This wonder is the PH Grand Piano, a wood and chromed steel instrument edged in brown leather. Poul Henningsen (1894-1967), a Danish furniture designer, developed it in 1931. Andreas Christensen, a piano manufacturer, built this one in the 1950s. It's currently up for sale in Denmark with a price tag of $140,000.
You can see photos of other PH Pianos here. They're amazing.
Today is the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. Or at least as close as we'll ever know -his date of birth was not recorded, but his baptism three days later was. The playwright who contributed to much to the world of language, storytelling, and drama is a virtual mine of trivia, so you may as well learn some of it in honor of the occasion.
2. Shakespeare has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with introducing almost 3,000 words to the English language.
Estimations of his vocabulary range from 17,000 to a dizzying 29,000 words – at least double the number of words used by the average conversationalist.
5. Shakespeare never published his plays.
They are known today only because two of his fellow actors – John Hemminges and Henry Condell – recorded and published 36 of them posthumously under the name The First Folio, which is the source of all Shakespeare books published.
Kids who grew up in the 80s didn’t have Harry Potter in their lives, but frankly they didn’t need the shrimpy spell flinger hanging around when they had Transformers, Dungeons & Dragons and He-Man to keep their imaginations occupied.
However, now that the lil scarhead has made such a big splash in the world of geekdom he’s being integrated into all kinds of silly projects, like this animated short which reimagines Harry Potter as a 1980s Anime series.
Created by Nacho Punch, Harry Potter Cyber Punk Adventure: The 1980's Anime is heavy on the Akira influence and light on the teen angst, and would have looked right at home with the Saturday Morning cartoons lineup.
Don’t freak out just yet. Redditor CountBubs’s dad hadn’t been in his shed for a couple of years. When he finally opened the door, he saw this hornet’s nest. Luckily, the hornets had already abandoned it. The head is part of a wooden statue that was stored in the shed -the hornets did not make it. They just built upon it. It must have been a Creative Commons sculpture.
Unless you're a diehard fan of both basketball and Bugs Bunny chances are Space Jam didn’t make its way onto your top ten movie list.
However, those who grew up in the 90s consider this composited animated feature to be a fun bit of nostalgia from their childhood, and the rest of us are left wondering why the heck they made such a ridiculous movie.
It turns out the reason they made Space Jam is so a bunch of hilarious comedians like Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, and Seth Green could resurrect the film’s script nearly twenty years later for a hilarious table read! Now that’s a Space Jam I can get behind!
Amid rumors of a sequel to the 1985 film The Goonies, let’s take a look back at the kids adventure based on a story by Steven Spielberg. It’s been 29 years, and both the cast and the audience have aged, but many fans still show the movie to their children -or use their children as an excuse to watch it again themselves. Here’s some behind-the-scenes trivia from The Goonies.
1. The pirate ship was a pretty big deal. An actual pirate ship was built for the movie and none of the cast was permitted to see it before filming to maintain its allure. When the kids finally did see it for the first time several of them blurted out curse words in awe and the scene had to be re-filmed without the cursing. After filming wrapped, the ship was put on the market, but apparently nobody had a use for a pirate ship and it was scrapped.
5. The lost octopus. During the pirate ship scenes a separate scene was filmed with an octopus trapping some of the Goonies underwater. For whatever reason, it never made it in the movie even though the soundtrack included a song specially written for the scene entitled “8 Arms To Hold You” by The Goon Squad.
We have shared many fine examples of cartoon character cosplay over the years, but Ryoko Demon’s portrayal of Captain Amelia from the Disney animated feature Treasure Planet really takes the cake!
Ryoko Demon brings the fearless character to life like never before, with seamless makeup that makes her look like a real purrty alien cat lady and an equally high quality wardrobe just like what the character wore in the animated feature, complete with far out laser rifle.
Treasure Planet didn’t receive the attention or critical acclaim normally associated with Disney movies, but cosplayers like Ryoko Demon may inspire people to look into this underrated Disney flick.
April is Limb Loss Awareness Month. Josh Sundquist tells us about famous people who are missing a body part or two that you may not be aware of in this week’s mental_floss video. Well, a few of these you are well aware of, but others may be news to you. Who knew about Aretha Franklin? And one actually was dead before amputation, but the story is strange enough to be included here.
Ah, the 70s! It was a weird time to be alive. It was a decade in which you could wander through American society and constantly ask yourself, "What the heck is going on here?"
The Chevrolet El Camino is an icon of that era. You don't often see them on the road anymore. But back in the day, riding in one of these half coupe/half truck oddities was the way to express that you understood fashion.
That's probably the motivation behind this custom car which consists of a 1979 Mercedes Benz 300 series sedan which was converted into a El Camino-style truck. It's currently on sale on eBay.
There was a show which aired in Japan from 1998 to 2002 that made the Truman Show look like Romper Room, and attempted to answer the question- can one live only on winning prizes?
The show was called Susunu! Denpa Shonen, and it starred a Japanese comedian named Nasubi who "won" the privilege of being trapped in a studio apartment with no clothes and no supplies for a year and a half, forced to win a million dollars worth of prizes from magazines and other media if he ever wanted to get back to his normal life.
Unbeknownst to the star of the show his every move, 24 hours a day, was broadcast to a Japanese audience who couldn’t get enough of this voyeuristic experiment in delicate torture TV.
If you ever receive a little cybernetic man shaped toy as a gift, whether it's a wind-up toy or not, you'd better ask for a gift receipt because that shiny little guy is a ticking timebomb! He's just waiting for his chance to delete humanity, ready to turn entire planets into cybermen just like him.
Do you need a doctor but don't have time to search the galaxy for suitable support? Throw on this Wind-up Cyberman t-shirt by Gordon Brebner Designs and Whovians will come out of the woodwork to help you fight the mechanized future.
This comic was created after performing a longitudinal study with a sample size of 2.
Which highlights a scenario that happens all-too-often in human relationships. You could say it’s just because women think faster on their feet, but as you age and become wiser, you realize that the best response in both cases is just. “No, thanks.”
It may seem like a strange idea to use stacks of shipping containers as hotel rooms or temporary housing, but this isn’t an idea conceived for the luxury set.
Hong Kong based OVA Studio came up with the idea of using modular containers as a quick and easy way to provide shelter for people displaced by natural disasters, for use as mobile hospital units, offices, basically whenever a situation arises where a lot of people need some temporary housing.
The recycled shipping containers are slotted together to create a multi-level structure OVA calls the Hive-Inn, which can grow or decrease in size as needed and is ready at a moment's notice.
This project reminds me of the trailer park "stacks" which are home to the main character in the Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One.
In 1986, volunteers in Cleveland inflated 1.5 million helium balloons to break the Guinness World Record and raise funds for the United Way. What could possibly go wrong? Despite threatening weather, the balloons were release from the huge netting, and many lovely pictures were taken.
Then the "asteroid field" of airborne debris clouded the sky, shut down a runway at a local airport, interrupted Coast Guard attempts to rescue a pair of fisherman, spooked some prize-winning horses, and generally made a mess of un-biodegradable [edit: apparently the balloons were biodegradable, fwiw!] garbage on land.
Rome was one heck of a civilization and there's no denying that they had great style. Unfortunately, most of us can't really go buy a real antiquity and the knock offs just look cheap. If you want something with style, class and a little modern touch though,Jaime Hayon has you covered with his New Rome series.
The designs are all based on classic Roman styles, but with modern materials that give the pieces a clean, eye-catching look that fans of ancient and new styles can agree on.
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
These Russian scientists may all have contributed to one research paper.
by Arne Lundberg, Department of Orthopaedics, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Ana Aguilera, Centre of Analysis, Treatment and Data Modelling, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela; Aurelio Cappozzo, Department of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Rome "Foro Italico," Italy; Benjamin Michaud1, Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal, Canada; José Garrido Yañez, Grenoble INP-Pagora, Grenoble, France; Chris T.M. Baten, Roessingh Research and Development, Group "3D Ambulatory Analysis of Human Movement," Enschede, the Netherlands; Eva Samnegard and KIDS, Karolinska Institute, Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Franck Barbier, LAMIH UMR-CNRS 8201, Université de Lille-Nord-de-France, Valenciennes, France; Frantisek Zahalka, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic; Fuad Ahmad Hazime, Department of Physiotherapy, Federal University of Piauí, Brazil; Georges Dalleau, UFR SHE, Laboratoire DIMPS, Université de la Réunion, France; Georgios Stylianides, Department of Kinesiology, Towson University, Baltimore, Mayland, U.S.A.; Heydar Sadeghi, Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, Kharazmi University, Teheran, Iran; Jean Boucher, Département de Kinanthropologie, Faculté des Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada; Jim Raso, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; Karen Stylianides, Health and Human Development, Penn State Hazleton, U.S.A.; Kurt Manal, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, U.S.A.; Lasse Roren, Prophysics AG, Zurich, Switzerland; Laurence Chèze, Département de Mécanique, Université Lyon, France; Mansour Eslami, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Mazandaran, Iran; Marie-Ève Mathieu, Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal, Canada; Martin Simoneau, Kinesiology, Laval University, Québec, Canada; Mohsen Damavandi, Faculty of Physical Education & Sports Science, Hakim Sabzevari University, Iran; Nader Farahpour, Physical Education and Exercise Sciences Department, Bu Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran; Patrick Salvia, Laboratory of Anatomy, Biomechanics and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Patrick Lacouture, Institut Prime, CNRS, University of Poitiers, France; Paul Allard2, Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal, Canada; Phillip Gardiner, Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; Stéphane Armand, Willy Taillard Laboratory of Kinesiology, Geneva University Hospitals and Geneva University, Switzerland; Tom Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer, Motion Analysis Corporation, Santa Rosa, California, U.S.A.; Anton Arndt, Karolinska Institute and Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden; Ugo della Croce, Biomedical Sciences Department, University of Sassari, Italy; Vicky Bouffard, Éducation, Kinésiologie et Récérologie, Université de Moncton, Campus d'Edmundston, Canada; Xavier Robert-Lachaîne, Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal, Canada; and Mickaël Begon, Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal, Canada.
(1. This author has willingly withdrawn from the list of authors.) (2. This author can be considered as first author even though he is not the leading author.)
In multiauthored papers the issue of sequence in the name of authors makes a posteriori assessment of their relative contribution difficult (Bennett and Taylor, 2003; Bhandari et al., 2003). There are common beliefs that the position of an author in research papers follows a distinctive pattern (Tscharntke et al. 2007; Bhandari et al., 2003). For example, the sequence-determines-credit approach reflects the declining importance of the author's contribution according to her or his position in the list. Another view is that the senior or important contributor is the last one mentioned in the list. This is representative of the first-last-author-emphasis order described by Tscharntke et al. (2007). To acknowledge alike contributions or to avoid disagreement among collaborators, family names can be listed in alphabetical sequence. All these methods undermine the second position in the list, which is frequently considered of interest and is often taken by the person who has contributed the most but has less than her or his fair share of recognition.
Artist and music lover Natalie Sharp discovered the Unknown Pleasures of painting her face to look like various album covers, and now she must Remain In The Light lest she be mistaken for a Veckatimest and elicit some Screamadeica from those who catch sight of her in public.
Natalie came up with this fun face painting concept as a way to pay homage to Record Store Day, which took place on April 19th, and she cites the albums painted on her face as inspirational to her art.
I stupidly thought I could knock these out in a day. Three days later with a bleeding face and being accused of racism after posting my progress on Facebook, I had to stop. These are not my top eight albums, I don’t believe in that crap, but they are eight very inspiring and spectacular albums that I keep returning to. Each face took between 3 – 6 hours to paint. I cried after finishing grizzly bear, I thought it had broken me. I don’t use any stencils its all freehand.
This insect (it looks like a katydid, but I may be wrong) keeps turning this thing over and over. What is it thinking? “Where’s the opening on this thing?” or maybe “I keep walking, but I’m not getting anywhere.” The bug did this for three hours, according to Zain the pain. THEN WHAT? He doesn’t say! I would like to think that Zain took the poor thing outdoors and showed it the right way up. -via Tastefully Offensive
With the help of her Fairy Godchef, Cinderella’s dress turns into a marvel of cheese and pepperoni. The result is much tastier than the fabric original. Just make sure that it’s delivered before midnight or the next dress is free.
Gallery 1988 is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the movie Ghostbusters with an art show based on the film. It’s not just in L.A., either -this show is traveling all over the country! The exhibit is in New York until April 26th, then travels to Los Angeles, Chicago, and ends at Comic-Con in San Diego. Around a hundred artists have contributed works to the exhibit, and many will be available sale as limited edition prints. -via Flavorwire
When real auto race car drivers are replaced with virtual avatars that drive go-karts, throw banana peels on the track and launch flying turtle shells at the opposition racing will never be the same again.
Wear your love of cars and karts on your chest with this NASKART t-shirt by Dann Matthews, it's a fashionable way to show the world that you've got game and aren't afraid of a little competition.
As I type this, I have a demanding cat on my lap who thinks I have nothing better to do than pet her. She’d have plenty to do if I had a CATable! The CATable was designed by Ruan Hao of LYCS Architecture in Hong Kong. It has an interior maze that cats cannot resist, and portholes so they can keep an eye on not only you, but the birds outside the window in your office. The CATable was exhibited during Milan Design Week, but is still so new that no price has been determined. -via Time Newsfeed
In this mod of Grand Theft Auto 4, you play Princess Anna from Frozen. She sings a foul-mouthed version of her sister’s song “Let It Go” while going on a murderous rampage around Liberty City. Anna may not have Elsa’s powers or responsibilities, but she’s definitely ready to:
It’s time to see what I can do To test the limits and break through No right, no wrong, no rules for me I’m free
Of course, you don’t have to slaughter random people in boblester122’s mod. It’s not mandatory. But that’s what people do in GTA, right?
Hollywood spends big bucks for lavish film sets on location. What happens to these sets when the movie wraps? Moving or reusing them costs more than they’re worth, but sometimes dismantling them is required by agreement. Often, they are just left as they are. And then? Some just fall into ruin, but others find a new life under the management of people who know an opportunity when they see one. Take, for example, Sweethaven, the seaside town that was the setting of the Robin William’s film Popeye.
Robert Altman’s 1980 film adaptation of the comic Popeye suffered at the box office, but the nation of Malta has done very well with the film’s set, turning it into the Popeye Village theme park.
The park preserves the original 20 buildings constructed for Popeye’s “Sweethaven” setting, and adds a museum devoted to the movie’s history. It also stages shows featuring Popeye and Olive Oyl, and scenic boat tours of the village and its bay.
Tourists can also visit The Shire in New Zealand, the Field of Dreams in Iowa, and several Tunisian places that were transformed into Tattooine for the Star Wars movies. Several Western towns are still in place as well, and you can read about them at Atlas Obscura. -via mental_floss
It took me several months, off and on, but my latest carpentry project is finally complete! It's a hanging cupboard that looks like Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
The door is made of 0.25 inch birch plywood. The body is made of 0.5 inch birch plywood. The box has exterior measurements of 12.5 inches high, 10.5 inches wide, and 4.5 inches deep. The door is, at its furthest extent, 20 inches across and 19 inches tall.
The box is held together with 16 0-gauge wood biscuits. The door is attached to the box by hinges to a 1x1 inch strip of pine which is glued to the door. The door is held in place with a magnetic clasp.
I used this image by DeviantART member Vexorb as a template for Pinkie Pie’s head. I painted it on with acrylic craft paint, then applied a clear matte spray paint as a protective coating. I used a latex house paint for the back of the door and the box.
Overall, I am pleased with the results. But there were some difficulties. For one, the box fitting is imprecise. Although I've used my plate joiner on 3 other projects, this is the first time that I've used it on anything other than 0.75 inch wood. It's built to slice evenly into this thickness, so I had to improvise to cut into 0.5 inch wood.
I select my carpentry projects in order to teach myself new skills. This is the most demanding painting job that I've had and the only artistic work that I've done since high school.
The door turned out well. A bandsaw would have been ideal, but I have only a jigsaw. It was surprisingly adequate. The hardest sawing task was the eyelashes. I managed to smooth out the spaces between the eyelashes (where the jigsaw couldn't reach) by slicing narrow strips of sandpaper (about 0.25 inches across) and flossing them back and forth until the eyelashes were shaped properly. I was worried that the eyelashes would break off, but they're actually quite sturdy.
This and my other carpentry projects are a part of an ongoing, deliberate effort to teach myself practical building and repair skills. I live in an apartment, so there is a limit to what I can do. I've mostly been building wood furniture. As a result, I've learned a lot about carpentry that is applicable beyond cabinetmaking.
Now it's time for me to tackle an electrical project. I have almost no experience with electrical work, so it's a skill void that I should fill. I haven't settled on a firm idea, but I'm thinking about building from scratch an 8-way variable lamp. Since I'm a fanboy, I may design it to reflect the art of my favorite comic book series, Ninja High School.
Mean Girls is only ten years old? I thought it was much older than that. But I recall when it came out, that I meant to watch it because I love Tina Fey. But I didn’t get around to it. Then when my daughters hit middle school, I made a point to watch Mean Girls with them, because I trust Tina Fey. Now the movie is ten years old, and these teenagers think that’s, like, ancient. But it has a universal message that’s still as relevant now as it was then -or even forty years ago when I was in high school. My message to my daughters was “Don’t ever be a mean girl,” although I suspected that they would more likely need a defense against mean girls, which first comes with understanding what is happening. I know from experience how such dishonesty, manipulation, and head games can mess with your adolescent years.
Mean Girls should be required viewing for every middle school student, and the book it is based on should be required reading for parents. Besides, if you’re not in the midst of dealing with teen angst, it’s hilarious. -via Viral Viral Videos
Yarnbombers add color and crocheted warmth to gray and sooty cityscapes, and their creations are the warmest and fuzziest works in the street art scene.
Yarn enthusiasts Jill and Lorna Watt brought a bit of monstrous fun to San Francisco’s Embarcadero by turning two benches outside the Ferry Building into colorful yarnbombed monsters.
These monster benches weren’t created solely for aesthetic value or to further yarnbombing as a valid art form- the yarn art installation was created for an upcoming episode of CCTV America’s Full Frame which will focus on these innovative yarn artists who also happen to be sisters.