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Pearl Fryar’s world-renowned topiary garden of rescued plants

In Bishopville, South Carolina, Pearl Fryar is a local gardening legend. When he first moved to the small town in the 1980s, he was almost unable to build his house because neighbors feared that as an African American...

Star Parties In Our National Parks: Parks After Dark

Visit the Grand Canyon and Death Valley with Planetary Society volunteer and national park enthusiast CaLisa Lee as she learns about Star Parties and the Parks After Dark. Thanks to our 59 untouched national parks, wh...

The incredible sport of cup stacking, explained

Sport stacking (also called cup stacking and speed stacking) may look pretty straight forward -- upstacking and downstacking x-number of cups in a certain order as fast as possible -- but it's the millisecond improvem...

Growing a 1,223 pound pumpkin from seed to scale in time lapse

Over the course of five months in 2014 -- from a sprouting seed to a fair-ready 1,223 pound pumpkin -- competitive pumpkin grower Matt Radach protected and pampered his growing plant, as captured in this time lapse vi...

Hikaru dorodango, handmade ‘shining mud dumplings’

Around 2001, Professor Fumio Kayo of the Kyoto University of Education made news by bringing the Japanese art of hikaru dorodango (どろ だんご or 'shining mud dumpling') into preschool classrooms as a play activity, t...

Dad teaches his daughter how to cast a ring from scrap pewter

When Ivan Owen's 10 year old daughter wanted to learn how to make her own metal ring, including designing it and melting down the scrap pewter metal, the Bellingham, Washington-based artist and maker embraced the oppo...

Which marble will win the Longest Sand Marble Run Ever?

Pick a color! Will your marble win against 11 others in the Longest Sand Marble Run Ever? Made by Jelle Bakker of Jelle's Marble Runs on a Netherlands-based sand dune, this sand track measures 230 meters (750 feet) lo...

Is this the largest Rubik’s Cube in the world?

British puzzle maker and collector Tony Fisher might have made the largest functional 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube in the world. It measures 1.56 meters (5.11 foot) on each side, weighs 100 kilos (220 lbs), and can be solved by...

Building a hexagon-shaped treehouse, a time lapse

From jack-of-all-trades Ethan Schlussler, who began building hexagon-shaped treehouses -- his own design -- because he wanted to have a space of his own outside of his mother’s house, watch this time lapse video of hi...

How to grow a giant pumpkin for a giant pumpkin contest

Go behind-the-scenes with competitive pumpkin grower Don Young of Des Moines, Iowa. Young's largest pumpkin weighed in at 1,662 pounds (754 kg) in 2007, and in this Iowa Public Television report from 2012, he goes for...

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Song Hero

How can you train your brain to recognize and remember bird songs? The All About Bird Biology team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has come up with a way to visualize bird vocalizations: Bird Song Hero. Want to test...

The Dragon Hedge: A 100 foot long dragon-shaped topiary

Retired fan maker John Brooker was bored with his plain hedge in East Rudham, Norfolk, and so he decided to shape it into something more interesting. Note to self: it takes around 10 years to sculpt a hedge into a 100...

Eyebombing in Madrid

Have you ever seen the makings of a face on an inanimate object? Did you have any googly eyes handy at the time? As we’ve featured before, “eyebombing" or "vandaleyes-ing" is when...

The art of Eyebombing in Copenhagan

BBC News explores the art of “eyebombing” in Copenhagen with eyebombing.com founders Kim Nielsen and Peter Dam. In the archives: Andy Knowlton’s drunken poets and more street ...

Kathryn DiMaria rebuilds her Pontiac Fiero

Kathryn DiMaria started rebuilding a Pontiac Fiero with her own money when she was 12 years old. At 14 years old (in 2012), she could be found all over the net — Makezine, Autoblog, CNN, and more — for he...

A Japanese social club cleans public toilets as a weekend hobby

Every Sunday morning in Tokyo, a group of 35 people and their kids get together to clean public toilets. From AP:  45-year-old (Masayuki) Magome, who runs an architecture agency, started t...

The Problem Solver: Inventor Mike Kapp makes “invisible” things

Meet Mike Kapp, The Problem Solver, and an inventor of invisible clocks, automated cat doors, and machines that seem to write in the air. Anne Hollowday's short video series, The Makers of Th...

Smith Journal: Bottled History

Ships in bottles. Storytelling. Bottled History. We loved this one:  Ray Gascoigne has been around boats his whole life, as a shipwright, a merchant sailor, and now as a ship builder on the smallest dry dock there ...

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