Here’s how Honey Maid responded to anti-gay backlash

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 11 April 2014

Honey Maid has been in the news lately for their ‘This is wholesome’ ad campaign that featured all sorts of families. One of those families just happened to be a gay couple with children. Another was a military family, a rocker family, a single dad family and an interracial family unit. It’s a pretty heartwarming ad but as always, people will always have something to say when it comes to seeing a gay family on the TV. In this case, the things they said were not the nicest: ‘horrible, NOT ‘WHOLESOME,’ ‘DO NOT APPROVE!’ and ‘Disgusting’.

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Photographer shoots wild meerkats, gets climbed on and used as lookout post instead

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco, New Photography on Friday 11 April 2014

Tree-climbing goats, move over now. Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas was minding his own business in the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana and shooting away at meerkats, when, one day, the meerkats — including a three-week-old litter of babies — decided he could be trusted and would make quite a decent vantage point.

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Diamonds that are made of human remains

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Friday 11 April 2014

‘Family heirloom’ takes on a literal meaning when grandma becomes the actual diamonds she’s passing on. Swiss startup ‘Algordanza’ turns cremated human remains into prized diamonds via the same way actual diamonds are created, through heat and pressure. But instead of having to wait thousands or millions of years, clients of the company only have to wait three months. You might believe the concept is cooky, but it’s actually not too farfetched.

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Reflections: a challenging portrait series of the elderly seeing their youth

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By Tristan Rayner in New Photography on Wednesday 9 April 2014

Photographer Tom Hussey had a conversation with an 80-year-old World War II veteran. The man commented to him that he couldn’t believe how quickly time had passed. He didn’t feel it was possible that he could be 80 years of age. That’s when Hussey had a lightbulb moment.

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Drawings by Kids with Serious Health Conditions Turned Into Magical Photographs – Starring Themselves

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By Lost At E Minor in New Photography on Wednesday 9 April 2014

In this ambitious and heart-wrenching project, Shawn Van Daele takes drawings done by children born or living with serious health conditions, and brings them to life as real photographs – starring the children themselves, showing them that Anything Is Possible. Indeed.

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Game of Thrones characters and George R.R. Martin are now LEGO mini figs

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Tuesday 8 April 2014

Here’s your chance to play George R.R. Martin and be the almighty hand that decides who lives and dies in Game of Thrones. ‘Dragon Sword Fighter Force’ is a Game of Thrones-inspired collection of LEGO mini figures that include our favourite characters from the series.

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Claustrophobic? Don’t ride Tokyo’s subway during rush hour

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 8 April 2014

‘Tokyo Compression’ is a series by photographer Michael Wolf, in which he documents the daily grind of commuters in the packed subways of the busy metropolis. The series, which has already been published into three books, show the stressed out and tired faces of commuters through the subway windows during peak hours of the rush hour.

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Pandas apparently can get cuter when 1,600 of them congregate together

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 8 April 2014

While this scene may look like 1,600 pandas storming the streets of Taiwan in a plot to subdue its citizens with their overflowing fluffiness, it actually has a sad story behind it. Called the ‘Pandas World Tour’, the paper-mache pandas were conceived by the WWF in 2008 and created by French artist Paulo Grangeon in an attempt to raise awareness about the endangered status of this adorable species.

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Outfit your egg with this knight armour, then murder it for breakfast afterwards

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 8 April 2014

Humpty Dumpty just got a badass weapons upgrade via the ‘Arthur Egg Cup’, an egg cup holder in the shape of a knight’s suit of armour. Turn your soft boiled eggs into a knight in shining armour by padding it with this plastic suit and removable helmet. The kitchen accessory even comes with a spoon that acts as the egg’s lance, ready to fend off any hungry mouth that comes its way.

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8 million flower petals flooded the streets of a town in Costa Rica

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Tuesday 8 April 2014

Would you believe none of this involved CGI? The 8 million petals that rained down on a small town in Costa Rica is as real as it gets. This weird phenomena is part of Sony’s new 4k TV marketing campaign, in which they partnered up with ad agency McCann and photographer Nick Meek, to make the fantastical scene come to life.

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Sunsets look like stained glass art when captured through shattered mirrors

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 8 April 2014

One of the profoundest things in life: sunsets. One thing that’s more profound than sunsets: looking at a sunset through the reflection of a broken mirror. Very deep stuff. New York-based photographer Bing Wright has captured the beauty of the setting sun as it reflects off of shattered mirrors in a series called ‘Broken Mirror/Evening Sky’.

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The human anatomy, painted onto real human bodies

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 7 April 2014

Johannes Stoetter, the artist behind the amazing illusion of the woman bodypainted to look like a parrot, has clearly had a lot of practice. We lucked out on another great bodypainted series by him, Anatomy, where he painstakingly painted the human anatomy (exposed muscles, veins, internal organs and all) onto real human bodies. How absolutely […]

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This guy makes the most hilariously bad cosplay outfits on a budget

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By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Monday 7 April 2014

Perhaps we’ve been pampered with admiring the mad skills of too many good cosplayers out there. At the other end of the spectrum of cosplay greatness is a particular Thai cosplayer, Anucha Saengchart, whose brand of Lowcost Cosplay is defyingly, howlingly bad. We think we have seen everything now.

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Classical art paintings, updated with social media notifications

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 7 April 2014

In her ‘emoji nation’ series, Kiev-based artist Nastya Nudnik takes the event notifications from Facebook, Twitter and the lot that we are so familiar with on social media, and updates classical art paintings with these. That one tweak instantly transforms the timeless to something quite mundane.

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Aussie artist Rone creates a new 35 metre high street art masterpiece

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By Marta Millere in New Art on Monday 7 April 2014

Street art is shaping the way we see and live in urban spaces everywhere in the world. In Rome, we’ve got the Space Invader leaving small pixelated masterpieces around Trastevere and other old neighborhoods; and in Melbourne and other Australian cities, there’s Rone.

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