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Banksy's New Mural Mocks Smart Phone Distracted Lovers

Banksy, the infamous street artist, had been quiet since his whirlwind tour of New York City last fall. Well, he’s up to his old tricks again, and his website was recently updated with a new piece that’s painted on a quaint stone wall on Clement Street in Bristol, United Kingdom. It features two people in a…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 15, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Aerial Photos Reveal Intricate Beauty of Our World

Ocean City Amusement Park in Ocean City, Maryland

The best part about sitting in the window seat of an airplane is the view. As it makes its final descent, you have a breath-taking vantage point where everything appears miniaturized and almost unreal. Photographer and licensed pilot Alex MacLean has spent years “sticking his camera out the cockpit” of a…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 15, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Beautifully Intricate Food Illustrations by Anna Keville Joyce

When food stylist Anna Keville Joyce’s pet bird died, she mourned for its loss in a tangible way. She utilized her professional creative skills to aid in the healing process, and the results are beautiful. A Tribute to Budgie is a series of elegant birds comprised of food and arranged on plates. Joyce came up with the images and crafted the illustrations while photographer Agustín…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 15, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Senior Citizens Reveal What Tattoos Look Like on Aging Skin

With more and more of the general population getting tattooed, there’s always the thought of how body art will look as people age. This question is answered through photographs of senior citizens who’ve partially stripped down and show us how their tattoos are faring in their twilight years. Overall, it’s not that bad. Some of the ink quality is better than others, of…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 14, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Deteriorating Swimming Pool is a Stunning Optical Illusion

The pool that artist Jeroen Bisscheroux crafted isn’t the type that you’d swim in. Instead, it’s a completely flat art installation and optical illusion. The carpet-like painting is titled POOL, loss of color and it depicts a nearly empty, deteriorating swimming pool. Although it’s an impressive sight, Bisscheroux’s work is meant to evoke more than just a sense of wonder as it…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 14, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Adorable "Batkid" Throws His First Major League Pitch

The city of San Francisco saw a very special superhero last fall. Batkid, also known as Miles Scott, is a five-year-old leukemia patient (now in remission!) who had his wish of being Batman for a day fulfilled through the Make-a-Wish foundation. We saw him rescue a damsel in…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 13, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Impressive 3-Storey Treehouse Built as a Labor of Love

In 2004, Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez purchased Camp Wandawega, his childhood getaway, with the intention of preserving its old buildings and cabins. Surratt’s father christened the newly-obtained property by hanging a rope swing on the giant elm located in the center of camp. Sadly, he passed away a year and a half later, and almost immediately afterwards the…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 12, 2014 at 7:04am — No Comments

Elevated Vacation Home Offers Incredible Views of the Ocean

Stationed above the coast on Great Ocean Road in Australia, The Pole House is a modern home with incredible views of the ocean. It was designed by F2 Architecture and is considered one of Australia’s iconic buildings, commonly referred to as the most photographed house on the road. It’s not hard to see why. The elevated structure sits on a slender-yet-sturdy pole with a long, suspended…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 11, 2014 at 8:35am — No Comments

Vintage Fire Truck Renovated into Unique Hotel Room

You’ve maybe heard of travelers who trade their hotel room for a vintage Airstream trailer, but what about a former fire truck? Probably not. Located on the Inshriach House Estate in Aviemore, Scotland, the Beer Moth hotel is a unique accommodation meant…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 10, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Redesigned Metro Maps Offer Consistency Around the World

Metro transit maps vary from city to city, each with the important task of successfully navigating us from point A to B. There’s little consistency between maps, and this makes some easier to understand than others. Serbia-born, Paris-based architect Jug Cerovic moonlights as a map designer and worked to create a guideline called INAT that unifies transit paths around the world. He redesigned 12…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 10, 2014 at 8:58am — 1 Comment

Adorable Hedgehog Humorously Disguised with Illustrated Masks

Marutaro is an adorable pygmy hedgehog with some serious Internet fame. The Japan-based celebrity has over 47,000 followers on Twitter, and more fans around the web. It’s not hard to see why - just look at that face! Marutaro enjoys getting his picture taken, and he is patient enough to pose with the silly, illustrated masks that his owners make for him. Sometimes he’s disguised with a…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 9, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Farmland Shed Converted to Modern, Self-Sustainable Cabin

Repurposing a building and enhancing its intended use often yields beautiful results. The Pump House sits on a farmland property in rural Victoria, Australia, and was originally just a storage shed for its owners. Branch Studio Architects, a local firm, transformed the once-innocuous structure into a modern lakeside retreat.

From afar, the exterior looks like a black box…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 9, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Endearing Photos of Heavy Metal Rockers Posing with Their Cats

With band names like Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, and Cattle Decapitation, you don’t think of metal musicians as warm and fuzzy people. But beneath the darkness is a softer side, and Alexandra Crockett reveals it in her new book, Metal Cats. The endearing photographs capture the extreme personalities of hardcore metal music as they pose with their…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 8, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Reality Show in Bird Feeder Cafe Live Streams in Norway

Move over Kardashians, because there’s a new reality show on air that’s finally worth watching. Piipshow is delightful live stream of a bird feeder in Norway that’s modeled to look like a trendy coffee shop. This miniature cafe is outfitted with adorable, tiny bar stools and serves up nuts and seeds instead of overpriced lattes. The rotating avian clientele includes vibrant personalities like a…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 8, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Impressive Multi-Deck Raft Features a Fully-Functional Sauna



In 2012, a group of friends in Joensuu, Finland built a not-so-ordinary raft. The eclectic-looking boat has some unexpected amenities, one of which is a fully-functional sauna. It’s the product of a DIY project that’s known in Finnish as a Saunalautta, and it is an ingenious way to spend a day on the water. Passengers can dive off the multi-deck tower, enjoy a refreshing dip in the lake,…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 7, 2014 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

Quirky "Tiny Tattoos" Paired with Paralleled Landscapes

Photographer Austin Tott pairs the small with the grandiose in his series Tiny Tattoos. The delightful images feature hand-drawn body art that’s positioned against a background from which they visually reference. In one photograph, we see a wrist that is marked with quotes in front of several stacks of books. Another dangles an abundance of vintage keys on strings with a hand…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 7, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Classic Paintings Cleverly Translated into Google Street View

Boulevard Poissonnière by Jean Béraud (1849-1936)



You can spend hours virtually travelling through Google Street View. It’s fascinating to get an up-close look at places you’d never see otherwise. If you’ve ever zoomed in on a city, you’ll notice that it offers fantastic details of shops and people on the move. Writer James Lileks…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 6, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Beautiful Hybrid Creatures Combine Organisms and Machines

Artist Gaby Wormann reimagines living organisms as if they were combined with machines. Using the bodies of tarantulas, crabs, winged insects, and more, she adds gears, springs, and other mechanics to their fragile forms. The incredible works are intricately constructed and beautifully fuse organic matter with industrial elements. Together, they allow Wormann to create what she calls…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 6, 2014 at 5:29am — No Comments

Minimalist Vacation Home is Fashioned Inside Concrete Rock

With the ocean in sight, The Truffle is an unusual vacation home built within a rock. The inhabitable concrete stone is located in Costa de Morte, Spain and was designed by Ensamble Estudio in collaboration with Ricardo Sanz and Javier Cuesta. Its 25 square-meter minimalist decor has everything you’d need for a peaceful getaway, and includes a raised platform…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 4, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Darth Vader Toaster Cooks The Sith Lord Onto Your Bread



How would you like some of the Dark Side with your breakfast? Pangea Brands worked with Lucas Licensing to create the Darth Vader Toaster, meaning you’ll never have to dine without the Sith Lord. The Star Wars-themed appliance is not only in the shape of the villain's helmet, but will cook his image on the side of your bread.

The toaster cleverly conceals the fact that it’s a gadget and…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 3, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

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