To The Bar Princess!


To The Bar Princess by Retro Review

Getting kidnapped by a giant fire breathing turtle with a spiked shell can turn you into a bit of a lush, and when your moustachioed beau spends days leaping through the levels to save your royal behind you have a lot of time to drink peach wine and think about how your life is one big game.

You're not as think as you drunk you are unless you're wearing this To The Bar Princess t-shirt by Retro Review, perfect for late night gaming sessions or pub crawling until last call.

Visit Retro Review's official Facebook page, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more totally geeky designs:

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Humans Are A Dog's Best Friend

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Ze Frank takes on the persona of a Bassett hound to explain how dogs and humans relate to each other. It’s  dog food ad, but it’s not intrusively so. The story of the human’s date is lovely, sticking random things the man found in the garden into their mouth holes. -via Daily of the Day

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The World's Longest Conveyor Belt is 61 Miles Long


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Western Sahara, a territory currently ruled by Morocco, looks like a desolate place. There's little vegetation, but there are substantial phosphate resources. Bou Craa, a mining town in the interior, extracts phosphate ore and ships it to the coast.

Phosphate is one of Morocco's largest exports and Bou Craa is the crown jewel of that country's phosphate industry. Spanish colonial officials discovered it in the late 1940s and began exploiting what geologists estimate is 146 million tons of extractable ore.

Rather than trucking the ore to the coast, the mining company found an inventive way to convey the ore a great distance. It built a conveyor belt to do the job. It caries the ore 61-62 miles across the desert to the port of El-Aaiun. This conveyor belt is the longest in the world. The wind blows some of the phosphate off of it, creating a white streak across the desert that is easily visible from space.


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-via Amusing Planet


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Stinky Candles

Would you light a scented candle that boasts of car exhaust smell? How about gasoline, chlorine, body odor, or fish? There’s even one called “Rest Stop” that smells of urine! They’re all products of the Stinky Candle Company. They’ve got more conventional candle scents like leather, coconut, and bacon, as well as some that are hard to classify, like toothpaste and wet grass. Those may be pleasant to some, unpleasant to others. And then there’s a scent called Spawn of the Devil that we don’t even want to know what it smells like! See the selection at their website.


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50 Years Ago Today: The Only Losing No-Hitter Game in Baseball History

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The Major League Baseball team of Houston, Texas is the Astros. Before that team adopted its space-themed name, it was known as the Colt .45s. On April 23, 1964, pitcher Ken Johnson threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds. That's a game in which the opposing team is unable to land a single hit from the pitcher.

It's quite an accomplishment for a pitcher. But Ken Johnson did not take pride in it because the Colt .45s lost anyway. In a 1990 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Johnson explained how an error that he made secured a loss:

"It wasn't until a few years later that it set in that I had pitched a no-hitter. I was proud to have pitched it.

"For a pitcher, a no-hitter is the ultimate."

Johnson's frustration at the time is understandable. His ninth-inning error contributed to the loss.

With one out, Pete Rose bunted down the third-base line, and Johnson's throw to first was wide, enabling Rose to go to second. He went to third on a groundout and scored on an error by second baseman Nellie Fox.

"After the game, I saw Nellie sitting there with his head down and went over and told him, 'Hey, it was my fault. It was my error that cost us the game.'

"Runnels overheard me, and that's when he pointed out that at least they'd be talking about this for 20 or 30 years.

"It wasn't much consolation at the time."

-via The Houstorian

P.S. Be sure to read Eddie Deezen's article about the only double no-hitter in baseball history.


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New Art from Hanksy


The New York parody artist Hanksy has been busy, bringing us more great pun art in several locations. These works have shown up in New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles -and right here on the Neatorama Spotlight blog! We also have a video in which you can meet Hanksy -although you cannot see him.
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Dog Gets Revenge on the Driver Who Ran Him Down


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Once again, we peer into the wonderful world of Russian dashboard camera video. Many Russian drivers keep them to protect themselves from insurance fraud, but we've also seen footage that shows the crazy antics that take place on Russian roads.

In this video, a driver runs into a dog crossing a road. She gets out to check on him. She thinks that the dog is dead.

She's wrong.

-via Jalopnik

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Empathy

Children aren’t born knowing empathy. Even if they were, it wouldn’t extend to putting someone else’s needs before theirs. That takes years of living -sometimes decades. And some people never get that far! Parents just have to deal with it. This undoubtedly true-life vignette is brought to you by Lunarbaboon.

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Nikon Small World in Motion 2013 Winners

If you love the Nikon Small World Photomicrography competitions (featured many times previously on Neatorama), where scientists around the world submit their best and most intriguing micrographs, then you'll love this!

The Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography 2014 is open for submission, and while we wait for this year's batch of super awesome entries, let's feast our eyes on the winners of the 2013 competition, which have just been announced:

First Place

Subject matter: Quail embroy at 10 day incubation (3D reconstruction) 1x
Technique: Optical tomography, illuminated with a blue LED light (green fluorescence)

Captured by Dr. Gabriel G. Martins of The Instituto Gulbelkian de Ciencia, this video shows a sequence of "virtual" slices through a quail embryo at 10 day incubation:

This 3D reconstruction of a quail embryo – comprised of more than 1,000 separate images – shows in startling clarity and detail the anatomy of the specimen. The winning video shows a sequence of “virtual” slices through the whole embryo with 10 days of (in egg) gestation. With this technique, studying the whole anatomy of large specimens like this embryo (23mm long) is possible.

Second Place

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Lampposts Behaving Badly

The story begins, “Three anthropomorphic lampposts got drunk, and one fell down.” That’s what it looks like, at least. These lampposts are an art installation called The Way Things Are in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The lampposts are a collaboration between Waterfront Development Corporation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  Together they have brought the work of duo Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg to the Halifax waterfront. Hanson and Sonnenberg are graduates of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design so there is a local connection.

On weekends, the lampposts are joined by other inebriated beings on the waterfront. There are plenty more pictures of these posts at Kuriositas. -via the Presurfer

(Image credit: Flickr user Glenn Euloth)


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Defendant Thinks Murder Tattoo Might Hurt His Case

Jeffrey Chapman’s trial on murder charges begins Monday in Benton County, Kansas. The crime occurred in 2011, and at this late date, Chapman is concerned that the jury may be prejudiced by the large tattoo of the word “murder” on his neck.

According to the motion filed by defense attorney Kurt Kerns, Wichita, Chapman has asked the jail to allow a professional tattoo artist to remove and/or cover up the tattoo across his neck that is a mirror image of the word “murder” in capital letters. The motion notes it is a large tattoo that cannot be easily hidden with clothing.

“Mr. Chapman has secured a licensed tattoo artist from Hays who is willing to go to the jail,” the motion states. “Mr. Chapman’s tattoos are not relevant to any material facts and Mr. Chapman asks for the court to exclude any mention of his tattoos at trial and further to be allowed to cover them up in an appropriate manner. The fact that he has ‘Murder’ tattooed across his neck is irrelevant to the State’s case and extremely prejudicial to Mr. Chapman if introduced at trial or observed by the jury.”

Sheriff Brian Bellendir points out that it is against Kansas law for a tattoo artist to work anywhere outside of a licensed tattoo parlor, and the state is not willing to transport Chapman out of the jail. It is not clear whether the tattoo was done before or after the crime for which Chapman is being tried. -via Uproxx


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My Neighbor The Moon


Neighbor's Moon by swissette

By the light of that mystical moon your neighbor has come to pay you a visit, will you get on that odd cat shaped bus and join him for a grand adventure into imagination?

Critters of all shapes and sizes will love this Neighbor's Moon t-shirt by swissette, and your friends will applaud your sense of adventure...and your taste in anime movies!

Visit swissette's official website and Facebook, then click on over to her NeatoShop for more dreamy designs:

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A Beautifully Weird Piano

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This wonder is the PH Grand Piano, a wood and chromed steel instrument edged in brown leather. Poul Henningsen (1894-1967), a Danish furniture designer, developed it in 1931. Andreas Christensen, a piano manufacturer, built this one in the 1950s. It's currently up for sale in Denmark with a price tag of $140,000.

You can see photos of other PH Pianos here. They're amazing.

-via Geek Art Gallery


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23 Things You Didn’t Know About William Shakespeare on his 450th Birthday

Today is the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. Or at least as close as we'll ever know -his date of birth was not recorded, but his baptism three days later was. The playwright who contributed to much to the world of language, storytelling, and drama is a virtual mine of trivia, so you may as well learn some of it in honor of the occasion.

2. Shakespeare has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with introducing almost 3,000 words to the English language.

Estimations of his vocabulary range from 17,000 to a dizzying 29,000 words – at least double the number of words used by the average conversationalist.

5. Shakespeare never published his plays.

They are known today only because two of his fellow actors – John Hemminges and Henry Condell – recorded and published 36 of them posthumously under the name The First Folio, which is the source of all Shakespeare books published.

Read the rest in a list at Buzzfeed.

(Image credit: Mean Girls of Shakespeare)


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Harry Potter Reimagined As A 1980s Cyberpunk Anime

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Kids who grew up in the 80s didn’t have Harry Potter in their lives, but frankly they didn’t need the shrimpy spell flinger hanging around when they had Transformers, Dungeons & Dragons and He-Man to keep their imaginations occupied.

However, now that the lil scarhead has made such a big splash in the world of geekdom he’s being integrated into all kinds of silly projects, like this animated short which reimagines Harry Potter as a 1980s Anime series.

Created by Nacho Punch, Harry Potter Cyber Punk Adventure: The 1980's Anime is heavy on the Akira influence and light on the teen angst, and would have looked right at home with the Saturday Morning cartoons lineup.

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Hornet’s Nest

Don’t freak out just yet. Redditor CountBubs’s dad hadn’t been in his shed for a couple of years. When he finally opened the door, he saw this hornet’s nest. Luckily, the hornets had already abandoned it. The head is part of a wooden statue that was stored in the shed -the hornets did not make it. They just built upon it. It must have been a Creative Commons sculpture.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Comedians Gather For A Space Jam Table Read

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Unless you're a diehard fan of both basketball and Bugs Bunny chances are Space Jam didn’t make its way onto your top ten movie list.

However, those who grew up in the 90s consider this composited animated feature to be a fun bit of nostalgia from their childhood, and the rest of us are left wondering why the heck they made such a ridiculous movie.

It turns out the reason they made Space Jam is so a bunch of hilarious comedians like Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, and Seth Green could resurrect the film’s script nearly twenty years later for a hilarious table read! Now that’s a Space Jam I can get behind!

-Via Geekosystem


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12 Things You Might Not Know About The Goonies

Amid rumors of a sequel to the 1985 film The Goonies, let’s take a look back at the kids adventure based on a story by Steven Spielberg. It’s been 29 years, and both the cast and the audience have aged, but many fans still show the movie to their children -or use their children as an excuse to watch it again themselves. Here’s some behind-the-scenes trivia from The Goonies.

1. The pirate ship was a pretty big deal. An actual pirate ship was built for the movie and none of the cast was permitted to see it before filming to maintain its allure. When the kids finally did see it for the first time several of them blurted out curse words in awe and the scene had to be re-filmed without the cursing. After filming wrapped, the ship was put on the market, but apparently nobody had a use for a pirate ship and it was scrapped.

5. The lost octopus. During the pirate ship scenes a separate scene was filmed with an octopus trapping some of the Goonies underwater. For whatever reason, it never made it in the movie even though the soundtrack included a song specially written for the scene entitled “8 Arms To Hold You” by The Goon Squad.

Wanna see that deleted scene? It’s in the post Hey, You Guys! Here Are 12 Things You Might Not Know About The Goonies at FilmDrunk.


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Amazing Treasure Planet Cosplay Of Captain Amelia

We have shared many fine examples of cartoon character cosplay over the years, but Ryoko Demon’s portrayal of Captain Amelia from the Disney animated feature Treasure Planet really takes the cake!

Ryoko Demon brings the fearless character to life like never before, with seamless makeup that makes her look like a real purrty alien cat lady and an equally high quality wardrobe just like what the character wore in the animated feature, complete with far out laser rifle.

Treasure Planet didn’t receive the attention or critical acclaim normally associated with Disney movies, but cosplayers like Ryoko Demon may inspire people to look into this underrated Disney flick.

-Via GeekTyrant


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18 Famous People Who Are Missing Body Parts

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April is Limb Loss Awareness Month. Josh Sundquist tells us about famous people who are missing a body part or two that you may not be aware of in this week’s mental_floss video. Well, a few of these you are well aware of, but others may be news to you. Who knew about Ella Fitzgerald? And one actually was dead before amputation, but the story is strange enough to be included here.


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A Mercedes El Camino

Ah, the 70s! It was a weird time to be alive. It was a decade in which you could wander through American society and constantly ask yourself, "What the heck is going on here?"

The Chevrolet El Camino is an icon of that era. You don't often see them on the road anymore. But back in the day, riding in one of these half coupe/half truck oddities was the way to express that you understood fashion.

That's probably the motivation behind this custom car which consists of a 1979 Mercedes Benz 300 series sedan which was converted into a El Camino-style truck. It's currently on sale on eBay.

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Japan's Demented Real Life 'Truman Show'

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There was a show which aired in Japan from 1998 to 2002 that made the Truman Show look like Romper Room, and attempted to answer the question- can one live only on winning prizes?

The show was called Susunu! Denpa Shonen, and it starred a Japanese comedian named Nasubi who "won" the privilege of being trapped in a studio apartment with no clothes and no supplies for a year and a half, forced to win a million dollars worth of prizes from magazines and other media if he ever wanted to get back to his normal life.

Unbeknownst to the star of the show his every move, 24 hours a day, was broadcast to a Japanese audience who couldn’t get enough of this voyeuristic experiment in delicate torture TV.

Read more about this totally bizarre Japanese TV show over at Dangerous Minds.


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This Cybernetic Fellow Is All Wound Up


Wind-up Cyberman by Gordon Brebner Designs

If you ever receive a little cybernetic man shaped toy as a gift, whether it's a wind-up toy or not, you'd better ask for a gift receipt because that shiny little guy is a ticking timebomb! He's just waiting for his chance to delete humanity, ready to turn entire planets into cybermen just like him.

Do you need a doctor but don't have time to search the galaxy for suitable support? Throw on this Wind-up Cyberman t-shirt by Gordon Brebner Designs and Whovians will come out of the woodwork to help you fight the mechanized future.

Visit Gordon Brebner Designs's Facebook page and Tumblr, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more neat designs:

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When You Do Something The Other Doesn’t Like

Has this ever happened to you? The caption for the comic at Doghouse Diaries says,

This comic was created after performing a longitudinal study with a sample size of 2.

Which highlights a scenario that happens all-too-often in human relationships. You could say it’s just because women think faster on their feet, but as you age and become wiser, you realize that the best response in both cases is just. “No, thanks.”


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The Hive-Inn - Stacked Shipping Container Housing

It may seem like a strange idea to use stacks of shipping containers as hotel rooms or temporary housing, but this isn’t an idea conceived for the luxury set.

Hong Kong based OVA Studio came up with the idea of using modular containers as a quick and easy way to provide shelter for people displaced by natural disasters, for use as mobile hospital units, offices, basically whenever a situation arises where a lot of people need some temporary housing.

The recycled shipping containers are slotted together to create a multi-level structure OVA calls the Hive-Inn, which can grow or decrease in size as needed and is ready at a moment's notice.

This project reminds me of the trailer park "stacks" which are home to the main character in the Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One.

-Via Designboom


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That Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons and Chaos Ensued

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In 1986, volunteers in Cleveland inflated 1.5 million helium balloons to break the Guinness World Record and raise funds for the United Way. What could possibly go wrong? Despite threatening weather, the balloons were release from the huge netting, and many lovely pictures were taken.

Then the "asteroid field" of airborne debris clouded the sky, shut down a runway at a local airport, interrupted Coast Guard attempts to rescue a pair of fisherman, spooked some prize-winning horses, and generally made a mess of un-biodegradable [edit: apparently the balloons were biodegradable, fwiw!] garbage on land.

Gizmodo has more on the story, plus links to eyewitness accounts, and beautiful photographs from Tom Sheridan. -via Metafilter


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Can't Afford Roman Antiquities But Love the Style? Try These Instead

Rome was one heck of a civilization and there's no denying that they had great style. Unfortunately, most of us can't really go buy a real antiquity and the knock offs just look cheap. If you want something with style, class and a little modern touch though, Jaime Hayon has you covered with his New Rome series.

The designs are all based on classic Roman styles, but with modern materials that give the pieces a clean, eye-catching look that fans of ancient and new styles can agree on.

Check out more pictures over at Homes and Hues: Roman Artifacts Inspired These Delightful Table Designs


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Entropy in the List of Authors of Scientific Papers

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


These Russian scientists may all have contributed to one research paper.

by Arne Lundberg, Department of Orthopaedics, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Ana Aguilera, Centre of Analysis, Treatment and Data Modelling, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela; Aurelio Cappozzo, Department of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Rome "Foro Italico," Italy; Benjamin Michaud1, Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal, Canada; José Garrido Yañez, Grenoble INP-Pagora, Grenoble, France; Chris T.M. Baten, Roessingh Research and Development, Group "3D Ambulatory Analysis of Human Movement," Enschede, the Netherlands; Eva Samnegard and KIDS, Karolinska Institute, Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Franck Barbier, LAMIH UMR-CNRS 8201, Université de Lille-Nord-de-France, Valenciennes, France; Frantisek Zahalka, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic; Fuad Ahmad Hazime, Department of Physiotherapy, Federal University of Piauí, Brazil; Georges Dalleau, UFR SHE, Laboratoire DIMPS, Université de la Réunion, France; Georgios Stylianides, Department of Kinesiology, Towson University, Baltimore, Mayland, U.S.A.; Heydar Sadeghi, Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, Kharazmi University, Teheran, Iran; Jean Boucher, Département de Kinanthropologie, Faculté des Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada; Jim Raso, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; Karen Stylianides, Health and Human Development, Penn State Hazleton, U.S.A.; Kurt Manal, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, U.S.A.; Lasse Roren, Prophysics AG, Zurich, Switzerland; Laurence Chèze, Département de Mécanique, Université Lyon, France; Mansour Eslami, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Mazandaran, Iran; Marie-Ève Mathieu, Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal, Canada; Martin Simoneau, Kinesiology, Laval University, Québec, Canada; Mohsen Damavandi, Faculty of Physical Education & Sports Science, Hakim Sabzevari University, Iran; Nader Farahpour, Physical Education and Exercise Sciences Department, Bu Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran; Patrick Salvia, Laboratory of Anatomy, Biomechanics and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Patrick Lacouture, Institut Prime, CNRS, University of Poitiers, France; Paul Allard2, Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal, Canada; Phillip Gardiner, Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; Stéphane Armand, Willy Taillard Laboratory of Kinesiology, Geneva University Hospitals and Geneva University, Switzerland; Tom Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer, Motion Analysis Corporation, Santa Rosa, California, U.S.A.; Anton Arndt, Karolinska Institute and Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden; Ugo della Croce, Biomedical Sciences Department, University of Sassari, Italy; Vicky Bouffard, Éducation, Kinésiologie et Récérologie, Université de Moncton, Campus d'Edmundston, Canada; Xavier Robert-Lachaîne, Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal, Canada; and Mickaël Begon, Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal, Canada.

    (1. This author has willingly withdrawn from the list of authors.)  
    (2. This author can be considered as first author even though he is not the leading author.)

In multiauthored papers the issue of sequence in the name of authors makes a posteriori assessment of their relative contribution difficult (Bennett and Taylor, 2003; Bhandari et al., 2003). There are common beliefs that the position of an author in research papers follows a distinctive pattern (Tscharntke et al. 2007; Bhandari et al., 2003). For example, the sequence-determines-credit approach reflects the declining importance of the author's contribution according to her or his position in the list. Another view is that the senior or important contributor is the last one mentioned in the list. This is representative of the first-last-author-emphasis order described by Tscharntke et al. (2007). To acknowledge alike contributions or to avoid disagreement among collaborators, family names can be listed in alphabetical sequence. All these methods undermine the second position in the list, which is frequently considered of interest and is often taken by the person who has contributed the most but has less than her or his fair share of recognition.

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Artist Paints Her Face To Look Like Classic Album Covers

Artist and music lover Natalie Sharp discovered the Unknown Pleasures of painting her face to look like various album covers, and now she must Remain In The Light lest she be mistaken for a Veckatimest and elicit some Screamadeica from those who catch sight of her in public.

Natalie came up with this fun face painting concept as a way to pay homage to Record Store Day, which took place on April 19th, and she cites the albums painted on her face as inspirational to her art.

Here’s what Natalie had to say about this unique project:

I stupidly thought I could knock these out in a day. Three days later with a bleeding face and being accused of racism after posting my progress on Facebook, I had to stop. These are not my top eight albums, I don’t believe in that crap, but they are eight very inspiring and spectacular albums that I keep returning to. Each face took between 3 – 6 hours to paint. I cried after finishing grizzly bear, I thought it had broken me. I don’t use any stencils its all freehand.

Record Store Day, here is my gift to you.

-Via AnimalNY

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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Star Wars Mosaics Made of Tens of Thousands of Staples

James Haggerty is an artist who works in many different media. Among his more inventive projects are large mosaics of Star Wars characters that use tens of thousands of individual staples.

Isn't that amazing? I've never thought of using staples for art, but I can see how they would work well.

You can see more of his work at Nerd Approved, including an image of C-3PO consisting of 33,580 staples.


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