Monday, January 23, 2017

The Only Time in History When Men on Horseback Captured a Fleet of Ships

Watercolor painting of the Battle of Texel by painter Léon Morel-Fatio. 

The Battle of Texel remains the only instance in history where a cavalry troop — horse-riding soldiers — captured a fleet of ships. It happened on this day in 1795, though it wasn't exactly a battle. The winter of 1794-1795 was extremely cold in Holland, and when a storm rolled in, a Dutch fleet anchored in the strait of Marsdiep tried to shelter by Texel Island until the storm blew over, but then found themselves iced in, writes author David Blackmore. At the time, the French were fighting against the Dutch Republic as well as alongside revolutionaries within the Netherlands who supported the ideas of the French Revolution.
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The Giant Otters Prowled the World Six Million Years Ago


Paleontologists working in China have uncovered the fossilized remains of a previously unknown species of ancient otter. Weighing 110 pounds, these fearsome predators were among the largest otters to have ever lived.
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Snail Drawings, Daniel Ranalli



Massachusetts-based photographer Daniel Ranalli has spent more than 20 years on his
 “Snail Drawings,” a series which consists of one image of neatly configured snails and a second image of the unique patterns made when the snails were left to their own devices.

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Illustrations by Diego Cusano



Italian artist adds new life to food items and common objects by adding illustrations to complete the picture.

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Street Murals by Roadsworth

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Disturbed Man Gets Past White House Security, Gives Press Conference


A man who was described as “visibly deranged” eluded the Secret Service on Saturday and gave a five-minute press conference at the White House. The man, who somehow obtained White House credentials in order to bypass security, unloaded a delusional and paranoid rant that left a room full of experienced reporters shaken. “We were all very, very scared,” Tracy Klugian, a reporter who witnessed the incident, said. “The things he was shouting made absolutely no sense, and he seemed to just get angrier and angrier.” After a stream-of-consciousness tirade in which he accused the reporters of being part of a far-reaching conspiracy to distort reality, the man abruptly walked off “before he could do any real harm,” a Secret Service spokesman said. Reporters who left the White House called the incident the scariest five minutes of their lives and said that they were grateful it did not escalate further. “We were all terrified that, at some point, he was going to ask us if we had any questions,” Harland Dorrinson, a reporter, said. “None of us wanted to say anything that would set him off.” Andy Borowitz

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The Best Signs From Women’s Marches Around The World


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Watercolor Birds by​ Angelina LG



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Felted Bird Sculptures



Captivated by color and fascinated with feathers, Australian artist Jill Ffrench handcrafts enchanting felted birds. In her splendid series of peacock pieces, Ffrench pays particular attention to the creatures’ tail feathers, which she adorns with beautifully balanced patterns and eye-catching designs. 

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Talking Gloves


Each pair of crafty gloves features two stitched designs: one on the left glove, and one on the right. In some pairs, these images are two identical halves of a whole that create a single, symmetrical figure—like a fox’s face or a sparkly heart. Other sets are composed of two dissimilar designs that produce silhouetted scenes, ranging from an out-of-this-world rocket ship to a cat eyeing a perched bird. All of Talking Gloves’ products are crafted from a high quality wool blend and felt, assuring that they are as toasty warm as they are aesthetically unique.

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The 7th Room Treehotel in Sweden lets visitors sleep in treetops.


Designed by Snøhetta—a design office that dabbles in landscaping, architecture, interiors, and brand design—the floating bungalow is tucked away in Northern Sweden and perfectly positioned for a sweeping view of the Northern Lights.
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Europe’s Deep Freeze of 1709


In the first months of 1709, Europe froze and stayed that way for months. People ice-skated on the canals of Venice, church bells broke when rung, and travelers could cross the Baltic Sea on horseback. This freakish winter ultimately claimed the lives of a vast number of Europeans and disrupted two major wars—but to this day, there is no conclusive theory for its cause.
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Baby, It's Cold Outside



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Colourful work by Charlie Hawks


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“Antisocial Network” , Alex Gross




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Women's March against Trump


Hundreds of thousands are massing for a "Women's March on Washington", part of a global day of protests against new US President Donald Trump.

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Martin Rowson on the presidential inauguration

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Oil Paintings on Stones by Yana Khachikyan



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Are we there yet?

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Donald Trump inauguration

Donald Trump sworn in as 45th US president, in historic power transfer from President Obama.
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Playful Kitchenware for People Who Love Animals


From quacky colanders to mythical ladles to pensive cheese graters, it’s a cinch to accessorize your space with animal themed kitchen tools.

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