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      Stunning Miniature Wonderland

      Miniatur Wunderland
      in Hamburg, Germany. This is not "tilt-shift" effect; these are real,
      incredibly detailed and meticulously put-together models: whole cities,
      working airports, including the largest model railway / railroad in the
      world:

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      Today's pictures & links:

      Mind-Bending Cityscape

      
      ("City in the Sky" by unknown Japanese artist,
        via, click to enlarge)

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      Cool GAZ M-1 Tuning Job

      
      (images
        via)

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      Some Incredible Places to Visit

      Best trips for 2012? National Geographic suggests some
      here
      in a spectacular photo gallery:

      
      (photos by Jon Hicks, Jose Fuste Raga, Reiner Harscher, Massimo
        Ripani)

      1. Dresden, Germany 2. Istria, Croatia 3. The Roussanou Monastery,
      Meteora, Greece 4. Tossa de Mar in the Costa Brava coastal region of
      Catalonia.

      
      (photos by
        Greg Elms
        and
        Andy Rouse)

      Shown above is the Poya Festival in Sri Lanka, and a leopard in Yala
      National Park. "A long line of lights illuminates the path to the summit
      of Adam's Peak during the Poya Festival in the Central Highlands of Sri
      Lanka. This mountainous, mist-draped realm has long been popular with
      backpackers and other adventurers for its tea plantations and rain forest
      preserves." ------------

      Ocean Floor News!

      
      (image
        via)

      Underwater photography from Marineland, 1940. ------------ Mixed fresh
      links for today:

      Cute Robot Recognizes Itself
      - [is it me? NICE!...]
      Insightful: 10 Myths About Introverts
      - [cool article]
      This reads like Cyberpunk fiction, but it's real
      - [Bitcoin story]
      Fetuses Help Their Mothers to Get Healed
      - [fascinating]
      Hilarious Photoshop Disaster in Japanese Ad
      - [funny]
      Adventurers of the Year
      - [NatGeo Award]
      Wow Galleries: Creepiest Waterparks,
      Volcanic Eruptions
      - [wow pics]
      Very Honest, Extreme Look at Book Business
      - [fun, some language]
      Ice Finger of Death Filmed in Antarctic
      - [wow video]
      Miniature Glass Steam Engine
      - [wow video]
      Origami Stroller Demo
      - [wow video]
      Extreme Helicopter Landing
      - [wow video]
      Cute & Funny: Owl Battles Ghosts
      - [fun video]
      Vertigo-Inducing Skyliners Team -
      [wow video]
      The Ultimate 2011 Christmas Gift Guide
      - [promo]

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      Gas Station Happiness from the 1950s

      Check out these "service station inspectors" from 1959:

      
      (image
        via)

      No wonder drivers were excited to get there! -

      

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      Addition to our "Heavy Machinery in Trouble" series

      Sad ending for this trucks' encounter with the CPR bridge in Lloydminster,
      Saskatchewan, Canada:

      
      
      
      
      
      (sent in by a DRB reader)

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      Cows Camouflage

      
      (original unknown)

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      Big-Eyed Wonder!

      
      (Amy Adams in
        Enchanted)

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      A moment of beauty and sad romanticism

      
      (Photo: Russian actress Galina Belyaeva in movie "Park", 1983)

      Here is a
      song
      to listen to if you want some heartbreaking bittersweet experience. The
      lyrics ("Finally, We...") are in Italian, but Google
      translation may
      give you an idea.

      Pooh (featuring Riccardo Fogli, 1973) "Infiniti Noi" -
      Listen here

      
      (photo by
        Ana-Maria Ilinca, Romania)

      Ancient Chinese Poetry: "Facing Snow"

      A chaos of clouds droops into the sunset; The stove abides, there coals
      glow red. No news from anywhere gets through; Sadness sits, to draft a
      letter Into emptiness. ...yet at my window the moon climbs a solitary
      peak. When I awake, I'll memorize returning. --T'ao Ch'ien (365-427) Sir,
      you ask guidance, RULES for success and failure: "The fisherman's song
      strikes deep up the cove." --Wang Wei (701-761) ------------

      One Dreamy Cat

      Wonderfully warm, glowing photo by Sasha Levin, Russia:

      
      (image credit:
        Sasha Levin)

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      Bismuth Crystals

      Iridescent refraction hues of the artificially grown bismuth - more
      info

      
      
      (images
        via)

      ------------ The following is a short round-up of the best from our
      Facebook stream
      (which update every day with unique material, not available on DRB
      otherwise): The flower heads of the Mediterranean orchid
      Orchis italica, photo by Ana Retamero Olmos (Spain):

      

      DIY Steering Wheel... and making great sandals from used tires:

      

      Why do I like this device? Clearly not practical... -

      

      Adam & Eve Anatomy Fail:

      

      Multi-Track Drifting! -

      

      Video is
      here, and more info.
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      Beautiful Anime Art

      Girls waiting for trains...

      
      
      (art by Vania600)

      Breakthrough -

      
      (art by Konachan)

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      What to do in the office when bored

      

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      Never Give Up! Live Version

      
      (original unknown)

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Hambonedk said...

I visited the Miniatur Wunderland a couple of weeks ago. If you ever go to Hamburg, Germany, visit this at all costs. It really is incredible!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you explain me why Dresden is in Germany (why not Saxony?), Istria is Croatia, Meteora is Greece... but Tossa de Mar is Catalonia (not Spain?). Thanks in advance.

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