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The Evolution Of The Bicycle: From Boneshakers To Solar-Powered Wheels

Evolution Of Bicycle

Cyclists in the 2012 Tour de France — Bradley Wiggins, seen in yellow, won that year’s tour. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Cycling is a great way to commute, exercise or explore, but riding a bicycle has not always been plain sailing–or smooth riding. Cyclists of the past had to brave contraptions such as the appropriately named “Boneshaker” bicycle and could be found riding from the dizzying heights of the Penny Farthing. And even those were 70 years after the first bicycle designs.

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Miniature Therapy Horses And The Science Of Animal-Assisted Healing

The idea that animals possess healing powers has been present in human lore since our hunter-gatherer days, but the first documented use of animals for therapeutic purposes wasn’t until 18th century England.

It was then that William Tuke introduced mentally ill patients to some domesticated animals for therapeutic purposes. Tuke, a Quaker and early advocate for the humane treatment of those with mental illness, found that the animals boosted morale in his patients–especially the elderly and those with dementia.

Miniature Therapy Horses

William Tuke founded the York Retreat in 1796, as a model of Quaker therapeutic beliefs. The retreat is said to have pioneered humane and moral treatments in asylum settings. Source: Wikipedia

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Life Inside A Tiny Parisian Apartment

What would you be willing to put up with in order to live in Paris? Maybe several flights of stairs and a living space about the size of a large closet? If that’s the case, then this diminutive domicile is just for you. With an area of only 86 square feet, this is without a doubt one of the tiniest homes in Paris. And yet, it’s entirely functional. Which is to say, its size scarcity won’t lead you to the brink of insanity and then push you over the edge.

Take a tour of the petite abode with Kitoko Studio, the masterminds behind the apartment’s functionality-minded renovation, and see if this sort of lifestyle is for you.

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