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Parents Get Giant Tattoos to Make Their Young Daughter Feel Better About Her Large Red Birthmark

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Parents Tanya and Adam Phillips didn’t want their daughter Honey-Rae to feel self-conscious or ashamed of the large red birthmark on the right side of her body, so they each got giant bright red tattoos to match. They each paid for the other to have the tattoo done as a gift. Adam received his tattoo as a Christmas present, and Tanya was given hers for her 40th birthday.

Tanya told The Daily Mirror that “it was worth every second of the pain,” when her daughter reacted to the tattoos by touching them and saying “Match” while pointing to her birthmark.

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Capsula Mundi, Eco-Friendly Burial Pods That Plant Bodies Under Trees in Egg-Shaped Capsules

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Capsula Mundi is an eco-friendly coffin replacement designed by an Italian company of the same name that houses a body in the fetal position in a biodegradable egg-shaped burial pod beneath a tree variety of their choosing. The idea behind the product is to replace the traditional tombstone-filled cemetery with a “sacred forest.”

Capsula Mundi is planted like a seed in the soil, and on a tree is planted on top of it. The tree is chosen when the person is alive, relatives and friends look after it when death occurs.

The company is currently working to change burial legislation in its home country to allow for the pods.

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Playful Photo Manipulations By Indian Artist Anil Saxema

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Anil Saxena from Mumbay, India creates amazing photo manipulations using Photoshop. These surreal photos will truly amaze you.

Anil started out doing conventional darkroom photo composition and retouching them before moving these skills over to Photoshop. He is a true perfectionist: “If the image is a success but my work goes unnoticed, I’m doing my job well.” says Anil.

I think we definitely should notice these works, because what he does is amazing!

More info: Behance

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In Love For More Than 50 Years: Photographer Captures Elderly Couples’ Love

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Mainstream media is saturated with images of young and beautiful lovers – but what about the timeless and fathomless bonds shared between old couples who have shared each other’s love for more than 50 years? Photographer Lauren Fleishman set out to capture heartwarming, tender portraits of couples whose love for each other has survived half a century in a heartwarming photo series called “The Lovers.”

The photographer initially intended to shoot 50 couples, but the project quickly ballooned to almost 100. She found that simply asking the old couples to kiss seemed to make them more comfortable and remember their youthful love.

Fleishman was inspired to start the series when she read the love letters her grandfather had written to her grandmother during WWII. After he passed away, his diary connected the photographer to her grandparents’ marriage in a way that she couldn’t experience before.

More info: laurenfleishman.com | Instagramschiltpublishing.com (h/t: time)

Yevgeniy and Lyubov Kissin

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“We met each other at a dancing party. It was January 1938. My friend invited me to the party. He said there were a lot of beautiful young girls. Another cadet with high boots had approached her but she didn’t like high boots and so she said no to him. I was the second one to approach her, I had a different uniform, but I’m still not sure if it was my uniform or my face that attracted her to me.” 

Ykov and Mariya Shapirshteyn

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“What is the secret to love? A secret is a secret and I don’t reveal my secrets!” 

Moses and Tessie Rubenstein

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“Everyday my wife expresses her love for me. She says, “Did I tell you how much I love you today?” Everyday—everyday she says that.”

Leon and Harriett Bolotin

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“I always knew it was going to be Harriett.”

John and Sherma Campbell

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“When you start out, you think you love each other as much as you possibly can,but love grows—just like your inner self grows as time goes by and you have experiences.And now at this stage of the game, I love him even more. I can’t even imagine life without him.”

Joseph and Dorothy Bolotin

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 “I never think of it in terms of years. I think of it in terms of good years. In love, hot romance doesn’t last forever. So I would say that yes, I think love changes. I would say we’re still in love. It’s focusing, doing little things. He’s an amazing man.”

Fred and Fran Futterman

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“You have to remember the times were different. We met in the 1939 and we didn’t have money. So, our group of friends always met at our friend Betty’s basement. There weren’t things like dates and going out to dinner. We didn’t know those things because we didn’t have money. So, instead, we enjoyed each others’ company.”

Itig and Golda Pollac

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“We knew each other before the war but we never spoke. He was with other girls because he was much, much older than me. You know—he was very nice looking! He was a tailor and he had a place where he made suits for men. 
When we came back from the war he had gone to my sister’s house. I was staying with her. In August of this year we will have been married 63 years. I would say love came little by little. Not right away. We were young and he was older but I liked him. He spoke to me in a very nice way.”

Jake and Mary Jacobs

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“Jake said to me,’Would it ever be possible for me to marry you?’ And I said,’Possible but not probable!’ And that’s how it was. It wasn’t likely that I would ever marry him, and he knew that. So when he went home to Trinidad, my mother and father breathed a sigh of relief. But he used to write, and he said, ‘I’m thinking I might come back to England.”

Gino and Angie Terranova

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“You really don’t think about getting older. First of all, you’re aging together and, when you see a person constantly, you don’t notice big changes. Like you don’t notice, oh you’re getting a little wrinkle here and tomorrow you say, oh it’s a little deeper. No those are things that just happen. You don’t pay attention to those things. You dont realize it—really. You don’t realize that you’re—I mean—I’m not thinking everyday—oh my husband’s 83 years old he’s gonna be 84. Oh my goodness, I’m married to an old man. And, I hope he feels that way too.” 

Jin Lin Chen and Lai Mei Chen

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“We met when we lived in China. I was on vacation in another town and we only saw each other for three days. We lived very far apart and so, when I returned home, we sent letters. At that time we didn’t even have a telephone! We wrote letters each week but it took about 20 days for our letters to reach each other. We did this for five years.” 

Aldo de’Spagnolis and Maria Filiozzi de’Spagnolis

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 “When I first saw her, she was 14 and I was 22.Was there a concern that she was too young for me? No! Even now I look like a young child! Yes, even now I’m still young.