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History’s Creative Thinkers in Humorous GIFs and Smart T-Shirts

Tuesday 04.29.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re anything like me, you’re completely obsessed with the creative figures in history. You might find yourself thumbing through Da Vinci sketches late into the night, pondering how he imagined so many world changing ideas before they could even be realized. You might lose yourself for hours down a rabbit hole of Wikipedia exploration initiated by Isaac Asimov’s affinity for small spaces. That’s why I think this series of animated GIFs will not fail to amuse… nor will the exquisite series of T-shirts that inspired them. [Read more...]

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New York Rooftops Hold Hidden Surprises

Tuesday 04.29.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most exciting features of New York City is hidden from most of our eyes… unless you can fly. Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean is giving us a different perspective of the Big Apple, looking down on the rooftops of the city, and revealing a magical and exclusive world that floats far above the streets. [Read more...]

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The Softer Side of Infamous Leaders

Monday 04.28.2014 , Posted by
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There’s nothing more powerful than standing tall, reaching out your arms, and grabbing a teddy bear. I’m pretty sure I heard that somewhere…

Beijing artist Chunlong Sun has taken the likenesses of 5 often-infamous world leaders and put stuffed animals in their world influencing hands. It’s an absolutely bizarre combo that strikes an unlikely balance between making each figure appear far more friendly and sinister at the very same time. What are these? Villains from a James Bond spoof? [Read more...]

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My Status is Not a Secret: A Bold New HIV Awareness Campaign and Interview with Parker Trewin

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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Three weeks ago, Column Five (a Visual News partner) launched a bold new HIV awareness campaign called My Status Is Not A Secret. Through a series of filmed interviews and a 45-minute documentary featuring a diverse cast of individuals speaking frankly about their experiences with HIV, the project seeks to give a face to a disease that ultimately affects us all. [Read more...]

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100 Years Later: First World War Photos Superimposed on the Locations Today

Tuesday 04.15.2014 , Posted by
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With this year marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, it becomes more and more difficult to remember the world changing conflict. The last veteran of “The Great War,” Florence Green, passed away in 2012, leaving few people to share the stories of that bloody time or remind us of the world as it was… but we still have the pictures. Photographer Peter Macdiarmid revisited the locations of World War I-era images and recaptured the places as they appear today. These old photographs overlaid on their modern day counterparts reveal how much those locations have changed, or how much they’ve stayed the same. [Read more...]

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This Building Takes Treehouses To New Heights

Monday 04.14.2014 , Posted by
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Some very lucky citizens of Montpellier, France will have the opportunity to live in a striking tree-inspired high-rise dubbed the “Arbre Blanc,” or “White Tree.” A collaboration between architect Sou Fujimoto, Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects, and Nicolas Laisné Associés, the Arbre Blanc mirrors natural growth patterns in an incredible example of intelligent architecture and design.   [Read more...]

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How Did Historical Creatives Manage Their Time? Daily Rituals Visualized

Monday 04.07.2014 , Posted by
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Benjamin Franklin’s famous formula for success had a lot to do with his schedule: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” He even wrote a book called Early Rising: A Natural, Social, and Religious Duty. Others have said that “the early bird gets the worm,” while an old German proverb states “Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund” – the early morning has gold in its mouth. Ok, so most people think getting up early is important, but just how much does our entire daily schedule factor into our success? [Read more...]

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Absurdly Beautiful: Photos of Chicken Beauty Pageants

Sunday 03.30.2014 , Posted by
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Nope. You probably don’t think of chickens when you think of a beauty pageant… but perhaps these glamourous photos will change that. When Singaporean photographer Ernest Goh heard about poultry themed competitions featuring ornamental breeds raised only for their appearance and attitude, he hit the road to find out what the fuss was about and capture portraits of the feathered stars. [Read more...]

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One Cob, Many Flavors: These Recipes Will Have You Rethinking Your Next BBQ

Monday 03.24.2014 , Posted by
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Did you know peak corn season is in the springtime? That’s right, just as the days are getting warm and the BBQ is begging to be fired up, one of the most mouth watering crops springs forth ready to be munched… in so many tasty ways. That’s because, although corn originated in the Americas, it’s now grown on every continent except Antarctica – and each area has at least one regional recipe for your next cookout. [Read more...]

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How Perfect are these Iconic Bands Made With LEGOs?

Thursday 03.20.2014 , Posted by
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For LEGO and music lovers, these images are a match made in… well, LEGO actually. Malaysian Adly Syairi Ramly has been building iconic bands out of tiny LEGO figures – and the results are surprisingly recognizable. Yes, the Beatles rendition above is easy to identify, but just check out how pitch-perfect he’s gotten less obvious bands like Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. I almost wish the titles weren’t there so we could play ‘guess the band’. [Read more...]

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