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This Dude Carves AWESOME Skulls From Fruits And Veggies

Have you ever wondered what a vegetable carved into a skull would look like? Me neither. But we all probably have that one friend that’s weirdly obsessed with skulls. I’m lookin’ at you, Jenn. Weirdo.

Well, Russian dreamer and sculptor Dimitri Tsykalov did, and we’re stoked about it.
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For a little over two and a half decades now, Tsykalov has been commenting on society’s woes through his modern art.

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While a good number of his pieces were made to incite thought (like guns made from deli meats and bearskin rugs made from ammunition boxes), most of them are just made for fun, like the skulls made from fruits and vegetables.

What makes these skulls particularly special is the way they are made. Tsykalov uses knives, spoons, scalpels and power drills, but it’s still all done by hand.

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Even after they are made, the artistry doesn’t stop there. These beautifully haunting skulls actually become much more lifelike once they start rotting a bit.

Tsykalov also never used any computer programs to enhance or pixelate any of his work, as he correctly assumed it would take away from the inherent beauty of it all.

Dimitri’s latest work revolves around building model cars out of wood, including a Rolls Royce and a Porsche.

 

 

Photo Credit: Dimitri Tsykalov

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Hit-Or-Miss

All Supermarkets In France Are Now Required to Give Unsold Food to the Needy

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The French government enacted a law on Wednesday making it mandatory for supermarkets in France to donate unwanted food to food banks or charities.

The petition was launched by local councilman Arash Derambarsh and was unanimously passed by the country’s senate, reports the Independent. The effort was reportedly campaigned by anti-poverty groups who were opposed to food waste. These groups are now hoping the rest of the EU follows suit with a similar law.

Fines of up to 75,000 euros ($83,700) or two years in prison will be incurred for those who violate the new law which applies to any supermarket that covers a minimum of 400 square meters of floor area.

It has been a practice of some local supermarkets to pour bleach over the discarded food or to lock them in warehouses to prevent foraging.

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Jacques Bailet, head of Banques Alimentaires, a network of French food banks, told the The Guardian that “it would greatly increase an already emerging trend for supermarkets to donate to food banks.”

“In terms of nutritional balance, we currently have a deficit of meat and a lack of fruit and vegetables. This will hopefully allow us to push for those products,” said Bailet.

The legislation is widely seen as simplifying a complicated process of donating directly to charity.

Each year over 7.8 million tons of food are wasted in France while 1.4 billion tons are wasted worldwide.

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark

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Health

Infographic Reveals Brain Foods That Will Make You Brilliant, And Why

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There’s a ton of food out there that’s said to boost your brain power. Your mom might serve you a dinner of salmon the night before a test, or you might devour a bowl of fruit before a big presentation.

BlueBrainBoost crated a Brain Food Pyramid that highlights every food that will help improve your brain. Naturally, the fruits and veggies are the clearest solution to boosting your brain. Then, it’s proteins and other smaller bites.

The pyramid details all the major foods that help improve your body overall and details the effects of each item. It also sections off the ones you should eat the most of from the ones you should eat the least of. Y’know, like a regular food pyramid.

Check out the awesome infographic below and start prioritizing you brain food.

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Photo: Brain ProTips

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Packaged Food

General Mills Is Getting Rid Of All Artificial Colors From Their Cereals

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General Mills has announced they’re getting rid of artificial ingredients. This means the company’s cereals will no longer feature all the bright colors at typically come with artificial flavors and colors.

No longer will the brand be associated with artificial dyes like Blue 1, Yellow 6 and Red 40. Among the cereals that will be affected with this change are Cocoa Puffs, Reese’s Puffs and Trix. Changes will be implemented by the end of this year.

According to General Mills, the cereal’s colors will now come from fruit and vegetable concentrates as well as spices.

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General Mills released a product shot of Reese’s Puffs as they look now with a projected look as to how they’ll look once the artificial coloring is removed and natural colors are utilized.

The two look pretty much identical.

However, cereals with blue and greens in them like Trix will no longer feature the two colors. The difficulty in replacing the artificial blues with a natural alternative means that General Mills is dropping the color entirely. No blue means no green, either.

Expect to find the new, more natural cereals in grocery store shelves sometime at the end of this year.

 

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Cravings

How To Make Parmesan-Covered Zucchini Rounds

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We don’t talk about it much, but we do occasionally like to eat healthy. Take these Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds, for example.

Created by Five Heart Home, the rounds are made with only a few simple ingredients. All you need is some zucchini, freshly-grated Parmesan cheese and some salt & pepper.

You start by slicing up the zucchini into reasonably thin pieces. Then, scoop a bit of parmesan onto each surface and add your salt and pepper. Once you pop these into the oven for about 15 minutes, they’re good to go.

The full recipe, complete with details and measurements can be found at Five Heart Home.

Definitely making these.

 

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Video

What This Chef Does with a Carrot Is Mind-Blowing, No Really

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Cutting carrots can be the easiest thing in the world, or the most difficult, depending on one’s experience with knives. Some chefs spend years learning proper cutting techniques in order to properly dice up the vegetable. Others need to log a few hours on the Internet and a few more in the kitchen.

Chef House recently uploaded a video on YouTube titled Cooking Class Heroes. While the technique he utilizes seems a tad confusing at first, it blossoms into one of the most beautifully intricate cuts we’ve seen.

If you have a few minutes, sit back and enjoy this frustratingly fantastic video of a carrot being cut open. It’s pretty impressive.

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This Plate Outlines Food Portions for Healthier Eating

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One of the biggest obstacles in maintaining a healthy weight is portion control. I mean, who doesn’t love an extra serving of garlic bread, or a few more spoonfuls of mashed potatoes. Those looking for a solution, however, may want to consider the ETE plate as a cheat sheet to eating healthy.

The ETE plate maps out what portions of which food group you should be eating more from. It consists of a section for meat or fish, vegetables, and starches like rice, potatoes or pasta. For anyone who is against their food touching, there’s also an empty space on the plate to allow you to keep different foods a safe distance apart.

The plate has been used as a means to promote a healthier lifestyle for teenagers battling obesity and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Currently all the English plates are sold out, but their Dutch alternatives are still available for €24.50 ($31.36 US) through the ETE website.

Is it terrible that all we see on the plate are different ways to slice a pie?

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H/T Design Taxi

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Your Daily Serving of Fruits and Veggies

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