red: $3.95.

October 18, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 17, 2017

Experts' Expert: How to lower the volume of a sneeze

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Finally, something useful.

From Beth DeCarbo's March 26, 2012 Wall Street Journal story:


Seems like every workplace has at least one person with a really loud sneeze — a teeth-rattling, ear-splitting, high-velocity explosion. Is it possible for high-decibel sneezers to turn down the volume? For the answer, we turned to Jayakar Nayak, assistant professor of otolaryngology at the Stanford Sinus Center.

Why do we sneeze in the first place?

It's caused by a number of factors, most commonly seasonal allergies, irritants in the air, or colds and flu. But even things like looking at a bright light or having a full stomach can trigger a sneeze. These events stimulate the trigeminal nerve in the nasal cavity, which then sets off a coordinated reflex that goes from your diaphragm all the way up to your brain. A lot of different muscles are involved "to build up pressure and the expulsion force" needed to rid the body of this irritant, Dr. Nayak says.

Why are some sneezers louder than others?

Mainly, individual differences in anatomy, such as lung volume, abdominal strength and trachea size. "Some people may be recruiting more muscles into the violent sneeze response," he says.

So how can a person lower volume?

1. [See graphic up top.] Use a thick handkerchief instead of a tissue. The fabric muffles the sound.

2. Hold your breath right before the onset of a sneeze. That can possibly interrupt the body's coordinated reflex.

3. Cough simultaneously as you sneeze. This also lessens the reflex while decreasing the volume.

4. Clench your teeth and jaw, which suppresses the sound. Keep your lips open to prevent air-pressure buildup.

5. Put your index finger at the base of your nose and push up slightly. (Dr. Nayak calls this the Three Stooges method.) This can suppress a sneeze or reduce its severity.

Should you plug your nose?

Never, ever do this. It closes the airway, creating internal pressure. Medical journals have recorded incidents of larynx fractures, voice changes, ruptured eardrums, damage to soft tissue in the neck, bulging eyeballs, bladder incontinence and more.

October 17, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Cindy Crawford, the old French aristocracy turns its lonely beauty marks to you

Hunter Oatman-Stanford drilled down deep for a May 4, 2017 article in Collectors Weekly about the rise of "mouches" that began in the late 1500s and reached its peak in 17th- and 18th-century France.

October 17, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Etch Clock — Who knows where the time goes?

From the website:



The Etch Clock is a colored elastic membrane that transforms itself into 3D digital numbers.

Features and Details:

• 13.2 lbs.

• 16" x 16"

• Coated aluminum frame

• Swiss design and engineering


• Thermo-elastic colored surface

• Power supply: 110-220 V ~10W

• App available for iOS and Android



$1,950 (time not included).

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