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why does everyone grow grass farms in front of their house

"…Lawns have been a sign of great wealth since the Middle Ages. Neighbors assumed you were wealthy if you had cultivated land, but didn’t have to grow food on it."
http://www.reddit.com/tb/1eumci
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawn#History

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Paul F. Tompkins: Happy 80th Birthday, Peter O'Toole

paulftompkins:

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Years ago, when I was still learning how to do comedy, there were times when my big closing bit would not quite get the response that I’d hoped it would. That is to say, I would conclude my set with (what I considered to be) my best, most hilarious piece of material, and, more often than I found comfortable, be met with a breezy, airy, dead silence. Occasionally this wall of non-sound would be breached by a forced, dry chuckle from some dear soul in the darkness who just couldn’t bear to see an animal suffer.

The ejector seat I’d employ to punch out of this profoundly mortifying situation was an impression of legendary actor Peter O’Toole reciting “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” (known in some circles as “The Inky-Dinky Spider;” I feel this regionalism lacks elegance). The recitation started off with a crisp, clear reporting of the spider’s ascent up the water spout, segued into a world-weary recounting of the deluge that led to the spider’s return to Earth, then abruptly shifted into a messianic eruption celebrating the promise of the dawn of a new day. It concluded with a wry aside that hinted at the prospect of the cycle beginning anew. …

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Hey You! What Song are you Listening to? NEW YORK

sarahschneider:

This just made me so happy. Guy at 4:40, never keeping us guessing!

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Non-sign II is an installation located at the US/Canadaian border near Vancouver, by Seattle based art collective Lead Pencil Studio. The sculpture is made from small stainless steel rods that are assembled together to create the negative space of a billboard. While most billboards draw attention away from the landscape, Non-sign II frames the landscape, focusing attention back on it.

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hellochello:

Disney movies condensed into a single image.

This is an interesting look at the color palettes—or rather, overall tonal pallet choices—made for each film.  Click each image to find out which is which.

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juliavickerman:

Katie Crown gave us some weird-ass audio so we made her a cartoon!

Designs by me, animation by PUNY. 

“Years” is a modified record player that analyzes the growth rings on a cross section of a tree and translates the information into ghostly piano music (video). The device was created by German artist Bartholomäus Traubeck.

A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music based on the year ring data. Those are analyzed for their thickness and growth rate and are then mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appeareance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.

(Source: Laughing Squid)


This is a quotation often attributed to Mark Twain, but he never said it. …The quotation—in slightly different form, without the word “censorship”—appears in Robert A. Heinlein’s The Man Who Sold the Moon, published in 1950: “The whole principle is wrong; it’s like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can’t eat steak.”(Source)

This is a quotation often attributed to Mark Twain, but he never said it. …The quotation—in slightly different form, without the word “censorship”—appears in Robert A. Heinlein’s The Man Who Sold the Moon, published in 1950:
“The whole principle is wrong; it’s like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can’t eat steak.”
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Jung von Matt/Limmat: Pro Infirmis Get closer.

Pro Infirmis conducts an experiment: there are only a few people who don’t have empathy with disabled people. Nevertheless, the passenger seat in the public bus next to Fabian often stays empty. Handicapped people are a regular part of our society.

So, get closer.

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Go Beyond the Cover
featuring Rick “Zombie Boy” Genest.

Song: “There is Hope" [feat. Rasmus Kellerman] by Zoo Brazil

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