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Lovely photos from the annual Blessing Of The Animals
10.08.2012
01:10 pm

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These photos from this weekend’s annual Blessing of The Animals at the Cathedral of Saint John The Divine in New York City make my heart feel full. As a human being, Priests scare the shit out of me, but the pigs, llamas, doggies, turtles and various strange and beautiful creatures seem to be very calm and happy at this event celebrating St. Francis of Assisi’s teachings on the interrelationship between all living things.

There’s a part of me that feels it is a form of human chauvinism and arrogance to think that animals need our blessings (we could probably use theirs), but I’m willing to cut humanity some slack when I encounter something like these photos. There’s a spirit of good will in them that can’t be denied. And I’m all for advocating good relations between all Goddess’s creatures.

For more photos visit the Gothamist’s website.
 

 

 

 
Photos by Katie Sokoler via the Gothamist

 

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‘Breaking Bad’ Halloween costumes for kids
09.26.2012
02:54 pm

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It’s getting to be that time of year again…

Two young’ins dressed as “Walter White” and “Jesse Pinkman” from Breaking Bad. I’m pretty certain this was for mommy and daddy’s amusement.

It feels like “Mr. White” is lacking his “Heisenberg” hat, however, the kid dressed as “Jesse” sure has the face down!
 
Via D-listed

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Vintage alligator gown circa 1920s
09.26.2012
11:48 am

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I have no idea of the provenance of this image. Is it old? Is it new? Is it ‘shopped? In any case, it’s damned cool and I thought I’d share it.

Via Twisted Vintage

 

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‘That’ll do, pig. That’ll do’: Pig rescues baby goat
09.20.2012
11:36 am

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Hero pig helps out a baby goat in distress whose foot is stuck underwater at a petting zoo.
 

 
With thanks to Henry Baum!

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Asian snake venom wine (It’s a real thing)
09.20.2012
10:46 am

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I knew nothing about snake wine until the above photo—it’s kinda pretty in its weird colorful way, isn’t?—started popping up on my Facebook timeline. I noticed a lot of people were calling shenanigans in the comments, saying the photo was fake. Well, it’s not.

“The drink was first recorded to be used in China during the Western Zhou dynasty (771 BC)” according to Wikipedia.

The snakes, preferably venomous ones, are not usually preserved for their meat but to have their “essence” and snake venom dissolved in the liquor. However, the snake venom is denatured by the ethanol; its proteins are unfolded and therefore inactive.

Snake wine can be found in China, Vietnam and Southeast Asia. If you can’t travel there to get your mitts on this exotic hooch, you can order bottles online at Asian Snake Wine.
 

 

 
More photos after the jump…
 

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‘Freaks’ portraits painted in the style of an ‘Old Master’
09.17.2012
09:14 am

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Gail Potocki


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Mega-talented Chicago-based artist Gail Potocki is serving up some major awesomeness with her limited—only 100 sets signed and numbered by the artist herself—handmade letterpressed trading cards of “history’s most recognizable sideshow performers.”

The SERIES ONE set titled Freaks “comes with all five cards in a textured, deckled edge envelope with hand stamped details.”

These are truly gorgeous. I can’t wait to see SERIES TWO. Amazing.

The set is $40.00. You can purchase them here.
 

Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy
 

Daisy & Violet Hilton
 
More of ‘Freaks’ after the jump…
 

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Incredibly realistic, over-sized, Dog-face T-shirts
09.13.2012
12:46 pm

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As a dog-lover, I’m rather taken with these incredibly realistic, oversized, dog-face T-shirts made by The Mountain.

I wonder if they can make T-shirts from a photo of your favorite pooch? And if they have any with Muttley?
 
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More giant mutts, after the jump…
 
Via blessthisstuff with thanks to Clyde Lawson
 

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Squirrel tail knot: Best and perhaps strangest excuse EVER for being late to work?
09.13.2012
12:20 pm

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If you are a manager or boss, you’ve probably heard every excuse in the book from an employee on why they’re running late to work. But I’ll bet you’ve never heard this one before…

Redditor mard86 writes:

My co-worker sent an email saying he would be late because he was trying to untie a squirrel tail knot. I asked for a picture, and he delivered.

Here’s the email that was sent:

I was pressed into squirrel rescue this morning on my way out. 5 young squirrels got tangled in Christmas lights in my neighbor’s yard. We got the lights off, but now their tails are one big knot, so I have to bring them into a rescue place to untie them, as I am unequipped to untie squirrel tail knots. I should be in this afternoon.

I’m totally going to steal this one. I’m going to keep this pic handy too.

Click here to see larger image.

Via reddit

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Hello Aleister Crowley Kitty: Do What Thou Meow
08.29.2012
05:05 pm

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Etsy shop TheAllSeeingCat makes these one-of-kind handmade and hand-painted “Hello Aleister Crowley Kitty” sculptures from polymer clay and acrylic. Who wouldn’t want this?

They’re $222.00 + shipping at Etsy.
 

 

 
With thanks to Dan Smith!

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‘Game of Thrones’ theme sung by a Siamese cat
08.21.2012
10:20 am

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As much as I try not to post kitteh-related stuff on DM, THIS video could not be avoided.

Thank you, Internet!
 

 
Via BuzzFeed

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