Boy Wanted To Be Elsa For Halloween And His Dad Had The Best Response Possible

Oct 9, 2015

If you had to guess what a three-year-old boy might want to dress up as for Halloween, your first guess might not be ‘Elsa’ from Disney’s Frozen, but that’s exactly what little Caiden wants to be – and his dad is totally OK with that.
“Halloween is about children pretending to be their favorite characters. Just so happens, this week his is a princess,” wrote Caiden’s father, Paul Henson, in a Facebook post. He also had a few choice words for anyone who thinks that boys can’t dress up as princesses for Halloween; “Keep your masculine bulls**t and slutty kids costumes.”
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“We generally let Caiden make his own choices, to an extent… Well, he has decided… to be Elsa”
“He also wants me to be Anna”

“Keep your masculine bullshit and slutty kids costumes, Halloween is about children pretending to be their favorite characters”


Photographer Recreates Stories From Famous Artists’ Lives Through Their Eyes

Wouldn’t it be interesting if we had snapshots through the eyes of famous artists throughout history? The images could reveal things they saw, worked on, and were inspired by.

Italian photographer Dan Bannino just finished a new project titled “The Eye of the Artist” in which he recreates scenes of the lives of art masters… as seen through their eyes.

This was a major project for Bannino: he spent 3 months traveling 4,000 miles through 22 cities in France and Spain in his quest to create snapshots of art history from the artists’ perspectives.

“Starting from South of France, I’ve travelled in search of places, food, people and colors that inspired the works of the great masters,” writes Bannino. “I went over the places where these great artists have walked, lived and created, tracing their history through the people who knew them, close relatives, or just local people who were able to pass their adventures by word of mouth.”

Once he had the anecdotes he was looking for, Bannino staged 10 scenes to tell the stories of 10 famous artists. Here are the photos, with each one followed by the anecdote it shows:

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
“Few people know that Pierre-Auguste Renoir suffered from arthritis for the last 25 years of his life. In a rare footage from 1915 we see the 74-year-old master seated at his easel, applying paint to a canvas while his youngest son Claude, 14, stands by to arrange the palette and place the brush in his father’s permanently clenched hand. He depended on others to move him around in a wheelchair. The pain was so bad he was almost paralysed, but Renoir never stopped painting.”

Francisco Goya
“Francisco Goya is one of the few painters that found fame and success during and after his life. His technique had been object of many studies, leaving more than a secret on his style. He invented a rather unusual and clever method to add some last touches to his masterpieces. Waiting for the daylight to disappear, he pulled out his top hat, which was fitted around the brim with candles; lighting them one by one, he was then ready to embrace the dark and add it to his brushstrokes.”

Henry De Toulouse-Lautrec
“Henry De Toulouse-Lautrec enjoyed the company of his friends and family, he loved cooking and dining with them all the time. The painter, just before the arrival of his guests, used to fill the water jugs with gold fishes so that everyone had inevitably to drank wine: this way he made sure no one was going to end a meal sober.”

Vincent Van Gogh
“Vincent Van Gogh is known as the struggled genius who cut off his own ear, but recent studies now claim that the painter lost his ear in a fight with his friend, the artist Paul Gauguin. Van Gogh had his left ear completely slashed off (so not just a tiny piece as most of you may remember) and during the same night as a local newspaper stated, Vincent, bleeding heavily, wrapped his ear in a piece of paper and walked to a nearby brothel. He then gave the unpleasant gift to a prostitute, who immediately fainted.”

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
“Few people know that Pierre-Auguste Renoir suffered from arthritis for the last 25 years of his life. In a rare footage from 1915 we see the 74-year-old master seated at his easel, applying paint to a canvas while his youngest son Claude, 14, stands by to arrange the palette and place the brush in his father’s permanently clenched hand. He depended on others to move him around in a wheelchair. The pain was so bad he was almost paralysed, but Renoir never stopped painting.”

El Greco
“El Greco (Domenico Theotocopuli) moved from Greece to Toledo (Spain), quickly becoming one of the most successful and rich painters of his time. Confident, extravagant and rebellious, El Greco hired musicians to play while he ate and prided himself on his refusal to comply with his clients’ demands.”

Salvador Dalì
“Salvador Dalì loved Spain and especially his childhood’s places, so it’s not difficult to imagine the flamboyant artist dining at the same place for more than sixty years. One day he arrived at Duran’s resturant and strangely decided to eat alone in a corner of the dining room: he ordered only a fish soup. Once the dish arrived he jumped on his feet and smashing the plate on the table (spilling red soup all over the room) he shouted:” I’m Dalì!”. After a few, silent minutes the artist started to sign all the broken dish’s pieces, for much joy of all the guests, transforming his act in a piece of art.”

Pablo Picasso
“Barcelona 1899. A young Pablo Picasso began to frequent ‘El 4 Gats’ and later held his first exhibition in the restaurant. During these years, intellectuals from the new bohemian and modernist Barcelona attended performances and concerts and held literary gatherings there. The restaurant, after more than a hundred years, is still opened today, with the same menu cover that the artists himself designed.”

Henri Matisse
“Henri Matisse initially used paper cut-outs to plot the design of works in other materials. Arranging and re-arranging small forms cut from sheets of paper, he could plan effects of composition, color, and contrast before he painted on canvas. In his later years, coping with the difficulties of old age and illness, Matisse turned to “drawing with scissors,” as a way of painting, inventing a new incredible way of making art: the cut-out. Some of Matisse’s last works were large collages of cut-and-pasted paper, as abstract and bold as anything being made by much younger artists in the early 1950s.”

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez
“On August 16, 1623, Philip IV sat for Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez. Completed in one day, the portrait was likely to have been no more than a head sketch, but both the king and Olivares (the powerful minister of the King) were pleased. Olivares commanded Velazquez to move to Madrid, promising that no other painter would ever paint Philip’s portrait and all other portraits of the king would be withdrawn from circulation.”

Paul Cézanne
“Paul Cézanne and Émile Zola grew up together – in the same cradle, said Zola. They loved each other, it is tempting to say, like brothers. For Zola, Cézanne was an inspiration and a source. In 1886 a new novel, L’Œuvre, placed Lantier (a character clearly modelled on his friend Cézanne) centre stage and told his life story – a tragedy. He sent the manuscript to Cezanne. The painter’s enigmatic acknowledgement of April 4 1886 was the last letter ever to pass between them. Sixteen years later, news of Zola’s death reached Cézanne in Aix. He shut himself in his room and wept. No one dared to go in. For hours, the gardener could hear him howl. Later he wandered in the countryside, alone in his landscape and his grief.”


Poignant Photos Compare the Meals of the Rich and Poor Throughout History

Oct 8, 2015

On the left you can see – among other things – a giant block of Emmental cheese, reportedly Kim Jong-Un’s favourite food. On the right – placed at the other end of the table – is, according to Henry and Caitlin’s research, a typical meal eaten by a North Korean citizen.

As Henry tells us, more than a quarter of all North Korean children suffer from chronic malnutrition, and the majority of the country’s 24 million people don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Present-day Syria.
Henry says:
The basis of the meals were dictators – but we wanted to make them more representative of the excess 1% than individual tastes and quirks.
[We know] how Assad’s wife favors a Western diet but elements of the more traditional Middle Eastern diet are still the norm with the rich. These became the starting points that we based these [photos] on.
Nowadays, “death by forced starvation” sounds like something from an old newsreel. But it is not. Right now, in the 21st century, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is once again making use of it. While the international community is haggling over his chemical weapons, the stuff of modern nightmares, Assad is following the example of his medieval and his 20th-century predecessors and deliberately starving thousands of people to death. Because Assad says he doesn’t want to feed armed rebels, trucks filled with food aid now sit outside the besieged city of Homs, where an unknown number of civilians have had no supplies for many weeks.

The series has a historical angle. This represents France before the 1789 revolution.

As Henry says, the urban poor in the Eighteenth Century generally spent half their income on food to survive the year before the revolution began, and in 1789 an unskilled labourer would spend nearly all of his wages on bread.

And these photos contrast the diets of the rich and poor in Ancient Egypt.

As you can see – and this is typical throughout history – meat was considered a luxury: poorer members of that society would generally eat more vegetables and fruit.

The series also looks at Ancient Rome.

Henry points to recent research showing that contrary to popular belief, the overwhelming majority of ancient Romans didn’t eat huge feasts: instead their diet was millet, a grain more appropriate for livestock.

And while this may or may not be a surprise, it also looks at contemporary America.


Here Are 37 Images You Have Probably Never Seen

Oct 7, 2015

1. This is what happens when a forest is struck by lightning.

2. An X-Ray of a pregnant cat. Kinda weird.
3. Melted glass from a building that caught on fire. Reminds me a little of a Salvador Dali painting.
2. An X-Ray of a pregnant cat. Kinda weird.

5. This thing is pretty neat. It's a path laying machine that organizes the bricks into the correct pattern and lays them down. That would save A LOT of time.

6. This is a great contrasting photo. The right half of the photo is modern-day Manhattan. The left side is what Manhattan would have looked like 400 years ago. What a difference.

7. You're going to call me a liar, but this is actually one picture.

8. This is a chemical element called Bismuth. It appears this way because of an iridescent oxide on its surface.

9. The iconic Marlon Brando. The first picture is what he looks like without his makeup for the movie series The Godfather. It's hard for me to picture him without the makeup to be honest.

10. Some horizontally spiraled brick work. I don't think I've ever seen this on a building before.

11. This is a picture of Firefly Squid off the coast of Japan. Pretty beautiful if I do say so myself.

12. So apparently kayaking up to volcanic lava is a thing....

13. This is the Fukang Meteor. Just look at that Fukang Meteor.

14. This is wolf made entirely out of pipe cleaners. You gotta wonder how long this took.

15. This would be so freaking awesome. Imagine looking out at something like that everyday...

16. An igloo community in Germany. I would like to try to live in an igloo for a bit, just to see what it's like.

17. Definitely going to try this one. This is the type of picture that is taken when your camera refocuses during a fireworks explosion.

18. Believe it or not, this is what a 1 liter plastic bottle looks like before it is heated and compressed air is added to it.

19. Ever wondered what the world looks like to your cat? You don't have to wonder any longer. The top photo is what a human sees, the bottom is what a cat sees. No wonder they are nocturnal, nighttime looks like day.

20. This is what is known as a Murrine. It is an Italian term for colored patterns or images that are made in a long glass cane. The images or patterns are revealed when the glass cane is cut into cross sections.

21. These are the Tangalooma wrecks in Queensland, Australia. These boats were sunk on purpose in the 1960's in order to start the formation of natural coral reefs.

22. This is a digital image of an analogue glitch distorting a cabinet. The creator of the digital image has said he plans on creating the actual cabinet in real life.

23. A sunset and an eclipse happening all at once. Absolutely gorgeous, just don't stare at it.

24. This is what you get when a lizard sheds his entire face in one try.

25. This is probably the best watch you've ever laid your eyes on. This is what the inner mechanisms of a watch built by Patek Phillipe look like. Patel is considered to be the finest watch maker in the entire world.

26. This is the chair that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in. At least he was comfortable when....you know....

27. This is the skull of a child that hasn't lost its baby teeth yet. Creepy but interesting nonetheless.

28. These marks are the result of a lightning strike hitting the ground. Interestingly, humans that are struck by lightning will sometimes exhibit the same kind of markings on their skin for a certain period afterward.

29. The top view of a bridge over frozen water. I'm from the Great Lakes state and I've never even seen something like this.

30. Mother Nature must like shapes from the looks of these perfect cubes of a Pyrite.

31. Seeing as this picture needs no explanation, I'm just going to say this. Nope.

32. This terrifying piece of landscape is what is known as "The Door To Hell". It was a natural gas field located in Turkmenistan that collapsed into an underground cavern in 1971. Scientists set it on fire to prevent the spread of deadly methane gas and it has been burning like this ever since.

33. This is an amazing illustration of a sunset through a wave. It literally looks like you could reach your hand out into it and it would get wet.

34. Hitlers infamous mustache was actually not on purpose. His gas mask would not fit with his longer mustache, so he trimmed it. This is him before that time.

35. This is a 3D printed cast that uses ultrasound. This allows bones to heal up to 40% faster. Pretty neat huh?

36. This picture was taken by a NASA satellite of the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis.

37. Believe or not, this eggshell has over 20,000 holes drilled in it.