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Check Out These 17 Paper Clip DIY Uses

Paper clips are handy for keeping important documents neat and organized, but did you know there are plenty of other ways you can use the mini office supplies in your everyday life? If you need a way to keep your washi tape for unraveling, or put an extra layer of security on your computer’s camera, paper clips can save the day. So stop undervaluing your clips — we’ve compiled 17 unexpected ways you can use them today!

1. Tie a ribbon onto a paper clip to make a cute bookmark.

2. Keep your washi tape from coming unravelled.

3. Stick a paper clip to the end of your duct tape and never lose the seam again.

4. Clogged glue cap? Pop the top off and use a paper clip to clean out the hole.

5. A paper clip with a bit of tape on the end can act as a lint roller for your headphone jack. Gently move it around inside to get out any gunk.

6. This cute ear cuff is made from a paper clip.

See how to make it here.

7. With a few bends and a piece of electrical tape, you can cover up your webcam for extra security.

8. If your zipper pull fell off, use a paper clip to zip things up.

9. Use colored paper clips to make a pretty dream catcher.

10. Harness the power of science and make a paper clip compass.

Harness the power of science and make a paper clip compass.

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Learn how to do this here.

11. If you’re trying to work and your sleeves keep falling down, use a paper clip to hold them up.

12. Make an iPhone holder with two paper clips. You’ll never get a sore neck from watching videos again.

13. If you lose a button, a paper clip can save the day until you get home.

14. Make a cool ring from a paper clip with this tutorial.

15. You can make an entire chandelier out of paper clips.

16. Glue a button to a paper clip for an extra dose of cute.

17. You can hang decorative plates on the wall using a rubber band and four paper clips.

Get the instructions here.

That DIY paper clip ear cuff is so cool looking! I want to try and make one of those. Plus, I’m always looking for a utensil to get gunk out of glue bottle openings. I know I’ll never look at a paper clip the same way again!

You Won’t Believe What’s Going On Inside A Turtle’s Shell. It’s Even Weirder Than You Think.

You Won’t Believe What’s Going On Inside A Turtle’s Shell. It’s Even Weirder Than You Think.

VIA| Turtles have been around for quite some time (157 million years to be precise), and yet their shell remains an evolutionary anomaly – there is no other creature with an even remotely similar anatomy.

If you’ve always wondered just what’s hiding inside the a turtle’s shell, you’re not alone. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

Unlike most animals with shells, the turtle can’t leave its shell behind. It’s actually part of their bone structure.

That large central cavity isn’t just a place to store old boxes of baseball cards, it’s an efficient space for their internal organs. Here’s how it looks with everything still inside.

Miniature LEGO Adventures

I am a French photographer born in 1981, and I began my work by photographing extreme sports in urban areas. Influenced by geek culture, my artistic approach is now focused on small LEGO® characters.

My work combines the techniques of photography, street art, model making and installations; in my created microcosms, I play with scale and material to alter perception.

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These 17 Wacky Japanese Inventions Will Blow Your Mind

The whole purpose of an invention is to solve a problem that people have, and while these inventions may do that, some of them are so absolutely insane, we’re wondering if anyone outside of Japan has ever used them.

1. A book shaped pillow

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2. A chopstick fan

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3. Sound amplifiers

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4. A tie that doubles as an umbrella (or the other way around)

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5. A pillow that catches the sound and amplifies it

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6. Eye drop funnels

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7. A completely rainproof

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8. “Battlescratch” Shirt

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9. The Butter Grater

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10. Cupman that tells you when your noodles are done

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11. Silent Karaoke…for some reason

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12. A banana holder

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13. 360 degree camera

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14. A device so you can see in your ear as you clean them

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15. Umbrellas for your shoes

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16. Square watermelons

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

17. Bubble wrap keychain

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

Recycled PET Plastic Bottle Plant And Animal Sculptures By Veronika Richterová

We already knew that you can make awesome recycled projects out of bottles, but Veronika Richterová has turned this into an art form!

Richterová, based in the Czech Republic, uses heat to twist, turn and cut up the bottles and give them natural forms. Soda and mineral water bottles become flowers, cacti, frogs, and even crocodiles! Over the years, she has used thousands of bottles, and has developed many ways of shaping them.

PET bottles are derived from oil and are notorious for not degrading in nature. This means that they have to be collected and recycled – into fiber for clothing, construction materials, other PET containers and so forth.

In addition to making PET art, she hosts a PET-ART museum, where she collects bottles from around the world. Currently, the museum hosts about 3000 pieces from 76 countries.

More info: veronikarichterova.com (h/t: colossal)

20 Amazing Things You Can Do With Mason Jars

I knew mason jars could be used to create some pretty spectacular things, but I had no idea the list was so long! Check out all the ways you can make mason jars into more below:

1. Mount them on the wall as vases for fresh flowers.

I love the look of this for a springtime kitchen.

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2. Turn it into a soap dispenser.

You can do this one yourself by following these instructions.

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3. Make them into monogrammed party cups.

Wine charms are totally last season when it comes to summer BBQs. You can learn to make these at home with these directions.

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4. Make a mounted bathroom organizer.

Perfect for storing small items like makeup brushes, cotton puffs, Q-tips and more. Check out this handy tutorial for making your own.

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5. Metallic mason jar vases.

To achieve this look, simply coat the mason jars in silver or metallic spray paint. Voila! These make amazing table decorators for dinner parties.

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6. Alternatively, you could always paint the inside of the jars to provide a glossy finish.

These are great for storing utensils or craft supplies. Get the full tutorial here.

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7. Upcycle it into a cool light fixture.

This adds instant character to your room.

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8. Store dry goods like pasta and rice.

Hanging them creates instant organization and pantry space. You can do this project yourself by checking out the instructions on HGTV.

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9. Mount them in the kitchen for extra utensil storage space.

This looks way better than having a cluttered drawer.

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10. Create an outdoor lighting system.

Look how beautiful the mason jars are at night.

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11.  Or, you can DIY and create a mason jar chandelier.

Here is everything you need to know.

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12. Create the coolest snow globe ever.

Video instructions can be found here.

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13. Use them as floating candle holders.

Adding some clear or even colored stones to the bottom is a nice touch.

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14. Use them as a pancake-making tool.

Yes, you heard right. Take a look at how delicious these puffy pancakes are and get the recipe here. I know you’ll want it for later.

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15. Use them to pack this messy salad without making a mess.

Salad-on-the-go just got a whole lot easier. Get the recipe and proper salad layering details here.

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16.  Or simply to bring your pasta salad to work without worrying.

Mason jars have the tightest seals!

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17. DIY cup-I-mean-jar-of-noodles.

This healthier version is detailed here.

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18. DIY instant upside-down candle holder.

To add ambiance to your jar-of-noodles meal, of course.

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19. DIY salt and pepper shakers.

Another win for upcycling!

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20. Make your own mason jar candle.

This is perfect for anyone who is not a huge fan of small tea lights.

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This 18-year-old hopped trains for 5 years and caught it all on camera (Photos)

In 2003, aged 18, Brodie left home to go freight-hopping across the USA.  he subsequently spent three years photographing people he encountered.


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Unlike many of the young drifters he rode trains with back then, Brodie took his camera along and the photographs he took have finally been distilled into a book, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, just published by the American fine art photography imprint, Twin Palms.

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Now he’s 28 and working as a mechanic in Oakland, Calif. He doesn’t hop trains anymore. He no longer takes photographs either.

Train Hopping Isn't Dead.

 

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– See more at: http://www.the-open-mind.com/18-year-old-travels-the-country-for-5-years-by-train-hopping/#sthash.NRvOsPOT.dpuf

The Radioactive Man Who Returned To Fukushima To Feed The Animals That Everyone Else Left Behind

The untold human suffering and property damage left in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan has been well-documented, but there’s another population that suffered greatly that few have discussed – the animals left behind in the radioactive exclusion zone. One man, however, hasn’t forgotten – 55-year-old Naoto Matsumura, a former construction worker who lives in the zone to care for its four-legged survivors.

He is known as the ‘guardian of Fukushima’s animals’ because of the work he does to feed the animals left behind by people in their rush to evacuate the government’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone. He is aware of the radiation he is subject to on a daily basis, but says that he “refuses to worry about it.” He does take steps, however, by only eating food imported into the zone.

See more about his work and what he has seen in the exclusion zone below!

More info: Facebook (h/t: vice, bbc, aplus)

Naoto Matsumura is the only human brave enough to live in Fukushima’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone

He fled at first but returned to take care of the animals that were left behind

He returned for his own animals at first, but realized that so many more needed his help, too

Matsumura, who is 55 years old, knows that the radiation is harmful, but he “refuses to worry about it”

“They also told me that I wouldn’t get sick for 30 or 40 years. I’ll most likely be dead by then anyway, so I couldn’t care less”

Matsumura discovered that thousands of cows had died locked in barns

He also freed many animals that had been left chained up by their owners

Many of them now rely on him for food

The government has forbidden him from staying, but that doesn’t stop him either

He started in 2011 and is still going strong 4 years later

He relies solely on donations from supporters to work with and feed the animals

His supporters are calling him the ‘guardian of Fukushima’s animals’

The man clearly has a sense of humor as well

5 Extraordinary DIY Eco Homes

With the earth shifting so rapidly, we need to build housing that reflects our connections with the earth and with one another.

There are so many different types of off grid, sustainable living houses that are incredibly cheap to create!

Here are a few good ones:

Earthships

Earthships are probably the most popular type of self sustaining housing.

They are so incredibly beautiful and it all comes from recycled materials! This eco home uses tires for insulation, bottles and cans, packed clay and almost anything you’d find at a garbage dump.

They are one of the more cheaper ways to create a life off grid and they are all over the place.

There are many organizations building them all over the globe but it can be more labour intensive than other types of housing. earthships1

Hobbit Houses

Who wouldn’t want to live in their very own hobbit house?!

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One of the most famous examples of these magical hobbit homes is known as a “A Low Impact Woodland Home.”

 

 

It was built in Wales and took just over 4 months to build and 3000 euros.

The creator Simon Dale, used stone and wood that was around the property and used straw bales covered in plaster for the walls.

The roof is covered in plastic sheeting along with some mud!

These houses are amazing in that they are the most interconnected with the earth – literally! They are created almost inside a hill, and the roof is a grass landscape.

Out of all the off grid housing, hobbit houses are the most entangled with nature.

 

Cob Buildings

These houses are suppose to be able to last 500 years!

How is this even possible?

The combination of the housing is made with clay, sand and straw which when combined is called ‘cob’.

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Once it dries, it’s extremely durable and is able to withstand fire and severe weather.

A man in Missouri built his own cob for just $3,000 and shows the entire process hereVancouver_cobhouse

 

The inside design of Cobs are circles within circles or a complete Fibonacci spiral!

They are truly magical inside and out.

 

Earthbag Buildings

These cozy clay coves are made with woven polypropylene feedbags that are then filled with dampened soil and compacted from above.

earthbag-homeThey’re held in place by two stands of barbed wire and can be filled in place, eliminating heavy lifting.

Earthbags can be an ideal alternative to cob in areas where the soil has a low percentage of clay, and they also make it easy to construct domes and other rounded structures.

Like hobbit houses, they can be immersed with the landscape where they are built within hills.

 

 

Cordwood Buildings

Cordwood buildings are made from wood stacked firewood-style, and lots of mortar.

Debarked logs ranging from 12 to 36 inches can be arranged into walls either in load-bearing round structures or in combination with post-and-beam framing.

cordwood-cob-houseUsually, softer woods like cedar and pine are used because they are more stable, with less expansion and contraction.

These walls offer both insulation and thermal mass.

Comparing to the other houses, this type is more labour intensive but the results are well worth it!

In Shanghai There’s A Hidden Bar Behind This Vintage Coke Vending Machine

There’s a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine in Shanghai that hides a delightful and tasty secret – it’s actually a door into a stylish up-scale speakeasy called “Flask.”

The otherwise unassuming Coca-Cola machine stands in The Press, a sandwich shop that operates as a front for the trendy bar hidden behind it. As Alberto Caiola, the architect who designed this establishment, writes, “the fun, lighthearted feel, the bright colours and lighting [in The Press] —within a few steps, these elements segue into a mysterious space with warm, muted lighting and the murmurs of bar patrons to invite further curiosity.

The interior fuses both modern and speakeasy-era elements effortlessly, with vintage sofas, muted copper-colored lighting, and a wall covered in 25-litre whiskey bottles.

More info: albertocaiola.com (h/t: cubebreaker)