Watching This Video Of A Chef Cooking Massaged My Senses With Pleasure

Here’s an entire series of ASMR videos featuring baking and cooking and prepping and opening packages and so forth. The chef makes vegan goods, which depending on your world view may shade what you think of the cooking, but there is no doubt: it is so very pleasurable to watch the food get made. It’s like a soothing massage that tingles your ears all the way down to your spine.


The Hot New Urban Renewal Trend Is... Swings

Step aside dancing fountains and community gardens, it’s the age of the urban swing set. I’m not talking about playgrounds. These are swings designed for adults, enticing the tushes of office workers, university students and tourists — city dwellers young and old who all want to take a turn kicking their legs up into the sky.


Glow-In-The-Dark Tampons Are Being Used To Fix Broken Sewers

The UK has a problem: Thanks to bad plumbing and a groaning sewer system, ‘grey water’ — the stuff that comes out of your dishwashers and washing machines — is ending up in rivers, bringing all sorts of contaminants with it. Hi-tech solutions exist to monitor the problem, but a much cheaper (and more amusing) option exists: tampons.


The Most Isolated Town On Earth Wants A Radical Redesign 

Smack dab in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, 1600km from human civilisation, lies one of the most isolated towns in the world. It’s on an island called Tristan da Cunha, and for the first time, it’s looking to the outside world to plan its future.


Why The Plastic Recycling Market Just Crashed 

Recycling is not just a nice thing that hippies do anymore. Recycling is a business — a massive one whose wheels are greased by money, money and more money. Nowhere is this more apparent right now than in the recycled plastic market, where prices have plunged 50 per cent in just six months.


A Day In The Life Of The Fastest Growing Megacity In The World

China’s rapid growth isn’t all about wacky buildings — there are also millions of people whose lives have been uprooted in the name of progress.


Why No Century Will Ever Start On A Sunday, Wednesday Or Friday

The Gregorian calendar is full of wonderful mathematical quirks, and here’s one of them: under its regime, a century will never start on a Sunday. Or a Wednesday or Friday, for that matter.


For Sale On Ebay: Military Vehicle To Start Your Robot Army

Ever had a burning desire to start your own robot army? Well, now might be your chance, provided you have $US55,000 to spare. Someone is selling an experimental unmanned military vehicle on Ebay. (Death ray not included.)


That Time New York City Wanted To Put Highways On Top Of Its Skyscrapers

Some might say New Yorkers had more money than sense in the Roaring Twenties. Somewhat profoundly, John K. Hencken’s idea to build highways on top of skyscrapers in Manhattan required both. Bummer about that stock market crash — otherwise these elevated boulevards might have been built! Emphasis on the might have.


You: 'I Love This Han Solo Coffin Coffee Table.' Me: 'I Know.'

The latest episode of Super-Fan Builds just hit the internet, and this time the lucky recipient is a member of the 501st, a group of Star Wars fans who build their own replica costumes and visit hospitals and other charitable events while dressed in character. If anyone deserves an amazing ‘Han Solo frozen in carbonite’-themed coffee table, it’s Ray Choi who has nine hand-made costumes in his repertoire.


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