The Cave Of Three Bridges In Lebanon Turns Into A Waterfall When The Winter Snow Melts

August 19th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

These epic cave bridges aren’t from some fantastic movie set – they’re part of a real limestone cave. The Baatara Gorge Waterfall, or “Three Bridge Chasm,” in Tannourine, Lebanon was carved out of ancient limestone over millions of years by winter meltwater.

The waterfall, which is fed by meltwater from Mount Lebanon, falls 250 meters into the chasm’s depths past 160-million-year-old limestone from the Jurassic period. Experiments carried out with flourescent dye in 1988 indicated that the water from the chasm emerges from underground at a spring in the nearby town of Mgharet al-Ghaouaghir.

Signs at the cave discourage visitors from standing on the bridges or coming to close to the edge – the edges are slippery, and the bridges may collapse under the weight of too many visitors.

More info: freshtraveldestinations.com | wikipedia.org (h/t: s4r4hz)

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The Cave Of Three Bridges In Lebanon Turns Into A Waterfall When The Winter Snow Melts originally appeared on Bored Panda on August 19, 2014.

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Designer Creates Perfectly Useless Product Designs

August 19th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Product designers are often preoccupied with making objects that are as useful as possible. However, Katerina Kamprani, an Athens-based architect and 3d modeller, has created a series of everyday objects called “The Uncomfortable” where just the opposite is true.

Instead of searching for the optimal solution to a problem, Kamprani has done the exact opposite, – she has carefully considered each objects intended function and then discovered the best tongue-in-cheek way to confound that function.

More info: kkstudio.gr (h/t: ufunk)

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Designer Creates Perfectly Useless Product Designs originally appeared on Bored Panda on August 19, 2014.

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These Nut-Hugging Bear Cookies Are Almost Too Cute To Eat

August 19th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Maa Tamagosan, a French-trained Japanese cook, just might have created a cookie that is too cute to eat. Her cookies look like cute little teddy bears clutching tasty nuts close to their hearts.

Luckily for us, Maa shared the recipe for these cookies on her blog so that the rest of the world can wrestle with the question of whether or not one can eat something so cute. If you have a nut allergy, Maa’s cute recipe can probably be used with other fillings in the center as well, like fruit jam or candy. The bear cookie form is probably the only special tool you’ll need.

Maa’s original recipe is written in Japanese, but there are numerous translations floating around, as well as the wonderful Google Translate tool.

More info: neol.jp | Blogspot | Youtube (h/t: Pouringwaffles)

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‘Hey! It’s Mosogourmet’ provides an English translation of the recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 160°C (320 F)
2. Mix 110g cake flour, 20g potato starch and a pinch of salt in bowl
3. Mix 40g beet sugar syrup, 10g honey and 30g vegetable oil in a small bowl
4. Once thoroughly mixed, spread between parchment paper and roll out with rolling pin
5. Use a bear cookie cutter to cut out the shapes
6. Draw the face (we used a nail dot pen), place the almond and have the bears hug them tight
7. Use leftover dough to make the tails
8. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 150°C (300 F) and bake for an additional 10 minutes
9. Take out of the oven and they’re done!

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These Nut-Hugging Bear Cookies Are Almost Too Cute To Eat originally appeared on Bored Panda on August 19, 2014.

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Every Sunday, This New York Hair Stylist Gives Free Haircuts To The Homeless

August 19th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Mark Bustos, a hair stylist in New York, spends his Sundays (the only day he has off of work) walking the city’s streets giving haircuts to the homeless – people who couldn’t otherwise afford them.

Bustos got the idea after visiting family in the Phillippines in 2012 and renting a barber to give haircuts to needy local children. He says that his most memorable “client” was a man named Jemar Banks; “He didn’t have much to say throughout the whole process, until after I showed him what he looked like when I was done… The first thing he said to me was, ‘Do you know anyone that’s hiring?’

More info: Instagram (h/t: huffpost)

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Every Sunday, This New York Hair Stylist Gives Free Haircuts To The Homeless originally appeared on Bored Panda on August 19, 2014.

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New Realistic 3D Paintings by Keng Lye Painted With Acrylics In Layers Of Resin

August 18th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Talented Singaporean artist Keng Lye, whom we previously wrote about here, is back with more of his stunning fish and aquatic wildlife illusions.

Lye’s method is a brilliant bit of trickery. By pouring layers of crystal-clear synthetic resin and painting on it, he creates the illusion that what we’re actually looking at is a bowl with a fish or a turtle in it. The 3D illusion is completed by adding protrusions to make it look as though the turtle’s wet shell is poking out of the water. This time, he also gave one of his fish a sideways view as well. Can you tell the difference between his artwork and the real thing?

For more amazing 3D fish paintings, you should also check out Riusuke Fukahori’s amazing fish paintings.

More info: Flickr | Deviantart (h/t: colossal)

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New Realistic 3D Paintings by Keng Lye Painted With Acrylics In Layers Of Resin originally appeared on Bored Panda on August 18, 2014.

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Thought-Provoking Photographs Of People Living Alone In The Wilderness

August 18th, 2014 by Julija | No Comments | Filed in Design

Despite the technological advances that we use every day to bring each other closer together, there are still some that choose to leave everything behind and live in total solitude. In his photo series ‘Escape,’ Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko traveled through Russia and Ukraine  in search of hermits living in self-imposed exile, far away from any city or village.

Tkachenko’s work raises questions about what identity truly means when we are forced to live how society tells us to: “School, work, family – once in this cycle, you are a prisoner of your own position. You should be pragmatic and strong, or become an outcast or a lunatic. How to remain yourself in the midst of this?”

More info: danilatkachenko.com | peperoni-books.de (h/t: mymodernmet)

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Thought-Provoking Photographs Of People Living Alone In The Wilderness originally appeared on Bored Panda on August 18, 2014.

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Creative Kid Draws On Wall, More Creative Mom Fixes It

August 18th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

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Children are bundles of joy, but they can also be elemental forces of destruction. One mother, however, turned lemons into lemonade by turning her child’s otherwise destructive wall doodle into a flowery work of collaborative art. Reddit user jerschneid captured these before and after images and shared them with the world. (More info: reddit)

Creative Kid Draws On Wall, More Creative Mom Fixes It originally appeared on Bored Panda on August 18, 2014.

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28 Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked

August 16th, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path, which is why we collected this list of 28 amazing photos of paths.

Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination – they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There’s nothing like a walk down a beautiful path to clear your head – or to fill it with ideas!

I’ll leave you with an excellent quote from J. R. R. Tolkien’s works while you enjoy these images; “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

Spring In Hallerbos Forest, Belgium

Image credits: Kilian Schönberger

Rhododendron Tunnel in Reenagross Park, Kenmare Ireland

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Image credits: Robert Ziegenfuss

Autumn In The White Carpathians

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Image credits: Janek Sedlar

Rhododendron Laden Path, Mount Rogers, Virginia, USA

Image credits: David Mosner

Winter Forest Path, Czech Republic

Image credits: Jan Machata

Padley Gorge, Peak District, UK

Image credits: James Mills

Spring In Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Image credits: Shawn Marshall

Spring In Dog Mountain, Washington, USA

Image credits: Danielle Hughson

Jacaranda Tree Alley

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Image credits: George Veltchev

Cotton Tree Alley In Taiwan

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Image credits: Sue Hsu

Mount Rainier, Washington, USA

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Image credits: Danielle Hughson

Spring In Woodburn, Oregon, USA

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Image credits: Danielle Hughson

Dark Hedges In Ireland

Image credits: Stephen Emerson

Taiping Mountain Path in Taiwan

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Image credits: Justin Jones

Hitachi Seaside Park Path In Japan

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Forest Trail In Bavaria, Germany

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Image credits: Kilian Schönberger

Russian Forest Path

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Image credits: Elena Shumilova

Winter Sunrise On Path In Campigna National Park , Italy

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Image credits: Roberto Meloti

Migliarino San Rossore Park Path In Pisa, Italy

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Image credits: Andrea Iorio

Bamboo Path In Kyoto, Japan

Image credits: Yuya Horikawa

Autumn Path

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Image credits: Lars Van Der Goor

Path Up To The Halnaker Windmill in Sussex, UK

Image credits: Sam Moore

Autumn Path In Kyoto, Japan

Image credits: Takahiro Bessho

Tunnel Of Love, Ukraine

Image credits: Oleg Gordienko

Wisteria Flower Tunnel Path in Japan

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 Springtime Path In Holland

Image credits: Lars Van De Goor

Path Under Blooming Trees In Spring

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Image credits: Emanuel Costinas

Forest Path In Autumn

Image credits: Lars Van De Goor

28 Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked originally appeared on Bored Panda on August 16, 2014.

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16 Before-And-After Photos Of Rescued Dogs

August 15th, 2014 by Julija | No Comments | Filed in Design

To commemorate International Homeless Animal Day, we decided to collect some of the most heart-breaking (and heart-warming) dog rescue stories we’ve ever seen and put them all in one place.

Animal shelters and rescue centers around the world have put countless volunteer hours into helping abused and homeless animals like these find loving homes. Animals on the street, especially if they are of a showier breed that needs regular hygienic care, lead very difficult lives. This day is a great opportunity to donate to your nearest animal shelter/rescue center and, if you’re looking for a new furry companion, to adopt a pet that needs your love and care.

Rasta

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This poor guy was found in the streets of Montreal looking so filthy that it was hard to tell that he was actually a dog. He could barely move underneath all his matted hair. But look how charming he seems after his cleanup! (Image credits: Quebec Society for Protection Of Animals)

Miley

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Miley was found living in a trash pile, severely injured and barely able to walk. Now Miley is happy and healthy, living in a new home with her new family. (Image credits: Frank Bruynbroek)

Kenzi

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Kenzi came to Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin & San Antonio from San Antonio as an abuse/neglect case. Her transformation shows what some tender loving care and soothing baths. (Image credits: onepicturesaves.com)

Ellen

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Trio Animal Foundation went and picked up a clump of matted fur from an open access shelter.  The fur on poor Ellen’s legs was so heavy that it was starting to rip out at the root. 2 pounds of it was shaved away. Now this 2-year-old girl is ready for her new life to begin. (Image credits: Trio Animal Foundation)

Dolly

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One woman spotted this little poodle eating from a trash can in Los Angeles. She reached out to Hope For Paws, which helped the little girl become fluffy and charming again, removing 10 pounds of fur from the 15-pound pooch. (Image credits: onepicturesaves.com)

Theo

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Theo’s owners moved away and left the poor creature to live on the streets, where he spent about a year until Hope For Paws came to rescue him. (Image credits: Annie Hart)

Little Betty

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Little Betty was abandoned by her owners. Once ashamed by her appearance, she is now ready for a new home. (Image credits: onepicturesaves.com)

Woody

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Woody was dumped on the streets after his owner passed away. He hid for months and wouldn’t let anyone near him. The rescuers soon realized that the dog was blind in one eye. Despite his fear, he surrendered to the rescuers’ gentle touch. (Image Credits: Hope For Paws)

Treasure

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Treasure, a 2-year-old female purebred miniature poodle, was severely neglected before being spotted by a passing motorist who brought her to the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society. Because of her matted, thick, and dirty hair, she couldn’t even walk anymore, until a visit to the vet made the beautiful Treasure emerge again. (Image credits: onepicturesaves.com)

Alana

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Alana was surrendered to the shelter severely matted and dirty, hardly recognizable as a dog. To give vaccinations it was mandatory to shave her completely, which revealed her being much younger than initially thought. The sweet little dog found her forever home. (Image credits: onepicturesaves.com)

Boo

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Boo was brought to the CARES Community Animal Rescue & Educational Shelter in Florida after being found on the side of the road, soaking wet and stinking of urine. After being cleaned up and groomed, she weighted only 2,8 pounds and looked adorable. (Image credits: onepicturesaves.com)

Iggy

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This poor guy was found barely alive in Mexico with a horrible eye infection. Someone uploaded a picture of him to Facebook, sharing his story. People were touched and donated money to transport the guy into the U.S. and treat his injury. Now it is hard to keep Iggy still – all he wants is to run around and play with everyone. (Image credits: Eldad Hagar)

Vita

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A man found Vita, starving and close to death, in a junkyard in the Los Angeles area. She weighed only 70 pounds. The rescuers spent months helping her rehabilitate with good veterinary care, grooming and a proper diet, and now she’s a new dog. (Image credits: onepicturesaves.com)

Cedar

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Cedar was named after the Golf Course close to where he was waiting to be picked-up by someone. He was hairless from stress, with bones poking through his skin. Since then, Cedar has found a great home with good care, where he fits right in. (Image Credits: Paaws Antigua)

Olivia

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This is Olivia on the day she was taken from an animal shelter by her current owner and one year after. What a difference a year makes. (Source: imgur)

Shrek

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Shrek was found barely moving, with legs covered in sores and fur caked with mud. After his excess hair was removed and his wounds were cared for, he was discovered to be a 6-year-old malti-poo dog that had been raised at a puppy mill. Soon Shrek found a loving home. (Image Credits: Park Road Veterinary Clinic)

16 Before-And-After Photos Of Rescued Dogs originally appeared on Bored Panda on August 15, 2014.

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24 Octopus-Inspired Design Ideas

August 14th, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

The octopus, with its eight writhing tentacles and otherworldly appearance, has fascinated and inspired mankind since we first explored the oceans. While we may no longer write myths and legends about tentacled sea beasts, these modern octopus-inspired household designs are enough to inspire a dread of the deep.

Some of us might not feel comfortable facing a slimy octopus, but the artists and designers behind these octopus products consider them be great sources of inspiration for their artworks. That sleek black leather octopus chair could be Poseidon’s throne, while those octopus chandeliers might make you feel like you’re 20,000 leagues under the sea.

Octopus Chandelier

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Octopus Umbrella

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Image credits: imgur.com | Buy

Octopus Ear Cuff

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Image credits: martymagic

Octopus Candelabra

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Image credits: catalog.sourcecollection.com

Octopus Chair

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Image credits: Maximo Riera

Octopus Table

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Image credits: Isaac Krauss

Octopus Table

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Image credits: bronze4you

Octopus Cup

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Image credits: Yumi Yumi | Buy

Octopus Hoodie

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Image credits: unotrestore.com

Octopus Wine Stopper

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Image credits: potterybarn.com

Octopus Punch Bowl

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Image credits: catalog.sourcecollection.com

Octopus Bracelet

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Image credits: Maya

Octopus Hook

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Image credits: anthropologie.eu

Octopus Watch

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Image credits: kudoke.eu

Octopus Wine Glass

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Image credits: houzz.com

Octopus Cake

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Image credits: Karen Portaleo

Octopussy Floor Lamp

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Image credits: Vladimir Tomilov

Octopus Ring

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Image credits: mrd74

Octopus Rings

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Image credits: Linda Smyth

Octopus Serving Pedestal

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Image credits: potterybarn.com

Octopus Coffee Mug

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Image credits: Blue Witch

 Octopus Cellphone Holder

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Available at Amazon.com

Octopus Gate

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Image credits: paulgilbert-blacksmith.co.uk

Octopus Chandelier

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Image credits: masonscreations.com

24 Octopus-Inspired Design Ideas originally appeared on Bored Panda on August 14, 2014.

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  • About us

    It was in the back corner of McDonalds with a couple of hours to wait for a train home to Norwich, that theDot first came together. Freshly inspired by a weekend at the 4designers conference in London and having traipsed around museums and exhibitions all day, three minds came together over chicken burgers and chips.

    The three are currently studying Graphic Communication at Norwich University College of the Arts, where they delve into advertising, corporate branding, design for publishing, photography, illustration and so on. All confident in their skills, but continuing on their learning journey.

    We are a new design group hoping to achieve great things

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