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2. DIGITAL BOOKMARKSVia bb gadgets
Mark-my-time would be my next timepiece, were it not for the fact that it is not the colorful retro wristwatch it appears to be, but instead a useful educational tool for children. Rubbery bookmarks that can be set to count up or down to a preset time, they’re designed to help track how long a youngster’s spent poring over the tomes.
Sometimes there are words that cannot be translated into another language without losing some of its meaning. According to the BBC and 1,000 linguists, the most difficult word to translate is “ilunga”. A word in the Tshiluba language, which is spoken in south-east Congo. “Ilunga”, when attempted to translate into English means “a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time”.
First on the list is Scrooge McDuck.
This self-made Scottish duck tycoon, with holdings in mines and mills, seems an almost infallible industrial titan. He does have a few cracks as a businessman, though. For one thing, the opportunity cost of keeping all of one’s money in a giant vault is vast. Even a conservative investment strategy could net Scrooge millions in interest each year, but he prefers to swim around in his coins instead. Also, Scrooge’s willingness to appoint his young, probably under-qualified nephews to key positions within his empire smacks of nepotism.
5. ART IN KENYAN SLUMS
Today, after more than a year of planning, 2000 square meters of rooftops have been covered with photos of the eyes and faces of the women of Kibera. The material used is water resistant so that the photo itself will protect the fragile houses in the heavy rain season. The train that passes on this line through Kibera at least twice a day has also been covered with eyes from the women that live below it. With the eyes on the train, the bottom half of the their faces have be pasted on corrugated sheets on the slope that leads down from the tracks to the rooftops. The idea being that for the split second the train passes, their eyes will match their smiles and their faces will be complete. This new work, by far JR’s most ambitious to date, can be seen from space and will be seen in Google Earth.
See more pictures here.