School Cafeteria Lunches Around the World

Each day in the United States, over 32 million students eat lunches from their school cafeterias. The food consumed accounts for more than half of each students daily calorie intake – which therefore makes the school cafeteria that much more important in delivering healthy food and preventing child obesity. Unfortunately, if you grew up going to an American school and eating food in the cafeteria, it is unlikely you got the most delicious and healthy food. Yet, if you grew up going to a school in another country around the world, you may have had a different experience.

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Crystalline Patterns in Frozen Soap Bubbles

Who knew that blowing bubbles in sub-zero temperatures could create such beautiful crystalline patterns? Apparently photographer Cheryl Johnson did. She went out on cold days to capture the many possible ways each bubble would form its incredible display. Created by the water in between the soapy film layers, the freezing begins at the bottom and expands upwards until the bubble in entirely covered.

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Check Out What These Three Sisters Did to Liven Up Their Grandmother’s Town

It took the creative minds of three sisters to entirely transform an otherwise common town in Taiwan. Nobody really had a desire to visit the town of Huija, other than to attend one of the three temple gatherings each year. It didn’t help that drab grays and blues on old brick was the popular style there. But that’s different now.

While visiting their grandmother’s house on holiday, the three sisters decided to bring some life to the place. They got some supplies and painted the outside of her house with their favorite cartoon characters including Daruma Dolls, which are a symbol of luck in Japan. What happened next no one in the town could have expected.

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There’s an “International Car Church” in Nevada

Deep in the middle of Nevada there’s a church. This isn’t your everyday church though. In fact, it’s full of Cadillacs, Buicks and Dodges. Welcome to the International Car Forest of the Last Church, located in the old mining town of Goldfield. Created by Mark Ripple and artist Chad Sorg, the “car forest” boasts more than 40 vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Many are buried nose first in the desert.

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Before Business Cards: Trade Card Designs From the Victorian Era

Between 1870 and 1890, the most common and visible way to spread word about your business was through the form of “trade cards,” the predecessor to the modern business card. America shops would give them out after the sale of a product, and in turn, people would collect them and paste them in their scrapbooks. The most advertised cards in those days included medicine, food, tobacco, clothing, household and sewing items, stoves and farm supplies.

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Abandoned Spaces Across Europe, Seen Through the Lens of Romain Veillon

For as long he can remember, photographer Romain Veillon has been fascinated with abandoned places. In his childhood, he sought out those mysterious and quiet spots, eventually deciding to bring a camera along to document his adventures. As his talent for photography grew, so did his ability to capture the spirit of the abandoned places he was shooting. His photographs have a way of transcending time – each displays the past, present and maybe even the future of the space.

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Who Wants a Steampunk Gameboy?

The Gameboy was the most popular handheld video game device of its day. After its 1989 release in the United States, Nintendo sold its entire shipment of 1,000,000 devices within a few short weeks, and has sold more than 118 million since its inception. With all the Gameboys sold, there are understandably a lot laying around. So what will you do with your old one? You make it even older with a dose of steampunk!

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Exclusive Interview with Oxygen Channels “Street Art Throwdown” Artist CAMER1

One of today’s best known street artists in the San Francisco Bay Area is Camer1. After 20 years of bringing his art to the city, he was chosen along with 9 other street artists to compete in a new Oxygen Channel show called “Street Art Throwdown“. Hosted by famous street artist Justin BUA and Lauren Wagner, the TV series will feature a range of challenges for the artists. In the end, a winner will walk away with $100,000 and some added respect.

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Fractal Experience 2: GIFs That Maximize Creativity in a Tiny File

These GIFs may seem like simple eye candy, but they are actually complex arrangements exploring the relationship between geometric patterns, fractals and patterns in the space time continuum. This series is a continuation of Erik Soderberg’s first set of GIFs released in 2011, titled Fractal Experience. In contrast to his earlier work, these images move.

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The Animal Kingdom, Hidden on the Form of the Human Body

We have done our share of posts on body painters, from Moran Newman, to Cecilia Paredes and Johannes Stötter, but Shannon Holt brings out the animal in us like no one else. The Florida-based artist embarked on a painting exploration that involved testing different surfaces on which to paint animals – and it was her last experiment that revealed her final destination.

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