Aniko Koleshnikova is an artist from Latvia. She can create amazing sculptures using polymer clay, which she shapes and colors into vibrant and enchanting depictions of animals, both real and fantastic. Koleshnikova often uses her skills to decorate the covers of personal journals. Each cover suggests that the inner life of the owner is a mysterious land of depth and complexity. You can see more of her work at Bored Panda.
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
Transcribed by David Kessler
Four Nobel laureates enjoy their first taste of Soylent. Photo: David Holzman.
As part of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, four of the world’s great thinkers were invited to give 24/7 Lectures. Each 24/7 Lecture was on an assigned topic. The lecturer was asked to explain that topic twice: FIRST, a complete technical description in TWENTY-FOUR (24) SECONDS; and THEN a clear summary that anyone can understand, in SEVEN (7) WORDS. The time and word limits were enforced by the Ig Nobel referee, Mr. John Barrett, and by the Ig Nobel V-Chip Monitor, Melissa Franklin. Here are the complete transcripts of this year’s 24/7 Lectures.
Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate in Economics TOPIC: Income Inequality Complete technical description in TWENTY-FOUR (24) SECONDS:
The dispersion of the income distribution as measured by the Gini coefficient—not to be confused with the “I dream of Gini” coefficient—has expanded in many developed and emerging economies. One explanation is skilled-biased technical change, wherein the productivity of high-skill workers is enhanced by technical progress more than for their lower-skilled contemporaries. An alternative theory by Thomas Piketty works through the interest rate exceeding population growth. Critics say Piketty’s theory is rickety. He says they’re too persnickety.
Clear summary that anyone can understand, in SEVEN (7) WORDS: The rich get richer. The poor… don’t.
Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford sit in the control room of the Millennium Falcon. Their destination, Alderaan, is nothing but radioactive debris. They’re not in costume nor on a proper set. They’re just sitting in chairs and convincingly performing a selection from an early draft of Episode IV. At the 4:01 mark, you can hear George Lucas voicing his approval. Obviously Hamill is the right man to save the galaxy and revive the Jedi Order.
According to the Institute of Food Technologists, eight out of ten adults have made an effort to eat healthier within the last year. Yet trying to eat healthy can be a challenge, given all of the conflicting information out there when it comes to what consists of healthy food choices. It's not surprising that some people give up in frustration, copping a "damned if you do or don't" attitude.
Three noted nutritionists were asked to cite what they deemed some of the most widely believed public misconceptions about healthy foods. One of their points concerned multigrain bread. Some well intentioned shoppers who spot the textural breads advertised as multigrain and select them over other breads think they are choosing the best option. But in fact, "multigrain" simply means that there are two or more grains present in the (pasta or) bread. It has no bearing on how refined the flour base used is. The best choice is 100% whole wheat bread, in which the entire grain kernel has been used; that maximizes its fiber and nutrients.
Read other misconceptions regarding "health food" here.
When you dance with Wade you never know what kind of deadly dance moves he's going to bust out with on the dance floor. Sometimes he's in the mood for a sloppy slam dance, other times he's doing the wakizashi waltz and slicing up the competition, but Mr. Wilson reserves the tango for special occassions. Dancing the tango, you see, requires him to lift his mask so he can clench a rose between his teeth, and when the other dancers in the club see his horrifying face they often drop dead from fright!
Get into the geeky groove with this Tango Of Death t-shirt by JP Perez, it's a surefire way to make your fellow fans say "Ole!"
There’s no argument that the MPAA ratings system for movies has wandered far afield of what was intended when it was first introduced in 1968. At the time, most movies were rated G and the whole family went to see them. Now, a G-rated movie is pretty much aimed at young children, and PG is almost there. The rating modern movies want is PG-13, the new rating introduced in 1984, so the lucrative teenage market can get into the theater and know they will see the the maximum adult content allowed for them.
For many college students around the world, it's time to take final exams for the end of semester or quarter. It can be an incredibly stressful time for students, so some schools offer special events that help relieve stress. The University of Central Lancashire in the UK thinks that playing with puppies can help.
That's why this Wednesday, the University has a designated Puppy Room. Research shows that playing with puppies can relieve stress, so the school invites students to visit and play for a bit. Students have to make appointments in advance in order to limit the number of interactions. Otherwise, the puppies themselves might get overwhelmed and stressed.
Princess Kate just dropped a baby like it’s hot, so the time has come for all you fans of the Royals (the British monarchs, not the major league baseball team) to throw your very own royal baby party and get bizarre in the name of Britannia!
Check out this video by Chris (Simpsons artist) for helpful advice on- how to get Daniel Radcliffe to go to your party, how to tell your mum about the impending party, and the best newborn baby themed games to play at such a posh party.
Follow Chris's advice to the letter and you'll be celebrating the fact that the British royal family is capable of producing offspring in no time!
Three scientists are in a competition to show off their disciplines and put forth their case for which is best. Biology goes for the jugular. If physics tries to make himself look better with space exploration, she’ll counter with birth control, which has surely changed more lives for the better. I am afraid the guy representing chemistry will have little to say out of sheer terror. This is the latest comic from Randall Munroe at xkcd.
A cursory Google search suggests that there is little in the way of a marine ribbon worm recipes. This is disappointing. What should I do if I catch a dozen and can’t find a tested means of cooking them? This is obviously an animal idea for human consumption.
Moscow, Russia based photographer Andrey Yakovlev's series called "Red Haired" is a fashion shoot that perfectly captures the unique, fiery beauty of red-headed women. Shot in today's favored minimalist style, the colors of the clothing against the same color background make for a striking, near monochrome vision.
The Cute Critter Cafe has lattes and free WiFi (provided that you purchase a drink--don't be that guy).
Humphrey J. Hedgehog and his friend Coco the hamster visited recently. They snacked on nuts and sipped coffee-like drinks. The Cute Critter Cafe is perfectly sized for them. A grande-sized frap is only the size of a thimble. The price, alas, isn't reduced to fit the volume. But you expected that.
Who among you remembers having great times playing multiplayer games with friends, dating back to your childhood (or long past)? Even if you're not a gamer today, you probably have memories of having fun with video games at some point. As technology would have it, those incarnations are long gone.
Absolutely Anything is the final film with Robin Williams in it -as a talking dog. A snarky, hungry dog.
The story follows a schoolteacher, played by Simon Pegg, who is given the gift of absolute power — including bringing back the dead, willing himself into Mark Twain's physique and making his dog talk — thanks to some aliens with lasers. If he uses them for evil, the world ends. No pressure.
Absolutely Anything will open nationwide August 14th, a year and three days after the actor’s death. -via Mashable
Wonderlands come in all shapes, sizes and styles of animation, but they all have one thing in common- they're simply magical! With moving castles, mad hatters, playing cards come to life and yokai creatures lurking in every corner it's easy to get spirited away when you cross over into one of these Wonderlands, but be careful you don't lose your head!
Add some animated awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this Wonderlands t-shirt by Saqman, it's the perfect attire for every kind of cartoon fan!
There are plenty of cheddar popcorns out there, but nothing compares to the cheese-tastic flavor of Cheetos. That's why I'm so excited to see that Cheetos is experimenting with launching movie theater popcorn -it's the cheesiest, butteriest snack you could ever hope to see at the teater. It's only in its concept stage now, but we can all hope that tests will go smoothly and we will soon get our salty, cheesy snacks.
Three-year-old Adam Wynne of Ireland is a snooker prodigy who can school just about anyone on the game. Adam started playing snooker (similar to pool) when he was one. The footage above shows him at three making practically every shot he attempts. This kid looks destined to be a championship winner. Via Elite Daily
Emily McDowell is an illustrator, greeting card designer, and a cancer survivor. Now she’s put her experience to work in creating a line of greeting cards that cancer patients and survivors say really hit the mark. The line of eight greetings are called Empathy Cards.
The most difficult part of my illness wasn’t losing my hair, or being erroneously called “sir” by Starbucks baristas, or sickness from chemo. It was the loneliness and isolation I felt when many of my close friends and family members disappeared because they didn’t know what to say, or said the absolute wrong thing without realizing it.
You can order yours here. And continue reading to see the rest of the collection. One contains NSFW language.
Mikey is an eight-month-old cat who was in a deep depression after losing her three kittens, which were born prematurely. After the last of Mikey's kittens died, she kept searching for her babies and was obviously despondent.
Mikey's human Hillary was hearkbroken watching her suffer, so she called a Houston cat rescue organization called Dori's Darlings. Amanda Lowe was fostering three kittens through Dori's Darlings. Lowe was presented with the kittens days before Mikey's last baby passed away. Amanda and another foster, professional photographer Kelli Nicole, cared for the kittens around the clock, naming them Teddy, Abby and Lily. But when Amanda received the call from Dori about Mikey losing her brood of kittens, she knew her fosters were the perfect solution.
Read more about Mikey's introduction to the kittens and see some wonderful pictures of themhere.
Considering Space Ghost's original run from 1966-67 consisted of only 20 episodes, and less than 90 minutes of animation, Space Ghost should hold his cowled head up high and celebrate the success he had as a talk show host.
Space Ghost: Coast To Coast made it possible for Adult Swim to blossom into the animation juggernaut it is today, and even though he's now a big man on Williams Street campus series creator Mike Lazzo started the show with a budget of zero.
So how was the first episode made? With a tape-to-tape VHS editing system and a Radio Shack mic, the episode consisting of clips from a Denzel Washington interview on CNN and old Space Ghost clips. The show has such a high quality look that you can hardly tell!
In 2012, celebrity physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked in an interview what he regarded as the most astounding fact in the universe. He's an astrophysicist, so he necessarily thinks on a grand scale--one that intersects his discipline with that of philosophy. His answer resonates with many people as it connects the basic chemical and physical origins of the universe with the individual human experience.
Gavin Aung Than, the artist behind Zen Pencils, takes quotations of famous people and presents them in comic form. It took him a while to work out how he would express Tyson's astounding fact, but he found a way to show a visual expression of Tyson's expression. You can read it all here.
Sergeant Vacca had been on the homicide squad for eight years and had never once run into a deathbed clue. Not once had he heard a dying man blurt out the name of his killer or seen him grab at his St. Christopher medal in order to incriminate a suspect named Chris. Even though he was a devout mystery fan, Sergeant Vacca had begun to seriously doubt that such things ever really happened. Until now. His captain was still skeptical. "Who says this is a deathbed clue? Looks like a bunch of gibberish." The gibberish consisted of two words typed on a computer screen.
The police had found Maria Consuela alone in her downtown office cubicle. The attractive legal secretary had stayed late to finish typing up a brief and had been rewarded with a blunt object to the head and ribs. There was no sign of forced entry and little sign of struggle—an indication that she had known her attacker.
A pool of blood trailed away from the cubicle's doorway and ended in Maria's collapsed body, right under the edge of her desk. "It must have taken her last ounce of strength to crawl over here," Sergeant Vacca theorized. "She must have had some reason."
To continue the Star Wars Day party, linked below is a lengthy list of facts about the franchise. One story has to do with Sir Alec Guinness. His attitude toward the material and the series was poor, to understate things. He was quoted as saying that Star Wars was “fairy-tale rubbish,” and made it clear he had no interest in participating in The Empire Strikes Back.
Lucas and the other principal filmmakers were able to get Guinness to come around, yet not without granting him the strict conditions he imposed for his involvement. Guinness would work one day only, a day consisting of exactly 4.5 hours of work, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In exchange for his 4.5 hours, Guinness would be paid one-fourth of a percent of the total gross of the movie. Thus, Sir Alec made out like a bandit with millions of dollars for a half day of his time.
Photographer Antti Karppinen put together a gallery of Star Wars cosplay portraits specifically for Star Wars Day (all with light sabers). Most were taken at Cardiff Film & Comic Con 2015 in March. See Karppinen’s portraits of other awesome cosplayers from the Welsh con here. And May the fourth be with you. -Thanks, Antti Karppinen!
The force is strong with this fourth day of May, and this year we have something amazing to look forward to in our fan future- a new sequel, aka episode VII!
Wanna get geared up for the return of your favorite sci-fi franchise for less? Head on over to the NeatoShop, where you'll find an amazing array of t-shirts featuring characters and scenes from that war in the stars.
From now until May 10th you can get up to 20% off shirts in the store, and if its a free shirt you seek read to the bottom of this post for a chance to win your very own NeatoShop t-shirt!
The heart wants what it wants, it beats a rhythm into your brain that's impossible to ignore, and when you follow your heart you can rest assured the path you're on will lead you to what you desire most. For some that desire brings true love, or a throne on which to rest their royal behind, but for young Arya it holds the promise of stark vengeance and bloody retribution. It's important to know where your heart is at when you head out on an adventure, and it's important to know where your enemy's heart is when you stand poised to pierce the wretched vessel with the tip of your blade...
Don't play games with your geeky wardrobe, bring home this Where The Heart Is t-shirt by Medusa Dollmaker and you'll be assured a fashion victory!
What does that mean? Today, you will encounter many Star Wars fans expressing this sentiment to you. Why? To find out, you need to consult someone closely associated with the Star Trek science fiction franchise. UCB Comedy recruited Tim Russ, who played the Vulcan officer Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager. Russ explains:
You see, May the Fourth celebrates a movie called The Star Wars. In The Star Wars, the Fourth is a powerful energy that binds the galaxy together. Using the Fourth, powerful magicians called Space Druids are able to do crazy things, like pick something up or tell people that they're wrong.
If you somehow missed everyone talking about it on the net, today is Star Wars Day, aka May the Fourth Be With You. While we all have our own ways to celebrate the big holiday (including buying sweet Star Wars tees), if you aren't sure how to get your Forth on, this Information Week article can give you some ideas.
Of course, if you really want to celebrate the big holiday in a big way, you can always get a tattoo like this epic one on Flickr user Teri Solow.
The stories behind several pretend cockroaches you may or may not be acquainted with. (And one that might not even be a cockroach at all.)
1. MUSICAL COCKROACH
La Cucaracha (“the cockroach” in Spanish) is the name of a Mexican folk song that you may remember singing as a kid (at least the “la cucaracha” part). The song’s exact origins are unknown. It goes back to at least the early 19th century and possibly much farther— even to 15th-century Spain. The song became popular during the Mexican Revolution (1910– 1920). Many of the best-known stanzas (there are hundreds) reflect revolutionary politics of that period, although the meanings of the lyrics are symbolic and satirical. (In other words, nobody really knows what they mean.) One theory is that the lyrics are meant to poke fun at leaders on both sides of the Revolution. Here’s one of the most popular stanzas, translated into English: “The cockroach, the cockroach / cannot walk anymore / because it’s lacking, because it doesn’t have / marijuana to smoke.” (That last line, believed to be a jab at President Huerta, who was known as a drunkard, is often changed to something more innocuous, such as “lemonade to drink,” when sung around kids.)
2. OPPRESSED ANIME COCKROACHES
The 1987 Hiroaki Yoshida anime/live-action film Twilight of the Cockroaches is about a community of intelligent cockroaches who live peacefully in the apartment of a human slob named Seito. (The cockroaches are anime; the humans are live-action.) But when Seito’s girlfriend moves in, she begins exterminating, and the cockroaches’ paradise becomes a nightmarish struggle for survival. According to Yoshida, the film’s cockroaches are a metaphor for the Japanese people, whom he deems a “hated species.” Washington Post reviewer Richard Harrington wrote that the film “could do for cockroaches what The Secret of NIMH did for rats: humanize them in ways you’d never have thought possible.” (That didn’t happen, as you may have noticed.)
One of the strangest scenes: The teenage cockroach heroine, Naomi, almost loses her life in a rainstorm, but is saved… by a pile of talking dog poop. Twilight of the Cockroaches was the inspiration for the 1996 musical film Joe’s Apartment, about a guy whose apartment is inhabited by singing, dancing cockroaches.