World’s Largest Blossoming Plant

wistaria mega plant

This mega plant even spawned it’s own festival!

A wistaria vine in Sierra Madre, California has been named as the World’s Largest Flowering Plant by the Guinness Book of World Records. This vine is so big it has its own festival! William and Alice Brugman planted it in 1894 to celebrate the purchase of their new home. The wistaria eventually destroyed the house! 116 years later, it is healthy and sprouts about a million and half blooms every year.

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Art Exhibit Features Huge Robotic Spider

Art Exhibit Features Huge Robotic Spider 

 50-foot mechanical spider, engineered and manufactured by LaMachine.

If you are afraid of spiders, you would best not be visiting Liverpool’s Lime Street. Why? Well, Liverpool is currently hosting the Capital of Culture Celebration, exhibiting some of the city’s unique cultural heritage. One of the main attractions at this show is a massive 50-foot mechanical spider, engineered and manufactured by the French company La Machine. The 37-tonne 8-legged machine has drawn lots of attention and attraction, from the very first day it was launched. It was mounted to the side of the Concourse House building in just one night, and heralded the launch of the five-day festival. Many visitors have expressed mixed reactions, some being quite happy that such modern artwork was being displayed; while others were negative about it, mostly because of their personal fear of spiders. However, all spectators experienced a mutual feeling of deep interest for the mechanical monster.

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CrowdFire – New Online Concert Experience

CrowdFire - New Online Concert Experience 

 Event goers check their laptop displays during San Francisco’s first Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.

As music lovers mobbed an outdoor stage, vying for views of Radiohead, Beck and other rockers, Keith McPhail enjoyed a prime view of the show from a couch in an internet “living room”.

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Slaughtered Cow Tongue Flavor Is The Hit Of Yokohama Ice Cream Festival


Great or Gross Ice Cream?

The city of Yokohama has marked the 130th anniversary of the arrival of ice cream in Japan with a festival showcasing exotic regional varieties including eel, raw horse, curry, crab and potato.

Yokohama Ice Cream Expo attracted thousands of fans before it closed yesterday (SUN), according to organiser Manabu Matsumoto, who identified beef tongue ice cream from Miyagi Prefecture as the most popular variety.

“We have ice cream from all over Japan – from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south – but beef tongue has been the one that people keep coming back for,” he said.

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The Transformative Nature of Burning Man

The Transformative Nature of Burning Man

Burning Man – An event that will change your life

Burning Man began in 1986 when Larry Harvey – ex-bike messenger, ex-cab driver, and landscaper of abnormal gardens – burned a home-made human effigy on a San Francisco beach with 10 people looking on. Twenty years later, Burning Man is a festival with 50,000 participants from all over the world, with an annual budget of over $10 million. Amazing photos after the jump.

The DaVinci Institute will be hosting a special event on the “Transformative Nature of Burning Man” on July 7th. (Pics)
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