This photographer showed people’s bedrooms from all over the world

This photographer showed people’s bedrooms from all over the world

In 2010, John Thackwray, a photographer from South Africa, started his amazing trip around the world in order to take pictures for his series “My Room Project.” He set the camera on the ceilings of local residents’ bedrooms to document their lifestyle and cultural characteristics.

More than 1,000 people from 55 countries have participated in the project.

Creative Idea 365 would like you to take a look at the most vibrant and catchy photos.

La Paz, Bolivia

Dali, China

Kathmandu, Nepal

Tokyo, Japan

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Tehran, Iran

Novosibirsk, Russia

Istanbul, Turkey

New York, USA

Paris, France

Jambyl Region, Kazakhstan

Ban Sai Ngam, Thailand

Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe

Durban, South Africa

Shatila, Lebanon

Chihuahua, Mexicо

Berlin, Germany

Kingston, Jamaica

Never Do These Things in Foreign Countries Under Any Circumstances

We’re all well aware of the fact that while visiting a foreign country, we must obey certain local traditions and common rules.

Just in case, we decided to go through some rules and social conventions found in various different countries that you shouldn’t break under any circumstances.

 

16 Simple Life Hacks to Help You Look Great Every Single Day

Clingy pants that stick to your legs, new shoes that don’t quite fit right, a t-shirt that shrank in the wash — now you can say goodbye to all of these problems. All you have to do is read this selection of 16 life hacks we’ve put together for you.

Getting rid of stains on leather

Just apply a mixture of water and vinegar and gently rub it over the stain.

Keeping jewelry clean

This applies only to the non-precious metal parts of your jewelry. Cover the inside part of a ring with clear nail polish. You’ll never have to worry about getting marks on your fingers again.

Getting rid of oily stains on your clothes

Use baby powder to get rid of the stain.

Rescuing a shrunken t-shirt

Put your shrunken item of clothing into water with some kids’ shampoo (one liter of water for every spoon of shampoo). Leave it to soak for half an hour. Squeeze out the water and place the t-shirt between two towels for ten minutes. Then stretch the item out to its original size, putting something heavy on the edges to keep it stretched, and leave it to dry.

Use a razor to get rid of fluff from your clothes

Stopping jeans from fading

Add half a glass of vinegar to the washing machine to stop dark jeans losing their color when being washed.

To quickly iron a collar

Hair straighteners can help you to quickly iron the fabric around buttons and folds on shirts and skirts.

Removing scuff marks from suede shoes

Use an ordinary eraser to clean your suede shoes.

Cleaning the white part of your sneakers

Mix some cleaning solution with baking soda in a bowl, take an old tooth brush and use the solution to thoroughly clean the white rubber parts of your shoes.

How to fit the bottom of your jeans into your boots:

Removing sweat stains from your clothes

These stains can be cleaned using a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda.

Putting a cord through the hood of your hoodie

Use a straw to push the cords through the narrow holes.

Breaking in new shoes

Pour some water into sealable plastic packets, place them inside your shoes and put the shoes in the freezer. When the water freezes, it expands. Take the shoes out of the freezer, wait for the ice to melt a little and take the bags of water out. N.B: this method doesn’t work for patent leather shoes.

Getting rid of the static on your pants

To get rid of static, place a safety pin on the inside seam of each trouser leg.

To stop the zipper on your jeans from coming undone

Attach the ring from a key ring on the zipper and hook it over the button of your pants.

Hiding the camel toe

An camel toe can appear when your clothes are too tight. Usually it happens with jeans, leggings or shorts. To hide the embarrassing detail it’s necessary to wear clothes that fit you. Choose those of your size and not less. Using comfortable clothing like dresses from soft tissues can also be important.

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100 Ultimate Beauty Secrets That Stand the Test of Time

100 Ultimate Beauty Secrets That Stand the Test of Time

For many women, looking their best at all times is absolutely essential. To emphasize their beauty, they’re often ready to spend a huge amount of time and money on a special makeup routine or the ideal manicure. It’s for that reason that many of them long to find something fast, simple, and very effective when it comes to their beauty treatment. A snap of your fingers and it’s done — now wouldn’t that be a dream?

Well, you’re in luck today because Creative Idea 365 has put together this list of 100 beauty secrets that stand the test of time.

Hair

  • You can curl your hair using a hairband. Simply bind your hair up for a few hours or overnight, and you’ll have the desired result in no time.
  • Comb your hair from the roots to the tips. This will help give it a natural shine.
  • Your hair can be made to look thicker and you can hide outgrown roots with the help of dyes of a similar shade to your hair color.
  • You should always be ready to explain and/or show your hairdresser what you want the result of your haircut to be. Use photographs to illustrate the style and color you want.
  • A parting in your hair in the form of a zigzag can also help to hide outgrown roots. When light falls on an irregular hairline it gets refracted, and the distinction between different hair colors becomes less noticeable.
  • To stop stray hairs sticking out, apply some hair spray, and then smooth your hair out with a mascara brush.

  • In order to protect your hair from the sun, don’t forget to put on a hat or a scarf.
  • Sleep on a silk or satin pillow to prevent hair from falling out. If you use any other kind of material, make sure it’s 100% natural.
  • Sometimes all it takes to give your hair the appearance of more volume is for you to simply change the place where your hair parts.
  • To avoid your hair getting tangled, use a wide-toothed comb, especially for dry hair.
  • Dry shampoo or baby powder can be used to make your hair less oily. Simply apply it to the roots, and your hair will look great all day.
  • Here’s a tip that may just turn out to be the discovery of the century. How to properly use bobby pins:

  • If you decide to dye your own hair, it’s best not to go for a color that’s particularly unnatural. Instead, opt for a shade that is as close as possible to a natural hair color. That way, any lack of success you have will be less noticeable.
  • Using shampoo that doesn’t contain any sulphates is much better for the health of your hair.
  • If you often use hair spray or gel, it’s worth washing your hair at least once a week with shampoo that contains sulphates — this will help wash out any traces of silicon in a way that “soft” shampoos cannot.
  • Soak your hair in ordinary water from the tap or the shower before going into the sea or the swimming pool. This will help protect it from harm.
  • Use seawater to keep your curls throughout the day. Mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt with 0.5 l of mineral water, and then transfer it to a spray bottle. The salt will keep your curls strong.

  • Your hair can lose its shine if you wash it in water that’s overly hot.
  • Don’t rub your hair too much when drying it. This will make individual strands more brittle and more liable to break. It’s recommended that you use a soft cloth, such as an old T-shirt, instead of a rough towel.
  • Massaging your head is a great way to speed up hair growth and stop your hair falling out.
  • A braid will look neater if you first apply a little styling mousse to your hair.
  • To give your hair a little extra volume, start drying it from the roots using hot air.

Eyebrows

  • Before plucking your eyebrows, soften up the skin by wiping it with a cotton pad soaked in warm water.
  • Pluck your eyebrows only in the direction in which the hairs grow.
  • Never draw on an entire eyebrow; it’s better to simply add color in those places where the hair doesn’t grow evenly.
  • Instead of using the sharp point of the pencil, apply it to your eyebrow using the flat side. The line of your makeup will be less noticeable.
  • If your eyebrow hairs are difficult to manage, try adding a little hair spray to a mascara brush and passing it back and forth along the length of it.
  • If you haven’t got time to do your entire makeup routine, a little work on your eyebrows alone can seriously improve your look.

Eyes

  • To make colorful mascara and eye shadow look brighter, use a little white eyeliner before you apply it.
  • When applying mascara, hold your head up straight. If you lean your head forward, the mascara will fall onto your temples.
  • Applying mascara to the lower eyelashes makes this area look darker and visually reduces the size of your eyes.
  • You can use a plastic credit card to help you draw a straight line with your eyeliner.

  • To make your eyes look wider and more open, apply a little gold-colored eye shadow to your eyebrows — it will make them appear lighter.
  • Eye pencil won’t become smeared if you apply a little eye shadow of a slightly darker shade.
  • Try using brown mascara instead of black if you want to get a softer look.
  • Apply skin creams in the area under your eyes using your third finger. That way the pressure on your skin will be kept to a minimum.

  • To visually increase the size of your eyes, apply a little white eye pencil to the corner of the bottom lids.
  • A dark eye pencil, on the other hand, can help to make your eyes look narrower.
  • White eye pencil can help to make your eyes look brighter and give you a fresh-looking appearance.
  • To make sure the skin on your temples doesn’t get stained when applying makeup to your eyes, use a piece of card or something of a similar size or shape.

  • To bring dried-out eye shadow back to life, grind it up, add a drop of spirit, mix, and press together. Now it will be as good as new!
  • Place a sealed eye shadow in a glass of warm water for a couple of minutes to heat it up and make it uniform rather than lumpy.
  • If you apply a little talc to your eyelashes and then cover with mascara, your lashes will seem thicker and longer.
  • If you can’t draw an even line with an eye pencil, try drawing 3-4 small strokes from the center of the line of your eye.

  • To create universal makeup you can wear during the day and the evening, mix together dark shades with light ones (for example, brown with creamy colors).
  • If your mascara has dried out, add a few droplets of jojoba oil.
  • With the help of a Q-tip and concealer, you can save smudged mascara from disaster.
  • When the weather’s cold, it’s better to use water-resistant eye shadow, as the cold can make your eyes water.

Skin

  • Use a base rather than concealer to hide the deficiencies of your skin.
  • Don’t touch the skin on your face unless it’s necessary. Bacteria on your hands can lead to the appearance of spots.
  • Keep an eye on the condition of your makeup brushes. Don’t let them get dirty — wash them periodically with shampoo or dish soap. Also, dry them out quickly using a paper towel. How clean they are will affect how good your makeup looks as well as the health of your skin.
  • You can make a protective case for your makeup brushes in just 5 minutes. All you need is a piece of bamboo, a large elastic band, some thread, and a ribbon.

  • To quickly and effectively clean your makeup brushes, you can mix together olive or mineral oil and dish soap at a ratio of 1:1. Rinse the brushes with water afterward.
  • Remove any excess powder or blusher from your brushes before applying makeup. This will help you to apply it more evenly.
  • Concealer can help hide dark patches under your eyes. However, bright swipes of it will only draw attention to skin imperfections. Apply the concealer in a triangle, and then carefully spread it out using your fingers.

  • Never try to burst spots. This can damage the tissue, lead to infection, or even leave a scar.
  • Apply rouge to your cheeks by moving in the direction of your hairline.
  • The color of the skin on your wrist is different to that of your face, so it’s better to test foundation on your neck.
  • We often use bright shiny colors as evening makeup, but it’s good to be aware of their limits. Try to apply these kinds of colors to only one feature of your face — for example, if you want to draw attention to your lips, then give your eyes a calmer look.

  • To make your eyes look less puffy, wash them every morning in cold water, or rub the skin around your eyes with an ice cube.
  • Don’t forget to moisturize your skin during the day, especially when the weather’s hot. Make sure you always have a cream or a spray to hand.
  • To help get rid of bags under your eyes, keep your face cream chilled in the refrigerator.
  • If your skin becomes inflamed, place an ice cube over it — it will make the problem area less noticeable.

  • If you’ve overdone it with your perfume, wipe your neck and wrists with a cotton pad soaked in spirit.
  • Healthy skin begins with healthy eating. Eat more fruit and vegetables, and try to reduce the amount of fatty and sweet things you consume.
  • Heat up body lotion in the microwave for 5 seconds, and it will do more to calm down your skin, especially during winter.
  • For the ideal bath, pour bubble bath directly under the taps, and then turn on the water.

  • A sauna is never a bad thing. The hot dry air of a sauna helps you to sweat out various toxins from your body.
  • To make waxing more effective and less painful, stretch your skin before applying the wax. Use a Q-tip soaked in baby oil to remove any excess once finished.
  • Don’t use your epilator straight after taking a shower — give your hair a little time to soften up.
  • The most natural body scrub you can use is real ground coffee. The scent will also make your body smell luxurious.

  • To ensure your makeup looks bright all day, use a primer coating before applying a base.
  • The best time to apply body lotion is immediately after a bath or shower, when your skin is still moist.
  • What works for the skin on your face also works for the skin on your hands. Use your face cream to lighten up dark patches of skin.
  • Apply a body scrub once a week to make sure your skin doesn’t look faded.

Lips

  • To retain the color of your lipstick for longer, first apply your lipstick and then add powder to your lips through a tissue. To get soft and smooth lips, use a cloth soaked in warm water to help remove pieces of dead skin. Repeat the procedure in the evenings.
  • To ease the transition from your day makeup to your evening look, apply a darker and richer shade of lipstick to the one you’re already using.
  • If you dust your lipstick with eye shadow of a similar color, it will last much longer.
  • Worried people might notice how much you’re blushing? Then use a bright “heavy” color of lipstick instead of a pale one — the latter makes the redness of your cheeks stand out even more.
  • Massage your lips from time to time in order to improve blood circulation.
  • Use a light-colored lip pen to give your lips additional volume.

  • To ensure your lip pen doesn’t melt when you’re sharpening it, keep it in the refrigerator for a little while.
  • Smile when applying your lipstick — that way you’ll be able to make sure you’ve covered every part of your lips, including the corners of your mouth.
  • To stop your lipstick from becoming smeared, apply concealer around the contours of your lips.
  • Try to moisturize your lips every day with lip balm.

Nails

  • It’s best to paint your nails starting at your pinkie and work over to your thumb so that you don’t touch clean fingers with painted ones.
  • To remove nail polish quickly, soak a cotton pad in polish remover and hold it against your nail for 5-10 seconds before wiping.
  • Stickers for your nails (for example, to help you do a French manicure) should be used in such a way that the edge is always sticking out a little from the end of the nail.

  • To make nail polish dry faster, place your hands in a bowl of cold water immediately after you’ve painted them.
  • You can make your own nail polish by mixing eye shadow of a similar shade together with some of your polish.
  • To quickly remove sparkling nail polish from your nails, apply some nail polish remover to a cotton pad, press it against the nail, and wrap your finger up in tin foil. After a few minutes, it will be removed.

  • Before applying your polish, smear some olive oil on your cuticles. That way it will be easier to remove any polish that ends up on your skin.
  • You should file your nails at least once a week. Always use your nail file by moving it in one direction only, as this will prevent your nails from flaking.
  • If you haven’t got time to get a new manicure, refresh your old one with the help of some glitter and transparent polish.

Legs

  • To let your tired legs rest after a long day, place them in hot water for 3 minutes, then in some cold water for 1 minute. Then alternate between hot and cold for the next 15 minutes.
  • Old face cream can be used to moisturize the skin on your legs. Apply a thick layer of the cream to your heels before going to bed, and by morning the skin on them will be much softer.
  • Use the flesh from a pineapple or the skin of a kiwi fruit to make your heels softer. Rub them with it for 5 minutes, then rinse with water and apply moisturizing cream.
  • To avoid getting fungal infections on your nails, keep them as clean as possible. Don’t forget to remove any dead skin, and change your socks immediately after exercising or playing sport.
  • A foot massage is the best medicine for tiredness and reducing stress. Use both hands to massage your feet from your ankles to the fleshy parts of your toes.

Smile!

  • This is the most important, fastest, and most effective trick to make you look amazing. Just smile, and your appearance will be transformed.

10 Weird Things That Happen to Your Body in an Airplane

Summer is the hot season for vacations, and soon many of us will find ourselves onboard airplanes heading toward adventures. Some, though, have reservations about this kind of travel due to inconveniences.

We at Creative Idea 365 decided to find out how air travels affect our bodies.

Your legs swell

While onboard, you can’t walk freely and stretch your legs. Unfortunately, lack of motion results in blood stagnation in the legs which may lead to swelling or even clotting.

To avoid this, stretch your legs from time to time.

Your tastes in food change

Scientists found that the brain areas responsible for taste preferences work differently in flight. Even those with a real sweet tooth can have a strange desire for tomato juice onboard a plane.

An unpleasant smell appears from your mouth

Dehydration causes our body to produce less saliva, resulting in active growth of bacteria and, consequently, a bad smell.

You can avoid this by having an exclusively healthy meal before the flight and chewing peppermint gum.

You suffer from skin problems

Dehydration also causes skin flaking and acne. The dry air onboard weakens our skin’s protective properties which results in skin issues.

Just take some moisturizing cream with you to stay safe.

Your head spins

You may experience dizziness, nausea, or even vomiting during a flight because the static picture you see doesn’t correspond to the feeling of movement, and the body is thus stressed.

Choose window seats near the wings to alleviate the symptoms.

You find it difficult to relieve yourself

Lack of mobility can also lead to constipation or flatulence. Long hours of sitting slows down metabolism, while a change of pressure makes gases alter their circulation pattern.

Cut down on calories before the flight, and stretch your muscles from time to time while onboard to avoid this problem.

Your hearing weakens

Changes of pressure onboard a plane may cause your ears to pop. If you let it be, the air will start pressing from inside, leading to temporary hearing impairment and pain.

Simple chewing gum or hard candy will help you out here. They stimulate salivation, and swallowing lets some air out.

You feel a sudden toothache

Many air travelers noticed pain in their teeth during flights. The reason is the abovementioned difference of pressures: the air gets into small orifices and presses your teeth from inside.

Visit your dentist before traveling to prevent this.

You consume dangerous bacteria

Despite all efforts to make the water onboard safe, most liquids there still contain harmful bowel bacteria.

To avoid infection, drink only bottled water, and don’t let your food touch the table.

You become more nervous

Even those who aren’t afraid of flying may become serious or even angry onboard. The reason is simple: we aren’t in control of our safety, and that makes us anxious.

An interesting book or movie or sound sleep will help you cope with that.

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93-Year-Old Bride Asks The Internet To Help Her Pick Her Wedding Dress: A, B, C or D?

93-Year-Old Bride Asks The Internet To Help Her Pick Her Wedding Dress: A, B, C or D?

Sometimes, finding the perfect wedding dress seems impossible but this bride faces the opposite problem. Sylvia Martin, 93, is marrying her long-term friend Frank Raymond, 88, in July but she can’t decide between her most favorite gowns. So, she asked the internet for help and we’re here for her!

The story started when this great-grandmother from Canberra, Australia, went shopping for an ideal gown. She tried on a number of dresses but 4 of them were Sylvia’s absolute favorites and she couldn’t pick which one to choose. To help her, somebody took the discussion to Facebook where they posted a picture of Sylvia posing in all of the dresses and asked their followers which design should the classy lady choose.

The post also said that Frank has asked Sylvia to marry him many times. “Sylvia has always refused, thinking that to take a new surname would be disrespectful to her deceased husband,” it said. “A year ago, Sylvia took ill and moved to Canberra to be near her family, and Frank thought all hope was lost. When Sylvia recovered, she found Frank, who was living in Adelaide, and convinced him to move to Canberra to be with her. Frank arrived a couple of months ago and again asked Sylvia to marry him. Sylvia had learned that you can keep your own surname when you marry, and so said yes.”

While we can’t attend this beautiful couple’s wedding, we certainly can help the bride

decide what to wear.

More info: Facebook

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11 Meaningful Examples of Why Every Girl Needs a True BFF

A good friend supports you, tells you the uncomfortable truth, and walks by your side as you conquer the world. True happiness comes from knowing there’s always someone in this world with whom you can share absolutely any thought or emotion.

We at Creative Idea 365 are certain that the following amusing situations will be familiar to every girl who has a best friend.

You ask each other to check if you have bad breath.

You take food from each other’s plates.

You give each other Valentine’s Day cards.

It takes an hour for you to leave somewhere because you just can’t stop talking.

You’re calm, rational individuals when you’re not together.

You look after each other more than anyone else.

You give each other strange nicknames.

You advise each other on what to wear.

You even go to the bathroom together.

Of course, you argue. But never for more than 5 minutes.

Most importantly, you always understand each other without having to say a word. That’s why you’re best friends.

Illustrator: Leonid Khan for BrightSide.me

Feather Brows Is The Newest Trend Nobody Expected

Feather Brows Is The Newest Trend Nobody Expected

The beauty world never ceases to surprise me. It feels like there is a new trend every other day and each of them is crazier than the one before. And the latest Insta-trend is “feather brows”.

A few days ago Stella Sironen, a Finnish makeup artist, jokingly shared an image on Instagram declaring that this is the new trend. But the internet took it seriously and the trend spread like wildfire.

Now more and more people are jumping on this trend train and sharing the results. Some people love it, some hate it with all their hearts but hey, it’s something new.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Image credits: Stella Sironen

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Helix Tattoo Trend Is Taking Over Instagram, And These 10+ Pics Will Make You Want To Get One Too

Helix Tattoo Trend Is Taking Over Instagram, And These 10+ Pics Will Make You Want To Get One Too

A new tattoo trend is taking over Instagram, and, we must say, it’s pretty awesome. Say goodbye to earrings and ear cuffs, and hello to helix tattoos.

The helix is the thin curved outer part of the ear and now people are jazzing it up with dainty ink designs. From flowers to paw prints to minimalist lines – there are so many different ways to spice up your helix, the possibilities are endless. The best part? You never have to worry about losing an earring again!

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Sarah Blanche Brinsfield 4 weeks agoThis one is so dainty and pretty without the harsh black lines. I love it!

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Nine incredible mysteries hidden within famous statues

When asked how he created his statues, Auguste Rodin quoted Michelangelo: ’’Sculpture is easy — you just go down to the skin and stop.’’ That’s probably why a true masterpiece always seems like something divine: you look at it and think that only a genius could have seen such beauty in a simple chunk of stone.
We at Creative Idea 365 are sure that each and every significant work of art has a unique story, and we want to uncover them all. Today we’re going to share some of them with you.

The horned Moses

’’Moses’’ by Michelangelo Buonarotti, 1513-1515
Michelangelo made a sculpture of Moses with a peculiar feature — a pair of horns. Many art historians believe he misinterpreted the Bible — in the Book of Exodus, it says that it was hard for the Jews to look at the face of Moses when he descended Mount Sinai with the Lord’s stone tablets. The Hebrew word used here in the Bible can be translated both as ’’radiance’’ and as ’’horns’’.

Colorful antiquity

’’Augustus of Prima Porta’’, an antique statue
It was long thought that ancient Roman and Greek white marble statues were always plain white. But according to recent studies, they may have initially been painted in many different colors that faded over time.

The Suffering of the Little Mermaid

’’The Little Mermaid’’ by Edvard Eriksen, 1913
The Mermaid statue in Copenhagen is a favorite target for vandalism. The sculpture was beheaded twice — once in 1964, and the second time in 1998. In 1984, vandals cut off its right arm. In 2006, the poor mermaid was found splattered all over with green paint. Later, the town government decided to move the statue further into the harbor to prevent any more vandalism.

The Kiss without a kiss

’’The Kiss’’ by Auguste Rodin, 1882
’’The Kiss’’ was originally named ’’Francesca da Rimini’’, after a 13th century Italian noblewoman whose name was immortalized in Dante’s ’’Inferno’’. The lady fell in love with her husband’s younger brother, and the husband later found out when they were reading together and killed them both. The sculpture shows the lover holding a book in his hand. However, the couple here do not touch each other’s lips, suggesting they were murdered without committing a sin.
The secret of the marble veil
’’The Veiled Vestal’’ by Raffaele Monti, mid-19th century
You look at these statues, whose faces are covered by a semi-transparent veil, and wonder how this could ever have been made with simple stone. The secret is in the marble that was used. The block that eventually became the sculpture had two layers — one of them more transparent, and one thicker than the other. Monti worked the marble, preserving the normal surface texture, while carving along the edge separating the solid part from the transparent one. This helped create the veil effect.

The perfect David made of corrupt marble

’’David’’ by Michelangelo Buonarotti, 1501-1504
Although David has been considered the ideal of male beauty, it is in fact not so perfect after all — he is actually cross-eyed. This discovery was made by scanning the statue with laser technology. The statue’s defect is almost invisible, as it is standing on a tall pedestal. Experts think that Michelangelo made this imperfection on purpose so that David looked impeccable on both sides.

Death unto art, art unto death

’’The Kiss of Death’’, 1930
The most mysterious sculpture in the Poblenou Cemetery in Barcelona is entitled ’’The Kiss of Death’’, and its creator is still unknown. It is situated in one of the farthest corners of the cemetery, and it became the inspiration for Ingmar Bergman when he decided to make ’’The Seventh Seal’’, a movie about the fallen Knight and Death.

The arms of Venus de Milo

’’Venus de Milo’’ by Alexandros of Antioch (?), ca. 130-100 B.C.
This statue of Venus is one of the best-known sculptures in the Louvre in Paris. A Greek peasant is said to have found it in 1820 on the isle of Milos. When discovered, the statue was broken into two large pieces. When they saw it, some French naval officers, recognizing its historic value, ordered the marble statue to be taken from the island, but the people carrying it got into a quarrel, and both her hands broke off. Being utterly exhausted, the sailors refused to go back and look for the limbs.

The beautiful imperfection of the ’’Nike of Samothrace’’

’’Nike of Samothrace’’, 2nd century B.C.
This majestic statue of Nike was found in 1863 on the island of Samothrace. The sculpture is made of golden Parian marble, and on the island it was the paragon of the sea gods’ altar. The Nike was created in the 2nd century B.C. to commemorate the naval victories of the Greek fleet. The arms and the head of the statue are lost. All the attempts to return the arms to Nike ended in failure — they just spoiled the masterpiece. And these failures make us recognize the simple truth: her imperfection only adds to her majesty.

13 differences between busy and effective people

Many of us think that to be super busy at work means to be very effective and have a productive day, but it’s actually a general misconception. To be busy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re effective and to be effective doesn’t mean to work all day long in non-stop mode.
We here at Think About Network believe that being busy is very different from being effective. Let’s do this little comparative analysis together; we’re sure it will help us finally define busy and effective.

These 20 Utterly Amazing Photos Will Change the Way You Look at the World

In this post, we collected 18 photos that not that many people have ever seen. Here they are — the most unusual perspectives and unfamiliar things that can be found on Earth.
That’s not a pebble on top of a photo. That’s the opposite side of the Moon, with the entire Earth in the background — a photo from NASA offering an extremely rare view of all of humanity.
You’re very lucky if you happened to see the Cappuccino Coast that looks as if someone had poured tons of coffee and milk into the ocean, then switched on a giant blender. The foam is so light that you could puff it out of your hands and watch it float away.
This is a surfer’s workout. This woman is running on the ocean floor with a 40-pound stone, which will help her fight the waves.
This bonsai tree is about 800 years.
A photo of the young Jessica Alba’s grandmother.
Blood vessels in a hand.
Bagger 288 is the largest mechanism in the world that can move autonomously.
A black rhino was born for the first time in 18 years at the Zürich Zoologischer Garten. It’s an extremely rare species.
SuperBowl winners receive these rings. The top picture shows the first ever ring, and the bottom one shows the ring for 2015.
The world’s best chess players trying to play soccer.
A camera captured a gorilla a second before it was broken by the powerful animal.
Snow Crawler is as famous among snowmobiles as Lamborghini is among cars.
Stairs in the desert.
A professional climber clinging to the slightest uneven surface on a sheer cliff face.
The interior of the cupola on the International Space Station.
A special hoop helps this blind dog to not bang its head on its surroundings.
That’s no diorama. It’s a real island in Malaysia, where people actually live.
A Tibetan village.
’’Land of the Giants,’’ a project for a power line.

Six fascinating parts of your body that prove the miracle of evolution

The term ’vestigial organs’ refers to those ’extra’ organs or structures in the human body that are no longer functional. They have long been considered classic proof of evolution, showing the difference between modern humans and our ancestors.
We here at Think About Network thought we’d tell you about some of them — it makes for a fascinating little science lesson. Observe the evidence for evolution in your own body!

The long palmar muscle

Put your hand palm-up on a table or other flat surface. Bring your thumb and little finger together and hold them in that position. Do you see a ligament showing through the skin in your wrist? This muscle is the legacy of our ancestors. It was responsible for flexing the hand and helped our predecessors grip onto things when jumping from tree to tree. Don’t worry if you don’t have it — the muscle is absolutely useless today!
Goosebumps
People get goose bumps when they’re cold or stressed. Goosebumps are created when the spinal cord signal causes contractions of tiny muscles attached to each hair that pull the hair up. When it’s cold, goosebumps reduce heat loss, which helps the body warm up. They can also be a response to anger or fear: the erect hairs make an animal look larger. Goosebumps can also appear when you experience strong emotions such as admiration or pleasure.

The epicanthic fold

The epicanthic fold is the official term for the skin fold on the upper eyelid that many people from various parts of Asia have. Most researchers believe that epicanthic fold used to be useful for humans who lived in extreme conditions, such as severe cold, intense heat or desert areas.

Caruncula

This tiny nodule at the inner corner of the eye is, in fact, a relic of the nictitating membrane. It is found in many species, including fish, birds and reptiles, and is used for protecting and moisturizing the eye. Over time, the nictitating membrane has become useless to humans, but we still have a small piece of this membrane joined to the muscles in our eyes.

Ear muscles

Ear muscles are a classic example of a vestigial organ. They helped our ancestors to move their ears to better detect approaching predators, opponents, relatives or prey. Today very few people can move their ears.

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth once served an important function — they helped us chew hard and tough pieces of food. Today, we mainly consume processed or refined foods, meaning that the eighth tooth on each side of your mouth has no function in the body any more. This is why half of the population lack these third molars entirely.

This famous painting has a hidden meaning no one ever understood until now

Vincent van Gogh painted his famous Starry Night a year before his death, in June 1889. Not only is it one of the artist’s greatest works, but it also is one of the most important works of art in the history of Western painting.
In 2004, observations using Hubble Space Telescope revealed swirling clouds of dust and gas surrounding a distant star. And as astronomers claim, these Galaxy images look uncannily like Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night.
The scientists began to study how the artist’s works connects to the actual discovery and found out that there is a distinct pattern of turbulent fluid structures in many of Van Gogh’s paintings.
As it turns out, while the famous Dutch painter was in an asylum in France, he captured one of the most complex and elusive concepts in science — turbulence.
In fluid dynamics, turbulence is the term used to describe the fluid flow with a violent disorder where large eddies develop to form smaller scale structures; these smaller eddies in turn undergo the same process, giving rise to even smaller eddies. For example, turbulence causes the formation of clouds. It looks like this:
More than a hundred years ago in a period of intense suffering, Van Gogh was somehow able to perceive and depict one of the most difficult phenomenon nature has ever produced and unite the greatest mysteries of movement and light in his mind.
This discovery encouraged scientists to check the works of other Impressionists to learn whether they could depict turbulence in the same way. But the study showed that their paintings are not as accurate in terms of mathematics, as compared to Van Gogh’s masterpieces. Not even The Scream by Edvard Munch could never match up to Starry Night.
So, in the darkest times of his life, Van Gogh managed to capture one of the most complex and intricate concepts in physics and mathematics.
Look at this video to learn more about turbulence and Van Gogh’s paintings:

25 unbelievable things you probably never even knew existed

The world is full of incredible things, and every time we encounter them, life seems that much more interesting. Today Think About Network offers you 25 pictures that prove we still have a lot to learn.

A path-laying machine

The internal mechanism of Patek Philippe watches, which are considered to be the most expensive in the world

A sunset and an eclipse happening at the same time

A curvy border fence near Algodones Sand Dunes, Southern California

Perfect cubes of Pyrite formed by mother nature herself

This eggshell has more than 20,000 holes drilled in it

Melted glass in a fire damaged building

The world’s deepest swimming pool, measuring 113 ft deep and holding 600,000 gallons of water

A child’s skull before losing its baby teeth

A giant sword memorial called “Sverd i fjell” on the coast of Norway

A fresh idea for a bridge

The geometry of a cabbage

Human vision (top) vs. a cat’s vision (bottom)

A cabinet carved to look like digital distortion

Grass after a lightning strike

A bridge over icy water

A lenticular, UFO-like cloud

The runway at Gibraltar International Airport, which has a road crossing through it

A ’loaf of art’. Each colour was layered to form the picture

A lizard shed the sin on its entire face in one go

A cross section of an undersea cable

A view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis from the International Space Station

What a liter-bottle of soda looks like before compressed air is added

This is only one picture

A cross-section of a commercial airplane

Coins stacked in such a way that they extend over the edge of the table without falling off

18 ingenious ideas which took advertising to a whole new level

Creative advertising always attracts your attention, so it’s clear why many brands strive to come up with novel ideas and innovative approaches to marketing their products. Sometimes you have to give credit where it’s due, and in many cases these guys achieve exactly what they set out to do — and to brilliant effect.
We put together a few of the best examples we could find for you to appreciate. Some are striking, others are funny, still others are incredibly inventive — all all of them perform their task brilliantly!

A clever use of hand grips on public transport by watch company IWC

Hair dye from Wella

Mugs of beer on tree trunks in honour of Oktoberfest

The perfect way to market the small yet spacious Honda Fit

Play-Doh plasticine helps develop kids’ imagination

Perfect eye sight for those who shop online for glasses at Keloptic

A dog can change your life for the better, as shown in an advert by Pedigree

Knives made by WMF are sharper than you think…

How to park relying entirely on sound, from Mercedes-Benz

Unbelievably fast delivery from FedEx

…can apparently overtake all of its competitors

An advertisement for Heinz ketchup

Another great idea…

Careful how you park the car, from Volkswagen

A really creative idea for beach shower stalls…just fantastic!

The air is fresher than on the street with air-con from Panasonic

An advertisement for super-absorbent kitchen towels

A party for your stomach, from Barilla

The best way to begin something is start with a cup of coffee…

This fascinating test helps you find out how many colours you can see

It’s become apparent that the ability to see various colours varies widely from person to person. The reason for this stems from differences in the number of cone cells each of us has inside our eyes. These cells function as photoreceptors; the number you have affects how many colours of the visible light spectrum you can pick out.
The simple test published below was created by Professor Diana Derval. Answer the question and then check the answers, and you’ll be able to find out how well you see the world around you — and how much your perception differs from other people.

Count the number of colours and shades you can see in the spectrum:

If you see…
Less than 20 colours: You’re a dichromat. This means that you have only two types of cone cells. ’However, don’t worry — you’re in good company here, since dogs have exactly the same kind of vision’, jokes Professor Derval. Perhaps you like to wear black, beige or dark blue coloured-clothing most of all. Twenty-five percent of the world’s population are dichromats.
Between 20 and 33 colours: You have trichromatic vision. This means your eyes have three types of cone cells. You are able to perceive purple, dark blue, green and red colours well. This is great — 50% of the world’s population have the same kind of vision as you.
Between 34 and 39 colours: Wow! You have tetrachromatic vision. Much like bees, you possess four different kinds of cone cells in your eyes and see the majority of colours in the visible light spectrum. The chances are you’re not a fan of yellow and you have next to no yellow clothing in your wardrobe. Only 25% of people can see all the colours in the spectrum.
It’s always interesting to compare your results with friends. Perhaps you’ve been close to a tetrachromatic person all your life and have never known just how special they are!

The perfect guide to what your future child will look like

What will my children look like? Who will they be similar to? For most people this is an incredibly interesting question. Fortunately, we live in age when scientists have done so much research into this subject that they can give us relatively convincing answers long before a new life appears.
So here’s a rough guide which will help you find out whether your children are going to be blue-eyed, brown-haired, have a big nose or a small one, as well as plenty of other things. Literally anyone can use this and make a good guess about the appearance of their future sons and daughters. Fascinating!

The 15 Famous Logos with a Hidden Meaning That We Never Even Noticed

It turns out that some of the most well-known logos in the world were purposefully designed to indicate something much more than simple beauty. In fact, it seems that in some cases, every line, curve and colour has meaning behind it.
Here are 15 famous logos with hidden meanings that we never noticed before. Fascinating!

Hyundai

Many are inclined to think that the logo of the South Korean conglomerate Hyundai is simply the first letter of its name. But in actual fact, the letter ’Н’ symbolises two people (a client and a representative of the company) shaking hands.

Adidas

The name Adidas is derived from that of its founder, Adolf Dassler. The company’s logo has changed over time, but it’s always included three stripes. The current configuration is three stripes at an angle which together form a triangle. This symbolises a mountain, which in turn represents the challenges which all sportsmen have to overcome.

Apple

Rob Yanov, the designer who came up with the world-famous Apple company logo, has explained how he came up with the idea: ’I bought a whole bag of apples, placed them in a bowl, and spent time drawing them for a week, trying to break the image down into something simple. Taking a bite out of an apple was part of the experiment, and completely by coincidence I realised that ’bite’ sounded exactly the same as the computer term ’byte’.

Sony Vaio

The first two letters of the logo of Sony Vaio make up a wave symbolising an analogue symbol, whereas the last two are similar to the numbers 1 and 0 — that is, symbols of a digital signal.

Amazon

At first glance, Amazon’s logo appears to be nothing special. But it was designed with the philosophy of the company in mind. The orange arrow is similar to a smile, and the company wants its customers to be satisfied. The arrow is also stretched between the letters ’A’ and ’Z’, in a hint that the company sells absolutely every product imaginable (’from A to Z’).

Baskin Robbins

The pink-coloured parts of the “BR” section of the logo make up the number 31, which is how many different flavours of ice cream Baskin Robbins used to famously sell.

Toyota

Many people have compared the logo of the Japanese car-producer Toyota to the image of a cowboy wearing a stereotypical hat. But in actual fact it represents a stylised image of the eye of a needle with a thread passed through it. This is a hint at the company’s past, which used to produce weaving machines. However, the individual parts of the logo also spell out the letters of the company’s name.

Continental

Continental, a famous producer of car tyres, has a logo in which the first two letters depict the wheel of an automobile wheel.

Formula 1

If you look carefully at the white space between the letter ’F’ and the red stripes in the Formula 1 logo, you can see the number 1. The red stripes of the logo are also meant to be a graphical representation of the speed achieved by Formula 1 cars.

Pinterest

The logo of the popular internet site Pinterest, which people use to collect images they like from across net and ’pin’ them to their online notice board, has the image of a pin hidden in the letter P.

Beats

Beats, a producer of audio equipment based in the USA, uses a logo in which the letter ’B’ looks like a person wearing headphones.

Toblerone

Toblerone, the famous chocolate company based in Bern, Switzerland, includes a silhouette of a bear in its logo, on account of the fact that Bern is sometimes called a city of bears.

BMW

It is often believed that the central part of the logo of BMW symbolises the rotating blades of an airplane in line with the company’s early history of aviation technology, it is in fact simply a part of the Bavarian flag, the area of Germany where the company originated.

LG

The logo of the South Korean electronics company LG is a stylised image of a person’s face. According to the company, this represents its aspiration to maintain ordinary, human relations with its customers.

Evernote

Elephants are known for having impressive memories, including their ability to remember both faces and events. It’s for this reason that Evernote, a note-taking application, uses the animal as part of its logo. The corner of the elephant’s ear, moreover, is folded over — in the same way that people often fold the corner of a page in a book to make note of what point they’d read up to.

Coca-Cola

In the world-famous logo of the Coca-Cola Company, in the space between the letters ’O’ and ’L’, one can clearly see the Danish flag. Purely a coincidence, the company has nevertheless used this as part of it’s marketing campaigns in the Scandinavian country.

Japan doesn’t have central heating. This is how they survive in winter — it’s ingenious!

As winter falls in Japan, people in almost every house get out their kotatsu – a hybrid of a table, blanket and a heater. This is because, somewhat surprisingly, in Japan there’s no such thing as central heating. Even though winter is never particularly cold there, they manage to avoid catching colds and other illnesses during winter time thanks to this unique invention.
The kotatsu is a traditional Japanese piece of furniture: it is composed of a low wooden table frame covered by a Japanese futon-mattress or a heavy blanket, with a table on top. Underneath all of this is a heat source, which is often built into the table itself. The kotatsu has its origins in the old Japanese cooking hearth, which was always located in the same place at home. The modern kotatsu, however, can be moved.
This has to be one of the most ingenious inventions we’ve seen for surviving winter. If only we could get our hands on one — then the evenings spent with friends and family would be so much cosier!

Ten discoveries that no one can explain

The history of the world is full of surprising mysteries. None of us will live long enough to see them all solved. But it’s always interesting to have a look at some of the truly bizarre things which lie beneath the surface.

1. Moa Birds

Moa birds were flightless birds that used to inhabit New Zealand, which became extinct around the year 1500. They were killed off, according to one theory, by the Māori people. During an expedition in the twentieth century, scientists stumbled across a very large claw from one of the birds which had somehow been incredibly well preserved for centuries.

2. The Temple Complex of Saksaywaman, Peru

The perfect stonework of this ancient temple complex, which was completed without the use of a single drop of mortar, is truly amazing. In some cases, it’s impossible to pass even a piece of paper between the stones. Every block, moreover, has a smooth surface and rounded corners. How was it constructed? No one knows.

3. Gate of the Sun, Bolivia

The Gate of the Sun can be found in Tiwanaku — an ancient and mysterious city in Bolivia. Some archaeologists believe that it was the centre of a huge empire during the first millenium AD. No one has any idea what the carvings on the Gate are meant to mean. Possibly, they have some astrological or astronomical significance.

4. The Longyou Caves, China

These caves were gouged out of sandstone by human hands. Such difficult work would have required the participation of thousands of people. Yet there is no mention of these caves, or the methods used to construct them, anywhere in historical records.

5. The Unfinished Obelisk, Egypt

This obelisk initially began to be carved straight out of a rock face, but it appears that it began to crack. It was left in this condition, unfinished. Its size is simply staggering!

6. The Underwater City of Yonaguni, Japan

This ancient complex was discovered by chance by diving instructor Kihachiro Aratake. The underwater city has confounded all scientific theories. The rock from which it is carved was submerged underwater about 10,000 years ago — long before even the Egyptian pyramids were erected. Some archaeologists believe that during this primitive era, people still huddled in caves and lived off edible roots rather than hunted; they certainly couldn’t erect stone cities.

7. Mohenjo-daro (’The Mound of the Dead’), Pakistan

The secret of this city’s downfall has perplexed experts for decades. In 1922, the Indian archaeologist R. D. Banerji discovered ancient ruins on one of the islands in the Indus River. Questions arose: how was this great city destroyed? What happened to its inhabitants? Numerous excavations have not offered any answers.

8. L’Anse aux Meadows, Canada

This archaeological site in Canada was once a settlement founded by the Vikings about a thousand years ago. The fact that it exists indicates that the Scandinavian seafarers reached North America long before the birth of Christopher Columbus.

9. Stone-Age Tunnels

The discovery of an extensive network of underground tunnels, which stretch across all of Europe from Scotland to Turkey, shows that stone-age communities were not simply hunter-gatherers. But the real purposes of the tunnels is still a mystery. Some researchers believe they were used as protection against predators, whilst others believe they provided a way to travel around in safety, protected from the rigours of the weather and various conflicts.

10. The giant stone spheres of Costa Rica

These mysterious stone formations are intriguing not only for their perfectly spherical shape, but also on account of their unknown origins and purpose. They were discovered in the 1930s by workers clearing the jungle from a banana plantation. Local legends suggested that the mysterious spheres contained hidden gold, but they turned out to be empty.

15 reasons why the world will never be like it once was

All the changes that are constantly taking place around us are the natural result of the passage of time. But that doesn’t mean we can’t feel nostalgic for what once was — for a time when we lived differently, when our ideas were much simpler and our perspective much more straightforward. And we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

We picked 16 insightful cartoons which we think prove our point.

8 Awesome Science Experiments You Need to Show Your Kids

There are certain simple experiments which really impress children. They might not entirely understand the explanation which lies behind them, but they’ll remember them for their whole life, and they could very well help them understand something in science class when the time comes.
We compiled eight of the most interesting experiments which are guaranteed to impress kids. Everything you need for them you can find at home.

Pencil trick

You need: A polyethylene bag, some ordinary pencils, water.
The experiment: Fill about half the polyethylene with water. Pierce the bag using the pencils in the places where it’s filled with water.
Explanation: If you pierce the bag with the pencils and only then pour in the water, it will seep out through the holes you’ve made. But if you fill it first and then insert the pencils, the water will not seep out at all. This is a result of the fact that when the polyethylene is broken apart it’s molecules move closer together. In this case, the polyethylene tightens around the pencils.

Uninflated balloon

You need: 2 balloons, a handful of pins (or a bed of nails).
The experiment: If you take an inflated balloon and put it on just one pin or nail — as expected, it’ll pop. However, if you take a handful of pins and lay them out flat and then take another balloon trying to do the same thing again, this time you can push the balloon down onto the pins and it won’t burst. A bed of nails can substitute the pins. You can even put a brick on the balloon (but do not to push too hard).
If you try this experiment, please, be careful, you may want to consider wearing safety gloves and eye protection.
Explanation: When you increase the number of pins you push into the balloon you reduce the pressure on each pin and hence the balloon doesn’t pop.

Colourful cabbage

You need: 4 glasses with water in them, food colouring, some cabbage leaves.
The experiment: Add different coloured food colouring to each glass of water, then place a single cabbage leaf in them. Leave them overnight. In the morning the leaves will have changed colour.
Explanation: Because plants absorb water, their leaves also absorb the colour of that water. This is known as the capillary effect, whereby the water will pass into the tiniest tubules of the plant. This happens with flowers, grass and even trees.

Fireproof balloon

You need: 2 balloons, a candle, matches, water.
The experiment: Fill the first balloon with air and hold it over a lit candle to demonstrate to the kids that the flame will cause it to burst. Then fill the second balloon with tap water, light the candle and hold the balloon over it once again. You’ll see that in this case the balloon can withstand the heat of the flame.
Explanation: The water in the balloon absorbs the heat given out by the candle, so the material of the balloon itself doesn’t burn and then burst.

Floating egg

You need: 2 eggs, 2 glasses of water, some salt.
The experiment: Carefuly place an egg in a glass of ordinary pure water. Provided the egg hasn’t gone off, it should fall to the bottom of the glass. Then pour some hot water into the second glass and dissolve 4-5 tablespoons of salt in it. It will work better if you wait until the water then cools down. Then drop the second egg in it. It will float on the surface rather thank sink to the bottom.
Explanation: The key here is the density of the molecules making up both the egg and the water. The average density of an egg is much greater than that of pure water, so it’s pulled downwards. The density of the salt mixture is higher than that of the egg, so the latter can’t fall to the bottom.

Your own avocado tree

You need: an avocado pit, 4 toothpicks, a glass of water.
The experiment: clean the pit of a fresh and ripe avocado, press the toothpicks into the pit around the middle, and balance it on a glass of water the pointy side up. The bottom of the pit should sit in the water. Let it rest like this for a couple of weeks, keeping it at room temperature and refilling the water as needed. Soon the pit will sprout roots and then eventually crack in half with a sprout coming out from the top. Once it sprouts, you can place it in a more comfortable pot to grow.
Explanation: the toothpicks allow the pit to balance, obviously, without the bottom touching the glass, which would otherwise prevent roots from growing normally. And all the rest is just the force of nature!

Crystallised candy

You need: 2 glasses of water, 5 glasses of sugar, small wooden kebab sticks, some thick paper, some clear glasses, a saucepan, food colouring.
The experiment: Make some sugar syrup by adding a couple of teaspoons of ordinary sugar to a quarter glass of water. Sprinkle a piece of paper with some sugar. Dip the kebab sticks in the mixture, stirring them so that pieces of sugar start to stick to them. Make sure the mixture is spread evenly along the stick, then lay them out on the paper.
Leave the sticks to dry out overnight. In the morning, dissolve five glasses of sugar in two glasses of water in a heated saucepan. Leave the resulting syrup to cool down for 15 minutes, although not for too long as otherwise the crystals won’t form. Then pour it into some empty jars and add food colouring in different colours. Place the now-ready kebab sticks in the jars, but make sure they touch neither walls or bottom — use a clothes peg to do this.
Now wait and observe what happens.
Explanation: The solubility of the syrup-water declines as its temperature falls, which produces a sediment of sugar grains on the sticks.

A lit match

You need: Some matches, a torch.
The experiment: Light a match and hold it about 10-15 centimetres away from the wall. Shine a torch over your hand holding the match. You’ll notice that only the shadow of your hand and the matchstick itself will appear on the wall — the flame will not appear.
Explanation: Fire does not produce a shadown, because it doesn’t impede the passage of light through itself in the same way that physical materials do.

20 photographs which show just how amazing our world is

If you think about just how many unusual and amazing things there are out there in the world, it’s impossible not to feel a sense of profound wonder. You might already have lived a hundred years, but we guarantee that something in the following collection of photographs will impress you.
Aerogel: a synthetic material which is 99.9% air.
A cheetah tries to catch a quadcopter drone flying past it.
One of the stations in the Stockholm subway.
The design for a building modelled on a human fingerprint, Thailand.
Private houses on the roof of an eight-storey shopping centre, Zhuzhou, China.
A single unbroken black thread and nails on a white background used to create a portrait.
The plan for an underwater tennis stadium, Dubai.
An infant black rhino and his guard. Armed soldiers now look after every black rhino in order to protect them from poachers. The animals have come to see the soldiers as members of their families.
The director of the Belgrade Zoo tries to convince Sammy the chimpanzee to return home after he escaped, 1988.
Predjama Castle, built within a cave mouth, Slovenia.
Trains carrying coal, Virginia, USA.
Heaven’s Gate, China.
A huge water park, Germany.
A door which can withstand a 30-megaton nuclear explosion.
A radio-controlled truck.
The Vajont Dam, Italy. It is 261.6 metres high.
The quietest place on Earth: an anti-echo chamber. Here you can here the blood flowing through your veins in your head.
A machine-gun post dating from the Second World War, France.
A baby dik-dik.
New York looks like a circuit board at night.

18 Hilariously Unconventional Solutions to Everyday Problems

Here we present a unique collection of photos, showing how some people just can’t quite manage to solve the problem that’s confronted them. Often, the results are quite simply hilarious!

It’s secure. Lets go!

That’s what I call ’travelling in comfort’!

How does this even happen?

Relax! I’m a professional electrician…

You’re doing it wrong…

You’ve never known comfort like I have…

There’s no way this was an adult’s idea

We’ve found the weakest link!

Real professional installation work, there!

…I fixed it!

Duct tape solves all problems

Well, what else can you do if you forget your shoes?

A very well-hidden camera…

And you said it wouldn’t work!

Why waste your money on real roller skates when you have duplo lying around?

She’s got her eye on you…

For kids who like taking risks…

When you’re too lazy to do the washing-up

18 photos that show life from a different perspective

The following selection of photographs gives an unusual perspective of well-known things, places or phenomena. Take a look:
1. Shanhaiguan District, where the Great Wall of China begins right on the shore of the Bohai Sea. It’s known as ’Old Dragon’s Head’.
2. The inside of one of Google’s data centres.
3. A lava lake in the caldera of the Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia.
4. An x-ray of someone’s spine before and after they had treatment for scoliosis.
5. The most detailed image of Mercury ever taken.
6. Bagger 288, the largest excavator in the world.
7. A cross section of an underwater communication cable.
8. The Bavarian town of Nördlingen, built inside the crater made by a meteorite which fell to Earth around 14 million years ago.
9. Two kilogrammes of fat looks compared to two kilogrammes of muscle.
10. Daytona Beach, Florida, 1957.
11. A watch belonging to Akito Kawagoe. It stopped at 8:15 — the exact time when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
12. The eggs of an octopus.
13. A full circle rainbow, photographed from a plane.
14. A true colour image of Mars, taken by the Curiosity rover.
15. People ascending Everest, May 2013.
16. A huge dust storm, Western Australia, 2013.
17. A mountain of used tyres (bird’s-eye view).
18. The aurora borealis, or northern lights, seen from space.