15 Amazing Stories of True Animal Heroes Saving People from Certain Death

Apr 15, 2015 By Abby Heugel 0

Everyone knows that animals are capable of receiving love and affection, and that there are countless stories of them being rescued from shelters or dire situations by compassionate humans. But in these cases, we’re highlighting the fact that they’re also capable of returning the favor by showing bravery and rescuing humans in extraordinary ways.

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Image: Shutterstock

They’re modest. They act without craving recognition or awards and they just return to their normal everyday activities as soon as the feat is accomplished — eating, rolling around in the dirt, and just generally enjoying life.

Next: Winnie the Wonder Cat

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Listen to How This Baby Otter Audibly Expresses Her Joy the First Time She Goes Swimming

Apr 15, 2015 By Scott Neumyer 0

Say hello to this adorable baby otter just chilling in the swimming pool. Rescued on the central coast of California, she’s the star of the documentary OTTER 501, which premiered in 2012 (and is now available on DVD).

Following one rescue otter’s real life, the film gives viewers a glimpse into what makes these amazing creatures so incredible. If the rest of the movie is anywhere close to as cute as this clip, just take my money now…

25 of the Most Breathtaking and Dangerous Flowers in the World

Apr 9, 2015 By Abby Heugel 0

No matter how hard humans may try, they will never be able to match the beauty, mystery, and wonder that nature can provide. These 25 flowers prove that looks can be deceiving. Some are full of beauty but also poisonous, while others don’t look like flowers at all.

A monkey? An alien? You never know what you will find…

Bird of Paradise

Also known as the crane flower, this gem is the official flower of Los Angeles, which is odd, seeing as I thought it was the rose given out on The Bachelor. The Bird of Paradise is native to South Africa but common in floral arrangements, and is the go-to flower for ninth anniversary celebrations.

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Image: Flowers Kid

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When He Went Blind, This Artist Found a New Way to Paint and the Results Are Amazing

Apr 8, 2015 By Megan Berman 0

Meet John Bramblitt.

After suffering from epilepsy from age 11, John, who loved art, lost his sight completely at 30, which left him in a deep depression, he told My Modern Met:

All of the hopes and dreams that I had for my life; all of the plans for what I would do after I graduated school were gone. I was not only depressed, but in mourning. The life that I had, along with the future that I was planning, was dead and gone. I felt like I had no potential; that basically I was a zero.

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Image: DentonRC.com

It was at the lowest point in his life that John became determined to relearn how to draw, so he developed a novel technique for creating art despite his blindness…

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He Spent 4 Months Photographing Flowers and the Resulting Video is INSANELY Cool

Apr 6, 2015 By Scott Neumyer 0

You’ve probably seen tons of photographs of beautiful flowers before, and maybe you’ve even seen a few time lapse videos of flowers blooming, but I guarantee you’ve never seen one as gorgeous as the one photographer Thomas Blanchard has put together.

Blanchard spent four months shooting nearly 10,000 images of various gorgeous flowers to create a video that is both breathtaking and hypnotic.

Via: Thomas Blanchard

30 Hilariously Perfect Inventions That You’ll Wonder How You’ve Been Living Without

Mar 31, 2015 By Abby Heugel 0

We might not be floating around in flying cars, but some of the things that exist today that we take for granted — cell phones, the Internet, automatic car starters — weren’t even on the radar just a few decades ago…and yet we rely on them.

Perhaps 20 years from now we’ll be looking at one of these 30 dubiously incredible inventions and thinking the same thing — “How did we ever live without it?”

Traffic Light Countdown Indicator

Serbian designer Damjan Stankovic’s Eko light incorporates a circular, visual countdown timer wrapped around the red light. Rather than enable quicker green-light launches, the countdown light would serve to de-stress drivers by providing them feedback of exactly how much longer they’ll have to wait.

Because no one would ever use this for nefarious purposes like racing, right?

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25 of the Most Amazingly Beautiful (and Dangerous) Flowers You Have to See to Believe

Mar 28, 2015 By Abby Heugel 0

Endangered “Magic Rabbit” Shows Its Adorable Face For the First Time in Two Decades

Mar 26, 2015 By Scott Neumyer 0

Near the tops of the Tianshan mountain range in northwestern China lives a creature so adorable it’s hard to tell, at first glance, if it’s even real. The teddy bear-faced Ili pika, first discovered in 1983 by conservationist Li Weidong, had not been photographed for nearly twenty years until Weidong stumbled across one in July 2014. Now, after nearly two decades, we finally get to see what the little guy looks like, and it’s amazing.

Ili Pika

Via: Li Weidong/CNN

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