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Watch Sheets of Paper Turn into a Topographical Map of Lake Baikal
Artist Olga Skorokhod carves shapes into paper to create artistic cartography.
December 22, 2016
Watch Salvador Dali in the Greatest Chocolate Commercial Ever
The sweet stuff was apparently his hidden weakness.
December 21, 2016
Take a Virtual Tour of One of the World's Largest Gingerbread Cities
There's a lake, a Ferris wheel, and an operating train.
December 19, 2016
Watch This Adorable Baby Macaque Roll a Snowball Down a Hill
Making snowballs is part of these Japanese snow monkeys' culture.
December 16, 2016
Watch Mad Max Enthusiasts Create a Post-Apocalyptic World in the Desert
Party like it's the end of the world.
December 15, 2016
Watch a Hungarian Masked Monster Parade
They're either scaring away Old Man Winter or the Ottoman Empire.
December 14, 2016
Watch a Glittering Disco-Ball Cement Mixer Illuminate a Construction Site in France
An artist's invention turns roadways and construction sites into unconventional party zones.
December 13, 2016
Watch Dance Meet Geometry in This 1920s German Ballet
Ballerinas go Bauhaus.
December 12, 2016
Watch Electric Guitars Being Made in 1965 England
“All this to make a bedlam of adolescent noise,” says the curmudgeonly narrator.
December 09, 2016
Watch Faux Japanese Acrobats Perform Death-Defying Stunts
Can you figure out this trick of early cinema?
December 07, 2016
Watch Hermit Crabs Crawl Into Glistening Mini New Yorks and Bangkoks
Artist Aki Inomata's transparent 3-D printed shells serve as beautiful temporary homes for crustaceans.
December 06, 2016
See One Woman's Amazing Project to Save a Vanishing Native American Language
Marie Wilcox has created a dictionary to protect Wukchumni from extinction.
December 02, 2016
Watch How to Properly Sneeze into a Handkerchief in 1940s England
These public health trailers also teach you about the dangers of crossing the street and germs.
December 01, 2016
Watch a Demonstration of Proper Opossum Massage Techniques
You've probably been doing it wrong.
November 30, 2016
Watch the Process of Precipitation in Hypnotic Slow Motion
Science class just got more interesting.
November 29, 2016
See What People of 1967 Imagined the World Would Be Like in 1999
Spoiler: lots of egg chairs, turtlenecks, and computer servants.
November 28, 2016
Watch Anti-Hitler Vegetable Propaganda
During World War II, American cannery workers were urged to "beet Hitler."
November 23, 2016
Watch the Oldest Hand-Tap Tattoo Artist in the Philippines at Work
Well into her 90s, Apo Whang-Od continues this ancient tradition.
November 22, 2016
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