Wrong way: Does the map application on cell phones always work? Salvatore Corrias, the mayor of the mountain village of Baunei on the island of Sardinia, Italy, does not think so. He has good reason for this opinion. In his area, dozens of emergency calls are made to the fire service and rescue teams by lost tourists who use an app to try to find a destination. The app’s directions send the tourists down dirt roads and trails, where they get lost or stuck. The dilemma has put a strain on the region’s budget. In response, the town is putting up warning signs that dissuade people from using the apps
Thread art: An artist in Hong Kong uses a wooden frame, one long piece of thread and 300 nails as his medium. If the thread breaks, he has to start over. This is the work of Alfred Chen, who makes very realistic portraits of such personalities as Johnny Depp and Harry Potter. Chen starts with a digital image, which he changes to black and white to enhance the shadows and light areas. He makes a map of what his thread
portrait will look like. Then he loops the 5,000-meter (16,400-ft.) long thread around the nails, crisscrossing it in the exact fashion required to create his work of art
Hard pillow: Putting your head on a pillow at night is comforting, as you nestle into bed for sleep. However, what if that pillow was made of marble? The sculptures of Norwegian artist Håkon Anton Fagerås might fool people. His marble pillows look so real, with their creases and folds, that they seem like a sleeper’s head would sink right into them. Fagerås, of Oslo, is a renowned sculptor who creates life-size images of men, women, children, babies, and dogs.
Traffic jam? When people use a map app to pick a route to a destination, the map shows a red line on a road where a traffic jam is occurring. Simon Weckert, a German artist from Berlin, tried to outsmart the app by creating a fake traffic jam. He loaded a small wagon with 99 smartphones, all outfitted with SIM cards, and pulled it down the street. His slow movement replicated 99 phones stuck in one place, and the app responded by marking the street in red. Weckert’s point was that he could influence people’s actions in the real world because those who were using the app at the time were encouraged to take another route.
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Sunny flag: Most people around the world would recognize Japan’s flag: a red circle placed precisely in the middle of the white background. The red circle represents the sun.
Caves and mountains: Canada is home to Banff National Park, located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Established in 1885, it is known for its alpine landscapes, hiking trails, and a large cave system called Castleguard Cave.
Laughing hyenas: Hyenas are known for their so-called laugh. However, the high-pitched, giggling vocalizations don’t mean they are happy. Rather, the sounds indicate that the animal feels threatened or frustrated.
Uncommon kale: The most common varieties of kale are the curly and the lacinato, but there is also redbor, which is deep purple, and red Russian, which has blue-green and purple-red leaves.
Scary movie: Famous English director Sir Alfred Hitchcock made the movie, The Birds, in 1963. It was based on a novella by Daphne du Maurier, also English, and starred American actress Tippi Hedren
- How do you turn white chocolate into dark chocolate? Turn off the light
- Mom, texting: “What does IDK, LY, & TTYL mean?”
Son: “I Don’t Know, Love You, & Talk To You Later.”
Mom: “It’s ok, I’ll ask your sister. Love you, too.”
- Sometimes I tuck my knees into my chest and lean forward. That’s just how I roll.
- Did you hear about the young actor who fell through the floorboards? He was just going through a stage.
- A recent scientific study showed that out of 2,293,618,367 people, 94% are too lazy to actually read that number.
1. An apple charlotte is a cake, a cookie, or a candy?
2. What is a homburg?
3. Over what body of water does the Tower Bridge span?
4. What are the three common primary colors?
5. Who wrote the poem The Raven?
Trivia Answers: 1. Cake 2. Man’s felt hat 3. River Thames 4. Blue, red, and yellow 5. Edgar Allan Poe