Ever wondered why lego mini-figures have holes in their heads? Is it to match the bricks? To snap on hats? Nope. In reality, they have been designed to allow air to pass through if lodged in a child’s throat.
Who needs an Instagram filter when you can just snap a 1840s-era lens onto your real camera…?
A massive sand dune threatens to destroy the set of Tatooine.
When it sweeps through the Tatooine ruins, which are in the Tunisian desert, the sand dune is expected to significantly damage what’s left of city landmarks such as Watto’s junkyard. The site could be spared with the intervention of Tunisian
Jedis authorities, who want to safeguard the future of Tatooine.
"We found Dove in a soapless place."
Spotify has compiled a top 10 list of the most-misheard lyrics.
When Apple’s flagship Spanish store opens, it will have ancient ruins in its basement.
PopChartLab has managed to capture the entire history of sneaker design, in one cool infographic.
It’s interesting to see what has and has not changed over time, or as Mark Wilson put it, “sneakers have run on a sort of quarantined evolutionary track seemingly independent of the whims of popular fashion.”
Here’s the full infographic. Got a favorite shoe brand?
Google celebrates the anniversary of the Roswell UFO case with an interactive alien doodle.
"When the post-Depression years left shoppers skittish and merchants without much business, manufacturers had to innovate and devise new ways to jolt the economy back to life. And so began the beginning of an era that is still aggressively alive today: consumerism. New materials like vinyl, chrome, aluminum, and plywood excited customers again, and products became sleek and attractive in ways they hadn’t been before."
Fireworks used to be different. A single rocket would fire into the stratosphere. It would explode with sparks that filled the night sky. The audience would ooh and ahh. And after a few moments of silence, the cycle would repeat.
That’s not just your childhood memory at work. Fireworks shows really were slower and fueled by bigger explosions just a few decades back. Today, shows tend to pack in more, smaller fireworks to make up scale in bulk. There are a variety of intersecting anthropological and financial reasons for that, explains Doug Taylor, the president of Zambelli Fireworks (a company that will put on roughly 600 fireworks shows across the country this holiday weekend). People live closer together, safety regulations have gotten tighter, and if you don’t have size, fireworks are exciting in sheer density
How McMansions murdered big fireworks
As part of our #Unplug series we asked, “What do you miss (if anything) about life before the digital age?” Here are some of our favorite responses:
- "The art of conversation, mystique and actually getting to know a person at a natural rate than via online presence… and of course privacy…” —Bree Williams
- "Peacefulness and serenity." —Henry Johns
- "The happy ignorance of not knowing how genuinely crazy some of my friends and family are.” —Todd Wilson
- "People actually having to work to stalk you." —Daisuke Iwamura
- "Wonder. Before the Internet you would wonder about everything. Now you can just look it up." —Matthew Green
Here, a few more things we miss about life before the digital age
“Wood has a history. Every piece is different, every piece was once alive. There is an emotional impact there that is profound. There’s nothing that you can do with plastic to make it an emotional thing; but wood helps us connect to our devices.”
“What (if anything) do you miss the most about life before the digital age?”
"Face to face conversations. Children playing outside." -Richard Saling
"I miss actual phone conversations. People only want to Facebook and text! No one wants to have phone conversations anyone it seems.” -Angel Spikes
"QUIET movie theatre experiences….and yes…vinyl records (which I still collect)." -Greg Hale
"Seclusion" -Brian Tromburg
“Wonder. Before the Internet you would wonder about everything. Now you can just look it up.” -Matthew Green
"The happy ignorance of not knowing how genuinely crazy some of my friends and family are." -Todd Wilson