All The Good Dogs At The 2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Parade

The Tompkins Square Halloween Parade is where New Yorkers take their dressed-up dogs to show off their Halloween costumes! The annual event was more crowded than ever yesterday, with people being turned away at the park gates. Still, there were thousands of dogs, and Scott Lynch was there to capture portraits. See 69 of his best pictures of some really good dogs dressed as spooks, politicians, clergy, food, wild animals, and pop culture characters. Or even plants, like the Corgi here dressed as a chia pet! You'll find the gallery at Gothamist.

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Swan Reunion

A female swan came down with a case of botulism. She was hospitalized by Dierenbescherming, an animal rescue group in Dordrecht, Netherlands. Three weeks later, the swan had recovered well enough to return to her mate in the canal. He was right there, waiting for her. It was a lovely reunion.

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Swans usually mate for life. It would have taken longer than three weeks for either of them to give up hope. This is one of those love stories in which only the end is worth watching. -via Tastefully Offensive


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A Game About Deciding What Is (And Is Not) Soup

Have you ever struggled to tell whether warm fluid in a bowl is soup or some other liquid dish? Perhaps you were wondering whether bisque is a soup or not, or whether a really runny stew qualifies as a soup?

Bisque is soup but classifying runny stew is totally up to you, and deciding whether something is soup or not will only ever come in handy when you play Something Something Soup Something, a free browser game by Italian philosopher and game designer Stefano Gualeni.

In Something Something Soup Something the players are tasked with figuring out whether a bowl of random stuff deserves to be called soup:

It takes place in a future where humans have mastered the science of teleportation. Instead of using it to eliminate scarcity or instantly transport Martin Shkreli to a distant black hole, they’ve taken to teleporting goods produced by underpaid aliens from distant planets. Goods like soup.
Problem is, aliens don’t have the best grip on how human digestive systems work, and the concept of “soup” isn’t really a thing in their society. You play as a certified human Soup Technician, and it’s up to you to figure out which dishes they send over do and do not constitute soup.

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The Walking Gingerbread

Sesame Street brings us another parody, this time putting the Muppets into a scenario that will remind you of The Walking Dead. The style is there, but the zombies are bad cookies called crumbies, their prey is the good cookies (which is redundant), and the sheriff is Cookie Monster. That leads to some issues, as you might guess.

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The YouTube release of this video is well-timed, because the season of gingerbread temptation is coming up soon. Oh yeah, and The Walking Dead season eight begins tonight. -via Uproxx


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Bullyburster - I Guess He's No Longer A Full Nelson!


Bullyburster by Boggs Nicolas

Nobody bullies a bully quite like a xenomorph, because they take bullies down from the inside out and hit 'em where it really hurts- in the guts! Nelson survived many drive-by ha-ha's and attempts on his life from people trying to get revenge on him for laughing at them, so he had begun to get cocky. And when he saw that alien with the phallic head shape he just had to point and laugh, an act which would prove to be his last hurrah...

Warn people about the dangers of laughing at aliens with this Bullyburster t-shirt by Boggs Nicolas, it's a darkly funny way to show some love for two of your favorite pop culture franchises at the same time!

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73 Questions With Helga

The Vogue video series 73 Questions asks celebrities three more than seventy questions about "what they like, what they hate and, most importantly, what they know", all filmed in a single shot.

The series has proven to be far more insightful and fun to watch than expected, but they must have shot at least a few episodes that never made it online because they featured famous people acting all bats#%t crazy.

I imagine those cutting room floor episodes look something like Liza Koshy's parody video "73 Questions with Helga", only a bit less staged.

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Laughing at His Misery

Have you ever done something so stupid that you didn't want anyone to know, but you had to ask for help anyway? This guy has to put up with laughter and humiliation to get his problem solved. The real punch line is that this comic was inspired by a real life story. But instead of one trusted geek, he was the target of hundreds of laughing geeks. At least he used a throwaway account for this one post. Maybe he imagined that those who laughed the hardest would one day face their own kind of embarrassing mistake. This is the latest comic from CommitStrip.


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Truck vs. Bridge

The infamous site 11foot8 monitors the underpass on Gregson Street in Durham, North Carolina (previously at Neatorama). Last weekend, another truck driver did not heed the sign warning of the 11 foot 8 inch clearance, nor the flashing lights. The railroad bridge acted like a can opener, slicing the top right off. In a lot of the crashes at this location, the driver doesn't even realize how high their truck is, but this guy ran the red light, too, so he may just be blind, or at least oblivious. 

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You get to see the carnage from two angles, plus slow-motion. And it's a rental truck, so the driver will have some 'splainin' to do. -via Boing Boing


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Rare Concert Photos Of Iggy Pop, Blondie, Talking Heads And More From The Smithsonian's New Collection

Talking Heads at the Keystone, Berkeley, CA, December 9, 1977. Photo Hugh Brown /Smithsonian Books

Listening to an album from bands like Blondie, Iggy and the Stooges or The Clash simply cannot compare to seeing them live, because these bands put on a stage show that's even more exciting than their music.

And while seeing a photograph of a band performing live still doesn't compare to the real deal you can throw on one of their records and stare at the photos and pretend you're actually there seeing them live.

Blondie at CBGB, New York City, 1976. Photo Roberta Bayley /Smithsonian Books

This is what I used to call the "living room venue" experience whenever I couldn't afford to go to a show, and before we all had smartphones in our pockets we could use to record the show this somehow lessened the heartbreak.

Iggy Pop at the Whisky a Go Go, West Hollywood, CA, July 1974. Photo James Fortune /Smithsonian Books

So if you're a fellow living room venue enthusiast you're gonna dig the collection of rare concert photos found in the Smithsonian's new book  Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen:

In December 2015, the Smithsonian Institution began an ambitious crowdsourced history of rock ’n’ roll photography, calling on music fans to contribute their amateur and pro photos, launching the web site rockandroll.si.edu as a one-stop for accepting and displaying shooters’ submissions.

The book is a pretty great cull of the best the collection had to offer, full of photos rarely or never seen by the public, chronologically arranged, and dating back to the dawn of the rock era. Some of them are real jaw-droppers, like the concert shot of Richie Valens taken hours before his death, Otis Redding drenched in sweat at the Whiskey a Go Go, Sly Stone looking like a goddamn superhero at the Aragon Ballroom in 1974.

Bill Lordan and Sly Stone at Balboa Stadium, San Diego, September 7, 1974. Photo Gary Kieth Morgan /Smithsonian Books

See more of these rare concert photos at Dangerous Minds


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How Do You Use A Jar of Peanut Butter?

BesidesPDX posted this picture of a peanut butter jar at reddit and said, "I know I'm not the only one." I must have missed that Calvin and Hobbes strip, although I read it most days. And I have never heard of anyone using peanut butter like this. While most commenters also had never heard of such a thing, a few said they always tried to eat as much peanut butter as possible without disturbing the smooth surface on top. Megamanfre does the same thing a slightly different way. He's not the only one.



Have you ever done this? Have you even heard of it? Will you start doing it now because of this post?

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Funny Halloween Costume Ideas For Best Friends

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Teaming up with a buddy on Halloween is not only advisable- it's a great way to motivate each other to get dressed up, leave the house and have fun being someone, or something, else for a night.

And there's just something about people who wear matching costumes on Halloween that either warms my heart or annoys the hell out of me.

WILLLLLSSSSSOOOOONNNNNNN #castaway #tomhanksormarissaidk #happyhalloween #baeday

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Costume pairings done to death include PB & J, Thing 1 & Thing 2 and Bacon & Eggs, so do dress up with your best friend this Halloween but don't be annoying about it- be super cool by dressing up as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.

Don't even ask how we got the Invisible boat mobile in the house #mermaidmanandbarnacleboy

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If Nicktoons ain't your cuppa tea then go classic and dress as Lucy and Ethel or Ricky and Fred, or you and your BFF can capture a more cinematic vibe by dressing up as the cast of Castaway. And if all else fails you can get punny and go as a pair of Candy Rappers. Or not...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from 2 candy rappers!!! #Halloween #punnycostumes

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See 15 Hilarious Halloween Costumes For BFFs here


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Canine Turbo Button

The cat and the dog encounter each other on the stairs. It's a common occurrence, but this time, the cat accidentally hit the dog's turbo button and activated his "room zoom."

 

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Cats have one, too, but for them it only lasts long enough to circle the room or get to the other end of the house. This cat is astonished at the dog's behavior, but he won't slow down long enough to hit reset. -via Buzzfeed

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Mall Stores From The 90s We Loved But Never Really Bought Anything From

The 1990s were the highest and lowest point for American shopping malls, and by the end of the 90s many stores we knew and liked had closed up shop for good in malls across the U.S., leaving us looking for new places to loiter.

Kay*Bee Toys was a great place to kill time, since the clerks didn't seem to care when we had Nerf gun fights in the aisles even though we didn't buy anything, and as much reading as I did there I don't think I ever bought a book from Waldenbooks.

Maybe that's why these stores disappeared- their prices kept people from buying much, but they were in the mall so they were open to browsing, which made people buy less.

Why would people buy stuff from a mall store like Sam Goody that wanted $18.99 or more for a CD when they could buy their music in a non-mall store like Tower Records for less? Now that's a store I really miss!

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The Meanings Behind 19 Classic Sailor Tattoos

Those who travel the world in ships, whether for the military or commercial cargo, often have souvenirs inked in their skin to show where they've been, what they have done, and their hopes for survival. When sailors meet in ship assignments or far away ports, they don't have to speak the same language to know each other's story, because the tattoos are filled with symbolism known among seafaring men the world over. And now the rest of us can learn what they mean. Some have stories behind them.

The foot tattoos of pigs and roosters were worn by sailors in WWII in the hopes it would keep the sailor from drowning. The Navy shipped these animals in crates at the time. When ships went down, the crates floated, and the animals inside would sometimes be the only survivors

Learn the language of seafaring tattoos at Under the Radar. -via Boing Boing


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Sometimes To Live A Normal Life You Have To Step Out Of Bounds

Flushing dead pet fish down the toilet has always seemed like a cold-hearted way to send that little fishy off to its aquatic afterlife, but that's not to say everyone who flushes a dead fish is a mean person.

Some just enjoy the ritual and the closure it provides, especially if they're like the young man in this animated short and a fish named Paul was their only friend, a friend who had died 178 times before.

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Out Of Bounds is an animated short from The Animation Workshop in Denmark about an extraordinary man who is often stuck indoors staring at a fish, until a new human friend lets herself in.


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Creatures Of The Night - The Mask Is My Costume, Not The Fur!


Creatures of the Night by machmigo

Now that Totoro has discovered the joy of dressing up on nights other than Halloween he has decided to see what all the fuss is about regarding that specific night, so this year he's going to wear a mask when he walks among the humans on Halloween night. And when he told some of his spirited friends about the idea they jumped at the chance to wear a goofy getup and go beg for candy. So if you see a trick-or-treater who seems to be wearing a costume on top of a costume you might want to take a peek behind that mask...

Get in the spirit of the season with this Creatures Of The Night t-shirt by Machmigo, it's a spook-tacular design that will definitely get you compliments wherever you go!

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Baroque Wigs by Asya Kozina and Dmitriy Kozin

In the 17th and 18th centuries, upper-class Europeans wore powdered wigs, and aristocratic ladies outdid each other in height and decoration to a ridiculous degree. Russian artists Asya Kozina and Dmitriy Kozin created those wigs, with a modern feel in her art series called Skyscraper on the Head. Her wigs are made of paper, with more modern decorations atop.

Baroque and Rococo wigs used to be adorned with symbols of luxury, sophistication and the romantic spirit of the time. They were frequently bedecked with model frigates and intricate still lives composed of exotic fruits, flowers and even stuffed birds. This historic trend inspired us to link our paper Baroque wigs with the similar symbols of our time.

See a collection of the Kozins' wigs at Flashbak, and the whole series at Behance. -Thanks, Walter!  


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Cringeworthy Stories Posted Online That Clearly Didn't Really Happen At All

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It used to be that only drunks in bars and kids in schoolyards told boldfaced lies for sport, and even though they'd get called out for being liars they would always return with a fresh batch of tales too crazy to be true.

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But nowadays liars get to tell their tales to a global audience via social media, and unless one of their friends or family members comments about the falsehood of their claims they may actually convince people the story is true.

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Never mind, boldfaced lies sound just as ridiculously untrue when you read them on your screen as they do when you hear them in person, and yet social media is teeming with tales of amazing neckbeards doing incredible things.

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See 18 Cringeworthy Stories That Just Didn't Happen At All here (NSFW language)


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Ten Years of None Pizza with Left Beef

It's been ten years now since Steve Molaro tried the Great Pizza Orientation Test. We covered it on Neatorama, just like every other existing website at the time. When Dominoes began online ordering, you could specify topping on the left half or right half, so he tested the limits of the system and ended up with the famous "None Pizza with Left Beef," no cheese, no sauce, and beef on one side. The pizza became an amusingly sad icon of our modern automated world.

In the near-future, there will be no human interaction necessary when purchasing assembly-line food like Domino’s. There may not be any humans involved at all. “Someday,” Molaro writes, the silently judgmental delivery man “will be a robot with a bad mustache and my life will be perfect.” That reality is closer than you think. At the end of August, Ford announced it was partnering with Domino’s to test pizza delivery in self-driving cars, with customers unlocking warming containers in the vehicle using unique codes.

The good news is that this automation allows for creative freedom unrestrained by social custom. The bad news is, well, creative freedom unrestrained by social custom. Robots don’t judge, or caution, you; they give you the pizza you ask for, even if what you ask for is not, technically, pizza. The man who earlier this year ordered a cheeseburger with no onion, ketchup, mustard, pickles, bun, or beef patty from a McDonald’s automated kiosk — and received, naturally, a single slice of cheese — is a spiritual heir to Molaro, and his “cheeseburger” is the more refined child of None Pizza With Left Beef.

That still beats the person who ordered a burger with no everything, received nothing, but was still charged 99 cents. An article at New York magazine looks at Molaro's experiment, it's influence, and the state of automated food ordering ten years later.

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Master Tambourine Skills

Japanese TV is a treasure. In this performance, tambourine master Gonzo shows off his stuff on the variety show Gaki No Tsukai.

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This is actually the portion of the show in which the celebrity panel, shown in bellhop garb, is charged with keeping a straight face. The punishment came because they couldn't help but laugh. Gonzo's partner in the act is one of the show's producers. Gonzo went on to perform on the show Asia's Got Talent, where he got a standing ovation.  -via reddit


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Photoshoppers Are Loving This Super Sexy Gecko

Not all geckos are created equal -and this one might just be the sexiest gecko alive. Fortunatley for the world at large, his owner was kind enough to upload this image of him to the internet so we can all bask in his glory.

Unsurprisingly, people had a blast with photoshopping him in all types of hilariously over-the-top positions. 

And not all of them are particularly sexy either -like this epic cliffhanger picture.

One thing they all have in ommon though is just how cool this fabulous gecko is. Here's hoping we see lots more of him in the future. In the meanwhile, you can enjoy an epic collection of ridiculous Photoshops over on Bored Panda.

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10 Obscure Cult Horror Movies Everyone Should Watch (and Re-Watch)

If you make it a habit to watch horror movie through the month of October, it only takes a few years to get tired of watching the same big hits over and over. With home video and streaming services, your choices are wider than ever, so you may as well try something different. But will it be any good? That's where recommendations come in. This is the story of Q: The Winged Serpent (pictured at the top).

The bizarre mind of B-movie master Larry Cohen (It’s Alive, God Told Me To, The Stuff) hatched this tale about the bloodthirsty rampage of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec feathered serpent, after it’s summoned by murderous cultists to roost atop the Chrysler Building in 1982 New York City. Naturally, this perplexes the police (David Carradine and Richard “Shaft” Roundtree, as well as at least one supporting player who goes undercover as a mime), but the best part of Q is Michael Moriarty as a ne’er-do-well jewel thief/wannabe jazz pianist, who stumbles upon the giant creature’s nest and attempts to use that information to his advantage. His bizarrely loosey-goosey performance has no business being in a monster movie, but it fits in perfectly nonetheless, and it’s so much fun to watch that it elevates Q from mere oddity to must-see oddball classic.

Check out a list at io9 full of movies you probably haven't even heard of, but will deliver new horror into your life. If you're into that sort of thing. 


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13 Secrets of Halloween Costume Designers

People spend over $9 billion on Halloween every year, and a big chunk of that will be for Halloween costumes. Keeping us supplied with scary, funny, creative, sexy, and trendy costumes takes teams of designers busy all year long. But they swing into high gear when a new meme pops up just before Halloween.

3. THEY CAN DESIGN AND PRODUCE A COSTUME IN A MATTER OF DAYS.

A lot of costume interest comes from what’s been making headlines in the fall: Costumers have to be ready to meet that demand. “We’re pretty good at being able to react quickly,” says Pilar Quintana, vice-president of merchandising for Yandy.com. “Something happening in April may not be strong enough to stick around for Halloween.”

Because the mail-order site has in-house models and isn’t beholden to approval from big box vendors, Quintana can design and photograph a costume so it’s available within 72 hours. If it's more elaborate, it can take a little longer: Both Yandy and Weeks had costumes inspired by the Cecil the Lion story that broke in July 2015 (in which a trophy hunter from Minnesota killed an African lion) on their sites in a matter of weeks.

11. DEAD CELEBRITIES MEAN SALES.

It may be morbid, but it’s a reality: The high-profile passing of celebrities, especially close to Halloween, can trigger a surge in sales. “Before Robin Williams died, I couldn’t sell a Mork costume for a dollar,” Weeks says. “After he died, I couldn’t not sell it for less than $100.” This year, designers expect Hugh Hefner to fuel costume ideas—unless something else pops up suddenly to grab their attention. “Last year, when Prince died, that was almost trumped by [presidential debate audience member] Ken Bone,” Berman says. “He became almost more popular than Prince.”

Another thing about selling trendy costumes is that a customer won't want to wear the same costume a year later, so there's another sale coming. Read more secrets from Halloween costume makers at Mental Floss.

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The Quest to End Aging

If you could decide how long you want to live, how would you answer? The longer your life is, the more likely you will spend the later years in illness and disability. Would it be worth it to add years on the end, or could we stop the effects of aging and stay young and healthy? This is a two-part video; the first part by Kurzgesagt, the second by C.G.P. Grey, although they could easily work as two videos by two different video producers on two different subjects. 

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The idea of living a lot longer than we do now opens up some philosophical questions. Would longer lives make us wiser, better community members, or encourage us to take better care of our planet? Or would it lead us to take time for granted? C.G.P. Grey looks at death and the meaning of life.

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So what if we could conquer death? would the benefits outweigh the possible consequences? -via Laughing Squid


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The Safest Home in America is For Sale

The Rice House, near Atlanta is up for sale. It covers 36,000 square feet and has eight bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, three kitchens, a private museum, a wine cellar, an indoor shooting range, and commercial-grade elevators. The price has dropped from $17.5 million to $14.7 million, so it definitely a bargain. But none of that is what makes this house stand out from the rest. It's the security features.

The master and guest bedrooms have ballistic doors that can withstand fire from an AK-47 assault rifle. The car vault is large enough to hold 30 vehicles and has an entrance designed to be concealed by a waterfall. Secret doors lead to a 15,000-square-foot bunker  in which an embattled owner could conceivably hole up for years, with off-grid power and water drawn from three artesian wells drilled 1,000 feet into the ground. The house had its own security architect who spent two decades designing secure buildings for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Listing materials boast that it is “one of, if not the, safest home in America.”

Oh yeah, and it's never been lived in. While the house is completely constructed, there are some finals details that have yet to be added. You can see the Rice House inside and out at Sotheby's real estate listing. -via Digg


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My Sweet Jax

Musician and comedian Erik Helwig (Hot Dad) performs a touching tribute to his beloved cat Jax. First you think, this is silly. It doesn't even rhyme. Then you think, this is a pretty catchy tune. But before you know it, you think, aww, I know how you feel, cats will do that to you.

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Over the course of the song you get to know Jax, a cat you've never met. You just might get a little teary. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Super Cat - He Puts His Cape On One Strap At A Time Just Like Every Other Cat


Super Cat by dandingeroz

Dogs hate it when people dress them up in costumes for Halloween but cats get it- they see the appeal of dressing up like a superhero and walking around town getting free food from strangers. And cats are starting to really get into the whole Halloween thing, you know, and some are even starting to wear prosthetics and makeup when they go out looking for tricks and treats. But most cats prefer to keep their costumes simple, without any masks or shoes for that matter, so if you see a poor little kitty with booties and a mask on you'll know they're being dressed up against their will!

Add some paws-itively super style to your geeky wardrobe with this Super Cat t-shirt by Dandingeroz, it's a charming design that will make people purr wherever you go!

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The Ethics Of Photographing Those Who Don't Want To Be Photographed

I always feel weird about taking pictures of people who don't want to be photographed, but journalistic photography often requires the shooter to capture everything and everyone in the scene, so subjects who don't want their face on film end up in the picture anyway.

And yet, as Simon Sharp points out in this article there must be a limit to who and what we photograph, even in a journalistic capacity, or else our photos will just come off as cruel.

He uses photos taken by award winning photojournalist Bulent Kilic, including the photo at the top of the post entitled “A Syrian Kurdish woman and her baby on Thursday in the Rojava refugee camp” to make his point:

This is an encounter in which a woman is in the simplest possible way indicating with what power she has left the message ‘please do not photograph me’. Therefore, meaning wise this image equals nothing as even without an identity or name to attach to it the subject or context of a strong photograph in its essence communicates the soul & voice of that subject. Unfortunately those human traits are impossible to communicate if the subject in the image is unwilling as above and is thus objectified into a soulless commodity along with her child.

Taking pictures of vulnerable people is and of itself not a crime morally or any other way. However, shooting vulnerable people who do not wish to be a part of the western news reel if they’re ‘lucky’ enough to be fashionable enough for our consumption at that particular moment is wrong. And to all those that republished and promoted the shot they are simply not visually literate, morally imbalanced, ignorant, arrogant or all.

I understand freelancers have got to survive and in order to survive they have to create content but where is the line between the commodification of suffering and telling stories ? And how do such images get through an editor’s supposedly learned gaze and get showcased to the world as somehow informative and beneficial of the people concerned within them ?

-Via Fstoppers


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Vampires, Ghosts, and the Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants of the Early 1970s

Dark Shadows was a Gothic soap opera that ran on ABC-TV from 1966 to 1971. Its most popular character was Barnabas Collins, a sexy, scary, and very wealthy vampire. The series was a sensation in its time, but by 1970 was starting to run out of steam. A feature film spinoff called House of Dark Shadows was released in September of that year. To promote the film, MGM naturally staged a beauty pageant. Of course they did. It was called the Miss American Vampire Contest. The genius part was that the top prize was a guest spot on the TV show.  

Ads were placed in newspapers across the country, targeting girls, 18 to 25, who thought they had the right “vampire looks.” One newspaper story about the promotion, dredged up by the blog Dark Shadows in the Press, said that contestants would be judged by their interpretation of the vampire aesthetic, as well as “charm, poise, stage presence, and videogenic qualities for television.” One TV ad for the competition read, “It’s a contest you can sink your teeth into.”

Leading up to the release of House of Dark Shadows, regional beauty contests were held in a number of cities, from Dallas to Philadelphia to Miami. These prelims produced a handful of finalists, who traveled to Los Angeles to compete for the title on September 10, 1970. One of the judges for the New Jersey regional competition recalls her experience in the book The Dark Shadows Companion: 25th Anniversary Collection, saying, “It was fun for the first five minutes. After that it got terribly depressing. Some of the girls came in bikinis. Some of them came dressed as witches or vampires or dead bodies. One girl stood in front of me and just stared.”

You might be surprised to find out who won that beauty pageant, and what happened afterward. You can read all about it at Atlas Obscura.


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To call Goku a superhero would be an insult because he's so much more than that- he's a Saiyan with god-like physical abilities and a power level that measures over 9000, so mere superheroes wouldn't stand a chance against him.

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