Lorraine Loots, an artist in Cape Town, South Africa, calls her series "Postcards for Ants." It's composed of teeny tiny yet richly detailed and precisely rendered pictures of landscapes and everyday objects. Many of them, as you can see, are smaller than a 1-pound coin. Loots has been making them every day since January 1, 2013. She creates 5 prints of each painting, which will no doubt sell well.
Poor Calvin. He couldn't stay 6 years old. But none of us can. We must grow up, for the alternative is worse.
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Are you going to visit the dearly departed before the funeral? If you're in a hurry, then you won't have to go inside at the Paradise Funeral Chapel in Saginaw, Michigan. You can just pull up to the window in the drive-through lane.
The entire system is automated. Drive up to the viewing window. A sensor detects your car. The curtains open and music plays. After three minutes, the curtains close. Then drive away to make room for the next customer in line.
It's a nice service, but it would be more convenient if the funeral home offered curbside delivery.
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George is a 10-year old goldfish that lives in Australia. He had a brain tumor that was gradually impairing his health. So his owner, Pip Joyce, paid a veterinarian at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne to surgically remove it.
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This was a challenging operation that required George to be placed under anesthesia. The veterinary staff pumped water into his gills to keep him breathing during the 45-minute operation. It was a complete success and George has now returned to his home pond where he lives with 20 other goldfish. There's every reason to think that he will continue to live another 20 years.
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Before the Walkman, the Discman, and the MP3 player, there was the Emerson Wondergram. This battery-powered record player manufactured by General Electric in the UK from 1960 to 1965 played 33 and 45 RPM records. GE marketed it as "the world's smallest record player." It measured about 8x4x2 inches. You can occasionally find one for sale on eBay.
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Part of good parenting is protecting the innocence of your children. There's a lot of ugliness in the world. Someday, your children will have to face it. But that can be done in an age-appropriate manner at the right time. There's no need for frighten them before they can emotionally handle traumas that adults have to grapple with.
If you're a dog and your human is an artist, then you've got a good chance of going on fantastic adventures. Rafael Mantesso's bull terrier knows that. He can fly around the world, enjoy romantic escapades, and acquire angelic enhancements with a few details added to the background of his photos.
You can view more images of him at play on Mantesso's Instagram page. It's filled with not only cute dog photos, but very imaginative illustrations that are worth exploring.
How do artists stimulate their imaginations? Some artists engage in a daily creative process--a discipline that compels them to create something along a theme. One Pixar animator makes a new superhero every day. Nick Scalin made skulls every day for a year. Other artists photograph miniatures or decorate coffee cups.
By repeating the production of a spoon every day for a longer period of time (365 days), the goal is to challenge and explore a spoons aesthetic and functional qualities. I make all the spoons in a traditional way with only hand tools. The point of this is to actively cooperate with the material, in this case wood. In a modern industrial production the machines overwrites the wooden structures and natural growth pattern. When using manual hand tools my hand collaborates with the wood structure during the forming process. This underpins all the spoons unique qualities.
Some of his spoons may be impractical, but all of them are fun. Click on Continue reading to view more.
Ilya Breziniski, an artist in St. Petersburg, Russia, makes elegant tattoos using thousands and thousands of tiny dots, carefully arranged to show shading and form. His works are often everday objects posed in surreal worlds.
This past weekend at Oude Kerk, the oldest church in Amsterdam, the Like was laid to rest. Mourners carried a coffin shaped like a Facebook Like button to the church and marked its passing in a ceremony led by Eddy Reefhuis.
Why? It's a symbolic rejection of what is sometimes called "hashtag activism" or "clicktivism"--substituting online actions for offline activity. The organizers of the funeral reject the notion that clicking on a Like button constitutes doing anything productive. Here's their manifesto, which is an interesting read:
Not too long ago, this development led to a miraculous occurrence. A new technology turned the act of Liking into a commodity, hence into a symbolic totem and a new belief, at a time when faith in religion and our monetary system is crumbling.
At first these "Likes" seemed innocent. A gift bestowed upon us unconditionally and in overabundance. Sometimes the Likes would pile up like presents under a Christmas tree. But soon we started craving for more and eventually the "Like" became the opium of the masses. And now society has forgotten the real act of Liking. [...]
And instead of taking action to make change happen, our activism has been reduced and confined to the square inches of our computer screen activism has become clicktivism. We express our dislike of what is happening in the real world with a Like.
We as a society need to focus on real actions and intentions, rather than the symbolic reward bestowed on things by a mouse click. We must never forget that the real reward of Liking lies amongst ourselves and inside our communities.
NBC 12 News of Richmond, Virginia posted this photo shot by viewers Nancy and Joannie at the Virginia Center Commons on Thursday, September 11. The stars and stripes appear to waft across the evening sky.
Too good to be true? The news station responds to allegations of photoshoppery by writing, "We know the photographer and they sent a series of photos. It's authentic." Other commenters show their own photos of the cloud flag from different angles.
Some women like a man with a rich, full beard. This little girl is among them.
Bradley Bailey played peekaboo with his toddler. In the middle of the game, he paused to shave his beard. His daughter looked under the towel, expecting to find her father.
But he was gone! In his place was this horrifying, hairless monster.
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Redditor ShavenRaven writes, "People kept commenting on how much hair our baby son has, so naturally this was the next step."
They're appropriate for different developmental steps. He should start out as a mad scientist (we all go through that awkward stage), then have a rebellious year with the surfer haircut, then sell out and become a greasy banker.
Finally, he should stop caring and become the creepy old man, who looks like the happiest guy in this photo.
In the 1930s, Walt Disney tried to make a film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Snow Queen," but never put it into production. It took his company 70 years to complete the project, which culminated in the hugely successful movie Frozen.
I have two young daughters, so it was inevitable that I would eventually watch Frozen. When I finally did, I was surprised to find that the main character is not Elsa, blonde-haired snow queen, but her sister Anna.
In a recent television special about the film, Disney's producers revealed another surprise about Elsa: in an earlier script, they had planned for her to be the main villain of the story. Kirsten Acuna writes for Business Insider:
Elsa's character looked completely different. She originally had light blue skin and short, spiky blue hair. She even had a coat made out of living weasels.
"Elsa was going to be the complete antagonist," says director and screenwriter Jennifer Lee in the book "The Art of Frozen." "They kept calling her the 'villain.' But there came a point where we said, 'We can't use that word anymore.' You care about someone who's been forces to hide who they are. Elsa's not a villain, she just makes some bad choices because she's in a very difficult situation."
The filmmakers decided to change Elsa after writing her signature song "Let It Go":
"We knew in this moment that she would go through a transformation," said Lopez. "From repressed to letting her powers out ... trying to get away from society and be who she really was."
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In 2007, Seth Casteel photographed shelter dogs to help them find good homes. Since then, he's found his niche: dogs underwater. We've previously featured her series of dogs trying to catch balls underwater. More recently, he photographed puppies as they were dropped into pools. This was an opportunity for him to get some great shots. But, as he explained in an NPR interview, it was also an opportunity to teach dogs how to swim:
No. 1: swimming pool safety — super-duper important for all the listeners out there with their pets. So many people forget that our swimming pools, as much fun as they are, they are a danger, and they can be a danger to our children and to our fur children. And they will learn. I mean, a lot of these puppies I work with — for Underwater Puppies I worked with over 1,500 — all it took was just a few times, putting them in the water and teaching them where the exit is, and they figured it out.
Click on Continue reading to see more photos from the series.
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Communities of Korean immigrants can be found across the world, but few of them from North Korea because it's hard to escape from that country-sized prison.
About 20,000 Korean immigrants live in New Malden, a suburb of London. Approximately 600 are from North Korea, which is among the highest concentrations of North Korean refugees anywhere in the world. In Europe, New Malden is the closest thing to a "Little Pyongyang." Roxy Rezvany of Vice visited New Malden and interviewed several of the North Korean residents.
(Photo: a North Korean/South Korean vocabulary crib sheet)
One of the more interesting parts of Rezvany's article was about the Korean languages--plural. Since the country was divided after World War II, North Korean has become noticeably different from South Korean. She quotes Joong Wha:
“In North Korea we used a lot of foreign words from Russia, Japan, and China,” he said. “But there was a [regime] movement called the ‘Making Our Own Language Alive’ movement. Through that we got rid of all the foreign-influenced words. All the words [North Koreans] use now are ‘pure Korean,’ so my generation learned these pure words. Therefore, when I converse with South Koreans and they use these words influenced by English, I sometimes don’t understand what they mean.”
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Noah Scalin, an artist in Richmond, Virginia, is endlessly inventive in his choice of materials. We've previously seen him build skull art every day for an entire year, funny faces with food on plates, and a portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson out of electrical sockets.
For his latest, project, Scalin is using matches. He's created portraits of five scientists who participated in the Manhattan Project, including the above image of Albert Einstein. After making each portrait, he ignited them, which is perhaps a reference to the fiery weapon produced by these scientists.
Scalin's series is currently on display at the Krause Gallery in New York City.
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If you're a full-time superhero, you probably don't have time for a regular full-time job. You'll need another source of income. Or perhaps you're already rich, but would like to make more through good merchandising. Either way, celebrity endorsements may be a way for you to make some rent money.
Every week, Comic Book Resources hosts The Line Is Drawn, a theme-based art contest for comic book artists. This past week, the topic was superheroes doing commercials. You can view all of the contributions here, including Thor selling Craftsman tools and Power Girl selling Wonderbras.
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This is Nikolas Toocheck of Pocopson Township, Pennsylvania. He's only 11 years old, but has already run a marathon. In fact, he's run several of them all of the world, including 2 in Antarctica. He's the youngest person to have run marathons on every continent on Earth.
He earned that title earlier this month after running a marathon through the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia. Only 450 people have also run "seven on seven" and most of them are in their 40s or 50s.
Nikolas started running when he was 6 and his father was training for the Air Force Reserve. He jogged with his father, then ran 5k races with him, then full marathons.
He runs because it's fun, but Nikolas also raises money for Operation Warm, a charity founded by his grandfather in 1998. This non-profit donates coats to needy children in the United States.
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Which came first--the Pikachicken or the egg? We may never know, but we can be sure that these eggs are as cute as they are delicious. Rocket News 24 rounded up 16 adorably crafted hard boiled eggs made in Japan. They include cows, bunnies, pandas, and strawberries.
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If your horse is going to be well-dressed for the Halloween party, it's time to start making plans. Avery Clements of Distractify has 26 photos of costumed horses that may give you a few ideas. They include a John Deere tractor, Gary the Snail from SpongeBob SquarePants, Batman, and Gene Simmons from KISS.
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According to legend, Michelangelo, the Italian Renaissance artist and ninja turtle, once said that the task of a sculptor is to find the sculpture within a block of stone, then just clear away the excess stone.
Ladies and gentlemen, in Daniel Johnson, the British hair stylist, we have a modern Michelangelo. Look down at your own chest hair. Within it lies a beautiful work of art. All that is necessary is to eliminate the excess hair.
As a promotional activity for Braun, the electric razor company, Johnson shaved the images of famous skylines into hairy chests. Pictured above is New York City.
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This is a hórreo. It's a structure that can be found throughout western and southern Europe, but is most common in Spain. It's a building built on stone columns. Some have stood for 2,000 years.
Why did people build these architectural oddities?
They were barns where farmers kept harvested crops. Here's one of a few hórreos still in use. Originally, a farmer would use only the top portion to store food. The stone columns kept crops out of the reach of many rodents.
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The origin of the hórreo is uncertain, but it dates back to at least Roman times. Many are well-preserved.
The hórreo is an architectural icon of Spain with an influence still seen in modern design.
The USS Yorktown (CV-10) is an Essex-class aircraft carrier launched in 1943. It's now a museum ship in Charleston, South Carolina. The Yorktown is berthed near the USS Clagamore and USS Laffey, a World War II era submarine and destroyer, respectively. Together, the three vessels host KentaiCon, an annual anime convention.
The filmmakers of Beat Down Boogie were on site last weekend to film some of the impressive works of cosplay. Attack on Titan cosplayers were asked to man the wall cannons to guard con-goers against titans.
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Pictured above is a replica of an airport security checkpoint. It's at a museum, not an airport. Roxy Paine is currently exhibiting it at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City. His exhibit, which is entitled, "The Denuded Lens," consists of three replicas of complex machines made with wood. Paine finds machines fascinating because they represent, to him, both control and a lack of it. In an interview with It's Nice That, he explains:
Machines act as industrial agents, but also as a physical manifestation of a mechanism of control. My machines utilise and contradict rules and norms of the factory and mass production. All of them seek to locate the moment in time and the place where control becomes non-control and where control becomes randomness. They also seek to find the place where sameness and uniqueness blur and become indistinct. Establishing a systematic language composed of certain fixed absolutes and certain variable entities.
Click on Continue reading to view another incredible work by Paine entitled The Machine of Indeterminacy. His craftsmanship is amazing.
The video Star S'Mores is supposed to teach children the concept of self control. But we all need to learn that, so it's appropriate that the story parodies a movie older than some of the kids' parents.
In five pun-packed minutes, Flan Solo (Cookie Monster) tries to learn to control his urge to eat his partner, Chewie the Cookie, a chocolate chip cookie. Only One Cannoli, Master Groda, Darth Baker, Princess Parfaia, and Luke Piewalker help Flan Solo learn to control his impulses by using The Four.
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Akai Tento no Koohii Ten's grubs are so realistic that you probably wouldn't be surprised to see them crawl around your plate. But be prepared for disappointment: they're actually just fruit-filled gummy worms.
The coffee shop operates from a market stall in a small seaside town in Japan. But it has a national reputation for its production of gummy larvae that look completely real. Like real grubs, it's the soft guts which taste really good. But these are filled with blueberry jam instead of insect entrails.
Do you look like an IKEA product? You might with the right costume. IKEA's Malyasian division held a cosplay contest which invited customers to dress up like the products that the company sells. The grand prize winner got a gift card worth about $250. That craftsmanship of some of these costumes is definitely worth that. But the participants had better make sure that they don't wear their costumes to the store or someone will try to buy them.
Danish golfer Karsten Maas can not only heft his custom-built club, but swing it, hit the ball, and make it land where he wants it to go. There may be longer golf clubs in the world, but Maas can reliably use his 14.5-foot wood to send a ball 540 feet.
Hitting the ball properly requires a special stroke that Maas has developed. His backswing keeps going, around and around his body until the club has lost momentum.
Maas can do a lot more than just swing this massive club around. He's a trick shot artist. In this video, you can see him hit two balls at once, bounce a ball on a club, hit one like a baseball, drive elevated balls, hit balls with two clubs swinging at the same time, and drive with a club bent over backwards.
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