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Cateura Recycled Orchestra

Have you heard the story of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura? If not it will make your day. Maybe even your week. Back in 2006, Favio Chávez, an environmental engineer, started working on a waste recycling project at the landfill of Cateura in Paraguay, in one of the poorest slum areas in South America. Around 500 people […]

Big city money hunts

Boys will be boys. The wealthy American businessman Jason Buzi has his own way of getting rid of his money, organising big city money hunts with clues announced on Twitter. Those getting ready for Saturday’s Hidden Cash event in Paris were disappointed. According to Huffington Post, the Paris police said no on the grounds that […]

Passport art

This cute story has travelled the world, unlike the main character in it, Chinese Chen – who by the way might not have thought it particularly cute at the time. Chen was recently on holiday in South Korea with his family. Little did he know he would be stopped at the airport and denied to travel back […]

Do the silly walk

In small town Ørje in Norway, a rather special road sign causes a stir: Inspired by Monty Python, the art group Kreativiteket. came up with the idea to encourage pedestrians to cross the road in a particular manner and add a little fun to the everyday of the locals. A special road sign was made and put […]

The To Be Another Machine

Haven’t we all wished we could creep into somebody else’s head and under their skin? New technology might bring us one step closer, through “The Machine To Be Another”.

The first selfie

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013 is “selfie”, and selfies are upon us in all their lip- and cleavage glory. But the idea is more than a hundred years old.  The Oxford Dictionaries’ definition of a selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam […]

The secrets of a pipe organ

Restoring the pipe organ of the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, turned out to be quite a time travel.  Öttingen, Bavaria, Germany. January 8, 1930. August Sieber is an organ builder for G. F. Steinmeyer. A huge pipe organ is almost ready to be shipped by railroad to Norway, where it will be the pride of […]

Please Mister Postman

Nice Matin reports that in one of the heights of Nice, the inhabitants of a particular street have a somewhat peculiar problem. They haven’t seen the postman –  or their mail – for almost three months. The reason for this disappearance is two dogs, blocking the road in a rather threatening manner every time the […]

Refund for bitchy wives?

A chronically bitchy wife is no reason to get income tax deduction, even though many a frustrated man may think of no better reason. In a tiny village in Northern Norway, a man demanded a thousand euros deduction for “a chronically bitchy wife” in his income tax return, and made a reference to the tax […]