500 People in 100 Seconds
08.23.2011
04:19 pm

Topics:
Animation

Tags:
Photography
Amusing
Stop Frame

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Yep, what it says: 500 peeps in 100 secs by Eran Amir.

500 people holding more than 1,500 (!!!) developed pictures all around Israel, creating a smooth music video within their hands.

(Best viewed not on full screen).

Impressive.
 

 

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Virginia quake hits during filming of a commercial
08.23.2011
03:49 pm

Topics:
Environment

Tags:
Amusing
Current Events
Earthquake

 
Hardly ground-breaking but, Associated Press has released this footage of today’s earthquake in Virginia.

An auto store in Virginia was filming a commercial when the 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit. (Aug. 23)


 
With thanks to Iris Lincoln
 

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Scandybars - Scans of Chocolate Candy Bars
08.19.2011
01:28 pm

Topics:
Food

Tags:
Amusing
Chocolate
Scans
Scandybars

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Mars Almond - UK
 
Scandybars is “like a blog in a candy store”, catering to those with love of chocolate candies. View more here.
 
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - White Chocolate
 
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Milky Way
 
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Double Decker (UK)
 
More choc porn after the jump…
 
Via B3ta
 

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A Brief History of Recent Pop Culture as told through Photographs of Alice Cooper and Friends

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A brief history of recent pop culture, as told through various photographs of Alice Cooper and Friends.
 
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Marxism: Alice and Groucho.
 
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The Super Group: Alice, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, Marc Bolan, 1973.
 
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Surrealism: Alice and Salvador Dali.
 
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Popism: Alice, Ray Manzarek, and Iggy.
 
Previously on Dangerous Minds
When Alice Cooper met Colonel Sanders
 
Culled from various but special thanks to This Is Not Porn
 
More photo-history with Alice plus bonus clip, after the jump…
 

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Around the world with Sean Connery’s accent
07.24.2011
02:42 pm

Topics:
Movies

Tags:
Amusing
Sean Connery
Scotland
Acting

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There are few actors who have exploited their accent as successfully as Sir Sean Connery.

No matter the role, Sir Sean’s always sounds the same, whether he’s an Egyptian immortal in Highlander, an English King, in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, or a New York beatnik in A Fine Madness, he never alters his lispy Scotch accent.

Here’s a quick trip around the world according to Sir Sean.
 

Egypt: Who can forget Connery’s wonderful Egyptian Tak Ne (aka Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez), who teaches Christopher Lambert’s Connor MacLeod all he needs to know to be the only one in Highlander (1986)
 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Sean Connery gave TV its first male-to-male kiss


Sean Connery: The Musical 


 
More vocal riches from Sean after the jump…
 

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‘Hitch’ - the ultimate Alfred Hitchcock cook book
07.09.2011
03:57 pm

Topics:
Animation

Tags:
Amusing
Alfred Hitchcock
Food
Cookery

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Hitch is a graduation project made by Felix Meyer, Pascal Monaco, Torsten Strer, at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. Hitch is:

The Ultimate Hitch Cookbook, an animated book containing the recipes for Alfred Hitchcock’s classics. It’s made for Hitchcock enthusiasts and every other couch potato out there.

 

 
With thanks to Maria Guimil
 

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Picture Postcards of 50 Famous Britons 1869-1969

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The complete set of Famous People 1869-1969: 50 of the Greatest Britons, my dog-eared album of collectible picture postcards, which came free with packets of Brooke Bond tea in the 1960s. Like most children at that time, I collected these little potted biographies, trading duplicates in the schoolyard. Interesting the people we considered “famous” back then, compared to the kind we describe as “famous” today. Though as a Scot there was always a grievance over the inclusion of England soccer manager, Sir Alf Ramsey.

In his introduction, historian Asa Briggs wrote:

The last hundred years have seen greater changes in Britain than any previous century - changes in work and in recreation, in education and in politics, in thinking and in feeling. So long as Queen Victoria reigned - until 1901 - there was a strong sense of continuity. During this period Britain produced not only new men of wealth and power but writers of exceptional creative ability. Eminent Victorians were people of character and will as well as of ability.

During the twentieth century there have been far sharper breaks in people’s experience two world wars. There has also been a growth in the size and scale of organisations concerned with government, business and society. Nonetheless, the twentieth century has produced many outstanding people who have made unique contributions to the development of our country and the life of our people.

Selecting a team is never easy. yet the men and women in this album are sure of their place in our history.

The “Famous People” vary from writers like Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Robert Louis Stevenson, and H. G. Wells; political figures like Disraeli, Gladstone, Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, founder of the Labour Party Keir Hardie; social and charitable activists Lord Shaftesbury, David Livingstone, Florence Nightingale, Emmeline Pankhurst, William Booth and Thomas John Barnardo; scientists Charles Darwin, Lord Lister, and Sir Alexander Fleming; as well as artists Landseer and Augustus John.
 
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Lord Shaftesbury 1801-85), Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73), Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-92)
 
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Charles Robert darwin (1809-82), Benjamin Disraeli (804-81),  William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98), Charles Dickens (1812-70)
 
More Famous Britons, after the jump…
 

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Cutting a new disc
06.17.2011
08:44 am

Topics:
Art

Tags:
Pop Culture
Amusing
Records
Alvarejo
Alvaro Arteaga

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45 rpm Deli byAlvaro Arteaga.
 
Via Bitchville
 

 

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Clone yourself…as a Doll
06.15.2011
11:25 am

Topics:
Idiocracy

Tags:
Japan
Amusing
Dolls

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The Clone Factory in Japan can “clone” your likeness onto a doll, which brings a whole new meaning to playing with yourself.

Check the full story here.
 
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A picture tale of doll cloning, after the jump…
 
With thanks to Steve Duffy
 

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H.M.S. Ark Royal aircraft carrier for sale
06.13.2011
04:53 pm

Topics:
Current Events

Tags:
Amusing
Sale
HMS Ark Royal

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If you have a spare dollar or two and you fancy something to splash about on the water, then you still have time to put in a bid for the British naval aircraft carrier H.M.S. Ark Royal, as the deadline for bidding has been extended until July 6.

Vessel ARK ROYAL R07

Light Aircraft Carrier
Length: 210m
Beam: 36m
Draught: 5.8m
Current Displacement: 19000 tonnes
Estimated Metal Weight: 10000 tonnes inc. machinery
Estimated metal %: 95% steel

Location: HM Naval Base Portsmouth

Tender Closure: Wednesday 6th July 2011 at 10 am

More deatils here.

The Ark Royal is the 5th Royal Navy vessel to have the name of the original 1587 flagship that defeated the Spanish Armada. Though this Ark Royal was originally to be called the Indomitable, but as its 4th and more famous predecessor had just been decommissioned, public protest ensured the new aircraft carrier was re-named the Ark Royal.

Suggested plans for the vessel’s future use include: a nightclub, a school, an hotel, a prison and a heli-pad. I’m sure we can come up with something far more useful.

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‘Sonic Boom’: short comedy with Keith Moon, Ricky Nelson and Sal Mineo

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Made by UCLA students in 1975, Sonic Boom is a short comedy starring George Kennedy, Ricky Nelson, Keith Moon, Jonathan Winters and Sal Mineo. Directed by Jeff Mandel, the associate producer was Eric Louzil, who went onto make a successful career as a writer, producer and director of low budget horror films. In an interview with Chris Radcliffe, Louzil explained how he had two ideas for his student film:

One was about killer bees coming to California either to be called Deadly Buzz or Deadly Hum to star David L. Lander and Michael Mckean a.k.a. Lenny and Squiggy before they had been cast in the hit television show Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983) and the other was Sonic Boom, a comedy short about a supersonic jet that lands in a small town and creates hysteria over an impending sonic boom that never happens. The former project got scrapped because Landers And Mckean wanted too much creative control over it.

“The way they cast Sonic Boom was simply this: they would get together at production meetings, take out the entertainment section of the Los Angeles Times and find out who had made it into press. Then they would essentially stalk these performers and ask them to help out with their student film.

Mandel and Louzil wanted either Keith Moon or Elton John to appear in the film, as Radcliffe explains

Elton John was in town playing at the Troubadour so it was a toss up between Keith or Elton. They chose Keith because he was a bigger name at the time. They began hanging out at the clubs he was know to frequent until they caught up with him and he agreed to appear in the film for $1,400 In cocaine and a television, though the one page agreement signed between the producers and Keith read for “One Case Of Coke And A Television” - to which one can only assume that the latter he used to throw out of some window.

“There was something of a scene when the Director and some other guy went down to Palm Springs to get the cocaine and were afraid they would get busted on the return trip. In any event Keith’s scene was filmed at the Burbank Court House where he played the part of a professor wearing a cotex on his upper lip for a mustache. He arrived on the set in a gold limousine (which at that time was extremely rare and impressive) and left in a different one. The short film was eventually released theatrically in 1975 where it was shown before the feature film of the evening Man Friday (1975) starring Peter O’ Toole and Richard Roundtree. Man Friday was a retelling of the Robinson Crusoe story with a strong social message.”

 

 
Also on DM

The incredible friendship between Oliver Reed and Keith Moon


 

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For the love of the ‘Common People’: Fans cover Pulp

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Following on from Bob Dylan’s suggestion we should write his autobiography, Pulp are currently running a competition to find the best cover version of one of their tracks:

During the process of learning to play the old songs again we have been consulting the cover versions posted on-line… Vote for your favorites by ‘liking’ them - or upload your own rendition if you think you can do better.

There’s even “a musical prize” for the winner.

As “Common People” is Pulp’s best known song and the one that appears to encourage most cover versions (will anyone surpass William Shatner’s version?) here are 8 covers of “Common People” - just a small selection of the many videos so far uploaded onto the site. If you want to see more, vote for your favorite, or think you can do better check here.
 

William Shatner’s cover of ‘Common People’ as a Lego animation by niblickthe3rd 
 
More Pulped versions after the jump…
 

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Joan Crawford’s bizarre screen-tests for ‘Strait-Jacket’, 1964

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The legendary actress Joan Crawford died today in 1977. While now best remembered through Faye Dunaway’s incredible interpretation of the actress (‘No wire hangers!’) in Mommie Dearest, we tend to forget that Crawford was a talented, Oscar winning actress, who had one of the longest and most successful careers in Hollywood. No mean feat, no matter what her adopted daughter later wrote.

Joan worked damned hard to maintain her career and independence and if she’d been a man, we’d remember her as fondly as Errol Flynn or Robert Mitchum. What is also impressive about Crawford was her ability to make the most of the roles offered, no matter how trashy the role. Her performance in Trog should have won her a medal for perseverance beyond the call of duty.

In 1964, Joan Crawford starred in B-movie genius William Castle’s classic Strait-Jacket, where she gave a brilliantly bizarre performance. Here is Ms Crawford trying out her make-up for the role of suspected ax-murderer Lucy Harbin.
 

 
Bonus trailers of Joan Crawford in ‘Strait-Jacket’ and ‘Trog’, after the jump…
 

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For Sale: One Martin-Baker Aircraft Ejector Seat
05.10.2011
03:48 am

Topics:
Science/Tech

Tags:
Amusing
Ejector Seat


 
Here’s something you don’t see everyday: For Sale, one Martin-Baker aircraft ejector seat.

One careful owner, no doubt. This James-Bond-like accessory is currently available on e-bay and is advertised as:

The ultimate in armchair flying !!!!

This is a Martin-Baker aircraft ejector seat mounted on a trolley with an attached control column.
I believe both the ejector seat and control column are from a Canberra bomber.

As well as being an unusual and interesting piece of furniture, the seat could be used as part of a
flight simulator or gaming set-up. It is certainly a talking point!

The seat is fitted with a complete harness and has a suede seat pad which contained a survival pack.
Overall, the seat, trolley and control column are a little scruffy and would benefit from a good clean up
and polish. The ejection rocket and parachute have been removed.

The trolley is fitted with small castors so the whole assembly can be moved around. The seat and
control column are easily removable for transportation and would fit into the back of a hatchback with
the seats down.

Cash on collection and I would be prepared to deliver up to a 50 - 60 mile radius of Bromley, Kent
for fuel cost.

For more information check here. Bids close on 11 May, 201122:19:18 BST.
 
 

A Martin-Baker Ejection Seat in action
 
More snaps of the ejector seat after the jump…
 
With thanks to John Butler
 

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Do Automata Dream of Clockwork Sheep?
05.09.2011
10:46 am

Topics:
Science/Tech

Tags:
Amusing
Science
Automaton


 
This collection of short films comes from The House of Automata, a specialist company that restores, builds and maintains historic and antique automata, and make new ones to commission.

Two highlights from this incredible collection are the eerie but quite magical automated harpist by Vichy, and life-like “Nancy - the automaton”.

More videos from The House of Automata can be seen here.
 

 

Nancy - the automaton
 
More amazing automata after the jump…
 

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