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Artist Uses Calligraphy Brushes to Create Breathtaking Watercolor Paintings of Birds

San Francisco-born artist Karl Martens creates beautiful paintings of birds using materials not often paired together – Japanese and Chinese calligraphy brushes with watercolor. What's most fascinating is that he paints all of his works by memory, without reference to any guide. What you'll notice …

10 Beauty Secrets from Ancient Egypt

Cleopatra swears by them.<p>It probably comes as no surprise that ancient Egyptians were quite the beauty enthusiasts. Both men and women indulged in makeup, perfume, and beauty rituals they believed not only enhanced their appearance, but also had magical and religious powers. Here, a look at how …

11 Lazy Ways to Burn More Calories

You can't give it your all every day...right?

34 Of The Most Brilliant Shakespeare Quotes

In honor of the Bard's 451st birthday.<p>2. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."<p>—Hamlet in <i>Hamlet</i><p>3. "From women's eyes this doctrine I derive:<p>They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;<p>They are the books, the arts, the academes,<p>That show, contain, and nourish all the …

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Trillanes says he'd name justices in VP Binay's pocket on Monday

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV would name on Monday the three Court of Appeals justices who were allegedly bribed by the camp of Vice President Jejomar …

Daily Inspiration #2047

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Teaching Online Could Be Your Profitable Side Business

What would you do if you had $1,000 in extra income each month? Would you travel more? Buy that extra gadget? Take a more rewarding job?<p>These days, almost anyone can create their own profitable online course. In the past few years, a new set of entrepreneurs have been earning a steady income from …

Obama concerned China using size to bully others in South China Sea

KINGSTON/BEIJING - US President Barack Obama said Washington is concerned China is using its "sheer size and muscle" to push around smaller …

Ghostly Faces Appear In Medieval 'Black Book of Carmarthen'

A legendary medieval book has revealed secret images that have been hiding in the margins for centuries -- including ghostly faces and long-lost poetry.<p>Written in 1250, the "Black Book of Carmarthen" is the oldest remaining medieval manuscript written solely in Welsh. It contains prophetic poems …

Honda CEO bows out during rough year for automaker

Still reeling from the Takata fiasco, and in the midst of both product launches and a reentry into F1, Takanobu Ito steps aside and Takahiro Hachigo takes the reins.<p>Honda has no time for a summer vacation. Among the items on its to-do list: deliver all-new Honda Pilots and Civic Type-Rs, plan the …

15 Rooms With One-Of-A-Kind Couches

These gorgeous sofas are the perfect accent to any sitting area.<p>These gorgeous sofas are the perfect accent to any sitting area.

Interior Design

100+ Dining Room Design and Furniture Ideas - ELLE DECOR

With seating this stylish, you'll find countless excuses to gather in the dining room.<p>Seven Peytons, six Stingels, four Cattelans, and a smattering of Koons, to name a few. Oh, and, the home's not bad either.<p>A White House interior designer creates a presidential style for each candidate.<p>It also …

Determined Artist Makes a Beautiful Illustration for Every Single Disney Film

Vancouver-based illustrator Rafael Mayani put himself up to a mighty challenge. In chronological order, he would watch every single Disney movie, and then he would create an original illustration based on each. Since its first movie, <i>Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs</i>, which was released in 1937, to …

The Recipes You Need To Cook This Weekend

It's all about endurance this weekend.<p>There are a couple notable things about this weekend. One, it's still February, which means, spring is still far away. Two, President's Day is behind us, which means we used up our last long weekend for a while -- if you even got the day off in the first place. …

Red Carpet

6 Books To Give Your Best Friend

<i>Slide these in her bag. Send these to her by snail mail. Read these with her — and discover (once again) why the two of you always have so much to talk about.</i><p>By Michele Filgate<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Books to Give to Your Best Friend

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Backstage Beauty Tricks From Fashion Week 2015

When we figure out a totally mind-blowing beauty trick, the last thing we want to do it keep it to ourselves. That's why this whole concept of beauty secrets is starting to feel really outdated—<i>especially</i> during NYFW. So, we made it our mission to find out the coolest, weirdest things the pros were …

Fashion Week

8 Low-Maintenance Upgrades You’ll Love

Homeownership should be about enjoying your home — not being a slave to it. The trick is to choose materials and products that make maintaining your …

How to do a Breast Self-Exam

Learn how to properly inspect your pair—no stressing out necessary<p>Whether or not women should do breast self-exams has become the subject of debate recently, but one thing's for sure: The better you know your girls, the more likely you'll be to notice if something out-of-the-ordinary—and …

Breast Cancer

8 Trips You HAVE to Take Before You Die

Made up of 26 atolls scattered in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a beach destination that's totally set apart from other tropical getaways like the Caribbean and Mexico.<p>There are trips we strongly recommend you take and then there are those that we basically demand. Trust us, as travel experts, …

National Parks

Is Detoxing Really a Myth?

<i>The Guardian</i> released an article entitled: You can't detox your body. It's a myth. So how do you get healthy? In the article, the author says that:<p><i>"...detoxing -- the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go -- is a scam. It's a</i> …

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selection – DIY is FUN

It is not necessarily to have a special talent to make something beautiful and unusual. You can make wonderful crafts quickly and …<p>Paper is a …

Inside A Bold Massachusetts Home Makeover

Designer Sara Story helps her sister redefine her space<p>Designer Sara Story helps her sister redefine her space

Interior Design

7 Things You Can Do in the Morning to Promote Weight Loss

And only one of them involves breakfast!

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6 of the Most Unbelievably Cheap Paradises on Earth

Check this list of 12 shockingly affordable paradises you can live in for peanuts... though you'll probably be packed and out the door by number seven.<p>By: John Marshall<p>Everyone at one time or another has wanted to get away from it all and beach/ski/paraglide-bum it in some foreign land. Small …

Game of Thrones

15 Flower Hacks To Make Your Home More Beautiful

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, floral tips and tricks to easily decorate your home.<p>Jessica Marshall, owner of Miss Daisy Floral Design Studio in Las Vegas and NYC, let Cosmopolitan.com in on some of her floral tricks to make decorating your house/apartment/dorm room with beautiful flowers …

40 Sexy Typography Posters to Stimulate Your Creativity

In this time and age when wall designs and table knick-knacks are used to produce Instagram-worthy photos, typography and hand-lettered designs are …

Meet the 100 people hoping to live and die on Mars

We're one step closer to finding out who could be the first humans to live on another planet. Mars One, the private organization planning to find and train a group of four astronauts to send on a one-way trip to Mars, has reached the third round of its selection process and has narrowed its …

How to Recover Lost Files from a Memory Card

Whether you’re a novice or veteran photographer, chances are you’ve experienced a moment of dread when you thought all of your precious photos were …

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