Every kid wants a picture with the characters when they visit Disney World, but Jennifer Rouch's 3-year-old daughter Lane manages to actually fit in with the stories she matches with the help of her mother's amazing costumes.
Jennifer makes all of the costumes from scratch and some of them are utterly amazing. The mother didn't just want to make cute photos that would make internet candy for Disney fans. -She actually came up with the idea after she noticed that her daughter was becoming increasingly shy.
Since Jennifer and Lane visit Disney World regularly, the mother thought that letting her daughter dress up like Disney characters might make her more comfortable around new people. The efforts paid off as little Lane certainly looks cozy playing with her favorite characters.
This simple yet remarkable animation by Andreas Hykade quite accurately captures the arc of addiction, via a bird character who, in his travels on foot, encounters golden nuggets along the way. When he ingests a nugget out of curiosity, he experiences feelings of elation; feelings that soon change, as does his perception and quality of life in the interim between nuggets. -Via Dangerous Minds
I would have thought these gorgeous acrylic paintings by artist Jason De Graaf were photographs if I hadn't read the text that accompanied these images. He says via his website,
"My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface, filtered so that it expresses my unique vision. Though my paintings may appear photoreal, my goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what I see one hundred percent, but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, to tell a story, or hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose subjects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life.."
This week, humanity reached out and landed a probe on a comet. This was an unprecedented event brought about by great intellect, daring, and determination. In the same spirit and initiative that made the Philae lander possible, I offer to you the Rice Krispie treat pizza.
Here’s a story that quite resembles the movie The Parent Trap, except that the parents aren’t really involved. French fashion designer Anais Bordier, who is studying in London, was shown a video of Samantha Futerman, an American actress who resembled her. Then things got weird. Bordier wrote to Futerman at Facebook.
My name is Anaïs, I am french and live in London,
About 2 months ago, my friend was watching one of your videos with Kevjumba on youtube, and he saw you and thought that we looked really very similar... like... VERY REALLY SIMILAR...we were making jokes about it etc. (I'm always being violent with people and hitting them too hahaha)
Today, he saw the trailer of 21 & over and told me he saw you again, I then checked your name on the cast, stalked you A BIT, and found out you were born the 19th of november 1987.
I checked more of your videos (which are hilarious) and then came upon how it feels to be adopted'... and discovered you were adopted too.
So..I don't want to be too Linday Lohan, well...but..how to put it..I was wondering where you were born? I was born on the 19th of November 1987, in Busan but my papers were made at the Holt Chuldren's Institute, so "officially" I was born in Seoul. My korean name is Kim Eunwha. I arrived in France the 5th March 1988, so 3 months later.
You can check my facebook if you want to check the pictures and videos. It's more obvious on videos...
At one time, John weighed 360 pounds. But with hard work and determination, he slimmed down to the buff guy he is now. He wants you to know that his body is not perfect despite the weight loss and fit muscles: losing an enormous amount of weight will leave you with loose skin. John is insecure about it, but confronts that insecurity by showing us what his skin looks like. He does a good job of camouflaging it while dressed, and the tradeoff in health is well worth it. See more of John at Instagram. -via Viral Viral Videos
Fans of Stephen King will like this Rolling Stone interview with him from his office just outside Bangor, Maine, which "sits on a particularly dreary dead-end road... just down the street from a gun-and-ammo store, a snowplow dealership and, appropriately enough, an old cemetery." Perfect.
Visit Rolling Stone to read the interview, the scope of which spans King's entire career.
There are uninhabited islands and abandoned islands, and then there are these: ghost islands, with a past that sinks over you like a specter. There are mostly sad reasons these islands aren’t inhabited, like Poveglia Plague Island.
Poveglia served as a plague quarantine station for Venice from 1793 to 1814, and some rumors state that 50% of the soil is composed of the remains of the dead. A mental hospital was later opened, and remains in ruins in the overgrowth of ivy. It's also not the only ghost island in the Venice area, which is spotted with these abandoned relics of eras gone by.
Finn discovered an old sword lying in a cave next to a pile of old bones and he instantly fell in love. That sword was so totally mathematical that Finn just had to have it for his own, and once he held it in his hands he knew his life was about to become even more adventurous than before. Jake thought the blade smelled evil, but when they encountered some rotten fruit bandits on the road, and Finn's sword began to crackle with energy, Jake was mighty impressed by the way it sliced and diced those dopes!
It's time to add a fun new t-shirt to your geeky wardrobe, better pick up this I Have The Adventure tee by Olipop and let the fun begin!
Instagram member geeohsnap is an artist in Norway. He takes pictures of random people that he sees. He then loads those photos into Snapchat and uses doodling tools to add important details, such as animals waiting for public transportation or people playing silly games in public. All of us ordinary people live extraordinary lives in his world.
Did you know that an instance of cosplay back in 1910 led to a man being arrested for “public masquerading”? What made that costume different from the usual fancy dress was that it was designed to resemble a well-known pop culture character, instead of animals or literary characters. In 1939, the first costumed characters showed up at a science fiction convention. We didn’t yet have the term “cosplay,” or even “sci-fi” for that matter, but the hobby itself is a lot older than you thought.
These are things you’ll learn in the new book Cosplay World by Brian Ashcraft and Luke Plunkett of Kotaku. Ashcraft and Plunkett talked to writers, historians, photographers, and costume builders about the history and culture of cosplay, but the book is also packed with profiles and pictures of top cosplayers from around the world. Neatorama is proud to present an excerpt, featuring cosplayer Julian Checkley.
(Image credit: Julian Checkley)
‘I’ve been cosplaying almost all my life, ever since I made my first Darth Vader costume at the age of seven,’ says cosplayer Julian Checkley. ‘It was one of those papier mâché jobs plastered onto a balloon, and I had to steal my grandfather’s sunglasses so I could pop the lenses out and glue them on to complete the helmet eyepieces.’
This boyhood love of papier mâché developed, and Checkley decided to pursue an education and a career in making costumes.
But he may have thought he’d made a mistake when he found himself studying hair and make-up alongside fashion industry hopefuls in London. A job in TV creating monster suits and special effects would soon follow, however, where he would not just learn how to develop visual effects and make fantastical creatures, but gain experience performing inside them as well.
This enormous sculpture reminiscent of the giant stone head from the movie Zardoz is a monument to Decebalus, the last king of Dacia before its conquest by the Roman Empire in 106 A.D. Dacia is the area now known as Romania (for the Romans thoroughly Romanized it) and Decebalus is a symbol of national identity to modern Romanians.
For 10 years, starting in 1994, stone carvers climbed a boulder along the Iron Gates, a gorge along the Danube near the Romanian-Serbian border. The face is 141 feet tall and 82 feet wide. Here, King Decebalus stands once again to resist foreign invasions of the Romanian homeland.
Hervé made it out of polystyrene, which he painted to look like rock. He put it on display in the Széchenyi Square in Budapest, Hungary for Art Market Budapest, a recent art fair. Hervé says that his "goal was to show people that pieces of contemporary art can be integral parts of a city, that they can become one of its building blocks." He advocates for more contemporary sculptures in public places and hopes that Feltépve will help convince the public to support that goal.
What's going on in the scenes depicted in famous musical album covers? To show you, the web design company Aptitude zoomed out to show a bit of background. Justin Bieber's fans have finally caught up with him, Spencer Elden is about to get eaten by a shark, and Abbey Road is revealed to be in in New Mexico.
Artists have experimented with color in myriad ways for centuries. As art evolved, descriptive names for colors were created, often based upon the elements used to mix them. Author Victoria Finlay has a new book to be released on November 1 entitled The Brilliant History of Color in Art. The book provides backstories of how these colors came to be named, as well as how they were made and the artists who frequently used them.
One toxic example is the color "lead white," as seen in Burial of Atala by Girodet, pictured above. Lead white was so named because it was made from lead. It was also used as a cosmetic by upper class, fashionable women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The lead makeup killed women such as Maria Gunning, the Countess of Coventry, who died in 1760 at age 27.
Lead white was made by stacking containers of vinegar and lead and applying manure to the tops of the containers. After months of this process, the lead acetate converted to lead carbonate, eventually creating flakes of the substance. The color was frequently used in 17th century Dutch portraits.
Read ten more (abbreviated) backstories of beautiful colors in art here. Finlay's book, with the stories in full, can be purchased here.
Makeup artist and painter Lucia Pittalis is a chameleon by the virtue of her own talent in makeup application. The way she looks sans makeup disguise is in the photo above. Her incredible transformations from herself to Hollywood and music icons are in the photos below. Can you imagine her lucky children and relatives who get such fantastic makeup jobs for Halloween? The FBI should hire her to aid them in their witness protection program!
Killer Klowns from Outer Space | Artiwork: Jason Edmiston
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment partnered with Skuzzles, a company that bills themselves as specializing in "cult décor," to develop limited edition artwork for 13 cult classic horror movies. These rich, colorful designs are the work of selected artists worldwide. The art is included in re-released blu-ray and dvd versions now available at most retail outlets.
This beautiful animation produced by Blackmeal is barely over a minute long and contains no dialogue, but it recaps the first four seasons of the HBO series Game of Thrones for those familiar with the story. For those who are not familiar with the story, don’t worry about spoilers: this is art! You’ll want to watch it in fullscreen mode to appreciate the subtle beauty of each scene. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Some anime characters really pop on the screen, but none have more character appeal than the fantastic characters created by Miyazaki. His studio creates the kind of characters we let into our hearts, characters that captivate our imaginations and fill our hearts with joy. Miyazaki makes us believe that fluffy neighbors live in the forest, pigs can soar through the sky, and those who believe can bridge the gap between the human world and the realm of the supernatural. Miyazaki's films are like classic works of art, because they'll never go out of style!
Celebrate the colorful characters made by Miyazaki with this Japan Pop t-shirt by Edwoody, and spread the good word about Ghibli all over town!
If you have not watched Rick and Morty on Adult Swim, you have no idea of the awesome you are missing out on. Consistently funny, twisted, and also slightly brilliant, it has been one of the bigger surprises in Adult Swim's line up in the last few years. Created by Dan Harmon (of Community fame) and Justin Roiland (who voices Lemongrab on Adventure Time), it is a show that really needs to be seen by all.
IGN actually had the titular characters on as puppets, and they showed the storyboard to a variation of a scene they deleted from season one. Check it out because, well, puppets.
Oh, and if you haven't watched Rick and Morty, may a you from another dimension show up and kill you so they can take your place. You deserve that.
This footage shows five-year-old JP Gibson, who suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, making his best basketball moves on the court with the Utah Jazz. The adorable Gibson, who was diagnosed in 2012, is announced as a substitution before he dribbles his way down the court and makes a basket, with an assist by one of the Jazz. That's enough to bring tears to my eyes as I smile simultaneously.
You’ve seen movies where a cop commandeers a car from a innocent bystander to chase a bad guy, haven’t you? We all have. Here it happens in real life, in Kirov, Russia. An officer on foot witnesses a reckless driver, and jumps into the car recording this dash cam footage and yells “Step on it!” or the Russian equivalent. I wondered what kind of car they were in, and whether it could keep up with the speeding perpetrator. Then when you get a good look at the perp’s car, you realize that wasn’t too much of a concern. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Stay-at-home dad and pancake revolutionary Nathan Shields of Saipancakes (previously at Neatorama) is back with these zombie pancakes, just in time for Halloween. He's also made a video that gives us mere mortal pancake makers insight on how to make these culinary creations. Brain eating, walking corpses have never been so delicious (or better paired with bacon). Via Laughing Squid
Slate's Vault blog describes a fascinating board game made in the midst of the American Civil War. Charlton & Althrop, a publishing house in Philadelphia, produced the "Game of Secession, or Sketches of the Rebellion." It's a lot like the children's game Candy Land, except with a bit more bloodshed.
The game shows an American bald eagle strangling a snake representing Southern secessionism. It's a game of pure chance. Players take turns rolling dice. The number on the die represents the number of spaces that they can advance. Landing on some spaces sends them forward or back as the fortunes of war dictate. The final space shows a bird representing secessionism baked to a crisp.
Danny MacAskill (previously) is a Scottish athlete from Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. MacAskill is a professional trials cyclist, which Wikipedia defines as the following:
"Trials riding is an extreme test of bicycle handling skills, over all kinds of obstacles, both natural and man-made. It now has a strong – though small – following worldwide, though it is still primarily a European sport. Skills taken from trials riding can be used practically on any bicycle for balance, for example controlled braking and track standing, or balancing on the bike without putting a foot down. Competition trial bikes are characterized by powerful brakes, wide handlebars, lightweight parts, single-speed low gearing, low tire pressures with a thick rear tire, distinctive frame geometry, and usually no seat."
Now, if all of that adds up to "a sport in which insane people use bikes to traverse mountain paths where most wouldn't dare set foot" then it's right on target. This video shows MacAskill using his bike to make amazing moves and jumps as he weaves in and out on a winding trail at death-defying heights. This man has as much courage (or crazy) as he has athletic prowess.
Den of Geek assembled a list of 25 must-see movies to be released in 2015. While "must see" is subjective for everyone, there are a number of enticing looking films on their list. One example that is eagerly anticipated by many is Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller is once again directing. Since the last we saw of the franchise was in 1985, a new film is long overdue, as well as exciting, considering the advances in special effects since the eighties. The trailer (below), shown at San Diego Comic Con 2014, made a splash and raised the hype bar. I hope this one meets fans' expectations. Tom Hardy is starring; Nicholas Hoult and Charlize Theron are supporting. The movie hits theaters May 15, 2015.
Every planet has their own version of horror, something or someone they fear which makes for great moments in cinematic history, and for the xenomorphs it's the fear of giving birth. When the xenos took over their first human ship they found a video on board that showed how humans give birth, and to a species that replicates using facehuggers this looked like a total nightmare! Humans became the most terrifying figures in the world of xeno horror, and to this day nothing scares a xenomorph quite like a human baby!
Spread the horror of humanity throughout the galaxy with this Sapiens t-shirt by Saqman, it's a terrifying image that's guaranteed to make people smile.
Cover art is a big part of a vinyl record's appeal, and some of the greatest artists of all time have created cool artwork to accompany killer cuts- Robert Crumb, Roger Dean, H.R. Giger, Edward Gorey and Andy Warhol, just to name a few.
Over the years many of these cover artists have chosen to take the visual appeal even further by adding hidden images to their album artwork, like easter eggs for music lovers to discover while they listen to their new favorite album.
Some are more obvious, like the skull on Def Lepard's album Retro Active, others require a bit of a search, like the faces of The Beatles hidden in the cover art for The Rolling Stones album Their Satanic Majesties Request.
And what about the images found on the cover of Supertramp's Breakfast In America? They're best seen with hungry eyes.
Mental Floss put together an interesting collection of 10 Hidden Images on Album Covers, complete with the stories behind these captivating images record lovers stared at while grooving to their favorite tunes.
The Folio Society has released a new edition of Anthony Burgess’ novel A Clockwork Orange. The images shown here are illustrations created especially for the new edition by illustrator Ben Jones.
Because director Stanley Kubrick's unforgettable, stylistic imagery in the film version leaves such an indelible imprint in the minds of viewers, Jones had his work cut out for him in creating new, memorable art that could stand on its own. Jones discusses that point and more in the video below.
Part of Jones' planned separation from Kubrick's version involved him not watching the film as he created the new artwork. In the end, however, Jones did pay homage to Kubrick's visuals, as he acknowledged that Kubrick played a huge role in giving the novel longevity.