Guy Turns His Old Bike Into Pedal-Powered Treehouse Elevator

If you decide to live in a tree house, prepare yourself that the idea will also have some downsides to it as well. Ethan Schlussler from Sandpoint, Idaho eventually got tired of “climbing a ladder six and a half million times a day” just to get up to his house, and that led him to a great solution. Ethan constructed an amazing bicycle-powered elevator to get him to his house that’s 30 feet above the ground! [Read more…]

“It was originally a 20-something speed bicycle, but first gear wasn’t slow enough, so I cut the large sprocket off the front, and welded it on the rear to get a lower gear. I also had to do away with the de-railers and make a new chain tensioner,” says Ethan. The customized bicycle now gets Ethan to his tree house by moving up a giant chain as the guy pedals. Getting back down, naturally, is a lot easier!

Ethan’s bicycle-powered elevator clearly earns a place on the list of 30 Weird And Awesome Inventions – and we got a feeling that there are enough creative people out there to keep the list growing!

How long do you think Ethan will keep pedaling his up like that?

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“I got tired of climbing a ladder six and a half million times a day, so I made a bicycle powered elevator to solve this problem,” says Ethan.

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Breathtaking Underwater Bedroom in Maldives

This amazing underwater bedroom suite sits 16 feet below sea level of the Indian Ocean, at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island,  surrounded by a coral reef and encased in clear acrylic glass. Unsurprisingly, this watery idyll also comes with an eye-watering price – bookings need to be made at least 14-days in advance, and according to Maldives Traveller it will set you back a cool USD$11,710 per night for the privilege. [1]

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Hidden Macro World Revealed By Japanese Photographer Miki Asai

Japanese photographer Miki Asai is an incredibly talented macro photographer who accompanies ants as they explore a miniature world of stones, flowers and water – mostly within her own garden.

It all began when she got her macro lens and started taking photos in her garden. “As I was looking through the viewfinder, I noticed there were beautiful raindrops and a tiny ant walking through the frame,” Asai told 500px. “I might not have even seen it if I wasn’t using a macro lens. So I thought to myself—how can I shoot these things more beautifully?” [Read more…]

Asai, who lives on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, is opposed to controlling the ants in her photos. “I learned that when it comes to living things—if you want to achieve the shot that’s in your head—patience is really the only way,” she said. “I’ve been asked by others how I control ants, but humans shouldn’t be able to control them. You’ve got to use a tripod, an appropriate shutter speed and depth of field, then rely on your own passion and patience.”

To capture these amazing miniature moments, Asai uses the Canon EOS Kiss X5 and the Canon EF-S60mm F2.8 macro USM lens. To see more of her enchanting photos, be sure to check out her 500px account! And if you like her work, be sure to check out Vyacheslav Mishchenko and Thomas Shahan.

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12 Of The Coolest Offices In The World

Some offices can be boring and stifling, but definitely not these – we made a list of the coolest and most well-designed office spaces in the world.

Not all work spaces were created equal – some can reduce workers’ morale while others can keep them happy and inspire them to be more energetic and creative. For companies like Google, which require smart, creative and in-demand workers, such offices offer a competitive edge when trying to attract young and intelligent employees. [Read more…]

There are many different ways to make an office cater to its workers. Some of these offices feature athletic equipment that helps workers reduce stress or get their blood flowing (which is always important if you sit behind a desk all day). Others feature lounges where workers can relax and feel at home. At some, the offices are designed to encourage workers to think more creatively or playfully.

Some of the ideas used in these offices overlap with the list of amazing home design ideas we’ve written about, while others are specific to a work environment. This makes sense, however, since offices can sometimes seem like a second home!

Did we miss your office? Feel free to share images of your workspace in the comments!

Selgas Cano Architecture Office

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Google

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Inventionland Design Factory

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Pallotta Teamworks

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Dropbox

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Airbnb

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Facebook

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Nokia

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Urban Outfitters

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Lego

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Zynga

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White Mountain Office

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Couple Creates Awesome Wedding Invitations Inspired by Movie Posters

Getting hitched is a big occasion, but when it came to the wedding invitations, newlyweds Joshua and Rachel Watson were having none of the usual bland wedding invitation card business. With the help of photographer Jordan Nakamura, Joshua (who is a photographer himself) and Rachel starred in their own personal set of movie posters. The posters then went out to wedding guests as DVD case covers with CDs inside that featured a mix of their favorite music. [Read more…]

The movie posters in this wonderful and creative set are faithful, near-perfect recreations of posters for movies like “Inception” and “Casablanca”, while the show posters simply draw on elements of some of their favorite shows, like “Mad Men”. What movie’s next for the Watsons? My guess is The Pacifier (hint: it’s Vin Diesel playing a fish-out-of-water babysitter). Best of luck for the newlyweds!

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Artist Irons And Folds Tulle Fabric To Create Beautiful Portraits

In the hands of British artist Benjamin Shine, a piece of tulle isn’t just for making fancy dresses and curtains – it becomes a great material for creating amazing realistic “paintings.”

Using an iron, Shine sculpts, presses and pleats the huge single piece of tulle, whose transparent qualities give the portrait more texture and depth. By layering in this way, the artist obtains different tones and shadows that enable him to realistically portray iconic stars like Elizabeth Taylor, elegant abstract faces and other things, such as a pair of elderly hands. [Read more…]

“The idea of ‘painting with fabric’ led to the development of this technique where the portrait image is created through the intricate pleating and pressing of a single length of tulle fabric. The technique aims to utilize the translucent qualities of the tulle fabric to generate various gradients, tones and textures,” – Shine said of his works of art.

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15th Century Flemish Style Portraits Recreated In Airplane Lavatory

While on a long-haul flight, when most people would sleep, read a book or chew on complimentary snacks, Nina Katchadourian spends her time locked in the airplane’s lavatory taking selfies in the style of 15th century Flemish paintings. Her series, dubbed “Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style,” is part of a bigger piece called “Seat Assignment,” which is based on improvising with materials close at hand while in flight . [Read more…]

Here’s Katchadourian telling the birth story of her project: “While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror using my cellphone. The image evoked 15th-century Flemish portraiture. <…> I made several forays to the bathroom from my aisle seat, and by the time we landed I had a large group of new photographs entitled Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style. I was wearing a thin black scarf that I sometimes hung up on the wall behind me to create the deep black ground that is typical of these portraits.” Let this be an inspiration to you next time you’re sitting there bored on a plane!

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Emotional Baby Tears Up From Mother’s Beautiful Song (VIDEO)

Usually, babies are brought to tears by a full diaper or because they’re hungry, but this baby has been brought to tears by the power of music. This video of 10-month-old Mary Lynne Leroux reacting emotionally when her mother sings Rod Stewart’s My Heart Can’t Tell You No has gone viral with millions of likes. And since we’re inclined to believe that 10-month-old babies can’t fake their emotions, we know that it’s true love!

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China’s Government Paves a Highway Around Stubborn Homeowners

In order to build a new road, the Chinese government had to move a village of over 1000 people – two, however, said they would stay till the bitter end and didn’t leave. It wouldn’t be a big deal, only now their house stands alone in the middle of a new motorway of Xiayangzhang village in the province of Zhejiang. The phenomenon of a lone house that wasn’t torn down due to the constructions is called a “nail house” in China, referring to the image of an ingrown nail that’s painful and almost unable to remove. [Read more…]

Luo Baogen and his wife, the only residents of the five-storey block of flats, explain that they won’t move because the compensation the government offers is not sufficient. The farmer says he would move if the government offered enough for him to rebuilt a house elsewhere, but the standing offer of 260,000 yuan (US$41,573) won’t cover the costs. The road, leading to the Wenling Railway Station, hasn’t been opened yet, but with adequate supply of electricity and water, the farmer family seems pretty confident about their decision.

Home sweet home indeed!

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Luo Baogen and his wife, the only residents of the five-storey block of flats, explain that they won’t move because the compensation the government offers is not sufficient.

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