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This Russian Salt Mine is a Strange Psychedelic Wonderland

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, more than 650 feet below the surface, is a salt mine straight out of a psychedelic drug trip. The walls, ceilings and floors are covered with colorful swirls of reds, yellows, golds and even blues caused by natural layers of mineral carnallite – a source of magnesium, and mainly used in the manufacturing of fertilizers. Here the hidden minerals have been revealed as excavating tools created subterranean tubular labyrinths that stretch for miles. Most of the mine is abandoned now (requiring special permission to enter) but photographer Mikhail Mishainik made his way underground to capture the eerie place for all to see. [Read more...]

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Detroit’s Rapid Decline Captured in Past Google Street Views

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Once famous as the prosperous hub of automobile manufacturing in the US, Detroit is now far better known for its precipitous fall into dilapidated ruin. Nothing makes that more apparent than a look back through Googles recently released Street View “time machine” feature. Here we can cruise the streets of Motor City in years past, marveling at how alarmingly quick the city has crumbled. [Read more...]

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Preferred Mode: Portraits Showcase Bicycle Style in New York

Sunday 06.15.2014 , Posted by
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New York City overflows with fashion, and the bicyclists there are no different. Photographer Sam Polcer documents the cyclers’ style next to their bikes all over the city. He tells a little bit about each person, the bike they ride, where they are and where they are headed on PreferredMode.com. The images and facts have been compiled in a vinyl-bound book called New York Bike Style which is available for purchase on Amazon. It’s like a fashion magazine for bicyclists and the perfect coffee table read. [Read more...]

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Magic Carpets Cover the Floors of the Sacré Coeur Church in Casablanca

Friday 06.13.2014 , Posted by
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While this magic carpet can not take you for a ride with a handsome monkey named Abu, it sure does look pretty cool. Created by French artist Miguel Chevalier, “Magic Carpets 2014″ is an interactive light installation that takes over the floor of the Sacré Coeur Church in Casablanca, Morocco. As people interact with the display, which is meant to be a representation of the world of microbiology, shapes change and the colors shift from black and white to vibrant shades. Check out the video below to see this magic carpet in action [Read more...]

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Are Beautiful People Really Symmetrical?

Friday 06.13.2014 , Posted by
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There’s been a ton of buzz in past years about how symmetrical facial features are the most attractive. This usually comes along with some reference to Denzel Washington and his perfect face. But, is any of that really true? [Read more...]

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Magic and Madness from Past World Cups, Animated in Five-Second Videos

Thursday 06.12.2014 , Posted by
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It has begun in Brazil. The first kick of World Cup 2014 has been made and the first win is already on the books. Now the world enthusiastically waits for those choice moments that make this game so good. FIVES is a collection of films made by a wide range of world creatives, each featuring a memory from past World Cups reinterpreted in just five seconds. For anyone who saw the original game, these retellings really hit home. [Read more...]

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This is the Prettiest, Most Efficient World Cup Schedule Online

Thursday 06.12.2014 , Posted by
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Over 32 teams will be going at it over the course of 64 matches in the 2014 World Cup starting today, which is arguably a ton of information to digest at a glance.

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Clever Photoshop Master Stars In All of His Own Crazy Manipulations

Thursday 06.12.2014 , Posted by
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While some people use Photoshop to make themselves look better, this Argentinian digital artist uses it to make himself look hilarious. Starring in the scenes of his wildest dreams or worst nightmares, Martin De Pasquale is a digital magician, creating surreal, situations for himself to be a part of. From trimming his facial hair with a lawnmower, to turning his tongue into a diving board for mini Martins to jump off, his ideas will certainly make you smile. And he shares some of his secrets in the PS Speed Art video below! [Read more...]

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The “Inspiration Pad” Turns the Classic Blue-Lined Notebook Upside Down

Thursday 06.12.2014 , Posted by
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When working with a classic ruled notebook, drawing outside the lines takes serious willpower. Marc Thomasset, founder of Brussels-based design and advertising studio TM is changing that with his “New Inpiration Pad”. After turning the first page, those tightly packed horizontal lines take inspired swoops, form topographical contours, or loop into geometric forms. This is one book that encourages writing/drawing/doodling just how you like. [Read more...]

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Artist Plops Her Fat Cat Into Famous Paintings

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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Zarathustra the cat is really getting into classic art. The orange tabby has a passion for the great artists of the world, from da Vinci to Whistler – and as part of the obsession, he’s climbing into each famous painting. The Mona Lisa has never looked so pleased. [Read more...]

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