A 400-year old cottage was discovered by a construction crew near Pendle Hill (in northern England) that is believed to have been the home of one of the Pendle Witches. The eleven women known as the Pendle Witches were found guilty of murdering ten people with witchraft in 1612, and all but one were hanged for their supposed crimes.
Archaeologists believe this cottage has ties to witchcraft because they found the remains of a cat set inside a brick in the wall. From BBC News:
It is believed the cat was buried alive to protect the cottage's inhabitants from evil spirits...
Simon Entwistle, an expert on the Pendle witches, said: "In terms of significance, it's like discovering Tutankhamen's tomb.
"We are just a few months away from the 400th anniversary of the Pendle witch trials, and here we have an incredibly rare find, right in the heart of witching country. This could well be the famous Malkin Tower - which has been a source of speculation and rumor for centuries.
"Cats feature prominently in folklore about witches. Whoever consigned this cat to such a horrible fate was clearly seeking protection from evil spirits."
It will be interesting to see what develops in this case, perhaps the witches will be found innocent four centuries later.
Link --via BoingBoing
Iconic comic book illustrator Rob Liefeld, aka the Man who Never Ages, and celebrated cartoonist Ty Templeton starred in this enlightening episode of the Canadian TV show The Anti Gravity Room from 1996, which shows what it takes to put together a comic book.
If you've ever wondered how a comic book goes from script to store shelf, this ugly VHS rip will fill you in on the particulars, and offers some pretty sweet insight into how much work goes into creating comics.
GIFs of cats, much like their cousins the LOLCats, have taken the interwebs by storm with their furry animated antics, and if you're a compulsive collector like me, then the massive collection of 50 cat GIFs over at BuzzFeed will feel like Christmas has come early. Right click, save, then share with someone who needs a smile.
Retro gaming enthusiasts will remember how the Game Genie helped them achieve the impossible while playing console games. They were an indispensable way to cheat and get the most out of your cartridges, without devoting your entire life to completing each game.
If you enjoyed the power of the Genie, there's good news-the masterminds at Hyperkin have brought back the Game Genie for use on the Nintendo DS/3DS handheld consoles, so you can finally see what you've been missing in those games you just can't seem to finish. Now go forth and become immortal!
Link --via Ology
This amazing custom rifle, more of a hand cannon really, fires modified .50 caliber rounds and looks badass punching giant holes in targets. Here's how this rifle puts the WTF in firearms:
The cartridge, named the .700 WTF ("What The F...") and is made by fire forming a .50 BMG brass case, trimming it to 3" in length and then sizing it. The round is loaded with a 1132 grain paper patched .700 lead cast bullet.
The rifle, with just a 16.25" barrel, can push the 1132 grain of lead up to 2300 fps. Thats 13,000 ft/lbs of energy, right up there with the .50 BMG and far exceeding the .700 Nitro Express. The cast lead bullet has enough energy to pass clean through a 1/4" steel plate.
It's a must-have when you come face-to-face with an angry dinosaur, or Godzilla on the rampage. Hit the link to check out a video of this bad boy in action.
Link --via Geekologie
When cosplayer Joshua Smith decided to make a costume for BlizzCon, first he went to Wal-Mart then he went all out, building this massive, amazingly detailed Diablo costume in honor of the release of Diablo III.
There are lots of photos of this amazing costume at the link below, including shots of the suit lit up with a demonic glow. If I owned this costume, I would scare the crap out of my entire neighborhood on Halloween!
Link --via Destructoid
I can't think of a better way to re-envision a classic tale like "Of Mice And Men" than to cast an orc and goblin as the two main characters, throw them into a fantasy world, then let the orc kick some human tail in the name of freedom. Just don't let him near any puppies!
These thought provoking collages by Romanian-born artists Irina and Silviu Szekely have a classic Surrealist/Dada style, and perception distorting elements that guide the eyes on a strange trip around the scene.
The images used to make up each collage are simple, yet iconic, which makes each piece powerful enough to be memorable, and they remind me of classic early 20th century works by Giorgio de Chirico and Max Ernst, among others. Take your eyes over to Irina and Silviu's Tumblr page to reveal more of their dreamy works.
Link --via JazJaz
Using the motion graphics style and song from the Parks and Recreation tv show seems to have given some of the characters from Twin Peaks a slightly different feel: the Man From Another Place seems less sinister, Sheriff Truman looks more intense, and Donna is way more weepy. Boy, Twin Peaks sure looks like a nice little town!
What could possibly make the Predator alien more badass than he's already proven himself to be? Make a full-sized likeness of him out of metal!
Standing 8 feet 2 inches tall and weighing over 11 hundred pounds, Steampunk Predator is custom made from various parts, automotive and otherwise, and recycled metal. Check out more from Kreatworks at their Etsy store link below, including a really cool Robocop and an awesome Alien.
Link --via BuzzFeed
This Angry Birds dress caused quite a stir when Rovio CMO Peter Vesterbacka's wife wore it to the Finnish Presidential Palace, but why hate on someone representing the game that has taken the world by storm? I mean, the dress is kind of ridiculous looking, and the bird's eye is a bit too close to being mistaken for a nip slip, but anyone who would go to this length for promotion deserves at least a nod of approval.
Link --image credit: Matti Matikainen / MV Photos / Polaris.
This beautiful luxury home in New York's Adirondack State Park has an awesome secret-it's built on top of a former launch control center, and has an additional 2300 square feet of space which lies safely underground.
And now this cabin/bunker can be yours for a mere $1.75 million! Maybe Bruce Wayne is looking for a vacation home, complete with pre-constructed BatCave? You can see more pics of this survivalist dream house at the link below.
If you like your art metaphysical, trippy and full of science fiction style then you'll love this gallery of retro cover art from Yugoslavian science mag Galaksija. Flickr user Yugodrom has a huge gallery for you to peruse at the link below. They'll take your mind on a wild ride, no controlled substances required.
Link --via PopSci
The camera was refurbished back to its original state, was said to be in full working order, and now the new owner can get to work filming Episode 4 all over again! Just kidding, but wouldn't it be hilarious if someone bought the camera then remade such a beloved movie?
These strange portrait photographs leave out much of the subject, and yet seem to tell more about each person than a regular photo would. Taken by photographer Adde Adesokan, they're part of his series called "Triptychs of Strangers", and they boil down the subject's personality according to their head, feet and what's in their hands. This is such a fresh approach to street photography that I can't wait to see what Adde comes up with next!
Link --via Flavorwire --image by Adde Adesokan
He's known as Supaidaman in Japan, and his live action Japanese tv show from 1978 is way cooler than the cheesy American incarnation. Watch as Spider-Man performs stunts on his motorcycle, battles baddies with duck bills, and tries to stop the sinister plans of one Professor Monster.
The superb detail, from facial scarring to the soles of the shoes, and the way the personality of each character is so perfectly captured in their facial expressions and posturing, it's like Guang Yang has not only mastered 3d art but caricatures and life drawing as well. Check out the scene breakdown at the link below.
Link --via BuzzFeed
If you've ever thought to yourself "Man, I would love to try my hand at painting, but paint is way too expensive" then guess what-your body is full of a fluid that works just as well but will cost you nothing!
I'm talking about blood, and although it may seem strange to paint with the stuff, it is definitely one of the less disgusting bodily fluids artists have decided to use in their works. Artist Vinicius Quesada knows the value of a pint of vital fluid, and you can see more of his sanguis works at the link below.
No matter how much you love or hate these celebrities, you never want to see them this close up, believe me.
Some of the images in this gallery will give you a good laugh, others are the stuff nightmares are made of (Iggy Pop). Check out the rest of the gallery at the link below. I didn't realize that Zooey Deschanel is so fuzzy!
What image do you relate to each letter of the alphabet? Various artists were asked the very same question, so they illustrated each letter, and drew up a small scene relating to each letter, like this Beatle themed letter B by Michael Gillette.
Together, they make up the print series called "The Illustrated Alphabet, and you can see more examples from this great series at the link below.
Getting crafty to avoid punishment is what most kids do best, but I wonder if this list is really a new texting code used by the young folk, or a code used only by the kids who were caught up in this particular incident? Either way, I'll never look at the number 8 the same way again.
Brian Menze designed these awesome posters, complete with wasteland wear and tear, and you don't have to trek across the radiated desert to get your hands on one.
Link --via Super Punch
This strangely elegant looking dress was fashioned from 700 condoms by Vietnamese graphic design student Nguyen Minh Tuan, in honor of World AIDS Awareness Day.
These condoms may no longer be useful for preventing STDs or pregnancy, but the fact that they glow in the dark means you'll still be the center of attention even after the lights go out.
When the Apple company was just beginning to take the home computing world by storm, they apparently thought it would be a good idea to try their hand at designing clothing as well.
These clothes are the ultimate in computing comfort, and nothing says 1986 like wrapping sweaters around yourself in strange places.
Model builder msmuse101 and her father threw their skills together and produced this awesome TARDIS dvd shelving unit, which looks so good they should mass produce them and sell them in stores.
The only problem with this TARDIS? It's way smaller inside than it looks on the outside, like it was made in an alternate reality.
Link --via GeeksAreSexy
Digital artist Jonathan Fletcher has created the player select screen for a bizarro version of the Super Mario Bros. video game that would apparently take place in the Gulf of Mexico.
This has to be the skeeziest incarnation of the Bros. i've ever seen, but nobody ever said plumbing was a glamorous job!
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