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8-year-old Takes Disabled Brother on Triathlon

Noah and Lucas Aldrich are inseparable brothers. Lucas was born with the brain disorder lissencephaly, which affects his growth and development. Lucas does not walk or talk, but thanks to his parents and brother, he gets to do a lot of things able-bodied kids do. Eight-year-old Noah recently entered a youth triathlon, and he took Lucas along. He pulled him on a bicycle, towed him while swimming, and pushed him while running. Sing it with me now: “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.” See more pictures of Noah and Lucas at Buzzfeed.

(Image credit: Lucas House at Facebook)

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Babel Fish Cross Stitch

Don't panic! Just hang this cross stitch on your wall to understand what other people are saying to you. In the universe of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Babel Fish is an incredibly useful yet entirely natural object that translates speech:

The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier, but from those around it. It absorbs all unconcious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them. The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.

Etsy seller Jen made this cross stitch piece illustrating the internal composition of the wondrous animal. You can buy her pattern here.


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SCAD Tower Free Fall

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Here’s the simplest idea for a theme park ride yet. In fact, it’s not even a “ride” at all, unless you count the elevator trip up. The Sky Tower in Tivoli Friheden, Denmark, is an actual free fall, with no ropes or kill switch. You go up 100 feet, get strapped into a safety harness just for the short time it takes to get from the platform to a hang over the edge, then the harness is unhooked. It takes a mere second to get back down. Guaranteed to cure you of ever thinking about what it would be like to jump from a building. This video shows the experience from all angles. -via Viral Viral Videos


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How Superheroes Shave

Superheroes have to maintain their appearance, for the sake of public relations, so the guys gotta stay shaved unless a beard or moustache is part of their superheroic outfit/identity.

Some guys have built-in shavers, or keen-edged accessories, but for those who don’t have a convenient and cool looking implement handy shaving can become a real pain.

Take it from your friendly neighborhood webslinger and Brazilian comic artist Dragonarte- get yourself a proper Spider-Man brand shaving razor, because trying to wax your face with webbing is a horrible idea!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Word Crimes

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Grammar nazis, you have an anthem! We knew Weird Al Yankovic was pretty picky about grammar and punctuation, if you recall his campaign to correct public signs a few years ago. His new parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” gets right to the point: use language properly, or keep it to yourself on the internet. Here’s the second video released from his new album Mandatory Fun. And don’t forget- Weird Al has a big dictionary. -via mental_floss


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15 Fun Facts about Batman: The Animated Series

On September 5, 1992, Batman: The Animated Series--one of the greatest American cartoons of the 1990s--first aired. It launched a great era of DC superhero cartoons known to fans as the DC Animated Universe. Here are 15 facts you might not know about this show.


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1. Animators Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski created this short pilot film in order to pitch their Batman series to network executives. They voiced it themselves, with Timm providing Batman's grunts and Radomski providing everything else.

2. Radomski developed the backgrounds for the series. In order to give it the film noir atmosphere that he and Timm wanted, Radomski started by painting everything black, then adding highlights. The visual effect of this decision is especially effective in the shots of Gotham's skyline. 


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3. Among the strongest visual influences for the show were the old Dave Fleischer Superman cartoons. These 17 cartoons, such as the one you see above, were made in the 1940s.


(Photo: Baldwin Saintilus, Warner Bros.)

4. When casting for the voice of Batman, voice director Andrea Romano searched for a voice that was “inherently sexy.” Batman was “a rule breaker,” and that dangerousness could appeal to women. Kevin Conroy had just the right voice and nailed his audition.

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Mad Dash to the Hospital

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Troy Dickerson had the presence of mind to attach a GoPro camera to his hat so he could record the birth of his baby when the time came. Then it happened. His wife Kristen said it was time to go to the hospital. She said, “Hurry!” And he kept saying they’re almost there, hold on. Can she hold on? Will they make it to hospital before the baby comes? They sure are cutting it close! -via Viral Viral Videos 

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Back to the Forties

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Ben Sansum of Godmanchester, England, has fashioned his  life around the 1940s -especially his home, which is completely furnished in the accoutrements of the period. I can certainly understand his feelings about furnishings, because things were built to be beautiful and to last back then. There are some drawbacks, though, like the lack of permanent press clothing and non-stick skillets. Sansum even washes his clothes by hand! I collect antiques, but I wouldn’t want to do without an automatic washer and dryer, and a computer. The rest of the family couldn’t do without TV. But Sansum doesn’t do completely without, either! -via Nag on the Lake


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Flea Market Tapestries Turned into Video Game Art

The cheap tapestries were pleasant enough and may have conveyed a tasteful ambiance in a home. But they were also boring. So Gauvain Manhattan added images from classic video games, including Street Fighter, Castlevania, Pokémon, and Duck Hunt.

They're even more fascinating if you see what these tapestries looked like before he went to work. For example, before:

After:

That's a definite improvement.

-via Technabob


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10 Magnificent Surreal Sand Castles by Guy-Olivier Deveau

Would you believe that the picture above is of a sculpture made out of sand?

Meet Guy-Olivier Deveau, a professional sand, ice, snow and wood sculptor out of Québec, Canada. His sand sculptures have won many awards in sand sculpting events and competitions worldwide, and it's easy to see why. Deveau's surreal sand sculptures - inspired by the artwork of H.R. Giger and others - are absolutely fantastic!

Take a look at 10 of the most magnificent surreal sand sculptures by Guy-Olivier Deveau:

1. The Ghost in the Machine

Toronto, Canada (2011)

2. Vertical

1st Place Solo, Texas Sandfest, Port Aransas, Texas (2013)

3. Construction of the Conscious Self

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A River Runs Through It



...and by "It," of course I mean the dinner table. These way cool tables from furniture maker Greg Klassen have"rivers and lakes" flowing through them. Klassen uses discarded trees (from construction areas) or dead wood and aligns the pieces to form edges reminiscent of lake and river shores. The "water" is filled in with hand-cut glass pieces.

See more of Klassen's creations
 at at his website, and shop the tables here. Via Colossal.

 
  


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Anatomical Venus: Medical Models from 18th Century Europe

These photos show anatomical guides used for educational purposes, first used in 18th century Europe. The figures seem odd in comparison to those seen today, which are absent of many details present in the photos shown here, such as strands of pearls and makeup on the female forms. The figures were generally made of wax.

See more examples (some borderline NSFW that are strangely sexualized) in this article at Dangerous Minds. 






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Spring Cleaning

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That is . . . just about right.

When I moved out of my first apartment, I counted 33 bags of trash. I'm not sure how that happened because I owned so little stuff.

Moving frequently is a great way to make sure that your household goods are pared down to a reasonable amount.


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Softball Camp Teams Amputee Kids with Amputee Veterans

The Wounded Warrior Softball Team is an organization of American veterans who have lost limbs in the line of duty, but are still up for athletic challenges. Many of them make use of advanced prostheses. All of them are dedicated to improving the lot of American veterans returning home.

But they do more than just helping veterans. They're also helping kids with missing limbs play sports. That's why they recently held a softball camp in Louisville, Kentucky for 20 kids with absent arms or legs. 

It's making a difference for a lot of kids. NBC News reports:

This summer, the wounded warriors coached 10-year-old Adrian Grajeda. And now he can hit, throw, and field grounders better than ever before. But Adrian, who lost his leg less than a year ago after a car accident, said they showed him much more than that.

“It’s cool because you don’t feel alone,” he said. “And they can teach you stuff that you don’t know.”


(Photos: Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team)

The kids have been an inspiration to the veterans who operate the camp. The Courier Journal reports:

"These kids don't think of themselves as disabled or having a tough time," said Rick Wilk, a U.S. Army veteran who had one of his legs amputated. "They make us look like wimps out here, because they're running around and jumping around. How can we talk about being hurt when these kids have so much passion and so much drive?"

Wilk said that after a tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum on Monday, he heard a father ask his son if he was in pain from the physically grueling day. The boy told him he had no time to hurt, because there was only time to be happy.

-via Huffington Post

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Bites of Fright by Christine McConnell

This is artist and photographer Christine McConnell, a/k/a my role model. She does everything, and does it well. She bakes (Miss Cellania featured the cake she baked of her parents' house last month), and some of her creations are delightfully dark. 

She is lovely (see photo four) and, according the photo captions on her imgur albums, she personally delivers her baked goods in a beautifully restored classic car (photo five). She does oil paintings. She does house painting. She makes most of her clothes from scratch. She designed a Halloween decoration concept for her parents' large home. She makes skeletons, aliens and snakes out of sugary tastyness. I just love that Christine!

Visit McConnell's imgur albums, instagram account and her recent reddit post to see more. 


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Ain't No Mountain High Enough Bass Line

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About a year ago, we saw a graphic visualization of James Jamerson’s bass line in the song “For Once in My Life.” Now we have another visualization of the late bassist’s talents on Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s 1967 version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” thanks to musician Jack Stratton.

James Jamerson was a member of the Funk Brothers, a group of jazz-oriented session players who played on most of the songs produced at Motown Studios. Jamerson laid down the bass lines for 30 #1 pop hits and more than 70 #1 R&B hit songs. -via Digg


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Gnarly in Pink

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This is a short documentary about three 6-year-old girls. They like pink. In fact, they wear pink crash helmets and call themselves the “Pink Helmet Posse” as they shred through the skatepark. They fall, they cry, they get right back up and try it again. Bella, Sierra, and Relz want to someday be professional skateboarders. Read more about the Pink Helmet Posse at The New York Times, and check out their website, too. -via Tastefully Offensive

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8 Fun Unofficial Disney Days

Disney parks are a great place to celebrate special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays and more, but they’re also a great place to make up an excuse to celebrate some of your favorite things. Whether it’s a subculture, a fashion, a British TV show, an epic wizarding tale or your sexual orientation, there are tons of great excuses to celebrate and meet people with similar interests and here are a few such organized meet ups.

Bats Day

Billing itself as the “largest dark subcultural event on the West Coast,” Bats Day is an annual event where goths, lolitas, rockabilies, steampunks and other subcultures with an interest in the darker things in life meet up at the park. There are three officially sanctioned photo events, one in front of the castle, one in front of the Haunted Mansion (with smaller groups) and one for the goth kiddos in front of the Sword in the Stone.

While originally just a meet up for goths, the event has gained a lot of steam over the years and now includes all number of subcultures and a number of events outside the park during that weekend, including a special dinner, a goth club night, a Black Market and an art show. Bats Day typically takes place in May, so if you want to visit the next one, check in on their website as it gets closer to that time of year.

Lolita Day

For Lolita purists who don’t want to deal with all the goths and other subculture folk there on Bats Day, Lolita Day is a dedicated day for those obsessed with the Japanese harajuku fashion. Scheduled to take place sometime in October, it’s also set during a month that’s much more suitable to wearing elaborate, layered dresses all day in Anaheim.  

It’s A Ska World After All

Do you think of dancing when someone yells “skank?” If so, be sure to dress up in your best two-tone gear and hit the Disneyland Park on September 21 and meet up with fellow rudies in the happiest place on Earth for It's A Ska World After All.  

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Black Glamour Power: The Stars Who Blazed a Trail for Beyoncé and Lupita Nyong'o

Nichelle Gainer of the blog Vintage Black Glamour discovered that one of her aunts had been a model, and another had been an opera singer. As she researched their lives, she uncovered a world of black culture that was hidden from the mainstream media before the Civil Rights era. As she learned of more black actors, musicians, artists, dancers, writers, fashion designers, and other celebrities, she posted their pictures and stories on her website.

Appearing in magazines is image control, too, because after a while, if people don’t see black celebrities or models in old magazines, they assume black women didn’t do Hollywood glamour. Now, we have these beautiful coffee-table books with Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and the old Hollywood goddesses like Jean Harlow. But you can say, “Look, I have a lot of these old Hollywood books, and I don’t see any black people in there, therefore, they must not have been there.” They’ll have Mexican actress Dolores del Rio. Then, they might slide in a picture, like I saw in a book about Kennedy, where they put in one picture of Dorothy Dandridge. One picture! So that’s why people are fascinated. They say, “Where did you find these pictures?” The pictures I have are right in front of your face. You just weren’t looking for them because it never occurred to you.

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A lot of people think of vintage black pictures as either civil-rights photos or black ladies at church, or maybe sharecroppers picking in the cotton fields and sweating from the hard work. That’s fine. Those are our pictures. But that shouldn’t be the only image of us. It’s nice to see a black woman who is not sweating in the field, but glistening from all this bling, like Josephine Baker, dripping in diamonds. Sometimes you want to see that. Why not? It’s easy to take glamour for granted. You can be a white woman, and you can care less about Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo, and Marlene Dietrich, and that’s fine. But you know what? Black women haven’t had the same option.

Gainer’s blog will be published as a book to be released in September. You can get a sneak peek, and read about the inspirations for Vintage Black Glamour in an interview at Collectors Weekly.


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Whole Lotta Love on Mountain Dulcimer

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Sam Edelston plays led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” on a three-string dulcimer. Yeah, it’s electrified -and electrifying! I have one of these instruments, made by my father, but my repertoire is limited to “Wildwood Flower” and a few Christmas carols. I think I may have to pull it out and practice a little. -via Boing Boing

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31 Essential Science Fiction Terms And Where They Came From

A lot of terms you might think came from science actually came from science fiction. Some of those words, like robot, cryostasis, and spaceship were born in fiction but later became real science. Others, like force field, came from science and were appropriated by science fiction. The terms super-hero, dystopia, and multiverse came from neither science nor science fiction! You can find out the earliest use of these familiar science fiction terms and more at io9. -via the Presurfer


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Everyday Life in New York City in the 1890s

Social reformer and photojournalist Jacob Riis took many pictures of New York City in the 1890s to show how “the other half” lives. Those pictures are now part of The City Museum, and a selection is online at Vintage Everyday. These pictures show the streets of the city, the back alleys, tenements, poorhouses, schools, sweatshops, and makeshift livings spaces for the struggling poor of the era.

As you see how much has changed in the past century, you also realize that cities still have sweatshop workers, homeless people, crowded slums, and marginalized folks getting by the best they can. -via mental_floss


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McKenzie and Her Dad

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Twelve-year-old McKenzie Carey (warning: autoplay music) suffers from mitochondrial disease. That doesn’t stop her from wanting to do the same things other girls do, like enter beauty pageants. Mike Corey, her truck driver father, lends a hand by dancing on stage with Kenzie to the Miley Cyrus song “The Climb.”

“Pageants give her the same opportunity as other children and show people that she can accomplish anything with a little bit of help,” says her mom, Tammy. “I just want the judges to look at her, not her wheelchair.”

Mitochrondrial disease is classified as terminal, and most children diagnosed do not survive past their teen years. “We were told it would be a miracle if McKenzie made it to age 5,” Tammy says.

McKenzie has won quite a few pageants, and cash prizes go towards her medical expenses. The biggest prize -for all of us- is seeing the smile on her face. -via Viral Viral Videos

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Celebrate the NeatoShop's 2000th Facebook Follower With This Great Contest

Good news guys, it's contest time again! This time it's to celebrate the NeatoShop Facebook page getting 2000 fans in only a matter of months. We're offering up eight special Transformer toys from our most recent mystery box and a NeatoShop tee shirt. Each entry method in this contest qualifies you for a tee and toy. The contest ends on Friday, June 27 at 11:59 PM PST. 

Wanna play? Here's how you can qualify to win:

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The Internet Arguer

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Slackstory brings us a followup to Actually Guy. Maybe you’ll like this guy, too! He likes to argue. There’s nothing wrong with a friendly argument in which people refrain from personal attacks or hitting below the belt, but there is a certain type of internet commenter who doesn’t really care if he wins, loses, or changes any minds. He just wants to argue.

Still, the producers of this video managed to avoid the most irritating tropes in an unfruitful argument: “Educate yourself!” and “Wake up, sheeple!” and the endless name-calling (on other sites). Neatoramanauts don’t comment as much as we’d like, but when they do, they’re at least original, often quite funny, and downright good folks about it. -Thanks, Nick!


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Newly Commissioned Marine Visits Sick Grandpa to Offer Her First Salute


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2nd Lt. Taylor Batye is a recent graduate of the US Naval Academy and a newly-commissioned officer in the Marine Corps. The Naval Academy maintains certain traditions for the first salute of a graduate. Batye wanted her first salute to go to her grandfather, retired Army Sgt. Maj. David Teufel.

Unfortunately, Teufel was too ill to attend Batye's graduation in Annapolis. He was in an intensive care unit in a hospital in Missouri. So Batye drove 16 hours from Maryland to Missouri to exchange her first salute with her grandfather. The Marine Corps Times reports:

On Sunday, Batye’s mom, Marty Teufel, snapped a photo as the newly minted Marine officer got the salute for which she had waited.

“I wish you could’ve seen the emotion when she walked in in uniform and said, ‘Give me my salute, grandpa,’ ” Marty Teufel told Marine Corps Times.

When Batye arrived, three of the nurses on staff in the ICU joined the family to see the exchange. Teufel has since requested that the photo be blown up and framed so he can keep it by his bed, Marty said.

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Nosferatu Condensed Into Four Minutes

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The 1922 German expressionist movie Nosferatu is a classic horror film, but it’s an hour and a half long. Of course, everyone should see it all the way through at least once, but if you’ve seen it before, you can relive the experience by watching this four-minute version. And, sadly, if your busy schedule and/or attention span is too short to ever get around to watching the original, this may be the closest you’ll ever get.

Mario Wienerroither condensed the whole movie using a few illustrative clips, and added some rather odd (and often comical) sound effects, which will be appealing to those folks, like my kids, who can hardly handle black-and-white, much less a silent film. Wienerroither calls this a “silentless film.” Don’t bother turning the lights off, as you’re more likely to laugh than to scream. -via Laughing Squid

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Wonderful Friends Help a Blind and Deaf Man Experience a Live Soccer Game

Hélio Surdos's friend Carlos is deaf, blind, and a huge soccer fan. As a result of his sensory limitations, he's been largely left out of the excitement of the World Cup in Brazil. One morning, Hélio woke up with a great desire to help Carlos follow a soccer match live. So he made a scale model of a soccer field and marked lines with what appears to be a plastic clay.

During a match between Brazil and Croatia, Hélio moved Carlos's hands over the board to match the movement of the ball. Regiane, an interpreter, verbally signed the gameplay into Carlos's back. As you can see, Carlos really got into the spirit of the event.


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The lengthy video embedded above shows how Hélio and Regiane built the board and conducted the event. The gameplay begins at 4:07. Watch a thrilling goal at 9:50 and Regiane's clever use of a vuvuzela at 10:10.

-via Huffington Post


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Doggy Reactions to a Human Barking


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This humorous video is made by self-described mentalist and magician Jose Ahonen and comedian Rudi Rok, the same guys who made Magic Tricks for Dogs. In it, they record the varied reactions of various dogs of breeds big and small to great dog imitations by Rok. I'd love to see my two dogs in this situation to see what they would do! Via Twisted Sifter.

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Whimsical Anatomy Sculptures of Masao Kinoshita


(L) Birds and beasts caricature rabbit (2009) (R) Wildlife frog caricature (2009)

And now for something completely different, here are some fascinating sculptures by Japanese artist Masao Kinoshita.

Kinoshita's bronze and painted resin sculptures feature the musculature and skeletal anatomies of various animals and mythical figures like the Hindu deity Ganesha and even a Kewpie doll. As you can see, the Tokyo University of Art and Design graduate combines technical mastery of sculpting buff bodies with a generous twist of the absurd.


Three Maenad by Masao Kinoshita (Photo: Yoshitaka Uchida and YuHiroshi Watanabe)

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Sailor (2008) by Masao Kinoshita (Photo: Yoshitaka Uchida)

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