- This Little Piggy Sure Knows How to Hold His Own
- Five Ways Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are Better than Each Other
- The Unmentioned Dark Side of Nursery Rhymes
- 10 Things You Didn't Know About "A Christmas Story"
- Alexander Safonov's Amazing Photos of Life Underwater
- Enterprise Star Trek Wall Clock
- The 30 Best Mugshots Of 2012
- Felted Crafting Buddies
- The People vs. IKEA Monkey
- Greatest Martini Recipe
- The Fish Harp
- Mathematical Street Art
- Fat Cat in Bathtub
- Unforgettable Children's Book Illustrations
- Split Personality SuperBatMan
- A Freelancer's Christmas Greeting
- Mr. Mouthy Mouth
- A Bacon Bacon
- How to Raise a Hunter-Gatherer
- A Genuine Cat Burglar
- Holiday Movie Selection Flowchart
- Futuristic Baseball
- Ham for $159 a Pound?!
- Photobombing the Photographer
- The Littlest Guest DJ
- 10 Nonviolent Ways to Thwart a Westboro Baptist Church Protest
- DIY Rodarte Star Hair Pins
- Scooby-Doo Apron
- Filmography 2012
- Hobbit Home in Pennsylvania
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 04:00 AM PST
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 03:00 AM PST
Fans of The Lord of the Rings and fans of the Harry Potter series constantly argue over which is better, when there is plenty to love about both, including the similarities. But that doesn't settle anything.
Pajiba breaks down what each series is best at, of the two. Throw in another franchise, and there'd be mayhem on our hands. Link
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 02:00 AM PST
There's also the sixth toe. The one that stays in the attic all of the time and never comes out. Andy Herald understands the darker subtexts of popular, classic nursery rhymes. You can view the rest of his chart on the subject at the link.
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 01:00 AM PST
It's that time again: the 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon is coming, and every year the internet reminds us that the kid who played Flick had a brief career in porn and that Jack Nicholson wanted to play Ralphie's dad. But there's a lot more about the holiday classic that everyone doesn't already know, and the FW has rounded up the best of those things, including the house the movie was filmed in, what Flash Gordon has to do with any of this, and what really happened when the Bumpus's dogs ate the turkey. Link
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 12:00 AM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 11:00 PM PST
Do you have a big day planned? Are you worried you are going to run late for your mission to explore strange, new worlds? You need the very logical Enterprise Star Trek Wall Clock from the NeatoShop. This fantastic clock features the Starship Enterprise.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Star Trek items.
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 11:00 PM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 10:00 PM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 09:00 PM PST
The little monkey wearing a shearling coat that showed up at a Toronto IKEA last week is now a case for the courts. Toronto Animal Services lodged the monkey named Darwin at the Story Brook Farm Primate Sanctuary. Yasmin Nakhuda, who owns the monkey, wants him back.
…defendant Nakhuda, a real estate attorney by profession, filed a claim Thursday that states the authorities had no right to take the monkey. “The officer’s refusal to return Darwin was unlawful because the Code does not authorize the officer to keep an animal other than dogs and cats,” it reads. “The only penalty under the Code is a fine. Animal Services therefore unlawfully detained Darwin.”
Meanwhile, Story Book Farm seems to have undertaken a PR campaign in its efforts to keep Darwin. Read all about it at Death and Taxes, in a post that includes its own soundtrack. Link
(Image credit: Lisa Lin via Instagram)
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 08:00 PM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 07:00 PM PST
If this isn't the neatest thing you see today, you spend waaaay too much time on the internet. Henry Chu's Fish Harp is musical instrument/visual art hybrid: when a goldfish swims under a glass, the Fish Harp synthesizes the sound a wet finger would make if you ran it along the rim of the glass. The synthesizer is triggered by motion sensors.
Fish Harp is on display at Musique Plastique in Hong Kong. (Admission is free, if you're in the neighborhood.)
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 06:00 PM PST
Of Aakash Nihalani's recent work, this piece is my favorite. He's brilliant at highlighting pre-existing forms with simple geometical shapes to create additional meaning. This exercise in basic arithmetic is one that you'd probably walk by every day without noticing if not for the plus and equal signs.
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 05:00 PM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 04:00 PM PST
Released in September 2012, Little Big Books: Illustrations for Children's Picture Books is a large-format collection of work by more than 100 acclaimed contemporary illustrators worldwide. The striking images included are the basis of a discussion on characteristics of the finest children's book illustrations and the secrets of the artists who ingrain these images in the minds of children. Visual memories that may persist well into adulthood.
British illustrator Martin Salisbury addresses the important relationship between the text of children's picture books and the vivid imagery that brings it to life:
Right from the start, the words need to be an integral part of the shape of the layout — a visual element that is as important as anything else that appears on the page. The spread’s composition should seem ‘wrong’ before the text is added.This specialized category of fine art rolls with the punches in the current state and operating structures of today's publishing houses. Sonja Commentz notes in the books' introduction:
And yet there is trouble afoot: pandering to economic trends in the growing — and increasingly competitive — picture-book market, actual contents, creativity, and originality might lose out, right down to the point where bookstores dedicate entire pink-clad corners to a monoculture of princess books.
See more illustrations from the book at Brain Pickings. Link.
(Image credit: Chris Haughton)
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 03:00 PM PST
Sometimes it's hard to decide which superhero you'd rather be-Batman or Superman. They both have their strengths and weaknesses, and they're both really cool characters, so why choose between them?
Just create a hybrid super-suit and capture the essence of both iconic DC comics characters and every kid who sees you will think you're the coolest guy ever!
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 02:00 PM PST
Floyd Hayes' Christmas video greeting illustrates what the holiday is like for his company.
May your holidays be a break from the perpetual grind of quiet desperation. -Thanks, Floyd!
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 01:30 PM PST
Mr. Mouthy Mouth (sold individually)
The holidays are almost here! Are you still looking for that eye popping gift for your loved one? You need the Mr. Mouthy Mouth from the NeatoShop. This creepy delightful finger puppet will provide hours of interactive fun.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Toys & Games.
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 01:30 PM PST
Mosaic artist Jason Mecier loves to play with his food. While I applaud his effort, I have to say with all that bacon laying around- can I just have a piece? He must keep an entire grocery store employed with all that bacon!
Mecier also made beef jerky Barack Obama and Mitt Romney mosaics. So there is that.
P.S. Do you love bacon as much as we do? Check out our Bacon Store!
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 01:00 PM PST
Jared Diamond contrasts our modern methods of raising children with those used in more traditional societies, such as the villagers of New Guinea.
But that's just the beginning. Children in traditional societies have more freedom to roam, multiple caregivers, and access to adult experiences that we consider not quite safe. Of course, not all those practices are transferable to a more modern society -after all, we have automobiles, which is the most dangerous thing for a child. But a generous excerpt from Diamond's book The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? is very much worth a read. Link
(Image credit: Flickr user Focx Photography)
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 12:30 PM PST
A thief, a crook, a robber, a lifter, a pickpocket, a pilferer, a cat burglar. When a small neighborhood discovered that more than 20 sets of house and car keys had gone missing, where did they place their blame? Probably not on a neighborhood cat named Milo.
Milo, the culprit behind the disappearance of said pieces, had taken them all from the neighborhood homes of the Stoke Newington residents in north east London. Milo wears a magnetic collar around her neck so she can access the cat flap in her owner's home. Many of the homes in Stoke Newington have cat flaps. Kirsten Alexander, Milo's owner, had no idea that Milo had been sneaking into the homes of the neighbors while she was at work. It wasn't until Alexander saw Milo coming back through the cat flap one day, collar covered with a clutter of keys, that she realized what was going on.
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 12:00 PM PST
You're feeling like a movie, and since Christmas is only a week away, you may as well watch a holiday film. What to select? It's a much more complicated decision than it was a few decades ago, when the answer was "whatever's on TV or at the theater." A handy flowchart from Lemon.ly helps you make your choice! See an enlargeable version at the site. Link
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 11:30 AM PST
Even with breakout star R.A. Dickey, the Mets were bad again this year. They have been mediocre at best for the better part of a decade, finishing under .500 seven times since 2002. That's not Pittsburgh Pirate bad, but that isn't great. As a lifelong Cubs fan, I feel their pain. All of that, however, doesn't mean that can't be good at Future Baseball.
Via Cool Material
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 11:00 AM PST
Would you pay $159 a pound for ham? Oink! In the above video, Philadelphia food and wine writer Brian Freedman takes us on a tour of some pretty fancy spots in the City of Brotherly Love that are serving up more than just cheesesteaks. The fancy ham comes from the Iberian pig and is aged for 5 years. It's so fancy, the guy selling it needs a special certificate of authenticity to serve it up.
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 10:30 AM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 10:00 AM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 09:30 AM PST
The infamous Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has announced their intention to demonstrate at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 27 young students and school staff members were killed Friday. The WBC has garnered plenty of publicity over the years for their tactics. Adrienne Crezo rounded up the stories of how people band together to counter-protest the WBC, from human shields to fundraisers to creative ridicule. Read about them at mental_floss. Link
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 09:00 AM PST
Not being a fashionista, I had never heard of a Rodarte Star Hair Pin until I saw this picture. Why pay $600 when you can make your own? KI at Hello Whimsy Blog has a tutorial that will lead you through the process. You can even customize the look with different shapes and colors. Link -via Buzzfeed
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 08:30 AM PST
Yikes! The holidays are almost here. Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Scooby-Doo fan? You need the Scooby-Doo Apron from the NeatoShop. This fantastic character apron lets you be Shaggy.
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 08:30 AM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 08:00 AM PST
Vince Donovan has been a fan of The Lord of the Rings his entire life, and has a collection of Tolkien memorabilia to prove it. Now he has a proper house to display it! Donovan hired architect Peter Archer to design a Tolkien home with all the right touches.
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