This Woman Takes Stunning (And Incredibly Dangerous) Selfies Atop Skyscrapers

I can’t even begin to understand the bravery it takes for people to climb extremely tall structures.

Of course, I know that some are complete thrill-seekers, but that kind of adrenaline rush would never be worth risking my life. The experience would be amazing if you’re into that, though — especially if you’re able to take photos from those insane altitudes.

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Self-taught Instagram photographer Angela Nikolau does just that. Although her pictures would send anyone with a fear of heights into a terrified frenzy, they are also breathtaking.

The fearless 23-year-old must be comfortable with straddling the line between life and death, because she loves capturing shots from dangerous heights.

Although the pictures are undeniably beautiful, they’re also kind of terrifying.

If she were to stumble at all, she would plummet to her death.

But it doesn’t seem to bother her, since continues to take these photos around the world in countries like Russia and China.

Nikolau flirts with the possibility of dying by posing on the edge.

So far, she’s visited places like the Mirax-Plaza in Russia, the Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong, and the Goldin Finance 117 skyscaper in China.

“No limit, no control,” is a slogan she lives by, and it’s completely fitting.

She quite literally lives her life on the edge and wouldn’t have it any other way.

But if her poses weren’t giving you enough anxiety, she also does flips and other stunts while she’s up there.

I sincerely hope that she always maintains her balance.

(via My Modern Met)

Can you imagine how terrifying it would be to trip and fall off one of those buildings? Me neither. If you want to check out all of her work, follow along on Instagram.

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They Couldn’t Afford This Card Game As Kids, So They Made Their Own Version

Growing up, I was a huge fan of Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and even Digimon. I sunk a lot of my allowance money into these card games, and my parents definitely spent a lot more. After a while, all of those cards started to add up.

These kids loved the Pokémon franchise when they were little, but when they realized that they couldn’t afford the cards, they found themselves at an impasse. They didn’t want to be left out, but they didn’t know what else to do…until they got a little bit creative, that is.

They created an entire collection of trading cards for themselves!

Each one was drawn by hand, and as you can see, they’re incredibly detailed.

These kids were clearly creative. Check out the collection in all its glory.

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I wish I could’ve been that creative as a kid! I would have had much more money, and my parents would have been much happier.

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This Simple Wooden Table Became Something Amazing With Just A Little Bit Of Paint

You don’t want your house to feel drab and boring, do you?

Of course not! When you have friends and family over, you want to be able to show off your place with pride. So how do you make it feel more like “you”? How can you turn your house into your home?

Well, you can start by building your own furniture and decorating that furniture to truly personalize your space. Have a look at how this man transformed a plain dining room table into a work of art.

He started by building a relatively simple pine wood table.

To spice it up, he printed out a large world map, placed it on some graphite transfer paper, and put it on the table.

Next, he began tracing the countries onto the table so he would have an outline to color in.

Painting the edges black drew the eye inward.

Then he began filling in the land masses with black paint.

Once he finished the painting, he stained the table and added some layers of polyurethane.

The finished product looks like something you’d buy in a catalog.

(source Reddit)

That’s truly a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture. You can trace just about anything on your tabletop if you want to recreate this concept!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/wooden-table/

5 ways gemütlichkeit could help us find more unhurried happiness in our lives

Sometimes you can learn a lot from a word whose meaning you can never truly know. Gemtlichkeit is one such word.

Why does a word matter so much? Well,
this is one of those words that encompasses the perfect mix of feelings we all want and need to experience. (More on that in a minute.)

I first heard of gemtlichkeit when I was visiting a friend in Austria. It’s pronounced in the neighborhood of “geh-mioot-lee-kite” and you can listen to a native speaker pronounce it if you really wanna get serious.

It’s kind of undefinable.

Merriam-Webster describes it as “friendliness and cordiality.”

But it’s more than that.

German blogger Constanze describes it: “A soft chair in a coffee shop might be considered ‘cosy’. But sit in that chair surrounded by close friends and a hot cup of tea, while soft music plays in the background, and that sort of scene is what you’d call gemtlich.”

My favorite attempt at a definition is one floating online from definitions.net:

While I was visiting my pal in Austria, I had her point out each time gemtlichkeit was happening.

I realized, I’ve been feeling gemtlichkeit my whole life, but I’d been taking it for granted. Because … no word!

Me (on the right) having a VERY gemtlichkeit moment on the banks of the Mississippi River at a Blues Festival. Gemtlichkeit is all around us!

Gemtlichkeit is a very specific vibe. Like the difference between a house and a home, like drinking cider and singing songs with friends around a fireplace while it snows, like a chill beer garden on a sunny afternoon.

“… a situation that induces a cheerful mood, peace of mind, with connotation of belonging and social acceptance, coziness and unhurry. “

Now I had the word, gemtlichkeit, and with it, great power … to take cozy, unhurried social acceptance seriously.

Here are five ways you can, too!

There are real, valid, and applicable reasons that it’s so awesome to discover gemtlichkeit in your life (and not just because it’s a fun word).

1. Social isolation is a real thing.

Loneliness is real. And it’s a bummer! Gemtlichkeit is about cultivating environments where people can get closer to each other, in person! With modern life and modern technology bringing us further and further from each other in real life…

Social isolation cat needs a pet. And some human contact!
Image by
Justin Dolske/Flickr.

…being kinda intentional about in-person closeness and social acceptance is a good thing.

And, according to
Sherry Turkel, author of “Alone Together,” a book about technology, modern life, and isolation, “We use conversations with each other to learn how to have conversations with ourselves.”

So by being in a place of social acceptance and cozy, cozy friendship, we’re actually building skills to be better to ourselves. Neat, huh?

2. By naming this vibe, we can cultivate it!

This is perhaps the most simple, but the most profound. Not all who wander are lost, but it helps to know the name of what you’re looking for if you’re looking for it.

Gemtlichkeit doesn’t just happen you can make it happen!

Does a body (and soul) good.
Image by
jeffreyw/Flickr.

It’s like when you finally figure out the best ingredients for a certain soup. Yeah, you could probably make the soup again without knowing that and if you kinda tried, but knowing and naming those ingredients means you’re
owning it! You can recreate the soup!

3. Instead of singing about “The Bare Necessities” in the German translation of “The Jungle Book,” Baloo the bear sang about gemtlichkeit.

Here’s a quick review of the bare necessities, aka mother natures recipes … i.e., Baloo the bear knew about gemtlichkeit all along!

Disney. You are deep!

I’m not going to go into an academic comparison of the two languages as it pertains to “The Jungle Book” song lyrics. But I am going to think it’s cool how much “The Bare Necessities” actually captures the cozy, neighborly, humanness of a hug vibe that IS gemtlichkeit.

A gemtliHUG from Baloo and Mowgli.

4. You can’t get gemtlichkeit in a drive-thru or a quick checkout line.

One of the things I like most about the concept of gemtlichkeit is its emphasis on being
unhurried. According to a Pew Research study in 2006, nearly a quarter of Americans feel rushed. Not a good feeling.

There’s no such thing as hurried, drive-thru gemtlichkeit.

Image by
Taber Andrew Bain/Flickr (altered).

You can’t get it in a hurry.

You
can get it after an unhurried marathon hangout sesh with your best buds for hours, though. Maybe you also sing the gemtlichkeit drinking song. Maybe you don’t.

GIF via
Silvia Albert/YouTube

But you can’t rush gemtlichkeit. Does this mean that a quarter of Americans don’t get to feel the cozy, unhurried social acceptance that is gemtlichkeit? Maybe.

Maybe they like feeling rushed and that they don’t have enough time in the day. But on the off-chance that they don’t, it’s nice to know that
the everyday, rushed person can seek to cultivate some more gemtlichkeit in their lives and maybe feel a little better.

5. Other countries also have a word for it! (So it must be good.)

Hygge is basically Danish gemtlichkeit, and gemytlig in Swedish has a similar meaning as well.

This is the first thing that came up when I searched for
gemytlig. Cosy, friendship, drinks, unhurried, chill vibes. Looks about right. Image by Patrik Neckman/Flickr.

There’s even an Ikea moose named gemytlig. And a city in Wisconsin has a three-day festival each year called Gemtlichkeit Days to celebrate German culture.

Cool word, huh?

It’s not easy to be a modern person there are so many things that separate us … both exciting things (opportunity! random hot air balloons!) and obnoxious things (emails! people who take three hours to text you back!).

I’m sharing this little tale of a meaningful, untranslatable word in the hopes that knowing about this kooky word gives someone the excuse to reach out to someone else and feel a little less alone and a little more close.

We all need that.

Happy gemtlichkeit-ing!

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/5-ways-gemtlichkeit-could-help-us-find-more-unhurried-happiness-in-our-lives?c=tpstream

She Wrapped A Chocolate Bar In Dough To Make My New Favorite Dessert

If you think making a delicious dessert has to involve tons of steps, hours of prep, and even more time spent in the oven, boy do we have a wake-up call for you. This beautiful, braided treat takes mere minutes to assemble and less than 30 minutes to bake. The best part? Your friends will be so impressed with your pastry skills, but they’ll have no idea you basically did nothing!

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22 Festive Party Cocktails To Make For The Holidays This Year

Don’t you hate when you go to a party, only to find out that they have nothing good to drink? With these 22 holiday drinks and cocktails, you’ll be sure to throw the best bash on the block.

Canned coke and lukewarm beer is fine for a summer BBQ, but during the holiday season, we want something to make us feel warm and fuzzy. From special hot chocolates and punches that the whole family can enjoy to minty martinis and “jingle juice” for the adults, there is something on this list to satisfy everyone. The only hard part is trying to decide which one to make first!

1. For a festive spin on a classic margarita, try the St. Nickarita.

2. This jingle juice is chock-full of whipped cream vodka, champagne, and cranberries.

Read More: Give Santa A Dessert To Remember With These 18 Christmas Cookie And Snack Recipes

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Segregation in baseball was the norm until this relatively unknown player stepped up.

As the pioneer and historical face of desegregation in sports, Jackie Robinson experienced taunts and death threats at every point of his Major League career as the first black player admitted to the league.

His bravery and persistence in the name of equal rights have been well-documented and honored not just in baseball history, but in the larger context of the struggle to end the disparate treatment of black citizens endemic to American institutions.

But Robinson’s success, in no slight to his considerable achievement, came as the result of the road paved by many less-celebrated predecessors, who, through their careers in the Negro Leagues, brought a resolve and speed to the game unmatched by their Major League counterparts.

In the shadow of Jackie Robinson’s legacy are the efforts of Andrew “Rube” Foster, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981, having earned the title of “the father of black baseball.”

Foster scoring a hit. Photo via digboston/Flickr.

Known to few modern-day baseball fans, Foster sought to ensure that black players were given the due attention and compensation they had long been denied in “separate but equal” America.

No individual before Foster or since has been as instrumental in legitimizing black baseball both internally and in the eyes of the fans and media. His achievements, though largely disregarded at the time, were integral in eventually affording all black players the right to play in the Major League.

For example, Foster quietly broke a baseball color barrier almost four decades prior to Jackie Robinson, playing with a semi-pro mixed-race squad out of Otsego, Michigan. Most notably, Foster served as the star pitcher for the Philadelphia X-Giants, pitching four of the team’s five wins in a contest dubbed the “colored championship of the world” in 1903.

In his era and in the decades following, Foster’s success on the mound was virtually unmatched. For instance, the current MLB record for most consecutive wins by a pitcher stands at 24 by the New York Giants’ Car Hubbell, whose streak ended on May 31,1937.

Foster won 44 games in a row three decades prior in 1902.

But as compelling as Foster’s accomplishments on the diamond were, it was his contributions to the game after his playing days that continue to endure almost a century later.

Foster’s goal was simple: Turn the largely overlooked black baseball leagues into a legitimate, respectable, and sustainable organization.

Before his involvement in league management, the black baseball leagues were deemed inferior — if they were considered at all. Yet Foster’s blueprint for a unified organization ushered in a new era that would prove crucial in eroding the Major League’s color barrier.

In 1911, a great step was taken toward legitimizing black baseball as Foster negotiated a partnership with the Comiskey family of Chicago to use the White Sox ballpark for his new team.  With a premiere venue and the team’s marketable aggressive style of play, the newly-formed Chicago American Giants skyrocketed in popularity, leading his once-marginalized club to draw more fans than the neighboring Cubs and White Sox.

Following the success of his own team, Foster immediately set his goal higher, aiming to help elevate all black players, not just those on his team.

Foster with a white player from Joliet, Illinois. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

In 1919, as his city of Chicago was embroiled in race riots, Foster felt a sense of urgency to unify black baseball players in one league. He wrote regularly in the Chicago Defender of the need for a league that would “create a profession that would equal the earning capacity of any other profession … keep Colored baseball from the control of whites [and] do something concrete for the loyalty of the Race.”

Gathering the owners of unaffiliated teams, Foster held a meeting at the Kansas City YMCA and shared his vision. The next year, on Feb. 13, 1920, the Negro National League was created, with Foster serving as both president and treasurer.

As other regions developed, they followed in Foster’s footsteps and established their own leagues for black players, serving as an economic boon not just for the players and front office, but for black communities as well.

Sadly, Foster’s oversight would prove to be short-lived as health issues forced him to step away from overseeing the burgeoning league he had created. But that didn’t end the progress he started.

Rube Foster plaque. Photo via Penale52/Wikimedia Commons.

Even though Negro Leagues shuttered due to the Great Depression and lack of leadership, many teams would return under the banner of the Negro American League in 1937. It was this organization that served as the springboard for Jackie Robinson to make his legendary inroads to Major League Baseball.

While Jackie Robinson remains a civil rights icon, desegregating baseball is an act that no one man can lay claim to. Rube Foster’s legacy may not be as well known as Robinson’s, but his efforts helped ensure equality not just for Jackie Robinson, but every black player who has played Major League baseball since.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/segregation-in-baseball-was-the-norm-until-this-relatively-unknown-player-stepped-up

Over 8,000 photos taken by astronauts going to the moon just dropped. These 14 will get you started.

Over 8,000 images taken by astronauts on their trips to the moon just dropped online thanks to the Project Apollo Archive, NASA, and Kipp Teague.

Here are 14 of them.

They’re out there. Literally. But there’s something about them that’s just so human … they kinda remind me of some pictures I’ve taken (albeit not on the moon).

Here are some of my favs.

1. Classic Earthrise!

This one was taken on a lunar orbit mission. There are so many photos of the Earth rising over the moon in the archive, it’s adorable. You can almost FEEL the awe through the camera! Is there anyone who doesn’t love a good Earthrise?

2. A classic “OMG I’M ON MOON GROUND” shot

There were also a TON of these shots. I get it! I’d be kinda obsessed with the moon ground too.

3. Old-school spacewalk!

Can you even believe that spacewalks happened before technological advances like, say, the Internet? I know they’re not related, but it just blows my mind that people were taking spacewalks in the 1960s. That’s around 50 years ago!

4. Moonman with bag

The only question that remains: “Is he smiling?”

5. The shadow shot!

Who hasn’t taken one of these? The answer: not many! (Because a total of
12 people have walked on the moon). I personally have taken so many “Ooo my shadow looks cool and I don’t feel like taking a selfie” shots when the sun was in a good place. Astronauts they take shadow selfies too.

6. That one picture of your friend playing

I get it, he wanted to go for a walk.

7. That time you wanted to get the cool rock but your friend got in the way…

…but it made the picture even better because you could see how big the rock was!

8. Awkward exiting of the vehicle picture!

“Dude, I didn’t even know you were taking pictures! Geez!” imagined reaction of that spaceman leaving his spacecraft after he realizes his friend was taking pictures.

9. That time you got excited because your footprint stayed in one piece and it looked like a rock or art or something!

There’s no wind on the moon, so it’s easier to capture this moment … but still.

10. Another classic: the “doesn’t my foot look cool”

Hey, you can’t deny the composition and the negative space going on here. Artful.

11. The “You go first” shot

“I’ll be right down!”


12. The “ooo my shadow looks really tall” with a bonus pop of color

You know you’d take this picture. I know I would! Tall shadow! America! Craters! Extra points for the cool footprints in the lower half of the picture too.

13. The “feeling weird and upside down right now”

We’ve all taken a picture to verify we feel as weird as we do. I’m kinda glad he captured this moment!

According to the uploader, Kipp Teague, “every photo taken on the lunar surface by astronauts with their chest-mounted Hasselblad cameras is included in the collection, along with numerous other Hasselblad photos shot from Earth and lunar orbit, as well as during the journey between the two.”

Amazing.

Lastly, here’s an image from the final mission to the moon:

14. Sad last journey moment

Home base (the Apollo 17 Lunar Module “Challenger”) is a long way away in this 500mm telephoto view taken during NASA’s final mission to the Moon in December, 1972.
A photo posted by Kipp Teague (@retroweb) on
Sep 26, 2015 at 4:43am PDT

Image credits: All photographs by NASA/
The Project Apollo Archive via Flickr. Also important to note: These images are online in large part because of the work of Kipp Teague, head of the Project Apollo Archive!

Wow. If you want to see more, you can head over to The Project Apollo Archive (all 8,400+ images!) on Flickr.

But if you really really wanna see more, keep supporting space travel, NASA, and just lovin’ space. It’s as easy as staying curious and always looking to the sky.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/over-8000-photos-taken-by-astronauts-going-to-the-moon-just-dropped-these-14-will-get-you-started?c=tpstream

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/