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World’s Smallest Origami Sculptures are Truly Amazing [PICTURES]

Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, is impressive enough on its own, let alone when it’s done in miniature form. Yet that’s what artist Anja Markiewicz does, creating amazingly tiny sculptures of things like animals and snowflakes out of paper less than an inch in width.

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New Zealand Mint
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Star Wars Coins Minted on South Pacific Island – And They’re Real, Spendable Money

The force is strong with big spenders. Niue, a Pacific nation northeast of New Zealand has minted Star Wars coins adorned with images of classic characters from the trilogy including Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Darth Vader and Princess Leia.

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Alexa Meade
Alexa Meade
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Artists Makes Real People Look Like Paintings – And the Effect Is Way Eerie [PICTURES]

How would you react if a painting suddenly came to life? Alexa Meade‘s painted people look like works of art but move like humans — making for an eerie sight.

Whereas most artists would just paint their subjects on a canvas, Meade actually turns her subjects INTO the canvas. She creates life-size installations that are shockingly exact in their similarity to actual acrylic paintings. Upon first glance it’s almost impossible to tell that there are real people under all that paint.

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Curtis Kilhorn
Curtis Kilhorn
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Artist Brings Dead Trees Back to Life With Technicolor Paint Job

Artist Curtis Kilhorn is making it his mission to restore beauty to dead trees in the Colorado wilderness. Kilhorn paints their remains in a rainbow of bright colors, turning a dried-up tree skeleton into a technicolor conversation piece, and will install his creations in customers’ backyards. He says the intention of the installations is to remind people “of the splendor of the world around us” but we think it’s a righteous way to recycle. Mother Nature would be proud.

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Thomas Pavitte
Thomas Pavitte
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World’s Biggest Connect-the-Dots Picture Makes a Real Masterpiece

Remember those connect-the-dot pictures from your childhood? Multiply that by about 6,000 and you get artist Thomas Pavitte‘s incredible new project that just might be the single most complex connect-the-dots image ever. Not only did he design the illustration, he connected the 6,293 dots himself. It took Pavitte nine hours to connect them all, revealing a legendary masterpiece as you’ve never seen it before.

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Doc Searls, Flickr
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Best Sand Castles: 10 Beach Designs That Truly Made Waves

If people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, then what about people who live in sandcastles? After all, glass is just melted sand, right? Maybe they shouldn’t throw magma. Who knows?

The point is, it takes a special kind of sandcastle to inspire this line of questioning. The artistry, the scale and the craftsmanship all have to be second to none. You’re about to see 10 of these epic sand sculptures, so there’s no telling what you might start to think by the end of it.

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YouTube
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Best Dad Ever Paints ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ Mural On His Son’s Wall – Watch a Time-Lapse Video of His Process

In a move that demonstrates some seriously pro parenting, this savvy new Dad has paints a wall-size ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ mural in his son Ryan’s playroom. It’s hard to get too upset about that monster in your closet when there’s a lovable tiger on your wall, right?

This terrific time-lapse video documents the reproduction of cartoonist Bill Watterson’s iconic characters from start to finish. Let’s just hope Ryan doesn’t get the wrong idea about drawing on the walls.

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Jeri Anderson
Jeri Anderson
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Lawton’s “You’ve Got Talent” Competition

Tuesday night was the 2nd round of "You've Got Talent" held at Laugh Out Loud Lawton at 67th and Quannah Parker Trailway.  I am so lucky that I get to emcee this wonderful evening of talented children, teens, and adults. 

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Joe Raedle, Getty Images
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Chinese Cups Break ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Record

When the popular PBS program ‘Antiques Roadshow’ rolled through Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend, a local man got some truly life-changing news.

His five Chinese carved cups, made from rhinoceros horns, are worth between $1-1.5 million — a ‘Roadshow’ record.

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Celebrity Junkdrawers
Celebrity Junkdrawers
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Mosaic Artist Creates Celebrity Portraits from Trash

Mosaic artist Jason Mecier believes when you call a celebrity “trashy,” you should mean it.

As part of his Celebrity Junkdrawers collection, Mecier makes incredibly creative portraits of stars using things the rest of us would normally throw away (one man’s trash is another man’s…Kathy Griffin visage).

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Summer Reading Guide: 5 Books Everyone Should Read This Summer

Any book worth the paper it's printed on will immerse the reader almost from the start. Great authors seem to have a knack for doing this without fail.

Still, sometimes it can be nice to help them out a little. Reading a book with a setting that mirrors your own can be a rich and satisfying experience.

With that in mind, here are five great summer reads, all set in the summer.

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