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There Are Five Other Countries Hidden In This Norwegian Flag

This is either an incredibly simple or incredibly lazy ad, depending on your point of view. To try and demonstrate the number of locations that Norwegian Airlines flies to, M&C Saatchi hid the flags of five other countries in the Norwegian standard. Well, sort of.


Skip The Microwave, The Popcorn Monsoon Makes Snacking A Spectacle

It’s certainly a thrill when a bag of microwave popcorn starts its cacophony of tiny explosions, but the magic is hidden away inside a paper bag, masking the thrill of popping corn. So designer Jolene Carlier re-imagined the hot air popper with her Popcorn Monsoon that’s as entertaining as watching a hamster dash through a plastic maze.


Finally, Transition Lens Glasses That Aren't Total Dorkdom 

Blessed are those with perfect vision, but the rest of us poor, nearly blind souls know the torture that is looking for sunglasses when we already have to wear glasses. The options are Fitovers that jut out like VR goggles, or flimsy clip-ons, or prescription sunglasses ($$$), or god forbid transition lens. (Please don’t get me started on contacts.) But what if transition lens didn’t look totally silly? It’s possible! Thanks to chemistry.


An Inflatable Planetarium Where You Can Climb Into The Night Sky 

If you were one of the millions of people driving over London’s perpetually congested A13 highway in late November, you probably wouldn’t have noticed it: Below the underpass, an eerily glowing orb surrounded by crowds of people who seemed to be crawling in and out of it.


How The Pencil Sharpener Was Invented

For years, the knife was the most commonly used tool to sharpen the wooden writing instrument known as a pencil (which historians believe was invented in the 15th or 16th century). But whittling the wood away to eventually produce a point was a time-consuming, tedious, and inexact process. As pencils became more ubiquitous in everyday life, it became apparent that a faster and more efficient way was needed to sharpen them. Luckily, two Frenchmen were up to the challenge.


You'll Waste Hours Watching The Time Tick By On This Nixie Tube Clock

Though the technology is ludicrously outdated, Nixie tubes have actually remained a popular alternative to LEDs and LCD displays — at least in devices where function follows form. So it’s no surprise that MB&F, known for its over-the-top watches and music boxes, has embraced them on its new Nixie Machine clock that people won’t be staring at just to read the time.


There's An Awesome Tiny Apartment Hidden Inside This 100-Year-Old Turret

For more than a century, the incredible neoclassical turret that crowns Amsterdam’s oldest department store has sat unused. Today, an artist moved in — the tower’s very first resident and the lucky first guest of a program that’s turning the empty structure into a tiny apartment for artists.


Inverted Skyscrapers Hang Like Glowing Stalactites From Your LED Bulbs

LED bulbs are not only more energy-efficient than the incandescents they’re slowly making extinct, they also run cool to the touch, which means if you’re bored by their uninspired shape, you can snap on these wonderful 3D-printed hanging skyscrapers that glow like stalactites, turning your living room into an art-deco oasis.


8 Cities That Have Their Own Distinctive Fonts 

What does a world-class city need these days? Museums, skyscrapers, leafy parks, and, perhaps, a custom typeface.


Welcome To The New Age Of Mega-Airports

Today, Dubai International Airport announced that it’s reached a milestone. It is now the busiest airport in the world for international travellers, a claim that has long belonged to Heathrow, in London. Here’s the thing: it won’t be for long.