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Every Sunday this Stylist Gives Haircuts to the Homeless

Wednesday 08.20.2014 , Posted by
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Even though Sunday is his one day off, New York City hair stylist Mark Bustos still cuts hair. He not charging money though – he’s here to do something good for the world. Walking the streets he looks for less fortunate people who would appreciate a new haircut, simply saying, “I want to do something nice for you today.” [Read more...]

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Ghost Estates: Unoccupied Reminders of Ireland’s Housing Boom

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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For a few months in 2005, I lived in Ireland. At the time, the country was bustling with a property boom – and large 4 bedroom houses were springing up in remote towns far from centers that could provide employment for any new population. They were often called ‘holiday homes’ because nobody expected the future inhabitants to find, or even want, jobs.

From the mid-1990s to 2006 house prices in the Republic of Ireland increased, a prosperous time referred to as the Celtic Tiger. Then, in 2008 with the start of the global financial crisis, all that came to a halt.

Irish-born photographer Valérie Anex (who grew up in Switzerland) traveled the northern and western regions of the country documenting the developments that have never been occupied. The eerie places are called ‘Ghost Estates’. [Read more...]

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These Statues Look Like They’re Taking Selfies

Monday 08.11.2014 , Posted by
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The selfie is everywhere. Ellen Degeneres has that star-studded masterpiece from the Oscars; a curious monkey snapped one in the woods; and Kim Kardashian just announced she’s putting out a coffee table of her best examples in 2015 (please… no…). Now classic statues are getting in on the trend. Redditor Jazus_ur_lookin_well recently spent a day at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland, creating a series of funny captures that make the statues appear to be taking selfies. The look on each statue’s face is priceless and oh so timely. [Read more...]

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Write Like A Revolutionary: This Font Imitates Hugo Chavez’s Handwriting

Monday 08.04.2014 , Posted by
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Turn your John Hancock into a Hugo Chavez with ChavezPro. This new typeface designed by a group of young “anti-imperialists” mimics Chavez’s distinct handwriting and commemorates what would have been the commander’s 60th birthday on July 28. [Read more...]

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This is How Math Geeks Eat Their Bagels

Friday 08.01.2014 , Posted by
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Much like a Reeses cup, there is no wrong way to eat a bagel, unless you’re gluten intolerant. But there is a more mathematically sensible way to create more surface area for your cream cheese, unless you’re lactose intolerant. Although I suppose this math nerd fun would also work on Gluten-free bagels with dairy-free cream cheese. So geek out with Stony Brook University research professor George W. Hart as he shares a mathematically correct bagel cutting guide that would make your geometry and trigonometry teachers proud. [Read more...]

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Eric Schwabel & His Human Light Suit Are Coming Back to Burning Man Next Month

Monday 07.28.2014 , Posted by
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To take the best pictures, you need the best light. That’s why photographer Eric Schwabel has crafted a human light suit which he will be bringing to Burning Man again this year. But he needs help funding the upgraded styling and custom-welded, lighter-weight lighting supports. This one-man photo studio captures Black Rock Citizens in all their glory. [Read more...]

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This Cycling Jacket Transforms You Into A Human Firefly

Monday 07.28.2014 , Posted by
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Cycling has become an increasingly-popular way to travel, but sharing the road safely is not always easy. From narrow streets to hazardous intersections, city infrastructure can present some challenging situations for bikers commuting to work or those simply desiring a leisurely ride. [Read more...]

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Surprised Kayakers Get Lifted From the Sea on the Back of a Whale

Sunday 07.27.2014 , Posted by
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“I’m on a Whale!” Well, at least that’s what I’m imagining these two kayakers said when they got an unexpected ride from a whale off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Reported to be a father and daughter out for a scenic paddle, the two spotted a pod of southern right whales. To their surprise one of the whales came closer, swam under their tiny boat and lifted them gently out of the water on its back. They captured the entire playful encounter in a GoPro video that has now gone solidly viral… but not without controversy. [Read more...]

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Moments After This Animator Shared His Beautiful Video, His Girlfriend Said “YES!”

Friday 07.25.2014 , Posted by
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When Adam Rosenbaum decided to pop the question, he chose a format that is very close to our hearts. He created the charming animation below, sprinkled with important moments from he and his (now) fiance’s life together. We caught up with him to learn what went in to the very special moment. [Read more...]

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Harry Potter and the Unfortunate Reality of Growing Up and Being Middle-Aged

Friday 07.25.2014 , Posted by
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Growing up isn’t always easy. We’ve seen Harry Potter go from a young boy (played by an equally young Daniel Radcliffe) to a grown man over more than a decade of books and movies. But what happens to Harry in the future? This funny but sobering look at that potential future takes the form of book covers styled just like the real thing – but here Harry (along with his famous scar) is looking decidedly older. Check out that receding hairline! [Read more...]

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