Tuesday, October 23

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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...
This Epcot-like Chinese Theme Park Is Equal Parts Creepy And Interesting

This Epcot-like Chinese Theme Park Is Equal Parts Creepy And Interesting

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Yeah, the world seems pretty great and all, but is seeing it really worth going to all of those places? I can hardly muster up the energy to go see what’s in the refrigerator, how am I going to handle all of the traveling that’s involved with visiting the world’s most famous landmarks? It’s not like I can eat those! Luckily, for people like me, you can see most of the monuments, buildings, and other things that you really should see in your lifetime in one go. All it takes is a trip to the Window of the World theme park in Shenzen, China. It's pretty interesting... but it's also creepy. Christ the Redeemer - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Manhattan Skyline - New York, New York Eiffel Tower - Paris, France ...
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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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...
This Painter Uses A Unique Canvas To Create Deeply Human Works Of Art

This Painter Uses A Unique Canvas To Create Deeply Human Works Of Art

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While most people can't effectively apply paint to canvas, New York-based artist Trina Merry expertly paints entire bodies to melt into some of the most iconic backdrops in the world.Inspired by the likes of Marina Abramović and Amanda Palmer, Merry blends performance artistry and a serious visual arts education just as seamlessly as she joins scene and subject. “Painting on the body creates a special connection to a person that other visual art forms have trouble accomplishing; it’s a distinctly human experience," she writes. Trina Merry Although Merry has a fairly traditional artistic background (partly because bodypainting cannot be studied in art school), she's committed herself to the atypical craft. If you ask her, t...
This Couple’s Epic 20 Year Road Trip Is The Best Thing You’ll Read All Week.

This Couple’s Epic 20 Year Road Trip Is The Best Thing You’ll Read All Week.

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1990 marked the fall of communism and the Soviet Union. It was a year of change and huge upheaval around the world. However, among that chaos, an amazing journey was just beginning for one husband and wife.  Meet Gunther and his wife, Christine Holtorf. Gunther and ChristineHoltorf Right before they met, Gunther was on a trip to Africa with his third wife, Beate. He and Beate divorced shortly thereafter. Gunther and ChristineHoltorf That was when he placed a personal ad in the Die Zeit newspaper in April 1990. Gunther and ChristineHoltorf Christine answered the ad and they quickly hit it off. Th...
Weird Pizzas From Around The World Prove You Really Can’t Go Wrong With Pizza.

Weird Pizzas From Around The World Prove You Really Can’t Go Wrong With Pizza.

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Everyone on the planet loves pizza. It's one of life's universal truths, like how math is the same in every country. What makes pizza beautiful is how it never has to be the same, but is always amazing. For adventurous eaters out there, these strange pizzas from around the world will definitely perk up your taste buds. I want to check out #2 for lunch today. 1.) Frankford Avenue Taco from Pizza Brain in Philadelphia, PA Twitter (Yes, that is pizza-flavored ice cream on top!) 2.) Deep-Fried Pizza from The Atlantic Chip Shop in Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Heights Blog 3.) Potato Gold Pizza from Mr. Pizza in Los Angeles, CA ...
I’m Officially Booking A Ticket To The Philippines. These Things Are Amazing.

I’m Officially Booking A Ticket To The Philippines. These Things Are Amazing.

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Going on vacation soon? We recommend checking out the Philippines. The country is full of a vibrant culture and unique experiences only found within its borders. Take a look at some of the unusual, wonderful and breathtaking things you'll discover on a trip to this beautiful island. 1. Tarsiers: this unusual looking fella is one of the world's smallest primates. 2. Jeepneys: the most popular and very colorful form of public transportation. 3. Or you can carpool with these guys. 4. ..or hitch a ride on this guy's ode to Apple. 5. If you're feeling more feline, you can hail this fluffy pink Gr...
These Illegally Obtained Photos Prove That Normalcy Can Be Just As Chilling As Chaos

These Illegally Obtained Photos Prove That Normalcy Can Be Just As Chilling As Chaos

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When we think about North Korea, "mundanity" isn't a concept that typically comes to mind. We ideate scenes of oppression and social injustice. Our minds fill with imagined horrors built with the brick and mortar of news footage and legacy media. And that makes sense, since atrocity is the thread that weaves together every scrap of the North Korean experience. It's the cultural tie that binds.But when photographer Michal Huniewicz illegally documented his time in the country, the resulting collection revealed an image of North Korean life that twists seemingly innocuous imagery into a haunting spectacle of everyday life lived under oppression's thumb. We don't often picture grocery checkout lines, hotel lobbies, and tour buses. We don'...
You May Not Have Heard Of Turkmenistan, But You Need To See The Door To Hell

You May Not Have Heard Of Turkmenistan, But You Need To See The Door To Hell

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In the middle of Turkmenistan's Karakum Desert, near a small village named Derweze, rests a crater. But it's not just any crater. No, this one is special. But it's easier to explain why it's so unique if you just take a look at it... Pretty standard, right? Well, not exactly... Flickr / Stefan Krasowski See, there's a reason they call this the Door to Hell. Other names: Gates to Hell, the Crater of Fire. Flickr / Stefan Krasowski Discovered in 1971, geologists were worried that the natural gas field would have adverse effects on neighboring towns. Flickr / Tormod Sandtorv In an effort to stop the spread of deadly methane gas, they set it on fire....