A toppling domino can push over a larger domino, but how much bigger must the next one be?

The Small Knocking Down the Big is a 2009 installation by Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie made from hundreds of cut wooden dominoes meant to loosely demonstrate the effects of something that has become known as Domino Magnification. The basic premise is that any domino can knock over another domino that’s roughly 1.5 times larger, meaning that if you gently pushed a normal sized domino into a chain of bricks that increase in size each time by 1.5, the 32nd object will be large enough to topple the Empire State Building! Source.

An insight into the mathematics and the physics behind Domino Magnification can be found in this cool article.

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Here’s another. What would Lisa Frank do… with House Stark’s banner?

Winter is coming, dude isn’t it great?!

Edit: stickers



Gallium is a silvery metal with atomic number 31. It’s used in semiconductors and LEDs, but the cool thing about it is its melting point, which is only about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If you hold a solid gallium crystal in your hand, your body heat will cause it to slowly melt into a silvery metallic puddle. Pour it into a dish, and it freezes back into a solid.

While you probably shouldn’t lick your fingers after playing with it, gallium isn’t toxic and won’t make you crazy like mercury does. And if you get tired of it, you can melt it onto glass and make yourself a mirror.

Price: $80

Someone get me this for my non-birthday. 


heroin addict? no, heroine addict. please give me more leading ladies i need them to survive

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Letha Wilson

Storm Cloud Circle Fold (Colorado), 2012, three c-prints, 21 x 21 x 1 ½ inches

Angled Aspens, 2010, Unique C-print, museum board, plywood, 20 x 20 x 6 inches

Hug Grand Tetons, 2011, Unique C-print, cheesecloth, cement, 24 x 20 x 7 inches

Vertical Horizon, 2010, C-print, cut plexiglass, aluminum frame, dimensions variable

Waterline, 2011, Unique C-print, lasercut Plexiglass, wood, frame, found steel rod, 48 x 22 x 2 inches

Holey Rock Flaming Gorge (Vox), 2011, Unique C-print, paper, paint, cut and folded, holes cut in drywall, 32 x 30 x 2 inches

Mountain Mountain Mountain, 2012, Unique C-print, concrete, paint, wood frame, 18 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 2 inches

The Wave Concrete Tondo, 2012, c-print transfer, concrete, 28 x 28 x 2 inches

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Let us take a moment to observe the awesomeness of octopus.

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If you are in a shell…

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"They say that you’re supposed to stand up to bullies, but there’s not much you can do when the whole class is like that."
“Why do they make fun of you?”
“Let’s see. My weight, obviously. The fact that I read for fun. Mostly sci-fi and fantasy. I watch Nova. I don’t like sports. You know those loud, obnoxious kids you see hanging out in groups, screaming at people? That’s my whole school.”
“So what do they do to you?”
“Just yell at me and throw stuff at me. But I am proud of one thing. Most kids who get picked on completely spaz out at some point, and get violent. That hasn’t happened to me yet.”

Oh my heart.


Thomas Brown

photographs from the series (x-a)2 + (y-b)2 = r2, 2013

Take this pink ribbon off my eyes
I’m exposed, and it’s no big surprise
Don’t you think I know exactly where I stand?
This world is forcing me to hold your hand

'Cause I'm just a girl, a little ol' me
Well, don’t let me out of your sight
Oh, I’m just a girl, all pretty and petite
So don’t let me have any rights
Oh, I’ve had it up to here

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The Black Rose of Turkey

Turkish Halfeti Roses are incredibly rare. They are shaped just like regular roses, but their color sets them apart. These roses are so black, you’d think someone spray-painted them. But that’s actually their natural color.

Although they appear perfectly black, they’re actually a very deep crimson color. These flowers are seasonal – they only grow during the summer in small number, and only in the tiny Turkish village of Halfeti. Thanks to the unique soil conditions of the region, and the pH levels of the groundwater (that seeps in from the river Euphrates), the roses take on a devilish hue. They bloom dark red during the spring and fade to black during the summer months.

The local Turks seem to enjoy a love-hate relationship with these rare blossoms. They consider the flowers to be symbols of mystery, hope and passion, and also death and bad news.

Seeing a black rose in full bloom is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing. Don’t miss it if you ever happen to be in Turkey during the summer.

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Ken Griffiths

originally published in The Sunday Times Magazine in 1973

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