Lifestyle pet photographer, Seth Casteel, captured these amazing images of dogs fetching their toys underwater. I can’t get over how the water transforms, what is probably a sweet pooch’s face, into something so ferocious and shark-like.
Seth should photograph our dog, Tong Tong in a parody of the Nirvana album cover…
Badly shot footage supposedly showing a mammoth lumbering across a river in Siberia, has been posted on that renowned comic The Sun, which reports:
A BEAST lurches through icy waters in a sighting a paranormal investigator thinks could prove woolly mammoths are not extinct after all.
The animal—thought to have mostly died out roughly 4,000 years ago—was apparently filmed wading through a river in the freezing wilds of Siberia.
The jaw-dropping footage was caught by a government-employed engineer last summer in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug region of Siberia, it is claimed.
He filmed the elephant-sized creature as it struggled against the racing water.
Its hair matches samples recovered from mammoth remains regularly dug up from the permafrost in frozen Russia.
The official was reportedly in the area surveying for a planned road.
Paranormal writer Michael Cohen said: “Rumours of a handful of mammoths still kicking around in the vast wilderness of Siberia have been circulating for decades and occasionally sightings by locals have occurred.
“Siberia is an enormous territory and much of it remains completely unexplored and untouched by humans.”
Woolly mammoths roamed the Earth 10,000 years ago during the last Ice Age.
A small pocket remained on and around Wrangel Island, off the coast of Siberia, and these did not die out until 3,500 years ago.
Mr Cohen, 41, added: “It is highly possible that a number of species, extinct elsewhere, survive in the area.
“If surviving woolly mammoths were found in Siberia, it could run against Russia’s plans to further develop and exploit the area’s considerable resources.
“It would be potentially one of the greatest discoveries ever.”
Question: Who are these “paranormal investigators, and what are their scientific qualifications for identifying living animals?
Question: Why are these videos always so fucking crap? A drunk jakey with a cell phone could take better footage than these muppets.
Question: Why didn’t the “government-employed engineer” get any closer? Why didn’t he approach the lumbering beast to ensure he had indeed photographed a mammoth?
Question: Is Siberian Mammoth versus “Russia’s plans to further develop and exploit the area’s considerable resources” a possible Steven Seagal movie?
Question: Mammoth or elephant or Steven Seagal or, who gives a fuck?
The footage examined by someone or other, after the jump…
Bestiaire 1. Chat écoutant la musique
Bestiaire 2. An owl is An owl is an owl
Bestiaire 3. Zoo Piece
Simple meditations that reveal a more intimate side to the enigmatic director, best known for La jetée (1962) (which later inspired Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys) and Sans Soleil (1983). Marker has said of his work:
‘The process of making films in communion with oneself, the way a painter works or a writer, need not now be solely experimental. Contrary to what people say, using the first-person in films tends to be a sign of humility: All I have to offer is myself.’
Now in his nineties, Marker the “mercurial international man of semiotic mystery” continues to work, details of which can be found here.
More animal haiku, plus bonus documentary, after the jump…
An accidental Google search (don’t ask) led me to a rather odd subculture/phenomena in Google images: cats and mushrooms. There’re cats pictured with Cremini mushrooms, Porcini, wild mushrooms and even the psychedelic kind. (I’m in no way endorsing ‘shrooming your cat, btw.)
According to an article on NPR’s website titled Mystery Solved: Why Cats Crave Mushrooms, cats are attracted to the glutamate chemical in mushrooms. Vets warn though, cats probably shouldn’t be eating the fungi. Some could poison them.
There must be some kind of new drug in the water system of Boise, Idaho based on the ultra-bizarre output of American Films (aka Collapse). This Boise-based collective of film makers and actors create wildly twisted short films that are as well-crafted as they are demented, deranged and diabolically funny. Some are transgressive for transgression’s sake, while others dissect the political and social cancers growing through the collective body of the good ol’ U.S.A. with the surgical precision of a pickaxe.
In Squirrel Mommy , the American Films group take on baby envy and the environment. They describe the film as playing on…
[...] the hypocrisy in so many who think they are making huge environmental strides by putting bottles in recycling bins, yet don’t question for a moment the impacts of bringing a child into the mix , which actually negates other efforts while in the bigger picture painfully questions their “I’m so green” status.
Conveniently we forget, and certainly don’t want to admit, that it’s overpopulation that’s the real culprit behind planetary destruction. Global warming and peak oil would both be much less non-factors if it weren’t for overpopulation which in part is encouraged by the child bearing attitude and addiction which poor jealous Neena portrays as she reveals the lengths she will go to fill this ingrained desire.
Whether you buy their highfalutin’ rap or not, there’s no denying that Squirrel Mommy is weird in the extreme, beautifully shot with nifty special effects and a dark sense of humor that echoes the absurdist sensibilities of John Waters and David Lynch. And I found it actually kind of heartwarming.
Starring Kelly Broich as a woman named Neena who becomes overwhelmed with a fit of jealousy over her best friends news, delivered in stereotypical fashion by actor Casey Broich, “I’m pregnant!”
American Films has been booted from Youtube once already and their new channel has gotten some warnings, so watch this while you can.
Here’s 27 minutes of vintage mosquito, cockroach and creepy-crawly insect repellent spray commercials brought to you by Japan. I have to admit I watched the entire thing and found it thoroughly enjoyable—especially the 70s commercials.