Category Archives: CULTURE

This Apartment Is Really Nice… But When You See What It Has, OMG. I Am Incredibly Jealous.

Most modern apartment design focuses on minimalism, fancy art, luxurious amenities and costing more than any living space ever should. Although the price is still probably outrageous, architect David Hotson found a way to mix in some whimsy into modern design. This is Skyhouse.

What makes Skyhouse unique isn’t its location or Feng Shui (although both are impressive). It’s the slide inside that pulls it all together.

Skyhouse was created in a NYC apartment space.

It is in a previously unoccupied penthouse.

The interior design is gorgeous.

It’s minimalistic…

But also filled with eye-popping color and art.

It’s an impressive house.

But mainly because of the slide.

Instead of taking stairs to get around this massive apartment, you take the slide.

The tunnel starts at the roof…

And it runs all the way to the ground floor.

This fun pad is located in the middle of NYC, in one of the earliest surviving skyscrapers.

Skyhouse’s design mixes fun in with modern ideas. There’s a rock wall, a swing…

The slide isn’t the only awesome part of this apartment.

Living in here would be a child’s dream.

It’s at the summit of the skyscraper.

Making this a rooftop playground.

Every day would be fun if you lived here.

(H/T Where Cool Things Happen)

The price of living in a space like this is probably obscene, so just let Skyhouse be an inspiration to you in your future building and design endeavors. “Fancy” shouldn’t mean “devoid of fun.” Even nice apartments can have a few pieces of playground equipment stuck inside… and they are still incredible. This apartment is to die for, share it with your friends!

These Are the Booby Traps From Indiana Jones We Wish We Had in Real Life.

What is one thing that every house needs to keep away intruders, but every house seems to lack? That’s right folks, booby traps. Too often are we trying to protect our houses with these faulty security systems and barking dogs. Those are such antiquated forms of protection. We need to be more innovative. That’s why I suggest we get architects to build some sweet booby traps from the Indiana Jones movies to protect our families and our valuables.

Spike Floors

Wouldn’t it be awesome if an intruder walked into your house and they were greeted by giant, man sized, spikes shooting up from the floors with each step they take? Be careful, evil-doers. This house is protected via crazy booby traps that you would never expect any normal human being to have. If you are careful enough to somehow get past the crazy spike floors you are then greeted with…

Statue Traps

You see these axe wielding maniacs and you think, “Wow this homeowner has some really weird decorations.” In your head, you can’t think that a person would further booby trap their house, you just dealt with the spike floors, you’re in the clear. Suddenly, the axe that the statue is wielding swings down and nearly chops your arm off. Then you realize you have 2 more of these statues to get past. Is this person crazy? Yes. And guess what? There’s another booby trap just ahead…

Spike Floors And Ceilings.

More spike floors?! Dude, get a life with the spike floors already. Oh, you are so wrong. Not only is it spike floors, it’s spike ceilings too and they are closing in on you. You better find the abort button fast, otherwise you’ll be squished to smithereens. Oh, you found it? Well congratulations, I guess you can have my precious jewels…

Finally

Everything seems to be going as planned, you’ve gotten past all of the previous booby traps. There is a certain inkling in your bones that there might be one more booby trap in store for you. You become paranoid but you see the treasure that you seek. Just to be safe, in case there is some kind of weight triggered booby trap, you replace the treasure with a bag of sand. It seems to work and you think you are in the clear. You think to yourself, “Heh, stupid homeowners, thinking I cant get past a few spike floors and statues…”

BIG BALL OF BOOBY TRAP DEATH!

HOLY CRAP A GIANT ROCK BALL BOOBY TRAP!!! HOW DID THESE MANIACS EVEN GET THIS IN THEIR HOUSE?! Yea, good luck out-running this thing. In all honesty, most robbers probably wouldn’t get past the first spike floors trap, but even if you manage to somehow do it, there is no way you will escape the giant ball of booby trap death.

Look, I realize that none of these booby traps are practical, logical or even possible. But, I’m just saying I’M TIRED OF PEOPLE BREAKING INTO MY HOUSE AND CAR AND ROBBING ME OF MY STUFF AND I WANT TO UNLEASH MY VENGEANCE.

This Talented French Artist’s Optical Illusion Art Will Make You Question Reality.

French artist Georges Rousse specializes in creating amazing, colorful optical illusions. His work, when viewed from the correct angle, can seriously mess with your head. 

When you look at his work straight on, it looks it could be Photoshopped. From any other vantage point, though, his illusions look like an almost random mess of color. How can something look so perfect from one angle and completely different from another?

Take a look for yourself. 

(Georges Rousse via Bored Panda)

I think I’ve got a headache now (but an awesome one). Share this mind-bending awesomeness with your friends by clicking below to share on Facebook.

Here Are The 30 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken. The Kind That You Never Ever Forget.

These 30 powerful photos are famous and poignant, they will forever be cemented in history. The images that were captured are so intense, they are impossible to be forgotten. They said a picture is worth a thousand words… but it’s impossible to say just how many words these are worth. Prepare to be left speechless.

1. Some parents, likely now in their 70′s, still looking for their missing child.

2. An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers

3. During massive floods in Cuttack City, India, in 2011, a heroic villager saved numerous stray cats by carrying them with a basket balanced on his head

4. Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943

5. Demonstration of condom usage at a public market in Jayapura, capital of Papua, 2009

6. Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012

7. The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888

8. A woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunam, in Natori, northern Japan, in March 2011

9. Protestors place flowers into the rifle barrels of armed officers

10. An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument

11. “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940

12. A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011.

13. Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home near Myanmar’s capital of Yangon (Rangoon). In May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives

14. Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is quite common in St. Jacques for little boys to smoke

15. Sunset on Mars

16. Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory

17. Alcoholic father with his son

18. Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. “The Falling Man.”

19. Zanjeer the dog saved thousands of lives during Mumbai serial blasts in March 1993 by detecting more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition. He was buried with full honors in 2000

20. Indian homeless men wait to receive free food distributed outside a mosque ahead of Eid al-Fitr in New Delhi, India

21. Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months

22. A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, in 2009

23. Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt

24. Young man just found out his brother was killed

25. A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994

26. Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral.

27. Father and son (1949 vs 2009)

28. Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner.

29. Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber

30. A starving child and missionary

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This Girl Was Sick Of Her Tiny City Apartment Balcony. Wait Til You See What She Did To It.

Some might think that the outdoor deck in your apartment is just a waste of space. After all, you’re never out there, and it takes up space you’d love to add to your bedroom. But have you ever actually thought of how you could put it to better use? Well this Portlandian was inspired one day after complaining about Big City livin’ and the result is awesome-sauce. Check it out:

She always wanted a backyard, so her roommate surprised her with one. The cat was not impressed 😉

First she lined the balcony with a tarp for easy cleanup, then she spread some soil.

She then put a small fence to stop that lovely cat from trying to climb through the bars.

She rolled out the sod and gave it some water and they lined up some extra plants.

And of course, a chair was added, i.e., relax station.

Project complete!

2 months later, lawn is still going great, with only one small dead spot where everyone stands the most.

According to them, they let the grass grow without interruption.

Unless it gets to be too much, and only then do they break out scissors.

Add in a few lights, and you’ve got a great place to chillaxe.

How cool is that? Well I know what my weekend project is going to be. Toughest part now is getting MY roommate to agree 😉 Source: Imgur via Reddit

Once You See What People Have Found In Their Food, You’ll Never Eat Out Again.

Finding something in your food is one of the absolute worst things that can happen. Chances are, you’ll never eat there again, lest you remember that cockroach baked into your hamburger.

Ugh.. just saying that makes me queasy. Everyone makes mistakes (even people in the food and service industry)… but it would be hard to forgive these slip-ups.

1.) Cockroaches, ants, insects, oh my!

McDonalds patrons have found all of these recently in their food. Hungry still?

2.) Chicken head.

Back in the day a woman loved chicken nuggets. But this one was farrrr from the usual white meat goodness we normally expect to find. That’s ok though, McDonald’s paid her $100,000 to forget the whole thing!

3.) Lizard salad.

Robin Sandusky found this in her salad back in 2005. “I turned it over and the gore was hanging out the back of the neck.” Eww.

4.) Dead mouse.

In 2009 a man was making sandwiches for his children’s lunches when he came across this little food gem. “I noticed a dark coloured object embedded in the corner of three or four slices…as I looked closer I saw that the object had fur on it.” The bread’s manufacturer Premier Foods immediately apologized for the incident, but didn’t escape the almost £17,000 fine.

5.) Frozen frog.

Tim Hoffman found this stowaway after defrosting his veggies overnight. Thank goodness he didn’t cook him too!

6.) Cigarette in fried rice.

After heating a bowl of rice for her one year old daughter, this mother smelled smoke. And for good reason.

7.) Live newt salad.

Imagine being a vegetarian and almost eating a live newt… that’s what happened to one Manhattan resident at work. Apparently she’d already eaten a good amount of the salad too before discovering the distressed newt. Let’s just hope he didn’t leave any little presents for her to find.

8.) One inch nail in Mac & Cheese.

Scene of the crime: August 2008, UK. After this resident “…bit into something hard, then I took another bite and saw a nail in the macaroni,” she realized she needed to go to the hospital. STAT. After finding out by X-Ray that she had indeed shallowed the nail, she stayed there for several days until it passed and vowed to never again eat anything from her favorite vendor again. Duhhhh!

9.) Pickled rat.

Ever wondered what a 9 inch picked rat would look like? Me neither… but apparently that’s what Jeanette Reinders found in November 2005.

(via Yahoo/Collective Evolution)

WOW. I can’t lie, I didn’t make it through that whole thing in one sitting. Hopefully you already ate lunch. Click on the button below to share these insane discoveries with others.

These Abstract Photos Will Make You See Natural Beauty in a New and Amazing Way

Photographer Thorsten Scheuermann spends a lot of time hiking through various national parks in the western US, capturing the incredible feats of nature on camera. His photos range from grand, sweeping vistas of deserts, river valleys and forests to classic “portrait” style images of trees, waterfalls and animals.

And sometimes, he goes for something a little different, framing the images in such a way that the less immediately noticeable, but no less beautiful, parts of the scenery get their own time in the spotlight.

Capillaries

CA

Because of the way the photos are set up, the larger context is removed, and the viewer only sees the details, which now look like an abstract pattern of color, shape and texture. In this way, nature is presented in a beautiful new way that’s playful as well as mysterious. This is achieved by careful framing and cropping, and by eliminating any human presence or anything that can reference the scale of what you’re actually looking at. By removing size and location cues, we’re left with just the image, which might cover many square miles or only a few square inches, and we can simply absorb its beauty.

Tendrils

Palo Alto, CA

Born in Fire

Big Island, HI

Clear as Mud

Alvord Desert, OR

Sunset

Kirkland, WA

Clay Palette

Painted Hills, OR

Sequoia Light, Sequoia National Park, CA

Ice Bubbles

Columbia River Gorge, OR

Strawberry Swirls

Painted Hills, OR

(via Thorsten Scheuermann)

“I love hiking in America’s National Parks,” Scheuermann says, “[I] enjoy capturing both grand vistas in beautiful light as well as intimate scenes just waiting to be discovered by visitors with an open mind and open eyes.”

 

These 31 Chairs Will Make You Rethink Every Decision You’ve Ever Made For Your Butt.

It’s time to step up your seat game, guys. Why settle for boring, four legged rump-resters when you could have one that looks like an amazing sea creature? Or maybe you’d prefer one that plays tricks on everyone’s eyes. How about some upcycled style for ya? While I can’t speak to their comfort level, I can say without a doubt that these are the coolest chairs you’ll ever see. I need #11 in my life yesterday.

1. Animal Chairs

2. The Skull Chair

3. The Cut Chair

4. Suitcase Chairs

5. Coffee Chairs

6. Hybrid Chairs

7. The Ghost Chair

8. The Inception Chair

9. The Prickly Chair

10. Lathe Chairs

11. The Hollow Chair

12. The Pink Chair

13. Skull Armchair

14. The Samurai Chair

15. The Quiet Chair

16. Customized Panton Chair

17. The Peacock Chair

18. Quartz Armchair

19. Magica Chairs

20. Spike Chairs

21. The Layers Cloud Chair

22. The Fadeout Chair

23. The Bloom Chair

24. (Another) Ghost Chair

25. The Millipede Chair

26. The Splash Chair

27. The ReLegs Chair

28. The Democracy Rules Chair

29. The Flip Chair

30. The All In One Chair

The Chair Inside A Chair

(via Bored Panda and Demilked.) Can we get all of these in our office? Eh, boss? Share the sweet styles with your friends using the button below!

A Man Spent Years Taking Photos Of One Small Town. When You Look Closer, You’ll See Why.

Artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith has spent hours upon hours photographing one special town that he holds very dear to his heart. There is something that always drew him to it, and the images he created are simple, but stunning. They glow with small-town charm and innocence, reminiscent of days and decades past.

The town he photographs is quaint and beautiful.

It’s like each picture tells a story of how life used to be in the United States.

There’s not much going on in these pictures, but it’s obvious that this town is nothing but charm.

But, as it turns out, also not real.

Michael builds custom miniature models and sets, meticulously crafting every detail.

Then, the 60 year-old photographer creates the hyper-realistic images.

If you didn’t know any better, you might think these are vintage photos of a town from a few decades ago…

And NOT the extremely small models this man built.

He started building these models as an exercise. He wanted to practice his craft and also photography.

He never imagined it would be a “dream-like reconstruction” of the town he grew up in.

To Michael, this is what quintessential America looked like when he was a kid.

It is absolutely beautiful.

If “Elgin Park” were a real town, I would love to live there.

He creates the scenes by setting up Danbury Mint and Franklin Mint die cast autos and trucks in front of his models on card tables.

Then, he uses the surrounding scenery to make the backgrounds for the photos.

The perspective has to be JUST right…

Usually the resulting photos are completely convincing.

Even when you know what’s going on behind the scenes.

It’s all an illusion.

But Michael is able to make an incredibly convincing one.

His selfies aren’t part of the official photo series, but I think they just add to the charm of his work.

If you’d like to see more pictures of this perfect American town, visit the Elgin Park website. To learn more about Michael’s work, please visit the Craftsmanship Museum website for a full writeup on his talents and process. Source: Amusing Planet Michael’s work is a reminder of how things used to be (and how we may remember them). Share his unique photography with others.

This Company Makes Cookie Dough That’s MEANT To Be Eaten Raw. I Need It.

As they declared on their website, Edoughble is “not your cookie-cutter cookie dough company.” In what might be the greatest show of confidence in the deliciousness of one’s product, they make their cookie dough in a way that won’t get you sick if you eat it raw.

This might be news to some of you, but you can, in fact, get food poisoning from eating uncooked cookie dough, thanks to the raw eggs in it. With Edoughble, you don’t have to worry about that. No, you can just open the container and go town just like you usually would, but with total peace of mind…well, sort of. It’s not calorie free or anything. Take a look at the future of break-up eating below.

Edoughble

Raw cookie dough you can safely eat.

Oh, yeah. This is the good stuff.

Chocolate Chip Off The Ol’ Block

S’More Please

Birthday Bash

Cookies N’ Dream

I’ll have one of each. Wait…all of each.

(via Reddit)

I’ll never bake cookies again. I’ll still eat cookies, of course, but there’s no way you’re getting me anywhere near an oven. This stuff looks too good.