Japanese artist Masayo Fukuda hand-cuts an incredible life-sized paper octopus from one sheet of paper.




Japanese (translated as “cut picture”), the traditional art form involves cutting intricate forms from a single sheet of white paper and then contrasting it against a black background to reveal the design. Fukuda has been practicing Kirie for 25 years and has recently revealed what she believes to be her best work of 2018—an incredible life-sized paper octopus.


The stunning design features various textured sections that look like pieces of delicate patterned lace.


At first glance, the beautiful artwork looks as though it was rendered using fine-tipped pens, but Fukuda carefully cut every detail from one sheet of paper. The elaborate depiction details the majestic sea animal’s rounded body, bulging eyes, and 8 long arms. Various textured sections look like pieces of delicate patterned lace, such arm suckers that resemble ornamental doilies and decorative swirling patterns on the head. The mesmerizing artwork celebrates the beauty of the fascinating species, who are known to change their skin color and texture within seconds to match their surroundings.

You can see Fukuda’s stunning Kirie designs up-close at Miraie Gallery in Osaka from April 24 through April 30, 2019. If you can’t make it to Japan, you can check out more of the artist’s impressive creations on Instagram.




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Clever Dog!



 While dogs have a way of getting what they want, usually by being cute or lovable, one pooch in McDonough, Georgia, really took the cake for being the most ingenious canine in our books. After having gotten out of the house one night, Chika, a Labrador mix, wanted back in, and so guess what she did? She rang the doorbell, and it was captured in an adorable video. Eventually, her human Rob Fox let Chika in from the chilly fall night.

Later, the recording, captured on a RING doorbell device, was posted on Reddit, and Chika became an internet star. He joked that “in another video I won’t be sharing is me in my underwear two minutes later letting her in.”


Pictures That Will Make You Reevaluate Your Entire Existence

This is the Earth! This is where you live.


And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system.




Here's the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn't look too far, does it?





THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly.





But let's talk about planets. That little green smudge is North America on Jupiter.





And here's the size of Earth (well, six Earths) compared with Saturn:





This is what Saturn's rings would look like if they were around Earth:




Why it's so hard to make healthy choices

Why do we make poor decisions that we know are bad for our health? In this frank, funny talk, behavioral economist and health policy expert David Asch explains why our behavior is often irrational -- in highly predictable ways -- and shows how we can harness this irrationality to make better decisions and improve our health care system overall.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER

David Asch · Behavioral economist, health policy expert

David Asch advances individual and population health by improving the way physicians and patients make decisions in health care and in everyday life.

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A Unique Friendship...

There’s no way Seppo could’ve ever imagined it’d all lead to this. This adorably unique friendship is one for the ages, and it’s something you have to see to believe. There’s nothing like the bond between two friends regardless of the species.

Leslie Odom Jr and PS22 Chorus

Sometimes a performance is just too poignant for words.... Allow the PS22 Chorus to lead you in to such a predicament, as they perform with the insanely talented Harriet Movie and Hamilton star, Leslie Odom Jr., on his new song, "Under Pressure."

Historical Photos ...

Buying cigarettes from your hospital bed, c. 1950s.


A Traffic Cop with a manually operated traffic signal, Philadelphia, 1922.


Shaquille O'Neal (7' 1) being dwarfed by Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, who was nearly 9 feet tall.



Before alarm clocks, people were employed to wake workers up with a long stick. A knocker-up was a profession in England and Ireland that started during and lasted well into the late 1920s.


In May 1910, European royalty gathered in London for the funeral of King Edward VII. Among the mourners were nine reigning kings, who were photographed together in what very well may be the only photograph of nine reigning kings ever taken.


The oldest Harley-Davidson in existence was built in 1903. This rare Harley is marked Serial No. 1 and can be seen along with other vintage motorcycles at The Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Women delivering ice in lower Manhattan, New York City, 1918