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November 9, 2018

Solar Egg


From Atlas Obscura:



The northern part of Swedish Lapland is a frigid region with no lack of saunas, but none so unique as the hot room housed within a giant, shiny golden egg surrounded by the icy landscape of the Arctic.


The "Solar Egg" in Kiruna, one of the northernmost towns in Sweden, stands 15 feet tall in the middle of a field of snow, reflecting the white expanse on 69 golden panes of glass.


The egg's interior is a piping hot sauna where residents of Kiruna can bask in the heat, relax, and talk.


Visitors enter the surreal structure via a golden staircase which leads to a small circular sauna that seats eight people.


It's heated by a wood-burning, human heart-shaped stove in the center, which reaches temperatures of 167°F-185°F.


The Solar Egg was created by Swedish artist duo Bigert & Bergström and was donated to the mining town of Kiruna by the Swedish government after massive sinkholes endangered the city in 2004.

Due to overextraction of iron ore by local mining companies, the city began to sink, forcing Kiruna to move to an entirely new location at a cost of over $1 billion.

In response, the Swedish government repaid Kiruna's residents with the unusual egg sauna, which is free of charge for locals.

November 9, 2018 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Kit Kat Mania in Japan


Kit Kat is more than a candy in Japan.


Some would say "cult" is too mild a word.


Tejal Rao, in the Candy Issue of the New York Times magazine, drilled down very deep to bring back everything you might want to know about this great candy.

Fair warning: you'll need to head to 7-Eleven or Wawa or the equivalent after reading this and looking at the fantastic pictures by Spencer Lowell.

And how about the fantastic GIF (top) the Times created to lead its story?

November 9, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Internet Arcade

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"The Internet Arcade is a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through the 1990s."

But wait — there's more!

Armchair Arcade is a quick guide on how to play on the Internet Arcade.

Finally, J.D. Biersdorfer of the New York Times gives a tutorial entitled "How to find the video games of your youth."

Fair warning: there goes the rest of the year.

November 9, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: no moving parts.

A third: no functional degradation in zero-g.

November 9, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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