In the summer of 1995, 22-year-old Larry Page visited Stanford as a prospective computer science PhD student. His tour guide was none other than Sergey Brin, a 21-year-old mathematical genius who was already pursuing his PhD. Brin and Page didn't didn't exactly hit it off at first, in fact, their first day together was spent arguing. Page told Wired magazine: "I thought [Sergey] was pretty obnoxious. He had really strong opinions about things, and I guess I did, too." Brin responded with: "[We] both found each other obnoxious. But we say it a little bit jokingly. Obviously we spent a lot of time talking to each other, so there was something there." Continue reading for more.
Not just any garden, the "Floating Flower Garden" in Tokyo, Japan is an immersive, interactive installation consisting of blossoming flora. Guests start by entering a room filled with floating flowers that rise into the air as they approach, creating an air bubble within the seemingly dense forest. Best of all, multiple people can traverse the installation at once to experience the flowers move away from them and surround them. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
Ear piercing is one of the oldest known forms of body modification, with artistic and written references from cultures around the world dating back to early history. Early evidence of earrings worn by men can be seen in archeological evidence from Persepolis in ancient Persia. Nowadays, earrings have gotten a lot more creative, as the Pac-Man and piranha plant examples show. Continue reading for more cool earrings that geeks would love.
As the size of Crayola crayon packs increased from the original 1903 crayon packs, the variety of colors available has also increased - reaching 120 colors by 1998. The 16 officially retired crayon colors are "English Vermillion", "Brilliant Rose", "Light Blue", "Blue Gray", "Lemon Yellow", "Orange Red", "Orange Yellow", "Violet Blue", "Maize", "Green Blue", "Raw Umber", "Thistle", "Blizzard Blue", "Mulberry", "Teal Blue", and "Magic Mint". Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a fascinating viral time-lapse video of Disneyland being built from the 1950s.
At first glance, this appears to be just a normal book, but flip it open, and you have some extremely compact furniture. You can either store or carry it around just like you would a book. This can be used in numerous ways: a stool, footrest, nightstand, standing work desk or just stack it up and make a table and chair set. Outdoors? Add a wood board on top of 2 Bookniture books to make it a bench. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including Dark Lord Funk, the Star Wars parody of Uptown Funk.
A New Zealand company has unveiled "Refold", a flexible, foldable, portable, affordable and 100% recyclable standing desk. Designed by Fraser Callaway, Oliver Ward and Matt Innes, the 6.5kg cardboard desk can support the weight of an adult. Calloway says: "We came up with the idea as part of our final design project at university here in New Zealand. It was a small part of a larger project about easing the transition between studying and getting jobs." Continue reading for a video and more information.
Known for its constant rainy weather, Seattle is the perfect home for "Rainworks", new water-activated interactive installations. These can either be illustrations and / or hidden messages that only appear when wet. It was created by Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church. Each installation is made from a water-repellant coating that lasts anywhere from 4 months to year.
John Bramblitt's life has always been filled with art, but it wasn't until he completely lost his sight due to epilepsy that he tried to paint for the first time. Starting at age 11, the disease was diminishing his vision, and by the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely blind. He says: "[It sent me into] the deepest, darkest hole" of depression. All of the hopes and dreams that I had for my life; all of the plans for what I would do after I graduated school were gone. I was not only depressed, but in mourning. The life that I had, along with the future that I was planning, was dead and gone," he says. "I felt like I had no potential; that basically I was a zero." It was then when he attempted to learn how to draw using a kind of fabric paint with raised edges, and the rest is history. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Sometimes, less is more, and it's even more true when you throw in some creativity. For example, the vanishing doorknob. This simple invention has a knob that retracts into the door when locked. To make it even safer, you could remove the little key / card hole at the bottom and have it have some sort of biometric scanner. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including Nissan's glow-in-the-dark electric Leaf vehicle.
The Bottle Light is exactly as it sounds, a rechargeable LED cork that transforms old bottles into fully-functional lamps. It looks like a large tapered wine cork at first glance, but at the bottom, you'll find a bright white LED light. When placed in a bottle's neck and turned on, the light will shine for up to 3-hours before needing to be recharged - one hour via USB. Want a different color? The white LED light can be filtered by the color of the bottle used, giving you plenty of options for mood lighting. Product page. Continue reading for more images and information.