A list of intriguing things
One: The St Sava temple in Belgrade, Serbia, is known as the Sagrada Família of Eastern Europe. The world’s second largest Orthodox church was left languishing for decades after its construction began in 1939. After being neglected by the post-war communist government of Yugoslavia—work resumed in 1986. It halted once again in 1991 for a decade–due to the civil war.
The church finally opened its doors to the public in 2004. But it would take another 16 years to unveil its true treasure: A stunning $42.9 million (€4 million) mosaic that weighs 40 tons and spans 17,000 square metres. Also: The million-piece artwork is made entirely of gold. They say we don’t make great buildings anymore. Btw, it was financed by the Russian oil giant Gazprom—who else has that kind of money these days. 🤷🏾 Vogue has lots more on the church’s history. Get a glimpse of the stunning sight below.
Two: Have you ever had a lucid dream—the kind that inspired Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’? No? Worry not. You can always book a “non-invasive neurostimulation device” called Halo from an AI company called Prophetic—ready to ship in 2025. The big corporate dream:
Prophetic says consumers can induce a lucid dream state, which occurs when the person having a dream is aware they are sleeping. The goal is to give people control over their dreams, so they can use that time productively. A CEO could practice for an upcoming board meeting, an athlete could run through plays, a web designer could create new templates—“the limiting factor is your imagination,” [says] founder and CEO Eric Wollberg.
Not everyone thinks this particular fantasy will come true. Slate has more on why some scientists are sceptical. FYI: Prophetic released the image below with the words “What eternity is to time. The Halo is to space.” Okay, then! You can watch CEO Eric Wollberg explain how it works here. (Fortune, paywall, The Independent)
Three: It is a well known fact that Japanese food are super kawaii (as in, cute). Case in point: jiggle pancakes—which have taken the world by storm. The hottest trend in Toronto: cat pudding—also called Neko (which means ‘cat’ in Japanese). FYI: The dish only requires five ingredients—whole milk, sugar, cream, gelatin & vanilla essence. If you want to try it out, the recipe is here. Or just watch the ridiculously kawaii video below on loop.:)