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20 Funny Illustrations That Prove The World Has Seriously Changed For The Worse

We're all trying to focus on the positive things in life, but sometimes you have to look at all the ironic things that have happened in our world.

The illustrations below use a sense of humor to point out some of the negative changes our society has undergone over the past century.

Salaries have stayed the same or decreased while our bills, housing prices, and all other expenses have skyrocketed.

Children no longer spend their time playing outside, but instead waste away their days sitting in front of a computer screen.

The confidence and self-esteem of millions of people is directly dependent on the number of likes they are able to get per photo posted on Facebook or Instagram.

Relationships are no longer rooted in love, but instead have become based on short-term needs. Losing our cell phone has become one of the worst tragedies possible.

Here is a compilation of funny but realistic pictures that illustrate the modern world:

1. Smaller Computers, Bigger People

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2. Holiday Pictures Before & After Smartphones

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3. Checking The Mail Then And Now

Photo Credit: Poofytoo

4. Roles Are Reversing Sooner Than Ever Before

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5. No One Knows The Value Of Hard Work Anymore (says every Grandparent)

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6. Being A Teacher in 1960 VS. Being A Teacher Today

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7. TV's Are Slimmer But People Are Bigger

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8. The Evolution of Philosophy

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9. How To Waste Time By Decade

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10. Durability Then And Now

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11. Changing Life Of Runners

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12. Then And Now: George Lucas

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13. Texting Vs. Calling

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14. Isolation Is The New Form Of Human Contact

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15. From Cruel To Barbaric

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16. Landline Jokes

Photo Credit: Dave Coverly

17. Water Is The New Gold

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18. This Is Where Sagging Is Headed…

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19. Welcome To The Real World

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20. Who Needs Family When You Have Cell Phones… Right?

Photo Credit: Maria Scrivan

Source: powerfulmind.co

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This artist creates hypnotizing glass sculptures using Fibonacci ratios

Introducing a truly cosmic being, Jack Storms.

This stunning artist is based in Los Angeles and has mastered a rare style of glass art that combines lead crystals and dichroic glass using a cold-glass technique.

I can honestly say; I have never seen glass art like this in my entire life. There are only a handful of artists in the entire world that operate on this level. Jack is definitely a trend setter in his field of work.

Due to the amount of labor and planning involved in creating the beautiful pieces of art like you see below, Jack spends anywhere from 8 to 18 weeks perfecting the process.

This is one of our favorite pieces of his work:

Jack has described his methods in this way:

"What I do is I don't use any heat at all, I grind and grind and grind and then I polish, that's what separates me from everybody else. It's much more difficult and it takes a lot more time. But for me the effects are just brilliant."

At the core of each lead crystal sculpture Jack creates, you can find the Fibonacci ratios. These ratios are found naturally all throughout our world.

Here is another video that goes into more detail about Jack and his fantastic glass art:

If you're interested in seeing more of Jack's work or possibly even purchasing one of these amazing pieces of art for yourself, you can visit his website here to see more of his beautiful work!

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How to make a creepy red velvet brain cake for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and this would be an amazing edition to a party! This red velvet Brain Cake is an outstanding way to gross people out while still satisfying their taste buds.

This delicious cake is definitely going to be at my halloween party this year. I can't wait to see peoples faces when I bite into this brain!

"How to Cake It" YouTube sensation and baking guru Yolanda Gampp has over 18 years experience whipping up some mighty delicious sweet treats, but her Brain Cake is one of her most jaw dropping masterpieces.

Gampp does all sorts of beautiful baking that should be considered art. She is so passionate about it she uses her YouTube channel to show everyone!

Gampp writes on Bored Panda, "If I can make someone say, 'is that a CAKE!?' I know I've done my job."

The inspiration for this specific cake by The Walking Dead premiere.

She writes, "Why should humans have all the fun? Zombies deserve a premiere celebration too! I whipped them up a blood red velvet Brain Cake with ropes of brainy fondant and oozing with seedless raspberry jam."

That sounds so good! The best part about all of it is that you too can make this amazingly, terrifyingly, delicious cake following Gampps instructions provided below. Time for the zombie feast!

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This Artist Is Illustrating 50+ Mental Illnesses, Disorders, And Phobias For Inktober

Have you ever heard of Inktober?

Created in 2009, this event takes place for the entire month of October, challenging artists (and everyone) to complete one ink drawing each day.

As the website reads, Jake Parker started Inktober as a way to improve his drawing skills and develop positive drawing habits.

But the movement quickly grew into a global event as thousands of artists participated in Inktober every year thereafter.

Shawn Coss, who works as a background designer and merchandise artist for the popular comic strip Cyanide and Happiness, is one artist who participates in Inktober every year.

This year, he decided to go off-prompt a bit by illustrating phobias, mental illnesses, and disorders.

As you might guess, some of them are quite dark and disturbing, but if you've any personal experience with mental illness, some of these will feel all too true.

Take a look at what Coss has come up with so far in the month of October and let us know how you feel about his dark portrayals of phobias, mental illnesses, and disorders.

Are any of them accurate for you?

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10+ Soldiers Were Photographed Before, During, And After War. The Results Will Disturb You.

War changes you. Just about any veteran can tell you that. An astonishing number of veterans suffer traumatic brain injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In her "We Are Not Dead" series, photojournalist Lalage Snow shows the shocking transformation soldiers go through before, during, and after tours of duty in Afghanistan.

The physical changes are astonishing. War is cruel to the men and women who fight in them, there's no doubt about it.

Soldiers often have to detach themselves emotionally, leading to higher rates of depression, alcoholism, and suicide.

Snow's goal was to was to make the experience of war personal, to make the viewer understand it through the faces of those who were fighting.

She tried not to pass any judgement or over the rights and wrongs of war... this is just soldiers, up close and personal.

Private Becky Hitchcock, 19

Credit: Lalage Snow

Before:

"My city friends think I am brave but I don't see it like that at all. It looks so bad on the news but it's alright really."

"I was scared just before leaving the U.K. — I didn't know what to expect. I haven't been scared here but I know there will be times when I will be."

After:

"A day after that IED it came over the radio that the Afghan soldier was in intensive care but stable. That was the best feeling ever."

"A few months later I treated a little boy with burns to his whole body. He was dead tiny, a lovely looking lad."

"We made him stable - stable enough to get to Bastian. But two days later his body went into shock and he died."

"They had to return the body for us to hand back to the family. Carrying him dead having carried him alive two days previous...it was a weird feeling."

Private Jo Yavala, 28

Credit: Lalage Snow

Before:

"I am going to miss my family. I have been to Iraq before but not Afghanistan."

"I don't know what to expect but am looking forward to getting out there now."

After:

"In the morning when I wake up and in the evening before bed. but out there I was just praying all the time, thinking of my family at home."

"Sometimes I'd pray during a patrol itself. I was scared."

Especially when in contact, you don't know what will happen. I was expecting the worst."

"Right now I feel a little bit angry, sometimes my temperature rises very quickly especially if I stay too long inside."

Private Sean Patterson, 19

Credit: Lalage Snow

Before:

"I am going to say good bye to my family early as I have goodbyes. I am going to miss them. I'm not scared though. I can't wait!

I joined the army when I was 15 — it is all I wanted to do and I can't wait to get there."

After:

"People think you can just sail through life but it is not as easy as that. You could get hit by a bus and that would be that."

"You never know what is going to happen - especially out there."

"You could go out on patrol and that could be you, finished. I reckon we should leave them to do their own thing."

"We have lost too many. You see guys coming back missing 3 limbs."

"They are not going to be able to get a job on city street are they?"

"So I don't really see the point. It's not as if we are going to gain anything in Afghanistan, are we?"

"It's their own problem. Deal with it."

Private Dylan Hughes, 26

Credit: Lalage Snow

Before:

"I am not afraid of going to Afghanistan. It's my job at the end of the day."

"But I am afraid of f--king up and someone else dying."

After:

"To be honest I felt quite sorry for the wee lassies as the women get treated like s--t out there."

"They've got that to look forward to...I think we are just fighting a losing battle to be honest with you."

"But it's not my place to say. I don't know about the politics side of it."

Second Lieutenant Adam Petzsch, 25

Credit: Lalage Snow

Before:

"I suppose I am a bit apprehensive but I want to see what it is really like. It is what I joined the army for but I don't know what to expect."

After:

"We took over a new compound and if we ventured any more than 200-300 meters we got shot at."

"At the start of the tour you could patrol kilometers away and no one would touch you.

"But I think yes, in parts we are making a difference."

Private Chris MacGregor, 24

Credit: Lalage Snow

Before:

"Obviously I'll miss family but other than that I am going to miss my dogs more than anything. They are my de-stressers and keep me sane."

"I think I'll miss TV too though. I try not to think about the worst case scenario."

During:

"Most people get used to being away from home but I find it hard. It's your fear that keeps you alive here."

"But I believe if it's going to happen, it's going to happen and theres nothing you can do about it."

"If the big man upstairs could do anything, there'd be no dead soldiers. They'd all be alive."

"It still hurts when you hear about a soldier dying."

"You think about what their families are going through. You ask what they died for and what we are achieving here.

"I am not sure any more. That Afghan soldier losing his legs just now… I don't know…."

After:

"My legs just gave up. I think it was the weight – 135 pounds or something."

"I just had to accept, my body was telling me to give up as I had pushed it. I was telling it to go, it was telling me to stop."

"When squaddies come back they still have a lot of adrenaline and anger in them."

"I had to have anger management after Iraq. If I get like that now, I just go for a walk with the dogs."

"It is the best way to deal with it, instead of being all tense and ready to snap at folk."

"The first thing I did when I came back, apart from kissing and cuddling the misses and my bairn, was go for a massive walk with the dogs."

"I walked for miles and miles not caring where I stepped."

Private Ben Frater, 21

Credit: Lalage Snow

During:

"The day he got shot, that's the one thing I'll never forget. Warton couldn't find any cover and was shot in the leg."

"It was just a nightmare trying to extract him and get the chopper in. It was horrible."

After:

"And now we are home? I find that I'm getting bored easily after 10 minutes. I feel anxious all the time that I should be doing something."

Private Steven Anderson, 31

Credit: Lalage Snow

He said:

"We try to go there to win their hearts and change their minds but those people are living until 45 and dying, as there's so much poverty and not the medicines to treat them.

"They put different value on life. A child got killed, it was nothing to do with the Army, it was just ill.

They brought the body to an army camp, having shot it, saying that it got caught in a firefight and demanding money."

"How can you change the mind of someone like that?"

Private Matthew Hodgson, 18

Credit: Lalage Snow

He said:

"You try and explain what it was like where you were but people have not got a clue."

"The food - not getting a proper meal or sleep. And you are just drained after a patrol. Absolutely drained."

"And it was pretty scary at times. When you are in contact at first its just get down. "

"Afterwards it hits you... I was getting shot at, that was close"

Lance Corporal Sean Tennant, 29

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Corporal Steven Gibson, 29

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Second Lieutenant Struan Cunningham, 24

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Private Fraiser Pairman, 21

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Lance Corporal Martyn Rankin, 23

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Lance Corporal David McLean, 27

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Sergeant Alexander McBroom, 24

Credit: Lalage Snow

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