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February 14, 2019

This is your life — Happy St. Valentine's Day

Watch a single cell become a complete organism in six minutes of time-lapse.

A film by Jan van IJken.

February 14, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

China and North Korea at night in 1992 and 2010

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1992 on the left; 2010 on the right.

North Korea lies within the red rectangles.

[via Cliff Pickover]

February 14, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Just. wow.

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Res ipsa loquitur.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

February 14, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Straw Museum

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From Atlas Obscura:

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This unique museum narrates the story of the straw braiding craft that became a booming industry in the rural Swiss region of Argovia beginning in the late 1700s century and extending into the 1960s.

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This unassuming and ubiquitous byproduct of crop farming played a key role in the history of fashion design, as Swiss artisans supplied the global market with extraordinarily desired straw hats for some 200 years.

The manufacture of braided straw hats started off as a small cottage industry, when poor farmers decided to make some extra income at home by spending the nights crafting various straw products.

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In the 19th century, this semi-professional craft was industrialized, farmers became factory workers, and their products were gradually sold across the globe.

Not only hats but also laces, ribbons, and all kinds of ornamental trimmings were produced in painstaking and technically demanding needlework and handcraft.

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The farmers demonstrated engineering skills by inventing a variety of machines to make their specialized work easier.

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Besides hats and other accessories, the exhibition of the Straw Museum (or Strohmuseum im Park in German) in the Swiss town of Wohlen includes historical machines and tools, oral history testimonies of former straw factory workers; posters advertising the chic straw accessories throughout different fashion eras; and several crafting stations where visitors can try their own straw braiding skills.

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The museum itself is located inside the beautiful Villa Isler, surrounded by a spacious park, both of which were built by one of the wealthy owners of a straw hat braiding factory in the 1860s.

February 14, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Emergency Clown Nose

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Ready to deploy.

$6.99 (clown costume and makeup not included)

February 14, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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