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This Artist’s Passion Project Evolved Into A Masterful Series Of Tiny Paintings

This Artist’s Passion Project Evolved Into A Masterful Series Of Tiny Paintings

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As creators continue to harness their abilities, the inclination to go bigger is part of what's become a natural progression — and that makes sense in a world that equates larger-than-life works of art to larger-than-life talent. One artist by the name of Dina Brodksy, however, proves that creating small, painstakingly detailed pieces is certainly no small feat.Her collection of miniatures called Cycling Guide to Lilliput has garnered critical acclaim, and Brodsky's unique touch is at once sentimental and deliberate. She recently took the time to walk ViralNova through her inspiration and process. Dina Brodsky What's the relationship between your medium, subject matter, and the small, circular surface? Do they inform each other in ...
Can’t Stand The Heat? Get Out Of The Kitchen And Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease

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

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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. iStock "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...
If You Think Child Marriage Is Illegal In The U.S., You Are Very Mistaken

If You Think Child Marriage Is Illegal In The U.S., You Are Very Mistaken

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When most Americans think of child brides, something resembling this probably comes to mind. However, people don't realize that child marriage doesn't just happen in distant places like Nepal, India, and Africa. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, it is very much a reality within the borders of the U.S. The report states that around 57,800 minors ages 15 to 17 were married between 2010 and 2014 in the country. iStock While this only translates to about five in every thousand people in that age group nationwide, some states have a higher prevalence of child marriage than others. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/american-child-marriages/
These Scribbles Look Like Nothing At First, But Watch What She Does With Them

These Scribbles Look Like Nothing At First, But Watch What She Does With Them

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It's no secret that artists tend to look at life from a different angle. After all, having an atypical worldview is conducive to creativity. Illustrator Mary Doodles came up with a fun series with some help from her friend Dante, and each piece starts with a few lines. In the video below, she tells Dante to close his eyes and scribble on a blank sheet of paper. From there, she puts on her creative thinking cap and gives these scattered marks a new lease on life. This is what Mary Doodles had to work with when Dante was done. YouTube / Mary Doodles And this is the finished product. Pretty incredible, right? YouTube / Mary Doodles To see how she created this masterpiece, check out the vide...
24 Of The Coolest Halloween Party Hacks That Will Give Your Guests A Fright

24 Of The Coolest Halloween Party Hacks That Will Give Your Guests A Fright

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googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('VN_PG_DTBT_ATF'); }); For some Halloween enthusiasts, there's more to the spooky holiday than dressing up and going door-to-door for candy. For them, it's all about throwing the perfect party. This is the one time of year when all of the kooks come out to play. Rather than throwing together a party last minute with some of the world's saddest decorations, why not plan ahead and throw a bash that your guests will be dying to attend?To help you ghoulish girls and guys get started, here are 24 Halloween party tricks that are sure to make your guests have a frighteningly good time. 1. Let the spirits guide you. Eighteen 25 2. Carving pumpkins can ...
This LEGO Design Is Helping Blind Children Learn And Play Just Like Other Kids

This LEGO Design Is Helping Blind Children Learn And Play Just Like Other Kids

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When you wake up, do you immediately look at your phone? It's almost reflexive for millions of people around the world at this point to check Facebook likes, work emails, and Twitter mentions before the day even begins, but imagine waking up and not being able to see that phone of yours. Imagine waking up and not being able to see anything at all.That's the sad reality for 1.4 million children across the globe who will only know blindness for the rest of their lives. More upsetting still is the fact that very few schools properly accommodate students with visual impairments, much less help them integrate into social circles and make lasting friendships at a pivotal point in their intellectual and social development. Although there are ...
You Know Hansel And Gretel, But Did You Realize They’re What Inspired These?

You Know Hansel And Gretel, But Did You Realize They’re What Inspired These?

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Gingerbread houses are a huge part of the holiday season, but have you ever wondered where exactly the idea came from? Gingerbread first became a tradition in Nuremberg, Germany, after it was introduced to Europe during the Crusades in the 11th century. Monks began baking "lebkuchen" cookies in the 14th century. They quickly became a well-known delicacy. The city was so serious about the quality of the treats that it created the "League of Lebkuchen-Bakers," which followed strict guidelines when baking them. These baked goods eventually took the form of houses sometime during the 16th century in Germany. Wikipedia However, gingerbread houses didn't actually become popul...
He Gathered Boring Wooden Pallets And Made Something Beautiful With Them

He Gathered Boring Wooden Pallets And Made Something Beautiful With Them

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Next time you walk past a Crate and Barrel store and see a coffee table that's designed to look rustic and trendy, remember this project. With a simple wooden pallet, you can create something that even the snobbiest interior designer would love -- and you can do it for a fraction of the cost.Follow along as Redditor b_corrigan builds a coffee table for which most people would shell out the big bucks. First, he gathered up some pallets. Reddit / b_corrigan You can buy these, or you can drop by local shops to see if they have any that they're willing to give away! After that, he carefully pried the slats off of each one. Reddit / b_corrigan He then removed all of the nails and sanded the ...
This Gorgeous Beauty Blogger Is Glamorous By Day, And Deeply Disturbing By Night

This Gorgeous Beauty Blogger Is Glamorous By Day, And Deeply Disturbing By Night

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As someone who spends a really upsetting amount of time watching beauty gurus do their thing on YouTube, I can tell you that quite a few web-based makeup artists are a little one note. Sure, they're all stunning, and yep, they can help you pick out the right lipstick for your skin tone, but after a while, watching pretty people put on pretty makeup can be a little humdrum. This is especially true if you also happen to be a weird, weird person like myself. And that's why makeup artists like Mykie over at Glam&Gore are the best. As you might have guessed by her channel name, she adds a dash of terror to a whole lot of gorgeousness, and the end result is dynamic, helpful, and altogether different from anything else out there. One trend that permeates the beauty scene on YouTube is that s...
Every Year, A Group Of Wild Horses Swims Across A Channel To Find Forever Homes

Every Year, A Group Of Wild Horses Swims Across A Channel To Find Forever Homes

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I think it's safe to say that it's every little girl's dream -- including my own -- to have a pony. I settled for taking riding lessons and just generally enjoying the company of the majestic creatures. But for some lucky kids on Chincoteague Island in Virginia, that dream comes true each and every summer. This is Assateague. The barrier island sits in both Virginia and Maryland. But that's not what makes it so special. Flickr / Michael Le Roi It's home to two giant herds of wild horses. Flickr / Dan H. Defensor The legend suggests that the horses arrived on the island sometime in the 1700s when a Spanish galleon crashed off the coast. ...