0 Quiz: Can You Name a Book from Its Word Cloud?

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A word cloud is a visual representation of text, with more frequently used terms shown in larger font sizes. In this Sporcle quiz, word clouds are used to depict 150 of the most common words from each of 25 famous works of literature. You will be given nine minutes to name as many as you can (although there is a pause button in case your mom or nature calls).

Take the quiz →

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0 Making of the Candelier, a Gummy Bear Chandelier

candelier, gummy bear chandelier
Here's a sweet way to brighten up any room. The Candelier is a "candy" chandelier, crafted from approximately 15,000 hand-strung acrylic gummy bears.

Watch this video to see how it's made.

(via Jellio)

0 The Most Expensive Homes Currently for Sale in America

186 S. Division, Holland, Michigan 49424
 Photo: 186 S. Division, Holland, Michigan 49424. Sotheby's International Realty
Someday soon this blog will bring in billions, and I'll need some sound investment options. A new home seems like a logical place to start.

Business Insider has compiled a list of the most expensive homes currently for sale per state. My state of Michigan is #23 on the list, with an $18.9 million estate on Holland's Lake Macatawa. The most expensive home is in Greenwich, Connecticut, listed at only $190 million.

Decisions, decisions!

0 The Secret Story of TOYS

To be filed under: Occupations I WANT.

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0 MTV Releases Alternate Ending to 'The Hills'

Remember when the camera slowly zoomed out... and we all realized that Brody was actually standing in front of a painted billboard—not the real Hollywood sign.

And we saw that he was surrounded by TV cameras. And a crew.


And so we proceeded to hurl our remote controls at our TV sets and collectively scream: "OMG IT'S FAKE?! It was fake THE WHOLE TIME?! WHAT THE HELL?!"

Three years later, MTV has finally released the less controversial alternate ending to "The Hills" that we never got to see. The ending that would've allowed us to remain contently delusional about the realness of reality TV. We see the same K-Cav farewell, but now *spoiler alert* a cameo by LC.

Get ready to feel the rain on your skin once again. Because no one else can feel it for you. Only you can let it in.

The alternate ending:

The original ending:

0 Outside the Lines: An Artists' Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations

Break out your Faber-Castells or Prismacolors! "Outside the Lines" is a new coloring book that adults (like me) can enjoy.
outside the lines, an artists' coloring book for giant imaginations
For anyone who loves creativity and contemporary art, or who simply loves the joy of coloring, comes Outside the Lines, a striking collection of illustrations from more than 100 creative masterminds, including animators, cartoonists, fine artists, graphic artists, illustrators, musicians, outsider artists, photographers, street artists, and video game artists.

With contributions from Keith Haring, AIKO, Shepard Fairey, Exene Cervenka, Keita Takahashi, Jen Corace, Ryan McGinness, and more, Outside the Lines features edgy and imaginative pieces ready for you to add your own special touch.
"Outside the Lines" will be released on September 3, but is available now for pre-order.

(via Cool Hunting)

0 Yahoo! Displays 30 Logo Variations Before Unveiling the Final Design

Yahoo! announced that it will unveil a new logo on September 5. Until then, the search engine will display a variation of their current logo every day, for 30 days.

yahoo! logo
The new logo will be a modern redesign that’s more reflective of our re-imagined design and new experiences.

We also want to preserve the character that is unique to Yahoo! — fun, vibrant, and welcoming — so we’ll be keeping the color purple, our iconic exclamation point and of course the famous yodel.
They should really rethink that yodel.

0 Quiz: Who's Your Literary Twin?

What defines a literary twin?

According to The Daily Fig: "There's always that one book you return to over and over because you completely identify with one of the characters. [A literary twin is] JUST like you — or the person you hope to become."

If that description holds true, my literary twin should be Charlie Bucket. But no! My result was Sherlock Holmes. Although the commentary is pretty accurate.

who's your literary twin quiz
So who's your literary twin? Take the quiz to find out

(via Mental Floss

0 Art Everywhere — A Very Very Big Art Show

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The United Kingdom will soon enjoy its own version of the Detroit Institute of Arts' Inside|Out project. From August 12 through 25, more than 22,000 poster sites will feature 57 British masterpieces to create a massive outdoor exhibition in the UK.

Art Everywhere will cover streets, bus stops, car parks, rail stations, supermarkets, shopping malls, cinemas, health clubs and bars to create the world’s largest art show.

With an expected reach of 90% of the UK’s adult population, cities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will see advertising spaces transformed into favorite works of art.

Watch the following video to learn more or visit arteverywhere.org.uk.

0 The Plethora of Pasta Permutations

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Proof that heaven exists.

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0 Can You Solve the Most Difficult Fill-a-Pix Puzzle Ever Created?

Conceptis Puzzles—one of my favorite puzzle publishers—is challenging readers to solve The 10 Hardest Logic Puzzles Ever Created.

Challenge accepted.

I've decided to start with this Fill-a-Pix puzzle (shown above) and will move on from there.
Fill-a-Pix is a Minesweeper-like puzzle based on a grid with a pixilated picture hidden inside. Using logic alone, the solver determines which squares are painted and which should remain empty until the hidden picture is completely exposed.

Advanced logic Fill-a-Pix such as the one above contain situations where two clues simultaneously affect each other as well as the squares around them making these puzzles extremely hard to solve.
See you in a few hours.

0 PBS Announces New Reality Show 'Meet the Tanners' — NOT!

Reality TV fans are getting excited about the upcoming premier of "Meet the Tanners" (no, not those Tanners):

A new family is stepping into... the sunlight. Sparks and oils will fly, because for this family getting the perfect shade of perfection is no easy task- and they're going for the bronze. Meet the Tanners, premiering Sunday, August 18th at 8/7C. It'll be sunsational.
Watch the trailer:

Well played, PBS.

0 Nightvision: Timelapse of European Landmarks After Dark

Nightvision, a film by Luke Shepard, features some of the most famous European buildings after dark. From Rome's Trevi Fountain to Barcelona's Sagrada Familia, iconic structures like these are showcased as stunning marvels of architecture.

According to the filmmaker:

Nightvision is a celebration of the brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe.

Over the course of three months I journeyed with a friend through 36 cities in 21 countries with the ambition of capturing some of the greatest European structures in a new and unique way.

Comprised of thousands of carefully taken photographs, strung together and stabilized in post-production, Nightvision aims to inspire appreciation for these man-made landmarks.
(via Like Cool)

0 'Art Story': An Original Animated Film

Can you picture camping out underneath Van Gogh's "Starry Night" sky? Have you ever fantasized about how a burger might taste at Hopper's "Nighthawks" diner? Can you imagine taking an advanced ballet lesson in "The Dance Class" by Degas?

Famed masterpieces like these will come alive for a little boy named Walt and his grandfather if a pair of Disney veterans have their way. Using Kickstarter, the filmmakers hope to fund "Art Story"—an original animated film that needs to be made!

It's a story about an 11-year-old, meticulous boy, Walt, and his crazy, loopy Grandpa—two complete opposites—who get stuck in a vast, imaginative world of paintings.

Inside, they cross paths with a ruthless painted character determined to make it into our world.

In order to get home and stop the villain, Walt and Grandpa have to set aside their differences, work together and navigate worlds where the rules can change around every corner.
Check out some of the concept art below, then visit Kickstarter to learn more about the project.

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art story animated film
art story animated film, degas painting
(via HuffPo)

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