A customer walked into his pizza shop and changed Philadelphia with $1 and a single Post-it note.

A customer walked into his pizza shop and changed Philadelphia with $1 and a single Post-it note.

 

Rosa’s Fresh Pizza offers a taste of New York-style pizza to the people of Philadelphia.

But that’s not all they serve. Rosa’s and their customers have teamed up to feed the city a daily taste of hope and kindness.

Philadelphia is the poorest large city in the country.

And it’s the city with the worst deep poverty rate in the U.S., with roughly 185,000 people (including 60,000 kids) living on incomes below half of the federal poverty line.

Owner Mason Wartman, who left his Wall Street desk job to open the shop, says pay-it-forward pizza started with one customer, one dollar, and one Post-it note.

Mason Wartman stands at the helm of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza.

The customer was inspired by an Italian coffee house practice called caff sospeso (suspended coffee), by which customers can pre-purchase cups of coffee for less fortunate customers.

Wartman wrote the purchase on a Post-it and slapped it on the wall behind the register to be redeemed by the next homeless patron to enter the store.

As word spread, more and more customers participated.

And Rosa’s wall blossomed with colorful notes signifying acts of kindness and a guaranteed slice for everyone who walked in, regardless of their ability to pay.

Since that first pay-it-forward slice, Rosa’s has provided nearly 10,000 pizza slices to needy Philadelphians.

Pre-purchased slices now represent a whopping 10% of Rosa’s business. And it’s having a remarkable impact on the community, showing not only that acts of kindness can be contagious, but also how a small gesture of support can have a ripple effect of positivity.

In the video, Wartman tells the story of a homeless regular who disappeared for a while only to return having found a new job and wanting to pay it forward as others had done for him.

And in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Wartman notes that some have even said the program has helped to keep them out of trouble with the law:

“[Wartman] said people who receive the slices have told him the generosity helps them avoid committing petty crime to get money for food. ‘I knew it saved people money,’ Mr. Wartman said. ‘I hadn’t considered that it stopped people from committing crime.'”

If one small business acting as a hub of kindness can have this kind of effect, can you imagine the possibilities of entire communities of consumers and businesses doing the same thing?

 

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/a-customer-walked-into-his-pizza-shop-and-changed-philadelphia-with-1-and-a-single-post-it-note?c=tpstream

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Man Leaves Pastor an Envelope That Says Please Dont Be MadWhen He Opens It, Hes Speechless

Man Leaves Pastor an Envelope That Says Please Dont Be MadWhen He Opens It, Hes Speechless

He left it behind at the church breakfast

Last year, the First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina was conducting their traditional offering when one of the counters came across an envelope that stopped her dead in her tracks.

But it wasn’t the amount of money that was so moving…it was the message.

“After the service we have a couple of people called counters who process the offerings and put them in our safe,” Pastor Patrick Hamrick told ABC News. “The secretary called me over and in the envelope was a dime, a nickel, and three cents. That was the 18 cents. We flipped it over and the note was there.”

Scrawled in blue pen, the note read, “Please don’t be mad. I don’t have much. I’m homeless. God bless.”

“We were very touched by it,” said Hamrick. “I just had a phone call from the person who says that he’s the one.

One church member, Barry Collins, said he thinks the man left the envelope behind after their Sunday breakfast. The church does what’s called a “Muffin Ministry” each Sunday where they offer a free breakfast to the homeless people in their community.

Pastor Hamrick told the stranger that he could get the community together to help him if he would make his identity known, but he wanted to remain anonymous.

“He’s asked me to keep it between me, God, and the church,” said Hamrick. “He’s not upset about it, he just feels that he wants to be private. I have to honor it professionally.”

“It warmed our hearts because proportionally that gift could be an average middle class person giving 1,000 dollars,” he continued. “I feel like he gave everything he had that morning and it’s a touching example of someone who has so little to give.”

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Get A Good Mood Garden Growing With These Eight Upbeat Greens!

Get A Good Mood Garden Growing With These Eight Upbeat Greens!

In my experience, its hard to feel down when youre surrounded by green and growing things!

Whether you have a total green thumb or struggle to keep houseplants alive, spending time in a garden any garden is just about guaranteed to boost your mood.

Of course, the soothing effects of gardening arent just limited to spending time in that environment what you choose to grow in your little corner of the earth can also make a huge difference for your disposition!

If you have access to a backyard, community garden, balcony, or even just a good-size fire escape, you can grow your very own good mood garden, designed to carry those upliftingeffects straight from the garden to your kitchen!

All you need is a small plot of land (or an array of sturdy planters), topsoil, and a handful of positivity-promoting plants to get going! Check out a few of our favorites in the gallery below!

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Chamomile

Chamomile

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This one’s pretty much a no-brainer if you ask us! Chamomile grows everywhere it’s even considered a weed by some and it’s very hardy and easy to grow. You may even want to keep it potted so it doesn’t take over your garden.

Best of all, it’s a well-documented sleep aid and calming herb, which is why I’ve always considered chamomile tea to be the ultimate balm to any bad day. Dry the flowers and steep your own soothing tea at home!

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower

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Nothing says cheerful like a big, exuberant row of bright yellow sunflowers! You’ll feel happy every time you look at them, and once their season is done, the seeds will be ripe for harvesting.

Sunflower seeds are full ofnatural phenylalanine, which reduces depression when consumed as part of a natural diet.

Oregano

Oregano

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Oregano is a savory herb that’s easy to grow quickly and in large quantities, though it’s usually happiest in a large container. Fresh or dried, it’sa tasty addition to pizza and pasta sauce, but it also has lesser-known medicinal properties!

It’s great for heart health, and it’s flush with fatty acids that help your body produce feel-good chemicals!

Black-Eyed Peas

Black-Eyed

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If you live in fairly warm climate, make sure to give black-eyed peas a shot! These members of the legume family like a long summer with plenty of warm weather, and will be happy to reward you in turn with plenty of folates when you’re ready to eat them!

Folates help promote seratonin and dopamine in the brain, which are both key to having a serene mood and getting a restful night’s sleep.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

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For gardeners, tomatoes are an easy and natural choice! Give them partial sunlight and a strong structural support, and these vines will grow tall and produce their signature red and yellow fruit in abundance!

Tomatoes go with every meal imaginable, especially in the summertime, and their skins areloaded with lycopene, a nutrient that reduces inflammation, which can often cause depression and anxiety.

Blue Potatoes

Blue

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You may not see blue potatoes all that often, but you should definitely consider starting a few in your own garden!Heck, you don’t even need a garden; potatoes will grow anywhere, given a little dirt and water.

Best of all, these unique blue potatoes are loaded with iodine, which is key to maintaining a healthy and balanced thyroid, and stabilizing the hormones that control your mood.

Swiss Chard

Swiss

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Chard is one of the hardiest crops there is, so you get plenty of bang for your buck with this plant! It will keep growing into the autumn, supplying you with leafy, nutrient-dense greens that stir-fry into delish cooked greens or can be chopped into a tasty salad!

Their most noteworthy feature? Oodles of magnesium, which is key for boosting energy levels!

Lavender

Lavender

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Last but not least, the easiest way to get a good mood going is by planting yourself a drift of lavender.

This fragrant herb will bring bees and butterflies from miles around, and just walking alongside is like aromatherapy. Bring the good mood indoors by drying it and making sachets, and enjoy the lovely and cheerful scent every time you work outside or throw open the window!

What other plants would you add to a good mood garden? Let us know in the comments below, and tell us whether you would ever make your own version of this project.

And if you love the idea of growing a happy place in your ownbackyard, make sure toSHAREwith fellow gardeners!

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/grow-good-mood-garden/

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What Makes Us Conscious?

What Makes Us Conscious?

Do you think that the machine you are reading this story on, right now, has a feeling of what it is like to be in its state?

What about a pet dog? Does it have a sense of what its like to be in its state? It may pine for attention, and appear to have a unique subjective experience, but what separates the two cases?

These are by no means simple questions. How and why particular circumstances may give rise to our experience of consciousness remain some of the most puzzling questions of our time.

Newborn babies, brain-damaged patients, complicated machines and animals may display signs of consciousness. However, the extent or nature of their experience remains a hotbed of intellectual enquiry.

Being able to quantify consciousness would go a long way toward answering some of these problems. From a clinical perspective, any theory that might serve this purpose also needs to be able to account for why certain areas of the brain appear critical to consciousness, and why the damage or removal of other regions appears to have relatively little impact.

One such theory has been gaining support in the scientific community. Its called Integrated Information Theory (IIT), and was proposed in 2008 by Guilio Tononi, a US-based neuroscientist.

It also has one rather surprising implication: consciousness can, in principle, be found anywhere where there is the right kind of information processing going on, whether thats in a brain or a computer.

Information And Consciousness

The theory says that a physical system can give rise to consciousness if two physical postulates are met.

The first is that the physical system must be very rich in information.

If a system is conscious of an enormous number of things, like every frame in a film, but if each frame is clearly distinct, then wed say conscious experience is highly differentiated.

Both your brain and your hard drive are capable of containing such highly differentiated information. But one is conscious and the other is not.

So what is the difference between your hard drive and your brain? For one, the human brain is also highly integrated. There are many billions of cross links between individual inputs that far exceed any (current) computer.

This brings us to the second postulate, which is that for consciousness to emerge, the physical system must also be highly integrated.

Whatever information you are conscious of is wholly and completely presented to your mind. For, try as you might, you are unable to segregate the frames of a film into a series of static images. Nor can you completely isolate the information you receive from each of your senses.

The implication is that integration is a measure of what differentiates our brains from other highly complex systems.

Integrated Information And The Brain

By borrowing from the language of mathematics, IIT attempts to generate a single number as a measure of this integrated information, known as phi (, pronounced fi).

Something with a low phi, such as a hard drive, wont be conscious. Whereas something with a high enough phi, like a mammalian brain, will be.

What makes phi interesting is that a number of its predictions can be empirically tested: if consciousness corresponds to the amount of integrated information in a system, then measures that approximate phi should differ during altered states of consciousness.

Recently, a team of researchers developed an instrument capable of measuring a related quantity to integrated information in the human brain, and tested this idea.

They used electromagnetic pulses to stimulate the brain, and were able to distinguish awake and anaesthetised brains from the complexity of the resulting neural activity.

The same measure was even capable of discriminating between brain injured patients in vegetative compared to minimally conscious states. It also increased when patients went from non-dream to the dream-filled states of sleep.

IIT also predicts why the cerebellum, an area at the rear of the human brain, seems to contribute only minimally to consciousness. This is despite it containing four times more neurons than the rest of the cerebral cortex, which appears to be the seat of consciousness.

The cerebellum has a comparatively simple crystalline arrangement of neurons. So IIT would suggest this area is information rich, or highly differentiated, but it fails IITs second requirement of integration.

Although theres a lot more work to be done, some striking implications remain for this theory of consciousness.

If consciousness is indeed an emergent feature of a highly integrated network, as IIT suggests, then probably all complex systems certainly all creatures with brains have some minimal form of consciousness.

By extension, if consciousness is defined by the amount of integrated information in a system, then we may also need to move away from any form of human exceptionalism that says consciousness is exclusive to us.

Matthew Davidson, Phd Candidate – Neuroscience of Consciousness, Monash University

 

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/brain/what-makes-us-conscious

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See a company that only hires people deemed ‘unemployable.’

See a company that only hires people deemed ‘unemployable.’

 

Looking for work can be a nightmare.

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Looking for work with a criminal record? Even worse.

There are a lot of employers who won’t even consider someone with a prior felony conviction. And in the United States, there are an estimated 12 million people with those.

12 million people. That’s so many. But for those who have done their time and wish to rebuild their lives, where the heck are they supposed to start?

There may be a job open in Lawrence, Kansas.

It’s at a place called Sun Cedar, and they will only hire you if you’re a reformed felon or a recovering addict or homeless. Essentially, if you’ve been deemed as “unemployable” in today’s workforce, you’re just who they are looking for.

It’s kind of genius.

Shine Adams is the brain behind it. After his friend was released from prison and wasn’t able to land a job, Adams came up with a solution.

It only involved three things:

  1. Cedar wood scraps
  2. A basement
  3. A friend seeking work

They started making little cedar trees out of the scraps, and people bought them. I mean who doesn’t love the smell of cedar? BAM! An inspiring small business idea was born.

Image via Sun Cedar.

Business is boomin’, but bigger would be better for everyone.

Sun Cedar has seen such success at providing meaningful employment to community members deemed “unemployable” so why not try to reach out to even more people?

By giving more people work experience and allowing them to build their resumes, these folks will eventually be able to move forward into other careers. Shine and his crew hope to expand Sun Cedar, finalize their nonprofit status, and keep making great products that people love. They’ve got some cool stuff going on.

They are more than just air fresheners!

 

Amy Solomon sums it up best. (She’s a senior adviser to the assistant attorney general in the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice):

“It is critical that we, as a society, provide a path for individuals who have served their time and paid their debts to compete for legitimate work opportunities. It is, in fact, our only choice if we want people with past criminal involvement to be able to support themselves and their families, pay their taxes, and contribute to our communities.”

It’s true.

An employee of Sun Cedar. Hello! Image via Sun Cedar.

Sun Cedar is giving people a second chance and a reason to keep trying.

And bonus! they’re fighting the stigma of criminal records and homelessness at the same time.

Check out this feature on their company, and if you think it is making a difference in the lives of its employees and community, consider sharing this, checking out their website, or supporting their Kickstarter to keep them going!

 

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/see-a-company-that-only-hires-people-deemed-unemployable?c=tpstream

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Remember that pizzeria that was feeding the homeless? See what happened when you shared their story.

Remember that pizzeria that was feeding the homeless? See what happened when you shared their story.

 

You may recall the story of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza from the first time we covered it back in March 2015.

The Philadelphia-based eatery is making sure kindness isn’t just a slogan in the City of Brotherly Love. They invite customers to pay it forward by pre-purchasing $1 slices of pizza for homeless patrons.

And people happily chip in.

Our interview with Mason Wartman, owner of Rosa’s, and some of his customers was viewed over 35 million times on Facebook alone.

And you, Internet, took a page out of the pay-it-forward playbook, sharing the story over 800,000 times!

Scroll down to watch the interview.

Since then, Wartman says, business at Rosa’s has been picking up steam.

His email update four months later had us smiling ear-to-ear:

It has been more than three months since you posted our story on Upworthy. It’s been a CRAZY past couple months, but the business is both making more money and helping WAY more people than ever before.”
Mason Wartman

As of June 2015…

  • Rosa’s has given away more than 23,000 slices (a 130% increase in just four months!) and is providing meals free of charge to up to 100 people on any given day.
  • The uptick in business means Wartman needs more employees. And true to Rosa’s pay-it-forward spirit, he’s hiring through agencies that connect homeless folks with jobs.
  • And they’ve even started selling official Rosa’s apparel, which features designs by homeless artists. Half of all the revenue goes right back to supporting Philly’s homeless community through pay-it-forward pizza. So far, T-shirt sales have funded a full 10% of donated slices.

Not only does it generate more attention for this really great program (which in turn generates more food for the homeless), but it sends a powerful and unexpected message:

Business can thrive on kindness.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about Rosa’s, check out our interview with Wartman. And of course, pay it forward and pass it on.

 

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/remember-that-pizzeria-that-was-feeding-the-homeless-see-what-happened-when-you-shared-their-story?c=tpstream

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Armed with a Sharpie and rocks, this guy is lifting people’s spirits every day.

Armed with a Sharpie and rocks, this guy is lifting people’s spirits every day.

 

The best parts of the world are those that are full of random acts of kindness.

In the wake of Ferguson and Black Lives Matter, the St. Louis area has a reputation for being a segregated hot bed of neighbor-against-neighbor rage. That’s what we’ve seen on the news.

But what if you were there?

You’d get to see how people actually live every day. You’d see neighbors of all kinds talking together, playing together, and helping each other out.

That’s exactly what artist Bryan Payne is doing and he’s showing us we’re all connected.

He’s a local artist who’s hiding treasures. What? Yes. Image by Jarred Gastreich.

Bryan is the guy behind a unique treasure-hunting project: Doodlestones.

 

Round 3 of doodlestones starts today!
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“This constant impulse to want to connect. I feel like everyone’s got this,” Bryan says.

So what, exactly, are Doodlestones?

Bryan is an artist and amateur urban archaeologist and treasure hunter, and he’s putting his passions to use by creating small stones decorated with friendly faces. He hides them in places where people cross paths as a way to help make his town a friendlier, kinder place. By geotagging and using location clues in the images he posts on Facebook and Instagram, he leaves behind a trail of tiny, happy artworks.

 

The 75 year old Kingshighway bridge is being torn down and with it goes the infamous diy skate park that is underneath it. Bug Chaser played a show here yesterday to send it off and tons of people were getting their last skate session in. I did a little memorial with the objects found on site, by next week it will all be gone.
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“I wanna find a way to connect all people. Not just an art crowd or a certain scene. It crosses all boundaries.” Bryan says.

 

#doodlestone @pdianegs #cherokeestreet thank you @bryancharlespayne @flowersandweeds
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A photo posted by @doodlestones on

 

Each stone comes from a river in his home state of Missouri. On each stone, he writes “#doodlestone,” the date, and “finders keepers.”

Thumbs up. Image by Jarred Gastreich.

 

Breakfast time?
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A quick glance at its Facebook page shows just how many folks agree and are joining in.

“People following the clues are starting to find them,” Bryan says. “They’re all geotagged. You can click on the map and see them on the map, whatever the satellite proximity is.”

Images via Doodlestones’ Facebook and Instagram.

Bryan wants everyone to be on a hunt for treasure, whether that be for Doodlestones themselves …

 

Got three doodle stone fans at the farmer’s market, so I gave them each treasures to take home. They told me they paint on stones with their grandma.
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…or a new small business they find while hunting for Doodlestone treasure…

 

Found my first #doodlestone! I’m leaving it behind because it fits so perfect. Hint: Egghead can be found at the best place to get grilled cheeses on a Saturday morning.
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…or a kind moment with a neighbor they might not have known.

 

Portrait of an artist being super friendly. Image by Jarred Gastreich.

That very thing has already started happening around the St. Louis area. One of the Doodlestone treasure hunters found him on Facebook, and they met up.

“The family in the photograph contacted me after finding the two Doodlestone ghosts in their planter. … I ended up giving them each a Doodlestone of their choice from my newest batch as a thank you for their willingness to engage in the project in a new way,” Bryan said. “What I got to experience with them is a huge part of what it’s about for me: hearing stories, looking at treasures, and finding a new way to connect with the community.”

Bryan hiding stones. Image by Jarred Gastreich.

One small idea is turning into a discovery ground for an entire town.

Bryan notes, “This is the first way that I’ve been able to use my resources to create some sort of community, building to bring people from across barriers together.”

Images via Doodlestones’ Instagram.

Helping humans connect with their surroundings and tap into their community. It’s an innately positive pursuit. How does it not help to direct somebody to a new coffee shop or a new park?

“I think both things help in different ways, it’s all connected,” he says. “Taking people outside their comfort zone and leading them somewhere else that’s safe or fun or adventurous.”

“I’m an artist, and this is my take on how to build community. I realize now that’s my job, to build community.”

And from the looks of it, this artist’s hope to be a small part of creating more joy and connection and kindness is already working.

I can’t wait to see it grow.

 

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/armed-with-a-sharpie-and-rocks-this-guy-is-lifting-peoples-spirits-every-day?c=tpstream

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Kim Jong Un would really hate for you to watch this, which is exactly why you should.

Kim Jong Un would really hate for you to watch this, which is exactly why you should.

 

(Click “Show Transcript” below to read her remarks in full.)

 

At 9 years old, she saw her friend’s mother punished for a crime that in most countries is just a normal, everyday activity.

This is just one reason North Koreans live in fear for their lives.

Yeonmi’s own mother was forced to make a horrible compromise to protect her daughter.

*Trigger warning: Discussion of rape.*

And often, escaping into China isn’t even the safe haven it should be.

As Yeonmi points out, there are about 300,000 North Korean refugees in China who are vulnerable. 70% of North Korean women and teenage girls who have escaped into China are being victimized and trafficked, sometimes sold for as little as $200.

(FACT CHECK: These numbers seem to correlate roughly with this report by Human Rights Watch)

So what can people do to help put an end to this 7-decade-long human rights violation?

Here are Yeonmi’s requests:

  1. Educate yourself so that you can raise awareness about [the] human crisis in North Korea.”
  2. Help and support North Korean refugees who are trying to escape to freedom.
  3. “Petition on China’s repatriation [of North Korean citizens]. … We need governments all around the world to put pressure on China to stop repatriation.”

Just by watching this video, you’re already doing #1.

 

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A comic that accurately sums up depression and anxiety and the uphill battle of living with them

A comic that accurately sums up depression and anxiety and the uphill battle of living with them

 

Sarah Flanigan has been fighting depression since she was 10 years old and anxiety since she was 16. “I wish everyone knew that depression is not something that people can just ‘snap out of,'” she explains. “I mean, if I could ‘snap out of it,’ I would have by now.”

Depression and anxiety disorders are real illnesses. Mental illnesses are not “in someone’s head,” they’re not something a person can “just get over,” and they affect so many of us over 40 million people in the U.S. alone.

Despite how common they are, it’s still really difficult to explain to people who may have never experienced a mental illness.

Enter: cute, clever illustrations that get the job done.

Nick Seluk, who creates the amazing comics at The Awkward Yeti, heard from reader Sarah Flanigan. She shared her story of depression and anxiety with him. If it could help even one person, she said, it would be worth it.

Nick turned her story into a fantastic comic that perfectly captures the reality of living with depression and anxiety.

“I’ve been through and seen depression and anxiety in action, and thought Sarah’s story was so perfectly simple,” he told me. “We all get sick physically and mentally, but we need to be open to talking (and laughing) about [it].”

I couldn’t agree more, and I think this comic will resonate with a lot of people.

Simple yet powerful, right?

“The hardest part of living with depression and anxiety for me is feeling like I have to hide it,” Sarah said. “I’ve always been known as the happy one in my group of friends. Everyone’s always so shocked when I tell them I have depression or they see the self-harm scars.”

“It’s much harder than it should be to say, ‘Hey, I have depression and I’ve been struggling with self-harm since I was 10 and I just really need your support to get me through tonight,'” Sarah explained.

Let’s all keep working to make it easier for our friends, family members, and ourselves to get support. Let’s keep talking about it.

 

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Here are 5 things you may regret at the end of your life, from a nurse who works with the dying.

Here are 5 things you may regret at the end of your life, from a nurse who works with the dying.

 

You might think watching people die would depress a person. It actually taught her how to live.

Bronnie Ware spent years as a palliative care nurse, helping patients be as comfortable as possible in the time just before their deaths. She compiled their stories and the most repeated regrets she heard them utter in their final days.

Do you ever imagine what the final years and months and days of your life will be like?

Shared originally on her blog, ” Inspiration and Chai,” here are the top five regrets, with quotes from her blog as she recorded them.

Regret #1: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you living your best life right now? What’s stopping you?

Dreaming of living a different life than the one you have now? Image by Jorge Royan.

“This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.” Bronnie Ware

Regret #2: I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

This one speaks for itself.

That desk looks like instant stress before the workday has even started. Image by Alan Cleaver/Flickr.

Regret #3: I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

What if getting the words out is essential to your growth as a human?

Feelings aren’t just useless emotions. Expressing them can be the first step to self-actuating and becoming a newer version of yourself. Image by Garry Knight/Flickr.

“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming.” Bronnie Ware

Regret #4: I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Is there someone you treasure who you haven’t spoken with in much too long?

They’re so important to us and somehow we think that “life” getting in the way is a good enough reason to go without seeing them. Image by Jason Hutchens.

“Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.” Bronnie Ware

Regret #5: I wish that I had let myself be happier.

If you didn’t wake up joyful today, why not? What can you do to change that?

Who was the last person you giggled ridiculously with? Call them. Right now. Image by Adina Voicu.

“This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.” Bronnie Ware

Were there any regrets on this list that felt familiar to you? Others that you didn’t see listed?

These are five universal wake-up calls we all need to be reminded of. There’s no shame in tagging all the friends you need to call when you share this.

 

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/here-are-5-things-you-may-regret-at-the-end-of-your-life-from-a-nurse-who-works-with-the-dying?c=tpstream

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A Strangers Small Act Of Kindness Restores A Daughters Faith In Humanity

A Strangers Small Act Of Kindness Restores A Daughters Faith In Humanity

I think we can all agree: nothing turns a bad day around faster than kindness from a stranger.

It can be as simple as someone holding the door as you juggle your boss complicated coffee order, or as involved as someone reaching out and changing your whole life, as we saw with this single dad and his unexpected savior.

Those simple acts of kindness have a ripple effect, spreading love and hope and heartwarming human goodness from person to person. Its something we cherish here at LittleThings, and its something that lots of individuals have had the opportunity to experience firsthand.

But few have seen the balance of human kindness ebb and flow quite like Amanda Sullivan.

She survived not one but two catastrophic car accidents, became an athlete, and met the love of her life, Cpl. Todd Love, all through the ups and downs of this unpredictable world and the people in it.

In October 2015, life dealt her another card when her mother was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, and began undergoing chemo treatments.

Amanda, a devoted daughter, stopped by the local Whole Foods to pick up her moms favorite smoothie as a pick-me-up surprise. When she got there, she met someone who would restore [her] faith in humanity.

In her own words on Love What Matters, here is what Amanda experienced that day…

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“I stopped at Whole Foods Market on Tuesday, excited to surprise my mom with her favorite smoothie of all: Banana! After I ordered the drink, I realized that I’d made a huge mistake and had to cancel the order. The woman who took my order was very kind and didn’t seem angered by my change of heart, which made me feel relieved.”

“I told her that I completely forgot that my Mom is going through Chemotherapy treatments and can’t drink or eat anything cold. ‘She has a chemo bag attached to her for the next 46 hours and is extremely sensitive to the cold right now,’ I said.”

“‘I totally understand! I have two family members going through chemo right now, too,’ she replied. ‘Does your mom like Almond Milk? I could easily make her a smoothie without ice and with room-temperature almond milk. My goddaughter, Diamond, loved her smoothies that way,’ she continued.”

“Ever since my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October, things have been very chaotic. It never even occurred to me that I could make my mom’s favorite drink that way, because I have been so focused on a million other things. I excitedly yelled, ‘Yes, please! That would be perfect!!’ and introduced myself.”

“My new friend told me that her name is Natasha and that she loves working atWhole Foods Marketfor this EXACT reason so she can help others stay on top of their nutritional goals & health. Natasha proceeded to give me a long list of other natural drinks with electrolytes that will hydrate my mom and settle her queezy tummy.”

“‘My goddaughter, Diamond, was diagnosed with cancer at Stage IV. It had already spread all over her body. She passed away at only 12 years of age…’ Her voice trailed off and her eyes filled with tears.”

“I told Natasha that my mom was already Stage IV, too, when her cancer was found and that I was so sorry to hear about Diamond’s passing. As she made my mom’s smoothie, Natasha and I talked about God, angels and love. It’s hard to put into words what this random encounter did to uplift my spirits and boost my mood. I was feeling very stressed about my mom’s diagnosis when I headed into the store moments before. Natasha’s vibrant smile, kind words & compassion instantly soothed my soul.”

“We constantly hear about all the negative aspects of society in the news. It’s easy to go about your day feeling alone and smothered in problems. And, then, you come across someone, like Natasha Barnes, at Whole Foods in Madison, NJ, and you realize that there are truly good-hearted, beautiful people who care, all around us.”

“I thanked Natasha over and over again for all of her advice and encouragement before leaving with my mom’s smoothie. Natasha flashed me another huge smile and pleaded, ‘Wait!!!’”

“She then ran from behind the counter and gave me a huge hug. It may seem simple. But, Natasha’s actions were life-changing for me & a reminder that angels are all around us. It only took a few minutes of conversation for her to restore my faith in humanity. Hopefully, Natasha’s kindness, my mom’s strength & both of their smiles restore your faith in humanity, too.”

Was your heart touched by this beautiful story of kindness and kismet? Make sure toSHARE on Facebook with everyone who will be moved by Amanda and Natasha’s spectacular chance encounter!

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Sister Gets Reunited With Her Brothers Heart During Quinceanera

Sister Gets Reunited With Her Brothers Heart During Quinceanera

Adorned with a sparkling crown and flowing gown fit for a princess, Monique couldn’t wait to celebrate turning 15 years old with a quinceaera.

Her family was hugely supportive, traveling from near and far to attend her milestone event, however there was one important loved one that was missing from her special event. Moniques brother Mikey was killed in a car accident 10 years ago. What unfolds after… just wow.

Watch the beautiful video below:

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I Got Lost In The Beauty Of Tokyo At Night

I Got Lost In The Beauty Of Tokyo At Night

My name is Liam Wong, and I work in the video games industry as Graphic Design Director at Ubisoft, where I direct the ‘look and feel’ / visual identity for games. Originally from Scotland, two and a half years into my career I moved to Canada. Since then I have been lucky enough to travel the world through work and in the last year I started to get into photography as a way to capture these moments, creating my Instagram account as a photo diary.

I first visited Tokyo during the press tour for the game Far Cry 4 and I immediately fell in love with the city. Ahead of my second trip, I purchased my first DSLR and took these pictures. Scrolling through my Instagram feed, you will notice a very distinctive change of direction. I captured various parts of Tokyo, rarely venturing far from tourist spots.

Then one night it rained and the city came to life. I got lost in the beauty of Tokyo at night. I was fascinated by how the city lit up and I just kept taking picture after picture. It was like being inside Gaspar Noé’s film, ‘Enter The Void’, or living in the cyberpunk world that Syd Mead had created in Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’. After posting the pictures online, my following on Instagram increased overnight and since then I have been in different cities taking photos at night. I wish I could say I have extensive techniques or that there is a deeper meaning or that I waited hours for the perfect shot, but I just walked around at night taking pictures of the city. Capturing what was in front of me and sharing it with my followers.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Japan, you absolutely must go, it is beautiful.

Kabukich

Shibuya

Shibuya

Shinjuku

Nakano

Asakusa

Shinjuku

Akihabara

Shinjuku

Shinjuku

Roppongi

Shibuya

Nakano

Shibuya

Kanagawa

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Girl Asks Boyfriend To Buy Makeup, Regrets Her Decision Immediately

Girl Asks Boyfriend To Buy Makeup, Regrets Her Decision Immediately

There’s a good reason why women never ask their men to buy makeup, and this story illustrates it perfectly. Dedicated boyfriend and Reddit user Blufiz was asked by his “beautiful sunshine” to carry out this Herculean task. Undaunted, the 26-year-old arrived at the pharmacy and, with the help of his cellphone camera an instant messaging, began to navigate the makeup aisle.

“My girlfriend suffers from extreme anxiety,” Blufiz explained to Bored Panda. “I try, as much as I can, to go to the store so she doesn’t have to. Yes I forgot my wallet, but fortunately I live really close to that Right Aid and was able to run home!”

This boyfriend got a seemingly ordinary shopping list

But it turned out to be the hardest quest of his life

The girl already started to regret her decision…

But the boyfriend insisted he “can do this”

“That looks like nail polish”

What is light bright?!

LIGHT BRIGHT!

He finally got to the lipstick part…

Blufiz used it on his hand just as requested

He tried other one, but now he couldn’t open it!

“Wtf!”

Next stop: fake eyelashes

What is an applicator?

Clearly, the only way to attach false eyelashes is with craft glue!

So close…and he forgot his wallet!

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/boyfriend-buys-makeup-for-girlfriend-funny-text-messages/

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Majestic Horses Turn This Wedding Photo Into A Masterpiece

Majestic Horses Turn This Wedding Photo Into A Masterpiece

We’re not horsing around when we tell you this is one perfectly timed wedding photo.

In September 2015, Irish couple Andrea Thorntonand Eoin Murphy tied the knot at Sundance Guest Ranch in Ashcroft, British Columbia. Photographer duo Jelger Vitt and Tanja Aelbrecht of Jelger + Tanja were there to capture some incredible photos of the newlyweds and the ranch’s horses, including this exquisite shot: 

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120 horses at the Sundance Guest Ranch gallop through the newlyweds’ portrait session.

“Jelger shot several photographs in a short amount of time. He quickly scrolled through them on the back of the camera, but only realized he had ‘the shot’ when culling the photos days after the wedding,” Aelbrecht told The Huffington Post.

Thornton called the photo above her favorite of the day.

“It totally encapsulates what we love in life: each other, adventure and nature,” she said. 

The couple previously worked and lived at Sundance Guest Ranch, so it holds a special place in their hearts, Thornton said. It also meant that the couple knew the horses’ schedule, including the timing of the evening “jingle,” or when the animals are let out to run the pastures. 

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“Sundance Guest Ranch was our home away from home while we were in Canada,” Thornton said. “We made lifelong friends at this ranch during the two seasons when we lived and worked there.”

“Eoin and I are both big nature lovers,” Thornton told HuffPost. “We fell in love with horses when we began work at the ranch. We also learned a lot about these beautiful creatures from more seasoned wranglers. They are very intuitive and emotionally intelligent animals.” 

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The bride and one of the horses showing off their hooves.
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The newlyweds rideoff into the sunset.

The happy couple recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of when they first met as college students in Cork City, Ireland.

“We celebrated by baking a chocolate cake — Eoin’s favorite — and watching our wedding speeches for the first time since we got married,” Thornton said. “It seemed like a beautiful way to celebrate the many adventures and memories we have created in the past decade by experiencing our wedding day together again.”

For more on this beautiful wedding, check out the video by Story of Eve below: 

This story has been updated with commentary from the bride. 

H/T PetaPixel 

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/04/07/majestic-horses-turn-this-wedding-photo-into-a-masterpiece_n_9637286.html

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Travel Expectations Vs Reality (20+ Pics)

Travel Expectations Vs Reality (20+ Pics)

These days most people don’t wear rose-colored glasses, they opt for an Instagram filter instead. Which is why traveling has become so disappointingwhere are those idyllic beaches that you saw online? It was better when we could only read about those exotic places and imagine them; now, ruined by Instagram, your expectations will never match up to reality.

So come, join uspull back the veil and see the Truth for yourself. Which false advertising photo has the best let-down photo? Vote, and make your voice heard! Or, you can check out these Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their Surroundings.

 

#1 Visiting The Great Wall Of China

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#2 Taking Photos With Leaning Tower Of Pisa In Italy

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#3 Admiring Mona Lisa In Louvre Museum, Paris, France

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Space mission to test billionaire’s plan for astronauts to live in a bubble

Space mission to test billionaire’s plan for astronauts to live in a bubble

Rocket taking off from Cape Canaveral on Friday will carry Robert Bigelows new inflatable module that could point the way to the future of space habitation

Subject to the delays, misfires and explosions common to rocketry, long-stay motel entrepreneur Robert Bigelow will soon get an opportunity to test his latest innovation: an inflatable living module in space.

On Friday, an unmanned SpaceX Falcon rocket is set to take off from Cape Canaveral for the International Space Station orbiting Earth. In its payload will be an inflatable module made of a kevlar-like material that could point the way to the future of space habitation.

The plan is to inflate the Beam (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module), and test it over a two-year period to see how it stands up to the extreme environment of space, if it leaks, and how the impact of high-speed space junk and micrometeorites circling the planet affects it.

Once inflated, astronauts aboard the space station should be able to venture into the balloon that its creators hope will be the first step towards expandable manned habitats in space.

Were hoping this gets us a foot in the door, Bigelow, founder of Budget Suites of America, told the Washington Post earlier this week.

The 70-year-old entrepreneur told the paper he had invested $290m of his fortune into the technology. If it proves workable, Bigelow believes it could make habitats on the moon or beyond.

The current Beam, fully expanded, grows to 10.5 feet wide and 565 feet cubed, roughly the size of an eight-person tent. But thats just the start: the company is already planning a space blimp 20 times larger that will be ready for testing in 2020.

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Robert Bigelow, founder and president of Bigelow Aerospace, has invested $290m in the project. Photograph: John Raoux/AP

That design, the B330, is designed to fit a crew of six comfortably, with walls 18in thick, solar and thermal radiator arrays, semi-private berths, a zero-G toilet, four windows and two sets of control thrusters.

The concept of expandable architecture is credited to Nasa engineers looking at the challenge of creating living environments large enough to sustain crews on a passage to Mars.

Nasa dropped the TransHab concept, though it still supports the idea that manned Mars missions will require several rockets filled with cargo and supplies [that] will be deployed to await the crews arrival.

Bigelow Aerospace came up with two working prototypes that were launched into orbit on Russian rockets 10 years ago. The modules are still in orbit. Bigelow says he is confident there will be a market for the design and has already been in talks with commercial companies and foreign governments.

Its not as though there isnt a demand, he told the Post. Weve had a lot of conversations with different countries, and we know they are potentially customers for us.

But while the plan places Bigelow, who apparently believes in the existence of aliens You simply cant know unless youre out there, he said in the company of better-known space billionaires of the New Space Movement, including Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen and Richard Branson, he, too, is dependent on serviceable rockets.

Beam is due to be ferried to ISS by Musks SpaceX from Cape Canaveral air force station in Florida. The last shot by a similar SpaceX rocket, a Falcon 9, exploded after lift-off in June last year. The company said it will attempt a second feat: landing the booster on a floating platform at sea, part of a quest to reuse rockets and lower the cost of spaceshots.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/08/spacex-falcon-space-inflatable-habitats-robert-bigelow

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The Most Influential Celebrity Baby Names Right Now

The Most Influential Celebrity Baby Names Right Now

Celebrities have the power to turn unusual or outmoded baby names into contemporary hits. Many of the baby names in the Top 100 have Hollywood connections, from Ava and Violet to Jayden and Wyatt, and once less common names like Hazel and Huckleberry have become more popular after celebrities chose them.

Here is Nameberry’s take on the new celebrity baby names that will influence naming trends.

Edith

We predict that Cate Blanchett’s daughter’s name — Edith — will be the newest antique revival name. Another reason to think the name Edith will accelerate? The built-in nickname Edie, chosen by Keira Knightley for her daughter in 2015.

Elsie

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First came gently old-fashioned nickname-name Sadie, then Hattie, and now there’s Zooey Deschanel’s daughter, Elsie Otter. Elsie, once associated only with cows, now ranks Number 366 in the U.S. and is bound to move higher, especially given the newfound popularity of name Elsa.

Frances

Frances was most recently chosen by Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie. Jimmy Fallon, Amanda Peet and David Benioff, and Noah Wyle are also all parents of girls named Frances. Jason Bateman has a Francesca, and Drew Barrymore a little girl named Frankie, which along with Franny, is the preferred short form of Frances.

James

After weeks of speculation, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively revealed that they’d named their daughter James. And no fewer than eight celebrities have given their little girls James as a middle name, from Jennifer Love Hewitt to Eddie Vedder to Sean Combs.

Max

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Jessica Simpson chose family name Maxwell Drew when her daughter was born in 2012. But now Facebook entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan have named their daughter Maxima, nicknamed Max. While there are eight Max-related baby names for boys in the Top 1000, other Max- names for girls include retro Maxine and elegant Maximilienne, all underused … for now.

Bowie

Even before the world learned of David Bowie’s death earlier this year, the rock icon’s surname was catching on with parents. Designer Rebecca Minkoff chose the name for a daughter in 2014, and Zoe Saldana’s twin sons, Cy and Bowie, arrived later that year. Another rising choice, in Hollywood and elsewhere, is the similar-sounding Bodhi.

Tennessee

Reese Witherspoon honored her Southern roots when she named her son Tennessee in 2012. Country singer Eric Church gave the name to his son last year. The unique choice has opened the door for parents to explore other meaningful if unconventional place names for their babies.

Knox

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Before Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt named their youngest son Knox, the name was unranked, but it has risen to Number 286 in the last year counted.

Silas

Silas was a stylish choice before Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel gave it to their son last year, but the celebrity endorsement just may vault it into the Top 10 with other Biblical names for boys such as Noah, (the current Number 1), Jacob, and Ethan.

Bear

This name from the animal kingdom was a surprise when Alicia Silverstone chose it for her son, Bear Blu, in 2011. Then came Kate Winslet’s Bear Blaze in 2013. It’s also appeared as a middle name. Jamie Oliver has Buddy Bear Maurice, and Anthony Kiedis is the father of Everly Bear. The name jumped in use in 2014, and could soon cross over into the mainstream.

Reign

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Grandiose baby names are having a moment, from Messiah to Kingston. But Reign is the most trendsetting of the celebrity baby name class, chosen by Kourtney Kardashian for Mason and Penelope’s brother and by Lil’ Kim for her daughter, Royal Reign.

River

River has appeared on birth announcements for celebrity babies of both genders. Keri Russell’s 2007 son River helped push the name into wider use for boys. Now Kelly Clarkson’s daughter River Rose has done the same for girls.

 

 

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The caffeine curse: why coffee shops have always signalled urban change

The caffeine curse: why coffee shops have always signalled urban change

Coffee shops take flak for being markers of gentrification. But they might not be so different now from the social and intellectual hubs of 350 years ago

Its a bright February morning at the Proud Archivist (now the Proud East), a coffee shop facing the canal just off Kingsland Road in London, and regular Matthew Green is greeting the manager as if theyre old friends. Their cheerful interaction rises above the low din of the subdued crowd, some of whom are chatting, most of whom are typing away on laptops.

The fact that the Proud East is one of about five similar cafes within a five-minute walk in this Dalston neighbourhood brings to mind the fact that, in the past decade or so, the words: There are a lot of coffee shops opening up around there has become a precursor for: There goes the neighbourhood.

But if Green who as well as being a regular is also a coffee historian, earned his PhD from Oxford and leads historical coffee tours around London had his way, coffee houses like the Proud East would help facilitate something entirely different than gentrification: meaningful interaction.

One can almost imagine Green walking into a late 17th-century London coffee house and uttering the salutation that, he says, was de rigueur: What news have you? Today, its fair to say thats been replaced by a more modern (and loathed) version: Whats the WiFi password?

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The Restoration Coffee House, London (1668), a popular place for coffee house politicians to air grievances. Photograph: Lordprice Collection/Alamy

However, as the coffee shop has become a byword for what everyone hates about urban change and gentrification first come the creatives and their coffee shops, then the young professionals, then the luxury high-rises and corporate chains that push out original residents its worth asking if that charge is fair. As the function of the coffee house in London has evolved over time, was its early iteration so radically different than the ones many of us type and sip away in today?

To hear Green tell it, there have been three major spikes in speciality coffee culture in the UK over the past 350 years. The first began when a Greek man, Pasqua Rose, opened the first coffee house in 1652 against the stone wall of St Michaels churchyard near Cornhill in London. That sludge-like coffee, Green says, was in keeping with the Turkish proverb: Black as hell, strong as death, sweet as love.

Over the next 50 years, as the coffee house became a popular alternative to taverns and alehouses, they also became something else: a place for Londons coffee house politicians to air their grievances. One could argue that these intelligentsia and knowledge economy workers Samuel Peyps and Sir Isaac Newton were regulars were not too dissimilar to the types of freelancers and creative class workers we find in places like The Proud East today. But instead of ranting on Twitter or in the comments section of newspapers, Green says patrons of Londons early coffee houses revelled in the novelty of boisterously voicing their opinions to their (almost exclusively male) companions.

It was the birth of this idea that people have a right to have an opinion even if that opinion is then subsequently ignored, Green says. It is widely acknowledged that English coffeehouses were vents for political discontent, places where people could let off steam and grumble, and Ive no doubt this contributed to the relative political stability of England in the 18th century.

Much time elapsed before the second boom, in the 1950s and swinging 60s, when coffee houses like Le Macabre in Soho and Il Cadore in Rugby became hubs of the youth and counterculture, and introduced a subset of Britons to the singular pleasure of a Gaggia-pulled cappuccino with chocolate powder sprinkled on top. For the youth who frequented them, these were identity-forging spaces, where changing ideas of fashion, gender, and politics were formed, and the likes of Jimmy Cliff and Tommy Steele were discovered among the young and diverse clientele. As Matthew Green has written:

Photographs and films of Sohos coffee bars reveal a youthful, cosmopolitan clientele comprised of advertising executives, musicians, poets, journalists, actors, bon vivants, West Indian immigrants and, in particular, teenagers, whether dressed as Brylcreemed teddy boys or scruffy, Gauloise-smoking bohemians … Too young to drink alcohol in pubs, and unexcited by youth clubs or Lyons Corner Houses with their stolid bourgeois clientele, they found in Sohos coffee bars the chance to forge their own distinctive identities away from the watchful suburban eye: to pose, flirt, sing, smoke, and watch the latest live music with a plenteous supply of coffee, Coca Cola and cigarettes.

A 1959 documentary on London coffee shops

The third boom is the past decades massive growth in speciality coffee shops, spawning barista competitions, dedicated coffee magazines such as Caffeine, and the London Coffee Festival, taking place across the capital in early April. The global research platform Allegra World Coffee Portal estimates 100% growth in the sector by 2020, outpacing the conventional coffee market year on year.

While the modern iteration of the coffee house is decidedly more subdued (pendant lighting, minimalist aesthetic, distressed wood) than the likes of Sohos famed Le Macabre, where patrons sat on dark coffins and tapped their cigarette ash into skulls, Green says what they signify in the culture is similar.

The coffee house has always been a mark of sophistication and a barometer of gentrification. Even going back to 1650s they were a sign of a rising tide of economic prosperity, because thats when there was a trade boom.

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A plaque marks the location of Londons first coffee house, set up more than 350 years ago. Photograph: Matthew Green

Blogger and entrepreneur Sam Floy made waves last year when he and a team of data scientists created a series of heat maps correlating coffee shop density with those London neighborhoods classified as up and coming. In his widely shared blogpost, he noted that a home-buyers best bet for a return on investment was a high density of coffee shops, a low density of chicken shops, and low house prices. The real estate sweet spot according to this logic? Peckham, the rapidly gentrifying south London neighbourhood.

This kind of crude measure of gentrification is what a lot of people mean when they either celebrate or lament the appearance of coffee shops: the fact that its not so much caffeine they serve as rapid neighbourhood change, which has made much of London unaffordable to the working class. Green says that, while its easy to blame hipster culture for their proliferation, it wouldnt have been all that different back in the day.

Depending on where the coffee house was in London, the social environment around it was different. So although theres this myth that coffee shops were egalitarian spaces because anyone who had a penny who could get in, you have to remember that an unskilled labourer would earn only eight pence a day.

Coffee shops are about work in another way, too: the rise of the gig economy the proliferation of freelance workers, digital contractors and entrepreneurs who dont have an office and cant afford to rent one has been crucial in shaping their new role.

According to Darren Elliott, co-founder of Timber Yard, a growing chain of hybrid coffeeshop workspaces around London, many people who disparage modern coffee-shop laptop-tappers dont understand that they are often working there in an attempt to leave the house and interact with other people.

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The rise of the gig economy has helped fuel the rise of places like Timberyard, a hybrid coffeeshop-workspace. Photograph: M.Sobreira/Alamy

I love looking in through the outside window and seeing everyone on MacBooks, its busy, its exciting and yet youll get someone walking passed saying Oh my god, look in there, everyone is on a laptop! Whats wrong with them! Why dont they talk to each other!? And yet it couldnt be any more social: every one of those people are talking to other people.

Timberyard researched ways to make their cafes more conducive to working and collaboration, including a mix of communal tables and private areas, the ideal music volume, and using both natural and artificial lighting. They also host regular events, a Facebook group called London Creatives and workshops and yoga classes after hours. Using the kind of tech jargon that is the native tongue of most of his customers, Elliott calls the space a platform for community.

We communicate with these people online on a daily basis and at the same time were very much a real space three real spaces and the two facilitate each other. That human interaction is very important.

Green, for his tastes, still yearns for something a bit more off-beat, to reflect the ongoing 350-year-old coffee tradition in Britain. Hed like to see more coffee shops like the floating one on Londons canals, or an establishment where tables are arranged around different topics and current events, with reading material on each.

I find so-called coffee connoisseurs complete bores, Green said. The idea that someone could talk to me about a cup of coffee for more than 20 seconds its just not about that. For me, its about the social experience in the space.

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Interview with a Bookstore: The Strand in New York City

Interview with a Bookstore: The Strand in New York City

Started by a 25-year-old with 600 dollars in the 1920s, the Strand is the only bookshop left of New Yorks once-thriving Book Row. With 18 miles of books, its staff talk about its past and present and give reading recommendations

The Strand was born in 1927 on Fourth Avenue on what was then called Book Row. Book Row covered six city blocks and housed 48 bookstores. Ben Bass, an entrepreneur at heart and a reader by nature, was all of 25 years old when he began his modest used bookstore with 300 dollars of his own and 300 dollars that he borrowed from a friend.

Ben sought to create a place where books would be loved, and book lovers could congregate. He named his bookstore after the London street where writers like Thackeray, Dickens, and Mill once gathered and interesting book publishers thrived. The Strand quickly became a Greenwich Village institution where writers went to converse, sell their books and find a hidden treasure to buy. Today, the Strand is the sole survivor of Book Rows colorful past, boasting more than 18 miles of new, used, and rare books.

Whats your favorite section in the store?

The Rare Book Room is truly a magical place, and the dollar carts are heaven for any thrifty booklover, but my favorite would have to be the childrens department, especially the classic and vintage sections. I really love an old book with some character or with a heartfelt dedication from a bygone era. Maya S, Kids Department

I love the Literary Non-Fiction section the best. I was an English major in college and it is fantastic to have author biographies, memoirs, letters, essays, and critical theory all in one spot. Amanda W, Visual Merchandise

I have a real soft spot for the Banned Books table on our main floor. Whenever we have school groups in the store, I always stop there and try to explain it. Im glad we encourage readers to learn more about the fight for freedom of speech across the globe. Brianne S, Marketing Manager

My favorite section is the dollar carts because of the variety of stuff out there at any given moment. Im a firm believer that any book youre looking for has been out there at least once, you just have to wait for it. Also, I am cheap! After that it would be photography. Jane K, Rare Books Manager

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The Strand in its former home on Book Row, in 1938.

My favorite section is the history section. Theres so much I dont know about the world that I think I may get a little distracted when I shelve there because Im writing down titles of books to read later. Cynthia G, Main Floor

Fiction! Im constantly trying to catch up on modern classics that I shouldve already read. Im also a big fan of the music section at the Strand. Theres nothing more inspiring than a great musicians biography. Omar A, Web Department

My favorite section is probably the Modern Library wall, in the classics section on the main floor. I work in this section a lot and sometimes they drive me crazy, but I cant stay mad at these little babies. Modern Library has been publishing classics at good prices since the early 1900s (and theyre still doing it), but my favorites that we sell are from the 1930s, 40s and 50s when he cover design was so so great. When you pick one of these up, you know youre looking at something someone could have found in, in the same store, decades and decades ago. Sky F, Main Floor

If you had infinite space what would you add?

I would add an off-the-beaten-path room that is semi-private to house the Bereavement section and a few others, as well as comfy chairs, so people can browse sensitive topics in a quieter, less trafficked area. Amanda W

I would try to add some large, floor-to-ceiling windows on the second floor and set benches beside them. Id then come to the store on my off hours to read there for hours. There is nothing like reading a book and having the sun shine on your back! Brianne S

A bigger childrens section as well as more magazines and books in foreign languages. Also, not related to books, but I really wish we had a shop cat. Or two. Jane K

More books! Rows and rows of books! And maybe some more seating, though its kind of nice to see people sitting on the wooden floors absorbed in a book. Cynthia G

Besides a full-service deli in the break room, Id love to see our already immense monographs section on the art floor expanded. Omar A

If we had the space, Id want to step up our comics game to match the books. Not that we dont have a pretty dope comics section. But Id really go underground with it. Buy stuff from some of those dealers. A whole section of longboxes. Uzodinma O, Shipping Department

I would add an entire wing devoted to new releases from independent presses. Cassandra B, Main Floor

A lounge where you can read your book and cuddle with puppies. Patrick F, Second Floor

Italian Ice Stand. Joe M, Second Floor

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I like the man who talks to himself discussing the changes weve made to the tables. Sometimes I think he knows the store better than I do.

What do you do better than any other bookstore?

I honestly believe we give the best recommendations. Everyone who works at Strand has a particular section they know inside-out. We also know each others specialty so if you dont know a section all that well, you know who does and they get to spread their loved books to someone who is genuinely interested. Zoe K, Main Floor

The Strand is part of an extinct breed of bookstores in New York City. We have the best range of used books, including recently published titles. We also have the best and most diverse art book selection in New York, and possibly in the world. Maya S

What the Strand does best is find ways to get books at cheaper prices. Our owner has gone on trips to England to get super cheap British versions of books; searching out remainders from different sources; getting used books from a huge variety of places, visiting libraries, houses, and estates to get huge lots of books. Amanda W

We cater to every lifestyle across the board with no exception. Omar A

Were still, I think, a prime example of a non-corporate, classic used bookstore. Dusty stacks, we still have the weird types, characters, the vibe, as well as some hard to find books I doubt youd find anywhere else, even online. Uzodinma O

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Fred Bass, son of founder Ben Bass, with his daughter Nancy in the store front in the 2000s.

Whos your weirdest regular?

Who isnt? Weirdos are what makes New York City great! One of my favorite aspects of this job is the wonderful people that you get to meet. Maya S

The dogs who know where we keep the treats. I guess its not so much weird as adorable and amusing. Cynthia G

Most of our regulars are unique. My favorites are the ones who strictly shop the bargain carts outside. Theres nothing wrong with being thrifty. Omar A

The woman who comes in every week and asks for books related to Pharma and Biotech; then claims that she owns a biotech company yet only ever purchases half-priced mass markets. Sean C, Basement Manager

The concentration of characters, Id say, nowadays, is in the back, mainly the cats who come through to sell to our book buyers. The people who come in to sell run the gamut. Theres owners and dealers from other bookstores, college students, writers, university professors, homeless dudes. As you might imagine, some real raconteurs. Uzodinma O

I like the man who talks to himself discussing the changes weve made to the tables. Sometimes I think he knows the store better than I do. Patrick F

Whats the craziest situation youve ever had to deal with in the store?

Crazy situations are stories best told in person but I will mention the drunk man who was escorted out while Heil Hitler-ing me. And the reality show episode that never aired. Jane K

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Rare, used books on display outside the store.

When I first started working here Russell Brand came and did a signing. Earlier we had set up an area for him to do his signing, but when he arrived he announced to the line that he changed the location to the second floor and was now going to do a reading. It ended up working out alright, but it was chaos. Cynthia G

I once had to calm two customers down who were fighting over a book. Omar A

One summer there was this huge fight between a couple of employees that spilled out through the book carts on the sidewalk and onto Broadway. Middle of the afternoon, books scattered all in the street, everyones screaming. Its a lot different now, but when I first started working here it was like the wild west. Uzodinma O

One time a wealthy foreign customer bought half of our art monographs and I spent the day putting the books into 56 boxes so they could be shipped around the world. Patrick F

Whats your earliest/best memory about visiting a bookstore as a child?

I remember being ten or so and hanging out in the bookstore of whatever mall my family was shopping in. Those are the places I discovered poetry, wondered endlessly who Rebecca was and why Daphne Du Maurier wrote a book about her, and learned all about my body. Thanks, books! Jane K

When I was growing up in the early 1960s there were no bookstores (or much of anything else for that matter) nearby. Instead I got books from book fairs at school. They were held in the All Purpose Room. A large room filled with tables stacked with books. They had such inviting covers. There were so many of them. My parents would only buy me one or two of them. It was tragic. There is so much promise in a roomful of unread books. Dave, Customer Service

There was a local bookshop in Lancaster, CA whose name I cant remember anymore. Hell, its probably closed down by now. I used to go there when I was a teenager with no cash just to sit around and read books. I read mainly Stephen King novels as I was a bit of a horror junkie at the time. I always told my dad I was looking for a job. But I wasnt. Its probably a mix between that innocent teenage rebellion and the welcoming atmosphere of the shop that makes this a good memory. Brian S, Rare Book Room

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Fred Bass perusing books in the basement in the 1970s.

There were not any bookstores in the town I grew up in but taking out the maximum amount of books allowed per week, I think it was 12, from the local library is my fondest book-related memory from childhood. Second place is ordering scads of books from the Scholastic Book Club at school and winning a large gift basket of books after my entry in the 4th grade poetry contest won first prize. Sean C

I have a kid, a son, so this is something I think a lot about. I was about my sons age now, maybe seven or eight and the only thing my parents consistently bought me was books. Every couple of weeks. As soon as Id finish a book theyd buy me another. Wed go to the mall and they had a B. Daltons and I want to say, a Waldenbooks. I know everyone in New York says they hate chain bookstores, but I logged in a lot of hours there just sitting on the floor reading comics and sci-fi books. Uzodinma O

I would visit my brother working in the shelves and talk to him from the other side trying to freak him out. Joe M

If you werent working at a bookstore what would you be doing?

Im a painter, so if I could paint full-time I would. But the Strand is a great place to work if you are an artist seeking inspiration. Maya S

Probably teaching, which I did for a short period of time overseas. Never have I ever loved my teachers more than when I was on the other side of that desk. Jane K

Writing, man, writing . . . I mean I dont necessarily go around calling myself a writer, but my first book is, in fact, coming out at the end of the summer. Uzodinma O

Dreaming of working in a bookstore! I have a second job at a year-round haunted house, so Id just be working there more, but Ive always wanted to work at a book store. Im glad I get to work here. Cynthia G

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The Strands exterior.

Whats been the biggest surprise about working at a bookstore?

I love how receptive customers are to my recommendations. When I did clothing retail, no one cared what I thought! Cassandra B

The biggest surprise is you dont get a lot of reading done. Instead, you make yourself into a book hoarder and make your to-read list into Mt. Everest or possibly K2 (especially since K2 it is the more dangerous mountain to climb). Zoe

Working in the childrens department has opened my eyes to how amazing and strange all children are. I mean strange in the best way. Maya S

(This is going to sound cheesy) I am surprised daily by the quantity and quality of the interactions I have with customers and co-workers alike. Being around so many people to talk about and share books with. Showing someone a book to help them through grief, having a customer recommend a great fun read to me, debating poetry versus prose with a co-worker. I grew up in a small rural town in Pennsylvania. No one read books but here, at this bookstore, are my people. Amanda W

I am most surprised by how much I look forward to interacting with customers and helping them, chatting with them even when I cant find the book theyre looking for. Even though were all about books at Strand the books wouldnt be here without the folks to buy them! Jane K

Theres always someone who is a bigger geek about any topic than you are. Omar A

Im sure for all of us its a little shocking to have to factor the realities of a business into something we love. Uzodinma O

How much Ive learned! Just in shelving books Ive learned of many more authors and great works in various fields and getting to do tech for our events taught me how to work a P.A. system. Cynthia G

The Staff Shelf

What are The Strands booksellers reading?

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  • Mourning Diary by Roland Barthes (2010). Amanda (visual merchandise) recommends: Abandonitis n.- an inflamed sensitivity to/fear of abandonment; seeing it in all things (small or large); feeling completely separate, other (even with others around). This is one of the many aspects of grief that Roland Barthes captures so brutally in Mourning Diary. I have never read anything that encapsulates the suffering of grief with such directness and authenticity. Read it.
  • The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante (2005). Brianne (marketing manager) recommends: Everyones got Ferrante Fever and I promise you, its not without warrant. My Brilliant Friend is nothing short of brilliant. Ferrantes writing is as fierce as it is elegant, as razor sharp as it is oddly soothing. This is a book you will read in an afternoon but will stay with you for a lifetime. Ferrante displays the finest moments of female friendship, including the support, love, and wisdom yet doesnt shy away from showing all of the bitter envy and tension that develops between close women. This is a book to share with your sisters, mothers, aunts, and above all else: your boyfriends.
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  • Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (2015). Emily (events director) recommends: Kim Gordon writes like shes painting: places and people become layered to utterly specific, gripping depths and moods, such that the reader feels the need to reach out, to hold the page up and consider it like a piece of visual art. Not to mention, Kims book is one of the bravest, most unapologetic, and beautiful personal histories Ive read in a long time. No character in the cast of her life, including herself, is spared the mirror.
  • What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine by Danielle Ofri (2013). Cynthia (main floor) recommends: This book is about various incidents involving sympathy or a lack thereof. I was impressed with Ofri and her admission of times where she didnt feel enough for a patient. Its a good insight to the emotional problems doctors experience, through the eyes of someone who wants things to improve.
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  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2014). Stella (childrens manager and buyer) recommends: Jacqueline Woodson has been telling the stories of others for her entire career. With this one, she tells her own story of growing up in the South and moving to the East Coast in the 70s. A wonderful read whether youve made a big move of your own, overcome adversity of any kind, experienced love and gratitude for your friends and family, or all of the above.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/mar/21/interview-with-a-bookstore-the-strand-in-new-york-city

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Boom: A plane faster than Concorde with fares a quarter of the price?

Boom: A plane faster than Concorde with fares a quarter of the price?

(CNN)A Colorado startup wants to build supersonic passenger planes faster than Concorde but with fares a quarter of the price — and Virgin Galactic has just got on board.

 
The Boom airplane would travel at Mach 2.2 — more than twice the speed of sound and 2.6 times faster than any other airliner — and fly from New York to London in 3.4 hours.
 
That’s San Francisco to Tokyo in 4.7 hours or Los Angeles to Sydney in six.
That transatlantic trip cuts the standard seven-hour journey by more than half.
With a round-trip price tag of $5,000 it’s not exactly “affordable” travel, but for the world’s business elite, it’s a steal.
 

Virgin options 10 planes

It’s certainly piqued British entrepreneur Richard Branson’s interest: On Wednesday his Virgin Group optioned 10 planes.
The deal, if it’s followed through, could be worth a reported $2 billion.
Boom has also optioned 15 additional planes to an unnamed European carrier, the firm told TechCrunch, racking up a potential income of $5 billion.
Despite the big figures, the reality of a supersonic passenger jet remains small.
Denver-based Boom is still working on a third-scale prototype that isn’t slated to fly until 2017.
CEO and founder Blake Scholl recently told Fortune he couldn’t say when full-size planes would be ready for commercial flights.
So right now it’s just one of many new supersonic and hypersonic plane concepts promising shorter and shorter flight times, with none yet to see a runway.

 

 

 

NASA

A Virgin Group spokeswoman confirmed to the Guardian that Virgin Galactic’s space division, The Space Company, “will provide engineering, design and manufacturing services, flight tests and operations,”
“Concorde was just too expensive to fly, and to fill 100 seats at $20,000 each,” Scholl told the Guardian.
“You have to bring the ticket price down, and make the aeroplane the right size so you can fill the seats.”

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/24/aviation/boom-supersonic-plane-virgin-space-company/index.html

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2-Year-Old Witch Child Who Was Left To Die Makes Stunning Recovery

2-Year-Old Witch Child Who Was Left To Die Makes Stunning Recovery

He had been wandering the streets for 8 months

Hope was suffering from malnutrition and worms

Now look at him just 8 weeks later

Danish aid worker Anja found him on January 31st and named him Hope

Thanks to Anja, he began to receive medical attention

The results were stunning

“Hope is really enjoying his life now having 35 new brothers and sisters”

They “ALL take such good care of him…and make sure he is safe and is getting a lot of love”

From getting a haircut…

…to playing with friends

“This is what makes life so beautiful and valuable and therefore I will let the pictures speak for themselves”

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/nigerian-witch-boy-starving-thirsty-recovery-anja-ringgren-loven-recovery/

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Naked Guinea Pig Poses With His Favorite Food

Naked Guinea Pig Poses With His Favorite Food

If guinea pigs dream, and they probably do (what else is there to do in a cage all day?), then chances are that they dream of what’s happening in these photographs. But for Ludwik, it isn’t a dream. No. Ludwik doesn’t need dreams, because his life is awesome enough already.

His name may share a similarity with Beethoven’s, but Ludwik isn’t interested in music. This guinea pig’s real passion is for food! And modelling. But especially modelling with food. And as you can see from these pictures, he’s quite the natural in front of the camera. We can only hope that he gets to eat all the food he models with. Although, being a naked model, he probably needs to watch his figure…

Like what you see? Then click here for more naked guinea pigs!

(h/t: the dodo)

 

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/naked-guinea-pig-food-photoshoot-ludwig/

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JK Rowling posts letters of rejection on Twitter to help budding authors

JK Rowling posts letters of rejection on Twitter to help budding authors

Harry Potter writer shares publishers brush-offs for first Robert Galbraith novel to inspire other authors

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has shared two rejection letters she received from publishers while writing under her pen name, Robert Galbraith.

The famous author posted them on Twitter to encourage other writers.

She posted the letters relating to her first post-Potter novel, The Cuckoos Calling, after a fan asked for a picture of a rejection letter.

She said: The Potter ones are now in a box in my attic, but I could show you RGalbraiths?.

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 25, 2016

By popular request, 2 of @RGalbrath‘s rejection letters! (For inspiration, not revenge, so I’ve removed signatures.) pic.twitter.com/vVoc0x6r8W

One of the letters, from publishing house Constable & Robinson, said: I regret that we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we could not publish it [your book] with commercial success.

The letter also suggested she double-check in a helpful bookshop or in the biannual buyers guide of Bookseller magazine about who the current publishers of her fiction genre were.

The second letter, from Creme de la Crime, explained that the publisher had become part of Severn House Publishers and was unable to accept new submissions at the moment.

The author Joanne Harris joined the Twitter discussion, saying she got so many rejections for her popular 1999 novel Chocolat that she made a sculpture ….

In reply to a fan who asked if any of the publishers who had rejected her had turned down Harry Potter, she said: Yes, the publisher who first turned down Harry also sent RGalbraith his rudest rejection (by email)!.

She ended the conversation by giving a fan advice on getting the courage to risk it all, telling them: I had nothing to lose and sometimes that makes you brave enough to try.

The Harry Potter series has sold more than 400m books and Rowling has won multiple awards. The eight film adaptations of the novels have been named as the second-highest grossing franchise and film series of all time.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/mar/25/jk-rowling-harry-potter-posts-letters-of-rejection-on-twitter

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30+ Engineers Who Totally Fixed Things

30+ Engineers Who Totally Fixed Things

Ever seen those “Trust me, I’m an engineer” memes? Well, now we know where they got their inspiration from.

We’re all guilty of a little DIY now and again. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. And sometimes it’s just plain disastrous. But when it isn’t TOO disastrous, it can often be pretty funny. Which is why Bored Panda have compiled this list of amusingly creative DIY solutions to pesky everyday problems. So take a look at the pictures below. You might just find a good way to fix something. Or you’ll discover the best way NOT to do things. Either way, it’s probably best if you don’t try these at home. But if you have already then feel free to send us your pictures!

 

#1 My Laptop Charger Kept Falling Out

#2 Roommate Punched A Hole In His Door. I Fixed It

#3 Never Drop A Book On The Bath Again. My 8-Year-Old Daughter’s Invention

#4 Don’t Have The Money To Fix It? Improvise!

#5 Wanted To Watch The Game On Tv. Didn’t Have An Adaptor

 

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/trust-me-i-am-an-engineer-funny-repairs-fails/

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Man Invents Biodegradable Algae Water Bottles As A Green Alternative To Plastic

Man Invents Biodegradable Algae Water Bottles As A Green Alternative To Plastic

Know how long a plastic water bottle can take to decompose? Up to 1000 years. Know how many bottles of water America alone drinks in a single year? approximately 50 billion.

Scared yet? You should be, because unless we start firing our garbage out of giant cannons and into the sun, it’s safe to say that some day soon we’re all going to be living on one great big floating ball of trash.

It’s a pretty bleak prospect, but thanks to people like Icelandic Product Designer Ari Jónsson, such a grimly apocalyptic scenario could be avoided if we all just got a little greener. Take his water bottle for example. It’s made from algal, a product of algae. It’s 100% natural and 100% biodegradable. It keeps its shape until it’s empty and then it begins to decompose.

Ari exhibited his project during this year’s Reykjavik design festival DesignMarch. Let’s just hope that major manufacturers take some inspiration from his brilliant invention. Otherwise, the future will look like Wall-E. But not nearly as cute.

(h/t: 

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/biodegradable-algae-water-bottle-ari-jonsson/

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Is ThisThe Perfect Bike Accessory?

Is ThisThe Perfect Bike Accessory?

Bikes have always been the green alternative to cars, and now cycling just got even greener thanks to these adorable little bike vases!

They were created by Colleen Jordan, an Atlanta-based designer and artist who runs Wearable Planter, a company dedicated to products that allow you to take plants and flowers with you wherever you go. The vases are 3D printed and finished by hand and they easily attach to the handlebars of your bike. As well as the vases, Wearable Planter also sells 3D printed jewelry, such as necklaces and badges that contain a tiny living plant.

Colleen draws her inspiration from the world around her, but she was also motivated to start her company when professors at Georgia Tech and Lund University showed little interest in what she admits are her slightly far-fetched ideas. “Almost every professor I presented this idea to said I couldn’t explore it in their class, which of course motivated me to make these machinations a reality.”

You can buy her bikes vases on

You can buy her bikes vases on Etsy

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Secret Rooms Installed Inside Abandoned Manholes In Milan

Secret Rooms Installed Inside Abandoned Manholes In Milan

If there’s one universal and indisputable truth in this world, it’s this: secret rooms are cool and everybody wants one. Artist Biancoshock knows this, which is why he’s decided to turn these abandoned manholes in Milan’s Lodi district into hidden miniature subterranean dwellings.

Far from using his project to simply make us jealous however, Biancoshock has a much deeper motivation for his work. The purpose of the manholes is to make us think about those who are forced to live in tightly-confined spaces, and he took his inspiration from the hundreds of people who are thought to inhabit Bucharest’s sewer systems in Romania.

The three rooms comprise a series called Borderlife and each of them depicts a different domestic setting. One contains a shower and another has been transformed into a miniature kitchen complete with tiny culinary accessories.

As the artist says on his website, “If some problems can not be avoided, make them comfortable.”

Artist Biancoshock is turning abandoned manholes in Milan into tiny fully-furnished apartments

The project aims to draw attention to people who live in confined spaces

The artist was inspired by the hundreds of people who live in the sewer system in Bucharest, Romania

Each of the three secret rooms depict a different domestic setting

“If some problems can not be avoided, make them comfortable,” says Biancoshock

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/manhole-secret-rooms-underground-borderlife-biancoshock-milan-italy/

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Tesla’s Model 3 already has more than 200,000 pre-orders

Tesla’s Model 3 already has more than 200,000 pre-orders

Thursday night,Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Model 3, the new affordable option among the electric car company’s expensive lineup, and people pre-ordered in droves.

Assuming everyone who dropped the refundable $1,000 down payment on a Model 3 (limited to two per customer) comes through, roughly $7.5 billion worth of cars were theoretically sold, according to Musk.

The Model 3 had been long anticipated, especially for those waiting to jump on the electric car revolution. Starting at $35,000 before incentives, its a far more affordable option than the Model S, which starts at $69,900.

While the Model 3 may not be as ludicrous as the Model S, it still boasts a 215-mile range, a 0-60 time of under six seconds, and is rear wheel drive. Unlike the Roadster or Model S, it sports more steel materials than aluminum and carbon fiber, leading to its cheaper cost. Really, the Model 3 is trying to compete with the BMW 3 series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It wants to straddle the line of a dependable daily driver with some sporty punch packed in.

Even with the tremendous demand, Tesla isnt out of hot water yet. The company has brought about great innovation, but sales have not been enough to put the company in a better financial position. According to Musk, Tesla will need to push 500,000 vehicles a year until 2020 to become profitable.

Considering Tesla moved 50,580 vehicles in all of 2015, it seriously needs to ramp up production to keep pace with demand. Musk did tweet out that the company is already looking at ways to facilitate that.

Its a difficult goal, but if Tesla pulls it off, it will be one of the greatest American automotive success stories since Ford.

H/T The Verge

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Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/technology/tesla-model-3-sales/

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They Heard Cries Coming From a Tree. Nothing Could Prepare Them For What Was In It

They Heard Cries Coming From a Tree. Nothing Could Prepare Them For What Was In It

If I was ever stuck and alone in the woods there’s only one hope I would have – that someone could hear my cries for help.

The chances of that happening could be good or bad depending on where in the world I’m lost at, as it would for anyone and anything else. Luckily for these two little guys, they got stuck somewhere close to people living in Wisconsin. For two days local inhabitants kept hearing these odd cries coming from some trees a little ways off until they finally decided to check out what it was, and they were stunned when they did.

When they arrived at the trees they discovered two very little noses poking out of an abscess in one of the larger trees! Somehow two little bears managed to get themselves stuck inside it, but luckily they were able to be rescued.

Read more: http://damn.com/they-heard-cries-coming-from-a-tree-nothing-could-prepare-them-for-what-was-in-it/

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