Photo by Stijn Coppens

1. A 28-meter (approximately 84 feet) tall cathedral made from 55,000 LED lights went up at the 2012 Light Festival in Belgium.  [The Daily What]


2. A mom in Iowa gave birth naturally to a baby weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces.  As if having a massive baby without the use of surgery wasn't enough, she also declined an epidural.  Ouch.  [Huffington Post]



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3. Madonna revealed to Jay Leno what really happened during her infamous 1984 MTV VMAs performance of "Like a Virgin."  (Hint: "I lost my white stiletto.  And I thought, 'Oh god, how am I going to get that?'") We also get a kick out of the announcer saying at the end, "Coming up, one of the decade's hottest duos: Darryl Hall and John Oates!"  [Zap2It via NBC]

4. A retrospective of Cindy Sherman's work, from the mid-1970s to the present, is opening at MoMA on February 26th. The exhibition features 180 of Sherman's photos, including the Untitled Film Stills, centerfolds, history portraits as well as her fashion and sex photos. Clowns too!

5. Dedicate a tree in Prospect Park for Valentine's Day. [via Brownstoner]

6. Austin's Alamo Drafthouse is now making Princess Bride-themed wines, including "Inconceivable Cab," and  "As You Wish White." [Eater]

7. Blues documentarian Alan Lomax's archives to be digitized. [TheDailySwarm]


8. There's a new vending machine/art project in Brooklyn called the Swap-O-Matic where customers can barter goods instead of buying things the old-fashioned way...you know, with greenbacks. [Laughing Squid]