You’re Going To Go Crazy For These Ridiculously Easy Sweet Treat Kitchen Tricks

Pretty much every night at around 10 p.m. I start craving dessert.

…That’s precisely why I don’t keep sweet things in my apartment. Whenever I do, they “disappear” in a matter of days, if not hours.

If you’re like me and can’t get enough in the way of the most important meal of the day — dessert — then you’re going to want to check out these delicious kitchen tricks. You can whip these dishes up in just minutes!

I had no idea it was so easy to make ice cream! And those donuts are sinfully simple.

Which trick will you try first?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/sweet-tricks/

This Soldier’s Sketchbook Offers A Heartbreaking Look Into Life On The Battlefield

For civilians, imagining what it’s like to go to war is limited to what we see in photographs and what we hear in soldiers’ stories.

While we can try picture what many of these people dealt with, we’ll never really be able to see it through their eyes. However, one man’s drawings give us a glimpse into his wartime experiences. Before Victor A. Lundy became a renowned architect, he was a soldier in the U.S. 26th Infantry Division during World War II, and he even became a part of the Allied invasion of Normandy.

The then 21-year-old always had a sketchbook on him, in which he drew everyday scenes he encountered. What’s really special about the drawings is that they give one individual’s unique perspective of life on the battlefield. From training at Fort Jackson to being on the front lines in France, here is a small sampling of Lundy’s revealing sketches.

1. This sketch shows soldiers stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

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2. “Waiting to move.”

3. “Home sweet home.”

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4. “Before pay day — shooting craps for cigarettes.”

5. “Shep, D-day.”

6. “Hard night, S/Sgt. Mozzi.”

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7. “Planning a platoon attack.”

8. “Attack on a fortified position.”

9. “Goodbye Broadway, hello France!”

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10. This sketch shows the view Lundy’s bunk on a ship headed to France.

11. “Convoy at dusk.”

12. “Night watch” on the ship.

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13. In this sketch, we see soldiers disembarking in Cherbourg Harbor.

14. “Sea-plane hangar wrecked by Germans at Cherbourg.”

15. Soldiers were lined up and “ready to move by truck to our first camp in France.”

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16. “Our first camp in Normandy at St. Martin d’Audeville,” where Lundy labelled one of the tents as “my home.”

17. “Cracking the Zeigfried line, air raid over Germany, seen on a morning hike.”

18. “House where Kane and I got the roast chicken and cognac.”

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19. “Part of the Atlantic Wall, QuinĂ©ville 6 men from L Co. hurt here, 6 killed.”

20. “On a reconnaissance: Waiting for A Co. C.O. at Capt. Trescott’s O.P.”

21. “‘Pat’ (T/Sgt. Patenaude) zeroing in with the 60 mm mortars in front of the 3rd platoon.”

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22. “One of the 4-men German patrol who didn’t get back.”

23. “‘Election day,’ waiting thru the rain in a truck — to hell with the showers!”

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If you’d like to check out more of Lundy’s sketches, you can find them on the Library Of Congress website.

(via Messy Nessy Chic)

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/wwii-sketchbook/

The World’s First Supermodel Led A Glamorous Life, But It Ended In Obscurity

Supermodels are among society’s most ubiquitous figures.

You might not notice them at first, but if you start paying attention to commercials, magazine ads, and billboards, you’ll start to see the same faces over and over again. Supermodels, heralded as the world’s most beautiful people, sell everything from cheeseburgers to lingerie, and once you become familiar with them, their faces are almost impossible to ignore.

And the stunning models of today are not without precedent. A woman by the name of Audrey Munson is known as the world’s first supermodel, and although her life was full of opulence and glamour, her story culminated in tragedy.

In an eye-opening piece for The New York Post, journalist Reed Tucker details the events that led to Munson’s journey out of world renown and into obscurity.

Some say that it all started with a stroll down Broadway. While she was out walking one day in 1906, Munson, who was 15 years old at the time, was stopped by a photographer.

Other accounts claim that she was hit by a car and made famous by the photographer sitting inside. In any case, Munson rose to glory at an early age. After being introduced to artist Isidore Konti, the young woman found immense success as a figure model.

Creators traveled around the world to get a glimpse of her. They came out in droves to hire her. You might not have known her name before this point, but if you’ve ever admired the sculptures and fountains around New York City, you’ve probably seen her face.

The figure in this sculpture at a south entrance of Central Park, for example, was modeled after Munson. Over the course of her illustrious career, she inspired various works of art and appeared in quite a few films. In fact, one of her scenes in the 1915 film Inspiration went down in history as the first display of nudity in a non-pornographic production.

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But everything changed when Audrey Munson got tangled up in the web of a notorious crime. Dr. Walter Keene, who was once the model’s landlord, murdered his wife. People began speculating that he killed her because he wanted to marry Munson.

The doctor was eventually found guilty and executed. All of this negative publicity effectively shattered Munson’s career and reputation, so she left Manhattan to live with her mother in a small town in New York State. Her mental state quickly deteriorated, and she attempted to kill herself in 1922 by overdosing on mercury bichloride. After that, she was committed to an asylum in Ogdensburg.

And that is where she died in 1996. By that point, however, the world had all but forgotten about the woman who paved the way for every model thereafter.

(via The New York Post)

While we’re more than willing to consume their work, we often fail to think about the lives behind famously beautiful faces. Audrey Munson’s swift spiral into obscurity says less about her and more about the nature of consumerism, not just in the early 20th century, but today.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/first-supermodel-death/

He Was Tired Of His Charging Cords Tangling, So He Built This Epic Charging Station

Technology is great and all, but keeping track of all my charging cords can be more of a hassle than it’s worth.

Honestly, I spend more time throughout the week untangling my phone charger than I do actually charging my device. Along with unmatched socks, dealing with lost, tangled cords might be my biggest pet peeve. Thankfully, one awesome Redditor found a solution to all of our technology woes.

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SigmaEpsilonChi was tired of his tangled electronics chargers overtaking the house, so he decided to build a charging station that could house all his cables in one convenient place. And if that isn’t awesome enough, the entire thing is retractable! Seriously, you need to see this.

He purchased a nightstand on Craigslist to serve as the base for his charging table.

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He began by drafting a sketch of the charging table and compiling a shopping list of everything he needed.

The nightstand then got a fresh coat of paint.

He began working on the weight mechanism by drilling two holes on each end of four aluminum tubes.

He used vinyl tape to form the base around the tube and stuffed a steel rod inside each one.

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They were then slipped inside PVC pipes that would eventually serve as weights.

Using twine and some S-hooks, he created attachment points for the mechanical parts.

To hold the pulley system together, he attached some L-screws to the posts.

After that, they were hooked onto the nightstand. (Watermelon slice is, of course, optional.)

Screw eyes were added to help guide the directionals.

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The pulley system was coming along quite nicely.

He attached the charger block to the table with mounting tape.

After a failed test of the pulley system, modifications had to be made.

He simplified the redirection mechanism and attached the pulley directly to the weight.

Then he harnessed the chargers into place with screw eyes and string.

Mounting tape became his best friend when it came time to hide loose cords.

With the mechanics finished, the time had come to try out his retractable charging station.

This works so well!

Mechanism

So many devices, one convenient charging location. The best part? Absolutely no tangled mess!

I’ve seen my fair share of DIY projects, but this one has to be the coolest. If you want to try your hand at creating this life-changing charger table, you can find the full instructions here.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/diy-charging-station/

Can’t Stand The Heat? Get Out Of The Kitchen And Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease

We all know that we’re not supposed to eat a ton of fatty or fried foods.

It’s no secret that they’re not good for us or our bodies, as they may contribute to heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Around 25% of deaths in the country are caused by heart disease and its complications.

Now, new studies show that it might not only be what people eat, but how they prepare it that matters.

The journal Nutrition published a report that shows that the temperature we cook food at may be just as important as the oils we use to cook.

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“When food is heated up to a high temperature, new compounds are created, and some of them are known to be harmful to health,” explained Raj Bhopal, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh.

According to CNN, when foods are cooked at high temperatures, they release chemicals called neo-formed contaminants (NFCs). Some NFCs are trans fats, which increase the risk of heart disease.

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Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/heat-kitchen-heart-disease/

His Daughter Wanted A Dream Room — What He Built Would Blow Most Adults Away

When you were a kid and you saw people on television with incredible bedrooms, you probably got jealous. You wondered what you needed to do in order to get a cool room like that. You’d beg your parents to give your room a makeover — a bunk bed at the least!

Well, this dad listened to his daughter’s pleas and built her an amazing fantasy room. You need to see this to believe it. Even full-grown adults will feel the pangs of jealousy.

This was his daughter’s old room. Plain, uninspired, and drab.

So this dad sketched out an amazing room plan for his daughter and got to work.

He measured out where everything needed to be in order to build it correctly.

Then he began crafting a steel skeleton. He used steel rebar and rods from Home Depot.

Steel rings were used for the branches — those would come later, though.

Here is the general outline of the tree he was building.

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Needless to say, it took a lot of hard work.

With the skeleton completed, it was time to bring the thing to life!

He wrapped the skeleton with expanded metal lathe.

I think she likes how it’s coming along.

Lights were installed in key places.

He then applied concrete and papier–mâché on the branches to give them an authentic look and feel.

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Then he started painting the tree — he took tons of photos of trees to really nail the look.

But he didn’t stop at the tree! He began painting the walls…

Added hardwood floors…

And left some room for “grass” to be added later.

Here is what those little lights ended up looking like — he calls them fairy lights.

He added some leaves for authenticity.

And here’s the finished product!

His little girl seems to enjoy it a lot.

(source Reddit)

It took this dad a long time to complete the room and you can tell. It looks like he is a crazy perfectionist. Hopefully his little girl appreciates it for a long time!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/dream-room/

The stuff about the Oscars and race you probably hadn’t considered. And really should.

The acting nominations for the Oscars for 2015 were all white. It was the whitest Oscars since 1998. I think the Academy could do better if they tried. Here’s how they can help be a force for good. With data to explain the problems! (We fact-checked all of it. The kid thing blew our minds too. Sources are linked at the bottom.)

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/the-stuff-about-the-oscars-and-race-you-probably-hadnt-considered-and-really-should?c=tpstream

This New Jersey Farm Is Using Cloth And LED Lighting To Grow The Freshest Veggies

You may have heard of corn that will be knee-high by the fourth of July, but this New Jersey farm has greater expectations. AeroFarms, located in Newark, New Jersey, is in the process of redefining agriculture.

The basis of AeroFarms is to bring fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables to cities that might not have the agricultural means for traditional farming. These farms tower over 30 feet high and specialize in aeroponic technology. To put that in less scientific terms, these fruits and veggies don’t require soil to grow, and they use significantly less water than traditional farms and gardens.

Could this change the face of farming as we know it? Check out the video below to learn more.

The world is rapidly changing, and our practices have to change along with it if we want to strengthen and protect the planet that gives us so much.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/new-age-farming/

This program has a brilliant plan for bringing diversity to the world of STEM.

When Dr. Jennifer R. Cohen was working as a molecular biologist, she often wondered why no one else in her sector looked like her.

As a black woman, Cohen is not the typical face you’d see in a biochemistry lab. The sad reality is science and technology careers are still predominately assumed by white men even though there is a large reservoir of untapped talent among women and people of color.

The reason for the disparity seems to lie in a lack of resources to help talented but underrepresented students reach higher academic levels. While some colleges are currently looking to diversify, it’s often difficult for these students to get on their radar without some sort of assistance.

Cohen knew how much underrepresented talent there was out there just waiting to realize their full potential, so she joined the SMASH program.

SMASH, or Summer Math and Science Honors, is a subsection of the nonprofit organization Level the Playing Field Institute. It’s a rigorous, three-year summer program that provides settings and resources to students who are underrepresented in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) free of charge. The courses take place at colleges, like UCLA and UC Berkeley, that are leading the way in these fields.

By throwing these students headfirst into an environment stocked with resources, SMASH is giving them all they need to totally “own” STEM.

Students learning computer science in the SMASH University of California at Davis program. All photos via SMASH.

The movement, however, is not just about bolstering science skills. It’s about creating a pipeline into colleges that will help students launch a life pursuing some of the coolest, most sought-after and most impactful STEM-related careers out there.

But they have to get in first.

Aside from helping to eliminate the barriers to a college degree and subsequent career, SMASH’s teachers are doing all they can to give their students confidence. The STEM fields aren’t exactly handing out positions to women and people of color, so they’ll need all the conviction they have to get ahead.

UCLA’s SMASH program, for example, is brimming with teachers who are women of color, and experts in their fields. Pre-calculus instructor Patrice Smith got her Bachelor of Science from UCLA in Mathematics/Applied Science and specializations in Business Administration and Computing. Having role models like her likely encourages the 53% of young women who populate the UCLA program.

Students at SMASH UC Berkeley working in a lab.

“We help them to see that they belong and that they have what it takes so there’s no question in their minds that they can be successful,” Cohen explains.

Having been the only woman of color in the room, Cohen feels she can be especially helpful to the young women in SMASH. Her experience working in STEM shines a light on the inequality and need for change.

But, thanks to SMASH, change is happening, and its students are walking, dissecting, coding, algorithm-solving proof.

Leilani Reyes at SMASH Stanford.

Leilani Reyes, a first-generation college student from Fairfield, California, is studying computer science at Stanford University and was recently a software engineer intern at Medium. She’s forever grateful to SMASH for opening up this world of opportunity to her.

“Academically, it granted me rigor and, more importantly, support from teachers and staff who empowered me to be curious and socially conscious in STEM exploration,” writes Reyes in an email. “Professionally, it granted me resources to develop essential skills like public speaking and connections to mentors and role models who I look to for advice and inspiration.”

Michael Pearson, who attended SMASH UCLA, blossomed into one of the most accomplished computer science students, often helping others with their homework after finishing his own. He’s now pursuing a career in Cognitive and Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

And Thomas Estrada, who went through SMASH UC Berkeley, was awarded the Regent and Chancellor’s Scholarship, which helped fund his undergraduate tuition there. He majored in computer science, and is now pursuing his doctorate. This summer, he landed a coveted internship with Google.

Moises Limon, a first year at SMASH UC Berkeley.

In terms of overall numbers, 78% of SMASH students declare STEM majors as freshman and 79% of that percentage graduate with a STEM major. That’s huge compared to the national average of STEM graduates, just 22%. Obviously the program is doing something right.

In the last 17 years, SMASH has helped over 500 alumni hit their academic and career goals.

The program is rapidly expanding into a national institution. One of the first east coast schools they’re partnering with is the prestigious Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. There’s no telling how far SMASH’s influence will go now.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/this-program-has-a-brilliant-plan-for-bringing-diversity-to-the-world-of-stem