The Photographic Diversity of Chicago’s Famous ‘Bean’

Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Nicknamed the Bean, it is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Inspired by liquid mercury, the Bean is made of 168 stainless steel plates welded together. Its highly polished exterior has no visible seams and measure 33 x 66 x 42 feet (10 x 20 x 13 m), and weighs 100 tons. On the underside of the sculpture is the omphalos, a concave chamber that warps and multiplies Read more [...]

With Some Juice And Baking Soda, You Can Make An Invisible Ink For Your Kids

Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets are for everyone. We've all heard the playground mantra...and yet, kids still LOVE secrets. Instead of encouraging them to keep them from you and their friends, show your little ones how to make fun, disappearing ink that can hide secrets and then reveal them with a magical solution! Start out by mixing together equal parts baking soda and water. Have your kids dip a paintbrush in the mix and write a message. Then have another child dip a paintbrush in some Read more [...]

Friendly Homeless Dog Gets Rescued And Has One Dream…

The heroic folks at Howl Of A Dog found Maya on a roadside parking lot, miles away from the city. It was one of the hottest days of the summer, and Maya could barely move — she just lay there on her side, weak, helpless and thirsty. The scorching minutes counted down her fate. But the second her savior held out a kind hand, it was clear Maya wanted to live, and that she had a heart of gold. As a stray dog, every day was a struggle for survival — but now she’s discovering a brand new world. Read more [...]

Dog Shows Off Yodeling Skills As His Best Friend Plays The Accordion

This hilarious video is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face! It all begins simply enough: It’s just a musical duo sitting down playing their newest song. It seems as if dogs love to howl and bark whenever they begin to hear someone play an accordion, much like Jessie, the dog who loves to sing along whenever she hears the music. While the sound of the accordion is probably much more annoying for the talented dog’s ears than it is for yours or mine, it should be noted that the furry friend Read more [...]

You’ll Be Blown Away When You See This Awesome Multiplication Trick

Math is hard. That's why America has fallen so far behind in mathematics compared to other nations around the world. It's full of complicated algorithms and greek symbols, and I want no part of it. But once you see how the Japanese approach multiplication, you'll be blown away by how simple math suddenly seems. They really have it down. It's a shame that we weren't taught like this. That was incredible. It required very little math at all -- just a couple of lines. That trumps the way I learned Read more [...]

After Robbing A Bank, This Couple Did The Stupidest Thing Ever

If you want to get to the root of all human folly and stupidity, just head on over to Facebook. The platform is great for those who want to watch their weird relatives get into asinine arguments, or those who think that sharing how many pumpkin spice lattes they've had since fall officially began is actually important. It's also a great place to watch criminals effectively send themselves to jail. Just ask this couple. John Morgan and his girlfriend Ashley decided to rob a bank one day, and when Read more [...]

18 of the Most Unfortunate Photos Ever Taken

Sometimes you take a photo and don’t realize until after that things have gone horribly wrong. Other times it’s only the person taking the photo that is well aware of the unfortunate result. These photos are some of the most unfortunately timed and captured photos ever to grace the internet. Playing soccer or football can be a very rough sport, and this photo shows just how rough. After all neither one of them seem to really be enjoying this. And I’m pretty sure they’re not supposed Read more [...]

15 Beautiful Libraries Around the World

Trinity College Library – University of Dublin | Photograph via Skylark Studio Following up from last year’s highly popular post ‘15 Incredible Libraries Around the World‘, the Sifter has compiled another collection of beautiful libraries from your comments and suggestions. Ultimately, it is the books within these buildings that make it special, but many of these pillars of learning stand as landmarks in the cities and universities they reside. For all lovers of books, these libraries Read more [...]

This Dog’s Reaction To Getting Woken Up By A Harmonica Is So Adorable

If you're like me when I'm woken up too early, your reaction is probably a harsh gurgle, grumble, or some other ugly noise that seems inhuman. It's really quite unattractive, when you think about it. But when Max the adorable golden retriever is woken from his afternoon slumber, he lets out the cutest hums, whines, and howls that I've ever heard. It kinda makes me want to wait around for him to fall asleep just so I can wake him up with a new instrument every time.   Read more [...]

A Skier Miraculously Survives A Fall That Should Have Been Fatal

Ian McIntosh was being filmed for a project called "Paradise Waits" when things went very, very wrong. The professional skier was in the Neacola range of Alaska when, during a run, he tripped over an unseen five-foot-deep trench. From there, he fell 1,600 feet. This is NOT what you want to happen. OMG. If you want to see more stunning ski videos (that may or may not include people cartwheeling for hundreds of feet), check out Paradise Waits. Read more [...]