Photographer Follows His Girlfriend Through the Wonders of India

Photographer Murad Osmann and his girlfriend Natalie Zakharova love to travel around the world. Once, while in Barcelona, she wearied of him taking pictures of everything. So she grabbed his hand and dragged him along. This launched a project that made him famous: photos of his girlfriend leading him everywhere.

The results are beautiful and have only gotten better since they journeyed to India. Zakharova wore traditional Indian clothing and pulled Osmann through scenic parts of that country, including famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the Jama Masjid mosque.

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Andrei Dragunov is a deaf Russian dancer. He dances with his hands, which is called finger tutting. There are elements of sign language here, some even Americans can understand, but the difficulty and the creative fluidity of the movements is what’s really impressive.  -via Boing Boing

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How to Make Functional LEGO Brick Candies

They look just like plastic LEGO bricks.

And they’re usable in that capacity, too!

Grant Thompson, the “King of Random” at Instructables, explains how to make them. You can buy a pre-made silicone LEGO brick mold or make your own. Thompson prefers the latter option and describes how to do that. It takes precise work to produce bricks as clear and well-formed as these, but the results are worth it.

Hopefully he can scale this process up to large Duplo blocks. We could build enormous gummy structures with sufficiently large bricks.

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How to Swear Like a Brit

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In this twenty-ninth episode of Anglophenia, current host Kate Arnell gets down and dirty, teaching us Yanks to swear like Brits. From show promo:

"Swearing ranks up there with taking tea and discussing the weather as a British pastime. If you’re uninitiated in the colorful world of British swearing, Anglophenia’s Kate Arnell offers you a master class in the latest episode of our YouTube series. Don’t worry: we won’t turn the air blue with the naughtier terms, but here’s a good start if you want to slide in a “bloody hell” or two into your daily conversation."

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The Getty Recaps Game of Thrones

The J. Paul Getty Museum has a Tumblr blog, and each week they post a recap of the latest Game of Thrones episode. Now, many pop culture blogs do that, but the museum adds a twist: they tell the story using their own works of art to illustrate the action, which works hilariously well. They post medieval art as illustrations that evoke an image of what happened and give links to more information on them. The two images here are from the latest installment, season 5 episode 6.



Check out the archive of all The Getty’s GOT recaps here. Some images are gory and explicit- just like the show, except you can see these works in a museum. -via HuffPo


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The Making of Madame Tussauds Star Wars Exhibit

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Those of you who've been to Madame Tussauds London know the eerie exactitude with which the exhibits project into their spaces. In this footage, the Tussauds Star Wars exhibit is being painstakingly prepared, and it's as if we're seeing the movies all over again.

An impressive thirteen to seventeen individual pieces are molded together to shape a character’s head, which is made up of ten to fifteen liters of colored wax. Generally ten thousand strands of hair are inserted to each head, though Chewbacca broke that hairy record. Via Gizmodo


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16 Household Uses for Mason Jars

Mason jars are handy for canning and storing food, but they can also be used for all kinds of handy household purposes. Over at Homes and Hues, we rounded up 16 cool hacks for using mason jars around your home.

From storage systems to lighting options, it's amazing what you can do with a simple jar.

See more of these handy tricks for using your old mason jars over on Homes and Hues: 16 Mason Jar Hacks for Your Home


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Mighty Morphin' Turtles - Mutant Ranger Power!


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The ninja turtles were hanging out in Central Park one day when an alien spacecraft landed on the lawn, and some mighty rubbery looking aliens slithered out. They spoke in a strange tongue that sounded like sheets of plastic going through a power shredder punctuated with a loud "krang!", which totally took the wabu out of their cowabunga. The teenage mutants were about to bail on the whole alien scene when some old, ratty looking dude took them aside and offered them a job as power rangers...

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Natural Gas Report

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Perpetually Pleasing Bathroom Reader.

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“Breaking wind,” as the English so politely call it, is a natural and inevitable part of life. So it’s not surprising that farts occasionally make it into the news.

GAS ATTACK

In June 2012, a 72-year-old New Jersey man named Daniel Collins was arrested and charged with assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, and making terrorist threats, when he pointed a .32-calibre revolver at his neighbor and threatened to shoot him in the head. What got Collins so worked up? According to police, he and the neighbor were involved in an ongoing dispute over noise. The feud escalated to its breaking point when the neighbor walked past Collins’s front door and farted so loudly that Collins could hear it from inside his apartment. Collins was later released on his own recognizance without having to post bail. (No word on whether, if convicted, he’ll have to spend time in the can.)

FIELD RESEARCH

Scientists have long known that the farts and burps released by livestock are a significant source of greenhouse gases. But precisely how significant has been difficult to say because it’s almost impossible to accurately measure the emissions of animals out in the fields.

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Study: Popular Song Lyrics Are Written at a Third-Grade Reading Level—And Are Dropping

Are you more literate than a third grader? If your vocabulary is limited to the most popular songs on the Billboard charts for the past 10 years, then that’s in doubt.

Andrew Powell-Morse of the data blog SeatSmart compiled the lyrics from 225 of the most popular songs in the pop, country, rock, and hip-hop genres. He analyzed them with the Flesch-Kincaid grade index to generate reading level scores. On average, songs that were popular over the past 10 years were written at the third grade level, but that’s been steadily dropping over time. You can see more charts here, including ones that show gender and genre differences, as well as the grade levels of specific singers, such as Kanye West and Justin Timberlake.

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Seven of the Most Expensive Television Shows Ever Made

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Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004, wasn't a show containing lavish sets. Most scenes were filmed either in a coffee shop setting or in one of two apartments. What made this show so expensive was its cast. One situation that made it incredibly costly for management was that the actors in the cast banded tightly together for salary negotiations, insisting on fair payment for the entire ensemble. That made it impossible for the network powers-that-were to divide and conquer the actors when it came to salary talks.

According to Finances Online, as the popularity of Friends grewthe actors negotiated for more money in relation to the growth. By the time the show was producing its final season, each cast member was making $1 million per episode, causing the show’s budget to cost an exorbitant $10 million per.

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This Building Looks Like the Enterprise from Star Trek

These are the voyages of the office building NetDragon. Or, rather the flagship offices for the Chinese gaming company NetDragon Websoft. Liu DeJian, the chairman of the company, is allegedly a die-hard Trekkie who got an official license from CBS to design this building to look like the Enterprise. It includes automatic sliding glass doors that hopefully do this:


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“Elphie”: A Selfie Taken by an Elephant

Christian LeBlanc of Vancouver is an exchange student in Bangkok. He visited an elephant sanctuary in Thailand and was feeding bananas to the elephants when one of the pachyderms grabbed his camera! the result was a selfie taken by an elephant, or an “elphie.”

"I see a sign that for 50 cents you can feed the elephant. So my girlfriend and I go and buy a basket of bananas and we start feeding the elephant," LeBlanc told CBC News.

"The elephant loves the bananas, so it kind of gets a bit nosy — it grabs at your hands, it tries to take all the bananas. And once we ran out, next thing I knew it was it was grabbing the GoPro."

LeBlanc had turned on the time-lapse feature on his GoPro camera, so it automatically took a picture. As you can see, elephants don’t need a selfie stick because they carry their own extension around all the time! You can see more pictures of LeBlanc’s Thailand adventures at Buzzfeed. 


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Like Bike Lanes? We Also Need Duck Lanes

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Life along the Regents Canal in London is a delightful experience. You can ride bikes or jog along rows of galleries and cafes. Tourists are fond of seeing it while riding on boats.

Humans enjoy it, but so do ducks. Yet the little birds are a bit more vulnerable to collisions with people and bicycles. So the Canal & River Trust has set aside the inner stretch of pavement along the canal as a designated zone for ducks. They’re marked it with painted silhouettes of ducks. Cassie Werber writes for Quartz:

It’s unlikely, of course, that ducks will stick to the lanes, which serve a largely symbolic function. They’re a visual reminder that we’re all on this path together, and to get pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists to chill out and slow down.

The Canal & River Trust says it is “calling for the reintroduction of old-fashioned manners to preserve the peace.”

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Vintage Photographs of Native American Life

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Vintage Everyday attributes this compelling collection of 17 Native American photographs to famed western historical photographer Edward S. Curtis. These images are said to be part of Curtis' The North American Indian, captured between 1907 and 1930. The photos were an ethnographical study of numerous tribes that Curtis believed to be vanishing peoples in their last days whom he felt were incredibly important to document. See more images from this grouping at Vintage Everyday.

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Heartwarming PSA about a Dog’s Love


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It’s a story about a man and his dog. They share a special life together. It carries on.

It’s not clear until the end what this Argentinian public service announcement wishes to express. But by the end, it does so powerfully. Keep tissues handy as you watch it.

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The Effects of Love

These two teddy bears are the same age. Redditor UsernameIWontRegret explained what happened. His mother bought two identical bears when she had her first child in 1985. One was given to her new son, and the other was put into storage. Thirty years later, the second bear was brought out to give to that son’s first child, a little girl named Claire, who was born today. You can see the effects that a lifetime of love has on a teddy bear. If you doubt that it’s the same model of bear, there are plenty of folks who swore they had the same bear and several people posted pictures of theirs, in various stages of wear. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.   

Yes, this sounds like a clever insurance plan, to have another bear in case the first one was lost. But if that were the case, the second bear would have been substituted when the son lost his beloved bear at Disney World, or used for another child in the same family. UsernameIWontRegret's mother insists that the plan was always to keep the second bear for the first child's first child.   

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Game of Thrones Novel Covers in Japan Are Awesome in a Manga Style

The Japanese publishing house Hakayawa commissioned artist Norko Meguro to design cover images for George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The resulting style is immediately recognizable for anime and manga fans. The covers offer fresh takes on characters that fans of both the novels and TV show have grown to love and hate. Pictured above is the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.

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RPG Rules.Mage - Don't Look To Me When You've Got Low HP


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Every group of dungeon explorers needs a mage in their party, so he can fling magic missiles to soften up those nasty gnolls and read any magic books you find in treasure chests. However, don't look to the mage for scintillating conversation, because they're normally too busy memorizing spells or learning to speak a demonic language to chat. The only creature that can pull a mage's nose out of his spellbook is the mighty dragon, and if a dragon and mage get to talking you'd better make sure you're on the mage's good side!

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Hot Dog Dishes From Around The World

Hot dogs are popular yet polarizing, tasty yet terrible on the stomach, kosher yet made of lips and...you know the rest.

Whether you call them tube steak, bratwurst, frankfurters, polish sausages or weenies there's one thing all cylindrical meat products have in common- people around the world just can't get enough!

The hot dogs we scarf down at sporting events or while waiting in line at Costco today are thought to have originated in Germany during the 1800s in their original weiner and frankfurter forms.

Since then the hot dog has evolved into a fun handheld food product people the world over enjoy in their own unusual way.

The Brazilian hot dog, which is topped with carrots, corn, parmesan cheese and french fries, may seem strange to those who like nothing more than relish and mustard on their dog.

Then again, Brazilians find it strange that American men rarely wear swim briefs to the beach so I guess strangeness is relative!

See the full guide to 40 Ways The World Makes Awesome Hot Dogs here

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Yoyo Masters Dance with Incredible Dexterity


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Kuma Films calls them the "Dynamic Diabolic Duo." They're a pair of yoyo masters in Taipei who have amazing control over their instruments. The yoyos fly through the air flawlessly, moving exactly where these men want them to.

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Photos Of Classic Cars Next To Their Modern Version

Most auto enthusiasts agree that the cars of yesteryear are way cooler looking than those cookie cutter models being produced today, and even the modern throwback models simply cannot compare to the original.

However, the only way to fully appreciate how cool cars used to look, and see how resurrected and updated classic models measure up to the original, is to see them both side-by-side.

The modern Bentley can never compare to the classic (1936?) model featured up top, but the new Ford Shelby Cobra does look like one mean machine. And the Mercedes somehow still manages to look like a million bucks after all these years. Oh yeah, that's because they cost a million bucks!

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The Crazy Plan for a Circular Airport in London

It was 1919. The aeronautical technologies developed in war would be put to peaceful use in commercial aviation. London needed a proper airport as a central hub for air traffic. The October 18 issue of the Illustrated London News suggested this wacky design: a curved ring resting on top of the skyscrapers of the city.

What could possibly go wrong?

In this case: nothing, because it was never built. This ring was one of many early design concepts for airports. You can see more eccentric designs at Ptak Science Books.

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Where Did That Graduation Song Come From?

My mind and my time have been preoccupied this week because my older daughter is graduating from high school this weekend. I’ve been to her art show, awards ceremony, spring concert, banquets, parties, the baccalaureate service, and still have more to come. We’ve assembled a dress, mortarboard, tassel, gown, stole, and honor cords to wear. And that song, seemingly endless as a class of 200 slowly enters, keeps going through my head. You know the song.    

The graduation song is often referred to as "Pomp and Circumstance," but it's actually a small piece of Sir Edward Elgar's 1901 composition "March No. 1 in D Major," part of his "Pomp and Circumstance Military March" series that spanned nearly 30 years of his career.

How did a British military march become a staple of American graduations? In 1905, Elgar received an invitation to come to Yale's commencement and receive an honorary doctorate. To honor their guest, Yale officials had the New Haven Symphony Orchestra play parts of Elgar's compositions as students marched in and out of the ceremony. People enjoyed the tune so much that it soon spread to other schools' graduations. (And just as importantly, it eventually became "Macho Man" Randy Savage's entrance music in the WWF.)

He wasn’t the first to use the song to enter the professional wrestling ring- that would be Gorgeous George. There are more traditions surrounding commencement exercises that you may wonder about, explained in The Stories Behind Graduation Traditions at mental_floss.  


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Alternate Endings For 20 Classic Movies

Movies can become fan favorites for a variety of reasons, but chances are if the ending stinks the movie isn’t going to be well liked.

That’s especially true of any movie that uses a surprise ending to shock viewers, but the real shock would have come after watching films like Rocky and Clerks with their original endings!

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Rocky was supposed to end with Balboa taking the big payola and throwing the fight against Apollo Creed, and Clerks originally ended with Dante being shot to death by an armed robber. Sometimes a script change is a good thing!

See The Alternate Endings Of 20 Famous Movies at mental_floss


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In this Chinese Festival, Men Literally Shower Themselves With Molten Iron

Blacksmiths in the town of Nuanquan, China, throw molten metal in the air in a dangerous display of light and skill. It’s all part of the entertainment and celebration of the Da Shuhua festival, part of the New Year celebration.  

Taking place on the 15th day of the New Year celebrations, the legendary Da Shuhua event sees resident blacksmiths hurl molten metal against a cold brick wall, generating a spectacular avalanche of sparks that engulfs the men as though they are standing in the middle of exploding fireworks.

The custom dates back approximately three centuries to a time when the town was full of metal workers. During the annual Lantern Festival, rich locals would set off fireworks as a means of ritually banishing demons. Meanwhile, poorer blacksmiths, who could not afford to purchase fireworks, took to throwing liquid metal instead.

As far as death-defying stunts go, molten metal beats fireworks almost every time. Read more about this festival and see many pictures at Scribol.

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Guy Buys An XL Tank Top, Internet Goes Crazy

If you would've told me 20 years ago that the internet age would feature silly stories about the real color of a dress and a guy raising way too much money to make a potato salad going wildfire viral I would have called you crazy.

But you would have been right, and the internet is a much sillier, stranger, stupider and more ridiculous place than those of us who were online 20 years ago could have ever imagined.

Case in point- itscostas took this picture and posted it to Reddit with the caption "Bought XL tank tops from Walmart so they're not skin tight, this is not what I expected":

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This hilarious (and seemingly NSFW but actually not) pic went crazy viral almost immediately, garnering over 3 million views on Imgur and over 2000 comments on Reddit in about two days.

When will this viral madness end? When somebody breaks the internet by making this guy wear the "what color is this dress?" dress while eating potato salad.


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Hans Christian Andersen’s Taphephobia

No matter how remote the possibility, the thought of being buried alive is ghastly. It’s not so much the fear of death as it is the fear of waking up trapped in a grave. Once that fear takes hold of one’s consciousness, it can become an obsession. Taphephobia, as it is called, is not so rampant in the era of modern medical care, but for some folks in the past, it was terrifying. Hans Christian Andersen suffered from taphephobia, which only became worse when he fell ill.   

According to his biographer Jackie Wullschlager, Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen was deathly afraid of being buried alive. He spent his final days at the home of his friends Dorothea and Moritz Melchior in Copenhagen, and as the end neared, begged Dorothea to cut his veins after he’d breathed what appeared to be his last breath. Dorothea “joked that he could do as he had often done, and leave a note saying ‘I only appear to be dead' beside him.”

The note was a fixture of Andersen’s bedside table—some say he even wore it around his neck. Andersen was more than a little neurotic, and being buried alive was far from his only fear. According to Wullschlager, he also traveled with a rope in his luggage because he was afraid of fire, was terrified of dogs, and refused to eat pork out of fear of trichinosis.

Andersen wasn't the only one concerned about premature burial. Read about others who expressed such fear in the article 10 Famous People Who Were Afraid They'd Be Buried Alive at mental_floss.    


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Cat Naps in front of McDonald’s, Completely Underwhelmed by Humans

This cat needed a quiet spot to take a nap. He chose the front door of a McDonalds’s during lunch hour.

Was it a bad choice? The cat doesn’t care. People can walk by or over him. They are no threat or use to him.


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Dali - That's A Sweet 'Stache You Got There Sal!


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He was the darling of the avant garde art world, the madman with a moustache who warped our minds with his paintings and made us smile with his artsy antics. He's Salvador Dali- the Spanish master of Surrealism who left an indelible mark on the world of fine art and an unfading impression on admirers of his twisted brilliance. He once said "intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings", and boy did ol' Sal let his brain feathers fly!

Celebrate your favorite painter in style with this Dali t-shirt by CreoTuMundo, it's a fun way to make sure Salvador Dali is always on (in) your heart!

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