Five People Who Changed The Course Of History

March 2, 2014

History is made by people, with much of it consisting of the working out of already latent and often inevitable human trends. Sometimes, however, history takes a sharp turn away from its ordained path in response to a single individual’s will. Sometimes you can go back to a particular moment in history and say that if it hadn’t been for one person, things would have been very different. This is the story of five of those people.

Ghengis Khan Prunes Asia Like A Garden

Genghis Statue

Source: Flickr

History should never have heard of Genghis Khan. As a twelve-year-old boy, the future Khan (then known as Temujin) lost his father, a tribal chieftain, when he was poisoned by Tartars. Things like that usually ended with the slain chieftain’s whole family being wiped out, but Temujin escaped into the wilderness with his mother and a few loyal supporters.

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3 Heartwarming Stories You’ll Want To Share

February 28, 2014

Due to the nature of the news cycle, the world’s darkness will almost always seem to eclipse its light. Good deeds, happiness and progress don’t make for catchy headlines, and yet it doesn’t mean that none of them exist. Here are three recent, heartwarming stories that will help you remember that life has just as much capacity to be good as it does bad.

Bettina Banayan’s Cake-Sharing Antics

We all know that you can’t have your cake and eat it too. But as New York performance artist Bettina Banayan recently demonstrated, you can eat free cake from a subway stranger.

As you can see in the video (below), Banayan began her friendly performance by frosting a cake in the middle of the subway, amidst a sea of unsure observers. Once Banayan finished frosting the cake, she began cutting and serving slices to other hungry passengers. Skip to 6:50 to see what happens when she starts handing out cake!

Banayan says, “New Yorkers aren’t very personable with each other and we’re constantly in people’s private space, especially on the subway. I think it’s important to have some kind of community.” While artistic ambitions may very well have underpinned her frosted benevolence, Banayan’s baked goods are a small way of making the world a better—and tastier—place to live.

Happy Birthday Colin!

One mom’s wish for her son to have a great 11th birthday has turned into one of the top heartwarming stories of the month. In early February, Jennifer’s son Colin, who has Asperger’s syndrome, told her that there was no point in having a birthday party because he had no friends. Due to his condition, Colin often has a difficult time in social settings, and is frequently excluded or made fun of at school.

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What We Love This Week, Volume LIV

February 28, 2014

Breathtaking Landscapes As Seen By A Retired Travel Photographer

Swapping the stethoscope and examination room for a camera and the rugged outdoors, Weerapong Chaipuck has embraced photography as a means to occupy his newly acquired free time. Since retiring from the medicine field, the Thai physician has traveled the world over, offering those of us crammed into grey cubicles a pleasant reminder that life has more to offer us than death and taxes.

Chaipuck wants you to experience that truth, too. Says Chaipuck, “As a new task of travel photographer, I experienced a lot of memorable moments from kind-hearted people during my trip. So, pay it forward, if you want to make a trip as a travel photographer too, welcome to my country. Contact me and be my guest!”. Alternatively, if you’d rather just ogle over Chaipuck’s artistic eye from the comforts of your own home, you can do so at My Modern Met.

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Meet 4-Year-Old Mayhem, The World’s Cutest Fashion Designer

February 27, 2014

Meet “Mayhem,” the world’s cutest four-year-old fashion designer in training. Along with mom Angie (who gave her the incredible nickname Mayhem), this kiddo has been creating paper dresses, outfits and out-of-this-world costumes for the past nine months. Angie has documented the entire fashion progression on their Instagram account and under the hashtag #fashionbymayhem.

4-Year-Old Mayhem's First Design

Mayhem’s very first paper dress. Source: Instagram

FashionbyMayhem as Jennifer Lawrence

Source: BuzzFeed

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The Curious Life Of A Poodle Trainer

February 25, 2014

With puffs of bleached hair not unlike her beloved poodles, Irina Markova truly embodies the idea of how one event–positive or negative–in childhood can inform one’s future. “The Poodle Trainer” has made its rounds at several film festivals, with critics praising it for its ability to “[pack] humor and tragedy into a subtle and perfectly paced seven minutes”. Watch and see if you agree.

17 Top Images from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

February 7, 2014
Aerial Series in Sony World Photography Awards

Aerial Series by Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris, Source: Daily Mail

There are few photography achievements more prestigious than the Sony World Photography awards. While the Photographer of the Year title will not be announced until April 30th in London, the World Photography Organisation (WPO) released its shortlist for this year’s awards in early February. The shortlist—which represents international amateur, professional and youth photography—contains some of the most incredible, breathtaking contemporary photos from 2013.

Campaign Category in Sony World Photography Awards

Big Cat, Little Cat by George Logan, Source: BuzzFeed

Sony World Photography Awards from India

Yellow Fellow by Anurag Kumar, Source: South China Morning Post

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