SJC Custom Drums is a drum-making business in Massachusetts. Its artisans made these drums for Frank DeSantis, the drummer of One Fell Swoop, a punk band in New York City. They measure 8x12, 14x16, and 20x22 inches. They're gorgeous!
Be sure to check out SJC's Facebook gallery for more photos of beautiful custom drums.
Artist David Redon discovered a fun way to update vintage advertising posters and give them a modern pop culture makeover- he replaced the original subjects with famous musicians.
Redon is the art director for Quai Des Orfevres ad agency in Paris, and the simplicity of each piece as well as the vintage colors are what make his updated posters really work. Snoop Dogg in a gin ad? Fo shizzle.
Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain selling soft serve? Smells like a winner. But Kanye taking the place of Rosie the Riveter? Now that's what I call taking this musical mashup too far!
With Google Maps technology, you can now explore the lands of George R.R. Martin’s world from A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones. Check out the map of Westeros and Essos. With a click you can see who owns what lands, or the paths that characters travel. Toggle between “episodes” and “chapters,” depending on whether you’ve read the books or are following the TV show. You can adjust a slide to protect yourself from spoilers, although it may be tempting to peek ahead. There are also plenty of links to more information. A lot of work went into this project! -via The Daily Dot
You know what goes great with some fava beans and a glass of chianti? Those power-packed blue crystals that keep the lambs up all night long!
You no longer have to silence your love of great mashups, thanks to this Science of the Labs t-shirt by Daniel Sotomayor, it's breaking new ground and showing love for those bad boys from your favorite gritty movies and TV shows.
This cat thinks he’s got it all figured out: just walk over there and take one of those tasty fish hanging from a thin metal rafter. He apparently overestimated either his abilities or the width of the rafter. THe entertainment value of the video is slightly improved by the shakiness -that's due to the videographer giggling. -via Tastefully Offensive
Most people have had a bad experience with knockoff products, thinking it'll be just as good as the original only to find that it just doesn’t live up to the original, and yet people keep buying knockoffs because they're cheap.
Well, you get what you pay for, and when you buy a Skerple instead of a Sharpie you know you’re getting less marker for your money. Even worse- when the product's name asks the consumer to figure out for themselves "Could it be butter?" you're better off paying a few more bucks for the real thing.
Is this a mashup we haven’t seen before? I would have never thought of it -combining Disney movie characters with the Marvel super heroes of The Avengers. DeviantART member ThinkingMakesItSo did these, and you can see all eight works in his gallery. You won’t believe what Disney character plays Black Widow! -via a comment at reddit
Where would be the absolutely worst place for your car to catch fire? In the lion enclosure of a drive-through safari. And that’s what happened to Helen Clements and her two children when they visited Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, England.
Mrs Clements said she thought her car had overheated when it stopped inside the enclosure.
"Then basically, we thought: 'That's not steam, that's actually smoke'," she told BBC News.
"It was getting thicker and thicker and obviously coming into us, and then we saw flames."
She sounded her horn and both she and George opened their doors, before rangers came running towards them.
"Unfortunately they were shouting to us: 'Get back in the car, do not get out of the car'," she added.
Her son ran out but she called him back and within moments, a ranger had pulled up in a vehicle and got them out of the car.
They could not see the lions at the time as other cars were in front of them.
The lions did not approach, because they are smart enough to know fire when they see it. Still, it was a frightening incident. Rangers moved the lions out of the enclosure before firefighters extinguished the flames. -via Arbroath
Gamers don’t always purchase games based on the look of the cover art, especially if they already know what to expect when they bring the game home, but the crazy cover art on these pirated Playstation 2 games spotted by Imgur user azjabar in an Iraqi market might make someone think twice before buying.
The pirate photoshop (ms paint?) jockeys who created these incredibly bad covers weren’t looking to impress gamers with their glorious graphic design skills, but the fact that they don’t even bother to find out what the games are actually called, and at least attempt to imitate the original cover, makes them look even more bootleg than most bootlegs!
The longest-running scientific experiment in the world is the Pitch Drop that began in Queensland, Australia, in 1927. The setup is basically putting pitch in a funnel and see if it drips out. The point is to prove that pitch is a viscous liquid that will flow, instead of a solid. The problem is that it takes years for a drop to actually drop, and has never been witnessed. Read more about the history of the experiment here. A similar experiment has been running since 1944 in Scotland, and a drop was videotaped for the first time last year. Now, the ninth drop of the Queenland University Pitch Drop has made its way down.
This video is a time lapse of the past two years of the Pitch Drop experiment. The ninth drop has now collided with the eighth drop! However, it has yet to separate from the pitch above it. You can watch the progress of the pitch drop live on a very boring webcam. You can also sign up to be notified in case anything happens. -via Digg
Ann Reardon is the baker responsible for the Twitter and Instagram logo cakes. She made this birthday cake for her husband. It is not, I stress, a mound of fondant, as so many artistic "cakes" are these days. It's actually a carrot cake covered with frosting squirted on to resemble spaghetti. The meatballs are Ferrero Rocher chocolate candies. The spaghetti sauce consists of a mixture of raspberries, lemon juice, white chocolate, and pieces of carrot cake. You can find her how-to video embedded below.
I hate poetry! Poetry looks like a demon rising. I don’t want to do this. Poetry sounds like nails on a chalkboard. I still don’t want to do this. Poetry smells like skunk spray times ∞ I still will not don’t want to do this. Poetry tastes like rotten eggs with human brains. I will never do this again. Poetry feels like being frozen by a freeze ray. Doesn’t everybody hate poetry?
Hey, Panajotis, poems are like everything else. There’s some very good poetry, and then there’s a lot of very bad poetry. I think he is well on his way to telling the difference. -via The Daily Dot
Being a superhero is part physical and part mental, but with a whole lotta imagination, and a buddy who shares in your love of superheroes, you can skip the whole training routine and go straight to fighting crime!
Share your love of imagination with the world with this Dick and Bruce t-shirt by djkopet, perfect for bringing a sense of adventure to your everyday pursuits.
Street art comes in all kinds of different shapes and sizes, but the most dynamic evolution of outlaw art is the introduction of dynamic mediums beyond paintings, posters or stencils.
Yarn bombing, sculptural installations, and tile pixel art have all taken street art to new places and helped it reach new audiences, and now artist Tasha Lewis has begun a new project that will bring a bit of wonder to the world- by decorating public places with throngs of blue butterflies.
She calls the project "Swarm The World," and she has made over 4,000 magnetic butterflies to both put up herself and send to folks across the globe, so they can bring a bit of monochromatic insect life to their concrete jungle.
This is a music video for Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E-Minor, or at least a few minutes of it. The dancers are the K-pop dance team Waveya. Dvořák And Waveya go together like peas and carrots! The video is an ad for the B-classic Music Festival, specially targeted to those who think they don’t like classical music. -via Buzzfeed
I'm a fast walker. When I'm moving around, I'm trying to get at my destination, not enjoy the scenery. So shopping can be a frustrating experience when I get stuck behind someone waddling down the middle of a walkway at 1 MPH. This problem is especially aggravating when shopping carts are involved.
A mall in Sheffield, UK is now taking a bold stand against the human speed bumps that cause so much frustration for good and decent people in the world. After reading a complaint letter by 10-year old Chloe Nash-Lowe (who deserves some sort of Nobel Prize for her efforts), the managers of the Meadowhall Shopping Centre have created a passing lane. When you want to get around traffic clogs, get into the fast lane.
Now let's spread this great idea to sidewalks, grocery stores, and hallways everywhere. Forward!
I'm not usually one for 'novelty taxidermy' but my friend recently finished grad school and is a very big Game of Thrones fan-- as am I. So, I decided she deserved a three-eyed crow [as featured in the books and television show]. Here are some of the finished shots and here is a link to my entire taxidermy process.
You can see more pictures of the crow in two imgur albums, but be warned that they include photos of taxidermy work on a dead bird. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Kids and claw machines- what was once a novelty grade emergency has become an epidemic. Across the globe unsuspecting children are being swallowed up by ravenous claw machines no longer satisfied with mere quarters.
Claw machines have developed a rather unusual trait for snaring their young prey- they present the toy which the child desires most of all inside their bellies, then leave their prize hatch unlocked so the curious child can climb in after the shiny new toy.
Once the child is inside the machine begins to slowly digest the child using plush toys as makeshift stomach acid molecules, but since this process can take months most children are saved from the claw machine's evil clutches.
The child in this video was one of the lucky ones, but can your child resist the allure of the claw machine?
Fanesca is a traditional soup recipe for Easter in Ecuador. It is only made for Easter because the preparation is time-consuming, with a lot of ingredients, and the recipe makes a large batch. Fanesca contains a variety of fresh grains and beans, squash, salted cod, cheese, and milk. Wikipedia says that the twelve grains and beans represent the twelve apostles, and the cod represents Jesus. The presentation is traditional as well.
And of course, side dishes are very important and this soup must be served with slices of hardboiled eggs, fried ripe plantains, slices of queso fresco, slices of hot peppers or a good Ecuadorian hot sauce, white onions marinated in lime juice, and empanadas de viento or fried empanadas. These last empanadas are sometimes replaced by masitas or just the empanada dough shaped into small balls and fried. Fanesca is usually followed a dish of Ecuadorian mashed potatoes called molo.
There's an Amish community in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. Police say that recently, an unknown man was driving by Amish children, getting out of his car, and masturbating in front of them. So Sergeant Chad Adams of the Pulaski Township Police dressed as an Amish woman in the hope of luring in the pervert. Now that their investigation is complete, the police posted this image and information about the investigation on their Facebook page.
They aren't giving many details, but the police say that they identified the person they think is responsible. They lacked sufficient evidence to arrest him, but they think that it's a man who is currently under house arrest for similar charges in a neighboring county.
In honor of the year-long celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, Fast Company asked some past and present Batman insiders to share remembrances of the Caped Crusader. They received anecdotes from comic book artists such as Neal Adams, Jim Lee, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Walt Simonson, and movie producer Michael Uslan, who said,
“I fell in love with Batman at eight years old, because he was the only superhero with no superpowers and fought the greatest supervillains in the history of comic books. Batman’s greatest superpower is his humanity. The Batman TV show happened when I was in eighth grade. I waited for months for it to premiere. When it did, I was simultaneously thrilled and horrified. The show was in color, and the animated credits and sets were really cool. But it was too much like a cartoon. The entire world was laughing at Batman. At that point, I made a vow. Somehow, I was going to show the world the real Batman--a creature of night, who stalks criminals from the shadows--and figure out how to erase the words Zap! Pow! and Wham! from the collective consciousness. That path would become my life’s journey and career.”
BMO is a character on the cartoon Adventure Time. S/he/it (BMO's gender is either undetermined, non-existent, or non-binary depending on the fan theory you subscribe to) is an electronic console that serves as a VCR, a computer game platform, a toaster, and more. Most importantly, BMO is a dear friend to Finn and Jake.
Bob H. build a remarkably accurate electronic representation of BMO. It really does look and sound like the real thing. You can see build photos and a technical description here.
You would be forgiven for first thinking this is one of those “30 years later” photo recreations, but no. The phone is a giveaway. Redditor perianderson took his son’s Facebook profile picture and recreated it with his wife. The resemblance is uncanny. He’s already ordered a poster-sized version of this picture to give to his son. Someone did a face swap between the generations, and you really couldn’t tell any difference in the father and son. The resemblance between the mother and the friend is coincidence -or is it? A fine attempt at enjoying one of the great rewards of parenting -embarrassing your kids. If the son is not embarrassed when he sees it, that just means he is as cool as the rest of the family.
When those robots see me rollin', regeneratin', they always get all fired up because they hatin'! Bow ties are cool, regenerating is cool, time travelling doctors are cool, haters are not. Don't be hatin' on his sonic screwdrivin' abilities, he's the lord of time doctorin' and a master of space travellin', word to your mummy.
Keep your fashion hater free with this They See Me Regeneratin' They Hatin' t-shirt by AmdyDesign, it's sure to bring some geek love your way!
The Scotch egg is a delicious staple of British pub food. Traditionally, it consists of a hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage crumbs, then deep fried. One source traces it back to Eighteenth Century London (sorry, Scotland) where it was a traveler's snack for sale in Piccadilly.
The humble Scotch egg has inspired a lot of creativity in kitchens around the world. For example, pictured above is Jessie Oleson's sweet version made with Cadbury Creme Eggs. We featured it last year. It's one of 11 unusual takes on Scotch eggs.
If you want to know all about Scotch eggs, then you should consult Forever Eggsploring. It's David J. Constable's website devoted to finding "the very best Scotch egg in the land." Constable exhaustively researches all things related to Scotch eggs.
It's through his site that I learned about how Fortnum & Mason, a British food company, produced the largest Scotch egg in the world. Its chefs used an ostrich egg as the core. They wrapped 5.5 kg of sausage meat around it. Then the chefs deep fried and baked the assembly. When it was done, their 6.95 kg Scotch egg won a Guinness World Record.
Tom, the manufacturer of Big Butz BBQ Sauce, created what he calls the Bacon Cone Scotch Egg Sundae. He candied bacon, then baked it a lattice around a cone form. Then he served two large Scotch eggs inside as though they were scoops of ice cream in a cone.
Artist and filmmaker Richard Swarbrick drew illustrations of the most popular cat videos of the past few years and animated them to make this video. You will recognize them all, because we posted the originals here as they were produced, and because he captured the essence of the originals so well. In other words, this is good. -via Uproxx
For the past few weeks, artist James Hance (a Neatorama favorite) has been working on a dollhouse for his daughter Maddy. When she wakes up on Easter morning tomorrow, she'll find this amazingly detailed recreation of the house from the Pixar movie Up. I hope that James has ballasted it properly so that it doesn't float away.