How does one reconnect with nature while enjoying the comforts of modern living? Treehotel in Harads, a small village in northern Sweden, has the answer.
First opened in July 2010, the hotel is made up of five tree-rooms with the expectation to build to 24 by the end of 2012. Owners Britta and Kent Lindvall have set to blend the rooms perfectly into their natural environment while making a minimal ecological footprint. This is certainly very cool and has put the village of 600 on the tourism map, bringing in some high-end business for those who wish to be with nature but avoid the bugs and pine needles and such. I wonder if the guests all say they “going camping.” Either way, they’re truly a triumph of modern design and are certainly very cool.
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Lena Påhlsson, of Mora, Dalarna, in central Sweden, lost her custom-designed wedding ring 16 years ago after putting it on a kitchen counter while baking. She and her husband, Ola, had given up all hope of finding it again until gathering the last of their vegetables this October from their garden. Attached to one of the carrots was the lost ring! The carrot it was on was so small she was about to throw it away until she took a closer look.
“Our daughter Anna was at home at the time and she heard an almighty scream from the garden,” Ola Påhlsson told The Local, recalling the day of the miraculous find.
Ola believes it could’ve been accidentally put into the ground with their composting though how a carrot was able to be planted right in the middle of the ring and then grow through it was pure luck. They didn’t even plant in rows that year but spread the seeds throughout their garden randomly! Either way they are both ecstatic at the find and are keeping the ring “in a safe place” while they get it resized.
Read more about this heartwarming story at The Local.
Gothamist.com, a blog dedicated to the ins-and-outs and goings-on of New York City, recently visited the secret train platform for the venerable Waldorf-Astoria hotel and came back with some awesome photos. Known as Track 61, it still houses the train and elevator. Supposedly the train pulled straight up to elevator and allowed people to disembark without being seen. Rumor has it that President F.D.R. used it to hide the fact that he was in a wheelchair suffering from polio.
Photo by Sam Horine/Gothamist
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It’s actually a bit more complicated than that. A six-man team of volunteer “astronauts” were sequestered for 520 days in a makeshift, bus-sized “ship” to study and determine just how an actual trip the red planet would affect people. The study, conducted by the European Space Agency, measured their abilities to cope with confinement and maintain daily activities on their year-and-a-half long trip there and back.
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This map has it all! And, yes, let’s be honest: Massachusetts should change from ghosts to Red Sox fans. Click on the image to go to the website with a larger version.
Have a Happy Halloween everyone!
In times of disaster, it’s good to know that people are doing their part to help out. On October 5th, the container ship MV Rena ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef, resulting the worst oil spill in New Zealand history. While clean-up is currently underway, these Little Blue Penguins have been adversely affected and to keep them from preening (and ingesting oil), the Kiwi yarn store Skeinz has put out a call for penguin sweaters. Cute but necessary!
Skeinz has posted knitting instructions for anyone willing to lend a hand.
I’ve gotten lost in corn mazes before – that’s part of the fun! But sometimes it can be more stressful to some.
A family stepped about 30 feet into a corn maze at Connors Farm in Danvers, MA before panicking as it was starting to get dark. Rather than call out to staff (who must’ve let them in in the first place), they decided that calling 9-1-1 was their best recourse. They had two children with them but I think their reaction might’ve been a bit extreme. Staff had known that there people still in the maze and had certainly not gone for the day, as was the family’s worry.
Read more about this story on Reuters.
…photos of you and your friends in the midst of terror while experiencing the Nightmares Fear Factory! The Flickr page for them is an absolute scream! If I didn’t know any better I’d swear they were all staged. But I know what my own face looks like when I’m scared…
Click on the photo to go to their website, but check out the Flickr page of all the photos right here.
Graeme likes to make sure his owner is well taken care of and safe. How? By walking Nicole Weinrich to and from the train station on work days.
“He always seems to know which train carriage I am on and will be sitting there behind the yellow line when the doors open, because he is all about safety,” Weinrich told the Herald Sun. “I’ve heard people get off the train and say, ‘Look, it’s Graeme’. Some just call him ‘rock star’,” she added.
He also enjoys lying the sun at the station and the attention from friendly strangers as he waits for Nicole to arrive.
Read more about this amazing Australian cat at the Herald Sun (complete with video).
Thanks to a microchip, this lost kitty will finally be reunited with her family. Five years ago, Willow ran away from her home in the Rocky Mountains only to resurface in Manhattan of all places. The kind of life she’s led and her long trip to the East Coast will forever remain a mystery, but it seems that this lost pet story will have a happy ending after all.
“I don’t know what kind of life she’s had, so I don’t know what her personality will be like,” she said. When Willow disappeared, she said, “She was a really cool cat, really sweet.”
Read more about Willow here.