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“There’s No Winners. If You’re In A Boxwar You’ve Already Lost”

Here’s a simple premise: spend time creating elaborate armour/weapons entirely out of cardboard then demolish them in melee combat with other similarly garbed enthusiasts.
There are rules for construction of the costumes, there are none for the war itself.
It’s a competition in creativity.
Weeks of work destroyed in seconds.

…a metaphor for modern life?

Matthew 6: 19-21: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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The Alaskan Town Where Everyone Has A Bald Eagle Story

In a little while spring will arrive, heralding the season where a variety of birds will start swooping in territorial protection of their young.

But what’s a dive-bombing magpie in comparison to a bald eagle?
Welcome to the town of Unalaska, where bald eagles are so common that ‘everybody in town has an eagle story’.

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Canopy Cat Rescues

A couple of cat loving arborists, who during their spare time rescue cats stuck in trees for free (at an average of about one a day).

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The Mechanics Of Being Big Bird

This three and a half minute video reveals the puppetry skills of Caroll Spinney, the man who gives life to Sesame Street’s Big Bird.
It’s hard work, and seeming proof that at least one man can multi-task.

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Changeover Day At The White House

I like ‘behind-the-scenes’ type articles like this one that relates how the White House residence and Oval Office are changed from one occupant to the next in just five hours.
Anyone who’s moved house recently should appreciate this one.
“All boxes are emptied, and clothes are placed in closets and drawers. Unlike pretty much everyone else who has ever relocated, the president will not have three unopened moving boxes sitting in the back of a closet.”

Read the Washington Post article here.

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When Failure Creates Unexpected Success – New Coke

This Today I Found Out video tells the story of Coca-Cola’s spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to replace their original formula signature product propelled it to greater heights of popularity.
The part about people’s reaction to finding out they preferred the new formula to the old is particularly amusing, too.

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The Time A Twin Born Second Was The Eldest

This news report from Cape Cod puts a fairly unique twist on a question that used to get a bit of an airing at our place: which twin is really the oldest.
It’s possible for twins to not share a birthday.
But what about the twin born second being the eldest?
In this situation daylight saving enters the calculation.
From the report:

Samuel was born at 1:39 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, followed 31 minutes later by Ronan, at what would have been 2:10. But at 2 a.m. that morning, Daylight Savings Time ended for the year, making it 1:10 a.m. and leaving Ronan – at least in the official record – older than Samuel.

Read the whole story here.