This Week’s Top 5 User Submitted Stories #25

If you have a story that’s interesting to more people than you and your mother – share it with everyone else! The best stories will be featured on BoredPanda.com home page and will have a chance to cure 10,000 people from boredom everyday.

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Mystical Spanish Forests Captured In Enchanting Photos By Guillermo Carballa

Guillermo Caballa, a talented photographer based in Vigo, Spain, loves to take beautiful photos in the forests of Galicia together with his lovely dog Malu.

Caballa’s photos, which he shoots with an Olympus E-M5, caught our eye not just for their beauty, but for their distinctively introspective atmosphere as well. Most of his photos feature lonely forests wreathed in thick fog and a pensive man going for a walk, often together with the ever-loyal Malu. Their subdued but picturesque mood seems to calm and comfort the weary soul.

For more photos of mystical forests, be sure to check out this post about the Hallerbos forest in Belgium.

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New Hyperrealistic Sculptures by Ron Mueck

We wrote about Ron Mueck’s hyperrealistic human sculptures three years ago, and now he is back with three more incredible works. Mueck never rushes the scrupulous process – the sculptures, called “Young Couple,” “Woman with Shopping Bags” and “Couple under an Umbrella”, took him two years to create.  They will be on exposition in Paris at the Fondation Cartier through September 29.

The new trio remains consistent with Mueck’s style – London-based artist demonstrates amazing attention to detail in his work, making it feel as if you’re looking at somebody else’s private and intimate moment or their own mirror. The fact that his sculptures usually exceed real-life people sizes does not minimize how realistic they are. [Read more…]

“I never made life-size figures because it never seemed to be interesting. We meet life-size people every day,” says Mueck.

Mueck is known for not being big on interviews and talking about his work. The most revealing insights on his work so far were made by photographer Gautier Deblonde, who was exclusively allowed to film a documentary in Mueck’s studio. Even then the artist said very few words in the whole 52-minute film. His art speaks for itself!

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Couple Under An Umbrella

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Previous Works

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20 Life Hacks To Make Parenting More Fun

As wonderful and important as children are, raising them can be a whole lot of work. From changing your babies’ diapers and dealing with their childish tantrums to keeping your teens out of trouble and… dealing with their childish tantrums, parenting can take a toll on parents. [Read more…]

Fortunately, the internet has come up with a bunch of tips, tricks and life hacks to help make mommies’ and daddies’ lives a little bit easier. These aren’t just quirky gimmicks – some of these seem like really innovative ways to either make parents’ tasks more efficient or to teach your kids important lessons, like saving energy, sharing and listening to others. An astronaut duvet can make our kids excited about going to bed while Forget-me-not Kid Mittens will give your kid a cute and cozy way to hold your hand in a crowd.

Everybody’s probably got some kind of great parenting tip – either something that worked with their kids or something that worked on them. If you’ve got one, share it with us! If not, which of these would you like to try?

1. Get a Baby Stroller and Scooter Hybrid

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2. Use a Rope To Swing Your Kid While Having a Beer

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3. Make This Table Hammock With A Bedsheet

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4. Use An Old Box to Make Them A Cardboard Slide

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5. Use A Fan To Inflate Your Children’s Bed Fort

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6. Make Your Kids Get Along with a Get-Along Shirt

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7. Stop Losing Your Kid with Forget-me-not Kid Mittens

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8. Keep Your Baby’s Eyes Safe And Dry with a Baby Shower Cap

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9. Play Videogames Together With Them And Their Disconnected Controllers

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10. Use These Cute Outfits to Help Others Tell Your Twins Apart (Or For You, But Don’t Tell Anyone)

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11. Make Your Infant Clean The House with A Baby Mop Suit

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12. Use These Animals So They Don’t Forget To Brush Their Teeth

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13. Use This Knight’s Helmet to Help Them Keep Warm

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14. Get Your Children To Bed With This Astronaut Duvet

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15. Use Socks To Keep The Toilet Seat Warm

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16. Give Them This To Help Them Battle Scary Monsters At Night

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17. Use a Muffin Cup To Protect Them From Melted Icecream

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18. Teach Your Children To Save Power With These Eco-Reminder Stickers

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19. Wear This Jacket to Teach Them a Lesson

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20. Use a Vacuum To Tie Your Daughter’s Hair

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How about you? What parenting tricks do you know?

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Maldives Beach Looks Like Starry Night Sky

This glistening beach is not part of a magical Disney or Pixar sequence – it’s actually a perfectly natural occurrence. These glistening dots of light, captured on a beach in the Maldives by Taiwanese photographer William Ho, are caused by microscopic organisms called bioluminescent phytoplankton, or Lingulodinium polyedrum for the scientifically inclined.

These plankton are part of a red tide, which is when the population of phytoplankton like these explodes in a certain location, coloring the water a dull orange-red. Some of the organisms that form red tides are directly toxic to marine wildlife and humans, while others simply produce toxins that accrue in shellfish, making them unsafe to eat. [Read more…]

At night, however, the red waters take on a completely different hue. These organisms react to changes in water tension and to acidity by giving off light, so every wave break and paddle causes them to give off light. Surfers who surf a red tide at night leave a trail of shining water, and steps taken in soaked sand leave shimmering imprints. Boats traveling through bioluminescent red tides leave especially impressive light trails.

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Guy Turns His Old Bike Into Pedal-Powered Treehouse Elevator

If you decide to live in a tree house, prepare yourself that the idea will also have some downsides to it as well. Ethan Schlussler from Sandpoint, Idaho eventually got tired of “climbing a ladder six and a half million times a day” just to get up to his house, and that led him to a great solution. Ethan constructed an amazing bicycle-powered elevator to get him to his house that’s 30 feet above the ground! [Read more…]

“It was originally a 20-something speed bicycle, but first gear wasn’t slow enough, so I cut the large sprocket off the front, and welded it on the rear to get a lower gear. I also had to do away with the de-railers and make a new chain tensioner,” says Ethan. The customized bicycle now gets Ethan to his tree house by moving up a giant chain as the guy pedals. Getting back down, naturally, is a lot easier!

Ethan’s bicycle-powered elevator clearly earns a place on the list of 30 Weird And Awesome Inventions – and we got a feeling that there are enough creative people out there to keep the list growing!

How long do you think Ethan will keep pedaling his up like that?

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“I got tired of climbing a ladder six and a half million times a day, so I made a bicycle powered elevator to solve this problem,” says Ethan.

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Breathtaking Underwater Bedroom in Maldives

This amazing underwater bedroom suite sits 16 feet below sea level of the Indian Ocean, at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island,  surrounded by a coral reef and encased in clear acrylic glass. Unsurprisingly, this watery idyll also comes with an eye-watering price – bookings need to be made at least 14-days in advance, and according to Maldives Traveller it will set you back a cool USD$11,710 per night for the privilege. [1]

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Hidden Macro World Revealed By Japanese Photographer Miki Asai

Japanese photographer Miki Asai is an incredibly talented macro photographer who accompanies ants as they explore a miniature world of stones, flowers and water – mostly within her own garden.

It all began when she got her macro lens and started taking photos in her garden. “As I was looking through the viewfinder, I noticed there were beautiful raindrops and a tiny ant walking through the frame,” Asai told 500px. “I might not have even seen it if I wasn’t using a macro lens. So I thought to myself—how can I shoot these things more beautifully?” [Read more…]

Asai, who lives on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, is opposed to controlling the ants in her photos. “I learned that when it comes to living things—if you want to achieve the shot that’s in your head—patience is really the only way,” she said. “I’ve been asked by others how I control ants, but humans shouldn’t be able to control them. You’ve got to use a tripod, an appropriate shutter speed and depth of field, then rely on your own passion and patience.”

To capture these amazing miniature moments, Asai uses the Canon EOS Kiss X5 and the Canon EF-S60mm F2.8 macro USM lens. To see more of her enchanting photos, be sure to check out her 500px account! And if you like her work, be sure to check out Vyacheslav Mishchenko and Thomas Shahan.

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12 Of The Coolest Offices In The World

Some offices can be boring and stifling, but definitely not these – we made a list of the coolest and most well-designed office spaces in the world.

Not all work spaces were created equal – some can reduce workers’ morale while others can keep them happy and inspire them to be more energetic and creative. For companies like Google, which require smart, creative and in-demand workers, such offices offer a competitive edge when trying to attract young and intelligent employees. [Read more…]

There are many different ways to make an office cater to its workers. Some of these offices feature athletic equipment that helps workers reduce stress or get their blood flowing (which is always important if you sit behind a desk all day). Others feature lounges where workers can relax and feel at home. At some, the offices are designed to encourage workers to think more creatively or playfully.

Some of the ideas used in these offices overlap with the list of amazing home design ideas we’ve written about, while others are specific to a work environment. This makes sense, however, since offices can sometimes seem like a second home!

Did we miss your office? Feel free to share images of your workspace in the comments!

Selgas Cano Architecture Office

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Google

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Inventionland Design Factory

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Pallotta Teamworks

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Dropbox

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Airbnb

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Facebook

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Nokia

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Urban Outfitters

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Lego

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Zynga

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White Mountain Office

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Couple Creates Awesome Wedding Invitations Inspired by Movie Posters

Getting hitched is a big occasion, but when it came to the wedding invitations, newlyweds Joshua and Rachel Watson were having none of the usual bland wedding invitation card business. With the help of photographer Jordan Nakamura, Joshua (who is a photographer himself) and Rachel starred in their own personal set of movie posters. The posters then went out to wedding guests as DVD case covers with CDs inside that featured a mix of their favorite music. [Read more…]

The movie posters in this wonderful and creative set are faithful, near-perfect recreations of posters for movies like “Inception” and “Casablanca”, while the show posters simply draw on elements of some of their favorite shows, like “Mad Men”. What movie’s next for the Watsons? My guess is The Pacifier (hint: it’s Vin Diesel playing a fish-out-of-water babysitter). Best of luck for the newlyweds!

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