Modeled after Rome’s famed Temple of Vesta, Ireland’s Mussenden Templewas built by a wealthy earl as his library by the sea, but his desire to create a beautiful piece of cliffside architecture may have been a bit overzealous and the temple has been threatening to topple into the sea almost since it was built.
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TURNING MUSEUMS INSIDE-OUT WITH BEAUTIFUL VISIBLE STORAGE
BY CAMERON MAYNARD / 24 SEP 2014
In the world’s largest museums, only a small fraction of their collections are ever placed on display. This makes the storage capacity and conditions of museums incredibly important.
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When the sewers of Paris get clogged with putrid waste, they’re sometimes cleaned the same way they were over a century ago: with a giant, rolling ball.
Constructed over the site of a much weaker looking wooden castle by a pompous count, the fairytale fortress known as Gravensteen became a house of torture and injustice and was almost torn down later on due to the memory of those atrocities.
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Soon the restored crystal chandeliers will be rehung, the hundreds of plush seats installed, and then the next challenge will be to reestablish the Kings Theatre as an entertainment hub for performance, rather than its decades-long identity as one of the city’s most incredible ruins.
Feel like taking a magic carpet ride over one of the world’s most beautiful cities? This video from Aerial Prague is just the ticket…
The blooming of an Amorphophallus titanum (AKA corpse flower AKA titan arum) at The Huntington Library last week inspired me!
If you think humans jump through a lot of hoops just to reproduce, check out this plant. It waits 7-10 years, storing up starch in a giant tuber, just so it can bloom for a single day. Then it pretends to be a hunk of rotting meat to attract insect pollinators. Then, months later, it switches tactics to a produce a sweet fruit so birds will disperse it’s seeds.
If you have never smelled a titan arum but for some odd reason you would like to … you are in … luck? Scientists have identified the exact malodorous chemicals that come off these strange flowers to attract pollinators - so you can create the scent at home!*
*please, for your own sake, don’t try this at home.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the world’s rankest flower, illustrated!
This is a large-scale demonstration of the interaction between period and pendulum length, using 16 bowling balls hung from a wooden frame.
Art, science, music, math… Take a step back and it’s all one beautiful discipline.
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The small city of Whittier, Alaska has a only two large buildings, one is abandoned and frequented by bears, while the other houses almost all of the city’s population but neither can be reached without first passing through the longest tunnel in North America (either by car or train).
Atlas Obscura amazes again!..