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Meet the Man Who's Found 83 Messages in Bottles

Some people collect stamps or build models, but Clint Buffington has a more unusual hobby: He travels the world, hunting for messages in bottles, and then blogs about his discoveries. Over the years, Buffington has found 83 notes—among them, a letter from a couple named Ed and Carol Meyers. They tossed the missive into the ocean in 1999, while celebrating their first wedding anniversary at a resort in North Carolina’s Outer Banks islands. Eight years later, Buffington stumbled across their corked correspondence while exploring a beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In the video above, Vox.com’s Zachary Crockett and Phil Edwards explain how the bottle made its way from the Outer Banks to the Caribbean, and how the random find forged a relationship among a group of virtual strangers.

[h/t Vox]

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

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The Best Cupcake in All 50 States
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We’re going to sugarcoat it. Twelve years after the advent of the cupcake-only bakery (the California-launched chain Sprinkles is credited with opening the first in 2005), there are a lot of options. We rounded up 50 of the best decadent desserts across the country. So go out, have your (cup)cake—and eat it, too.

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