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Unsuspecting Cab Hailers in NYC Get A Comical Surprise From The High-Five Guy

Thursday 09.25.2014 , Posted by
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New Yorkers have a reputation of being overly serious and unfriendly, but actor and film-maker Meir Kalmanson is proving that stereotype all wrong. Better known as “The High Five Guy” with his new-found internet stardom, Kalmanson found a way to get straight faced city folk to crack a smile. While raising their hands to hail a taxi cab, Kalmanson runs up and steals a high five from these unsuspecting people, forcing them to see how fun it can be to interact with a stranger. The reactions have been mostly positive and 100% hilarious. Check out the highlight reel in the video below. [Read more...]

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Matthieu Bourel Slices Up the Past in His Surreal Photo Collages

Thursday 09.25.2014 , Posted by
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Berlin-based artist Matthieu Bourel slices up the past to create these fantastically surreal images. Famous faces like Gregory Peck and Yul Brynner multiply into forms which are both person and sculpture, disturbing and beautiful.

Bourel says he likes “to evoke a fake history or inspire nostalgia for a period in time that never truly existed.” [Read more...]

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Liter of Light: Bringing Sustainable Light to Developing Communities

Thursday 09.25.2014 , Posted by
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Back in 2011, we covered the organization Liter of Light and their mission to bring sustainable light to the Philippines by using plastic bottles. Now, three years later, it is amazing to see what has been accomplished and where the organization is going next.

While originally launched with a grant from the MyShelter foundation, the main proponent behind the movement has been social entrepreneur Illac Diaz. His approach is simple: instead of importing solar products to bring light, he develops the lights locally so that repairs and replacements become simple. [Read more...]

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This 93 Year-Old Grandmother Is Still Living A Vibrant Life Through The Lens of Her Granddaughter

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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Brazilian photographer Adelaide Ivánova, currently studying in Berlin, has found the perfect subject in her 93 year-old grandmother. For the past 10 years Ivánova has captured her grandmother’s zest for life through lively moments, as well as mundane, stereotypical elderly moments like visits to the eye doctor. The grandmother, also named Adelaide, was the mother of sixteen children and supported her family by selling cakes when her husband’s grocery business went bankrupt. Her strength of character is evident throughout the series. The series was shot in Reclife and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [Read more...]

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A Growing Trend in China: Real Fruit Shaped Like Buddhas and Cubes

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a new craze in China folks and it’s invading markets and homes everywhere. It’s called “fruit mould” and involves shaping real fruit into mini Buddhas, hearts and squares. While the fruit is still young, the growers encase it into a custom plastic mould and let the fruit continue to grow. Then after a little time, the fruit is ready to come out of its shell to the world. [Read more...]

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Waltz on the Walls: Oakland’s City Hall Transforms into a Magical Aerial Stage

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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Taking to the walls of Oakland’s City Hall in California, dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber suspended from windows above to put on a fantastic aerial waltz. The two Bandaloop dancers performed the graceful act during the Art + Soul Festival and filmed the first person experience using GoPro cameras mounted to their body. Simply magical. [Read more...]

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Jennifers and Michaels: Two Maps Reveal the Most Popular Girls and Boys Names Over 6 Decades

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever been in a class surrounded by people with the same name, they were probably on this map. Jezabel put together two utterly fascinating GIFs tracking the most popular boys and girls names over the last six decades – and it’s an epic battle of popularity. [Read more...]

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You Can Stay in This Cabin for Free… If You Can Climb the 8303 Feet to Get There

Tuesday 09.23.2014 , Posted by
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Italian architect Giovanni Pesamosca’s work is reaching scenic new heights. His cabin is perched on the edge of Foronon Buinz in Italy’s Julian Alps. The pre fabricated structure was placed at the spectacular location in memory of deceased climber Luka Vuerich, and is now providing free accommodation complete with jaw dropping panoramic views for up to nine people… the intrepid kind willing to make a long trek to 8303 feet (2531 meters) above sea level. [Read more...]

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300,000 Photos of Riots, Wildfires, and Paintings in Abandoned Houses to Create this Monumental Time-Lapse

Tuesday 09.23.2014 , Posted by
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This short film is truly monumental. Film-maker Jeff Frost spent two years capturing 300,000 photos of street riots, wildfires and abandoned houses in the desert to create a time-lapse that goes way beyond anything we’ve seen. Many of his scenes look too surreal to come straight from the camera’s lens, but with the help of paint and on location lighting, he’s created the piece without any post-production graphics or digital effects. Simply fantastic. [Read more...]

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What Happened When ’40s Cartoonists Drew Their Famous Characters While Blindfolded?

Monday 09.22.2014 , Posted by
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What happened in 1947 when Life Magazine asked comic strip artists to draw their famous characters while blindfolded? From the looks of the second illustration in each pairing below, some incredibly mixed results. [Read more...]

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