Watch Oregon's Lost Lake disappear down a bizarre hole

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Located in Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest, the Lost Lake presents a highly unusual natural phenomenon; each winter the lake bed fills with water from nearby streams, and every spring it drains—rather like a bathtub—down a large hole. Jude McHugh, spokeswoman for the Willamette National Forest, told The Bulletin that the hole has been there for as long as anyone remembers, and that the mysterious phenomenon is most likely the result of the regions porous volcanic landscape—the hole itself is believed to be an open lava tube. As for exactly where the Lost Lake’s waters go each spring, no one is entirely sure, but it’s thought that it seeps into the subsurface where it recharges nearby aquifers.

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Many of the rugs are made with craft techniques that do not require large spaces or machines and could therefore be manufactured as cottage industry in textile-producing countries. This means that using waste could be ecologically sustainable and socially sustainable at the same time.

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Fahz lets you turn your loved ones' faces into a vase

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Fahz lets you turn your loved ones' faces into a vaseIt’s your face – in a vase! The brainchild of Nicholas and Martha Desbiens, Fahz is a way for you to turn your loved ones’ profiles into a one-of-a-kind, 3D-printed vase that reveals different faces as you rotate it. If you’d like to see this fascinating project in person, come check it out at

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