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20+ Foods People Eat Around the World After a Night of Drinking

We’ve all been there. It’s late, and after a night out with friends, a craving arrives. The question is, what to eat? Sweet or savory, all around the world cultures have invented mouthwatering dishes that will satisfy those late night hankerings.<p>Whether they are fried snacks or street food finds, …

Restaurants

Innovative ‘Plan Bee’ Drone Artificially Pollinates Plants Like a Real Bee

Earlier this year, major news hit the conservation world as several species of bees were listed as endangered. The news serves as a grave reminder to help restore the rapidly declining bee population; the small insects play a crucial part in our world by pollinating plants. In North America alone, …

Bees

Enlightening Paintings Capture Beautiful Everyday Moments of Interracial Couples

Minneapolis-based artist Leslie Barlow creates oil paintings with a purpose. Employed as a means of studying identity, multiculturalism, and issues of representation, her “otherness” art often incorporates figurative portraits of everyday people. In her recent series, <i>Loving</i>, she explores ordinary …

Painting

Woman Changes Homeless Man’s Life After Seeing Him on Same Corner for 3 Years Straight

Every day for 3 years, Ginger Sprouse, a resident of Clear Lake, Texas, noticed a homeless man sitting on the same street corner. Rain or shine, he would be there each and every day as Sprouse drove past. Curious to hear his story, Sprouse decided to strike up a conversation with him one …

Mental Health

Dignified Portraits of Stray Cats Celebrate the Unique Beauty of Fearless Felines

A stray cat is often a permanent fixture of a neighborhood. Whether it’s catching local rodents or appearing on someone’s porch for a meal, these creatures are as alluring as they are aloof. What do they do all day before they emerge for their nightly can of tuna? 19-year-old photographer …

Photography

Visually Satisfying Compositions of Flowers and Botanical Arrangements

As a yoga teacher, Ja Soon Kim incorporates elements of the meditative practice into her creative work. In her series of botanical arrangements, Kim neatly organizes colorful vegetation into beautifully balanced compositions.<p>Simply set against either a black or white background, the creations …

Flowers

9 Underwater Hotel Rooms with the Most Spectacular Views of the Ocean

Scattered around the globe, several hotels are offering unique accommodations that literally let you sleep with the fishes. Whether you’ve been humming <i>Under the Sea</i> or you count Jules Verne’s <i>Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea</i> as a favorite novel, these underwater hotels are the perfect …

Hotels

Architects Design the World’s Longest Skyscraper in New York

Skyscrapers have long defined the Manhattan skyline, but an increased obsession with height is creating an unprecedented strain on the urban environment. What if instead of fighting for the prize of tallest building, architects created the longest? This is exactly what architectural firm Oiio …

Architecture

Teen and Her Dog Showcase Incredible Bond by Performing Amazing Tricks Together

Most pet parents have a hard enough time teaching their dog to sit on command. But for 16-year-old Mary and her canine companion Secret, they’re perfectly in sync. The two-year-old Australian Shepherd performs the ultimate dog tricks, with a repertoire so impressive that they’ll make a human …

England

Toppled Teacups Overflow with Dried Leaves and Delicate Flowers

In her enchanting <i>Floral Tea Story</i> series, Russian artist and tea lover Marina Malinovaya arranges flowers and leaves in a whimsical way. Using only plants, a tea set, and a tabletop, she cleverly creates the illusion of cups overflowing with flora.<p>Each fanciful photograph features the artist’s hand …

Flowers

Scientists Say Tribe in Bolivian Rainforest Have the “Healthiest Hearts in the World”

We’re all striving for good health and to live as long as possible. Researchers are continually trying to figure out how, and studying the human heart is often at the center of it. A paper recently published in The Lancet provides new details on how to achieve a healthier heart. The data came from …

Forestry

Winners of 2017 Birth Photography Competition Capture the Emotion of Childbirth

Childbirth is one of the most poignant experiences we can have as humans. The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers works to capture these magical moments during the birthing process for families.<p>The association is comprised of more than 1,200 photographers in 42 countries …

Childbirth

35+ Watercolor Tattoos Beautifully Transform Bodies into Living Art

Traditional tattoos are typically characterized by thick, black lines, solid blocks of color, and straightforward shading. Though tried-and-true, this approach to body art is not the only one! Recently, watercolor tattoos have taken the body inking world by storm with their ethereal style, fluid …

Tattoos

20+ Mouthwatering Dishes of Comfort Food From Around the World

No matter where you live, you’ve probably got some version of comfort food. It’s the type of dish that’s associated with nostalgia; this is something that your mom might make for you when you’re sick, or food that you’ll indulge in if you’ve had a bad day. When you take that first bite, you …

Foodies

Discarded Rusty Old Pickup Truck Given New Life as a Creative Desk

For many folks, a desk is an important part of their work life. If that’s the case, then why own a conventional piece of furniture when you can have a desk that was once a truck? Yes, you read that right. In one of the most creative desk DIYs we’ve seen, an old truck was given a new life in a cozy …

Furniture

Ai Weiwei Draws Attention to the Refugee Crisis with Powerful New Installation

With his new exhibition <i>Law of the Journey</i>, Ai Weiwei continues to explore the enormity of the refugee humanitarian crisis. A refugee himself, Ai Weiwei has dedicated the last two years of his career to creating politically charged artwork that speaks to the issue.<p>“There’s no refugee crisis, but …

Sculpture

Parody of Viral “BBC Dad” Interview Imagines How a Mom Would Have Handled It

Earlier this month, the world was introduced to Robert E. Kelly, a political science teacher based in South Korea. During a live Skype interview with BBC, Kelly—who was working from home—was hilariously interrupted by his 2 young children. Now known as “BBC Dad,” Kelly has taken the Internet by …

BBC

Retro-Inspired iPhone 7 Case is a Playful Throwback to 1980s Technology

Nostalgia in technology might seem strange, but the relaunch of the iconic Nokia 3310 is proving that there’s a market for people who want to relive the “simpler” days of phones and computers. Hearkening all the way back to the 1980s, custom-painting company ColorWare has created a retro iPhone 7 …

iPhone

Homeless Man’s Unbelievable Makeover is a Life-Changing Transformation

Jose Antonio, affectionately known as Josete by locals, has spent the last 25 years of his life living on the streets of Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The former electrician, who lost his job in an accident, suffered from a long period of depression and was working as an unauthorized parking attendant …

Hair

20+ Animals Who Have Perfected the Art of Camouflage

The animal kingdom can be harsh. What to do if you are a small animal trying to defend yourself or a predator who wants to stealthily stalk their prey? Evolution’s answer—camouflage. While we often think of the chameleon as the perfect example of camouflage, in reality, things are much more complex.<p>…

Nature

Photographer Visits 20 Catholic Churches to Capture the Grandeur of Pipe Organs

Fascinated by the pipe organs he grew up surrounded by in Germany, photographer Robert Götzfried‘s new series <i>Pipes</i> captures the grandeur of these musical instruments. To complete the work, he obtained permission to enter 20 Catholic churches in Southern Germany and photograph the behemoths.<p>The pipe …

Photography

Interview: Fire Photographer Documents the Bravery of Firefighters Battling Massive Flames

Very few of us ever witness the fervid and often intensely violent fire incidents that firefighters face as they rescue lives and properties across our communities. While most of us avoid these catastrophic situations at all costs, photographer Jamie Nicholson is dedicated to capturing these …

Photography

China to Build New National Park Dedicated to Saving Siberian Tigers

The U.S. National Parks are a big tourist attraction, from people visiting domestically as well as abroad. Yellowstone National Park, home to the iconic Old Faithful geyser, created nearly $382 million in economic benefit in 2014 alone. Now, China is following the U.S.’s lead as it develops its own …

National Parks

Loving Father’s Sweet Photos of His Kids Capture the Magic of Childhood

The last time we checked in with photographer Adrian C. Murray, he was busy photographing the bond between his 2 young sons and their beloved teddy bear. Since then, the family has welcomed a baby girl to the family, who, along with her brothers, is the subject of Murray’s magical photographs.<p>In …

Parenting

DIY Shows How to Make Your Kid a Cardboard Knight in Armor

Artist Warren King proves that cardboard doesn’t just have to be for boxes. With some creativity and engineering know-how, the packing material can form spectacular works of art. Or, if you’re an imaginative 6-year-old, it can make for a fantastic knights costume. King fashioned a set of …

Sculpture

North America’s Tallest Single-Family Home Lets You Sleep in the Sky and It’s for Sale

North America’s tallest single-family home is back on the market. The 6,200-square-foot house, called <i>Falcon Nest</i>, is located in Prescott, Arizona and carries a price tag of $1.5 million. And while the 124-foot-tall home isn’t the tallest in the world—that honor belongs to a colossal house in …

Houses

Rare ‘Super Bloom’ Bursts Californian Desert to Life with Vibrant Wildflowers

Many East coasters saw a recent bout of snow outside of their windows, but for those on the opposite side of the U.S., it’s a different story. Southern California deserts are experiencing a super bloom of wildflowers, in which the fields burst to life with a bevy of brilliant colors. The stunning …

Flowers

Mom Takes Touching Photos of Her Son with Autism as He Experiences the World

Minnesota-based mom of two and photographer Kate Miller-Wilson emotionally explores the ins and outs of living with autism. With her 10-year-old son Eian as her muse, she captures captivating portraits that reveal the day-to-day reality that life on the spectrum entails.<p>Rendered either in soft …

Autism

Bookstore Uses Clever Clickbait to Encourage People to Read Classic Novels

With its sensationalized subject matter, vague-yet-intriguing titles, and eye-catching thumbnails, it’s hard not to give in to clickbait. Though pursuing such stories will likely lead you to a questionable page full of pop-up ads and even <i>more</i> beguiling links, The Wild Detectives bookstore in Texas …

Literature

Illustrator Fuses Cats with Puns to “Punderfully” Reimagine Pop Culture Icons

If you’re someone who believes that everything is better with a cat, you’re not alone. Illustrator Katie Ruby has combined felines with wordplay and pop culture in her entertaining series called <i>The Punderful World of Cats</i>. In this lighthearted project, Ruby has imagined the creatures as different …

Graphics