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Beautiful Black-and-White Shots From Cannes Film Festival

Salma Hayek

The annual Cannes Film Festival has run since the thirteenth of this month and continues until the twenty-fourth. The festival has generated its usual series of headlines, as well as a controversy about women attendees having to wear high-heeled shoes to be admitted to festival affairs and showings. The event is a highlight of celebrity fashion each year; those in the entertainment industry from all over the globe take great care to be seen in their most glamorous light.  

Photographer Vincent Desailly recently took advantage of the glamour and high attendance levels of the festival to shoot these beautiful black and whites of celebrities looking their most alluring on the red carpet. There's nothing quite like black-and-white shots to evoke a classic style and beauty. See more of these monochrome gems, including shots of Rooney Mara, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger and others at Desailly's Tumblr and Instagram.


 Sienna Miller 

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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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Alligator vs. Truck

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Keith Carmouche encounters an alligator while driving his Nissan truck to his camping spot in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. The gator angrily strikes, and Carmouche tells the animal "Hey, watch my truck." Later, the man likely wishes that he had backed off and left the gator alone.  -Via Tastefully Offensive


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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."

Via Laughing Squid


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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.

Read about the six other most costly television shows ever made here. 


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Vintage Photographs of Native American Life

The Night Medicine Men

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.

The Altar


The Drying Mummy


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Baby Panda Meets Mama for the First Time

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This older footage of a baby panda bear being introduced to his mother at Taipei, Taiwan zoo is likely making the rounds now due to its rare and precious nature. Mama and one-month-old baby, separated at birth for the safety of the cub, were reunited for a nursing and bonding session. -Via The Presurfer

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18-Year-Old Budding Costume Designer Got Her Start With Cosplay



Eighteen-year-old Angela Clayton (previously recognized at age sixteen for her fabulous, handmade Elsa cosplay) appears to be headed for a promising career as a costume designer, judging from her array of impressive projects.

After making a splash in the cosplay world, Clayton has graduated to creating a number of stunning period and fantasy costumes, which she features on her blog and recently-launched YouTube channel.

Read more about the talented Clayton and see additional pictures of her work in this BuzzFeed profile of her.

Images: doxiequeen1.wordpress.com 

Clayton's re-creation of the dress from Raphael and Giulio Romano's painting Portrait of Doña Isabel de Requesens 

Clayton says she drew inspiration for this white dress from Marchesa gowns 


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Boy Insists on Homeless Man Being Fed, Leaving Not a Dry Eye in the Waffle House

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When five-year-old Josiah Duncan was troubled by the appearance of a homeless man outside of a Waffle House in Prattville, Alabama recently, he asked his mother a series of questions about the man's disheveled looks and what it meant to be homeless. Upset at the news that the man was likely hungry, the child begged his mother to buy the man a meal. The events that followed left few patrons of Waffle House untouched. Said Josiah's mom,

"Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I'll ever get to witness."

Via The Daily Dot

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Leopard Shark Gets Tummy Rub

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17 Russian Travel Tips for Visiting America



Mental Floss writer Therese O'Neill compiled this fascinating list of advice for Russians planning to visit the United States. As one might imagine, many of the items on the list contain ideas with which Americans won't necessarily agree. Take number 10, for instance:

“U.S. etiquette requires that you smile in each and every situation," says the site Этикет США. "If you want to travel to America, be prepared to give a smile not only to friends and acquaintances, but also to all passers-by, in shops, to the staff at the hotel, police on the streets, etc. Don't whine about your problems or the troubles in your life, either: Sharing in this country can only be positive emotions—sorrows and frustrations are impermissible. In the U.S. you only complain to acquaintances in the most extreme cases. Serious problems are for close friends and relatives only."

This American cheerfulness isn't a put-on, according to the site.  

"Americans: they are a nation that truly feels happy. These people get used to smiling from the cradle onwards, so they do not pretend to be cheerful. The desire for a successful happy life is inculcated from childhood.”

See the list in its entirety here. What do you think, readers? Can you think of any advice you'd give to a Russian planning to travel to the U.S.? 

Image: TUBS


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America's Fittest and Fattest Cities



The American College of Sports Medicine's eighth edition of their American Fitness Index was released today. The report ranks the physical fitness levels of 50 major U.S. cities. This year's results find Washington, D.C. as the most fit city in America; Indianapolis, Indiana was at the bottom of the list. From the report,

"The rankings, based on outdoor exercise options and rates of smoking, obesity and diabetes, are designed to be a “call to action” for areas to improve their infrastructures so they promote healthy lifestyles, says Walter Thompson, chair of the AFI advisory board and a professor of kinesiology at Georgia State University."

See the full rankings of all fifty U.S. cities here.

Via USA Today | Image: Barek


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A Map Showing the "Most Distinctive" Causes of Death by State

In creating a map illustrating the causes of death most common in the citizens of each state, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went further than merely to show the main culprits such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes, which are basically equal opportunity killers across the board. Some lesser causes of mortality are far more common in some states than in others.

After performing several calculations in their line of research, the CDC revealed a list of 23 secondary causes of death. Read more about how the findings were calculated and see which of the 23 causes of death was most common in your state here. 

Image: CDC 


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Woman Spring Cleaning Her Closet Finds One Big, Many Little Surprises

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And now, from my "I'm so glad that happened to someone else" file, a Los Angeles woman was cleaning out her closet when she found a plastic bag full of surprises, one of them big, saw-toothy and hissing. I have to commend her for her bravery. I would have called a SWAT team or something of the sort.

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Brutally Honest Food Pyramids



The folks over at SomeeCards made these brutally honest food pyramids, five of them in all, to cover people ages 18-70+. They're kind of what your nutritionist might come up with if he/she were a smartass who never failed to see glasses as half empty. Either that or a comedian. See brutally honest food pyramids for all age ranges here. Bon appetit!  


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Fuzzy Baby Elephant Curious About Woman

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This older video is just now getting attention for the sweet, gentle gesture of this fuzzy Asian elephant calf who curiously explores with his trunk the anatomy and scent of a human woman. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Delish Kebabs: Skewers 23 Tantalizing Ways

Sambal chicken skewers, with a spicy, sticky glaze made of brown sugar and Sriracha 
bonappetit.com | Recipe here

Nothing says summer eating like grilling on skewers. Shish Kebab has ancient roots in the Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia in the days of Homer and the Mongol Empire. Traditional lamb skewers have since been supplemented with unlimited options from all food groups.

This article is full of delicious kebab ideas. Select your favorite, place some seasoned or marinated meat, vegetables, fruits or a combination on skewers, then once grilled to perfection, bring them inside and serve over a bed of salad, rice or noodles for a delicious meal that's filling and keeps well as leftovers. 

Thai-Style Grilled Pork (Moo Ping) | coolcathotfood.com | Recipe here

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Before They Were Famous: Celebrities as Cheerleaders

Cameron Diaz

Cheerleading is often defended by proponents with a number of ways it enriches and educates young people of high school age. The National Cheerleading Association argues that it teaches teamwork, athletic ability and dedication. They go on to cite statistics:

"Cheerleaders are athletes, scholars, and leaders. Ninety percent of cheerleaders are “B” students or better, 98.5% plan on going to college, and over half participate in other non athletic extra-curricular activities. Over half of all cheer teams participate in community charity events, 40% of cheerleaders participate in school sport outside of cheerleading, and many hold leadership positions in their class and in clubs at school."

Given those considerations, it's likely that future actresses like Cameron Diaz, Sandra Bullock and Alicia Silverstone (shown here on cheerleading squads with twelve other future celebrities) had loftier goals with their involvement than simply dating a guy on the high school football team. Images Credit


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Eight Actors Who Do the Same Thing on Every Movie Poster

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In the linked article, Cracked points out how some actors bizarrely hold the same pose in a surprising number of different movie posters. Take Will Ferrell, for example. The man puts his hands on his hips more often than a group of schoolgirls at a social media photo shoot. How I never noticed these common celebrity poses year after year is beyond me. I just know that I'll never look at another movie poster featuring these actors in the same way again.


Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures


DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema


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Seven of the Worst Television Shows from the '80s

Small Wonder | Image: 20th Century Fox

I don't know about you, but sometimes when a television show is an absolute abomination, I'm more likely to tune in on occasion. I have friends who will sit around with me for the express purpose of making fun of seriously bad television. Sure, we're ne'er do wells, but we enjoy ourselves.

This brief look at seven awful shows from the 1980s includes one that will always have a dedicated space in the horrors of television ingrained in my memory: Small Wonder. It's so terrible, it's almost enjoyable.

Those who compiled this list write that they

"culled our choices from fan reception, critical vitriol, and TV Guide’s widely cited 2002 list of the worst TV shows of all time. If you can’t get enough bad TV, then check out this list of the worst shows of the following decade as well."

So, for more "worst of" television discussion, visit the links mentioned above as well as reading about six more notoriously bad shows of the 1980s here. 


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The Dad Bod


By now, most people who spend any time on the internet have read about this "dad bod" business. Or... whatever you'd like to label it. What say you, readers? Do you have a dad bod that you'd like to share with the class? Or are you looking to cut short the fifteen minutes of fame the person who coined the phrase is now enjoying? At least it appears as if Dicky (above) of Fowl Language is a fan. Fat fowl for the win! -Via Geeks are Sexy


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32 Products Perfect for Book Lovers' Homes

Book stair decals | Etsy.com | Name your title and the Etsy shop owner custom makes it for you

Those who love to read are kindred spirits, and few things are more attractive to them than the thought of enlarging their personal libraries. This collection of 32 items that are linked to literary life is full of gifts for the book lovers in your circle, even (or especially) if that person is yourself. 


Paperback wallpaper | anthropologie.com


Terra cotta bookend vases | elizabethsembellishments.com



Book-shaped dishware | gonereading.com


Cloth napkins printed with the love letters of famous authors | uncommongoods.com


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28 Newspaper and Magazine Layout Fails

Image: myconfinedspace.com

When it comes to magazine and newspaper layouts, particularly when the deadline is nearing and time is scarce, legitimate mistakes do happen. When they do, it can be embarrassing for everyone at the publication and can cost people their jobs. There are also instances in which a disgruntled employee is working on the layout, their resignation half out of the bag and their allegiance to the organization minimal. In that case, "mistakes" can happen as well. 

Whether they are accidental or purposeful, these 28 newspaper and magazine layout failures are hardly minor. They also can make for some amusing reading. Contains NSFW language.


Image: Twitter @NickDoody

Image: myconfinedspace.com


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Tattoos That Are So Monumentally Bad, They're Almost Good

"But I'm a Creep... I'm a weirdo...  what the hell am I doin' here? I don't belong here..."  Image: imgur.com


Most people consider getting inked long before it actually happens. Because tattoos don't grow out like a bad haircut, or fade like an unfortunate dye job. Thus, people plan their ink. Consider it. Sketch it. Hopefully spellcheck it.

But then there's the other side of the coin. People too drunk to correct the tattoo artist's bad spelling or shoot down their bad idea/drawing. People who walk in to the tattoo shop with no ideas or plans aside from walking out of there with ink. The people who pay for it later in jokes at their expense. Or blog posts at their expense, as it were. 

See some tattoos that are so bad they're almost good here. Alllmost. (NSFW imagery, language)



The breasts of a patriot | Image: imgur.com



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Can You Discern Whether These Images are Real or Photoshop?



Adobe's website "Real or Photoshop" went live earlier this year to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Photoshop software. The website presents 25 images to test its visitors as to whether they can tell the difference between those that are untouched and those that have been manipulated. 

Think you've got the knowledge to get a perfect score? Test your skills here

Via Design Taxi | Image: Real or Photoshop


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House from Groundhog Day Up for Sale



Don't tell me you don't remember it. Because it sure as heckfire remembers you. The B and B? From Groundhog Day? Bing. The house that weatherman Phil Connors keeps waking up in without hot water, to his consternation? Bing again. The house is on the market. Yes, you too can sleep in the master suite and set your clock radio to déjà vu for the price of $785,000.

The house, located in the northwest Chicago suburb of Woodstock, is a 5,815-square-foot Victorian with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Currently, the property is an actual bed and breakfast called the Royal Victorian Manor. See a gallery of photos and a detailed description of the house at its Berkshire Hathaway real estate listing.

Via Uproxx | Image: RickBellairs.com  


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17-Year-Old Deaf Dog Reacts to Rock Music

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If you have spent any time with West Highland Terriers (Westies), you've likely seen the big personality that often powers those little dogs. In this footage, a 17-year-old Westie named Boy is being walked by his owner Beril through the streets of their town during a festival that includes a live band. According to Beril, the dog, who is deaf, pulled her closer to the music and began the doggie dance seen here. That's the look of sheer joyous abandon, is it not? -Via Arbroath

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Strange Certifications One Can Earn Online



The knowledge one can gain from online research seems endless. So it would seem a logical conclusion for online scholars to earn certificates as proof of their 'net expertise on any number of subjects. The article linked below lists certifications people can earn after a bit of internet study. Do you have some extra wall space in your office that's begging for a framed internet accomplishment? Try the following on for size:

Pokemon Professor

Pokemon professors act as judges and organizers of Pokemon League events and tournaments. To become a Pokemon professor, you must first fill out an application, and then take a certification exam online. Once the exam is completed and approved, Pokemon professors are eligible to volunteer as an Organizer, Trading Card Game Judge, or Video Game Judge.

See other illustrious degrees people can earn online here.  

Via Digg | Image: hopesandfears.com 


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21 Extremely Awkward Band and Musician Photos



There's nothing like a rock band in terms of sex appeal. Even the hairiest of hair bands seemed to have groupies, however misguided. Can you imagine the groupies that populated darkened dive bar hallways in search of some of the dudes in this collection of 21 Extremely Awkward Band and Musician Photos? Somehow the words "bedazzled tube top" come to mind. Yep. Tube tops and female mullets. 

Via Pleated Jeans | Images: Awkward Band Photos on Facebook
 


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Fisherman Doesn't Need No Stinking Rod and Reel

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All this man needs is a tiny bit of bait and his two hands in order to make the catch of the day. Don't bother or underestimate him with your fancy fishing tools and doodads. He'll catch a fish that would feed a table of four, then he'll let it go before you can say "pass the tartar sauce." -Via Mashable


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