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The ‘peanut worm’ is amusing the internet, and no prizes for guessing why

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How unsurprising: Everyone on the internet is immature.

A group of Australian researchers from Museum Victoria and the CSIRO — the nation’s scientific research agency — have just completed a month-long journey along the eastern coast of the country, keeping a record of what oddities lurk deep beneath the oceans.

Along the way they’ve found this nightmare-inducing faceless fish, but they also happened upon this “peanut worm,” and there’s no prizes for guessing what it happens to look like. 

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Travel

Navigating Norfolk’s hidden creeks and salt marshes – in a 1950s whelk boat

With an ex-Marine at the helm, a new sailing adventure in north Norfolk offers the chance to enter a watery wilderness and get up close to seals and birdlife

We’re sailing across a sandy-coloured sea. Seals pop up around our little crab boat and then vanish, like a game of Whac-A-Mole. Further ahead, a group lie motionless on the water, as if levitating. It takes me a moment to realise that the sea is so shallow they are resting on a submerged sand bank.

The boat’s depth gauge reads 4ft. One false move and we’ll shudder on to the sand. We draw closer to a flat expanse of salt marsh coloured dun and olive. The captain edges us closer and then, as if by magic, marsh opens up. Before us is a secret creek, a portal into another world – limpid water, glistening mud banks, and no sound but the lonely piping of oystercatchers.

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Architecture

You can watch the last glorious Adam West cameo in this unaired episode of ‘Powerless’

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Adam West may have passed away last week, but memorials to the iconic Batman actor continue to pour in.  

Along with the flood of tributes from his peers and admirers on social media and the touching Bat-signal display on the Las Angeles City Hall building, West’s last media appearances are making the internet rounds.   

The actor, who died at 88 from complications from leukemia, kept busy up until the end, as he was almost as famous for his career’s second act poking fun of and referencing the persona he created with his most famous role — but his final TV appearance, a cameo on NBC’s Powerless, never aired after the show was cancelled before it finished its first season.  Read more…

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Travel

Discovering Dartmoor: on patrol with the landscape detective

Relics of ancient Britain surround us, from bronze age burial mounds to stone rows older than the Pyramids. They may be easy to miss but look closely and you can read the story of the past in today’s countryside

Become a landscape detective, and you’ll not just see the new, the now; you’ll spot thousands of years of secret history layered and woven into the countryside around you, telling the story of what came before.

We’ve been tramping across the rough tussocks of Dartmoor for a couple of hours. Every now and then one of us yelps and disappears from view, knee deep in mire. If ever there were a British landscape designed for waterproof socks and hillwalker’s gaiters, even in summer, it’s this one.

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Architecture

Bright pink houses attract crowds looking for the perfect selfie, and the neighbors are pissed

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These houses in Los Angeles are so pink the entire internet seems to have noticed. Everything from the walkway to the hedges to the trash bins are bright pink.

It’s not a permanent look. The vacant LA homes are part of a large-scale art piece, and they’re being demolished to make way for a new housing complex

Neighbors are not pleased with the stunt and the “noise” they are attracting. Everyone wants to pose with the absurdly pink structures, as you can tell by browsing photos on Instagram tagged with #pinkhouses.

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Travel

The Half Moon, Herne Hill, London: hotel review

This beautifully restored south London pub has fabulous rooms, a great vibe and some top ales. What a shame the generic food doesn’t hit the same heights

Dylan Thomas drank here and may have stumbled upon the title for Under Milk Wood while standing in the pub doorway and looking across the street to the sign for Milkwood Road, which is still there. In its heyday, U2, the Police and Van Morrison played the Half Moon’s back room, and even Frank Sinatra once gave an impromptu set when he popped in to see his chauffeur.

But by the time it closed in 2013, after being flooded by a burst water main, the old pub was more notorious than famous, a soulless den of dodgy London geezers swilling vapid lager. It was boarded up for nearly four years, but the walls of this grand late-Victorian pile hold too much history, it was too dear a local landmark and, crucially, it sits in too affluent an area of south London to stay closed for long. Its cracking location is between cool Brixton and leafy Dulwich Village, and it’s on the doorstep of Herne Hill station (less than 15 minutes to Victoria and the City), and Brockwell park and lido.

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Architecture

We can finally see inside the VIP world of Tinder Select and it’s… meh?

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The world first learned about the existence of Tinder Select earlier this year, but details have been hard to come by. Until now. 

Thankfully, Business Insider reporter Nathan McAlone managed to wrangle himself entrance into dating’s most exclusive club. And what he uncovered is…underwhelming. At least when compared to the VIP booth jammed with A-listers and unimaginably hot people that we’d all envisioned.

He reports that visually, not all the much is different. It’s not a separate area, rather your feed is the same, just with a few different colors. Other Selects show up and are labeled, but otherwise it’s basically your normal Tinder. Read more…

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Music

The alt city guide to Glasgow

A network of indie galleries, clubs, restaurants and bars has created a robust creative scene in Scotland’s largest city, where talent is allowed time to flourish

Richard McMaster, keyboard player in the Glasgow band Golden Teacher, is trying to explain why the city’s underground tends to shun media attention. “Scenes get hyped-up and go wrong but, because there’s no media here the way there is in London, things happen slowly and organically. There’s a community in Glasgow doing things for the right reasons: because they love music.” He is instinctively wary: “In many ways, even this discussion makes me feel uncomfortable.”

Music, the visual arts and that DIY approach go hand-in-hand in Glasgow and you can trace that back to punk

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Architecture

Car horns are weirdly aggressive, so this guy made a friendlier version

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Driving can already be stressful enough, and it’s not helped by the plethora of aggressive-sounding horns standard in most cars.

Fortunately, YouTuber Mark Rober has come up with the “nicest car horn ever,” a higher-pitched honk that toots twice quickly. 

It’s for situations where you want to show courtesy, like if a driver forgets something on their roof, or you want a car to move forward in the drive-thru.

But for more pressing situations, there’s a horn that bellows like an ocean liner — perfect when you want to warn some pesky kids off the road. Car makers, it’s not a bad idea. Read more…

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Travel

Devon dip: wild swimming on the river Dart

The Outdoor Swimming Society’s Kari Furre kicks off a series of guided swims with experts, taking Jenny Landreth to one of her favourite spots near Totnes

“The joy of being down here,” Kari Furre said from her home in South Hams, Devon, “is that there’s so much choice. So what do you fancy?”

Kari was taking me out for this article: the first in a summer series of guided swims with expert swimmers. As director of the Outdoor Swimming Society (as well as an artist) she is certainly an expert, one of those names I’ve heard over time. We have friends in common, it’s our community – a game of Happy Swimming Families. “You know Carl?” “Yes, I know Carl. Do you know Tanya?” And so forth.

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Architecture

Nancy Pelosi trolled Trump with this offer to the Golden State Warriors

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi invited the Golden State Warriors to the U.S. Capitol the day after they beat Cleveland for the NBA championship

That might seem random at first blush, but it was actually a way for Pelosi to indirectly engage in one of her favorite pastimes: trolling President Donald Trump. 

The @Warriors‘ leadership is inspiring. I’d be honored to welcome the team to the U.S. Capitol#DubNation

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 13, 2017

Observers of both basketball and politics, you see, are watching to learn what happens next with Golden State. Championship teams are typically invited to visit the president at the White House — and universally accept said invitations — but with the Warriors there’s a wrinkleRead more…

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Entertainment

Uh-Oh, Did the Department of Tourism Copy South Africa’s Ad?

The Department of Tourism is in hot water for allegedly copying South Africa’s tourism ad for their latest commercial. On Independence Day, the DOT released “Sights,” a one-minute ad featuring a Japanese tourist who’s exploring the Philippines. In the video, he narrates, “Here, you don’t have to see the sun to discover radiance. You don’t […]

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Architecture

‘Detroit: Become Human’ lets you shape your story in an inhuman world

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Detroit: Become Human imagines a future Earth in which androids are an everyday commodity. And then, those androids rebel.

This is the latest game from Quantic Dream, the French studio behind the likes of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. Much like Detroit, those two previous games emphasize choice in a way that few others do. Characters die, subplots change, and all of it is your doing.

We don’t know much more about Detroit now than we did when Sony showed it off last year at E3. There’s still no release date, nor even a release window. The big takeaway from this trailer? Jesse Williams, of Grey’s Anatomy fame, appears to be in it. Read more…

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Travel

Running in circles: a trip around the Isle of Wight

Chalky cliffs, curry and camping … Martin Love finds there’s much to discover on a run along the island’s 66-mile coastal path

If you said you were going round the Isle of Wight, most people would presume you were doing it in a boat. And I’ve done that – bobbing along in a day cruiser. I spent most of the time vomiting over the stern while everyone else swilled gin and tonics and marvelled at the island’s crumbling cliffs.

Last month, however, I took a very different route and ran the length of the island’s coastal path, as part of the Isle of Wight Challenge. When I entered, along with my friends Alan and Tom, I imagined it’d be the sort of eccentric and pointless adventure that would appeal to us and about a dozen other social misfits. In fact, we were joined at the start by 1,700 other runners and walkers. Who knew? The gun sounded at 8am on that blustery Saturday morning and all we had to do was follow the endless pink arrows until, eventually, we arrived back at the starting-point, having run 66 miles in a circle. Bonkers, of course, but to us completely blissful.

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Architecture

‘You will always be Batman’: Celebrities post tributes to Adam West

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Adam West, the actor famous for his wry, dramatic portrayal of Batman, died Friday of complications related to leukemia. He was 88. 

After news of his death broke Saturday, fellow stars — including Mark Hamill, Conan O’Brien, and George Takei — shared tributes to West on Twitter.

“I’m so lucky to have worked w/ him & tell him how much he meant to me,” Hamill wrote.

Holy hell, Batman. We’ll miss you.

#AdamWest was such a wonderful actor & so kind, I’m so lucky to have worked w/ him & tell him how much he meant to me & millions of fanspic.twitter.com/Bu0OOaRgX9

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 10, 2017 Read more…

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Travel

The best of the UK seaside

Nostalgia, beaches and ice-cream come together in perfect harmony as 12 authors and locals choose their favourite places on the UK coast, with places to stay

Broadstairs must be in my blood. My mum’s family has been going there at least since Edward VII was on the throne. We have an old album of photographs of her parents horsing around in what is presumably Viking Bay. In one picture, my grandfather is posing in a woollen bathing suit with a half-crown stuck in his eye-socket as though it’s a monocle. Considering that he wasn’t known for his levity and that at the time it was taken, in the mid-1930s, the economy had gone south and the world stood on the brink of a terrible war, it says something about the restorative powers of Broadstairs.

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