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Benjamin Starr

About Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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20 Families That Went Totally Overboard for Halloween

Friday 10.31.2014 , Posted by
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For most people a simple Jack-o’-lantern on the front porch is enough for Halloween. Then there are families like these.

Suddenly their home becomes a miniature version of The Addams Family mansion, only it’s stuck in suburbia. Or, if you’re like one of the images here – there’s a full-on diorama of a Ghostbusters scene in the front yard. This is some next-level decorating, and we approve! [Read more...]

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This Incredible Dad Creates Halloween Costumes for His Wheelchair Bound Son

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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This Colorado stepdad is a real champ. For the last 3 years he’s been creating fantastic costumes for his wheelchair bound stepson, who’s now 6 years old. Each costume took around 15-30 hours to complete using just cardboard, duct tape and spray paint. [Read more...]

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“Let’s Put Pumpkin in Everything!” The Numbers Behind The Pumpkin Foods We Love and Hate

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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The saying might not be “as American as ‘pumpkin pie’ ,” but it might as well be. With autumn comes the wafting scent of the famous desert, along with a growing cornucopia of pumpkin based creations, from sweet treats to alcoholic drinks. Not everything is making our mouths water, however. Microsoft Social Listening went to work, finding out what people loved and loathed, and what was getting discussed the most online this season. The numbers Microsoft uncovered are more than a little surprising. [Read more...]

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A Meditation on Balance: New Stone Work from Michael Grab

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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It takes a love of nature, a lot of patience, and very steady hands to create work like Michael Grab’s balanced stones. The Boulder Colorado-based artist (covered previously) spends long meditative hours in the woods, finding stones large and small, and placing them at seemingly impossible rest atop their pointed end. Captured in exceptional photographs, his work contains that rare and poetic balance between stillness and motion. [Read more...]

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What it’s Like to Spend 10 Hours Walking in NYC as a Woman

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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To truly understand someone, they say you need to “walk a mile in their shoes.” This shocking video certainly does that, bringing home the situation for women just about anywhere in Manhattan. Shoshana Roberts recently spent 10 hours walking the streets of NYC, being secretly filmed by Rob Bliss. The level of street harassment she endures is truly eye opening, and sometimes just downright creepy. [Read more...]

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Mixed Martial Artist Rory MacDonald Shares the Self-Expression Behind the Fight

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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Creating a masterpiece takes hard work, dedication, and focus, and Rory MacDonald is doing that with his passion for martial arts. The humble and unassuming Canadian UFC welterweight exudes a quiet confidence that verges on the meditative, focusing his energy into a passion for learning the techniques of his trade, rather than the aggression which makes it notorious. In this episode of Moving Portraits: Title Shots, we explore Montreal with Rory MacDonald and he tells us how he can only express himself through martial arts. [Read more...]

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Yes, That is a Frying Pan on the Beach. Sydney’s Coast Transforms into a Huge Sculpture Park

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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For a few weeks each year, the 2km coastal walk between Sydney Australia’s Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach transforms into a gigantic public sculpture park. This year there were over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and around the world. We kicked off our shoes and headed for the beach to capture some of the highlights from this year’s spectacular event. [Read more...]

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What Do NYC and Paris Have in Common? This Clever Diptych Video Says “A Lot”

Monday 10.27.2014 , Posted by
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Freelance filmmaker Franck Matellini has created a fantastic new video that cleverly reveals the similarities between Paris and New York City. Using a split-screen diptych, Matellini captures many of the unique things which make these iconic cities charming, while comparing them in a way which shows their commonalities. [Read more...]

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OK Go’s Unbelievable New Video: Thousands of Dancers with Synchronized Umbrellas

Monday 10.27.2014 , Posted by
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At this point, “OK Go” is basically synonymous with “viral video.” The band has a knack for dropping music video bombshells like it’s no big deal, popping them up online like their latest video for the song “I Won’t Let You Down” which appeared today. Get ready, because it’s actually amazing. [Read more...]

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These 10 Minimalist Horror Movie Posters Have No Titles. Can You Guess Them All?

Sunday 10.26.2014 , Posted by
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If your recent movie choices are leaning towards ghastly and ghoulish, these minimalist movie posters will be a real treat. Each image condenses a horror film’s story into just two iconic items, leaving the task of identifying the movie up to you.

What movie featured lots of typing and a woodsman’s axe? What film included TV watching and conversations on old-school landline phones? You can call yourself a true horror fan… but only if you get all of these right. [Read more...]

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