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Sep 30, 2014

18 Conversation Pits Worth Talking About

18 Conversation Pits Worth Talking About

A conversation pit is an architectural features that incorporates built-in seating into a depressed section of flooring within a larger room. It is sometimes referred to as a ‘sunken living room’ and was a popular design style from the 1950s to 1970s across Europe and North America. [source] Modernist architects Eero Saarinen and Alexander…

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Sep 29, 2014

The Reykjavik Police Department’s Instagram Feed is Pure Gold

The Reykjavik Police Department’s Instagram Feed is Pure Gold

According to the BBC, Iceland has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the world. Police are unarmed, ‘hard drugs’ usage is low and tensions between economic classes is virtually non-existent. [source] Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland and their Metropolitan Police Department has an official Instagram account that is…

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Sep 29, 2014

Autistic 5-Year-Old Expresses Herself Through Her Extraordinary Art

Autistic 5-Year-Old Expresses Herself Through Her Extraordinary Art

In December of 2011, Iris Grace Halmshaw was diagnosed with Autism. Iris’ parents say she rarely speaks and that interacting with others can be challenging, but is able to expresses herself through movement and art. Iris lives with her parents and cat, Thula, in Leicestershire, England. Artwork by IRIS GRACE Website | Facebook…

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Sep 25, 2014

The Bluebells of Hallerbos, Belgium

The Bluebells of Hallerbos, Belgium

Photograph by Vincent Brassinne Should you ever find yourself in Belgium between mid-April and early May, consider a trip to the Hallerbos (Flemish for Halle Forest), located near the boundary of Flanders and Wallonia and a mere 20 km from Brussels. During this time, bluebells as far the eye can see, carpet the forest…

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Sep 23, 2014

Four Ancient Animals That are Older than Trees

Four Ancient Animals That are Older than Trees

Photograph by Scott McCracken According to Science Daily the earliest modern tree lived about 345-360 million years ago. Now extinct, Archaeopteris made up most of the forests across the Earth in the Late Devonian period. The findings were reported by three scientists in the 22 April 1999 issue of Nature (“Archaeopteris is the earliest…

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Sep 11, 2014

This Guy Works His Tail Off So He Can Travel and Photograph the World

This Guy Works His Tail Off So He Can Travel and Photograph the World

Travel photographer Andrei Duman has visited over 70 countries around the world (only 126 left!) and he’s doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. The self-taught artist has been working as an Investment Banker to afford himself the financial means to pursue his passion for travel and photography. The Sifter caught up with Andrei…

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Sep 4, 2014

Behind the Iron Curtain: An Abandoned Tour of the Eastern Bloc

Behind the Iron Curtain: An Abandoned Tour of the Eastern Bloc

In 2013, photographer Rebecca Litchfield was commissioned by Carpet Bombing Culture to photograph the abandoned buildings and areas of the former Soviet Union and its satellite states. Litchfield’s journey took her through ten countries in Eastern Europe to capture what was left from the collapse of the Soviet Union. The result was Soviet Ghosts,…

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