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The Family Album Of Lucybelle Crater

Photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard spent the better part of the 50s and 60s putting together this apocalyptic family portrait series, using his own family members as the subjects in a creepy collection that was way ahead of its time.

His wife wore an old hag mask and played the role of Lucybelle Crater, while other friends and family members donned masks and played along, creating the kind of family portraits only the Manson family could love.

The entire Family Album of Lucybelle Crater was collected in book form in 1974, two years after Meatyard's death, and I can’t help but wonder how many people received the book as a gift or bought a copy on a recommendation, then found the whole thing too disturbing to keep in the house!

-Via Juxtapoz

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Geekapella Presents - Robocop Theme 1987

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What’s the one thing that was missing from both the original and the remake version of Robocop? Some will say wizards, others will say aliens, but a select few will claim that what both movies were sorely lacking is some good ol' fashioned a capella style singing.

They are the Andy Bernards of the world, the Burton Gusters, the Carlton Banks’s’s, and they are the target audience for Max and Sam’s Geekapella version of the Robocop Theme (1987).

The date’s there to remind you that this song is dedicated to the original movie, and the dancing in the video- well, that’s just there to remind everyone that Max and Sam really know how to get down!

-Via Topless Robot

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Fifteen Fascinating Facts About Metal Gear Solid

The mysterious man known as Solid Snake has gone from a straight forward Special Ops type dude to the star of a video game franchise that keeps getting more surreal with each installment.

His name, and later his eyepatch, may have been lifted from Kurt Russell’s character in Escape From New York, but did you know that he’s supposed to have the body of Jean Claude Van Damme and the face of Christopher Walken?  

This strange fact and many more await your eyeballs as Gamma Squad presents 15 Fascinating Facts You May Not Know About Metal Gear Solid, so you can get up to speed just in time for the release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.

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Animal Sculptures Made Out Of Plastic Beach Litter

Cleaning up the beach can be fun- if you’re planning to make an awesome sculpture out of the litter when you’re done! These colorful animal sculptures were created by French artist Gilles Cenazandotti, and each one is made from plastic litter and odd bits of trash the artist “recycled” from beaches.

He calls the series Future Bestiary, and the animals which star in the series don’t look trashy at all, in fact it’s crazy how much detail and expression Gilles is able to capture in a well put together pile of waste.

These sculptures are a great example of what can be done with a bunch of junk, a bit of creativity and a ton of glue, but it’s sad how much plastic trash he was able to find on his local beaches.

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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Papercraft Light Boxes Full Of Fairy Tale Magic

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Papercraft artists Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker, who call themselves Hari & Deepti for short, have taken the fairy tale from the written word to papercraft images that tell a story full of mystery and excitement.

Their multi-layered designs are created using sheets of stiff watercolor paper, which they cut and arrange in layers to give the viewer a sense of depth, then they complete the fantasy effect by shining a light through the back, giving their pieces a wonderfully warm glow rarely seen in papercraft art works.

The included video shows the making of a piece called Rise and Skate, which was created for AIGA Colorado's Bordo Bello skateboard art show.

-Via Bored Panda

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Happy Gilmore As An 8-Bit Video Game

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He went from the ice to the eighteenth hole, punched Bob Barker square in the face and saw what the old guy was truly made of, and brought the hockey fans to the putting green much to the dismay of the country club crowd. He’s Happy Gilmore, and he really should have been the star of his own 8-bit video game!

The game would've had so many diverse gameplay elements- with a hockey playing segment, a golf segment, and plenty of butt kicking on every level, with plenty of yelling at the screen for good measure.

Too bad we’ll just have to settle for this 8-Bit Cinema animated short created by CineFix, which is great fun to watch but only makes me want to play a Happy Gilmore game even more!

-Via Uproxx

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The Bizarre Religious Mini Comics By Jack T. Chick

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Anyone who has come across one of Jack T. Chick’s little religious comics knows they’re full of strange messages, weird art that looks like it belongs in underground comix from the 60s and 70s, and a heavy handed delivery that often relies on shock to convince the reader they should pray for their sins.

Ironically, there is even an issue dedicated to the evil of reading comic books, which seems to fit right in with the rest of Jack's ridiculous messages that often make no sense.

Jack started creating his Chick tracts back in 1961, and since then over 200 volumes have found their way into the hands of believers, collectors and curious comic book fans who, more often than not, trip out on those odd little comic books created by Chick Publications.

You can read more about Jack Chick's strange little comics over at Dangerous Minds.

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These Jerboas Look Like Real Life Pokemon

Jerboas are technically desert dwelling rodents who live primarily in Northern Africa and Asia, but let's face it- they might actually be the cutest animals in existence.

With their adorable bean shaped bodies, long spindly legs, huge ears and big, round eyes these little suckers are so darn cute that people have been keeping them as pets for years.

But what else is there to a jerboa besides their ultimate cute factor, and the fact that they look like real life Pokemon?

Head over to BuzzFeed and you can read 19 Ways Jerboas Will Instantly Win Your Heart, and don't be surprised if you find yourself suddenly wanting a little jerboa of your own!

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Turn An Ordinary Mug Into A Musical Instrument

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Are your fingers always drumming away on anything within reach, keeping the beat of your life that only you can hear? Maybe you need to incorporate more instrumentation into your life, which would be very easy if everything you touched could be used as a musical instrument.

Here's a nifty little musical hack that turns a mug full of water into a musical instrument. It's called Mug Music, and it was created by Princeton student Bonnie E using the Arduino platform in conjunction with Touche, a touch sensor system created by Disney. Mug Music is MIDI compatible, so there's no limit to the amount of racket you can create with your favorite beverage!

If you'd like to try your hand at creating some Mug Magic of your own you can find the tutorial here.

-Via AnimalNY

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Punch Out Your Own Design On This DIY Lamp Shade

DIY home décor is all the rage these days, but starting from scratch often involves doing lots of research, maybe creating some sketches, and getting all the right tools together for the project.

That’s what makes this Take-off light shade by German design company fifti-fifti so neat- you don’t need tools to bring it to life, it comes pre-perforated so you can simply poke out the panels and create your own pixel art lamp shade creation.

This shade is a bit pricey, and doesn't come with a socket or cord, but the end result is something you created on your own, and if you have the patience to take on this project you'll end up with a beautiful, and totally unique, piece of home decor.

-Via Gizmodo

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What Batman Villains Would Look Like As Sharks

Gotham City’s rogues' gallery reads like an urban jungle almanac, with cats, big apes everywhere, a killer croc, a man sized bat and the very plants themselves wreaking havoc thanks to a sinister gal named Poison Ivy.

There was even a guy named Great White Shark, who was called that because of his physical disfigurement and filed teeth, not because he was actually a shark.

But these illustrated re-imaginings by Jeff Victor show what the Arkham Asylum crowd would look like as cartoon sharks, perhaps in an alternate version of Batman that takes place underwater or the sequel to Finding Nemo that nobody saw coming.

Funny, I always pictured The Penguin as, well, a penguin!

-Via Geekologie

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Intricate 3D Printed Artworks By Joshua Harker

The future of art lies in the third dimension, so it makes sense that 3D printers are going from simple replicators to tools for creating original works of art.

Joshua Harker is leading the way into the 3D printed age of art with his amazing sculptures, with designs that push the boundaries of what a 3D printer is capable of producing, and his works keep getting more intricate, more delicate and infinitely more difficult to print.

From the otherworldly headdress we featured here on Neatorama a while back, to fun art pieces covered in scrollwork and fanciful designs, to a bunch of intricately designed flowers that look as delicate as the real thing, Joshua’s works will make you believe in the artistic power of the 3D printer.

Read more about this amazing 3D print artist at Hi-Fructose.

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The Strange Appeal Of Cats Sitting On Glass

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There’s something so darn interesting about looking at a cat through a pane of glass, and cats seem to find it rather fun and interesting as well.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell there’s a cat on the other side of the glass when they look like nothing but a big old pile of fluff, and when they get on top of a piece of glass with a human, or another critter, on the other side they tend to go a bit bonkers.

This video is called An Ode to Cats Sitting on Glass, and it celebrates the fun had by felines when they discover that compelling piece of glass, and all the ways it can be used for their amusement.

-Via Laughing Squid

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Animated Short Sponsored By Absolut Vodka - Dark Noir

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Dark Noir is an incredibly stylish animated short by Rafael Grampa that combines 2D and CGI elements into one surprisingly interesting storyline about personal daemons and the stories we all carry around within our minds.

It was created for Absolut Vodka's ad campaign Next Frame, and even though it carries a warning that it should only be viewed by those of legal drinking age the story seems to lack overly adult content, aside from the main character spending a lot of time in a bar.

Here's more about this decidedly artistic ad campaign:

Entitled Next Frame, the collaboration will invite users from around the world to help shape what happens within a new original story created by Grampa – as he writes it. Once the story is complete, the brand will work with Grampa to transform the still drawings into an animated film, which will premiere in Berlin at MADE, a creative space by Absolut, on March 15th.

-Via Cartoon Brew

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This 4-Year-Old's Best Friend Is A Bulldog

4-year-old Harper doesn't know that she's an only child, because in her mind she's got a sister named Lola- who just happens to be a bulldog.

The two are inseparable-playing dress up together, having tea parties and even hanging out on the bed reading a book, hanging out like sisters and friends rather than pet and owner.

Their amazing, and ridiculously adorable, relationship is documented by their mother, photographer Rebecca Leimbach, who has been sharing photos of the cutest siblings ever via her Facebook page.

Rebecca says it all started as an accident:

Harper came out of her playroom one day and said 'Ta-da!' I turned around and Lola was wearing a tutu, necklaces and a crown, and she didn't seem to mind. I died laughing and grabbed my camera to take a picture... the rest is history.

-Via Yahoo

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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The Diamond Armor Suit - For The Distinguished Super Spy

If you have 3.2 million dollars to spend on a bulletproof suit chances are you have something worth saving, at least on paper.

And if you happen to be one of these wealthy targets for violence you need to check out the Diamond Armor Suit by SuitArt. It’s bulletproof, waterproof and air conditioned, for the rich guy who’s totally normal and definitely not a super spy in his spare time.

The Diamond Suit gets its name from the 880 tiny black diamonds that line the lapel and edges of the suit, so you can survive small arms fire and look like a total boss at the same time.

Is that 3.2 mil burning a hole in your pocket yet? Read more about this amazingly stylish armor suit over at Geekosystem.

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Awesome Free-Floating Wooden Skateboard Ramp

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Taking a spin on this free-floating skateboard ramp is not only more thrilling than busting smith grinds at your local skate park, it's also more dangerous, which is why it's floating atop Lake Tahoe and not on the open sea.

This wooden skate ramp barge is the brainchild of pro skater Bob Burnquist, who decided long ago that regular ramps and half pipes were far too boring, so he collaborated with builders Jerry Blohm and Jeff King to create a ramp covered raft any skateboarding castaway would be proud to call home.

(EDIT: In case you're thinking these pics are photoshopped)-http://www.visitcalifornia.com/Life-In-California/Dreamers/Lake-Tahoe/

-Via DesignTAXI

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Go Paint Alice - The Artwork Of Grace Slick

Decades after she told us all to go ask Alice and feed our heads as the singer for seminal rock band Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick still had white rabbits and whimsical images of Wonderland dancing around in her head, so she began creating artwork based on Alice and her otherworldly adventures.

Grace started her foray into visual art after retiring from music in 1988, stating that she'd always loved drawing and painting but couldn't devote enough time and energy to art while performing and touring.

Her works aren't confined to the world of Wonderland, but so far the pieces which feature Alice, the White Rabbit and other denizens of Wonderland are her best sellers.

-Via Dangerous Minds

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Springtime Has Sprung In This Classic Happy Harmonies Short

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Spring has sprung once again, at least in some parts of the world, but have you ever wondered about the forces at work behind the scenes? Who is responsible for turning back the sheets of snow and revealing all that green beneath?

The classic MGM Happy Harmonies animated short To Spring attempts to answer these pressing questions about springtime, and what the animators uncovered may surprise you.

It turns out we have a bunch of underground dwelling elves to thank for the warming weather conditions and new growth, but if they don't work hard enough the winter chill will march on. Works for me!

-Via Cartoon Brew

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High Tech Battle Armor For Weapon Based Combat Sports

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As combat sports continue to grow in popularity, and MMA style fighting inevitably gives way to something closer to full blown Thunderdome, there arises a need to protect the combatants so they can live on to fight again. The logical next step for combat sports seems to be weapon based arena combat, so creating a suit of battle armor seems like a good place to start.

Enter the Lorica, a lightweight yet extremely durable suit of combat armor that can withstand weapon strikes, so fighters don’t have to hold back in the ring. This "pretty much is Batman" suit of armor was created by Unified Weapons Master, a company that hopes their suits will kick start the next generation of martial arts competition.

Here's more on this amazing combat gear:

It's made from a blend of lightweight, flexible materials and comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a point-of-view camera, a microphone and 52 pressure sensors that send data to an external computer program.

The idea? To let martial artists compete at full speed with weapons in much the way bare-fisted fighters currently do in mixed-martial arts competitions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

-Via Geekologie

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An Exploration Of Wes Anderson's Obsession With Symmetry

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You don’t have to be a film scholar to notice one interesting/signature thing about all of Wes Anderson’s movies- they contain an inordinate amount of extremely symmetrical shots. Clearly Mr. Anderson is obsessed with symmetry, and has no problem disregarding the rule of thirds while he explores his obsession on film.

Vimeo user kogonada edited together clips from many of Wes's movies, complete with a dotted white line dead in the middle of the frame, which helps illustrate the symmetrical nature of each shot.

Once you've seen the symmetry it's impossible to unsee, but knowing it's there may make you appreciate how much work and planning Wes Anderson puts in to directing his films.

-Via /Film

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Laser Cat Is Hungry For Your Art!

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Laser Cat is coming to the ADC Festival Of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design in Miami, Florida on April 7th and he is hungry for your art!

Many artists have already fed him their works, including Banksy and ten thousand other creative folks, and there's still time for you to feed your art to the all mighty Laser Cat!

Laser Cat will arrive at the ADC Festival in the form of a giant art installation created by Hungry Castle, and he will project artworks via laser beam vision onto walls and such at the Festival, so you can hear the drawings go "Pew Pew!" and watch Laser Cat as he LOLCats you straight in the eyeballs.

-Via Laughing Squid

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Tolkien's Translation Of Beowulf Is Finally Being Published

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s original stories, like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, get all the attention and overshadow the fact that Tolkien is known in academic circles as an authority on Beowulf, citing the work as having a major influence on his writing.

He delivered a passionate lecture in 1936 on Beowulf's merits as a classic work, and this lecture succeeded in convincing many scholars to take Beowulf seriously.

Tolkien felt that Beowulf should be appreciated as a work of fantasy fiction, and not as just some silly vikings versus monsters story, and in 1926 he finished his own translation of the poem, a translation that would never see publication-until May 22nd, 2014 when Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary arrives in bookstores.

-Via Gamma Squad

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Artists Depict What It Feels Like To Have A Migraine

Anyone who has dealt with the mind bending pain of a migraine, and those who have watched a migraine sufferer struggle to keep it together when their head is full of pressure, knows that migraines are more than just headaches- they can really ruin your life.

The pain, the pressure, the effect on vision and other senses, make migraines a uniquely terrible experience, one which inspired artists and sufferers to illustrate for a book by Klaus Podoll and Derek Robinson called Migraine Art: The Migraine Experience From Within.

The images found in this decidedly niche art book. like those shown here by Michael Bolls, depict the sufferer's experiences with extreme head pain, with many equating it to a horrifyingly painful psychedelic trip. They're making my head hurt just looking at 'em!

-Via Dangerous Minds

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How Not To Kill Yourself With Household Items

How Not To Kill Yourself With Household Items is full of tips that may seem like common sense, or situations you may find inconceivable, like ingesting 40 tablespoons of cinnamon at once or somehow ending up with 13 tubes of toothpaste sliding down your foodhole while you’re brushing your teeth.

But author PJ Smith feels it’s in your best interest to learn about all the things in your household that can kill you, so you won’t even feel safe at home and you can make your already estranged life even stranger.

Oh, and did I mention these tips are accompanied by pretty pictures drawn by Lindsay Mound? Yeah, they somehow manage to make every single tip even more terrifying.

-Via AnimalNY

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Sculpted Hand Street Art Appears In Barcelona

Hands are sprouting out of the walls and sidewalks in Barcelona, and they have an awful lot to say considering they’re nothing but a bunch of disembodied hands and arm segments.

They’re like the street art version of Thing from the Addams Family, but these guys look like they’ve been out of work for a while, because they're getting a bit desperate for funds..

These handy street art interventions are the product of a collaboration between Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia, four artists lending some handy, and clever, artwork to the sidewalks of Barcelona.

-Via Hi-Fructose

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A Short Film About Unexpected Transformation - Elefante

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Living life as a human being can be hard enough, but if you were slowly turning into an elephant and had to live the rest of your life with a long trunk growing out of your face and big, stumpy appendages where you once had hands and feet you’d probably be a bit grumpy too.

In Elefante a guy undergoes just such a transformation, and his estranged life as an outcast becomes even stranger.

This darkly humorous short by Pablo Larcuen explores themes of alienation, personal transformation and the importance of family when you're undergoing a major metamorphosis.

-Via Short of the Week

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These First World Rebels Know Rules Are Made To Be Broken

The people, and a few animals, that make up Bored Panda's list of 33 First-World Anarchists Who Don't Care About Your Rules aren’t what you’d normally think of as anarchists, at least not in the political sense, they’re more like pranksters who stick it to society by disregarding simple rules like don’t lay on the lawn, don’t stand in this area, and no dogs allowed.

These are first world problems, with first world repercussions for those who get caught- you might get yelled at, or a ticket, or you may be chased off by a flashlight wielding security guard, so you know these rebels mean serious business when they not only disregard a posted warning- they post a picture online as proof of their rebellious nature.

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Music Video Starring Jim Henson's Creature Shop Creations - Little Fang

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Hiring Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to make puppets for your music video means your video will definitely have visual appeal, and a unique look that’s hard to beat, but the question will arise- to use humans or not to use humans?

Animal Collective member Avey Tare decided to include humans, but only in the most terrifying way possible, in this video for his Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks song entitled "Little Fang". The band members show up as ghosts, and strange creatures with floating facial features, and the scariest monsters of them all- clowns!

"Little Fang" was inspired by Avey’s kitty, who may or may not be a ghost whisperer but is definitely a better driver than Toonces the Driving Cat ever was.

-Via Juxtapoz

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The Joy Of Watching A Designer Sweater Slowly Unravel

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There’s something so relaxing about watching a sweater being unraveled thread by thread, slowly being reduced back to its core material. Sweaters are really just big balls of yarn, after all, and as Last Season proves slapping a fancy label on the collar doesn’t make it more than the sum of its parts.

Last Season is a documented act of designer sweater deconstruction which was orchestrated by artists/designers Lernert & Sander, who created the video, and accompanying before and after photos, as part of an advertising campaign for designer boutique Kiki Niesten.

Well, that's one way to put your sweaters away until next winter!

-Via Gizmodo

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