Friday, May 29, 2015

Portmeirion, A Fairytale Village

The beautiful village of Portmeirion  in Gwynedd, North Wales was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village. It is now owned by a charitable trust.

The Mysterious Grotto of Shells

In 1835 a labourer was digging a field near the English seaside town of Margate when suddenly his spade vanished into the ground. A young boy was lowered into the void via a length of rope to see where the spade might have gone. When the boy was pulled back up he reported an amazing discovery: a temple adorned with of shells, 4.6 million of them!

When was this underground wonder built and why? There has been much conjecture over the years. Mick Twyman of the Margate Historical Society suggests that the grotto may have been built by the Knights Templar or their associates sometime in the middle 1100s. But no one knows for sure.

(Details on visiting the Grotto here.)

More: Kuriositas


Swimming With Jellyfish in Palau

13 million golden jellyfish live in Jellyfish Lake in Palau. A snorkeller shot this video of the jellyfish population migrating from one side of the lake to the other and then back again. Their daily migration follows the sun’s arc across the sky.

Music: Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico EinaudiVia: Colossal

10,000 Years of Artificial Cranial Modification

An example of the "Toulouse Deformity"
Photo: Didier Descouens/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0

Artificial cranial deformation, also known as head flattening, is the practice of altering the natural shape of the head through force. The earliest written reference to artificial cranial deformation comes from Hesiod, a Greek poet who lived between 750 and 650 B.C. It was once a common practice in many widespread cultures around the world and still occurs today in a few places, like Vanuatu, an island in the South Pacific. Until the early 1900s artificial cranial deformation was common amongst the French peasantry. Known as the "Toulouse deformity" a baby's head would be tightly bound and padded, to protect it from accidental impacts.

Photo: Didier Descouens/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0

More: Atlas Obscura

Via Frogsmoke

Hand-Crocheted Playground

Nova Scotia textile artists, Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Charles MacAdam, have created a huge colourful playground of hand-crocheted hanging nets.

The installation, called Harmonic Motion, can be seen and played on at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio.

images: Roberto Boccaccino

More: CBC News

Thursday, May 28, 2015

What Does Billion-Year-Old Water Taste Lie?

Professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar of the University of Toronto bravely tasted water that has been sequestered 1.5 miles underground for between 1 and 2.6 billion years. How does she describe the experience? Salty, viscous and orange coloured.

I don't think I'll be mixing that with my whiskey anytime soon.

More: TreeHugger

Thanks Bruce!

Photographer Takes Stunning Photos With Old-school Camera

Oleg Oprisco is a photographer from Lviv, Ukraine who shoots fairytale like scenes with an old $50 film camera. The photos are remarkable for their dreamy quality and for the fact that they have not been digitally manipulated.

More: Onemorepost

100 Years of Cocktails in under 2 Minutes

Cheers, dears!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

Saint Pierre and Miquelon is the only remaining territory of the former colonial empire of New France that remains under French control. The islands are situated off  Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula.

I've always wanted to visit but getting there is difficult and flights are expensive so I don't know if it's in the cards for me. 

Classical Paintings In Modern Settings

In his 2 Reality series Kiev Ukraine-based artist Alexey Kondakov photoshops images from classical paintings into modern settings.

More: Bored Panda

Via Mr. Nag