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Sharing Isn't This Cat's Strong Suit


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This kitty is polishing off a cup of yogurt, but she's not interested in sharing the treat with her fellow feline. I say "she," not because I know the cat's gender, but because bogarting yogurt is just something that seems like a chick would do. Another chick-type behavior is casually moving something out of another's reach as opposed to causing a big, ugly scene over it. Sure, I'm making massive generalizations, but while I had you distracted just now, I ate the last square of dark chocolate. Via Nothing To Do With Arbroath.

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Things You Can't Do if You're Not a Toddler

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How many behaviors could a toddler get away with for which you'd ban a party guest (not to mention a date) for life? I was mentally adding things to the list as I watched this video. My conclusion was "too many to count." Via Viral Viral Videos.


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Baby Monkey and Jack Russell Terrier Pups Become Fast Friends

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Mubi is a 2-month-old drill monkey who was first attacked, then abandoned by her mother. But her story sweetened significantly when Simon Jeffrey, a keeper at Port Lympne Reserve, near Canterbury, Kent, UK, took Mubi home to play with his Jack Russell Terrier puppies. Now Mubi is happy, thriving and the pups are schooling her in the ways of animal play. Via Laughing Squid.

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Circumrotation as Optical Illusion


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This video presents an optical illusion of sorts in the form of white circles inside a larger red circle. The simplicity of the illusion is, to me, part of why it's of interest. Aside from the pattern that the video points out, a rotating square forms when there are four white circles inside the red one. Via IFL Science.


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Ten Exotic Fruits You May Not Have Tried

Buddha's Hand


Fresh fruit is delicious and refreshing, particularly during the hot summer months. There are so many varieties around the world that our grocery stores only have a fraction of them represented in their inventory.

These three examples of exotic fruits are from a larger list at Woman's Day. From the fragrant, citrusy Buddha fruit (above) and beyond, see the list in entirety here. Have you tried any fruits on the list? If so, comment and give us your review. Via Unique Daily.
 Rambutan

 
African Cucumber


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Large Canines and the Little Children Who Love Them

Image: Vin J.

A few weeks ago I featured Giants of the Canine World. Here they are again with some of their most enthusiastic cheerleaders and partners in crime: the kids who grow up with them.

Kid and canine duos are often inseparable. Dogs instinctively know which members of their "pack" need the most gentle protection; that instinct is evident in these sweet photos. See the rest of Bored Panda's article "22 Little Kids And Their Big Dogs" here.

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Image: Blake Grimmer

 Image: Elena Shumilova

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Drawings That Practically Define "Photorealism"



Malaysian artist Monica Lee may spend up to a month on a single drawing until she decides it is complete, but the result is photorealist nirvana. 

“I like to challenge myself with complex portraits, especially people with freckles or beards,” says the artist. Lee gives her father credit for her love of the realism genre, as he was a photographer by trade.

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Trompe-l'œil Animal Murals by Fiona Tang

Vancouver-based artist Fiona Tang uses charcoal, chalk pastel and acrylics as her media to create these virbant murals that appear to be three dimensional at certain viewing angles. Tang achieves this effect using the ages-old artistic technique called trompe-l'œil (French for "deceive the eye"), which produces the optical illusion of third dimensionality.

See more of Tang's work on her Tumblr site and on Facebook.

 

 


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Elephant Retrieves Dropped Camera for His Passengers

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If you happen to be at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe and choose this elephant as your method of transportation, have no fear if you happen to drop any personal items during your ride. Trunk pickup service is included! Now that's customer service! Via 22 Words.


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Icebergs of the Antarctic: A Photo Series

These gorgeous captures were shot by nature and wildlife photographer Martin Bailey for his Antarctica photography series.

Born and raised in England, the photographer is now a Japanese national based in Tokyo. 
As one might imagine, a nature and wildlife photographer is driven by a passion for travel and the beauty of the natural world. His passion is evident in this series, which features ice structures, some of which are 1,000 years old. 

Martin Bailey sells prints, which can be perused and purchased at his website; he also does private portrait and commercial works on commission. Visit Bailey's site to see more of this stunning series. Via Trend Hunter.   










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French Girls App Shows Young Selfie Takers a New Mirror




"Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look through other people's eyes"

Ah, the age-old wisdom of the Butthole Surfers. Such a hard truth. Yet there is an app called "French Girls" that lets you know how you look in the eyes of an anonymous "artist."

According to the developers, the application's name is a reference to Kate Winslet's line in Titanic, in which she instructs Leonardo DiCaprio's character to "draw me like one of your French girls."

Application users upload selfies and wait to receive a drawing of their photo from the perspective of another anonymous user. The app is popular — presumably with the younger set — with over one million downloads to date. They may not know how they look to others, but apparently it doesn't stop them from trying. Via Uproxx. 

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Lovable Lynx Living Large




This Canada lynx kitten named Jasper seems to be having a ball at the Point Defiance Zoo, between the love he gets from keepers and admirers and his fondness for play. The nine-week-old kitten weighs approximately four pounds and is being hand-reared by zoo staff.

The Canada lynx is native to North America, specifically to Canada, Alaska and the northernmost parts of the United States. Adults of the species weigh 18 to 24 pounds on average and measure 19 to 22 inches in height. 

The lynx is typically a solitary animal, although it may occasionally roam in small groups. The lynx roams anywhere from 1.5 to 3 miles per day. As they take shelter in areas of dense forest, they usually stay close to the treeline, however they generally like to swim. One researcher recorded a lynx swimming two miles across the Yukon River.

Read more and see additional photos at Zooborns. 

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Brave Kitten Faces Windshield Wipers

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In this video, a Russian family is stuck on a highway during a rainstorm. It's a good thing they have this heroic kitty to stand between them and the evil black things moving back and forth behind their windshield. Via Unique Daily.

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Pop Culture in Pen and Ink

Artist Rik Reimert has an impressive array of celebrity portraits on his website. The simplicity of his crosshatch pen and ink drawings does not lessen their intensity; on the contrary, it seems to enhance it. And simplicity is something that the artist wholeheartedly embraces. Reimert briefly explains his thought process behind his choice of media:

"Analog, that’s my thing. From music to photographs to art. Yes, of course we use computers and cellphones, but isn’t it great to put on a record on your turntable on a Sunday morning and just enjoy the cracks in the music and the great artwork on the cover? That’s why I chose pen and paper."

Visit Reimert's website to see more of his drawings or to request a commissioned piece. Connect with him through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+ and Pinterest. Via 22 Words. 




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30 Star Wars Impressions

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This entertaining video from Barely Political serves up 30 impressions of characters in the Star Wars franchise. (They also throw in Miss Piggy and a few other celebrity impressions for good measure.) The farce is strong with these three. Via Tastefully Offensive.


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Your Face, Now With Butter and Jam



The Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation, home of Jesus toast, now offers "Toasted Selfies," toasters that will pop up pieces of toast with your face on them. As their website says, "This is not Photoshop fiction. It is REAL toast with your face toasted on it; and you don't have to be famous or Jesus to do it!"

Give these folks a high-resolution photo, a week of your time and seventy-five dollars and your face can be a delicious part of your breakfasts and sandwiches for years to come. Get in line to place your order. See how this magical toaster works here. Just think of the possibilities!


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Conspiracy Theories in Space: Saturn's Hexagon

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Who or what created the hexagon on Saturn's north pole? Solar physicist Dr. Ian O'Neill appears on the Discovery News Channel to take on conspiracy claims of alien intervention, Hell gates and more. Via Unique Daily.


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Husband Sends Wife a Spreadsheet Detailing His Sex Deprivation

Today, Redditor throwwwwaway29 posted a file she says her husband sent to her email during her taxi ride to the airport to catch a flight for a ten-day business trip. The Excel spreadsheet enumerates the occasions he initiated sex with her in the past five weeks (plus one day, an added bonus). Her "verbatim" responses to said initiations are included in the record. She writes,

"Yesterday morning, while in a taxi on the way to the airport, Husband sends a message to my work email which is connected to my phone. He's never done this, we always communicate in person or by text. I open it up, and it's a sarcastic diatribe basically saying he won't miss me for the 10 days I'm gone. Attached is a SPREADSHEET of all the times he has tried to initiate sex since June 1st, with a column for my "excuses", using verbatim quotes of why I didn't feel like having sex at that very moment. According to his 'document', we've only had sex 3 times in the last 7 weeks, out of 27 "attempts" on his part."

The wife requests guidance from other Redittors, since her husband has not responded to her repeated attempts to contact him since.

There is no end to the things one could say about this situation. I guess I'll go with "at least he's well organized."


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Calligraffiti in 3-D by Tolga Girgin

Tolga Girgin works as an electrical engineer at a company in his home town of Eskişehir, Turkey. But Girgin also has a way with "calligraffiti," an art form that blends traditional calligraphy with graffiti art, pioneered and named by Dutch artist Niels Shoe Meulman. 

On Instagram and Behance, Girgin presents numerous examples of the work pictured here. Fairly conventional calligraphy lettering seems to leap off the page in quite a modern way. Visit Girgin's Behance and Instragram sites to see more or request a commissioned piece. Via Colossal.

Images Credit: Tolga Girgin

 


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A Cat and Her Water Cooler

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Peaches the cat isn't averse to water. On the contrary — she produces waterfalls, to the amusement of her human companion. I can only hope her next move is to figure out the icemaker in the refrigerator door. Surely she doesn't expect her people to consume un-iced water cooler fare.  Via Tastefully Offensive.

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Two Guys Lip Sync a Conversation Between Two Older Women


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Nik of The Kloons recorded his mom and aunt, who are in their sixties, making small talk. He incorporated the recording into a video in which he and his friend lip sync the ladies' conversation. Not only is it amusing, it's yet another illustration on how different most women and men are.

The Kloons can be followed on Twitter and Facebook as well. Via 22 Words.


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The Occult, Illustrated

      Daniel Martin Diaz 

Beautiful Decay features artists Nicomi Nix TurnerDaniel Martin DiazJas HelenaAmy Earles, and William Crisafi as they "confront the enigma of the unknown" with their artistic explorations of the occult. From their article,

"Evoking a sense of histories long since passed, fascinations with the paranormal are found not only within its connotations with Surrealism and Dada, but has since found itself increasingly commercialized through a dilution into popular culture.

 

 

 

 

 

The following artists present an elusive understanding and reflection on mysticism and the occult. Straying from any form of irony, kitsch or inapt nostalgia, their employment of the occult acts instead as a new means of dialogue and spiritual resolve."

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                Nicomi Nix Turner



                William Crisafi

                                    Jas Helena

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Amazingly Realistic Miniature Meals Made of Clay



Kim Burke
's clay miniature food sculptures were featured previously on Neatorama. Years later, her offerings are more varied, detailed and strikingly realistic. Burke's miniatures are modeled on photographs. The resulting works, artfully presented on objects so small they can be balanced on our fingertips, look good enough to make me hungry.

Burke shapes the clay using needles, razor blades and rocks. What began as a hobby for Burke later turned into a major passion. Each tiny piece can take up to three hours to produce.

Hopefully, this sort of thing won't fall into the wrong paws, such as those of a tiny hamster or hedgehog.

Read more here, and visit Kim Burke's website or her Etsy shop Fairchildart to see more of her delicious pieces. 

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Giant Dead Parrot Sculpture Celebrates Monty Python



British television channel 
Gold has installed a 49-foot-tall, flberglass parrot (Norwegian Blue, no doubt) to commemorate the forthcoming broadcast of the “Monty Python Live (mostly)” farewell show. The parrot is from one of the most popular Monty Python sketches in history, as shown in the video below. 

The statue, resting peacefully in
Potter’s Field Park near the tower bridge in London, took three sculptors two months to construct. The parrot will be moved to 02 Arena for the final Monty Python live show. The performance by remaining Python members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones will be presented on July 20th, 2014. 

Learn more at the Gold TV website.

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Fourth Annual Robot Film Festival


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The 4th annual Robot Film Festival, now in its fourth year, acknowledges robots in film. The festival will be presented on July 19th, 2014 at Bot & Dolly studios in San Francisco. This year's theme is “Telepresence & Identity: Human-Machine Integration.” Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite. From their promotional literature,

"The Robot Film Festival is an annual celebration of robots on screen and in performance. The event features screenings of invited films and juried selections from open-call submissions, live performances by robot entertainers, and a red-carpet awards ceremony.

The first and only event of its kind, the Robot Film Festival was founded in 2011 to inject both artistry and playfulness into traditional robotic engineering and to explore the frontiers of the human-machine relationship."

Learn more at the film festival website. Via Laughing Squid.


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25 Cases of Creative Illumination


Forms of Nature chandelier
Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz, designers

Highlighted here are a collection of inspired illuminations; lighting concepts that are unique and beautiful as they are useful. An interesting lamp can be the basis for the interior design of an entire space or home. Check these out and see which is your favorite. View 25 examples here in this article.


"PEEL" 
Image: Yasuko Furukawa


 

Bicycle parts chandelier
Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock, designers 


Ripple
Image: 
Poetic Lab
 


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The First International Drone Photography Awards

First Place
Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia

Image: Capungaero

Dronestagram, in parnership with National Geographic, held an International Drone Photography Awards contest, which began on May 15, 2014. The winners of the contest were announced recently, selected from over 2000 entries from people around the world.

Three prizes were awarded by jury and another three were people's choice. See the other winning photographs here. Via Twisted Sifter.
 Second Place
Manila, Philippines
Image: Jericsaniel 


First Place (People’s Choice) 
Tamul Waterfall,  Tanchachín, San Luis Potosi, Mexico 
Image:  Postandfly 


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Geometric Tattoos by Chaim Machlev



Israeli artist Chaim Machlev works in Berlin as a tattoo artist, under the professional moniker Dots to Lines. Machlev left Israel after living there until age 30 because he wanted to dedicate his life to the art of tattooing and realized that, in Israel, he couldn't train in the way he desired. He bravely left his job as a service manager at a famous IT company and his life of relative wealth and comfort to start over in Berlin.

Machlev tattoos mostly in black ink. His designs make heavy use of geometric shapes, into which he often blends mandalas, insects and other images. The artist elaborates on his style,

"I actually started to make those designs because it was weird for me that people try to categorize tattoos and other art forms. I could say that I have that split in my designs, just like in my personality; I make those art-minimalistic lines — the computer kid inside me — and very detailed mandalas, the spiritual man inside me." 

Chaim Machlev takes the line and curve of the bodies of his clients into account before he creates his proposed design. He said of his process,

"My designs are based a lot on the shape of the body of the particular client that I’m tattooing at the time. The process starts with meeting the clients and trying to understand what it is that they want to express. Then I observe their body and the location they had in mind for the tattoo, and I try to create something that will look organic and be in harmony with the body. I draw up a rough design before I start, and the final result is something that the client cannot predict. So it takes a lot of trust to get tattooed by me.”

See more photographs of Machlev's excellent work here. Via Beautiful Decay (Both NSFW, artistic partial nudity.)
 

 
 
 
 
 


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Stunning Hummingbird Macros by Chris Morgan



A few days ago, John Farrier showed Neatorama readers what a flock of hummingbirds looks like. This is what exquisite macros of hummingbirds  specifically, Green-crowned Brilliants (Heliodoxa jacula) — look like.

Photographer Chris Morgan captured these shots on vacation in Costa Rica. A close-up of a hummingbird with the level of detail in the photo above is rare, as the birds are not ones to sit still for photographers. Hummingbirds hover in the air while flapping their wings at at least 50 times per second, enabling them to fly in excess of 30 miles per hour. 

See more of Morgan's excellent macros of other birds, insects, spiders and more at his Flickr site. 

 

  


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X-Ray Photos of Toy Robots, Pistols, Helicopters and Jets



Australian photographer Brendan Fitzpatrick was previously featured on Neatorama for his lovely x-ray images of flowers. This time around, his series of children's toy x-rays has our attention. 

Fitzapatrick uses chest X-ray and mammogram machines to highlight the interesting insides as well as the outsides of these action-ready playthings. 

To see more of Brendan Fitzpatrick's photography, visit his website. 

 



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