The ‘Brands Saying Bae’ Twitter Account Collects Cringeworthy Tweets of Brands Trying to Talk Like Teenagers

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Brands Saying Bae is a hilarious Twitter account that collects cringeworthy examples of major brands trying to use hip teenager slang on Twitter. Witness Burger King saying “THIS WHOPPER BRUH,” or IHOP telling us “Pancakes or you’re basic.” The account gets its name from the term “bae,” which if you were born before 2000, is a hot new slang term that means variously “cool,” “boyfriend,” or “girlfriend.” Hence this baffling tweet from Tostitos: “Bae is only bae if bae is down for #TOSTITOS chips and dip #BringTheParty.”

Brands Trying to Tweet Like Teenagers

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images via Brands Saying Bae

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at The Explorers Club, The Famous New York City-Based Exploration Society

Science Friday offers a behind-the-scenes look at The Explorers Club, the storied New York City-based exploration society. Will Roseman, executive director of the club, provides a tour of the society’s headquarters, which is filled with artifacts from numerous famous expeditions. Since the society’s founding in 1904, members have taken part in an astonishing number of “firsts” in exploration, among them:

1909–First to the North Pole (Robert E. Peary and Matthew Henson)
1911–First to the South Pole (Roald Amundsen)
1953–First to the summit of Mt. Everest (Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay)
1960–First to the deepest point in the ocean (Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard)
1969–First to the surface of the Moon (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins)

We previously posted about The Explorers Club 109th Annual Dinner.

MIT Students Create Beautiful Lightweight Structures Out of Frozen Water-Soaked Fabric

Forces Frozen Ice Fabric Structures

Earlier in January, students at MIT built a remarkably diverse array of lightweight structures from just two components: fabric and water. The structures are created by first shaping the fabric with various supports and forms. Water is added, and the Boston winter transforms the fabric into rigid ice shells, which are then inverted and placed on the ground. The technique is inspired by the work of Swiss structural engineer Heinz Isler. The structures are built during the annual MIT workshop, Forces Frozen.

Frozen Ice Structures at MIT

Frozen Ice Structures at MIT

Frozen Ice Structures at MIT

photos via Forces Frozen

King Tut’s Iconic Golden Burial Mask Permanently Damaged by Rushed Repair Job at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

King Tut's Iconic Golden Burial Mask Damaged by Rushed Repair Job
The burial mask as it appeared before the damage. Photo by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Yesterday conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo disclosed that the iconic gold and blue burial mask of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun (“King Tut”) was permanently damaged by a rushed repair job after the mask’s beard became detached during cleaning last year. It’s unclear if the beard broke off or was removed because it was loose, but museum conservators (who asked to remain anonymous for fear of professional reprisals) said they were asked by higher-ups to fix the mask quickly. Rather than repairing the mask in the museum’s conservation lab, a museum employee reattached the beard with a permanent epoxy. A thin line of epoxy is now visible between the beard and the rest of the mask. During the repair, epoxy also fell on another part of the mask. It was removed with a spatula, leaving scratches on the more than 3,300-year-old relic. An investigation is reportedly underway.

via Associated Press

The New Atlanta Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia Will Have a Retractable Roof That Opens Like a Camera Aperture

New Atlanta Stadium

In May 2014 construction began on the New Atlanta Stadium, a 65,000-seat stadium in Atlanta, Georgia that will be the new home of the Atlanta Falcons NFL team. The stadium features a striking angular design inspired by the wing in the Atlanta Falcons logo. Enormous windows will illuminate much of the stadium with natural light. But perhaps the most intriguing design feature is the retractable roof, which opens and closes much like a camera aperture (though the stadium’s designers at the Populous architecture firm cite their inspiration as the oculus at the Pantheon in Rome). The stadium is scheduled to open in 2017.

New Atlanta Stadium

New Atlanta Stadium

New Atlanta Stadium

images via New Atlanta Stadium

via Digital Trends, PetaPixel

Olek Visits Ron English’s Studio and Covers a Dinosaur Sculpture in Crocheted Yarn

Artist Olek recently visited the Beacon, New York studio of artist Ron English and adorned one of English’s dinosaur sculptures in her signature crocheted yarn. In a video shot at the studio, Olek talks about her art while she yarn bombs the dinosaur sculpture.

Olek Visits Ron English's Studio

photo via Ron English

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Digital Art Collective eBoy Is Making a Hyper-Detailed ‘Pixorama’ Pixel Art Illustration of San Francisco

Digital art collective eBoy (previously) specializes in pixel art ranging from solitary characters to hyper-detailed posters. Some of their most elaborate works are their “pixoramas,” poster-sized illustrations of cities rendered entirely in pixel art. The collective has made pixoramas of Berlin, London, and Tokyo, to name a few, and now they want to make one for San Francisco. As the images typically take over 1,000 hours to assemble, pixel by pixel, the collective is raising funds for the project on Kickstarter.

San Francisco Pixorama by eBoy
Early imagery for the San Francisco pixorama

San Francisco Pixorama by eBoy
San Francisco landmark mockups

San Francisco Pixorama by eBoy
Marseille

San Francisco Pixorama by eBoy
Marseille, detail

images via eBoy

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‘Monodramatic’, Surreal Photos Populated by Multiple Clones of a Single Model

Monodramatic by Daisuke Takakura

In his photo series Monodramatic, Japanese artist Daisuke Takakura creates surreal photographs by cloning a lone model in many different poses, creating the illusion of numerous clones in a single image. Takakura’s photography will be on display at FACTOTUM gallery in Tokyo, January 23 to February 1, 2015.

Monodramatic by Daisuke Takakura

Monodramatic by Daisuke Takakura

Monodramatic by Daisuke Takakura

Monodramatic by Daisuke Takakura

via Mashable, PetaPixel

Dancers Perform a Breathtaking Aerial Dance on a Cliff Face on the Northern California Coast

Dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber perform a gravity-defying dance on a cliff face on the Northern California coast in this breathtaking video produced by KQED Arts. The dancers are members (Rudolph is also the group’s founder and artistic director) of BANDALOOP, a dance troupe that uses climbing gear to perform aerial choreography. The dance took place north of San Francisco on the cliffs of Red Rock Beach in Marin County.

We previously posted about a BANDALOOP performance which took place on a building facade in Oakland, California.

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A Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock Mashup by Pomplamoose

In their latest video, musical duo Pomplamoose performs a mashup of “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder and two Herbie Hancock songs: “Watermelon Man” and “Chameleon.” Fans of Pomplamoose can support the band on Patreon.