This beautiful painting by American wildlife artist Rusty Rust shows a huge Bengal Tiger standing in a bamboo forest. But it is more than just an ordinary painting. It is in fact one of the most clever camouflage images ever!

THE HIDDEN TIGER

This is an optical illusion.  See if you can find “THE HIDDEN TIGER” in the image above.

Be honest…can you find it?

The answer is hidden somewhere in the painting.

Most people are unable to find”THE HIDDEN TIGER” without some help.

Let me ask you one more time: Can you find “THE HIDDEN TIGER”?

Tick tock…tick tock…give yourself some seconds and see if you can find “THE HIDDEN TIGER”. Oh my, I have already given you a subtle hint a few times already and you tell me you still can’t find it.

Are you ready to give up? Yes? Okay, see the hint below the tiger painting below.

THE HIDDEN TIGER

Hint: Read the tiger’s stripes.

Now, wasn’t that obvious? Lol!

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I am sorry….three simple words but words that can repair a lot of relationships. Without admitting you are wrong, the bad feelings are allowed to fester until eventually they grow into something so big and ugly and almost beyond repair.

Digi is running the “Dear Malaysians” campaign in conjunction with Merdeka, calling for Malaysians to say sorry to fellow Malaysians. The message, simply, is that forgiveness doesn’t change the past but it certainly sets the stage for a superb future. Hopefully, it’ll teach us how to brighten someone’s day, one apology at a time.

There is nothing wrong in making mistakes and this is a great time to start making amend. Just because you think it is right doesn’t make it right. Part of a matured society is being tolerant and respecting each and everyone.

The three-minute “Dear Malaysians” video shows an array of people holding up cardboards with written apologies for past mistakes. It is a poignant exploration into the power of apologies and forgiveness.

One man says sorry to his children for smoking while another apologises for talking at the cinema. One lady feels sorry for being an impatient driver while another apologises for not supporting the national football team.

Forgive me for being an impatient driver.

The video has moved many, with more than 200,000 people liking it on Facebook since it was launched on Tuesday night.

Many admitted to having shed tears after watching the video, which has singer-songwriter Min’Z providing vocals for the background song.

The video has also prompted many to post apologies on social networking sites.

Many have apologised for their bad driving habits and parking skills while some have said sorry for not keeping in touch with their friends.

Wong Sen Kiat, associate creative director of advertising agency Naga DDB that came up with the campaign concept, said that since Hari Raya, Merdeka and Malaysia Day were around the corner, there was no better time to spread the joy of forgiveness.

“All of us make mistakes but how often do we try to atone for them?” he asked.

“It was not meant to be a tear-jerker but to hit a raw nerve. Many people can relate to not apologising enough.”

Wong himself was in the video, where he apologises to a taxi passenger for not returning a wallet he had found a long time ago.

Wong Sen Kiat with his apology

He said that while sorry was probably the most powerful word in the dictionary, it was one of the most difficult things for anyone to say.

Watch the video and share the joy of forgiveness:

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Digi, congratulations for a job well done!

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Edith Shain was immortalised in photographic history when she was snapped locked in a kiss with a US sailor in Times Square New York on Victory over Japan Day, August 14, 1945.

Edith Shain standing next to a statue honoring the legendary photo of her kiss

The photo, which became one of the most iconic images from World War II, was taken by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt and published in Life magazine in 1945 with the caption: “In New York’s Times Square a white-clad girl clutches her purse and skirt as an uninhibited sailor plants his lips squarely on hers”.

The most iconic kiss in history (Image Credit:Alfred Eisenstaedt)

The identity of the nurse in the photograph was not known until the late 1970s when Shain wrote to the photographer saying that she was the woman in the picture taken at a time when she had been working at Doctor’s Hospital in New York City.

On August 14, 1945, more than 750,000 people gathered in New York City’s Times Square to celebrate the Japanese surrender and the end of World War II.

Among the excited crowd was Edith Shain, a nursing school student, along with her roommate who had taken the subway to Times Square upon hearing the news that the war was over.

“We ran to Times Square because that’s where celebrations happen in New York City,” Shain said.

According to historical documents, the Times news ticker in Times Square went dark at 7 p.m. and then at 7:03 p.m., the crowd roared in jubilation as the words “OFFICIAL—TRUMAN ANNOUNCES JAPANESE SURRENDER” blazed across the news scroll.

Elated by the news, people in the crowd were embracing and hugging and crying tears of joy, but it was a far different experience for Shain.

“This sailor just grabbed me and kissed me,” she said. “Any female closes her eyes when she’s about to kiss so I never saw the guy, and then I walked away. I was kind of embarrassed. I didn’t say anything about it to anyone.”

While browsing a copy of a Life magazine a week later, Shain, then 27-years-old, recognized herself in what has became an iconic photo titled “V-J Day” (Victory over Japan) of a sailor slightly dipping a nurse in a white uniform and kissing her.

In his memoirs, Eisenstaedt explained that when he saw a sailor running along kissing any girl in sight, he ran ahead of the sailor while making sure to look back so that he wouldn’t miss anything.

When the sailor hit on a nurse whose white dress contrasted nicely with his dark suit, Eisenstaedt snapped the shot. But he failed to get their names. Coincidentally, another photographer, Victor Jorgensen, took the same shot from a slightly different angle and also forgot to get the subjects’ names.

The Most Iconic Kiss in History (Image Credit:Victor Jorgensen)

Jorgensen’s version ran in the next day’s New York Times, but as a working military photographer at the time, he didn’t own the rights to his work. So while Eisenstaedt received glory and royalty checks for his image, Jorgensen simply got a nice clipping to hang on his fridge.

The photo was plastered all over newspapers and was seen as a symbol of a new era of peace, love and hope. The image became synonymous with the end of World War II and the sheer delight at being alive that many people felt.

The sailor in the photo has never been identified though about 20 men claimed to be the sailor in the famed photo.

Though Eisenstaedt died in 1995 at the age of 96 and Shain died on June 20, 2010 in Los Angeles at the age of 92, the celebrated picture has not lost its significance. The kiss captured by the photo has often been hailed the most iconic kiss in history.

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Ami Sano, 20, was born in Aichi, Japan, without any arms and only one partially formed left foot with three toes which she uses to get by in her everyday life. Despite her handicaps, she is determined to lead a normal life, refusing to look down on her handicapped body as an obstacle. Her joyful disposition is truly an inspiration.

Ami Sano

She has a passion for cheerleading and writing. Currently  an office clerk and motivational speaker, she was a cheerleader at Toyokawa High School in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. She works part-time also as an assistant at a local FM radio station and speaks at lectures.

Sano published her memoir titled “Teashi-no-nai Cheerleader” (Cheerleader Without Limbs) in the autumn of 2009 and released a poetry book titled “Akiramenaide” (Don’t Give Up) in autumn last year.

Currently  taking voice training lessons twice a week, she hopes to use her voice in a job as a professional narrator or MC in the future.

“I want to climb the staircase of adulthood, step by step,” a smiling Sano said. Her mother, Hatsumi, said, “We had some difficult times, but I believe those experiences helped my daughter become a person with a kind heart. Twenty years sounds long, but it went by in a flash.”

Sano really teaches us lessons about really living.  She has just released an album with a music video for her single ‘Aruki Tsuzukeyou’. Watch the music video and be inspired to live your life to its full potential!

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Welcome to the world of coloured chicks. I mean chicks as in chickens, not the human chicks.

Dyed chicks that come in a kaleidoscope of colour have been trending across the world from Asia in the last few years.

The chicks are sold by street vendors in many Asian countries and even the US, where they attract the attention of passers by with their unnatural bright colors.

Dyed chicks (Photo:smashzFlickr)

Breeders inject a non-toxic dye into the ordinary chicken eggs to produce a psychedelic spectacle when they hatch. The colours last for the first few weeks of the chicks’ life. As the chicks mature, they shed their colors and grow to be normal-looking chickens.

The process  was originally devised by scientists to observe the movement of birds in the wild.

The trend has been blasted by the RSPCA in UK who claim it turns living animals into a novelty item.

A kaleidoscope of colors

Dr Marc Cooper, senior scientific officer at the RSPCA, said: “While this is not something we are aware of happening in the UK, the RSPCA would have serious concerns about this sort of practise taking place.

“From a welfare point of view, the use of dye could not only have potential to harm the animal but it also raises ethical questions about how these chicks would be viewed.

“These are living creatures and by dyeing them it would send out the message that they are more of a novelty than a living animal.”

Most people pay for a colored chick and when it grows into a common cockerel, they just get rid of it, a practice that encourages children to view pets like easily replaceable toys they can just throw away when bored.

Dr. Nicholas Gaffga, an US CDC medical epidemiologist, said  that dyed chicks are more dangerous than plain yellow chicks. “Many states prohibit the sale of dyed chicks. This is to prevent them from being sold to children as pets,” he said.

Although these dyed chicks look cute, they probably shouldn’t be picked up or played with. When someone handles a chick, which is especially tempting if it’s dyed purple, blue or red, he or she can also pick up salmonella germs, which can result in stomach cramps, diarrhea and fever.

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Alexa Meade (born Alexandra S. Meade; born on 3 September 1986 in Washington,DC) is an American artist. While Meade has worked in a variety of sculptural media, she is famous for her hyper-realistic acrylic body paintings, which feature models situated in tableau scenes painted to look like two-dimensional paintings. She is currently represented by Irvine Contemporary in Washington, DC.

Alexa Meade Self-Portrait

I was blown away when I first saw her paintings. I initially found it hard to believe that her paintings are actually real life people, body-painted in such a way to look as an acrylic masterpiece.

A still life art piece ny Alexa Meade....the fruits are real fruits painted over with acrylic paints

Meade graduated in 2009 from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She has never attended art school nor has she ever taken advanced painting courses.

In August 2008, Meade began to experiment with painting on non-traditional objects. After 9 months of experimenting, she was able to develop a process for painting on people and unveiled her “Reverse Trompe L’Oeil” installation in October, 2009.

The original idea for Meade’s work came from her fascination with how the sun casts moving shadows. She began to experiment with painting shadows onto moving people, and discovered that the visual effect still worked even if people moved from their original light source. Alexa Meade’s art creates a perceptual shift in how the viewer experiences and interprets spatial relationships.

Meade thinks completely backwards. Most artists use acrylic paints to create portraits of people on canvas. But not Meade – she applies acrylic paints on her subjects, fabricating additional shadows across cheekbones or slathering a thick layer of paint atop eyebrows and makes them appear to be a part of the painting. She then takes  photographs of them.

Doesn't this look like an acrylic canvas painting?

Amazing art by Alexa Meade

This photo shows that this is a live person painted over with acrylic paints, not an acrylic painting on canvas

Meade once said “I paint representational portraits directly on top of the people I am representing. The models are transformed into embodiments of the artist’s interpretation of their essence. When captured on film, the living, breathing people underneath the paint disappear, overshadowed by the masks of themselves.”

Meade also believes that “what one experiences cannot always be interpreted at face value; seeing is not necessarily believing.”

She described the process as “painting a portrait of somebody on top of himself.” When the three-dimensional tableau is viewed in a two-dimensional photograph, it appears to be an oil painting. Most find the effect so convincing that they do not realize that the photograph is not of a painting but rather of a live installation.

Another of Alexa Meade's masterpiece

Meade has won critical acclaims for her work, with critics alluding to her developments to the genre of portraiture and the ability of her work to speak to an international audience.

To see how she does it, watch this YouTube video:

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A video of a parody of Girls’ Generation’s “Gee” MV has gone viral, garnering more than 1.8 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube on August 15, less than a week ago.

The clip shows a group of  nine Japanese men dancing to the tune of ‘Gee” on SMAPxSMAP, a popular weekly Japanese variety show which airs on Kansai TV and Fuji TV.

I think Uncles' Generation would be an apt name for these men.

The men’s attention to detail is impressive as they recreate the clothing store set while wearing tops of various shades and the trademark colorful skinny jeans.

And mind you, they did a real good job!

I find the clip hilarious and hope you will enjoy it too. C’mon, how often do you get to see a group of ‘uncles’ dancing so well?

Enjoy the parody video and compare it to the Girls’ Generation (SNSD) video:

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His name is Maru. His biography book, “I am Maru,” is set for release on August 23, 2011. What’s the big deal?. Well, for starters, Maru is a cat.

The biography 'I Am Maru' in Japanese

The book, published by Harper Collins, has been compiled by his human companion, mugumogu, and provides cute insights into the life of this internet feline celebrity. The original version, written in Japanese, was first published in September 2009. The biography “I am Maru” is bound to become one of the true greats of its genre.

The plot of “I am Maru” sounds like a feline-focused version of MTV Cribs. See where Maru hides. Meet his favorite cupboard. Find out what kind of cereal box he enjoys sticking his head into. Check out his cool kitty toys.

Maru hiding under a sofa

Maru...internet's favorite cat

Maru...internet meme and celebrity

Maru , born May 24, 2007 is a male perk-eared pudgy Scottish Fold cat in Japan who has so become popular on YouTube that he has become an internet meme and celebrity. The YouTube videos show him playing in a childlike fashion with his silly antics, such as playing with its toys, hiding under the sofa, peeking into boxes,  jumping into small cardboard boxes and sliding across his owner’s wooden floor.

When Maru first entered his home, he was only four months old, but he weighed over 5 lbs (2.4kg) already. Maru has always been a pudgy cat (now 5.5kg or 12.1lbs). The name “Maru” means “round” in Japanese, but according to Maru’s hooman, Mugumogu did not name him because of his round shape. The name was decided before Maru arrived. It is a short name and easy for the cat to understand.

Maru’s obsession with boxes started when he was a little kitten. He played with boxes and used them as beds. Maru is mischievous and loves to command attention. He will act silly on purpose in order to get people to notice him. Maru loves to play with water. Whenever Mugumogu is washing up in the bathroom, Maru will join in and swat the water with his little paws.

Maru is obssessed with boxes

Maru playing in a sink

Didn't I mention that Maru has an obssession for boxes?

In November 2007, Mugumogu decided to start a blog to chronicle Maru’s life in photos. And starting in July, 2008 Mugumogu began posting videos of Maru on YouTube. The videos became so popular that there was a whirlwind of Maru love sweeping through the Internet.

Maru’s exploits spread across the internet in 2008 on BoingBoing, Neatorama, EW PopWatch and Urlesque.

In 2008 and 2009, Maru won YouTube Japan video awards in the Pet/Animal category.

Maru acting cute

Maru in a funny pose

Maru in a playful mood

In 2009, Maru’s videos began to spread to hubs like I Can Has Cheezburger, CuteOverload, and Ebaum’s World. His videos also appeared on Sundance Channel’s SUNfiltered blog and Laughing Squid.

The cat’s popularity has spawned off two books, with the first one published in September 2009 and the second in August 2010. 2010 also saw the release of a compilation DVD of Maru.

Coverage of Maru did not stop in 2010, when his videos were featured on the L.A. Times Unleashed Blog, New York Times Television section, and the Ellen Degeneres show. He was also interviewed by the cat blog LoveMeow.

Maru was voted the Internet’s Favorite Feline in Urlesque’s August 2010 “Catfight,” beating Ceiling Cat in the final round.

Ain't he cute?

Maru playing in a box

As of August 2011, Maru YouTube channel mugumogu have been viewed over 110 million times and with over 151,000 subscribers, it is the 8th most subscribed channel of all time in Japan and the 9th most viewed channel of all time in Japan. Videos featuring Maru have an average of 1,000,000 views each and he is mentioned often in print and televised media discussing Internet celebrities. His owner, who does not show her face on camera or speak in the videos, posts videos under the account name ‘mugumogu’.

Entertainment Weekly mentioned Maru alongside Keyboard Cat and Nora in its “Notable Kitty Videos” article. The New York Times mentioned Maru in an article about cats and dogs in the media and included pictures of the cat. Maru has also been featured on advertisements within Japan, for various products.

You can follow Maru’s twitter @Maru_0524 and visit Maru at his blog or YouTube Channel.

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Welcome to the new trend that is taking the internet by storm – horsemanning (fake beheading), a popular way of taking pictures in the 1920s.

The first horsemanning (circa 1920)

Horsemanning (also spelt as horsemaning) derives its name and theme from The Headless Horsemen, the evil character from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. The objective of “Horsemanning” is to make it appear that the head of the person in the photo has been decapitated and lying next to him.

Horsemanning

Horsemanning

Horsemanning

Horsemanning

Horsemanning

While planking is a solo game, horsemanning encourages social interaction by requiring at least two participants, one lying with their head back and hidden while the other individual hides everything except for their head.

If done correctly, horsemanning produces a brilliant optical illusion much funnier than simply planking and allows for more creativity than other photo-posing fads like planking.

Through their cooperation, they create the illusion that the person lose his/her head nearby, mimicking Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman, but without a horse.

Horsemanning

Horsemanning

Horsemanning

Horsemanning

Horsemanning

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Lee Sung-hye, a 23-year-old fashion student, was crowned the 2011 Miss Korea at the Sejong Arts Centre in Seoul on Aug 3.

Lee Sung-Hye Is 2011 Miss Korea

Lee, who stands at 170cm with a 35-25-35 figure, emerged victorious among the 54 contestants at the 2011 Miss Korea Pageant. Lee received the much-coveted tiara from last year’s winner, Jung Sora.

Lee Sung-hye receives her tiara from 2010 Miss Korea Jung Sora

Lee, who majors in fashion design at the Parsons School of Design in New York, will go on to represent South Korea in the upcoming Miss World and Miss Universe pageants.

An aspiring CEO of a fashion company, Lee is also a skilled Korean traditional dancer.

Lee Sung-hye, a 23-year-old Parsons School student in New York, wins the 2011 Miss Korea Contest at the Seijongro Cultural Center in Seoul, South Korea Photo Reuters

On Wednesday’s show, Lee said, “I respect fashion designer Vera Wang the most. I really liked the goddess-themed dress from this pageant. Since I’m studying fashion design, I would like to one day design a dress using Hanbok (traditional Korean dress).”

She continued, “I learned a lot through a variety of activities overseas, so I’m sure I’ll be competitive enough to promote Korea globally. I’ll do my best to spread Korea’s beauty around the world in the coming year.”

Most Miss Korea winners and finalists go on to pursue careers in the entertainment or fashion industry, so no one will be surprised to see Lee Sung Hae on TV in the near future.

2011 Miss Korea finest

This year marked the 55th anniversary of the iconic and recently panned competition, which was a national event in the first few decades of its existence and boasted 34.8 percent viewer ratings on MBC as recently as 1997. But it came under fire in the past decade for being disorganized and for focusing only on physical beauty.

Despite the criticism from pressure groups and the media, the Miss Korea title still remains coveted among many young Korean women — especially celebrity hopefuls.

The show was streamed live on cable channel tvN (it was pulled from major television broadcasts beginning in 2002) with 1.16 percent viewer ratings.

2011 Miss Korea pageant

The show started off with all 54 women performing the cancan so well that they would have put any debuting teeny-bopper girl group to shame. In the latter half of the pageant, the candidates came out sporting matching blue rain coats and twirled their pink umbrellas, singing “Singing in the Rain.”

After dancing to “Hot Honey Rag”, the contestants sang the Miss Korea Anthem before starting the swimsuit parade.

Lee Sung-hye, winner of the 2011 Miss Korea Pageant, in swimsuit.

Actor Shin Hyeon-jun and actress Yu Sun were on the receiving end of harsh criticism for their poor emceeing skills, especially when they only announced 16 quarter-finalists when there were actually 17 contestants who had made it to the next round. Shin also shouted, “Wait a minute” during the final announcing of Miss Korea, and to top it off, several seconds of dead air throughout the show left the crowd confused and bewildered.

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