The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards – FINALISTS 2017

*** EXCLUSIVE *** SAN SIMEON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 13: A young elephant seals looks shocked at his friends revelation in George Cathcart's "WTF?!", taken on December 13, 2016 in San Simeon, California. PREPARE yourself for some rib-tickling laughter because the Comedy Wildlife Awards has announced its 40 finalists. Founded by Tanzania-based photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE…

New Aerial Images Show Mysterious Lost City In The Middle Of The Pacific Ocean

Nan Madol is an ancient and remote city that has long been out of reach for archaeologists. Now, new tech has given scholars unprecedented access to the site, which was once the seat of the Saudeleur Dynasty (1100 CE to 1600 CE). The "floating" city sits on a coral reef in the Pacific Ocean off the coast…

Sydney artist makes same-sex marriage statement in new mural

"Tony’s special day" Peeking above the lacy bodice of a white wedding gown is a smattering of curly chest hairs; above that, the beaming, glowing face of Tony Abbott as the bride of Tony Abbott. It’s the latest mural from Australian street artist Scottie Marsh, which is getting its final touches on a massive wall…

15 Animal Superlatives

  While just about every creature in the animal kingdom has some fascinating characteristic, only some can reign supreme when it comes to measurable grandeur. Earning distinction as the fastest, largest, loudest, or longest-living critter on the planet is no mean feat, and those denizens of the land, sea, and sky that have earned these…

The Famous ‘Social Experiment’: 5 Monkeys and a Ladder

“The most damaging phrase in the language is: ‘It’s always been done that way.'” ~ Grace Hopper A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold…

The Wise Man’s 10 Rules of Life

“Guru is one who knows God, and who shows the way to Him. To follow a divine manifestation is the sure way to God-realization. One who knows God becomes the speaking voice of the silent God.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda Do not hope that your body will be free from illness. If you do not experience…

On Religion and Science: Insights From Albert Einstein

Everything that the human race has done and thought is concerned with the satisfaction of deeply felt needs and the assuagement of pain. One has to keep this constantly in mind if one wishes to understand spiritual movements and their development. Feeling and longing are the motive force behind all human endeavor and human creation,…

The 10 Paradoxical Traits of Highly Creative People

More than ever before, our world needs people who are alive and inspired, who have new visions, new ideas for implementing them, and new energy. However, as much as corporations, classrooms, and clinical centers say they want to support creativity, they usually end up stifling it. For one thing, creative people are often misunderstood as…

Hubble Spots a Cluster of Galaxies That Looks like a Massive Smiley Face

Hot on the heels of their new and improved Pillars of Creation image, NASA just published a new photo that appears to be the largest happy face in existence. The eyes alone are two different galaxies, SDSSCGB 8842.3 and SDSSCGB 8842.4, and the smile is an optical illusion caused by something called strong gravitational lensing,…

Extremes of Human Nature Explored through Hand-Built Stoneware Animals by Beth Cavener Stichter

Washington-based artist Beth Cavener Stichter sculpts human-sized animals from clay and other materials in both dramatically overt and subtly ambigous displays of emotion. Hung from ropes or pinned to walls, the anthropomorphic sculptures are infused with juxtapositions that depict the extremes of both human emotion and animalistic behavior: predator and prey, love and hate, fear…

This Is How Many Seagulls Fly Past a Single Window In An Hour

Videographer Paul Parker filmed seagulls flying past his window in Cornwall, England, for an hour. He compressed the hour into the short film you see above. This is not a video for ornithophobics, because, wow, are there a lot of birds here. Parker also used the "echo effect" in After Effects to show the flightpaths…

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