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What He Found In His Grandparents’ House Sent Him On A Journey Back In Time

There are endless treasures to be found in our grandparents’ attics. While digging through these family heirlooms and artifacts, we’re lucky if we come across a few tattered photos from the war, or a chipped teacup from an old collection. Although substantial finds may be few and far between, these relics help us piece together the stories of our lives.

But one man hit the jackpot one day while rummaging through his grandparents’ things. What he discovered sent him on a stunning journey back in time.

He found a perfectly preserved film of his grandparents’ wedding that dates back to 1944.

Although this footage was captured decades ago, the affection shown by these two lovebirds is timeless.

My Grandparents Wedding :: 16mm from 1944 from bliss* productions on Vimeo.

Grandparents are often viewed as the pillars of the family. They’re seen as sage, wizened monuments to everything that younger generations stand for. It’s rare that we get to peek behind the curtain and marvel at who they were before we were born, and now that this man has stepped back in time, he will be able to move forward with a whole new perspective on who he is and where he came from.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/family-history/

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/

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/

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/

22 Animals That Are Living Their Best Lives In Pools

Now that summer’s back in town, you can usually find me wading in still water with total strangers at any given moment in the pool behind my apartment building.

Although dealing with people you don’t know when you hit the pool isn’t always ideal, it’s pretty great when it’s 400 degrees outside and you can’t exactly afford to keep the central air pumping 24 hours a day.

These animals tend to agree. I mean, can you imagine being covered in hair when summer’s nastiness is in full swing? No big deal, right? Just a waking nightmare. That’s why these animals have decided to use the tools in our human arsenal for their benefit. They get their full life in pools just like us, and they don’t give a damn if they’re not supposed to be there.

1. This woman is probably not as happy about having bears in her pool as the bears are about being in her pool.

2. I’m just going to put this out there, but maybe she needs two more bikini tops.

3. Just a fawn in the pool. Nothing to see here.

4. “I are good at water.”

5. “Oh, cats hate water, you say? Think again, sucka fool.”

6. Here we have five-year-old me in swim class.

7. This cat is doing it right.

8. I thought maybe my dog was my soulmate until I saw this one.

9. He even used the ladder like a GENTLEMAN.

10. They might need a bigger pool.

11. Large solo cup, or really tiny elephants? You decide.

12. You tried it, pig. You tried it.

13. Oh, this isn’t a pool? Tell that to him.

14. When Mom is all, “Don’t run,” and you’re all, “LOLNO.”

15. Here we have the guy who shows up with nothing to offer and drinks all the beer anyway.

16. I wish anything made me this happy.

17. Like me, if this dog’s options were swim or die, she would die.


19. Piggy pool, party of one.

20. He’s probably just thinking about Nietzsche or something.

21. Much pool. Very can’t.

22. Bonus Round: This absolute classic.

Grab a girly drink (because it’s scientifically proven that everyone likes girly drinks) and meet me by the pool…with your dogs. Please don’t forget the dogs.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/animals-in-pools/

Something Rare And Beautiful Is Bringing Death Valley Back To Life

Life is something of which Death Valley is fittingly devoid.

This Californian wasteland is the hottest, driest place in North America, so it makes sense that the presence of anything verdant would cause a stir. The rangers who spend each day roaming the many acres of Death Valley National Park are thrilled to announce that a natural phenomenon known as a “super bloom” is on the horizon.

Roughly every 10 years or so, all of the life that’s lying in wait springs into action. Under the right conditions, thousands and thousands of seeds sitting on the floor of Death Valley take root and bloom into a sight without rival.

According to Ranger Alan Van, “When you get the perfect conditions — the perfect storm, if you will — those seeds can all sprout at once.”

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This super bloom is attracting visitors from across the country who want to marvel at a scene that may not roll around again for another decade.

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If you want more information about the phenomenon that’s injecting life back into the desert with a famously morbid moniker, Van has you covered.

(via The Huffington Post)

What’s most impressive about this super bloom is that something so powerful managed to spring from a place of fragility. If the region had experienced one fewer storm, or had even spent one more hour shrouded in cloud cover over the past few months, this might not have happened. It further proves that nature’s every move is part of a delicate balance.

To learn more about Death Valley National Park, be sure to visit its website.

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When This Drone Flew Over The Ocean, It Found The Only Two People In The World

While weddings themselves are very much about people’s tribes in their entirety, a relationship that culminates in such a celebration starts with two.

Two people meet. Two people test the waters and take the plunge. They fumble through awkward dates until struggling with a plate full of pasta goes from embarrassing to endearing. They meet in the glorious middle filled with a type of love that warrants rings, parties, and promises of growing old together.

Her ability to capture the sense of oneness that can be found in a pair is what sets Helene Havard‘s wedding photography apart. The Tahiti-based artist recently teamed up with Flying World Pictures to create a collection that both literally and figuratively elevates the craft.

The combination of drone technology and Havard’s careful eye creates scenes populated by subjects who appear to be the last two people on Earth.

If you want to get a feel for what these shoots look like in action, check out the video below.

Bora bora Wedding Jacob & Jodi from Flying World Pictures on Vimeo

To see more of Helene Havard’s work, visit her website. For regular updates, follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

You can watch more videos by Flying World Pictures here.

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The Anxiety You’ll Feel After Watching This Guy’s Ride Is So Real

Like outdoor and indoor cats, there are outdoor and indoor people. If you’re anything like me, you’re of the latter variety.

Being the sedentary creature I am with my office job and love of books, I can’t say that I’ve ever, ever wanted to hop on a bike and send myself hurtling over a cliff. The closest I ever get to thrill-seeking is watching other people do it for me.

And this guy is one of those people.

If doing a backflip over a 72-foot canyon seems like Hell on Earth to you, welcome to your nightmare!

Yeah, I think I’ll stick to reading. I’m weak and this is too much for me.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/backflip-canyon/

Bath Time Can Be A Nightmare, But These Simple Tricks Are Here To Save The Day

If memory serves me correctly, a distinct look of despair spread across my parents’ faces every night when bath time rolled around. After chasing me and my siblings around all day, wrangling us and watching us proceed to flood the bathroom was understandably not their idea of a good time.

And if you have kids, you probably know that feeling all too well. That’s why these hacks are so great. To seriously cut down on your bath time stress, you’ll want to add them to your evening repertoire.

If you’re worried about safety, the team over at WhatsUpMoms has you covered!

Can’t seem to keep your kiddos entertained? They’ll help you come up with the perfect solution for that, too.

Bath time is about to get much easier, folks.

The best part about these hacks is that you can use things that you already have at home! You can now stop pulling your hair out and spending a fortune on gimmicks that are supposed to make life easier (but never do). It’s a win-win situation.

And there’s more where that came from. For more helpful hints, be sure to check out WhatsUpMoms on YouTube!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/bath-hacks/

What This Artist Does Turns Invisible Aggression Into Something We Can See

A Dutch boxer by the name of Bart van Polanen Petel forces two worlds to collide every time his fist meets the punching bag.

Otherwise known as Paintboxer, this creator brings artistry and athleticism together in a way that’s utterly singular. “Fists are my tools for creation,” he writes, but he doesn’t mean that in some abstract, heady way. He means it in a way that’s at once literal and totally unexpected.

Paintboxer brings canvases to life by covering his gloves with paint. He adds depth and dimension with every strike, calculated or otherwise.

His work is what happens when Jackson Pollock, Jaison Cianelli, and Muhammad Ali stand against the ropes together.

And he does not hesitate to identify the inherent aggression of his process.

“If life is ultimately a Darwinian struggle for survival,” he explained to Lost at E Minor, “then boxing at least has the virtue of being open about it. Inspired by its primal nature, I pay tribute. Instead of crushing bones and shattering teeth, I use my fists to create.” Fittingly, he refers to his style as “pugilistic expressionism.”

“What remains,” he continues, “is an echo of the beast within.”

In this artist’s case, the process is as telling as the outcome.

He explored those methods further with the creation of “Project Phosphorescence.”

Bart van Polanen Petel’s work occupies the space between movement and stasis — anger and release. It’s the visual product of invisible aggression.

To learn more about this artist, be sure to visit his website. For regular updates, follow him on Twitter.

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