In Honor Of Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize, Here Are 6 Dylan Songs Made Famous By Others

In Honor Of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize, Here Are 6 Dylan Songs Made Famous By Others

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); Bob Dylan’s lyrical prowess has never been kept secret or overlooked, and the Nobel Committee just honored the prolific singer-songwriter with the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. While the win has kicked up some controversy in literary circles, it’s easy to argue that Dylan’s songwriting stands at the helm of his success. Very few artists adjust to the ebb and flow of musical tides quite like he’s done since the early ’60s. Fewer still pen lines that never lose their consequence or relevance in changing times. His strange, relentless cadence is instantly recognizable. His iconic tracks continue to fill coffee shops, ride on radio waves, and fly in the face of generational difference. But sometimes, mastery is found in the last place you’d think to look. To honor his Nobel Prize win, let’s leave no stone unturned. Here are six Bob Dylan songs made famous by […]

This Caring Husband Planted Thousands Of Flowers For The Sweetest Reason

This Caring Husband Planted Thousands Of Flowers For The Sweetest Reason

Imagine waking up one day and realizing that the only thing you can see is darkness. How do you learn to experience the world around you when a devastating complication takes away the sense upon which you’ve relied for a lifetime? This is the sad reality that one woman in Japan faced after a complication from diabetes robbed her of her eyesight. Mrs. Kuroki fell into a deep depression as she tried to come to terms with her blindness. Her husband was heartbroken, and he thought endlessly about how he could make life easier for the most important person in his life. That’s when a stunning idea bloomed. Inspired by the fact that human senses adjust and compensate when one is lost, Mr. Kuroki planted thousands of flowers on their property so that his wife could enjoy the outdoors in an entirely new way. YouTube / Asahi Shimbun The two […]

People Are Totally Freaking Out Over This Swing, And You Will Be Too When You See It

People Are Totally Freaking Out Over This Swing, And You Will Be Too When You See It

A bucket list staple for intrepid travelers, Hawaii’s Haiku Stairs attract hundreds of adventurers every year. This hiking trail on the island of O’ahu is made up of almost 4,000 steps, and it provides climbers with unbeatable views from atop the Ko’olau mountain range. The only catch? Sadly, it’s been illegal to use the trail since 1987, and a storm rendered the stairs totally unsafe in 2015. And if you know anything whatsoever about humans, you know that plenty of people go right ahead and ignore all of that nonsense on a daily basis. In fact, one search on Yelp yields hundreds of reviews written by daredevils who decided to climb the Haiku Stairs anyway. Wikimedia Commons One such daredevil built a swing alongside the trail because that doesn’t sound like a terrible idea at all. As you might imagine, young people have taken it upon themselves to say, “You […]

By Putting A Pat Of Butter Under A Glass, He Came Up With A Trick You'll Always Use

By Putting A Pat Of Butter Under A Glass, He Came Up With A Trick You’ll Always Use

If you love food but you’re unfortunately not a wizard, you probably stick to cooking and leave baking to the pros. Baking the cakes, brownies, and cookies that make the world a better place takes skill and precision (neither of which I have when I step into a kitchen). Not only do your ingredients have to be measured perfectly, but they also have to be the right temperature. If a recipe calls for room-temperature butter, for example, you’d better not add some cold butter and hope for the best. The next time you mix all of your dry ingredients and discover that your butter is still hanging out in the fridge, grab a glass and give this trick a try. This tip is perfect because heating butter up in the microwave would make the ingredient way too hot. And it’ll be great the next time I try (and fail) to […]

These Creations Will Make You Question Everything You Thought You Knew About Art

When you think about fine art and advanced technology, blacksmithing and foundry probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. While these trades may seem rudimentary to some, sculptor and innovator Mesplé — who began working as a blacksmith at age 11 — is here to change the way you think about art and technology forever. His pieces are dark — but at the same time — deeply beautiful. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); Second test is in the books 󾆳 and the results are much improved! Now to build this into a finished sculpture. #metal #mesple #ferrofluid #sculpture #artwatchers #LA #skull #art Posted by Mesplé on Friday, October 16, 2015 Mesple Some of his pieces are even larger than life…and we mean that quite literally. Head to mesple.com […]

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 […]

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 […]

If You Have An Onion And Some Gatorade, You Can Charge Your Phone In A Pinch

If You Have An Onion And Some Gatorade, You Can Charge Your Phone In A Pinch

Like bobby pins, car keys, and sanity, phone chargers are experts when it comes to disappearing. And the fact that they can now be split into two pieces only doubles your chances of losing one or both of them. I don’t know about you, but whenever I have the cord in my possession, the block is nowhere to be found. When the block is chilling in the outlet, the cord steals my keys and starts a new life. But because food makes everything better, you can use an onion and some Gatorade to power your phone when your charger betrays you. Here’s how it’s done. 1. Round up a large onion, 2 cups of Gatorade (or the electrolyte-rich sports drink of your choice), a bowl, a screwdriver, and that God-forsaken charging cord. YouTube / HouseholdHacker 2. Without peeling it, poke 2 holes into the onion using your screwdriver — one […]

Travelers Are Hard To Shop For, But Here Are 20 Gifts Any Globetrotter Would Love

Travelers Are Hard To Shop For, But Here Are 20 Gifts Any Globetrotter Would Love

Face it. It’s kind of hard to impress people with material goods when they’ve seen half the planet. Avid travelers who board flights to far-flung destinations across the globe each year are notoriously tricky to shop for when birthdays and holidays roll around. After all, it’s kind of hard to wow someone who has seen everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Sahara Desert with some knick-knack wrapped in pretty paper. We can’t just go to their birthday parties empty handed, but what are we supposed to do? Use their experiences to our advantage, of course! Okay, that sounds horrible, but hear me out. Thoughtful gifts that remind them of favorite their trips (and help them plan their next one) will never go unappreciated. Here are a few ideas to help get you started! 1. This cork globe doesn’t just look great. Your favorite traveler can push thumbtacks into every […]

Bone Sculptures Might Sound Morbid, But The Ones She's Creating Are Anything But

Bone Sculptures Might Sound Morbid, But The Ones She’s Creating Are Anything But

Most artists will tell you that their work stems from a collision of their many, many interests. Whether they’re travelers with art that wanders with them or foodies who take cuisine out of the edible realm, art is very much informed by the person creating it. And that’s exactly why Jessica Joslin’s sculptures make so much sense. With an academic background in visual arts and a keen interest in anatomy, Joslin’s technical skills bring her fascinations to life. These Victorian-inspired pieces are made of antique treasures she’s collected along the way in conjunction with animal bones, both real and manufactured. Jessica Joslin When it comes to finding inspiration, Joslin spends time sitting in the ambiguous spaces that fall between binaries. Jessica Joslin Through sculpture, the artist explores the dichotomies between life and death, reality and fantasy, old and new — and she does so by disrupting them. Jessica Joslin When […]

He Walked Up To A Cop With His Hands Up -- What Happened Next Is So Important

He Walked Up To A Cop With His Hands Up — What Happened Next Is So Important

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); Whether you’re a civilian or an officer, you should never have to be afraid to walk out your front door. Cases of glaring injustice have affected both civilian and police communities over the past few months, and one man is doing his part by reminding everyone of what’s really important. These instances of senseless violence have weighed heavily on the heart of CEO and activist Ken Nwadike, which is what inspired him to take his Free Hugs Project back out into the streets. Nwadike was inspired to bring light into people’s lives by giving out free hugs after the horrific Boston Marathon bombing back in 2013. Facebook / Free Hugs Project googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); He and his team have a simple mission: to spread love, inspire change, and bring awareness to social issues. YouTube / Free Hugs Project It’s not about politics or picking sides. […]

Ditch The Chips And Go For This Steak-And-Potatoes Take On Nachos Instead

Ditch The Chips And Go For This Steak-And-Potatoes Take On Nachos Instead

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like nachos. And if you ever do come across such a person, just walk away. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. But you know what would be even better than chowing down on a standard plate of nachos? Replacing the chips with potatoes and throwing some steak on top. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); That’s where this recipe comes in. If this sounds good to you (and you know it does), here’s everything you need to know. Ingredients: 1 russet potato 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons salt 3 teaspoons pepper 2 teaspoons paprika 1 skirt steak 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Shredded cheddar cheese Shredded fontina cheese Sour cream Salsa Instructions: Preheat oven to 450°F. Thinly slice potato. Place slices in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Season with one teaspoon of salt, two teaspoons of pepper, and […]

What's Inside This Book Will Totally Change Your Perspective On These Famous Sites

What’s Inside This Book Will Totally Change Your Perspective On These Famous Sites

If you’re a travel buff, you know that there’s nothing more satisfying than standing in the shadows of famous landmarks. There’s something special about craning your neck to see the top of the Eiffel Tower or approaching the Statue of Liberty from the harbor. Beloved sites like these become benchmarks of exploration — monuments to the sense of wanderlust that sends people thousands of miles across the globe each year. But when it comes time to conjure up images in the mind’s eye, these landmarks present the most complete versions of themselves. We see the Taj Mahal’s famous dome in the reflecting pool. We see Tower Bridge looming over the Thames. We do not, however, see their skeletons. But this book by Wolfgang Wild and Jordan Lloyd (of Retronaut and Dynamichrome, respectively) is about to change your perspective on the landmarks you thought you knew. Dynamichrome The Taj Mahal, Agra […]

Take The Stress Out Of Summer With These 20 Super-Simple Hacks

Take The Stress Out Of Summer With These 20 Super-Simple Hacks

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTAT_ATF’); }); googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); From sandy feet to scorchingly hot seatbelt clips, summer comes with a whole slew of tiny (but terrible) problems. Traveling is hard enough as it is, especially if you have little ones, so why not learn a few tips and tricks that’ll make life so much less of a hassle? I don’t know about you, but vacations like beach outings and road trips are particularly maddening, so I know I’ll be using these 20 hacks that cover those bases and plenty more! 1. Poke straws through cupcake papers and pop them on top of glasses to keep bugs out of your drinks. Instagram / foods2hack 2. Bring baby powder to the beach to help get rid of wet sand on your feet before getting in the car. iStock 3. Wrap your valuables up in a diaper at the beach to keep thieves […]

If You Drink Your Coffee Black, We Have Some Bad News For You

If You Drink Your Coffee Black, We Have Some Bad News For You

Of all the things about me that could totally justify someone saying, “You know what, Madeline? You’re whacked and you need to leave my home immediately,” I never thought that my love of black coffee would be one of them. But alas, fellow psychopaths, one study is here to drop a bizarre truth bomb on us that has everything to do with what we put in our faces. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Do you like black coffee? What about dark chocolate? Does knocking back a gin and tonic help you navigate the human experience? Cool. Same. The only downside is that bitter taste preferences have been linked to psychopathic tendencies because joy is an illusion for the weak. According to a study of taste preferences as they relate to antisocial personality traits, those who enjoy bitter foods and drinks are more likely to be about that psychopath life. iStock googletag.cmd.push(function() […]

This Tiny Device Is About To Totally Change The Way You Travel

This Tiny Device Is About To Totally Change The Way You Travel

Knowing only one language can really change the way you see the world, and it’s usually not for the better. While some take the easy approach and just assume that everyone speaks English, others feel a little embarrassed about not being able to understand people from around the world in their mother tongues. After all, there are few things more beautiful than language, the form and function of which reveal so much about the people who speak it. For those in the latter group who want to experience culture as authentically as possible, this device is about to shift your perspective on global travel. Meet the Pilot. It’s a tiny, in-ear device that translates English, Spanish, French, and Italian in real time. Waverly Labs Developers from Waverly Labs hope to bridge cultural gaps by providing people with a program that’s easy to use while still being culturally respectful. They want […]

10 Holiday Traditions That Are A Little Odd, But Also Totally Relatable

10 Holiday Traditions That Are A Little Odd, But Also Totally Relatable

We all party in different ways when the holidays roll around. No matter what you celebrate, your family members probably have a unique (read: weird) tradition that they rope everyone into carrying out year after year. Sure, they might be a little bit embarrassing, but these rituals are what make the holiday season so much fun. The folks at New York Life Insurance Company asked people to share their family traditions. Check out their stories below! Who knows? You might even relate to a few of them. 1. Swedish Smorgasbord Flickr / rpavich “One year, my family decided to do a Swedish Smorgasbord, which was a tradition my grandma’s family used to do every year. Basically, we had a multi-course meal with foods like pickled herring, meatballs, potatoes, and creamed fish. We finished with rice pudding that had a single almond mixed in. Whoever found the almond in their dish […]

In Honor Of International Women's Day, Here Are Some Incredible Women To Watch

In Honor Of International Women’s Day, Here Are Some Incredible Women To Watch

The road to gender equality has proven to be an arduous one, but it’s always been paved by incredible women doing equally incredible work. By railing against the systems that have traditionally kept women under thumb, exceptional writers, activists, scientists, and politicians have made it their mission to call these systems into question, and ultimately undermine them. To honor these amazing monuments to solidarity and strength, the United Nations dedicates March 8 to the annual celebration of International Women’s Day. We have a long way to go, but these women prove that we’re in powerful, capable hands. 1. Roxane Gay Getty Images This professor, activist, and best-selling author has dedicated her life to deconstructing systems of oppression as related to gender, sexuality, class, and race, and she’s revered in social justice circles for her nuanced understanding of the complex intersections between them. You’ve probably heard of (and hopefully read) her […]

This Man Keeps Playing The Piano As The World Literally Falls Down Around Him

This Man Keeps Playing The Piano As The World Literally Falls Down Around Him

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); No matter what your personal politics happen to be, denying the existence of climate change is pretty hard to do at this point. And that’s made even clearer when footage like this comes to light. Last month, composer Ludovico Einaudi created a piece called “Elegy for the Arctic” to raise awareness about the havoc climate change is wreaking on Earth’s northernmost point. To drive his message home, he simply set up a grand piano among towering glaciers and played as they fell around him. Through this project, Einaudi hopes to “turn into music the voices of the eight million people who ask for Arctic protection.” If you’d like to learn more about Greenpeace and how you can help, visit the organization’s website. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/glacier-piano/

Ready To Give Up On Life? What These Celebs Are Paying $800 For Certainly Won't Help You

Ready To Give Up On Life? What These Celebs Are Paying $800 For Certainly Won’t Help You

On today’s episode of Everything is Terrible and Money’s the Worst, we present to you yet another celebrity atrocity. When it comes to melting Amex cards, few do it better than the celebs we all love to resent with every fiber of our being. While we’re over here pinching pennies so that we don’t have to start eating cat food, they’re out living painfully lavish lives just ’cause. Before we get into the thing that’s going to make you throw any hope you had left to the wind, let’s think for a moment about what someone could buy with, say, $800. 1. A new set of Goodyear tires with money to spare. Getty Images 2. About 20 killer pairs of shoes from JustFab.com. iStock 3. Roughly 645 boxes of dry pasta, because pasta will never leave you. iStock 4. A 6.5-year subscription to Spotify. iStock 5. A round-trip ticket from […]

10 Incredible Olympians Who Will Inspire You To Fight For Your Dreams

10 Incredible Olympians Who Will Inspire You To Fight For Your Dreams

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); When the Olympic Games roll around, we’re all confronted with what people can accomplish with enough dedication. No matter which arenas these athletes step into, there is a common thread that connects each and every one of them: They make it their mission to achieve their dreams. Whether they grew up rich or poor, privileged or suffocated by oppression, they’re all emblematic of what it means to chase your dreams until you’re totally breathless. But there are some whose stories strike a particularly profound chord. A few athletes competing in Rio this year were born into violence in Sudan. Another broke her spine and stopped at nothing to get back in the game. Their stories are important. They’re inspiring and powerful and sometimes tragic. They prove that with perseverance, no hurdle on the road to greatness is too high. 1. Kayla Harrison Getty Images In Rio, […]

This Artist Reveals Life's Delicate Balance In A Series Of Mind-Bending Sculptures

This Artist Reveals Life’s Delicate Balance In A Series Of Mind-Bending Sculptures

The creation of art is a balancing act between the artist and their chosen medium, and while that figurative assessment is all well and fine, the balance that sculptor Michael Grab strikes during his creative process is stunningly literal. By letting physics be his guide, Grab came up with an ongoing series that will change your perspective on three-dimensional art. This is Gravity Glue. As the name suggests, the pieces in this series are not held together with any form of adhesive. Instead, Grab relies on the force of gravity. Michael Grab He came up with the concept on an inquisitive whim back in 2008 while he was exploring the forests of Boulder, Colorado. Michael Grab After following that whim for the first time, he realized that he could create an entire series. Michael Grab “The project boils down to contemplative stone arrangement,” he writes. “It involves patience, adaptation, slow […]

According To NASA, You Could Leave Your Crappy Job And Work On Mars Instead

According To NASA, You Could Leave Your Crappy Job And Work On Mars Instead

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTAT_ATF’); }); Here’s how I feel after I watch the news every night: And I know for a fact that you feel my struggle on some level. Life here on planet Earth is rough, folks. If you’re sick of feeling like you’re living in the middle of a dumpster fire, why not hitch a ride on a rocket ship and leave this nonsense behind? Sure, that might be a fantasy right now, but NASA wants us to know that there’s potential for some extreme escapism on the horizon. NASA just released these posters that detail employment opportunities on the Red Planet, and I’m seriously not mad at any of it. If you’re interested in taking one small step for man and one giant leap for “get me the hell out of here right this second,” check them out. According to this handy little guide, NASA researchers are embarking […]

Trump Swears Clinton Talked More Than He Did, But Here's What Was Really Going On

Trump Swears Clinton Talked More Than He Did, But Here’s What Was Really Going On

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); According to CNN’s reports on speaking times during the second presidential debate, Donald Trump spoke for 40 minutes and Hillary Clinton spoke for 39. The #debate was nearly a draw, in terms of speaking times https://t.co/zgLdzPBBFm pic.twitter.com/XL1iGk38m4 — CNN (@CNN) October 10, 2016 Despite those numbers, Trump went on to say that Clinton was given more time to speak than he was and that it was “three against one,” Trump being the one and Clinton, Anderson Cooper, and Martha Raddatz being the three. It is difficult, however, to spin the web of debate corruption when the numbers just don’t add up. Although Mr. Trump is no stranger to stretching the truth, his perception of speaking times may have more to do with social conditioning and less to do with crafting a media spin. Although its findings are academia-centric, one Harvard study sheds light on what really […]

These Castaways Harnessed Their Inner Chuck Noland When They Needed To Be Rescued

These Castaways Harnessed Their Inner Chuck Noland When They Needed To Be Rescued

Three men found themselves stranded on Fanadik Island, which is part of the Federated States of Micronesia, earlier this month. They were traveling from the island of Pulap when a massive wave overturned their 19-foot boat. Because the world is a terrible place and nothing is fair, they then had to swim two miles in total darkness until they reached dry land. The following morning, they pulled off a movie-worthy stunt that would make Chuck Noland from “Cast Away” proud. The U.S. Coast Guard received a search request on Tuesday, April 5, at which point they sent out a rescue team to locate the unlucky mariners. Facebook / U.S. Coast Guard Hawaii Pacific After a few days, the stranded men started panicking, so they gathered some palm fronds and got down to business. Facebook / U.S. Coast Guard Hawaii Pacific Channeling every search-and-rescue movie in the history of forever, they […]

These Illegally Obtained Photos Prove That Normalcy Can Be Just As Chilling As Chaos

These Illegally Obtained Photos Prove That Normalcy Can Be Just As Chilling As Chaos

When we think about North Korea, “mundanity” isn’t a concept that typically comes to mind. We ideate scenes of oppression and social injustice. Our minds fill with imagined horrors built with the brick and mortar of news footage and legacy media. And that makes sense, since atrocity is the thread that weaves together every scrap of the North Korean experience. It’s the cultural tie that binds. But when photographer Michal Huniewicz illegally documented his time in the country, the resulting collection revealed an image of North Korean life that twists seemingly innocuous imagery into a haunting spectacle of everyday life lived under oppression’s thumb. We don’t often picture grocery checkout lines, hotel lobbies, and tour buses. We don’t picture life happening in a nation shrouded in mystery and removal. Michal Huniewicz But it does. Families congregate around TVs playing approved programming. Mothers buy food at the local supermarket. Receptionists check […]

Are You A Terrible Cook? Go Back To Basics With 20 Skills Everyone Should Know

Are You A Terrible Cook? Go Back To Basics With 20 Skills Everyone Should Know

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably way better at eating than you are at cooking. As you can imagine, my first foray into feeding myself after moving out of my parents’ house was less than pleasant. After botching one too many mind-numbingly simple meals, I hit the books to figure out what I was doing wrong. (As it turns out, that was just about everything.) If you’re off to a rough culinary start, learning these 20 basic skills will do you a world of good. Keep in mind that these aren’t hacks. They will not teach you how to use a piece of yarn and someone’s left shoe to make a pork roast. They will, however, help you tackle delicious dishes from this point forward. 1. Make a roux. Flickr / Emily Sick of using jarred sauces for everything? Same. That’s where the mother sauces come in. Before we […]

What She Spent 60 Hours Doing Will Bring Out Your Inner Hogwarts-Loving Child

What She Spent 60 Hours Doing Will Bring Out Your Inner Hogwarts-Loving Child

As you might imagine, writers are among the most avid readers, and author Meredith McCardle is no different. After all, how would you be able to harness your craft as a writer without a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to produce thoughtful, engaging, and ultimately successful work? For McCardle, who writes young adult fiction, the Harry Potter series holds a special place in her heart. And that’s why she gave it a special place in her home. A fan of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the lover of letters projected the first page of the book to create what is basically the best accent wall in the history of accent walls. She used a projector to lay out the text in the font that we all know and love. Meredith McCardle From there, she spent hour upon painstaking hour painting over every last word. Meredith McCardle Even when […]

These 25 People Prove That It's Never Too Late To Succeed In Life

These 25 People Prove That It’s Never Too Late To Succeed In Life

As it stands today, it seems like if you’re not running a successful startup by age 27, you’re not where you’re supposed to be in life. And that’s a lot of pressure! Even if you’re not a millennial yourself, you probably feel the rising heat of expectation and the fear of stasis that have grown up alongside my generation. Even as I sit here, I feel like I should be running a business at 24. Logically, that feeling doesn’t make a ton of sense, but logic rarely contributes to how we feel about our respective places in the world. But you know who wasn’t running a company worth millions when she was in her twenties? Martha Stewart. You know who didn’t make it big until he was almost 40? The late, great Alan Rickman. Success is not linear. The prospect of it does not abandon you after your quarter-life crisis. […]

This Artist And Her Girlfriend Have The Most Creative Anniversary Tradition Ever

This Artist And Her Girlfriend Have The Most Creative Anniversary Tradition Ever

If you’ve ever spent time with an artist (or if you’re fortunate enough to be one yourself), you know that creative minds process the world differently. While most people spend their downtime scrolling through social media or poring over books, artists whittle away their idle hours creating something new. Just ask Natasha Farnsworth. While hanging around with her girlfriend one day, her affinity for traditional art and her desire to become a tattoo artist collided, resulting in a project that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Farnsworth constantly draws inspiration from the woman she loves, but this time, she decided to get her involved in a much more visceral way. Gathering her materials, she began this incredible series of body paintings that are designed to bend the mind’s eye into oblivion. Natasha Farnsworth “It was a spur-of-the-moment challenge,” she writes, “but we ended up really loving it. Now it’s become […]

How To Deal With 7 Horrible Interview Questions That Are Designed To Trip You Up

How To Deal With 7 Horrible Interview Questions That Are Designed To Trip You Up

I am totally convinced that Dante went ahead and forgot to include the circle of Hell reserved for perpetual job interviews. And with the job market across multiple industries growing more saturated by the second, interviewers are getting crafty (read: cruel) when it comes to screening applicants. Because so much weeding out has to happen (or because this world is a spinning ball of pain), they often ask questions that function as professional traps. Here’s how you can deal with the worst ones in the bunch. 1. “What’s your greatest weakness?” iStock I want to find the hellhound who decided that this question was a great idea and make them rue the day they were born. Sadly, I can’t. Neither can you. All you can do is deal with the fact that this is now considered par for the course. Instead of sounding like an egomaniac and saying that you’re […]

A Year In New Zealand Irrevocably Changed This Man's Life And Career

A Year In New Zealand Irrevocably Changed This Man’s Life And Career

If you’re looking for a sure-fire way to change your entire worldview, approach that process in the most literal way possible by picking up and moving to a different corner of the globe. There’s nothing more terrifying than packing your life away in one checked bag and pretending your comfort zone never existed, but there’s also nothing that will impact and enrich your life more profoundly. And that’s exactly what Johan Lolos learned in October of 2014 when he left his Belgian homeland behind to explore New Zealand. What started as a three-month road trip with friends quickly turned into a year of self-exploration that completely changed the trajectory his life and career. “When I arrived in New Zealand in 2014,” Lolos writes, “I was full of expectations, but I didn’t really have any goals. I just wanted to travel and explore the country.” Johan Lolos The journey began as […]

You'll Be Hit With Serious Wanderlust When You Read This Woman's Travel Notes

You’ll Be Hit With Serious Wanderlust When You Read This Woman’s Travel Notes

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); South African globetrotter Anje Rautenbach from Going Somewhere Slowly has made it her mission to bring her social media followers around the world in a way that far surpasses the usual photo-sharing model. Instead of snapping photos of dream locations and sharing them on Instagram with aspirational captions, she makes her mark the old-fashioned way by putting pen to paper. Whenever inspiration strikes, she jots down her thoughts and sets each scrap of paper against a gorgeous backdrop to create a diary of her travels that’s equal parts thoughtful and visual. The adventurer took some time out to chat with us here at ViralNova, and what she had to say about the endeavor might just inspire you to pack your bags. Anje Rautenbach – Going Somewhere Slowly googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); How has traveling shaped who you are? I am who I am today because of […]

Artists Have Just Recreated Van Gogh's Bedroom, And You Can Spend The Night

Artists Have Just Recreated Van Gogh’s Bedroom, And You Can Spend The Night

When it comes to traveling on a budget, Airbnb is a thrifty adventurer’s best friend. If you’re not familiar with the service, this site connects travelers with people who are renting out rooms (and sometimes entire homes) in their destination city. It’s a great way to save some money and avoid the cookie-cutter atmosphere of chain hotels. That uniqueness is what drives more and more people to Airbnb every day, and as far as customer experience is concerned, some listers go above and beyond the call of duty. In a gorgeous effort to celebrate the life of one iconic artist, creators at the Art Institute of Chicago decided to post the most unique Airbnb listing of all time. If you’re traveling to Chicago anytime soon, you can spend the night in Van Gogh’s bedroom. Airbnb The artist immortalized this space in a series of three paintings called The Bedroom. Instead […]

When He Lost His Job, This Dad Started An Incredible Project With His Daughter

When He Lost His Job, This Dad Started An Incredible Project With His Daughter

While statistics show that the unemployment rate is lower now than it has been in a while, the sad reality is that thousands of people lose their jobs every day. When Carolin Breeze’s dad, George, lost his job at a plastics factory, he was understandably devastated. Ever the creative thinker, however, Carolin knew that her dad was a talented guy, so she decided to commission some jewelry from him. She was in her third year of studying film at the time, and she needed some unique accessories for the main character in her latest movie. He’d never made a single piece of jewelry before that point, but he decided to take her up on her offer. “My father never made jewelry before, and yet there it was, simple…and annoyingly beautiful,” she jokes. Flickr / Carolina Breeze What’s even more amazing than the jewelry itself is the fact that George makes […]

This Artist Used His Work To Ask The Most Important Question Of His Life

This Artist Used His Work To Ask The Most Important Question Of His Life

Artists are amazing for a number of reasons. For one, they can use basic materials to create extraordinary pieces. They’re also incredible because their work doesn’t just change their lives — it changes those of everyone who comes into contact with it. Creators just approach life differently. That’s why it’s so interesting to see how artistry weaves its way into their everyday lives. One artist by the name of Sath, for example, used his work to ask a very, very important question. Before starting this project, Sath had to find the perfect canvas. After he found one to his liking, he got to work on creating a colorful mural. Sath In fact, this unique artist is known for bringing his expansive knowledge of painting and design to unlikely surfaces. Sath But this undertaking was unlike anything he’d ever done before. Sath That’s because his audience for this work was not […]