Veterans Look in the Mirror and See Another Self In These Powerful Portraits

Dec 17, 2014 By Megan Berman 2

When we talk about the military as one unit, it’s easy to forget soldiers are individual people with different identities, not just imposing uniforms. Photographer Devin Mitchell wanted to remedy that. He told Mic

The military community has expressed their interest in using my art to communicate how many of them feel to be living double lives while serving in the military. People who have never served have shown interest in knowing more about the diversified aspects of what causes veterans to feel that way.

So Mitchell created The Veteran Art Project, a photo project that uses photoshop to showcase the people on the other side of the uniform — literally…

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11 Imaginary Inventions That Should Totally Exist

Dec 16, 2014 By Abraham 5

Sometimes an idea is both relatively simple and extremely awesome, and then you look around and you realize it doesn’t exist. The more enterprising among us would respond to this absence of awesomeness by making their idea happen. The rest of us just sit back and wonder when these enterprising friends are going to get started so we can start using their ideas.

Ideas like these, perhaps…

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This Marine Was the Only Survivor. What He’s Most Proud of Now Is Gut-wrenching…

Dec 13, 2014 By Abraham 0

In 2005, Marine Travis Williams and his 12-man squad were sent on a rescue mission. Only he returned.

Here he tells the horrific story and talks about the aftermath, both in the days the followed as well as his life now. It is impossible to imagine what it must be like to live through this, especially when you hear him say the one thing that he’s most proud of in the years that have followed.

Heartbreaking…

Canadian Doctor’s Perfect Response to Employers Who Require Doctor’s Notes for Sick Days

Dec 11, 2014 By Abraham 228

Some companies in Canada require their employees to get a note from their doctor when they take time off work for health reasons. This is obviously extremely annoying to those who have to go to the doctor instead of simply recuperating at home, but, as it turns out, it really bugs doctors, too.

And at least one has decided to do a little something about it.

Here is one Nova Scotian doctor’s form response that he uses as his “doctor’s note” whenever a company requires one…

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Via: Reddit

Keurig Wants to Force You to Use Keurig Coffee. You Can Stop Them with a Piece of Tape…

Dec 10, 2014 By Abraham 0

Since the early 90′s, Keurig has been offering coffee machines that brew single cups of coffee. Of course, their product has evolved over the years, but a relatively recent change has their fans pretty annoyed.

More recent models of their “K-cup” machines only allow you to use Keurig brand coffees. When you try to use one of the numerous other brands available, you get an error message and the machine won’t run.

Besides infuriating many of their most loyal customers, this design change has also embroiled Keurig in lawsuits related to anti-competitive practices. So perhaps they’ll reverse the decision at some point.

In the meantime, it turns out that all you need to hack the system and use whatever brand of coffee you want is one Keurig cup and a piece of tape…

Bully Asks Victim Out 10 Years Later. She Says Yes, Then Takes Revenge Instead…

Dec 9, 2014 By Joey 31

As a 12-year-old kid, Louisa Manning dealt with constant bullying over her weight and hair. Kids called her “hairy” and turned her last name into an ugly moniker — “manbeast.”

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Manning battled self-confidence and developed an eating disorder as a result of the constant bullying. Ten years later, she is now a 22-year-old student at Oxford University and, like many people, Manning looks pretty different from the awkward 12-year-old she used to be…

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“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Was Meant to Be Sad, so It’s Perfect in a Minor Key

Dec 9, 2014 By Abraham 0

It’s obvious watching Judy Garland sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis that it is a very sad song, so much so that the wish in the title almost seems ironic. But even for this melancholy performance, Garland deemed the original lyrics too depressing and she asked the songwriter Hugh Martin to edit them.

For instance, the lines you know as…

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight

…were originally…

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
It may be your last
Next year we may all be living in the past.

Then in 1957 when Frank Sinatra wanted to record it, he asked Martin to edit it again to make it still less depressing, explaining to the songwriter that his new album was titled “A Jolly Christmas,” so the songs needed to be…jolly.

Thus the line “Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow” had to go, to be replaced by the more benign, “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.”

And that’s how we came to the lyrics we know most commonly nowadays.

Despite the bastardizing “jollification,” the song still maintains its original heavy-heartedness, which is why this new version by Chase Holfelder, in which he transposes the music from a major to a minor key, makes so much sense…