The World’s Largest Rubber Duck

Measuring nearly 46 feet tall by 55 feet long, Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck is making waves across the globe. Its most recent splashdown is in Hong Kong, where it will sit in Victoria Harbour through June 2, making passersby feel like children again, both in spirit and in stature.


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What does the average human look like? Wikipedia editors had to argue it out amongst themselves in choosing a single image to illustrate the article entitled “Human,” and the lucky winning image that gets to represent the entire human race is of a northern Thai couple from an indigenous hill tribe, carrying a banana plant.


This rare recording of the Beatles playing through a number of White Album outtakes at George Harrison’s home in Esher, England is unusually clear for a bootleg album, and the acoustic renditions put quite a different spin on well-known staple songs.


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The Tony Awards will take place on June 9 this year, so in the lead-up to the awards ceremony, here’s a full list of the nominees with some highlight clips.


The Netherlands just crowned the first Dutch king in over a hundred years. Goodbye, Queen Beatrix; hallo en welkom, King Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand.

Start Your Morning Right With the Alarm Clock That Makes You Coffee

For those who can't function in the morning, a cup of coffee is key. For those who can't even function enough to make that cup of coffee, there's the Barisieur. This innovative alarm clock (now available at Urban Outfitters) awakens the sleeper with the smell of coffee and the gentle rattle of stainless steel ball bearings as the water boils.

Take sugar or milk? There's a special compartment for milk so the liquid stays fresh and cool until you're ready to use it in the morning. On the front, there's a drawer for sugar. The whole tray can even be removed for easy cleaning.

Not a coffee fan? The Barisieur also brews loose-leaf tea.

The milk vessel of the coffee alarm clock
Barisieur, Urban Outfitters

The gadget also has an actual alarm that can be set to sound before or during the coffee making process. 

This invention was thought up by product designer Joshua Renouf as part of his studies at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Though the idea started as just a prototype for class back in 2015, Renouf managed to make it a reality, and you can now buy one of your very own.

At $445, the alarm clock is quite an investment, but for coffee lovers who have trouble forcing themselves out of bed, it might be more than worth it. Go ahead, picture waking up slowly to the smell of roasted coffee beans and only having to sit up in bed and enjoy.

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A version of this article first ran in 2015. It has been updated to reflect the product's current availability.

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If March 15 Is the Ides of March, What Does That Make March 16?

Everyone knows that the soothsayer in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar was talking about March 15 when he warned the Roman emperor to "beware the Ides of March." We also all know Caesar's response: "Nah, I gotta head into the office that day." But if March 15 is the Ides of March, what does that make March 16?

At the time of Caesar's assassination, Romans were using the Julian calendar (introduced by Julius Caesar himself). This was a modified version of the original Roman calendar, and it is very similar to the one we use today (which is called the Gregorian calendar). A major difference, however, was how Romans talked about the days.

Each month had three important dates: the Kalends (first day of the month), the Ides (the middle of the month), and the Nones (ninth day before the Ides, which corresponded with the first phase of the Moon). Instead of counting up (i.e., March 10, March 11, March 12), Romans kept track by counting backwards and inclusively from the Kalends, Ides, or Nones. March 10 was the sixth day before the Ides of March, March 11 was the fifth day before the Ides of March, and so on.

Because it came after the Ides, March 16 would’ve been referred to in the context of April: "The 17th day before the Kalends of April." The abbreviated form of this was a.d. XVII Kal. Apr., with "a.d." standing for ante diem, meaning roughly "the day before."

So, had Julius Caesar been murdered on March 16, the soothsayer's ominous warning would have been, "Beware the 17th day before the Kalends of April." Doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

This story first ran in 2016.