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Minnesota couple David and Sarah Olson already had two wonderful sons, Zakary and Levi, but they always knew they wanted a third child—a beautiful baby girl to complete their family. After complications from her first two pregnancies, Sarah was unable to have any more children, so the couple decided to turn to adoption. After applying and going through a home evaluation, all they could do was wait for a match.

"We think about her every day," Sarah confessed in a video about their adoption process four months ago. "We talk about her with our boys every single day. I think they already think that she exists in our house. She has her own room already. We plan for her, we talk about her, we think about her, and we dream about her daily." David, by his wife's side, added, "Can’t wait to…

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São Paulo, Brazil-based illustrator Thiago Bianchini pays tribute to the beauty of nature in his striking drawings of wildlife and landscapes framed within larger animal silhouettes. Using fine-tipped ink pens, Bianchini brings flora and fauna to life through intricate drawing and shading techniques like stippling. Pitch-black trees, grass, and four-legged creatures contrast sharply with craggy mountains and inky skies formed of thousands of tiny dots. Illuminated under the glow of the pale moon, these lonely outdoors scenes are all contained within the outline of larger beasts, adding an intriguing second layer to Bianchini's vivid depictions of the wild.

In addition to the silhouette illustrations, much of the artist's portfolio is…

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Creative agency CLINIC 212 is encouraging Lithuania's city-goers to be more conscious of their surroundings. Since humans aren't the only living beings who inhabit densely populated areas, the team decided to create Tiny Road Sign. For this important project, they designed miniature road signs featuring various animals that one might see in a Lithuanian city. The signs were then posted all across the metropolis of Vilnius to remind residents that this territory is occupied by many other species.

To take it a step further, photographer Greta Gedminaite was asked to document the influential venture. In the resulting images, various animals are shown posing next to their respective signs. This helps to prove…

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Purina ONE has created a camp that will most definitely delight cat-lovers everywhere. At New York's Cat Camp, attendees can learn all about what it takes to keep our feline friends in tip-top shape. The unique event is being held at 201 Mulberry Street and will be filled with adorable (and adoptable) cats from Petfinder. There's a climbing wall for humans, climbable tree trunks for cats, and even a campfire with logs made out of cat food. For those who want to perfect their cat-like stretches, there's even a yoga studio for both species to enjoy. As for the pond filled with projected fish, that one's just for the…

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Artist Jirka Väätäinen has provided us with the opportunity to see what beloved Disney princes would look like in real life. To add to his already impressive portfolio of lifelike Disney characters, the incredible creator decided to give these iconic male characters a Pinocchio-like transformation. While staying true to his subject's original traits, Väätäinen took inspiration from actual photos, combined various elements on Photoshop, and then finished off his reproductions with a touch of digital painting. As a whole, this makes for a shockingly realistic result.

Väätäinen decided to begin this series in 2011 when he casually wondered what …

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Brothers Jules and Jason Henry are the creative minds behind Sveglio, an outdoor furniture design company that produces beautiful pieces meant to “awaken higher consciousness.” One of their enlightening creations, called Volo (Italian for “I fly”), is a rocking chair with a hammock-like basket attached to the legs. On it, Sveglio wants you to “rock, rejuvenate, and re-discover yourself” as you gently sway back and forth, remembering that life is in constant motion.

To achieve tranquility in Volo, Sveglio takes a minimalist approach to their design. The rounded form is created with welded steel tubes, which is partially 3D printed. Its surface is powder-coated and comes in colors such as architectural bronze, sky white, and stardust silver, but custom hues are also available. The hammock portion is sewn with…

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Grumpy Cat may have found her counterpart in this adorable (and equally as grouchy) pup named Earl. Quickly becoming known as the Internet’s “most morose mutt,” this puggle has a seemingly permanent scowl on his face—no matter how many times you pet him!

Despite the grumpy expression, Earl’s human Derek Bloom says that the pooch is very friendly towards other humans and dogs. The cranky look is just due to his overbite and wrinkles, so don’t let Earl fool you. He enjoys snacks, sunbathing, and chasing balls around the park just like any other dog.

Earl The Grumpy Puppy:…

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This father-son duo have posed for the same photo each year since 1986, resulting in a touching series of black-and-white images that reveal the passage of time over the course of nearly three decades. Before our very eyes, we can see the father age as his son matures from a baby held in his arms into a strong man. But no matter how tall the son grows, or how many wrinkles line the father's face, the distance between them remains the same—close, pressed against each other, a true demonstration of the strong bond between father and son.

By the end of the series of photos, things have come full circle. The father is older but happy, the son looks just like his dad 29 years ago, and a new member of the family ensures that the heartwarming tradition will continue for years to come.…

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San Francisco-based design student Nick Pourfard combines two of his passions—skateboarding and music—into Prisma Guitars, a company that recycles old skate decks, transforming them into beautiful instruments. Each piece is handcrafted by the self-taught woodworker, and he uses anywhere from four to 44 skateboards in the creation of one guitar. This variety produces a colorful, swirled effect on the surface, and it also ensures that every instrument looks completely unique.

With such a careful attention to craft and detail, it’s no surprise that Prisma Guitars have caught the eye of famous musicians like the band Walk Off the Earth. Poufard’s handiwork was recently featured in one of the band's…

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Six years ago, one man purchased a box of old negatives and sparked an online hunt that would eventually shed light on former nanny Vivian Maier, one of the greatest street photographers of the century. Now, a similar search is unfolding, thanks to a series of mysterious negatives recently discovered in a thrift store.

While thrift shopping in Richmond, Virginia a few weeks ago, photographer Meagan Abell came across four sets of medium-format negatives encased in plastic sleeves and sitting in a box of old vintage photographs. Curious about the images, Abell bought the negatives, took them home, and scanned them. The stunning results, which she…

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Architect Joe Chikamori of 07BEACH has outdone himself when it comes to producing a pet-friendly home. In the span of only 49 days, the architect was able to redesign his friend's Vietnam-based residence by installing several modern features. The most interesting installation: a separate staircase for his friend's small dogs. When deciding what to change during the planning stage, Chikamori's priority was to make the house comfortable for the entire family—furry friends and all.

"The method to design for this house IS pretty simple. I thought of it as the most important how the house SHOULD BE. Comfortable for life with your family," the architect wrote in a blog to dedicated to his…

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Mother-to-be Karlyn Pranke was given some unexpected news during the 20th week of her pregnancy. She was told that her daughter RE (short for Ruth Evelyne) would be born without arms. Not knowing what to do with this sudden announcement, Pranke turned to Google for answers. That's when she discovered Jessica Cox, the world's first armless pilot. "Ever since, it's been very inspirational to me that she has come as far as she has to overcome her disability," she told ABC. "And my daughter has always said, especially lately, 'I want arms, I want arms.'"

Since RE's birth, Pranke dreamed that her little girl would meet the inspiring pilot one day. Ultimately, this dream came true…

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The winners of the Fine Art Photography Awards were recently announced, and professional and amateurs alike have captured incredible sights from around the world. This creative contest boasted more than 3,000 submissions from 77 countries, with the subject matter as varied as the photographer's location. But despite how different the winning entries may be, each image has the same qualities: they share the individual’s vision, feelings, and their unique view of reality.

Photographs in the competition range from beautiful to haunting to optimistic. They invite us to roam with majestic Alaskan grizzly bears, witness awe-inspiring lightning strikes across eerily green water, and to gaze across vast sunlit fields.

Here are some of our favorite images from the Fine Art Photography Awards, but you can see…

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Have you ever wondered what the most frequently used words in the English language were? Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, and his team answered this query by analyzing the terms found in Google Books data. From their massive library, they discovered that there were 97,565 distinct words that were mentioned a total of 743,842,922,321 times. They then narrowed down the list to the top 50 commonly used words, and YouTube channel Abacaba visualized these findings in an informative short video.

To help us understand the data, Abacaba used colorful bubbles to denote word frequency. The larger the balloon, the more popular the term. Their video reveals that “the” is the most popular English word, followed by…

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With an intense green color and beautifully banded masses, it's no wonder that malachite is one of the most popular minerals around. It's been carved into ornaments and worn as jewelry for thousands of years. The gorgeous mineral is found in deposits around the world, from the Ural Mountains in Russia, to mines in Congo, to areas like Arizona in the Southwestern United States.

Malachite, which is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral with the formula Cu2CO3(OH)2, most often forms botryoidal, fibrous, or stalagmitic crystals. What's particularly interesting about this is that, when polished, densely banded specimens reveal vibrant, concentric rings that form hypnotic patterns in all shades of green, from teal to jade to pine. Gleaming under the light, the smooth surface of banded malachite looks more like layered drips of vividly colored paint than a…

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Lose yourself in the fantasy world of photographer Magdalena Russocka, who captures captivating fairytale portraits that appear to be straight out of a storybook. Wild stallions and loyal wolves star alongside warrior queens, sorceresses, and wild women in the photographer's enchanting images. Each scene, whether it's set against the backdrop of a snowy landscape, misty lake, or castle ruins, whisks the viewer away to a realm of adventure and magic. Looking at each spellbinding portrait, it's easy to imagine a larger narrative behind that single, bewitching moment in time.…

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Painter Niharika Hukku's captivating work will make you realize that ordinary fish possess an innate beauty. More often than not, the artist uses simple, white pottery (which she constructs herself) as a functional canvas for her aquatic designs. "Starting with an idea, my work is an expression of what I find elegant and beautiful in my world," the ceramic-loving creator explains on her website. "Inspiration is seeded in my observations in nature; in capturing colour and narrative with purpose onto clay."

While Hukku's love of nature is apparent in her dazzling work, it's her past experiences that truly inspire her to continue as an artist. "Ceramics has an ancient history in India where I was born and brought up and is used commonly in function…

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Fourth generation wood-working artisan Dan Pauly transforms reclaimed wood into diminutive cabins that look like they're straight out of a fairy tale. Whether it's a sauna, outhouse, shed, or actual home, the craftsman is able to create structures that are reminiscent of a Tim Burton film—offering a quirky balance of gothic culture and playfulness.

When the creator's visually eccentric designs are brought to life, one feels as though they've entered a different universe. In this world, a magical aura surrounds Pauly's unique work and allows viewers to see that there can be a playful side to architecture.

As it turns out, there's even a significant history behind these whimsical designs. Pauly's great-grandfather emigrated from Switzerland to the U.S. in the 1800s and…

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At first glance, this ocean-side structure in Zanzibar looks to be someone’s private, makeshift getaway built atop a lone boulder. But, the unassuming locale is actually a bright and airy eatery called The Rock Restaurant, an establishment that sits 23 feet above the water and boasts idyllic, unforgettable views of the surrounding Indian Ocean.

The laid-back interior has large, open doorways that allow natural breezes to circulate and the beauty of the glistening, crystal-clear waters to shine within view. This gorgeous landscape is also the food source for the restaurant, and before dinner service, employees search for fresh fare, offering customers the “catch of the day.”

Despite being surrounded by water, visitors are able to walk through the water and up the stairs without a problem,…

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Last weekend, Boston's Revere Beach (established in 1895 as the first public beach in the US) was transformed into an open-air art gallery thanks to the 2015 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival. Hosted by the Revere Beach Partnership, the annual festival has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors each year since 2004. This year, over 750,000 beachgoers gathered to watch 20 master sand sculptors from around the world compete to win $15,000 in prize money by building larger-than-life works of art from July 24 to…

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