16 Cottages that Came Straight Out of a Fairy-Tale

Cottages Taken Straight Out of Fairy Tale.

When it comes down to it, the houses we live in say a lot about who we are, and how we choose to live out lives. The beauty that surrounds us is sometimes reflected in our own hearts. So one must wonder what kind of imagination the people that built these cottages have, because they all seem to have been taken from some fantasy land and brought into our reality. I wouldn’t mind spending some time in any of these.

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Just the Same…

12A married Irishman went into the confessional and said to his priest, ‘I almost had an affair with another woman.’

The priest said, ‘What do you mean, almost?’

The Irishman said, ‘Well, we got undressed and rubbed together, but then I stopped.’

The priest said, ‘Rubbing together is the same as putting it in. You’re not to see that woman again. For your penance, say five Hail Mary’s and put $50 in the poor box.’

The Irishman left the confessional, said his prayers, and then walked over to the poor box.

He paused for a moment and then started to leave.

The priest, who was watching, quickly ran over to him saying, ‘I saw that. You didn’t put any money in the poor box!’

The Irishman replied, ‘Yeah, but I rubbed the $50 on the box, and according to you, that’s the same as putting it in!’

This is an Olive Pit. It was Carved in 1737

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A mere 3.4 cm (1.34 inches) in length and 1.6 cm (0.63 inches) tall, this carved olive pit from 1737 is one of the most intricate artworks you will see. The perfectly preserved Carved Olive-Stone Boat was crafted by artist Ch’en Tsu-chang during China’s Ch’ing dynasty.

The sculpture is on display at the National Palace Museum in Taipei City, Taiwan. On the tiny boat are eight figures, each with unique expressions. The interior features chairs and dishes, and the windows are also moveable.

Engraved on the bottom of the boat is the entire text of Su Shih’s Latter Ode on the Red Cliff, which includes more than 300 characters upon which the work is based.

[National Palace Museum via Proteon on reddit]

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carved olive pit from 1737 by chen tsu-chang chiing dynasty (1)

Artwork by Ch’en Tsu-chang
National Palace Museum

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carved olive pit from 1737 by chen tsu-chang chiing dynasty (4)

Artwork by Ch’en Tsu-chang
National Palace Museum

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carved olive pit from 1737 by chen tsu-chang chiing dynasty (3)

Artwork by Ch’en Tsu-chang
National Palace Museum

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Uncovering the Struggles of Egyptian Farmers in Jordan

Egyptian Streets

Credit: Nadia Bseiso Credit: Nadia Bseiso

By Nadia Bseiso, 7iber.org

South Asian migrant workers and Egyptian workers constitute the majority of migrant workers in Jordan. Migrant workers in different sectors face similar struggles, including difficult living situations, home sickness, long working hours and low wages. They turn to each other to find solidarity, forming communities that stick together in times of need and joy, and relating to each other different yet similar stories.

These photos on Egyptian farmers in Jordan are the second part of a project by photographer Nadia Bseiso to document the lives of migrant workers in Jordan.

Credit: Nadia Bseiso Credit: Nadia Bseiso

Ein el Basha – Jordan, Mahmoud 20,  came to Jordan to save money to get married.  Just one day before this picture was taken, he cut his hand while harvesting cauliflower. Despite his injury, he continued working the next day so as not to be replaced by another worker.

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