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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.


These Wood Grain Sunglasses Are Actually Made From Recycled Newspapers

Shwood has made a name for itself with its take on the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers made from exotic woods like Zebrawood, Cherry, and East Indian Rosewood. But the grain on its latest design isn’t actually wood — it’s a veneer made from 488m of recycled newspapers that are rolled up, glued into paper logs, and sliced like lumber.


This Pin-Sized Book Reminds Us Of Life's Little Pleasures

If you’re feeling down, this pin-sized book may be just the thing to cheer you up. Just don’t put it in your pocket, or it will be lost forever.


This Guy Is Practically A Cyborg With His 3D Tattoo

Don’t be fooled: This is not Tony Stark’s latest bionic arm. It’s an incredibly detailed tattoo, one whose proud owner looks like he just stepped out of Neuromancer.


Why Millions Of Grownups Are Buying This Colouring Book For Adults

Amazon’s Top 100 book list changes hourly, but there are a few mainstays right now: All the Light We Cannot See, of course, and the unreleased Go Set a Watchman. Oh, and two colouring books for grownups.


This Glorified Speaker Blows Out Fires With Bass 

Engineers have experimented with using sonic waves to douse flames for years — but it took a pair of students to turn the concept into an affordable, hand-held device.


The UN Is Ordering 10,000 Of IKEA's Brilliant Flatpack Refugee Shelters

A few years ago, IKEA announced it had designed a better refugee shelter, using its flatpack furniture as a basis for engineering. As great an idea as it was, it wasn’t clear how the concept would ever find its way to reality. Now, these IKEA refugee shelters will be deployed — by the thousands.


The First Brand Manager Was A 1st Century Roman Glassblower 

Ennion made me. Those were the words that emerged as archeologists brushed centuries of dust off glass vessels in digs all over the classical world, again and again. But who was Ennion? And how, in the early years of the modern world, did he make so much glass?


Barbed Wire's Dark, Deadly History

In the mid 1800s, not many (non-native) Americans had ever been west of the Mississippi. When Frederick Law Olmstead visited the west in the 1850s, he remarked that the plains looked like a sea of grasses that moved “in swells after a great storm.” Massive herds of buffalo wandered the plains. Cowboys shepherded cattle across long stretches of no man’s land. It was truly the wild and unmanaged west, but it was all about to change, due, in large part, to one very simple invention that would come to be known as “the devil’s rope.”


The Tallest Tower In Europe Will Be ... In A Quaint Swiss Village?

A new tower designed by Los Angeles architect Thom Mayne was announced today which, when complete, will be the tallest building in Europe. Is it in Moscow? London? Frankfurt? Nope. Mayne’s shiny slab will stab the sky in the tiny hamlet of Vals, Switzerland.


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