In celebration of Thanksgiving, and to top the record of eating 5 lbs. of turkey in 10 minutes set by Sonya Thomas, Japanese eating contest legend Takeru Kobayashi ate 7.5 lbs. of turkey in 10 minutes. Watch the video of the champ in action, it's sure to make you feel better about how much food you ate this Thanksgiving.
I've caught a fresh case of Muppet Fever thanks to the new movie, and I hope that a whole new generation of youngsters will find love for these fleece superstars. However, their career was in a slump for a while, and a few of the Muppets thought they might need to find other work, so here are some test shots from their alternate movie role tryouts.
You can see the rest at the link below, including Kermit as Anchorman and Dr. Bunsen as Walter White from Breaking Bad!
Link --via ComicsAlliance --image via National Post
You would think that Japan's overpopulation problems would force them to hang on to every bit of inhabitable land they own, but these images show otherwise. Hashima Island, nicknamed Ghost Island, was abandoned entirely after the mine which had been running for over 80 years was closed in 1974.
The black and white photos add a sense of despair to the abandoned cityscape, and although Hashima Island has been covered before here on Neatorama, I think the beautiful photographs in this gallery warrant a second look.
At a glance, it's a collage made out of random images that forms the shape of Spider Man's eye. Then you look closer, and you're drawn into his web of mystery as you try to make out the shape of all the little Spider Man images Pascal Garcin has crammed into this collage. And is that Captain America in the center?
Link --via BuzzFeed
Anthony Bourdain wears many hats these days-writer, host of 2 travel shows, and chef-at-large, but the fact that he's been working on a food inspired graphic novel seems like a surprising, and awesome, career choice. Here's how he describes the 160 page graphic novel "Get Jiro!" he's creating with co-writer Joel Rose:
...a gourmet slaughter-fest, sort of like 'Fistful of Dollars' meets 'Eat Drink Man Woman'" and "'Yojimbo' meets 'Big Night' and 'Babette's Feast', an ultra-violent slaughter-fest over culinary arcana
Hilarious, and inventive as usual Mr. Bourdain. I can't wait to read this culinary crossover when it comes out June 2012.
These fun illustrations show what video game characters would really look like when loaded down with all of their in-game loot. Next time you grab some extra potions just for the heck of it, think about what you're doing to the poor character you're playing!
This guy is known for making some serious head choppers. Artisans like Korehira Watanabe are fading into history, as their creations are no longer in demand and the inherent secrecy of their craft makes passing on the legacy virtually impossible. Watch this master in action and see the skills that may someday be lost to antiquity.
Most of the songs on this list have been used so many times,on soundtracks for movies and television shows, that we know them by heart. I've heard them all a million times (except for Zombie Nation, which is apparently big with hockey fans), yet I was surprised to find that I only knew half the song names on the list. See how well you do, and if you knew them all you get a gold star!
These strange photo-manipulations look like a Photoshop lesson gone wrong. Photographer Nacho Ormaechea carefully selects the subject, cuts them out then replaces their form with random images that add a sense of depth, and mystery, to the scene. This is a refreshing take on portraiture, but I wonder how the models/subjects feel about being replaced?
Link --via DesignTAXI
In the bizarro version of Futurama it's Zoidberg that does all the ass kicking. With rugged armor plates, vicious crab claws and a face scary enough to give Lanternfish nightmares, this alternate reality Doctor Zoidberg has a PhD in badassery and a Masters in post-apocalyptic fashion sense.
Link --image by Monstermash042 via Reddit
Apparently Nissin instant ramen noodles are Jedi Council approved, since Yoda has now come forward with his endorsement of the Cup Noodle. I can totally imagine Yoda sitting down in his cave on Dagobah to a hot cup of ramen noodles, they're good for those cold swamp days.
What if the main characters on the Walking Dead tv show hadn't survived the worldwide zombification? Well, this nifty little gallery shows us how cool they'd all look as zombies without ruining the show. Biggest LOL-Glenn as a floater!
This trailer from GhallyWood, or Ghana, Africa is off the hook crazy. The first feature, called Devil May Cry 1&2, was taken to be a film adaptation of the video game franchise, but seems more like an urban horror tale featuring a devil and some sweet sword fighting.
The second feature, called the Killer 1&2, seems to be about a bloodthirsty lion and a giant mallet flying around trying to bonk people in the head. There's a lot of head bonking and people yelling, and some of the worst computer animation you've ever seen. But hey, at least they're trying to make films of their own in Ghana, and they sure seem to have the imagination.
These days, cake artists can look to painters and illustrators for inspiration, creating otherworldly cake creations that make you second guess cutting them up and eating them. This artwork cake by Dante Nuno of Fire and Icing is far too pretty to eat in my opinion!
Inspired by the painting "Descent" by Ray Caesar, this lovely lady has a squidly dress and trident, and stands astride an antique looking clock like a statue on a pedestal. Hit the link to see the painting which inspired this delicious work of art. What do you think, would you tear into this cake or attempt to preserve it for posterity?
Fire and Icing more pics of cake here
--via Super Punch
Disney's animated tv shows used to be so good, especially the adventure packed series like DuckTales and Gummi Bears that appealed to audiences of all ages. These shows were so good that I felt superfan nostalgia sweep over me as I watched these 16 intro videos, and I know i'll be singing the theme songs for days to come!
If cute cartoon theme songs that easily get stuck in your head is your idea of personal hell, then don't watch these videos. If you enjoyed these shows back in the day and like taking trips down memory lane, then seeing the intro will make you feel like a kid again. Don't hate!
The lessons taught by the Captain Planet animated series were typically of an ecological or scientific nature, but there were a handful of episodes where the lessons went terribly wrong. Gamma Squad has a hilarious description for each episode, and a choice cut from the episode that shows the craziness that is Captain Planet teaching kids life lessons about drugs, slavery, and fornication. The power is yours!
Steampunk as a fashion trend might be fading away, but steampunk inspired inventions and designs will never die. Matt Armstrong brings his version of steampunk inspired design to these LEGO brick sculptures, and the resulting inventions/artworks are quite handsome looking indeed. With classic designs, simplistic retro flair, and the look of full functionality, this is how you put the bricks to good use!
Link --via DesignTAXI
Scientists are no exception, and they've joined the geek nation in adorning themselves with symbols of their passions in life, choosing imagery with a scientific edge in their body art compositions.
Check out the particularly good examples at the Popsci gallery link below, maybe you'll be inspired to get some ink of your own.
Link --image from SCIENCE INK by Carl Zimmer. Published by Sterling Publishing © 2011
The internet sensation behind the song "Chocolate Rain" returns to teach us a little something about the U.S. economy. Tay Zonday makes a little more sense than he did in his previous videos, but i'm still not sure I understand what's happening with my U.S. dollar situation. Maybe somebody else needs to make an educational song about the economy, preferably someone with a degree in economics!
These cool metal sculptures, of celebrities like John Lennon and Andy Warhol, have such soft edges and fine detail that I was surprised to find out they're made out of chicken wire. Kenyan artist Ivan Lovatt uses skills he learned from working in construction to create these metal masterpieces, and like a good builder he's built sculptures which are durable enough to weather any storm!
Hit the link to see more of Ivan's creations, including his amazing renditions of wildlife in wire.
Link --via BuzzFeed
Who knew the hip hop community would embrace a video game like Minecraft? Well, maybe we won't be seeing a Lil Wayne homage to Minecraft anytime soon, but Dan Bull has definitely caught pixel mania. Check out his Minecraft Epic Rap video and tell me what you think. Fair warning, though, some of the lyrics are NSFW.
Super realism seems to be all the rage these days among artists who share their works on the interwebs, and the work 0f Yigal Ozeri is about as realistic as it gets, since he uses digital photos to create a reference with which to paint his awesome portraits.
What makes Yigal's work a cut above the rest in my opinion is the subject matter, models full of living color amidst wild natural elements as backdrops, the warmth of real life imitated in oils.
Link --via BuzzFeed
Peter Jackson is such a visionary film director that he's even changing the way movies are advertised to the public by releasing a video blog series which shows the making of his new J.R.R. Tolkien movie adaptation "The Hobbit".
He shows things that directors generally keep to themselves, like the process of filming 3d footage with a stereoscopic camera, all the while remaining in charge of the production like a total badass. This video is number 4 in the series, so check out the other 3 if you want to see more behind-the-scenes footage from "The Hobbit".
These amazing metal sculptures, constructed out of old car and truck parts, are impressive in scale and design. Created by Tom Samui, these creations belong in a steampunk animal menagerie, or used as the coolest junkyard advertising ever.
These sculptures seem like a logistical nightmare, I mean how does he move this massive piece, with a crane? A gallery would have to be built around this piece, cause it ain't coming in through the front door!
Link --via JazJaz
I'm sure you've seen variations on this theme before, the internal anatomy of various cartoon characters and toys, many of which were done by the artist behind this cool LEGO man anatomy sculpt, Jason Freeny.
But what makes this article really cool is that it shows Jason's entire process, so all you artists and DIYers get ready to take note!
Link --via Geekologie
Apparently the managers of FuncoLand, the equivalent of Gamestop in the 1990s, are crazy creeps from another dimension that delight in torturing new employees while acting like trailer park royalty. This 2 part training video probably made new hires wonder whether they'd just made a huge mistake, and watching these videos made me nostalgic for the goofiness of the 90s. I miss my Nintendo 64!
Creating iconic forms out of an otherwise splattery mess is obviously Arian Noveir's forte. Superhero silhouettes are hinted at but never fully materialize, which lends them an air of mystery.
Even though these works were created digitally, they have an outsider art edge to me, a feeling of deconstruction for the sake of naivety. And I really like when digital works look like they were created with natural mediums like ink and watercolor, because it's hard to get a good natural look when working digitally. Do you guys like the splattery look?
Link --via Geekologie
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