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41 Places To See Before You Die (Part II)

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No matter how cutting-edged our technology becomes, we still get tired of noise, stress, and crowd and we still want to go back to nature. Earth has countless thrilling places and astonishing sceneries just waiting to be discovered. Fortunately, not everything is lost, despite the fact that humans have transformed Earth.

You should see these second part of 41 amazing places in the world.

21. Bagan, Myanmar

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Bagan is notable for its expanse of sacred geography, the number and size of their individual ancient monuments. The ruins of Bagan cover an area of 16 square miles. The majority of its buildings were built in the 11th to 13th centuries, during the time Bagan was the capital of the Myanmar dynasty. Bagan is also the first place to have transformed into a religious and cultural centre, by Shin Arahan who brought Theravada Buddhism to this land. Bagan is full of ancient architectural designs, mural paintings, precious frescoes and stone inscriptions to see for yourself, and also it is the centre for the manufacturing of lacquerware products in Myanmar. Hence it is marked as a cultural heritage of the Myanmar People, and also a landmark full of ancient pagodas and monuments which can be rarely encountered today. Bagan is one of the major historical landmarks of Asia and represents the outstanding achievement of Theravada Buddhism. Most of the site were damaged by the 1975 earthquake and cooperation with UNESCO projects help some experimental conservation work, restoration of mural paintings and maintaining some of the rare monuments.[1]

22. Salar De Yuyni, Bolivia

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Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, and is elevated 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above the mean sea level.[1] The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average altitude variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar.[2]

23. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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Halong Bay is one of the world’s natural wonders, and is the most beautiful tourist destination of Vietnam. Halong Bay features more than one thousand awesome limestone karsts and islands of various sizes and shapes along the 120-km coastline of Bai Chay Beach. Its waters are host to a great diversity of ecosystems including offshore coral reefs, freshwater swamp forests, mangrove forests, small freshwater lakes, and sandy beaches. The folk tale has it that the dragons descended from heaven to help locals by spitting jewels and jade to the sea, forming a natural fortress against invaders; these precious stones are represented by the lush green outcrops. Several islands boast beautiful grottos and caves with contiguous chambers, hidden ponds and peculiar stone formations.[3]

24. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.[4]

25. Iguazu Falls, Argentina & Brazil

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Taller than Niagara Falls, twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horsehoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River, Iguazú Falls are the result of a volcanic eruption which left yet another large crack in the earth. During the rainy season of November – March, the rate of flow of water going over the falls may reach 450,000 cubic feet (12,750 cubic m) per second.[5]

26. Twelve Apostles, Australia

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Witness the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s dramatic coastline. Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland beginning 10-20 million years ago, the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs.The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore.[6]

27. Yosemite National Park, California, USA

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Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.[7]

28. Meteora, Greece

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Meteora is an area in Thessaly (Central Greece) and Kalampaka is the city underthe rock towers of Meteora. The thing that makes Meteora so special isthe monasteries on the top of the rock towers. The monasteries,the amound of peaks to climb and the paths for hikingbrings in Meteora the whole year many tourists.[8]

29. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

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The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in the south west of Santa Cruz province, Argentina. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia. The 250 km2 (97 sq mi) ice formation, and 30 km (19 mi) in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. This icefield is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water.[9]

30. Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA

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The sky never seems so blue as when viewed through the window of a Claron sandstone pinnacle in Bryce Canyon National Park. Although it is the smallest of Utah’s national parks at 35,835 acres, Bryce Canyon contains an outsized number of some of the most beautiful, unlikely rock formations on earth. This Dr. Seussian landscape of towering spires, fins, arches, and mazes is fodder for the imagination and a delight to the eyes.[10]

31. Seychelles

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Mother Nature was very generous with these 115 islands scattered in the Indian Ocean and has spoiled them rotten. Undeniably, the beaches are the big attraction, and what beaches: exquisite ribbons of white sand lapped by topaz waters and backed by lush hills and big glacis boulders. With such a dreamlike setting, the Seychelles is, unsurprisingly, a choice place for a honeymoon.[11]

32. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

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The Pyramids of Giza are the most famous monuments of ancient Egypt. These massive stone structures were built around 4500 years ago on a rocky desert plateau close to the Nile. But the intriguing Egyptian pyramids were more than just tombs for kings. The mysteries surrounding their symbolism, design and purpose have inspired passionate debate. It is likely that many of these mysteries will never be solved…[12]

33. Azores

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The Azores are nine different islands of adventure, nine delightful surprises. You can see dolphins and whales frolicking in the sea or volcanic landscapes covered in green. Then there are the stunning, lilac-coloured hydrangeas that provide hedges for the meadows; the blue and green lakes; the craters of extinct volcanoes and the steam rising from the land. The volcanic activity here means that you can even have your meal cooked under the ground!Inland you can go mountain climbing and walking through the countryside. Or you can stick to the coast and go diving and swimming.[13]

34. Positano, Italy

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Positano is one of the highlights to visit when you come to Italy. With all its chic hotels, apartments and fancy restaurants it’s managed to maintain its traditional character. The stunning coastline from Capo di Sorrento to Positano is an adventure on itself. Not many people know that Positano is originally not a fishermans village, but a mountain village. During the 14th and 15th century the little villages along the Amalfi Coast acted as an independent country. To protect themselves they built their houses and churches high on and inside the mountain rocks.Between the 16th century and the beginning of the 19th century the Italian people, forgot this beautiful village and in place, the intellectuals and artists rediscovered the magic of Positano. Now Positano is one of Italy’s most exclusive resorts, attracting celebrities, artists, musicians and writers for many decades.[14]

35. Tanah Lot, Bali

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Tanah Lot, one of the most popular places of interest in Bali, is located on the coast of West Bali, at the village of Beraban in the Tabanan Regency. The temple Pura Tanah Lot, simple in its construction, is dramatic in its ocean-front location and is one of the main temples in the worship of Balinese gods. Tanah Lot has a long history in the world of tourism. The temple itself is built on a small promontory which is only accessible at low tide. During high water the rock takes on the appearance of a large boat at sea, such is its shape. Poisonous snakes live in the nearby caves to ‘guard’ the temple and contribute to the temple’s dangerous reputation.[15]

36. Palawan Island, Philippines

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Palawan has been included in the list of protected areas, thus becoming the biggest nature reserve in the world. Aside from snorkeling and swimming, Palawan Islands Philippines provides viable opportunities for underwater exploration. With all these attractions, you are sure to find yourself breathless with your Palawan vacation with all the nature’s beauty found in Palawan Island. Palawan is indeed a nature’s heaven place to visit.[16]

37. Angel Falls, Venezuela

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Angel Falls is a waterfall in Venezuela. It is the world’s highest waterfall, with a height of 979 m (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 807 m (2,648 ft). Angel Falls is one of Venezuela’s top tourist attractions, though a trip to the falls is a complicated affair. The falls are located in an isolated jungle, and a flight from Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolívar is required to reach Canaima camp, the starting point for river trips to the base of the falls. River trips generally take place from June to December, when the rivers are deep enough for the wooden curiaras used by the Pemon guides. During the dry season (December to March) there is less water seen than in the other months (this can be clearly seen in the photos of the falls above).[17]

38. Tianzi Mountains, China

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Hundreds of waters and thousands of peaks are in the Tianzi Mountains. What an uncanny work of art by Nature. The highest peak of the mountains is 1262.5 meters above sea level. Around it is rolling ridges and peaks and high picturesque rocks. On the top of the mountains, one can have a bird ‘ s eye view of numberless inter winding hills and deep valleys of the Wulingyuan area as well as downpouring waterfalls and lofty old pines in drifting mists and clouds. There are different sights when seasons and weather change, Sometimes it is fine with blue sky, which gives one a sense of strength and vastness. Sometimes it is full or clouds and mists, which gives one a sense of mystery of if in fairyland.[18]

39. Uluru, Australia

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Ayers Rock/ Uluru, the world’s largest monolith and an Aboriginal sacred site is Australia’s most famous natural landmark. Visitors may wish to make the tough 1.6km ascent to the top or take a walking tour around the rock with an aboriginal guide , learning about its fascinating history with the Uluru people and its importance in dreamtime legend.[19]

40. Hamilton Pool, Texas, USA

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Hamilton Pool Preserve is a historic swimming hole which was designated a preserve by the Travis County Commissioner’s Court in 1990. Located 3/4 mile upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfall as it plunges into the head of a steep box canyon. The waterfall never completely dries up, but in dry times it does slow to a trickle. However, the pool’s water level stays pretty constant, even during periods of drought.[20]

41. Hey, wait, there’s only 40 places here! Which place will you suggest to be the 41st?

25 Scary Places That Will Give You The Creeps

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Here is a compilation of some of the creepy abandoned places around the world. There are stories of people who previously lived, prayed, took the daily rides, each image get a special aura of nostalgia. Moreover, it’s also amazing to see  some things that used to belong to people are slowly reclaimed by nature again.

These pictures will give you cold shivers!

1. IM Cooling Tower, Belgium

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These are parts of a cooling tower in an old power station in Monceau, Belgium. The trumpet-like structure in the middle introduced hot water to the structure, where it then cooled while dripping down hundreds of small concrete troughs and slats.

Teen With Down Syndrome Is Determined To Become A Model

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Madeline Stuart, an 18 year old girl with Down syndrome, realized she wanted to become a model. Maddy was disappointed with the extra weight she had. With her mom’s help, Rosanne, Maddy lost 44lbs and her new self and confidence inspired her to try and start modeling.

Meet Maddy, an 18-year-old with Down syndrome who wants to be a model

After she lost 44lbs (20kg) to keep healthy, she decided to start modeling

“She really wants to change the way people discriminate against disability,” said Maddy’s mother

“People with Down syndrome can do anything, they just do it at their own pace. Give them a chance and you will be rewarded beyond your greatest expectations”

“I think it is time people realized that people with Down syndrome can be sexy and beautiful”

“I want people to stop saying ‘I’m sorry’ when I tell them my daughter has Down syndrome, because it’s a very naive statement”

“If the average person could see the beauty Maddy has inside, how loving and caring she is and if that is what people measured beauty on, then most of the models in the world would have Down syndrome”

“I feel so blessed to have a daughter like Maddy, I won lotto the day she was born”

Americans Were Asked To Place European Countries On A Map

americans place european countries on map

Are you confident with your geographical knowledge? Recently, a survey has been put up to check the Americans knowledge on European countries’ names. However, they didn’t fare too well. And when another survey has been put up to test Brit’s knowledge on the 50 United States, they also came up short.

Regardless of the results, we can all agree that a few Americans should put down the old geography textbook and rediscover what the world really looks like across the pond.

Forget Coffins – Organic Burial Pods Will Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees

Organic Burial Pods

The idea of returning to where we originally came from appeals to many of us. This is an idea caught by a beautiful new burial method that originated from Italy. The Capsula Mundi by designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, developed organic, biodegradable capsule that will turn the deceased’s body into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of their remains.

After being encapsulated, the deceased is buried and either a tree or tree seed is planted above their capsule. The project’s site already has a number of trees to choose from.

An Italian company came up with an eco-friendly alternative to coffins

Instead of visiting cemeteries, mourners will be able to visit sacred forests

Each client will be able to choose their favorite tree

The people buried inside the pods will become nutrients for their chosen trees

22 Children’s Hilariously Inappropriate Spelling Mistakes

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Kids are the fount of our greatest joy. Their energy and hilarious things they say and do are priceless.

Check out the photos where the kids’ most amusing actions are documented.

My Whole Family

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Best Cook

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Math

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Virginia

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Horse

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I Come In Peace

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My Goat Is In A Pen

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Tights

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Santa

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Shirt

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Peanuts

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You Can’t Catch Me

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Come With Me

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I Like Pencils

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Happy Birthday Kurt

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Chum Bucket

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Account

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The Beach

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Abraham Lincoln

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Cute

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Your House

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I Take My Wolfdog On Epic Adventures Because I Hate To See Dogs Locked Away

Animals of all kinds can bring us so much joy, not only when things are going well, but also when we feel pain and are suffering. Loki’s Instagram is a product of the “hard-to-describe” emotion and he believes dogs are not meant to spend their lives in a house or backyard. We need to make memories with our dogs.

35 Hilarious Chinese Translation Fails

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China is beautiful. However, the foreigners sometimes have some challenges in finding their way around the country. Due to language barrier where most of the time words are translated wrongly, you would end up getting the wrong idea and would cause laughter.

Here is a list of some hilarious translation fails in China. Check these out!

F*** Vegetables

“干菜” means dried vegetables and “类” means type. So as a whole, it should be the dried vegetables section. The translator was way too concerned about the Chinese character “干” which is also a slang for f***.” (Image credits: chinalert.com)

Don’t Order the Greenstuffs!

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Hand Grenade

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Slip and Fall Down Carefully!

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Husband

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Beware of Missing Foot

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The Wild Germ Hates Soup

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Potato the Crap

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Stupid Beans

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Grab Me Now!

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Whatever

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Dumping

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Wang Had to Burn

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Fresh Crap

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Cat Ear or..?

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You Are the Best!

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Evil Rubbish

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Poor Duck…

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One of Those Time Sex Things…

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No Shitting

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Beware of Safety

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Don’t Be Edible

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Whisky&Cock

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Crap Stick

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Deformed

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Examination

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No Discunt

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Don’t Touch Yourself

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Racist Park

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Execution in Progress

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Reverse Psychology

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New Flavor

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Unlike Put Your Shoes On My Face

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Cheap, Fast & Easy

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Do Not Disturb

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Father And Daughter Recreate Old Wedding Photos To Say Goodbye To Late Wife And Mother

Ben Nunery and Olivia, his young daughter, have published a captivating and beautiful series of images to their home and to their wife and mother Ali, who died at the age of 31 and bid farewell to them. Ben and Ali got married in 2009 and purchased their new home. They decided to take their wedding photos in their home. After Ali passed, Ben and Olivia moved into a new home.

Melanie Tracy Pace, Ali’s sister, joined them for more photoshoot in the home where they had their wedding day photos and the place where they’ve lived together. Yes he grieved for their loss and still does today, Ben wants to let the people see the story about love in these photos — not the emotions he felt.

Ben Nunery and his young daughter Olivia recreated these special photos from Ben and Ali’s wedding day to say goodbye to Ali, who passed away from cancer, and to remember the good times

On the left, a photo of Ben and Ali taken by Ali’s sister Melanie in 2009. On the right, Ben and his daughter Olivia standing together in the same doorway in December 2013

As they went through the house, Olivia stopped to play with a curling iron that had belonged to her mother. Her mom Ali had a similar photo taken on her wedding day.

Hopefully, Melanie’s photos will help Olivia remember her mother and the home where she began her life

On the left, Ben stands in their empty house in 2009 as his wife Ali comes down the stairs. On the right, he and daughter Olivia play on the same stairs in 2013

“This isn’t a story about grief and loss and hurt. Yes, I’ve gone through those emotions and still do but that’s not what I want people to see in these photos. This is a story about love.”

“The memories of Ali don’t live in that house,” Ben wrote of his late wife. “They live with us, in our hearts.”

“I wanted to be able to show Olivia the place where her mother and I started our lives together and dreamed of raising children,” wrote Ben

On the left we see Ben and Ali on their wedding day in 2009. On the right –  Ben and his daughter Olivia in 2013.

Ben and Olivia with the glass angel she calls “Mommy”.

Melanie said she regularly receives signs from her late sister, and that feathers often fall out of nowhere. Olivia found this white feather during the photoshoot, which reminded Melanie of her sister, Ali.

Ben and Olivia are moving to a home where Olivia will have more room to play and grow.

Ben learned how to play his and Ali’s wedding song, Stevie Wonder’s “I Believe (When I Fall In Love With You It Will Be Forever),” on the ukulele. Now he plays for his daughter.

“Our lives will continue down a curvy and uncertain path, but Olivia and I will be able to look at these photos and know that for a short time there was a place where I was the luckiest man in the world, even if just for a little while,” wrote Ben.

LEGO Creates Anti-LEGO Slippers To End 66 Years Of Horrible Pain

LEGO is in every child’s life. Family with children would have to walk on a field of LEGOs at home. Good news! You can now protect your feet from these minefields. After only 66 years, French advertising agency Brand Station, together with LEGO, has invented an anti-LEGO slippers.

These slippers feature tons of padding and will only be limited — only 1,500 and people who fill out LEGO’s French website’s LEGO’s Christmas wish-list will randomly be given these awesome slippers!

LEGOs are great, but they have one fatal flaw…

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Stepping on them is one of the worst tortures known to mankind

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Fortunately, LEGO has invented a pair of anti-LEGO slippers!

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