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Curiosity

believe it or not

 
Fact: all polar bears are left-handed

toblerone bear

 
toblerone bear

Toblerone originated in Bern, Switzerland, which local legend says was named after a bear.

bins

 
From http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2009/04/24/modern-trash-cans-and-recycling-bins/

All good ideas with a twist that tells us as much about ourselves and our relationships with waste:

For those who must not have any contact with waste: Fabriano designed by Riccardo Nannini, Domenico Orefice
and Emanuele Pizzolorusso

Fabriano designed by Riccardo Nannini, Domenico Orefice and Emanuele Pizzolorusso

Fabriano is a basket made entirely of recycled paper. The thin layers consist of 50 disposable bags and when the bin is full you just have to extract the bag and throw it away, the layer beneath is ready to collect more paper. The shape of a “muffin cup” is easy to produce and allows to obtain the shape of a classic office bin, as well as it gives a personality to it.

http://www.dezeen.com/2009/04/21/fabriano-by-riccardo-nannini-domenico-orefice-and-emanuele-pizzolorusso/

Of course, it is still about using up stuff (paper)…

For those with control fantasies: a bin that reads the bar code of the waste and opens the appropriate container (designed by Woo Seok Park http://www.yankodesign.com/2008/02/14/sort-and-separate/)

bin designed by Woo Seok Park

The aesthetics of crumpled paper: bin bin designed by John Brauer

bin designed by John Brauer

For those who get stuck in the toilet?

bin designed by Stephan Hauser

Designed by Stephan Hauser

Anchor graveyard

 

The Cemitério das Âncoras (The Anchor Graveyard) on Ilha de Tavira

The Cemitério das Âncoras (The Anchor Graveyard) on Ilha de Tavira (Algarve, Portugal) holds the remains of large anchors which apparently formed the weights for large nets (the technique of “armações de atum” invented by the Phoenicians). The nearby town of Tavira was historically devoted to tuna fishing before the industry’s declined and collapsed.

The Devil’s Swimming Pool

 
The Devil's Swimming Pool (photographer unknown)

At its height during the wet season, Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is one of the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The falls, situated between Zambia and Zimbabwe decrease in size during the drier months of September to December. At this time a pool is formed near the edge of the waterfall with a rock wall that keeps swimmers from being sucked over the 108 metre fall.

The image is from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/12/Tourists_swimming_at_Victoria_Falls.jpg

bouncing ping pong balls – global statistics

 

curiosity sayings

The curiosity to know things has been given to man as a scourge.

Apocrypha

All my life I’ve been harassed by questions: Why is something this way and not another? How do you account for that? This rage to understand, to fill in the blanks, only makes life more banal. If we could only find the courage to leave our destiny to chance, to accept the fundamental mystery of our lives, then we might be closer to the sort of happiness that comes with innocence.

Luis Bunuel

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.

Samuel Johnson

We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species.

Desmond Morris

a figure who reminds you of someone famous

 
I saw this photo by  Steve Dupont (Axe Me Biggie No3 Silver gelatin mural print) in the real at fotofreo a while back and I couldn’t forget it.

I think it was taken in a village in Pakistan or Afghanistan

WassinkLundgren, Empty Bottles

 
book art photographs

WassinkLundgren, Empty_Bottles, C-Print, 2005

WassinkLundgren (b. Holland) : Empty Bottles Solo Exhibition Jun 20 – 10 Aug, 2009

‘Empty Bottles’ 2005, WassinkLundgren, winner of the 2007 Arles Contemporary Book Award, is a collaboration between two young Dutch artists working with photography, Groot Wassink (b. 1981 The Netherlands) and Ruben Lundgren (b. 1983 The Netherlands). ‘Empty Bottles’ comprises portraits of ’24 scavengers attracted by the bottles we put in front of the camera’. The project captures real-life acts of recycling, largely unnoticed, yet integral to contemporary life in China. Wassink Lundgren currently live, work and study in both London and Beijing. Initially done as a photo book project, each ’empty bottle’ portrait is presented as diptych alongside a blank institutional blue-green page of the same size, in homage to the color used in public municipal space around China.

Sourced from Pékin Fine Arts

nest in a drainpipe

 
The Mistle Thrush had built her nest on top of a downpipe, blocking the water’s passage and causing the gutter to flood. But desperate to protect her young, she puffed herself up to twice her size and sat in the drainpipe to stop the tide of rain water swamping the nest.

 

thrush nest in drainpipe
She was so occupied with her task that her mate was left to feed her and their young. The images were captured by amateur wildlife photographer Dennis Bright at a house in Fareham, Hampshire. Mr Bright said he was astounded by the female bird’s behaviour.

“The nest was tucked away from the weather in the shade of the roof but it was so close to the downpipe the gutter flooded when it rained.
“It was only a matter of seconds before the pipe flooded, and water cascaded over the sides.”
Mr Bright said he was amazed by the bird’s ingenuity.
“She had to come up with a solution so she puffed herself up so she was twice the size of her mate and used her body as a cork to stop the water – it was absolutely amazing.
“She was very dedicated, sitting there even when the rain was hammering down. Then every half an hour she would get out, dry herself off and come back.
“The male was doing most of the work – feeding her and the chicks when she was sitting in the pipe. I feel so lucky to have witnessed something so rare and unique.”