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Nightmare Playgrounds: The Worst and Scariest Playgrounds of All Time, Part 1

1148 Nightmare Playgrounds: The Worst and Scariest Playgrounds of All Time, Part 1

These creepy masterpieces of sculpture and landscaping can be found in playgrounds not only in Russia (even though this is where the majority of photos come from) but also in China, East European Countries, and even in the US – anywhere the grass-roots creativity goes bad and the bad taste gets promoted, often unintentionally.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for dreaming up bizarre stuffs for kids, and some of the sculptures shown here might be considered as downright fascinating; but others are… well, ugly as hell.

And… not just kids, but some more impressionable adults can be psychologically scarred from letting these monsters into their dreams and thinking too much about them. In some cases, a visit to such a playground can even be considered as an insurable hazard – leading to some successful lawsuits (just kidding).

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Art From Nature: Fantastic Floral Collages by Anastasia Kovaleva

01 Kovaleva1 Art From Nature: Fantastic Floral Collages by Anastasia Kovaleva

My name is Kovaleva Anastasia and I use found natural materials for my floral collages. They vary from feathers, paper, wood, and moss to egg shells, fish scales, and onion-skins. Nature is my major source of inspiration and I am constantly seeking new ways to challenge myself.

Art from nature unites natural elements with artistic vision for creating artwork that pushes the boundaries of what art is and how we perceive ourselves in nature. There is an unmistakable link between art and nature. Art is a process of discovering connections both, within us and in the outside world.

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Early Perseid Meteor Shower

1144 Early Perseid Meteor Shower
A multiple exposure picture taken in the early hours of August 12, 2014 shows a Perseids meteor shower in the night sky from the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Madrid near the municipality of Valle del Lozoya. The perseid meteor shower occurs every year in August when the Earth passes through the debris and dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet. (Photo by Dani Pozo/AFP Photo)

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Absolutely Amazing Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

1140 Absolutely Amazing Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

Photographer Henry Hargreaves and artist Caitlin Levin have been working together for about decade. Their shared love for “food, photography, travel, and art” has found an outlet in a series of maps that they have illustrated with food.

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Art from Wi-Fi Signals

Luis Hernan was always curious about how wireless technologies like radio are transmitted through the air. So after finishing up his studies in architecture, computer science, and design, Hernan decided to research these invisible signals through a PhD at Newcastle University. Hernan set up a system that turned the wireless signals around him into colourful, ghostlike images using long-exposure photography, allowing people to see the strength of the signals around them.

1139 Art from Wi Fi Signals

Hernan’s thesis says there are different ways in which we can see or imagine different technologies. (Photo by Luis Hernan)

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Fantastic Wave Rock in Hyden Wildlife Park, Australia

1137 Fantastic Wave Rock in Hyden Wildlife Park, Australia

Wave Rock is a natural rock formation that is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. The “wave” is about 14 m (46 ft) high and around 110 m (360 ft) long. It forms the north side of a solitary hill, which is known as “Hyden Rock”.

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Umbrella Sky in Agueda, Portugal

1135 Umbrella Sky in Agueda, Portugal

Agueda in Portugal is the setting for this wonderful installation by Sextafeira called Floating Umbrellas. This colorful creation is a part of the Agitagueda art festival. Due to the fact that the same idea was used last year this is the second time the streets of this town have been covered with loads of vivid umbrellas, providing shade, as well as a wonderful sight. The people loved it so much that the repetitive nature of the installation does not carry the risk of becoming boring, but rather turning into a wonderful tradition.

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Holi Festival in Madrid

1133 Holi Festival in Madrid

Revelers of the Holi Festival of Colors dance after throwing colored powders in the air in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, August 9, 2014. The festival is fashioned after the Hindu spring festival Holi, which is mainly celebrated in the north and east areas of India. (Photos by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Andres Kudacki/AP Photo)

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“Lens Between Us” Project

1132 “Lens Between Us” Project

Globe-trotting photographer couple Peter Sedlacik and Zuzu Galova have found a fun way to document their travels around the world. Wherever they are, they face each other, frame up a great composition, and take a picture of each other… taking a picture of each other. Thus was born the photo series/project “Lens Between Us”, which is quickly scooping up followers on Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram alike. The resulting diptychs are creative, well-composed, and whimsical in the best way. A tribute to how their focus is always on each other, the images are part travel photography, part portraiture, and challenging to boot since each shot requires that they figure out not one, but two compositions.

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Monkey Selfie

1109 Monkey Selfie

These are the chimp-ly marvellous images captured by a cheeky monkey after turning the tables on a photographer who left his camera unmanned. The inquisitive scamp playfully went to investigate the equipment before becoming fascinated with his own reflection in the lens. And it wasnt long before the crested black macaque hijacked the camera and started snapping away sending award-winning photographer David Slater bananas. David, from Coleford, Gloucestershire, was on a trip to a small national park north of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi when he met the incredibly friendly bunch. (Photo by David Slater/Caters News)

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Photo of the Day: hitchBOT – the Hitch-Hiking Robot

1108 Photo of the Day: hitchBOT   the Hitch Hiking Robot

The hitchBOT is seen posed next to Highway 17 north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and a portion of the Trans-Canada Highway August 5, 2014. The hitch-hiking robot is now at the halfway point in its journey across Canada. (Photo by Kenneth Armstrong/Reuters)

Dog Shopkeeper from Musashi-Koganei,Tokyo

1107 Dog Shopkeeper from Musashi Koganei,Tokyo

A friendly Shiba Inu in Musashi-Koganei, Tokyo greets customers at the Shimada Cigarette Shop, and he is becoming somewhat of a local celebrity.

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Play More More More Notepad

1106 Play More More More Notepad

A fun notebook that I too wish I had when I was a kid. Play more more more, a finalist design at the European Design awards by Netherlands-based design studio Trapped in Suburbia, is an unique notepad aimed at encouraging “play” at work.

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Game of Thrones Disney Style by Fernando Mendonca and Anderson Mahans

1105 Game of Thrones Disney Style by Fernando Mendonca and Anderson Mahans

What happens when you combine two of our favorite things, “Game of Thrones” and Disney animation? That’s right: magic. Artists Fernando Mendonça and Anderson Mahanski are the ones responsible for the abundance of joy you’ll find below and all we can think is, will Disney ever take on Westeros and give us “Mother of Dragons and the 7 Kingdoms”?

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Photo of the Day: The Brazilian Bus Magnate Who’s Buying Up All the World’s Vinyl Records

1103 Photo of the Day: The Brazilian Bus Magnate Who’s Buying Up All the World’s Vinyl Records

Paul Mawhinney, a former music-store owner in Pittsburgh, spent more than 40 years amassing a collection of some three million LPs and 45s, many of them bargain-bin rejects that had been thoroughly forgotten. The world’s indifference, he believed, made even the most neglected records precious: music that hadn’t been transferred to digital files would vanish forever unless someone bought his collection and preserved it. (Sebastián Liste/Noor, for The New York Times)