The unpredictable, boorish personality of President Lyndon B. Johnson has been featured previously on Neatorama in a great reprint from Mental Floss. Yet while descriptive, that article doesn't quite get down to brass tacks (or brass bungholes, as it were).
In a moment in which L.B.J. appears to be an early model for Mike Judge's Beavis, he gets on the phone with his tailor and orders some pants. However, in the same indelicate style for which he was famous, Johnson requests that the tailor let out a seam to make room for his "nuts" and his "bunghole." The tailor seems to take the conversation in stride.
An amusing animation of the phone conversation done by Put This On is featured here; see the full transcript of the call at Dangerous Minds.
During World War II, the German military faced a threat worse than the Allies: typhus. The disease was killing soldiers and weakening the German forces on the Eastern front as they faced the Soviet Army. They scrambled to develop a typhus vaccine in hurry. Joachim Mrugowsky, head of the SS Hygiene Institute, set up a research lab at Buchenwald concentration camp, thinking it would be safe from Allied bombing.
Dr. Erwin Ding-Schuler, an ambitious but callow Nazi officer and Mrugowsky’s deputy, was chosen to lead production, and began assembling captive scientists with the help of his new clerk, an imprisoned German intellectual named Eugen Kogon. Among those drafted was a gentle Jewish biologist named Ludwik Fleck, who was a former assistant of Dr. Weigl whom Weigl had protected during the Nazi occupation of Lviv.
Thus began one of the most effective but least-known deceptions of World War II, one that is wondrously thick with irony: For 16 months, working under the noses of his clueless Nazi overseers—in particular Ding-Schuler, whom Fleck described as a “dummkopf”—a Jewish doctor managed to send fake typhus vaccine to the Nazi soldiers at the front, even as he provided the real thing to inoculate his fellow condemned Jews in a concentration camp.
The project started off on the wrong foot, with Nazi doctors who had no experience in immunology, overseeing camp inmates who lied about being doctors, using a translated French pamphlet as a how-to guide, to do an extremely complex procedure under horrid conditions. That was before Dr. Fleck came along, and the group finally had someone who knew what he was doing. It’s a fascinating story overall, with a Nuremberg climax fit for Hollywood, at Politico magazine. -via Digg
(Image credit: Archiv fur Zeitgeschichte, Zurich)
YouTube member Omer Barnea caught the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace last week and was surprised to hear the Queen’s Guards playing the theme from Game of Thrones. They did a good job, although it would have probably been easier on the audience if the musicians had all been facing the same direction. -via Viral Viral Videos
See also: The Guard playing The Imperial March.
There’s a woman who was laid to rest almost two hundred years ago in Amity, Indiana, yet continues to have a physical presence in her town to this day.
A woman whose grave splits highway traffic in two, serving as a reminder of how an armed loved one can preserve your legacy for generations to come:
(Image Via JBense)
Her name is Nancy Kerlin Barnett, and her grave is now a historical landmark that was initially supposed to be paved over during the creation of County Road 400, but the road workers were so afraid of the site that they split the lanes and paved around her grave:
(Image Via Graveyard Girl)
Some think the workers were deathly afraid of her ghost, or that superstition kept them from paving over the site, but the truth is they were most likely just terrified of Nancy's grandson, who camped out with a shotgun to make sure the site wasn't disturbed.
She may not be able to see the motorized carriages whizzing by her middle-of-the-road resting place, but Nancy''s legacy lives on as an odd piece of local lore for the folks who live around Amity, Indiana.
When you call Dolphin Enterprises Incorporated you don't get cast off to an automatic computer answering system, you get a real life mammal on the other end of the line, and they are there to make sure you have a swimming good time with their products. However, please note that your call will be recorded for training porpoises, so they can learn the best way to eel out of a warranty without sounding like a barracuda.
You'll have a whale of a time getting people to stop laughing when they see you wearing this hilarious For Training Porpoises t-shirt by SteveOramA, don't let this one get away!
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For 31 years, redditor Coppin-it-washin-it's parents celebrated their wedding anniversary at a Red Lobster restaurant in Columbia, Missouri. In March, after his dad passed away, his sister decided to keep the tradition alive and took their mom out to the same restaurant for an anniversary meal.
The waitress asked if there was a special occasion, and the sister explained the situation:
The waitress asked if there was a special occasion or if they were just hungry. My sister explained that my parents had been going there every year for their anniversary. The waitress then asked why my dad wasn’t there and they explained how he had passed away in March. She said she was sorry to hear that and then it was just a normal meal like any other after that. Until they got the bill.
Instead of a bill, the widow and her daughter got this note that said:
We are sorry to hear about your husband's passing, but we appreciate you loyalty in spending 31 years of your anniversary with us. For your appreciation your meal is on us! We look forward to spending you're your next anniversary with us!
Sincerely, Red Lobster & your server, Taylor
The image has since been deleted, but Red Lobster confirmed the story. "What Taylor, the server, and Chad, the manager on duty, did demosntrates how our teams live Red Lobster's core values of genuine caring and hospitality each day," spokesperson Erica Ettori told NewsChannel 5. "All of us at Red Lobster are truly proud of the Columbia team and appreciate their commitment to making every guest's dining experience a special one. We also extend our wishes to the family who dined with us and look forward to serving them again next year!"
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The latest comic from Abstruse Goose is not meant to be read as all nine panels in sequence. It’s like Sudoku, or Tic-tac-toe, in a way. Each three-panel comic read across is a logical, self-contained sequence, and each three-panel comic read top to bottom makes the same kind of sense. Read all six three-panel comics, and you’ll be craving a donut yourself.
Lila Jang, featured previously on Neatorama for her delightful wall-climbing sofa, is a South Korean sculptor who bases her designs on 18th-century French furniture and adds fanciful touches to the traditional lines.
Jang has received accolades internationally through gallery shows and art fairs showcasing her unique design perspective. According to Jang, her pieces are a statement about humanity being stuck in the middle of "that constant struggle between reality and the ideal.”
Jang also drew inspiration from living in her cramped Parisian apartment, in which she noticed that tables and chairs only seemed to fit if they were bent out of shape first. Learn more about Lila Jang and see more of her work at this website and in this post on Beautiful Decay.
Images Credit: Lux Art Institute/Lila Jang.
What? You think those Disney Princesses look fabulous without a little Photoshop help?
Jen Lewis of Buzzfeed showed us the cold, hard facts of the pervasive use of Photoshop in the unforgiving life of celebrities, where even fictional animated ones like Disney Princesses are under extreme pressure to look beautiful.
I suppose that a little Photoshop help isn't that big of a deal for Ariel (shown above). After all, didn't she undergo extreme surgery to get rid of that tail?
Here's a few more examples:
Jasmine: Covered Conjoined Head, Removed Sixth Finger
Cinderella: Removed Leno Chin, Tiny Hand, Tamed Sassy Eyebrow
Aurora: Flipped Upside Down Face
Belle: Fixed Lazy Eye
And Pocahontas, God bless her, is no longer Nick Cage:
German photographer Walter Schels' series Life Before Death presents captures of terminally ill individuals at the end of their lives and once again a short time after their deaths.
The subjects granted interviews with the photographer's partner Beate Lakotta in order for him to have context for his powerful images. The interviews were a jumble of daily life minutiae mixed with the existential ponderings that would be expected from those who are aware they are living out their final days.
A few of the peaceful postmortem photos seemed a relief to me, after the tense, distorted faces of some who were alive yet likely suffering in pain, discomfort and fear.
Vancouver-based photographer Spencer Kovats’ photo series Uncovered consists of a number of photo pairs. The first image in each pair is an ordinary shot of a casually clothed person. The second image is of the same person, only less clothed and covered with tattoos, which were hidden under their garments in the first shots. The series is intended as an exploration of the ages-old manner in which humans make assessments (and, thus, assumptions) about others, solely based on their appearance.
Kovats' shoot is part of a larger project with 10 other photographers called “The Tattoo Project,” which began in 2010. Hundreds of tattooed people were invited to be photographed for various studies of body art. Via Beautiful Decay.
What better way to commemorate the National Jerky Day than to recreate Mount Rushmore with meat jerky?
Beef jerky manufacturer Jack Link's commissioned a team of artists led by art director Alex Valhouli to recreate the iconic granite sculpture of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln* in jerky. The team spent 1,400 man-hour "meatsculpting" a scaled replica of Mount Rushmore with 1,600 pound of jerky.
Treehouses are usually in trees, but this house in the lake is pretty darned amazing even if the only trees are hidden away in the bridge. The Treehouse Solling of Germany sits about 14 feet above the water's surface, offering a great view of the fish, critters and flowers of the forest.
Inside, a number of beds and benches make the site cozy, while ample storage makes it a practical place to stay and an impressive skylight makes for incredible stargazing even on chilly nights.
Check out more pics of this great vacation spot over at Homes and Hues: A Treehouse That Springs From A Pond
Imgur user Bootlady went to the doctor's office the other day, and snapped this picture of the patient room.
'Twas probably her tenth or eleventh doctor (who? Yes!), and she was amused not only by the "Keep Calm I'm The Doctor" poster, but also this clever little sign below that says "You will obey and wash your hands!" (After all, how else would you EXTERMINATE all those germs?)
Funny, the room looks bigger on the inside. And I wonder what they keep in that little TARDIS lunch box?
When you watch a modern movie trailer, you are seeing the very best scenes in the movie. So why go watch the whole movie? The trailer producers think they are putting one over on us, and implying that the entire movie is this good. Whether you see through that or not, they tend to give away too much of the plot while they’re at it. Glove and Boots gives us an example in the movie The Empire Strikes Back, and show us what a modern-day trailer for the film would be like. A couple of minutes later, I feel like I just sat through the whole movie (again). -via Pleated-Jeans
Karl Lagerfeld has a unique vision of the world, to say the least, and he has often proven himself to be a visionary and trend setter in the world of fashion since he started desiging in the 1950s.
These days he has a lot more similarly “inspired” fashion designers to contend with, and you may think he has softened a bit in his age, but this statue proves that he hasn’t lost one bit of his unique vision.
Lagerfeld commissioned chocolate artist Anya Gallaccio to create a life sized chocolate statue that looks just like his favorite model/muse Baptise Giabiconi, who is wearing nothing but his underwear and a pouty face.
This deliciously tasteless work of chocolate art was created in 2011 and shown in Paris to promote the ice cream brand Magnum, but did this statue scare people away from the brand or make them hungry for more?
NASA astronaut Steve Swanson is the current commander aboard the International Space Station. He and his fellow astronauts designed the mission patch for Expedition 40. It’s a nice insignia, but Swanson’s first design, shown above, was even better. Before submitting the design to NASA, he and his daughter modified it to show the ISS and the crew members’ names. NASA still rejected it.
"He wanted something that was kind of badass," revealed Mary Swanson, Steve's wife, in a call with collectSPACE, "and Klingons are kind of badass."
Steve and Caroline Swanson's original idea for the patch borrowed its shape and trifoil logo from a patch created for the Klingon Brotherhood, as seen on the 1990's television series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
"Steve grew up watching 'Star Trek,'" Mary explained. "We watched reruns early in our marriage. We watched 'Next Generation' pretty religiously. So, yeah, he is somewhat of a fan."
NASA vetoed the design over copyright concerns. But at least Swanson took his Klingon t-shirt into space!
When that little green force master watched a movie for the first time he was lucky enough to catch an animated feature about the entire world being frozen by a misunderstood princess with the power of cold in her fingertips. He loved it so much that he couldn't stop singing the songs from the movie, but his strange speech impediment made it hard to understand what the heck he was saying, and really put people off on karaoke night!
Share your mutual love of wars in the stars and animated ice princesses with this Icey Yodal t-shirt by Tom Bancroft, it might make people break out in song when they see you sporting this clever shirt!
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The battle now called the Liberation of Paris took place August 19-15, 1944, when French Resistance fighters rose up within, and the Free French Army and the U.S. Third Army (under General Patton) all cooperated to evict the German occupiers from Paris, and later all of France. Seventy years later, Julien Knez undertook a photography project to commemorate the events. As Google translates:
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris, I decided to immerse myself in the end of August 1944 to achieve this before-after some places this event which marks Paris forever. I looked for vintage photographs from old books, magazines, and on eBay where many documents appear. It was a pretty moving experience, a kind of awareness of this historic event. Imagine the courage of these men and women of all ages, and all won by the infinite thirst for freedom finally at hand. Difficult this year 2014 project into the skin of a young Parisian this time. What would I do? Impossible to say as emotions should be at their peak. Photos in hand and camera on the shoulder, so I toured Paris in search of the places photographed 70 years earlier by anonymous and famous photographers like Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Roger-Viollet and Robert Capa.
There are 50 photographs in the collection, which you can see here. -Thanks, Julien!
There are plenty of bad ways to show your love for your pet- start dressing them up to look like you, take them everywhere you go and treat them like a little furry baby and you've officially crossed the line from proud pet owner to critter obsessed kook.
There's one way to show the world how much you love your pet that the world will actually admire and enjoy- capturing their likeness with a portrait.
The pets in this series of 14 Adorable Animals Posing With Portraits of Themselves look mighty proud to be the star of their owner's artwork, and their owners can be proud that they're showing their love in a way that doesn't make the rest of the world cringe.
There have been many different illustrators applying their own signature style to artwork based on the stories of J. R. R. Tolkien, from my fav Ian Miller to Pauline Baynes and even Tolkien himself, but few have applied a style as appropriately antiquated as Russian artist Sergei Iukhimov.
Sergei's watercolor works capture iconic scenes from the books in a style reminiscent of medieval Russian Orthodox iconography, and his works have been used in Russian language publications of Lord Of The Rings, adding a touch of the strange and surreal which brings these scenes to a whole new level of epic fantasy awesomeness.
Ken Tanaka, who brought us But We’re Speaking Japanese! and What Kind of Asian Are You? is back with a little talk show -in Japanese with subtitles- about racism in Japan. You think you are in for a serious discussion on his friend’s experience and whether it’s an example of racism against white people in Japan. But then the whole thing takes a sharp turn into unexpected territory. -Thanks, Ken!
Vancouver sculptor and extreme pumpkin carver Clive Cooper of Sparksfly Design also carves watermelons in the off-season. Because most professionally-carved watermelons are for parties and special occasions, they tend to look “pretty.” Conversely, Cooper’s carvings are more like jack-o-lanterns: frightening, funny, and clever. See a gallery of watermelons at his site. -via Metafilter
Daily food intakes vary dramatically around the world, and even though we think of some countries and nationalities as light eaters in terms of calorie count the actual results might surprise you.
This eye opening photo series by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio reveals 23 different people from around the world posing with their average daily food intake laid out on the table before them, as well as an approximate calorie value for the day’s meals.
Saleh Abdul Fadlallah, Camel Broker, Egypt – 3,200 Calories
Solange Da Silva Correia, Rancher’s Wife, Brazil – 3,400 Calories
Maria Ermelinda Ayme Sichigalo, Mother of Eight, Ecuador – 3,800 Calories
Noolkisaruni Tarakuai, Third Wife of a Maasai Chief – 800 Calories
Robert Morris is a sculptor and conceptual artist who is orignally from Kansas City, Missouri. Morris is currently based in New York and represented by the Leo Castelli Gallery. His work has been exhibited at some of the most revered art museums in the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris.
The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City has incorporated a new installation by Morris into their Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, in celebration of its 25th year in operation. Called The Glass Labyrinth, the transparent maze is created to be interactive. From the museum's website,
" Glass Labyrinth acknowledges... prehistoric markings on stones and cave walls, ancient Greek myths, and Christian metaphors for pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem. Thus, it transcends time and space to remind us of the power of deeply felt archetypes. In form and material, however, this labyrinth is a departure from the more familiar circular and rectangular labyrinths of old. Triangulated and constructed of glass plate walls capped with bronze, it speaks to this moment in the language of modern architecture and design–streamlined, dynamic, transparent, and elegant."
According to this article at Fox4 News Kansas City, the "62-foot by 62-foot by 62-foot, 7-foot-tall labyrinth" weighs upwards of 400 tons. Read more about the exhibition at the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman of Dorkly created a series of public service posters that work in the world where mutants have super powers and become X-Men. Some are funny even if you don’t know a thing about X-Men, while others require a fan’s knowledge to fully appreciate. There are eight of these posters at Dorkly.
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