Nicki Minaj Has a Wax Statue and Nobody’s Happy About It…Except Her

Madame Tussauds is a wax museum with a main location in London and other locations in major cities elsewhere. It’s an institution that dates back to the mid 19th century, specializing in wax replicas of countless celebrities and pop culture characters.

But every once in a while, a Tussauds figure comes around that lives somewhere in the “No Thank You” region of the Uncanny Valley. For instance, twitter recently found out about their Nicki Minaj wannabe doppelganger, and they are not happy.

You know there’s something wrong right away, even if you can’t put your finger on it.

Because… hmmm….

Yeah, what’s going on here??

It quickly started getting ranked among similar sculpture missteps.

Because if Twitter is good at anything, it’s being judgey AF…

And there were a lot of takes on not just the look, but the pose itself.

Even Trevor Noah got in on the conversation:

But in all the hubbub, a couple of important details got lost…

1) The figure isn’t new, it’s been up for more than 4 years

2) Nicki has seen it, and apparently loved it

Hey internet… catch up!

What do you think? Not a really good representation of Nicki? Could they have done better? Or did they nail it?

Oh… and would you pay to see it in person?

Let us know in the comments!

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Simple Things You Can Buy Online to Get You Offline More Often

The internet just sort of follows us around. It’s still on our computers, but also on our phones, in our TV’s, basically it’s everywhere we look. Unplugging doesn’t come often enough.

The good news is you don’t have to take an expensive trip to some secluded forest to disconnect for a while. Here’s some examples of things you can pick up right now that can provide a fun and easy diversion from the digital. (Click the links in the titles for details.)

15. This DIY comic book kit

Via Uncommon Grounds

14. This vintage Scrabble game

Via Amazon

13. This interactive Lego architecture book

Via Amazon

12. This book of Harry Potter inspired recipes

Via Amazon

11. This relaxing word search collection

Via Amazon

10. This indoor snowball fight game

Via Amazon

9. This home escape room game

Via Amazon

8. A place to quarantine your phones

Via Urban Outfitters

7. This kickass bathtub tray

Via Amazon

6. These empowerment question cards

Via Amazon

5. This book of the month club

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4. Good ol’ fashioned Jenga

Via Amazon

3. This quality compendium of crosswords

Via Amazon

2. This detailed adult coloring book

Via Amazon

1. This storable jigsaw puzzle

Via Amazon

And now I’m going to take my own advice and get off the computer for a while.

What’s your favorite way to disconnect? Just put the technology down and really get plugged back in to the real world?

Let us know in the comments!

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An Artist Reimagined Iconic Grammy Stars as Pokémon Trainers

The Grammys sure stirred up a lot of fashion talk this year. Buzzfeed recently reported on one artist who made a pretty big splash with their take on the style choices of industry icons, and Pokemon nerds everywhere are ecstatic.

A now infamous grid of red carpet pics started making its way around the internet, with most hot takes drawing comparisons to some sort of Suicide Squad-style lineup of comic book baddies.

But some saw more of a video game influence in the personas.

Enter Indonesian artist Ray Pratiwi, or @refrainbow as they’re known on twitter.

Ray’s imagination was sparked by the Pokemon chatter, and they decided to adapt the vibes of the performers into the franchise’s specific art style – which Ray says is not too different from their own. Twitter was in love.

How would categorize other celebrities in the Pokemon universe?

Let us know in the comments.

 

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This Artist Makes Interesting Photo Collages of People Who Live Very Different Lives

Art challenges us to see things from a new perspective. Turkish artist Uğur Gallenkuş is based in Istanbul, Turkey and is known for his photo collages.

A digital artist, Gallenkuş focuses on poverty, war zones, and refugees. He uses his art to spark conversations between their lives and those of people who are more privileged.

Here are 21 of his most powerful works.

21. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels

20. Refugee in the Aegean Sea

19. Child Laborer vs. Student

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A child carries bricks to an oven near Nyamlel, South Sudan on March 22, 2018. Child labour has been on the rise in South Sudan, a country where 60 percent of the population is under 18 and Unicef says that over 70 percent of children don’t attend school. In Nyamlel, up to 30 children work in the brickmaking business and they make between 50-100 South Sudanese Pounds (1 USD = 240 SSP on the black market). A brick factory owner said that he hires children because they are cheaper and he additionally thinks he is helping families survive. The economy of South Sudan is one of the world's most underdeveloped with South Sudan having little existing infrastructure and the highest maternal mortality and female illiteracy rates in the world as of 2011. South Sudan exports timber to the international market. The region also contains many natural resources such as petroleum, iron ore, copper, chromium ore, zinc, tungsten, mica, silver, gold, diamonds, hardwoods, limestone and hydropower. The oilfields in the south have been significant to the economy since the latter part of the 20th century. South Sudan has the third-largest oil reserves in Sub-Saharan Africa. The country's economy, as in many other developing countries, is heavily dependent on agriculture. . Photo: Stefanie Glinski @stephglinski @afpphoto . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷

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18. Asleep vs. Resting Migrant

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A migrant rests in front of a police barricade after Turkish riot police blocked the road towards Edirne on September 21, 2015 in Istanbul. A new march by migrants trying to reach Europe overland from Turkey was blocked by police outside Istanbul today. Around 700 mostly Syrian men, women and children from a group that had been blocked for the past week at Istanbul's main bus station set out overnight on footfor the northwestern city of Edirne, 250 kilometres (150 miles) away. At the end of 2015, in an agreement between the European Union and Turkey, Turkey agreed to prevent migrants from crossing into Europe on the condition of some terms and payment of 3 billion euros. As a result of this obstruction, the migrants chose to reach Europe through the Aegean Sea by illegal means. . Photo: Ozan Köse @ozannkoseee @afpphoto . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış📷

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17. Rio vs. Military Aircraft

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16. Student vs. Arrestee

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The most important characteristic of Homo Sapiens is that can think. Sometimes having different thoughts (or even thinking) can be dangerous and deadly, depending on the time, geography and the government you are in. For those who have never known you, you are a target to be destroyed. Societies that have peaceful thoughts on art, philosophy or problems are always win. Those who put pressure on those with different opinions are always doomed to lose. To think is good. If you don't think, you're not a homo sapiens. Photo’s Story; A young palestinian boy wearing a hang mans noose in a symbolic protest against the Bank of Palestine. Without explanation the bank recently stopped accepting money transfers sent from abroad to charitable and Islamic associations in Gaza. June 11, 2015, Gaza City, Gaza. The devastation across Gaza can still be seen nearly one year on from the 2014 conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants. United Nations official figures said that the 50 day war left at least 2,189 Palestinians killed, including more than 1,486 civilians, and 11,000 injured. 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians were killed. Money pledged by the international community six months ago to rebuild Gaza has not materialised leaving many Palestinians impoverished and still suffering. . Photo: Christopher Furlong @christopherfurlong @gettyimages . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷

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15. Together vs. Separate

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A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing center for possible separation. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is executing the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. Honduras is one of the poorest and most violent countries in Central America. The country experienced a coup d'état in 2009 and is one of the most unequal countries in the world, while the poverty rate stood at 64.3% in 2018. Drought and crop failure in the Central American dry corridor and Climate change in Honduras has been a factor in the formation of the caravans. Many communities have become refugees or immigrants for political, religious and economic reasons in throughout human history. And it will continue to be. It is a fact that there will be and will rises mass migrations in the future due to problems caused by war and global warming. According of the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency), we are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.9 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also millions of stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. In a world where nearly 1 person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution with we're live. . Photos: John Moore @jbmoorephoto @gettyimages . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷

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14. Carnival vs. War Zone

13. Bullet vs. Flower

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12. Santa vs. Protests

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(L) A migrant caravan walks into the interior of Mexico after crossing the Guatemalan border on October 21, 2018 near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico The caravan of Central Americans plans to eventually reach the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cancel the recent trade deal with Mexico and withhold aid to Central American countries if the caravan isn't stopped before reaching the U.S. Honduras is one of the poorest and most violent countries in Central America. The country experienced a coup d'état in 2009 and is one of the most unequal countries in the world, while the poverty rate stood at 64.3% in 2018. Drought and crop failure in the Central American dry corridor and Climate change in Honduras has been a factor in the formation of the caravans. (R) Thousands of people dressed as Santa Claus running during the annual Santa Claus Christmas race in Madrid, Spain. . Photos: John Moore @jbmoorephoto and Marcos del Mazo @marcos_del_mazo @gettyimages . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷

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11. Football Players vs. Criminals

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Young drug traffickers pose for photos holding their guns at a slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 11, 2016. Teenage boys openly tote guns as they run in flip-flops through a maze of alleys. Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world with a national homicide rate of 27.1 per 100,000 inhabitants. A large part of this violence and criminality can be linked to arms and drug trafficking operations by organized crime groups. Brazil is dealing with rising violence, a lot of it related to the illegal drug trade. Most of the victims are young. In 2016 alone, more than 33,000 Brazilian teens and adults under the age of 30 were killed by homicide. . Photo: Felipe Dana @felipedana @apnews . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷

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10. Grief vs. Relaxation

9. Love Wall vs. War Wall

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An orphaned boy walks past a wall with drawings depicting rocket-propelled grenade launchers, in Bol, Chad on 13 October, 2018. A humanitarian crisis is underway in the Chad Basin, caused by a complex combination of political conflict and environmental factors. Lake Chad—once one of Africa’s largest lakes and a lifeline to 40 million people—is experiencing massive desertification. As a result of unplanned irrigation, extended drought, deforestation and resource mismanagement, the size of the lake has decreased by 90 percent over the past 60 years. Traditional livelihoods such as fishing have withered, and water shortages are causing conflict between farmers and cattle herders. Jihadist group Boko Haram, which is active in the area, both benefits from the hardship and widespread hunger and contributes to it. The group uses local villages as a recruiting ground, and the protracted conflict has uprooted 2.5 million people, exacerbating food insecurity. . Photo: Marco Gualazzini @marcogualazzini @worldpressphoto . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷

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8. Hell on Earth vs. Paradise on Earth

7. Child at School vs. Child Soldier (?)

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Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Palestinian boys raise toy guns in a gesture of defiance. The First Intifada, the first Palestinian uprising against Israel, started in December 1987 and strengthened the Arab population in their determination to fight the occupying Israeli force. In March 1993, Israel closed its border with Gaza, causing a massive rise in unemployment. With more than 800,000 people contained in the Israeli-patrolled, 8 km wide strip of land, bloodshed increased sharply. The violence reached a peak in May, when 30 Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured. The peace agreement signed in Washington D.C. on 13 September 1993 promised limited authority for the Gaza Strip and a withdrawal of the Israeli army. via @worldpressphoto . Photo: Larry Towell @larrysgeneralstore @magnumphotos . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷

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6. Ice Cream vs. Bomb Cloud

5. Excess vs. Crowd

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Hands of refugees stretch out as they scramble for donations in the Balukhali camp on September 18, 2017 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. According the @UNDP, 26 people on Earth own the same wealth as the 3.8 billion who make up the poorest half of humanity. 1 out of 4 urban residents live in slum-like conditions. Children under the age of 18 are half of the world’s 1.3 billion people facing multidimensional poverty. (🇹🇷) 18 Eylül 2017'de Bangladeş, Cox's Bazar'daki Balukhali kampında yapılan bağışları mülteciler kapmak için çırpınıyorlar. @UNDP 'ye göre, Dünya'daki 26 kişinin serveti, insanlığın en fakir yarısını oluşturan 3,8 milyar insanın toplam servetiyle aynı. 4 şehir sakininden 1 tanesi gecekondu benzeri koşullardaki evlerde yaşamakta. Çok boyutlu yoksullukla karşı karşıya olan Dünya'daki 1,3 milyar insanın yarısı, 18 yaşının altındaki çocuklardır. . Photo: Allison Joyce @allisonsarahjoyce @gettyimages . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷

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4. Fine Art vs. Comrades

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A Serbian paramilitary couple celebrate the fall of the Croatian city of Vukovar. Fall from 1991. . The Battle of Vukovar was an 87-day siege of Vukovar in eastern Croatia by the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA), supported by various paramilitary forces from Serbia, between August and November 1991. Vukovar was defended by around 1,800 lightly armed soldiers of the Croatian National Guard (ZNG) and civilian volunteers, against as many as 36,000 JNA soldiers and Serb paramilitaries equipped with heavy armour and artillery. During the battle, shells and rockets were fired into the town at a rate of up to 12,000 a day. At the time, it was the fiercest and most protracted battle seen in Europe since 1945, and Vukovar was the first major European town to be entirely destroyed since the Second World War. When Vukovar fell on 18 November 1991, several hundred soldiers and civilians were massacred by Serb forces and at least 20,000 inhabitants were expelled. Most of Vukovar was ethnically cleansed of its non-Serb population and became part of the self-declared Republic of Serbian Krajina. Several Serb military and political officials, including Milošević, were later indicted and in some cases jailed for war crimes committed during and after the battle. The battle exhausted the JNA and proved a turning point in the Croatian war. A ceasefire was declared a few weeks later. Vukovar remained in Serb hands until 1998, when it was peacefully reintegrated into Croatia with the signing of the Erdut Agreement. It has since been rebuilt but has less than half of its pre-war population and many buildings are still scarred by the battle. Its two principal ethnic communities remain deeply divided and it has not regained its former prosperity. (Source: Wikipedia) . Photo: Ron Haviv @ronhaviv_vii Art Paint: Gustav Klimt – The Kiss (in German Der Kuss) . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷

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3. Wasteland vs. Forest

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Men walking on a pipe over a stream near a tannery, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Almost all of Bangladesh's 200 plus tanneries are concentrated in Hazaribagh, a densely populated, odious neighbourhood on the banks of the Buriganga River. Residents of Hazaribagh's slums complain of illnesses such as fevers, skin diseases, respiratory problems and diarrhoea. They blame the tanneries for polluting the air, water, and soil and therefore causing their afflictions.The lives of the tannery industry's estimated 20,000 workers are harsh with many dying before they turn 50. Everyday these factories discharge thousands of litres of foul-smelling liquid waste into the river. However, with almost one billion USD a year in export sales, the leather industry is one of Bangladesh's most profitable sectors and there has been limited progress in cleaning it up. For 60 years of operations an unrecorded amount of chromium sulphate, lead, organohalogens, lime, hydrogen sulphide, sulphuric acid, formic acid, bleach, dyes and oils have been discharged into the river. We have known for a long time that the climate crisis is threatening our lives badly in every possible way and that it needs to be treated like the emergency it is. Now we need world leaders who believe in science and who should fight to protect our planet for future generations from the dangers of this climate crisis. Educating ourselves on this climate crisis is one of the most important steps in taking action. It’s not yet too late to educate ourselves on the facts of this global climate crisis. Let’s each do our own part from now on, to protect our planet from further destruction. . Photo: GMB Akash @gmbakash . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷

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2. History vs. Regular Day

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Associated Press photographer Eddie Adams was on the streets of Saigon on February 1, 1968, two days after the forces of the People’s Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong set off the Tet offensive and swarmed into dozens of South Vietnamese cities. As Adams photographed the turmoil, he came upon Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of the national police, standing alongside ­Nguyen Van Lem, the captain of a terrorist squad who had just killed the family of one of Loan’s friends. Adams thought he was watching the interrogation of a bound prisoner. But as he looked through his viewfinder, Loan calmly raised his .38-caliber pistol and summarily fired a bullet through Lem’s head. After shooting the suspect, the general justified the suddenness of his actions by saying, “If you hesitate, if you didn’t do your duty, the men won’t follow you.” The Tet offensive raged into March. Yet while U.S. forces beat back the communists, press reports of the anarchy convinced Americans that the war was unwinnable. The freezing of the moment of Lem’s death symbolized for many the brutality over there, and the picture’s widespread publication helped galvanize growing sentiment in America about the futility of the fight. “Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world.” – Eddie Adams . Photo: Eddie Adams @apnews . #ParalelEvrenSavaşBarış 📷

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1. Girl With a White Headband

These photographs are quite jarring and thought-provoking. You can view more of the artist’s works here.

In the meantime, how did these collages make you feel? Stir something inside you haven’t felt in a while?

Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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Teenage Brothers Spent 8 Years Recreating ‘Toy Story 3’ With Real-Life Toys

I’m not sure if Toy Story 3 is the best of the entire franchise, but I can say for sure that, as a parent, it definitely made me cry the hardest.

And let’s be honest, that bar was already pretty high.

Eight years ago, these brothers fell in love with not only the film, but with the fanciful idea that toys came to life when we weren’t looking, and a little bit with storytelling and filmmaking, too.

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Mason McGrew, the younger of the brothers, told Buzzfeed

“As soon as we saw Toy Story 3, it became our favorite film, and will forever be.

We’d always been such huge fans of Pixar and the Toy Story franchise that we eventually decided we wanted to pay tribute to the studio and film that we love so much.”

They’ve spent the intervening days and weeks re-creating the tale with their own toys, and y’all, the results are really something to behold.

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The brothers used stop-motion animation to create the movie, and it looks exactly like you’d imagine it would if the toys were alive in real life, and not animated at Pixar.

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Mason said that every 1 to 6 second clip could contain “more than 25 video elements.”

Morgan and Mason McGrew are from Des Moines, Iowa (please, no jokes about there being nothing better to do there!), and yes, they’ve remade the entire movie – shot for shot – with their very own toys.

They began working on it with Morgan was 15 and Mason was 12, and just finished.

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Mason said,

“Overall, the hardest thing about this film was staying disciplined.

It was very important to us that we finish what we began as kids.”

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The entire film is available to view on YouTube, and look at that! We’ve got it for you to watch.

You’re welcome…

Morgan is now 23 and has finished his degree in digital media/business at Buena Vista University. His brother Mason is 21 and in his final semester at the same school, soon to have the same degree under his belt.

Both of them hope to work with stop-motion animation as a career and honestly, I don’t see how anyone could turn them down!

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Funny and Weird Memes Made From wikiHow Illustrations

Have you ever heard of wikiHow? It actually has a lot useful info for a lot of random stuff, but one of the best things about the website are the illustrations. They go WAY above and beyond the call of duty with their weird/funny/bizarre/hilarious drawings that accompany instructions.

Yeah, you could say I’m a big fan! Or maybe the biggest fan? Well, apparently not, because others have taken upon themselves to grab a bunch of these drawings and make hilarious, out-of-context memes.

Let’s take a look at some of the more unusual pieces of “art” from wikiHow.

1. Waterboarding the dog.

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2. Lookin’ good. Lookin’ real good.

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3. I’ll show you!

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4. I love Japan!

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5. Just like Bill and Ted.

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6. A lofty goal.

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7. That would be me.

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8. Happy birthday, son!

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9. Go with a new hairdo.

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10. Oh boy…

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11. Let’s make a deal.

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12. Might as well jump.

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13. Gonna get ugly.

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14. Never thought of that one before…

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15. Risky, but totally worth it.

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Genius. Pure and absolute genius.

So… let me ask you something… do you spend any time on wikiHow? Yes, that’s a personal question. Answer me!

No, but seriously, what do you think? Is this art weird or brilliant? Funny or creative?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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Check Out This Crochet Taxidermy for Folks Who Don’t Like Harming Animals

What can a person do if they really like that “animal on the head” thing on their wall, but they don’t actually like the idea of hunting or killing animals?

Well, it’s your lucky day!

If you like what you see, you can purchase these cool collectibles by clicking the Etsy links below the photos. Happy hunting…I mean…browsing.

1. How precious.

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2. Cute as a button.

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3. Gone fishing.

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4. Look into those eyes.

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5. This one looks great.

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6. Kind of looks like Rudolph.

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7. The elusive narwhal!

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8. Tony the Tiger.

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9. Buzzing bumble bee.

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10. The detail on this is impressive.

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11. That is one big cow.

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Aren’t those cool?

What do you think? Do you have any real taxidermy in your house or would you prefer the fake stuff like these items?

Tell us about it in the comments!

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Guy Photoshops a Toy Godzilla Into His Travel Photos

Kieran Murray is a photographer on a mission…a mission to make us laugh!

Murray has traveled all over the world, and after going through his photos, he decided they could use a little extra fun. So he did what any brilliant mind would do: he Photoshopped a toy Godzilla into his pics!

And it looks like these two pals had the time of their lives.

Let’s take a look.

1. Breathing fire.

2. Go check out a smoke shop.

3. In China.

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15 mins into Chinese Temple and chill 👀💨 🇨🇳 #bodyisatemple

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4. Playing in the pumpkin patch.

5. Fun in the sun.

6. Playing games by the Thames.

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Just a couple of dames playing games by the Thames. Nbd

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7. New York City.

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Blizzard Lizard 🤙 . . . . . #ps_sparkle

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8. Two cones, please.

9. Everything is bigger in Texas.

10. Enjoy the view.

11. Don’t look behind you…

Well, I found those pictures to be highly enjoyable!

How about you?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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The National Bonsai Museum in Washington D.C. Looks Pretty Awesome

In Washington D.C., an extraordinary museum has some mighty special trees. These trees aren’t giant oaks or flowered with cherry blossoms, though. The National Bonsai Museum, rather, is home to 150 species of trees pruned and cared for in the manner of bonsai – a traditional Japanese cultivation technique that produces trees in miniature.

National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
The museum opened in 1976 to exhibit a gift from Japan of 53 bonsai trees commemorating the U.S. bicentennial and presented to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Their botanical gift joins the 3,000 cherry trees, given by Japan in 1912, that famously still grow today around D.C.’s National Mall.

National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
The exceptional display of bonsai trees can be found in the Department of Agriculture’s National Arboretum. Over the years, the collection has grown to include various species, including beeches, maples and pines, among others.

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As the Japanese style of bonsai varies, there are several design types to see at the museum. Look for Chokkan style, characterized by a straight tapered trunk with thick branches coming from the middle of the trunk and finer sproutings at the top for a formal tree shape.

You can also see the dramatic kengai trees, which appear to “cascade” down mountains. Others on display are “root-over-rock,” where the tree’s roots reach around a stone base before disappearing into earth, and “forest” style, that have several trees, usually an odd number, arranged in a single container.

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The absolute can’t-miss specimen of the entire exhibit is a Japanese white pine. The tree was started in 1625 and tended by five generations of the Yamaki family until it was donated to the U.S. It’s also called the Hiroshima Survivor because it emerged unharmed from the atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima in 1945.

Bonsai gives both the viewer and the cultivator the opportunity for quiet contemplation. In a busy city that represents a country as dynamic as the U.S., this museum is an excellent place to root your soul.

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Surrealist Makeup Artist Creates Crazy Effects Using Her Face as a Canvas

Social media sites have made it possible for makeup artists to show us their talent.

Some makeup artists focus on glamorous looks, special effects, or colorful combinations. Others, such as Dain Yoon, do something that’s more like high art.

Yoon focuses on creating optical illusions on her face. She told Bored Panda,

“The reason I started to paint illusions is that I believe people live in illusions. People perceive everything in their own subjective way.”

So what does she mean by illusions? And how does she create these with makeup? Scroll down to see her artistry at work!

10. Eyes Within Eyes

Dain made this for the New York Times, to show how teens deal with technology and self-creation.

9. Pixelated

This almost looks like it was made on Photoshop.

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Resillusion

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8. Block Face

Yes, this is Yoon. Watching her talk with this look is a treat.

7. A Gorgeous Painting

Maybe Dain’s face can’t be put in a museum, but this photograph belongs in a gallery.

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Falling Angels

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 6. Casually Eating a Pizza

This may even seem normal in some parts of New York City.

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What is your favorite type of pizza?🍕🌿

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5. Simple, Yet Effective

This small heart makes a huge impact.

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🖤 is..

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4. Watch the artist work.

The video is incredible.

3. Her hand is also a canvas.

It’s obvious she’s a skilled painter.

2. She is a solar system.

Yoon has an incredible imagination.

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let me hug you

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1. She is also a sunset.

Yoon has a deft hand.

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Nothing lasts forever 🌄

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Yoon’s work has attracted attention from the NYT, Business Insider, and other major media organizations – and for good reason. You can check out more of her work here and here.

In the meantime, what did you think of Yoon’s unique makeup skills? Is there a look that stood out to you? Feel free to share your reactions in the comments.

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