Tuesday, August 21

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This Quirky Artist Will Help You Reimagine Places You Thought You Knew

This Quirky Artist Will Help You Reimagine Places You Thought You Knew

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French artist Sandrine Estrade Boulet is fully aware of the fact that pictures of major cities like Paris and London are cemented into the cultural consciousness of people worldwide. She knows that there are few images more ubiquitous than those of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, Big Ben, and St. Paul's — and that's exactly why she's made it her mission to reinvent some of the world's most iconic cities through the art of illustration.Aiming to give viewers a less conventional perspective on cities that even strangers claim to know, she adds a bit of spark to famous scenes that once seemed so familiar. She refers to herself as a "hallucinartist," which makes sense, since her creations confront viewers with things that usually aren't really there. (But we totally wish they we...
If You Think Witch Hunts Are A Thing Of The Past, You Haven’t Heard Of Carole Compton

If You Think Witch Hunts Are A Thing Of The Past, You Haven’t Heard Of Carole Compton

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When you think of witches, the Salem trials are likely among the first things to pop into your mind. But what if I told you that witch hunts aren't exactly limited to the distant past? That's right -- in the 1980s, a Scottish nanny named Carole Compton was accused of practicing witchcraft after a series of strange occurrences caused her employers to suspect that something wasn't right about her. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('VN_PG_DCBP_ATF'); }); Compton's story is so bizarre, in fact, that she was even put on trial for that same accusation. After meeting and falling in love with an Italian man in 1982, Compton decided to move from Scotland to Italy so she could be closer to him. She quickly found work as a live-in nanny for the Ricci family. That's w...
The Thing All Of These Paintings Have In Common Is Incredible…And Unexpected

The Thing All Of These Paintings Have In Common Is Incredible…And Unexpected

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Synesthesia is the neurological condition in which the stimulation of one sense leads to the automatic experience of another sense. That might sound confusing, and it is for most people who aren't affected by it, but as an example, when some synesthetes hear a number or letter, they immediately picture a color. That color is always associated with that particular character.For Melissa McCraken, though, her synesthesia also manifests itself when music comes on -- she hears a song and immediately pictures colors, images, and textures. What she does with that experience is nothing short of breathtaking. It wasn't until she was 15 that McCracken realized not everyone saw letters and numbers as colors, too. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElemen...
One Step Inside This Incredible Mosque Will Leave Your Jaw On The Floor

One Step Inside This Incredible Mosque Will Leave Your Jaw On The Floor

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15 Of The Best Organization And Cleaning Hacks You Shouldn’t Have To Live Without

15 Of The Best Organization And Cleaning Hacks You Shouldn’t Have To Live Without

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Spring is slowly approaching, which means one thing -- spring cleaning! It can be a pain, but when all's said and done, you know you're going to feel like a new you. In an effort to make the process a little less painful, here are some super-simple hacks to try out. Not only will your spring cleaning be a breeze this year, but you might even have some spare time to enjoy the fresh air! 1. Use a tension rod under the sink to double your cleaning product capacity. Diply 2. Clean your paintings with the soft side of a bagel to remove years of dirt and grime. HGTV 3. Use an old pillowcase to clean your ceiling fan. Minq 4. Get rid of that "rebe...
There Are Plenty Of Athletes In Rio Right Now, But These Are By Far The Biggest

There Are Plenty Of Athletes In Rio Right Now, But These Are By Far The Biggest

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googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('VN_PG_DTBT_ATF'); }); Whether you're lucky enough to be attending the Olympics or you're watching the world's best athletes come together from the couch, you've probably familiarized yourself with a few larger-than-life competitors. Names like Simone Biles, Yusra Mardini, and Katie Ledecky have likely come up over breakfast in the morning and before meetings in the afternoon. You've probably marveled at Michael Phelps' 20th gold medal in an email thread between coworkers or with your spouse during dinner. But what if these athletes (the smallest of whom is just under five feet tall) really were larger than life? Well, thanks to one French artist who goes by the name JR, we don't have to imagi...
It’s Too Early To Talk About Christmas…Unless We’re Discussing Wine Bottle Trees

It’s Too Early To Talk About Christmas…Unless We’re Discussing Wine Bottle Trees

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'Tis the season to completely skip over Thanksgiving and pretend that Christmas is the next national holiday. Christmas is still more than six weeks away, but already it's taken over store shelves all across the country. It's only a matter of time before all your favorite Christmas songs are put on a repeated loop and become that irritating earworm that simply won't go away. While I may be a holiday procrastinator, some Christmas addicts have already started picking out their perfect Christmas trees, and a brave few have even gone so far as to begin decorating them. While I personally will be focusing on Thanksgiving until it passes, I do sort of wish that I'd planned ahead for Christmas a little bit. Why? Because wine bottle trees exist and I ne...
When This Drone Flew Over The Ocean, It Found The Only Two People In The World

When This Drone Flew Over The Ocean, It Found The Only Two People In The World

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While weddings themselves are very much about people's tribes in their entirety, a relationship that culminates in such a celebration starts with two. Two people meet. Two people test the waters and take the plunge. They fumble through awkward dates until struggling with a plate full of pasta goes from embarrassing to endearing. They meet in the glorious middle filled with a type of love that warrants rings, parties, and promises of growing old together.Her ability to capture the sense of oneness that can be found in a pair is what sets Helene Havard's wedding photography apart. The Tahiti-based artist recently teamed up with Flying World Pictures to create a collection that both literally and figuratively elevates the craft. The comb...
These 6 Lifestyle Choices Aren’t As Bad For You As You Once Thought

These 6 Lifestyle Choices Aren’t As Bad For You As You Once Thought

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If you search the internet looking for the truth about healthy dos and don'ts, you'll find some rather conflicting reports. The news is always flooded with the latest university study announcing the next healthy habit to pursue or avoid. As science develops, we have come to discover that many of the habits we once thought were horrible for our health, can actually be quite beneficial. From me to you, here's a sampling of six lifestyle habits that aren't so bad for you after all. 1. Exercising while tired iStock After a long day at the office, the last thing on your mind is changing into your favorite workout clothes and hitting the gym. However, according to a study published...
What Starbucks Is Doing With Its Food Now Is Truly Wonderful

What Starbucks Is Doing With Its Food Now Is Truly Wonderful

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Approximately one in six Americans faces hunger, and sadly, households with children have a higher rate of hunger than households without them. Perhaps the most pressing issue in our nation and around the world, hunger ruins thousands of lives every day.And that's why Starbucks decided to start a program to help eradicate hunger in our country. If you've ever worked in food service, you know how much perfectly good food goes to waste because of sanitation laws. Fortunately, organizations like Food Donation Connection and Feeding America go above and beyond to salvage as much of this food as possible. Together with Starbucks stores around the nation, they hope to feed thousands of people in need. Starbucks is teaming up with these organizations to donate millions of prepared meals t...