We were exposed to two or three different versions of Iggy Pop when he was becoming famous in the 70s then coming to terms with his fame in the 80s- and they were all jerks.
Iggy is a hard guy with a punk rock attitude that's appropriate and well deserved, but I think the fact that he appeared on The Adventures Of Pete & Pete and The Rugrats Movie means he was hiding a soft side all along.
You can tell Esther brought out the warm and funny side of the punk icon, and considering they met while Iggy was "drying out" in West Berlin she clearly kept his spirits high:
Esther Friedman was Iggy Pop's girlfriend for seven years, from roughly 1976 to 1982. They met while Iggy was living in West Berlin with David Bowie, where the two Rock stars were hoping to dry out after a period of heavy drug use. Iggy and Bowie lived at Hauptstrasse 155 in Schöneberg. At that time, Friedman was a prolific photographer, and she took many revealing photographs of Iggy Pop in various locales.
OMNI was a "science and science fiction" magazine consistently ahead of its time, and it featured great stories from Harlan Ellison, William S Burroughs, Joyce Carol Oates, George R. R. Martin and the mighty William Gibson, just to name a few.
You know how movies often include a disclaimer in the credits that says "no animals were harmed in the making of this film"?
Well, one film in particular deserves an award for "most people harmed during the making of a film", because by the time the movie was finished a whopping 70 people had been injured or outright mauled during production.
"ROAR" stars Tippi Hedren, a young Melanie Griffith and a cast of savage lions, tigers and cheetahs who couldn't help but chew on the cast and crew every chance they got.
In fact, director of photography Jan de Bont is lucky to be alive after he was nearly scalped by a lion, leaving him in need of 120 stitches- which made him the perfect model for the movie poster.
But the maulings didn't stop there, and nobody was safe from the wild cast of critters:
Noel Marshall was bitten many times, often on camera, and hospitalized with gangrene; Hedren suffered a fractured leg wound during a scene with Timbo the elephant. The actress later found black gangrene in that leg as well— discovered while visiting Jerry in the hospital for his leg injury, no less. The list goes on. A horrific injury that Melanie Griffith suffered is even witnessed on-camera, during a scene in which she lay in a lion’s grasp (facial reconstructive surgery proved necessary).
Incidents like these have placed the film in an uneasy category of recognition: some cast and crew speak openly about the struggles on the film, while others, including Griffith, want nothing more to do with it. During filming, it was suggested that, due to Noel’s involvement, the production had been struck by the fabled “Curse of The Exorcist”—the inexplicable downfall of anyone linked to that production.
There are many unbelievable things about Captain America's character, but if you can believe there's a metal called Vibranium and a Super Soldier Serum then the electromagnetic action on his shield should be no big deal.
Superman has been drunk on power, high on drugs made specifically for Kryptonians and delirious after a spell was cast on his mind, but his alien metabolism makes it virtually impossible for him to get drunk on Earth booze.
But if he's able to get his hands on some Kryptonian Moonjuice or Martian Ripple he transforms into Drunk Superman- with the power to pee on (and piss off) the Batman faster than a speeding bullet.
Plus he has already starred in his own viral video!:
Our “tough guy” Moyo doesn’t have his horns yet, but that doesn’t stop him practicing his charge! The 2-week-old black rhinoceros calf is very active and zookeepers provide him with a variety of toys and enrichment throughout the day. Play is important for baby animals – it’s how they learn the skills they will need as adults.
The strange little dolly you see in the photo above was an extremely popular toy from the mid-1800s called a bathing doll, also known as solid chinas or bathing babies, which were porcelain dolls kids played with in the tub.
Bathing dolls were first manufactured in Germany around 1850, they sold for a penny so the kids really dug them, and in England parents would bake them into puddings and cakes around Christmas.
But bathing dolls soon became associated with the creepy poem "Young Charlotte" written by humorist Seba Smith in 1840:
The poem recounted the grim true tale of a young woman who had frozen to death one New Year’s Eve while out riding with her sweetheart in an open sleigh. This poor unfortunate lass had failed to heed her mother’s advice:
“O, daughter dear,” her mother cried, “This blanket ’round you fold; It is a dreadful night tonight, You’ll catch your death of cold.”
“O, nay! O, nay!” young Charlotte cried, And she laughed like a gypsy queen; “To ride in blankets muffled up, I never would be seen.”
Smith’s poem inspired the folk song “Fair Charlotte”:
“He took her hand in his — O, God! ’Twas cold and hard as stone; He tore the mantle from her face, Cold stars upon it shone. Then quickly to the glowing hall, Her lifeless form he bore; Fair Charlotte’s eyes were closed in death, Her voice was heard no more.
The dolls became known as "Frozen Charlotte" in the U.S., and some even came complete with their own coffin and burial shroud.
Nowadays "Frozen Charlottes" are considered quite collectible, especially when they have their coffin, and since they range in size from about 2 inches to over 18 inches tall they appeal to all kinds of collectors.
This 1949 Kurtis Sport Car is a beautiful vintage convertible and an extremely rare car, since only 16 of them were ever made, but it's also the car that helped launch Motor Trend magazine by posing for the first issue.
In fact, the V8 dreamboat seen in these photos is the same Kurtis Sport Car that appeared on the cover of that inaugural issue, and it's just as gorgeous today as the day it rolled out of the Kurtis plant.
Here's more on this amazing(ly rare) automobile:
The Kurtis Sport Car was a product of the astonishing explosion of automotive creativity that occurred in California after World War II. After enduring a grinding depression and a grueling war, Americans were ready to celebrate as the booming economy provided jobs and prosperity. They’d had enough of cars for hard times — the somber and sensible Depression-era sedans and coupes they’d nursed through the war years on old tires and rationed gas. California was where the party started. And Frank Kurtis, the son of a Croatian blacksmith, was at its epicenter.
The Kurtis’s combination of easy, American V-8 muscle and European-style chassis tuning must have seemed sensational back in 1949. Frank Kurtis had demonstrated a compelling formula for an all-American sports car: The Kurtis Sport Car was well-engineered, well-detailed, and well-built.
His love of rhythm led Hibiki to play the Rhythm Heaven games, which he could actually play with other kids, and in this way Nintendo changed his life- so he wrote them a letter to thank them.
Here's the translation:
How do you do. My name is Hibiki Sakai, and I am in 5th grade.
I cannot see with my eyes, but I have always wanted to play games, just like everybody else. There were hardly any games I could play.
The only game I could actually play was "Rhythm Heaven." I was able to enjoy only this game with others, and no one could beat me in this game.
I have perfected the game on Game Boy Advance, Game Boy DS, Wii, and 3DS.
Therefore, I strongly hope you keep making "Rhythm Heaven" going forward. I can handle it, even if you made it a little bit harder!!
I am sure that there are many visually impaired kids besides me who want to but cannot play games.
That is why I hope you develop games that people with physical disabilities can enjoy with other people. I will continue to support Nintendo.
From: Hibiki Sakai
Nintendo showed they genuinely appreciated Hibiki's letter by sending him a letter in return, which was printed in braille and promised they'd "keep doing our best to create games that everyone can have fun with."
Hibiki's dad Kentaro was thrilled by their response:
"As parents, we were truly surprised to get a prompt and sincere response to a letter written by a child. Regardless of whether a new version is released or not, we were very happy that the letter brought hope to Hibiki."
"Hibiki taught us that people are not unfortunate because of their disabilities, rather, the heart that is weakened by the disabilities is unfortunate. By changing his blindness from a fate to a mission, he fights on everyday toward a big goal of becoming a drummer who can bring courage and hope to the world."
The police department represents safety, security and defense to many people, and therefore police stations are seen as extremely safe spaces because there are so many cops coming and going from the station all day every day.
But sometimes things go all Assault On Precinct 13 because bad guys like to target cops when they have nothing left to lose, and apparently so do rogue rodents.
It's considered cheesy for a character to name drop the title of the film by today's standards, but back in the day the “title drop” was something viewers anticipated, cheered at and talked about after watching a movie.
Some movies like Good Morning Vietnam, White Men Can't Jump, Dude, Where's My Car?, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot and What About Bob? Use the title drop during a memorable scene.
Others like The Godfather, The Big Lebowski, Hobo With A Shotgun, The Wolf Of Wall Street and Fantastic Mr. Fox are named after the main character so the name drop feels natural but doesn't make for a quotable moment.
All of these movies also have one other thing in common- they're all included in this compilation video by Roman Holiday entitled “Title Drops” along with around a hundred and forty more.
The idea of an opium den operating somewhat openly in towns and cities around the world is seen as scary by many people nowadays, as the war on drugs put the fear of violent junkies in our minds.
But by the mid-19th century opium dens had become a quite common, and somewhat normalized, part of city life- that nobody ever wanted to talk about.
So opium dens operated freely, albeit discreetly, and they let anyone with the coin of the realm lie back and ride the dragon in the safety of their pillow-laden pad:
From the 1850s on, the opium den spread across the world as a seedy place of refuge for commoner and lord. In Europe opium was viewed as a potentially liberating and creative touchstone. In America, it was seen as an evil and degenerate drug that led to vice, squalor, poverty, madness and death.
However, it should be noted that when the use of opium and the opium den was most prevalent or most virulent—depending on your view—that both America and Europe were at the peak of an industrial, social and cultural revolution. Opium did not appear to make people slackers. Even a fictional hero like Sherlock Holmes indulged in the occasional pipe—all in the line of duty, of course.
Opium should have been considered the ultimate gateway drug to the Reefer Madness crowd rather than pot, because ordinary folks who came for the opium high often gave up the rest of their lives to the needle when morphine and heroin took over:
By the 1900s, the opium den was no longer quite so ubiquitous. There were dens still to be found in most cosmopolitan cities like New York, San Francisco, London, and Paris, but opium was now mainly a fashionable prop for the bohemian, artistic, and literary class to indulge. Those who wanted a real kick sought opium in other forms—first as morphine then as heroin.
In a rather horrific twist of fate, morphine was originally considered to be the cure for opium addiction. In the late nineteenth century, morphine pills were introduced to China to help cure opium addicts. These pills were called “Jesus opium” as they were given out by missionaries. This “cure” was also sold in America right up until the 1906 U.S. Pure Food and Drug Addict which meant drug content had to be specified and banned the sale of products with false claims.
When video game designers are trying to sell more copies or appeal to that prime target young males between the ages of 18-34 audience they include fan service elements in their game, which are often taken way too far.
Want to know what taking fan service too far looks like?
It pretty much looks like the entire Dead Or Alive series, but especially that cheeky DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball game released by Koei Tecmo- which was basically all about boobs.
In fact, when it comes to fan service most game designers go straight for boobs in skimpy bikinis, which is not only a cheap way to lure in teen boys with raging hormones- it's a good way to make your game fail among serious gamers.
There are exceptions to the rules like Metal Gear Solid V, which is still seen as one of the best games in the franchise despite the fact that Quiet the mute sniper wears a bikini to battle.
They could at least try to make the sexiness work in the storyline like they do in The Witcher games, but maybe Quiet is so quiet because she's almost naked?
If you're lucky you'll never know what it's like to have your home invaded by cartoons- friends, relatives or otherwise. But if you ever discover a toon or two lurking in your home you should act fast and call in the Erasers to avoid a full-blown invasion.
Because, as storyboard artist and animator Marty "Hombre_McSteez" Cooper discovered, when toons invade your homes things become uncomfortably ridiculous real fast.
When the two superstars of slasherdom finally got to battle it out in Freddy Vs. Jason the writers came up with a pretty convoluted reason for their conflict- Jason refused to let Freddy boss him around.
But if we've learned anything about these characters it's that they both have a penchant for killing people that defines their very existence, so rather than enemies Freddy and Jason would have been soulmates.
And, as this comic by JHALL and Tristan Cooper shows, the two would have preferred to snuggle on the couch and watch the live-action Scooby Doo movies rather than fighting. That is, unless Freddy said something mean about Jason's mom...
Disney parks hire some really talented people to play the characters guests can interact with in the park, and the non-mascot characters try to imitate the character's original voice as best they can, accent and all.
But when the characters encounter impressionist Brian Hull his impressions make the Disney parks actors' performances look like Pooh.
They can't believe the spot-on impressions coming out of Brian's mouth, and Winnie almost loses his willy nilly silly old mind he's so impressed!
When you're out at the beach soaking up the rotting seaweed smell ambiance and frolicking in the swash you might see some bold people wearing some equally bold swimsuits that leave little to the imagination.
If you see someone wearing one of these swimsuits you should salute them because they represent freedom, and their suits reveal how far we've come from the days when you could get a ticket for taking off your shirt a block from the beach.
Back in 1946 it was considered "indecent" when people walked around in their swimsuits anywhere but on the beach itself, and at Rockaway Beach in New York you were expected to wear a robe to and from the beach.
LIFE photographer Sam Shere hit Rockaway Beach to reveal the scandalous swimsuits burning up the sands and capture moments when people who are overdressed by today's standards receive tickets for "indecent exposure".
Many people prefer Nutella to peanut butter, jam or plain butter on bread, and I've known a couple or three people who really go gaga for the stuff, eating it up by the jar as a staple in their pantry.
But given the sweet, chocolaty and deliciously hazelnutty taste of Nutella I've always thought it must be terrible for you and contain very few hazelnuts - and I was right on both counts.
And although this graphic shows a jar of Nutella is about half sugar the information on the label indicates it might contain even more sugar than that:
While Nutella contains just five ingredients (palm oil, cocoa, hazelnuts, skimmed milk powder, and sugar), a whopping half of the stuff is sugar.
According to its nutritional label, a jar of Nutella has 21 grams of sugar per 37 grams of spread (two tablespoons), meaning that in reality more than half is sugar. Much of the rest is palm oil — solid fat some claim causes cancer.
The Wonder Woman series from the mid-70s truly did the iconic character justice, but before they got it right by casting Lynda Carter and giving the show a decent budget Wonder Woman's TV show dream died hard.
That's because back in 1967 TV execs were hoping to capitalize on the success of the Batman TV series by giving Wonder Woman her own show, and they even got Batman producer William Dozier to help create the show.
But, as you can see in this screen test for Who's Afraid Of Diana Prince?, a campy Wonder Woman series was never going to work- especially when she's a 27-million-year-old living with her mom.
Comic books introduced the world to an iconic pantheon of characters with god-like powers who star in timeless tales of good vs. evil, but well before comics the Old Masters were telling similar stories with their artwork.
And now the subjects of those old works of art have been replaced with the heroes of the Marvel Universe in these fun fine art updates by VFX artist David Cubero, who uses Marvel toys as the subjects.
Here's what David has to say about this heroic project:
I love toys and photography and I have been shooting pics of my toys collection since 2009. Recently I started this series about the history of art using Marvel Toys, mostly Iron Man. Why? Because I use references to create new pictures and I thought it would be fun to recreate this well-known images with modern iconic heroes.
There's a guru out there for everything from fashion to fitness to spirituality, but the lifestyle gurus have to be the most useless of the bunch.
So what kind of person would hire a lifestyle guru like JP Sears? The kind of person who would wear a PC Police badge proudly and get easily offended by the dumbest stuff just so they can tell everyone how offended they were.
If this sounds like the kind of person you'd like to become then this video by JP Sears is your gateway to a new life full of exasperation and thin skin.
Fashion illustration and fashion design aren't exactly the same thing, since designs are used to make clothing but fashion illustrations often feature clothing that would be virtually impossible to duplicate in real life.
So fashion designers will look at Tina Jiang's amazing illustrations and get a bit frustrated, after they wipe the drool from their chins, because the clothes featured in Tina's illustrations look amazing but they'd be a nightmare to make.
David Lynch has made my geeky dreams come true by bringing Twin Peaks back to TV, and his past films still haunt my dreams and give me the occasional daymare when I think back on them all.
But as far as Oscar-nominated filmmakers go David is quite reserved, preferring to keep to himself and keep his chats with the press to a minimum.
That's why even hardcore Lynch fans may not know many of the odd and interesting facts on this list of Strange David Lynch Facts, like the fact that he didn't leave his room for two weeks when he first arrived at college- he only left his room when the batteries in his radio died.
And have you ever wondered why David Lynch always buttons the top button on his shirts? He's not trying to be fashion forward- he buttons it because it makes him feel safe.
Even though Lynch's films have forever changed the movie industry by proving artistic films can make millions he initially wanted to be an artist-he is an avid painter and he used to draw a comic strip called The Angriest Dog In The World.
The New York Times once wrote that Lynch's paintings look like they were "seemingly made by a psychiatric patient nursing festering grudges." Maybe Bob helped guide his hand?
Cats are born to be master thieves, raised to be super sneaky, and taught the fine art of stalking, hiding and stealing by their feline elders, with some students showing more promise than others.
But even the most inept cats are pretty good at snatching stuff without their humans noticing, that is, when they're not acting all IDGAF about the rules of the house.
And if cats had any concept of monetary value they could make a fortune pilfering jewelry from our dressers and selling our electronics on Craigslist while we're at work. Instead they just steal silly stuff like books and pens then give us that "what?" face.
There are so many special effects artists working in the entertainment industry today that it's hard to make a name for yourself unless your creations really stand out, and if you have your own style then all the better.
Which is why fx artist Patrick Magee is so sought after in Hollywood- he has his own style, his creations range from hyper realistic to gruesome and cartoony, and the scary stuff he sculpts stands up to scrutiny.
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Patrick Magee was in attendance at Monsterpalooza 2017 in Burbank where Tested artist Frank Ippolito met up with him to discuss how he approaches a new project, what his creations are made of and where he finds inspiration.
The Nintendo Switch has been a hot seller since it came out three months ago, and even though many gamers bought it so they could play the new Legend Of Zelda game Breath of the Wild they keep finding new reasons to love the Switch.
And thanks to YouTuber UnlockRiver you can add one more reason to love the Switch to the list- the little sucker seems to be virtually indestructible, proven by the fact that it survived a thousand foot drop.
Fans love to argue about who could beat up whomever and whatnot online, but these arguments are usually based on the arguer's emotional connection to the character and some stuff they've read on Reddit.
But if you want to present an airtight argument you've gotta have scientific evidence to back up your point, especially when you're arguing about superheroes. Which is why I trust quantum physicist Dr. Spiros Michalakis when he said Ant-Man can beat up Superman during an interview with Inverse.
Dr. Michalakis served as a consultant for the Marvel movie Ant-Man, helping the writers infuse some real physics into Ant-Man's abilities, especially his shrinking power:
“When I was looking to inject elements of modern physics into the script, I brought up this idea that, when Ant-Man goes into the Microverse and something malfunctions, he doesn’t just go to just a smaller space like Fantastic Voyage, (he goes to a step beyond the Proteus) … This is a place where the nature of reality changes around you. So, when you enter the quantum realm, its different set of laws takes hold.”
As Spiros sees it Ant-Man would be able to best Superman by sucking him into a black hole:
“What I’m saying is that potentially understanding the quantum code from which curvature of space-time comes from, [Ant-Man] could manipulate to increase it or decrease it.” Superman has, in the canon of the DC Universe, lifted 200 quintillion tons. But if Ant-Man had a way, he could crush Superman with 201 tons... Ant-Man could have created say, a black hole. Could Superman escape the black hole? Probably not. Then game over.”