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Dubai's Newest Twin Towers Will Look Like A Pair Of Blunts

Economic downturn be damned, this pair of spliff-shaped buildings are determined to rise high on the Dubai horizon. While they won’t give the Burj Khalifa a run for its money, these twin towers are already being touted as the world’s tallest duo. I hope they will be nicknamed the Dubai Brothers. Get it, because Dubai sounds like doobie? Sigh.


This Typographic Climbing Wall Stretches The Length Of A Beach

There’s no forgetting where you are when you visit this climbing wall — because the place name is spelt out in giant letter along its 40m length.


The Guardian's First Redesign In Years Actually Reads Like The Internet

The internet changes fast, but The Guardian‘s website hasn’t budged in seven (!) years. Today, it sheds the old cluttered look for a badly needed design refresh that will make its front page easier to read across mobile devices and your desktop.


A Cheaper Highway Guardrail May Be Malfunctioning And Deadly

It’s the difference of just 2.5cm. In 2005, the guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries shaved that much off its guardrail design, saving the company $2 per guardrail head. It also neglected to report this design change to the Federal Highway Administration. Tens of thousands of these potentially deadly guardrail heads are now installed all over the US, and after numerous accidents and deaths, states are finally banning it.


This Melting House Of Wax Is Like A Nightmare Come To Life

‘Tis the season for terrifying nightmare things! How’s this for creepy: Artist Alex Chinneck constructed a full-sized, two-storey house of wax — actual wax! — in London that’s slowly melting down to nothing over the course of a month. Paging Vincent Price…


A Brief History Of The Wine Corkscrew

The corkscrew, like so many other inventions, was borne out of necessity. For as long as we have sold wine in glass bottles sealed with cork stoppers, consumers have struggled to easily remove those corks. As soon as the earliest glass bottles arrived in late 17th-century England, inventors began dreaming up instruments to ease the removal of corks.


These Glowing Balloons Recreate A More Peaceful Berlin Wall

November this year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In addition to the usual civic ceremonies and the like, this anniversary will be commemorated by an art installation tracing the site of wall with lit-up helium balloons.


Apple Watch Accessories Are Already Out Of Control

Whenever Apple announces something new, companies will use the most basic specs revealed onstage to take a stab at making What You Need to go with it. But the Apple Watch is even crazier; despite not even existing yet, more than a few companies are already accessorizing for it.


Inside Muji's Beautiful, Affordable Prefab Houses

The Japanese retailer Muji has built a cult following by offering nearly any object you could want in your home for not much money and proportionately great design. Now, the company is offering one more item to its line of 7500 housewares: actual houses. And there’s a very good economic reason for the ambitious new venture.


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