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Chef Quah Swee Then shows us how to catch a rabbit. More videos at his Facebook page.

I'd rather crank than switch

De-dimension, the graduation project of Design Academy Eindhoven student Jongha Choi, is a different take on flat-pack furniture. It's a bit more practical than his Cigarette Chair.

Sanctuary

"Sanctuary is the world I imagine when I play the piano–a fantasy forest that grows around me and my music. In this virtual world, I can create an intimate and secluded stage where I can overcome my anxiety by minimizing my awareness of the audience." Yurika Mulase is a pianist and an Interactive Telecommunications student at NYU.

The cars drive in, the cars drive out. Over and over and over.

Using data compiled from the U.S. Census American Community Survey, Mark Evans has compiled hypnotic visualizations of commutes around the U.S. There are more in-depth details at his blog, I Like Big Bytes.

The project is based on work by Alasdair Rae.

Reagan tells Soviet jokes

Everything makes him think of a story.

The kind of music that makes you say, "Holy Fuck!"

After a six-year absence, Toronto DIY-electro-rockers Holy Fuck return with a new album, Congrats. The video for the lead single, "Tom Tom," directed by Michael Leblanc, was filmed and cast on location in the Romanian village of Zarnesti. Congrats (released yesterday) can be streamed in its entirety on the band's Bandcamp page.

Bonus links:
The official video for the second single off the album, Xed Eyes.
Holy Fuck previously on Metafilter.

Space X nails it again

The latest video of a Falcon 9 rocket returning from the upper atmosphere.

To be clear, it's just the first stage of the rocket and the video is a time lapse. But this was the most complicated landing yet, as the rocket was launching a commercial communications satellite, into geostationary orbit. So the first stage was coming back much faster than before and even SpaceX wasn't sure it could do it.

What happened to Google Maps?

Justin O'Beirne compares the 2010 and 2016 editions of Google Maps and finds a lack of balance — especially after looking at a map printed in the 1960s.

O'Beirne used to run a blog called 41Latitude about maps and usability, and from 2011 to 2015 led Apple's cartography efforts.

A version of this essay was also published on Quartz, and some may find it easier to read there.

Previously.

Det skal godt gjøres å spise bare en

Veggen ("The Wall") is the first in a series of eight Norwegian advertisements that show us the tragic consequences of a miraculous discovery.

Smash - lightly salted corn snacks coated with milk chocolate - is hugely popular in Norway. Their slogan is "Det skal godt gjøres å spise bare en" - "It would be hard to just eat one."

1. Veggen ("The Wall")
2. Perlekjede ("Pearl Necklace")
3. Nabo ("Neighbour")
4. Ludde (Ludde is the dog's name)
5. Flaggstang ("Flagpole")
6. Frokost ("Breakfast")
7. Tissen ("Willy")
8. Barnehage ("Kindergarten"/"Nursery")

(YouTube playlist of all eight)

Mapping Decline in Regional Diversity of English Dialects

Professor David Britain from the University of Bern added: "People in Bristol speak much more similarly to those in Colchester now than they did fifty years ago. Regional differences are disappearing, some quite quickly. However, while many pockets of resistance to this levelling are shrinking, there is still a stark north-south divide in the pronunciation of certain key words."

Scaling the Heights in China

To attend class, backpack-carrying pupils from Atuler village in Sichuan province must take on an 800-metre [2,600-foot] rock face, scrambling down rickety ladders and clawing their way over bare rocks as they go. (SLGuardian with internal link to original reporting in Chinese)

Football anthems and soccer songs, including one by Pop Will Eat Itself

There are a ton of football (soccer, for the US hooligans) songs and chants (Wiki category), enough to warrant a 4 CD compilation of "hit anthems" back in 2010, with such notables as Come On England and Goldenballs, which got both 4-4-2 and Bell and Spurling on Top of the Pops for their respective songs. But what about those lads who petitioned (but failed) to have FIFA get the Italian pornstar-turned-MP Ilona 'Cicciolina' Staller to present the 1990 World Cup trophy, Pop Will Eat Itself? They had their turn on TOTP with their unofficial World Cup anthem, Touched By The Hand Of Cicciolina (SFW music video).

When you grow up hearing," Yeah, but you're one of the good ones"...

You don't choose to be the Cleverman. You get chosen. The similarities in Australian politics, literature, cinema and television to the United States are striking at times. One man's erasure has become inspiration for a tv show with the first ever Australian Indigenous superhero on the national broadcaster. Youtube link

Treasure Hunt

"I still think you could do something that no one has ever done before." - the story of Kit Williams and Masquerade, a children's book of illustrations that also served as clue to the location of a golden hare, and, despite an ignoble end to the competition, kicked off a crazy off treasure hunting books and videogames in 1980s Britain.

I root for Yellow

The free physics simulator Algodoo is used to create (among many other things) soothing marble race videos. But once you've got colored balls racing each other, why not take things to the next level? Introducing the Algodecathlon and the Algicosathlon

"Its been the same ol' thang, I swear the game don't change"

"Safe"- MC Dumbfounded [NSFW Lyrics] [YouTube] Rapper Dumbfoundead Tackles Hollywood Racism in Amazing New Video [via: New York Magazine]

Average Roman worker died at 30 with bad bones

Almost 2,000 working-class Roman skeletons excavated over the past 15 years show high rates of broken bones, arthritis, and bone cancer, even though the average age of death was only 30. They probably mostly ate stale bread and rotting grains, unlike the "the rich inhabitants in Pompeii - a city of expensive villas and plush domuses" who "generally avoided hard labour and ate a varied diet." The full study is available as Bones: Orthopaedic Pathologies in Roman Imperial Age. "A multidisciplinary team including orthopaedists, paleopathologists, radiologists and medical historians has evaluated the major groups of bone disease in the population finding out incredible cases and picture of ortho-traumatologic pathologies in a pre-surgical era."

Gibbon famously said about the period, "If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world, during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus."