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Watch: Artist Creates Purr-Fect Mural

When a person loves something with all their being, they tend to show that off. This is especially true for cat lovers and they can be the worst. Cats on their clothes (no, we don’t mean the hair), cats on their jewelry, cats on their eye glasses, even on their walls!

What is great about that is it can be a form of art that will stay with you forever. Some like it painted on a canvas and framed in a delicate, ornate frame. Others like it as a mural, directly on the wall.

One such mural was painted by freelance illustrator and graphic designer Stephanie Ho. The Temasek Polytechnic graduate worked as an in-house designer with two different companies before heading out on her own path, so that she can design things like this big little project.

A cat-loving couple from Singapore commissioned a mural from Stephanie that will demonstrate just how much they love cats. Armed with Nippon Odorless All-in-One paint, Stephanie took a total of six hours to draw a meowtain of cats next to a big window in their Build-to-Order apartment.

The couple had one special requirement for the meowtain though – that it would include the Labrador from the husband’s family and the Shih Tzu that the wife used to have.

Stephanie took due diligence to record her creative process as she begins drawing the cats from the ground up. Each cat has her own personality, just like in real life! We think it’s meowvellous, and looks completely worth the S$1,000 the couple paid for it!

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Get Smart With St. Patty’s Day Facts

With March being Irish Heritage month, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test.  How many of these St. Patrick’s Day facts did you already know?

St. Patrick’s Day was founded as a religious holiday:  The holiday honored St. Patrick, a fifth-century saint who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle.

There have been parades for a long time:  On March 17, 1762, New York City threw the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade.  The parade was for Irish soldiers who had served in the English military.

Presidents enjoy a parade: President Harry S. Truman attended the St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1948.

March is Irish-American Heritage Month: Congress began recognizing March as American-Irish Heritage month in 1991.  The month highlights the contributions and achievements of the Irish in America.

Lots Of Irish-Americans

Large percentages of Irish Americans:  In 2014, Massachusetts claimed an Irish-American residency of 21.5%.  Following closely behind Massachusetts is New Hampshire, claiming 20.9%.

The total number of reported residents of Irish ancestry in the US is 10.4%, just over 33.1 million.  In America, this is the second highest percentage of ancestry, topped only by German Americans.

More educated:  Those claiming Irish heritage have a high rate of college and high school completion.  In fact, 93.7% of Irish Americans have high school diplomas and 35.6% of those over 25 have a bachelor’s degree.

Overall in America, only 86.9% have high school diplomas, while only 30.1% hold a bachelor’s degree.

Higher paying jobs:  Irish American households report median incomes of over $62k while the average overall salary in America is just under $54k, according to a 2014 study.

Homeowners:  Irish Americans are more likely to own their homes, with just over 68% homeowners compared to the national average of 63.1% of Americans claiming home ownership.

Find an Irish classic at a restaurant near you:  A survey taken in 2014 revealed that on St. Patrick’s Day, 235,701 restaurants offered the classic corned beef and cabbage, while just over 41,580 bars served up drinks for St. Patrick’s Day.

Many places across the United States honor the Irish: Oklahoma, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Missouri all have towns named after the shamrock and there are 16 towns named after the capital of Ireland, Dublin. Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and South Carolina all boast towns named Clover, and Minnesota also features the city of Cloverleaf.

Stocking up for St. Patrick’s Day:  In 2014, a survey revealed that 2.2 billion pounds of cabbage and 40.3 billion pounds of beef were provided farmers across the United States.

Make Your Own Irish Stew

If you want to enjoy an easy recipe for corned beef and cabbage this St. Patrick’s Day, it doesn’t mean hours over a hot stove.  Here is the best way to make this Irish classic using your crock pot:

  • Fill the slow cooker with water
  • Add the corned beef and seasonings (pickling spices)
  • Cook meat all day
  • Cut up cabbage and cook over the stove for ten to fifteen minutes

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You’ll Love This 101-Year-Old Mom Playing In The Snow

When you think of sledding, snowmen and snowball fights, you most likely picture kids in mittens and knit caps.  What you may not be expecting is that one of the kids playing in the snow is anything but; she is 101 years young and full of appreciation, spunk, and a wicked snow ball throwing arm.

Armand Foisy took his 101-year-old mother for a day trip in Lillooet, British Columbia.  When Armand was going to turn around and avoid the snow, his mother begged him to take her straight to the heart of the snowfall.  Armand may have been curious, but he couldn’t have predicted Albini’s next move.

When he pulled over for a view of the peaceful snowfall, Albini had something else in mind altogether.  She left the warm, snug car and bounded outside to frolic in the fluffy snow.  Luckily for all of us, Armand had his camera ready and captured this adorable footage of his 101-year-old mother playing in the snow like a jubilant child.

Armand uploaded his footage to Facebook with the caption “Here’s proof that if you find pure joy in the simple things you can live 100 years.”

Let Your Inner Child Come Out

The holiday season brings out the youth in all of us, no matter how old we are.  Albini proves that aging gracefully means staying in touch with your inner child and carrying a spirit of youth with you throughout your life.  She is living proof that people can find joy, no matter what their age.

While kids are the ones we usually see building snow forts and having snowball battles while the adults shiver in cold misery,  Albini reminds us that we can still enjoy winter no matter our age and revel in its beauty like the kids we all should still be at heart.

We are so lucky that Armand had his camera and was able to capture this inspiring footage of Albini as she frolicked happily through the cold, wet snow like any kid, perfecting her skills making snowballs.

We may consider ourselves to be cool and hip adults, but one thing’s for sure; until you’ve played in the snow while being just over a century in age, you’ll never be quite as cool as the joyful, sweet and fun-loving Albini.

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Parade Costumes: Rio’s Dress Code For Carnival

The Rio carnivals are the largest spectacles of their kind anywhere in the world.  It’s a nationwide gathering of dancing, partying, parades, and positively jaw-dropping costumes.

While the costumes may seem just another part of the festivities, each with its own meaning and no connection to the next, they are actually a very important part of the parades and have to follow very strict guidelines.

The Sambodromo is the hub of the Rio De Janeiro parades, with flashy floats and costumes as well as partygoers packed like sardines in a can.  Shrove Tuesday is the ultimate peak of the event, when the top 14 samba schools give their presentations for the judges, each school hoping to be crowned the best in the carnival.

This crucial performance is the showcase of the costumes.  Each costume plays to the chosen theme of its school.  Once the school has chosen its theme, it needs to fashion the costumes to match.  The costumes are generally handmade, with sequins, feathers, and other details carefully chosen and attached by hand to each costume.

These complicated costumes will be equipped with gaudy accessories and an elaborate headdress.  While the rules forbid outright nudity in the competition, many of the revelers are scantily clad, wearing carefully placed, tiny bejeweled bikinis.

The parade splits the school’s performances into wings.  Each wing plays a specific role and wears a specific costume.  The musicians and dancers that surround the moving float are called the Ground Wing.  The Ground Wing welcomes tourists to purchase costumes and join the parade with them, thrusting them fully into the experience.

The next wing is called the Float Wing, which is the float and the performers dancing on it.  The samba schools take the Float Wing seriously as this is the portion of their performances that are judged.  The performers will have dedicated many hours to rehearsing, and these costumes can cost anywhere from $9,000 to $10,000 USD.

Street Parties


Surrounding the parades are street parties.  Lots and lots of parades.  These street parties are all about fun costumes, with no costume requirements.  The street partygoers can dress however they want, although pirates, Indian, sailors, police, and cowgirl costumes are the most popular.

Street parties are generally hot because of the Rio De Janeiro temperatures and the huge crowds.  Some partygoers may opt to not wear costumes, but at the least they will be sporting bright accessories, vibrant colors, and face paint.

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Tech Company Hires Specifically Autistic People, Is Awesome

When it comes to companies today, we all too often see heart-wrenching stories of employment practices gone very wrong indeed. The tech industry is an industry in particular where it’s easy to find disheartening stories about people not getting jobs due to obscure reasons.

However, one company, Auticon, is making sure that such nonsense does not have to be the norm. They are a company that gives adults who are on the autistic spectrum a chance to get into the workplace: in fact, it exclusively employs people from this background.

The company tends to employ IT experts giving them a chance to get into the working world. They offer training and workplace adjustment programs to help make sure that all employees are happy in their workplace, too; and they are expanding all the time.

Auticon already has offices based in places like Switzerland, Italy France, Germany, the United States and parts of the United Kingdom: including plan to set up in Scotland.

This is a very cool thing to hear and to see, with autistic people often finding it hard to get into the working world. With just 16% of autistic adults in full-time employment, it’s nice to see a company actively pushing to improve and expand opportunities.

A Refreshing Take On Recruitment

With many companies simply not being able to manage the recruitment process for those on the spectrum well enough, this is a very interesting step forward. Many autistic people fall through the cracks despite having the skills and qualities to be a massive contribution to their chosen industry.

Companies like Auticon, then, will make sure that they are no longer ignored and instead can show the world what they can do.

With regular adjustments made for each staff member to help ensure they can feel as comfortable as is possible, Auticon make it easy for their staff to fit into their working culture. This is very important, and is sure to be very useful for those who want to be treated as individuals judged on their own personal merits.

Depressingly, just 15% of the present Auticon workforce were actually employed prior to coming into contact with this awesome organization. All but one of these people who were unemployed had a degree.

This shows that there is an obvious stigma which we need to combat as soon as possible, otherwise we’re going to have serious problems in the future getting autistic people into the workplace.

For now, though, awesome companies like Auticon can be the ones who help to change the opinion of employers. When people see just how well this company do, they will come to realize that autistic people are an incredible benefit to any workplace.

We sincerely hope that Auticon can enjoy a wonderful 2019 and beyond, as they are the perfect example how we can create a better, less fractious world.

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Must See: Viral Dramatic Dog Photos

Known for their ability to see things outside of the box, photographers tend to be among the most creative people around. They often see an opportunity to create a very cool picture and take it with both hands. One photographer who has found herself going viral recently, though, is that of Jess Bell.

The Canadian has been around for three years and often gets rave reviews for her work, with her specialty being artistic imagery involving animals.

Desiring to make a big impact with her next shoot, though, Bell decided to get some dogs together that belonged to her friends. The idea was to get the dogs in natural, normal poses – such as catching a Frisbee.

Before they would go for the big jump, though, she would cover the dog with colorful powder and watch as art became nature. The results are pretty incredible, which you can see for yourself below.

The images are pretty incredible, showing just how easy it is to blend together nature with some added color and zest. By picking colors which would immediately create a positive contrast with the dog itself, each shot would show the dogs standing out amid the chromatic explosion of dust all around them.

Jess, a loving dog owner and trainer, decided to go for this approach as it would offer something totally different. It also helped to show just how unique dogs can be: when we see a couple of dogs jumping, we just see two dogs. With the help of this photo shoot, we can see far more than that: we get to see the unique shape and form of each of the dogs come to life in stunning fashion.

An Explosion Of Color

Given her love of dogs and her ability to train them so well, you can rest assured that these creative displays would never hurt or risk the health of the dogs in any way, shape or form.

By using non-toxic color sets, and with ample ventilation, each shot would only produce a stunning image, with no health risk or challenge put to the dogs – and also ensuring that the dogs would never inhale the powder by ensuring it stayed clear of their airwaves.

Part of the inspiration for this shot came from Andrea Zachrau, a specialist in horse photography who used a similar approach to make horses stand out in stunning style. After taking a look at her photos, it’s easy to see where the inspiration would have come from for Jess.

However, she made her shot well and truly her own, with some pretty spectacular results coming along the way. Take a look yourself; if you are a photographer, you might get some pretty outstanding inspiration!

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Man Saves Life By Watching The Office

A guy from Arizona was in a situation where he had to try out life lessons which he learned from watching The Office. This life lesson came from an unlikely source – a fictional character – Michael Scott.

The very real Chris Scott rushed in to save the day when he saw a driver slam herself on her car’s steering wheel. The 21-year-old rushed over to the car, then broke the car’s window in order to get the woman out. This woman was on the verge of losing her life, as her lips were already turning blue.

Stain’ Alive

And with no pre-knowledge in first aid, Cross remembered one episode in The Office where Michael Scott administered CPR to a dummy with Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive playing in the background. According to various sources, at 103-beats per minute, the number one song from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is assumed to be the correct tempo for carrying out chest compressions.

After about a minute, Cross’s lessons from The Office made a huge impact, the woman began to breathe again, after which she threw up and was taken to the hospital where she regained her health.

Cross explained too, that he was still unaware of the correct way to administer CPR, but the lessons from the show helped him maintain the right tempo.

In Cross’s very words: “I still have no idea how to do CPR – all The Office gave me was a song tempo to go to.” In spite of Cross’s inexperience with first aid, and according to paramedics, there is a great chance that the woman – Claire as identified by local media – would have been in a rather hopeless situation if Cross didn’t step in.

Cross went on to give a shout out to two other women who did their bit in saving Claire’s life by calling 911.

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80-Year Old Orphan Finds Her 103-Year Old Mom

Eileen grew up in an orphanage, Kirwan House, in Dublin and had first started searching for her family when she was 19-years-of-age.  Last year, she was on the radio show Liveline with Joe Duffy to ask for help.

She told Duffy she was very sad that she had been on this planet for so long and still did not have so much as one relative.

She was approached by a genealogist to try and help her find her relatives.  Eileen eventually tracked down her family!  She, once again, contacted the show to let Duffy and his listening audience hear about her incredible journey.

Eileen said that she believes she is the oldest orphan in Ireland.  She was born in the Bethany Home and moved to Kirwan House when she was 2-years old.

She was given someone else’s birth certificate when she turned 16 and kept that identity for 60 years.  She didn’t know that her certificate and the family was not hers until she had a DNA run.

The Pain Of Not Knowing

When talking about her mum, she was shocked to discover that she was alive and all she wanted to do was meet her.  She knew absolutely nothing about her background or had absolutely no medical history.

She couldn’t believe that doctors were constantly asking her question after question why she didn’t know this or that?  She was very upset and at one point just said “Because I’m an orphan.  I know nothing, absolutely nothing”.

The 81-year-old woman is married to her husband Ronald and has 3 children but she always wanted to find her birth family.

She could not fully understand being so alone.  Many people would ask her why she would bother with this search.  She would simply respond that she didn’t know what they meant. She said if you put yourself in my shoes and know you are on your own.

The worst thing about being alone, many different things would set her off.  She’d think if she only had a brother or a sister and then realize that it’s something inside herself because she had no blood relatives.  Well, now she does!

She has finally spoken to her birth mother over the phone and is planning to meet her very soon.  She will have to wait a bit because she cannot fly over water until after her operation.

Her mother is now 103-years-old and will turn 104 shortly. It was difficult talking to her over the phone because she could not hear Eileen.

She is across the water from her mum but she has 2 cousins who have come to help her out since they found out that she found out who her natural mother is and where she lives.

She told everyone, she wanted to go to the highest mountain and scream at the top of her lungs “I am not an orphan anymore!

We all wish her the greatest success when she can finally meet up with her mum after all these many, many years.  May she find closure knowing she is no longer an orphan but like others, she has a family.

We hope they will both find great joy and realize they now have their own small family.  Hopefully, she will keep everyone posted on her incredible journey and share her joy!  Good Luck, Eileen!

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Going, Going, Gone! Moon Rocks Sold For 600K!

Most of us will never experience exploring outer space to discover it’s many mysteries. Outer space and the oceans, now known as the “Blue Planet”, are the only two true final frontiers.

There are those of great wealth who are trying to make plans for commercial space flights which only goes to show how very enticing outer space really is.

A Piece Of The Moon

This brings us to the subject of this post.  What if you could actually have a piece of space in your hand?  Moon rocks have become a very strong attraction and people will pay almost anything to own one.  Well, just recently, a moon rock sold at auction in Boston for 600K!!

You might wonder why it sold for such a huge price tag.  Well, the average meteorite will be the size of a golf ball or a walnut. They are really small after entering our atmosphere because they are traveling so fast and are burned up in the process.

These meteorites are not exactly plentiful so you don’t have a lot of options for getting your hands on one. This particular lunar meteorite came in at an amazing 12 pounds which is extremely rare!

This 12-pound meteorite was put up for auction by RR Auction in Boston, MA and sold for $612,500 to someone representing the Tam Chuc Pagoda complex, located in the Ha Nam Province in Vietnam.

Where Was This Moon Rock Found?

You might think it was brought back to earth from the moon by an astronaut but you’d be wrong.  When astronauts collect and bring back rocks from the moon, these rocks become government property.

As it’s impossible for you to jump on a flight to the moon, the only way you could possibly come into possession would be right here on Earth.

This particular rock was found by Aerolite Meteorites in a remote region in Northwest Africa. It’s believed this meteorite landed on Earth thousands of years ago.

Paraphrasing Geoff Notkin, CEO of Aerolite Meteorites, they knew the minute they saw this rock it was extraordinarily unusual and about as close to a once-in-a-lifetime find as you can get.

Now Known As The Moon Puzzle

Even though the original meteorite weighed 12 pounds, it’s actually broken up into 6 different pieces with the largest weighing 6 pounds. That’s how it got its nickname the Moon Puzzle because the pieces all fit together just like pieces of a puzzle.

Robert Livingston, president of RR Auctions, said he was so proud to have the meteorite at the auction and believes this Moon Puzzle will be a great inspiration for all students interested in science for generations to come.

Another unique quality of this meteorite, it has a partial fusion crust which simply means as it entered Earth’s orbit, it burned.  In most cases, people will not usually pay 600K for an object that is burned and broken but then again, there are not a lot of meteorites available for the public.

I would have to ask myself if I had that kind of money, would I spend it on a damaged moon rock? Maybe I would do just that!

In the meantime, all we can do, for now, is fantasize and try to imagine what it would be like to travel to outer space.  We can only wonder if reincarnation really exists and come back as Captain Kirk and Spock traveling at the speed of light on the Starship Enterprise!!

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‘Ancient’ Structure Is From The 1990s

In Scotland, archaeologists were disappointed when they found that a stone circle which they believed to be centuries old actually only dates back to the late 20th century.

A group of researchers in Leochel-Cushnie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland swarmed the monument when the current owner of the land reported the site to the authorities.

The archaeologists indicated that the site is authentic and added it to the “recumbent stone circles” list. Recumbent stone circles are a rare kind of circle particular to that local area.

Stop The Party

But the council reported that the celebrations were brought to a halt when the former landowner reported to a representative of Historic Environment Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council’s archaeology service that the circle was only a replica.

While analyzing the site, the archaeologists had observed that it was quite small and that some of the “kerb” and “cairn” stones one would expect to find, were missing. But still, the council says that this amount of variation isn’t uncommon.

A historic environment record assistant at Aberdeenshire Council, Neil Ackerman stated that although they were disappointed to learn of the development, it adds an element of excitement to the story.

He says that the fact that it copies the regional monument type so closely shows how much the locals know, appreciate and engage with this region’s archaeology.

He hopes that they continue to use and enjoy the stones and that although it is not ancient, it still an amazing location and is a fantastic part of the landscape.

Recumbent stone circles were built about 3,500 to 4,500 years ago. They are rings of rock identifiable by two pillars with a large stone laid on its side in between them.

They were found in the north-east of Scotland and believed to have been built in the  Stone Age for astronomical purposes ie to monitor the movement of the moon and the sun, and track the year as it passes, according to Forestry Commission Scotland.

Ackerman also says that it is difficult to date these types of monuments and for that reason, they record modern replicas of these ancient monuments, should they later be misidentified.

He also says that they welcome new reports of modern reconstructions of ancient monuments, especially when they are built with skills similar to those of the stone circle and those that reference the monument types that already exist.

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Watch: Bus Driver Finds Baby All Alone

Here’s quite a shocking video from Milwaukee. A toddler is seen walking barefoot on a street in winter. The hero was Milwaukee County Transit System employee, bus driver Irena Ivic, and the baby girl belonged to a local resident.

“I couldn’t believe that somebody left the child on the street,” an outraged Ms. Ivic was quoted.

The father said the child’s mother had brought her to a nearby church, but possibly forgot her for reasons having to do with mental illness. Luckily for the little girl’s parents, the police have decided not to file charges. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, and prayers for the little girl that she makes it through childhood in good health.

This video has gone viral on major channels, and it sends chills down the spine for many reasons. Not only can we not imagine our own baby wandering free and unsupervised through a major city, but Milwaukee is one of those northern cities that’s freezing cold in December.

You can see all the adults are bundled up. Babies don’t understand. She seemed OK for the first few minutes, but you can be sure if the heroic Ms. Ivic had not deviated from her paid obligation and gone above and beyond the call of duty, the outcome would have been too tragic to contemplate.

In the video, we first see the baby girl, not even one year old, half-running on a sidewalk on an overpass bridge. It’s hard to tell if she is distraught, but if the father’s remarks bear any weight, then perhaps the child is looking for her mother.

Stop The Traffic!

Ms. Ivic sees the toddler and makes an unscheduled stop after a red light at an intersection. Ms. Ivic exits and runs across the street, holding her hand out to stop oncoming traffic. She picks up the child without hesitation, bringing her back to the bus. The bus is warm, and the baby suddenly shows complete ease in the arms of Irena Ivic.

Ms. Ivic says “I’m shaking,” and then another Good Samaritan passenger approaches from the passenger area, and provides her jacket for the incredibly underdressed baby. The baby is wearing a light onesie, no hat or gloves, and is barefoot!

The fire department sends an EMT to the scene, where the baby is taken, and eventually reunited with her father. Even more incredibly is that a quick thinking citizen was able to capture the entire even on his cell phone camera!

Milwaukee officials and Ms. Ivic’s peers referred to her actions as “humanity at its best”. We have to agree, and applaud Ms. Ivic and everyone who drop whatever they are doing to help a distressed citizen in need, no matter how small.

Ms. Ivic is a Serbian immigrant who came to America with the Golden Rule, saying if she ever found herself in a similar situation, she will always help. We can certainly use more people like Irena Ivic, no matter where they come from.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a one off situation in Milwaukee, where nine missing children have been recovered by MCTS drivers in the last few years.

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Watch: People Have Panic Attacks Because Of This Bridge

If you want to experience what a real roller coaster feels like, then the bridge of Eshima Ohashi is ready to provide you with such an opportunity. Although there is no “dead loop”, it will be scary to drive up to it even on the steep-climbing SUV.

Eshima Ohashi is a concrete two-lane road bridge that connects Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture with Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture. With a length of 1.7 km and a width of 11.3 meters, it is the largest concrete bridge in Japan and the third largest in the world.

The bridge unexpectedly became famous, as it was used in the advertisement of the Tanto minivan from Daihatsu Motor Co. The commercial was shot from such an angle that exaggerates the slope of the bridge. Special compression with a telephoto lens makes the viewer believe that the bridge is extremely steep.

Daihatsu Motor thus decided to show the strength and power of their car. In fact, the bridge has a rather convenient angle of inclination of 6.1% on the side of Shimane Prefecture and 5.1% on the side of Tottori Prefecture, which is easily overcome for any car.

Some websites report that a bridge trip can be compared to a “roller coaster ride”, although, in reality, it does not have anything to do with reality.

The Eshima Bridge is also called Betabomizak, which essentially means “pressing the pedal to the floor” – this name is due to the fact that you will not be able to get on a steep bridge unless you push the gas pedal to the floor.

But in fact, if you go to the bridge, you will realize that this is quite an ordinary bridge – the bridge surprises only if you look at it from afar.

If you look from the driver’s or passenger’s seat, nothing remarkable can be noticed – a concrete path on stilts passing over Lake Nakaumi from the city of Matsue to the city of Sakaiminato. Such a descent-climb can be overcome by any machine.

In the advertisement, the bridge is shown in such a way that the entrance to it seems incredibly steep. The compression of the perspective by the telephoto lens makes the viewer believe that the bridge is extremely steep.

“Daihatsu Motor” wants you to believe that the bridge is frighteningly steep to demonstrate the power of your car. According to some sites, a trip across the bridge is similar to “roller coaster”, which is an exaggeration of the media.

Ti is often presented as “Terrifying: Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan looks more like a rollercoaster than a bridge.”, or described as “The terrifying rollercoaster bridge” which forces drivers to navigate down a steep descent so ships can pass underneath.

These are some facts about the Eshima Ohashi bridge: it is 1,446 meters long; a 250 meters of continuous concrete in the center (the third longest Ramen bridge in the world!); there is a 6.1% grade slope on the Shimane Prefecture side; there is a 5.1% grade slope on the Tottori side; the bridge needed to be high in the center to allow large ships to pass under; from the Shimane side, you can get the optical illusion view at the end of the street by the sea.

If you want to take a photo of the bridge to see the famous “rise to the sky”, then it is recommended to photograph from the side of Matsue. From JR Sakaiminato station, you can reach the bridge in 10 minutes. On the high-speed road, you can reach the bridge in 45 minutes: you reach the junction of “Jonago” – from there to the bridge.

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DNA Technology Brings Family Together After 52 Years

For those who grow up without full knowledge of who their parents are, the wait can be anguishing. You will often find many kernels of truth and half-truth along the way. This does make it hard to work out how close you are to finding out the truth: and it also makes it increasingly easy to find out you have been wrong.

The search can go on for years – sometimes decades. For Karen Leslie, though, the reunion with her daughter would take a whopping 52 years!

Karen was just 21 at the time when she met her husband, Dick when they fell pregnant with their daughter in 1967. Kicked out of her home for getting pregnant in this manner, she was unable to have the child due to affordability and thus made the gut-wrenching decision to have the child and then give her away to an adoption agency.

The hope was that she would one day see her again: and now, she can say that she has.

KGTV, a news outlet based in San Diego, ran a report on the meeting recently. They found that the Ancestry DNA program had connected Dicks’ daughters from a previous marriage to a woman who went by the name of Erin Chatterton. Chatterton was identified as a ‘sibling’ thanks to the service, so the investigation got underway.

When Dick reached out to his daughters, Lisa and Lori, he asked Lisa if she knew who this could be – no information was forthcoming, though. Two stepbrothers did exist from marriage with Karen later on in life, but these were not the siblings. Speaking to KGTV, Lori said that “Erin didn’t want anything from anybody,” and that “All she wanted was to found out who her parents were.”

The Investigation Continues

Agreeing to take the DNA test herself, Karen then found the answer she had been hoping for all of her life: Erin was indeed her long-lost daughter. They spent some time texting back and forth, planning to meet up in person at San Diego Airport. Karen said of the opportunity: “Everything is for a reason, and this is the reason and the right time,”

For Erin, the story was equally heartfelt, who was heard saying: “We’ve never met, how do you love someone you’ve never met? You can love someone you never met, she gave me life.”

It’s a truly special story, but one that we imagine is not too unique at the moment. Tools such as Ancestry have brought together many households since it became so popular. Now, you could find it much easier to locate someone who you never knew existed in your family tree: just be warned, as some families are finding out more information than they had bargained for!

For those who grow up without full knowledge of who their parents are, the wait can be anguishing. You will often find many kernels of truth and half-truth along the...

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Boom: Disabled Model Silences Haters

Shaholly Ayers is a model, but she is also an amputee. Regardless, she chased her dreams, not letting this hold her back.

We adore models so much that it has become a culture for us. Whether they are on the page of a magazine or on our television screens, it’s always a beautiful thing to see people at the height of their physical condition. But there are also a lot of negatives that come with this industry as models project impractical body standards.

The “body positivity” movement is becoming increasingly popular. People have been pushing the modeling industry to represent other body types, however, it’s still centered predominantly on the ‘thin’ body type. There are so many other body types which the modeling industry fails to represent, including body types with disabilities.

People that have disabilities are largely underrepresented. Contrary to popular belief, this does not imply that star talent does not exist amongst the disabled. An example of such talent is amputee model, Shaholly Ayers. She is definitely not allowing her disability to stop her from going after her dream. If you want to know more about her then keep reading.

She Didn’t Let Her Disadvantages Hold Her Back

At birth, Shaholly Ayers didn’t have a complete arm – she was short everything below the elbow. Because of this, she has had a lot of disadvantages, mostly created by others. For instance, she was told to stay away from many physical activities like joining a gym class or a basketball team. It isn’t hard to guess how these same people reacted to Shaholly’s dream of being a model.

In an interview with TODAY Style, Shaholly Ayers talked about how much discouragement she got from her agents at the beginning of her career. They used to say things like “There’s no way you’re going to be a model because you don’t have two arms.”

She would try to explain how she could wear her prosthesis, selling the idea but it didn’t matter what she said to them. Luckily, Shaholly wasn’t going to give up.

If not for Shaholly’s resilient spirit, she would’ve given up a decade ago after having this conversation with her agent. But, like every normal human, she still had her doubts.

After that agent said this to her, she walked back home feeling angry and upset but once she got home she realized how many times in her life that she had been told ‘no’ and that her agent just didn’t know how to help her. So she took the decision to take control of her own career.

The only problem was that her portfolio was completely empty, but she found work with a few photographers and make-up artists and built it up gradually.

She went as far as going physically to stores and boutiques offering her services and according to her, it really worked. Over the course of ten years, Ayers has built herself a successful career in modeling.

Shaholly’s Story Has Inspired So Many People

We can only guess how many people are eating crow now – surely, all her agents from 10 years ago are. Shaholly Ayers is now a runway veteran as she has walked New York Fashion Week for six seasons now. You must be wondering if she wears a prosthetic to model or not.

Shaholly mentioned in her interview that whether or not she wears it is dependent on the photoshoot. She says she is comfortable with or without the prosthesis and that the directors are understanding. They try to stay as true as possible, asking if she would wear the prosthesis with that particular outfit or not.

Once her career began to take off, so many people with conditions similar to hers came up to her to show support. She was surprised at the number of parents and amputees that came to her, telling her how excited they were to finally have someone out there representing them.

Shaholly Ayers is a model, but she is also an amputee. Regardless, she chased her dreams, not letting this hold her back.

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People Cutting Soap – An Oddly Satisfying Trend

You may be thinking that the only reason for getting a bar of soap is to shower; surprisingly, there’s more. Bar soaps have generated a lot of social media buzz. A new trend called “soap cutting” has been introduced by social media users on Instagram and YouTube.

Here, users make videos of themselves while they cut a bar of soap. This sounds crazy, but as with every other trend, there is a purpose for this.

Introducing ASMR Videos

Recently, Instagram and YouTube users have introduced a new trend known as ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) videos. These videos are aimed at helping viewers relax their senses, and helps to gently put them to sleep.

The trend features videos of someone eating crunchy foods, carving candles, playing with sticky slime, ruining their makeup, scooping ice cream, and cutting a large piece of bar soap.

ASMR Soap Queen

These videos bring with them a feeling that is unusual but pleasing. Different users try to be more engaging by using soaps of different colors. And considering the large audience that ASMR is getting, and the popularity that it has gained, it doesn’t seem like something that would go away anytime soon.

A Full-Time Job

Quite a number of users have turned this trend to an opportunity to earn some cash; and for some, it has become a full-time job. Nazish, known on Instagram as @asmr.crackle, has gained about 80,000 followers from her very excellent soap cutting videos. She also uploads soap cutting videos on YouTube and gets paid per video.

ASMR Crackle

However, it doesn’t seem like Nazish would stop her soap cutting soon. She makes videos on a daily basis. In as much as more people keep buying into the trend, she’ll keep cutting several bars of soap. “My account is a personal form of art therapy to relieve my own anxiety and insomnia,” she went on to say that is was another form of white noise.

As stated earlier, ASMR comes in different forms, and there’s one for everyone. You may like watching someone eat food, cut soap, or play with slime. There’s a wide range of over 11 million ASMR videos to select from.

Viewers of these videos described their experiences, and claim that they bring about a tingling feeling on their scalp and spine, coupled with an almost trancelike state of relaxation.”

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