Abandoned Suitcases of Mental Institution Patients

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These interesting photographs capture abandoned suitcases belonged to residents of the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane between the 1910s and early 1960s. in 1995 when the institution was closed, staff came across the forgotten belongings, and donated them to the New York State Museum. In a Collectors Weekly article, editors brought up the interesting point: “If you were committed to a psychiatric institution, unsure if you’d ever return to the life you knew before, what would you take with you?”

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Reese Witherspoon Teleported During the Independent Spirit Awards

Remember, everything you see on television is real: especially live events. Nothing is fake. This unedited video demonstrates just how untrue this common misconception is.  Reese Witherspoon is seen in the crowd applauding in surprise, after announcing the Spirit Award for Bob Nelson. And then she is back on stage.

This is definitely magic. There’s no other explanation. The TV can’t lie.

– via viralviralvideos.com

Huge Python Eating a Crocodile

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In northern Australia, a snake has won a battle with a crocodile: wrestling it and then finally eating it. An interesting fact is that it’s unlikely that this snake will eat again anytime soon. In order to deal with such a massive meal, snakes of this size remodel their internal organs. Their heart increases in length and their intestines experience massive hypertrophy, to pump out enough digestive enzymes for consumption.

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Collection of “Do Not Disturb” Signs from Hotels around the World

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This collection’s been put together by a collector named Eduardo of Turin, Italy, a retired international civil servant who has traveled a lot. Unlike other items commonly taken, “Do Not Disturb” or “Privacy” signs often go unnoticed even though some are very attractive and original in design.

“I picked up my first “do not disturb” sign while on a business trip to Pakistan nearly 20 years ago. One sign led to another and it soon became an addicting hobby. Each sign could tell a story – they are memories of fascinating travel destinations.”

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‘Too Cool To Do Drugs’ Pencils Accidentally Tell Students How Great Drugs Are

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In the nineties, children were given pencils at schools and with the anti-drug slogan “Too Cool To Do Drugs.” Soon after the campaign began, a 4th-grade student noticed that when he sharpened the pencil, overtime it read “COOL TO DO DRUGS.” Then, “DO DRUGS.” And finally, “DRUGS.” Apparently, all of these problematic pencils were recalled in 1998.

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The Mini Museum: A Collection of Oddities

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For over three decades designer Hans Fex has been collecting the Earth’s most unusual historical samples such as: coal from the Titanic, a fossil of a palm tree from Antarctica, dinosaur bones, wrap from a mummy and even a piece of the Apollo 11 command module. Working with specialists recommended by museum curators, research scientists and university historians, he has now gathered 33 artifacts that he’s broken down into tiny pieces and inserted into translucent case. He calls it the Mini Museum.

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In 1941 a Group of Americans Arranged a Hex Party to Kill Adolf Hitler by a Voodoo Spell

Revelers make their way to a "hex party" in the Maryland woods, 1941.
Revelers make their way to a “hex party” in the Maryland woods, 1941.

On January 22, 1941 a group of young idealists went to a cabin in the Maryland woods to put a voodoo spell on Hitler. Black magic or not, these Nazi-haters knew how to party. According to LIFE magazine, the party featured “a dressmaker’s dummy, a Nazi uniform, nails, axes, tom-toms and plenty of Jamaica rum,” and was inspired by a book by occultist and writer William Seabrook that was popular at the time: Witchcraft: Its Power in the World Today.

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Physical Contact over the Internet

Scientists at the MIT developed a Dynamic Shape Display. Named inFORM, the technology can allow interaction with the physical world, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.

– via tangible.media.mit.edu

Smooth Moves of a 66-Year-Old Chinese Figure Skater

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Jack Wilkes—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

In the forties during the winter, this bearded 66-year-old Chinese man named Wu Tang-shen used to skate on the ice pond near the Forbidden City in Beijing. In February of 1946 LIFE photographer Jack Wilkes discovered and photographed Mr. Wu while he was executed his pirouettes with the ease of an accomplished figure skater of the old school.

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