Wednesday What?! Looking At Pictures of Cute Animals Makes You More Productive

Oogle away! A Japanese study has just been published that claims that looking at pictures of cute animals improves your mood and increases productivity in the workplace. So now your 27 minutes spent on Daily Puppy at work when your boss isn’t looking are totally legit.

According to the  study lead by Japanese researcher Hiroshi Nittono for Hiroshima University, looking at pictures of puppies and panda cams and grumpy, grumpy cat videos at work is great for both you and your boss.

Results show that participants performed tasks requiring focused attention more carefully after viewing cute images. This is interpreted as the result of a narrowed attentional focus induced by the cuteness-triggered positive emotion that is associated with approach motivation and the tendency toward systematic processing.

For the study, Nittono and his colleagues studied a group of 48 students as they completed a task similar to the American board game “Operation.” The students attempted the task three times; the first after looking at a series of pictures of baby animals, then after seeing adult animals and finally after seeing pictures of delicious foods.

The students who looked at cute animals did far better at the game then did peers who observed adult animals or food, outperforming their peers by a “significant margin,” according to Gawker.

Why the improvement in mood and productivity? One reason was linked to a behavior tendency of adults to slow down speech when talking to puppies and kittens. These behaviors “may transfer to subsequent task performance,” according to the Washington Post.

Another reason may be connected to human nurturing instincts. “If viewing cute things makes the viewer more attentive, the performance of a non-motor perceptual task would also be improved,” the study stated.

So continue awwww-ing at your desk, because these little guys aren’t really a distraction.

 

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Daydreaming: Aerial Photos of Beaches From Around The World

I need a vacation! The talented photographer Gray Malin is the creative genius behind this series of breath-taking aerial photos of beaches around the world.

Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia

In his incredible ongoing series titled À la Plage, À la Piscine, Gray shoots from doorless helicopters, capturing life on the beaches below. His project has taken him around the world and the results are simply stunning. From such heights, people and objects become patterns creating repetition, shape and form. These photographs are a visual celebration of color, light, shape—and summer bliss, leaving us daydreaming of a beach, a towel and some sun.

Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia

Brazil

Coogee Beach – Sydney, Australia

East Hampton, New York

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Malibu, California

Marouba Bay – Sydney, Australia

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Montauk Beach – East Hampton, New York

Nude Beach

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Sagaponack Beach – Bridgehampton, New York

Santa Monica, California

St. Tropez, France

St. Tropez, France

Tiki Umbrellas

Be sure to check out: http://www.maisongray.com/collections for the complete gallery of this wonderful series.

Happy Daydreaming!

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Would You Like Fries With That? The World’s Largest Burger

Would you like fries with that? We don’t think you’ll have room after this one… The Black Bear Casino Resort in Minnesota just set the Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest burger on September 2, 2012.

This record setting beast weighed 2,014-tons, and consisted of 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onion, 40 pounds of pickles and was topped off with 40 pounds of good ole’ American cheese.

While on the grill, the massive burger required a crane to flip it over – and took about 4 hours to cook in a special outdoor oven, while the toasted bun took 7 hours to bake.

“What I saw today was a feat of remarkable teamwork that resulted in a world record burger that actually tastes really good,’ said Guinness Records representative Philip Robertson.

After the record was confirmed, the burger was sliced and diced for the crowd to enjoy — for free! Yum!

 

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Incredible: Tiny Sculptures Carved from Crayons

When you think of Crayons, what usually comes to mind? Probably something along the lines of Kindergarten and coloring books right? Well not for the talented Vietnam-born artist Diem Chau. For Chau, a Crayon is not used to color, but is just the start of some of the most amazing detailed carvings and sculptures.

“Chau combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint. Her work touches on the value of Storytelling, Myths and its ability to connect us to each other through cultural and humanistic similarities. Chau’s current work drifts into new territory by exploring the periphery of the narrative, moments forgotten and faded, or too brief to retain.”

Check them out:

 

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Happy Duvet Tuesday! DENY Designs Duvet Cover Giveaway

Yep. We know it has been awhile, but it is back! It is time for our favorite day of the week (except Friday) – DUVET TUESDAY!

We want to give anyone and everyone who participates the chance to win their very own DENY Designs Duvet Cover.  Nothing beats curling up under the covers after a long day. And what better way to unwind than to surround yourself with gorgeous, fantastical artwork? Turn your basic, boring down comforter into the super stylish focal point of your bedroom – one that your friends and family will surely be jealous of.

We think that’s pretty rad, it’s a $190 value!  Plus, who doesn’t want to snuggle up in something that is free?

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It’s pretty simple, to enter, just follow DENY Designs on both Facebook and Twitter and then fill out this very, very short form (you only have to enter your name, email, your fave DENY Designs artist and why you really want a duvet) to be entered to win a DENY Designs duvet cover:

http://blog.denydesigns.com/duvet-tuesday-giveaway

We will announce the winner next Tuesday, August 28th on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Good luck, and keep on designing!

              

Accessorize: Back To School In Style

School’s in session! Maybe not your favorite time of year, but if you have to go back, at least bring along some super fun accessories! We’ve run across so many great items that might make Summer ending a little less sad and doing schoolwork a little more exciting.

Here are our top 10 fave Back To School accessories we think you’ll love as much as we do:

1.  Guess Who Framed Wall Art:  $19
2. Grassy Charging Station:  $22
3. LCD Alarm Clock:  $10.99
4. Electronic Goldfish in Bowl:  $14.99
5. Dog Balloon Lamp:  $25
6. DENY Designs Nicole Martinez ‘Beaker” Throw Pillow:  $39
7. Face Mug:  $18
8. Ollie Owl Bookends:  $16
9. Honey Badger Floor Mat:  $50
10. USB Mini-Fridge:  $19.95

Too Cute: Photographer Captures Unusual Animal Pairings

Get ready to saw “awwww”!

British photographer Mark Taylor has an uncanny knack for bringing out the cuddly sides of his subjects’. Mark Taylor creatively pairs pets and animals like kittens and ducklings and then captures their interactions – some of which are too darn cute for words.

His photographs are a legacy from his late mother Jane Burton who pioneered the style so familiar on calendars in offices and maths teacher classrooms everywhere. His work has even graced the cover of National Geographic Magazine.

So far, he has had no cases of them eating each other.

 

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