In 1865, a Cuban cigar factory owner came up with the idea to have someone read to his workers as they rolled cigars, as an in-house education program. The idea caught on with other factories, and the tradition continues to this day.
You might be thinking this is the latest Studio Ghibli film but It's actually the new tourism video for Travel Oregon. Created by Wieden + Kennedy with animation from Psyop and Sun Creature Studio, the short film "Only Slightly Exaggerated" gives the state's most recognizable landmarks and events the anime treatment. The dreamy scenario is completed with a score performed by the Oregon Symphony.
It's the only continent on Earth that isn't naturally inhabited. A massive, brutal island, Antarctica didn't even see it's first human foot until the late 1800's. But now it boasts a population in the thousands and is claimed by several countries — although these claims aren' widely recognized. Wendover Productions looks at the politics of keeping humans alive in the harshest climate on Earth.
The 2018 winter has been one for the ages in the northeastern US. With temperatures regularly in the negative for weeks at a time, if it can freeze, it's frozen. Off the coast of North Falmouth, Massachusetts, something unexpected froze — a huge swath of the Atlantic Ocean.
It can't be detected, but this hum has driven people from being mildly annoyed to attempting suicide. In Taos, New Mexico, a small percentage of people hear what's come to be called the Taos Hum. Described as a low-frequency humming, the sound comes from nowhere and is often attributed to hearing disorders. But local legend has it the sound has a far more frightening source.
The Old Forge is just off the beaten path — way off. It holds the title of Britain's most remote pub and getting there is half the fun. By plane, boat, car, and train, Great Big Story shows what it takes to get the most far-off pint in the mainland UK.
After a night of one too many drinks, the toxins in your liver basically kill any chance of you staying productive in the morning. Plus you feel like crap. And after months of engineering in the lab, Morning Recovery's new formula is more effective at helping you rebound than ever. Developed with scientists at the USC, Silicon Valley-backed drink is formulated with ten times the amount of their proprietary DHM extract — their liver superhero — than the previous version. It also includes NAC to crush more toxins, while a mix of electrolytes is more than what you get out of a sports energy drink. Each serving is non-GMO, vegan, and free of caffeine, lactose, soy, and nuts and helps you feel better and do more than you've ever done after a night of drinking.
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It can be tough to get enough water every day. Drinkfinity helps ease the task by turning plain H2O into a mood-boosting beverage. Made with a mix of dry and liquid ingredients, each pod contains vitamins and minerals that have different benefits. Some are infused with green coffee bean extract to jumpstart your day or chamomile and lemongrass extracts for that relaxing moment. But one thing you won't find is any artificial flavors or artificial sweeteners. There's also the feel-good aspect of knowing that each pod contains 65% less plastic than a 20-ounce drink bottle.
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The European Space Agency took a group of disabled children from five countries for the ride of their life. A converted Airbus A310 produces several seconds of true weightlessness during a serious of parabolic maneuvers. Along with the kids, several disabled adults got to ride along as well.
If you're looking for the oldest pub in the world, the best place to start would be in England. And while there are plenty of old pubs in the UK, finding out which one is the oldest isn't so easy — but it's a great excuse for a pub crawl.
It's a view of the Earth's just as mesmerizing as the view from outer space. Shot from aboard a massive container ship, this timelapse combines 80,000 photos over a 30 voyage across the Pacific Ocean and three of the business ports in the world, keeping the global supply chain connected.
Living on top of the world does strange things to people — just as the residents of Longyearbyen, the northernmost city on Earth. You don't want to be buried in Longyearbyen. The permafrost makes for shallow graves, and bodies sometimes come back up again. And as the Earth warms, the thawing permafrost is wreaking havoc, causing the Global Seed Vault to flood, and potentially releasing ancient pathogens into the atmosphere.
All those toys you lost when you were a kid ended up at the Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Part of the Strong Museum, the Museum of Play has over 500,000 toys spanning the history of American kids. If you can't find it here, it probably didn't exist.
The path of the 2017 eclipse offered the chance for a large swath of Americans to witness the celestial event — but few of us got to see from the top of a mountain 9,700 above sea level. Vox shares their grand view of the eclipse from the top of a mountain in Idaho.
In Alliance, Nebraska, Jim Reinders created his tribute to England's Stonehenge — with vintage American cars. The Skyglow Project filmed the 2017 eclipse at Carhenge, right in the path of the totality.
An artificial island, a Buddist guru, endangered birds, and the UN building — New York City's U Thant Island has a very interesting history. For an island measuring about 100 by 200 feet, it has a lot of history, even for a place like New York. Vox takes a trip down the East RIver to U Thant, and learns a little about canoeing in the process.
To embrace the vinyl resurgence, you need a pair of speakers designed for the task. Inspired by the warmth of early 70's hi-fi, when vinyl was at its peak, these Wesley & Kemp Full Range Speakers are handmade in Detroit with the analog format in mind. Housed within each cabinet is a 12" bass driver for deep low end, a 4.5" midrange driver for the fluent warmth you're after, and a frequency range of 32Hz - 17kHz for highs that aim to duplicate a live concert experience. And because great sound and great design should go hand in hand, our custom made CS112's feature a custom black finish to match our Uncrate x U-Turn Turntable , Grado headphones, and Symbol Audio record crate, and Table Top HiFi. Sold as a pair with included removable mesh speaker grilles.
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For the same price, you could buy approximately 1,080 Bic pens (if you opt for economical 144-packs). But you'll lose every last one of those plastic ballpointers, and won't feel like your written words are worth a dime. We're opting instead for the Inventery Mechanical Pen. Available in a black oxide or brushed chrome finish, this writing instrument is machined from a single brass rod to form a unibody construction. At the heart of the pen is a Schmidt P8126 capless rollerball in black ink, paired with an all-brass Schmidt click mechanism that's near-silent. Each pen has an anti-roll groove, and is marked with an individual serial number.
Weight: 57 Grams / Length: 5 Inches / Diameter: 11mm
An easy kayak cruise turned into an epic adventure when a man found his way inside an abandoned ship. The spooking interior looks like it's been completely gutted or at least rotted away, and the sound of water dripping and lapping of the steel inside is almost creepy.
It's just another day in Ottawa as a giant mechanical spider and an ancient dragon fought in the streets of Byward Market. Awakened by underground construction, Kumo emerges from the depths and attacks Long Ma, an ancient half-horse, half-dragon, the protector of humanity. Street theater company La Machine created Kumo and Long Ma, bringing them to the Canadian capital for their North American debut.
This is going to be the longest two years of your life. Currently under construction at Disneyland and Disney World, the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is scheduled to open in 2019, and Disney has finally taken the wraps off an excruciatingly detailed scale model. An unknown planet, trading post, and the last stop before outer space are planned, along with AT-AT walkers and some familiar spaceships.
Barrow, Alaska. Where the sun never sets and sometimes never rises, the ground is frozen all year round, and it snows in the summer. For much of the year, the only way in or out is via plane — and a plane especially designed for serving towns like Barrow. So how did Barrow come to be at all? Wendover Productions went to the second most northern city in the world to find out.
The Teleguide. The Itera Bicycle. The Ford Edsel. You've probably never heard of these things because they were all flops. Samuel West celebrates these failures in a museum in Sweden. Although it sounds like a depressing place, the collection is meant to unsuccessful items are meant to help others learn from those who failed before them.
James J. Fox has been selling premium cigars since 1881. First opening in Dublin and later moving to London, their customer list includes Sir Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, and members of the royal family. The flagship store is home to their Freddie Fox Museum displays vintage tobacco, the oldest box of Havan cigars, as well as memorabilia from some of their notable clients.Not only is it the oldest merchant in the world, but also one of the last remain places you can enjoy their products indoors.
Far from China's mega-cities of Bejing and Shanghai, a massive forest of sandstone spires rises from the valley of Zhangjiajie National Park. Water and time have combined to form the surreal formations that look like they could be from another planet. And this otherworldly landscape has inspired a truly alien planet — Pandora, the lush homeworld of the Na'vi in James Cameron's Avatar.
From its base in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii's inactive volcano Mauna Kea rises over 33,000 feet, with 14,000 of that above sea level. Atop the mountain is the Mauna Kea Observatories that form some of the most important astronomical observation sites in the world. The dry atmosphere and subsequent lack of clouds make it a perfect place to watch the stars. The light pollution project Sky Glow Project spent a day on the mountain, capturing this incredible time lapse of the crystal-clear skies above Hawaii.
This is as close and you'll come to actually flying over the surface of the Red Planet. Painstakingly stitched together by Jan Fröjdman, these images from the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter come together to give the illusion that you're soaring over of Mars, something none of us will ever see in our lifetime.
The Alps stretch for over 750 miles across eight European countries, creating some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. From the 15,000-foot peak of Mount Blanc and the legendary Matterhorn to the green foothills of Switzerland, the Alps have watched over the continent for millions of years. Joshua Cowan captured these images of the Alps in all their winter glory on a recent road trip through Europe. See more of Joshua's work on his Instagram page.
By day, Iceland is well-known for its rugged terrain and clear, stunning vistas. By night, that same harsh countryside softens into something almost alien — nearly unrecognizable from its daylit counterpart. The OZZO Photography crew captured Iceland under a full moon, and with a little help from the Northern Lights, presents a rarely seen side of the island nation.
It's not the first time, and it won't be the last. When the sun rose on New Year's Day, the iconic Hollywood sign had had its spelling slightly changed. The first time it happened was in 1976, in a celebration of California relaxing its laws on marijuana. VICE caught up with the merry prankster responsible for the latest incident, Zach Fernandez, aka Jesus Hands, to see what the motivation was for defacement.
Off the coast of Greece, the Fourni archipelago is a haven for ancient shipwrecks. In an area of sea just over 17 miles, 45 shipwrecks have been found, with a wealth of artifacts that give an insight into the seafaring lives of the ancient Greeks. Philippe Cousteau digs into the waters around the Fourni archipelago and how it's discoveries are shaping our view of ancient Greek life.
In China's Shanxi Province, the Ningwu ice caves are beauty wrapped in an enigma. Despite relatively mild conditions on the surface, underground, the temperature never rises above 32°F. Formed millions of years ago, the Ningwu caves keep their frozen glory all year round.