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Web Distractions: What's Fascinating on the Web in April

Web Distractions is our monthly column of all the strange, weird and wonderful stuff happening on the internet. This month we’ve got art for the blind, the Hoff’s new video, and the death of email. Read on for all the links - I hope you don’t have any deadlines today!

Sick of clearing your inbox every morning? Don’t worry, by 2020, email will be obsolete. The only thing we don’t know yet is what will replace it. Personally, I’m hoping for a return to morse code.

Ben & Jerry’s are launching an ice cream-flavoured beer. Why? Well, because.

Meet Mark Dawson - the self-published author who is earning $450,000 a year from Amazon. It’s fascinating to see how Dawson approaches writing as an art, and publishing as a business.


The Museo del Prado art museum in Spain is hosting a remarkable exhibition - in Touching Art, six world-famous artworks have been recreated in 3D, so that blind and vision-impaired patrons can experience the works.

Korean artist, Yong Ho Ji, takes upcycling to the next level with his incredible sculptures made from old tires.

New Instagram obsession: Baddie Winkle is an 86-year-old grandma with edgy style, still having crazy adventures and now modelling for LA-swimsuit label Dimepiece. Her captions will have you cracking up and her feed will make you want to get out there and DO something.

Another great Instagram account to follow - Pigeon Stories - tales of the secret lives of London pigeons.

A Field Guide to the American Sandwich.

I’m a bit obsessed with space lately (I just joined the Auckland Astronomy club and am learning the position of the constellations above my house), and so I am fascinated by the first coloured photo of Pluto.

From The Verge, The girl game archival project that is rewriting geek history.

Presumed extinct for decades, the gorgeous, tiny Bouvier’s red colobus monkey has been photographed for the first time. The species is only found in the Republic of the Congo, and thankfully the monkeys photographed live within the recently gazetted national park and enjoy protection from threats.

Typography is all about optical illusion.

You’ll often hear people saying Marilyn Monroe was around the same size as the average American woman today (12-16).  In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, at least by today’s sizing systems. Today I Found Out debunks the myth of Monroe’s “average” size.

21 Signs You’re Probably a Tea Addict.

As part of a kickstarter campaign to raise funds for an action-comedy film called Kung Fury, David Hasselhoff performs a song called True Survivor. This is probably the best thing to hit the internet this year.

Watch Adam Savage build a model of the maze from The Shining.

That’s it from me - what are you enjoying this week?


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Steff Green
Steff Green is one of WorkflowMax's resident wordsmiths, writing everything from website pages to blog posts, ebooks, emails and everything in between. Steff is also an award-winning author, with several fantasy novels available on Amazon. When she’s not writing up a storm, Steff lives on a lifestyle block with her musician husband, two cantankerous cats, several sheep and chickens and her medieval sword collection.

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