10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet this Week! #11

Pic: AP Images/Shizuo Kambayashi

 

For the past 16 years, Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham has been hitting the skatepark with his wheelchair and doing insane flips, tricks and hand-plants.

He is, as he describes, the foremost expert in turning lemons into lemonade.

Courtesy of Youtube

 

2. What do you get if you cross a photographer, a retoucher and a graphic artist?

Some seriously weird images, that’s what!

A photographer, a graphic artist and a retoucher all joined forces recently to produce these surreal images on the theme of Hedonism, for REMIX magazine.

Collages intervene, reality transforms, and poses are accentuated to create this series of bizarre pics that almost resemble a cross between Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso – well I think so anyway.  🙂

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Photographer: Tatu García | Retoucher: Alina Kovban | Artist: Lola Dupre

Source: Behance

 

3. Tokyo hasn’t seen November snow in over 50 years . . .

. . but residents in the capital woke up to this winter wonderland recently.

Tokyo doesn’t really get much snow – maybe once or twice a year at most, and the last time they saw snow in November was in 1962, so it all came as a bit of surprise to many, with a ‘flurry’ of pics on many social media platforms. Nice!

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Pic: notesofnomads
A visitor takes a photo in the snow at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, near Tokyo. Pic: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi
A visitor takes a photo in the snow at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, near Tokyo. Pic: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi
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Pic: nikkei
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Pic: madejpn
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Pic: aryan524
A shrine maiden walks in the snow at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, near Tokyo. Pic: AP Images/Shizuo Kambayashi
A shrine maiden walks in the snow at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, near Tokyo. Pic: AP Images/Shizuo Kambayashi
The Great Buddha statue is covered with snow at Kotoku-in temple in Kamakura, near Tokyo. Pic: Kazuhiro Ibuki/Kyodo News via AP
The Great Buddha statue is covered with snow at Kotoku-in temple in Kamakura, near Tokyo. Pic: Kazuhiro Ibuki/Kyodo News via AP
Shrine maidens chat in the snow at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, near Tokyo. Pic: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi
Shrine maidens chat in the snow at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, near Tokyo. Pic: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi
People walk along Nakamise-dori, an approach to the Senso-ji temple, one of Tokyo's popular sightseeing spots Pic: AP Images/Kyodo
People walk along Nakamise-dori, an approach to the Senso-ji temple, one of Tokyo’s popular sightseeing spots Pic: AP Images/Kyodo

Source: BoredPanda

 

4. Mongolia’s Got Talent? – yep they sure have, and who knew?!

Don’t scroll on . . . honestly. This guy is GOOD!

Source: Youtube

 

5. Under the harsh North Korean regime, beauty still prevails.

Almost 3 years ago, Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc began a project to capture the planet’s diversity through portraits of women, and to show that ‘beauty is everywhere and is not about race, money or trends, but more about being yourself, natural and authentic’.

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The Atlas of Beauty went on the become one of the most popular photographic projects the world has seen, and Mihaela’s  journey has taken her to over 50 countries as diverse as Tibet, Iran, Brazil, and the US, but one country eluded her til now – North Korea.

“North Korean women are not familiar with global trends, but this doesn’t mean that they are not preoccupied with their look. They are, definitely!”

“They have a passion for high heels and usually wear classic outfits, always accompanied by a pin, on the chest, representing one of the country’s leaders. During celebrations and other special occasions, they wear traditional colorful outfits.”

the photographer wrote on Bored Panda.

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Mihaela’s project became viral across many social media platforms, and was featured in many publications around the world. Her hope is to travel to every country to continue her project, and if you would like to support the project, you can do this on her website here.

Via: MyModernMet

You can visit Mihaela on Facebook, Instagram, or on her website The Atlas of Beauty

 

6. Age ain’t no barrier when it comes to Hip Hop

Kimonos, average age of 60, Hip Hop . . . . .  What tha?

Yep, those crazy Japanese are up to their old tricks again, with some of the more ‘aged’ population gettin’ down with a bit of Bruno Mars.

Hit it girls . . .

Source and more info, go to: Rocketnews

 

7. Was Fidel Castro REALLY a serious contender for Major League Baseball?

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Nope!

But that didn’t stop the legendary stories circulating for years that he had such a blistering fastball with a formidable curve that Major League teams were all drooling over him.

Apparently, also according to legend, the reason given for not accepting the lucrative offers was because ‘he had better things to do’ . . . stuff like starting a revolution, going nuclear with the USA and so on, I guess.

Story goes that he DID have a pretty good arm as a pitcher, but was a far better basketballer during his days as a freshman at the University of Havana.

Good story though – R.I.P. Fidel you ol’ son of gun!

For the larger story head to TodayIFoundOut

 

8. What’s on my Soundcloud playlist at the mo!

A bit of Drum & Bass from Independent Canadian-based Electronic Dance Music and dubstep label Monstercat – nice!

 

9. A selection of the Guardian’s Pics of the Day

Some of these pics are pretty cool so I thought I’d give you all a peek at some of the stuff going on in the world, as seen through the lenses of some of the world’s best photo-journos.

The world is truly a wonderful place – we should all care for it!  🙂

Havana, Cuba A taxi driver reads the newspaper a day after Fidel Castro died aged 90 Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images
Havana, Cuba
A taxi driver reads the newspaper a day after Fidel Castro died aged 90
Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images
Krasnoyarsk, Russia Visitors watch as members of a winter swimming club pour buckets of cold water over their daughters, Liza Broverman, seven, and Alisa Smagina, two, during a celebration of Polar Bear Day at the Royev Ruchey zoo, with the air temperatures of about -5C (23F) Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
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Visitors watch as members of a winter swimming club pour buckets of cold water over their daughters, Liza Broverman, seven, and Alisa Smagina, two, during a celebration of Polar Bear Day at the Royev Ruchey zoo, with the air temperatures of about -5C (23F)
Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
Bangalore, India Contestants pose for a photograph during a beard and moustache competition organised by the Bangalore Beard Club Photograph: Kiran Manjunath/AFP/Getty Images
Bangalore, India
Contestants pose for a photograph during a beard and moustache competition organised by the Bangalore Beard Club
Photograph: Kiran Manjunath/AFP/Getty Images
Beijing, China A participant plays a game on her phone as others watch during a break in a traditional Chinese opera competition at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters
Beijing, China
A participant plays a game on her phone as others watch during a break in a traditional Chinese opera competition at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts
Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters
Lopburi, Thailand Monkeys climb on tourists during the Monkey buffet festival at the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple. The festival is held every year on the last Sunday of November to promote tourism in Lopburi, known as monkey city, and to thank the monkeys for drawing tourists to the town Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA
Lopburi, Thailand
Monkeys climb on tourists during the Monkey buffet festival at the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple. The festival is held every year on the last Sunday of November to promote tourism in Lopburi, known as monkey city, and to thank the monkeys for drawing tourists to the town
Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA
Shanghai, China Orangutan Fei Fei holds a male offspring in her arms at Shanghai zoo. Fei Fei gave birth in the first successful reproduction of an orangutan at the zoo Photograph: VCG via Getty Images
Shanghai, China
Orangutan Fei Fei holds a male offspring in her arms at Shanghai zoo. Fei Fei gave birth in the first successful reproduction of an orangutan at the zoo
Photograph: VCG via Getty Images
Zidlochovice, Czech Republic People dressed as Krampus walk the streets during a festival Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Zidlochovice, Czech Republic
People dressed as Krampus walk the streets during a festival
Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

For more, head to TheGuardianUkedition

 

10. Electric cars are finally coming of age when it comes to design

Remember when the first electric cars came out? They were all either grotesque, bug-like things, or boxy and safe-looking that only your granny might drive.

They all looked like they could’ve been designed by This Guy 

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Suffice to say, they were all pretty ugly, but car designers are finally getting it I think.

The recent Paris Motor Show 2016 had all the usual contenders with their latest and greatest electric hybrids – Ferrari, Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, Tesla etc., and I have to say most of them are fast, beautiful, and awesomely great in this current era of achieving efficiency and goodliness to the environment.

Did I mention Fast?

Up until recently, the fastest road-car record was the Bugatti Veyron, until along came the Tesla S.

Then who should sneak in the back door but none other than the Chinese, with their latest offering – from a startup no less – the NIO EP9 by NextEV.

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This mammoth machine exerts more than 2 and a half tonnes of downforce at 150kmph. That’s almost twice the downforce of an F1 car, and roughly 3 times our Earth’s gravity, AND it recently set a world record lap at Germany’s Nürburgring at seven minutes and five seconds, making it the fastest electric car in the world.

Sweeeeet!!!

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And only $1.2mil a piece – I’ll take 2 please! Got any in black?

Sources: YankoDesign

 

Bonus Extra – FIND THE CAT.

I was jokingly accused recently of turning into a version of the Crazy Cat Lady because I’ve posted a few ‘cute’ cat pics, but in my own defence, a Cat IS my logo.

In any case, just to get my accusers back, I’ve posted another Find The Cat pic to test you out! ( . . anyone know the emoji for sticking your tongue out?)  🙂

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Too easy?

Okay, how about this one then?

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Courtesy of: BoredPanda

 

Hope you all enjoyed this weeks list of Cool and Interesting stuff off the Net.

If you’d like to leave a comment below on anything, or want to suggest stuff you’d like to see in the future, or maybe just give me a hard time for showing too many cats, then feel free to use the Comments section below!

As always, I aim to please!

Have an awesome week peeps! 🙂

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