He Bought Some Bricks On Craigslist And Turned Them Into This Epic Summer Must-Have

Few things say summer more than a big backyard barbecue.

Friends, family, and good food — that’s all you really need for a fun time. Then again, when it comes to a real party, few things are more universally enjoyed than pizza. But since it’s so nice out, you don’t want to be running inside to get the ‘za out of the oven.

Reddit user DickieBennett had been dreaming of having an outdoor pizza oven and grill but after getting outrageous price quotes, he decided to take on the project himself. Prepare to feel extreme jealousy!

It all started with some fire bricks — he found them on Craigslist and took it as a sign to dive in!

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He gathered a ton of concrete and rebar for the foundation.

The foundation was down!

Then it was time to build the base — he opted for cinder blocks.

For added insulation and strength, he filled the gaps in the blocks with more cement.

The counter where the pizza oven would rest was crafted with more cement and rebar.

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While the concrete cured…

He finished up the grill with a nice brick border.

After the concrete set, it was time to start mocking things up.

The bricks for the arch were angle cut for a snug fit.

Once he decided everything fit, he began assembling the pizza oven’s floor.

Lookin’ good!

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Here’s the form arch he built that the pizza oven would be crafted around.

Another final test fit was done — you know what they say, measure twice, cut once.

Since the grill was ready, a celebratory meal was prepared. What a motivator!

Then, it was back to the pizza oven. DickieBennett covered the brick floors for the next step.

The bricks were held in place by hammering them snug against one another and mortar.

Here’s the back.

The arch is almost complete!

DickieBennett left a hole for a chimney.

When the form was removed, the pizza oven started to take shape!

Here it is with the chimney and part of the entry sealed up to keep the heat in.

A second arch was added with red bricks.

But since the whole point of these ovens is to get hot…and STAY hot, more insulation was added.

Metal lathe went over the ceramic fiber blanket insulation.

That ensured that the stucco would adhere properly.

DickieBennett covered the oven during the curing process — this prevents cracking.

After a long waiting period, he finally got to light a fire! Look at that burn.

After he finished stuccoing the entire grill and oven, a fresh coat of paint brought everything together.

I’m 100% jealous of how this turned out!

While it took him longer than expected, I think we can all agree that this end result is well worth it! So…when are we invited over for grilling and pizza?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/outdoor-pizza-oven/

Impress Your Friends By Making Beer Cheese Fondue For The Game This Weekend

When football season rolls around, there’s nothing better than watching your favorite team surrounded by friends, beer, and cheesy snacks.

So what if I told you that I had a delicious recipe that combines the latter two into one epic treat? It exists, and it’s so yummy that your friends might even forget that the game is happening.

In between touchdowns, there’s plenty of time to indulge in beer cheese fondue. You can dip just about anything into this bowl of cheesy goodness, and the recipe will leave your guests coming back for more!

Read More: You Can Use Your Slow Cooker To Make Warm And Toasty Drinks This Winter

Here’s everything you need to know to make this boozy treat.


  • 1 cup pilsner-style beer
  • 1 lb shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of paprika
  • Sea salt to taste


  1. Bring the beer to a boil over medium-high heat in a saucepan.
  2. Reduce the heat and allow the beer to simmer.
  3. In a bowl, combine the cheese and cornstarch. Add the mixture into the beer slowly.
  4. Mix in the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and salt.
  5. Serve immediately.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/beer-cheese-fondue/

This Epic Waterslide Is The Scariest Thing I’ve Ever Seen, But It’s Also Awesome!

Who doesn’t love taking the plunge down a waterslide?

My idea of an aqua adventure growing up was pouring a glass of water down my baby slide in the backyard. I guess you could say that I created my own homemade waterslide. Then again, nothing beats the towering, winding twists and turns of one at your nearest water park.

But maybe that statement should be revised to include what this group in an unknown European forrest created.

These brave thrill-seekers built the ultimate homemade slide, measuring in at just over 200 feet tall. As they descend the massive mountain, they have no choice but to build velocity or risk taking a mud bath in the 30 foot gap at the bottom.

I’m not sure if this is the coolest or most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. Check it out for yourself and decide!

On second thought, I think I’ll pass. I like having all my limbs where they’re supposed to be.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/extreme-homemade-waterslide/

You Can Make Something Incredible Called A Pizza Cake In A Rice Cooker

Have you ever heard of a “pizza cake”? Of course you haven’t.

But here’s why you should: it’s a pizza…cake. I mean, the name says it all.

If there was any way to improve a pizza — or a cake, for that matter, the geniuses at Foodbeast have certainly discovered it. Witness the incredible way that you can combine everyone’s favorite guilty pleasures into one glorious meal.

Excuse me while I…

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/pizza-cake/

This educator didn’t punish troublesome kids. She gave them a closet full of stuff.

This time last year, the top three most misbehaved boys at Equetta Jones’ elementary school were from the same family.

As assistant principal, it fell to Jones to figure out how to solve the problem. Other educators might prescribe detentions, suspensions, extra tutoring help, or even a doctor’s appointment to be evaluated for an attention-deficit issue. But Jones sensed that the problem ran deeper — and she had a solution.

“No child comes in every day and says ‘I want to be angry. I want to hit you. I want to curse you out. I don’t want to learn,’” she says. “So it is our responsibility to find out why they’re verbalizing those things.”

Photo courtesy of Equetta Jones/Highlands Elementary School, used with permission.

Often, the problem is the same: Many kids are not having their basic health, shelter, and nutritional needs met. “The middle class, we forget about the fact that when we wake up every morning, we wake up with shelter,” Jones says.

Not all of her students have that luxury.

That’s why Jones’ school worked with an organization called First Book to install a “Care Closet” — a supply of basic essentials for kids in need.

First Book, which supplies books and educational tools for kids in low-income communities, started offering living essentials when they heard from teachers that they’re just as important when it comes to helping kids do well in school.

With the Care Closet in place, Jones can give kids what they need and establish a sense of security so they can focus on school.

Photo courtesy of Equetta Jones/Highlands Elementary School, used with permission.

Her students are no longer worried about whether or not their basic needs are being met. “Their focus is now on coming in and being the best student they can be.”

The Care Closet project gives kids what they need to succeed. But they’re not handouts — they’re hand-ups.

Jones has a system in place to make sure the supplies make the greatest possible impact on the lives of the students.

Parents can come and ask for help, or if teachers notice that a child has an issue, they can discreetly let Jones know and she’ll take the child aside and get them what they need.

Photo courtesy of Equetta Jones/Highlands Elementary School, used with permission.

“I will give them the care package, let them go to the bathroom, clean themselves up, give them a fresh pair of clothes, fold up the dirty clothes, and then send them back home and call up the parents and let them know what I did,” she says. The whole process is discreet; Jones even bought department store-style shopping bags to keep their contents private.

Once the kids have what they need, that’s when the real work begins. When Jones calls children’s parents, there’s an understanding: Though the Care Closet doesn’t cost money, it doesn’t come for free.

“You need to give Ms. Jones back some time,” she says. Parents are asked to come into school and be engaged — either through volunteering or through coaching sessions that help the parents deal with some of the pressing problems in their families’ lives.

“We feel that the information we’re giving is going to not only help them as a parent but also help the child within the classroom.

Photo courtesy of First Book, used with permission.

Jones’ method has already created big changes for some of the families at her school.

The three boys who were at the top of the disciplinary chart last year? They’re thriving now — thanks to Jones’ care closet intervention.

She found out that the boys’ mother was in an unhealthy relationship that was having a toxic effect on the whole family. “But she was afraid to leave because then the children wouldn’t have anything,” she says.

Photo courtesy of First Book, used with permission.

So Jones brought her in for a conversation.

“I connected her with some outside resources, gave her a scripted plan of what we expected of her,” she says. “And then we said, ‘Mom, follow through with us and we’ll do everything we can to support you.’” That was in September.

“Now it’s November, and Mom just recently moved into her own place,” Jones says. “She meets with me regularly for coaching sessions, we helped her write a resume, and she now has a job at one of our elementary schools.”

Now that their basic needs are being met, the three boys can concentrate on being successful kids. “They’re starting to smile,” she says. “They’re proud of who they’re becoming.”

Photo courtesy of First Book, used with permission.

First Book continues to expand the Care Closet project across the country.

When kids have a caring presence like Jones and the resources they need, they have an opportunity to succeed.

“Unfortunately, if we don’t catch those signs in advance, we’re faced with some of the situations that some of my older students are faced with,” she says. When their basic needs aren’t met, kids become desperate.

“It’s never, ‘I plan to grow up and be this criminal,'” she says. “It’s ‘I was faced with a situation and I found out this was a way for me to get things I couldn’t get.'”

That’s why Jones is so adamant about making sure her students have a solid foundation to further their education.

“All of their needs are being met here,” she says. And now that they have established that stability, “They know that their job is to go and learn.”

For more, take a look at how First Book’s Care Closets are changing schools across the country:

Millions of children from low-income areas don’t have the tools needed to learn, placing them at a disadvantage that perpetuates poverty. First Book is a community that believes education is the way out of poverty for kids in need.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/this-educator-didnt-punish-troublesome-kids-she-gave-them-a-closet-full-of-stuff

This Seems Like A Picture Of A Wedding Ring, But Wait Until You Take A Closer Look

When it comes to capturing some of the most unique wedding pictures in the world, photographer Peter Adams-Shawn’s approach is complex, but easy to describe: “I don’t just like to think outside the box. I live outside it.”

The best artists see the world from a different angle, and the best photographers capture moments that would otherwise have gone unseen. His most well-known collections were born in the blink of an eye.

While working at a wedding in 2011, the photographer behind Memories of Tomorrow looked into the eyes of a bridesmaid as she watched the bride prepare for her big day. When he saw her reflection, he knew exactly what he needed to do. That’s when Adams-Shawn’s “Eyescapes” collection came to life.

Three years went by before he captured the next photo in that series, but one day in 2014, he realized that he could easily keep taking photos like these.

“That was the wedding where the penny dropped as to how I could do them easily. I then proceeded to do them at almost every other ceremony,” he explained to ViralNova.

It goes without saying that the visual impact of these images strikes a chord with clients. In 2012, he began taking similar pictures with a little help from some rings. The resulting series fittingly came to be called “Ringscapes.”

While shooting a wedding one day, he set the rings down to take a photo as the couple huddled behind him to stay warm. That’s when he saw it.

“When I set the rings down, I saw the reflection,” he writes. “I quickly grabbed a flash and took the shot. After that, I was always on the lookout for opportunities.”

As time went on, he started taking more complex shots. In the artist’s words, “These days, a straight reflection is very easy to capture, relatively speaking, so I like trying more challenging compositions.”

Although it goes without saying, these photographs have attracted plenty of new clients. They’re so beautiful, in fact, that some viewers have a hard time believing they’re real.

But everything in these shots is the real deal, all the way down to the sun flares.

“My role on your special day is simple,” he writes. “It’s to capture your love for one another in awesome Memories of Tomorrow.”

As for what’s next, we should all keep our eyes peeled. According to Adams-Shawn, “I have a couple of things up my sleeve that I don’t think have been done before.”

The photographer, who is a dual national from England living in Australia, is in high demand in Perth and surrounding areas. Potential clients are encouraged to give at least a year’s notice if they want him to capture their very own Memories of Tomorrow, and it’s not hard to see why. When it comes to immortalizing life’s most important moments, he is an expert.

To learn more about Peter Adams-Shawn’s work, be sure to check out his website. For regular updates and to watch what unfolds next, follow him on Facebook!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/memories-of-tomorrow/

These 15 Ridiculous Rules For Women Used To Be Enforced On College Campuses

Most of us think of college as a place where we can finally become independent from our parents’ rules and live how we want.

However, before (and during) the 1960s, being in college didn’t exactly mean that people could make their own decisions as adults, especially when it came to women. The term in loco parentis, Latin for “in the place of a parent,” was a doctrine that many universities followed so parents would feel better about letting their children go to school.

While strict rules and regulations were put into effect for both male and female students, it’s clear that women were on a much tighter leash when it came to higher education. Here are some of the most ridiculous rules that college women had to follow back in the day.

1. At Wellesley and Oberlin, if a man and a woman were in a dormitory room together, they were required to keep three feet on the floor during the visit.

2. Women at Oberlin College were also only allowed to have male visitors between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.

3. In 1930, 44 women at Bucknell University were put on a six-month dating ban by the Women’s Student Senate after admitting to smoking in their rooms.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/old-rules-college-women/

A Japanese artist has completely transformed the art of balloon animals.

“Back in the day,” the presence of a balloon artist was the sign of a truly over-the-top birthday party.

Photo via iStock.

Remember those artists? It was pure magic watching these craftsmen and women take skinny, noodle-like balloons and, with a few twists and a few puffs of air, presto! You had your very own dog. Or sword. Or flower. And you could keep it forever and ever and ever (or, at least, until the air leaked out).

If this was all going down at a Chuck E. Cheese’s, all the better.

But today? Parents are shelling out more and more money on extravagant birthday things, like bouncy houses, custom cakes, limousines, and more.

It definitely makes me yearn for a simpler time.

A Japanese artist named Masayoshi Matsumoto wanted to revive and elevate the decades-old art of balloon twisting though. And what he came up with is pretty incredible.

“I’ve liked creatures since I was small,” Masayoshi told Upworthy in an email. It took him four painstaking years to learn how to craft perfect models of his favorite animals in balloon form, but the work speaks for itself.

When people tell him his art made entirely from balloons, no markers or tape allowed is incredibly lifelike, he knows he’s done his job.

Here are 11 of Masayoshi’s creations that are like nothing you ever saw as a kid, except maybe that they look like pure magic:

1. This eery frilled lizard.

All photos by Masayoshi Matsumoto, used with permission.

2. This scorpionfish.

3. This angry-looking octopus.

4. This phoenix I totally wish was real.

5. This bush cricket.

6. This snake.

7. This (standing!) ostrich.

9. This snow monkey.

10. This ant, complete with antennae.

11. And this brightly colored hermit crab.

What does Masayoshi do with his balloon creations after he photographs them? “I usually pop them,” he said.

It seems like such a waste. But then again, maybe Masayoshi knows there is always something new to explore, something new to create, something new to be in awe of.

If that’s the case, then he’s perfectly captured the spirit of what always made balloon animals so magical.

You can see more incredible balloon creations over at Masayoshi’s Facebook page.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/a-japanese-artist-has-completely-transformed-the-art-of-balloon-animals?c=tpstream

The Cave Of The Crystal Maiden Is Something You’ll Definitely Want To See

In the heart of Belize, there is an ancient Mayan temple that holds thousands of secrets. The Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) is hiding something that thousands of people flock to see each year.

First explored in the 1980s, the ATM gives us a glimpse into what life was like when Mayan culture was in its prime. The Crystal Maiden is its most famous treasure.

The Crystal Maiden is the skeleton of a woman in her twenties who was sacrificed as part of a ritual.

After about 1,000 years, the skeletal remains calcified, which gave these bones the sparkly appearance that continues to mesmerize visitors from around the world.

The Crystal Maiden is one of about 14 skeletons in the ATM, but it’s the only one that has ever been found in its entirety.

If you want to see it for yourself, why not book a tour? Take a closer look at Belize’s worst-kept secret.

(via Amusing Planet)

This is one of the most well-preserved caves in the world from that period in history, so if you want to plan a vacation that you’ll never forget, ditch the beach and take a journey back in time.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/crystal-maiden/

When You Melt This Metal Down, You Can Create Beautiful Crystals

Growing up, science class was the one period I dreaded every day.

It’s not like I was bad at it, but I just found the content to be soboring. If there was one topic that did pique my interest, however, it was the unit on rocks and minerals. Our friend CrazyRussianHacker knows all about the beauty of a mineral called bismuth, especially when it’s melted down.

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He begins by taking a large block of bismuth and placing it in a saucepan over fairly high heat.

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In a matter of minutes, the chemical compound starts to break down and the mineral begins to melt.

When he pours away the remaining liquid, you won’t believe what’s left.

These crystals are absolutely beautiful. That being said, you should only try this at home if you’re not afraid of ruining a few pots and pans.

If you do decide to go through with it, you can snag some bismuth here.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/bismuth-crystals/