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Gut-wrenching Diagnosis Inspires Artist to Create Uplifting Food Art

When artist and costume designer Maor Zabar was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease a few years back, he was forced to adjust his eating habits. Many of the delicious foods he was familiar with consuming were now off limits. So, to make up for the foods he couldn’t eat, he decided to make them wearable instead. Thus was born his special line of food inspired head wear: the Food Hat Collection.

Zabar is currently a teacher at the Shenkar’s College of Fashion in Israel. His inspiration not only comes from his own health but also his work as a theater set and costume designer. Every hat is made differently and some take significantly more time than others to create.

There are plates of sushi, boxes of macaroons, upside down ice creams and even a dripping berry pie. He strives to make headpieces that will make people feel glamorous, with a sprinkle of humor (like his skillet of fried eggs, or his picnic hat). Check out more of Zabars unique hats on Etsy.

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photo credit: Maor Zabar
via: daily mail

Written by Shawn Saleme of VisualNews

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National Flags Created From the Foods Each Country Is Commonly Associated With

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Feeling hungry? You will be after looking through this creative collection of food photography by Australian advertising agency WHYBIN\TBWA. To promote the Sydney International Food Festival, which is Australia’s largest food festival which had almost a million attendees last year and chefs from all over the world, the imaginative team re-created 17 national flags using foods common to each nation. Basil, pasta, and tomatoes create the stripes on Italy’s flag, while hot dogs and buns were used for the U.S., olives and feta cheese for Greece, and curries with rice for India and Indonesia.

What’s even more impressive than the simpler striped flags is seeing the clever ways the team improvised stars and symbols of the more complex flags. Great use of the meat pie with crust cut outs for Australia, star fruit for the stars on the flags of China and Vietnam, EZ cheese or mustard for the stars on the U.S. flag, and an herb sprig for the cedar tree at the center of Lebanon’s flag. Using tuna sashimi for the red circle on Japan’s flag was simple but perfect. Which one makes your mouth water the most?

Above: Italy’s flag made from Basil, pasta, and tomatoes.

Australia’s flag made from meat pie and sauce.

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Brazil’s flag made from banana leaf, limes, pineapple and passion fruit.

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China’s flag made from pittaya/dragon fruit and star fruit.

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France’s flag made from Blue cheese, brie and grapes.

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Greece’s flag made from Kalamata olives and feta cheese.

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India’s flag made from curries, rice, and pappadum wafer.

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Indonesia’s flag made from spicy curries and rice (Sambal).

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Japan’s flag made from tuna and rice.

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Lebanon’s flag made from lavash, fattoush and herb sprig.

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South Korea’s flag made from Kimbap and sauces.

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Spain’s flag made from chorizo and rice.

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Switzerland’s flag made from charcuteries and Emmental.

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Thailand’s flag made from sweet chilli sauce, shredded coconut and blue swimmer crab.

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Turkey’s flag made from Turkish Delights (Lokum).

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United Kingdom’s flag made from scone, cream and jams.

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United States of America’s flag made from hot dogs, ketchup, and mustard or cheese.

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Vietnam’s flag made from rambutan, lychee and starfruit.

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Via: twistedsifter.com

Written by Paul Caridad for VisualNews

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This Danish Orchestra Ate the World’s Hottest Chili Peppers Before Playing

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Members of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra recently played Tango Jalousie under the influence of one powerful substance: the world’s hottest chili peppers. Before performing the piece (by Danish composer Jacob Gade), each member downed one super-spicy chili: a Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend or a Ghost Chili. These professionals held it together impressively…almost to the very end (a lot more impressive than standing there, like that video of 1,000 people eating ghost chilies that went viral earlier this year).

If you’re wondering whose crazy idea this was, look no further than Danish celebrity chili eater Chili Klaus. He’s made a name for himself with his YouTube videos (filming himself eating his potent obsessions) and now with numerous TV appearances. He’s the tear-eyed conductor in this video.

Originally written by Benjamin Starr for VisualNews.

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Artist Transforms Watermelons into Creepy Realistic Faces and Dinosaurs

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There’s nothing quite like eating a juicy watermelon on a hot summer day (and one slice is never enough), but artist Clive Cooper is doing far more than savoring the flavor. He’s carving impressive creatures and characters into the sizable green and pink melons – from creepy goblins and ferocious dinosaurs, to the bears native to his home in Vancouver, BC.

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On Clive’s website, Sparksfly Design, he says “it’s Halloween every day of the year” – and that makes sense considering he used his pumpkin carving skills and translated them to watermelon. Here he uses the light shades of the melons rind as it transitions to the pink inner flesh, giving his watermelon carvings even more life.

Carving pumpkins and watermelon is a quick, inexpensive and tasty way for you to get familiar with carving (don’t forget soap carving either). You can see a bit more of his technique in this video of his triceratops carving. See more of his watermelon carvings here.

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This is What Happens When You Wash a GoPro in the Dishwasher

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Yeah, everybody’s been wondering about it, but now we have the answer. Just what happens inside a dishwasher when it does its work?

Thankfully, a curious GoPro3 owner popped his camera inside for a peek as the washer completed a full cycle. Unless you’re one of those people who think “tiny men with brushes” do the cleanup, this video will make a lot of sense. There’s lots of splashing, spinning and cleaning… and you’ll never have to wonder about this secret side of domesticity again.

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This Tiny Treehouse is Actually a Microbrewery, and it is Stunning

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Some of your more rebellious childhood dreams would have been satisfied by this treehouse – but seriously, this one’s strictly for the adults. Contained inside this tiny 200 square-foot building perched high in the Ohio woods is a fully functional craft brewing system and a stool lined bar. The place sits 22 feet off the ground and is accessed by a 30 foot bridge lined with a safe and sturdy railing for the wobbly walk home. Welcome to Treehouse Brewery.

In case the place looks familiar, its construction was featured on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters… which pretty much guarantees business will be soaring. Learn more about visiting here.

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Originally written by Benjamin Starr for VisualNews.com

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The World’s Most Dangerous Job: a Rare, Heartracing Look at the Life of a Fisherman

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Beating into towering walls of freezing water in search of fish, crab and octopus might not sound like the most enjoyable form of employment, but photographer/fisherman Corey Arnold’s fantastic book Fish-Work: The Bering Sea surely makes it look that way (besides an odd missing finger or two).

“When the economy went South in 2002, I decided to head North and return to commercial fishing in Alaska. I landed a deckhand job aboard a 43 foot cod jigger which led to a King crab job in the Bering Sea. I spent 7 years crabbing aboard the f/v Rollo and brought my camera along to document the experience. Known as one of the world’s most dangerous jobs, we battled up to forty foot seas and a marathon of sleepless nights often working in freezing conditions. Many of my best photographs were never made as all hands were needed during the fiercest storms.”

Considering the already fierce wind and waves in many of Corey’s photographs, that’s saying a lot. You can see more of the series Fish-Work, along with enough superb water-based photography to keep any salty soul happy, at coreyfishes.com.

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Originally written by Benjamin Starr for VisualNews

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A Beautiful List Of People That Look Like Donuts

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Being called a “donut” is not normally the most flattering thing, but this wacky series makes it visual. Ad agency Bruton Stroube teamed up with Strange Donuts to create a series of human/donut doppelgangers that are truly ridiculous. Now you have a whole new tasty way to judge people on their looks.

The series was created as a teaser/invite for The Marlin Network breakfast event at the National Restaurant Association’s annual food show. We’re not sure, but we’re guessing donuts were on the menu. See more about these Donut Doubles including a motion piece on Behance.

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Originally Written by Benjamin Starr