He Gave His Daughter The Room Of Her Dreams By Hand-Painting An Epic Mural

Most little girls can rely on their dads for constant love and lots of entertainment.

I remember when I was a kid, my dad would chase me around the house roaring that he was the tickle monster. When he finally caught me, he would mercilessly tickle me, making me laugh until I cried. That memory is something I’ll always cherish, which I’m sure is exactly what this little girl will do after seeing the amazing thing her dad did for her.

When artist Adam Hargreaves’ daughter, Bobbie, complained that her room was too boring, he decided to repaint her walls. But when all was said and done, he had completely transformed her room into a Disney paradise that would make any little (or big) girl jealous.

My inner child is so jealous that I can’t take it anymore — is anyone else about to throw a fit, too? If you want to check out more of Hargreaves’ awesome art, you can find his Facebook page here.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/disney-painted-room/

This site is like IMDB, but for finding sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

With more survivors telling their stories, it can be hard to keep track of the Hollywood heavyweights accused of sexual harassment or assault.

And if former fans or viewers want to divest themselves from their work, it can present an even greater challenge — until now.

A new searchable database, Rotten Apples, (a riff on the name of popular film review site, Rotten Tomatoes) allows users to see if anyone accused of sexual misconduct plays a part (on screen or off) in their favorite films and television shows.

Simply type in the name of your favorite show or film — if it includes a writer, executive producer, director, or a cast member accused of sexual misconduct, the site will return a full list, including a link to a reputable news source detailing their known or alleged misdeeds.

Left to right: Photos by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for National Geographic; Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Kyboe!; Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images; David Maialetti/AFP/Getty Images.

The website is a great tool, but it’s not perfect — yet.

First, the site doesn’t take shows with multiple seasons into account. So Sen. Al Franken doesn’t come up when users type in “Saturday Night Live,” but he does come up when users select the film, “Stuart Saves His Family.”

And yes, he’s a musician, but for some reason, R. Kelly doesn’t come up when you search his film, “Trapped in the Closet,” which is terribly alarming as the allegations against him rank as some of the most heinous and detailed to date.

However, if visitors find any errors or omissions, they can submit them to the site for review. As more people use the page and additional accusers come forward, the strength and accuracy of the site will hopefully continue to grow.

Databases like this may seem unnecessary, but they’re actually tremendously powerful tools.

Survivors of sexual assault or abuse may have anxiety or distress seeing a known or alleged perpetrator appear in an otherwise innocuous film or television show. Feeling triggered is not a cry for attention or a meme-worthy joke, it’s a very real moment of panic or fear. Any site that prevents that type of anguish for people who’ve experienced trauma is not only useful, but potentially lifesaving.

Additionally, this site clearly illuminates just how pervasive this problem really is.

Sexual misconduct in Hollywood is more than just a few “rotten apples,” it’s a poison vine that’s been twisting around the industry for years.

But finally, some of these Hollywood honchos are facing consequences for their deplorable behavior and actions. A tool like this puts fans in control, as to whether they want to support (with their eyes or their dollars) the potentially criminal artists and makers responsible for some of their favorite shows and films.

For too long, people in power got a free pass when it came to sexual misconduct. But thankfully, that’s changing, and even once pristine apples are showing their spots.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/this-site-is-like-imdb-but-for-finding-sexual-misconduct-in-hollywood

Always Keep Vinegar In Your Home For These Awesome Reasons

Maybe it’s the fact it smells terrible or is pretty much useless when it comes to our daily lives, but that bottle of vinegar rarely gets opened.

Sure, you might occasionally use it in recipes, but since grocery stores generally refuse to sell vinegar in quantities less than a liter, the bottle often sits unused for long periods of time.

That is, until today!

These helpful tips will show you just how powerful that bottle can be. Not only will you use the entire thing up in no time, you’ll probably soon head back to the store to buy even more.

I was so wrong — vinegar very well may be the most useful ingredient I own!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/vinegar-uses/

What This Photographer Did Will Give You A Brand New Perspective On Where You Live

With the term “wanderlust” becoming somewhat of a buzzword, we often forget that our hometowns can host some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. People in the rolling hills of Ireland long to see the Manhattan skyline, people in Manhattan travel thousands of miles to see the French Riviera, and locals in Marseille want nothing more than to dip their feet in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean.

It seems as though everyone yearns to see all the beauty this planet has to offer without noticing the incredible sights that they pass by every day. That’s exactly why Canadian photographer Trevor Pottelberg challenged himself to capture the beauty of his homeland in an eye-opening new series.

This visually stunning project was born from a sense of frustration.

“At times,” he writes, “I find myself frustrated when I see landscape photographers from various places around the globe posting beautiful imagery of snow-capped mountains towering over shimmering emerald lakes…all captured from the comfort of their own backyards.”

While he pined for the ability to find that type of beauty outside his front door, Pottelberg challenged himself to find beauty in the expansive farmlands that surround his home in Ontario, Canada.

According to the artist, “After a few weeks of searching various backroads and hiking off beaten paths, I was able to find a number of hidden gems that were within a stone’s throw of my home.”

All of this searching actually helped Pottelberg gain a new appreciation for his home. These incredible images bring the understated beauty of this rustic locale to life.

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In fact, the photographs are so astoundingly beautiful that Pottelberg’s work has attracted attention from naysayers who claim that the images are totally manipulated.

But the skilled photographer wants viewers to rest assured that his artistry starts and ends behind the lens, and any digital retouching is minimal. Nothing is added or taken away from the images. He merely adjusts elements that are already there to fit his vision.

“I am an artist,” he writes. “I paint with light, not a brush.” And Pottelberg feels no need to defend basic retouches. “We use the tools of the trade to help us achieve the desired effects in our finished pieces, just like photographers did back in the darkroom days.”

Without incredible focus and technical skill, no amount of digital retouching in the world could possibly help someone achieve images like these. First and foremost, his talent is what shines through.

“My hope is to be respected and recognized as a true artist,” he writes. Based on this collection, there’s no possible way that Trevor Pottelberg could be seen as anything but a master of his craft.

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Nothing about these photographs is in any way lesser than scenic images of the world’s most iconic landscapes. That’s the magic of this series. Great art leaves viewers with room to think, and it allows people to draw comparisons between the work and their lived experiences. By all means, continue to travel and take in everything that the world has to offer. Just don’t forget to drink in the beauty that lives all around you.

To see more of Pottelberg’s stunning work, be sure to check out his website. If you still can’t get enough, follow him on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/close-to-home-photos/

If You Look Closely, You’ll Realize That She’s Not Alone In Her Self-Portraits

Embodying the art of paradox, Hungarian photographer Flora Borsi isn’t alone in her latest series of self-portraits. The collection, which is aptly called Animeyed, sees Borsi in collaboration with stunning animals in a way that’s surprisingly seamless.

Instead of making the animals conform to each scene, she transforms herself to mimic their appearances and attitudes. When you see the fruits of her labor, you’ll understand why this work has been shown in galleries around the world.

Borsi is transfixed by femininity and the female form, and she often explores “the relationship between body and self.”

She does so by revealing elements of women’s faces in innovative ways, focusing primarily on what are arguably the most dominant features — the eyes.

True to form, Borsi creates two focal points — both of which center around the eyes — in one uninterrupted image.

(via Visual News)

To see more of Borsi’s incredible work and learn about her mission as an artist, be sure to check out her website and Behance page.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/animal-self-portraits/

Give The Gift Of Food This Holiday Season With These Tasty Treats

We all have that one person on our Christmas list that is just impossible to shop for.

On my list, that person is my father. He likes to say that Christmas is just another day and that it has the emotional appeal of watching paint dry, so you can imagine how incredibly difficult it is to pick out gifts for him.

While my father couldn’t care less about Christmas, he LOVES to eat. So instead of purchasing something that he won’t use, I’m going to fill his stomach with holiday cheer this year. If you still have a question mark next to someone’s name on your list, check out these 20 gift ideas. They’re all 100 percent edible, and they’ll turn any Scrooge into a jolly old Saint Nick.

1. Give them their favorite cookie recipe in a jar.

2. Warm their heart (and their stomach) with these decorative soup mix ornaments.

3. Your friends and family won’t be salty if you give them their very own jar of homemade caramel goodness.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/edible-holiday-gifts/

He Took Everything Out Of This Closet And Turned It Into An Awesome Home Office

Making room for a baby in an already small apartment is no easy feat.

But when Redditor ed_case got the news that he was going to become a dad, he knew he had to clear some space. He also had to create an office for himself.

The solution? Turn the family’s tiny cupboard that was previously a catchall into a usable spot for him to work from home.

This was the cupboard before he got started — it’s pretty small and very packed.

First he had to get everything out of it, so he built a shed to store the overflow.

Wanting to spiff it up a bit, he added wood laminate flooring to the walls.

He began painting the adjacent wall before finishing the laminate to make the paint process easier later on.

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The room is really coming together…

He used special L-brackets to support an IKEA tabletop.

He also created holes in the wall to thread the sound and lighting cables.

With the counter, shelves, and lighting in, it was time for one finishing touch.

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Some wall art went up…

And there you have it!

It just goes to show that even the smallest space can be turned into a totally functional room!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/diy-office/

A group gave 105 homeless people disposable cameras. These are the photos they took.

On July 1, 105 homeless men and women gathered at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Each of them was given a disposable camera and told to take pictures that represent “my London.”

The photos were entered in an annual contest run by London-based nonprofit Cafe Art, which gives homeless artists the chance to have their work displayed around the city and, for some of the photographers who participate in the yearly challenge, in a print calendar.

“Some people have had experience, and others have never picked up a camera before,” said Paul Ryan, co-director of Cafe Art.

The program, Ryan explained, includes mentorship and training from professional volunteers at the Royal Photographic Society, including winners of the contest from previous years, many of whom are ultimately inducted into the society.

The goal of the challenge is to help participants gain the confidence to get back on the job market, search for housing, re-engage with their social circles, or even activate dormant skills.

“I really enjoyed it. And I started to get involved in my art again, which Id left for years,” a 2015 participant said in a video for the organization’s Kickstarter campaign.

These are 11 of the top vote-getters from this year’s contest:

1. Ella Sullivan “Heart Bike Rack”

2. Alana Del Valle “London Bus with Sculpture”

3. Beatrice “Out of the Blue”

4. Laz Ozerden “What Now?”

5. Leo Shaul “The Coffee Roaster”

6. Christopher McTavish “St. Paul’s in Reflection”

7. Hugh Gary “London Calling”

8. Keith Norris “Watching Mannequin”

9. Siliana “After the Rain”

10. Saffron Saidi “Graffiti Area”

11. Jackie Cook “Underground Exit”

Ryan, who has been developing the program for seven years, said that while there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for individuals who are homeless, for some who are too used to being “knocked back,” the experience of seeing their work on display or in print and of success can be invaluable.

“Everyone is helped in a different way, to get up to the next step in whatever way they need to.”

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/a-group-gave-105-homeless-people-disposable-cameras-these-are-the-photos-they-took?c=tpstream

5 Syrian families didn’t know what they’d find in Canada. They found the perfect town.

On Sept. 21, 2016, after enduring the terror of the Syrian civil war, a year living as refugees in Turkey, and almost 27 hours of flying, Samah Motlaq, her husband, Talal, and their two young children touched down in the small lakeside community of Gander, Newfoundland, on the east coast of Canada.

Motlaq was unsure about leaving Turkey. She liked her life there, and her kids were finally settled after years of uncertainty and upheaval. But their family had friends in Gander who urged them to join them halfway across the world.

“Honestly, all I knew about Canada is that it is very cold in winter but [that] the opportunities for living [were] much better than in Turkey,” Motlaq says.

Still, she wasn’t sure how welcome her family would be in a small town and foreign culture in a country she’d never visited. Little did she know that welcoming newcomers had long been Gander’s brand.

15 years earlier, Gander played host when nearly 7,000 airline passengers were grounded there on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

When American airspace was closed following the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., 38 planes were forced to land in the town, whose airport is home to one of the largest runways in the area a legacy left over from an era when aircraft had to make frequent refueling stopovers on their way to and from Europe.

With nothing but their hand luggage, travelers from six continents stepped off their planes to find food, clothes, shelter, and community waiting for them.

Since opening its doors that day, the town has been profiled in countless articles, a Tom Brokaw documentary, and even a new Broadway musical “Come From Away.”

In 2016, Gander opened its doors once again.

For many residents who helped the stranded passengers in 2001 by preparing meals, donating the contents of their closets, and taking them into their homes, welcoming refugees displaced by war in Syria was a no-brainer.

“I really think that this has been the most rewarding experience of volunteering since 9/11,” says Diane Davis, a retired elementary school teacher in Gander and a member of the committee coordinating the resettlement.

Davis, who along with several of her fellow teachers inspired a character in “Come From Away,” helped launch the committee in early 2016 with the goal of bringing five Syrian families to Gander.

In early June 2016, the committee received notice that the first family would be arriving in just two weeks. Thus began a mad dash to ensure the houses were fully furnished and stocked with food before they arrived.

“We felt as if we are at home from the very first moment,” Motlaq says. Hers was the fourth family to arrive in town with a fifth still on its way.

The members of the committee were used to scrambling. Just about every person on it, Davis explains, had been involved with housing, feeding, and transporting the “plane people” on 9/11.

“One day after the attack, an old lady came to me at my workplace at Walmart and she hugged me and said, ‘Do not be afraid. We love you and we are with you guys.'”
Samah Motlaq

“Ive been able to explain to [the refugee families], ‘Youre not the first people weve helped,'” she says. “‘This is the way a community works together. These are the kinds of things we take care of.'”

Resettling the families in Gander, Davis explains, is also an opportunity to revitalize the town, which has evolved into a “retirement community” in recent years.

“Were a province that has an aging demographic,” she says. “Were a province that has a declining population. Were a community that has employment and housing. Weve got a good, strong school system here.”

As a former educator who lives across the street from her old classroom, Davis has taken the lead in getting the refugee children, who range in age from 2 to 13, adjusted to their new school.

“I retired in June on a Friday and the first family arrived on a Tuesday. So retirement was three days long,” Davis says.

Her role involves everything from translation to registering the kids for classes to liaising with the parents in case of emergency. When one boy was getting in frequent trouble because he couldn’t ask for help, Davis wrote her phone number in his notebook and, with the help of Google Translate, explained that whenever he needed anything, he could show it to his teacher.

For Motlaq, who was born in Palmyra, Syria’s cultural capital, living in quiet Gander has been an adjustment from big-city life.

While she misses the activity, she is grateful for her new job at Walmart and the safety, quiet, and fellowship of the community particularly after a deadly shooting that claimed six lives at the Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec.

“One day after the attack, an old lady came to me at my workplace at Walmart and she hugged me and said, ‘Do not be afraid. We love you and we are with you guys,'” Motlaq says.

The conversation left her with a profound affection for her new adopted home. “I knew that day that Canada represents humanity and equality regardless religion or race.”

Five months before “Come From Away” opened on Broadway, the cast and crew flew to Newfoundland for two VIP performances in the Gander hockey rink.

Before the show arrived, Davis asked Irene Sankoff, the musical’s co-writer, for tickets for the eight Syrian adults. The production responded with tickets for all four families, including the children.

Explaining the concept of the performance to the newcomers, many of whom have limited English skills, was a challenge at first.

“They werent sure if they were going to see a hockey game,” Davis says. After showing them pieces of the NBC documentary, they began to connect their experience to that of the “plane people” 15 years earlier.

The group also met the cast and creative team of the show many of whom continue to support the resettlement effort with financial aid and, this past December, a trove of Christmas gifts.

“Santa Claus brought [the kids] sleds this year,” Davis says. “That may or may not have come via New York.”

For the families just finding their footing, the support has been invaluable. But for those who do speak English, like Motlaq and her husband, it was the performance, with its message of finding community amid chaos, that resonated the loudest.

“It is similar to our story,” she says.

“We came from away too.”

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/5-syrian-families-didnt-know-what-theyd-find-in-canada-they-found-the-perfect-town