...things and notions to provoke pondering, instill surprise, tempt your inner child, and inspire (and, perhaps, make you smile)

Which is the consumer, which the consumed?

the artwork of Kevin LCK

Wonders  |  art, gadgets, diorama, design, Kevin LCK

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"chindōgu珍道具 : the Japanese art of creating gadgets that are not exactly useful, but are not exactly useless


Wonders  |  Japanese, vocab, art, gadgets, culture

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Avebury Henge (the lesser known, largest stone circle in Britain—circa 2850 to 2200 BC)

Avebury, England

Wonders  |  photography, British, historical, travel, flora & fauna

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Layered Paper Sculpture Comes to Life

the artwork of Calvin Nicholls

Wonders  |  art, artists, sculpture, Calvin Nicholls

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The Nevis River Bungy (134-meter drop, 8.5 seconds of freefall)

Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

Wonders  |  photography, adventure, sport, travel, New Zealand

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Photo-like Paintings More Real than Reality

the artwork of Evgeny Lushpin

Wonders  |  art, artists, painting, Russian, Evgeny Lushpin

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Brad Pitt for only €60

Ghent, Belgium

Wonders  |  photography, humor, travel, Belgium, Brad Pitt

Finding the Faces All Around Us

the artwork of Victor Nunes

Wonders  |  art, artists, drawing/illustration

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When the View Is Naturally in Grayscale

Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

Wonders  |  nature, photography, travel, New Zealand

Graphite & Gold Leaf

the artwork of Yoann Lossel

Wonders  |  art, artists, French, Yoann Lossel

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Strung Shoe Art, the World Over

Ghent, Belgium

Wonders  |  photography, travel, Belgium, architecture

The Perfect Ice Ball: Hand-sculpted

Takayuki Suzuki (a.k.a. "The Ice Man) applies the Japanese aesthetic—and tradition of "omotenashi"—to the classic ice ball

Wonders  |  Japanese, videos, art, artists, drink, sculpture, whisky/whiskey, Takayuki Suzuki

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Milford Sound

South Island, New Zealand

Wonders  |  nature, photography, travel, New Zealand

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Universes in Suspension

the artwork of Alejandro Burdisio

Wonders  |  art, artists, sci-fi, fantasy, Argentinian, Alejandro Burdisio

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Franz Josef Glacier

Westland Tai Poutini N.P., South Island, New Zealand

Wonders  |  nature, photography, travel, New Zealand

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"Images that make you linger, hungry to know the story behind them..."

the artwork of Rovina Cai

Wonders  |  art, artists, Rovina Cai, drawing/illustration

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Playing with the Pigeons

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Wonders  |  photography, travel, flora & fauna, Puerto Rico

Nature Sculpted to Scale

the glass sculpture of Yuki Tsunoda

Wonders  |  artists, sculpture, flora & fauna, Japan, Yuki Tsunoda

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Story Invades the City... as The Lord of the Rings Makes Its Worldwide Film Debut

Wellington, North Island, New Zealand

Wonders  |  photography, film, travel, New Zealand, film based on novel

Painting... within a 200-Gallon Fish Tank

the artwork of Kim Keever

Wonders  |  artists, painting, Kim Keever

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It's Always an Apt Time for Revolution

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Wonders  |  photography, art, culture, travel, artist's voice, artist's message, Puerto Rico

The High Art of Recycling

the rolled paper sculptures of Chie Hitotsuyama

Wonders  |  Japanese, art, artists, sculpture, Chie Hitotsuyama

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The Tennis Court

Waitomo, North Island, New Zealand

Wonders  |  photography, animals, sport, travel, New Zealand, flora & fauna

New York Biotopes: Symbiotic Coexistence

the digital artwork of Lena Steinkuehler

Wonders  |  artists, filmmaking, artist's message, Lena Steinkuehler, digital art

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When Danbo's Left Alone...

Tokyo, Japan

Wonders  |  photography, Japanese, kawaii, Danbo, Japan

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Puerto Rico's Non-Native Green Iguana

...now outnumbering the human population (Old San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Wonders  |  animals, flora & fauna, Puerto Rico

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Life in Miniature

the artwork of Tatsuya Tanaka

Wonders  |  Japanese, art, artists, Tatsuya Tanaka, diorama

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The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree


Wonders  |  nature, flora & fauna, Grenada

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Balloon Animals as They Dream of Being

the balloon sculpting of Masayoshi Matsumoto

Wonders  |  Japanese, art, artists, sculpture, flora & fauna, Masayoshi Matsumoto

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Where Seas Collide

Witness the Tidal Race between the Tasman Sea (west) & Pacific Ocean (east) (Cape Reinga, North Island, New Zealand)

Wonders  |  photography, ocean, travel, sunrise & sunset, New Zealand

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The Metropolitan Pulse... captured

the artwork of Valerio D'Ospina

Wonders  |  art, artists, painting, Valerio D'Ospina, Italian

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One-Eyed Owl Couple

(as spotted in Aruba...)

Wonders  |  nature, photography, kawaii, travel, Aruba, flora & fauna

"Cities are not people. But, like people, cities have their own personalities ... A city is a collection of lives and buildings, and it has identity and personality. Cities exist in location, and in time. ... There are good cities—the ones that welcome you, that seem to care about you, that seem pleased you’re in them. There are indifferent cities—the ones that honestly don't care if you're there or not; cities with their own agendas, the ones that ignore people. There are cities gone bad, and there are places in otherwise healthy cities as rotten and maggoty as windfall apples. There are even cities that seem lost—some, lacking a center, feel like they would be happier being elsewhere, somewhere smaller, somewhere easier to understand. Some cities spread, like cancers or B-movie slime monsters, devouring all in their way, absorbing towns and villages, swallowing boroughs and hamlets, transmuting into boundless conurbations. Other cities shrink—once prosperous areas empty and fail: buildings empty, windows are boarded up, people leave, and sometimes they cannot even tell you why. ... Don't ever take a city for granted. After all, it is bigger than you are; it is older; and it has learned how to wait." (artist)

— Neil Gaiman (photo by Trey Ratcliff)

Wonders  |  Neil Gaiman, ideas, Trey Ratcliff, China, points to ponder

Totem Pole, Story Pole: whale to thunderbird

chainsaw-carved by Donald Colps, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Wonders  |  art, artists, travel, totem, Canada, Donald Colps, carving, Canadian

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Landscaping Imagination

the artwork of Jacek Yerka

Wonders  |  art, artists, painting, Jacek Yerka, Polish

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Ancient Saguaro (100+ years old)

Saguaro N.P., Sonoran Desert, Arizona, U.S.A. (a saguaro grows just 1 inch about every 10 years...)

Wonders  |  nature, photography, travel, U.S.A., flora & fauna, desert

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Magical Realism

the art of Eric Roux-Fontaine

Wonders  |  art, artists, painting, Eric Roux-Fontaine, French

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The Fastest Bus Route

90-Mile Beach, North Island, New Zealand

Wonders  |  photography, beach, ocean, travel, New Zealand

Something—Everything—from a Scribble...

the artwork of Vince Low

Wonders  |  art, artists, music, Vince Low, Malaysian

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Totem for Travelers (complete w/ natural headdress!)

Newtown Beach, Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji

Wonders  |  photography, art, travel, Fiji, totem

Fictional Landscapes Become Physical

book sculpting by Kyle Kirkpatrick

Wonders  |  books, art, artists, British, sculpture, book art, Kyle Kirkpatrick, diorama

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Golden Sunrise as Seen from the Sea...

Seaport Village Marina, Oranjestad, Aruba

Wonders  |  photography, ocean, travel, Aruba, sunrise & sunset

Danbo Settles in with a Scary Movie

Osaka, Japan

Wonders  |  photography, Japanese, kawaii, Danbo, Japan

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Nature at Play

the photography of Vadim Trunov

Wonders  |  nature, photography, kawaii, artists, Vadim Trunov, Russian

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New Look for Old Landmarks

Photographer Rich McCor Gets Creative with Paper Cutouts

Wonders  |  photography, art, artists, British, travel, Rich McCor

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A Eucalyptus Tree's Silvery Moment...

Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Wonders  |  nature, photography, travel, Australia, flora & fauna

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The Artwork of James R. Eads

Mesmerizing, celestial, haunting, captivating...

Wonders  |  art, artists, James R. Eads, American

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We Are Made of Words

artwork by "sunfairyx"

Wonders  |  art, artists, artist in the art, language, artist's message, sunfairyx, Canadian

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Canada... in Blur

Wonders  |  photography, travel, Canada

Who is Danbo?

...a fictional cardboard box robot character from Kiyohiko Azuma's manga series Yotsuba&!

Wonders  |  Japanese, kawaii, Danbo, manga, Kiyohiko Azuma

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"Tsukimi" 月見 : moon-viewing

Wonders  |  nature, photography, Japanese, vocab, ocean, moon, culture

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Baby Danbo Goes Tree Climbing...

Tokyo, Japan

Wonders  |  photography, Japanese, kawaii, Danbo, Japan

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Americana by Moonlight

the photography of Noel Kerns

Wonders  |  photography, artists, culture, American

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Start the day with a Russian Coffee

Black coffee + vodka + freshly whipped real cream = Russian coffee

Wonders  |  drink

"oishii" おいしい : an enjoyable eating experience

Wonders  |  Japanese, vocab, oishii, culture

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The Scotch Egg

hardboiled egg + British breakfast sausage, breaded = Mmm!

Wonders  |  food, oishii, British, culture

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Most Delicious Fruit Known to Man...

...so says Mark Twain.  Creamy, with an almost indescribable in flavor (a blend of so many tropical flavors: coconut, banana, papaya, mango, and pineapple), the cherimoya is one of the world’s rarest fruits.

Wonders  |  food

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Flash and Ash

When lightning adds to the ash of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano...  (photo by Italian scientist Marco Fulle)

Wonders  |  nature, photography

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Beach becomes Art...

sand drawings by Jim Denevan

Wonders  |  nature, Jim Denevan, beach, art, artists

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"kawaii" かわいい : [kəˈwaɪ] the quality of cuteness (Japanese popular culture)


Wonders  |  Japanese, kawaii, vocab, culture

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Tiny Hamster Eating Tiny Burritos

Wonders  |  animals, videos, food, kawaii

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"wabi-sabi" 侘寂 : the Japanese aesthetic of the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete ...the related world view of accepting transcience and imperfection

Wonders  |  wabi-sabi, Japanese, vocab, culture

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"Wabi-Sabi" Rose...

Wonders  |  wabi-sabi, nature, photography, flora & fauna

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