It's no secret that dogs have fought alongside their human masters for centuries, so setting them up with a sweet suit of armor seems like the best way to prove that dogs really are man's best friend.
This suit of doggy armor dates back to the Edo period of Japanese history, and even though it wasn't made for use in combat it definitely would have made a pooch look extra tough!
Here's more about this armor:
General opinion is that this set was made from a dog belonging to a very senior samurai, possibly a daimyo, who apparently was extremely found of this canine companion [...] This set is of dubious practical value, and was almost certainly produced as a novelty item to appease the whim of an apparently very wealthy, powerful, and one can only assume, somewhat eccentric samurai warrior. The armour was most like used likely limited in its use to being worn during [...] formal parade-like situations.
Even though this isn't a totally original idea, since Disney has been doing something similar for a while now, these Star Wars - Disney animation character design mashups by Nathan H. Boyd are still pretty darn cute.
Of particular note is Jiminy Cricket as Yoda and Pete (who is missing his signature cigar) as Darth Vader.
If people living in the year 1899 could have seen what life would be like in the year 2000 they probably would have been disappointed, although 3D TVs and tablet computers would have seemed pretty far out.
Check out these illustrations which:
...were made by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910. The first series of these pictures were produced for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris.
For the most part technology hasn't caught up with our science fiction dreams, and in some cases this is definitely a good thing! I do wish we had winged firemen though...
Tron X Bumblebee from Transformers = one amazingly cool custom action figure!
It's called "Rage Over Cybertron Bumble Bee" and if crossover figures, like this one made by figure modder Ammra, had been released when I was a wee lad I would have moved heaven and hell to get my hands on one!
If you're looking for a one stop site for all your Halloween tutorial needs then check out the Monsterlist Of Halloween Projects.
There you'll find hundreds of links to tutorials ranging from simple to frighteningly complex, and all for the sake of sprucing up your haunted house this Halloween. We took a quick tour and couldn't believe how many great tutorials were gathered on this one site, it's like a graveyard of ghoulish goodies for the DIY crowd!
Photographer Kevin O'Connell enjoys taking pictures of abandoned buildings and spooky places, and makes the scenes look even spookier by using long exposure times (sometimes as long as seven hours!) to achieve an effect he calls "painting with light".
The night sky turns an eerie color that really frames each structure, making them look like somewhere you wouldn't want to be after dark.
If you like this pic of "an old Japanese bunker on a remote island in the Pacific" you have to check out the rest of Kevin's pics at the link below!
If you enjoy number crunching as much as we do then you'll appreciate this illustrated chart which breaks down Halloween by the numbers- amount of candy consumed, how many people handed out candy, how many people dressed up- strictly the important information we all need to keep our heads full of facts and figures!
Alison from the Polohouse blog came up with this simple yet fun way to light up the front of her house on Halloween.
Using a carved foam pumpkin, a candle and some supplies for hanging she came up with this cute jack-o-lantern....lantern!
You can even use a real pumpkin to get the same effect, but the foam version can be used for years to come. And for added safety you can even use a flameless candle on the inside and still get the same effect.
Hit the link below for complete instructions on making this delightful decoration, it's really easy yet will look great lighting up your porch on Halloween!
Once upon a time a flying rat bat was rescued by a cat and thereby named Mr. Kitty, thereby becoming one of the luckiest bloodsuckers to ever hit the night sky.
A feral cat discovered the poor little guy in the parking lot of the Bat World Sanctuary in Texas, his wing broken beyond repair, so the cat gingerly brought him to the caretakers and dropped the patient off in his new home.
Even though he doesn't look too happy about the whole ordeal I'm sure Mr. Kitty is thrilled to be alive, he's probably just a bit camera shy!
We all know that the superheroes in the Marvel Universe are tough, but illustrator Skottie Young insists that they were born kicking butt!
His adorable series finds Marvel superfolks crushing villains before naptime, and even with their claws out and laser beams shooting out of their hands I just wanna hug 'em and squeeze 'em and play with 'em like bouncy little babies!
Sending a Hollywood movie overseas means simply adding subtitles, but advertising said movie means wacky new artwork created by someone who clearly hasn't even seen the movie!
Take a gander at this gallery of posters for Hollywood blockbusters as seen through the eyes of European artists, and you'll see how a little artistic interpretation can make a popular movie nearly unrecognizable.
Artist David Mach creates sculptures out of a variety of odd mediums, from matchsticks to Scrabble tiles, but this time he's making drycleaner dreams come true-by creating sculptures out of coathangers.
David even left the hook on most of the hangers, creating an exterior layer of texture and adding a bit of visual interest to each piece, as if these pieces needed to be more interesting to look at!
The Bic pen company really shot themselves in the foot when they decided to advertise their new line of "cristal" pens as being "for Her".
The interwebs immediately took to typing up hilariously scathing reviews of the pens, making sure to include all the magic, wonder and sparkly ponies these feminine pens have brought into their lives. Here are some examples:
"My drawings of kittens and ponies have improved, and now that I'm writing my last name hyphenated with the Robert Pattinson's last name, I really believe he may some day marry me! I'm positively giddy."
"But the Bic Cristal for Her pens sparkle (like crystal!) and twinkle and dance on the page and even emit little squeaks and giggles when they're writing extra fun stuff. They chatter among themselves and have their own personalities"
Read on and see why these pens are strictly for gals...no guys allowed!
Kitties have highly tuned senses that help them hunt in the wild, but this crazy cat seems to be receiving transmissions from another planet!
Maybe it's talking to the star of the movie The Cat From Outer Space, either that or it sees a bird outside and wants to get at it...naw, it must be something to do with aliens, anything else is just plain ordinary!
Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte is the subject of this 1978 documentary, which just happens to have a soundtrack scored by rock icon Roger Waters of Pink Floyd!
It may be a bit dry in places, and the narrator sounds like the one heard in those terribly outdated educational films you were forced to watch in school, but if you love Pink Floyd then you'll want to watch the whole thing for the sake of the tripped out soundtrack.
If the idea of a three day weekend with nothing to do seems like torture via boredom then take a gander at these neat DIY projects and get to building!
You might not be able to build an entire TARDIS from scratch in three days, unless you have some serious carpentry skills, but a Star Trek apron is doable, and so are many of the other fun projects on this list.
This Labor Day weekend you can build something to be proud of, or head in to work on Tuesday complaining about being hung over... I choose you DIY project!
The folks at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park know the best way to get their critters in on the Halloween fun is to surprise them with a pumpkin.
Some of the animals think the orange squash in their enclosure might be part of a trick, but soon after they discover what a treat it is to have a pumpkin of their very own, and it sure beats going to the dentist after eating too much candy!