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Friday curiosities

A building theme this week to distract you before the weekend. From tree churches in New Zealand to AT-AT shaped Saunas in Sweden we have nowhere near, it all. Talking of saunas – the world’s largest sauna has just moved from Norway to Greenland. That may sound crazy but nowhere near as crazy as the guys who wanted to build Minas Tirith in Worcestershire. They fell only slightly short of their $1.8 billion crowdfunding target. But unlikely buildings do pop up in unlikely places. Like the King Chulalongkorn Memorial for example. It is an ornate…

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The Curiosity Index (returns) – 24.06.2015

After an inexcusably long and unexplained absence the curiosity index returns (cue fanfare and much rejoicing). The Economist explains why gun control isn’t coming to America anytime soon (something that baffles pretty much everybody else). The Onion says pretty much the same thing but with less explanation. On an equally cheery note scientists believe we’re entering earth’s sixth great phase of extinction, and this one is our fault. And one more to make you think this really is the apocalypse – some amazing photos of volcanic activity in 2015. On…

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The Curiosity Index (29.04.2015)

The Surprising benefits of giving money away include you’ll be happier, you’ll invest in what you think is important & you’ll be freed from the power of money. “Where his money goes is the truer indication of what he deems important. If you care about something, then actually give to it.” Yesterday was my 40th birthday so you may be tempted to draw a connection to this first link: why so many of us experience a mid-life crisis. You would be wrong but here’s the key line: “Midlife essentially becomes a time…

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