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Japan World Cup

I really don’t know how to describe this. It is weird, it looks trashy, it is from a Japanese video game and it makes a lot of fun. Japan World Cup is an horse racing simulator in which various animals charge round a racetrack and you bet on which is going to win. Don’t worry if you don’t understand the speaker, that’s trippy anyway.

Sitzmuster der Todes

Sitzmuster des Todes, which typically means »seat patterns of death«, offers an incredible collection of horror designs, that brings you fear, anger and procrastination. It seems to be a global epidemic. Here in germany, there is barely any bus without these weird and horrible looking multi-colored print patterns. You can also visit The Great Pattern Collection, a similar page, but the pictures there do not show the real ugliness.

Dezente Verwesung.

Dezente Verwesung

Pink Punishment

Pink Punishment

Die Qual der Platzwahl

Die Qual der Platzwahl

Totgelacht

Totgelacht

Early Stars of the Space Race

There was a time when animals were sent to space to test the survivability of spaceflight. From the present point of view, it seems crazy to me, but the story of animals in space is much older than one thinks. Animals had been used in aeronautic exploration since 1783 when the Montgolfier brothers sent a sheep, a duck and a rooster aloft in a hot air balloon (source). However, the following story is from the early 60s: »On the morning of January 31, 1961, in south Florida, a 5-year-old chimpanzee — dubbed »Ham« by his handlers — ate a breakfast of baby cereal, condensed milk, vitamins and half an egg. Then the unassuming 37-pound primate went out and made aeronautic history: Aboard a NASA space capsule, traveling thousands of miles an hour almost 160 miles above the Earth, he became the first chimp in space.« The complete story is on LIFE’s website and is worth reading about.

Ralph Morse - Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Ralph Morse - Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Ralph Morse - Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Ralph Morse - Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Beach Essentials in China

Summer is coming and it is time to think about the right beachwear. This year the New York Times has been inspired by the Chinese fashion world. There is a trend towards wearing a mask. »With the pursuit of that age-old aesthetic ideal at odds with the fast-growing interest in beachgoing and other outdoor activities, Chinese women have come up with a variety of ways to reconcile the two.« the writer lets us know.

Sim Chi Yin for The New York Times

Sim Chi Yin for The New York Times

Aly Song/Reuters

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