‘SNL’ Parodies the Popular Podcast ‘Serial’ by Investigating Whether Kris Kringle Can Magically Deliver Toys

Saturday Night Live parodied the popular podcast Serial (previously) with a sketch where the show’s host Sarah Koenig (played by Cecily Strong) investigates a child’s claim that an elf named Kris Kringle (Kyle Mooney) magically delivered him a Nerf N-Strike Mega Magnus Blaster on December 25th, 1999.

‘The Art of the Marbler’, A Fascinating 1970 Educational Film About Paper Marbling

The 1970 British educational film “The Art of the Marbler” offers an in-depth look at paper marbling, a centuries-old technique for creating beautiful marble-like patterns on paper. The film was directed by one K.V. Whitbread (yes, really) and was produced by the Bedfordshire County Council. It was posted online by the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives.

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Wind-Powered Strandbeest Kinetic Sculpture Model Kits by ThinkGeek

Theo Jansen Strandbeest Model Kits by ThinkGeek

Over the years we’ve posted many times about Strandbeests, the wondrous large scale wind-powered kinetic sculptures created by Dutch artist Theo Jansen. Anyone who has ever wanted their own Strandbeest is in luck–ThinkGeek has released two miniaturized Strandbeest sculptures as snap-together plastic model kits. The Strandbeest kits include a Rhinocerous Mini-Beest and a propeller-driven Strandbeest.

Theo Jansen Strandbeest Model Kits by ThinkGeek

Theo Jansen Strandbeest Model Kits by ThinkGeek

photos via ThinkGeek

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USGS Creates Incredibly Detailed Geological and Structural Map of the West Candor Colles Area of Mars

The United States Geological Survey has created an incredibly detailed geological and structural map of the West Candor Chasma area of Mars. The map is the most detailed ever of an area of Mars and was constructed by Dr. Chris Okobu using data taken from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The USGS also released a map flyover animation of the region.

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Man Uses Wooden Spoon to Gently Shoo a Hungry Possum Who Stole a Yummy Sandwich Roll From His Kitchen

When a hungry possum came into his kitchen through an open window, resident Alex Steel used a wooden spoon to gently shoo the stubborn critter who was busy munching on a stolen sandwich roll, back out the very same window. At first the possum was a little confused, but eventually made it safely onto the outside ledge, with the stolen bread in tow.

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Blink, A News Ticker That Generates an Unending Stream of Sensational Nonsense Headlines

Nonsense New Ticker by Jim Buell

London-based artist Jim Buell has created Blink, an electronic news ticker that algorithmically generates an unending stream of sensational nonsense headlines like “Justin Bieber Executes Dog in America” and “Medical Suspect Marries Radical Tree.” According to Buell, Blink is a commentary on the pervasive addiction to low quality news and dubious information in contemporary culture. Buell imagines that such a device might be used in the near future to algorithmically generate junk news for public consumption.

Nonsense New Ticker by Jim Buell

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Beautiful Balanced Stones Sculptures in Rivers and Streams by Miha Brinovec

Stacked Stone Sculptures by Miha Brinovec

Slovenia-based artist Miha Brinovec creates precariously balanced stone sculptures in rivers and streams by painstakingly stacking stones by hand. According to Brinovec, the process of stacking stones is his favorite form of meditation, and he recommends everyone try it out. Photos of his stone sculptures are available for purchase. Brinovec’s sculptures are reminiscent of the work of Colorado-based artist Michael Grab.

Stacked Stone Sculptures by Miha Brinovec

Stacked Stone Sculptures by Miha Brinovec

Stacked Stone Sculptures by Miha Brinovec

Stacked Stone Sculptures by Miha Brinovec

photos by Miha Brinovec

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AsapSCIENCE Explains the Potential Adverse Health Effects of Sitting Too Much

Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of AsapSCIENCE thoroughly explain why sitting for extended periods of time—at a desk at work, for example—can be harmful to one’s health. Possible adverse effects include decreased bone mass, muscle weakening, increased LDL cholesterol, and even a shortened lifespan.

The good news is that they have created another video describing ways to solve the sitting problem.

‘Mirage’, A Delightfully Disorienting Kaleidoscopic Wall of Mirrors in the Woods

Mirage, Mirrored Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Installation

In the outdoor installation Mirage, 1,200 mirrored panels form a disorienting kaleidoscopic wall amidst a grove of trees. The 82-foot-long installation was created by Budapest-based design firm Studio Nomad. According to the studio, they were inspired by the camouflage patterns of battleships from World War II (likely they are referring to dazzle camouflage). The installation was displayed last August at the Sziget Festival in Budapest.

Mirage, Mirrored Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Installation

Mirage, Mirrored Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Installation

Mirage, Mirrored Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Installation

photos by Balázs Danyi

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A Cleverly-Designed Chair That Looks Like It Is Fading Into the Background

Foggy Chair by Daria Pavlova

Saint Petersburg-based designer Daria Pavlova has created foggy chair, a wooden dining chair with a distinctive paint scheme that causes the very top and bottom of the chair to fade into the background. Pavlova designed the chair for cafés and dining rooms, and says it could be custom painted to match various environments.

Foggy Chair by Daria Pavlova

Foggy Chair by Daria Pavlova

Foggy Chair by Daria Pavlova

photos via Daria Pavlova

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