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Rob Dyrdek: The Ridiculous Numbers Behind His Success

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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Skateboarder. Celebrity. Entrepreneur. There are few people more driven and daring than Rob Dyrdek. He hit the ground rolling and turned pro at 16 years old, then started his first company, Orion Trucks, at 19. He hasn’t slowed up since and the numbers in this graphic show it. [Read more…]

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12 Victorian Predictions for the Year 2000

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most interesting things about looking back at old predictions, is seeing how they turned out when the future date finally rolled around. As a whole, people are pretty bad at guessing what the future will look like (and especially if top hats will be in fashion), but common desires and dreams are still sometimes fulfilled in surprising ways. This set of German cards from around 1899 or 1900 are an excellent and entertaining example.

“Life in the Year 2000” was created by Hildebrands, a leading German chocolate company of the time. Certainly inspired by what the next century would hold, one card from the series was placed in each of their boxes of chocolate. [Read more…]

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Photographer Uses Brain Scanner to Find Out How People Wish They Looked

Sunday 10.12.2014 , Posted by
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A straighter nose, bigger eyes, higher cheekbones: in a culture that glorifies physical perfection, many of us can immediately identify traits we would like to change about ourselves. Using a unique combination of photography and neuroscience, Scott Chasserot attempts to capture images of our perfect selves through his project Original/Ideal. [Read more…]

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This Makeup Artist Transforms Himself Into Female Celebs… and He’s Really Good At It

Friday 10.10.2014 , Posted by
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Just remember this Halloween: with the right makeup skills, you can be ANYONE. Seriously. Just check out the skills of makeup artist and TV host Paolo Ballesteros from the Philippines. With his makeup kit, some wigs and fake eyelashes he’s managed to transform himself into all sorts of female celebs – from Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian, to Julia Roberts and Megan Fox (above). Even on his attempts that aren’t spot-on, it’s still impressive how quickly we can recognize the famous face. [Read more…]

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It Doesn’t Get Cooler than Motorcycle Chariots

Wednesday 10.08.2014 , Posted by
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Motorcycles have been called “Iron Steeds” for a long time, but the forgotten sport of motorcycle chariot racing really took that horse thing literally.

Yes. Motorcycle. Chariot. Racing. And it looks just as tough as it sounds. [Read more…]

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This TED-Ed Video Asks Why We Feel Sad… And Should We Really Worry About It?

Saturday 10.04.2014 , Posted by
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Everyone feels sad from time to time. It’s a natural part of our human experience. And while today we mostly look for ways to overcome sadness or even get rid of it all together, it hasn’t always been viewed as something to banish.

This video from TED-Ed asks what melancholy actually is, and what (if anything) we should do about it. Courtney Stephens guides us through a short-history of our still evolving understanding of sadness, and hints at reasons it may even be useful. [Read more…]

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Beautiful Paragliding Aerobatics and the Sounds of Flying Free

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Few activities get you closer to being a bird than paragliding. Just climb a mountain carrying a backpack that holds your winds, and off you go into the sky. Théo de Blic has been piloting on his own since he was just 12, and in this stunning video filmed by Shams, his aerobatic skill in the air is put on display. Their video, Sound of Paragliding, is a feast of beauty for the eyes… and the ears. [Read more…]

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Judging America: Photographer Shows The Stark Contrast Between Prejudice And Reality

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes we think we know things about people we’ve never even met. By the way they are dressed or their ethnicity or a tabloid article, we think we can leap to some conclusions about who they are as people. Judgment is a natural part of being human, but this series will make you think twice before you mistake your prejudices for knowledge. A former U.S. Marine with a passion for photography, Joel Parés shows that looks can be deceiving in this diptic photo series. He took successful people of all races and showed them first as the way people might falsely judge them, followed by a representation of who they are as people, demonstrating how they serve the world. [Read more…]

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This Drone Flew So Close to a Volcano, The Camera Melted

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Not long ago, getting close-up footage of a volcano’s fiery caldera meant donning a silver heat protective suit and risking your life. Now, it only risks your gear. Drone company DJI recently sent their team to Iceland, along with director of aerial imaging, Eric Cheng. There he flew one of their Phantom 2’s so close to the erupting volcano Bardarbunga that the front of the camera melted. [Read more…]

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Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean) Hilariously Invades Famous Paintings

Wednesday 10.01.2014 , Posted by
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It would be just like Mr. Bean to accidentally get his portrait painted by a classic master… and that’s a bit what it looks like here. In his half hilarious/half disturbing series, caricaturist Rodney Pike has been inserting the face of Rowan Atkinson into the works of classic masters. The actor suddenly sports the wig of George Washington (and a knowing look) and then becomes Rembrandt looking rather nonplussed. It’s utterly bizarre and fantastic. [Read more…]

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