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This viral library isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But it’s still stunning and important.

China just built a new, futuristic library. And while it’s not quite as amazing as it seems, it’s still an architectural marvel. Real books are making a comeback. Yes, everyone loves a good ebook — or even better, a good audio book — but nothing beats the look and feel of a real, honest-to-God book in your hands. Need proof that print books aren’t going away anytime soon? Just check out the new (and lavish) Tianjin Binhai Library, located outside of Beijing. It’s an incredible sight to behold. We’re used to seeing impeccably architected libraries, but the appeal is often historic. After just a three-year construction period, the Tianjin Binhai Library is bringing libraries into the 21st century and taking its place among the world’s most beautiful. Well. Sort of. All photos by Ossip van Duivenbode/MVRDV. Used with permission. The new library is 36,000 square feet, covering five stories floor […]

Baked Potatoes Are Always Great, But Wait Until You See This Version

Baked Potatoes Are Always Great, But Wait Until You See This Version

Ah, baked potatoes. They really do make the world go ’round. Okay, maybe not, but they are pretty great. They’re easy to make, and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as digging in to a hot potato covered in sour cream when a food fest is underway. And because humans can be pretty great, people have come up with tons of takes on this comfort classic. Some people add chives, and others go right for the cheddar cheese, but what this guy came up with is about to change the potato game forever. If you’ll excuse me, I need to go pick up about 30 pounds of potatoes. It’s about to get real. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/baked-potato/

20 Delicious Meals You Can Make In Your Crock-Pot This Fall

20 Delicious Meals You Can Make In Your Crock-Pot This Fall

One thing I loved about fall as a kid was when my mom pulled out her trusty Crock-Pot and got to work on preparing hearty stews for our family. The entire house would be filled with the tantalizing smells of her delicious meals, and I could almost never stop myself from sneaking a taste whenever she wasn’t looking. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Now that the cool season is here, I find myself wanting to recreate her recipes. Unfortunately, I don’t have my own slow cooker, but I just might have to cough up the money to get one — especially now that I’ve seen all the amazing dishes I can make with them. 1. Because really, who doesn’t love chicken fajitas? Life in the Lofthouse googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); 2. This corn and potato chowder is a great way to stay warm on chilly nights. Mama Loves Food 3. Eat […]

She Put Wonton Wrappers In A Muffin Tin And Made A Fresh Take On Mexican Food

She Put Wonton Wrappers In A Muffin Tin And Made A Fresh Take On Mexican Food

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); There are some nights where as much as you try, you just can’t decide between two different meals. We’ve all been there — thinking of Mexican food makes your stomach grumble, but Chinese sounds amazing, too. But now with this cheesy chicken cup recipe, you don’t have to pick just one. You can have both in a delicious mix of the two cultures’ delicious cuisines! Get ready for some serious mouthwatering. You might need something to wipe away the drool. This is so easy! If you’re ready to try this yummy fusion, just follow the recipe below: Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of olive oil 2 cups of diced bell peppers 1 cup of chopped onions 1 teaspoon of salt 4 cloves of minced garlic 1 cup of black beans 2 cups of corn 2 cups of cooked chicken 1 teaspoon of pepper Wonton wrappers 3/4 cup of […]

This Kid Brought A Camera To School...And It Just So Happened To Be On 9/11

This Kid Brought A Camera To School…And It Just So Happened To Be On 9/11

Where were you on 9/11? For these high schoolers in Fairfax, Virginia, it was just an ordinary day…until it wasn’t. Between the time the first bell rang and the candlelit memorial service that evening, the world had changed forever. Incredibly, the self-proclaimed “resident filmmaker” of the school caught it all on tape. The day started out like any other in calculus class at Robinson Secondary School. As the kid behind the camera explains, he was shooting footage of friends “for himself.” YouTube / wukemon Read More: This War-Torn Country Has Many Victims, But Worst Of All, Many Of Them Are Children And what’s calculus class without a little fun?! YouTube / wukemon The kids laughed, joked, and “helped” each other with homework… YouTube / wukemon …until their teacher, Mr. Perencevich, made an announcement: “Some idiot flew a plane into the World Trade Center.” Little did they know that the horrific […]

What He Does With A Baking Cooling Rack Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

What He Does With A Baking Cooling Rack Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

As it turns out, these handy cookie cooling racks aren’t just good for driving me insane as I wait for my baked goods to become edible. Flickr / Kari Sullivan Just in time for summer, the fruit chopping trick below will save you time and annoyance…plus, it’s pretty fun to do. Grab a baking cooling rack, a banana (or avocado), and get slicing! This is genius! And if you needed another reason to use this hack, bananas are actually really good for you. Maybe you’re not into fruit salad? Here are some ripened banana recipes to try instead. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/cooling-rack-hack/

Opening A Bottle Of Wine Is Incredibly Simple If You Have A Normal Key

Opening A Bottle Of Wine Is Incredibly Simple If You Have A Normal Key

You come home from work after a long day and want to pop a nice bottle of red open, but there’s just one big problem… Your corkscrew is missing. Every wine lover knows that your bottle is only good if you can get to the stuff inside. So what’s a person to do when there’s no opener in sight? Well, here’s a way that just about anyone can open up a bottle of wine — and the best part? All you need is a key. It’s five o’clock somewhere! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/key-wine/

This Talented Duo Hit The Dance Floor Together, But Wait Until You See Who Cut In!

This Talented Duo Hit The Dance Floor Together, But Wait Until You See Who Cut In!

Over the years, Gary and Charlotte Chaney have danced into countless hearts across the country, since they’re two of the best jitterbug dancers in America. Back in 2010, they did something that surprised everyone at Chicago’s Windy City Jitterbug Club. Watch what happens in the middle of their routine! Since all three of these dancers are skilled performers, it probably wasn’t that difficult for the third person to hop in. That doesn’t make their routine any less impressive to the rest of us who have two left feet! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/double-dancers/

An NYU Student Shot This Terrifying Video Of The 9/11 Attacks From Their Dorm

An NYU Student Shot This Terrifying Video Of The 9/11 Attacks From Their Dorm

It’s been nearly 15 years since the World Trade Center towers were attacked by terrorists. The events of September 11, 2001, were horrifyingly tragic. When the towers fell and innocent people were killed, it changed the lives of countless people both in the United States and abroad. The attacks created a moment in time that can never be forgotten. Most U.S. citizens, no matter their age, can distinctly remember what they were doing when the planes hit the towers. Many people were at work, school, or just getting ready to leave for the day. The NYU student that filmed this video will certainly never forget exactly what happened. Watching the violence and chaos on television was traumatizing enough, but imagine being a young student in the city, close enough to clearly see the towers. In the video, you can hear their frightened reactions and panicked calls home. This is a […]

What He Does With A Plastic Bag And A Wine Bottle Is Absolutely Epic

What He Does With A Plastic Bag And A Wine Bottle Is Absolutely Epic

Is there anything a glass of wine won’t treat? From bad days to breakups, a nice bottle of red is sure to make you feel just a little bit better, if not entirely! But if you find yourself without a way to open your wine, some people opt for more inventive routes to their sweet libation. Sadly, though, sometimes these hacks mean that part of your cork winds up in the bottle. While it’s still obviously drinkable, at the end, what do you do with that stray piece? Just grab a plastic bag and do this… This is oddly really satisfying… YouTube Okay, so it might not be the most useful wine trick, but it’s definitely one of the coolest to watch! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/wine-cork/

This Guy Literally Has Superhands, And He Puts Them To Good Use

This Guy Literally Has Superhands, And He Puts Them To Good Use

A street-corner chef named Kann Trichan was selling chicken in Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand, when a squirrel fell into one of his bubbling-hot frying pans. It splashed the oil all over his face and arms. Naturally, he went home to nurse his wounds. But the next day, he found that he had no burns or blisters. Now calling himself “Superhands,” Trichan’s corner business is extremely popular, as it’s part food cart, part street performance. The man dazzles customers by frying his hens and sticking his hands deep in the scorching-hot liquid. Usually, I’d prefer that people touch my food with their hands as little as possible, but honestly, when it comes to Superhands, I’m more impressed than disgusted. How is this possible? Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/superhands/

You Can Make This Asian-Inspired Dish At Home, And It's So Good

You Can Make This Asian-Inspired Dish At Home, And It’s So Good

Listen. I’m unoriginal. If I want takeout, I hop on GrubHub and order Chinese food every time. Asian and Asian-inspired food just hits the spot when it’s time for comfort eating, doesn’t it? That being said, getting takeout every week adds up when you have to be an adult and pay bills and all that not-so-fun stuff. There’s also the health situation. Chinese takeout isn’t exactly good for you, and that’s why this recipe is great. You can bring the Asian flavors, save some money, and control fat and sodium at the same time. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Here’s everything you need to know. Ingredients: 1 bunch of scallions 1 cup of sesame oil 1 cup of soy sauce 1 cup of apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon of garlic 1 teaspoon of sugar 1 cup of sesame seeds 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of pepper Boneless, skinless chicken breasts […]

What She Does With Fruit And Veggie Scraps Will Make It So You Never Buy These Again

What She Does With Fruit And Veggie Scraps Will Make It So You Never Buy These Again

Consider this: the average American household spends over $750 on fruits and vegetables every year. That’s a lot of money that you could be saving with a simple backyard produce garden. Sure, having a garden is no small task, but getting one started is a lot simpler than you think. All you need are some kitchen scraps from the fruits and veggies you want to grow… And to think, you were going to throw out that bottom part of the celery! If you maintain your crops, keep the critters away, and harvest the fruits of your labor (we had to!), you’ll be saving money at the grocery store in no time. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/kitchen-scraps/

It's Called Casu Marzu And It's Considered The World's Most Dangerous Cheese...

It’s Called Casu Marzu And It’s Considered The World’s Most Dangerous Cheese…

When you’re looking for a special kind of cheese to spice up your sandwich, which one do you reach for? For me, it’s usually cheddar, but some might want something a little more…exotic. For these folks, I would recommend trying the special Italian cheese officially known as casu marzu. Translated to English casu marzu literally means “rotten cheese.” Casu marzu actually begins as a different kind of cheese altogether called pecorino sardo. However, instead of letting the cheese ripen in a darkened basement, cheesemakers bring the pecorino sardo outside and place it in the sun. There flies are allowed to lay eggs in it. Wikipedia As the eggs hatch, tiny maggots feed on the cheese and release enzymes that speed up the fermentation process. iStock Surprisingly enough, casu marzu is in very high demand even though it’s been outlawed by both the Italian government and the European Union. Despite the […]

This Looks Like A Normal Table...But When Some Music Starts Playing? Awesome!

This Looks Like A Normal Table…But When Some Music Starts Playing? Awesome!

Considering that I have very few crafty bones in my body, I’m always super impressed with people like Instructables user bongodrummer. Up until today, I had no idea that: 1. Coffee tables could be this cool…OR 2. That I could be completely jealous of a table’s musical talent. If you’re confused, read on. You won’t be disappointed… Here’s the finished product. Instructables / bongodrummer It’s a pretty unique looking table, but it’s hiding an awesome secret… Instructables / bongodrummer But first, let’s start from the beginning. This was the huge log that bongodrummer had just hanging out in his field. Instructables / bongodrummer After getting rid of the bark, he sliced it in half and let it dry. Instructables / bongodrummer After it was fully dried out, he cut it again to reveal this beautiful cross section. Instructables / bongodrummer Unfortunately, the wood had split and warped during the drying […]

Watching This Cute Corgi Try Different Fruits And Veggies Is Strangely Satisfying

Watching This Cute Corgi Try Different Fruits And Veggies Is Strangely Satisfying

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTAT_ATF’); }); Great Gatsby the corgi is always looking to try new things and broaden his horizons, especially when it comes to food. In this adorable video, the little guy taste tests a whole bunch of different dog-friendly fruits and vegetables. Being the culinary explorer that he is, Gatsby is willing to taste everything at least once. But as you might imagine, not everything was to his liking… “Sure…why not?” YouTube / Great Gatsby the Corgi googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); *Nom nom nom* YouTube / Great Gatsby the Corgi Great. While this dog is dining on expensive dragon fruit, I’m sitting here chowing on some stale cornflakes since I forgot to buy milk. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/corgi-taste-test/

Here Are 14 Clever Ways To Keep Bugs Out Of Your Yard This Summer

Here Are 14 Clever Ways To Keep Bugs Out Of Your Yard This Summer

Raise your hand if you hate mosquitoes, ants, ticks, and spiders! Okay, so everyone probably hurt their shoulder throwing their hands up…and we’re right there with you! Since it’s finally the summer, these pesky pests are about to come out in full force. In an effort to make your time outdoors a little more enjoyable (and bug-free) this season, here are a few awesome tricks to try that will keep the creepy-crawlies at bay. 1. Get rid of pesky ants with this mixture of borax and corn syrup. 2. Spray a wasps’ nest with peppermint oil, dish soap, and water to kill them. Natural & Thrifty 3. Slice open a few lemons and push cloves into them. Set them by your food when you’re outdoors and the bugs will stay away. Get Rid Of Flies Guide 4. Make your own bug spray with this simple mix. Popsugar 5. Use LED […]

Who Knew That Covering Chicken With Chips Could Be This Delicious?

Who Knew That Covering Chicken With Chips Could Be This Delicious?

Everyone loves fried chicken and everyone loves Doritos, so combining the two must be heaven? Right? Well, we’re here to tell you it most certainly is food heaven. This pretty novel fried chicken recipe is not only super easy but it’s also something you can whip up in a hurry for one tasty meal. Trust us, you won’t regret it! googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); To make this quick and easy (but more importantly, delicious) fried chicken for yourself, you’ll need: Ingredients: 1 chicken breast Salt 1 cup of flour 1 tablespoon of onion powder 1 tablespoon of paprika 2 eggs A bag of your favorite brand of chips, like Doritos, crushed Oil for frying Soy sauce Recipe: Cut the chicken breast into thin pieces and sprinkle a bit of salt on them. In a bowl, mix the flour, onion powder, and paprika. In another bowl whisk two eggs. Place the […]

In A Frozen Landscape, This Is Probably The Last Thing You’d Expect To See

On the snowy peaks of a ski run in Lindvallen, Sweden, everything looks pretty normal. The resort boasts plenty of challenging slopes, and it’s always bustling with thrill-seeking families. But there’s something else on this property that you probably wouldn’t expect to see: a McDonald’s restaurant. While it may sound bizarre, it’s pretty nice for tired skiers to be able to grab a snack on the go. After a day of skiing in the brisk weather, a hot meal probably sounds really appealing. YouTube / McDonald’s Sverige There’s even a ski-through window! YouTube / McDonald’s Sverige Customers ski right up to the counter and order, and then take their food with them as they continue skiing. While it sounds weird, this spot has remained popular since it opened in the 1990s. And if eating a Big Mac while skiing sounds like a choking hazard, you’ll be pleased to know that […]

What This Genius Does With A Peanut Butter Cup And A Scalpel Will Make You Drool

What This Genius Does With A Peanut Butter Cup And A Scalpel Will Make You Drool

This might be the most important surgery in all of medical history…or at least the most delicious. The Food Surgeon‘s current patient is a Reese’s Cup that needs a filling transplant. Now that a suitable donor has volunteered to help, he can refill the candy with something equally delicious. Prepare yourselves for a beautiful marriage between everyone’s favorite chocolate treat and milk’s favorite cookie. The transplant was a success! Sadly, the patient’s life expectancy is fairly short. That will be stuffed in someone’s face in no time. Will you give this procedure a try? Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/candy-surgery/

This Is The Most Unnecessarily Awesome Corkscrew You'll Ever See -- So Cool!

This Is The Most Unnecessarily Awesome Corkscrew You’ll Ever See — So Cool!

What happens when you bolt together nearly a ton of scrap metal, a dozen cogs of various sizes, several chains, a bunch of springs, a couple of cannonballs, and a bell? Well, you get a contraption resembling something right out of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory…a machine with one purpose — to solve a problem that didn’t really exist in the first place. Witness the power of the Rob Higgs corkscrew. It’s a massive machine that, with the continuous turning of a handle, opens your favorite bottle of wine and then lets gravity take over to pour a glass. Cheers! That was super fun to watch. I didn’t realize this before, but I’d been waiting my whole life for wine and steampunk to collide. Want to see how this contraption was made? Watch this video of the creator discussing his process! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/rob-higgs-corkscrew/

If You Ever Wanted To Try Sushi Without The Fishy Taste, Then This Recipe's For You!

If You Ever Wanted To Try Sushi Without The Fishy Taste, Then This Recipe’s For You!

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); Sushi can be a bit of an acquired taste, but this modern take on the seafood classic will leave you craving more. Growing up, I made the decision never to eat seafood, and that’s something that I’ve stuck with for almost a quarter of a century. With that being said, I do still enjoy a mean roll of sushi. I was nearly halfway through college before I tried my first roll, but since then, it’s become one of my favorites. For those of you who really can’t get down with the fishiness and seaweed weirdness of it all but want to experience the joys of sushi, here’s a recipe that’ll help you out. Bacon makes everything better. It’s science. Here’s everything you need to know to make this awesome recipe: Ingredients: 6 slices of bacon about 1/2 lb ground beef 2 sticks of string cheese BBQ […]

Drinking This Simple Mixture Will Help Your Body In Ways You Never Knew

Drinking This Simple Mixture Will Help Your Body In Ways You Never Knew

Miracle cures don’t exist, but drinking this mixture comes close. The next time you’re looking around your house for something to quench your thirst, don’t reach for a soft drink or juice. Instead, try adding a bit of lemon to some water. It’s refreshing, tastes great, and has a lot of health benefits. 1. The Vitamin C will help your body in many ways (especially if you’re stressed or sick). Flickr / Tim Hoggarth 2. Lemons are an excellent source of potassium for your brain and nervous system. Flickr / Rob & Dani 3. Lemon water will also help with digestion and remove toxins in your digestive tract. Flickr / Patty Mullins 4. It’ll also stimulate your liver and help cleanse your system. Flickr / Rob Bertholf var OX_ads = OX_ads || []; OX_ads.push({ slot_id: “537251602_570f0211b3d05”, auid: “537251602” }); 5. Not only that, but it freshens your breath! Fumiaki Yoshimatsu […]

If You Like Chicken And Fajitas, You'll Absolutely Love This Easy Recipe

If You Like Chicken And Fajitas, You’ll Absolutely Love This Easy Recipe

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTAT_ATF’); }); There’s nothing quite like a sizzling skillet of fajitas at a restaurant. Sure, they’re pretty dangerous to be around, but who cares if you burn your tongue and your fingers assembling a delicious wrap? Not me. Then again, hypothetically speaking, if there was a way to eat fajitas that was just as delicious as the original…but maybe less hazardous to my health, I’d be willing to try. Enter this delicious creation: How tasty does that look? I’m 100 percent pro stuffing yummy food into other delicious ingredients. For other awesome recipes, check these out! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/chicken-fajitas/

21 DIY Patio Projects That Will Make Your Backyard That Much Cooler

21 DIY Patio Projects That Will Make Your Backyard That Much Cooler

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); Updating your backyard space doesn’t need to require spending a lot of time or money. Why spend a small fortune on manufactured furniture or accessories when you can make your own and have fun doing it?! With summer slowly coming to a close, don’t forget you’ve still got time to enjoy the outdoors in the early fall. In other words, there’s plenty of time to spruce up your backyard patios! Here are 21 DIY patio upgrades and essentials that are sure to put a little perk in your summer step. 1. This bright bar can bring a pop of color to your backyard festivities. Better Homes And Gardens googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); 2. You’ll never run out of seating space with this cinder block bench. 3. Your patio isn’t complete without an awesome drink station. I Should Be Mopping The Floor 4. Transform those stray stones […]

Awesome Ways To Make A Boring Fence Beautiful -- Your Neighbors Will Be Jealous

Awesome Ways To Make A Boring Fence Beautiful — Your Neighbors Will Be Jealous

When it comes to keeping neighbors’ prying eyes off of your backyard or first floor, erecting a fence is generally the easiest thing to do. But if your neighborhood is tight-knit, putting up a fence can seem a bit offensive (pun intended). If you still want to maintain a sense of privacy without the ugly side effects, here are just a few things you can do to spruce up an otherwise offputting fence. 1. Turn your fence into a wall that your kids are allowed to write on! The Good Life 2. Glue marbles to it and they’ll beautifully catch the light every afternoon. The Wool Acorn Shop & Blog 3. Hanging old trays you’ll never use indoors is an elegant way to recycle them. Jennifer Rizzo 4. You can do the same with vintage china. A Cultivated Nest 5. Old frames with fresh coats of paint perfectly complement small […]

You Can Vacuum-Seal Your Foods Without Any Fancy Equipment

You Can Vacuum-Seal Your Foods Without Any Fancy Equipment

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); I hate wasting food so I try to freeze things when I find that I won’t be able to cook them for a while. But getting that air-tight seal is almost impossible without one of those fancy vacuum machines. I’ve tried it all — sucking the air out manually, using a straw, squishing the bag until the air leaves…but nothing really works. Ultimately, when I go to get my frozen food out, often it’s got freezer burn! But now that I know this super quick water trick, I’ll never have that issue again. This is seriously genius. Thanks, science! YouTube / ViralNova googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); Will you use this trick the next time you freeze something? It’s so simple! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/vacuum-seal-food/

This Is What Happens When You Pour Molten Copper Onto A Big Mac...WHAT?

This Is What Happens When You Pour Molten Copper Onto A Big Mac…WHAT?

It’s no secret that the meal options at McDonald’s are…less than healthy. A Big Mac alone has over 560 calories in it…but what’s a Big Mac without a medium fries (378 calories) and a medium Coca-Cola (210 calories)? That’s nearly 1150 calories…in ONE meal! If the calorie count alone doesn’t turn you off, consider what happens when you pour molten copper all over a fresh Big Mac…it may make you swear off the fast food chain for good. (via Design Taxi) That doesn’t seem natural, right? I mean…that wouldn’t happen with real food! What’s in there?? Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/big-mac/

A Handy Dad Shows Us How To Make A Simple Playhouse From Pallets -- Awesome!

A Handy Dad Shows Us How To Make A Simple Playhouse From Pallets — Awesome!

Getting your kids to go outside and play can be like pulling teeth. Unless you have a sweet swing set, a cool pool, or some awesome outdoor toys, they’re more likely to want to stay indoors where there’s no dirt and plenty of snacks. So how do you get them outdoors without physically locking them out for a few hours in the afternoon? (By the way, never do that!) Well, one dad came up with a genius idea that involved just a few wooden pallets and two days of work. Get ready to be jealous of his parenting skills… Flickr / Reuse Warehouse It’s great that he made this bare bones so that his kids can grow into it, decorate the house, and add to the space however they want. What a fun, quick project! So, what are you waiting for? Time to start hoarding pallets! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/pallet-playhouse/

What He Finds Dumpster Diving Will Make You Sick -- But Not For The Reason You'd Expect

What He Finds Dumpster Diving Will Make You Sick — But Not For The Reason You’d Expect

Have you ever thrown out food because it said it was past its “sell by” date? What about your leftovers at a fancy restaurant? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, in 2008, 43 billion pounds of food were thrown out by retail locations (grocery stores) and 86 billion pounds were disposed of by households and food service operations (restaurants, cafeterias, fast food, and caterers). That’s nearly 130 billion pounds of food. But what does that really translate to? Comedian Jeff Seal took to the streets of New York City — a place where the cost of living is the fifth highest in the world and the homelessness problem is undeniable — to find out. While the USDA says that food loss is actually economically efficient in some instances, they also note that there’s only so much we can do to recover the loss given, “(1) technical factors (e.g., the […]

This Is What It's Like To Eat 61-Year-Old Military Rations, Including Peanut Butter

This Is What It’s Like To Eat 61-Year-Old Military Rations, Including Peanut Butter

Steven Thomas is a military history buff who’s been eating the contents of old food ration packs for the last six years as a way of fully immersing himself in the experience of a normal soldier. Recently he got ahold of two very rare B-unit cans from a Korean War-era RCI food ration pack — that’s 61-year-old food! Not only are these packs quite hard to find, but they are also incredibly expensive. The ready-to-eat meal cans include blackberry jelly, crackers, cocoa, and peanut butter. As upsetting as 61-year-old peanut butter might sound, the most horrifying part of the video is the blackberry jelly that had leaked after all the years. The peanut butter, as it turns out, was actually so good, he ate half the can! “I don’t have health insurance,” was not what I wanted to hear from a man who eats incredibly old military rations. His realization […]

This Lake Would Be Beautiful If It Didn't Happen To Be Full Of Human Bones

This Lake Would Be Beautiful If It Didn’t Happen To Be Full Of Human Bones

When it comes time for thrillseekers to choose where they want to go on vacation, destinations shrouded in mystery often make their way to the top of the list. And Roopkund is one of those places. Only the most adventurous trekkers make their way to this far-flung glacial lake, and for good reason. After all, it takes some serious guts and training to journey into the Himalayas to find a lake that sits 16,000 feet above sea level. Located in the north of India, Roopkund was discovered by a forest ranger back in 1942. Google Earth Horrifyingly enough, he quickly realized that the lake was filled with human skeletal remains. Flickr / Abhijeet Rane Concerned that these were the bones of Japanese soldiers left for dead during World War II, he notified the British, who later launched a mission to check out the area. Upon further examination, researchers determined that […]

Pouring Molten Aluminum On A Steak Has The Coolest Result

Pouring Molten Aluminum On A Steak Has The Coolest Result

These days, people are always looking for new and innovative ways to cook their food. If there is a faster way to do it or a way to make the food tastier, people will try it. Which is exactly why these people started pouring molten aluminum on a steak. They wanted to see if it was possible to cook a steak by pouring liquid metal over it, and here are the results. While the molten aluminum didn’t cook the steak through, it had an awesome effect. YouTube / TheBackyardScientist Check out how the aluminum just slides right off. YouTube / TheBackyardScientist Even though it wasn’t very effective, it still looked pretty rad. YouTube / TheBackyardScientist Cooking it on the stove didn’t have much of an effect either. YouTube / TheBackyardScientist Check out how rare that steak is after being cut and cooked again. YouTube / TheBackyardScientist Check out the entire […]

Combine Two Of Your Favorite Meals With This Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe

Combine Two Of Your Favorite Meals With This Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe

When you’re craving comfort food, it can be hard to choose between your favorite dishes. I can never decide which meal I want, to the annoyance of my family. But what if I told you that you don’t have to pick just one? That’s right — if you’re a fan of tacos but equally love mac n’ cheese, you can have the best of both worlds with this yummy recipe. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Get ready to start drooling, folks. If you’re ready to experience cheesy bliss, just follow the recipe below: Ingredients: 1 pound of ground beef 15 ounces of diced tomatoes 1 1/2 cup of corn 15 ounces of tomato sauce 2 cups of water 1 packet of taco seasoning Salt and pepper to taste 2 cups of pasta 1 1/2 cups of Colby-Jack shredded cheese Instructions: Pour ground beef into a heated pan and stir until brown, […]

He Cracked An Egg Into A Potato To Make Your New Favorite Breakfast Food  YUM!

He Cracked An Egg Into A Potato To Make Your New Favorite Breakfast Food YUM!

Tired of the same old breakfast? Getting out of bed is hard enough, but doing so without proper food motivation is even more difficult! Change up your boring cereal or English muffin routine to give your taste buds the punch that they are so desperately craving! Heck, I think I’ll cook these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! They look simply marvelous and I want them in my mouth RIGHT NOW! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/potato-breakfast/

You Can Make Onion Rings So Much More Delicious When You Do This With Them

You Can Make Onion Rings So Much More Delicious When You Do This With Them

When I order a burger at a restaurant, I always get onion rings. I mean, can you really have a burger without them? Sure, you could have fries…but they’re just not as good. It’s science. Case in point: can you stuff a cheeseburger inside french fries? No. But you can do this with onion rings? If you’re looking at me like I’m crazy, get ready to start drooling in 3…2…1! googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); I know, this is basically the best thing since sliced bread — no, it’s better! Here’s what you need: Ingredients: 1 pound of ground beef 1 teaspoon of salt 1/2 teaspoon of pepper 1 teaspoon of onion powder 1 onion Cheddar Flour Egg wash Bread crumbs Oil for cooking Ketchup for dipping Recipe: Mix the ground beef, salt, pepper, and onion powder in a bowl. Cut either end off the onion and peel the excess skin. […]

14 English Words That Mean Something Totally Different In Other Languages

14 English Words That Mean Something Totally Different In Other Languages

It’s no secret that English is one of the most baffling languages out there. Sometimes it seems like there are more exceptions than rules, doesn’t it? While those of us who are native speakers breeze through everyday conversations, the words that come out of our mouths get lost in translation elsewhere. Here are 14 English words that have homonyms with totally different meanings in other languages! Although the words themselves aren’t direct translations, they mean something totally different when you break it down to phonetics. 1. Air means water in Indonesian. Flickr / Luis Deliz 2. Pet translates to fart in French. Flickr / Todd McCann 3. Here’s another English-to-French doozy. Smoking means tuxedo. Flickr / Ben Grey 4. Kiss means pee in Swedish. Flickr / Lesa Monster 5. Handy means cellphone in German. Flickr / rob zand 6. Die translates to the Italian phrase for “Come on!” Flickr / […]

12 Ridiculous Jobs That Thankfully Don’t Exist Anymore

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTAT_ATF’); }); Everyone complains about work every now and then. It’s impossible not to. Most people are expected to undergo at least four career changes by the time they turn 32. For those of you looking for a new career path or just standing around the water cooler complaining about your current job, remember that thanks to technology and other advancements, the possibilities are endless. (After all, a “social media specialist” was not a thing a few years ago.) Although we have our fair share of bizarre jobs, these 12 occupations from the past are pretty odd, too. 1. Rat Catcher Wikimedia Commons It’s pretty self-explanatory, but rat catchers would travel the streets of London during the Victorian Era, catching mice and rats with their bare hands. Sometimes, they used poison and terriers to help them out. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); 2. Body Snatcher Wikimedia Commons Also known […]

This Artist's Passion Project Evolved Into A Masterful Series Of Tiny Paintings

This Artist’s Passion Project Evolved Into A Masterful Series Of Tiny Paintings

As creators continue to harness their abilities, the inclination to go bigger is part of what’s become a natural progression — and that makes sense in a world that equates larger-than-life works of art to larger-than-life talent. One artist by the name of Dina Brodksy, however, proves that creating small, painstakingly detailed pieces is certainly no small feat. Her collection of miniatures called Cycling Guide to Lilliput has garnered critical acclaim, and Brodsky’s unique touch is at once sentimental and deliberate. She recently took the time to walk ViralNova through her inspiration and process. Dina Brodsky What’s the relationship between your medium, subject matter, and the small, circular surface? Do they inform each other in your process? The summer before I started the series, I was looking through a friend’s binoculars, and was struck by how they turned the world into circular, miniature universes. I had just come back from […]

Watching This Guy Turn Himself Into Creepy Statues Will Give You Nightmares

Watching This Guy Turn Himself Into Creepy Statues Will Give You Nightmares

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); Being a horror junkie, I have come across all kinds of terrifying photos and videos. Though many of them have certainly creeped me out, most haven’t actually gotten under my skin and haunted my dreams. That’s because they weren’t even half as unsettling as this freaky performance. In his work entitled, “Transfiguration,” French artist Olivier de Sagazan sculpts his face into monstrous statues that look like they came straight out of the “Silent Hill” games. When you see it for yourself, I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that I definitely wasn’t expecting to come away this disturbed. The sounds make it so much worse. Well, I’ll be lucky if I get any sleep after seeing that. Anyone have a night-light I can borrow? Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/terrifying-transfiguration/