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Dancers Among Us


Amazing photo series by Jordan Matter features top professional dancers in everyday situations.

Creative Street Art


Incredible street art created by talented French artist OaKoAk shows popular fictional characters integrated into the urban environment.

Astronauts on Earth


Wonderful photo series by Hunter Freeman reminds us that astronauts are regular people when they are not in space.

10 Relaxing Images of Dhigu Resort, Maldives

Relax, take a break go to Maldives. Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa is nestled on Dhigu island in the South Malé Atoll, surrounded by tranquil turquoise waters, this is a resort where relaxation is guaranteed. Each private villa, furnished with luxury furniture,  has it`s own stretch of pristine beach, providing a fantasy private sanctuary in the tropics. The 9 luxury restaurants on the resort offer a range of gastronomic food created by high-grade chefs and the kitchen staff.

22 Clever and Creative Calendar Inspired Advertisements

Collection of clever and creative calendar inspired advertisements by various companies from all over the world.

One Daily Drop Living Calendar Advertisement: Here we have a living calendar; 'by just moving the hand for 3 seconds, we give water to a plant'.

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Creative and Cool Ways To Reuse Clothes Hangers

Here are some cool and creative ways to reuse clothes hangers; all the ideas and designs listed below needn't be using old clothes hangers though these definitely give a head start.

"48" Lighting Design: 101 Design Studio has come with a clever way to reuse hangers into cool looking lights. Lamps are available in two versions the "48 Hanger" and "48 Stand".

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Savika – Wrestling Angry Bulls in Madagascar


Savika is a rodeo-like sport practiced by men of the Betsileo ethnic group in Madagascar. It’s considered a rite of passage, and any man who dares dance with the angry zebus is considered a hero of the community.
No one remembers exactly when savika was invented, but everyone agrees it has been practiced by Betsileo men for centuries. The traditional sport is enjoyed by all members of the community, be they men or women, young or old, rich or poor, and is considered a unifying factor that brings everyone together. Savika is also a rite of passage for young boys who want to prove their manhood, and one of the best forms of courtship for single men. Apparently nothing impresses Betsileo women more than seeing their men dance with a zebu – a kind of domesticated cattle with long horns and a distinctive hump.

Artist Pays Tribute to favorite Films and Video Games with Fingernail Paintings


Maya Pixelskaya is very passionate about art, video games and movies, so she decided to combine the three and create unique designs on her fingernails.
One of Maya’s fingernail paintings, a detailed tribute to classic video game Doom made the rounds online this week, after it went viral on social bookmarking site Reddit.com. Unfortunately there was no mention of the artist, but luckily a Redditor recognized her work and was kind enough to link to her website, so we could enjoy the rest of her awesome fingernail works of art.


Woman Converts Old VW Beetle into Classic Porsche


As a child, Megan Ashton dreamed of being whisked away to her wedding in a classic Porsche 356, and since she couldn’t afford a real one, she spent six years converting an old Volkswagen Beetle into the car of her dreams.
26-year-old Megan has always been interested in cars, and growing up in her dad’s garage she learned a little something about classic cars. Her personal favorite has always been the Porsche 356 – the first model ever produced by the German car manufacturer – but getting her hands on an authentic model would have proved too expensive for the young Air Engineer Officer in the Royal Navy, so she decided to build her own, instead. The 356 was created by Ferdinand Porsche, son of Porsche’s founder, and shared many parts with the VW Beetle, to make it more affordable. So the car enthusiast paid just £200 for a 1969 Beetle, in 2004, when she was still a student and planned to convert it into the classic jewel of her dreams.

Monsanto – A Portuguese Town Built between Giant Boulders


The charming town of Monsanto, an ancient settlement perched on the side of a mountain in the Portuguese countryside, boasts some of the most incredible sights on Earth. Featuring tiny streets carved from rock and granite houses squeezed between giant boulders, it looks like a real life Bedrock.
In 1938, Monsanto was named ‘the most Portuguese town in Portugal’ which seems strange, considering most buildings in Portugal aren’t sandwiched between two boulders, or have massive rocks hanging above them, but its awarded standing of open air museum, has allowed it to keep its outwardly appearance throughout the years. Due to building restrictions in the area, Monsanto’s appearance hasn’t changed in centuries and has managed to retain its original charm.


Manga Food Plates


Series of unusual food plates created by Japanese designer Mika Tsutai.

14 Creative and Clever Uses of Car Stickers in Advertisements

Collection of clever and creative uses of car stickers in advertisements by various companies from all over the world.

Cactus Restaurant Advertisement: The stickers featuring the face of a man, with the man's open mouth superimposed on the central brake light created the effect of extreme heat promoting the restaurant's spicy dish.

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20 Clever and Creative Gym Advertisements

Collection of clever and creative gym advertisements by various companies from all over the world.

World Class Gym Advertisement: For the launch of World Class new flagship gym in Stockholm, caricature artists were put on strategic places to make portraits of strollers. The strollers received a personal hand drawn ad with an opening offer and themselves made as perfect looking bodies like body builders.

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12 Unusual Handbags and Creative Handbag Designs

Collection of creative handbags and unusual handbag designs from all over the world.

Watermelon Handbag: This cool handbag inspired from watermelon slice is the perfect fashion accessory for the summer.

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Toilet Paper Roll Artworks - Nice Creativity

Toilet Paper Roll Artworks - Nice Creativity




America’s 10 Roadside Attractions


01. Cabazon Dinosaurs, Cabazon, California
Climb to the top of a life-size Tyrannosaurus rex for an up-close view of its teeth at this real-world Jurassic park. Purchase souvenirs at a museum shop located inside Ms. Dinny, a 150-ton Apatosaurus considered the largest concrete dino in the world. 09 more attractions after the break...

Rolf Buchholz – The Most Pierced Man in the World


Rolf Buchholz, from Dortmund, Germany has a total of 453 studs and rings all over his body, and has recently been acknowledged by Guinness as the most pierced man in the world.
The 52-year-old computer expert discovered the world of piercing 11 years ago, and loved it so much that he has since then had 453 piercings in various parts of his body. Looking at him, you’d probably think most of them are  on his head and face, but you’d be wrong. Rolf has 94 piercings in and around his lips, 25 in his eyebrows, 8 in his nose, and a whopping 278 in his genital area. I don’t need to see it to believe it, but I wonder how he managed to fit that many in such a small area. Apart from his passion for piercings, Bucholz also has a thing for tattoos, and sports a full body suit that covers his entire torso and limbs.

Giant Chocolate Bar Sets New World Record


Chicago-based company World’s Finest Chocolate has set a new record for the world’s largest chocolate bar, with a delicious treat weighing a whopping 5.5 tonnes.
In a bid to topple the previous record set in September 2010, by the Armenians at The Grand Chocolate factory, workers mixed thousands of pounds of ingredients to create a calorie bomb noc hocoholic could hope to finish. They used 5,500 pounds of sugar, 2,000 pounds of powder milk, 1,700 pounds of cocoa butter, 1,400 pounds of chocolate liquor and 1,200 pounds of almonds, and managed to topple the old record by over a tonne. The 12,000-pound heavy, 21-meters-long and three-feet-high chocolate bar was unveiled inside the company’s factory and simply left attending children speechless and drooling.


Taiwanese Artist Uses Nail Gun as His Brush


Artist Chen Chun-hao, known as Howard Chen in the western world, uses a nail gun, an air compressor and millions of small nails to create incredible works of art.
Chen isn’t the only artist in the world using nails to create impressive artworks. Marcus Levine is perhaps the most famous nail-using person in the art world, but mosaic master Saimir Strati and Shannon Larratt have also experimented with the medium. But whereas the above mentioned artists hammered the nails into their canvases, Chen Chun-hao uses a nail gun, which allows him to use up to hundreds of thousands of mosquito nails (headless metal pins) for each of his masterpieces. He shoots them one by one into white canvases stretched over wooden boards, creating reproductions of traditional Chinese ink paintings.

Wannabe Actor Writes, Directs and Stars in His Own Films, Makes $400,000 a Year


Despite never acting in a big Hollywood movie, Dennis Woodruff is a living legend in Los Angeles, known for driving around town in his crazy art cars and advertising his acting services. But it appears the long-time wannabe actor is turning over a new leaf and making a fortune in the process.
For around 20 years he has been known as the guy driving along Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards in ridiculous art cars covered in hand-painted signs, portfolio photos and phone numbers, trying to land a movie part. Like Angelyne, he became a local celebrity that everybody seemed to recognize, but his dream was to star in movies and he wasn’t going to give up on it. Dennis visited over 200 casting agencies only to face rejection after rejection, but he was hellbent on leaving his mark on Hollywood, and recently decided the only way he could do that was t make his own movies.


Death Star Dress


Star Wars inspired dress created by Jennifer Landa looks like a Death Star.

Water Bottle Opener


River stone inspired bottle openers designed by Arik Levy will help children and older people easily open plastic water bottles.

Sleep Suit



Innovative suit designed by Forrest Jessee allows you to take comfortable naps in a variety of different positions and locations.

15 Creative Soaps and Unusual Soap Designs - Part 3

Collection of modern soaps and unusual soap designs from all over the world.

Denture Soap: Unusual soap designed to look like dentures.

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18 Creative Ties and Unusual Necktie Designs - Part 2

Collection of creative ties and unusual necktie designs from all over the world.

Washboard Tie: This cool tie can be played with a pair of thimbles, and you can play it without even taking it off.

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The Ideal Palace of Postman Ferdinand Cheval

Ferdinand Cheval was a postman from France who spent 33 years building the “Ideal Palace” in Hauterives. The Palace is regarded as an extraordinary example of naïve art architecture. It all began when he was walking his post route and found a stone that he thought had an inspiring shape. Over the next 33 years Cheval collected stones during his walks, first puttting them in his pockets, then a basket. and finally a wheelbarrow. He spent the first 20 years building the outer walls, binding the stones together with lime, mortar and cement.

Cheval wanted to be buried in the palace and so when he had finished he proceeded to build himself a mausoleum. It took him eight years to complete, and a year upon completion he passed away and was buried in the mausoleum.

Dutch Artist Makes Creepy Flower-Covered Skeleton Sculptures


Amsterdam-based sculptor Cedric Laquieze decorates real cat and dog skeletons with colorful fake flowers to create some of the creepiest sculptures you’ve ever seen.
Flowers and skeletons make one strange combination, but that’s probably what makes Laquieze’s sculptures so intriguing, the contrast between morbidity and beauty. He takes cat and dog skeletons and applies various fake flowers on them to make them look…prettier. I don’t care how many flowers he glues on there, these skeletons are still creepy as hell, if you ask me. Originally hailing from France, Cedric Laquiez has specialized in using all kinds of dead things for his artworks, from animal and bird skeletons, to dead insects and plants. Head on over to his blog, if you’re into this stuff.



Awe-Inspiring Venator Class Star Destroyer Made from 43,000 LEGO Bricks


I hope you’re seating down LEGO and Star Wars fans, because there’s a chance you might pass out from the awesomeness of this Venator Class Star Destroyer model made from 43,000 LEGO parts.
Now LEGO has been one of my favorite topics to write about on Oddity Central, and we’ve featured some pretty cool-looking creations, from the record-breaking LEGO Warship Yamato, to the mind-blowing LEGO Middle Earth, or the incredible LEGO sculptures of Nathan Sawaya. Well, it’s time to add another brick masterpiece to our collection - Sylvain Ballivet’s model of the Venator Class Star Destroyer featured in Star Wars, made from 43,000 parts. Sylvain, also known as iomedes in the world of LEGO enthusiasts, has created a lot of amazing sculptures, which you can check out on his blog, but the giant Venator is definitely the highlight of his career as a LEGO master.


9/11-Themed Kids Coloring Book Proves Big Hit


We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids Book of Freedom is a coloring book about the tragic events of 9/11 2001, featuring pictures of the burning World Trade Center towers and the execution of Osama bin Laden.
Although Wayne Bell, publisher of Really Big Coloring Books Inc., in Saint Louis, says the book was never meant to be controversial, and that it’s simply based on market research, on what people are looking for, the fact that it contains scenes like Osama bin Laden being shot by a Navy SEAL has sparked some controversy. Bell goes on to describe the coloring book as “a simplistic honest tool” to “educate children on events on 9/11″, but do kids who still like to color need to see scenes of mourning, burning buildings, and the execution of a Muslim man portrayed as hiding behind his veiled wife? may


Demolition Man Downs World’s Biggest English Breakfast


Steven Magee, a 29-year-old hungry demolition man has become the first person to actually finish thegiant breakfast plate offered by the Hungry Horse cafe, in Corby, England.
No matter how much you love English breakfasts, The Big One at Hungry Horse cafe is hard to swallow. But, where sixty other people before him failed, Steven Magee, a young Scott who says he usually only has cereal for breakfast, managed to become the first person to go through the whole thing. He needed 1 hour and 20 minutes, and six cups of tea to down three sausages, three burgers, three fried eggs, three bacon rashers, three black pudding slices, three square sausage slices and triple servings of beans and mushrooms. That sounds like enough, but he also had to go through triple helpings of potato waffles, potato scones, hash browns, fried bread portions and three rounds of bread and butter and toast.


3D Paintings


French artist known as Shaka creates amazing three-dimensional paintings.

Massive Sand Drawings


Jim Denevan is famous for making unique large scale drawings in the sand.

Tent for Motorcycle Riders


Redverz Gear camping tents keep people and their motorcycles out of the elements and under one roof.

20 Clever and Creative T-shirt Inspired Advertisements

Collection of clever and creative t-shirt inspired advertisements by various companies from all over the world.

Breeze Excel T-shirt Advertisement: To substantiate the claim of 'confidence to remove stains in one wash' these creative t-shirts were created. The products were mailed in boxes wrapped in t-shirts. As expected during the transit the t-shirts got stained and if the recipients wanted their t-shirts to look as good as new, all they had to do was to wash it once with the product.

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15 Creative Slippers and Cool Sandal Designs - Part 2.

If you are looking for something cool, unusual or creative slippers and sandals to walk around in style, this collection is for you!

Bottle Opener Sandals: Sandals with a built-in bottle opener.

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The World’s Largest Aquarium - Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA is the world's largest aquarium with more than 8.5 million US gallons of marine and fresh water housing more than 120,000 animals of 500 different species. Four young whale sharks, four beluga whales, and four manta rays. (This aquarium is the only institution outside of Asia to house whale sharks.) There is 12,000 square feet of viewing windows and cost $290 million USD to build.

First opened to the public in November 23, 2005, the aquarium welcomed its 10 millionth guest on June 25, 2009.


World’s Most Expensive Model Car Costs 12 Times More than the Original


German model maker Robert Gülpen has built the most expensive car model in the world – a 1:8 scale replica of the Lamborghini Aventador made from carbon, platinum gold and decorated with precious stones.
52-year-old Gülpen, who describes his creation as a “high-tech work of art” said he wanted to create something unique that has never been done before. A former mechanical engineer, Gülpen started making miniature car models from precious metals in the late 1990s and eventually became a renown miniature car model maker. He decided the cutting edge Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 would be the perfect choice for his greatest masterpiece.  The body of the car is made from carbon, just like the original, and features around €2 million-worth of precious metals and stones. Metal was used for the detailed rims and diamonds were inserted into the seats, steering wheel and headlights.


Britain’s Mysterious Coin-Covered Wishing Trees


Sticking hundreds of small denomination coins into tree trunks is apparently a popular way of getting rid of illnesses.
At least that’s what the staff at a holiday attraction in Gwynedd discovered after investigating the story behind several coin-covered tree trunks in the vicinity of Italianate village Portmeirion. The first tree was cut down four years ago, in order to widen the path to the picturesque settlement founded in 1925, and within only a few months it was covered with 2p coins. Now there are seven such tree trunks in the area, so estate manager Meurig Jones started an investigation to uncover the origins of this unusual habit.


House Painter Creates World’s Largest Ball of Paint


Michael Carmichael, from Alexandria, Indiana has created the world’s largest ball of paint by covering a regulations baseball with tens of thousands of coats of colored paint, for more than 30 years.
The story of Michael’s unusual hobby began one day in the mid 1960s, when he was playing baseball for the Knox County Children’s Home. A baseball accidentally landed in some paint, and Michael was so intrigued by it that he decided to hold on to it as a keepsake. During the two years after that, he kept on dipping it in paint and painting it by hand, until it reached the size of a football. He donated his colorful creation to the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home Museum, where it’s still on display today. Later he tried to get it back so he could continue painting it, but they wouldn’t give it to him.


World Egg Throwing Championships – An Egg-centric Competition


One of the wackiest competitions in the world, the annual World Egg Throwing Championships held in Swaton, England feature a variety of events, all having to do with smashed eggs.
According to the World Egg Throwing Federation website, egg throwing is a local tradition inspired by historic events that occurred in the 14th century. It’s believed the ancient village of Swaton has stood on theses very grounds since before Roman times, but it wasn’t until 1322 that it became forever linked to egg throwing. The newly appointed Abbot was assigned to the Parish of Swaton  by royal decree, and found a rather ingenious way of increasing church attendance. As the only person in the settlement to own chickens, he provided one egg for each attendee to his sermons. But when the waters of the River Eau flooded, cutting off the church from the village, monks started throwing the eggs to the waiting locals. Legend has it when the gap became even wider, the monks used small trebuchets to make sure the eggs traveled the required distance.

Money Origami


Won Park transforms euro and dollar bills into amazing origami creations.

15 Cool and Unusual Notebooks


This post showcases creative notepads, sketchbooks, and notebooks.

Cave Inspired House


Unique house designed by Ensamble Studio looks like a cave equipped with modern bed, sink, shower, and a fireplace.

10 UNusual Streets in the World



1. Confusing Roundabout in the World, Magic Roundabout – Swindon, UK
The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England was constructed in 1972 and consists of five mini-roundabouts arranged in a circle. In 2009 it was voted the fourth scariest junction in Britain, in a poll by Britannia Rescue. To be fair, once understood this intersection is amazingly functional and actually designed to reduce overall congestion. However, it is certainly an urban wonder and highly perplexing to the uninitiated.

Perspective Cartoon Sculptures by James Hopkins

James Hopkins is a British artist who has incorporated iconic cartoon characters into his artwork. The sense of illusion is captured in his displays. On one side of the sculpture, it looks like a collection of spare parts thrown together. On the other side, the visual art piece lines up and creates amazing character pieces. Among the pieces James Hopkins distorts, are characters from The Simpsons, South Park, and Disney.

Ferocious Cakes by Scott Hove

Cakes with teeth. That’s right, cakes which are monstrous and armed with a full set of choppers designed by sculptor Scott Hove from Oakland, CA. Hove has a show titled ‘ Your Deadly Desserts’ coming up at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco from October 8 to November 4 where the aforementioned cakes will be exhibited.


Raincatch – A Raincoat That Turns Rain into Drinkable Water


Raincatch is a water purification raincoat that turns collected rain water into drinkable water the wearer can enjoy on the go.
Let’s just put it this way, wearing Raincatch in a rainy city like London means you’ll probably never be thirsty again. Sure, in some regions of the world rain water is still clean enough to be drunk as it falls from the sky, but in today’s polluted climate drinking it without purifying it first poses a real risk. But thanks to the invention of two CIID students, Hyeona Yang and Joshua Noble, you’ll be able to enjoy refreshing rain water on the go, without a care in the world.


Taiwanese Chef Makes Lobster Shell Motorcycles


Now here’s something you don’t see every day – a skilled Taiwanese chef uses leftover lobster shells to create intriguing miniature motorcycles.
We’ve seen amazing miniature motorcycles made from computer parts, used wristwatches, and wood, but the ones crafted by chef Huang Mingbo are definitely something you don’t see everyday. Apparently he’s not a fan of throwing away lobster shells after preparing a delicious dinner, so he came up with an ingenious way of repurposing them. The food carving expert showcased his lobster shell motorcycles during a cooking art seminar in Fuzhou, southeast China, leaving attendants baffled.



Artist Creates Space Shuttle Mosaic Exclusively Out of Keyboard Keys


I’ve posted my share of impressive mosaics, throughout the years, but the keyboard key space shuttle created by Doug Powell has to be one of the coolest ever.
Known for his incredibly detailed puzzle-piece mosaics, Powell has now turned to a more modern medium – keyboard keys. For his latest project, a beautiful mosaic of a space shuttle, he spent 190 hours placing 5,951 keyboard pieces in just the right place to create a detailed image. Within the artwork created for Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the artist also included 14 hidden words for the viewers to discover. Head over to Ripley’s blog and see if you can find all 14.



Chinese Pharmaceutical Factory Looks More Like the Palace of Versailles


This is what you’d expect to see in the lavish Palace of Versailles built by Louis the XIVth, but it’s actually the inside of a pharmaceutical company in Harbin, northeast China.
Citizens of Harbin were outraged to see what the state-controlled Harbin Pharmaceutical Group spent their funding on rather than solving more pressing issues, like the factory’s sewage problems, but representatives of the company said the recently emerged photos are part of a smear campaign. They claim the photos show the museum, which takes up three floors in the same building as the factory, where the company showcases local art. Now I’m not an expert on Chinese art, but those gold-tinted walls and lavish chandeliers look pretty European, and some of those rooms look an awful lot like conference halls…In fact, photos of the museum on the company’s website showed white-painted walls, brown wooden floors and none of the opulence in the photos.


Wallet for iPhone Owners


BookBook is a high quality leather wallet and an iPhone case designed to look like an old pocket-sized book.

17 Cool and Unusual Mugs



This post showcases creative, innovative, and unusual coffee mug designs.

18 Modern Beds and Creative Bed Designs

Collection of modern beds and creative bed designs from all over the world.

Quantum Sleeper Bed: The quantum sleeper provides high-level security system designed for maximum protection, entertainment and communications, all in one.

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17 Clever and Creative Shampoo Advertisements

Collection of clever and creative shampoo advertising by various companies from all over the world.

Head & Shoulders Tear-Off Advertisements: These cool tear-off posters were placed on bulletin boards of the Szeged University of Science in Budapest, Hungary.

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Looking Into the Past by Jason Powell

In his series "Looking Into The Past", Jason Powellphotographs sites in and around the Washington D.C. area while holding between his camera and location a physical photo of the same spot taken in an earlier era. Most of the archival photographs he uses free of charge from the Library of Congress.

The results are spectacular, some sites have the same building facades as they did back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, while other sites have lost all their historic elements.

7th Street, Washington, DC

Business Cards of 10 Famous People

No matter how famous you are you still need a business card, though some are a little more averse to unsolicited calls than others (see Devon Spurgeon).

Check out real business cards of Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump and others!

Woman Spends 12 Hours a Day Sewing for the Last 17 Years to Create Largest Embroidery by a Single Person


We all have our small hobbies and passions, but for Heather Hems sewing has been a huge part of her life for the last 17 years. She has dedicated at least 10 -12 hours to sewing every day and has created a collection of embroidered artworks twice the size of the Bayeux Tapestry.
The 69-year-old pensioner claims she has dedicated over 70,000 hours to sewing, over the last 17 years, time in which she also managed to hold down a job as a typesetter, raise three children and do house chores. But how did she find time to do it all, you ask? Mrs. Hems says she worked all day, then took care of her kids, and finally sat down and sewed 10 to 12 hours every night. She only slept for two hours before doing it all over again. This amazing lady says she owes her ambitious mentality to her father who used to challenge her to do things as a child, and race to see who could collect various stuff faster.


Latvia’s Wacky Milk Carton Boat Race



Every year, at the end of August, Latvians celebrate Milk, Bread and Honey Festival with a special race between boats made from thousands of empty milk cartons.
The milk carton boat regatta has become a very popular tradition since it first took place nine years ago. The wacky event always take place on the Lielupe River, in the Latvian town of Jelgava, and means to offer local audience a good time and popularize a healthy lifestyle through the consumption of organic dairy foods made in Latvia. Teams of locals eager of a good time, as well as some representing dairy processors and food producers enter the competition every year and fight for various titles, including the fastest boat, funniest crew and most original boat.
This year a record number of participants registered milk carton boat race – 36 teams showed up on the Lielupe River, on August 27, to prove their seafaring skills. There were only a few rules teams had to obey for this event: boats had to be made excursively of empty milk cartons and had to be guided to the finish line by human power alone. The size of the boat and number of rowers was not limited, provided the carton vessel remained afloat. The course was only 50 meters long, the shortest so far, but teams struggled to finish as they had to paddle against a strong wind. Some team members even jumped into the river to push their boats across the finish.


Chinese Mother Theresa Has Adopted 80 Children in 22 Years


In Yaopu village, Shanxi Province, Li Yanping is known as a one-person orphanages who has taken care of 80 abandoned children over a period of 22 years.
49-year-old Li Yanping lives in a modest 40-square-meter country house and barely survives on a meager income, but that hasn’t stopped her from taking care of dozens of abandoned children, most of them mentally or psychically handicapped.  Born in 1964, in Mu village, Li married at the young age of 21 and soon had her first baby. Her story as a modern-day Mother Theresa began in 1989, shortly after her natural child was born, when her husband found a toddler abandoned on their doorstep. After examining it more carefully, the two realized the child suffered from deformities, but they took it in, fed it and took care of it, despite their financial shortcomings. But they could only take care of two babies for a while, and when milk shortages and lack of money became too much too handle, they made a desperate decision to give their own healthy son up for adoption. They figured someone would adopt a healthy baby, whereas the disabled child had almost no chance of survival.


Turkish Doctors Use Islamic Music as Medicine


A group of doctors at the Memorial Hospital in Instanbul, Turkey, have started using traditional Islamic music as complementary treatment for various illnesses.
Using music as therapy might sound strange in an age where medicine is relying more and more on science and technology, but the benefits of musical treatments have been known for almost 1,000 years. The makam, a musical mode unique to traditional Arabic and Turkish music, was used in Islamic medicine as early as the 9th century, when philosopher al-Farabi cataloged the effects of different musical modes on the human body and mind. Makam defines the pitches, patterns and development of a certain musical piece and the different tone scales must be largely played by ear.
Doctors at Istanbul’s Memorial Hospital are convinced different makams have positive  psychological and physiological effects on their patients. Dr. Eroll Can discovered musical therapy while working at a hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, where they used a tape recorder and headphones, but after he immigrated to Turkey in 1996, he started using live instruments and noticed the effects were even more significant. Now he, along with professor Bingur Sonmez and Mehmet Susam are masters of traditional instruments like the ney (Turkish flute), yayli tan bur (Ottoman violin) and the guitar.


Horse racing fan proposes to his girlfriend on live TV


A romantic horse racing fan took the gamble of his life by sponsoring the ‘Will You Marry Me Tamsin Novices’ Chase’ and proposed to his girlfriend — live on national television.

Chinese thieves pickpocketing with chopsticks


This is the moment a brazen Chinese thief pickpockets a woman shopper – using CHOPSTICKS.

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