5 Things Our Kids Won't Have In School #2. Valedictorians and Other Honors Getty The best part of having a valedictorian was that, like the Highlander and that one kid who insisted on wearing a fedora and a cape every day, every school could only have one. For most kids, the whole valedictorian thing was a non-issue. Getty"I've had four breakdowns, but it's worth it because for 10 whole minutes I'm better than all of you." Going Away Because ... It's that fierce competition that's the problem. GettyMaterial for graduation gowns. Better yet, why not just name anyone with an A+ average valedictorian? Getty"Better get used to it, 'cause this is how they're deciding job applicants now." In other words, you could mentally just strike this one from the list. So what's next, getting rid of failing grades? #1. Everyone remembers their first F. GettyWhole generations will grow to adulthood unable to forge their parents' signatures. Failure makes students feel bad. Which is why programs like Zeros Aren't Permitted (ZAP!) No pressure.
The Great Geek Manual » The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries I make no secret of the fact that I’m a hardcore bibliophile, but we’re a common enough lot these day. And the one sight that always makes me linger over a webpage is rows and rows of neatly organized books. So, in an effort to draw more like-minded read here to my little blog, I decided to round-up a gallery of photos of some of the most beautiful libraries I’ve ever seen photos of. If you enjoy this gallery, make sure you check out our other list of The United States’ Most Beautiful Libraries! Abbey Library St. The Astronomy Library of the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands Photo Credit: (Erik) Bristol Central Library Photo Credit: *Firefox The British Library reading room at the centre of the Great Court of the British Museum in London, England. Central Library of Vancouver in Vancouver, Canada Photo Credit: lightgazer Delft University Library in The Netherlands Photo Credit: rutger spoelstra José Vasconcelos Library in México City, Mexico Photo Credit: CliNKer Even more Libraries
Femme fatale Convicted spyMata Hari made her name synonymous with femme fatale during WWI. A femme fatale (/ˌfæm fəˈtɑːl/ or /ˌfɛm fəˈtɑːl/; French: [fam fatal]) is a stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. She is an archetype of literature and art. Her ability to entrance and hypnotise her victim with a spell was in the earliest stories seen as being literally supernatural; hence, the femme fatale today is still often described as having a power akin to an enchantress, seductress, vampire, witch, or demon, having power over men. The phrase is French for "fatal woman". Although typically villainous, if not morally ambiguous, and always associated with a sense of mystification and unease, femmes fatales have also appeared as antiheroines in some stories, and some even repent and become true heroines by the end of the tale. History Ancient archetypes Sociological views
Unusully brilliant bookshelfs and bookcase If you need something to store books anyway, why not choose something that makes a statement or serves two purposes like a bookcase or bookshelves that double as a secret door or a book shelf the is also a bed? Some of these shelving systems are virtually invisible while others are virtual works of art in their own right. So, if you or a book-lover you know are stuck on how to redecorate your urban dwelling and store your favorite volumes here aresome unusually clever book shelving solutions.
Some paradoxes - an anthology 100 Creative Furniture inShare19 In this roundup you will find some stunning, creative and unique furniture design ideas. Some of them really look awesome. Advertisement 100 Creative Furniture: Reloaded We have already presented to your attention a collection of 100 Creative Furniture. 25 clever ideas to make life easier Via: amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw). Via: apartmenttherapy.com Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. Via: unplggd.com Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls). Via: athomewithrealfood.blogspot.com Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. Via: marthastewart.com Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match. Via: realsimple.com Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music. Via: savvyhousekeeping.com Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags. Via: iheartnaptime.net
Hug Chair by Ilian Milinov A Chair for Clingy Lovers If you’ve ever had someone sit in your lap, you know that 15 minutes is about the max your legs can handle. It’s really not fair. Designer: Ilian Milinov The Best and Historic Magazine Covers of All Time A Magazine Cover is the most complete form of graphics. It has idea, design, punch-line, typography, art and expressions. Magazine covers provide you more inspiration compared to any other kind of articles. Today, I have collected some of the very best and trend setting magazine covers and titles for you to inspire, aspire and admire. Please comment and tell us what do you think about this post. The New Yorker: September 24, 2001: Twin Towers After the horrific incident of 9/11, The New Yorker paid tribute to the victims through this artistic cover. Esquire: December 2000: Clint It was said that this photo was inspired by Lincoln Memorial, but everybody interpreted it with reference to Monica Lewinsky. Mad: January 1984: Holiday Season Maddy Christmas! National Geographic: June 1985: Afghan Girl The ever famous photo by Steve McCurry. TIME: June 21, 1968: A figure by Roy Lichtenstein, representing a hand with a pistol. National Lampoon: January 1973: Funny One Mad: April, 1969: Uncle Sam
15 Amazing Chair Designs Creative and unusual chairs made by the world’s most talented designers. Laundry Chair Multifunctional chair with integrated laundry bag for your clothing. [link] Shadow Chair Gravity defying chair with two legs is supported by a metal shadow. Pencil Chair Oyster Chair When folded it is a cushion, when unfolded it a comfortable chair. Walrus Chair Tube Chair Unusual chair made out of tubes by talented designer Tom Price. Corner Chairs Sugar Chair Candy inspired chair made out of pure sugar by Pieter Brenner. Silhouette Chair Modern chair designed to be easily transformable into a bench. Rhino Chair Silk Chair Chair consists of silk thread tightened around a bearing oak frame. Mini Cooper Chair David Gawthorpe transformed front end of a real car into a chair. Bamboo Chair Tea ceremony chair made by Japanese designer Hiroki Takada. Melting Chair Unique chair by Philipp Aduatz designed to look like it is melting. Inception Chair Amazing chair by Vivian Chiu is made out of ten smaller chairs.
Wedding superstitions from around the world Most American brides are sure to have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on hand when they tie the knot. But for women across the globe, it's more likely they'll have a good-luck chimney sweep at the church or fortune-bearing coins tucked in their shoes. Read on to learn about interesting ways that couples summon happy and long-lasting marriages. Finland Finnish brides don’t leave a passionate marriage to chance. China When it comes to Chinese wedding traditions, timing is everything. Mexico Though they may wear a white gown, many Mexican brides are sure to include some bold color in their wedding attire. One to three days before the wedding, Indian women have henna—a natural and temporary dye—tattoos applied to their hands and feet in elaborate patterns. Ireland Traditionally, bells are chimed at Irish weddings to keep evil spirits away and ensure a harmonious family life. Italy Italian couples have been known to smash a vase or glass at their wedding.