Pop star Lorde posts her face edited and non-edited from the same show

April 2, 2014 | No comments

After a recent show, Lorde saw a picture of herself online that made her skin look “perfect”…

Lorde with and without Photoshop

Without criticizing the editing, she posted a non-Photoshopped version also that had been taken only moments apart from the edited photo. Her simple commentary: “Remember flaws are ok.”

Lorde with and without Photoshop - Version 2

(via Petapixel)

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From Mozart to Dickens — How history’s greatest thinkers managed their time [17 pictures]

April 1, 2014 | No comments

Mason Currey’s book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work used diaries and letters of some of history’s greatest intellectuals, composers, writers, and inventors to determine how they spent each day.

Engineer and designer RJ Andrews took the results from Currey’s book and created these graphics for a simple visual illustration of each big thinker’s day.

The graphics are broken down into 24-hour periods with each person’s various activities color-coded in different categories…

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The myriad ways in which these people spent their time serve as inspiration for how we spend our own days, or perhaps they simply prove that there’s no single method that works for every creator…

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15-year-old Michael Phelps discusses getting his learner’s permit and hoping for a gold medal

April 1, 2014 | No comments

Just a few weeks into his first job as a sports producer in 2001, Redditor Stevethenewsguy had the chance to interview an unknown swimmer named Michael Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman.

The most decorated Olympian in history was just 15 years old and still three years from the Athens Olympics that would put him on the map with six gold and two bronze medals. At this point in his life, Phelps was between working on getting his learner’s permit and setting a goal of winning a gold medal the way the rest of us would hope to finish a 10K…

Map shows every U.S. county’s favorite baseball team

March 31, 2014 | No comments

Just in time for Opening Day, Facebook created a map showing baseball fan allegiance for each county in the United States, using Facebook likes to determine the most popular teams.

If you’re a fan of the Oakland A’s, New York Mets, or Toronto Blue Jays, you can stop looking now…unfortunately, your teams don’t carry a single county…

(Click the map for a larger version)

Smaller Baseball Map

(via The Atlantic)

Wil Wheaton’s fantastic response to a little girl about how to deal with being called a nerd

March 31, 2014 | 1 comment

Young Mia had a question at last year’s Denver Comic Con for her favorite Star Trek actor, Wil Wheaton:

When you were a kid, were you called a nerd? And if so, how did you deal with it?

With that, Wheaton gave her the best answer possible…

Mia’s parents provided more details in a Reddit thread last week, noting that after the event, Mia was able to get her photo taken with Wheaton…

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And a few weeks ago, she was able to meet her idol again and get that photo signed at Planet Comic Con…

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Lowest budget ferry of all time — Vietnamese cross rushing stream in garbage bags

March 27, 2014 | No comments

Providing an essential service in the most affordable way possible, several men help students and a teacher in Vietnam get to school across a flooded stream without getting wet by carrying them in a big plastic bag…

(via Kottke)

Here is the most interesting place in your state — True or false?

March 27, 2014 | 18 comments

This map features every state in the U.S. labeled by its most interesting place to visit according to the internet. Results were found by the very simple process of Googling each state and seeing what was listed by Wikipedia as the top “point of interest.”

So what do you think? Is it correct?

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Mom’s invention lets disabled children walk upright, play with their families [pics & video]

March 26, 2014 | 4 comments

A mother in Israel whose child’s disability prevented them from walking set about inventing a solution that would allow the child to participate as fully as possible in family life, even when family life involved walking or playing sports.

The result of her creative efforts is the Upsee, a harness that connects the child to an adult and allows the child’s body to move almost like natural walking. It is now in mass production and will be available worldwide next month.

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How not to be a barbarian when eating in different countries around the world [7 pics]

March 26, 2014 | 1 comment

You may think you know how to behave yourself in order to seem like a polite person while you eat…but it totally depends on where in the world you are. What may seem sophisticated in the U.S. might be utterly boorish in Japan.

To prepare you for your next cross-cultural culinary tour, here are some quirks of dinnertime etiquette from several countries around the world…

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