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Keeping the Ethereal Sounds of the Glass Armonica Alive

There you are at a dinner party. You’ve had some wine and now you’ve got the misplaced confidence to try and make the half-empty glasses sing. Unless you’re some kind of tipsy prodigy, you’ll probably only get out a few awkward screeches. Show More Summary

Pegasus and Dragon in Hallandale Beach, Florida

A larger-than-life mythological scene greets anyone who happens to glance toward a Florida casino. Even from a distance, it’s hard to miss the two behemoth beasts fighting at its entrance. Pegasus, with his wings pulled taught over his...Show More Summary

Saving the Great Barrier Reef Means Saying Goodbye to a Lot of Starfish

The crown-of-thorns starfish has as many as 21 arms, no brain, and a thicket of quivering, venomous spines all over its body. For sustenance, it preys upon coral, munching on its stony polyps. The creature's underside is dotted with "tube feet", resembling enoki mushrooms. Show More Summary

An Anthropologist Explains Why We Want to Eat Tide Pods

It started as a joke. Tide Pods, the internet agreed, look delicious. After all, the packets of laundry soap come in bright rainbow shades. Their film is shiny, and the pods are round, almost dumpling-like. Despite their unnatural coloring and eerie perfection, they look good enough to eat. Show More Summary

Found: New Hope for an Endangered Desert Flower

Ackaringa Hills, a smattering of mesas part of South Australia's outback known as the Painted Desert—for the red, brown and yellow bands of its formations—is home to many rare plant species as well as the perentie, Australia's largest...Show More Summary

Watch Andy Warhol Stoically Eat a Whopper

Artist and personality Andy Warhol is known for his vibrant pop-art in mediums that ranged from silkscreen to film. In 1982, Warhol himself appeared as an artistic subject in the film 66 Scenes of America, directed by Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth. Show More Summary

Found: Fluorescent Patterns on Chameleons' Heads

Chameleons are pretty impressive creatures—most species can turn almost any color in less than 20 seconds, they can look in two directions at once, and their tongues shoot out so fast that they seem to defy the rules of biology. And the list of chameleonic wonders keeps getting longer. Show More Summary

The Utah Noodle Parlor That's Seemingly All Over 'Blade Runner'

Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s neo-noir dystopian 1982 flick, opens with a scene of a near-future Los Angeles in 2019. Just before we meet our sullen protagonist, ex-cop Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), the camera lingers on an enormous, white neon dragon sign perched on the corner of a building. Show More Summary

The Curbside Gyms That Keep Rare New Zealand Parrots Out of Trouble

Standing 19 inches tall, the kea is a stately, olive-green parrot native to New Zealand's South Island, with a big beak that curves like a scythe and bright orange feathers under its wings. Between 3,000 and 7,000 birds remain in a habitat that stretches over miles of the island's forested fjords and mountains. Show More Summary

Watch a Man Make a Rubik's Cube From Ice

Brave souls imbibe ice cream and cold drinks during the frigid winter months. But it takes a particularly determined person to craft a gigantic ice cube—into the shape of a Rubik’s Cube, no less—in December. Meet Tony Fisher, a wizard of all things Rubik’s Cube and twisty puzzle-related. Show More Summary

Ilkley Moor in Ilkley, England

If you’re a pining for a lover on Ilkley Moor, be sure to wear a hat. At least, that’s what Yorkshire’s unofficial anthem will advise. Ilkley Moor is featured in its own Circle of Life-esque song about the cyclical nature of death. In...Show More Summary

Silly Walks Tunnel in Eindhoven, Netherlands

This pedestrian  underpass near the Eindhoven Central Train Station i n the Netherlands is perfect for walking through—silly walking, that is. The tunnel walls are lined with images of the Minister of Silly Walks himself, a sight sure to delight any diehard Monty Python fan. Show More Summary

How Australian Nicknaming Conventions Turn an Afternoon Into an 'Arvo'

If you watch much television from the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand, you’re likely to run into a naming convention that is completely confounding from an outside perspective. Jeremy Clarkson, one of the hosts of the U.K.’s Top Gear, is referred to as Jez or Jezza. Show More Summary

Watch a Man Play 'Sandstorm' on a Potato

Perhaps your head is still throbbing from the ritualistic champagne-drinking and loud music-hearing that New Year's Eve usually entails. But it's worth popping some ibuprofen just to watch this musical wizard, who impressively covers the late-night club classic "Sandstorm" on an ocarina (a type of wind instrument). Show More Summary

Tracing the Frenetic Movements of a London Symphony Conductor

What if we could capture what music looks like? Not just how it sounds, but how it moves? Digital artist Tobias Gremmler did just that. Using motion capture to track the movements of London Symphony Orchestra conductor Sir Simon Rattle, he created this hypnotic video. Show More Summary

Dragon's Beard Candy in

There are many legends surrounding the origin of dragon’s beard candy. The most popular story tells of a Han dynasty emperor. After eating hand-pulled sugar, the white wisps stuck to his face resembled the whiskers of a dragon. Another...Show More Summary

Watch Two Brothers Build a UFO Gingerbread House

During the holiday season, families often build intricate gingerbread houses. Yet two brothers, Sverker and André Högbom, of Östersund, Sweden, construct gingery ephemera that stretch the limits of what royal icing can hold. (Royal icing...Show More Summary

Why a Maritime Forecast Is So Beloved in the United Kingdom

For the penultimate song on their 1994 album Parklife, Blur chose the swirling, meditative epic, “This Is a Low.” The song envisions a five-minute trip around the British Isles as an area of low pressure hits. “Up the Tyne, Forth, and...Show More Summary

2017 Was Full of Problems, Here Are Some That Got Solved

A problem shared may be a problem halved—but a problem solved is a story worth sharing. We’re quick to decry knotty issues, but sometimes slow to acknowledge or celebrate solutions when we find them. Even among a sea of troubles this year, problems got solved. Show More Summary

Heinz’s Decades-Long Attempt to Convince Australia That Ketchup Is Awesome

A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. Americans far and wide grew up with a prominent number 57 on the bottle of their condiment of choice—Heinz Tomato...Show More Summary

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