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Large chunk of a wall in London sells for $407,000 on Ebay

Just so happens that on this large chunk of wall is an original Banksy mural.  The buyer also has to pay to have the piece of the wall taken out, which should add another $10,000 to grand total. This is actually a really creative concept, except I am just wondering what this person is going to do with the chunk of wall.  Probably just a piece in a gallery… either way, cool as hell.

Banksy Mural on London Wall Sells for $407,000 in Ebay Auction

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Comcast / Flight of the Conchords at CES 2008

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NYC UNDERWATER!!!

Not really, but that is the warning that a new program on the National Geographic Channel is trying to shout.

Six Degrees Could Change the World explores the potential impacts of global warming degree-by-degree—through six degrees over the next hundred years. Filmed on five continents, the program tracks the world’s top climate researchers and follows ranchers, photographers and everyday people to uncover climate trends. From Greenland’s ice sheet to tropical ocean coral reefs, from Himalayan glaciers to the Amazon rainforest, come chilling firsthand accounts of climate change already underway—and evidence of more to come.”

Watch the video of NYC underwater here.

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Waterfalls in the East River

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A Danish-Icelandic artist by the name of Olafur Eliasson will be bringing a series of freestanding waterfalls to the East River in NYC’s biggest public art project since “The Gates” took over Central Park for 16 days in February 2005.  The waterfalls are reported to rise about 60-70 feet above the water (more than half as high as the Brooklyn Bridge) and will be clearly visible from the South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Heights, and the Governors Island Ferry.  The timeline is still undecided, but expect an announcement from Mayor Bloomberg sometime soon.

The project is estimated to cost between $9-11 million which is a drop in the bucket in comparison to what its expected to bring to the city.  The NYC Economic Development Corp. estimated that “The Gates” attracted 1.5 million out-of-town visitors and generated $254 million in economic activity for the city (the $20 million price tag was financed entirely by the artists).

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Eliasson is famous for creating “immersive environments that take their inspiration from nature and play tricks with viewers’ perceptions.”   Waterfalls have always been an interest of his due to their presence in the landscape of his native Iceland.  A 1998 piece called “Reversed Waterfall” will be on display at P.S.1.  This exhibit uses a system of pumps and basins to send water jetting uphill.  He has also created a 20-foot outdoor waterfall as part of an exhibition at Dundee University in Scotland (not named after Crocodile).

In addition to waterfall-related pieces, Eliasson created “The Weather Project,” which used mist, mirrors and 200 monofilament light bulbs to create an image of a glowing sun.  In 2000 he created “Green River,” in which he poured nontoxic dye into a river in Stockholm, which turned it green (like St. Patty’s Day in Chicago).  In 1993 he created a rainbow in a gallery by projecting light across a fine mist of water in a piece title “Beauty.”

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Mark Malkoff lives in IKEA

Comedian Mark Malkoff, who works as an audience coordinator for “The Colbert Report,” needed a place to live while his apartment was being fumigated.  Instead of shacking up with his friends or getting a hotel, he thought it would be funny to ask IKEA if they could let him crash for a week.  To his amazement, they said yes.  The rest can be seen here.

Also check out Mark in his very own Starbucks challenge, titled “171 Starbucks in A Day.”

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Does your country’s flag make the grade?

Courtesy of Marginal Revolution

The world’s flags given letter grades

To help grade the flags, certain special codes were used i.e.  Good/Bad/Hideous Colors, Makes Me Nauseous, Good/Bad Shape, and Bad Tri-Color.

Here is my vote for best flag, although it only scored a 70/100:

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Jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures

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