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This Danish Company Creates the World’s Most Awesome Playgrounds

These innovative playgrounds are designed to stimulate your kids’ minds during playtime.

MONSTRUM is a company founded by Ole Barslund Nielsen and Christian Jensen, and their main goal is to create whimsical playgrounds designed around stories. These playgrounds not only let kids play and get their exercise but the playground itself can also stimulate their minds as they enact elaborate stories!

MONSTRUM's playgrounds often have an aquatic theme, like this 15-meter-long Blue Whale in Plikta Park in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Another whale creation, this time a sperm whale, can be found just outside Denmark's North Sea Oceanarium.

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Children can climb inside the whale and re-enact the story of Pinocchio.

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Here's a dragon popping out of the sand in Mulighedernes Park in Aalborg, Denmark.

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And here's a giant parrod slide in a public park in Copenhagen.

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This brightly colored eel wraps itself around a play lighthouse next to the National Museum of Bermuda.

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These two giant owls serve as guardians of the playground in Stockholm's Kristinebergs Slottspark.

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These beetles make for great adventure stories for the kids. One is even wheelchair accessible.

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MONSTRUM also create shipwrecks that kids can pretend to discover and explore. This one is in Moscow's Gorky Park.

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And here's a ship that's being taken down by a kraken. This one is also located in Gorky Park.

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This playground in Copenhagen is called the Bermuda Triangle, and it features a plane that's about to crash into the mysterious area.

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The Bermuda Triangle Playground also features a sunken galleon and a whale, along with the crashed plane.

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This one is a crashed cargo ship in Sweden's Höganäs Municipality.

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And here's a ship that has hit a sandbar and split into two.

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This playground in Brumbleby features a delightfully surreal collection of houses.

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Which of these playgrounds would you like to take your kids to? Let us know in the comment section!

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Listen To The Oldest Music Composed by Man, Dating Back to 1400 BC!

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Have you ever pondered when did man started making music? Or have you thought what the oldest music sounds like? The answer to those questions were found by archaeologists at an excavation in Ras Shamra, Syria during the 1950s.

In an expedition there, archaeologists excavated Babylonian cuneiform tablets with what looked like musical melody. Carbon dating suggests that the musical inscriptions were at least 3,500 years old dating back to at least 1400-1700 B.C. So far, this is recognized as the oldest music composed by mankind.

The Four-part ancient musical composition

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8 Public Spaces that Manipulate You with Their Frustrating Design

Strangely, some things are unpleasantly made to discourage their use for certain activities.

Unpleasant design is all around us. We see them in signs with awful fonts, in badly placed buildings, and even in household items like furniture and kitchenware. However, who would have thought that unpleasant design could have a purpose?

In the book called "Unpleasant Design" by Gordan Savičić and Selena Savić, they discuss how some designs intentionally make people feel uncomfortable, and thus limiting the use of certain objects to their only intended use. Here are some examples of designs they have seen in public spaces.

1. Metal obstacles in public benches

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These Monochromatic Optical Illusions by Peter Kogler Will Surely Make You Dizzy

These artworks will induce vertigo!

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For decades, world-renowned Austrian artist Peter Kogler has successfully transformed typical-looking galleries and museums into warp portals where hallucination and reality seem to converge. Using illusory, monochromatic patterns of distorted lines and pipes and similarly warped sculptures, he expertly transports his audiences to a different dimension where their depth perception is put to the test. The seemingly boundless patterns of alternating convex and concave offer a three-dimensional view of a world that appears to move and shift with every step.

First gaining international attention in the 1980s, the Vienna-based artist is a pioneer of computer-generated art. His works, which focus on architecture, cinema, minimalism and pop art, have been displayed in various galleries, museums, and exhibitions, all of which never fail to captivate.

Kogler's motifs are drawn from the corporal and allegorical realms and then blended into a mixture of unique designs, as can be seen in the patterns that he employs, examples of which include pipes, ants, brain convolutions, and honeycombs.

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