On Saturday April 27, 2019, Houston Strake Jesuit senior Matthew Boling clocked the fastest 100m dash (under any condition) in high school history at a blistering 9.98 seconds. Astonishingly this is Boling’s first year running the 100m in competition.
According to the Washington Post, he was the first American high school student to break the 10-second mark in six years, but his time will not be a national record because it was aided by wind measuring 4.2 meters per second. The legal limit for wind in track and field is plus-2.0 meters per second.
If you go back to the 2016 Olympics, Boling’s time would have placed seventh in the 100-meter final.
In the capital city of Turkey, hundreds of thousands of stray cats (neither feral nor tame), live amongst the people of Istanbul. According to a 2017 article in The Economist:
Turkey is not unique among predominately Muslim countries for honouring its cats, which are considered ritually clean animals in Islam. In the hadith, the collected sayings and actions of Muhammad, there are numerous examples of the Prophet’s fondness for cats. By one account, Muhammad cut off his sleeve when he had to rise for prayers so as to not disturb a feline that had curled up on his robe for a nap. In another tale, the pet cat of Abu Hurayrah (literally “father of the kitten”) saved Muhammad from an attack by a deadly serpent. Muhammad purportedly blessed the cat in gratitude, giving cats the ability to always land on their feet. Cats were considered guardians in other respects for the Islamic world: they defended libraries from destruction by mice and may have helped protect city populations from rat-borne plagues.
Wintergatan (featured previously) has just completed the conveyor belt for their continually evolving musical masterpiece, Marble Machine X. The handmade music box powers a kick drum, bass, vibraphone and more using a hand crank and thousands of marbles.
Words don’t do Marble Machine X justice, it’s something you just have to watch. If you’re interested in learning about the build process and seeing the project come to fruition, be sure to follow their channel on YouTube for weekly updates!
After 7 years on the road, travelling on the back of a semi across 48 states, Idaho’s famous Big Potato has been put out to pasture on 400 acres of good ol’ Idaho farmland just south of downtown Boise.
Recycled from the Idaho Potato Commission’s “Big Idaho Potato Tour”, this 6-ton potato has been retrofitted into a hotel by Kristie Wolfe.
The hotel also features a retrofitted silo with a full bathroom, soaking tub, and fireplace! For information and booking check out the Big Idaho Potato Hotel on Airbnb
RESERVOIR (Ascesa) is an amazing installation by artist John Grade. The artwork was installed in 2018 at the Arte Sella Sculpture Park in Borgo Valsugana, Trento, Italy.
On his website’s project page, John adds:
Reservoir is made up of five thousand individually heat-formed, clear droplets framed in steam-bent wood. The delicate droplets are attached to a pair of clear filament nets that are supported by tree trunks above. As rainwater or snow accumulates in the droplets, the position and shape of the nets lower and change. As collected water evaporates, the sculpture rises back to its original configuration.
Sheathed springs below pulleys limit vertical range of motion so the sculpture remains at least ten feet above the ground. Even a very light rain creates enough downward movement to be comprehended visually by viewers below. When dry, the sculpture weighs 70 pounds. When filled by a heavy rainfall, the sculpture can exceed 800 pounds.
For more information along with some additional process and installation photos, visit John Grade Studio.
In Japan, vending machines generally sell beverages and simple, readymade provisions. But fresh curry over rice?
Along a lonely stretch of highway in Awa-shi, Japan, you’ll find a rare vending machine. The vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, grows the rice in every meal just down the road on his own farm.
In a country that prides itself on the freshness of its food, Yoshimoto has set a new standard for readymade fare.
Oh the things you could do if you didn’t have to ‘drive’.
A surreal clip of an ape using a smartphone has been making the rounds online after appearing on reddit last week.
The short clip raises more questions than it answers. What is he thinking as he scrolls? Why does he select to view the images and videos he does? What is going on?! Seriously, I have so many questions.
Original clip by Kody Antle, also embedded below.
After being in the shelter for about a month, Benny the Dog was finally adopted by his new family. As he did his “Freedom Walk” through the halls of the shelter, Benny jumped up and down in pure excitement of finally going home.
Despite Benny’s palpable joy, I couldn’t help but notice all of the other barks and poor puppers that remained as Benny made his way to the door. Hopefully the rest of them get adopted and found loving homes too!
Come along and run some ridges with Kilian Jornet around the dramatic mountains of Åndalsnes, Norway. Shot over the course of 24 hours, get a glimpse into the passion and mindset that sets Kilian calmly in tune with nature where others are not.
Kílian Jornet (born 27 October 1987 in Sabadell, Catalonia) is a professional sky runner, trail runner, ski mountaineer and long-distance runner. He is a six-time champion of the long-distance running Skyrunner World Series and has won some of the most prestigious ultramarathons, including the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, Grand Raid, the Western States Endurance Run and the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run.
Jornet holds the fastest known time for the ascent and descent of The Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Denali and Everest. In addition, he holds the 24-hour uphill skiing record: 23, 864-meters (78,274 ft)