trying to piece the world back together
Warehouse giant Costco likes to do everything big, from super-sized bottles of ketchup to barrels full of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Their latest exclusive offering: A jigsaw puzzle with 60,000 pieces that may take up an entire room when it’s finished.
The sprawling What a Wonderful World puzzle is actually 60 interconnected 1000-piece puzzles to make assembly (somewhat) feasible. Each features a painting from the Dowdle Art Studio of a fascinating landmark from different parts of the world, including The Great Wall of China and The Eiffel Tower.
Once each section is completed, it can be connected to the larger canvas. When finished, the puzzle measures 8 feet tall and 29 feet wide. An included legend helps you keep track of which puzzle goes where in the literal bigger picture of things. Costco has declared it the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle, and that’s likely to be true. The What a Wonderful World puzzle retails for $599.
“the world is like a dropped pie most of the time.
don’t kill yourself trying to put it back together.
just grab a fork and eat some of it off the floor. then carry on.”
credits: penn news, chris hopkins, jake rosin, mental floss,
The longest road in the world to walk is from Cape Town (South Africa) to Magadan (Russia).
No need for planes or boats, there are bridges.
It’s 22,387 km and it takes 4,492 hours to run it.
It would be 187 days walking non-stop, or 561 days walking 8 hours a day.
The route passes through 17 countries, six time zones and all seasons of the year.
“all walking is discovery, on foot we take the time to see things whole.”
*Harold “Hal” Glen Borland was an American author, journalist and naturalist. In addition to writing many non-fiction and fiction books about the outdoors, he was a staff writer and editorialist for The New Yorker.
credits: united humanists
Calvin: They say the world is a stage.
But obviously the play is unrehearsed and everybody is ad-libbing his lines.
Hobbes: Maybe that’s why it’s hard to tell if we’re living in a tragedy or a farce.
Calvin: We need more special effects and dance numbers.
— Calvin and Hobbes, from “Calvin & Hobbes,” on the tragicomedy of life
image credit: sbs
thought it might be interesting
to expose the cats to a bit of world geography
while sipping a refreshing drink.
so far they have refused to take any quizzes
but i’m confident they are learning by osmosis.
“without geography, you’re nowhere.”
i have exactly one blog follower
in the micro country of liectenstein
with so many interesting things about this amazing tiny place
here are just a couple of examples:
in 1886 liectenstein had an army of 80 men who fought during the austro-prussian war
they suffered no injuries or deaths
and returned with 81 men because they made a new italian friend from the opposition army.
the army was disbanded soon after and they haven’t had an army since.
and then there was the accidental invasion which didn’t cause much of a stir:
i really love their approach to life
and i’m guessing my one reader is a pretty laid-back person
and with such a tiny country
perhaps a descendent of that new italian friend they brought back from the war?
here’s to liectenstien!
“be so good they can’t ignore you.”
image credit: expat.com
one kinder who has created his own atlas
about the world he’s discovered
by reading books.
and the Dinos are standing by too
just taking it all in.
“the wide world is all about you:
you can fence yourselves in,
but you cannot forever fence it out.”
-j. r. r. tolkien
kinders get ready to enter a ‘new/old world.’
“so many worlds,
so much to do,
so little done,
such things to be.”
-alfred lord tennyson
“the world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”
the kinders know this to be true.
what a lovely little place
discovered on a walk in the woods
nestled beneath the old trees
resting on a blanket
of the softest pine needles
open to all who happen by
who lives here?
“when you’re wide open, the world is a good place.”
nichols arboretum, ann arbor, mi, usa. november 2018