This Girl Just Flipped Feminine Beauty On Its Head. These Grotesque Photos Say It All.

I once read this quote that has stuck in my mind: “What some women do to themselves for beauty would be considered torture if done by one person to another.” Australian artist Jessica Ledwich seems to agree with that quote, judging by this art series of hers she named “The Ferocious – Monstrous Feminine.” In the series Jessica grotesquely re-imagines traditional feminine beauty routines. In one of the images, a woman has her fingers severed and replaced with the tools used for traditional manicures. See some of the images from the series here below:

Ledwich says she hopes her images will make viewers question the increasing normalization of beauty treatments that once seemed extreme.

I personally think what is really disturbing now is the way that the expectation of a women to engage in beauty treatments, procedures and cosmetic surgery, is so ingrained in our culture that we don’t even think twice about it. These procedures are almost so mainstream now that you book them to fit between your grocery shopping and your laundry. There are a whole generation of young women who not only think it is normal to do this but that its desirable and worse, expected.

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3-D Printing Is Now Allowing Expectant Parents To Do Some Really Creepy Stuff

Expectant parents can be an odd bunch. They’re usually bundles of nerves as their due dates get closer and closer. While they’re understandably nervous, they’re usually pretty excited to meet their new additions.

This excitement is good, but it can sometimes lead them to do bizarre things — things like getting decidedly creepy 3-D models made of their little ones.

See what I mean? Just imagine trying to explain that to guests.

These 3-D ultrasound models are an invention of U.K. company Baby Boo Scan.

Despite the general creepiness of it, these models are surprisingly popular. They’re also pretty accurate. See the resemblance here?

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While I can certainly see the appeal, I think there are better ways of showing some love for your expectant child. But then again, that’s just my two cents.

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Here Are The 9 Most Disgusting Things You’ve Been Eating Your Whole Life…And Had No Idea.

If we are what we eat, then everyone is in big trouble. What would you say if I told you that your favorite food, the one your mom made every Thanksgiving, the one you looked forward to eating all year long, contained some of the most disgusting and dangerous ingredients on the planet?  Or even worse, what if you found out the breakfast you ate this morning contained toxins banned in most third-world countries? Unfortunately, we’ve all probably gone fallen victim to at least one of these “ingredients,” if not more.  If you want to learn what to avoid in the future, you’ve got to check this out:

1. Borax – Listed under “ingredients” as E285, you can still buy caviar in the US containing this well known cleaning product

2. Flame Retardant – Better lay off the orange soda! Listed under “ingredients” as Brominated vegetable oil, you’ll find it in your citrus flavored soda.

3. Human hair – Oddly this “ingredient” is often listed as L-Cysteine. But you’ll commonly find it in bagels, cakes, and more!

4. Biodiesel Additive – Meet Tertiary butylhydroquinone, the “ingredient” you find in chicken nuggets. Uh oh…

5. Sand – If your soup tastes gritty, now you know why. Just check the ingredient list for silicon dioxide.

6. Beaver Anal Secretions – Yes, this is true. The “ingredient”, listed as Castoreum, is widely found in vanilla flavored treats.

7. Coal Tar – Listed as “food coloring”, it’s in almost any artificially-dyed food.

8. Jet Fuel Additive – Who would have thought my morning cereal would contain Butylated hydroxytoluene?

9. Anti-freeze – Listed under “ingredients” as Propylene Glycol, better think twice before ordering that thick and creamy salad dressing!

An optimist would say that the next time you want an ice cream cone, just picture a side of beaver anal secretions.  That should help you stick to your diet.  Me though, I never wanted to learn how the sausage was made.  But at least now I know just what I’m putting into my body. (H/T Huffington Post) Share this information with others by clicking on the button below.

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Hey, What’s That Weird Creation On The Beach? Let Me Look Closer… WHAT IN THE?

For the 2014 Sculpture By The Sea event, a Belgian artist named Annette Thas created something that makes passers by stop and stare. Her creation is a gigantic, fleshy wave that seems to be rising up from the sand. It stands 9 feet tall and it is 12 feet long. If you were to sit at its base, it would almost envelop you with its sheer size. Not only is it huge, but there is another reason why anyone who passes by just has to stop and do a double-take…

The monstrous wave towers 9 feet high, its fleshy tones blocking out the coast and sun.

It looks like a giant creature, rising up from the sand, clawing its way from the shore.

It’s not a monster, though. It’s a towering wave of nostalgia and memories.

“Wave 1” was crafted from over 3,000 Barbie dolls, collected from various thrift stores.

Anette hoped to create a whimsical piece that highlighted the short, but precious, childhood that everyone gets to experience.

Annette’s creation, named Wave 1, has recently been given the People’s Choice Prize at Sculpture By The Sea. Her take on childhood, mixed with her whimsical creativity and ability to draw the eye, resulted in a sure winner. Men, women and children are engrossed by not only the size of this wave, but also the thousands of toys that comprise it. Source: Annette Thas via Design Boom It’s weird, sure, but it would be hard not to be completely enthralled by this wave of memories. Share it with others.

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These 26 Revelations Will Blow Your Mind When You Know Them. I’m Still Baffled By #3.

You may go through life, thinking that you know all that there is to know… but you’d be dead wrong. In fact, there are lots of things that you have experienced in your life that you probably haven’t thought about properly. When you do, after you read these pieces of strange trivia, you’ll feel blown away. What were you like as a baby? How big is the universe? How old is the oldest person alive? All of these questions (and more) will soon be answered. You might just have a headache after you read through these…

1.) The 2nd player in Duck Hunt could control the ducks.

2.) If you’re in a group of 70 people or more, there is a 99.9% chance two will share the same birthday.

3.) 1998 is as far away from today as 2030 is.

4.) There are more possible permutations of the 52 cards in a standard deck than there have been seconds SINCE the Big Bang.

5.) Everyone in the world has been an infant… but no one knows what it’s like to be one.

6.) People graduating college this year have never experienced life without The Simpsons.

7.) Ireland’s population has never fully recovered from the Great Potato Famine of the 1800s.

8.) 1 day on Venus is longer than 1 year.

9.) A human male’s genitals contain enough blood to power three gerbils (ew).

10.) Once you’re dead, no one else will remember your memories.

11.) High school freshman are as old as the Krusty Krab Pizza episode of Spongebob Squarepants.

12.) Mars’s population consists entirely of robots. Watch your back.

13.) When caterpillars undergo metamorphosis, they basically become liquid and then reform back into butterflies.

14.) Only 66 years passed between man achieving flight… and then flying to the moon.

15.) The fax machine was invented the same year as people were on the Oregon Trail (and their oxen died when they tried to fjord the river).

16.) You can spell “upside down” upside down by using the letters “umop apisdn.”

17.) Mike Powell set the long jump record at 29 feet. He launched himself 30 feet forward to do so.

18.) Private Wojtek was a (real) Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps in World War II.

19.) People born blind have never seen a smile… but know to make one when they are happy.

20.) There are more atoms in a glass of water than there are stars in the universe.

21.) You always see your nose, but your brain filters it out.

22.) Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto (17 million square km compared to 16.6 million square km).

23.) Being the oldest person alive means that EVERYONE alive at the time of your birth is now dead.

24.) France was still executing people by guillotine when Star Wars was released.

25.) When you say the word “crisp,” the world travels from the back of your mouth to the front.

26.) If all 7 billion people on earth moved to Texas, it would have the population density of New York City.

(H/T Ebaumsworld) There are so many strange aspects of life you probably haven’t thought about before even in addition to these. Take some time every day to sit back and think. After all, some day you won’t have any more time to do so. Share this odd trivia with others by clicking on the link below.

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The Most Disgusting Part Of These Photos Is What’s Hidden by These Piles of Trash. OMG.

If you were to walk by a river and saw trash floating down it, you’d probably be disgusted. Pollution is a terrible, passive attack on the world around us. If it bothers you, though, then we suggest staying out of Indonesia. There is a body of water called the Citarum river in Indonesia that would make you gag on sight. It is so polluted and filled with trash, you can’t even see the water. I’m not joking.

Nearly 5 million people live at the basin of the river, but their activity is just a fraction of the reason why the river is so clogged with trash.

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Nearby textile factories are heavy contributors of toxic waste to the water.

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More than 2,000 industries contaminate 5,020 sq miles of the river with lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxins.

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This disgusting river supports local agriculture, water supply, fishery, industry, sewerage, electricity and more.

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The extremely dirty river flows downstream into rice paddies where families dangerously use it to clean, cook, wash and drink.

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It is known as the most polluted river in the world, and we can see why.

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But even on an individual level, humans constantly pollute the river with their trash and waste.

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It’s hard to imagine what kind of bacteria and viruses are breeding within the dirty waters of the Citarum river. But, for the local people in Indonesia, it’s one of the water supplies they must rely on to stay alive. In December of 2008, the Asian Development Bank approved a $500 million loan for cleaning up the river. To this day, it’s still considered one of the world’s most polluted. I’ve never felt so happy to have clean drinking water.

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This Video Will Chill You To The Bone. Remember It Next Time You Reach For Your Keys.

In a bone startling new public service announcement about the string of consequences that result from drunk driving, you’re going to witness a parent’s worst nightmare. It’s the exact story we hear from our mom’s and dad’s, and the very reason why they always offer to drive us home no matter the time or place. Check it out below NOW. You may not worry about saving your own life. But save the other driver’s.

Source: Vimeo via Elite Daily Please share this important message with others. You can save a life today by helping to make others aware.

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