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The lovable, Instagram-famous Angora rabbit named Wally took the Internet by storm with his adorable, fluffy ears. Now, he shares the spotlight and his spot on the couch with a new friend—Suki. Molly Prottas (Wally's human) welcomed the world to the tiny female English Angora rabbit with an emphatic message of delight via Instagram: "One bunny...two bunnies...TWO BUNNIES! I can count my bunnies! Because I have two!"

To make sure the little Wally lookalike was warmly welcomed, Prottas playfully shared a message with Wally's followers: "Suki was very nervous for her first real Instagram appearance. Wally helped with the lighting and composition of this photo. He was worried that people would think she was wearing makeup or that the photo was retouched…

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Drawings created by kids symbolize the essence of childhood—a time that seems to pass in just a split second. Although bittersweet, parents can now wear these prized artworks around their necks or on their wrists and have a permanent memory of this special time. Tasarım Takarım (I Wear Design) turns children’s drawings into fine jewelry, translating the doodles into small pendants made of silver or gold. These endearing pieces showcase the timeless imagination and creativity of children.

Tasarım Takarım was inspired by Istanbul-based artist Yasemin Erdin Tavukçu’s own daughter, Serin. Her artwork gave Tavukçu the idea to turn the drawings into precious wearables, and she collaborated with sculptor and goldsmith Özgür Karavit to make it a reality (whose own son, Kerem, also helped inspire their…

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Dogs are welcome to ride the New York City subway, with one caveat—they must be put in some sort of bag or carrier. While this is an easy feat for smaller pups, bigger canines have an obvious size disadvantage. The rules, however, do not stipulate weight restrictions, and large-breed owners have found a clever loophole to make it work for them: put the big dogs in big bags.

One shining example of this work-around came from CBS news producer Alex Romano. He recently tweeted a picture of a man who nonchalantly carried his husky—a large dog, even as a puppy—in a tote bag as if it’s a totally normal thing. “Only in New York,” he wrote, “a person would put a huge dog in a bag on the subway.”

We can’t help but smile at the amusing sight of this happy husky going for…

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With so much sun left to soak up this summer, don't let your skin be exposed to harmful UV rays. Sure, there is sunscreen, but it's an invisible protector. How do you know if it's working or if you've put on enough? David Cohen and Jon Meyer of Voxelight wondered this exact question, which led them to invent Sunscreenr, a compact UV camera that can detect where sunscreen has been applied to the skin. Properly sunscreened areas appear dark in the gadget's photo, while unprotected skin is lighter in contrast. Users can peer through the viewfinder to check someone else's skin in real time, or use the Sunscreenr video mode to make a 30-second recording of themselves to play back. 

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Life is never boring at the Boggs household in Missouri. Kasey and her husband, Blake, have been rescuing animals for over a decade. Their current family consists of four dogs, a cat, and two ducklings—all of whom are practically inseparable from one another. They go on hikes and camping adventures every weekend, and love to have their family photos taken (you can follow them on Instagram). The Boggs tell BarkPost that they never set out to adopt all of these animals. Instead, each one came to their home at individual times—just when they were most needed and the Boggs were there to help. Each animal has its own story that will remind you that good hearts still exist and can triumph over abuse and neglect.

The first addition to the Boggs family was Roxy, a Toy Fox Terrier who was born without a…

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This past spring we became enamored with the handcrafted accessories of Secret Wood, a Canadian shop that encases tiny, exquisite worlds in rings made of clear resin and wood. Their beautiful designs feature mystifying places where miniature mountains and caverns are revealed beneath snow-speckled skies. Secret Wood has since continued to create gorgeous rings with new “places” that reflect the vibrancy of the season.

The updated designs highlight the warm weather and all that it brings: flowers in blooms and the heightened intensity of colors like green, pink, and purple. As with previous rings, photographs only show a fraction of its multifaceted settings. Wearing the accessory and looking at it from many angles is the only…

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Who says you need a fancy printing press and machinery to create your own t-shirt designs? The Berlin collective called Raubdruckerin ("Pirate Printers") have taken to their own city streets with only a paint roller, ink, and a keen eye for geometric patterns. The group finds street fixtures—like manhole covers and vents—applies ink directly to the ground, and then they stamp these intricate designs onto shirts and tote bags.

The real work of the street art pirates is to reveal the neglected designs of the city—the little exhibits on show for us everyday that we often walk right over without notice. The diversity and creativity that goes into designing a simple manhole cover is astounding, and deserves to be celebrated. Although Raubdruckerin is headquartered in Berlin, the collective travels around the world,…

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Did you know that most traditional conditioners are composed of up to 90 percent water? Add that to the fact that 80% of recyclable shampoo and conditioner plastic bottles get thrown into landfills and the ocean each year, and we have a serious problem. Biochemist Brianne West took matters into her own hands and decided she was going to save the world from plastic waste—one soap bar at a time.

West created Ethique, a skin and beauty company located in New Zealand that sells soap, shampoo, and conditioner without any plastic packaging. The products come in solid bars rather than in the traditional liquid form, and are wrapped in completely plastic-free, biodegradable and compostable materials. "The more I thought about it, the crazier it seemed to me we pay gobs of money for all that water packaged in plastic!" West told…

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The California pipevine swallowtail butterfly was once suffering a fate that so many creatures face—the loss of its habitat in San Francisco was causing their population to decline. But thanks to one man’s DIY efforts, the iridescent blue-winged insect is flourishing again. California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong single-handedly revived the flailing species by building a home for them in his backyard. Now, over three years later, the stunning butterflies have slowly returned to the Golden Gate city.

Wong began his revitalization endeavor in his spare time. Having raised butterflies since elementary school, he researched the pipevine swallowtail and learned that it only feeds on the California pipevine plant—an especially-rare species of flora in the city. Wong…

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The city of Rome has been photographed countless times over its long existence, but Hungarian photographer Milán Rácmolnár has recently captured it in a beautifully unconventional way. His series titled Rome in Infrared was shot with a Nikon D3200 that was converted into an infrared camera, which allowed him to photograph it “in a different perspective.” The results, boasting pale pink trees and cyan skies, are a surreal depiction of the famous landmarks and the tourists that flood the ancient locale.

Not everything seems amiss in Rácmolnár’s images, which adds to the peculiarity of the series. Buildings like the Colosseum look the same—although they skew to a warmer hue—but it’s the flora that makes you question the photographs. Instead of existing on Earth, Rome could now be located in a parallel…

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At the heart of the Fagaras Mountains in Romania, you'll find The Valley of the Fairies. This could not be a more perfect place for Romania's newest eco-friendly castle, which fits right in with its whimsical design and fantastical charm. The castle is the brainchild of Razran and Gabriela Vasile, singers by profession, who moved from their urban home in Bucharest to make their dream castle a reality. They spent two years with architect Ileana Mavrodin as they mapped out how a building made of 100% organic straw, clay, wooden pillars, and sand would stand strong against the elements.

Today, the 10-room castle, aptly named the Clay Castle of the Valley of the Fairies, is fully constructed, and is now being decorated and refined…

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Artist Michelle Dickson has transcended the boundaries of what a self-portrait can be. In her current surrealist sculpture series, Neither Mine Nor Yours, Dickson merges a plaster cast of her own face with driftwood she's collected on hikes in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas. The mix of plaster, oil paint, wax, and wood create an amalgam of textures, colors, and natural cracks that highlight the body's connection to its natural landscape. The portraits serve as examinations of natural decay and disorder, but the series as a whole seems to be a metaphor for the impact that memory and experience has on a person.

Dickson explains in her artist's statement: "I think about the physical process of remembering, the unstable nature of memory, and the resulting fear of forgetting. Memory as…

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Last month, after a long life through the Great Depression, World War II, and 72 years working as a nurse, Alice Graber retired her title as oldest nurse in the state of South Dakota. At 93 years old, Graber proves that it's never too late to start a new chapter in one's life. Reflecting on her past life as a nurse, Graber told TODAY, "It's always a thrill when you can help somebody else." Wise words spoken by a kind and passionate woman who never even imagined that she could be a nurse. In fact, it was nursing that helped change Graber's life for the better, over 70 years ago.

Graber's father died when she was just 9 years old and her mother passed when she was 14, leaving Graber and her younger siblings to be raised by her aunt and…

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Floral crowns may be a staple for festivals and whimsical parties, but Chelsea Shiels is taking the world by storm with her mermaid-inspired, seashell-encrusted headdresses. The glittering designs are loaded with small conch shells, crystals, and gold accents that will make anyone wearing them feel like Princess Ariel. Shiel beautifully integrates her different findings, mixing and matching colors and textures to create multifaceted, wearable works of art that have a modern, bohemian vibe.

Necessity is truly the mother of invention, and Shiel’s crowns were motivated by her need to cover a scar she’d had on her forehead since she was a baby. “I got teased a lot, so I started making my own headwear because I couldn’t find any I liked,” she explained to …

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High-flying hawks deserve a rest from their aerial adventures, and one of them recently decided to take a break on a Lincoln, Nebraska-based weather tower. The creature’s majestic stature caught the attention of local meteorologists Rusty Dawkins and Sean Viale, who greeted their feathered friend on Twitter while also noting that the ground was a long way down—the hawk breaks the horizon line as he comes face to face with area viewers.

The bird’s curiosity got the best of him while standing on the tower. He remains still for just a moment before cocking his head and approaching the camera, as if he’s trying to talk to the strange being. Viale endearingly…

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The hull of an old, abandoned ship was recently given new life as a spectacular pavilion for the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. Located in Seoul, the Temp’L features the rusted steel vessel turned upside down and uses its hollowed insides as the setting for vibrant greenery and relaxing seating space.

Shinslab Architecture was the brains behind the converted structure. To transform the hull, they first sawed it from the corroded ship and chose to let its raw, reddish exterior remain. The interior saw the most drastic changes, including a fresh coat of white paint, a balcony, a spiral staircase, and trees tall enough to meet the ceiling.

The results of the rehabilitation are a visually stunning collision of rustic and…

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Artist Mathieu Tremblin recently took to the streets of Rennes, France with a bit of an odd mission: to make the graffiti scribbles a little more legible. His educational background in graffiti culture and fine arts, along with his past work with site specific urban interventions and branding, provided Tremblin with the perfect springboard to this quirky and humorous project.

After documenting the "before" shots, Tremblin went to work, mimicking the size, coloring, and layering of each tag in his own crisp hand-sprayed font—so crisp, in fact, it almost looks like computer typography. While not exactly "cleaning" up the vandal's work, nor creating a more pleasing aesthetic, Tremblin draws attention to the pleasure of words. He reminds us that simple words like "Zoob," "Flexo," "Norse," and "Frisk" can…

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Over the past several months, we’ve been enamored with jewelry that encapsulates nature inside of crystal-clear resin. These pieces often showcase small blooms with their colorful petals preserved in exquisite vintage-style pendants. Online shop Is This Handmade? follows this same idea but puts a unique spin on the trend: they use natural-yet-unconventional materials as the centerpiece of their necklaces. Parts of fruits, herbs, bugs, and beans are displayed inside of rustic tin shapes to showcase another side of Earth’s beauty.

A slice of strawberry might seem like a strange choice for jewelry, but its cross-sectioned portrait is a gorgeous display of its vibrant color and intricate structure. Likewise, the wings of a moth and shell of a snail are seen in a whole new light when encased in resin—we…

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The iconic Hollywood Star Lanes in East Hollywood, where The Big Lebowski was once filmed, made bowling an iconic activity in Los Angeles. The city has had no shortages of unique bowling alleys, from the divey All Star Lanes to the upscale Spare Room in Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel. The newest establishment, Highland Park Bowling, is a resurrected alley that puts its own spin on the activity with vintage revival vibes and steampunk décor.

Highland Park Bowling originally opened in Los Angeles during the prohibition in 1927. In the 80s and 90s, the space transitioned into Mr. T’s, a live music venue for DIY punk shows. Most recently the 1933 Group, which has been responsible for a slew of successfully themed watering holes…

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The fun and adventure of kayaking often comes with the caveat of having to strap the long boat to the top of your car. To save yourself and your vehicle the hauling hassle, Pakayak has created an innovative hard-shell kayak that can be collapsed from 14 feet into something that can be carried like a piece of luggage.

Pakayak uses a tongue and groove interlocking shape to connect each section together. Silicone gaskets are compressed between them and then secured with patented clamps to form a watertight seal, ensuring that you won’t sink while paddling. When it’s time to disassemble, the kayak separates into six individual pieces that fit inside one another and become a 3.5 feet long, 55-pound item that can be worn on your back or wheeled behind you.

According to the company, set up and take-down of this kayak is done in…

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