Feel-Good Pranks With A Purpose: Prank It Forward

Who doesn’t love a good prank? Break certainly does and they’ve even stepped it up a notch with Prank It Forward. These pranks aren’t only good, they are also for good. Watching this series will make you laugh, make you cry, and most importantly make you want to do good for others. Each uplifting video gives a deserving prank recipient the surprise of a lifetime and the viewer a smile from ear to ear.

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A Paper Craft A Day Makes A Miniature City Grow: Paperholm by Charles Young

As an architect, Charles Young would often use paper and card model-making to develop his ideas. He grew so fond of that process that he challenged himself to make a new paper sculpture every day. He calls the models which are forming a miniature paper city Paperholm and shows how creative he is by posting his creation each day. He uses watercolor paper and a very sharp blade to create the fine details. Over time the models have gotten more and more complex and he now creates stop-motion animations of his movable pieces. Each piece takes anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours and he has consistently delivered a project a day since late August.

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How Obama’s 3D Printed Bust was Created

There has been a presidential portrait for every US president, but never before has their exact likeness been recreated in 3D. As part of the White House’s first-ever Maker Faire, the President sat for a moment surrounded by 50 LED lights, 14 cameras and handheld 3D scanners which captured every one of his details – from textures to skin tones. The White House video below details the process, but begins with an explanation of an old-time (and far less fun) counterpart for presidential replication – the death mask.

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Where’s My Office Now? An Inspiring Web Series of Interviews With Nomads

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, nomadic couple Emily & Corey, who have been living in their 1987 Vanagon for the past 2 years, have begun working on their web series which will be released in March of 2015. The couple will be interviewing modern nomads who have chosen the van life. These adventurous souls share inspirational stories of how they have come to fully living out their nomadic dreams.

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It’s Official: London Is Getting Thomas Heatherwick’s £175 Million Garden Bridge

London has no shortage of iconic bridges, but it’s now getting one that could top them all. Approved this morning by Westminster Council, Thomas Heatherwick’s design for the fantastic £175 million ‘Garden Bridge’ will cross the River Thames between Temple Station and the South Bank. After construction it will provide a lush green escape from the bustling city, suspended high above the river’s waters. It will also earn the distinction of being the “most expensive footbridge in the world.”

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Would You Wear It? Bacon Belts and Noodle Necklaces Made Like Japanese Food Samples

Walk into many Japanese eateries and you’ll see delicious food on display. It’s there to give you an idea of what’s on the menu, but don’t try to take a bite. The realistic food is completely fake. Food samples have been an iconic part of Japanese culinary culture for a long time, but now the artful creations are being turned into wearable jewelry and accessories. Would you wear it?

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Cirque de Soleil’s Balance Goddess Lara Jacobs Will Make Your Jaw Drop

As if walking a tightrope weren’t difficult enough, Swiss Balance Goddess Lara Jacobs does it in high heels! She began practicing circus arts, gymnastics, and ballet when she was just 5 years old and toured as a trapeze artist with her parents when she was 6. She moved from Switzerland to attend the Alvin Ailey Dance Centre in NYC when she was 16. Traveling with Cirque de Soleil’s Amaluna, Jacobs performs an act that her father created and performed himself around the world for 15 years. One breath at a time, she balances a feather on 13 palm leaves, which weigh over 40lbs. She keeps the entire mobile structure steady while picking up new pieces to add to it in the most breathtaking performance.

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Large Origami Mirror Box Creates A Kaleidoscopic Experience

The best part of a fun house is always the funny mirrors. Seeing yourself stretched out or fattened up by the bend of a mirror is quite entertaining. Parisian artist Mattia Paco Rizzi has created an installation piece that rivals these fun mirrors, multiplying your image in a kaleidoscopic fashion. His interactive origami mirror piece, which he calls “Taumascopio” made an appearance at the 2014 Kanal Playground Festival in Brussels, Belgium. Aside from the view point at which you look at the piece, the temperature also changes the reflective effect, creating unique images throughout the day.

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On Black Friday, This Flow Chart Asks: Should I Buy This?

If you’re not already standing in line today waiting to score some sweet deals, this flowchart might just give you second thoughts on this all-American of shopping days. Should you buy it? Or should it stay on the shelves?

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What It Would Look Like If Famous Artists Used Thanksgiving Food Instead of Paint

As you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, or round two or three, allow these images to inspire your plating. Rather than covering them in heaps and piles of food, artist Hannah Rothstein decided to turn Thanksgiving dinner plates into works of art. She chose 10 artists that were easily recognizable and used their signature styles to plate traditional Thanksgiving foods. While most of us could only think of the Jackson Pollock, Rothstein shows off her painting skills and creativity in this perfect Turkey Day homage.

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