• This Guy Takes Photos of Buildings and then Uses the Sky as His Canvas

    This Guy Takes Photos of Buildings and then Uses the Sky as His Canvas

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    In an ongoing series entitled Sky Art, artist Thomas Lamadieu aka Roots Art, takes photos of buildings and cityscapes wherever he travels. Many of his images point skyward using a fisheye lens. He then uses the sky in each photo as his canvas, filling it with illustrations that incorporate the sky’s natural colour. To…

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  • 27 Tips from the World’s Smartest Duck

    27 Tips from the World’s Smartest Duck

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Actual Advice Mallard is a popular online ‘advice animal‘ best known for doling out straightforward advice that is helpful, useful and informative. The image macro super duck provides a mashup of life hacks, pro tips and otherworldly advice to help you with your day-to-day life. Below is a ‘best of’ from the world’s smartest…

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  • Mechanical Insects Made from Old Watch Parts and Discarded Objects

    Mechanical Insects Made from Old Watch Parts and Discarded Objects

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    The son of a gearhead and grandson to a railroad man, artist Justin Gershenson-Gates has always been surrounded by all things mechanical. A self-proclaimed tinkerer and disassembler, Justin now takes apart old watches and other discarded objects and turns them into recycled mechanical sculptures and jewellery. As he states on his profile page: “My…

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  • This Futuristic Sandbox Lets You Build Erupting Volcanoes and Flowing Rivers

    This Futuristic Sandbox Lets You Build Erupting Volcanoes and Flowing Rivers

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Photograph by SandyStation Using a Microsoft Kinect 3D camera, a data projector and simulation and visualization software (for lava and water flow), researchers have developed a futuristic sandbox that lets you build erupting volcanoes and flowing rivers in an augmented reality environment. Researchers in the Czech Republic developed a version they call SandyStation, while…

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  • These Portraits Were Drawn with Just a Pencil

    These Portraits Were Drawn with Just a Pencil

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Artist Diego Fazio (better known online as DiegoKoi and previously featured here) can do some incredible things with a pencil. His hyperrealistic portraits are so lifelike, many may confuse his drawings for black and white photographs. Born in 1989 in Lamezia, Italy, the emerging talent is self-taught; starting his career as a tattoo artist.…

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  • This is the Most Interesting Mineral You Will See Today

    This is the Most Interesting Mineral You Will See Today

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Photograph via THE ARKENSTONE/IROCKS.COM Rob Lavinsky of The Arkenstone (www.irocks.com) brought this fascinating mineral to market, selling it to a buyer for $5,000. The specimen, which Lavinsky describes as Chalcedony on Chrysocolla stalactites (pocket), measures 9 x 7 x 6 cm. It was originally obtained by Frank Valenzuela back in the 1960s from the…

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  • Standing on the Bulbous Bow of the World’s Largest Ocean Liner

    Standing on the Bulbous Bow of the World’s Largest Ocean Liner

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Photograph by James Morgan / Cunard Line Cunard recently captured dramatic photographs of Captain Kevin Oprey, Master of Queen Mary 2, standing on the ship’s bulbous bow a mile off the coast of Bali during the ship’s World Cruise in her 10th anniversary year. A bulbous bow is a protruding bulb at the bow…

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  • How a Rescue Dog from Taiwan and Baby Boy from LA became Best Friends

    How a Rescue Dog from Taiwan and Baby Boy from LA became Best Friends

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    The story of Zoey and Jasper starts in Taiwan. Seven years ago a student discovered a litter of six puppies that had been abandoned on the street corner. She took them in and cared for them for the first month, pleading for help online to find the abandoned pups new homes. Joy, a volunteer…

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  • This 3000 Year Old Amulet Kind of Looks Like a Gummy Bear

    This 3000 Year Old Amulet Kind of Looks Like a Gummy Bear

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Photographer Unknown via innuendoPL The story goes that this amber bear amulet was found in 1887 in a peat bog near Slupsk, a city in northern Poland. The amber bear is believed to be from the Neolithic period and was dated between 1700 and 650 BC. Until 1945 the ‘amber bear of happiness‘ was…

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  • The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

    The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic Top 100 at the end of the year (check out the ‘Top 100 POTDs for 2013‘!). It’s hard to believe we’re already 1/4 of the way through 2014. I can’t wait to see what…

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Apr 24, 2014

From Beams to Branches by Henrique Oliveira

From Beams to Branches by Henrique Oliveira

In this incredible installation by Henrique Oliveira (featured previously), we see architectural beams and columns morph into tree branches. Entitled Baitogogo, the 2,200 sq ft (204 sq. m) site-specific installation was on display from 21 June 2013 to 9 September 2013 at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. According to dezeen: The large installation was…

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Apr 24, 2014

Kanzi, a Male Bonobo, Learns How to Build a Fire and Toast Marshmallows

Kanzi, a Male Bonobo, Learns How to Build a Fire and Toast Marshmallows

Kanzi (born October 28, 1980) is a male bonobo currently living in the United States at Georgia State University’s Language Research Center. On a recent episode of BBC’s Monkey Planet, we see Kanzi build a fire, light it using matches and proceed to toast marshmallows on it. The bonobo (Pan paniscus) is a great…

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Apr 23, 2014

Picture of the Day: Blue Hour in Bruges

Picture of the Day: Blue Hour in Bruges

BLUE HOUR IN BRUGES Photograph by Arcalino / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 In this stunning capture by Arcalino, we see the city of Bruges at ‘blue hour’, as seen from Rozenhoedkaai street. Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It…

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Apr 23, 2014

These Guys Just BASE Jumped from the Very Top of the World’s Tallest Building

These Guys Just BASE Jumped from the Very Top of the World’s Tallest Building

At 829.8 meters (2,722 ft), the Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world. Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen broke a new World Record by BASE jumping from above the pinnacle by way of a custom-built platform constructed at the very top of the structure. The jump, sponsored by Skydive Dubai, was…

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Apr 23, 2014

24 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

24 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

One of the greatest components of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the Sifter’s personal favourites is r/ColorizedHistory (featured previously). The principal contributors are a mix of professional and amateur colorizers and restorers that bring historic photos to life through color.…

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Apr 23, 2014

This is What a Major Intersection with No Traffic Lights Looks Like

This is What a Major Intersection with No Traffic Lights Looks Like

In this timelapse video we see the intersection at Meskel Square, the nerve center of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While the square is a primary site for the city’s large festivals and celebrations, it is also a chaotic crossroad for thousands and thousands of vehicles daily. Organized confusion at its finest. Pedestrians, walk with care!…

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Apr 22, 2014

Picture of the Day: A Satellite View of Earth on Earth Day

Picture of the Day: A Satellite View of Earth on Earth Day

A SATELLITE VIEW OF EARTH ON EARTH DAY Satellite Image by NASA NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 11:45 UTC/7:45 a.m. EDT. The data from GOES-East was made into an image by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight…

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