Cambodian Company Offers Custom Clouds

At some point, you've probably looked up at the sky and tried to visualize shapes in the clouds above. But when you want to see something very specific—say, a peace sign or the Mercedes Benz logo—imagination isn't going to cut it. That's where Cambodian company Khmer Cloud Making Service comes in. The startup company hosts events where they create personalized clouds.

To make these special clouds, Khmer Cloud Making Service uses a mixture of soap and helium. A fan blows the sudsy concoction upwards and through a specially made stencil that pushes the soap into a shape. Then, a person standing by with a stick can slice off personalized clouds and release them into the sky. About three to five clouds can be made in one minute, according to The Huffington Post.

The cloud shapes can be surprisingly complex. In the past, the company has made intricately shaped creations like planes, smiley faces, and even the Olympics symbol.

For the most part, these creative clouds are used for opening events of new businesses, Hyperallergic reports. Khmer Cloud Making Service has four people on staff and can be hired for about $500 for an afternoon. You can find them working near Boeung Keng Kang Market.

While the business is mostly local, a spokesperson for the company says they are open to customers from all over. When asked if Khmer Cloud Making Service could be purchased overseas, the spokesperson told The Huffington Post, "Yes, why not. We can ship." You can also buy one of their machines on Facebook for about $999.

[h/t Hyperallergic]

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The Most Popular Netflix Show in Every Country
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If you're bored with everything in your Netflix queue, why not look to the top shows around the world for a recommendation? recently used Google Trends data to create a map of the most popular show streaming on Netflix in every country in 2018. The best-loved show in the world is the dystopian thriller 3%, claiming the number one spot in eight nations. The show is the first Netflix original made in Portuguese, so it's no surprise that Portugal and Brazil are among the eight countries that helped put it at the top of the list.

Coming in second place is South Korea's My Love from the Star, which seven countries deemed their favorite show. The romantic drama revolves around an alien who lands on Earth and falls in love with a mortal. The English-language show with the most clout is 13 Reasons Why, coming in at number three around the world—which might be proof that getting addicted to soapy teen dramas is a universal experience.

Pot comedy Disjointed is Canada's favorite show, which probably isn't all that surprising given the nation's recent ruling to legalize marijuana. Perhaps coming as even less of a shock is the phenomenon of Stranger Things taking the top spot in the U.S. Favorites like Black Mirror, Sherlock, and The Walking Dead also secured the love of at least one country.

Out of the hundreds of shows on the streaming platform, only 47 are a favorite in at least one country in 2018. So no hard feelings, Gypsy.

Roadside Bear Statue in Wales is So Lifelike That Safety Officials Want It Removed

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There are no real bears in the British Isles for residents to worry about, but a statue of one in the small Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells has become a cause of concern. As The Telegraph reports, the statue is so convincing that it's scaring drivers, causing at least one motorist to crash her car. Now road safety officials are demanding it be removed.

The 10-foot wooden statue has been a fixture on the roadside for at least 15 years. It made headlines in May of 2018 when a woman driving her car saw the landmark and took it to be the real thing. She was so startled that she veered off the road and into a street sign.

After the incident, she complained about the bear to highways officials who agreed that it poses a safety threat and should be removed. But the small town isn't giving in to the Welsh government's demands so quickly.

The bear statue was originally erected on the site of a now-defunct wool mill. Even though the mill has since closed, locals still see the statue as an important landmark. Llanwrtyd Wells councilor Peter James called it an "iconic gateway of the town," according to The Telegraph.

Another town resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Telegraph that the woman who crashed her car had been a tourist from Canada where bears are common. Bear were hunted to extinction in Britain about 1000 years ago, so local drivers have no reason to look out for the real animals on the side of the road.

The statue remains in its old spot, but Welsh government officials plan to remove it themselves if the town doesn't cooperate. For now, temporary traffic lights have been set up around the site of the accident to prevent any similar incidents.

[h/t The Telegraph]


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