{A foul smelling plant known as the "corpse flower" is finally blooming at the New York Botanical Garden in New York City.

Visitors were waiting in line more than an hour to see the rare bloom. It started emerging Thursday afternoon after more than 10 years of growth.

It's native to Sumatra's equatorial rain forests and emits an odor like rotting flesh while it's briefly in bloom.

It's one of the largest flowers on earth and can reach 6 feet in height. It emits the stench to attract pollinators.

The bloom at its peak only lasts about 24 to 36 hours — and it could be years before the flower blooms again.} READ MORE HERE


{GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo., July 22 (UPI) -- The owner of a Colorado bed and breakfast lassoed and wrestled with a 2-year-old black bear to free the animal's head from a plastic jug of Cheese Balls.
Jim Hawkins, owner of Four Mile Creek Bed and Breakfast outside of Glenwood Springs, said the bear had been spotted numerous times during the past week with the clear plastic Cheese Balls container on its head, but it always wandered away before authorities arrived.

The 100-pound bear was estimated to be about 2 years old.

"He was just a little bear with a big problem," Hawkins told the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. "He was a 2-year-old with a space helmet on."} READ MORE HERE


{Throughout its history, Deep Ellum has been a place for artists to come and make a name for themselves, whether through a vibrant community of galleries, street murals, public art, or just public displays of creativity. With a huge community wide mural project, the fabulous Traveling Man sculptures, and a thriving gallery scene, Deep Ellum is a place where art is created, not just sold.} DEEP ELLUM


Stumbled onto Writerz Block while adventuring in San Diego....

{Channeling youth expression into vibrant graffiti art as well as providing real-world skills and hands-on experience has made Writerz Blok a nationally recognized urban art program and one of the nation’s first public graffiti art parks. Since 2003, our artists have been at the forefront of a community-led effort to transform blight into beauty.} http://writerzblok.com