When you hate someone so much you consider them an enemy you begin to consider sending them something awful, something that shows just how much you dislike that person.
But when boxes full of feces and strongly worded memos aren't enough you need something that cuts straight to the bone, like these hand painted postcards for your enemies by Killien Huynh of KAA Studio.
Killien's happily hateful postcards feature watercolor paintings of cute little critters delivering dark messages to your enemies, warming the heart of the hated before stabbing it with a snappy slogan.
Juggling is generally assumed to involve multiple objects (like balls or bowling pins) flying through the air, being passed from hand to hand in an overhead arc, but contact juggling isn't like ordinary juggling.
However, when you watch a true master contact juggler at work it's every bit as satisfying as traditional juggling, and may cause the viewer to go into a contact juggling induced trance.
It's common for actors to obsess over a role, wearing the persona like a disguise while filming so they really sell the character on the screen.
But actors who really commit to a role are willing to put their physical health on the line to embody a character, gaining or losing an unhealthy amount of weight to help them get into the role.
Christian Bale has both lost and gained to properly fit into his roles-he lost over 50 lbs. for his role in The Machinist and gained 43 lbs to play Irving in American Hustle, a gain that resulted in two herniated discs.
Kevin James is known for being a “big guy”, and he weighed in at 285 lbs. before training for his role in Here Comes The Boom, where he played a high school teacher turned MMA fighter.
After training intensely for the role he'd slimmed down to 218 lbs. and was clearly in peak physical condition in the film.
The Soviet era in Russia is known for its lack of civil liberties, business and industry being controlled by the Soviet government and the Communist party ruling with an iron fist.
But for some reason when it came to building bus stops local architects were given carte blanche, which allowed them to explore different artistic styles with the structures they helped bring to life.
Photographer Christopher Herwig spent over a decade documenting these artistic shelters in the Soviet sea of concrete, traveling over 8,000 miles through 14 countries and shooting all the stops along the way.
Christopher's photos of these unique and eye pleasing structures is about to be released by FUEL Publishing in the book Soviet Bus Stops, featuring "the most comprehensive and diverse collection of Soviet bus stop design ever assembled".
Bikers seem like the quintessential bad boys, and they sport this persona as proudly as their patches, but some of them actually have a heart and truly care about the living.
Pat Doody is no stranger to the live free biker lifestyle, and while he was heading home to New Jersey from the Born Free Motorcycle Show in California he proved he's also no stranger to loving kittehs when he scooped up a badly burned cat.
Here's how Pat met “Party Cat”:
“I was at this truck stop getting gas, and this little guy just needed help. He was pretty badly burned, so I picked him up and tucked him inside my vest. We’re feeding him regularly now, so he’s doing better, even though he’s sort of living on the road until we get home.”
No word on whether "Party Cat" has managed to grow a beard of his own, but with a clean bill of health and his burns all healed up it looks like "Party Cat" has a long life on the road ahead of him.
The Wild West Era lasted about 60 years, but it seems like a million stories have been told about the rough riding cowboys, slick shooting gunslingers and tenacious trailblazers who settled the West.
But this grim and gritty era in American history left us with far more questions than answers, and even those who spend their lives studying the era have a hard time agreeing on things like- Did Butch Cassidy ever return to the U.S.? Did Sheriff Pat Garrett actually kill Billy The Kid? and What happened to Pancho Villa's head?
He also says Butch Cassidy wasn't killed by the Bolivian military after all, a fact which is supported by Butch's friends and family members who claim to have been visited by him after he'd supposedly died.
But what about poor Pancho Villa's head? Nobody knows the answer to that one, not even an old cowboy like W.C. Jameson.
Watching someone paint or sculpt can be rather tedious or boring in real time, unless it's accompanied by the soothing sound of Bob Ross's voice that is, but watching someone draw can be quite magical.
Masters of illustration make the creation of an amazing drawing look easy, their chosen instrument dancing and skating across the page laying down line and tone until eye pleasing forms appear.
San Francisco-based illustrator Karla Ortiz is bewitching to watch while she's working, and this time lapse video allows us to take a look over her shoulder as she creates a classically inspired piece for her show "Omens", taking place at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California from September 12th to October 3rd.
There's no rule saying a film must contain a bunch of shots that look just as beautiful as still images as they do on the big screen, but sending viewers home with a head full of memorable shots ain't such a bad thing either.
These iconic, photographic shots are part of what made Stanley Kubrick one of the greatest directors in motion picture history, and when the shots came alive with dialog and camera motion audiences were entranced by Kubrick's singular vision.
Filmmaker and fan somersetVII created this homage to the director appropriately entitled "Kubrick" using shots and clips from his many iconic films to demonstrate Kubrick's knack for conveying emotion and mood through imagery and dialog.
As a kid skating meant grinding curbs, jumping stairs and hanging out in parking lots behind grocery stores looking for that perfect street session.
But way before street skating and technical tricks became all the rage sidewalk surfers rolled around in style on their big wheeled cruisers, and discovered that droughts lead to empty pools, and empty pools are the perfect place for a skate sessions.
Photographer Hugh Holland was on the scene in the late 1970s capturing the meteoric rise of skateboarding, and Hugh's street photography style and knack for catching skaters at just the right moment have influenced skate photography ever since.
Comics have a consistent release schedule that leaves a lot of room for mistakes, and yet a surprisingly low number of errors make it into print.
It's easy to assume syndicated comics would be full of errors since they're (generally) released daily, but errors that occur are usually the publisher's fault and not the creator's, even though it's the creators who feel the backlash in the end.
Garfield's Jim Davis felt this backlash back in 2010 when a strip he'd drawn nearly a year earlier was released on Veteran's Day and taken out of context as an insult against veterans.
In the world of comic books screw-ups are usually a result of an artist or writer's poor judgment, since errors are generally caught by editors before the issue is printed.
Stan Lee was working as editor when he allowed Marvel's Tales Of Suspense #92 to be printed with a terrible joke told by Captain America, a guy not generally known for his clever quips.
The joke was seen as "one of the funniest lines of dialogue in cartooning history", and later reprints feature a "corrected" version of the joke.
Producers have to adhere to a strict budget and milestone timeline to get their film completed per studio standards, and if a film seems like it's going over budget they pull the plug and move on to the next project.
But many crafty filmmakers have figured out ways to work around budget constraints, and their movie making on the cheap became the stuff of Hollywood legend.
Take the Monty Python crew for instance- they wanted to have real life horses in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but they were shooting on a budget and simply could not afford them.
So they resurrected an old time foley trick and turned two coconut halves into the clop of a horse's hooves, and one of the most iconic gags in comedy history was born.
Anthony Bourdain has bridged the gap between the culinary and entertainment industries, and his various projects have always been on the cutting edge of cool, so you know his new show will be a cut above the rest.
For episode 4 he paid a visit to the studio of Bob Kramer, a master bladesmith who uses the Japanese stacking technique used to create katanas to turn meteorite into a beautiful, and remarkably sharp, knife that left Bourdain in awe.
Peaceful flexing, eh? I guess that's the kind of flexing you'd expect to find at "The Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggressions and the World Anti-Fascist War." Well, that and lots of peaceful soldiers marching with peace rifles at the ready.
The Instagram self portrait posting craze is so out of control that even Barbie, the vainest doll of them all, has begun making fun of the self obsessed via social media.
The Instagram account @socalitybarbie shares images of the plastic fashion icon sporting a hipster style and going through the social media selfie motions, including the obligatory bathtub shot
The “I'm just out exploring the world and being totally happy with my life, and this candid photo proves it” shot
And the “here's what I'm having for lunch” shot that never gets old (if only we could outline sarcasm like we do links)
Maybe if the selfie obsessed see a Barbie doll demonstrating how artificial these shots look it will persuade these portrait posters to find a new way to fill that void in their lives. May I suggest starting a Barbie doll collection?
It may seem like a cliche, but when you're driving in a crowded city you need to keep your eyes on the road and be ready for anything, from drunk drivers to unexpected car troubles to flat out operator error.
California is chock full of cars, and with so many drivers on the road you're bound to encounter a few with minds that aren't firing on all cylinders.
As soon as you open an email account the scammers seem to come out of the woodwork, and suddenly you start meeting Nigerian princes and winning lotteries you never entered.
We've all seen it, dealt with it and, more often than not, deleted it, but funster James Veitch didn't feel comfortable leaving these people hanging.
He figures if they have the courtesy to reach out to him directly for help then he should be courteous right back by replying to the tales of their plight, so he has been replying to scam emails for over two years.
The results of his research on responding to scam emails can be found in the book “Dot Con: The Art Of Scamming A Scammer", which includes many of these scam-to-scam interactions in easy-to-read email format
If it weren't for the valiant efforts of caring individuals like James Veitch hundreds of scam emails would go unanswered each year, and the opportunity to write books about scam emails would be lost.
When you're trying to add some imaginative elements to your home by painting a mural on the wall it doesn't hurt to paint in a few visual surprises, some hidden elements that delight the viewer upon discovery.
And if you really want to transport visitors and residents alike to a world of wonder you should take a note from artist Giorgi Makharashvili and add some black light reactive paint to the piece.
Giorgi was recruited to paint a transforming mural on friend Keti Sidamonidze's bedroom wall, and he delivered a piece that goes from sitting cat and simple landscape in the light to fierce tiger face and magical moonlight dreamscape under the black light.
Gorillas are extremely intelligent animals and therefore likely to get bored sitting around a zoo enclosure all day, and there are days when they're both bored and tired of being simply stared at by humans.
They see us staring at small screens all day long and wonder what's so interesting about those shiny objects, because gorillas have never had a friend like this guy
A lot of bad things can happen in an Apple store, like spending your life savings to buy a brand new laptop or an Apple genius telling you that your device cannot be repaired nor precious files retrieved.
Defining what is or isn't "punk" is a very subjective matter, with people throwing in opinions ranging from "who gives a crap?" to "mohawks and hair spray and studded leather, oh my!" or "punk is punk, eff off!"
But you know what absolutely is not, and will never be, punk?
Posing for a series of stock photos dressed up like prototypical “punkers”, that's what, which is why these stock photos of "punks" and "punkers" are so darn funny.
They are visually crafted to scream PUNK! loud and clear, whether you're looking for an image of punks hanging around in a board room discussing punk business type stuff:
Or when you need a pic of a young punk couple enjoying a night out the Sid and Nancy way. Whatever the punk pic need there's a stock photo available that will prove you're hep to that punker jive!
Hippies often claimed they were out to change the world, to live differently and do their best to help the planet and its people. But many hippies were really just in it to be part of a scene, digging the music and the endless parties until they decided to go square and raise a family in the suburbs.
But those flower children who actually embodied the hippie dream had some really far out stuff going on, from the fabulous freakout estates of Ken Kesey to the Haight-Ashbury urban communal art and music scene.
And then there was that Taylor Camp bunch who decided life looked looked a whole lot better when viewed from a house in the trees.
Those who called Taylor Camp home were living the dream- they had no rules, no need for money, people came and went as they pleased, and nobody was ever forced to wear clothes.
Hawaii-based photographer John Wehrheim captured the Taylor camp scene from the inside, sharing images both intimate and journalistic that show us how the estate of Howard Taylor came to embody the hippie ideal.
Adam Savage generally has a good idea of what the outcome will be when he tests fictional science concepts with real world science, and he loves taking a major part of a pop culture franchise and putting it to the test.
This time around he's tackling the issue of blasters in Star Wars, which he says people have been wrongly referring to as "laser blasters" for decades.
Star Wars fans know the blasters actually fire particle beam energy which is referred to as a "bolt", but others assume these colorful bolts are lasers, which spurred Adam to prove once and for all that they can't be lasers.
He also proves something rather unexpected during the test- those blaster bolts were mighty slow, no wonder the Stormtroopers can't hit the broad side of a Star Destroyer!
Pop culture themed cereals are still around today, but the 80s and 90s were truly the heyday for geeky cereals, when the cereal aisle was full of sugary bits in boxes sporting our favorite characters.
These cereals were created to appeal to pop culture obsessed kids and give the Saturday morning cartoon crowd a way to link breakfast to the shows and movies they were watching and the games they were playing.
Knowing these cereals will probably never come back gives me a wistful feeling, but articles created by geeks like me let me relive those sugary sweet days of devouring pop culture by the bowlful.
Sarandon had this to say about the Leary memorial:
When I went to Burning Man last time, that's when I thought I'd bring him back here...I think he'd be so happy. I think he would have loved the chaos (of Burning Man). He would have loved it, and all these people honoring him with LSD.
Even though the festival has become a bit more trendy and celeb friendly over the years Burning Man is still home to some of the most amazing art cars, sculptures and temporary structures with tons of artistic flair.
The Mario Bros. have proven they deserve a place in the pop culture pantheon by transforming from little moustachied plumbers to larger than life heroes.
Their exploits are legendary, and they embody many of the attributes found in a mythological hero, making them the perfect spokesplumbers for the thoroughly modern mythology created by video games.
Japanese artist Taro Yamamoto is paying homage to those video game icons in a medium worthy of their lofty status- by creating a traditional Japanese screen painting featuring the Bros as gods.
Mario is depicted as Raijin, god of thunder and storms, while Luigi is depicted as Fujin, god of wind, two deities who get their power from their hair, which is why they're not wearing their signature hats.
In Soviet Russia arcade games feed you quarters and play you! Okay, with that obligatory Yakov Smirnoff joke out of the way let's talk about arcade games.
They stole our money and captured our hearts, and each new cabinet brought a new world of video game amusement so we “vidiots” were always looking for new gaming experiences.
That's why the Museum Of Soviet Arcade Machines in St. Petersburg seems truly captivating for an arcade lovin' “vidiot”- you get to play a bunch of games you've never seen or heard of before. And then you read a little bit more about the games and discover there is:
“no Pac-Man...no fantasies...Fantasy and role-playing games featuring treasure-hunting, princesses, and invented creatures had no home in the USSR. “
Okay, I was a little less intrigued with Soviet arcade gaming until I read this tidbit about how the games were made:
Once it was determined which games would be produced, the blueprints were allegedly sent to military factories that primarily made electronics used in nuclear testing and weapons.
In a curious twist of fate, however, it meant that the instruction manuals were also produced in the factories, and therefore were considered classified government documents. Because of this, the manuals are thought to have all been destroyed.
So figuring out how to fix the game cabinet could be considered an act of treason, well played Soviet Russia!
There are certain phrases used by English speaking people all over the world on a regular basis, phrases which have gone beyond the realm of idiom or cliché and become an inherent part of the English language.
But no matter how common the phrase there are people who will misuse, mangle and mix up the words in that phrase, defending their version with confidence.
How many times have you heard someone say “one in the same” “hunger pains” or “I could care less” when they really mean “one and the same” “hunger pangs” and “I couldn't care less”?
It may seem like a small and insignificant difference, but if people are going to use these phrases so often they might as well be saying them correctly!
A celebrity's last words become a major part of their legend after they pass on, and sometimes even overshadows the celebrity's career.
But there's one guy who wasn't overshadowed by his last words, partly because people can't decide what his last words actually were. That guy is Walt Disney, and his last words have been the subject of many arguments over the years.
When Kurt Russell went on Jimmy Kimmel Live back in 2007 and declared his name was the last thing Walt Disney ever said he got some Disney historians riled up, including one who went to great lengths to disprove the myth.
Leading Disney historian Jim Korkis did an exhaustive amount of research to uncover what Walt actually “said” before he died, words written on paper since Walt was dying of lung cancer and couldn't speak, and the list surprisingly includes the words “Kirt (sp) Russell”.