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Guerrilla Designers Create Elaborate Quote Art on Chalkboards

Wednesday 01.08.2014 , Posted by
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The Columbus College of Art and Design has a vandal on the loose. The guerrilla chalk art duo called #DangerDust has been commandeering classroom chalkboards in secret and creating detailed artworks of typography and design. Their creations feature inspirational quotes by famous figures. The two anonymous students plan, sketch, and execute their chalk art and, in true guerrilla style, leave the board balancing on chairs in the classroom for a Monday morning surprise. [Read more…]

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‘BAMF’ Grandma Celebrates Her 103rd Birthday with a Tattoo, Does Reddit AMA

Friday 12.27.2013 , Posted by
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Well, it’s official: 103-year-old Evelyn Kottman, dubbed a “Bad Ass Mother Figure” by Reddit, has completely captured the hearts of the Internet. She just celebrated her birthday by hitting the tables at the casino, having an all-you-can-eat meal of crab and finished it off by getting her first tattoo – a small heart on her right shoulder. Now that IS one bad ass mother figure! [Read more…]

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96-year Old Man Writes a Song for his Deceased Wife of 75 Years and Enters It Into a Contest

Tuesday 08.27.2013 , Posted by

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When a 96-year-old man named Fred recently entered a song writing contest, he admitted that he couldn’t sing and had never even played an instrument… but that didn’t stop him from submitting. He simply sent a letter with the song he’d written about his wife of 75 years. Lorraine had passed away just a month before, and Fred couldn’t help but write a fitting tribute to the woman he loved so much. His song is called Oh Sweet Lorraine. [Read more…]

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Victims Of Sandy Unite To Return Lost Family Photos

Saturday 11.24.2012 , Posted by

When asked what would you grab if you only had time to get one thing out of your home before it was destroyed, what would you take? The most common answer after people and pets is pictures. Pictures are one of the few things that are truly irreplaceable. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Jeannette Van Houten was walking along the shore of Union Beach where her home and 200 others were devastated by the storm. She noticed a photograph on the ground of a couple attending a wedding and instantly realized her mission. [Read more…]

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Awe-Inspiring Digitally Manipulated Photography

Wednesday 11.21.2012 , Posted by

In a time when everyone is shooting thousands of photos with their cameras and phones, it is often difficult to create images which move us to silence and contemplation. Though his photos are digitally manipulated, Poland based artist Michal Karcz does just that. His moving scenery, combined with a warm light, provoke thoughts of a parallel world. [Read more…]

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Inspiring Post-It Notes Left in Public

Friday 05.04.2012 , Posted by

Sometimes we just need a helpful reminder of how good life actually is… or if it’s not right now, maybe a little motivational note to remind us how to get through the day. Many times the smallest statements — the littlest kernels of truth — are the best way to snap us back into seeing the world in all its beauty and make us forget the momentary trouble that had been consuming us. That’s just what these inspirational Post-It Notes are sure to do. [Read more…]

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Mr. Happy Man: 88 Year Old Shares Daily Love

Wednesday 02.15.2012 , Posted by

When people first encounter 88 year old Johnny Barnes, standing on a traffic island, waving his arms and blowing kisses at the many cars driving by, they probably wonder about his sanity. Yet, this charming and youthful fellow has more wisdom to share about life and love than almost anyone you’ll encounter. Each day, Barnes spends 6 hours, rain or shine, waving to cars, sharing love with passerby and doing his very best to better the world through his presence. In the beautiful film below, you’ll find he’s far from crazy, but rather has a beautiful and simple philosophy on life from which we can all learn. [Read more…]

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When Reddit and NASA Footage Collide

Sunday 01.16.2011 , Posted by

NASA fan and Redditor, Reid Gower got frustrated recently with how the hugely inspirational organization has such poor public relations and media. His respose? To make an all out, goose bumps all over your body, video promoting the work of NASA and featuring the much missed voice of Carl Sagan. No, this isn’t an official NASA video… this is pure NASA love.

Quite a story has developed around this video too, spawning other remixes of NASA footage as space exploration fans attempt to create the media they want to see. We share some of those videos here.
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