Rush Hour

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This video of traffic during rush hour will probably make you nervous -if you’re an American. Those who have driven in other countries may see it as an everyday occurrence. Relax, it’s not a documentary. This art video was directed by Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films, but I still don’t know for sure if it’s all editing and CGI, or if he used stunt drivers. Considering the other films by Fernando Livschitz we’ve posted, I’d go with “masterful editing.” -via Buzzfeed


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Star Wars Parenting Done Right

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Part of good parenting is protecting the innocence of your children. There's a lot of ugliness in the world. Someday, your children will have to face it. But that can be done in an age-appropriate manner at the right time. There's no need for frighten them before they can emotionally handle traumas that adults have to grapple with.

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How To Play the Hurdy Gurdy

The Hurdy Gurdy is an instrument that was used in medieval times to make people get jiggy. The instrument itself was made of wood and stringed, as you can see, but how you play it is what sets it apart from most other musical instrument. Well, that and the odd droning sounds it makes while you crank/play it. Not only do most people not know what a Hurdy Gurdy is, most people have never seen one or even heard one (that they are aware of, anyway). Just think, by the end of this video, you could know how to play one. Now you just need to find a Hurdy Gurdy.

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Fact is, you bust out a Hurdy Gurdy people will just genuinely have their mind blown that someone actually has one, nevermind if they can play it. That is, the three people who actually know what one is. Regardless, it is good to know everything, so now you can add the Hurdy Gurdy to your vast base of knowledge.

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Women Who Conquered the Comics World

Comics creator and historian Trina Robbins recently published Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists, 1896-2013, and an art exhibit from Robbins’ collection, inspired by the book, is on display at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Robbins tells us about the history of the women who write and illustrate comics, including her own experiences in the 1970s.    

The underground comix scene was taking root in San Francisco, in part, because the Print Mint, a publisher in San Francisco and Berkeley, California, that started out making psychedelic rock posters, regularly published these comix, such as their anthology called “Yellow Dog,” which Robbins contributed to, and Robert Crumb’s “Zap Comix.”

“The underground comix movement grew as more and more people said, ‘Oh, yeah, we can do our own comics. They don’t have to be superhero comics. We can do comics about the life we relate to as hippies in the counterculture,’” Robbins says. “And it seemed like the exciting stuff was coming out of San Francisco. Underground cartoonists on the Lower East Side moved to San Francisco, and so did I. But then, when I got to San Francisco in 1970, that was when I discovered that maybe it was the mecca of underground comix for the guys, but not for the girls. To start with, there was only me and one other woman there, Willy Mendes, drawing comics, and we were left out of the scene.

“The guys would call each other up and say, ‘Hi, I’m going to put together a comic. Would you like to contribute?’” she continues. “But nobody ever called me. However, both Willy and I were good enough. Both of us eventually did our own comics with the Print Mint because the male cartoonists wouldn’t put us in their comics.”

The entire post at Collectors Weekly is a fascinating look at the history of comics, and how women have always been a part of it.


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Earth vs The Invaders - The Arcades Were Right...


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Everyone on Earth had always assumed The Invaders were just something game designers made up for their arcade game Space Invaders, and because of our lack of interplanetary knowledge they were able to invade unopposed. Good thing so many gamers had played this game before, because they knew how to get the best of those pixelated ships moving in horizontal bands across the sky. Suddenly someone suggested shooting a small hole through our own defenses, so the defenders could shoot them while staying behind cover, and the gamers knew then that victory was well in hand...

Bring the battle for coin-op domination home with this Earth vs The Invaders t-shirt by Piercek25, it's the perfect attire whether you're heading out for a night on the town with a pocket full of quarters or just kicking back at home with a good movie.

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The Amazingly Detailed Miniature Paintings of Lorraine Loots

Lorraine Loots, an artist in Cape Town, South Africa, calls her series "Postcards for Ants." It's composed of teeny tiny yet richly detailed and precisely rendered pictures of landscapes and everyday objects. Many of them, as you can see, are smaller than a 1-pound coin. Loots has been making them every day since January 1, 2013. She creates 5 prints of each painting, which will no doubt sell well.

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Puppies Learning to Howl

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This compilation shows a number of adorable puppies being introduced to howling behavior by their humans. This is part three of three video compilations; here are links to parts one and two. I enjoy these videos because my 1-year-old dog howls right along with the puppies onscreen. Via Tastefully Offensive.

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These Pics Prove Selfies Are Out Of Control

Selfie mania snaps on, pic after pic rolling out to validate the existence of people who didn’t feel alive before they had a camera in their phone so they could document every face, every outfit, every meetup with a friend.

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Selfie-palooza, selfie-ver, selfie-delia, selfie-fest 201X, things are about to go way too far in the world of selfies when a bloody accident selfie gets 2600 likes:

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It’s about to become a selfie-pocalypse with the tweeting and the booking of faces, a social media meltdown of epic proportions led by someone who looks and acts exactly like this guy:

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Those who don’t have a full blown case of selfie-itis are safe, but if you feel pic fever coming on put down your phone and go cold turkey, so you don’t end up like this:

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This Tiny Record Player Was the iPod of the 1960s


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Before the Walkman, the Discman, and the MP3 player, there was the Emerson Wondergram. This battery-powered record player manufactured by General Electric in the UK from 1960 to 1965 played 33 and 45 RPM records. GE marketed it as "the world's smallest record player." It measured about 8x4x2 inches. You can occasionally find one for sale on eBay.


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A Handy Dandy Collection Of Clever Travel Tips

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Travelling can be incredibly fun, an adventure full of unexpected discoveries, cultural exploration and visual delights, but it can also be a huge pain in the neck.

Between the ever changing TSA rules, lost luggage, and the singular joy of riding elbow to elbow with your fellow passengers on a crowded airplane there are plenty of annoyances waiting for you every time you travel.

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That’s why it’s good to plan ahead and pack appropriately, and this collection of travel tips that will change your life forever (their words, not mine) contains some extremely valuable tips for the avid traveler.

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There are a few “tips” that shouldn’t have made the list, like putting your phone into airplane mode to save battery power, but with 40 tips on the list there’s bound to be something shared that you’ve never thought of before!

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Tiny Hamster Versus Competitive Eater in Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Takeru Kobayashi of Guinness Book and award-winning competitive eating fame, and the tiny hamster, of tiny hamster fame, face off against each other in a hot dog eat-off. The hot dogs (made to scale, in fairness to T.H.) fly off the plates until one competitor makes it to 10. Who will take the title? Click play and see for yourself. Via Laughing Squid.

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Great Adventures in Accounting

THe following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

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by Stephen Hardy, Improbable Research staff

The supposedly staid, unglamorous field of accounting is in fact packed, to some degree, with exciting adventures. Accountants rarely divulge this fact to persons outside the profession, but three monographs, all produced in Australia, document some of the adventure and even some of the excitement.

Great Adventures in Accounting (1967)
In 1967, a paper by Professor R.J. Chambers of the University of Sydney essayed to describe the essentially adventurous nature of the accounting field.

“Prospective Adventures in Accounting Ideas,” R.J. Chambers, Accounting Review, vol. 42, no. 2, April 1967, pp. 241–53. Looking both backwards and forwards, Professor Chambers enthuses ruefully:

These fifty years have seen quite a few potentially fruitful ideas, with wide implications, brought to notice, noticed scarcely at all and almost abandoned.... Some 43 years ago, Hatfield said “Let us boldly raise the question whether accounting, the late claimant for recognition as a profession, is not entitled to some respect, or must it consort with crystal-gazing... and palmreading?” I wonder what Hatfield would think today, to see how far some would have us go in the direction of crystal-gazing. I leave you to think about what I am referring to.

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Artist Turns Circuit Boards Into A Sculpural Metropolis

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It is crazy to think that there was a time when art was stuck in two dimensions. When creators were given canvas', not realizing all around them could be used and utilized as artwork. The art world has clearly changed and evolved over time. They say one man's trash is another man's treasure, but in this case, some people's trash is another man's fantastical sculpture.

The artist's name is Robin Tarbet, and the piece you see above is called "A Temporary State to Rise and Fall Again", which you can see in full detail on his site. If the circuit boards fit, he would stack them, one on top of the other. If they did not fit, that is when he would stack out wider with the boards. The end result is a wonderful facsimile of a city, made by what seems to drive us most lately:

technology.

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New Cat Breed: Lykoi, the Werewolf Cat

The kitten on the right is an example of a new breed called Lykoi. Veterinarian Johnny Gobble breeds Lykois, a name that is derived from “lycanthrope,” or werewolf. The cat is result of a mutant gene that inhibits hair growth, leaving a cat with sparse hair, especially on its face. Although the gene is naturally-occurring, these cats do not last long in the wild. Due to lack of fur, they are suseptible to hypothermia. 

According to Gobble, the cats’ infirm appearance is only skin deep. Aside from the patchy hair that makes them notable, the first few generations of Lykoi cats seem rather healthy thus far. Tests conducted by Leslie Lyons, an aptly named expert in cat genetics at the University of Missouri (home of The Tigers), found no recognized genetic disorders in the cats; a battery of tests done by Gobble at his clinic, from blood screenings to thyroid function exams, turned up nothing out of the ordinary. Gobble cautions, though, that giving the breed an entirely clean bill of health right now would be premature. “It’s way too early,” he emphasized. “A lot of health problems won’t show up until a cat is 6 or 7 years old, and we don’t have any Lykois that old yet.”

Cats with the sparse hair gene are bred with black cats to highlight their unusual fur pattern. A cat must carry two copies of the gene to be a true Lykoi, which is why the littermates in the above picture look so different. The black cat on the left carries only one copy of the pertinent gene. Read more about this new cat breed at Nautilus. See more pictures of Lykoi cats at Gobble’s website.

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Jimmy Kimmel Proves People At New York Fashion Week Are Full Of It

Jimmy Kimmel’s ideas for the question ambushes he calls Lie Witness News are sometimes bold, sometimes funny, sometimes a bit off the mark, but his concept for this year’s Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week was fabulously on point.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live sent a crew to ask attendees about some of the latest designers, brands, and trends- none of which were actually fashion designers, clothing brands or trends, only you’d never know it by the responses he got from the people.

Maybe Bartles & James really will start releasing designs, and then the joke will be on you Jimmy!

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Artist's Dog Gets His Life Upgraded

If you're a dog and your human is an artist, then you've got a good chance of going on fantastic adventures. Rafael Mantesso's bull terrier knows that. He can fly around the world, enjoy romantic escapades, and acquire angelic enhancements with a few details added to the background of his photos.

You can view more images of him at play on Mantesso's Instagram page. It's filled with not only cute dog photos, but very imaginative illustrations that are worth exploring.

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1981 News Report on the Internet is Now Hilarious

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There are so many amusing things in this 1981 television report about getting newspaper content from the Internet that it's hard to keep track. The smirk and smug tone of voice of the reporter, as if she's informing the public of a quaint yet ridiculous idea that stands no chance of ever being embraced by the public. The opening line: "Imagine if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee and turning on your home computer to read the day's newspaper." Mind boggling! The CRT screens, dial-up connections using a phone receiver and hours of download time for a text file.

I think the thing that I enjoyed most was the picture of the pioneering gent who was receiving the San Francisco Examiner online with his name and a caption underneath that read "owns home computer." Ahh, the 80s. -Via Lost at E Minor.


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Vintage Board Games That Are Violent Fun For The Whole Family

Many board games are created to be enjoyed by the entire family, and the idea of family game night was definitely helped along by toy manufacturers eager to sell more copies of their games.

Playing a board game with your parents is way more fun than taking candid family portraits, or watching their old home movies for the millionth time, but then again some family style games can feel like pure torture.

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Toy enjoyer Attaboy hosted an episode of the web series “They Actually Made That!?” dealing with the strange and violent board games of yesteryear, from the family friendly Russian Roulette game Cold Feet to the hammer smashing "fun" of Bash!

Who says family game night has to be relaxing?

-Via Boing Boing


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Justice for Littering

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A woman on a motorcycle rides around in Russia dispensing karma to those who litter the streets. She may not be the superhero Russia deserves, but she is the one it needs. Really, how hard is it to put your garbage in a drive-through bin?

Many folks are calling this staged. So what if it is? It makes a great public service announcement, although Russian commenters have not seen it on TV …yet. I actually hope that it is staged, because this kind of behavior would eventually lead to someone shooting her. And that's a video we don't want to see.  -via reddit


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Brianweenie - He'll Leave You In Stitches


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Brian went out for a few beers, but a few became a dozen and before he knew it the guy was having trouble walking, so much trouble in fact that he walked straight into the wrong cartoon. The difference between his family's world and the other was immediately apparent, since everything had changed into black and white. Suddenly he felt energized, but also a bit stiff, and when he went to chase his tail he noticed the stitches on his body, and the bolts mounted in his neck...

Show the world you like your animation dark and geeky with this Brianweenie t-shirt by Donnie, it's the terrifyingly fun way to scare up some smiles!

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Body Art by Laura Hacker is Both Marvelous and Monstrous


New Zealand-based Laura Hawker is a self-taught artist who does these excellent body paintings. Imagine the luck of Laura's closest family and friends when Halloween comes around! Designs like this would be ideal for such an occasion. See more of Laura's work at her Deviant Art page or her Tumblr. Via Laughing Squid. 

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Ancient Warriors Drew Power From The Crying Infants On Their Backs

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Imagine how fierce the Vikings would have been if their axe chops and spear thrusts were enhanced by the raw power of baby cries, and the need to protect the infant strapped to their backs.

That’s the “extreme infant distress vocalization” theory that won MIT grad Tomer Ullman the grand prize at last year’s Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses.

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BAHFest gathers the most imaginative minds for a “celebration of well-researched, logically explained, and clearly wrong evolutionary theories”, and this gathering of like-minded thinkers owes its creation to this cartoon by SMBC's Zach Weiner:

BAHFest is about to return for not one but two times the backwards ideas about biological adaptation this October, with an east coast fest in Cambridge, MA on October 19th, followed by a west coast conference at San Francisco's Castro Theatre on October 25th.

What sort of crazed revelation will earn their conceiver the coveted Skeptically Shrugging Darwin statue, perhaps an updated theory about the joys of battling with a baby strapped to your back?

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The Daily Spoon--An Artist Makes a New Wooden Spoon Every Day for a Year

How do artists stimulate their imaginations? Some artists engage in a daily creative process--a discipline that compels them to create something along a theme. One Pixar animator makes a new superhero every day. Nick Scalin made skulls every day for a year. Other artists photograph miniatures or decorate coffee cups.

For Stian Korntved Ruud, an artist from Norway, it's wooden spoons. Every day for a full year, he plans to make a wooden spoon:

By repeating the production of a spoon every day for a longer period of time (365 days), the goal is to challenge and explore a spoons aesthetic and functional qualities. I make all the spoons in a traditional way with only hand tools. The point of this is to actively cooperate with the material, in this case wood. In a modern industrial production the machines overwrites the wooden structures and natural growth pattern. When using manual hand tools my hand collaborates with the wood structure during the forming process. This underpins all the spoons unique qualities.

Some of his spoons may be impractical, but all of them are fun. Click on Continue reading to view more.

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7 Disney Movies That Don't Get Enough Love

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You really have to give credit to Disney studios. Starting with Snow White in the 1930's, they have carved an unforgettable path in film and animation, often being a major part of most of our lives as we grow up. From using the death of parents on film to help teach kids how to cope with loss, to addressing issues like gender and love, there is a uniformity to animated Disney films. You walk away from them feeling better about life. They just carry that Disney magic, and you carry it with you after seeing their films, too. But you can't help but notice it is the same Disney movies that seem to always get brought up when people discuss the studio. Lion King, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Frozen, to name a few. But there are certain animated Disney films that just didn't get the love of the some of the more well-known films, even though they deserved it. Here are seven Disney movies that just don't get the love they deserve.

1. The Black Cauldron

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Of all the Disney animated films, this one was my favorite growing up, yet it seems like seven people saw it. Based on the book of the same name by Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron was awesome because it was darker than most of the stuff we were getting from Disney at that point. Just the Horned King as the main villain was enough of a selling point. Add to that the simple fact that he raised an army of the dead to fight for him and you realize this was the first Disney movie with zombies. Animated zombies at that, and years before they were popular. How did that not receive wide appeal is beyond me, and that will be a running theme of this list.

If you have not seen The Black Cauldron, you need to go find a copy, right now. It just proves Disney needs to do more fantasy stuff.

2. Robin Hood

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Why is it when people talk animated Disney movies, no one talks about Robin Hood? The 1973 animated adaptation of the famous character that featured characters from OTHER Disney movies was awesome. Other characters from the Jungle Book, to be specific. Yes, it was like they went and got the cast of The Jungle Book to act in a play about Robin Hood. How cool is that, and why don't they do it more often?

On top of that, the music was some of the best ever featured in a Disney movie. Yes, I just said that, and here is the proof:

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I can promise you that you will be singing (and whistling) that song for the next two weeks. Outside of that, though, the movie was wholly charming and well told rendition of the classic Robin Hood tale.

3. Treasure Planet

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Maru Gets New Boxes

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Even though Maru now has his cat friend Hana to play with, he still loves boxes. He recently received a new set of boxes, and each one had to be tried out and tested individually. It must have been like Christmas for this cat! -via Tastefully Offensive

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A Funeral for the "Like"

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This past weekend at Oude Kerk, the oldest church in Amsterdam, the Like was laid to rest. Mourners carried a coffin shaped like a Facebook Like button to the church and marked its passing in a ceremony led by Eddy Reefhuis.

Why? It's a symbolic rejection of what is sometimes called "hashtag activism" or "clicktivism"--substituting online actions for offline activity. The organizers of the funeral reject the notion that clicking on a Like button constitutes doing anything productive. Here's their manifesto, which is an interesting read:

Not too long ago, this development led to a miraculous occurrence. A new technology turned the act of Liking into a commodity, hence into a symbolic totem and a new belief, at a time when faith in religion and our monetary system is crumbling.

At first these "Likes" seemed innocent. A gift bestowed upon us unconditionally and in overabundance. Sometimes the Likes would pile up like presents under a Christmas tree. But soon we started craving for more and eventually the "Like" became the opium of the masses. And now society has forgotten the real act of Liking. [...]

And instead of taking action to make change happen, our activism has been reduced and confined to the square inches of our computer screen activism has become clicktivism. We express our dislike of what is happening in the real world with a Like.

We as a society need to focus on real actions and intentions, rather than the symbolic reward bestowed on things by a mouse click. We must never forget that the real reward of Liking lies amongst ourselves and inside our communities.


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Dolly Parton's "Jolene" Slowed Down Sounds Like A Different Song (and It's Awesome)

If you do not own a record player, it should be known that you are not hearing music right. Don't get me wrong, there are the over-hyped, celebrity, DJ headpones, and there are high quality digital recordings you can get. But people who grew up listening to a record player know, that is just the greatest way to listen to music. Maybe not technically,  but from a nostalgia stand point it wins, hands down.

The record player also has some really cool features, too. Like being able to slow down the music you listen to. While in most cases, slowed down music just sounds like, well, slowed down music, in the case of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," something extraordinary happens. It is like the song transforms and is suddenly sung perfectly, just  a bit more depressing and with a guy's voice instead.

Check it out yourself.

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A song about heartbreak suddenly takes on an even more somber tone. I will even go so far as to say I am not a fan of the original, but the slowed down de-make (seems a fitting word) really works for me. See, you can't do THAT on modern machinery.

Oh wait, you can? Man, I gotta leave the house more.


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The 6 Most Pretentious Dishes Rich People Pay Money For

We’ve posted an awful lot of restaurant dishes that are super expensive in order to generate publicity, and their price is justified by ingredients such as edible gold leaf and the jewel-encrusted souvenir dish they are served in. This is different. The list at Cracked contains dinner orders that come with theatrics or gimmicks, such as the Octopop.

The terrifyingly named octopop was conceived by Australian chef Adam Melonas at Dubai's Burj al-Arab hotel, presumably after he read the Necronomicon and mistook it for a confectionery handbook. Its basic idea is actually pretty simple: It's a piece of roast octopus on a stick.

However, in true mad scientist fashion, Melonas has added to the process until the end result barely resembles octopus or, for that matter, food. The waxy sheen and structure of the octopop are achieved by vacuum-cooking the octopus for 12 hours, then using a knife and an enzyme called transglutaminase (a substance commonly used to glue bits of meat together) to turn the perished cephalopod into a pretty, flower-like construct. The end result is dipped in spiced gel and stuck on a stick with some dill for you to try and figure out what the hell you're chewing on.

That’s just one of six really weird foods or food presentations that will set you back big bucks, described in the not-for-broadcast language of Cracked. -via Metafilter

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Man With Cerebral Palsy Uses Typewriter to Make Beautiful Artworks

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Paul Smith has suffered from cerebral palsy since birth. Simple things that most folks take for granted, such as holding a brush or a writing utensil, aren't within the realm of possibility for him. Yet Mr. Smith did not let a disability stifle his spirit and desire to create art. As a young man, Smith began to "paint" with a typewriter. Using only ten symbol keys, Smith creates the impressive works of art shown in this video. Paul Smith may be confined to a nursing home in Oregon, but he has the power to inspire people all over the world with his talents, gracious demeanor and perseverance in the face of hardship. Via Lost at E Minor.


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Unsatisfied Women In Western Art History

Have you ever noticed that most women in old paintings look unimpressed, bored, and even frustrated? It’s probably because they had to sit and pose for some slow artist, but Mallory Ortberg at The Toast has some better ideas, and she captioned paintings to show what these women are really thinking.  

i thought we were going to cover the whole harp in roses
but if these were all the roses you could find
i guess that doesn’t have to ruin everything

hey girls i have a fun idea
try playing something good
just for a change
just to see what it would be like

See 22 such pictures and the thoughts that go with them at The Toast. -Thanks, Anne!


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