December 29, 2016

Miscellany #52

Beautiful photos of Iceland

 Iceland-Rainbow Over Kirkufell

Pantone 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

 2017 Color Greenery-1

How Millions Of Secret Silk Maps Helped POWs Escape Their Captors in WWII 750 successful escapes.

Imagine it’s 1942, and you’re a member of Britain’s Royal Air Force. In a skirmish above Germany, your plane was shot out of the sky, and since then you’ve been hunkered down in a Prisoner of War camp. Your officers have told you it’s your duty to escape as soon as you can, but you can’t quite figure out how—you’ve got no tools and no spare rations, and you don’t even know where you are.

One day, though, you’re playing Monopoly with your fellow prisoners when you notice a strange seam in the board. You pry it open—and find a secret compartment with a file inside. In other compartments, other surprises: a compass, a wire saw, and a map, printed on luxurious, easily foldable silk and showing you exactly where you are, and where safety is. You’ve received a package from Christopher Clayton Hutton—which means you’re set to go.

The Curious History of the Clothespeg

Although pegs might suggest domestic servitude and toil, they also asserted possession, tidiness and small, quick triumphs.

Garbage can be beautiful, if sorted correctly.  Photos from the Secret Trash Collection in a New York Sanitation Garage.

 Secret Collection Of Furbies-1

This is the Treasures in the Trash collection, created entirely out of objects found by Nelson Molina, a now-retired sanitation worker, who began by decorating his locker. Collected over 30 years, it is a visual explosion, organized by type, color, and size.

The Married Woman Who Kept Her Lover in the Attic Dolly Oesterreich, her "Bat Man," and one of the strangest sex scandals ever.

New #ComboPhoto Mashups from Stephen McMennamy

 Bridge Guitar

She Carefully Glued 13,000 Dark And Shiny Pennies To Create This Awesome Floor

It all started with three $50 bags of pennies from the bank and some Elmer's glue...The finished product! About $130 in pennies, 10 bottles of Elmer's glue, some grout and epoxy to give the floor a shiny finish.

 Floor Of Pennies

Watch a Guy Hit 240 Consecutive Green Lights in New York City

Watch 167 Theremin Nesting Dolls Play Beethoven's 9th Symphony then break into a bluesy boogie-woogie rendition. 

Why Do Blind People Wear Sunglasses? to filter out bright and ultraviolet light, to protect their eyes from physical dangers like low-hanging branches, small objects blown by the wind, open cupboard doors, etc, to hide certain deformities , to signify that they’re blind at a distance and because they make others uncomfortable because they can not maintain eye contact.

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