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Catboarding

A cat in a box riding a skateboard (because it can).

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Honest hand dryer

Regarding number 2, I have yet to receive bacon from a hand dryer.

source: Doghouse Diaries

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Weird pub names in Britain

In the UK, pub names are used to identify and differentiate each public house (present day bars). Many public houses are centuries old, and many of their early customers were unable to read, but could recognize pictorial signs. Some modern pub names are intended as a marketing ploy or an attempt to create “brand awareness”, frequently using a comic theme thought to be memorable. This leads to some questionable “creatvity”.

Behold, the “23 Weirdest Pub Names In Britain

source: Buzzfeed

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Skwerl

This film is titled “Skwerl” and it is done in fake English – what English sounds like to non-English speakers. I have only picked up on a few actual English words in it – “sure”, “today” and “why” – otherwise, no worries if you don’t understand what they are saying.

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Cartography of Kitchenware

source: Pop Chart Lab (larger, zoomable version available)

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A graphic lesson in vegetables

Pop Chart Lab has designed the most extensive mapping of vegetables ever. Perfect for English speaking herbivores everywhere. Poster available for purchase for those of you looking to decorate your kitchen and extend your food vocabulary.

source: Pop Chart Lab (larger, zoomable version)

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8 hours ago

Cyntactic

The Anglo-Saxons took over most of Great Britain first. Then the Vikings showed up to steal and "improve" things. This is the video footage to prove it. ...

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8 hours ago

Cyntactic

Sweden’s Loreen won Eurovision 2012 with the second highest point score in ESC history. She also received the highest number of max points (12) of any entry ever. I find it hard to believe that my vocational school employer is using her visage to promote medical secretary, accounting and IT programs, but it sure does look like her. ...

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1 day ago

Cyntactic

What a revolutionary idea. ...

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2 days ago

Cyntactic

This is where I’m working today. Middle of Stockholm, top floor, swank digs, bathrooms big enoug to sleep in with expensive, sweet-smelling soaps and lotions, a private barista downstairs and freshly made sandwiches. Fantastic view of the harbor. If they could see me now (oh, actually, with Instagram they/you can). Thanks universe. ...

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6 days ago

Cyntactic

This is a sticker on some garbage bins in Stockholm. It catches my eye since, until I read the text, I think it’s saying ”pies not allowed”. I then think ”what the hell is wrong with these health-nut people - everybody loves pie! - nobody in their right mind would have leftover pie to discard in this bin.” ...

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