MATTEO DALL'OMBRA

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IT WAS A YEAR to be confounded, shocked, humbled.

The first line of the article perfectly encapsulate how I felt about 2016. Going through the gallery you’ll find a compilation of stunning and most upsetting pictures.

Share this gallery with an alien and he will think we are a world at war.

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Mondelez International, makers of the iconic, triangular Toblerone bar, are facing a wave of anger and upset after the company widened the gaps between the bar’s chocolate segments. The changes, says Mondelez, have nothing to do with Brexit, and although that may be the case, that doesn’t stop it looking like a perfect metaphor for Brexit.

Thanks, Brexit. Now even my chocolate is ruined.

Mobil 1 The Grid travelled to Alonso’s hometown of Oviedo, Spain, to catch up with the McLaren-Honda driver as he delivered an insight into his karting campus and personal museum. Jenson Button, Mika Hakkinen & David Coulthard also feature.

Nice featurette of a great champion.

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Jalopnik has a fascinating story on how McLaren is keeping its F1 model alive, thanks to a 20 years old pc.

Not something that you would expect from such a technology giant, but it definitely shows commitment to keep the myth alive. After all there are only about 100 of these cars still alive, each worth north of $10 million.

I’ve also recently discovered that the model pictured in the article is currently being restored down the road from where my office is.

McLaren Special Operations is a workshop like no other. It’s located in an industrial complex a few minutes from their well known Technology- and Production Center in Woking, England, in a building where McLaren used to work on its Formula One racing efforts before deciding to give it a go against Ferrari on the streets as well.

I hope to get a glimpse of this amazing car next time around.

The guys at CNET Roadshow have a nice roundup of the best cars that have appeared so far across the vast MCU.

My personal favourite? The Acura NSX Roadster concept that you can see in the 2012 The Avengers.

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The Lonely Planet team has outdone itself once again. They’ve just release a new travel guide called: Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide, which they describe as follows:

Loos with incredible views, lavish lavatories, outstanding outhouses ­ all are featured in this pictorial guide to the world’s most stunning toilets. Whether they’re high­tech or arty, amusing or amazing, each toilet has a photo and a description of its location. More than 100 restrooms to remember are featured, from Antarctica to Zambia.

I must say, flicking through the preview, you can see some amazing places.

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Squatting on the edge of a cliff, 4600m up the flanks of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Barafu Camp takes the concept of a long-drop toilet to an elevated level.

They’ve got a nice sense of humour too.

The end of an era, a sad reporting from The Guardian:

Erik Bauersfeld, who turned three words from a minor acting role – “It’s a trap!” – into one of the most beloved lines of the Star Wars series, has died.

His manager, Derek Maki, says the performer died Sunday at his home in Berkeley, California, at the age of 93.

Bauersfeld stayed in radio for much of his life. He stumbled into the Star Wars series while working on a radio project at Lucasfilm.

Never forget.

Once again Randall Munroe is giving us a masterpiece in the form of the latest xkcd entry.

Make sure to check out Hoverboard and remember:

Looks to be small, however, when you realize that boundaries are made to be broken, A massive world opens up to be explored.

Via Boing Boing.