You rarely get to see hand shadow puppets in this era of hi-tech gadgets when entertainment is just a tap on the screen away. But before smart phones, tablets, phablets, Netflix and what-not, hand shadow puppets served as a simple form of entertainment in earlier centuries.
The use of hand shadow puppets for entertainment has declined since the 19th century, because light bulbs became widely available and cinema started to become mainstream. Ideally, the shadow puppets are best seen when you only have candlelight as your light source. For this reason, the form of entertainment was more popular in olden times.
No one knows exactly where shadow puppets started but it most probably originated in China, according to writer Austin Hackney. Anyone – adult or child – can perform hand shadow puppets; it only takes the willingness to try out new things and being creative with your hands.
You don’t even need anything fancy – just make sure you have the right source of light and a light colored wall where you will project the shadow. It’s good to note that when your hands are closer to the light source, you’ll produce a large shadow but one that is less precise. Alternately, if your hands are farther from the light source, you will cast a clearer, but smaller shadow.
If you want to take a break from your smart phone, why not get creative and create hand shadow puppets? It’s easy and it can be a great way to have some fun with family and friends, especially with kids. Get those fingers and hands working and check out the images below. Follow the proper positioning of hands and fingers to create the shadow you want.
With a set of creative hands, you and your friends can put all these shadows in one show, which should make one night full of fun and entertainment.
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Dog owners can definitely relate to this.
Dogs are amazing creatures; they’re loyal, intelligent, adorable, and they can lift anyone’s spirits with the crazy things they do. If you ever have the blues, try spending a few minutes with your dogs and pet them. That pure, simple joy they get from the attention you give them can sometimes help brighten up your mood. Yes, their happiness can be quite contagious.
However, you do know that dogs can be mischievous at times. When they're unusually quiet and they start looking at you with their seemingly innocent eyes, you can't help but wonder, "What have they done now?"
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Korean Tourist Joins Italian Street Musicians In An Impromptu But Epic Performance
These musically inclined people had an impromptu performance and ‘killed it.’
Music is a universal language that needs not be translated. It lives with us anywhere we go and creates a beautiful harmony that transcends all else. Proof to that is an impromptu and epic
performance of a Korean tourist Jun-Hyuk Choi and a group of Italian street musicians in Florence, Italy.
Mr. Choi was walking in the streets of Florence when he spotted a local band of musicians performing for tourists. He then asked the bass player if he could borrow his contrabass instrument and started snapping it soon enough. A double bass player himself, Mr. Choi knew just what to do which also explains the surprise glances from the band members. Not long after, they all jammed to a classic jazz that is "Autumn Leaves" and created a beautiful music that captured the hearts and ears of the crowd.
"In Korea, he played with four strings but there were only three [on the bass], which might make him play little bit hard but amazing," the person who uploaded the video said.
Badly Burned Puppy Gets Second Chance At Life By Becoming A Firefighter Himself
Whether you’re a dog lover or not, you’ll surely love this inspiring story.
The world can sometimes be a cruel place filled with a lot of cruel people.
That’s why it feels good that every once in a while, you get to hear great stories that, as they say on the interwebs, restores your faith in humanity.
Such as this one about a firefighter and a terribly burned puppy.
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