Synanon's Sober Utopia: How A Drug Rehab Program Became A Violent Cult

In 1970, George Lucas needed dozens of actors with shaved heads for his sci-fi dystopian movie THX 1138. He had trouble filling the roles at first, since so few actresses wanted to cut their locks, but Lucas eventually found the extras he needed in a strange utopian community where everyone worshipped sobriety and expressed solidarity by shaving their heads. It was called Synanon, and over the course of three decades it would become one of the weirdest and most vindictive cults of the 20th century.


The Best Way To Age Bourbon May Be Putting It Out To Sea

Bourbon is to Kentucky as rum is to the Caribbean, so what the heck is this distiller doing letting barrels of the stuff age on a ship bound for the Panama canal? If you ask Jefferson’s Bourbon, they’re just harnessing the motion of the ocean in pursuit of better booze. It’s chemistry!


If Companies Used These Hilarious Honest Slogans I'd Buy Way More Stuff

Honest Slogans is a genius Tumblr written by a deranged Don Draper called Clif Dickens. It’s pure genius. I really hope that some of the brands are actually his clients.


Watch A Super Genius Honey Badger Break Out Of All Kinds Of Cages

No matter what you do, you can’t keep this honey badger locked up. It’s a master jail breaker. Lock the gate? It will find out how to slide it open. Put it in a deep pit with high walls, it will build a rock ramp. Take away the rocks? It will use mud or trees to climb out. What a fascinatingly clever little badger. I hope he never stops coming up with crazy plans to free himself.


Lost In A Maze Of Abandoned Stations Beneath The Streets Of Barcelona

The always interesting urban exploration crew at Trackrunners have assembled all of their various trips down beneath the streets of Barcelona into one long super-post, an epic catalogue of all things lost and subterranean in that Spanish coastal city.


The Beautiful Radio Station Broadcasting From Nepal's 'Hidden Kingdom'

Mustang is one of the most remote parts of Nepal: Nestled on the border of Tibet, it was one of the last parts of the country to encounter Westerners. It’s been described as a “hidden kingdom” that’s been “virtually unchanged since the 15th century”, but modern technology — like radio — is coming.


A Comfy Foam Bench That Turns Your Living Room Into A Park

You might not have the sun beating down on you, the smell of fresh grass, or the sounds of kids having fun, but Valerio Berruti’s Summertime couch is not only comfier than a real park bench since it’s made out of foam — you also never have to worry about it being bombed by pigeons.


These Shiny Foil Screenprints Of Space History Are Fantastic

The UK designers at Astronomika have launched a limited edition screenprint series that they describe as their attempt to draw everything humans have sent into space. They call it “a growing compendium of beautifully crafted screenprints celebrating the past, present and future of spaceflight.”


Sunshades Bloom To Protect These Towers From The Brutal Desert Sun

When the sun comes up, the flowers come out. Inspired by the design of Arabic windows known as mashrabiya, these 14m wide, flower-shaped sunshades “blossom” in minutes to cover the facades of these twin towers designed for two (anonymous!) Middle Eastern media companies.


Red Hot Nickel Ball Vs Peeps: Fiery Death Has Never Been So Adorable

For whatever reason, Easter has become that special time of year when people everywhere gather round to destroy tiny, marshmallow birds in the most demented ways they know how. And so far it looks like Red Hot Nickel Ball has this year on lockdown.