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The Hanshin Expressway

There's driving into work and there's driving into work. The latter is possible thanks to the Hanshin Expressway in Osaka, Japan. A regeneration project for the area of Fukushima-ku in Osaka became a literal roadblock for an extension to the city's Hanshin Expressway. The obstacle in question was the 16-storey Gate Tower Building. Negotiations became an immovable …

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The definition of a genius

genius ˈdʒiːnɪəs noun: genius; plural noun: geniuses 1. exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability. "she was a teacher of genius" synonyms: brilliance, great intelligence, great intellect, great ability, cleverness, brains, erudition, wisdom, sagacity, fine mind, wit, artistry, flair, creative power, precocity, precociousness antonyms: stupidity 2. an exceptionally intelligent person or one with …

Peter Sellers at home in Belgravia, London, 1973

Peter Sellers – The Complete Guide To Accents of The British Isles

Accent-switching is a wondrous talent, for entertainment or as an element of code-switching. Peter Sellers was a skilled intellect. In a 1979 sketch, he presented "The Complete Guide To Accents of The British Isles", as Don Shulman, an American professor of “accents and languages”. He travels through Europe and Britain playing numerous accents from John …

Standards Manual's new book dedicated to late 90s Japanese emojis

Standards Manual’s new book dedicated to late 90s Japanese emojis

Standards Manual have published graphic manuals for Nasa and the New York City Transit Authority and now a new book will look at an integral part of modern Japanese culture. Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed’s publishing imprint’s release a new book celebrating the emojis designed by Shigetaka Kurita for Japanese telecoms company Docomo. 176 symbols …

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Gefilte fish!

I have no specific reason for posting this other than the fact it's a funny movie blooper. Rush Hour was a great movie when it came out in 1998. Like many comedy sequels, its quality deteriorated with each film but this particular blooper has stuck with me the longest. But what the hell is gefilte …

Steamed Hams but there's a different animator every 13 seconds

Steamed Hams but there’s a different animator every 13 seconds

14/4/1996. The date we were blessed with Steamed Hams. And to honour that, YouTube uploader TmsT created this video in collaboration with 13 animators (including himself). To call each animation surreal would be an understatement but so would saying each one was "good". It's all very trippy and pushes Steamed Hams past its boundaries, like …