10 Things I Found on the Internet Today! #4

 

Hold onto your chairs people, this is one wild ride!

Courtesy of MyLittleParis

 

2. Believe it or not – THESE are pictures of the offices of the Harbin Pharmaceutical Group in China!

Below are the interiors of an office building located in Harbin, northeast of China and belonging to Harbin Pharmaceutical Group.

According to the Daily Mail, the building consists of three levels of offices and three more floors that are dedicated to a print museum belonging to the state-owned pharmaceutical firm.

The interior decorations feature gold-tinted walls and chandeliers, reminding one of the lavish Palace of Versailles built by Louis the XIV.

It’s no wonder that the publication of these photos in China caused outrage among the citizens that have homes next to the building and who believe the money would have been spent better in solving the factory’s sewage problems.

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Business must be doing okay I’d say!

Courtesy of Ideachannel

 

3. The art of Oliver Kieser is Surreal, and all produced on a computer.

German artist Oliver Kieser has produced these amazing artworks using a digital painting and sculpting program called ZBrush – a relative newcomer that is revolutionizing the 3D industry with its powerful features and intuitive workflows.

Information on the artist himself is pretty scarce, but you can see more of Oliver’s work here.

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4. I’ve always been a sucker for a good Domino toppling video.

It took domino artist Hevesh5 25 hours spread over 8 days to build this incredible 15,000 domino triple spiral structure.

Watch it work flawlessly with no breaks!

Courtesy of twistedsifter

 

5. Little Miss Sunshine on steroids!

Colombian electro-cumbia outfit, Bomba Estéreo has released this cute video following one adorable little girl’s journey through the mean streets of New York.

The pint-sized heroine is precocious and plucky as she encounters challenges that would knock anyone’s confidence down a couple notches.

She’s on the receiving end of a whole lot of stares and side-eye around the block, but luckily, she just got a fresh cut and she’s not letting any haters bring her down. Plus, she’s hiding some serious recorder-playing skills and killer dance moves.

Check it out and prepare to hit the replay button!

Courtesy of remezcla

 

6. This beautiful old Manor house in France has been abandoned since the 1990’s.

This fairytale-like manor was built around the year 1800 and abandoned since 1999.

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It has 3 floors and it covers a cave below the mansion.

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The staircase in the hall is authentic and carved out of wood.

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The manor is full of nice mosaics, even on the terrace outside.

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The Manoir Colimaçon staircase is in a very modern spiral concept which covers all 3 floors including the closed cave.

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The reason it’s been abandoned is due to a dispute between the old and new owner, who are neighbours.

The manor is currently in a ‘slow state of renovation’, according to the owner. 

Commentary and pics courtesy of Soulphotography

 

7. This is the maddest steampunk’d bike we’ve ever seen!

Glemseck 101 is Germany’s premier festival for lovers of everything custom and old motorcycles, with over 40,000 people descending on the former Solitude racetrack in Stuttgart, Germany for the 3 day event held recently from the 2nd-4th September this year.

This is what Berlin-based Urban Motor built for their entry into Glemseck’s inaugural Essenza sprint.

What a mental-looking machine!

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Check out the full story on its creation at Bikeexif

 

8. What I’m listening to on my Soundcloud playlist

 

9. Cocaine drug-lord Pablo Escobar left behind a rather large legacy for his Colombian neighbours.

The infamous Colombian drug-lord may be gone, but he left behind a bizarre and slightly surreal legacy that is happily growing in size.

Pic by Grant Peters/Flickr
Pic by Grant Peters/Flickr

Escobar, whose cocaine empire earned him a fortune estimated at $30 billion, died in 1993.

In the late 1980s, he kept four hippos in a private menagerie at his residence in Hacienda Nápoles, 100 kilometers (62 mi) east of Medellín, Colombia, after importing them from New Orleans.

After confiscating his Hacienda in the early 1990’s, authorities distributed Escobar’s menagerie to zoos around the country. But the hippos managed to elude capture. Oops!

Those 4 African hippos have now grown to a herd estimated to be around 40 and have taken to wallowing in the lakes and rivers in the nearby area, and occasionally attacking cows and people – double oops!

For the full story head to TheVintageNews

 

10. A little reminder that using these are killing the earth people!

It takes between 150 years and 500 years for the aluminium and plastic capsules to break down in landfill.

The global market for fresh ground coffee pods went from $7 billion in 2010 to $17 billion in 2015 – in the last year, Australians spent $215 million on coffee pods.

In a surprise statement to the press recently, former CEO of Nespresso, Jean-Paul Gaillard says it is time for consumers to think about the price of convenience.

“It will be a disaster and it’s time to move on that. People shouldn’t sacrifice the environment for convenience,” he said.

Made from a combination of plastics and aluminium with organic matter inside, the coffee pods are non-biodegradable.

It takes 150 to 500 years for aluminium and plastic capsules to breakdown in landfill.

Mr Gaillard now heads the Ethical Coffee Company which makes fully bio-sourced and biodegradable coffee pods that break down within eight months.

Coffee companies like Nespresso are now teaming up with recycling company TerraCycle to recycle their pods.

“We’re able to set up international platforms where you can send us the capsules, we pay you for shipping, we even give you a donation to your favourite school or charity for every capsule you send in and then we shred them,” TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky said.

“We separate the organics and compost those and then we take the metals, melt those into new metal products and the plastics into new plastic products.”

Although it’s a problem that is only in its infancy, with the first patent application for a capsule-based machine in 1996, that’s 20 years of landfill, and with the global market on coffee pods escalating by a staggering US$10 billion between 2010 and 2015, it’s a problem that urgently needs to be addressed.

“This is the future. The planet is not ours. It will be for our kids.” says Gallard

How true!

You can read more about this on Techly and ABC

 

Bonus Extra – Are you having one of Those days . . .?

Designed by Spanish creative agency imaginarte, this bizarre accessory encourages relaxation and provides the few moments of escapism that we all need once in a while.

NiceBalls. A dangling prosthetic accessory that sticks easily, discreetly and efficiently to your desk.

Just what we all need!

 

Have a great week  peeps! 🙂

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