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When This Artist Turns Off The Lights In His Studio, His Paintings Don’t Disappear

When the light goes out, your paintings on the wall go right along with it.

That could have a little something to do with why museums spend lots of money and even more time perfecting the lighting that shines over their exhibits. But what if those works could be seen in the dead of night?

This is a concept that artist Patrik Munchenberger explores in his paintings that completely transform in the dark and under UV light. Watch what happens to the paint in these pieces when each photosensitive work is given new life under those conditions.

“O mundo” in natural light.

“O mundo” in UV light.

“O mundo” in the dark.

“Aesthetic of Enthusiasm” in natural light.

“Aesthetic of Enthusiasm” in UV light.

“Aesthetic of Enthusiasm” in the dark.

“Die Freude ist ungebrochen” in natural light.

“Die Freude ist ungebrochen” in UV light.

“Die Freude ist ungebrochen” in the dark.

“Don’t wanna play this game anymore” in natural light.

“Don’t wanna play this game anymore” in UV light.

“Don’t wanna play this game anymore” in the dark.

“Untitled Trees” in natural light.

“Untitled Trees” in UV light.

“Untitled Trees” in the dark.

“Chapada” in natural light.

“Chapada” in UV light.

“Chapada” in the dark.

For more insight into his process, check out the videos below.

If you’d like to learn more about this artist, check out his website and his profile on Do nxt.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/photosensitive-art/

This Is What ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Becomes After Going Through Google Translate

Google Translate is a wonderful tool when you want to translate entire websites or when you’re stumped on a foreign word you really should know but for some reason can’t remember. But how does it handle song lyrics?

Singer and YouTuber Malinda Kathleen Reese decided to put it to the test when she took the lyrics to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and passed them through several different language translations before ultimately translating them back to English. The result is pretty hilarious.

This is a perfect example of why I truly love the Internet. What a time to be alive!

All goofiness aside, she has a really good voice.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/google-rhapsody/

What Started As A Few Scribbles On A Canvas Turned Into Something Unbelieveable

For many artists, the process of creating a piece is even more important than the finished product. While that may seem strange to the average observer, anyone with a background in art can tell you that watching a piece come to life is often more fulfilling than seeing the culmination of their efforts.

That’s why it’s a privilege to see art in action. One illustrator named Jake Lockett recently created an incredibly intricate woodland scene, and he was kind enough to let us watch it evolve into something extraordinary.

It all starts with a sketch.

And the addition of color brings a whole new dimension to the piece.

The end result is something out of this world.

To see the process in full, check out the video below:

It’s awesome to see what someone can do with some pencils, paint, and paper. Luckily for us, there’s more where that came from. To see the rest of Lockett’s time-lapse work, be sure to check out his YouTube channel.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/forest-time-lapse/

He Crafted The World’s Most Expensive Chicken Sandwich, But Is It Worth The Price?

Food can be expensive, but we have to have it, so footing the bill is a necessary evil.

I often think that if I didn’t have to eat throughout the day, I’d probably be well on my way to becoming a millionaire. Regardless of whether you stay in for a home-cooked meal or go out to eat at the latest chain restaurant, it can be pretty costly. But I had no idea just how expensive it could be to make something 100 percent from scratch.

As part of his “How To Make Everything” web series, Youtuber Andy George tackled the task of creating a basic chicken sandwich from scratch. What many would consider a fairly easy culinary feat was nothing of the sort. Traveling across country to collect salt water from the ocean was only one of the 16 steps George completed over the course of six months. By the time all was said and done, he had collected his own honey, milked a cow, and pickled his own veggies. He spent approximately $1,500 in the process.

Find out if a $1,500 chicken sandwich is worth the cost when it comes to quality and taste!

I think it’s safe to say that my bank account would rather I didn’t try this at home.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/chicken-sandwich-from-scratch/

With A Little Help From Gravity, This Guy Creates Hypnotic Music

Watching people do what they do best is always a gratifying experience. Whether you’re in the presence of an expert orator who can bring an entire audience to its feet or you’re in the crowd cheering for a star athlete, it’s always cool to see someone in their element.

And there’s something uniquely wonderful about watching musicians at work. When it comes to making us jealous, these virtuosos know exactly how it’s done. If you thought pianists and violinists were enviable, wait until you see what this guy can do.

Swedish musician Martin Molin from the band Wintergatan created this one-of-a-kind instrument that plays stunning music with a little help from gravity.

To learn more about this incredible music machine, check out the band’s website. For regular updates, follow Wintergatan on Facebook!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/marble-music/

Rush Hour In Tokyo Is Something You Truly Have To See To Believe

One of the absolute worst parts about driving or taking public transportation is getting caught in rush hour.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost lost it after getting stuck in slow-moving traffic. However, I’m well-aware that it could get much, much worse in different places — especially Japan.

Referring to Tokyo subway passengers as sardines wouldn’t be any stretch of the imagination, because they pack themselves so tightly in the trains that the doors sometimes won’t even close.

This would be a nightmare for anyone with claustrophobia.

Read More: This Is How They Get Everyone On The Subway In Japan…And It’s Crazy

Well, that definitely puts things in perspective. I’m going to think twice before I ever complain about traffic again!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/tokyo-rush-hour/

If You Hate Cutting Onions, There’s A Cheap Trick That’ll Make This Food Prep Much Easier

While frustration alone can make you shed a tear when chopping onions, the actual reason you cry is due to the chemical irritant syn-propanethial-S-oxide.

You probably have your own way of quelling the tears — putting the onion in the freezer, lighting a candle, etc. — but what about the annoyance of actually chopping them evenly?

This little trick teaches you the best way to cut up an onion so you don’t have pieces all over your counter and floor…you’re about to become the onion-chopping king.

But if that doesn’t work for you, you could always do what this guy does…right?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/chopping-onions/

These Bacon, Egg, And Cheese Bread Bowls Are The Breakfast You Need

When it comes to getting a balanced breakfast, I aim for the easiest option — cereal.

It’s not exactly the healthiest choice, but it’s better than just downing a cup of coffee, right? Well, apparently I’ve been approaching the meal all wrong. The key is to prepare a few days of breakfast in one go. If you love bacon, eggs, and cheese, you need to check this recipe out.

Here’s how you can make these for your whole week!


  • A pack of bacon
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 ounces of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 2 sandwich buns
  • Grated cheddar cheese


  1. Chop up the bacon into small pieces and cook in a pan.
  2. Mix the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg together.
  3. Cut the sandwich rolls in half and remove most of the bread inside to form bowls.
  4. Sprinkle the bacon crumble and some grated cheddar cheese in each bowl and top with some of the egg mix.
  5. Bake in the oven at 320°F for 30-40 minutes.
  6. Serve or save for tomorrow’s breakfast!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/breakfast-bowls/

If You Think Your Hidden Talent Is Cool, This Guy’s About To Make You Feel Bad

I get the distinct feeling that this guy never had trouble getting ready for talent shows back in the day.

When it comes to simple, entertaining performances, juggling is the old standby. There seems to be one person in every family who can round up some fruit in the kitchen and show off over breakfast (even if it doesn’t last long and an orange goes flying).

But this man’s affinity for juggling is next-level amazing.

Juggling three balls? No problem.

What about four? Easy.

He’s never one to back down from a challenge.

But if you thought that last trick was tough, you should check this out.

Well, I certainly feel less confident about my party tricks now. I wonder how long it took him to become a juggling master. If you need me, I’ll be trying to get on his level…and failing.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/incredible-juggler/

17 Of The Weirdest, Inexplicable Toys Ever Sold In Japan

It’s no secret that there are some very strange and creepy toys out there.

But while some look like innocent mistakes that companies may have overlooked during production, others are just plain bizarre and simply cannot be explained.

The following Japanese toys are perfect examples of this, because whoever created them has a seriously weird sense of what fun really is.

1. I’d really rather not, thanks.

2. What’s more fun than a roadkill cat?

3. This is supposedly a piggy bank, but that mouth sure is creepy.

4. This figurine was found in a Japanese toy store.

Read More: These 23 Ridiculous Toys Are Ruining Children Today. How Was #1 Ever A Good Idea?!

5. This robotic cockroach is the perfect way to freak out everyone you know.

6. Nothing says having a good time like playing Russian roulette with the kids.

7. This strange toy allows you to poke inside a box to play with digital characters.

YouTube / twrarmitage

8. Who doesn’t love playing with a barfing cat?

9. The H-bouya toy is designed to plug into your USB port, and its eyes turn red and blink every time the “h” button is pressed on your keyboard. The disturbing part about this is that the “h” in the name may also mean “erotic” in Japanese.

10. The Sega robot cat responds to touch and engages in real-life cat behavior. Some of them even talk, like the creepy feline below.

11. Yes, Japan has turned Obama into an action figure.

12. This God Jesus robot acts as a Magic 8-Ball and answers all your questions while holding a cross.

13. Why eat edamame beans when you can play with them on a key chain?

Read More: These 20 Toys Were Made For Children, But They Completely Missed The Mark

14. This is an inflatable swan that you apparently wear on your crotch. Oh, and it honks when squeezed.

15. We’ve clearly been potty-training our little ones all wrong in the U.S.

16. When you hurl the Lokuloku pig toy at a hard surface, it turns into a puddle of goo and then amazingly bounces back to its original shape.

YouTube / gwblackwell

17. This would be really adorable, if not for the super-unsettling tag attached.

(via Oddee)

Well, that was definitely interesting, to say the least. Would you buy any of these odd toys?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/bizarre-japanese-toys/