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  • What Does Each State Have More Of Than Any Other?

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    What Each State Has More of than Others, by Estately.
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    Picture of day: bridge

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    bridge

    The Average Day over Time

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    The Average Day over Time by Cartoonist John Atkinson.

    Darth Vader made from Spiders and Butterflies

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    Darth Vader by Klaus Enrique.
    He’s built human-like sculptures made of flowers, fruits and vegetables before, but insects presented a new level of tedium. It took nearly 300 hours to get it just right. All told he used some 150 insects sourced from around the world. The tarantulas and scorpions came from a vendor in Arizona, for example, while most of the butterflies came from a Chinese eBay vendor who charged $3 to $5 apiece for them.
    The butterflies were brittle, so Enrique had to carefully moisten them in a humidity chamber he fashioned from a take-out container, water, paper towels, mouthwash (to keep bacteria from forming), rocks and mosquito net. The humidity allowed him to sculpt and pin the wings without destroying them. Enrique used pins to hold to bugs in place, and removed them later using Photoshop. “To make this happen I had to become a mini expert in bugs,” Enrique says.
    Like many of his sculptures, which tend to rot or fall apart, the Vader piece is fragile and the photo is the final product. Enrique feels the medium is a metaphor for his subject. “The butterflies have a meaning of metamorphosis, change happens,” he says. “Darth Vader was this good guy then he turns into the most evil person in the universe.”
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    Here's Earth On Earth Day

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    To celebrate, the European Space Agency released this rather wonderful image of our special planet on its special day. The image was captured by Meteosat-10," captured this image of Earth on 22 April 2015 with its Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI)."

    Amusing photoshopped faces

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    Funny photoshopped faces by Phillip Kremer.
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    Obvious Plant' Tip Posts

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    Obvious Plant's Anti-Theft Signs  at the Glendale Galleria that give handy tips on patrons avoiding their parked cars being robbed of their contents
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    The Chemistry of Whisky

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    The Chemistry of Whisky by Compound Interest.
    "A large number of compounds get into the whisky during the ageing process. Amongst these are two compounds that have actually taken on whisky’s name: the whisky lactones. These are, in fact, just isomers of each other, and chemically are named cis- and trans-3-methyl-4-octanolide. Both of these isomers originate from the oak barrels in which the whisky is aged, and both offer a coconut flavour. The cis isomer is the dominant of the two, and has a stronger, spicier flavour."

    Xena Bunny Costume

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    Bernadette Bentley is an actress and a master of cosplay. Recently, she attended WonderCon in Anaheim, California. She does a great job of portraying the titular character from Xena: Warrior Princess.
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    Birders: do you every wonder if this happens?

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    Birders: do you every wonder if this happens?

    The ingrown nail

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    The ingrown nail by theawkwardyeti

    We Can Be Heroes

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    "We Can Be Heroes" by Dubai-based photographer Martin Beck, challenges the stereotype of Superheroes revealing them not as unrealistic comic book characters but rather as regular people who, even through their own personal struggles, have the potential to become heroes in their own way by helping others, capturing normal everyday hardworking people dressed as superheroes. More images after more.
    "The subject matter being those folk who didn’t quite make the grade at superhero school and are, like most of us, living their lives doing the day-to-day chores and their best to live a happy life while providing for their loved ones. Along with this gritty and humor laden style of photography, there is a very important message too. When we think of Superhero’s our initial thoughts are of perfect bodies and beautiful faces, in reality most of us are not like that. However, that doesn’t have to mean that we cannot still be heroes. Each of us in our own way can be heroes to our family, friends, colleagues and we all have the potential to help others."
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    butterfly vs crocodile

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    butterfly vs crocodile

    Theories of Disappointment

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    Theories of Disappointment by Grant Snider of Incidental Comics.
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    2029 — The world in cities

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    2029 — The world in cities, big pic.
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