The queen and Prince George

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Normandy 70 years later

Normandy
Same place 70 years later

LEAF CUTTINGS – WOW!‏

Delicate Leaf Cuttings By Omid  Asadi
My name is Omid Asadi and I currently live in Manchester, United Kingdom. I created this work with carving and cutting techniques on actual fallen leaves using a craft knife and a needle. I always try to create pieces with a message, not just beautiful art. Some of these messages or ideas come from my world view, poems, stories, global problems and philosophy. I’m also inspired by other artists’ and designers’ works.

Leaf’s Mind
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I’m very attentive to beautiful fallen leaves. Suddenly,
I started SEEING them, not simply looking at them.

Carriage
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I believe that we look at many things everyday, but don’t SEE them.
For example, apples had been falling from trees for thousands of years,
but only Isaac Newton truly saw that and, thanks to him,
our lives have changed forever.

Dandelion
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Che Guevara

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Once I visited a paper cutting exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery;
that was when I noticed the leaves as well.

Love
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I mostly use maple leaves because, in the area I live, I can find them easily.

Eagle
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I use a craft knife or scalpel and needle. It is not like a paper cutting because each part needs a certain pressure to cut. If I make a mistake, I destroy maybe hundreds of hours of work.

Eye

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Feather

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For me these leaves represent our life, which is too short. I’m trying to give them another life.

John Lennon
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Simorgh (phoenix)
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I remember when I was a little kid, I used to draw on
the back of rose petals and leaves with a needle.

Old Hand
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Persian Cheetah
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I created this work to support the Persian Cheetah,
which is a species that is at risk of becoming extinct.

Nature’s Scream

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I have received loads of positive feedback from the public and media, and I am glad
people like my works and enjoy them. This shows how we can create beauty, love and
make this world better for all of human kind and other creatures instead of suffering
from wars, conflicts, diseases, hunger, hatred, etc.

Me In Action
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The Bobby Darin “Dream Car”

1960….

When fins were in… what, a blind spot!!!

                                             

Therefore they made the rear roof all glass

 

The 1960 DiDia 150 was a luxury, custom-designed iconic, handmade car also known as the “Dream Car” forever associated with its second owner, singer Bobby Darin. The car was designed by Andrew Di Dia,  a clothing designer, who Bobby Darin had met whilst on tour in Detroit in 1957.  Darin telling Di Dia at the time that he would purchase the car if he ever “hit it big”.  For seven years, from 1953 to 1960 the DiDia 150 was hand-built by four workers, at a cost of $93,647.29  but sold to Darin in 1961 at a cost of over $150,000 (1.5 million today). ] At the time the car was listed as most expensive ‘custom-made’ car in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. ] The body was hand-formed by Ron Clark  and constructed by Bob Kaiser from Clark Kaiser Customs.

 

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Its metallic red paint was made with 30 coats of ground diamonds

for sparkle.

Built in Detroit, Michigan, clothing designer Andrew ‘Andy’ Di Dia designed  this “unrestrained and unconventional” automobile.  Only one example was ever built.

 

 

The normal V8 engine is located at the front with  an engine displacement of 365/427.  It has a rear-wheel drive, the body and chassis is hand-formed from 064 aluminum with a 125-inch wheelbase alloy tube frame.

 

 

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It has a glass cockpit in back, a squared steering wheel and thermostatically controlled air conditioning system.  

 

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The interior is rust colored in contrast to the ruby paintwork.

The design included the first backseat-mounted radio speakers and hidden windshield wipers,  that started themselves when it rained.  Other features include retractable headlamps, rear indicators that swivel as the car turns, ‘floating’ bumpers and a trunk that was hinged from the driver’s side.  Each of the four bucket seats have their own thermostatically controlled air conditioning, individual cigarette lighters and ashtrays, as well as a radio speaker.  The original engine, a Cadillac V8, was later replaced by a 427 high-performance by Ford when it was taken on the show circuit.

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Darin drove his wife, Sandra Dee, in the car to the 34th Academy Awards  in 1961.

When Bobby drove the car to the Academy Awards, Andrew Di Dia and Steve Blauner followed behind him in a limousine. The car had two fans and a switch that you had to turn on. Bobby didn’t realize, so it heated up. All the magazines said the car caught fire but it didn’t.

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Di Dia toured the car around the country, when Darin wasn’t using it for public appearances. After publicity and film use, Darin donated his “Dream Car” to the St Louis Museum of Transportation in 1970 where it remains.

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This is  Andrew Di Dia  the car designer.

Amazingly talented artist!‏

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A skill like woodworking takes years and thousands of hours to become more than just a proficient at, but this man invested that time to be a certifiable master.
His name is Randall Rosenthal and he has talent that can result in mind-bending illusions.
The project in the gallery below all started with three pieces of white pine he glued together. What he turned that block of wood into is so cool.
He glued the pieces of pine together as a base.
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Once the adhesive cured, he was ready to begin carving the block.
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He slowly whittled it down into an interesting shape.
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It wasn’t uniform.
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The edges were jagged. What could it be?
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Hmm….
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This is where the project began looking like the final project: a cardboard box.
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By chipping away at the block of wood and hollowing out different sections, he was able to create the illusion that it was a box containing something.
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He spent hours carefully carving the sides to give the illusion of corrugated cardboard.
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The effect was incredible.
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He took a break from the hours of carving to begin adding paint to the piece.
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He carefully painted what was to be inside of the box: stacks of money.
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Not only is Randall a gifted woodworker, but his painting skills are incredible as well.
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After being painstakingly careful painting the bills and their details, he began slowly adding color to the cardboard.
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Since “cardboard” isn’t something you can paint on in one sitting, he had to add light, washed out layers over and over.
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Stunning.
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He was able to carve something with so much depth and texture out of a simple block of wood.
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The finished product, “Old Money,” is incredibly realistic.
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No matter how long I stare at this, I can’t be convinced that it’s NOT a box of money.
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A Japanese TV station interviewed Randall because of this incredible work.
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Old Money was such a hit, he is being commissioned to make a second box.
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The finished product, a real wood carving and a fake cardboard box, is an awesome illusion. No matter how long I stare at Old Money, it just looks like a cardboard box.

Source: sawmillcreek.org

Maps to help you understand the world.

(Oops!  I pressed the ‘Publish’ button by accident. Here’s the complete posting. – Ed.)
1. This map shows the world divided into 7 sections (each with a distinct color) with each section containing 1 billion people.
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2. This map shows (in white) where 98 percent of Australia ‘s population lives.
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3. It may not come as a surprise but more people live inside the circle than outside of it.
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4. This map shows what is on the other side of the world from where you are standing.  For the most part it will probably be water.
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5. Apparently you can’t get Big Macs everywhere.  This map shows (in red) the countries that have McDonalds.
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6. This map shows the countries (in blue) where people drive on the left side of the road.
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7. This map shows countries (in white) that England has never invaded.  There are only 22 of them.
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8. The line in this map shows all of the world’s Internet connections in 1969.
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9. This map shows the countries that heavily restricted Internet access in 2013.
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10. This map shows (in red) countries that were all Communist at one point in time.
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11. This map shows (in red) the countries that don’t use the metric system.
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12. This map shows (in blue) places where Google street view is available.
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13. This map shows (in green) all the landlocked countries of the world.
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14. And this is what the world would look like if all the countries with coast lines sank.
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15. This is a map of the all the rivers in the United States .
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16. And these are all the rivers that feed into the Mississippi River .
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17. This is a map of the highest paid public employees in the United States .
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18. This map shows how much space the United States would occupy on the moon.
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19. This map shows the longest straight line you can sail.  It goes from Pakistan all the way to Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia for a total of 20,000 miles.
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20. This is a map of 19th century shipping lanes that outlines the continents.
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21. This map shows (in navy blue) every country that has ever operated an aircraft carrier.
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22. This map highlights the countries (in red and orange) with the most skyscrapers.
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23. This map shows (in red, orange, and yellow) the world’s largest donors of foreign aid with red being the biggest donor.
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24. This map shows the most photographed places in the world.
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25. And this map shows all the places where you can get eaten by a Great White shark!
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How to tell if your dog is involved in a sex scandal

How to tell if your dog is involved in a sex scandal

Baby Boom-er‏

IS IT TRUE?
How Babies are Made in CanadaCanadian photographer Patrice Laroche surely will have no trouble explaining his kids about the birds and the bees. During his wife Sandra Denis’ pregnancy, the artist created hilarious explanatory photo series titled “How to Make a Baby”. The creative couple planned and carried out their project throughout the whole period of 9 months, taking pictures in the exact same settings as Sandra’s belly expanded.
The pregnancy saga of Sandra and Patrice basically denounces all the traditional cabbage and the stork stories.
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Think You’ve Seen Everything?

DO YOU REALLY, REALLY, REALLY– – – THINK YOU’VE SEEN
EVERYTHING?
 
BE STILL BECAUSE . . .

THAT’S RIGHT… BREAST IMPLANTS FOR YOUR TATTOO!!


OK – NOW you’ve seen
everything!

Animals in Action….‏

Time for a chuckle…

You may have to wait a minute or two for these pictures to load. The following are all “moving pictures” and they are each absolutely adorable.

Let me chew on your ear a minute…

I got your toes… No, I got YOURS!

This one just broke me up!

Round and round we go… this sure beats chasing your own tail

By spring, this cat’s gonna be a hop-scotch champ!

These two truly make an ODD COUPLE

Just a minute Mr. DeMille… let me get ready for my close-up!

You think outgrowing your clothes is a problem? Try outgrowing your pet door

Life is too short not to take time out to enjoy the fun.

The best part of life is when family members become your friends and friends become family.

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