Mona Lisa, one of the most famous paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, was a subject of many disputes. Who is the mysterious woman in the picture, why is she smiling like that, is it maybe Leonardo himself as a woman or his alter ego; were just some of the questions that were asked by the connoisseurs of his art. We may never get the true answers to these questions but we can give our own version and even do a remake of the picture as we perceive it.

Van Diesel may be one of the possible answers to this puzzle, or not… You decide whether he is a better Mona Lisa then the real one.

Many think of Megan Fox as the most beautiful woman that looks surreal. However, Megan may be hot but she is less talented than this 16th century portrait.

This is Mona Lisa painted in an innovative and creative way as a part of nature.

Colombian Painter Fernando Botero paints Fatso Mona Lisa.

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This Mona Lisa was made of computer chips (ASUS headquarters).

Who woudn’t like to own this Mona Bean?

Marco Pece is an Italian photographer with a fascination with Lego. An art lover himself, his recent work recreates famous paintings in perfect detail, using the ubiquitous bricks. This is his Mona Lisa with Lego.

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The famous cover of New Yorker Magazine depicting Monica Lewinsky as the Mona Lisa was very controversial.

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Tania Ledger from Croydon in south London employed a 3D art expert who reconstructed the famous painting for the The Da Vinci Code film to do the same in her garden. Chris Naylor took two days to replicate Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece in grass, using a small lawnmower and a handful of garden tools.

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Artist Jim Hance painted this geek parody of the famous Mona Lisa titled “Mona Leia”.

Mona Tofu, made out of rice, sea kelp, and tofu by vegetable artist Ju Duoqi.

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The Mona Lisa on Toast by Tadhiko Okawa recreated Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from 1,426 pieces of burnt toast.

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Many see this photo from 1985 as the beginning of what we nowadays call “media globalization”, because Omayra Sanchez’s agony was followed by television cameras from all over the world. Despite all the footage that was recorded by those tv cameras, it was this photograph, of a shocking reality and humanity, that went down in history as the first broadcast of the pain and death of a human being.
Omayra Sanchez, 13 years old, was the victim of volcano Nevado del Ruiz’s eruption in 1985, that devasted the Armero village, in Colombia. Omayra was trapped for three days under the mud, clay and water that was left from her own house. When the paramedics, with scarce resources, tried to help her, they sadly realized there was nothing they could do, since to remove her from the deadly trap they would have to amputate her legs and the lack of a speacilist on the scene would result in her death.
According to the paramedics and the journalists that surrounded her, Omayra was strong until the last minute of her life. For the three days her agony lasted she thought only about going back to school, her studies and her friends. Photographer Frank Fournier took this photo of Omayra that travelled the world and generated a worldwide controversy about the indifference of the Colombian government before the victims of natural disasters such as this.
The photograph was published months after the girl’s death and Frank Fournier was awarded the 1986 World Press Photo Premier Award for this picture.

Ever wondered how you rank with the rest of the world in the amount of money you spend on food in a week?

This very interesting project was done by photographer Peter Menzel. From the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio.

Some great pictures along with the amount of cash each family spends in feeding themselves for a week all around the world.

Japan: $317.25 a week for food

Italy: $260.11 a week for food

Chad: $1.23 a week for food {Sudanese refugees in Breidjing Camp, Chad}

Kuwait: $221.45 a week for food

USA: $341.98 a week for food

Mexico: $189.09 a week for food

China: $155.06 a week for food

Egypt: $68.53 a week for food

Ecuador: $31.55 a week for food

USA: $159.18 a week for food

Mongolia: $40.02 a week for food

Great Britain: $253.15 a week for food

Bhutan: $5.03 a week for food

Germany: $500.07 a week for food

Australia: $ 376.45 per week Family Recipe: Marge Brown’s Quandong (an Australian peach) Pie, Yogurt

India: $39.27 Family Recipe: Sangeeta Patkar’s Poha (Rice Flakes)

USA: $242.48 Favorite Foods: Shrimp with Alfredo sauce, chicken mole, barbecue ribs, pizza

Mali: $ 26.39 Family Recipe: Natomo Family Rice Dish

France: $419.95 Favorite Foods: Delphine Le Moine’s Apricot Tarts, pasta carbonara, Thai food

Greenland: $277.12 Favorite Foods: polar bear, narwhal skin, seal stew

Turkey: $ 145.88 Favorite Foods: Melahat’s Puffed Pastries

The Philippines: $49.42 a week for food

China: $57.27 a week for food

Bosnia and Herzegovina: $ 167.43 a week for food

Cuba: $ 56.76 a week for food

Australia: $ 303.75 a week for food

Guatemala: $ 75.70 a week for food


If you’ve been mystified by Mona Lisa’s grin – how she’s bright one minute and life-threatening the next blink of an eye – then your worries are all over. It occurs because our eyes are beaming mixed signals to the brain about her grin.
Different cells in the retina beam contrary classes of data or “lines” to the brain. These lines encrypt information about a physical objects size, clearness, brightness and position in the field of vision.

“Occasionally one line convinces the opposite, and you interpret the grin, occasionally others take over and you do not catch the grin,” tells Luis Martinez Otero, a neuroscientist at Institute of Neuroscience in Alicante, Spain, who carried out the subject along with Diego Alonso Pablos.

Nobody can empathise on the charm of nature. The masses who go into detail to interpret the nature ascertain more and more logic to interpret more. One of great example as a beauty of nature is iceberg which takes decades after decades to form but they are just like magic. Most of an iceberg is usually under water and rest part is above water surface it appears neat.

They are shaped when it snow on the already frozen land on the shores of Antarctica. The snow never melts and in time there is so much it sets out to pack down and figure ice. That ice in time starts slipping into the ocean – therefore, an iceberg is born. Most icebergs display only 9% of their complete mass above water while the other 91% rests beneath the surface. It takes centuries upon 1000s of years for an iceberg to shape to the sizes we typically see pictured below……


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What if you could create a fairly convincing image montage in mere minutes, using an online tool that automatically does all the work for you? It sounds insane, but five students from Tsinghua University in China and the National University of Singapore have created a program that does just that.

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PhotoSketch allows users to create photomontages from basic stick-figure sketches – you don’t even have to have any kind of artistic talent to convey your idea. As explained in the video below, the tool takes a simple sketch of the desired montage elements and pulls photographs that correspond to them from Google, Flickr and Yahoo.

Sketch2Photo: Internet Image Montage from Tao Chen on Vimeo.

The program then decides from a variety of matching results which ones work together the best and merges each disparate image element into a cohesive whole. It even matches them to the scene with the correct color tones and adds shadows as needed. The whole process takes about 15 minutes.

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While PhotoSketch is remarkably easy to use, professional graphic designers needn’t worry about it replacing their skills anytime soon. The resulting image montages don’t exactly pass for real photographs, but could actually help designers and digital artists create quick concept images to present to clients, saving a considerable amount of time.

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It doesn’t appear that the tool discriminates between copyrighted and Creative Commons images or compensates the creators of the original images in any way, which would create licensing issues unless the problem is addressed before the tool is made available to the public.  But, PhotoSketch does open up a whole new world of possibilities for the Photoshop-illiterate and professionals alike.


Even More Urban Light Graffiti

Architectural light graffiti, or projection bombing, falls somewhere curiously in between.

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Moldovan photographer, Bolucevschi Vitali, has won the title of CIWEM’s Environmental Photographer of the Year 2009. His picture, Talking About Stars, also won the Natural World category.
Only 24 years old, the amateur photographer described how he was able to take his winning image: “On a sunny day I took a camera and set out to photograph something of the life of ants. At first I was no good as the ants moved very quickly and I was easily distracted. But gradually I was drawn to a group which was climbing up a nearby dandelion. They would each pull out one seed and then parachute to the ground”
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Who didn’t want to live in a house of Lego bricks as a child? James May, host of a new BBC series called James May’s Toy Stories (also a life-long toy enthusiast and the host of Top Gear) had to wait until adulthood, but he’s finally fulfilling that dream. The television personality intends to live in the world’s first life-size Lego house for a few days – “or until it falls down,” according to him. When the building is finished, furniture will be moved in for the temporary resident.

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The house is being built at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey. Construction began on August 17th, with many helpers coming out beforehand to construct bricks of Lego pieces. Overall, more than 2000 people have aided in the construction of the plastic house, which is two stories tall and includes working doors, a bedroom, toilet, shower and staircase.

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The building project was delayed several times due to health and safety regulations: the crew had to prove that the plastic bricks were suitable building materials. Building a life-size house of Lego bricks is one thing; someone safely living in said house for two or three days is another question entirely. The project was allowed to continue, however, and the roof is scheduled to be installed on September 5-6, 2009.

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When all is said and done, more than two million Lego pieces will have been used to construct this two-story house. While the construction started out with volunteers clicking the bricks together, a qualified project manager, Victor Andrews, is now in charge of the build. James May has been very involved in the construction, phoning the site often and dropping in to help out with the build while filming scenes for his show. The construction site has become a tourist attraction for toy enthusiasts and curious parties who wonder just how this plastic house will hold up.


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