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What Is the Hottest Thing In the Universe?

Saturday 09.29.2012 , Posted by

Remember trying to play hooky from school by sneaking the thermometer into your oatmeal when mom wasn’t looking to fake a fever? It turns out 98.6°F is just the average temperature of the human body, but it experiences many fluctuations throughout the day, so you could just fake a fever a couple hours before bedtime. If you’ve ever wondered what the hottest temperature in the universe is (it’s not the sun), then you MUST SEE this amazing video. [Read more...]

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Guns N’ Roses – Underwater Shots Become Flowers

Saturday 09.29.2012 , Posted by

The only thing more cool than seeing a gun shot underwater is the beautiful, flower shaped jacketed hollow point bullets that result. Firearm expert Andrew Tuohy provides both on his website, Vuurwapen Blog. The blog is named after the Dutch word for firearm and is intended to be the best source of the highest quality firearm reviews on the internet. [Read more...]

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Rare Fire Devil Captured by Australian Filmmaker

Saturday 09.29.2012 , Posted by

In Mount Collins, near Alice Springs Australia, it hasn’t rained since April 24th, and this provided the perfect environment for one of the rarest phenomena in nature: fire devils. Also known as firestorms or fire tornadoes, it is when wind causes fire to pull upwards creating a vortex. Australian Filmmaker Chris Tangey happened to be at the right place at the right time with his camera when he captured this whirlwind of fire, ignited by a brush fire. The column danced around for over 40 minutes. Luckily this one did not get out of hand like the fire tornado in 1923, ignited by the Great Kanto earthquake in Tokyo, which grew to the size of a large city and killed 38,000 people in 15 minutes. [Read more...]

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Hand Paintings Starring You As Your Favorite Classic

Saturday 09.29.2012 , Posted by

If you’ve ever wished you could have a classic painting in your home that only museums are worthy of, now you can! Better yet- YOU can be the star of the painting! 18th.me is an online shop that delivers a hand-painted, re-faced, classic to your door step. Here’s how it works. Choose your favorite painting from the collection, send them a picture posing as closely to the original as possible, then just sit back and relax. A team of artists will paint your re-faced creation and it will be in your hands within 4-6 weeks. [Read more...]

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Tall Poppy Syndrome: Photos of a Cultural Phenomenon

Saturday 09.29.2012 , Posted by

From the moment American photographers Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar first heard about Tall Poppy Syndrome, they felt compelled to go explore it. Growing up in a culture which celebrates achievement, distinguishing yourself from others and standing up tall, the idea of the syndrome – to cut others down when they are perceived as being too much of a stand-out – ran contrary to everything they knew. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #281> Inventions With Aesthetic

Friday 09.28.2012 , Posted by



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We Love Friday! – Down on the Farm

Friday 09.28.2012 , Posted by

For many of us it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to live off the land on a farm like many of our ancestors had to do. Today some people are completely detached from the source of their food and don’t even think twice about where it came from. To thank the farmers that have helped our country thrive we collected some fantastic farm images from Instagram that will have you wishing you could put on some overalls and roll around in the hay! [Read more...]

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A Canadian Church Becomes an Artist’s Stunning Studio

Friday 09.28.2012 , Posted by

Montréal based artist Yoakim Bélanger has one seriously beautiful art studio. He’s been spending the last few months creating his multidisciplinary works beneath the vaulted ceilings of the city center’s unused Ste-Brigide de Kildare Church. Surrounded by tall stained glass windows and lines of columns, he has been working on a complete sensory experience which will include light, sound and imagery: a DJ, organist, large scale video projections and his beautiful paintings on plates of steel will fill the space. [Read more...]

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Colorful and Surreal Scenes From Europe and Beyond

Friday 09.28.2012 , Posted by

Like Van Gogh, Leonid Afremov is an artist who works mainly with a palette knife and oils. His creations blast out on the canvas with colors while also offering a serene setting such as a person with an umbrella, a park bench or a couple walking. [Read more...]

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Easel Mounted Mirrors Smack of Paintings in the Desert

Thursday 09.27.2012 , Posted by

Fascinated by the ecological Edge Effect, which is the border formed when two contrasting ecosystems are found side by side, photographer Daniel Kukla was inspired to capture real world examples in a way that ecology text books have never thought to do. After granted an artist’s residency by the United States National Park Service, Kukla hiked a large mirror and easel out to Joshua Tree National Park; the Southern Californian park is a perfect example of the Edge Effect where the high Mojave desert meets the low Sonoran desert. He placed the mirror in positions that highlight the contrasting environments and also the sky’s transition from day to night. [Read more...]

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