Fantastic Protest Art By Hiroshi Nakamura Created In The 1950s

Protest art comes in many stylistic flavors, and the artists who create works with a political edge employ many different methods of creation to get their message across.

In Japan during the 1950s that message was generally “Go Home, G.I. Joe”, because the fact that there were U.S. military bases on Japan bothered and offended the Japanese people immensely, and with good reason.

But, in true Japanese style,  they didn’t express their derision with violence or massive demonstrations but rather with the written word and visual art.

One artist emerged from the 50s protest art scene as a true master of the visual arts, creating a surrealist-protest hybrid style all his own.

His name is Hiroshi Nakamura, and his unique style of protest art elevated his works to a level far beyond the politically charged norm.

For even though not everyone will understand Hiroshi's message today we can all appreciate the amazing surreal creativity found in each piece, and the masterful skill he used to create each mind blowing work.

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Artist Makes Miniature Hand Thrown Pottery

Jon Almeda says that he's "a bit of an extremist." He used to make huge pieces on spinning pottery wheels. Now, he's gone all the way in the other direction. He uses tiny wheels to mold and sculpt clay pots using the traditional techniques, just scaled down very small. You can find more of his work on his Instagram page, including short videos in which Almeda demonstrates his production techniques.

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17 Solid Facts About Stripes

I always consider it a treat when I catch the 1981 movie Stripes on TV. When it hit theaters, it had a very few stars and a bunch of unknowns. Now it is full of stars. The film was born from Ivan Reitman’s concept of “Cheech and Chong join the army” and blossomed from there. All these years later, it’s time to learn something about what went into the making of Stripes.  

1. HAROLD RAMIS AND COLUMBIA PICTURES DID NOT WANT HAROLD RAMIS IN THE MOVIE.

With the knowledge that the studio didn’t want him, and more comfortable with writing at that point than with acting, Ramis was reluctant to play Russell. He even had Dennis Quaid (P.J. Soles’ husband at the time) read for his part. Bill Murray stepped in and insisted that he only wanted to work with Ramis.

4. THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT LIKED THE SCRIPT.

So they gave the crew a ton of access, including allowing Ivan Reitman and company to shoot in Fort Knox and letting real troops play extras.

Well, that’s just a taste. You can get the full list, with links to longer explanations, at mental_floss. That’s the facts, Jack!  


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Couple Married For 75 Years Die In Each Other's Arms

It's hard enough to be around another person for a whole year straight, let alone spend 75 years married to the same person, but for one San Diego couple that was their sweet reality.

Jeanette and Alexander Toczko claimed to have been in love since they were eight years old, got married back in 1940 and somehow not only managed to stay married but were actually happy together right up until the end.

The beginning of the end came when Alexander Toczko fell and broke his hip, and started fading fast. Their children insisted he be brought out of hospice so he could be with Jeanette during his final moments, and Alexander died in Jeanette's arms just like he wanted.

24 hours later an otherwise healthy Jeanette passed away, unwilling or unable to live without Alexander in her life, and the couple now get to spend the afterlife in post-wedded bliss...

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Dancer and His Four-Year-Old-Son's Adorable Father Son Dance


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Professional dancer and choreographer Keith Silva and his four-year-old son Jayden are seen cutting their living room rug together to the Little Einstein's theme song in this entertaining footage. Via Viral Nova

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At Captain Kirk's Funeral

"Never tell me the odds!" seems to be the apt sci-fi quote to apply in this situation as described by The Gentleman's Armchair.

If I remember correctly, that quote was spoken in one of the last seasons of Star Trek by Han Solo, while piloting Serenity and running away from the Cylons. Yes, I'm sure that's it!

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Italian Grandmas Try Olive Garden

A group of sassy Italian grandmothers, who have cooked all their lives, get a taste of Olive Garden dishes for the first time.

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Their opinions are varied… well, they all hated it except for two sisters who were probably pretty hungry at the time. And they don’t mind to tell you exactly what went wrong. -via Buzzfeed

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Exquisite Batman Coffee Table

Flickr member MANDUH HUG'n'KISS refinished a coffee table for a Batman fan. It's beautiful! When Justice is having company over for afternoon tea and snacks, this is exactly where they will be served.

-Thanks, Clarissa!


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Tell Me About It, Stud - She's A Beauty School Dropout


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Isabelle was already the most interesting and appealing character in the town of Animal Crossing, but then she went and watched both Grease one and two and changed her name to Sandy. That summer the critter residents of the Crossing gave up their fishing and crafting for choreographed dancing and fashion design, and when fall rolled in so did the rumbles...

Bring a bold new look to your geeky wardrobe with this Tell Me About It, Stud t-shirt by Paperpumpkin, it's the most rebellious way to show love for your favorite animal town video game!

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Homeless Does Not Mean Talentless

Dylan Henry recorded a homeless man playing “Come Sail Away” on a piano in Sarasota, Florida. The slightly out of tune piano was on public display as a project of the Sarasota Keys Piano Project from the Arts and Cultural Alliance. It was decorated by artist Viktorija Bulava.

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You have to wonder how long it's been since he's had a chance to play. Henry met the man again the next day, and found out his name is Donald Gould. In an interview Gould, we find out he played a clarinet in the Marine Corps, then learned many other instruments in college. He worked in the building trades, and has been unemployed since the crash of 2008.

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Since this video was recorded last week, Gould has had a Facebook page set up for him. -via Boing Boing


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Undercats: Cats Dressed as Their Owners are a Lot of Fun



Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani was featured previously at Neatorama for these funny portraits of dogs dressed as their humans. Now Magnani is back with a follow-up series called Undercats, in which he has given cats the same human stylings, with equally amusing results. Magnani's portraits of humans and their pet cats are digitally merged, giving them their similar overall shapes and otherworldly quality.

Visit the photographer's website to see the rest of the hilarious photos in his series.

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Judge Rules Hulk Hogan Allowed One Plain Bandana During Trial

You can file this story under G for “Gee, thanks for sharing”- Hulk Hogan is going to trial with his lawsuit against Gawker Media for posting exerpts of his sex tape, and a judge has ruled he’s allowed “One plain headband”.

Phew! That would have been one messed up courtroom appearance for the Hulkster if he couldn’t don his signature scarf headed swagger!

Hulk is hoping to teach the gossipers at Gawker a lesson about invading his privacy, and the judge had one thing to say about the whole affair- "This is not going to be a carnival". Of course not, it's going to be Hulkamania!

-Via Boing Boing


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Vintage Postcards from the Great American Road Trip

Before the interstate highway system caused travel services to be clustered around exit ramps, American roadways were a lot kitschier. Anyone with roadside real estate and imagination could compete for tourist dollars just by being strange and different -and by giving out postcards to spread the word. Hundreds of these vintage postcards are collected at Cardboard America. You can spend your weekend looking through their archives, or see an overview of the best at Messy Nessy Chic. -via Digg


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Fans Share Their Most Embarrassing Moments When Meeting A Celebrity

Meeting a celebrity face-to-face is a really big deal for some people, and while I’m more of the say “Hey, how ya doin?” and keep on walking kinda guy I say to each their own when it comes to fandom.

If you want to see a famous face and freak out that’s your prerogative, and celebs should appreciate the kudos even if they come with hysterical tears.

(Image Credit: Francois Guillot / Getty Images / BuzzFeed)

But some people simply cannot hold it together when they see a celeb, and their embarrassing moments in fandom history become the stuff of internet legend.

BuzzFeed has put together a colorful collection of 21 Of The Most Embarrassing Things People Have Done When Meeting Celebrities, which is full of cringe worthy moments like this fan's encounter with the underside of Michael Bublé's car:

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Read 21 Of The Most Embarrassing Things People Have Done When Meeting Celebrities here (Contains NSFW language)


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The Candy Bomber Flies Again

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From 1948-49, West Berlin was blockaded by the Soviet Union, which hoped to force the three Western occupying powers out of the city. In response, the air forces of the Western powers delivered essential supplies, including food and fuel, by air. The year-long Berlin Airlift kept West Berliners alive and free.

One of US Air Force pilots who participated in the deliveries was Lt. Gail Halvorsen. He wanted to provide some joy to the beleaguered children of West Berlin, so he began secretly dropping pieces of candy from tiny, handmade parachutes over the city, just before landing. Thus Halvorsen became known as the Candy Bomber.

That was 67 years ago. Halvorsen is now 92. He still flies now and then, including on Friday afternoon, when he dropped 1,000 chocolate bars on children in a park in Orem, Utah

The airdrop was made as part of a 3-day celebration for the Fourth of July. Halvorsen was a guest of honor at that celebration. When asked what the holiday means to him, Halvorsen replied, "The Fourth of July reminds me that if you want happiness in life, you serve others."

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Tourbillon Will Turn You Every Which Way But Loose

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Would you be interested in a thrill ride like this? It looks a bit like Jodie Foster’s space vehicle in the movie Contact. The new ride is called called Tourbillon, and it’s in operation in Switzerland. No word yet on whether riders end up traveling through a wormhole. I think I’ll pass, but that’s only because I pass on all thrill rides these days. Then again, if the wormhole thing works, you might be able to talk me into it. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Sad Animal Facts Illustrated

Brooke Barker, an artist in Portland, Oregon, loves to draw and loves animals. She feels sorry for a lot of animals who lead a rough life. She illustrates those problems at Sad Animal Facts, which put an amusing spin on what our animal friends have to put up with.

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Watch The Navy's Catapult Launch 4-Ton Sled Off An Aircraft Carrier

In the Navy you get to do all kinds of fun things, like watch fighter jets come in for a landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier or launch heavy stuff off that same deck.  

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U.S. Ford-class aircraft carriers are now going to be equipped with a railgun-catapult hybrid, which is an "electrically powered electromagnetic projectile launcher", which they'll use to launch aircraft from the deck of a carrier.

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But in this case the Navy crew aboard the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford were just showing off their sweet new EMALS (Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System), demonstrating how easy it is for the EMALS to launch a 4 ton sled.

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Miss Cat Time Notes

Can you read Chinese? Then you might have a leg up on the rest of us in reading the delightful cat comics of Miss Cat Time Notes. I tried Google translate, but of course it does not detect text in comic images. No matter, many of the comics need no dialogue, and the rest are charming even when you can’t read the punch line. In the comic above, the kitties are visiting a shrine to their ancestors. Below, they get their nails done. there are hundreds more. -via Metafilter


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Apocalyptic Healthcare Companion - Mad To The Max


Apocalyptic Healthcare Companion by Shawn Porter

The time for healing was over, and not because there weren't any more people to heal but rather because Bay's programming had been corrupted, leaving him mad as an immortan. He now insisted people call him Max, and with a new prime directive to find fuel in place his post-apocalyptic adventures across the wasteland would bring him back into the spotlight as a big hero...

This Apocalyptic Healthcare Companion t-shirt by Shawn Porter is one mighty big mashup that will drive your fellow fans mad with delight!

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Tiny Emojis Carved into Pencil Tips

Tom Lynall is a jeweler in Birmingham, UK. Lately, he's been exploring the emerging field of pencil tip sculpture. He's gotten fantastic at it! These perfectly sculpted emojis are even smaller than they appear on your phone screen.

Lynall is a master of precise, detailed work at a nearly microscopic scale. You can see an even better demonstration of his skill in this whole landscape carved into pencil lead:

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NeatoShop Fourth of July and Summer Sale - Save Up to 20% Off All T-Shirts!

Happy Fourth of July, Neatoramanauts! Let's celebrate by getting yourself or your loved ones some of the web's neatest T-shirts: Save up to 20% on all T-shirts at the NeatoShop. That's nearly 30,000 of the geekiest, neatest and most awesome shirts you'll find today! No coupons required. No minimum purchase.

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3 Librarians on Star Trek

What's all this doomsaying about libraries becoming obsolete? We know that libraries will thrive in the future because they're present in 23rd Century. In fact, Star Trek shows at least 3 librarians at work in the distant future.

In the original series episode "All Our Yesterdays," Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to a seemingly vacant planet orbiting a star about to go nova. They discover that they are in a library. Despite the desperate circumstances, the librarian, who introduces himself as Mr. Atoz, is ready to help them.

Lifelong character actor Ian Wolfe, who plays Mr. Atoz, does a remarkably good job of carrying out a reference interview under conditions of extreme stress. He is friendly, welcoming, an advocate for the utility of libraries, and maintains the confidentiality of his patrons.

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Senior Quote: High School Was Easy

High school was easy. Just ask this high school senior, who said what he thought of his high school experience for posterity in his yearbook quote:

"High school was easy. It was like riding a bike. Except the bike was on fire & the ground was on fire & everything was on fire because it was hell."

Wait till real life, kids. Wait till real life.

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Happy Independence Day from the Unipiper!

It wouldn’t be a real holiday without the Unipiper serenading us in costume, would it? Brian Kidd got into his Uncle Sam getup for the occasion, and rode his extra-tall unicycle around Portland while playing the flaming bagpipes.

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The music for this Fourth of July holiday is Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” followed by the famous chorus from the 1812 Overture. 


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How Japanese Bathrooms Are Different


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Japanese household bathrooms are very different from what you might find in a typical American home. They are far more multi-functional and high-tech. For example, the bathroom is divided into three sections: there's a shower/bath area and a toilet area, which are separately accessible from a sink and vanity area. Consequently, three people can use the same bathroom at the same time!

The shower and bath area is a thing of wonder. There's a deep bathtub that is heated continuously with controls that can be activated from different parts of the house. I want one of those!

In this video, a young girl shows how the different parts of the bathroom function. It's part of a series of videos in which she introduces Westerners to Japanese bedrooms, toilets, and kids' homework, among other aspects of modern Japanese life.

-via Core77


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This Giant "Royal Flush" Water Slide Will Surely Put You in the Mood for Summer!

Ready for summer? Here's a video clip by AJ Aguirre and Ben Hammer of Round III Media that'll surely put you in the mood for summer!

Aguirre and Hammer went to BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas, and filmed people having fun sliding down the park's "Royal Flush" giant slide. The video clip has everything that a viral video should have: beautiful women in bikinis, athletic guys doing athletic things, and did we mention a giant water slide? As of today, the video clip has been viewed over 14 million times. Now if that isn't a royal flush, we don't know what is.


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The Lion Will Surely Appreciate

Press and Drag to Make Wind is a cute little web toy. No, it has nothing to do with farts, but there’s no title, so I used the available text. And those are the only instructions. And the lion does appreciate; you can tell by his smile. It must be a hot day in whatever virtual world he lives in! -via Metafilter


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Babbler Bird Calls "Convey Meaning"


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The chestnut-crowned babbler bird (Pomatostomus ruficeps) is a small bird native to Australia. Researchers think that its chirps and calls are radically different from those identified in other birds. The babbler bird vocalizes words. The BBC reports:

Co-researcher Dr Andy Russell from the University of Exeter said: "It is the first evidence outside of a human that an animal can use the same meaningless sounds in different arrangements to generate new meaning.

"It's a very basic form of word generation - I'd be amazed if other animals can't do this too."

Dr. Russell and his colleagues found that the chestnut-crowned babbler makes two distinct sounds, dubbed A and B. Combinations of A and B in different orders seemed to express concepts that other members of the species could understand:

In flight, they used an "A-B" call to make their whereabouts known, but when alerting chicks to food they combined the sounds differently to make "B-A-B".

The birds seemed to understand the meaning of the calls.

When the feeding call was played back to them, they looked at nests, while when they heard a flight call they looked at the sky.

-via Marginal Revolution


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Why Do We Celebrate the Fourth of July?

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Mark Dice went to the beach in San Diego to find out what people know about the historical events we celebrate on the Fourth of July. No doubt there were people who had perfectly accurate answers, but they did not make the cut. It’s still sad that he found so many Americans who couldn’t answer the questions. I have a suspicion that alcohol may have been involved. -via Viral Viral Videos


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