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Made in Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design by Maria Popova What the 1980 Olympics have to do with IKEA and medieval helmets for modern role-playing games. During the Cold War, the world on the other side of the Iron Curtain certainly yielded its fare share of design curiosities, from its eerie monuments to its various propaganda to its haunting photography to its prison tattoo subculture. But nowhere does that world’s peculiar design culture shine more dazzlingly than in Made in Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design — a fascinating and irreverent compendium of 50 masterpieces of agitprop graphic and industrial design, collected by editor Michael Idov, from cross-cultural icons like the LOMO camera and the Sputnik to mundane yet bizarre items like carbonated tap water dispensers, fishnet grocery bags and a color-coding system for caviar that endures to this day. The Russian bear Misha, mascot for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow The vertushka, a dialless phone made to receive important calls, but unable to make any Donating = Loving

Dangerous Delicacies From Around the World As a severe allergy sufferer, the idea that people would intentionally risk their life for the sake of a meal is a somewhat perplexing pastime to me. But who am I to ruin the fun? For those decidedly more adventurous than me, here are 12 gruesome and grisly treats that you’ll have to risk your life to try. Fruits laced with cyanide, octopus tentacles that perform internal strangulation, coma-inducing seafood and a maggot-infested alternative to Philadelphia are all on the menu. Ackee, Jamaica A red, pear-like fruit, the Ackee looks harmless enough and one would assume that, being the national fruit of Jamaica, it would at the very least be edible. Should you eat the forbidden parts of the fruit, expect a potentially fatal dose of toxins to be released into your body, suppressing your body’s glucose production and causing dangerously low blood sugar levels, a condition defined as ‘Jamaican vomiting sickness’. >> Read about what to expect on a vacation to Jamaica Casu Marzu, Italy

How to Travel Around the World for $418. “I have to tell you sir, this is easily the most ridiculous itinerary I’ve ever put together,” said the American Airlines operator the other night as I finalized plans for a worldwide adventure that would make Marco Polo blush. “Welp, that makes two of us!” I replied. And just like that, I had committed myself to almost nine months of international travel. Yes, that picture above is my actual itinerary. Beginning this January, I’ll start an epic journey that will take me across four continents, through at least nine countries, and into more than fifteen cities. Oh, and all of these flights are costing me a grand total of $418.36. Warning: I’m totally going to geek out on travel-hacking with this post, so if you have no interest in learning how to travel the world and visit awesome places for dirt cheap, check back in on Monday. This post is also quite lengthy at over 2500 words: grab some coffee, get comfortable, and let me show you how deep the rabbit hole of travel hacking goes. -Steve

30 Epic Places You Must Go Before 30 Traveling young is important because it shapes your worldview. When you travel young, you realize who you are and what you believe in before it’s time to make the big-kid decisions (career, marriage, and all that scary stuff) that will impact the rest of your life. If you were to visit each of these places before turning 30, you would be pretty darn well in touch with yourself and pretty equipped to take on real, adult existence. Check out -- and check off! 30. 29. 28. 27. 26. 25. 24. 23. 22. 21. 20. 19. 18. 17. 16. 15. 14. 13. 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that the Berlin Wall was built by Nazi Germany. Also on HuffPost:

Best Travel Sites to Save You Money Feeling too pinched by the ever-troubled economy to travel? You can still find good deals to get away -- if you know where to go online first. Here are the best travel sites we've found to help you bag the best bargains on airfares, lodging, car rentals and all your other travel needs. 1) Kayak.com scours hundreds of online sources for the cheapest fare available. [More from Kiplinger: QUIZ: How Far Can you Stretch Your Travel Dollar?] 2) Bing Travel can help you bite the bullet and buy your ticket, or not, with its "price predictor," which forecasts whether fares will go up or down. 3) AirfareWatchdog works best for travelers ready to take off at the drop of a deal. Bonus: The site includes fares from Southwest, Allegiant and other small airlines that may not appear on bigger search sites such as Kayak and Bing. 4) Yapta.com tracks fares for you and will shoot you an e-mail or Tweet if the cost of your selected flight drops. [More from Kiplinger: QUIZ: Test Your Travel Tipping IQ]

Portraits d'un Nouveau Monde Hongkong, la ville extrême Hongkong fut la dernière colonie de la Couronne britannique en Asie. Depuis le 1er juillet 1997, le territoire est de nouveau rattaché à la Chine. Cette autonomie reste relative car Pékin a le dernier mot sur les affaires politiques de Hongkong. Densité et verticalité de l'urbanisme Ce qui frappe tout visiteur à Hongkong, c'est d'abord la concentration de population et la verticalité de son urbanisme. Avec le développement économique de Hongkong, la main d'oeuvre chinoise venue du continent commença à peupler massivement ce territoire d'à peine 1000 km². Les zones non-constructibles représentent 80% du territoire. Une terre d'immigration Lorsque le Japon envahit la Mandchourie en 1932, des centaines de milliers de Chinois vinrent trouver refuge dans la colonie britannique de Hong-Kong. Pendant la Révolution culturelle en Chine entre 1966 et 1976, le flot de réfugiés de la Chine populaire s'accentua de nouveau. La population a donc grandi très rapidement. Crédits

Crystal River Cano Cristales - Crystal River. River of five colors, as the locals call it, originates in the south of the mountain chain Macarena, Colombia, and flows eastward to its confluence with the Guayabero river. In the Cano Cristales found five colors: yellow, blue, green, black and red. All of them are waste product of many algae and, depending on time of year, color saturation, or weakened or strengthened. Share on Tumblr Budgeting Probably the best time for traveling the world is when you’re young. You’ve got little to no real responsibilities and you’re still spontaneous enough to try almost anything. The down side? You’re probably pretty broke. Pricey plane tickets, disadvantaged exchange rates, and museum passes can add up to a lot of cash very quickly. But don’t fret. Transportation: Finding discount plane and train tickets isn’t as hard as you might think. Airwise.com: Check out this Web site to find pricing and booking information for flights, car rentals, and cruises anywhere in the world. Lodging: You’ve already accepted the fact that your traveling budget is tight, alas no Ritz hotel in Paris for you. Hostels.com: Book a hostel anywhere in the world. Food and Drink: Part of the joy of traveling the world is exposing yourself (and your palate) to new flavors and traditions in the local cuisine. The Trailside Cookbook: This site has tons of tasty recipes for backpackers on a budget.

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You're Broke By Matthew Kepnes Think you don’t have enough money to travel? Think again. Travel guru Matt Kepnes puts that myth to rest with this guide to traveling on little (or no) money. I recently asked subscribers of my newsletter about the number one thing that holds them back from traveling. Money This is something I hear from everyone I talk to. “Matt, I simply don’t have enough money to travel.” This problem and how to overcome it probably my most asked question. I answer this question in a plethora of posts, e-mails, tweets, and Facebook posts. Since this question comes up so often, I like to constantly remind people of this fact: You do not need to be rich to travel. Let’s repeat that. You do not need to be rich to travel. I sure wasn’t. Yet I managed to save enough to travel the world. What is your savings priority? A few months ago, I wrote about the importance of writing out your expenses and then cutting them to save money for your trip. Work Overseas – Not making enough money at your job?

Leisure / Business Travel Packing List - Travel Light (One Bag)! Espace Pédagogique - arts plastiques et culture métisse (Gilbert Pélissier) L'un des traits à remarquer dans l'art du XXe siècle, si l'on considère la diversité des productions, est un décloisonnement des catégories artistiques traditionnelles telles qu'elles étaient représentées par les "Beaux Arts":Peinture, Sculpture, Architecture... La création artistique depuis la modernité peut être assimilée à l'exploration d'un "champ ouvert" dans lequel des productions hybrides, ou radicalement nouvelles sont apparues. Inclassables dans les catégories anciennes elles ont nécessité une invention terminologique abondante : "performance", "body-art", "land-art", "art conceptuel", "minimal-art", "pièces", "installation", ... L' ouverture à toutes formes d'expressions, la reconnaissance de comportements artistiques les plus divers, ont brouillé les signes de repère stables et ce que l'on peut retenir pour notre propos, c'est en définitive l'abandon de la norme. La technique n'est plus première dans cet enseignement, elle n'est plus le préalable du travail artistique.

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