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8 of the Coolest Bunk Beds We've Ever Seen

Designs kids and adults will love.<p>Who didn't want a bunk bed when they were growing up? Kids will love these designs — and maybe even adults, too!

The Weirdest Roadside Attraction in Every State

<i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock.com</i><p>There's nothing better than a great American cross-country road trip: soaking in the nation's majestic beauty, eating in tiny roadside diners, driving 150 miles out of the way to take a selfie in front of... a giant ball of string! Oh say, can you …

The Road To Hana Is The Shortest, Most Beautiful Road Trip You'll Ever Take

Road trips are virtually non-existent in Hawaii. There are no exciting state lines to cross and you'd never be able to complete a successful round of the license plate game. Nonetheless, we're convinced that we've found a Hawaii drive that packs all of the best things about road-tripping into fewer …

Mesmerizing Paper Dome Turns the Sky into a Kaleidoscope

This beautiful, geometric "telescope" turns gazing at the sky into a mesmerizing experience. From the outside, the piece looks like a plain, white cylinder. But if you stoop low and step inside, the white walls open up into a soaring dome that divides an onlooker's view of the sky into intricate …

Windy

Gorgeous Murals by L7m Blur the Line Between Realism and Abstraction

For years, we've admired how Brazilian street artist L7m paints gorgeous portraits of birds. His murals are always full of color and have a palpable energy, and he's recently brought that same intensity to the streets of Paris and Vitry in France. L7m's newest pieces blur the line between realism …

Modern Art

"MythBusters" Co-Host Painstakingly Recreates Hedge Maze From "The Shining"

Adam Savage, perhaps best known as the co-host of <i>MythBusters</i>, is a huge Stanley Kubrick fan. He visited a traveling exhibit about the famed director's films (it included scripts, memorabilia, and more) three times and spent a total of 10 hours taking it all in. But, he was ultimately disappointed …

Stanley Kubrick

Playful Photo Booth Portraits Showcase Adoptable Dogs' Sweet Personalities

There's no shortage of pets that need a good home, but how do you best show people that their new pal is waiting for them at the shelter? The Humane Society of Utah has an ingenious way of enticing potential owners to adopt homeless dogs. Photographer Guinnevere Shuster captured the pups' colorful …

Cute

Mysterious radio signal from space caught live for first time

Astronomers in Australia have picked up an “alien” radio signal from space for the first time as it occurred. The signal, or radio “burst”, was discovered on May 15, 2014, though it’s just being reported by the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. “The burst was identified within 10 …

Universe

6 Enchanting Tiny Victorian Homes Built For Kids

Darling as they may be, they come with quite the price tag. This article originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.<p>Well, that's precisely what Stephen Chernicky and his wife had in mind when they founded Lilliput Play Homes, a company that makes ornate, kid-size Victorian mansions and castles.<p>"More …

10 Great National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

Tucked away in Colorado’s southwestern corner, the sheer scale of this 48-mile-long canyon takes most visitors by surprise. Sculpted by the Gunnison …

National Parks

Check out this kid's Super Mario Bros. 4 pitch, and read Nintendo's reaction

In early 1990, an 11 year old Jason Venter sent Nintendo a design document proposing a new entry in the Super Mario Bros. franchise. Twenty-five years later he dug it out for us, along with the reply sent back to him from Nintendo of America HQ.<p>The adorably hand-made design document is 13 pages …

Holocaust Survivor Salutes Liberator In Emotional Meeting Decades Later

A Holocaust survivor recently reunited with the American soldier who helped to save his life decades ago.<p>Joshua Kaufman, 87, a former prisoner in the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, met with one of his liberators, U.S. Army veteran Daniel Gillespie, in Huntington Beach, California, late last …

Delightful Recipe Makes Bread Hippos That Peek out of Soup

A hot bowl of soup pairs perfectly with the winter temperatures outside. What makes the meal even better are when hippos are included. Yes, you read that right – hippos in your soup! Sandra Denneler created a recipe for this adorable <i>Healthy Hungry Hippo Soup</i>. She crafted the creatures with bread …

Healthy Eating

Poetic Photos of Women Surrounded by the Beauty of Nature

Madrid-based photographer Elena del Palacio crafts images that conjure ethereal, dream-like scenarios in the wilderness. The vivid pictures feature young women who are often surrounded by the vast beauty of nature. They're shown contemplating the world around them as well as being at rest. Babbling …

Artist Spent a Year in the Woods Creating Mysterious Sculptures

Deep in the woods of southern France, artist Spencer Byles transformed the forest into a mysterious wonderland through a series of spectacular, organic sculptures. Byles spent a year immersed in the woodlands of La Colle sur Loup, Villeneuve-Loubet, and Mougins for this ambitious project. …

Art

Wedding Photographer Re-Imagines Disney Princesses as Stunning Indian Brides

Amrit Grewal, a Vancouver-based wedding photographer, re-imagines Disney princesses as Indian brides in this enchanting photo series. The high-budget photo shoot showcases nine iconic princesses in gorgeous portraits that draw on elements of Indian culture to re-create the looks. For example, …

Walt Disney Company

Vivid Photos of a Rare Flipped Iceberg in Antarctica

While on an expedition in Antarctica, interface designer and filmmaker Alex Cornell was treated to the rare sight of a massive iceberg that had recently flipped over, revealing an extraordinarily vivid blue underside. With the strikingly polished ice ranging in hue from light aqua to dark teal to …

Antarctica

15 Creative Long Exposures Capture a World Unseen

Firefly trails. Fireworks that look like balloons. These are just some of the long exposure photos we've seen over the years that opened us up to a whole new world. Today we're taking a look at 15 photos that took long exposure to a whole new level. These photos captured movement unseen by the …

Landscape Photography

Ways to Fix Your Dry, Brittle Hair

There's something that is intensely gratifying about making a woman feel beautiful. Whether a lady is coming in for a refresh or a complete, transformative change, she is always seeking that moment when she looks in the mirror, and thinks, "Damn, I look good!" I cherish those moments, and I love to …

This magical place is Big Bend #NationalPark in Far West #Texas. With an elevation ranging from less than 1,800 feet along the Rio Grande to nearly 8,000 feet in the #Chisos Mountains, #BigBend includes massive canyons, vast desert expanses, forested mountains and an ever-changing river. Here you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States. Photo by Erik A. Walker.

Minnesota Brothers Sculpt 12-Foot Sea Turtle from Snow on Front Lawn

Every year, three brothers in Minnesota make a giant snow sculpture on their front lawn, and 2015's creation hasn't ceased to amaze. New Brighton residents Austin, Trevor and Connor Bartz recently carved a gigantic sea turtle on their suburban front lawn. They piled snow for weeks, packed the mound …

Fish

I may have taken a slight detour upon landing in Detroit today so that I could see this tunnel. It rivals the neon light tunnel at Chicago O'Hare in awesomeness.

Intricately Stitched Tablecloth Delicately Formed with Seeds

Rena Detrixhe collected thousands of seeds in Lawrence, Kansas, and she stitched the unlikely art materials into an amazingly delicate tablecloth with a lace-like pattern. In her project titled <i>Heirloom</i>, the seeds form gentle star, flower and pinwheel patterns. As the sheer fabric cascades down from …

Art

Photo @pedromcbride // Nature never ceases to amaze me. A couple days ago I watched baby Olive Ridley #seaturtles struggle to the ocean just moments after crawling from their eggs buried in the sand. If they survive this dangerous scramble (most don’t) — avoiding hungry birds, fish, fishing nets and poachers that believe turtle eggs are aphrodisiacs— the females will return to the exact beach where they were hatched, years later, to lay eggs and repeat the cycle. Talk about a tough entrance into the world. Once considered the most abundant sea turtle in the world, Ridley’s have experienced a 30% population loss due mostly to the destruction of nesting habitat. #ostional #costarica #ridley #fullmoon #sunrise #turtle #wild #nature @natgeocreative

Photo:@stevewinterphoto A baby American crocodile hatches on a beach in Cuba. At the time I took this picture this beach was the location of the only arribada (mass nesting) of American crocodiles in the world. Memories from Cuba keep coming back to me in light of President Obama’s recent statement about normalizing relations between the US and Cuba, and I can’t help but wonder what these “normalized relations” mean for the fate of Cuba’s fairly unscathed ecology. The photos I shot there, including the photo seen here, were featured in the November 2003 issue of National Geographic in a story called Cuba Naturally. You can see more photos from that story and buy prints on my website, under the Prints and Posters link. @NatGeo @ThePhotoSociety #Cuba #ecology #travel #Arribada #Caribbean #SteveWinterPhoto #onassignment #procamera #filmdays #Cuba #Americancrocodile #beach #hatch #reptile #crocodile

The 19 best drone photos of 2014

The sky is the limit when it comes to creative uses of drones for photography — see for example Dronestagram or the <i>National Geographic</i> magazine …

MortadellaBo: Celebrating Mortadella in Bologna

Mortadella di Bologna is so closely associated with the city of Bologna that many people often use the terms "mortadella" and "bologna" interchangeably.<p>There is something to be said for being in the right place at the right time. During our visit to Bologna in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, we …

The 10 Best Cities In The World

<i>CNTraveler.com</i><p>Nearly 77,000 of our readers rated their favorite cities in the world. Is your favorite on the list? Read about all the best hotels, resorts, islands, spas, and cruise lines in the world in our Readers' Choice Awards 2014.<p><b>See the full ranking on CNTraveler.com</b><p>15 Places You Won't …

Articles about vintage concrete and color palo alto home see through pool wall on Dwell.com - Dwell

A traditional floor plan gets a minimalist update, complete with a classic porch.<p>Sam Yates will paint the town Palo Alto, once he figures out what color that is.<p>While the iconic work of Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe immediately comes to mind when glass is mentioned, modern day...<p>Smitten from …

Architecture

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