Florentijn Hofman
Florentijn Hofman

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck

Florentijn Hofman
Florentijn Hofman

Measuring nearly 46 feet tall by 55 feet long, Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck is making waves across the globe. Its most recent splashdown is in Hong Kong, where it will sit in Victoria Harbour through June 2, making passersby feel like children again, both in spirit and in stature.

*

Movies in Color takes iconic film stills and breaks them down into their corresponding color palettes, updating daily, with an option to search by cinematographer.

*

The Herschel Observatory officially reached the end of its helium supply this past week, marking the mission’s shutdown after nearly four years of capturing truly stunning images of outer space.

*

What does the average human look like? Wikipedia editors had to argue it out amongst themselves in choosing a single image to illustrate the article entitled “Human,” and the lucky winning image that gets to represent the entire human race is of a northern Thai couple from an indigenous hill tribe, carrying a banana plant.

*

This rare recording of the Beatles playing through a number of White Album outtakes at George Harrison’s home in Esher, England is unusually clear for a bootleg album, and the acoustic renditions put quite a different spin on well-known staple songs.

*

Even the cutest kids can be truly terrifying sometimes, as a recent Reddit thread on “the creepiest thing your young child has ever said to you” proves.

*

The Tony Awards will take place on June 9 this year, so in the lead-up to the awards ceremony, here’s a full list of the nominees with some highlight clips.

*

The Netherlands just crowned the first Dutch king in over a hundred years. Goodbye, Queen Beatrix; hallo en welkom, King Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
Lucasfilm
How Raiders of the Lost Ark Continues to Influence Pop Culture
Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm

How Raiders of the Lost Ark Continues to Influence Pop Culture. When creating heroic tales, filmmakers still ask, "What would Indiana Jones do?"

*

The Unexplained Dancing Plague and Other Epidemics of Yore. The power of suggestion is still the most logical explanation.

*

Reanimation! Science Stories About Frankenstein. This seven-part video series features conversations with scientists on Mary Shelley's book and the issues it addresses.

*

George Lucas's Plan for Star Wars 7 through 9, Starring Mid-Chlorians. No matter how much you dislike any of the new Star Wars films, you can tell yourself it could have been so much worse.

*

The Recipes of Cleopatra. Her elixirs were well-regarded in the fields of cosmetics, gynecology, and alchemy.

*

The Iroquois Theater Disaster. More than 600 people died in the stampede and conflagration, which led to new safety standards.

*

The Secret to Loving Your Life. The first step is giving up on the notion that you are in control.

*

10 TV Characters Who Were Inspired By Real People. Not all of them were happy about it.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
17 Pieces Of Advice For New Dads
iStock
iStock

17 Pieces Of Advice For New Dads That Are Actually Really Helpful. You can never spend too much time bonding with your child.

*

Raccoon and the Light. The cute animated story of a raccoon that found a flashlight shows what forest creatures do in the dark.

*

Behind the Scenes at the National Zoo’s Kitchen. Catering to the needs and preferences of 1800 animals is no picnic.

*

The Stanford Prison Experiment was Massively Influential, But Fraudulent. Shocking experiments become classics, while their irregularities and the failure to replicate their results are barely noticed.

*

4 True Crime Stories Starring Famous Historical Figures. Featuring Abraham Lincoln, Arthur Conan Doyle, Queen Elizabeth, and Colonel Sanders.

*

Bark In The Park Event Goes Sideways. What could possibly go wrong when you combine good dogs and flying baseballs?

*

What Do Women Want? Pockets! There's no good reason we can't stash a phone as easily as men do.

*

Why Father's Day Was 58 Years in the Making. It wasn't an official holiday until 1972!

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios