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This seal is surfing on a humpback whale like it's NBD

The hottest new form of seal transportation in Australia is humpback whales.<p>This enterprising seal was caught hitching a ride on the back of a …

Cognitive Science

Artist Turns Historical Photos into Colorfully Whimsical Composites

In a continuation of her <i>Dancing with Costica</i> series, Australian artist Jane Long has created more imaginatively surreal compositions by digitally restoring, colorizing, and manipulating black-and-white photos captured over 50 years ago. The series came about when Long was looking for a way to brush …

Black & White Photography

This Cottage Is as Close to Magical as You Can Get

Seriously, its name is "Faerie Door."<p>This countryside cottage totally proves that you don't have to be Harry Potter to have a mystical, storybook getaway in England. Called the Faerie Door (I mean, are you swooning yet?), this beautiful rental is hidden away in Wiltshire, England and is simply …

10 Beautiful Flowers With Surprising Meanings

Friends don't let friends give tansies. (Camellias are safe, though.)<p>In Victorian times, a rose was not simply a rose — the people of this era loved labeling blooms with very specific meanings. These particular ones, which we found in <i>A Victorian Flower Dictionary</i>, are some of the most interesting.

Once a Neglected Potting Shed, Now a Glamorous Escape

This garden getaway may be the most romantic wedding gift ever.<p>Tucked under lush vines and peach trees is the most romantic wedding gift we've ever seen.

Shark attacks: How to avoid the ocean's top predator

Despite being "genetically programmed to fear things that come at us with teeth", an expert says swimmers and surfers can take several steps to …

This Sweet English Cottage Has a Literary Past

And an impeccable garden, to boot.<p>The U.K. is really the capital of adorable homes. For proof, look no further than this enchanting property that's currently on the market for £1.85 million. The term "storybook cottage" has never been so appropriate: The home previously belonged to noted children's …

Take a Walk Through These Lovely Japanese Gardens

Manicured landscapes, wildflower fields and Zen rock gardens define these historic places.<p>Manicured landscapes, wildflower fields and Zen rock gardens define these historic places.

Jake Gyllenhaal Remembers Heath Ledger 10 Years After 'Brokeback Mountain'

"I miss him as a human being."<p>What Jake Gyllenhaal wouldn't give for just one more day with Heath Ledger.<p>Ten years after the two starred alongside each other in <i>Brokeback Mountain</i>, and seven years since Ledger's death, Gyllenhaal shares his fond memories and the eternal effect the actor had on …

A century on Earth: Centenarians share stories of life, love and lasting memories

Joanna Barrett was born and raised in Glenelg, Adelaide. As a girl she enjoyed swimming and tennis. She met her husband Roderick at a party during …

St Kilda

Why we love to fear sharks

It was a quiet evening at sea in the waning days of World War II. The USS Indianapolis had just delivered the crucial components of the atomic bomb that would level Hiroshima to a naval base on the Mariana Islands. Their part in that grim undertaking complete, they sailed on toward the …

Shark Week

Adidas Knit These Sneakers Entirely From Ocean Plastic Trash

The shoe company is letting you help get plastic out of the ocean–with your feet.<p>As engineers work to find new ways to pull some of the trillions of pieces of plastic trash out of the ocean, companies are coming up with new uses for it. Like soap bottles, surfboards, and now shoes: Adidas just …

Pollution

71 Times Celebrities Did Impressively Selfless Stuff

*heart melting*<p>Celebs sometimes get a bad reputation for being out of touch with reality. But some truly go above and beyond to make the world a better place. Take a look at those who use their star power for good, not evil.

Prince Harry

5 Things You Didn't Know About Ginger Jars

You might not know them by name, but you'll certainly recognize these blue-and-white ceramics.<p>Ginger jars are a design classic, irresistibly shapely and decorative in all their blue-and-white glory. Lately, we've seen them popping up in all sorts of surprising places. Here's some background on …

The Definitive Oral History of How Clueless Became an Iconic 90s Classic

On the 20th anniversary of the film, this excerpt from Jen Chaney’s new book features discussions with the film’s breakout stars and Hollywood veterans on the movie that became a fashion template and cultural touchstone.<p>In mid-July of 1995—when American culture was fixated on such matters as O. J. …

A Small Cottage Gets an Amazing $2,000 Makeover

This home got an inviting new attitude on a modest budget.<p>This home got an inviting new attitude on a modest budget.