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  • Origami House Is Way Bigger Than It Looks [18 Photos]

    Located in Mie Prefecture on Japan’s main Honshu island, the Origami House from TSC Architects is modeled after the Japanese paper-folding art. The unique design of the roof isn’t just for show, it also serves a structural purpose. Through contact with the ground, the diagonal roof becomes a strong defense against winds and earthquakes. The giant eaves also block the direct rays of the sun and protect the outer wall from rain. Inside, the house is planned around a double-height living room with a kitchen and dining room off to one side. A bedroom, bathroom, and traditional Japanese-room are placed along the edges. Upstairs is an additional bedroom and storage area.

  • 29 Star Wars Facts You Probably Don’t Know

    Did you know Sir Alec Guinness, the actor who played Obi Wan Kenobi, called the Star Wars films fairy tale rubbish, but despite his claims earned 2% of the box office grossings, earning him a cool $95,000,000? Not too shabby for rubbish. BuzzFeed Pop created a very interesting video highlighting some lesser known facts about the Star Wars franchise. So next time your know-it-all Comicon loving step brother tells you how the original mock up for Yoda was actually a monkey carrying a cane wearing a mask, tell him you already knew that and nugie him into submission.

  • A Map Of Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

    6 years ago, FloatingSheep created a graph of the United States that showed which cities had more bars and which had more grocery stores. It was an interesting map, but it didn’t show the magnitude of the difference between the counts and the numbers were pulled from the Google Maps Directory which may not be completely accurate. Recently, statistician Nathan Yau set out to make a more detailed map. Using data from the Google Places API and showing the magnitude of the difference, Yau created a new map of the US at his site, Flowing Data. Then he took it a step further and created maps of other nations. With 303% more bars than grocery stores, Spain has their priorities straight!

  • E:60: Dominic Moore: Coming Home

    Dominic Moore had the game winning goal in game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs, possibly the most important of the playoffs and of his career. For more it was bittersweet, after being the ultimate journeyman of the league playing for ten teams in ten years, he found his home as a premiere center for the Blueshirts. A lesser known story, however had to do with Moore’s personal life. His wife, who was suddenly diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer lost her battle, sending Moore to take an 18 month hiatus from the league. After a successful season with the Rangers, Moore catapulted the Rangers into the finals, but it was as heartbreaking as it was celebratory for him. ESPN’s E:60 Doc tells the full story here.

  • The Breitling S3 ZeroG Chronograph Is Official Watch Of Weightless Flight (Watch Wednesday)

    Next year, the Swiss Space Systems, S3 will be organizing it’s first weightless ZeroG flights to go public. Breitling will be the main partner in the project and will be equipping passengers with an exclusive chronograph specially designed for the experience. In 1962, Scott Carpenter wore Breitling’s Navitimer Cosmonaute – the first space-traveling wrist chronograph with a manual set because an automatic wouldn’t be able to wind in a weightless environment. S3 has notably set up a program of weightless flights. The ZeroG project will begin in 2015 in over 15 locations around the world, including Asia, the Middle East and Central. Registration is open.

  • 6 Important Life Lessons That David Foster Wallace Missed In His Iconic “This Is Water” Commencement Speech

    In 2005, David Foster Wallace gave a commencement speech that has recently become internet famous on YouTube. So goes the story: There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “morning boys, how’s the water?” and the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “what the hell is water?” I had seen the video before, but I’d forgotten about it until a professor of mine showed it in class a few weeks ago. I don’t think he even planned on it, but I’m sure glad he played it. A few days ago, a friend and I, both of whom are graduating this year, took a walk up to picnic point, this beautiful wooded path that eventually leads out to a drop-off point formed of rocks where you can overlook the city of Madison and the surrounding suburbs. It was an awesome 75 degree day, and it was sunny. We tromped around the woods like little kids, exploring little coves and sand bars, treating the hike like a journey. We more »

  • How to Sell a Craft Beer: Location, Location, Location [Link]

    Craft brewing is already a huge business in the United States, and with more than 2600 craft breweries now operating, the marketplace is becoming increasingly cluttered. How can so many companies compete  in the marketplace? In a business where consumers are constantly looking for something new to try out, how can a brewery make their product stand out? A study of successful brews points towards an importance in creating an identity that showcases the quaint, nostalgic origins of the companies’ home cities, even if the portrayal isn’t entirely accurate.

  • Wayne Gretzky’s 1980s Glamor Shots Win The Internet [10 Photos]

    The 1980s were a special time for Wayne Gretzky fans. They were able to see “The Great One” score hundreds of goals, win 4 Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers, and for the low low price of $7, they could receive posters and photos of a mullet-coiffed Gretzky in silk shirts and pastel sweaters. Flickr user Jeffery Simpson was lucky enough to become one of Gretzky’s “special friends” when he joined the fan club back in 1984. Take a look at what the benefits of such a friendship offered below.

  • 27 Astounding Images Of Earth As Seen From Aboard The International Space Station

    Despite any political differences between the United States and Russia, the space agencies of the two countries continue their cooperative work in Earth’s orbit, aboard the International Space Station. Apart from the research being done in microgravity, ISS crew members continue to send back amazing images of our home world, photographed from low Earth orbit. Gathered here are recent images of Earth from aboard the ISS, and from a handful of other NASA satellites.

  • Oru Kayak: The Origami Kayak That Won Shark Tank

    UC Berkeley School of Architecture grad Anton Willis dreamed up the Oru Kayak four years ago as a solution to fitting a boat into his small San Francisco apartment. Using the principals of origami, Willis created a lightweight yet robust kayak out of corrugated plastic, and designed it to fold from a 12’ boat into an easily storable and portable case. Best of all, transforming it from box to boat takes just a few minutes. Already well known in the outdoor recreation community, the team at Oru Kayak jumped at the opportunity for national exposure and the chance to reel in a Shark as a business partner when they appeared on last week’s episode of Shark Tank. As you’ll see from the clip below the move paid off. Spoiler alert: The Oru Kayak team persuaded Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec and landed a $500,000 deal for 25 percent. The deal gave their start-up a $2 million evaluation and with the national exposure to over seven million viewers the orders came flooding in. A message on their website reads, “Please note that due to the sudden increase demand, there may be a substantial wait time for delivery. New customers will receive an more »

  • The 45 Most Popular Women On Instagram of 2014

    Back in January we published a story called The 50 Most Popular People on Instagram of 2014 and in the months since it has gone mega viral all over the web. To narrow things down a bit we’ll focus on the women of Instagram. As you’ll see from the list the Jenner/Kardashian family has a dominance over Instagram that is nearly unmatchable.

  • Google’s Self-Driving Car on City Streets Can Now Detect Construction Zones and Cyclists

    It’s been a while since we’ve last heard from Google’s self driving car. Last we heard the tech mogul was “working out the kinks” related to a self-sufficient driving machine in a crowded urban environment, not just a highway. Google wants their self-driving cars to be conscious of unpredictable road distractions like a cyclist using a hand signal to cross a lane or construction zones. The vehicle becomes aware of the orange street signs and immediately knows to be on the lookout for construction zones and detoured lanes. The self-driving cars have logged over 70,000 miles in Google’s Mountain View, California.

  • 4 Reasons Why You Won’t Be Using Google Glass

    Wearable tech; it’s fast becoming an industry in its own right. So it’s to be expected that there’s been a fair amount of chatter about the launch of Google Glass. But is the buzz really justified? If you’re not turned on by all the geeky talk about specs and functions, is there room for Google Glass in your life? Having played with it, I’m looking past the technology to give you a summary of what Google Glass gives you on a more practical level.

  • 20 Can’t Miss Performances From Coachella 2014 You Can Watch On YouTube

    1. Calvin Harris – Summer 2. Chromeo – Fancy Footwork 3. The Naked And Famous – Young Blood 4. The 1975 – Chocolate 5. Disclosure – F For You 6. Daughter – Youth 7. Disclosure – Latch 8. CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share 9. MGMT – Electric Feel 10. Empire of the Sun – Walking On A Dream 11. Empire of the Sun – Alive 12. Capital Cities – One Minute More 13. Foster The People – Helena Beat 14. Foster The People – Best Friend 15. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love 16. Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up 17. MS MR – Hurricane 18. AFI – I Hope You Suffer 19. Bastille – Things We Lost In The Fire 20. Bastille – Pompeii

  • Elvis Presley’s Retro Palm Springs Pad Should be The Next Place You Throw A Party

    Listen up all of you Coachella bound festival goers, Elvis’s Palm Springs honeymoon pad is now on the market. Filled with memorabilia that pays homage to “The King”, the pad’s living room juts out over the front lawn in a geometrical circle. In fact the entire home is made up of 5,000 square feet, divided into four perfectly circular sections on three levels, with four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Over its decades serving as a honeymoon hideaway for Elvis and Priscila Presley and an architectural and cultural fixture many movies have been filmed at the estate including “Elvis & Me” and “Elvis by the Presleys”. So scrounge up your vacation fund, pool together $10,000,000 and it’s yours.

  • Hailey Clauson Is The Newest Face of Beach Bunny Swimwear [27 Photos]

    Beach Bunny Swimwear has a knack for identifying some of the newest, hottest talent on the web… looking at you Melissa Bolona. The newest of the bunch is a 19-year-old bombshell from Thousand Oaks, California named Hailey Clauson. There is no doubt that she is now one of the modeling world’s new rising stars so get to know the name, check out her 1980s-tastic photos and then follow her on Instagram, @haileyc123.

  • We Go Behind the Scenes for the Jordan XX9 Release

    Today marks a revolutionary day for Jordan Brand. The brand released their XX9 signature shoe and as we’re going to see is the first of it’s kind. Each year Jordan sets out to push the boundaries of performance and design. Their new “Tailored For Flight” campaign focuses around their new woven technology. Last year the brand focused on a huge step in stability in compression and deflection with their Flight Plate innovation in the XX8 and this year, Jordan is taking it up a notch with a modified plate and completely woven upper. The Jordan team traveled to Italy to find the premier craftsmen and machines for weaving. Using state-of-the-art weaving machines, the team learned they could provide all four major elements of the shoe in a single layer of material. The upper woven materials constrict, but also extract to the players foot creating one seamless mold with minimal foot hotspots. The modified plate provides managed compression and deflection of the Nike Zoom Air cushioning units, creating a larger sweet spot for optimal performance. The shoe marks the first time since the Jordan XI were released that the brand was worried they wouldn’t make deadline. Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s Vice President for more »

  • 3D Ice Cubes For Wealthy Liquor Lovers

    Take your next glass of whisky to the next level with 3D on the Rocks. Each of these cubes were made with fresh spring water and a precision drill. No word on whether these will ever be available for sale but on the site you can view all their masterful creations.

  • Which NHL Teams Dominate Facebook?

    Sixteen teams are about to embark on a fight to the near and probably toothless death. The NHL playoffs are upon us and The Sporting News has broken down the alliances of each U.S. state and Canadian provinces based on fans on Facebook. As you can see Canada dominated most of their country favoring the Canadians and their golden boy, Sidney and his waddling teammates.

  • Five CAT Machines Go Head to Head in Massive Jenga Game

    Jenga is a game of precision and grace amongst have a steady hand and knack for a loose piece here or there. We’ll what if each of the27 pieces weighed 600 lbs? CAT products are known for being the most heavy duty machines out there and they wanted to prove it. So they set up a massive game of Jenga (Stacks) and used five of its machines including excavator and a telehandler to remove the half-ton wood blocks. The object of the game is for heavy equipment operators to remove and then reposition a stack of 27 blocks one at a time, without toppling the structure.