Sure, This View Is Breathtaking. But It’s What’s On The Beach That’ll Leave You Speechless.

There is no one way to define “art.” It can come in many shapes and sizes. Take Andrew van der Merwe’s art for example: he specializes in using nature and his own talents to create something truly wonderful. Andrew makes sand calligraphy using special tools. He draws delicate lines in the sand, using a technique that he has been developing for the past 8 years. The results are absolutely incredible.

He spends hours creating delicate sand art, knowing it’s only temporary.

Wind, water or people will erase what he created.

After carving the letters in the sand, he quickly photographs them.

The DSLR he uses to take the photos is a Nikon D700.

Somehow, he manages to leave no footprints while he works.

The forms and “letters” he uses were originally based on African writing systems. But, he likes to experiment with the shapes.

Andrew has had 20 years of experience as a calligrapher, but he finds challenges with his work every day.

(H/T My Modern Met) You can see more of his stunning calligraphy on his online portfolio. Andrew has merged multiple art forms, creating something precious, temporary and beautiful. Andrew, who lives in Cape Town, South Africa, goes by the title “the world’s first beach calligrapher.” Imagine getting married on the beach and having these delicate forms as your backdrop. Beautiful. Share his art and expression with others.

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Here Are 20 Things You Had No Idea Your Microwave Could Do. Life Just Got A Lot Better

Many people have a microwave in their home, and most of those people use it every day. Odds are, though, they’re just using it to heat up day-old pizza or frozen dinners. Here are some pretty nifty microwave hacks that you can use to make your life easier. You can thank us later.

1.) Cutting onions just got easier.

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2.) Apparently, you can re-use stamps.

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3.) Make nasty brown sugar nice again.

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4.) In case you need to clean a disgusting microwave.

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5.) Another cleanup tip.

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6.) How to cook fish well.

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7.) Dry herbs in the microwave.

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8.) Fix your old honey this way.

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9.) A good way to get a hot compress FAST.

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10.) Get more juice out of your citrus this way.

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11.) Figure out if your containers are safe for the microwave.

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12.) Keep your bread nice and moist.

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13.) How to peel garlic super quick

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14.) Peel these foods like a champ.

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15.) Poached eggs without all of the mess or “cooking.”

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16.) Don’t want to soak beans overnight?

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17.) Eat stale bread, the better way.

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18.) How to cook certain foods in the microwave without explosions.

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19.) Eat potato chips… forever.

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20.) Want toasty nuts?

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(H/T The Chive) Microwaves aren’t just for re-heating food items that are bad for you. They can help you legitimately cook, clean and generally improve your life. Just make sure to avoid putting aluminum foil in them. That never ends well. Share these helpful tips with others by clicking on the button below.

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This Nepalese Hindu Festival Is The Ultimate Dog Lovers Celebration.

Every year in Nepal, dogs really do get their day during the Hindu celebration Tihar. The five day festival features different themes of worship for each day, the second being reserved for man’s best friend.

Similar to the Indian festival of Diwali, it is also known as the Festival of Lights. The participants pay reverence to the gods as well as animals they hold in high regard, including crows and cows along with the pups.

Dogs are believed to be the messenger of Lord Yamaraj, the god of death.

Special garlands and delicious treats are given to dogs as a sign of respect for their loyalty and connection with humans.

Known as Kukur Puja, the colorful festival also include vibrant powdered paint.

Participants also go door to door singing and dancing and light up the night with candles each evening.

I’m sure our pooches would appreciate some extra special pampering from us now and then, too.

This guy seems a little overwhelmed, though.

Dogs definitely deserve all the love and affection for their adorable fluffy faces. 

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Newsflash: You’ve Been Cutting Your Food All Wrong. Wise Up.

I know we all hate being wrong, but the sad fact is that most of us are big ol’ dummies when it comes to slicing up our food. Not many people get specific lessons as they grow up when it comes to cooking. Trust me, in this case, ignorance isn’t bliss. If you’ve always felt too timid to take an onion to the cutting board, live in fear no more. In fact, you’ll never have to sacrifice flavor in your dishes by leaving out hard-to-cut items. We’ve got the scoop on how to turn your kitchen hell into home cooked heaven. You’re welcome.

Tomatoes: Stabilize them between two plates and slice right through.

Kiwi: Turns into its own tiny little bowl!

Mango: No more juice running down your arms.

Watermelon: Keep your face clean without sacrificing any yummy melon.

Mandarin Oranges: Make them even EASIER to enjoy.

Pomegranates: Now just as fun as those chocolate orange things you get at Christmas.

Avocado: Just like kiwi, it turns into its own bowl.

Cake: Cut through the middle, no more dried out leftovers the next day.

Carrots: This might actually be magic.

Limes: More juice = more gin and tonics!

Onions: Gets the job done quicker and cuts back on tears.

Banana: Take a tip from our primate friends, pinch the bottom tip and peel.

Artichoke: Use lemon to keep it from discoloring.

Apple: Invest in power tools.

(via Distractify.) Okay, actually that last one is just for the more advanced peelers. Work your way up to that one. Share these tips with your friends using the link below.

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If You Hate Your Neighbors Or Fear A Zombie Apocalypse, This Isolated House Is Absolutely Perfect.

Off the south coast of Iceland there is an island group called Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands in English), and one of those islands is Elliðaey. A tiny little island sticking out of the cold North Atlantic Ocean which is solely populated by seabirds that use the island as a nesting site, particularly puffins. What makes this little island so interesting is the single mysterious house that stands on it.

The only house on Elliðaey island off the coast of Iceland. Some 300 years ago this island was inhabited by five families that lived in huts and survived on fishing, raising cattle on the island and hunting for puffins nesting on its cliffs.

Years later, in 1953, the Hunting Association of Iceland decided to build a lodge on the island for their members to use during the puffin hunting season, that lodge is now the only standing building left on this remote island. The mainland of Iceland can be seen there in the background.

It has no electricity and no internet connection…but it does have a nice sauna. The drinking water is gathered from the atmosphere into a specially made collecting system

Mowing the lawn would be quite the task.

The whole island in all of its glory.

Unfortunately, only the Hunting Association members have the privilege of staying there, so a weekend cabin trip is out of the question for us. But one thing is certain – this is the perfect place to hide from zombies.

Source: whenonearth.net

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Disney World Is Awesome… But It’s The Janitors There That Really Blow Me Away. WOW.

At Disney World, even the janitors are magical. As a janitor (a.k.a., a custodial guest) at Disney World, this girl gets to help keep the happiest place on earth nice and tidy. She sweeps the streets… but she can do much more than just that. She and the other members of her custodial guest team can do quite a special trick for the other guests at the park. Just give them a mop and bucket, and you’ll see.

The janitors there aren’t just janitors.

They can “paint” Disney characters using just a bucket of water and a broom or mop.

Each of them can draw about 15-20 characters.

“Sometimes for fun, we would go up against each other in “drawing battles” and let the audience decide who wins.”

Practice makes perfect! “I once visited Disneyland, and saw the local custodians doing water art and I asked if I could try. They didn’t know I was from Disney World…”

After dark, she would practice different characters.

Like Simba here!

Stitch was a frequently requested character.

As were all of the Disney classics, like Donald Duck.

Lady, her favorite character, wasn’t too popular with the younger generation.

Many janitors had their own “signature characters” that other custodians wouldn’t draw, like Mike from Monsters Inc.

Or Carl from Up.

Source: Reddit Even though many of the employees at Disney World were seasonal or temporary, they enjoyed embracing their roles there and learning as many characters to draw as they could. Hundreds of people would gather to watch them create water art… it’s an amazing part of the job! Share their unique talents with others by clicking on the button below.

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How Many Countries Can You Identify From Just One Picture?

  1. Let's start things off nice and easy. What country is this? Getty Images/Keith Levit Photography RF Keith Levit Photography

    ✓ X France

    Duh. You can see the Eiffel Tower.

  2. Another easy one. Where is this? Getty Images/iStockphoto upthebanner

    ✓ X United States

    That is the Statue of Liberty. In New York City. In the United States. You knew that.

  3. OK, getting a bit tougher. What country is this? Getty Images/iStockphoto BackyardProduction

    ✓ X Australia

    If you look closely on the left side of the image, you should see the Sydney Opera House.

  4. Continuing on — where is this? Getty Images/iStockphoto DC_Colombia

    ✓ X Argentina

    That’s the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires. It’s one of the most well-known and (admittedtly) touristy areas in the city.

  5. Where would you go to find this scene? Getty Images/iStockphoto SeanPavonePhoto

    ✓ X South Korea

    Yup, that’s in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

  6. Which African country should you visit if you want to see this scene? Getty Images/iStockphoto shujaa_777

    ✓ X Kenya

    That’s a view of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

  7. Things are getting tough. Where is this? Getty Images/iStockphoto kiwisoul

    ✓ X Laos

    Those balloons are rising over Laos, a country in Southeast Asia.

  8. What's the location of this beautiful scene? Getty Images/iStockphoto Freeartist

    ✓ X Austria

    That’s the picturesque village of Hallstatt, an area designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  9. Where should you travel to find this? Flickr: 29865701@N02 / Creative Commons

    ✓ X Bulgaria

    That’s the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital.

  10. This looks relaxing — but where is it? Getty Images/iStockphoto Engin Korkmaz

    ✓ X Tunisia

    Yep, that’s Tunisia! It’s the town of Sidi Bou Said, which has functioned as a home for numerous famous artists over the years.

  11. Where can you find this stunning piece of architecture? Getty Images/iStockphoto mtcurado

    ✓ X Honduras

    This church can be found in the capital city of Tegucigalpa.

  12. Definitely tough. What country is this? Flickr: brianharringtonspier / Creative Commons

    ✓ X Tajikistan

    A scene from the capital of Dushanbe.

  13. Which (small) country would you have to visit to take this picture yourself? Getty Images/iStockphoto slava296

    ✓ X San Marino

    To take this picture yourself, you’ll need to head up to Monte Titano, the highest peak in San Marino.

  14. Where is this skyline located? Getty Images/iStockphoto typhoonski

    ✓ X Bahrain

    That nighttime cityscape can only be found in Bahrain.

  15. Have any idea where this is? Flickr: dzutte / Creative Commons

    ✓ X Mauritius

    The Grand Bassin is a sacred lake and one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites outside of India.

  16. What country contains this scene? Getty Images/iStockphoto mtcurado

    ✓ X Cameroon

    That’s Douala, the largest city in Cameroon.

  17. One more — got any clue where this is? Getty Images/iStockphoto commoner28th

    ✓ X Pakistan

    You’ll find this stunning place of worship, the Badshahi Mosque, in the city of Lahore.

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16 Real Life Side Show Workers That Probably Inspired “American Horror Story: Freak Show”

1. Edward Mordrake

Edward Drake was a 19th century man who suffered from Diprosopus, or cranial duplication. While there is some dispute to the veracity of his story, according to the 1990 book Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine he was purported to have a second face on the back of his head that could only laugh and cry. He claimed the face spoke to him at night, and was so distressed that he killed himself at age 23.

The third and fourth episodes of Freak Show feature a fictionalized Edward Mordrake.

2. Schlitzie

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Schlitzie was a man with microcephaly, a condition that causes a sloping head and smaller brain. In addition to being featured in the cult film Freaks, Schlitzie was enormously successful in sideshows, working in all the biggest circuses of the day. Reportedly, Schlitzie loved performing, which he did up until his death at age 70.

Initially buried in an unmarked grave, in 2009 fans collected money for a grave marker.

3. Daisy and Violet Hilton

 

Daisy and Violet Hilton were conjoined twins active in side shows during the 1930s. They endured lifelong abuse at the hands of shady managers, and were eventually abandoned North Carolina after a show. With no income and no means of transportation, they sought work in a grocery store.

They were found dead in 1969, victims of the flu. Daisy had died first. Violet lived for several more days before also dying.

4. The Doll Family

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The Doll Family were German dwarf siblings who performed in circuses and side shows. They were extremely successful and worked extensively in film. Two of the siblings, Harry and Daisy, starred in the cult classic Freaks, and all four were featured in The Wizard of Oz as munchkins.

5. Robert Huddleston and Ella Harper

 

Robert Huddleston and Ella Harper, AKA Pony Boy and Camel Girl, were sideshow performers with unusual posture who found success in the sideshow circuit, albeit 50 years apart.

Robert grew up on a farm before spending decades in the circus, and eventually retired to California where he spent his later years restoring cars and raising rabbits. He died in 1970.

Ella performed in circuses in the late 1800s, intending to quit after she raised enough money to go to school. It appears that she succeeded. After 1886 there is no further mention of Ella, save for a 1905 marriage certificate.

6. The Monster of Ravenna

 

In 1512 reports spread of a monster born in Ravenna with bat wings for arms and a single horn upon its head. Dozens of woodcuts and drawings exist, and Pope Julius II ordered the creature to be starved to death.

While there’s no definite account of what the monster was, it was certainly a human born with a severe genetic disorder, misunderstood and feared at the time. Nobody knows what became of it.

7. Mignon the Penguin Girl and Earl Davis the Frog Boy

 

Mignon (which means “cute” in French) was a woman born with phocomelia in the early 1900’s. She married twice in her life, first to an average sized man, and had a child without deformities. Later she married a retired acrobat named Earl Davis, and they performed together for the next several years. They retired, and the remainder of their lives are mystery.

8. Bill Durks, the Man With Three Eyes

 

Bill Durks was born in 1913 with frontonasal dysplasia, a condition where the two halves of the face fail to meet. Bill was shy, had trouble speaking, and was denied an education because of his appearance. As a result, he was illiterate.

In the sideshow circuit, Bill found fame and fortune. A friend taught him to read and write, and he gained confidence from performing in front of a crowd. He fell in love with Mildred the Alligator-Skinned Woman, and they spent many happy years together. He died in 1975.

9. Fanny Mills, the Bigfoot Lady

Fanny Mills was born in 1860 with a condition known as Milroy’s Disease, which causes extreme swelling of the lower extremities. During her time in the circus, a reward of five thousand dollars was offered to any man willing to marry Fanny.

Fanny was already happily married, however, and her $150 a week salary afforded her a comfortable lifestyle until her death at an untimely age of 32.

10. Myrtle Corbin, the Four-Legged Woman

 

Myrtle Corbin was born in 1868 with a parasitic twin dangling from her midsection. She could move the legs of her twin, but they were malformed with only three toes. She earned $450 a week, an astronomical salary in the day. She had five children and passed away at age 60.

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When I Get Bored At Work, I Play Solitaire. This Waiter Does Something EPIC.

When this server gets bored at work, he didn’t just text his friends or think about what time he was getting off. Instead, he did something so elaborate and creative, it should be considered a work of art. It’s possible that his job is driving him just a little bit insane, but the results are pretty epic.

It all started out with a typical order pad (quarter shown for scale).

Instead of wasting an entire sheet on one table, this server decided to re-use each piece of paper by writing small.

Really, really small.

Really, really, ridiculously small.

Seriously, did the same server write for the opening credits in Se7en?

He even began to get creative with it…

His level of talent and/or insanity is impressive.

Each of these works of art were created by writing down teeny, tiny orders.

You can probably let your jaw hit the floor now.

Get ready for this one…

Wait for it…

Boom. Best server’s order ticket ever.

Not only are each of his creations completely unique, but they’re also completed during downtime at work. WIN. Source

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You Would Think This Is Just Random Computer Parts At First. But What This Guy Built Is AWESOME.

If you were alive during the 1980s, then you’ll know how awesome arcade games used to be. Classic games like Pac-Man, Missile Command, Berzerk and Defender were all epic. Not only that, but countless other arcade games were developed in time. They were simpler than modern games like Guitar Hero or Dance, Dance, Revolution, but they were still highly addictive. The sheer nostalgia of hearing the sound effects may be enough to sweep you off your feet. That’s why one brilliant Reddit user decided to build his very own, hand-held arcade game. It’s adorable, it’s functional, and I need one. Right now.

He started with a screen and some hardware.

At this point, it’s kind of hard to tell where he is going with this…

But once he started constructing the frame, it all came together.

It was a mini arcade game.

Adding a fresh coat of paint…

Then, carefully putting the boards, wires and screen inside of the grame.

Carefully measuring out the placement for the buttons.

A bottle for scale. This thing was going to be tiny (and awesome).

Now WITH the buttons (so cute).

Adding a bit more detailing and paint.

Connecting the hardware…

Lots o’ decals!

Looking pretty legit.

The result? A thing of beauty.

His tech notes for wiring. A lot more went into this creation than you can know.

Watch the video below to see his creation in action:

The “mame4all” software he currently has running on this tiny machine supports about 2,100 games in the current build. That means there are literally thousands of classic arcade games to be played on that tiny standup machine. I’m drooling. Source: Reddit What he created was just plain awesome. Share it!

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