Desk to Desk [via Nina Reznick]

Discover the hidden features and intricate interior of this cabinet. One of the finest achievements of European furniture making, this cabinet is the most important product from Abraham (1711--1793) and David Roentgen's (1743--1807) workshop. A writing cabinet crowned with a chiming clock, it features finely designed marquetry panels and elaborate mechanisms that allow for doors and drawers to be opened automatically at the touch of a button.

Owned by King Frederick William II, the Berlin cabinet is uniquely remarkable for its ornate decoration, mechanical complexity, and sheer size.

This cabinet is from Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens:

Footage courtesy of VideoART GmbH and Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Burger King | Whopper Neutrality [via Nina Reznick]

The repeal of Net Neutrality is a hot topic in America, but it can be very difficult to understand. That’s why the BURGER KING® brand created WHOPPER® Neutrality, a social experiment that explains the effects of the repeal of Net Neutrality by putting it in terms anyone can understand: A WHOPPER®
sandwich. This effort aims to help people understand how the repeal of Net Neutrality will impact their lives. The BURGER KING® brand believes the Internet should be like the WHOPPER® sandwich: the same for everyone.

Help keep Net Neutrality safe by signing the petition at "Actual Guests. Fake pricing for illustration purposes only. TM & © 2018 Burger King Corporation. All rights reserved."

Honor • Inspire • Ignite

Honor. Inspire. Ignite. These words epitomize the HERstory® Apparel mission - to honor the trailblazing women of the past, inspire the amazing women of today and ignite a future generation of girls through history and fashion. We created this brand to provide women and girls access to creative and empowering apparel, while paying homage to the incredible contributions of remarkable women largely ignored in history books. This brand is for badass women...young and old!

Where is Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster with Starman? [via Vincent Atchity]

On February 6, 2018, at 2045 UTC, the first Falcon Heavy was launched into space. It contained a very special payload- a Tesla Roadster with Starman.

 But where is this vehicle? 

The current location is 3,891,278 miles (6,262,406 km, 0.042 AU) from Earth, moving away from Earth at a speed of 7,391 mi/h (11,894 km/h, 3.30 km/s).
The car is 128,073,643 miles (206,114,612 km, 1.378 AU) from Mars, moving toward the planet at a speed of 42,079 mi/h (67,719 km/h, 18.81 km/s).
The car is 93,446,774 miles (150,388,051 km, 1.005 AU) from the Sun, moving away from the star at a speed of 10,622 mi/h (17,094 km/h, 4.75 km/s).
The car exceeded its 36,000 mile warranty 1,049.2 times while driving around the Sun, (37,769,895 miles, 60,784,773 km, 0.41 AU) moving at a speed of 71,614 mi/h (115,251 km/h, 32.01 km/s). The orbital period is about 557 days.
It has achieved a fuel economy of 299.8 miles per gallon (127.4 km/liter, 0.78467 liters/100 km), assuming 126,000 gallons of fuel.
Assuming the battery still works, Starman has listened to Space Oddity 5,799 times since launch in one ear, and to Is there Life On Mars? 7,814 times in the other ear.

It’ll be interesting to see what the legal MJ money engenders [via Nina Reznick]

From The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War by James Bradley. Whether through Caribbean rum, Prohibition-era bootlegging or Chinese opium, more than a few American and European fortunes have been alleged to come from unexpected sources:

"On March 17, 1905, one of the most significant weddings in American history took place in a house in New York City at 8 East 76th Street, between Madison and Fifth avenues. At 3:30 p.m., [President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter] Miss Alice Roosevelt -- serving as a bridesmaid dressed in a white veil and holding a bouquet of pink roses -- opened the ceremony as she proceeded down the wide stairs from the third floor to the second-floor salon. The bride -- her cousin Eleanor Roosevelt -- followed, and behind her was President Theodore Roosevelt, who would give his niece away to the bridegroom, his fifth cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

"Eleanor wore a pearl necklace and diamonds in her hair, gifts from Franklin's rich Delano relatives. Even though Franklin had never made much money himself, Teddy knew that he would be able to care for his new wife: FDR was heir to the huge Delano opium fortune.

"China opium den, circa 1896"

"Franklin's grandfather Warren Delano had for years skulked around [China's] Pearl River Delta dealing drugs. Delano had run offices in Canton and Hong Kong. During business hours, Chinese criminals would pay him cash and receive an opium chit. At night, Scrambling Crabs -- long, sleek, heavily armed crafts -- rowed out into the Pearl River Delta to Delano's floating warehouses, where they received their Jesus opium under the cover of darkness. The profits were enormous, and at his death Delano left his daughter Sara a fortune that she lavished on her only son.

"The Delanos were not alone. Many of New England's great families made their fortunes dealing drugs in China. The Cabot family of Boston endowed Harvard with opium money, while Yale's famous Skull and Bones society was funded by the biggest American opium dealers of them all -- the Russell family. The most famous landmark on the Columbia University campus is the Low Memorial Library, which honors Abiel Low, a New York boy who made it big in the Pearl River Delta and bankrolled the first cable across the Atlantic. Princeton University's first big benefactor, John Green, sold opium in the Pearl River Delta with Warren Delano.

"The list goes on and on: Boston's John Murray Forbes's opium profits financed the career of transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson and bankrolled the Bell Telephone Company. Thomas Perkins founded America's first commercial railroad and funded the Boston Athenaeum. These wealthy and powerful drug¬-dealing families combined to create dynasties."

Take That Call ... [via Pat Francke]

A high school teacher has implemented the following policy in his class:
That should a student's cell phone ring and interrupts the class then, the student has to answer it and put it on speaker.......listen carefully to this call and follow the conversation to the end.