The US seems to be the home sweet home of conspiracy theories. From Area 51 and Bigfoot sightings to chemtrails, New World Order, Freemasonry, Illuminati, Sandy Hook, “stolen election,” COVID-19 pandemic… Well, we don’t have that much time for naming them all. But you get an idea.
But wouldn’t it be great to look at the minds of people who actually believe the conspiracy theories and see what it is in there that makes them tick? Thanks to a redditor who posed the question “What conspiracy theory do you believe to be true? What evidence led you to this conclusion?”, we are now able to do just that.
Architecture is meant to fulfill both practical and expressive requirements, and thus it serves both utilitarian and aesthetic purposes. When you look at a structure, you can distinguish these two ends but they cannot be separated, and the relative weight each of them carry can vary widely. Plus, every society has its own, unique relationship to the natural world and its architecture usually reflects that as well, allowing people from other places to learn about their environment, as well as history, ceremonies, artistic sensibility, and many aspects of daily life.
However, architecture is better seen, not described. So, let me introduce you to “the beautiful impossibilities that we want to live in“, a subreddit dedicated to high-quality images of some of the most impressive (concept) buildings out there. This online community already has over 617K members, and the pictures they share are absolutely gorgeous. Continue scrolling and take a look!
You can’t deny that time changes everything – from people to places. Only sometimes the changes are so subtle, you can hardly spot them as they’re happening.
To highlight these changes, British company On Stride has created a series of comparison images between modern day and Victorian time England. Needless to say, not everything stood the test of time but you can still recognize some of the surviving monuments from the good old days.
Check out the side-by-side pictures of London, Liverpool, Manchester, and other cities 125 years ago and now in the gallery below!
Saint Stephen’s church remains a constant on Bristol’s skyline – in fact, it’s been there since the year 1470! For several centuries the church tower was a landmark that seafarers could use to guide themselves to Bristol Harbour. Today, it’s tucked behind taller developments such as Colston Tower (to the left of the modern image). But the most significant detail to have changed from photo to photo has been there even longer: the River Frome has disappeared from sight since this part of it was covered over in 1938, one of the latest developments in a long history of diverting and culverting the river to boost trade around the harbour.
The area between Lime Street railway station and St George’s Hall opposite (on the left of the picture) is a rare example of a barely-changed landscape in this part of the city. The area of Lime Street around the corner from the gothic buildings has been radically transformed in the last few years, while if you were to turn 180 degrees and walk into the shopping district, you’d find it barely recognizable compared to a decade ago – before the redevelopment of ‘Liverpool One’. Talking of 180-degree turns, the Neoclassical pomp of St George’s remains exactly where it stood when it opened in 1854 despite a persistent urban myth that it was accidentally built back-to-front.
There’s a surprisingly ancient piece of history in these photos: the obelisk in centre-frame is the 3,500-year old ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’ offered by Egypt to Britain as a gift in the 19th century AD. It remains sadly overlooked in 2019 as officials resist pressure to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the gesture. Waterloo Bridge beyond is a far newer landmark but with a more eventful history: the version in the Victorian photo was demolished in the 1930s, and rebuilt by a team of women during the Blitz (it took a while for their story to emerge due to statements like then-Deputy Prime Minister Herbert Morrison’s: “the men that built Waterloo Bridge are fortunate men.”) It was the only Thames River bridge to incur damage from German bombs. More recently, it was the site of the major global warming protests of Extinction Rebellion.
The cobblestones of Victoria Street may have long since vanished to make way for the motor car, but the controversial statue of Oliver Cromwell that disappears from one photo to the next could be making a comeback. The statue was a gift to the city from Elizabeth Heywood, wife of 19th-century mayor Abel Heywood, in honour of her late husband Thomas Goadsby, the city’s previous mayor. But it was Cromwell’s political divisiveness as much as the serial mayor-marrying of Elizabeth Heywood that resulted in it being put on the street instead of its original destination inside Manchester Town Hall. Cromwell was relocated to Wythenshawe Hall in the 1980s, but seems set to return to city life when the area around the 15th-century gothic cathedral (right) is redeveloped and rebranded as the ‘Medieval Quarter’ in the near future.
The ‘Black Gate’ drawbridge post built in 1250, and Henry II’s 842-year-old castle (built on the site of the fortress that gave Newcastle its name) are listed buildings, so they haven’t changed much between Victorian times and now. The most significant change is the building that’s popped up between them in the photo – and this one’s now listed, too. Built in the classical style as the Northumberland County Hall in 1910 and expanded upwards and outwards in 1933, it is now a hotel. The bridge has become a railway viaduct for the East Coast mainline to Scotland.
The city of Scarborough can trace its fortunes to the 17th-century discovery of a mineral spring with purportedly medicinal properties. Word spread and the spa became a fashionable tourist destination, and over the next two centuries a sequence of structures of varying impressiveness (beginning with a simple wooden terrace) overlooked the waters. With the arrival of a rail connection, the spa complex (left) was built, and then restored and expanded after a fire in the 1880s. The key difference between the pictures is the enclosure of the Sun Court in the later image. Although the Grand Hall seats 2,000, the Sun Court is an altogether more wholesome place to catch a performance by the Scarborough Spa Orchestra, who have performed there since 1912.
The pier at Worthing was first opened in 1862, with the South Pavilion in the background of the original photo added in 1889. The pavilion survived a gale that washed away much of the pier in 1914, but disappeared behind the bigger and more modern Pier Pavilion built at the shore end in 1926, which dominates today’s photo. In the 1930s, the South Pavilion perished in a fire and passers-by hurried to dismantle the pier to stop the flames spreading to the new pavilion. The South Pavilion was subsequently rebuilt in the Streamline Moderne style – kind of art deco-meets-nautical. It later became a nightclub, before returning to use as a café and entertainment venue, while the pavilion in the modern picture is mostly in use as a theatre.170 shares
One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!
Will McPhail is a cartoonist working for The New Yorker, a world-famous American magazine started all the way back in 1925. Believe it or not, just a decade ago Will was a zoology student doodling his lecturers instead of studying and even though he graduated, he decided to radically change his career path and pursued a cartoonist’s career.
The artist spent his days in various coffee shops and libraries around Edinburgh, analyzing and illustrating peoples’ behavior before eventually landing a job at The New Yorker. Nowadays he submits 8 to 10 fresh ideas for the magazine every week. “The best I can do is to find an area that I want to do a cartoon on and accept the stage – then hope that my sense of humor moonwalks on to that stage,” said Will in an interview with BBC.
“Your sense of humor is accumulated throughout your whole life, up to the point when your pencil touches paper; you’ve just got to hope it shows up,” said the artist. “The reason why I’m decent at drawing cartoons is because I wasn’t very attractive in high school, so I developed a sense of humor as a deflection from that.”
Even though The New Yorker is based in, well, New York, Will chose to stay in Scotland. The artist says the country has a draw on him and creative people in general. “It’s my job to capture all different walks of life, the idiosyncrasies of life, and Edinburgh and Scotland have got a plethora of different classes and niches of people,” said Will. “There’s all sorts of fascinating social avenues you can go down and find people from all backgrounds. It’s super inspirational when it comes to coming up with ideas.”
The artist mentioned that he was pressured into choosing a “realistic” career path since he was young but eventually realized he didn’t need permission to be creative. Nowadays Will encourages others to follow their dream careers too: “Education is a good thing – but I think a lot of the time, people feel like they need some sort of academic permission to be creative, and you don’t, you can just do it.”
See more of Will’s creative comics in the gallery below!
A love of travel often goes hand in hand with a love of food. And when traveling requires a more adventurous—sometimes treacherous—journey, the dining experience becomes that much more exciting and immersive. From feasting on authentic Thai cuisine in a hanging treepod on a remote island to dining on fresh fish on a tiny island off the coast of the U.S. mainland, these six hard-to-reach restaurants are destinations worth building a trip around.
Photo: Courtesy of Three Chimneys
Three Chimneys: Loch Dunvegan, Scotland
This five-star Scottish restaurant sit on a single-track road (B884) on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, which is located between the villages of Dunvegan and Glendale, so visiting by car is recommended. (The nearest train station is over 50 miles away, and while the restaurant is accessible by taxi, they must be booked in advance.) Many guests make the trip to stay at the Three Chimneys lodge and dine in the intimate, award-winning restaurant led by Chef Scott Davies. threechimneys.co.uk
Willows Inn: Lummi Island, Washington
Take a two hour journey from Seattle to Willows Inn (including a cash-only ferry transport from Gooseberry Island) to dine at this fish-focused, prix-fixe, reservation-only restaurant. Visitors to Willows Inn dish out $195 a head for a tasting menu featuring dishes such eggplant and caramelized squid, reefnet caught smoked sockeye, toasted birch branches, and grilled geoduck clam. willows-inn.com
Photo: Paul Raeside / Courtesy of Soneva Kerr Treepod Dining
Soneva Kerr Treepod Dining: Koh Kood, Thailand
For some, just getting to Thailand is off-the-grid enough. Looking to take it up a notch? Try booking dinner in a hanging treepod at the Soneva Kerr resort, located on Thailand’s fourth largest (but least populated) island, Koh Kood. Getting that reservation, however, may mean booking a stay at the resort. Per Soneva’s website, “After a 90-minute flight to Koh Mai Si (MSI), our private airport island, you will be taken by a luxury speed boat to the resort’s jetty where our team will welcome you.” soneva.com
“Marrs Green” has been voted the World’s Favorite Color. The findings follow a global survey by papermakers G . F Smith, where thousands of people spanning over 100 countries worldwide voted for their most loved color.
The teal shade has been named “Marrs Green” in honor of survey participant Annie Marrs, who chose the shade closest to the winning hue.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have picked the World’s Favorite Color!” says Marrs. “The color was inspired by the landscape that surrounds me at home in Scotland and that deep green hue with a tinge of blue has always been a favorite of mine.”
Marrs Green will now join the iconic Colorplan range as the temporary 51st shade, and is now available for use by designers, brands and individuals.
Caroline Till, editor of Viewpoint Colour Magazine, said the teal color resonates with so many of us globally due to a yearning for the harmony of nature.
“As the contemporary condition of ‘nature deficit’ rises in the context of increasingly urban and digital lifestyles, we seek to reconnect with the natural world, hence the current global popularity of the color green,” says Till. “In these uncertain times, where political and social upheaval has become the norm, we crave the calming tranquility of green and its association with the reassuring certainty of nature’s cycles.”