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!
This week dust off your Walkman because tapes are back in fashion, visual evidence of the first robots and the science of cute animals. See it all here.
Audio Cassette Tapes Are Back
I remember my first cassette tape like it was yesterday. I got the single for “I Wish” by Skee-Lo and I was SO pumped to pop that tape into my yellow Sony Walkman (that was covered with a variety of scratch n’ sniff stickers, mind you). Well, guess what! Cassette tapes are back…in a big way. One cassette maker claims that this has been their best year in sales ever since they opened shop back in 1969. Crazy huh? We’re suckers for nostalgia these days and it’s paying off for these companies of the past. All of a sudden people want to be listening to their sweet jams through their portable cassette players rather than streaming from their smartphones. We’re living in a permanent #TBT! Would you start buying cassette tapes again? If I can get my hands on an original “Hit Me Baby One More Time” I may have to hop on the trend! —Chrissy
A Young Tree Carved Inside an Old Tree
The wood sculpture “The Hidden Life Within” by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone explores the interaction between the inner and outer realms of all living things. In this piece, Giuseppe, whose work is evocative of Italy’s 1960’s Arte Povera movement, carved a younger tree in the heart of an older tree to illustrate both the passage of time and the interdependence of all organic forms. As you can see see in the photographs of the artist carving, the sight of a man struggling to draw out the past form of a massive tree truly shows the devotion of the artist to his sculpture. —Mateo
Determining the Cutest Animal Through Science
Scientists are trying to answer the toughest question yet—what is the cutest animal? As reported on Slate, researchers at Virginia Tech are posting photos of adorable organisms to Twitter with the #CuteOff hashtag. Peoples’ inclination for physical features like big, wide-set eyes and large heads, as well as human-like characteristics (like smiles) are recognized as well, the cutest. Check out this darling experiment that impacts why some animals are adopted faster than others and which endangered species have a better chance of surviving. —Vee
A Look Back at Early Robots
With all the advancements we’re seeing in technology, sometimes its fun to look back and see how far we’ve come. In the case of robots, it’s been quite the journey from “clunky fortune teller” to the high-tech stuff available today. Mashable rounded up a visual gallery of our history with robots and they don’t appear to have gotten any less unsettling looking over time. It’s definitely interesting to see where old-school engineers’ priorities were with their designs: early models “smoked” cigarettes, shot guns, poured tea and even coached golf. It’s a shame they couldn’t look un-terrifying while doing it, but oh well! —Lauren