Tuesday, June 30, 2009

"For seven months, The New York Times managed to keep out of the news the fact that one of its reporters, David Rohde, had been kidnapped by the Taliban"

"But that was pretty straightforward compared with keeping it off Wikipedia."

Atomic Energy Lab

The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab was sold in 1951 and came with uranium ore, a geiger counter and other items as shown here.

"The butterflies lay their eggs on flowering thyme plants, and the hatched caterpillars fall to the ground and begin to impersonate immature red ants"

"They secrete chemicals and even make noises that make the red ants believe they are wayward grubs. The ants then mistakenly carry the caterpillars to their underground homes and keep looking after them even though the adopted intruders gobble ant grubs for 10 months before forming a chrysalis and flying away as adult butterflies"

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ben & Jerry's prepackaged fudge sundae

Ben & Jerry's prepackaged "Flipped Out" fudge sundae - - you just flip it over, squeeze it out, and the fudge thaws swiftly. 310 calories for the entire sundae. They have a flipped truck driving around advertising it this summer:

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sarlacc Pillow

Plush Sarlacc "pitlow" by Becky Gould. There are various plush oddities on sale in her Etsy shop.

Portal Posters

Posters for the International Theatre School Festival by Arc/Leo Burnett Amsterdam.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

How Elvis Grbac accidentally became one of People Magazine‘s Sexiest Men

The magazine chose Rich Gannon as its Sexiest Athlete. At the time, Gannon was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Still a couple of seasons removed from his golden tenure with the Raiders, Gannon was 33, handsome and likable. In other words, a solid choice. Yet People, being People, simply informed the photographer assigned to the piece that the Sexiest Athlete was the Chiefs’ quarterback. Hence, he took pictures of the Chiefs’ quarterback. Well

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Dead Space costume in Tiger Woods PGA Tour

The latest version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour includes a Dead Space costume. Video of the suit in action here.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Anthropomorphic grandfather's clock

By Jake Cress and Dreama Kattenbraker. It and several more pieces of "living" furniture are on sale here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"A kosher version of Google called Koogle, has been developed in Israel for Hebrew-speaking Orthodox Jews"

Nothing can be posted on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, as Jews are banned from all types of work and business activity. If Koogle users attempt to search for an item or post a message on the Sabbath, it crashes and won’t let you.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Tattoos" made with suntan and vinyl stickers

Janine Rewell uses vinyl stickers and a tanning bed to create complex patterns.

Sculpture by Thomas Doyle

Sculptures by Thomas Doyle.

Monday, June 15, 2009

"Elephants march through hotel lobby after it was built on their migration trail"

Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia happens to have been built next to a mango tree that one family of pachyderms have always visited when the fruit ripens.

When they returned one year and found the luxury accommodation in the way, they simply walked through reception.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Man vs. Cartoon

Man vs. Cartoon - - the latest Mythbusters clone features attempts to recreate Wile E. Coyote plots to kill the Road Runner.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Windows 7 desktop backgrounds

Here's a the best gallery I could find of high-res versions of the Windows 7 desktop backgrounds. And here's a website showing all of the Windows 7 desktop backgrounds.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

How Kendra from Dead Space was designed

Go here to see how Kendra from Dead Space was created - - lots of concept art and photos of actress Tonantzin Carmelo in a motion capture suit.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

4 Colour Monster

Available here.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Gallery of images from the Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer

Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO cinematic trailer:
The Sacking of Coruscant. It was the crowning achievement of the Sith Empire’s ambitious military strategy and the moment that changed the history of the Old Republic forever. You may have read about it before, but our first cinematic trailer captures this event with breathtaking action and beautiful detail.

Republic leaders have traveled to Alderaan to engage in promised peace talks with the Sith Empire. The most powerful Jedi have accompanied them to safeguard against an Imperial deception. The Empire’s real motive, however, was simply to lure the Republic’s strongest defenders away from Coruscant and set the stage for an audacious attack. Under the command of Lord Angral, the Sith fleet approaches the Republic’s capital planet for the first time in centuries. In advance of the fleet, the strongest Sith Warriors have flown a stolen Republic ship into Coruscant’s orbit. Their mission is critical – to destroy the planet’s defense grid mainframe hidden in the heart of the Jedi Temple.