Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Die Hard death chart

Die Hard death chart.

The AccoLade: Saudi Arabia's all-girl rock band

The AccoLade, and all-girl rock band in Saudi Arabia that has to keep its performances a secret:
Dina and Dareen wear their hair teased into thick manes and have pierced eyebrows. During an interview at a Starbucks here, they wore black abayas — the flowing gown that is standard attire for women — but the gowns were open, showing their jeans and T-shirts, and their hair and faces were uncovered.
Read more here, and visit their MySpace page.


By Molly Michelle Friedrich.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Far Side Reenactments photo pool

Far Side Reenactments photo pool.

"Jesus Didn't Tap"

There's a brand of clothing for MMA enthusiasts called Jesus Didn't Tap.

Scholarly journal accidentally puts Chinese brothel ad on cover

The Max Planck Institute's latest journal focuses on China, and the editors wanted the cover to feature something from a classical Chinese text. But they somehow ended up printing text from a handbill for a Macau strip club. Among other things, it said "Hot Housewives in action!"

Best names of NCAA basketball players

Including Lex Mongo, Chief Kickingstallionsims, and Pawel Kielbasa.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Venture Bros. Dunny

Venture Bros. Dunny.

Lego Clown Tank

Lego Clown Tank by Angus MacLane.

Speak & Spell emulator

Play around with a Speak & Spell emulator.

Turn a Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone into a real phone

Go here for step by step instructions on turning a Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone int a real phone.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

"all of the gold produced worldwide in one year could just about fit in the average person's living room"

"the world produces a cube of gold that is about 4.3 meters (about 14 feet) on each side every year"

Friday, December 26, 2008

McDonald's hired 1,000 actors to lineup in front of its Tokyo store

Back in November, McDonald's new minimalist store in Tokyo got a huge amount of attention on the web. I suggested at the time that the whole thing was some "elaborate prank." Indeed, it turns out McDonald's hired 1,000 actors to stand in line. Via.

*Previously: Fake crowds at Beijing Olympics.

*Find Happy Meal and cereal toys at eBay.

Photos of the puppets from Laika's Mac ad


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Neil Gaiman's Coraline Box

Neil Gaiman received a Coraline box that included a Coraline puppet used in the movie. He posted lots of photos here.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Inflatable Ben Wallace

This is the Ben Wallace "Inflatable Defender."

Coraline keys found on an abandoned building in Chicago

Artisan boxes
, button boxes, alphabet posters, and now Coraline keys stuck to buildings.

David Horvath's mother was a toy designer

She worked at Mattel, but was largely required to keep her job a secret. "The only way [he] knew she still worked there was through catalogs and purple 'He-Man' errors she brought home." Learned from this interview.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Twilight Edward Body Shimmer

Twilight Edward Body Shimmer: "Add subtle shimmer to your body with this iridescent powder. It includes a small application brush and comes in a clear container with an image of Twilight's Edward."

Coraline Button Box

You can see the contents at Laughing Squid.

Acrylic Diamond Ring

Acrylic Diamond Ring.

El Monte city council votes to ban anyone from being at the city hall after 11pm

Because they're convinced the mayor is living in her office.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Matrioshka Russian dolls for Vogue Russia

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Vogue Russia hired 31 artists to customize Russian dolls. You can see the full gallery here.

Order figurines of your Spore creations

You can now order figurines of your Spore creations for $50 each at Spore Sculptor.

Giant Tetris Blocks

As part of an art show called "Live Lanes - By George!," Gaffa Gallery has filled a street in Australia with giant falling Tetris pieces. More photos here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Coraline Box #3

The creators of Coraline sent out 50 handmade boxes to some of their favorite bloggers. Each box is unique and includes items from the movie. Box #3 belongs to Stainless Steel Droppings:

You can see the rest of the boxes I've found to date here.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

African poster for Ewoks: The Battle For Endor

Per Wikipedia, Ewoks: The Battle For Endor was a made for tv movie that came out in 1985. Above is an African poster for the movie that sold for $200 at eBay

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Greg Packer "has been quoted in more than 100 articles and television broadcasts as a 'man on the street'"

"Although he always gives his real name, he has admitted to making things up to get into the paper."

"Words associated with Christianity, the monarchy and British history have been dropped from a leading dictionary for children"

Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", "bishop", "chapel", "empire" and "monarch" from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband" and "celebrity". Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled.

The publisher claims the changes have been made to reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society.

But academics and head teachers said that the changes to the 10,000 word Junior Dictionary could mean that children lose touch with Britain's heritage.

North Korean defector "sends millions of leaflets northward by way of his towering helium balloons"

"South Korean officials are seeking ways to ban the launches, which they say jeopardize the fragile truce between the Koreas."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"Dunk contest to be shown in 3-D"

"The NBA is going to announce today that it will present its All-Star Saturday night program of the slam dunk contest, three-point shooting contest and skill challenge in a three-dimensional format at 80 movie theaters around the country"

Christophe Szpajdel has drawn more than 7,000 logos

Christophe Szpajdel has drawn more than 7,000 logos, mostly for black- and death-metal bands. His day job is as a forestry engineer and he says:
There are bands that make extreme music but lyrically deal with the purity of nature. They offer the perfect fusion between my fascination with nature—especially mountains—and metal. But a lot of extreme metal bands deal with the destruction of mankind, which I think is needed. Maybe not a complete destruction, but at least a drastic cull. Our streets need to be cleared of all the scumbags walking on them.
You can read an interview with him and see a slideshow of his logos here.

Monday, December 8, 2008

"More than 130,000 inflatable breasts have been lost at sea en route to Australia"

"Men's magazine Ralph was planning to include the boobs as a free gift with its January issue"

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Monstrous Yacht

This is the "Oculus" yacht designed by E. Kevin Schöpfer.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Turning Aibos into feral robot dogs

"The goal of this course is to adapt and release a feral robotic dog (or other companion robot) on a contaminated site nearby. The feral robot will ‘sniff out the contaminants on the site and you will communicate the site conditions to interested community members."

High school teacher in San Diego, California raises money for supplies by selling advertising space on exams

"'Tough times call for tough actions,' he says. So he started selling ads on his test papers: $10 for a quiz, $20 for a chapter test, $30 for a semester final."