• Japanese Army Brigade Builds 50 ft Vader Out of Snow

    Japanese Army Brigade Builds 50 ft Vader Out of Snow

    Monday, February 16, 2015

    Members of the 11th Brigade of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force have built an incredible, 50 ft (15 m) tall and 75 ft (23 m) wide, Star Wars snow sculpture of Darth Vader along with some Stormstroopers, TIE fighters and the Death Star. The sculpture was created for the annual Sapporo Snow Festival and…

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  • Meet Patrick, the World’s Oldest and Largest Living Wombat

    Meet Patrick, the World’s Oldest and Largest Living Wombat

    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    At 84 pounds (38 kg) and 29 years of age, Patrick is the world’s oldest and largest known living common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus). This is his story. Photograph by Ballarat Wildlife Park Patrick has lived nearly his entire life at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria, Australia. He was hand-raised by…

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  • There’s a Speakeasy in Shanghai Hidden Behind This Old Coke Machine

    There’s a Speakeasy in Shanghai Hidden Behind This Old Coke Machine

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Situated in the former French Concession area of Shanghai you will find a nondescript sandwich shop called, The Press. There’s not much to the place aside from a neon sign with a whimsical epithet and an old Coca-Cola machine in the corner… Alberto Caiola, the designer of The Press adds: At first glance,…

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  • Watercolor Cats by Endre Penovac

    Watercolor Cats by Endre Penovac

    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    In an ongoing series of watercolor paintings, Serbian artist Endre Penovác captures the mystique of black cats. Born in 1956 in the small Serbian village of Tornjoš, the artist, who now calls Bačka Topola his home has been exhibiting his work since 1981. You can find much more of Penovác’s artwork on his website…

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  • The Incredible Dioramas of Satoshi Araki

    The Incredible Dioramas of Satoshi Araki

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    Japanese artist Satoshi Araki builds amazing dioramas with astonishing levels of detail. From the rust on a car to the litter on a street, the level of realism in each of his artworks forces viewers to really examine his works. Araki’s dioramas are most striking when he captures the effects of aging in his…

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  • Reykjavik’s Police Department Instagram is Still Awesome

    Reykjavik’s Police Department Instagram is Still Awesome

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

    We first profiled Iceland’s Reykjavik Police Department Instagram (@logreglan) in September 2014. Since then they have continued to entertain their 124,000+ followers while keeping the streets of Iceland’s capital safe. According to the BBC, Iceland has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the world. Police are unarmed, ‘hard drugs’ usage is low…

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  • Looping Gifs of Supercell Thunderstorms

    Looping Gifs of Supercell Thunderstorms

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Mike Hollingshead of Extreme Instability has released an amazing series of 17 HD looping storm gifs at an amazing 1920×1080 resolution. You can check out the full gallery here but be warned, some of the gifs may take a moment to load, with some as large as 20-30 MB. Hollingshead has a tutorial on…

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  • 12 Exquisite Artworks Carved from Jade

    12 Exquisite Artworks Carved from Jade

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    Jade is an ornamental rock applied to two different metamorphic rocks that are made up of different silicate minerals: nephrite and jadeite. Last May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art released a collection of 400,000 high-resolution digital images. Be sure to check out the incredible collection here. The Sifter went through the MET’s amazing archive…

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Feb 26, 2015

Picture of the Day: Aurora Borealis, Bear Lake, Alaska

Picture of the Day: Aurora Borealis, Bear Lake, Alaska

United States Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Strang In this beautiful capture we see Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, above Bear Lake, Alaska. The photo was taken by United States Air Force Senior Airman Joshua Strang, and was awarded first place in the Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2006. An aurora…

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Feb 26, 2015

Kaboom! A Short Film About Two Pyros in Love

Kaboom! A Short Film About Two Pyros in Love

The New York Times profiles a couple who spend their lives pursuing their passion for blowing things up. Produced by: Colin Sonner and Brady Welch Read the story here: nyti.ms/1adjsCT

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Feb 26, 2015

Fisherman Catches and Releases Record Breaking 280-pound Catfish

Fisherman Catches and Releases Record Breaking 280-pound Catfish

Fisherman Dino Ferrari caught and released a Wels Catfish weighing 280-pounds (127 kg) and measuring 8 ft 9 in. (2.67 m) in length. The 280-pound behemoth is believed to be the largest catfish ever caught with a rod and reel. Ferrari caught the fish on 19 February 2015 in the Po Delta, an area…

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Feb 26, 2015

Big Cats Love Boxes Too!

Big Cats Love Boxes Too!

We all know small cats love boxes but what about lions, tigers and leopards? The fine folks at Big Cat Rescue decided to find out.

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Feb 26, 2015

Banksy’s First Art Project of 2015 was a Trip to Gaza

Banksy’s First Art Project of 2015 was a Trip to Gaza

Street artist and provocateur Banksy has just released his first project of 2015. The artist recently shared some new artworks and a mock travel video from his recent trip to Gaza. This is not the first time Banksy has ventured to Palestine. In 2005, Banksy created nine images on the Israeli West Bank wall.…

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Feb 25, 2015

XYZ – Xylophones, Youths and Zeppelin!

XYZ – Xylophones, Youths and Zeppelin!

Watch the 2014-15 Louisville Leopard Percussionists rehearse their rendition of Kashmir, The Ocean, and Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. The Louisville Leopard Percussionists began in 1993. They are a performing ensemble of approximately 55 student musicians, ages 7-12, living in and around Louisville, Kentucky. Each student learns and acquires proficiency on several instruments, such…

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Feb 25, 2015

21 Satellite Photos of Earth that Will Give you a Fresh Perspective

21 Satellite Photos of Earth that Will Give you a Fresh Perspective

The world looks different when seen from above. During spaceflight, astronauts and cosmonauts have reported a cognitive shift in awareness while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface; this is known as the “Overview Effect“. This experience inspired Benjamin Grant to launch Daily Overview, an online project that attempts to, “fully…

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