Novelty stores: 5 weird bookshops every book lover will adore

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Where do you get your fiction fix – the library? The local bookstore? Online? Well, it’s time to step it up a notch: sometimes the shop itself is as fascinating as the titles you’re there to purchase. Just look at Venice’s Libraria Acqua Alta, pictured above! Here’s five more weird bookshops from around the world that you’ll give your first editions to visit…
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Rockin’ shots: The stories behind music’s most iconic photos: No.3

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The third photo in our series on music’s most iconic photographs epitomizes the rock star legend lifestyle. Hardly surprising when you discover that it features, Led Zeppelin, a group Danny Goldberg, vice president of the group’s Swan Song label said weren’t famous by accident, but “liked being the biggest band in the world”. So, who was the lensman who caught this iconic moment on film?

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Writers who partied: The myth of the lonesome author destroyed

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You’re probably familiar with the stereotype of the lonesome and reclusive author that hides from society while penning poignant works of genius–and yes, it’s actually quite common for writers to be introverted. But it’s also common for writers to be outgoing and social, wanting to be out and about in the world, mingling with the people and experiences that they write about. And then there are these writers–those that took “being social” to the next level.

Each of the writers on this list were known for their hard-partying ways–some partied sober, while others partied by experimenting with alcohol or drugs–but each of them smashed the stereotype of the lonesome writer into pieces. So let’s take a look at a few of literature’s top party animals.

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29 American customs that surprise the rest of the world

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You might think over the last few years America’s popularity around the world has taken something of a battering. Yet the annual Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index, an international survey measuring the popularity of countries around the world by polling 20,000 people across 20 countries, says otherwise. In fact, in this year’s survey, the United States came second behind Germany and just ahead of the UK. But despite all the love and respect for many aspects of the American way of life, there are many American customs that non-Americans find, frankly, bizarre. To see for yourself, here are 29 recently shared on Reddit.

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Think this is a cartoon? Take a closer look.

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This amazing recreation of the Silver Surfer was actually done with makeup by talented special effects makeup artist Cris Alex. She created the work of art, which is based on Ron Lim’s cover of Silver Surfer Vol 3 Issue #20, by using PPI Skin Illustrator for the body and foam core and acrylic paints for the board. Did she nail it or what?

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This is what happens when an artist lives in a cave for 25 years

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“Changing the world is a tall order. Art doesn’t attempt to force change through direct action but to catalyze it by affecting the emotional basis from which change can occur.”

The wise words above come from Ra Paulette, an artist who has not only been changing the landscapes of New Mexico, but hopes to spark social change as well. Ra Paulette uses an artistic medium that most would consider to be uncommon: sandstone caves. For the past 25 years, he has used hand tools to carve the interior of sandstone caves into spectacularly beautiful works of art, working in solitude with only his dog at his side. With 14 caves under his belt, he’s now working on what he says is his magnum opus—a cave that he hopes will someday be used to “create an experience that fosters spiritual renewal and personal well being.” Ra hopes that the sense of wonder that his art instills in people can help to make the world just a little bit better by inspiring people to have a deeper appreciation of life. Take a look at a few of his works below and get inspired.

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Rockin’ shots: The stories behind music’s most iconic photos: No. 2

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The second photo in our series on music’s most iconic photographs has ended up as possibly the most recognisable album cover in pop music history. And even if that’s open to debate, it’s certainly the most parodied. What’s more, The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover still draws fans to the road forty-four years after the photo was taken. But how did this iconic image come about?

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20 truth-filled quotes that will give you chills

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A good quote can do a lot: give you an inspirational boost, soothe your soul, or provide some much-needed perspective. But the best quotes? They give you chills.

Now, we know the Internet has its fair share of over-posted quotes, which often become so over-used that they begin to lose their meaning. This is unfortunate, but luckily there are plenty more words of wisdom out there just waiting to become classics. That’s why we’ve selected 20 of our favorite goosebump-giving gems, that cover a wide range of the human experience and just might change your view on life.

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Pup Fiction: 15 illustrated movie title typos every film fan will love

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When Reddit gets bored, amusing things often happen. Take for instance this thread, in which redditors came up with hilarious film titles by removing one letter from the titles of popular films. One little letter change can make a world of difference!

The results and mental images they provide are enough to make you chuckle, but illustrator Austin Light took it one step further – he created incredible ink drawings that depict the film titles that the others came up with! It’s something you’ve got to see to understand, so check out a few of his creations (movie summaries included) down below.

1. Obocop

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“The story of how a police officer works through his PTSD and adjusts to his new robotic implants with the help of the sexy soothing sound of his oboe.”

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These selfies have done the unthinkable. Made art galleries hilarious.

Sometimes it feels as if selfies have been around forever. Yet, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first time the concept was mentioned was in 2002 on the Australian ABC online forum. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that it became popularly understood. A mere twelve months later and the Oxford English Dictionary voted “selfie” its Word of the Year. (“Twerk” and “Binge-Watching” filled the other top spots).

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