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7 quirky cat behaviors and what they mean

My temperamental calico cat, Harlem, is one of them.<p>And while she's the only one I have, she embodies many of the most common, and most perplexing, cat stereotypes.<p>So why does she — and the tens of millions of cats like her — act that way?<p>Here are some explanations, backed by cat researchers, for …

Pets

10 things to know about compulsive hoarding

You're buying things a second time because you lost the first ones you purchased. You can't fit your car in the garage because it's jam-packed with junk that you just can't bear to throw away. If this sounds like you, you probably aren't a hoarder—particularly if all you need is a long weekend and …

Minimalism

How to Build Self-Discipline in 4 Easy Steps

Harry S. Truman once said, “In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all …

Tangled Wires Create Truly Lifelike Sculptures

Richard Stainthorp's wire sculptures look like they might come alive at any second.<p>Images via<p>Metal wires form eerily lifelike humans in the sculptural works of Richard Stainthorp. The London-based artist has been producing wire-based art since his career began in 1996, with creations ranging from …

Art

11 Eating Habits That Will Uncover Your Abs

Your six-pack solution is finally here. The video above features the essential exercises guaranteed to blast flab from your belly—no crunches …

Popular Rappers Paired With Medieval Artworks Is Pure Genius

Popular Tumblr blog B4 XVI (a.k.a. beforesixteen) whose mission is to "Highlight the invisible conversation between hip hop and art before the 16th …

15 Tiny Outdoor Garden Ideas for the Urban Dweller

Whether you’re desperately trying to keep a basil plant alive or you want to try your hand at creating a salad garden, living small can cramp your green dreams. Few things are more satisfying than growing your own food, but that can be hard to accomplish with a teeny yard or patio. What to do? Here …

Landscaping

Blind Artist Relies on Touch and Texture to Create Stunningly Vivid Paintings

While art has always been a major part of John Bramblitt's life, it wasn't until he completely lost his sight that he tried to paint for the first time. From the age of 11, Bramblitt's vision was gradually stolen from him by epilepsy. By the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely …

Art

Brazil's Graffiti Covered 'Batman Alley' Is Absolutely Stunning

Just a short walk from São Paulo’s Vila Madalena metro station is ‘Batman Alley’ a long and winding alley located in one of the cities upper middle …

Surprising Food Pairings That DOUBLE Your Fat Loss

Although that may sound counterintuitive, there’s sound science behind our recommendation. But before you get too excited and double-up on ice cream …

Banana Bread Super Heroes

Banana bread is a great way to use up some old bananas and make a quick little gift for a friend or neighbor in the process, and product designer Cindy Li has managed to make her banana bread even more endearing by pouring it into some Marvel Comics super hero shaped molds!<p>[via Technabob]

Breakfast

These never-before-seen portraits of former enslaved blacks will move you

January 31st marked the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery.<p>To commemorate the occasion, new photos …

Street Photography

Captivating Portraits of Enigmatic Figures Lost in a Magical World

Inspired by the lush natural surroundings of her native Vilnius, Lithuanian photographer Viktorija Raggana captures incredibly emotive portraits filled with enchantment and mystery. Raggana, who calls herself a “photographer-witch,” weaves her spell over enigmatic scenes that seem to belong to the …

Photography

What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Working Out?

<b>THE SITUATION:</b> <b>You used to weight train like crazy, but for the past several months, all you’ve fit in is a few sessions a week on the treadmill.</b> <b><br>THE EFFECT ON YOUR BOD:</b> In this case, your aerobic health should be in good shape, though you may notice that your strength and muscle tone have diminished …

Inside the painted Sketchbooks of Andrew Hem, now on Hi-Fructose http://hifructose.com/2014/12/29/inside-the-sketchbook-of-andrew-hem/ @andrewhem

Banksy's NYC Selfie. @banksy

Artist of the Day: Yossi Kotler http://ow.ly/If2vr #ArtistoftheDay

Artist of the Day: Dariusz Labuzek http://ow.ly/HZbiY #ArtistoftheDay

10 Morning Habits Successful People Swear By

Up and at ‘em! Morning people are successful people. Just ask any CEO, politician, professional athlete or inventor out there – they all start their day at the crack of dawn, gaining a leg up on the competition. Create a routine and stick with it. Studies prove that willpower is the strongest in …

Artist of the Day: Tehos Frederic Camilleri http://ow.ly/HsWgF #ArtistoftheDay

Archan Nair's psychedelic digital art, now on our blog: http://hifructose.com/2015/01/19/archan-nairs-fluorescent-digital-illustrations/

How a schoolteacher helped create the first black Peanuts character

In 1968, shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., a Los Angeles schoolteacher named Harriet Glickman wrote to Charles Schulz …

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Explains History Of Civil Rights Movement To Don Lemon

I don't know if Don Lemon was just being willfully obtuse here or if he honestly doesn't know anything about the history of the Civil Rights movement …

Vintage Posters from the 60s and 70s by Kazumasa Nagai | Spoon & Tamago

Asahi Steinie, 1965<p>At the age of 85, graphic designer Kazumasa Nagai may be slowing down but his career is certainly not. If anything, it’s been …

What Social Psychology Says About Darren Wilson And Michael Brown

What does it mean for a black teen to seem "like a demon"?<p>This week, a grand jury elected not to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.<p>Transcripts show officer Darren Wilson testifying that even though Michael Brown was unarmed, killing him was justified …

8 Surprising Ways You're Slowing Your Metabolism

<b>You Ditched Dairy</b><br>Muscle is essential for keeping your metabolism humming, and women who consumed three to seven servings of dairy per day lost more fat and gained more muscle mass than women who downed less, according to research from McMaster University. Check out these 10 portable protein-packed …