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“They say money doesn’t grow on trees. But it certainly appears to do so on the mysterious coin-studded trunks dotted around the UK’s woodland. The strange phenomenon of gnarled old trees with coins embedded all over their bark has been spotted on trails from the Peak District to the Scottish Highlands. The coins are usually knocked into felled tree trunks using stones by passers-by, who hope it will bring them good fortune. These fascinating spectacles often have coins from centuries ago buried deep in their bark and warped by the passage of time. The tradition of making offerings to deities at wishing trees dates back hundreds of years, but this combination of the man-made and the natural is far more rare.” w/ photos
“Modern technology has made it incredibly easy to emulate the sound of a rock band. Plug the right guitar into the right amplifier and you’re already on your way to sounding like Kurt Cobain. In fact, you don’t even need the amplifier. Just plug the guitar into a computer and choose the “Kurt Cobain” setting on your favourite music software. Almost every sound in rock and pop history that’s caused your ears to prick up, or your eyebrows to raise, has been sampled or digitally reconstructed for our music-making convenience. But these sounds all started somewhere; a musician or a producer made a noise – often by mistake – and someone in the studio piped up and said, “Hey! Actually, that sounds quite good!” And so the palette of rock and pop music was formed – a series of happy accidents, developed, refined and combined, mixed down and presented to us. Here are some of the most distinctive and, in no particular order, the records that best showcase them.” w/ photos + audio clips
“52-year-old Gülpen, who describes his creation as a ‘high-tech work of art’ said he wanted to create something unique that has never been done before. A former mechanical engineer, Gülpen started making miniature car models from precious metals in the late 1990s and eventually became a renown miniature car model maker. He decided the cutting edge Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 would be the perfect choice for his greatest masterpiece. The body of the car is made from carbon, just like the original, and features around $2.7 million-worth of precious metals and stones. Metal was used for the detailed rims and diamonds were inserted into the seats, steering wheel and headlights.” w/ photos
“People have been asking me for months to do the Luigi build. Well, I finally mustered up the motivation to do it, so without further ado, here it is.” — Shuey187
“If you fancy yourself as a bit of an egg lover then you best get yourself down to Saint-Aygulf in France for the annual omelet festival. The picturesque coastal town located near St Tropez on the Cote d’Azur produces the giant omelets every year as part of celebrations by the town’s local omelet brotherhood. Cooked in a pan measuring three meters, the giant dish uses 14,400 eggs, 15 liters of oil and three kilograms of butter. And to get the job done is stirred together by giant wooden spoons. The chefs preparing the dish also bake giant loafs of bread and at the end of the process almost 4,000 people get to feast on the results. Once breakfast is had participants at the festival can then compete in a 6 mile ‘fun run’ to burn off those extra kilos.” w/ photo