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A Human Catapult Launches Base Jumpers, Angry Birds Style

Wednesday 11.12.2014 , Posted by
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After news leaked around the web, the Flying Frenchies have released a quick teaser of their recent high flying antics. This time around they’ve built a human-sized catapult on the top of towering cliffs. Instead of “Angry Birds,” this should be called “Crazy Humans.”

A full-length film created with 30 people over 3 months will be coming soon… and they promise a catapult wasn’t the only thing they took up the cliffs. [Read more…]

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Love Can Feel Like Floating (and In This Video That Means Air Surfing Through NYC)

Tuesday 11.11.2014 , Posted by
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“After a perfect kiss, you get a feeling of weightlessness. You can compare the sensation to floating or flying.” That’s the spirit captured in this charming stop-motion short, which features a couple floating in the bliss of newfound love and an unlikely sight on the streets of New York City: surfboards. [Read more…]

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The Nature of War: A Veteran Recalls His Unlikely Friendship with Two Iraqi Boys

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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In this sad and beautiful cartoon, Oklahoma Army National Guard Specialist Justin Cliburn tells of his deployment in Iraq, where he formed an unlikely friendship with two young boys. He speaks with his wife, Deanne, about the lasting effect of that time and ponders the uncontrollable aspects of war. [Read more…]

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Seeing Red: Richard Mosse’s Unbelievable Photographs Of The Congo

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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Seas of green become magenta through the lens of Irish documentary photographer Richard Mosse. The 2014 winner of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and 2013 Irish representative at the Venice Biennale, Mosse uses vintage infrared film to present a vivid look at the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. [Read more…]

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20 Families That Went Totally Overboard for Halloween

Friday 10.31.2014 , Posted by
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For most people a simple Jack-o’-lantern on the front porch is enough for Halloween. Then there are families like these.

Suddenly their home becomes a miniature version of The Addams Family mansion, only it’s stuck in suburbia. Or, if you’re like one of the images here – there’s a full-on diorama of a Ghostbusters scene in the front yard. This is some next-level decorating, and we approve! [Read more…]

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This Incredible Dad Creates Halloween Costumes for His Wheelchair Bound Son

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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This Colorado stepdad is a real champ. For the last 3 years he’s been creating fantastic costumes for his wheelchair bound stepson, who’s now 6 years old. Each costume took around 15-30 hours to complete using just cardboard, duct tape and spray paint. [Read more…]

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“Let’s Put Pumpkin in Everything!” The Numbers Behind The Pumpkin Foods We Love and Hate

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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The saying might not be “as American as ‘pumpkin pie’ ,” but it might as well be. With autumn comes the wafting scent of the famous desert, along with a growing cornucopia of pumpkin based creations, from sweet treats to alcoholic drinks. Not everything is making our mouths water, however. Microsoft Social Listening went to work, finding out what people loved and loathed, and what was getting discussed the most online this season. The numbers Microsoft uncovered are more than a little surprising. [Read more…]

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What it’s Like to Spend 10 Hours Walking in NYC as a Woman

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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To truly understand someone, they say you need to “walk a mile in their shoes.” This shocking video certainly does that, bringing home the situation for women just about anywhere in Manhattan. Shoshana Roberts recently spent 10 hours walking the streets of NYC, being secretly filmed by Rob Bliss. The level of street harassment she endures is truly eye opening, and sometimes just downright creepy. [Read more…]

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Bringing the Spirit of the Burning Man Temple to Northern Ireland

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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Every year since 2000, the Burning Man gathering has featured a massive wood structure called the “Temple”. Since its introduction, the ornately designed buildings have become one of the most special places for those who attend. In an environment that celebrates all kinds of radical free expression, the temple inspires reflection, contemplation and honoring. It is a sanctuary where those that come can heal, grieve loved ones or just sit in peace. After one week of its existence, it is gracefully burned, a symbolic “letting go” for some. Now, in its last day seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the spirit of the Temple could be flying all the way to the Northern Irish town of Derry for March 2015. [Read more…]

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This Guy Rode His Unicycle From Canada to Mexico to Fight Human Trafficking

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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As if the 2,755 mile Great Divide mountain bike trail from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border weren’t difficult enough, Gen Shimizu tackled it on a mountain unicycle! With a mission to raise money for Polaris Project and bring awareness to the modern day slavery that is human trafficking, he spent 88 days on the trail and documented his journal entries each night on his blog. Considering the fact that the profits from human trafficking exceed Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined, Shimizu’s efforts were much needed. From the contributions of people following the trip, Shimizu was able to raise $10,000 for Polaris Project. [Read more…]

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