The mysterious British street artist Banksy is in New York City this month. Yesterday, he posted a video showing one of his assistants manning a streetside booth. It offered up original canvases by Banksy for only $60 a piece—a tiny fraction of what they could have earned elsewhere. The assistant sold only a handful throughout the day for a total day’s earnings of $420.
The difficulty, I surmise, is that the booth and the works were not labeled as works of Banksy. Prospective customers could not tell that the paintings were composed by a famous artist. They judged the paintings on their aesthetic qualities and priced the works accordingly.
I follow makeup artist Katie Alves on DeviantART because her works are always cleverly designed and professionally executed. Her gallery includes eye makeup showing scenes from Disney movies, ponies and expressions of the seven deadly sins.
During the First Century A.D., Rome’s Flavian emperors built up the Roman presence in North Africa. They constructed the city of Mascula, which would become the modern day town of Khenchela in Algeria. Hot springs made the site particularly attractive to settlers, who built a Roman-style bathhouse. Remarkably, it remains in business to this day.
Edward Lewis of the BBC had a chance to visit the large open-air bath. Muddling along in French and Arabic, he was able to learn about the history of the baths from fellow bathers who displayed only warmth and hospitality to him. Like in past centuries, coming to the baths is a daily ritual and opportunity for men to meet, talk and build friendships. So little has changed over the years.
Stores give paper receipts in order to prevent employee theft.
Busineess Insider’s Joe Weisenthal tweeted the question. Megan McArdle, a columnist with Bloomberg View tracked down an answer.
The purpose of a cash register is to reduce the ability of dishonest employees to pocket the employer's money. A cash register rings loudly when the drawer opens. The total charge and change pops up on the screen. A cashier can’t simply slip the money under the table. Ms. McArdle explains:
That’s why cash registers ring loudly when the cash drawer opens -- so that a clerk with decent mental arithmetic skills can’t pretend to register your sale and then pocket the cash. And that’s why you get a physical receipt -- so that the clerk can’t ring up part of your sale, and then siphon the rest into his own pocket.
They give you a receipt every time, annoying as it is, because they know you’ll glance at the total and notice if it’s very different from what you just paid. And maybe ask the clerk why, in the hearing of their manager.
A few days ago, Alice Munro, the Canadian short story author, won the Nobel Prize for Literature. She is the first Canadian to receive that prestigious honor.
Marilyn Bellamy of Ontario, the internet’s Nag on the Lake, is filled with patriotic pride. But she’s also confused by her husband’s odd reference to something other than Star Trek.
Ensign (later Commander) Pavel Chekov was the Russian-born navigator on board the USS Enterprise on Star Trek. Anton Chekhov (note the different spelling in the Latin alphabet) was a Nineteenth Century Russian playwright and short story author. Both Mr. Chekhov and Ms. Munro are credited by critics landmark accomplishments in the craft of short story writing.
So to answer Marilyn’s question: none of consequence.
Mr. Cyr had no warning. Suddenly, while tending to his woodlot, a bear attacked him from behind. The bear struck at him with his claws. Mr. Cyr saw the bear’s tongue lolling out of his mouth. He grabbed it and wouldn’t let go. He says that his reasoning was, “If you hurt me, I’m going to hurt you, too.”
Mr. Cyr fled behind a tree. The bear struck at him again, then lost interest the fight and left. Mr. Cyr was treated for minor injuries.
If you attend the Free University of Berlin, you’ll have to pay tuition despite its name. The school got its name because it was founded in West Berlin during the Cold War, so the name refers to liberty rather than price.
Still, you’ll get access to that school’s amazing Philological Library. From the outside, it looks like a brain, which is an excellent architectural concept for a library. The famous British architect Norman Foster and his partners designed it. The library is filled with beautiful curves and slopes, just like an organic brain. The translucent exterior panels let in natural sunlight to accompany the interior electrical lights. You can see more photos at Designboom.
A task list attacks you, threatening to devour your day and your life with priorities and adulthood. Who do you call? Jim Beaton introduces us to the superhero of our time. Captain Internet is both the hero we deserve and the hero we need right now.
Here at Neatorama, we do our part for the cause, though it is a great burden. With great cat .gifs come great responsibility.
Remember Eenmall? That’s the Dutch restaurant where customers have to sit at one-person tables. Eat, a restaurant in New York City, is a bit different. You may sit in groups, but no one is allowed to talk.
Nicholas Nauman, the lead chef and owner, came up with the idea after spending time in a Buddhist monastery in India. No one there was permitted to talk during breakfast. He opened Eat to share that experience with busy New Yorkers.
The rule is strictly enforced, but generally there’s no need to be heavy-handed with diners. They turn off their cell phones when they come in and step outside of they need to blow their noses. Hand gestures and facial expressions replace speech, but most people are focused on doing what the name of the restaurant indicates: eating.
The “No True Scotsman” is a logical fallacy. It was named by British philosopher Anthony Flew. It works something like this:
Hamish McDonald, a Scotsman, sits down to breakfast with his morning newspaper. He reads a report of the actions of a terrible criminal in Brighton who has not yet been identified by the police. Hamish declares, “No Scotsman would do such a thing!”
The next day, he reads another news report of a different criminal whose ghastly crimes far exceed those of the attacker in Brighton. Police have caught the villain, who turns out to be a Scotsman. When confronted with this fact, Hamish declares, “No true Scotsman would do such a thing!”
The fallacy is that Hamish has made an inaccurate generalization. When faced with a counterexample, he declares that counterexample invalid and that his generalization is unfalsifiable.
Ella and Pitr, two French street artists, created optical illusions in at a site in the city of Saint-Étienne. They selected worn-out or abandoned buildings in their city to promote awareness of and interest in blighted parts of Saint-Étienne.
People of that city volunteered to pose in these photographs which show color and vibrant energy in the midst of dust and decay. When viewed from the right angles, the models appear to be inside framed pictures.
You can provoke someone into choking you for free, but it’s just not the same as being choked to death by Darth Vader himself. Thankfully, there’s now an artist who’s willing to recreate that experience. Tessa Meier, an artist in Philadelphia, will paint you into that famous scene from Star Wars, depicting you as Captain Raymus Antilles.
It’s one of several painting services that she offers, including the chance to be shown as an imprisoned Princess Leia, an elf princess, a sea captain and a swamp monster. All of these are nice, but not as cool as being choked by Lord Vader.
Cristóbal Graciá, an artist in Spain, makes watercolor paintings, props and sculptures. The latter category is the most interesting. He makes baby anthropomorphic versions of plants, such as these mandrake roots. They’re made of polymer clay, artificial leaves and glass balls for the eyes.
Mandrake root can be turned into a mild hallucinogen and the roots vaguely resemble human bodies. That’s why Mr. Graciá’s dolls come with a warning: the scream of an adult mandrake is similar to that of a banshee. When it’s pulled out of the ground, the scream can kill a human being. The scream of a baby mandrake can knock a human unconscious.
Edvard Munch (1863-1944), a Norwegian Expressionist painter, is perhaps most widely known for his 1893 painting “The Scream.” This painting sold last year for a record $120 million.
SugarWinzy’s scream cheese version is filled with chocolatey horror. First, she poured the brownie batter into her baking pan. She placed cream cheese into a squeeze bottle, then squirted small amounts on the surface of the brownie batter. Then she used a toothpick to paint the surface with the cream cheese. The image remained impressively consistent after baking.
(Photo: Myles Standish re-enactor at the Plimouth Plantation, via Thanksgivukkah)
In 167 B.C., Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the ruler of the Seleucid Empire, tried to compel the Jews in Judah to give up their religious customs and values. They rose up in rebellion for seven years in what became known as the Maccabean Revolt. Once they liberated Jerusalem, they set about purifying the Temple. This eight day event is marked by the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
This year, Hanukkah lasts from November 27 to December 5. The American Christian (albeit secularized) holiday of Thanksgiving marks a 1621 feast celebrated by the colonists at Plymouth, Massachusetts. It falls on November 28 this year. For the first time since 1888, the two holidays overlap. Some Americans have taken to calling November 28 “Thanksgivukkah.” The event is inspiring creative responses among celebrants:
Not to be outdone is Asher Weintraub, a 9-year-old New Yorker who has created what he dubs the Menurkey—a menorah, the candelabrum that is the centerpiece of the holiday, in the shape of a turkey. With help from his filmmaker parents, Asher funded his project with a successful $25,000 campaign on Kickstarter, a fundraising website, over the summer (it netted $48,345). The family is now hoping to sell as many as 2,500 of his creation in versions both ceramic (for $150) and plaster ($50).
The Weintraubs are also expanding on the concept in other ways, from a Menurkey iPhone app to a Menurkey theme song. Sample lyric: "Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, come light the Menurkey. Once in a lifetime, the candles meet the turkey."
Part of what's driving the Thanksgivukkah fervor is that Hanukkah is a holiday "with room for creativity," says Jennie Rivlin Roberts, founder of ModernTribe.com, an online store that specializes in contemporary Jewish items. Ms. Roberts own contribution? A game called No Limit Texas Dreidel that she started marketing in 2007—it is a modern take on the holiday pastime of spinning the dreidel, a kind of Hanukkah-themed top. […]
Synagogues and Jewish organizations are also joining in the Thanksgivukkah chorus. In Boston, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, a local fundraising group, has created a website, ThanksgivukkahBoston.com, to promote the holiday and suggest ways to celebrate it (one example: making Hanukkah-themed corn-husk dolls). As project director Jeff Levy explains, the occasion is too significant to go unheeded. "This is like the new millennium," he says.
At Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, Calif., synagogue member Hollis O'Brien, a caterer, is leading a Thanksgivukkah cooking class at the end of October, replete with recipe tips for such hybridized holiday dishes as sweet-potato latkes and a Jewish-style brisket with a cranberry glaze. And since doughnuts are also popular at Hanukkah as part of the holiday's emphasis on oil and fried foods, Ms. O'Brien has plans to showcase them as well. "Usually, I fill them with strawberry jelly, but this year, I'm going to use pumpkin cream," she says.
In the rural areas of the Kagawa and Niigata Prefectures of Japan, it’s common to build huge sculptures out of straw. Using the same techniques traditionally used to build straw roofs, local artists instead build animals on wooden frames. Brian Ashcraft, Kotaku’s resident expert on all things Japanese, has a fun photo-packed post on the subject.
Popular Science reports that scientists from UK universities and the British Antarctic Survey have found enormous tunnels beneath the ice cap of Antarctica. Radar readings from aircraft indicate that these tunnels are up to 820 feet tall. As you can see from diagram above, that’s almost as tall as the Eiffel Tower.
What made these tunnels? Well, the Stargate series tells us that the Ancients maintained a substantial presence in Antarctica. Alternatively, it may have been escaped Nazis, given the long rumors of such activity. Perhaps Iron Sky, the 2012 movie about Nazis escaping to a moon base in 1945, was just a distraction from the real threat.
When she was a baby, Patience Beard lost her left leg. But that’s never stopped her. When she was four years old, Ms. Beard started gymnastics. When she was in the seventh grade, she started cheerleading. Last year, she tried out for the cheerleading team of the University of Arkansas. The coordinator gave her “no special consideration,” but insisted that Ms. Beard perform all of the required tricks and stunts that the other cheerleaders do.
She won a place on the team. As you can see from the animated .gif above, Ms. Beard is a fantastic athlete. Now she performs with the rest of the team at football games wearing her zebra-striped prosthetic leg.
Our own Miss C runs the day-to-day operations of Neatorama, contributes a massive amount of its content, runs her own blog and contributes to Mental Floss. How does she do it? Automation and the efficiency of modern scientific management!
Also: caffeine. Massive doses of caffeine.
This diagram shows the facilities of the Miss Cellania Publishing Empire that are publicly known. Note her prudent backup coffee maker. Why? Because you should never have only one of anything essential.
In the comments, list features that you think are missing from this diagram.
With a bit of Photoshop magic, Spanish artist Santiago Pérez Alonso turned a simple image of a squirrel on a tree branch into scenes from a dozen action movies and video games. You can view more images in the series here, including the squirrel as Kratos, Batman, Master Chief and Pikachu.
SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star from SpongeBob Squarepants
It must be fun to live in Lee Samantha's house! She makes delightful meals for her children. She started doing so when her eldest daughter became too distracted while eating. Now both of her children eat while making up stories about the characters on their plates.
You may have seen charts that classify people or even pop culture characters according to four letter codes, such as ENTJ and ISFP. Let me explain what they mean.
The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung explored, among other fields, the range of human personalities. He saw personalities as a set of spectra of differing values or tendencies. Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, a mother-daughter team of American psychologists, developed Jung’s model and created a psychometric test that could place people within their model of personalities. This test is called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and their model is the Myers-Briggs typology.
The first function compares introversion (I) and extroversion (E) tendencies. If long social encounters tend to leave you feeling drained, then you may demonstrate the introverted attitude. If, however, you feel energized, then you may exhibit the extroverted attitude.
The second set of functions express a dichotomy in how people process information. If your values and gut feelings are dominant, then you may express the (N) intuiting function. If your senses—that is, objective data—dominate your perception of the world, then you may have a dominant (S) sensing function.
The third set addresses how you make decisions about the world. If you are driven by logic, then you may display the (T) thinking function. If your emotions and the emotions of others are given priority, then you may tend toward the (F) feeling function.
The final set of functions address the relative importance of order or change in your life. If being carefully organized is important to you, then you may display the (J) judging attribute. If you’re flexible about when that meeting is supposed to start or what is supposed to happen in the future, then you may exhibit the (P) perceiving function.
So the four-letter codes on the typology charts represent: (I) Introversion vs. (E) Extroversion (N) Intuiting vs. (S) Sensing (T) Thinking vs. (F) Feeling (J) Judging vs. (P) Perceiving
Lately, I score as INFJ. That means: introversion, intuiting, feeling and judging. Or, according to the above My Little Pony chart by Meredith Miles, I’m Zecora the zebra.
Ms. Miles didn’t include the names of the featured ponies, so I will: ISTJ: Big McIntosh ISFJ: Sweetie Belle INFJ: Zecora INTJ: Celestia ISTP: Spike ISFP: Fluttershy INFP: Luna INTP: Twilight Sparkle (I disagree: Twilight is obviously a hardcore J) ESTP: Rainbow Dash ESFP: Scootaloo ENFP: Pinkie Pie ENTP: Apple Bloom ESTJ: Applejack ESFJ: Cheerilee ENFJ: Rarity ENTJ: Trixie
This online test is a reasonably good approximation of the proper (and copyrighted) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Which pony are you?
P.S. Please, high school student Googling up this post: do not cite this post in a research paper. I am not a psychologist of any kind.
Olivier Senny, an artist in Belgium who goes by the name Olsen, creates vivid, lively works in paint, pencils and animation. His series entitled “Les Evadés du Plakadre” shows cartoonish characters whose hijinks break into our own world. For them, the frames around their realities are a means to escape from the two-dimensional world.
I have no idea what this Star Trek novel is about, but I feel a great compulsion to read it. The title, which probably takes its inspiration from the 2002 movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, is perfect.
My Big Fat Vulcan Weddingis a fan-written novella set in the time period of the original series. You can read the first few chapters here. From glancing at them, I gather that it is set on an old freighter named Calypso and includes many references to the Enterprise series.
Oh, bread? Let me check with the chef and see if we have any in the kitchen. In the meantime, try out the Mac Daddy. Rockit Burger Bar, a fine dining establishment in Chicago, offers a bun made out of deep fried shingles of macaroni and cheese.
It’s crunchy and oozes macaroni and cheese as you eat it. The Mac Daddy is physically demanding to eat, as it tends to come apart during consumption. So eat it only when you’re in an athletic mood. The restaurant serves it with a salad to counteract the fat content, so think of the Mac Daddy as a balanced meal.