November 11, 2019

15+ Creative Gifts for Dog Owners You Can Find on Etsy

Shopping for others can often be more fun than shopping for yourself—and shopping for dogs? Well, that’s the most fun of all. Even if Fido can’t say “thank you,” seeing the inquisitive tilt of his head or happy wag of his tail is satisfaction enough. Etsy is a fabulous site to find creative products of all categories, but one simple search can oftentimes lead you down a rabbit hole of thousands of choices.

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November 10, 2019

Helsinki’s Oodi Library Serves as a Giant Symbol of Finland’s Highest Global Literacy Rate

More than just a place to check out books, Helsinki’s Oodi Library is a symbol of national pride in a country that boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Designed by celebrated Finnish architecture firm ALA, the library stands prominently in the center of Helsinki. By facing the Finnish parliament building, Oodi is a constant reminder of what the country has accomplished.

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November 9, 2019

Artist Comically Answers Common Questions with Illustrated Charts and Diagrams

Whether you rehash something that happened in the past or worry too much about what might happen in the future, overthinking things is a common issue we all struggle with. Artist Michelle Rial illustrates those relatable ruminations with comical charts and diagrams in her book, Am I Overthinking This? The playful book is a compilation of Rial’s Real Life Charts Projects, a series she started creating while healing from chronic neck injury.

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November 8, 2019

Dog Learns to Talk by Using a Special Soundboard That Her Human Made

Speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger can make her dog talk—without barking. The 26-year-old has devised a way for her pup Stella to use human language to communicate her needs. Thanks to Hunger’s ingenuity, the Catahoula/Blue Heeler mix can specify when she is thirsty, when she wants to go outside, and when she is looking for her favorite toy. Hunger documents Stella’s burgeoning skills in short videos and their back-and-forth conversations are nothing short of amazing.

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