Push-up bra’s unique ad campaign: Trampolines in dressing rooms
01:28 pm



Dita Von Teese modeling her Wonderbra.

Wonderbra has launched an eye-catching ad campaign and a unique way for women to test their products.

“Everybody jump.”

Via copyranter.

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The Empire State Building struck three times by lightning last night
12:32 pm


Empire State Building

Thrice or more apparently. Blogger NYCisMyMuse posts on YouTube:

I caught three direct strikes to the Empire State Building lightning rod after midnight on 4/13/11 during a severe thunderstorm. I actually saw a fourth direct hit, but sadly wasn’t filming at the time. I’ve never seen so many hits on the ESB in one night. It was ridiculous! But so much fun to watch.

Whoever said lightning doesn’t strike twice was wrong. smile

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Anglican Church angered over Hell Pizza ads
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Hell Pizza

Religious groups in New Zealand are up in arms over Hell Pizza’s new ad campaign featuring inverted pentagrams on pizzas and buns. From The Christian Post:

The controversial pizza chain has put up billboards in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, with a photo of its hot cross bun decorated with an inverted pentagram, which Satanists have adopted as their symbol. Next to the photo of the bun is the tagline, “For a limited time. A bit like Jesus.”

“They [Hell Pizza] join a long line of advertising that’s in questionable taste that slings off things that lots of people hold precious,” said Lloyd Ashton, the media officer of the Anglican Church in New Zealand, according to The New Zealand Herald.

Hell Pizza director Warren Powell says:

“First of all, we’re acknowledging that Jesus Christ may have been on Earth for a limited time,” said Powell, according to the local publication. “Again, it’s a debate. I think if people take it that way then they’re being a little bit single-minded.”

If I saw this ad I would totally order from Hell Pizza.

Update: A couple of savvy DM readers point out that Hell Pizza reminds them of Mr. Show’s “Marilyn Mozzorella’s Pizza Rella Pie Parlours” sketch. Indeed, it does.

(via J-Walk Blog)

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‘For Characters Who Don’t Dig Jive Talk’
11:26 am



Can we stop using the term “Hipster” and just call ‘em “characters who like hot jazz” instead? Works for me. Niall?

Below, a video of the creators of Airplane! discussing the jive dialogue from the film.

(via BuzzFeed)

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‘The Last Supper’ Luchador skateboard decks

Holy moly! These Luchador skateboard decks by illustrator and graphic designer Chris Parks are fantastic! Brilliant detail and color.

‘The Last Fiesta’ is my 12-skateboard deck shout-out to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ with Jesus Christos and his 12 Luchador apostles getting down one last time. This piece was created for my solo exhibit Saints & Sinners, here at the Pale Horse Studio. Hand-made shadow box by Casey Paquet.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Miles Davis Quintet Skateboards

(via Super Punch)

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Trippy audio-visual tribute to ‘Twin Peaks’

Crazy audio and visual fan-made project for Twin Peaks nuts titled “A Witch House & Okkvlt Guide to Twin Peaks“ by various artists. You can get the CD here.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
“Diane…” the Twin Peaks tapes of Agent Cooper

(via Nerdcore)

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Superb documentary on Malcolm McLaren from 1984

This excellent documentary on Malcolm McLaren was originally shown as part of Melvyn Bragg’s South Bank Show in 1984, when McLaren was recording Fans—his seminal fusion of R&B and opera.  Apart from great access and behind-the-scenes footage, the film and boasts revealing interviews with Boy George, Adam Ant, Bow-Wow-Wow’s Annabella Lwin, Sex Pistol, Steve Jones, as well as the great man himself.

Everyone whoever came into contact with McLaren had an opinion of the kind of man he was and what he was about. Steve Jones thought him a con man; Adam Ant didn’t understand his anarchy; Boy George couldn’t fathom his lack of interest in having success, especially when he could have had it all; while Annabella Lwin pointed out how he used people to do the very things he wanted to do himself.

All of the above are true. But for McLaren, the answer was simple: “Boys will be boys,” and he saw his role was as:

“To question authority and challenge conventions, is what makes my life exciting.”

It did, Malcolm, and still does. Enjoy.

Previously on DM

Who Killed Bambi?: the Roger Ebert Sex Pistols screenplay

Scenes from the Malcolm McLaren funeral

More from Malcolm McLaren after the jump…

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Top 10 books Americans tried to ban last year

You’d think that people who actually go to the effort of visiting libraries, taking books from them, and then reading said books, would be a little more enlightened as to the harm posed to society by banning books. Alas no, as yesterday the American Library Association published its list of the ten books library patrons tried to have banned last year, known as the “Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010”. I’m not familiar with a lot of work on this list, as I don’t tend to read “young adult”-type fiction, but there are some surprising choices on here: 

1. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: Insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: Drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

6. Lush by Natasha Friend
Reasons: Drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Reasons: Sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: Drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint

9. Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: Homosexuality, sexually explicit

10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, violence

Brave New World? Are they serious?! A dystopian critique set in a future world where books are banned, and they want to ban the book? Then again maybe the pro-ban lobby are actually really progressive, as surely I am not the only who has though that Huxley’s future of mood controlling drugs and casual sex is actually kind of appealing. But I can think of much heavier dystopian work that would seem more suitable for banning. I guess it’s just the sex that’s offensive.

Barbara Jones of the ALA has made a statement about the banning of books, included here in a section from the Guardian’s article on the list:

There were 348 reports of efforts to remove books from America’s shelves in 2010, down from 460 the previous year. But the ALA believes the majority of challenges go unreported, and called on Americans to “protect one of the most precious of our fundamental rights – the freedom to read”.

“While we firmly support the right of every reader to choose or reject a book for themselves or their families, those objecting to a particular book should not be given the power to restrict other readers’ right to access and read that book,” said Barbara Jones, director of the ALA’s office for intellectual freedom. “As members of a pluralistic and complex society, we must have free access to a diverse range of viewpoints on the human condition in order to foster critical thinking and understanding.”


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The New York Times’ tombstone is a pop-up box
01:35 am

Current Events

The death of the NY Times

The end of the New York Times appeared to me tonight in the form of a pop-up box.

For well over 15 years I’ve been a regular reader of the New York Times online. Tonight I went to their site and was greeted with a pop-up box offering me content I’ve been getting for free for a decade and a half at a price: $190 a year.

This is certainly the kiss of death for the old gray lady. Advertisers will flee the Times like rats from a sinking ship. And the content that they’re charging for will be available for free elsewhere within moments after its uploaded to the net.

Dumb fucking move.

Last year, The Times of London and its sister paper, the Sunday Times of London, put an ironclad pay wall around their digital content. People could not read articles unless they had paid for the access or were print subscribers too. The online audience for the two papers plummeted from 20 million monthly unique online readers to a little more than 100,000.”

20 million readers to 100,000!  Advertisers must have loved that.

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‘Pink Flamingos’ on acid
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Pink Flamingos on acid

Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog’s eye.
Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess,
Boy, you been a naughty girl you let your knickers down.
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
I am the walrus, goo goo g’joob.

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