The Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu) is a species of mammal in the family Tayassuidae found in North, Central, and South America. They are commonly referred to as javelina, saíno or báquiro, although these terms are also used to describe other species in the family. The species is also known as the musk hog. In Trinidad, it is colloquially known as quenk.
Although somewhat related to the pigs and frequently referred to as one, this species and the other peccaries are no longer classified in the pig family, Suidae.
The Collared Peccary stands around 510–610 millimeters (20–24 in) tall at the shoulder and is about 1.0–1.5 m (3 ft 3 in–4 ft 11 in) long. It weighs between 16 and 27 kg (35 and 60 lb).
The species has small tusks that point toward the ground when the animal is upright. It also has slender legs with a robust or stocky body. The tail is often hidden in the coarse fur of the peccary.
Collared Peccaries normally feed on cactus, mesquite beans, fruits, roots, tubers, palm nuts, grasses, invertebrates, and small vertebrates. In areas inhabited by humans, they will also consume cultivated crops and ornamental plants, such as tulip bulbs.
They are diurnal creatures that live in groups of up to 50 individuals, averaging between six and 9 members. They frequently sleep at night in burrows, often under the roots of trees, but sometimes they can be found in caves or under logs. However, the species is not completely diurnal. In central Arizona they are often active at night but less so during daytime.
Although they usually ignore humans, they will react if they feel threatened. They defend themselves with their long tusks, which can sharpen themselves whenever their mouths open or close.
A Collared Peccary will release a strong musk or give a sharp bark if it is alarmed. They also make clacking and barking sounds to warn their enemy, before finally charging to bite.
Collared Peccaries can live for up to 10-15 years in the wild. Females attain sexual maturity between 8-14 months while males are mature at 11 to 12 months.
After mating, the female undergoes a gestation period for up to 150 days. The pregnant females generally move away from the rest of the herd before giving birth, as the herd can be a threat to the newborns. On average, they give birth to a litter of one to five babies that are capable of following their mother soon after birth.
The day after giving birth, the female reunites with the herd. The babies stay close to mother and follow her until they are mature at the age of 11-12 months. During this period, only the older females of the herd are tolerated and allowed to groom the baby. Weaning occurs when the baby is approximately 2-3 months old.
On Friday, a story came out that Representative John Lewis would not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration—the first he’s missed in 30 years—because he doesn’t believe Trump is “a legitimate president.” Lewis says that Russia helped get him elected and “helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” which he sees as a “conspiracy” that goes against “the open democratic process.”
Trump, of course, reacted to this the way he always does: by going on a whiny Twitter rant that makes him look like the adult baby that he truly is. In a series of tweets, Trump said that Lewis should “spend more time on fixing and helping his district” instead of “falsely complaining about the election results,” while adding that Lewis—an actual civil rights icon—is “all talk” and “no action.”
Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district ...
An extremely rare Philippine Spotted Deer was born on December 26 at Chester Zoo. The tiny male fawn, which keepers say appears healthy and strong, was shown off for the first time by its proud parents this week.
Photo Credit: Chester Zoo
Philippine Spotted Deer are one of the world’s most threatened Deer species. Zookeepers have hailed the arrival as “a big boost for the species” with fewer than 2,500 of the animals – listed as endangered on Internal Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of threatened species - now estimated to remain in the wild.
Experts say a combination of factors including illegal hunting and large-scale habitat loss have contributed to the demise of the species.
As they breed a back-up population in Europe at the request of the Philippine government, Chester Zoo staff support efforts to protect and restore Deer habitat in the Philippines and build breeding centers for the species.
Like many island nations, the Philippines are home to many unique species. But a rapidly expanding human population, along with the loss of 90% of the islands’ original forest cover, has brought many species under threat.
In the wild, the Deer can be found in the rainforests of the Philippines’ Visayan islands of Panay and Negros. It once roamed across other Visayan islands such as Cebu, Guimaras, Leyte, Masbate and Samar – but is now regionally extinct on those islands.
On Thursday, Tingle dropped into Reddit for his second AMA, following one from last April, as well as one hosted by his editor and son, Jon, back in 2015. As always, Tingle’s responses are riddled with the peculiarities of his ...
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ATWATER VILLAGE — When the Women’s March is held in Washington, D.C. on the day after Donald Trump’s presidential inaugural, many of the demonstrators will be wearing Pussy Hats, pink, cat-eared knitted caps based on a pattern designed by the owner of The Little Knittery yarn shop on Glendale Boulevard.
Kat Coyle came up with the pattern after being approached by Jayna Zweiman and Krista Suh, two friends and knitters who wanted to do something after being devastated by Hillary Clinton’s loss to Trump in the November election. That’s how they came up with the PussyHat Project – a reference to Trump’s infamous remarks that were caught on tape – to support the Women’s March. More than 60,000 hats have been knitted or crocheted by people nationwide, according to an Associated Press story.
Coyle has made the pattern for her Pussy Power Hat available for free, and her shop has been hosting Friday night “Pussyhat Knitting Parties.” The original Pussy Power Hat pattern calls for hot pink, Malabrigo Worsted yarn. Many knitters have adapted the design, making changes and adding embellishments.
Suh told the Associated Press:
“It’s really been just incredible …. The process of making the hats and preparing for the march and really including everyone, everywhere who wants to participate but may not be able to march has been so much of this project.”
Though it sounds like something from the South Beach Diet, the Naked Chicken Chalupa trades a traditional chalupa shell for one made entirely of white meat fried chicken. Inside, you’ll find lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and shreds of your dignity drizzled in a zesty avocado ranch sauce.
“Fried chicken is growing at a tremendous clip,” says Taco Bell President Brian Niccol. “It’s a real void on our menu, and it’s something that our customers ask us for.”
Those same customers are likely fans of Burger King’s chicken fries, Shake Shack’s Chick’n Shack, and McDonald’s Chicken ...
It’s the twentieth wedding anniversary for Jim and Cindy Walsh, so we welcomed back one of our favorite married couples, Kristen Ray and Bill Hanstock. Together, we reflect on Beverly Hills, 90210, how to get rid of an unlicensed firearm in California, and puzzles.
This grandmother has accidentally been praying to a “Lord of the Rings” action figure, and we feel this so hard
Just when you think you have your whole life together, someone comes along and informs you that your religious relic is not in fact a religious relic, but rather, a Lord of the Rings action figure. Oh yeah, been there, done that.
Gabriela Brandão recently just shared a marvelous discovery to Facebook. As she notes in her photos (which we translated via Google Translate, thanks Google Translate!), she happened to take a closer look at what figure her daughter’s great-grandmother was praying to. Great-grandma thought it was a statue of Saint Anthony. However, over looking over the figure, it is not in fact Saint Anthony.
It is an Elrond figure from Lord of the Rings.
You know, one of the Lords of Rivendell, played by Hugo Weaving in the Lord of the Rings movies, who helps form the Fellowship of the Ring, and then decides to leave Middle Earth with Frodo at the very end of the saga…all that good stuff.
At least, it’s noted, “that the prayers were equally as effective,” so go ahead and keep on praying to whatever, whoever, you want — human, saint, or half-Elf. It’s unclear if great-grandmother is STILL praying for Elrond, but hey, if it works for her, maybe we should consider buying a few more figurines for our shelf.
When Olivia Kessler from Pickering, Ohio, recently gave birth to a baby girl named Carter, the newborn’s uncle, 18-year old Grant, was obviously excited to meet his new niece. But when he turned up at the hospital in Columbus, he surprised the family by coming dressed in a suit and tie. He even wore a tie clip. Why? Because you only get one chance to make a first impression.
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Grant’s sister, 16-year-old Iris, recently tweeted a picture of her dapper brother waiting for the imminent new arrival, and the picture has since gone viral with over 126k shares and more than 420k likes. “My sister is about to have a baby and my brother showed up to the hospital in a suit because “first impressions matter,”” wrote Iris in the tweet, and we totally agree with Grant. Carter might be too young to appreciate his old-school efforts, but we certainly aren’t. Best uncle ever.
When a friend of a friend discovered the, uh, unique art installation in his new home, Peter Kaplan posted photographic evidence on Twitter because, well, you really do have to see it to believe it.
The mosaic replicates a photo of teenage Mandy Moore when the pop star was a staple in pretty much every teen magazine, and you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing her tune “I Wanna Be With You.”
After some debate over whether this mosaic was actually Mandy Moore, a person shut down the naysayers by providing Exhibit A — a photo of the bikini clad pop star that proves the previous owner indeed went through a great deal of effort to install art that is a pretty spot-on replica of the original picture.
Terrorist attacks, hurricanes, a divisive U.S. election, Brexit — 2016 has not been easy. With the year coming to an end, we thought it was time to get some serious perspective — from the scale of the entire universe.
We’re tackling big questions: what scientists know, and what they have yet to learn.
So before you ring in another year, take a moment to contemplate the billions of years that led to 2017 and the billions more yet to come.
Where did the universe come from?
“That happens to be my absolute favorite question,” says Chuck Bennett, an astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University.
He points out that the big-bang theory says the universe started out dense and hot, and that it has been expanding and cooling for 13.8 billion years, but, he says, “the big-bang theory doesn’t actually say what happened right at the beginning.”
You can follow our laws of physics back in time, he says, but they break down close to the start, when things were unspeakably fiery and close together. Still, there may be clues from the weird world of quantum physics. In that world, strange stuff can happen, like particles can just appear out of nowhere.
“Even if you take something that’s a complete vacuum, you’ve gotten all of the particles and dust and everything out of the way, in quantum mechanics you still have particles popping in and out of existence all the time,” explains Bennett.
So maybe the kernel that became our universe just randomly and spontaneously appeared. “It seems bizarre, but that is kind of the going thinking about this,” Bennett says.
And if you want to think about something even more bizarre, consider this point made by Caltech theoretical physicist Sean Carroll. If the big bang was the first moment in time, that creates a conundrum: “There’s no verbs before time itself exists, right? There’s no popping into existence, there’s no fluctuating, there’s no quantum mechanical craziness, there is literally nothing,” says Carroll.
Is the universe infinite?
You might be tempted to try to answer this question by stepping outside the universe so you can take a gander. But, obviously, that’s impossible. “There is no such thing as outside the universe, as far as we can tell,” says Carroll.
Even though the universe has been expanding for about 14 billion years, that doesn’t mean it’s ballooning out into some other realm. “I know it’s difficult to wrap our minds around,” says Carroll, “but it’s just getting more and more of it, even though it’s not expanding into anything at all.”
So if we can’t leave the universe, all we can do is look around inside. Let’s say you flew off the Earth, out of our solar system, out of the Milky Way galaxy, out of our cluster of galaxies, and flew on and on. How far could you go?
“We don’t 100 percent know,” says Janna Levin, a theoretical physicist at Columbia University. “What we see of the universe is vast. We know that the universe is something like 90 billion light-years across.” But that’s just the part we can see.
Anything beyond that has to remain a mystery, because stuff out there is so far away, its light will never be able to reach us. “It makes logical sense to assume the universe goes on beyond that boundary. It would be kind of magical if we were just happening to be able to see right to some boundary and then something crazy happened beyond that, like galaxies ceased to exist,” says Levin. “I mean, that just seems nuts.”
So the universe goes on, but is it infinite? “It is somewhat unimaginable but quite possible that our universe simply goes on forever,” says Bennett.
To us, the universe seems flat, so maybe it’s like an endless sheet of paper. But on the other hand, people used to think the Earth was flat, too, because people saw flat land stretching to a horizon, beyond which they could not see. These days, the idea of a flat Earth seems silly — we know it’s really a huge sphere.
“Our universe might be like that,” says Bennett, noting that the universe might be curved and might even curve back on itself like a sphere, “but on a scale that is truly enormous.”
If so, and you headed off into the universe, going straight in one direction, you would eventually find yourself right back where you started.
What is the universe made of?
You might think this is one of the easier questions about the universe to answer. But you would be wrong. “All the stuff we’ve ever seen in the laboratory, all the kinds of particles and matter and energy, that only makes up 5 percent of our universe,” says Carroll.
Five percent! So what is the rest of the universe made of? Well, one biggie is something called dark matter. About 25 percent of the universe is dark matter, which is quite literally dark. “It just doesn’t interact with light at all,” says Bennett. “It doesn’t give off any light; it doesn’t absorb light; it doesn’t scatter light; there’s no way to see it. The only way we know that it’s there is because it has gravitational effects.”
Scientists discovered dark matter when they looked at the motion of galaxies and realized that something unseen had to be exerting a gravitational pull. Dark matter may be some kind of particle that we just haven’t detected yet.
The rest of the universe — 70 percent — is something even more crazy, called dark energy. It appears to be some kind of energy that’s inherent to empty space, and it acts to push the universe apart, speeding up its expansion. Like dark matter, dark energy is another big mystery.
“Other than the fact that we don’t quite understand 95 percent of the universe, we’re doing really well,” jokes Bennett.
All of the world’s leading theoreticians, who write whole books about the universe, just have to live with this state of affairs. “You’re entitled to say, if you’re so smart, why don’t you tell me what that dark matter is? And I’ll have to confess I don’t know,” saysJim Peebles, Albert Einstein professor of science, emeritus and professor of physics, emeritus at Princeton University.
He’s not depressed, however, that so much of the universe remains unknown. “I think I’d be depressed if everything were nearly all known,” says Peebles, “but I don’t feel any danger of that happening.”
Is our universe the only one?
Let’s face it; people tend to be pretty self-centered. “If you look back at the history of astronomy, you know, we used to think that the Earth was the center of the solar system. Everything was about us,” says Bennett.
Even when we figured out that Earth went around the sun, and the sun was part of the Milky Way galaxy, we thought our galaxy was the center of the universe. “Then we learned no, it’s just one galaxy out of hundreds of billions of galaxies out there,” he notes.
With that track record in mind, it’s natural to wonder whether our whole universe isn’t so special — if it’s just one among many. “We don’t know yet,” says Bennett, “but it’s very possible.”
Given that scientists believe the seed that started our universe may have spontaneously popped into existence through a kind of quantum weirdness, that presents an obvious question: If that could happen once, why not more than once? “So then you have this kind of array of universes in which ours is not unique,” says Bennett.
How many universes could there be?
“A really, really big number,” says Carroll.
But since everything we can observe and poke and prod is, by definition, part of our universe, it’s unclear how we could ever detect some other universe. This is why some thinkers worry that pondering the so-called multiverse is more like philosophy than science. It’s sort of fun to think about whether our universe is solitary, and it’s a legitimate question, says Peebles, “but since we’ll never be able to answer it, I can’t get very excited.”
But maybe this idea could be testable. Imagine if you had two universes that were expanding and ran into each other, says Bennett. If another universe bumped into ours, there could be ways to tell. In fact, there have been efforts to search the skies for evidence of that kind of impact, but there’s no sign it ever happened. Which might be a good thing, since that kind of event “would be very dangerous at least for people in one of the universes or the other because one of them would probably be destroyed,” Bennett says.
How will the universe end?
“Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice,” wrote Robert Frost in his famous poem Fire and Ice. He favored fire but, hedging his bet, added that:
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
These days, most astrophysicists are guessing the universe will end as cold as ice.
The universe, which started out hot and dense, has been expanding and cooling for nearly 14 billion years. We now know it’s actually expanding faster and faster. “This is like hyperdrive on the cooling,” says Bennett. “So it’s the ice solution. Everything would grow dimmer and dimmer; you would stop seeing things in the sky; everything would grow dark and cold.”
As everything gets farther and farther apart, each particle of the universe will eventually end up completely alone. It all sounds bleak.
But, cheer up! Ending with fire is still possible.
Since dark energy is pushing the universe to expand faster and faster, and physicists don’t know what dark energy is, it’s possible that it might just decay or go away, making our expanding universe slow down. “Maybe even reverse its course for all we know, and then what? Then we go back to kind of a fiery end,” says Levin. She explains that everything would fly back together toward a big crunch, which is like the big bang happening in reverse.
Fire or ice, either way, the end is coming. But not for a long while. “We think it will be at least a quadrillion years before the last star burns out,” says Carroll, noting that this is 1,000 trillion years.
Our own sun will burn out way sooner, in about 5 billion years. Though Carroll says that’s kind of a parochial concern, when you consider that our Milky Way galaxy has around 100 billion stars and is just one of trillions of galaxies.
“So we are not significant on the cosmic scale. We are not important to the universe. That’s the bad news,” says Carroll. The good news is that, even with our puny brains, we’ve managed to figure that out.
Yesterday I marked 8K+ items as read, so I'm kicking off 2017 by sharing this.
These little boys standing on a “vibration plate” will make your inner kid extremely happy
Adulting comes with its fair share of challenges, but this charming, hilarious video of little boys standing on a vibration plate has us thinking that perhaps we need to take a childhood approach to solving our problems.
Seriously, the next time we get upset about something, we’re going to try these kids’ tactic because they are clearly having SO much fun with such a random piece of equipment, proving that they totally get the message behind Sia’s song “Cheap Thrills.”
Our rusty old adult minds would’ve never thought to re-purpose a product that’s been declared as one of the worst ways to lose weight, other than possibly recycling it or smashing it to smithereens with a hammer. Thankfully though, these twin brothers named Kenneth and Kenzo have the right idea about turning one fitness enthusiast’s trash into treasure and we absolutely LOVE them for it.
Times Square hallmark Robert Burck, 46, also known as the Naked Cowboy, was born in Cincinnati, loves Donald Trump, wears underpants around everywhere, ran for president in 2012 as a member of the Tea Party, and thinks he is sexy.
Do you agree? With the last thing?
The Naked Cowboy is nearly hairless, except for on his head, eyebrows, chin, and legs, which grow less hair than mine. He has big muscles everywhere that muscles can get big. His skin, judging by these photos of him standing in the snow in his underpants, is as thick as buffalo hide. He also reportedly makes $150K per year. These are just facts about the Naked Cowboy. Here are some more data points to consider as you make your decision:
“I have an affinity with Trump. I get him,” the Naked Cowboy, who’s been making a lot of appearances in Trump Tower, recently toldThe New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz. He went on:
“We’re both media promoters, media whores, whatever you want to call it. People get hung up on political stuff, but I don’t care. Black, white, gay, transvestite—just stand up and make something of yourself. Look, my wife’s a Mexican immigrant. She still doesn’t have her papers. Maybe she’ll be the next to be deported, who knows? I don’t think he’d do that. But if he does, hey, that’s fate. Plus, it’s a nice thing to have hanging over her head—you know, ‘Do the dishes, or else.’”
Let me just get this out of the way: this was one of our most unanimous Would U exercises, a real feat, considering we have debated Ted Cruz, the CEO of Arby’s, and Terry Dubrow from Botched. No one on Jezebel’s staff, including myself, would have sex with the Naked Cowboy. (Deadspin’s Ashley Feinberg would, which hardly counts.)
Aimee: Jesus fucking Christ no.
Kelly Stout: Absolutely not.
Madeleine: Does he have an aeropress?
Joanna: Ya that’s a no from me.
Emma: No ma’am.
Joanna: Maybe if it was the 90s and TRL was still on.
Ashley Feinberg: Yeah probably.
Ashley: It would make for a really good blog, can you imagine?
Ellie: Yes it would Ashley, that’s a great idea for something you could do.
Madeleine: I would not.
Ashley: It would probably be extremely funny y’all are making the wrong choice.
Julianne: I’m sorry are you serious? FUCCCCKK no. Also if you go to Wyoming RIGHT NOW there are like 30 dudes who are identical to the Naked Cowboy who would be willing to bone any of us.
Ashley: Right but the blog wouldn’t be as good.
Julianne: I mean, I’d hook up with plenty of disgusting men. Just not the Naked Cowboy.
Ashley: Sucks that everyone who works at Jezebel is dishonest with themselves and with the cowboy.
Is there literally anyone out there besides Ashley who would bang the Naked Cowboy? And if not bangable, who is the Naked Cowboy? A bad man in his underwear? A mirage? Our next ambassador to Mexico?
Last time on Would U?, we asked: Would you have sex with Donald Trump if he lived inside Jason Momoa? 10% answered “Yes,” 30% answered “No,” and 60% answered “What is wrong with you?”
The women of B*Witched look SO different, 18 years after “C’est la Vie”
In the late ’90s, right around when the Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, and ‘NSYNC were all tearing up our hearts, Irish girl group B*Witched entered the equation with their catchy pop anthem “C’est la Vie.”
They soon released a few more hits — like “Rollercoaster” and “Blame It on the Weatherman” — then seemingly disappeared, never to be seen nor heard from again.
… Or so we thought! Find out what the talented ladies of B*Witched are actually up to today below.
After B*Witched disbanded in 2002 — first they were dropped from their label, then bandmate Sinéad O’Carroll decided to leave — Edele, who is on the right, wrote songs for other bands like Girls Aloud and Sugababes. She then reunited with her twin sister Keavy to form a duo called Barbarellas, until B*Witched got back together for a tour in 2012.
Armaou, the last to join B*Witched, failed to make a splash as a solo singer after the group’s split. However, she enjoyed a relatively successful stage career in England from 2009-2011, after which B*Witched reunited for a brief tour in 2012 and 2013. She’s married, and according to her active Twitter account, still acts in short films and writes songs.
A Philippine Mouse Deer has been born in the UK for the first time. The tiny female Mouse Deer (one of the smallest hoofed animals in the world) was born to mum Rita and dad Ramos, at Chester Zoo, on November 16.
This is the latest addition to a special European-wide endangered species breeding programme, designed in response to the deforestation of its Asian habitat. The animals are also poached for their meat, which is considered a delicacy in parts of the Philippines.
Curator of mammals Tim Rowlands said, “Our newborn deer is incredibly small – similar in size to a Christmas bauble on tiny little legs, weighing just 430 grams!
“But, while this new arrival may be small in stature, it’s big in terms of importance. It’s the very first time the animal has been bred in the UK and to break new ground like this with a mammal species is really quite rare.
“The Philippine Mouse Deer is an endangered species. It’s highly threatened by massive deforestation in South East Asia and so, it’s great news that our newcomer will add valuable new bloodlines to the conservation breeding programme in zoos. It’s vitally important that we work to ensure these wonderful animals do not disappear for good.”
Photo Credits: Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo is only one of only seven institutions in the whole of Europe to care for the charming species.
Conservationists from the zoo are also working to protect habitat in areas of South East Asia where the Mouse Deer live.
The Philippine Mouse Deer (Tragulus nigricans) is listed as “Endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The species is in continuing decline. It is subject to poaching for food and affected by habitat loss, as its forest home is converted to oil palm plantations.
Contrary to its common name, the Philippine Mouse Deer does not belong to the deer family Cervidae, but is a member of the chevrotain family.
Adult mouse deer stand at just 18cm tall and rarely weigh more than 1kg.
A 14-year-old named Roshani Tiruwa died sometime on Friday night in a Nepali chhaupadi, the name for a small hut women are sent to when they begin their periods.
Aljazeera reports that Tiruwa’s body was found late the next day after she hadn’t been seen all morning. Her father called to her from outside the hut to no avail. Then, he told the Nepalese newspaper, My Republica, “We saw her dead body.”
The Hindu tradition of separating menstruating women from the family was banned by the Supreme Court over a decade ago, but it persists, particularly in the remote villages. This is supposedly because many local leaders are reluctant to enforce the ban, though some women have burnt such huts and declared entire villages “chhaupadi-free zones.” However, a report from the U.N. in 2011 indicates that around 95% of the women in the Achham district still follow the practice.
A local inspector named Badri Prasad Dhakal told AFP news agency that Tiruwa likely suffocated after lighting a fire to keep herself warm. In a piece for Jezebel, writer Rose George described the many perils facing women spending their nights menstruating in chhaupadi. During their periods, women are supposed to eat nothing but boiled rice and are not allowed to touch or be touched, yet many are still subjected to sexual violence while separated from their family in the menstruation huts. They are also vulnerable to the elements and wild animals, including poisonous snakes.
Tiruwa was on the third day of her period at the time of her death.
This former B+ list reality star from that A list reality family recently purchased a gun. His family does not even seem to care about getting the guy help. If they don’t do something soon, he will end up killing himself.
sometimes i want to talk like hellogiggles for a day. "suki waterhouse tried this LEWK and tbh we can't breathe over the perfection."
These ‘Grinch nails’ take holiday nail art to the EXTREME and Twitter is going crazy
It all started out innocently enough when Twitter makeup guru @BeauTuts shared a holiday nail tutorial on her page. It was hardly the first tutorial she’d shared — just check her brand new BeauTuts website — but this one was a little, well, different.
The Guggenheim is currently exhibiting America, an installation by the artist Maurizio Cattelan that consists of a fully functional 18-karat-gold toilet. The piece invites visitors, in the words of the museum, to have “an experience of unprecedented intimacy with a work of art.” Here is a selection of images posted on social media by visitors to the exhibit. The average wait to view or otherwise interact with America is, at last check, two hours.
This month we are focusing on the new MINI trend. You’ve seen it all over social media, people making mini pancakes in a mini kitchen, with a mini frying pan. This seems kitsch and silly… but the art of miniaturizing is not easy.
I am lucky to call Chef Bob Spiegel my partner. He is the master at miniaturizing a meal into one bite. I often tease him, and ask if he carries a shrink ray in his pocket. Or maybe he’s just happy to see me.
When Bob and I first started Pinch Food Design, we wanted to focus on “stand–up food.” By that we meant, not sit down plated meals, which we love to do now! But in the beginning we really pushed to elevate the cocktail party experience by creating perfect one-biters passed on intentionally curated trays. We always were solution driven with our tray designs, by truly taking the specific attributes and challenges of the menu item in mind. So a fluffy fried beignet would never be served on a flat silver tray, it would roll all over the place. For this we would create special nooks, or round divots for the mini spheres to rest in place until a guest picked it up and delighted in its tastiness.
Almeda’s pieces are often small enough to sit atop a coin or matchbook. A custom designed motorized curio wheel is needed to achieve the level of precision necessary for such small scale ceramics. “Throwing small really allows me to focus on the shape and form of a piece. It is a very meditative form of creation.”
“Size does matter,” writes Tacoma, Washington artist Jon Almeda on his pottery website. Tiny hand thrown ceramics at 1” (2.54cm) scale are now Almeda’s specialty, despite starting his career with much bigger pieces. He describes the critical moment online:
While browsing a book store, I came across a book called ‘Creating Ceramic Miniatures‘ that really changed my whole outlook and approach.
He’s even developed a special wheel for throwing his tiny pots. It’s a tiny pottery wheel, only two inches in diameter, atop a motor the size of a walkie-talkie. You can see much more of Almeda’s work on his website, including in-progress videos. Jon Alameda, is not only a great talent, he is also a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans. I’m hoping to get Chef Bob to join the Guild next year!
In the heyday of music videos, the right video could not only make a band's career, it could also make a huge difference. So was the case with Soul Asylum's 1993 video for "Runaway Train." The song, which was written about depression, was given a different angle by veteran music-video director Tony Kaye, who was prompted to make the video about missing children after seeing famous missing kid Etan Patz's face on a milk carton. Kaye made an agreement with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to display kids only with their parents' permission and to recut the video if a certain child was found. The result? Multiple versions of a now-iconic video (the version below has been viewed nearly 60 million times on YouTube).
Now, 23 years after the video first came out, a reporter attempted to track down some of the missing kids to see who returned and who didn't; the result is a fascinating article about a moment in music-video history and the decline of the use of milk-carton photos as a way to find missing children. Perhaps most interesting is the story of Liz Vatovec, now 39, who ran away at 13 to live with her boyfriend and returned home at 17 after seeing herself in the "Runaway Train" video when it aired on MTV. Some other kids from the video never returned, sadly, but perhaps renewed attention on the video will alert another Liz Vatovec or two out there.
Enamel pins and brooches have definitely boomeranged back around as must-have fashionable accessories. Pinned onto jackets, shirts, coats, or bags, they offer at a quick glance the wearer’s allegiance to nearly any affiliation or topic (hot, or otherwise). But what if your activities fall under those of a more illicit nature?
Does the shape look familiar? Even if you’ve never intentionally left a store with a tag on, almost all of us have walked out with one still attached as an unintended pin of shame. Designer Michał Jońca found inspiration in a funny way, modeling his design after the microchipped security devices commonly affixed to clothing, designed to warn retailers of merchandise exiting without a sale.
After finding this set of Russian wedding photos where a bear officiant presided over the ceremony (presumably a trained and well-monitored bear?), we couldn't stop thinking about it. Dwelling on it. Grin and bearing it? Blerg. Either way, you can't NOT have questions about this bear officiant in an otherwise gorgeous styled shoot. Here are the seven questions we have about this bearly legal ceremony.
1. Is everyone about to die?
2. Do pink pants go with a persimmon dress?
3. Is this bear holding them hostage and forcing them to get married?
4. Is the bear her dad?
5. Did Putin have something to do with this?
6. If someone kisses the bear, will he turn into a human officiant?
7. Was this an elaborate ceremony, or just the bear necessities?
We may as well lay it all out. If you know any of these bearly answered questions (or just want the bear puns to stop), let us know in the comments. Let's all bear the burden of seeing these (admittedly cute, but potentially life-threatening) shots…
Well that's one question answered. Still a bear.
Good job, Smokey. Time to head back to your cave. Only you can prevent forest fires from camping weddings.