The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

So, we can add the Best Latte Art you ever saw to the list of things I never knew existed. All this time, I have only been using the foam to form hilarious mustaches on my upper lip when I could have been creating these masterpieces:

The Elephant Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

This is one of my favorite Latte Art. It is quite simply a stunning image of an elephant. I don’t think I could ever bring myself to drink such an intricate and beautiful piece of art. Well, that is, unless I was really thirsty.

The Melting Clock Art

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This next cup of Latte exemplifies the style known as 3D Latte Art. We have Dali’s famous melting clock in a cup. And, it’s literally melting. Actually, I wonder how long this sort of work of art would last before really melting. In the place I go for my drinks, the staff is so slow that the foam or cream (or whatever is on top of my drink) usually melts before it arrives. Thinking about it now, they probably just skim off it the top foam and slurp it down all because they hate me.

The Wolf Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

Am I the only person to feel a little creeped out by this piece of coffee art? I would probably freak and run out of the place screaming if my waiter served me a cup with that face in it.

The Dali Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

If you’re going to put someone’s face in your Latte Art, it might as well be Dali…I guess.

The Hello Kitty Art

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

That creepy little cat pops up everywhere these days. It’s even in our drinks. My daughter is a big fan of Hello Kitty but hates latte. On the other hand, I could live solely off lattes and biscotti. I could do without Hello Kitty.

The Sorry Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

The idea of saying sorry with a latte is pretty clever. If your actions were really bad, then you might want to buy your partner something a bit more impressive. Perhaps something like flowers or some cookies. Unless you’re not really that sorry after all. In which case, I would suggest waiting until your local coffee store has a 2 for 1 offer and ordering the smallest size they have.

The Planetary Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

I really like this one even though it’s pretty simple. In fact, I’m not even sure it’s a latte to start with.

The Snoopy Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

This is snoopy, isn’t it? It’s been a while since I’ve seen the old fellow. But, I’m sure that’s him just floating on top of a latte.

The Mushroom Cloud Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

This is pretty good looking pattern, but what is it? I think it’s a mushroom cloud, like the explosion from a nuclear bomb.

The Snowman Latte Art

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

For a cheerful cup of latte during the winter, you can’t beat this chipper little snowman.

The Cat and Fish Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

This is the final piece of Latte Art for today. It is probably my favourite. The 3D foam cat looks hungrily on at a couple of swimming fish. It’s cute, it’s artistic and it’s making me thirsty.

3 of the Most Controversial Photographs in History

Controversy is treated differently in each state. While most cultures revel at the opportunity of exploring a subject from all possible angles, and discussing about it in an educated, intellectual manner, other cultures to not approve of it. Controversies are a matter of opinion, and they may include a variety of topics such as religion, economics, science, age, gender, finances, history etc.

Lateral thinkers try to see the world in a different way, but this might not sit very well with the way that others think. Art has always been a subject of controversy, especially photography. Since the invention of the camera thousands of images have raised concern in the media and generated mixed signals. Today we would like to look at a collection of controversial photographs. They are definitely not the most controversial ones, but the stories behind them are interesting.

1. Piss Christ

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Let’s start things off with a truly controversial photograph: the Piss Christ, by Andres Serrano. This “artist” is well known for photos that use corpses, bodily fluids or feces (Ew!). Although he was raised in a Strict Roman Catholic family, Andres released this photograph in 1987 as part of a larger collection. It contains a small crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist’s urine. As you can imagine, the image caused a massive scandal, especially because it was sold for 15.000$ to the National Endowment for the Arts institute.

However, the message of the photograph was different than what you would think. Andres Serrano declared that the Piss Christ does not try to denounce religion, but rather allude to a perceived commercialization of Christian icons by modern culture. In 1997 a retrospective of the artist’s work was presented at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. During the show, the Piss Christ was attacked with a hammer by two teenagers.

2. Brooke Shields

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If there were ever controversial photographs that managed to shock the entire world, they would have been taken by Garry Gross.  We will only display the cropped version of it. Long story short, the collection of photos show a ten-year-old Brooke Shields, in the nude. Teri Shields, the girl’s mother gave her consent, so the little one appeared in a sultry collection of photographs wearing make-up and oil.

The project, entitled The Woman in the Child aimed to reveal the femininity of prepubescent girls and was featured in Sugar & Spice and Little Women. Six years later, Brooke Shields tried to prevent the images of being used further, but the U.S. court said that she was bound by the terms of the contract and that the images did not breach child pornography rules. In 1992, Richard Prince purchased the rights to the photos and his version for 151.000 dollars.

3. Samar Hassan

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Chris Hondros won the American Pulitzer Prize for War Photographer. He travelled to Iraq in 2005, where he took one of the most iconic war photos. On January 18, he was in Tal Afar where he witnessed a car that failed to stop at an U.S. checkpoint. Fearing that it was a suicide bomber, the army opened fire on the vehicle, killed the two parents inside and injured the 5-year-old Samar Hassan.

Chris Hondros captured this image of the child, in her mother’s blood. Like the Vietnamese girl running after a napalm attack, this image quickly became viral, especially because the Iraq War was so dangerous for photographers. Samar Hassan saw the picture for the first time in 2011, and in an interview for the New York Times Middle East she said that her family was returning with her brother from the hospital. Chris Hondros was killed in Misrata by a mortar attack in 2011.

5 Supremely Awesome Mythological Objects

When I was younger I loved Indiana Jones and stories about ancient civilizations and heroes. It seemed that one mythological object could make all the troubles of the world vanish, or somehow imbue the user with inhuman strength. Have you bought yourself a fedora and hoped to find supernatural treasures such as these? You have probably already heard about Excalibur, Arthur’s sword or the Mjolnir hammer, but we want to present to you 5 supremely awesome mythological objects that you have probably not heard about.

1.     The Ring of Gyges

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There are probably many among you who have already read the Lord of the Ring Books, or seen the movies. This means that you also know about the one ring, to rule all the others. Sauron’s ring is very similar to the Ring of Gyges, in that it makes its wearer invisible. The only difference between them is that the ring from LOTR also has soul-blackening effects on the wearer. The ring of Gyges isn’t very well known. It was first described in a story told by the philosopher Plato.

According to him, a shepherd finds the ring after an earthquake unravels a cave near his flock. He takes it from the corpse of an unworldly creature, and soon finds out that it can make him invisible. With it, he seduces the king’s wife, kills the king and becomes ruler of Lydia.

2.     The Book of Thoth

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Witches use Grimoars to practice their magic. The Egyptian god of wisdom and magic, Toth, used the Book of Tooth. It is believed that this book contains two vital spells. One was designed to help the user better understand animals, while the others is used to understand the mind of the Gods. According to an old tale a prince finds the book.

As punishment his family is murdered and he commits suicide. A couple of years later, another prince finds the book but is warned not to take it by the spirit of the previous owner. Because he doesn’t listen to the advice he is forced to kill his own children. Or so he thinks, because everything is an illusion orchestrated by the ghost to convince him. He finally understands the word of the fallen prince and puts the book back where he found it.

3.     The Argo

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If you are passionate about classic mythology you have probably already heard about the Argonautica, by Apollonius of Rhodes. This book tells the tale of Jason and his crew of Heroes (the Argonauts). They sail on the Argo, a ship that was imbued with magical powers by the goddess Hera. The Argo is made from timber harvested from the forests of Dodona (it has the power of prophecy). When they completed the quest, the Argo was placed on the Zenith, and became a constellation.

4.     The Spear of Destiny

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The Christian faith speaks about many artifacts with special powers but the most well-known ones is without a doubt the Spear of Destiny. According to historians, it is the weapon with which Christ’s side was pierced. Therefore, it was imbued with incredible powers. Apparently, the owner of this weapon can control the world. It is also believed that the crazy leaders of the world managed to put their hands on it. For example, Hitler was believed to use it when dabbling with the occult, to conquer most of Europe. Conspiracy theorists also say that General Patton took the spear of destiny from Hitler upon his arrival in Nuremburg.

5.     Dragon’s Teeth

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Think about a mythological creature. The dragon is the first one that comes to mind, is it not? That’s because dragons are quintessential to all the cultures on the planet. These giant, wise, fire-breathing lizards that hold all the magic in the world have helped countless of heroes and magicians. There is even a Greek legend of Cadmus which talks about the Ares’s dragon. Cadmus was advised by Athena, Ares’s sister, to plant the dragon teeth to grow a fresh crop of soldiers. Out of all the soldiers, five survived and were sent to found the city of Thebes. There is also a saying (“to sow dragon’s teeth”) which means to create something that leads to dispute.

5 Great Nonfiction Books You Must Read

We’ve recommended you some powerful books that will change your perception on life and now it’s time for nonfiction. These following great nonfiction books will not only change your perception on life, but they will change your life. They will change the way you eat, the way you memorize information, the way you use the internet, the way you view time and space and the way you view yourself as a human being. Here are 5 great nonfiction books that you must read this summer!

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric SchlosserFast Food Nation The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

Fascinated by fast-food? Whether you love it or hate it, we assure you that you will love this great nonfiction book. Eric Schlosser exposes the underbelly of the American fast-food industry and it’s not pretty. Did you know that fast-food restaurants work on the same principles that a factory assembly line do? Factory farms are presented, slaughterhouses reveal their secrets and you learn why French fries taste so good with the help of a visit to the largest flavor company. It’s not a comfortable book, one that you snuggle up to the fire with. It will shake you, but you will thank it for doing so at the end.

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua FoerMoonwalking with Einstein The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

Moonwalking with Einstein is a fascinating book written by young journalist, Joshua Foer. In one year he managed to do what others thought would be impossible: he won the United States Memory Championship. In the book he tells us how he did it and he teaches us how learn how to memorize. These days people seem to rely on their own memory less and less and it is changing the way our brain works. The art of memory is a set of techniques that were invented in ancient Greeks that helped people memorize entire books. These ancient mnemonic methods are brought into our attention and they’re simply fascinating.

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas CarrThe Shallows What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

With this book Nicholas Carr challenges the most popular and helpful tool humanity has at this moment: the Internet. Is Google making us dumb? was the question that started it all. The gist of it is that the ease with which we receive information has permanently changed the way our brain perceives information in general. Discoveries in neuroscience have revealed that our neural pathways have been rerouted. The Internet has literally changed our brains! If you still don’t want to go out and buy it, know that the book was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Price in General Nonfiction.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen HawkingA Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

This great nonfiction book you must read was number one on New York Times’ bestseller list. It is a landmark piece of scientific literature written by one of the greatest contemporary minds, Stephen Hawking. The book explores the age-old questions of how did our universe begin, is there a limit to our universe? The awesome thing about this book is that it is written in plain English, so that we can all understand what that man is telling us. So, if black holes and quasars have always fascinated you, pick up a copy of A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and devour it!

The Selfish Gene by Richard DawkinsThe Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins will challenge the way we view natural selection. The man’s theories that he presents so clearly and so beautifully in his book, The Selfish Gene, have helped change the nature of the study of social biology. Many of his readers have claimed that this book has changed their beliefs on life. The book is about exploitation, competition and how we’re genetically engineered to be selfish. The current revised edition of the book has two new chapters, one of which is entitled Nice Guys Finish First and it tackles the subjects of selfishness and cooperation. He argues that evolution favors co-operative behavior, even in a selfish environment.

Have you read any of these great nonfiction books? Which one do you find most appealing? Drop us a line!

Three Totally out of the Box Artists

While art has always been a delicate topic since it combines elements from the experience of the artist with his or her own view of the world, as if looking through the world through your very own, ever changing kaleidoscope, it has never ceased to bring people of all convictions, races, skin colors, nationalities and religions together. In marveling at the beauty that man can create we revel in our own endless potential, and as Einstein said it, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

If there is someone that bathes in imagination, it’s artists, and we’ve selected three out of the box artists who not only see our world different than we do, but also do so in such an original manner that it may even come as a shock.

1. Raphael Auvray

This French artist, currently working for Kerozen, a French design studio, has always distinguished himself through out-of-the box artists works, but it seems he has outdone himself with a recent collection of images based on typography, but with a twist. This collection features images of letters comprised of skin, hair, eyes and other body components that together create an interestingly grotesque and disturbing feeling that makes his work well noticeable. What is more interesting is that the hair featured on his letters belongs to designers. Here are a few of the pictures he has created:

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2. Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros

Have you ever wondered how Disney movies would have been received if the happily ever afters wouldn’t have been so happily ever after? Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros did and in doing so, he came up with DisHollywood, a project meant to measure acceptance and tolerance levels when the happy endings are no longer in tone with the phantasy-like outcome of the original versions. As a result, he did not only recreate the endings but also the idealized aspect of characters in many beloved Disney masterpieces, so as to point out a somewhat darker side of today’s society. The real question is whether or not his view on today’s society is as far from the truth as you may think (since his intention was also to incorporate those aspects of our lives in his work so that it may become clear to us how fr from our true paths we are). Here are some of the images in his DisHollywood project:

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3. David Olenick

This artist wanted a down-to-earth portrayal of human nature and chose to be inspired by the many judgment errors, embarrassing moments and character defects of human beings. He has therefore created hilarious (yet truthful) works portraying extremely bad judgment calls such as imbecile behavior when out drinking, emotional eating due to having gained too much weight, the effects of too much alcohol and many other situations you yourself have certainly found yourself in. Ask yourself when viewing his work if you haven’t experienced more such situations than you would like to admit to.

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We hoped you liked our Top Three Out of the Box artists! Stay tuned for more.