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News: Offbeat

Sagrada Familia gets a building permit 130 years too late

Friday  14:21,   19 october 2018
news.sky

The iconic Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona has agreed to pay €36m (£31m) to authorities after going without a building permit for more than 130 years. Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi's famous building has been under construction for 136 years - >>>

Queen Elizabeth's purse makes a cameo in her latest royal portrait — and the reason why is super relatable

Friday  14:07,   19 october 2018
msn

A recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II featured more than just the queen. In the portrait, the artist painted one of the queen's signature black purses at her... >>>

Aerial photos reveal the hypnotic geometry of farming

Friday  12:30,   19 october 2018
qz

Farming around the globe is big and repetitive. Massive tracts of land are needed to plant crops. The seasonal dance of planting, growing and harvesting food follows a natural timeline and requires a certain organization. Its scale and order are... >>>

Some hummingbirds hit notes so high, only a dog could hear them

Friday  10:35,   19 october 2018
popsci

Shaking up what we know about bird... >>>

A teacher uses memes to grade papers — and people think it's a clever way to boost classroom morale

Friday  09:20,   19 october 2018
msn

On Wednesday, Ainee Fatima, a 27-year-old English and media studies teacher based out of Franklin Park, Illinois, shared a video of herself using her meme stickers to grade exams on Twitter — and people loved... >>>

Banksy's painting was meant to be shredded completely

Friday  09:15,   19 october 2018
cnet

"Girl with Balloon," now renamed "Love Is in the Bin," was meant to be destroyed entirely, but the frame malfunctioned at Sotheby's auction house, according to a new... >>>

Mass Decapitation Revealed at Israel Burial Site

Friday  09:08,   19 october 2018
newsweek

Hundreds of bones reveal the bloody executions of women and... >>>

This optical illusion uses sound to trick your eyes — here's how it works

Thursday  19:46,   18 october 2018
msn

Caltech created the "Rabbit Illusion," an optical illusion that uses sound to trick your eyes, and people across the internet are stumped. Here's how it... >>>

Boy Climbs Through Train Station X-ray Scanner

Thursday  19:45,   18 october 2018
newsweek

Incident similar to one that also occurred in Southern China in February involving woman desperately clutching... >>>

'Time traveller' armed with footage claims that artificial intelligence governs the world in 2045

Thursday  19:22,   18 october 2018
msn

Have you ever wondered what the world will be like in the year 2045? Well, unfortunately, you're going to have to wait another 27 years to find out. That is unless you want to believe a man who has been filmed claiming to have travelled back in time >>>

Police say teenager baked grandfather's ashes into cookies

Thursday  15:00,   18 october 2018
msn

A high school student mixed her cremated grandfather's ashes into homemade sugar... >>>

The Surprising Reasons Your Dog Curls Up in a Ball Before Going to Sleep

Thursday  15:00,   18 october 2018
mentalfloss

"Because it's adorable" is just an unintended side... >>>

This Smart Mug Alerts You When You've Had Too Much Caffeine

Thursday  15:00,   18 october 2018
mentalfloss

The mug that controls your beverage temperature can also help you stay... >>>

No luck on Tinder? You’re probably living in the wrong pin code

Thursday  11:36,   18 october 2018
qz

Does changing the neighbourhood increase your odds of getting right swiped on Tinder? It does, if the US-based dating app’s latest analytics are to... >>>

Wedding tourism: couples selling tickets to their special day

Thursday  10:32,   18 october 2018
theweek.co.uk

New website Join My Wedding allows foreign visitors to pay to attend ‘opulent’ ceremonies in... >>>