The Scough, a scarf embedded with the same high-grade germ filters that the military uses to protect against chemical warfare, is the fashionable answer to flu season. Instead of boarding the subway or walking near car exhaust with your face covered by a surgical mask, you can ward off illness in an infinitely more stylish way by sliding the front of the scarf over your mouth and ears to let its special activated-carbon filter work its magic. Scough’s Brooklyn-based founders came up the idea when they began covering their faces with scarves each winter in a doomed attempt to fight off germs and avoid the bizarre look of wearing surgical masks in public. When that didn’t work, they knew it was up to them to design a germophobe-friendly accessory that worked.
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When 20-year-old leukemia patient Ben received a surprise visit from Taylor Swift at Boston Children’s hospital last month, he’d been in the process of learning to play Adele’s “Someone Like You” on the piano. A nurse had brought a keyboard to the hospital to help him pass some time while recovering from a bone marrow transplant, and he’d been writing down the notes of the song on blank staff paper as he learned it. When Taylor dropped by, she asked him to play a song for her. What followed was a magical moment that made Ben feel, according to the Huffington Post, “like the luckiest person in the world for days afterward.” In case that wasn’t amazing enough in itself, Ben also got a hug from Taylor when the camera stopped rolling. His cancer is currently in full remission! [Huffington Post]
This gorgeous timelapse video of the clouds over Tokyo will make you want to drop everything and hop on a flight to Japan. Filmmaker Darwinfish105 put the short together over the course of this spring and summer using four different cameras and then paired it with the song “Her Breath” by Arizono Kazuhiro. The end result is stunning! [Laughing Squid]
Kittens really do make everything better — even video games. In this little film, the game “Assassin’s Creed Unity” becomes “Assassin’s Kittens Unity”, which is obviously way more fun for everyone involved. Also, I’m going to make the assumption that there is someone out there in the world who is employed to make patterns for kitten film costumes. Life dream status. [Jezebel]