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This Russian Salt Mine is a Strange Psychedelic Wonderland

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, more than 650 feet below the surface, is a salt mine straight out of a psychedelic drug trip. The walls, ceilings and floors are covered with colorful swirls of reds, yellows, golds and even blues caused by natural layers of mineral carnallite – a source of magnesium, and mainly used in the manufacturing of fertilizers. Here the hidden minerals have been revealed as excavating tools created subterranean tubular labyrinths that stretch for miles. Most of the mine is abandoned now (requiring special permission to enter) but photographer Mikhail Mishainik made his way underground to capture the eerie place for all to see. [Read more...]

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Detroit’s Rapid Decline Captured in Past Google Street Views

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Once famous as the prosperous hub of automobile manufacturing in the US, Detroit is now far better known for its precipitous fall into dilapidated ruin. Nothing makes that more apparent than a look back through Googles recently released Street View “time machine” feature. Here we can cruise the streets of Motor City in years past, marveling at how alarmingly quick the city has crumbled. [Read more...]

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Are Beautiful People Really Symmetrical?

Friday 06.13.2014 , Posted by
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There’s been a ton of buzz in past years about how symmetrical facial features are the most attractive. This usually comes along with some reference to Denzel Washington and his perfect face. But, is any of that really true? [Read more...]

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Say Hello to Van Gogh’s Famously Severed Ear… Grown From DNA and Displayed as Art

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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This goes down as one of the more technically advanced pieces of art I’ve seen. A team of scientists in collaboration with German artist Diemut Strebe has grown an ear “identical” in shape to the one van Gogh famously severed during a psychotic episode in 1888… and it includes actual genetic information from the artist. [Read more...]

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When a Wildfire Broke Out Near Their Wedding, This Couple Made the Most of It

Tuesday 06.10.2014 , Posted by
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Everyone who plans an outdoor wedding hopes it happens on a day with good weather – clear skies, warm temps – but what if your special day was threatened by a wildfire? While tying the knot at Rock Spring Ranch in Oregon, Michael and April Wolber actually had that happen. Ignoring their carefully made plans, the Two Bulls wildfire blew straight towards the idillic green glen where their ceremony was taking place. [Read more...]

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This Guys House Was Robbed: Fight or Flight… or Whatever

Thursday 06.05.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not often that a home break-in story is exceedingly charming… but here you go. Rob Norman’s house was broken into, giving him the choice to fight or run away. He chose to do neither. [Read more...]

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6 Things Creatives Can Learn From Louis C.K.

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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Comedian, writer, filmmaker, TV show creator, and actor Louis C.K. has been getting an increasing amount of attention lately and for very good reason. He is incredibly hard working and talented. Not only is he a comedian who sells out practically everywhere he is booked and appears regularly on late night talk shows like the Tonight Show, Late Night, and Conan, he has a popular television show, simply called Louie that he has complete control over. He has also appeared in award winning films by directors such as Woody Allen and David O. Russell, and has revolutionized the way comedians distribute their content and sell tickets. It is easy to say that he has a lot to teach creative professionals who want to achieve the same levels of success and freedom that he has has. [Read more...]

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The World’s Oldest Pants: 3000+ Years Old and They Haven’t Changed Much… at Least For Hippies

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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Long before gowns, robes, tunics, and togas were the common dress in the Roman Empire, nomadic herders in western China were pulling on pants. This pair of trousers excavated from a Yanghai graveyard in China’s Tarim Basin are between 3,300 and 3,000 years old, making them the oldest example of this form of apparel known to exist… and they look a lot like hippie pants. [Read more...]

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A Moment After Kissing His Subjects, This Photographer Takes a Shot

Tuesday 06.03.2014 , Posted by
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Jedediah Johnson says he picked up photography as a way to meet girls he could kiss. At first it didn’t go as planned (meeting lots of girls, but kissing none of them), but it sure looks like it’s working now. His series, The Makeout Project is a lip locked affair that sees the Chicago-based artist donning copious amounts of red lipstick and kissing his subjects, both women and men. Shortly after he removes his lips – but before he removes his steadying hand – Jedediah takes his photo. [Read more...]

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Short on Space? Try Ultra-Small Bonsai Trees

Tuesday 06.03.2014 , Posted by
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Is your tiny studio apartment too tiny even for a bonsai tree? Nope. These are easily small enough. Apparently there’s an ultra-small bonsai trend sweeping Japan that includes examples reaching no higher than 3cm (1.18 in)! Not all there are trees of course – many are succulents and some are even weeds plucked from the sidewalk. [Read more...]

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