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Why Are Victorian Houses So Creepy?

Frank Lloyd Wright, the Addams Family, and Hitchcock: How Victorian architecture became the default haunted house. Americans have a very specific idea about what makes a house look creepy. If you search for "haunted house" on Google images, only one type of architecture appears in the first 25 images: a Victorian mansion. Read Full Story

Portraits Painted With Fire

Paint brushes suddenly seem so lame. French artist Steve Spazuk "paints" portraits of faces, figures, and animals, using a highly unconventional, potentially dangerous technique: He uses fire and soot. Read Full Story

This Is A Very Important Game About Toasting Bread

"The beautiful story of one slice of bread's epic and emotional journey as it embarks upon a quest to become toasted." Every slice of bread is born with one purpose: Some would say it's to be eaten, but a more nuanced take is that bread is born to nourish humanity, to feed those biochemical sparks that we sometimes call a soul. Show More Summary

The Guardian Rolls Out A Redesign, With Input From Thousands Of Readers

The Guardian's new design joins the rest of us here in 2014. It's about time. It seems like all the major magazines and newspapers are redesigning their websites lately. First it was The New York Times, then the New Yorker. Now the Guardian...Show More Summary

Want To Buy A Historic Fashion Label? Now's Your Chance!

The legacy of the French designer who gave us harem pants is up for grabs. Luxurious, loose-fitting gowns by famed designer Paul Poiret have been off the market for over 80 years, but that isn't stopping a French entrepreneur who specializes in reviving defunct fashion labels from selling off rights to the Poiret brand in an unusual online auction. Read Full Story

The Most Popular Halloween Costumes Of The Past 5 Years

An infographic tale of witches, zombies, and sad clown faces. In 2009, clowns were the fourth most popular costume for adults. But clown stock crashed in 2010, as the costume dropped to 13th place. Rumor has it, the clown hasn't smiled since, his frown now permanently stained with strawberry schnapps. Read Full Story

Fake Flames Tell You When Samsung's Induction Stove Gets Hot

Fake fireplace? Child's play. Induction cooking feels like magic the first time you try it. Without heat, flames, or glowing red coils, your pots get really hot, really fast, thanks to the invisible power of magnetism. But that mind-bending magic also creates a physical disconnect between cooking and heating. Read Full Story

Today's archidose #790

Here are some of my photos of Situation NY by Jana Winderen and Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY now at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. See a dozen more photos of the installation in my Situation NY Flickr set.To contribute your Flickr...Show More Summary

Try Windows 93: The Hilarious OS That Never Was

Somewhere between Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 lives this very odd, very funny art project that you can try in your browser. If you didn't live through the jump, it can be hard to describe the cultural revolution between Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. Show More Summary

The Architecture Of Fear: How To Design A Truly Terrifying Haunted House

We chat with the designers behind one of the scariest haunted houses in America. Every autumn, millions of Americans flock to haunted houses, happily willing to pay $20 or $30 to get petrified out of their wits. Scaring people is no amateur game: haunted houses make up a $300 million industry in the U.S. Show More Summary

Take A Horrifying Journey To Meet Japan's Most Human-Looking Robots

Venture deep into the uncanny valley with a photographer who only shoots disturbingly anthropomorphic machines. When young photographer Luisa Whitton traveled to Japan in 2010, she planned a trip to visit the nation's top roboticists and their increasingly life-like creations. Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/28/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/28/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: September new home sales rose to six-year high Pending home sales...Show More Summary

Misleading Headlines Can Leave Lasting Impressions, Even If You Read The Article

A new study documents the large and lingering effects of media misinformation. Earlier this month, with fears of Ebola on the rise, CNN's website published an article called "Ebola in the air? A nightmare that could happen." The headline...Show More Summary

Visualizing The Two Sides Of #GamerGate's Twitter Debate

Andy Baio charts 72 hours of #Gamergate tweets From inauspicious beginnings--a breakup rant, published online--the firestorm that has come to be known as "Gamergate" has enveloped everything from Twitter to the most niche of gamer blogs. Read Full Story

The Best Wildlife Photography Of 2014

Lions, scorpions, and squid are beautifully rendered in this year's winning images for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. Every year, London's Natural History Museum and the BBC team up to wade through tens of thousands of the very best images of the natural world in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. Show More Summary

These Video-Game Consoles Were Designed To Be Excruciatingly Slow

It's like playing chess by mail. Video games have been primarily about fast, frenetic action, ever since Nintendo released the original NES in the U.S., filling kids' brains with games like Mega Man and Contra. But why shouldn't video games be slow? Read Full Story

This London Bar's Cocktail Menu Is A Gorgeous Pop-Up Book

Who cares if a cocktail menu never changes when it's designed this beautifully? A good cocktail isn't just about the taste, or the alcohol content. It's the peacock tail of drinks: it's all about the look and the flair. That's why a description or even a picture can't do a well-designed cocktail justice. To properly get a feel for it, you've got to see it in 3-D. Read Full Story

Watch 30 Classic Album Covers Come To Life

Prince really does wanna be your lover. Is there anything that hasn't been said about Prince's eponymous album? The feathered hair, the bare shoulders, the chest hair, the sensuous stare. The mustache! For 35 years, the Prince album cover has melted men and women alike. Show More Summary

A Sometimes (Published) Photographer

Pardon some tooting of my own horn, but it's not everyday (or every year, to be more accurate) that my photos are found in not one, not two, but three publications. Such is the case with the below magazine and books.Now, I'm no pro at...Show More Summary

In This Airplane Redesign, No One And Everyone Gets A Window Seat

Replacing porthole windows with interactive screens could make cabins feel like IMAX theaters. Requesting a window seat may soon be a thing of the past. Read Full Story

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