It is now time to begin obsessively following the work of Lou Lou P, a baker in Leeds, UK. Very recently, she introduced us to the Cat Loaf and the Pug Loaf. Lou Lou is not done. She keeps knocking out hits, day after day. You want a burger with unicorn meat? She can't supply it. But this unicorn burger bun is just as good--and she's just getting started!
Calm down, Mr. Shatner. That’s just a drawing on a transparency taped over an airplane window. Claire Harvey, an artist from the UK, calls her series Postcards. They show solitary travelers standing on the wings of airliners, sometimes longingly gazing at the abyss below.
I can find little information about the series from the artist herself. What is notable is how other people explain the meanings that they find in these images. Junkculture sees the subjects as living in existential crises. Taylor Holmes thinks that the transparencies show “removable people.” I am withholding an assessment at the moment, but I do find Harvey’s work here fascinating. You can see more examples from the series at Arch Atlas.
Bradford Exchange produces this incredibly detailed clock that looks like a vintage Pac-Man arcade cabinet. It even has a joystick, coin slots, a Pac-Man pendulum, and the original sound effects. Every hour, it will chime with the sounds you loved as a child. And you don’t even have to put quarters in to make it keep ticking!
Pokemon creator Satoshi Tajiri has cited bug collecting and entomology as his inspiration for the world of pocket monsters he created, but not all Pokemon are based on bugs, or animals for that matter.
There’s the Porygon which is based on the polygon, Jigglypuff which seems to be based on bubblegum, karaoke and happiness, and the powerful yet ridiculous looking Magnemite, which is based on a magnet, just to name a few.
And then there are those Pokemon which are based on dark creatures from Japanese mythology, which have to be given a PG makeover because their original tales are terrifying!
Take the somewhat cutesy looking Mawile for instance- this Fairy type Pokemon is based on the tale of Futakuchi-onna, the woman with two mouths.
According to the legend, a miserly farmer was thrilled when his wife didn't need to eat any food, but baffled at the way his rice stocks were depleting more rapidly than usual.
One night, when his wife was sleeping, he brushed back her hair to discover the hidden ravenous mouth that had been voraciously devouring his supplies. Tendrils of hair were reaching into the cupboards like tentacles and putting rice directly into the ever-hungry teeth.
I don’t think anyone wants to catch that!
Image: The God of Pegana / Deviant Art
During his prolific writing career, Stephen King has created a wealth of unforgettable scenarios and characters, both horrific and dramatic. Many have been brought to the screen by now, with varying degrees of success. As such, and in this cinematic climate of sequels and reboots, a number of television and movie productions based on King's writings are in the works. One of them is his unusual story of kinky sex gone wrong, Gerald's Game.
As the story goes, a married couple into bondage leave home to vacation in an isolated cabin in the woods, with intent to play their favorite sex games in secluded privacy. But when something goes wrong during their sex play, things turn horrific in an instant. Given a great cast and talented director, a lot could be done with the premise.
Read all of the Stephen King movies and television shows in development here. Are you looking forward or hopefully optimistic about any of them? Weigh in with your comments.
Monday is typically the day that most people find themselves dreaming of their bed at some point during the day. Yet for some sleep worshippers, the day of the week makes no difference: bed is the place to be, and if they can't be there, they daydream about its comfort.
The Lingvistov brand of illustrated items is the brainchild of two Russian teachers Asia and Landysh, who were educated in linguistics and initially taught language. Their simple graphics that make the most of a mix of illustration and words are a delight. See all of their odes to sleep here, and check out the website, Facebook and Instagram of the illustrators to keep up with their works.
(Photo: Mapa Scotland)
On the grounds of a hotel in Scotland, there's an enormous outdoor map of that country, covering every part of its rich contours at a 1:10,000 scale.
The project was the brainchild of Jan Tomasik, a Polish soldier during World War II. He was a member of a Polish Army unit that escaped to France and then to Britain after Nazi Germany's conquest of his nation. While in the UK, Tomasik was stationed in Scotland. He fell in love with the country. After the Communists conquered Poland in 1945, he decided to settle in Scotland. Tomasik became a prosperous businessman, managing and owning hotels and pubs, among other enterprises.
Tomasik wanted to express his appreciation for the UK and Scotland in particular for giving him and his fellow Poles a place of refuge during the Nazi and Communist occupations of Poland. In 1968, he bought Barony Castle, an old manor home converted into a hotel. In 1972, he began construction of an enormous scale relief map of Scotland on its grounds. When it was completed in 1979, it offered visitors a spectacular presentation of Scottish geography in a beautifully pastoral setting.
The Barony Castle Hotel closed in 1985 and Tomasik died in 1991. The enormous map, which became known as Mapa Scotland, fell into disrepair. But now there is a volunteer effort to restore the map at the hotel, which has since reopened. You can read more at the official Mapa Scotland site.
-via Amusing Planet
This amazing video shows motorcycle daredevil Robbie Maddison, who once set a world record for the longest motorcycle jump, riding his bike out on the water like it is a surfboard.
My first thought was that he was riding a motorized surfboard rigged to look like a dirt bike.
That's a completely functional dirt bike. You can see that at the beginning of the video, during which Maddison rides the bike over land, right into the water. He's equipped it with outriggers that make it amphibious.
Well, I grew up surfing, and my wife is a big-time wakeboard champion, so every time we’re home in Australia we’re in boats, on the water, etc. I guess the idea originally came from—well I mean I’m obviously a motorcycle guy—but I was on the back of a boat and we were cruising along the river and I’m looking at the wake coming up the back, watching her wakeboard, and something clicked in my head. I fantasized putting skis on a bike and riding on water. It was a stupid vision at the time, but I kept toying with it, playing with designs and concepts, and eventually it became a reality.
Visitors to the Maldives can have a unique, underwater dining experience in high style at Subsix restaurant. To get to the destination, diners take a speedboat ride over a reef to a location less than 2000 feet offshore. Upon arrival, they descend a three-tier staircase lit with Italian chandeliers and surrounded by elaborate cabinetry and mirrors.
The décor of Subsix is themed around the reef setting, complete with chairs designed to look like anemones, capiz shells draped from the ceiling and chandeliers reminiscent of coral. Diners sit near large windows that allow them to feast their eyes on 90 coral reef species and a vast array of marine life as they feast on their cuisine inside. Regular sights include parrotfish, moray eels, grouper, butterflyfish, damselfish and a Hawksbill turtle.
Learn more about Subsix and see more gorgeous photos at its designers' website, Poole and Associates.
This summer of 2013 video is still making rounds online, and for good reason. Created by students from De Montfort University, the 3D rendering of London before the Great Fire of 1666 is incredibly well done. According to Londonist,
“Although most of the buildings are conjectural, the students used a realistic street pattern and even included the hanging signs of genuine inns and businesses mentioned in Samuel Pepys' diary.”
To learn more about the source material and making of the animation, visit the project's blog.
Bananas aren't just for humans and chimps. Cats love them, too! Or, at least, Mao does. He enthusiastically licks one, then chomps down.
Kiango the baby giraffe was born on June 14, 2015 at The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana. Staff members captured this sweet footage of Kiango dreaming giraffe calf dreams in his downtime. According to his zookeepers, adult giraffes typically sleep in a standing position, perhaps lying down briefly on occasion. Babies, however, generally do their sleeping lying down. Sweet dreams, Kiango. Via Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Facebook page
All Nicholas Anderson wanted to do was propose to his girlfriend, Deanna. He worked out a plan with Brighton, who is Deanna's son. They would take her to Salsarita's, a local restaurant. He would pop the question there.
But before Nicholas could do so, a man tried to rob the restaurant. A manager locked the front door to trap him inside. The robber tried to push his way through the door. That's when Nicholas stepped forward, put the robber in a chokehold, and knocked him out.
Then Nicholas proposed to Deanna. And she said yes!
-via Glenn Reynolds
Redditor xclever_name_user writes "Pouring a beer last night at work and part of the glass just kinda fell out." He says that the edges aren't sharp at all but "smooth as butter."
I've broken many glasses, but I've never seen one pop out a smooth section without further fracturing. How did this happen?
The Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden offers a new travel experience that builds anticipation and helps passengers acclimate to their destination cities. The Climate Portal consists of 3 rooms that simulate the temperature, wind speed, and barometric pressure of Hong Kong, Dubai, and Kiruna, which is Sweden's northernmost town. Participants are also surrounded with photos of these cities, giving them a very realistic impression of where they're going.
Can you believe this place? The customer service at this Subway is so pathetic that they won't even look at a robber standing right in front of the staff, demanding money.
The inadequate customer service training came in handy a few days ago. A man walked into a Subway sandwich shop in Coventry, Rhode Island. He was wearing a plastic shopping bag over his face as a mask. He walked up to the counter and told the lackadaisical teenagers "working" there to hand over their money.
They just ignored the robber. NBC News reports:
When he demanded money at the counter Tuesday, "the two teenage employees did not respond to the suspect," they said.
The man — who looks exasperated in security camera video of the incident — "became agitated and mumbled something under his breath as he walked out of the business," police said.
He should come back later and complain to a manager.
Instructables member Berto Aussems designed the WeDangle, a hanging, swinging seat built into a set of clothes. The pants and jacket contain soft supports that wrap around the body. Cords attach to these supports with carabiners. A fabric strap and aluminum tube wrapped around a tree branch hold the cords, permitting the user to recline and gently rock. The tube breaks down into four sections, which are easily pocketed in the jacket.
It doesn't look pretty, but Aussems envisions this as a proof of concept, rather than a final design. He hopes to refine the WeDangle so that it can be a piece of everyday clothing that lets people relax outdoors without bringing any extra equipment.
Actress Nichelle Nichols played Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek television series. Now, at the age of 82, she's leaving Starfleet for service with NASA. The tabloid The Mirror reports that Nichols will fly on NASA's SOFIA space telescope. This modified 747 flies at an elevation of 50,000 feet to observe strange new worlds. Nichols told fans about this mission during a reddit AMA. She writes:
SOFIA does not, sadly, fly into space. It's an airborne observatory, a massive telescope mounted inside a 747 flying as high as is possible. I was on a similar flight, the first airborn observatory, back in 1977. It's an amazing experience, you get a totally different perspective than from earth.
I do hope someone gets some great pictures.
-via The Geek Twins
Summertime is a great time for munching hot dogs, but if they just aren't classy enough for your tastes, you can always try heading to Washington where you can get your hands on a $169 dog that features wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffle and caviar.
Food that fancy shouldn't exit your body into a normal toilet, so you'd better have this $6,500 toilet equipped with an air deodorizer, heated seat, and even a nightlight.
These are only a few of the many absurdly expensive versions of normal products featured in this great TopTenz article.
"Charlie Bit My Finger"
Considering the impact the existence of YouTube has had on the internet experience as we know it, it's hard to imagine that the service is only ten years old. Founded on February 14th, 2005, the largely individual-based video sharing service has a content that is as varied as the human experience. From the absolutely bizarre to the epitome of human talent to the unbelievably obscure, it can be found on YouTube.
This grouping of classic viral videos that helped to put YouTube on the map run the gamut of that variety. The two videos featured here were chosen primarily due to being SFW; some others in the collection are not, despite their entertainment value.
Sneezing Baby Panda
This collection of family photos capture moments between mothers, sons and daughters, many from show business or high-profile families that have one generation of celebrity after another. Some, like Brooke Shields above, were pushed into show business by their aggressive stage moms. Others, like Demi Moore and Rumer as well as Susan Sarandon and Eva, are daughters with high hopes following their famous actress mothers into the business. See the entire 25-photo collection here.
(Unrelated photo by Cara Fealy Choate)
The emergency services dispatcher for the West Yorkshire Police answered the call. The man on the other line explained that a cat in his home had performed a nefarious crime:
Me girlfriend has let the cat eat my bacon . . . I want to press charges.
The dispatcher asked for clarification: did the man want police to arrest his girlfriend or the cat? Both. She responded:
Sir, it's not an offence to let your cat eat your bacon. Okay? And we don't arrest cats, I'm very sorry.
She should be! The dispatcher refused to do anything about this brutal act of thievery. The tabloid The Mirror reports:
He starts to protest and insists it's the girlfriend's fault for allowing the cat to do it.
But when he is finally told it's not a 999 emergency, he finally concedes and ends the call.
You can listen to a recording of the call in this video. It's a disgraceful act of negligence by an alleged "civil servant."
-via Dave Barry
I'm laying down a marker here: the Face Mask Hotness Hoodie is the future of menswear. This design by Andew Christian Laurel Cross has everything that a man needs to be comfortable and cool at the same time. And if it gets a bit chilly, all the wearer must do is pull on his hoodie and face mask.
This one is a mixture of cotton and polyester, which will be standard evening wear. For business settings, men will wear velour versions to look professional.
Potty training story books are an entire genre of young children's literature. But, sadly, most of those books are directed at human children and feature only human characters. That's why Gary Whitta is writing Pooping Is Logical: Potty Training Your Child the Vulcan Way.
Whitta is a screenwriter, most famous for writing The Book of Eli and Star Wars: Rogue One. His book, which is ilustrated by Penny Arcade's Mike Krahulik, tells the story of a little Vulcan boy who is learning to shed his diapers. Geek Dad reports:
Fortunately his parents, who are wise and loving, are on hand to help him through this transition and assure him that pooping on the potty is a perfectly natural, safe, and grown-up thing to do. In a society based on logic, what could be more logical than pooping?
At the moment, Whitta is facing difficulty getting copyright permission from the owners of Star Trek. Hopefully that will be resolved before the next generation of Trekkies is ready to learn how to use the potty.
-via The Mary Sue
We’ve all heard the standard slang from the World War II era, like calling Germans Jerrys or Krauts, but like any good slang the use of those words is a timely thing, and their meaning tends to fade away as years go by.
There were lots of fun slang terms thrown around on the battlefields of World War II that most of us haven't heard before, but thanks to the efforts of Paul Dickson and his book War Slang we're hep to the jive some seventy plus years later.
Now we can be in the know about a “bayonet course” being a slang term for a hospital treatment for venereal diseases, and that Sack Rats and Bunk Lizards (lazy soldiers) are the last to take on a Tough Row of Buttons to Shine (hard job). Have fun speaking World War II to everyone!
Frozen parodies are a dime a dozen on the interwebs, and aside from a few purposely funny performances they’re pretty standard fare.
Then along came a fun little song called "Do You Wanna Kill The Batman?", as written by Hesychia7 and performed by SydneyAmber S.
It made us believe in Frozen parodies again, and now it’s getting an animated treatment thanks to the efforts of animator Michael Smith.
Michael only has a little bit of the song animated so far (and way too much time to breakdown his animation) but we'll keep you posted when he finishes up this fun project!
-Via The Mary Sue
Professional ping pong players take the game very seriously, but they wouldn’t put their life on the line to win a tournament.
Ping pong playing robots are programmed to win at all costs, and places no value on human life, so if one of these machines asks if you’d like to play a game politely refuse then run like hell!
This cutting edge commercial by Omron Automation & Safety was created to show us how robots will serve a variety of functions in the future, posing the question 'can automation make us happy?'
Only if we make the automatons happy first, and keep them happy by oiling their gears and gently singing "Mr. Roboto" to them while they recharge. Yay for automation happy fun time!
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