8-1 Stairways to Heaven

Stairs have a particular vibe. There’s something about where they lead to, or what they connect, or just how they appear. Stairs are cool, indeed. We simply love them. So here they are: 8-1 stairways to Heaven from around the world.

Some of them are nature-built, some of them are man-made, but they simply represent a symbol of both nature’s friendly invites, as well as man’s incredible conquest abilities.

#1. Scala (Rainbow Staircase), Wuppertal, Germany

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Artist Horst Gläsker took a dull staircase built in between two buildings in the town of Wuppertal and turned it into a rainbow of colors, transforming an eyesore into a bright, energetic spot. He named the 112-step artwork Scala, which stands for “staircase” in Italian, and enhanced it with stencils of German words that refer to human relationship manifestations, such as love, sympathy, and dance.

# 2. Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico

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Built by non-conformist English poet Edward James in 1962, this is actually a surrealist garden sculpture that took more than two decades to complete and covers 80-plus acres of Mexican jungle. This modern structure, called Stairway to the Sky, it’s actually a winding staircase one can climb up, but it leads nowhere.

# 3. Escadaria Selarón, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This is a sheer example of Latin vividness. Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón, who began renovating the destroyed steps in 1990 created the famous steps. Choosing to paint the stairs in the bright colors of blue, green and yellow, his simple task soon turned into his greatest artistic passion. The staircase has 250 steps and is covered in tiles collected from countries around the world. This piece of art runs from Rua Joaquim Silva and Rua Pinto Martins, and covers both the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods.

# 4. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco, CA

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This tile steps project was conceived and made by Irish ceramicist Aileen Barr and local San Francisco artist, Collette Crutcher. Having over 163 steps, the entire creation process took more than two and a half years to complete mostly because it required helpful actions from the local community to raise necessary funds. Their hard work eventually paid off, as the project was unveiled in August 2005. This public masterpiece is located at 16th Avenue and Moraga in the quiet neighborhood of Golden Gate Heights.

# 5. Heaven’s Gate Mountain, Zhangjiajie City, China

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Visitors to this mountain in China must first take a cable car that lifts them thousands of feet in the air or hop on an apparently dangerous bus ride that goes along a very narrow mountain road filled with countless twists and turns. Once the base of the gaping hole is reached, there are exactly 999 steps leading up to a temple. The latest touristic addition to the mountain is the “sky walk”, which allows tourists to look down at the massive hole below them through a clear glass floor.

# 6. Suspended Bridge over the Traversinertobel, Via Mala, Switzerland

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The Traversinertobel Bridge swings more than 200 feet above the valley of Via Mala. Designed by engineer and architect Jürg Conzett along with Rolf Bachofner, the Traversinertobel solved the question of how to connect two gorges with varying elevations. Before the modern staircase, hikers had to cross from one side to the other with a rope bridge that was destroyed during a rockslide. This suspended footbridge spans a distance of 2,214 inches, with a difference in height of 867 inches between the two ends.

# 7. Taihang Mountains, provinces of Shanxi and Henan, China

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This spiral staircase is about 3.937 inch high, and was recently installed in an attempt to attract tourists to the beautiful Taihang Mountains. Before making the ascent, visitors are asked to sign forms to ensure they do not have heart or lung problems, and are under age 60. And a slip on the narrow metal ladder can certainly lead to disaster.

# 8-1. Staircase to Nowhere, Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, CA

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Let’s finish with the creepiest one of them all, a wooden staircase that also leads nowhere, but due to strange reasons. Haunted by spirits, widow Sarah Winchester apparently built a beautiful Victorian mansion that has a lot of strange elements, but the most curious may be the staircase that dead-ends in the ceiling. Some speculate that Mrs. Winchester chose this baffling design to confuse evil spirits and throw them off her track.

6 Pieces of Advice for a Future Winner

Here are 6 pieces of advice for a future winner as how to work more efficiently and turn whatever you have to do into pleasure. Well I’m talking about a real job, or a business that you wanted to get into in the first place.

#1. Start doing something

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We all have friends who are constantly boasting about things like “I had the idea of creating something like Facebook first. Had I done something, I would have been rich by now.” This is a pathetic way of thinking. Not until you start doing something as a consequence of your initial idea, will your brilliant spark start shining. We’ve all got them, don’t we?

#2. Lack of time is never an excuse

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This is the most common excuse people use. Even though most people claim they’d love to open up a new business, or learn how to play an instrument, write a book or whatever, they can never find the time to actually do that! Come on, now, are you for real?

You don’t have to give up your job, you just have to use your spare time wisely. No more Internet, Facebook or Game of Thrones. Your idea is much more important. A few hours a week are more than enough to advance in whatever you want to do.

Once you start investing in something new, you’ll also realise whether this effusion is for real or not. If you lose your enthuziasm on the way, it means it was never meant to be.  So stop making up excuses, will you? You are the only one responsible for your dreams.

Moreover, the perfect timning will never just pop out of the blue. You’ll always be too young, or too old, or too poor, or too fat to go after your dream, if you postpone all the time.

#3. Meetings are toxic

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Meetings are a waste of time. They use abstract concepts insted of concrete ideas. They last too long and provide too little. They always deflect from the subject. There’s always someone present there who is keen on sharing his neverending opinions about subjects exterior to the business of the day.

Instead try applying something else: use a timer. When the alarm rings, the meeting is over. End of discussion. Also try calling less people to the meeting. Unfortunately the more the merrier rule doesn’t apply in this case. The meeting should always take place where the problem occured, not in an arid meeting room.

End with a solution and decide who’s in charge for implementing the solution.

#4. Sleep

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This is not an article discussing the lack of sleep. Nevertheless, it is generally known to turn people into stubborn hatable individuals. Moreover it affects creativity, optimism and your temper. The most balanced individual can turn into a hysterical ill-natured person once he’s tired.  Your being tired will eventually turn against you.

#5. Hire people who can write

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If you have to choose from several individuals, pick the one who can write. Despite  your working field, someone who can write is really useful. That’s because someone who’s got this talent has a clear had, and good communication skills. Nevermind the extrovert-introvert dihotomy. These people can just make things easier to understand. They can easily be in someone else’s shoes and they know what to ommit when carrying a message. What more coud you wish for?

#6. Don’t take your inspiration for granted

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We all have ideas. They are immortal by excelence. But inspiration on the other hand is as mortal as your 20-yar old dog.  So if you really want to do soemthing, do it now! Your ideea is not the kind of thing to preserve on a shelf until you find the time to develop it.

The coolest thing about inspiration is that it gives you the impetus of a 6-year old. Inspiration is like a time machine. It’s simply miraculos, it arises your productivity and it motivates you like never before. So start working and stop compalining.

0 Reasons to Go Back to Black

When it comes to toilet paper, the modern world is definitely back to black. In case you didn’t know this, well, people of quality are looking to use the ultimate thing: black toilet paper. Here are some tips and facts on why some people use it. You can laugh out as much as you wish, but deep down inside it’s impossible for you not to be absolutely mesmerized by its hypnotizing aspect.

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Sensuality in a toilet paper roll?

“Elegant, sophisticated, rebellious, alternative and eternally fashionable, black has become virtually synonymous with chic and style. But while this color is often present in avant-garde creative work, no one has ever dared to use it for toilet paper until now. Black in the loo, how chic and sophisticated can you get?” Come again?

This is actually the Renova press release as they launched their absurdly expensive black toilet paper. In other words, baby blue, pink and peach are so yesterday! Renova’s been providing US customers us with black finesse since 2006.

Here are the Renova Black Toilet Paper Specifications: Very soft and absorbent, with perfumed scent, 3-ply base sheet, 140 sheets per roll, 100% virgin pulp, biodegradable. They also had the exact measurements personalized per individual sheet, but that would have been just too much. This Portugal-based tissue company is unfailing!

Where did all the colored toilet paper go?

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30 years ago colored toilet paper was far from being a rarity.  Introduced in the 50’s and popular throughout the 70’s, a variety of colors were eagerly produced: pink, blue, yellow, lilac, tan, and black. Users loved matching the color of their toilet paper to the color of their bathrooms. There you go! Well hippies are the only ones who enjoy multi-colors at a scale that would set our teeth on edge. Maybe that’s why colors have disappeared from out toilet paper stands?

According to toiletpaperworld.com (such a blog does exist) our toilet-paper rainbows vanished into thin air out of two reasons: first of all doctors started warning colored toilet paper could lead to skin irritation and secondly ecologists also began warning the dye in the colored toilet paper rolls was harmful to the environment.

But when it comes to black magic, nothing is harmful anymore!

Stars who embraced this idea like there’s no tomorrow

When Beyoncé goes on tour, she will only use a toilet with a brand new seat and a roll of red toilet paper in hand, according to reports about the singer’s tour rider.

Moreover it has been claimed that music mogul Simon Cowell insists that only luxury black toilet paper is placed in the many bathrooms of his London and Los Angeles homes.

And now something that doesn’t really come as a surprise: in a clip from “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kim Kardashian, having to move in with her mother, Kris Jenner, because of her pregnancy, delivered a few pieces of information one can easily live without. Discussing Jenner’s black-and-white bathroom decor, Kardashian complains, “The toilet paper’s black… I like to see what I’m sh*tting and what I’m wiping.”

Well let’s get back to Earth now and learn that about 70% – 75 % of the world’s population does not use toilet paper. Some of them do not use it due to a lack of trees, while others cannot afford it.

The Pentagon uses, on average, about 666 rolls of toilet paper every day.

Sudoku toilet paper, along with the US dollar print toilet paper are the most famous patterns on the market.

Let’s not forget where we started and finish off with a priceless slogan: Shove a roll of Renova Black in your bathroom and it adds an instant designer vibe. How about that?

The 5 Best Writing Tips by Ernest Hemingway

Are you considering the career of a writer? We are not talking about blogging, but about the amazing works of literature that will stay with readers forever. Young writers should always look towards older, more established ones. One incredible example would be Ernest Hemingway, and his work “A Moveable Feast”. This literary masterpiece is a writing manifesto and an homage to Paris. In it, Ernest Hemingway re-tells his meeting with some of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century literature (including Gertrude Stein, Scott Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound). With the help of this book, and several interviews that the writer has accepted to take, we have managed to compile a list of writing tips by Ernest Hemingway.

1. Never Discuss the Creative Process

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One thing I’ve learned in life is that art work cannot be explained. It is up to each individual to understand and appreciate it in his own, unique way. This advice is particularly obvious in Hemingway’s manner of treating interviewers. Ford Madox Ford laughed at the idea of Hemingway even being considered a gentleman. Either way, when it comes to writing, the writing process is only for you to know, and the others to wonder about.

2. Don’t Underestimate Simplicity

The best things in life are usually simple. For example, don’t you feel that there is something incredibly familiar and organic about a pencil? Hemingway often said that when he could not squeeze the keys of a typewriter he would turn to the old-fashioned pencil. Of course, this is only one way of looking at simplicity. Your literary work itself could be simple, yet still regain a level of complexity. Hemingway had no regard for adjectives and he felt that the basest expression is usually honest, and comes from the subconscious.

3. Let Yourself Love

It was necessary to get exercise, to be tired in the body, and it was very good to make love with whom you loved. That was better than anything.

When you are in love everything is better. Everybody knows that the muses have a preference for those enamored. When you love, and make love, life happens at a different pace. The sky is bluer, the leaves are greener, and talent is amplified. The trick here is to give yourself permission to feel in love. Love comes from the heart, from a secret place which can only result in writing that is truer.

4. Don’t Write Everything You Know

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This is without a doubt the best advice that Hemingway has ever given. He says that you can omit anything that would strengthen your story and make people feel something more than what they understand. In other words, a writer should always know more than what he writes, and share information in a way that it gives the story a sense of completeness. This is also a good skill to have, to not make all knowledge universal knowledge.

5. Stand While Writing

This sounds a tad strange, doesn’t it? Standing while writing sounds downright absurd. Hemmingway has never said why standing while writing is useful, we can only guess. Some suggest that an erect body could work as a better antenna for radio signals sent by the muses, but we are pretty sure Hemmingway did not care for this. However, he would usually stand in his loafers, before his desk, and write. This habit has been with him since he first started his career.

Other tips from Ernest Hemingway include actually enjoying the process (which is basically a no-brainer for such a career), writing during morning glory (when the brain is more focused), and writing honestly. As an ending, we give you one of his most motivational quotes:

I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, ‘Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know’ 

15 Creative and Amazing Selfies by Mirrosme

There are two types of people in this world: people who hate selfies, and people whose life purpose is to take as many as possible. In all honesty, nobody cares what you are planning on wearing before you go to bed or what your new necklace looks like. There are enough food selfies popping up on social networks as it is. There are actually few selfies in this world that look cool (one of them would be the epic Oscar Selfie starring Ellen DeGeneres, Jared Leto, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Pitt and many others). Yesterday, we stumbled upon another example of amazing selfies created by a young woman. Mirrorsme, a Norwegian blonde beauty. She decided to make selfies cooler than cucumbers by drawing on her bathroom mirror before snapping a pic.  In general, we only post embarrassing selfies here. But, for the first time in our existence, we are actually proud to share these selfies. 15 Creative and Amazing Selfies by Mirrosme to be exact. Here’s what Mirrorsme says about her art:

I started creating them after drawing on my mirror with lipstick, and leaving little messages for my roommate. I make them out of chalk markers, and posca markers, and some acrylic markers sometimes.

She also says that it is sometimes difficult to make her designs fit. Some of them actually look extremely weird and cause her friends to laugh. At the moment, she has over 28,700 followers on Instagram. Her faithful followers can’t wait to see more of her wacky selfie ideas. We promise you that you have never seen selfies as interesting as the ones below. Mirrorsme is another example that creativity has no limits, especially when it comes to re-interpreting one of the most prominent trends in today’s society.

1. This App Should be Called iGeenie

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2. Don’t Forget to Brush Your Teeth

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3. Bat Man & Joker – BFFs in Reality

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4. Pulling the bunny from the Hat

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5. Sometimes It’s Easy to Follow Your Dreams

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6. Mirror Drawing in the Norwegian Ambassador’s Residence (D.C.)

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7. The Thug Life

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8. BrB! I’ll Just Grab Something

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9. Here we Go Pink Helicopter

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10. Sherlock Holmes

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11. Pippi Longstocking

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12. Building Castles in the Clouds

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13. Cupid

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14. Say “Hello”!

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15. Workout Time

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16. Jumping out of a CupCake

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Four days ago she also visited the Brooklyn Bridge hotel, where she made one of her great drawings. In the end she decided to remove the art.

Thus far, Mirrorsme received incredible feedback from her followers. Everybody loves her work. I always considered Norwegians to be extremely creative people, with an uncommon sense of humor. Mirrorsme has proven me right again. Stay tuned for more hilarious and original selfies from her. Who knows, you might even start loving selfies because of her.

What do you think about her artwork?

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