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20 Actual Strangers Were Paid To Kiss On Camera & It’s As Adorably Awkward As You’d Expect

Vice got 20 actual strangers, from all different age groups, to kiss one another for the first time on camera and the results are worth a watch.

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I have to admit that I was one of the many of us who bought into the “realness” of the clothing commercial which cast actors, models, and musicians to kiss one another as strangers on camera for the first time. So much so that I wrote an article about it shortly after the video – which has now amassed over 103 million views – was released back in March of 2014.

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I may be a little late to the party on this one, but I wanted to share with you all a genuine response to the commercial that Vice put together. Rather than hiring actors, they paid actual strangers found on the streets of London £20 to kiss one another for the first time on camera.

As of now, the video has over 100 million views less than the clothing commercial rendition, and given its genuine realness I feel it deserves a bit of a boost. Check it out:

We All Have A Soft Side

We live in a world dominated by isolation and independence, where even a simple hello to a stranger you pass by on the street can be off-putting. Because of this, many of us have developed a distorted view of the people we don’t know more personally. We see each other as hardened “others” to be avoided and afraid of.

While some of our fear is certainly justified, what this video effectively reminded me of is that we also all have an awkward soft side. We all meet people that give us butterflies in our stomach. We all experience situations that make our heart race. We’re all human, and reminding ourselves of that can make the world seem like a much brighter place to be and co-exist in.

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The reactions expressed post-kiss were certainly scattered, but the reactions pre-kiss – aside from the one older gentlemen who seemed eager to kiss and explain the experience – were pretty consistent. While I’m not suggesting that we all go out and start making out with one another, I think it’s important to remember that we are all alike in more ways than we’d probably like to admit.

That guy that cut you off in traffic this morning, the woman who doesn’t appreciate you at work, and everyone else you interact with, all have an awkward soft side that we should remind ourselves of before deciding to dislike them.

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Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee

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You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.

In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.

There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!

Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.

Like Uplifted Life for more uplifting content and stay tuned for more episodes!

Hope you enjoy the conversation and make sure to share it to inspire others!

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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)

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Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.

Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though  the ancients felt the same way.

Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.

Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.

Here’s A Little History

In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.

Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.

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Black Mirror: An Exciting Sci-Fi Netflix Thriller Or A Dire Warning For Where Humanity Is Heading?

Popular series Black Mirror is a Sci-Fi thriller that gives us a glimpse into how technology can and will impact our lives in ways that are good, bad and down right dark. Is too much technology something to be wary of? Let’s take a look at Season 4 Episode 1.

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There is no doubt about it, our society is welcoming more and more technology into our lives, at an alarming rate. It has already taken over many aspects of our lives from communication, to shopping, to banking, to virtually all aspects of our lives. In many ways it’s great, we are advancing at a rapid pace and our lives are becoming more efficient, but does this come at a cost? In the popular sci-fi thriller series, “Black Mirror,” cautions are heeded in regards to how much of our lives we are giving up to technology and what the implications might be.

What Can We Learn From Black Mirror?

Each episode has a different cast, characters and story line, but all serve as a potential warning as to what the implications of accepting too much technology into our lives may do, and it’s definitely something to be wary of. Because the technology in our lives tends to roll out slowly, we generally accept it as it is, but at what point will we take a step back and question our actions?

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