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28 Aug 07:47

What is Trypophobia? And Is It Real?

by Jen Pinkowski

Many people report fearing clusters of holes. If you're one of them, this post is for you. But don't say we didn't warn you.

27 Aug 20:26

Luis Quiles Artwork

by Bo

Luis Quiles is a Spanish artist known for his controversial art, which uncovers the dark side of society. Quiles is unafraid of addressing sensitive subjects like sexism, abuse, exploitation, and homophobia. More often than not his view seems polarised which sparks heated debate.

What causes Luis Quiles’ work to be so controversial is that it is so blunt. He frequently chooses taboo subjects, that tend to cause a level of discomfort to the viewer. For a few individuals, Quiles’ pictures spark sentiments of terror and disgust at first. Take a minute to look for deeper meaning.



I see that some people blindly leave their only hope for a temporary joy. On the other hand, how do we know he didn’t look over the ladder first, and see a certain failure. Maybe he’s making the most of a dire situation.



Hooked on the bottle? According to the WHO (not the band) 3,300,000 people die every year from alcohol abuse.



Probably one of the most provocative pieces I’ve seen from Luis. It is definitely disturbing. I think it’s about the unwanted sexual attention that women receive through social media, though others interpret it differently. It would be good to hear your thoughts on it too. Please leave comments at the end of the post.



A friend of mine recently had 6 days off work. He sat in front of his games console solidly for the whole time. I think this is becoming a sad reality for many. Is this becoming another form of addiction? There is no doubt people use it as a form of escapism, in the same sort of way people use alcohol and drugs.



Can you buy waterproof phone cases?



I believe this is symbolic of the pornographic industry and it’s expectancy of women to have a certain physical appearance while simultaneously representing the food industry’s constant pressure on us to consume their products. In a way, the person holding the burger is taunting her while she sits there with no access to it.


27 Aug 20:20

The Grand Canyon is contaminated with mercury

by Nicholas Korody

Sadly, even the Grand Canyon, a symbolic landmark of America’s natural environment, unfortunately isn’t immune to the ravages of pollution. Concentrations of mercury and selenium in canyon’s food webs — the interconnected food chains in the environment — regularly exceed levels considered risky for fish and wildlife. Those findings are from a study from the U.S. Geological Survey scientists published in the journal Environmental Toxicity and Chemistry.

It's the kind of news that reads like Anthropocene poetry – both existentially dark and metaphorically potent. This vast fissure in the Earth's crust, which presents us with two billion years of geologic history and basically defines our image of the sublime, has been thoroughly contaminated by a relatively short period of industrial agriculture and other human activities.

More precisely, the selenium likely comes from agriculture and mining (although it also exists in the soil naturally). The mercury is thought to have been brought in by algae from Lake Powell, originating in "distant coal-burning electrical plants."

The researchers explained, "The findings of the present study add to a growing body of evidence showing that remote ecosystems are vulnerable to long-range transport and subsequent bioaccumulation of contaminants."

Researcher studied minnows, invertebrates and fish at six sites along the Colorado River and recorded mercury and selenium levels that exceed toxicity threshol...

27 Aug 20:16

This underemployed woman is selling her college diploma on eBay

by Max Knoblauch

A frustrated 2011 graduate of Florida State University's School of Theatre is looking to get rid of her student debt in an interesting way — by selling her diploma and "college experience" for $50,000 on eBay.

Stephanie Ritter, who attended the university from 2007-2011, posted a sarcastic-yet-very-real eBay listing referring to her diploma as "brand new" and "Never been used to get a job".

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Ritter explained that she's been underemployed since graduation and is looking for a way to erase her $40,000 of loan debt. Read more...

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27 Aug 20:00

This Stunning Adventure Game Plays Like Art in Motion

by Megan Logan
This Stunning Adventure Game Plays Like Art in Motion

Calvino Noir is what you get when you combine film noir and side-scrolling action gaming.

The post This Stunning Adventure Game Plays Like Art in Motion appeared first on WIRED.

27 Aug 17:45

Drone rudely interrupts man sunbathing on 200-foot-tall wind turbine

by Brian Koerber

It's 2015, so no matter how much privacy you think you may have, there is always a chance that a drone is lurking nearby, ready to invade your seclusion

Drone pilot Kevin Miller was capturing some footage of a wind turbine in Rhode Island, when his craft accidentally revealed a man that was attempting to catch some rays on the deck of the turbine, the Daily Mirror reports.

Initially, the man didn't seem too pleased about being discovered, and it appears that he even flipped the drone off. But Miller told the Mirror, "Upon landing he saw me bring the drone down and was leaning over the edge. I looked up and wave to him and he waved back." Read more...

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27 Aug 17:16

Clever 3-Piece Rings That Fit Perfectly Together to Form Adorable Animals

by Lori Dorn


m e r r y m e“, a studio jewelry artist from Bangkok, Thailand has designed a clever line of 3-piece enamel and brass rings that fit together perfectly to form adorable animals. The rings can also be worn separately to create a sense of action, such as a squirrel chasing after a juicy acorn. The rings are available for purchase through the DAINTYme Etsy shop.

Raccoon 3-Piece

Owl 3 Piece

Owl Ring

Bunny 3 piece Bunny Ring

Squirrel 3 piece Squirrel Ring

Reindeer Ring Reindeer

images via DAINTYme

via Bored Panda

27 Aug 17:15

‘Monster Issues’, Illustrations of Legendary Monsters Stating Their Very Specific Problems

by Justin Page

Monster Issues - Kraken

Monster Issues is an ongoing series of illustrations by artist Teo Zirinis featuring legendary monsters who are stating their very specific problems. The entire collection is available to view on Zirinis’s website and Facebook page. Prints of his amusing monster drawings are available to purchase online via Society6.

Monster Issues - Hydra

Monster Issues - Dracula

Monster Issues - Cthulhu

Monster Issues - Cyclops

Monster Issues - Godzilla

images via Teo Zirinis

via Tastefully Offensive

27 Aug 17:12

Amazing Science Tricks Using Liquid

by Scott Beale

Science and illusion channel Brusspup presents 10 amazing science tricks using liquid.

27 Aug 17:05

Artist Retells the Entire Story of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ With Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics

by Justin Page


Talented Japanese manga artist and illustrator Takumi has recently retold the entire story of George Miller‘s film Mad Max: Fury Road with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. The original black and white ink drawings of Takumi’s hieroglyphic masterpiece are available to view on his Facebook page.




images via Takumi


27 Aug 16:51

Microscopic zoom-in on a bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod

by Mark Frauenfelder


From the entrancing Micro Universe Tumblr: a bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod.

27 Aug 06:35

Seeing Japanese handmade paper get made is completely soothing

by Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Alissa Walker to Gizmodo

I don’t know exactly what’s going on but you see trees get chopped down and stripped and cooked and boiled and drained and dried and flattened and then transformed into pieces of paper that were all delicately made by hand. It’s a lovely process to watch, especially since it’s so damn soothing.


27 Aug 06:34

I Need LG's Foldable Keyboard In My Life

by Luke Hopewell - Gizmodo Australia

“Hello, LG? Yes, this is Luke. Go ahead and take as much of my money as it takes to get this keyboard-based sorcery into my travel bag.”


27 Aug 06:33

flyartproductions: You just Father Lathuille’s typeAt Father...


You just Father Lathuille’s type

At Father Lathuille (1879), Edouard Manet / Show Me, Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown

27 Aug 06:12

nemfrog: Postpartum confinement. Jacques-Fabien...


Postpartum confinement. Jacques-Fabien Gautier-Dagoty._Anatomie des parties de la génération, et de ce qui concerne la grossesse et l'accouchement_ 1775

27 Aug 06:07


by Leticia Roncero
27 Aug 06:05

LG made a solid, roll-up keyboard for your tablet or giant smartphone

by Mat Smith
To the untrained eye, LG's new Bluetooth keyboard looks like a (very long) mobile battery, but that's because it's all bundled up. Unfurl the Rolly and you'll get a "full-size" keyboard that automatically switches on and connects to your nearest (LG?...
26 Aug 17:50

The Amount of Sleep You Should Get at Night to Be Happiest the Next Day

by Melanie Pinola

It’s no secret that sleep significantly affects our mood and performance the next day. How many hours of sleep is the sweet spot, though? Jawbone’s study offers concrete recommendations.


26 Aug 17:29

Istanbul castle restored, now looks like SpongeBob SquarePants

by Laura Vitto

Not all restoration attempts are welcome

Take for example, the hilariously botched Ecce Homo or, for some, the restoration of Istanbul's Şile Castle.


Sure, the old castle appeared to be crumbling to pieces, but some critics think the ongoing facelift has turned the historical landmark into a towering homage to SpongeBob.

In Şile, restoration of the @SpongeBob castle was

— Çağlar Lale (@caglale) August 26, 2015

Sile Castle, Istanbul @FacesPics

— Arda Akay (@ardaakay) August 26, 2015

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26 Aug 15:11

Oh God Spiders Are Using Textspeak Now

by Rob Bricken

Photographer Heather Ar’ite stumbled upon this web, created by a spider with more than a passing familiarity with online chatting. What was it lol-ing at, I wonder? Did it see a caterpillar trip? Did a fly escape its web only to fly directly into another spider’s web? Did it lay eggs in my ear while I was sleeping? Because if I so, I’m immediately going to start ROTFS (rolling on the floor, screaming).


26 Aug 09:06

Point of View Shots Used in Coen Brothers Movies

by Scott Beale

Jacob T. Swinney has a new video that explores POV (point of view) shots used by Joel and Ethan Coen in their films that help give them thier distinctive style.

With a filmography that covers everything from westerns and gangster flicks to comedies and film noir, it can be rather difficult to pinpoint what exactly contributes to the style of Joel and Ethan Coen. While there are reoccurring themes and ideas that surface throughout the filmmakers’ work, a consistent visual aesthetic is not easily recognized. What makes a Coen Brothers film look like a Coen Brothers film? One stylistic element that seems to be rather prominent in all their films is the POV shot. The Coens tend to utilize the POV shot to better submerse us in a scene, but the shot is often used to simply give us a unique perspective that can only be created through cinema. Here is a look at the Coens’ use of the POV shot throughout their career.

26 Aug 08:47

This dual cannon machine gun that shoots fireworks is so much bad ass fun

by Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

You probably thought you had a nice summer. Maybe you got a little bit of color, maybe you sunk your toes into some sand, maybe you had a drink with an umbrella in it. But no, your summer was not that fun. Because when you see this crazy guy shoot Roman Candle fireworks with dual machine guns, nothing can be as fun as that.


26 Aug 07:41

Heaps of fluffy yellow chicks swarm Chinese highway after truck accident

by Victoria Ho

A truck carrying little chicks on a highway in Shandong, China, tipped on Wednesday morning, releasing its cargo of tens of thousands of the yellow birds onto the road and grass

ChinaFotoPress reports that other commuters on the highway in cars and bicycles stopped to help the driver gather his fluffy passengers. Nearby villagers also came to help.


Image: ChinaFotoPress


Image: ChinaFotoPress


Image: ChinaFotoPress

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26 Aug 06:02


25 Aug 23:09

Building looks like couple doing it doggy style

by David Pescovitz

Atelier Van Lieshout constructed this delightful building, titled "Domestikator," as the centerpiece of their large festival installation, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," at the Ruhrtriennale music and arts festival in Bochum, Germany.

Atelier Van Lieshout (via Design Boom)



(two photos above by heike kandalowski)

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25 Aug 10:13

Cortana officially arrives on Android via public beta

by Billy Steele
A. Kachmar

Not compatible with Moto X :\

Following a leak last month, Microsoft's virtual assistant officially arrived on Android. Thanks to a public beta, Redmond keeps its promise to bring Cortana to the Google faithful. As we've already seen, you can use Cortana to help with things lik...
25 Aug 09:02

Hoope STD Testing Ring to Let You Check Partner Before Shagging

by Editors


The birth control pill liberated sexuality in the western world, while sexually transmitted diseases rolled it back considerably. A new device, in the form of a ring, is being developed that may offer a new level of safety for couples wanting to hook up.

The Hoope ring is a microfluidic device that has four separate chambers each filled with antigens related to syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. A small needle on the inside penetrates the finger and draws a sample of blood. If antibodies produced by the immune system that target the four diseases are present within the blood, the antigens cling to them and produce a reaction that can be detected within the ring.

The team behind the Hoope ring has worked with researchers at Colorado State University and showed that the device can detect syphilis. The next step is to do the same for the three other targeted diseases before bringing it to market, and also moving to adapting the technology for spotting other diseases.

Link: New ring can diagnose sexually transmitted diseases in a single test…

The post Hoope STD Testing Ring to Let You Check Partner Before Shagging appeared first on Medgadget.