Seen and Heard — Paint by Fingers, Natural Food Dyes and More

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Photo: Chromaldry.com

The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

Ever wanted to learn how to maximize your tape measuring skills? We got you covered. While you’re at it, see vintage photos of eating contests and the latest photos of the sun’s surface.

5 Cool Things You May Not Know About Your Tape Measure


I love finding out new things things about commonplace items. Take for instance the everyday tape measure. Just a simple measuring tool, right? Not anymore, after watching this video by Leah from See Jane Drill. She goes into detail about several helpful features of the tape measure that are usually overlooked. Do you know about the handy nail/screw grab or the foot scribe? What about the measurement shown on the tape measure’s base or why the rivets have some give? Learn all the answers to these questions and more in this short 5 minute video. —Mateo

No More Yellow No. 6, Natural Colors From Plants Are Coming

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Photo: Npr.com

Red 40, Blue 1 and Yellow 6 artificial colors are in pretty much every packaged food. Although they probably shouldn’t be, these artificial dyes are safe by the Food and Drug Administration. According to NPR, companies are seeking plant-based dyes, rather than the artificial kind. The demand for natural colorings derived from fruits and vegetables is high after studies have linked artificial dyes to hyperactivity in children. To get a full range of colors, companies are sourcing farmers all over the world, like red cabbage from China, purple carrots from Eastern Europe and turmeric from India to color kid cereals, ice cream, pasta and candy. —Vee

Here Comes The Sun, Flaming

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Photo: Forbes.com

Last month we got a glimpse of the new moon, but now we get to see the same old sun – in a new way! The good folks of NASA have compiled their observations in this BBC video to show us the sun like they’ve never seen it before. Look at those solar flares and coronal loops! —Alexandra

Turn Your Photos into a Coloring Book

I’m a big fan of the resurgence of coloring books for adults, since mindlessly filling in shapes is a great way to unwind (while still feeling like you’re sort of accomplishing something). Now app Chromaldry lets you transform your personal photos into a canvas for creative expression, allowing you to essentially turn your world into a coloring book. There’s no need to haul around markers and crayons; you can just discreetly color anything, anywhere. I think a lot of people’s commutes and Instagram accounts are about to get way more interesting. —Lauren

Vintage Photos From Eating Contests

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Photo: Mashable.com

I think old photos are fun to look at no matter what the subject matter is. Whether it’s ancestors or complete strangers, being able to look at a black and white photograph and wonder what was going on at the time that picture was snapped is always so fun for me. This set of vintage photos dated from 1915 to 1987 is a collection of photos taken during a variety of different eating contests. Yup, from sausages in Munich to Broadway show girls and their spaghetti, you can see it all here! Back in 1920 Lois and Ruth Waddell ate a combined 204 oysters. I think I’m an aggressive raw bar eater, but they took it to a whole new level. I tip my hat to you Lois and Ruth. Respect. —Chrissy