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Incredible Real Life Castles from around the world

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Lunar eclipse over Normandy Castle in France. Photo by Thierry Legault.

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Werfen Castle in Austria. Photo by Goran Jovic.

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Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. Photo via.

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Alcazar Castle in Spain. Photo by Javier Javisego.

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Castle within a cave in Slovenia. Photo via.

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Covadonga Castle in fog, located in Spain. Photo byy Scott Wilson.

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Rock Of Cashel in Ireland. Photo via.

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Castle in Germany floating above the clouds. Photo by Robin Holler.

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Himeji Castle in Japan. Photo via.

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Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. Photo by Alexey Seleznev.

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Chillon Castle in Switzerland. Photo via.

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Carondelet Castle in Belgium. Photo via.

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Sigmaringen Castle in Germany. Photo via.

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Bourtange Castle in the Netherlands. Photo via.

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Hochosterwitz Castle in Austria. Photo via.

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Bozcaada Castle in Turkey. Photo via.

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Stalker Castle in Scotland. Photo via.

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Perfectly Nostalgic LEGO Creations by Chris McVeigh

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Chris McVeigh is an illustrator, photographer, author, and LEGO builder. Though his work may not be the most complex, or the most unique, it carries the perfect amount of nostalgia to make anyone fall in love with it. Learn more about McVeigh and see a lot more of his work on his website.

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Font Men

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Font Men – SXSW 2014 Official Selection from dress code on Vimeo.

You may not have heard of Jonathan Hoefler or Tobias Frere-Jones but you’ve seen their work. Before their recent split, they collectively ran the most successful and well respected type design studio in the world, creating fonts used by everyone from the Wall Street Journal to the President of the United States.

Font Men, gives a peek behind the curtain into the world of Jonathan and Tobias. Tracking the history of their personal trajectories, sharing the forces that brought them together and giving an exclusive look at the successful empire they built together.

Presented by AIGA to celebrate H+FJ’s 2013 AIGA Medal, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts
Directed & Produced by: Dress Code
Cinematography by: Andre Andreev
Edited by: Dan Covert
Music & Sound by: YouTooCanWoo
Animation/Design: Evan Anthony, John Custer, Joe Donaldson, Emil Bang Lyngbo, Josh Parker, Eddie Song
Principal Cast: Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones
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Daft Punk: Computerized (Feat. Jay Z)

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Modern Hut in the Swiss Alps

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It has a 116 beds, beautiful views, a solar collector, and is only accessible via helicopter. Sounds like the perfect getaway for anyone who is a member of the swiss alpine club, who owns it. The modern materials and minimal interiors are an awesome juxtaposition to the typical lincoln log cabins you see in the snow.

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Mexican Drug Cartel Boss Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman caught

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As Mexican marines forced their way into his main hideout in Culiacan just days ago, Guzman slipped out of through a secret door beneath a bathtub
He climbed down a corrugated steel ladder into a network of tunnels and sewer canals that connect to at least seven other houses in Culiacan, officials said
A set of photographs show the houses that appear unremarkable from the outside
But at each residence, the Mexican military found the same thing: steel reinforced doors and an escape hatch leading to a series of dank, smelly interconnected tunnels in the city’s drainage system
While Guzman escaped through the tunnels on this occasion, days later he was ultimately arrested after fleeing to the beachside resort of Mazatlan

Fascinating images have emerged showing the intricate tunnels through which the world’s Most Wanted Drug Lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman escaped last week only to be nabbed days later at a beachside resort.

As Mexican marines forced their way into his main hideout in Culiacan just days ago, Guzman, whose nickname means ‘Shorty,’ slipped out of the home through a secret door beneath a bathtub.

He then climbed down a corrugated steel ladder into a network of tunnels and sewer canals that connect to at least seven other houses in Culiacan, officials said.

Elaborate tunnels: Guzman escaped firstly through an open steel reinforced door leading to a series of interconnected tunnels in the city's drainage system in the city of Culiacan. The above picture shows one of about seven of these doors

Elaborate tunnels: Guzman escaped firstly through an open steel reinforced door leading to a series of interconnected tunnels in the city’s drainage system in the city of Culiacan. The above picture shows one of about seven of these doors

Caught: Just days after infamous Guzman escaped through the tunnels, pictured, linking his Culiacan homes, he was finally accosted at a beach side condo

Caught: Just days after infamous Guzman escaped through the tunnels, pictured, linking his Culiacan homes, he was finally accosted at a beach side condo

Got him: Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, pictured, was arrested Saturday but days earlier he evaded authorities by escaping through the tunnels

The photographs show the houses that appear unremarkable from the outside, but at each residence, the Mexican military found the same thing: steel reinforced doors and an escape hatch below the bathtubs.

Each of the trapdoors led to a series of dank, smelly interconnected tunnels in the city’s drainage system.

An Associated Press reporter who walked through one of the tunnels had to dismount into a canal and stoop to enter the drain pipe, which was filled with water and mud and smelled of sewage.

About 2300 feet in, a trap door was open, revealing a newly constructed tunnel.

Large and lined with wood panels like a cabin, the passage had lighting and air conditioning.

At the end of the tunnel was a blue ladder attached to the wall that led to another of the houses Mexican authorities say Guzman used as a hideout.

Working on the information gleaned through wiretaps and from Guzman’s bodyguards who were arrested in a series of raids from February 13, marines swarmed the house of Guzman’s ex-wife

But they struggled to batter down the steel-reinforced door, which gave the cartel boss the time he needed to flee.

Once law enforcement were inside, it was too late. Guzman was gone.

However, U.S. intelligence was good. Officials knew that he had been spending time at the beachside resort of Mazatlan, and they even knew where he liked to stay while there.

Way out: The drug lord went to great lengths to ensure he could escape, and the tunnels worked - at first

Way out: The drug lord went to great lengths to ensure he could escape, and the tunnels worked – at first

Intricate: The tunnels in the city's drainage system link seven homes, including this one

Intricate: The tunnels in the city’s drainage system link seven homes, including this one

Back door: Officials arrested one of Guzman's top aides a day after he fled and the aide told investigators that he picked up Guzman from a drainage pipe and helped him flee. This photo shows another home linked by tunnels

Back door: Officials arrested one of Guzman’s top aides a day after he fled and the aide told investigators that he picked up Guzman from a drainage pipe and helped him flee. This photo shows another home linked by tunnels

As he traveled south to Mazatlan, leaving behind grenades, rifles, ballistic vests and armored cars, because he didn’t have time to bring them, hot on his heels was a team of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

The DEA officers set up a base of operations with Mexican marines in the city, according to a U.S. law-enforcement officials.

Early on Saturday morning, Guzman’s reign came to an end without a shot fired.

Marines closed the beachside road in front of the Miramar condominiums, a 10-story, pearl-colored building with white balconies overlooking the Pacific and a small pool in front.

Wouldn't know: At each residence, including that pictured, the Mexican military found the same thing: steel reinforced doors and an escape hatch below the bathtubs. Each of the trapdoors led to a series of dank, smelly interconnected tunnels in the city's drainage system

Wouldn’t know: At each residence, including that pictured, the Mexican military found the same thing: steel reinforced doors and an escape hatch below the bathtubs. Each of the trapdoors led to a series of dank, smelly interconnected tunnels in the city’s drainage system

Drug lord: Joaquin 'El Chapa' Guzman is led into a military helicopter following his arrest early Saturday morning

Drug lord: Joaquin ‘El Chapa’ Guzman is led into a military helicopter following his arrest early Saturday morning

Raid: He was finally arrested during a raid Saturday at his condo, pictured, in Mazatlan, with his young wife

Raid: He was finally arrested during a raid Saturday at his condo, pictured, in Mazatlan, with his young wife

Smashing down the door of the condo, they seized the country’s most-wanted man at 6:40 a.m. without a shot being fired from either side.

‘He didn’t put up any resistance,’ Mike Vigil, a retired senior DEA official briefed on the arrest told The Washington Post. ‘He was physically tired from the stress of being hunted.’

The 56-year-old was marched outside in front of scores of hungry media and taken by helicopter to a maximum-security prison in Almoloya de Juarez, outside Mexico City.

It’s unclear yet whether he will be tried in the U.S. or Mexico.

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Where Id rather be.

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Karl Lagerfeld Turns the Grand Palais Into a Grocery Store for Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2014 Show

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Known for his rather extravagant ideas when it comes to the backdrops of his fashion shows, Karl Lagerfeld one-upped himself yet another time. For the recent Chanel runway show at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014, he had a full-blown grocery store built inside the Grand Palais, complete with fresh produce and shelves that stocked Chanel-branded bread, coffee, ketchup and champagne, among other things. The shopping baskets featured the label’s famous chains as seen on their luxury handbags, while models pushed shopping carts around the store.

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Arbys Wins Pharrells Grammys Hat on eBay

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On the night Pharrell reintroduced the world to the Vivienne Westwood’s unorthodox mountain hat during the 2013 Grammy Awards, Arby’s – known for its roast beef sandwich and similarly-styled hat logo – tweeted “Hey @Pharrell, can we have out hat back? #GRAMMYs.” So it should come as no surprise that the winner of Skateboard P’s eBay auction for the aforementioned chapeau was none other than the quick-service sandwich chain. With a winning bid of $44,100 USD, all proceeds will benefit Pharrell’s From One Hand To AnOTHER charity in a win-win for all parties – Arby’s gains a bit of relevancy among the youth and more kids around the states will now have access to educational programs in technology and art.

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Deconstructed Video Game Controllers by Brandon Allen

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Canadian photographer Brandon Allen dissected several video game controllers to create this amazing series.

“Each controller was used and often played until it was no longer operable. Some have been physically altered, and others were damaged in attempts to fix them. This is their autopsy, a chance to compare our growth and commitment to the tools we use to game.”

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Wood Lettering & Design by Future Marquetry

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Future Marquetry is a design studio based in Paris.

They produce laser cut designs and wood lettering, “combining the best of past, present and future”.

“We use ancient skills with futuristic technics to provide innovative products and designs.”

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Swedish Pharmacy Ad Features a Woman Whose Hair Blows in the Wind When a Train Passes

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Incoming trains are blowing the hair of a female model, featured on the Stockholm’s subway platform ad, interactive commercial for Apotek, a Swedish pharmacy brand.

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Conference of Cool.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce.

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Nike Lunarterra Arktos is the ultimate all weather boot

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If you’re constantly braving some extreme weather conditions, chances are you own a pair of boots that look significantly less cool than Nike’s latest offerings with about 1/10th the technology. Its got the crazy lightweight comfort of their athletic shoes while still being insulated enough to keep your puppies warm, thanks to a mishmash of science used in their other offerings: Flywire, Hyperfuse, etc. One of the most interesting aspects is the removable bootie that can be easily slipped out of the external layer, which is perfect for quick on and off when entering or leaving a place you wouldn’t want to drag mud, dirt or snow in. Expect to see these at Nike Sportswear retailers this month.

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Bamford Watch Department Predator Deepsea

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Next to the “Truehunter” Deepsea, Bamford Watch Department has also released the beautiful “Predator” Deepsea. The iconic Rolex diving watch received a clean all-matte black make-over. Furthermore the bezel comes in all-black, matching the dial, with only the writing on the dial coming in light grey. The outcome is one of the cleanest and most timeless custom Rolex’s that we have seen to date.

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Introducing the Superdesk

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Introducing the Superdesk from The Barbarian Group on Vimeo.

At The Barbarian Group, we believe in the power of ideas to provoke a reaction. So when challenged with our own brief – to keep the Barbarian tribe happy and inspired everyday – we turned to Clive Wilkinson, an architect who shares our passion for interesting ideas in a world pre-disposed to boring sameness.

The challenge was to create the most collaborative, creative environment possible. The result? A desk that we could all share, literally – 4,400 square feet of undulating, unbroken awesomeness to keep people and ideas flowing.

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Food for thought.

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Parko vs Fanning: 21 Days Red Bull Surfing

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Episode one of 21 Days tells the story of Mick and Joel heading into 2013′s first event at Snapper Rocks.

The first world tour event of 2013, the Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast, is just about to fire up. And while Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson have been sitting behind the rock at Snapper during their downtime, sharing barrels and riffing stories, come March 3 they’ll be donning jerseys and doing battle. Two best friends since childhood, two top 10 world tour surfers. A strange but endearing relationship, that’s easily the most engaging element of the coming contest.

The Quiksilver Pro, Snapper Rocks, gets closer and closer, and Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson can feel it looming. The surfing world’s collective shoulders tighten and even Snapper itself can feel the heat coming.

Mick and Joel, well and truly out of holiday mode now and deep into prep are as ready for the first event of the year as they’ll ever be. While Joel would never begrudge his media commitments (everyone wants a piece of you when you’re a world champ), he’s itching to get started on the year and get back into his competitive rhythm. Mick is focused as ever on training, building cardio and confidence in equal measures, using his love of challenges as motivation to push it.

With Joel the immovable object, and Mick the unstoppable force, episode two of 21Days documents another step towards impact.

The contest start date is in sight as both surfers make final preparations for the season opener.

Episode three of 21Days: Parko/Fanning is the last chapter documenting the lives of these two sportsmen as they ready themselves for the first test of the new year. The final lap before the flag drops might be the most nerve-wracking, but it’s also the most exciting.

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