Best high school student in the U.S.? 17-year-old accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools

April 2, 2014 | No comments

If test scores are the measure of academics, New York high school senior Kwasi Enin is among the top in the country. But if who accepts you into their college is the measure, then he is at the absolute top, in a tier by himself.

A couple years ago, he got the idea to apply to all eight of the Ivy League schools, which he did this year as he planned for his college career. After getting a letter last week from Harvard, he’d finally heard back from them all. And they all accepted him.

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Someone will adopt this kitten just to hear her eat

March 14, 2014 | 8 comments

Usually the noises made by creatures eating (humans included, of course) aren’t that pleasant. But these “gobbles” from a little kitten named Turkey are the exception…

Turkey is awaiting adoption at Orange County Animal Services. I have no doubt that she will find a good home after this video goes viral…

Clothing brand only uses women with graduate degrees to model their new spring collection [15 pics]

March 13, 2014 | 4 comments

Betabrand is an “online clothing community” based in San Francisco. To advertise their new products this Spring, they are displaying the clothes on real women. And not just real women, smart ones, too. The company founder explains, “Our designers cooked up a collection of smart fashions for spring, so why not display them on the bodies of women with really big brains?”

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Instead of hiring professional models to show off their Spring collection they reached out to friends, relatives, and colleagues looking for young women in their own networks with doctorates or on their way to getting doctorates. Then they invited these ladies to try on some new clothes and get their pictures taken…

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Almost empty lakes — Surprising then-and-now photos show California drought [12 pics]

February 28, 2014 | 1 comment

In many parts of California, last year was the driest on record. In January, the state’s department of water resources released several pairs of photos to show the effect of the drought on two reservoirs in the driest area. In each set, the first photo shows what the lakes look like at almost 100% capacity and the second shows what they look like now at an estimated 17%…

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You’ve seen dog shaming…Now it’s time to turn the camera toward naughty chickens and roosters

February 24, 2014 | No comments

The trend of “shaming” pets — posing them with signs “confessing” their wrongdoing — has been around for awhile and it isn’t going away yet. Usually you see it with dogs, cats, and maybe kids…but artist Amy Rawson wants the world to know about the flaws of her farmyard birds.

Thus — “Poultry shaming”…

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Drawing exercises that get increasingly weird until your hair is soaked in paint

February 22, 2014 | No comments

In his book, Drawing the Landscape, art instructor Chip Sullivan guides aspiring artists through the process of becoming proficient at putting what they see out over the horizon onto paper and canvas. A key part of this is mastering the creation of lines. Sullivan discusses line drawing, and then provides exercises for his students so that they can get experience.

Let’s see what he has to say about lines and then look at the exercises…

Through the drawing of lines you produce a language that determines how the environments you create will be perceived.

A complicated way to state the obvious, but fair enough. He goes on…

You should make each line mean something…. A true artist can make a single line read like a total composition.

OK, that seems a bit overblown, but let’s say it’s true, how does one go about learning to draw what he calls that “one true line”?

He offers several ways to practice. They start straightforwardly enough, but by step #3 you already have a pencil in your mouth. And then by the end, you’ll be wondering what kind of art class you signed up for exactly…

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(via Reddit)

For the final exercise, he recommends going through the list again and doing it all with your eyes closed.

So who’s up for an evening of drunken blindfolded paint-sodden hair art?

Jimmy Kimmel chases wolf in “Sochi hotel.” Yes, really… It was all set up by him in the first place.

February 21, 2014 | 2 comments

For a couple days, we were duped by the video seeming to feature a wolf walking through the hallway of a Sochi hotel. The conversations online mostly centered around whether it was a wolf or some kind of domestic dog. But not a lot of people were asking the more basic question, “Did this even happen?”

It turns out it was an elaborate prank by the athlete who posted it, luger Kate Hansen, and Jimmy Kimmel. Hansen sent Kimmel a photo of her hotel hallway, then Kimmel’s people built a replica and sent a Timber Wolf mix (yes, a real wolf) down the TV-set hallway.

Want proof? Here’s the extended cut of the viral video featuring Kimmel himself following after the animal, searching the “Sochi Hotel” for his lost “Garfield”…

Fascinatingly hypnotic, blinking list of events indicates how often each one happens

February 19, 2014 | No comments

XKCD recently published a list of occurrences which blink to represent how often they each happen. The events range from the highly important and straightforward — how often a baby is born — to the less important and absurd — how often a member of the UK parliament goes to the bathroom.

Here are several….

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