Animals and their young
You'll enjoy these 41 beautiful photos that depict parenting in the wild.
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Here are more beautiful photos, these from the Smithsonian's "Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America's Wild Places" photo contest, an exhibit that captures the beauty of America's natural space.
Celebrating the Wilderness Act of 1964, which protects more than 109 million acres of American wilderness, these 18 images were chosen for the exhibition from more than 5,000 submissions from throughout the U.S.
The exhibit runs through summer 2015.
A labor of love
Former Saturday Night Live star Victoria Jackson recently wrote about Labor of Love, a project begun by folks who met in 2011 on "the Red Bus" during the Restoring Courage Tour, a trip to Israel organized by radio host and media mogul Glenn Beck.
At her website, Victoria explained how Labor of Love came together.
"Dave Perkins is a radio guy (860WGUL.com, 10pm Sunday night), a C.S. Lewis fan, a brilliant self-taught orator who heard Glenn Beck on the air waves reminding us that we, not the government, are to take care of the widows and orphans." she said. "Dave heeded the call. So did Susan Selim and Shelley Leighliter and the group of 36 who met on Red Bus A in Tel Aviv at the 'Restoring Courage' event. The group of strangers bonded while walking through Bible history together and decided to continue their journey back home. They organized Labor of Love, 'LOL.' Two to three times a year they show up in a random city, do random acts of kindness, leave hand-made quilts with the people they've helped, and leave. They are not associated with any church, though most are Christians, and they pay their own way."
Jackson posted a video produced by Perkins that illustrates LOL's works of love.
Jackson also wrote that Beck was tickled to learn about the Red Bus Team's charitable endeavors.
Your own statuette!
How would you like to have a 3-D miniature of yourself or a loved one? It's being done at a photo studio in the Tampa Bay area, the first ever to offer 3-D portraits.
Using a technology called photogrammetric 3-D scanning, Cool Dims Photography uses a custom set up with 92 cameras encircling the subject. The images from those cameras are sent to a 3-D printer which then creates a lifelike three-dimensional figure of the subject.
In a feature aired at a Tampa cable news outlet, owner Chris Lee of Cool Dims said, "As far as I know, we are the only one in the Tampa Bay area that does this. I got the idea from a TV commercial I saw about 3-D printers."
You can expect to spend $250 for a 3-D scan and figurine, which also includes a free 2-D photo shoot.
Imagine if this Dad had availed himself of the 3-D technology!
For 14 years, Dutch artist and filmmaker Frans Hofmeester filmed daily 15-second-long moments of his daughter as she blossomed from a baby into a lovely young teen. He then edited it into a four-minute long time lapse video. It's a fascinating look at how one person changes over the course of the first 14 years of life.
Optical illusion paintings
Fifteen fascinating paintings featuring optical illusions can be viewed in this slide show. Where does fantasy begin ... and reality end? You be the judge!
It's been a long tough slog for many in the upper tier states this past winter, especially in New England where record-breaking snow fall and low temps kept people shivering and pining for spring. A Boston news station reported that it was so cold, ocean waves turned to slurpee-like mush.
This video report explains the extraordinary phenomena.
Selfie shoes? Really? Check it out!
"The Selfie Shoe features two slots on the exterior of the toe of each shoe, into which the smartphone can be slipped.
"The punchline moment in which it is quite obvious that this product is a (very funny) joke is when the explanation for the cameras clicker. According to this hilarious ad, a photo is snapped by clicking the internal button with the "tap of your toe."
Here are ten April Fools pranks that went terribly wrong. File these in Darwin's Theory of Devolution category.
Pick your personality
Which doorway best represents you? Here's a fun quiz that claims to help describe your personality based on the choice you make in selecting a door that most appeals to you. I can't vouch for its accuracy. Kind of like a fortune cookie, make of it what you will!
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