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Truly incredible, extremely life-like animal masks and animal costumes
08.23.2016
11:16 am

Topics:
Animals
Art

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masks


 
To say that I’m truly blown away by these handmade animal masks and animal costumes is still an understatement. These are holy smokes-level awesome! Since Halloween is around the corner, I thought I’d share these handmade beauties as a possible costume option or just simply as work of art you’d like to own.

They’re by Deviant artist Crystumes and boy is there a huge gallery to check out! Each animal mask is lovingly crafted with impeccable detail. They speak for themselves, don’t they? I’m particularly smitten with the bird masks.

From what I can tell Crystumes does take commissions according to his or her Deviant Art page. You can contact Crystumes here.

Please click on each image to enlarge it and see its details.

 

 

 

 
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Thomas Edison filmed strippers, drug dens, animal murders, and THE VERY FIRST CAT VIDEO
08.22.2016
08:55 am

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Animals
History

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cats
Edison


 
Edison’s early experiments in film were often pretty scandalous even by today’s standards. There was the time he recorded his favorite body-building stripper, rather gracelessly disrobing upon the trapeze, right down to her massive Victorian underwear. There was also Chinese Opium Den, from which only one frame survives, but you can guess the content. There’s even the time he filmed himself electrocuting Topsy the elephant. So you have sex, drugs and violence, all right there at the beginning of cinema.

Edison really knew what the public wanted, so obviously he made a cat video!

In 1894 Edison filmed “Boxing Cats” at his Black Maria Studio, the charming results of which you see here. Why boxing cats? The Library of Congress explains that this was a relatively popular form of live entertainment for the time:

“The performance was part of Professor Henry Welton’s ‘cat circus,’ which toured the United States both before and after appearing in Edison’s film. Performances included cats riding small bicycles and doing somersaults, with the boxing match being the highlight of the show.”

The Library of Congress’s summary of the film is just “A very interesting and amusing subject.” Can’t argue with that!
 

 
Via Public Domain Review

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Freakishly cute giant isopod pillows
08.10.2016
09:18 am

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Amusing
Animals

Tags:
home decor
isopds


 
These may not be pillows exactly, but the photos certainly suggest you can use them as such. Perhaps they’re considered more isopod plushies than pillows? Either way, they’re so darn ugly that they’re actually cute, right?

The stuffed isopods are straight out of Japan (because of course) and come in many different sizes. I found them all on Amazon and linked to the extra large crustacean for $62.58. If you want a smaller size here is the large and medium.


 

 
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Shark-shaped tea bags that release gruesome bloody red tea
07.20.2016
09:38 am

Topics:
Animals
Design
Food

Tags:
sharks
tea


 
Yesterday I blogged about gnarly pimple-popping cupcakes and today I’m blogging about shark-shaped tea bags that slowly release blood red tea. I’m not trying to gross you folks out, I swear! These tea bags are a bit more subtle in the “gross out” department, anyway.

The shark tea bags are designed and made by Japanese manufacturer DaiSho Fisheries. I don’t know that much about the company and Google translate isn’t helping that much. I believe—but don’t quote me—that their sole purpose is making novelty tea bags. Either way, I dig this design. I can’t vouch for the flavor of the tea, though. Hopefully it’s good.


 

 
via Laughing Squid

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Eagle tries to fly away with 6-year-old boy
07.12.2016
07:44 am

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Animals
Environment

Tags:
eagles


Image via 55chris on Instagram.

Here are some incredible photos of a wedge-tailed eagle attempting to carry off a 6-year-old boy in central Australia. Christine O’Connell from Horsham in Victoria state photographed the incident while at a wildlife show. Onlookers were shocked and terrified as the eagle tried to pick up the boy “like a small animal” with its large talons.

The park issued a statement after the attack:

“On Wednesday, 6 July, an incident occurred at the Alice Springs Desert Park where an eagle made contact with an audience member,” the park said in a statement.

“A thorough investigation regarding the circumstances behind this incident is under way and the eagle will be removed from the show while this investigation is ongoing.”

The boy was immediately rushed to the hospital following the incident and escaped with a few minor injuries. Glad he’s going to be okay. Whew!


Image via 55chris on Instagram.
 

Image via 55chris on Instagram.
 
via BBC News

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Yes, that’s an owl theremin, why do you ask?
07.11.2016
01:08 pm

Topics:
Animals
Music
Science/Tech

Tags:
owl theremin


 
David Cranmer is a sculptor but it might be more accurate to think of him as a mechanical engineer of some sort. Most of his whimsical creations are actually contraptions of some sort, and many have a musical element.

In 2013 he was commissioned to do an owl theremin, so that is what he did. It is pretty much just a regular theremin with an owl statue on top. I was hoping that somehow the owl would be tethered to the theremin and the movements of the owl would create sounds. But when you stop to think about it, that’s a pretty stupid idea, owls hardly move around anyway.

In addition to this Cranmer has also created the “Badgermin” (a taxidemied badger with a theremin inside), a programmable musical pig, and a pointless but amusing mechanical duck sculpture. He also designed the enormous locomotive stage element for AC/DC‘s Black Ice World Tour a few years ago.

I love the detail of the scrupulous and deadpan knob label “ACTIVATE OWL” on the control panel.

If you’d like your own custom-made animal-theremin, Cranmer is available for commissions. You can contact him via his website.  
 

 

 

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Artist creates analog printer to make a giant alphabet out of bird poop
07.11.2016
12:02 pm

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Amusing
Animals
Art

Tags:
poop
birds
Fabrizio Lamoncha


 
I had zebra finches growing up, and while they were sweet little birds, they had two major drawbacks—the after-hours chirping, and all the pooping. The chirping you could remedy with a towel over the cage. Regardless of the hour, any light on and they were under the impression they had to greet the morning dawn, but darken the cage and they’d shut up. There was no remedy to the pooping however, so you simply accepted that when you took them out to play, sometimes you were going to get bird shit on you, a small price to pay to have them cheerfully hop up and down your arm.

Artist Fabrizio Lamoncha has managed to actually utilize the talents of the zebra finch, with his Poo Printer, an enclosure with letter-shaped perches that encourage the finches to shit a sort of crude calligraphy. In Lamoncha’s own words:
 

A group of male zebra finches underwent this experiment with rigorous commitment. The author/captor, taking the role of some kind of 1984´s Big brother, is providing the implementation guidelines for the transformation of this countercultural attitude into a marketable artsy product. The observation of this group of non-breeding birds in captivity and the experimentation with induced behaviors has been rigorously documented for this task. This project researches in a hybrid, artistic and scientific framework the physiological, mechanical and social dynamics of birds under captivity in a simulated factory-chain environment.

The result is the Poo Printer, an analog generative typography printer using the bird-poo as the particle substance in order to slowly generate the Latin alphabet characters over a large paper roll.

 

 

 
A time-lapse video of the Poo Printer in action, after the jump…

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This dog’s butt looks just like the Ikea monkey
07.11.2016
10:12 am

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Amusing
Animals

Tags:
IKEA
monkey


 
Remember Darwin the macaque monkey who achieved worldwide Internet celebrity four years ago when he was photographed running amok, dashingly suited in a shearling coat, in an Ontario IKEA? The image of tiny forlorn Darwin launched a thousand memes.
 

 
Darwin, a prohibited exotic animal, had escaped from his owner’s car when he was spotted in the IKEA. His owner at the time was fined $240 Canadian dollars ($177 USD) for keeping a prohibited animal and subsequently lost a court battle to win him back.

Since then, Darwin has been housed at the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Ontario where he has lived a pretty normal monkey life ever since his days of Internet fame. Last December, VICE published a lovely interview with one of Darwin’s caretakers.

The subject of Dawrin the macaque in the shearling coat came up a couple of days ago when someone posted the following image to reddit simply titled, “My friend’s dog’s butt looks like the IKEA monkey.”

The post delivers on the title’s promise:
 

 
The resemblance is uncanny.

This is the best dog ass since the Jesus Christ dog ass:
 

 
Via: reddit

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Anatomical studies of Spider-Man, mermaids, and more (NSFW)
07.08.2016
01:46 pm

Topics:
Animals
Art

Tags:
cryptozoology
Walmor Corrêa


 
Walmor Corrêa is a Brazilian artist whose work has appeared in exhibitions in his native Brazil as well as Spain, Belgium, Germany, Uruguay, Ecuador, Austria, Chile, Argentina, the United States, and South Africa.

In two series of artworks, “Super-Heróis” (2005) and “Memento Mori” (2007), Corrêa endeavored to capture some ideas about the anatomy of superheroes and other figures of myth, including a cyclops (“Curupira”), a mermaid (“Ondina”), and Marvel’s Spider-Man.

His art is done somewhat in the style of Leonardo da Vinci but also are reminiscent of the incredible images in the Codex Seraphinianus, which, if you haven’t read it, is utterly astonishing. “Memento Mori” was actually published as a book.

However, to his credit Corrêa’s work doesn’t seem derivative of either of those sources, just somewhere in the same corner of a strange universe.

Any anatomical studies, even cryptozoological ones, have a whiff of the NSFW about them, and these are no exception.
 

 

 
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Scotland greets Donald Trump

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Today in Scotland a street campaign was launched warning the public of a highly toxic and dangerous man who is currently visiting the country. The public are advised not to approach this man under any circumstance or listen to any of the shite that spouts out of his mouth. The man is wanted for inciting racial hatred and very bad hair.

In other news, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has arrived in Scotland.
 
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With thanks to Neil McDonald.
 

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