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Parasites: Enlarged and Up Close to Several Degrees Above Creepy

These photos would be perfect models for monsters in those 1950s horror movies. The ones in which some small, ugly thing in nature, in a freak accident, becomes incomprehensibly huge and after mankind, hellbent on destruction and large meals.

The photos are actually part of an impressive project by Marcus DeSieno, a native of Albany, New York presently obtaining his MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida, Tampa. His project is concerned with the history of science and exploration in relation to the history of photography. 

These shots were taken using a scanning electron microscope and subsequently exposed to dry-plate gelatin ferrotype plates. This method blends old and new photographic technology, another objective stated in DeSieno's project description: studying that photo-technological evolution. The final, archival prints are done large to give these parasites their due close-up, Mr. DeMille.

Images Credit: Marcus DeSieno
Via: Beautiful Decay

Standoff with a Black Rhino

Think you're a badass? You've got nothing on Kim Wolhuter of Discovery's Man, Cheetah, Wild [self-starting video]. The Zimbabwean wildlife filmmaker was driving in the bush in Africa when he and his cameraman encountered a black rhino.

Now, you and I would probably press a little harder on the gas to get as far away from the aggressive mammal - Black rhinos are known to charge readily at pretty much anything it does not like. Oh, and you cannot outrun one, they can get up to over 50 kilometers per hour (35 mph) - but not Kim. He decided to stop the car to take a closer look.

That in itself isn't anything strange. Wolhuter, after all, is a wildlife filmmaker. But what he did afterwards surprised even his own cameraman. Watch:

Breaking Dead

(College Humor link)


I had wondered what AMC was going to air in the weekend between the end of Breaking Bad and the beginning of the new season of The Walking Dead. They could do worse than connect one show to the other. It makes about as much sense as anything else in the two series!

A Day in the Life of a "Doublefaced" Girl

Photos: Sebastian Bieniek

Two-faced lover never looked this artistic! Berlin-based artist Sebastian Bieniek tells the story of a day in the life of a real life Janus in his photography series "Doublefaced."

Using eye pencil and lipstick, Bieniek created a simple yet arresting caricature - reminiscent of Picasso's women - of a two-faced girl waking up, eating, riding the subway and so on. Take a look:

View the rest of the 22 image series over at Facebook page - via designboom

DIY Transformers Costume

Marc Derepentigny has created what is possibly the coolest fan-made Transformers costume ever! The 7-foot suit comes complete with servo-actuated claws, moving LED eyes and smoke thrusters.

Our pal Yan of Geeks Are Sexy found out that he lives nearby and went over to interview him:

Marc has been building costumes as far as he can remember, even dating back to his early childhood. It first started with cardboard and hot glue, eventually evolving into styrene plastic and Crazy Glue, which is what the robot is made of. He estimates the time it took him to build it at two years, with around two hours of work per day, and a total cost of about $2000.

Read more over at Geeks Are Sexy (don't miss the video clip!): Link

Dancing Pile Drivers

(Video Link)

These construction workers in Thailand must drive a beam into the ground. They don't have a machine to do the job, so they dance on a crossbeam--with musical accompaniment--until they've pounded the beam into position.

-via The Presurfer

Your State's Highest-Paid Employee

State governments have a lot of people on the payroll. There are legislators, judges, social workers, inspectors, police, and the educational system, from elementary school to state universities. Deadspin looked at the records and determined the highest-paid employee on each state's public payroll.

Based on data drawn from media reports and state salary databases, the ranks of the highest-paid active public employees include 27 football coaches, 13 basketball coaches, one hockey coach, and 10 dorks who aren't even in charge of a team.

Those "10 dorks" are also university employees: chancellors, presidents, or deans (and then there's Nevada). At the link, you'll find more information about where the money for the coaches comes from, and where it might otherwise go. Link  -via Digg

Maru and the Drain Plug

(YouTube link)

What's fat cat Maru doing these days? Here he is in the bathtub, but there's no water. He's discovered that the tub plug goes round and round, but it doesn't come out. -via HuffPo Green

Created Equal

Photographer Mark Laita's series "Created Equal" puts seemingly opposite people side-by-side in portraits. When you look closely, the staging shows them to have common elements that make them appear eerily similar. See twenty of the pairs at Flavorwire. Link

(Image credit: Mark Laita)

Adorable Baby Duck Trying to Stay Awake

So sweepy ... and soo cute! Watch Dexter the baby duck try to stay awake the best it could. Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via Laughing Squid

Music Video Shot Entirely Through the Reflection of an Eye

James Wallace and the Naked Light's song "To the River" is beautiful, but the reason it's here on Neatorama is because its music video is quite unusual: it's shot entirely through the reflection of an eyeball.

The video was shot and directed by Paul Greenhouse of Casaverde Pictures in a single take.

Watch: Hit play or go to Link [Vimeo] - via PetaPixel

A Bad Lip Reading of The Walking Dead

(YouTube link)

The Bad Lip Reading folks have finally gotten around to dubbing the TV show The Walking Dead. It's funny enough to start with, with talking zombies and all, but when the Governor comes in, you'll want to make sure you don't have a mouthful of drink. Don't be concerned about spoilers, because these clips are from all three seasons and you won't be able to make any sense out of any of them. -via Pleated-Jeans


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"Beth," the biggest song KISS ever did, was supposed to be based on a true story. Brian Billow directed this "completely fictitious" account of what most likely happened to inspire the song. The attention to detail in recreating 1976 is stunning. -via Metafilter

Sparkly Geometric Table

In the right light, John Foster's beautiful geometric table could be both wondrous and distracting. But that's a risk I'm willing to take.

Link -via reddit

New Look for He-Man

What do you think? DC Comics has redesigned He-Man for the new Masters of the Universe issue #4, out in July. Your reaction will probably depend on whether you grew up playing with He-Man action figures and watching him on TV and you are very accustomed to the classic Conan-esque look with Prince Valiant hair. Some of the reactions are: He looks too young, like a teenager. He looks too much like a generic superhero when he should be fantasy character. He look too much like Thor. And why is he wearing tights? But others look the look. Link -via io9

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