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Nieuwjaarsduik

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Nieuwjaarsduik

New Year’s Dive

Nieuwjaarsduik (pronounced nyu-yars-dowk) literally translates to "New Year’s Dive". It is the annual Dutch tradition (since 1965) of running into the freezing winter waters of the North Sea to celebrate the beginning of a new year.

In more recent years the Nieuwjaarsduik has done some travelling. The most famous dive outside of The Netherlands happens at Bondi Beach.

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Nosey Bob

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Nosey Bob

The Hangman of Ben Buckler

After an unfortunate accident involving a horse Robert “Nosey Bob” decided to move on from his floundering hansom cab business to accept the unwanted post of New South Wales State hangman. He lived at Bondi Beach.

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Pinna's Illusory Spiral

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Pinna's Illusory Spiral

Look Again

Love a good optical illusion, don’t you?

The image looks like a spiral, but it's actually a series of concentric circles. Try counting them without touching the screen.

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The Adirondack Chair

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The Adirondack Chair

All-American Feel-Good Recliner

With its slanted back and wide-paddled arm rests, the Adirondack chair is the North American symbol for the long dog days of a summer spent relaxing lakeside. But who would believe that behind these sturdy recliners lurks a sickly history of design theft and disease!

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Alexander Knows

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Alexander Knows

The Man Who Knows

Between 1915 and 1924, stage mentalist Claude Alexander (“The Man Who Knows”) Conlin, astounded theatre audiences throughout North America with feats of mind-reading and psychic prediction that defied explanation. This guy knew everything! But, he had a dark side as well.

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