Poland Unveils Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path That Is Charged By The Sun

Cycling is one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel, and thanks to this solar-powered bike lane that glows in the dark, it just got even moreso.
The luminous blue cycling strip, which can be found near Lidzbark Warminski in the north of Poland, was created by TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o. It’s made from a synthetic material that can give out light for up to ten hours at a time once charged by the sun throughout the day. Although the concept was inspired by Studio Roosegaarde’s Starry Night bike lane in the Netherlands, the technology is quite different as the Dutch version uses LEDs whereas this one is entirely dependent upon solar power. It’s still in the testing phase at the moment, but let’s hope that this bright idea will be implemented in other countries in the very near future. (h/t: inhabitat)

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Square Ocean Waves

The phrase “cross seas” refers to waves coming from two directions and crossing, not that the sea is angry (though cross seas are, incidentally, very dangerous). If you see square waves in the ocean, you should get out of the water immediately. Underwater there are powerful currents that can capsize ships.
Found on Wikipedia.

Is this the voice of Frida Kahlo? - audio

The National Sound Library of Mexico has released a track that it believes is the only known surviving audio recording of the artist.


This Tiny French Village Was Owned by the Knights Templar

Today, with a population of just 188, La Couvertoirade is largely inhabited by craftsmen working with enamel, pottery, weaving and similar crafts.
Here is the town’s website. Found via Wikipedia.

The scroll on which de Sade wrote the draft of The 120 Days of Sodom

The original scroll on which the Marquis de Sade wrote the draft of his novel ‘The 120 Days of Sodom”. Joining pages end to end, the Marquis de Sade wrote 157,000 words in three weeks and hid the scroll in the wall of his cell in the Bastille. He died believing it had been destroyed in the prison siege that ignited the French Revolution. It was displayed at the Letters and Manuscripts Museum in Paris until 2014 when the owner was investigated for allegedly running the museum as an illegal Ponzi scheme. It is now believed to be held in the National Library of France.
The marquis, whose name is the root of the words “sadism” and “sadist,” describes orgies, rape and pedophilia in the book, which has been widely translated – and widely censored. Believed by many to be cursed, most recently, his manuscript has at the center of France’s biggest fraud case.
Full article found on Esquire.