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They know when the boxed bird sings.

Vinkensport (finch sport), or vinkenzetting (finch sitting) is a Belgian, primarily Flemish, sport involving a box, a bird, and a counting stick. The bird that sings the most times in an hour wins. Here is a short and somewhat doubtful documentary.
posted by hydrophonic on Jun 4, 2014 - 9 comments

Net Neutrality: Cats, Comcast, Cost and Comments

John Oliver and Last Week Tonight do an extended piece on Net Neutrality.
posted by Wordshore on Jun 2, 2014 - 55 comments

WhatsApplebee's is the premier social chat app for fans of Applebee's.

WhatsApplebee's: Connect. Share. Communicate. But Only At Applebee's. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on May 9, 2014 - 39 comments

Ottomans not included

For those of you who prefer your science isolated with a side of moody furniture, I give you Lonely Chairs at CERN.
posted by Diagonalize on Apr 14, 2014 - 19 comments

The Memphis Group

Ettore Sottsass was an industrial designer who was born in Innsbruck, Austria. Famous for his My Valentine typewriter design and his geometric enamel designs. [more inside]
posted by panaceanot on Jun 14, 2013 - 15 comments

“We must remember, to sit is a verb too…”

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld was a member of the De Stijl group of artists along with Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian. [more inside]
posted by Sailormom on Dec 10, 2012 - 6 comments

Origami Chair

Foldable Origami Chair ~via gizmodiva
posted by TangerineGurl on Oct 20, 2012 - 9 comments

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die; there is no middle ground."

HBO is now selling a life-size replica of the throne from “Game of Thrones,” its epic fantasy adapted from George R. R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” novels. [HBO-blue] The replica is made not from molten steel but from hand-finished, hand-painted fiberglass and fireproof resin, weighs 350 pounds and measures 7 feet, 2 inches tall; 5 feet 11 inches deep; and 5 feet 5 inches wide. HBO, which also offers artifacts and memorabilia inspired by its other original series, said in a news release about the throne that “calling it impressive is an understatement” but offered no advice on how to sit in a seat constructed from so many sharp and pointed instruments. [Via: NYTimes.com]
posted by Fizz on Jun 5, 2012 - 93 comments

1006 Navy Chair

"The design brief had at least one interesting bulletpoint: The chair had to be 'torpedo-proof.'" Making, testing, more testing, history, design, redesign. [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Jan 1, 2011 - 26 comments

The Real Good Chair Experiment

The Real Good Chair Experiment - What happens if you leave 25 chairs around New York and watch to see where they go? The short film then continues with an interview with a few of the people who brought them home.
posted by flatluigi on Jan 8, 2010 - 27 comments

Steele becomes RNC Chair

Michael Steele, former Lt. Governor of Maryland and one of only a handful of semi-prominent African-American leaders in the Republican Party, has just been elected RNC Chair. He beat out Katon Dawson, Chair of the South Carolina GOP, who had recently resigned his membership from an all-white country club, by a vote of 91-77. Some argue that the RNC Chair race was all about race. [more inside]
posted by billysumday on Jan 30, 2009 - 43 comments

Kill all humans / assemble self into chair

The Best Robots of 2008 (via)
posted by Artw on Jan 18, 2009 - 13 comments

Glenn Gould's chair

Monsieur, you vill not speak disrespectfully of a member of ze family! It is a boon travelling companion, without which I do not function, I cannot operate. It has been with me for 21 years, zis thing, this chair!
Glenn Gould performed for 21 years seated in a folding card chair modified by his father to be height adjustable. That one chair accompanied him around the world in support of each of his recordings and performances, and now resides on a pedestal at the National Library of Canada. Luckily, exact replicas of the skeletal, cushion-less chair are available for only €990. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 16, 2008 - 20 comments

I'm a Barbie girl, in a Barbie... electric chair

Barbie Doll Electric Chair Science Fair Project [more inside]
posted by patricio on Sep 18, 2007 - 21 comments

The Tantra Chair (nsfw)

The Tantra Chair (NSFW) seems like a great addition to any modern living room.
posted by SeizeTheDay on Aug 23, 2005 - 49 comments

Lawn Chair Man

"A man can't just sit around." This summer marked the 20th anniversary of the guy tying balloons to a lawn chair and floating along two miles high, shivering and brandishing his pistol at bewildered passing airline pilots. Also this year, the historic lawn chair was finally found.
posted by luser on Nov 2, 2002 - 17 comments

Colonial furniture shall not pass through my door.

Colonial furniture shall not pass through my door. This site is simply the best compendium of modern furniture links that I have ever seen. Some link rot, but worth it if you fancy an Eames chair or Ron Arad shelf. It is all there folks.
posted by machaus on Feb 13, 2002 - 9 comments

Surfing in style

Surfing in style with the new Lazyboy recliner - except the keyboard is on the left side. Probably so your right hand can use the remote control.
posted by fnirt on Jan 9, 2001 - 8 comments

Screw the $800 Aeron chair I've coveted for so long, I need one of these.
posted by mathowie on Jul 20, 1999 - 0 comments

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