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07 Jul 13:00

1904 Map of Entire Washington, D.C. Area

by Tom
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This map is amazing with the amount of details. Click on it to zoom in. It’s from 1904.

1904 Baist map of Washington, D.C.
1904 Baist map of Washington, D.C.

Source: Library of Congress

07 Jul 19:37

one time we snuck into the abandoned new orleans six flags

one time we snuck into the abandoned new orleans six flags

07 Jul 18:00

Captchas in a Parallel Universe [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy
07 Jul 07:01

Definitive Proof That Hillary Clinton's Emails Are Straight Out Of "Veep"

by OliviaRoat

“I heard on the radio that there is a Cabinet mtg this am. Is there?”

When 3,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails were released on June 30, people immediately started to point out that the emails felt like something out of Veep.

When 3,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails were released on June 30, people immediately started to point out that the emails felt like something out of Veep.


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07 Jul 04:49

Bill Nye is not impressed

07 Jul 10:58

This mural was purposely painted upside down to reflect off of the water.

07 Jul 04:32

This Trash-Covered Glacier Is a Monument to Boston's Godawful Winter

by Chris Mills

Over the course of last winter, Boston’s snowplows moved thousands of tons of snow (and trash) into ‘snow farms’ around the city, where it sat waiting to melt in warmer weather. Well, the warmer weather’s still here, and so is the snow.


07 Jul 01:10

This is amazing: For the past six years, Colorado has provided teen and low-income women access to f

by Robbie Gonzalez

This is amazing: For the past six years, Colorado has provided teen and low-income women access to free birth control. The result? According to the state’s department of public health, the birthrate among teens statewide plunged 40% between 2009 and 2013. Abortions fell 42% in the same period. [CDPHE via NYT]


07 Jul 00:10

Presenting BRICKNADO² : The hell we can!

by Iain

might have to make of these... :D

It’s summer time, and that means there’s another goddam Sharknado movie round the corner. Last year’s BRICKNADO contest was heralded as our “dumbest idea ever” so we just had to do it again, this time to celebrate the impending release of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No. Hec, we couldn’t even get our sequel numbers to line up with theirs, but we don’t care.

The 3rd movie is centered around Florida, Washington DC, and David Hasselhoff’s personality. We can’t wait to see how you exploit these iconic locations. But get cracking, because you’ve only got two weeks!

The Rules of BRICKNADO²

Build a LEGO model – the funnier and more outrageous the better. Then add one photo of your creation to the BRICKNADO² Flickr group. You are welcome to submit more than one creation, but The Brothers Brick reserve the right to SAW YOU IN HALF if you overdo it! No digital creations are allowed.

All entries must be submitted before July 20th. We will announce the results on the 22nd, right before the movie airs. Three lucky winners will receive a variety of shark-tastic prizes, that we’ll reveal next week.

“They’re sharks, they’re scary, and no-one wants to get eaten. But I’ve been eaten, and it takes a lot more than that to bring a good man down…” – Fin Shepard
06 Jul 23:09

The Greatest Invention

06 Jul 18:18

Perfect Timing

06 Jul 15:07

This is why robots need faces

06 Jul 10:26

Funny Monster Drawings Made From Coffee Stains

by Daniella

Alors qu’il buvait un expresso, Stefan Hingûkk a un jour constaté que la tâche laissée sur la nappe après en avoir renversé avait pris la forme d’un petit monstre. L’artiste a alors pris un crayon et en a dessiné les contours, les yeux et les autres caractéristiques. Depuis, il s’amuse à imaginer d’autres petites créatures seulement à partir d’une tâche de café.

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06 Jul 08:15


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06 Jul 04:22

Quick Tip to Draw Smooth, Even Lines

05 Jul 20:50

A Round-Up of Bizarre and Hilarious Fireworks Packaging by Cabel Sasser

by Scott Beale


Panic co-founder Cabel Sasser is back with his annual round-up of bizarre and ridiculous fireworks packaging which he has been faithfully documenting since 2007.

Man Cave

Dark Science



photos by Cabel Sasser

05 Jul 14:10

"One-Two-Three-Four-Five. Awww Yisss"

04 Jul 17:00

Sad Animal Facts Illustrated

by John Farrier

Brooke Barker, an artist in Portland, Oregon, loves to draw and loves animals. She feels sorry for a lot of animals who lead a rough life. She illustrates those problems at Sad Animal Facts, which put an amusing spin on what our animal friends have to put up with.

-via Lost at E Minor

04 Jul 11:04

Babe Island [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy
04 Jul 15:35

God bless America!

God bless America!

04 Jul 15:59

#FlagArt: 20 Artists Take on the Old Stars & Stripes

by Trey Speegle
Keith Haring

Keith Haring

Some people were up in arms last week about rainbow flags, but we are all under one red, white and blue banner, regardless of our beliefs. Artists have been riffing on the American flag to make protest statements, rally political ideologies and show their patriotism for most of the 20th century and into the 21st. According to Wikipedia;

The national flag of the United States of America, often referred to as the American flag, consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”) bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of America, and the 13 stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and became the first states in the Union. Nicknames for the flag include the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and the Star-Spangled Banner. The design of the flag has been modified 26 times officially since 1777. The 48-star flag was in effect for 47 years until the 49-star version became official on July 4, 1959. The 50-star flag was ordered by President Eisenhower on August 21, 1959 and was adopted in July 1960. It is the longest-used version of the U.S. flag and has been in use for over 55 years.

So, here’s my little Fourth of July online exhibit by some of my favorite artists. It’s a wide range, so like America, there’s something for everyone. Happy Fourth!

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha

Annie Liebovitz

Annie Liebovitz

Phil Bergerson

Phil Bergerson

Joe Kirdahy

Joe Kirdahy

Alan Belcher

Alan Belcher

Warren Neidich

Warren Neidich

William N. Copley

William N. Copley

Brian Kenny

Brian Kenny

Jack Pierson

Jack Pierson

Mike Cockrill

Mike Cockrill

Todd Eberle

Todd Eberle

Leo Villareal

Leo Villareal

Robert Longo

Robert Longo

Terry Ward

Terry Ward

Alexandra Mir

Alexandra Mir

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Chico Arago

Chico Arago

James Rosenquist

James Rosenquist

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns

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03 Jul 18:00

Superman Sends Selfie to Batman [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy
03 Jul 22:51

Who made this mess?

03 Jul 15:00

Why Hip-Hop Makes for Great Visual Content

by Katy French

There are plenty of fascinating things in this world that make great visual content, and we see the same areas being explored over and over: science, health, business, tech. But there is one area of interest that seems to be continually mined for inspiration: hip-hop. From fascinating data visualizations to unique interactives to videos, this particular corner of pop culture shows up in our feeds a lot. Plenty of other areas of entertainment get visual content love. We see film buffs breaking down the comic book universe or Wed Anderson color palettes. But there is something unique about hip-hop that makes it a particularly rich subject. What is it exctly? Here are 3 reasons why hip-hop makes for great visual content.

*Yes, we are including rap under the hip-hop umbrella for this piece, although we know it’s not totally the same.

1) Great Data

Good data helps you tell a great story, and hip-hop is nothing but data. Record sales, musical cannons, geography, and those millions of lyrics mean there are plenty of angles to explore. In fact, there is so much data out there that both artists and academia are delving into it.


The Rap Research Lab, spearheaded by Tahir Hemphill is “a studio to produce creative technology projects as well as a lab to teach art, design, data analysis and data vis to students from the Bronx.” His Hip-Hop Word Count database includes lyrics from over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs (1979-current), including ethnographic and geographic details to be explored.

Hemphill’s “Picasso, Baby” interactive below visualizes the connections between rappers and the modern and contemporary painters they name-drop in their rhymes:

Whether for formal study, fandom, or fun, people are doing amazing and entertaining things with the data they find.

Matt Daniels‘ study of the largest vocabulary in hip-hop examines which artists meet—or surpass—Shakespeare’s vocabulary:

What marijuana names to artists name-drop most? How fast can Eminem rap? It’s easy to find out.


(Via Project Know)


2) Great Drama

Every good story centers around conflict and drama. The culture of hip-hop is steeped in drama—whether played out to boost record sales or between backpackers arguing on the street corner.


The feuds, crews, geographic rivalries, and lyrical spats make Game of Thrones drama look G-rated. Creating content around these themes stirs discussion in the community and makes each piece incredibly popular.

The ultimate taxonomy of rapper names: 


(Via Pop Chart Lab)

Rappers, by NYC neighborhood: 



(Via Hejorama)

Actual rapper wealth vs. what they claim: 

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(Via Bloomberg)

3) Cultural Relevance

Because hip-hop is so rich, blending politics, history, social and pop culture trends, it is always on the surface of the cultural zeitgeist. And, much like sports, hip-hop thrives on fandom. Whether examining the cars rappers drive or the way they form their rhymes, fans are eager for every tidbit of knowledge about their favorite artists. (Sidenote: While not a visual piece, Caleb Mason, Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern University, did a great line-by-line breakdown of the legality of Jay-Z’s 99 Problems that you should check out ASAP.)

The Samplestitch interactive lets fans sample hip-hop beats:

50 Cent

(Via Moma)


Everyone loves a good story—no matter the source. Consider how and where you can draw inspiration from the content you consume, whether hip-hop beats or your favorite blog.

03 Jul 11:01

Greater Petworth Fourth of July Celebration, 1916

by Kent

A few months back I was lucky enough to purchase a series of 10 photographs documenting the Fourth of July parade in the Petworth area in 1916. I liked these photos for a number of reason, including the early date and the inclusion of a contingent from Princeton Heights. For those unfamiliar with local history, Princeton Heights is the area within the Park View neighborhood north of Princeton and south of Rock Creek Church Road.

I was able to find an accompanying article from the Washington Evening Star, and as the two photos that accompany the newspaper article match two of the photos in my collection, I presume that the photographer worked for the Star. You can read the full article here.

Below are three of the photos, and you can see all ten on Flickr here.

Princeton Heights(The Princeton Heights contingent on Randolph Street.)

Presidential candidates(A few of the many candidates in the 1916 presidential race: Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Ford, Woodrow Wilson, and Wilson’s running mate v.p. candidate Thomas R. Marshall.)

Petworth float(The Petworth float, in the form of a navy vessel.)

Tagged: Fourth of July, history and culture, Park View, Petworth
03 Jul 05:44

references to the previous movies in Mad Max: Fury Road

Max attempts to shoot a shotgun only to find that the shells are duds

is Scrooloose a stray War Boy? who knows

people being strapped to the front of a car

Roop and Charlie vs Slit and Nux arguing over who's going to drive

a GIVE WAY sign is shot in the first movie, a Polecat uses such sign as a shield

Max and Toast the Knowing playing a small music box

the Interceptor goes rolling

references to the previous movies in Mad Max: Fury Road

02 Jul 21:47

‘Rock Feast’, A Display of Rocks That Resemble Food Arranged With Dishes and Silverware

by Glen Tickle

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Rock Feast is a series of photos taken recently at the San Diego County Fair that show rocks that resemble food arranged with dishes and silverware.

rock feast 1

rock feast 3

rock feast 5

rock feast 2

photos via Weird Universe

via Boing Boing

02 Jul 19:06


02 Jul 17:21

just be who you are