Nature’s Fiery Funnel

“They are called variously fire whirls, fire devils, fire tornadoes and even firenadoes – and the chances are you will never be fortunate (depending on your outlook) enough to see one in real life. An extraordinarily rare phenomenon they are only occasionally caught on camera. Here, however, are a few wonderful examples.” w/ photos

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How Dangerous Is Liquid Nitrogen?

A teenager has had her stomach removed after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen. So what exactly is liquid nitrogen, how is it used, and how careful do you need to be with it? Liquid nitrogen, which has a boiling point of – 196C, is used for a variety of things, such as a coolant for computers, in medicine to remove unwanted skin, warts and pre-cancerous cells, and in cryogenics, where scientists study the effect of very cold temperatures on materials. It has also become increasingly common at top restaurants as a method for instantly freezing food and drinks, or creating an impressive cloud of vapor or fog when exposed to air. The avant-garde cooking technique was arguably made famous by chef Heston Blumenthal, who put nitro-scrambled egg and bacon ice-cream and nitro-poached aperitifs on the menu at his Berkshire restaurant, The Fat Duck.” w/ photos

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Super-Long Safety Pin

“It was one of those across-the-room-at-a-party moments. There she was, with her ironed-flat inky black hair, a hand-blocked smock draped from her tall, lean body, and a leather scarf resembling a snake. But what really caught Rose’s eye was the metal: every one of this mystery girl’s fingers were ringed in silver bands, and each ear lobe was hooked with several drawn-out safety pins of various, perilous lengths. The who-is-she resolved by introduction of mutual pal, jewelry designer and A+R family member Joseph Brooks, we are now thrilled to count Amy Glenn among the crew. Her jewelry and clothes (like the one-off smock she was wearing that day) are the opposite of fast fashion. In fact, Amy, a former costume designer, is all about opposites: minimalism and complexity, the hard and soft, the industrial and natural. Even her severe looks are countered by the most affable personality. The Los Feliz, L.A. artist crafts each piece by hand. Unlike the prosaic, disposable objects like safety pins which inspired them, this is for keeps. This is super-long safety pin is something surreal. Wear it on a coat, sweater…” w/ photos

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