7 Strange Shrines Around The World

Strange Shrines Boll Weevil Sky

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Strange Shrines: Boll Weevil Monument

At the very heart of Enterprise, Ala., a tiny town whose fringes are lined with cotton fields, stands a Grecian woman reaching her Victorian-appareled arms up to the sky. On top of that is a beetle of sci-fi proportions. The 13 feet tall Boll Weevil Monument has stood over Enterprise for nearly 100 years as a testament to the transformative powers of creative destruction. While the agricultural pest wreaked havoc on the lives of cotton reapers, the boll weevil’s presence ultimately led to the development of the state’s profitable peanut crop when farmers were forced to diversify. The Italian-made statue of the woman stood for some 30 years before someone came up with the idea of topping it off with the oversize insect, making the sculpture prime real estate for vandals. The original is now protected with a replica standing in its place in the town square.

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Lucy McRae: Blurring The Lines Between Art, Technology And The Human Form

Lucy McRae Evolution Image

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Few artistic subjects are more fascinating than the human body, and few artists are more talented than Lucy McRae, who works in the space where fashion, technology and the human form overlap. Ditching the restrictive titles that she could easily claim—artist, architect, thinker—Lucy McRae prefers to call herself a Body Architect. Much of McRae’s work takes the natural human silhouette, distorts it, and then recreates that image for an entirely different effect.

Gold Sequins Covering Human Body

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Man Covered in Grass

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What We Love This Week, Volume LV

Carnival Brazil

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Carnival Around The World

Carnival Mud

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We may still be in the throes of a global economic slowdown, but the decadence-drenched carnivals seen around the world this week beg a different story. In Rio de Janeiro, for example, nearly one million tourists–along with its six million residents–took to the streets in a glorious testament to hedonism…err, the Lord. The Atlantic has a fantastic spread to catch you up to speed.

Carnival Reveler

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5 Ways 3D Printing Will Change The World

While 3D printing seems well suited in the plot of a futuristic sci-fi novel, it is well within our grasp. Using a variety of materials that includes wood, metal, plastics and fabrics, we are now able to print various three-dimensional objects, ranging from food, spare parts, weapons, homes, organs, medical devices, clothing and more. Yet what effect will these present capabilities have on our future? We uncover five important ways 3D printing will change the world.

3D printing can end world hunger

3D Printed Food

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We’ve all been there: making food sounds like too much of a hassle, yet buying it seems equally oppressive. While this age-old issue has plagued us for decades, three-dimensional printing now offers a viable alternative. Say you’re craving a deep dish pizza. Instead of calling the delivery guy, you just choose your pizza and toppings and print the deep dish pie from the comfort of your home—Seriously, NASA recently granted Systems & Materials Research Corporation $125,000 to develop a pizza printer.

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