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The Shirk Report – Volume 324

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 25 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting.

Remembering Sir Nicholas Winton, the ‘British Schindler’ that Saved 669 Children

  On 1 July 2016, Sir Nicholas Winton passed away at the age of 106. The Briton is credited with saving the lives of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of WWII.

This Artist Splits Two Photos in Half and Combines the Results

  “Combo Photos” is an ongoing series by artist and photographer Stephen McMennamy. In the series, McMennamy splits two photos he has previously taken, combining them into one harmonious image that usually plays with size and perspective.

Picture of the Day: Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Photographer Unknown   The annual blooming of cherry blossoms (sakura) in Japan is one of the country’s most popular cultural events.

Homeless Man Plays Styx’s ‘Come Sail Away’ on Outdoor Piano

  Watch Donald Glaud play a beautiful rendition of Styx’s ‘Come Sail Away’ on one of the six outdoor pianos in Sarasota, Florida.

Mom Pranks Her Son on His 8th Birthday

  The moment he realizes what’s happening will put a smile on your face :)    

This Museum Let a Group of Street Artists Do Whatever They Wanted To Its Walls

  Over a period of two weeks, the Long Beach Museum of Art gave a group of contemporary artists free reign over their walls for their latest exhibit, Vitality and Verve.

The History of Same-Sex Marriage in the US in a Single Gif

    What a difference 20 years can make. After last Friday’s landmark decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, created the informative gif above that shows the history of same-sex marriage in the US from 1995 to June 26, 2015.

Picture of the Day: Perfectly Timed Encounter

Photograph by sunrisesoup on Flickr   In this perfectly timed photo by sunrisesoup we see an encounter between two fast flying creatures, a hummingbird and bee.

Dad Learns He’s Going to be a Grandpa and has the Best Reaction Ever

  This is what pure and genuine joy looks like. They are going to be amazing grandparents!    

Tiny Hamster Has Tiny Fourth of July BBQ

  Tiny hamster is back with a few friends to celebrate the Fourth of July.    

Street Artist and City Worker Have Year Long Exchange on a Red Wall in London

  Street artist Mobstr recently shared a photo story that took place over the course of a year. The artist explains: “I cycled past this wall on the way to work for years.

How Pixar Artists Made the Cars in ‘Cars’ Do Things Without Hands

  In “McQueen has no hands”, Pixar artist Rob Gibbs recounts the time he had to draw a scene with the following direction: “McQueen produces a map”.

15 Stunning Entries from the 2015 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

  *Final Call for Entries! Contest closes June 30*   The 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest which began on April 7, will close for entries on June 30, 2015.

17 Ways to Hold a Baby

  From the standard shoulder hold to the ‘stinky nappy’. Also includes advanced techniques like the ‘bird on a wire’ and ‘the telephone’.

You Can Now Climb Yosemite’s Famous El Capitain on Google Maps

  On June 24, 2015, Google launched their first-ever vertical Street View, giving you the opportunity to climb 3,000 feet up the world’s most famous rock wall: Yosemite’s El Capitan.

So Nikon’s Newest Digital Camera Can Zoom In on the Moon

  The sky is no longer the limit. Check out the insane zoom on Nikon’s Coolpix P900 as it captures the moon in remarkable detail.

32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World

  Our world is a complex network of people, places and things. Maps are a great tool and can help us understand how we are all connected.

Amazing Dog Jumps Up a 12.8 ft High Wall

  Watch this awesome dog jump and climb up a 12.8 ft (3.9 m wall)!    

Picture of the Day: Works in Progress

Photograph by TwistedSifter   Artists James Jean and Tristan Eaton work side by side on their respective murals for the Pow!