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Anyone who has attempted a career in writing knows that the only constant, day-to-day, from morning ‘til night, is that whatever it is you are working on, you absolutely hate it. You hate the characters who become less relatable by the letter, you hate the settings for which you are running out of descriptive words, and most of all, you hate yourself for thinking that you were on your way to profundity when all you ever had was a hackneyed abortion barely worthy of a middle school creative writing assignment. The good news, though, is that even–maybe especially–our literary greats aren’t and haven’t been immune to these studies in masochistic self-loathing. They kept at it, and as a result their phoned-in books ended up in bookshelves throughout the world.
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
“I’m writing a novel…the first in my life” Leo Tolstoy wrote to his friend when he began Anna Karenina. The statement was a profound one, considering the prior success of his epic masterpiece, War and Peace. Hailed by many as a flawless work of art, Anna Karenina’s contrasting tales of adultery and philosophy detail the transformation of a man and a woman against the backdrop of the declining tsarist rule in Russia.
Four tootsie roll pops or several slices of honeydew? If you love to eat, it seems the latter is the more sensible option.
Sharks are equal parts terrifying, mysterious and incredible. With around 400 shark species existing in the world today, each has its own aesthetic, hunting techniques and temperament. Here are seven of the world’s coolest shark species:
Growing to more than 40 feet in length, whale sharks are the largest fish species in the world. Despite their size, whale sharks prefer to feed on plankton, not people. Whale sharks also catch small fish and other animals by swimming with their mouth wide open. In a mechanism called “cross-flow filtration,” the shark uses its jaws to filter what enters into its mouth.
Hailing from Batam Island, Indonesia, photographer Uda Dennie recently grabbed worldwide attention when his jumping spider photos hit the web. The photographs, which were snapped in Dennie’s garden, spread like wildfire, due to the curious, colorful shots of the spiders wearing water droplets on their heads. These adventurous arachnids are known to “pose” for pictures by turning their bodies to face the photographer.
For centuries, people have used protesting as an inclusive, grassroots way to bring about change. While protests can vary from non-violent to ferocious and small-scale to a million-member march, each has a specific goal it seeks to achieve. Here are some of the most bizarre protests methods to date:
Bizarre Protest Movement No. 1: Performer Protests Shark Finning
To protest shark finning, or removing a shark’s fin (used in delicacies like fin soup) and discarding the now-handicapped shark into the water to die, British performing artist Alice Newstead decided to pierce her skin with fishing hooks and hang by the hooks in a busy shopping area.